WEEKLY UPDATE – 7.7.18
It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.
The Big Blue Wave is Getting Bigger in CD25
Last weekend, Democrats in the 25th Congressional District came together for a phenomenal event – Families Belong Together Unity March, Rally and BBQ.
The event, which was organized by the Democratic Alliance for Action, 25 United For Progress, North Valley Democratic Club, Democratic Club of the High Desert, Simi Valley Democratic Club and Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats, saw incredible turnout and an amazing spirit of determination to wrest this seat from Steve Knight.
AD 38 Delegate CeCe Koplin wrote a great recap of the event:
The 25th District Unity BBQ Program was emceed by our fearless leader Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party. He has been tirelessly traveling up and down the state working district by district to bring us together.
We want to thank our guest speakers, Representative Karen Bass, Representative Brad Sherman, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, Sandra Fluke, Carlos Pheonix and our burger-flipping State Treasurer, John Chiang.
Steve Pierson presented a big check from SwingLeft to our Candidate for Congress, Katie Hill.
Our candidate for Assembly, Christy Smith, also spoke. Eric reminded everyone how important it is to vote down ballot, then introduced our candidates for City Council, Diane Trautman, Logan Smith, Brett Haddock and Lee Uber. The program concluded as Eric Bauman and his uncle, Jon Bauman (aka Sha Na Na’s Bowzer) closed the program with their rendition of ‘Good Night Steve Knight.’
We’ll just add this: if a Big Blue Wave wipes out the Republicans in November, it will be because of the kind of grassroots energy and unity on display last weekend in Santa Clarita.
Net Neutrality Advances. Democrats Lead the Way.
Last month, there was a great deal of discussion about the Assembly’s hearing on SB 822, which will impose a California version of Net Neutrality on the telecoms to counteract Trump’s evisceration of President Obama’s Net Neutrality rules.
Even though the CDP hasn’t formally taken a position on the legislation, this is a major policy concern for Chair Bauman, along with the vast majority of CDP activists.
Immediately after the hearing, Chair Bauman reached out to Senator Scott Weiner, the author of SB 822, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, the Chair of the Assembly committee hearing the bill. After a series of productive conversations, Chair Bauman announced that Assemblymember Santiago and Senator Weiner would work together to find a pathway forward.
This week, at a press conference at the Capitol, Senator Weiner and Assemblymember Santiago were joined by Senator Kevin de Leon and Assemblymember Rob Bonta as they announced an agreement to move the bill forward.
These new proposed rules are the toughest in the nation, and we’re proud of Senator Weiner and Assemblymember Santiago for demonstrating the kind of leadership Californians have come to expect from Democrats.
Executive Board Preview
The CDP Executive Board will be meeting in Oakland the weekend of July 13-15 at the Oakland Marriott.
Due to strong demand for tickets, we’ve added space to the Luncheon. We’re very pleased with the response to our keynote speaker, Steve Philips, author of Brown is the New White. This is going to be an exciting, informative and lively discussion about the changing face of America – any remaining tickets will be sold on-site at the Executive Board.
Executive Board Members will be considering endorsements for the statewide ballot propositions on the November ballot and in the contest for United States Senate.
(As a reminder, Chair Bauman had worked with both Democratic Lt. Governor candidates advancing to the General Election and they agreed not to seek the CDP endorsement).
Click here for more information about the Executive Board Meeting.
And to close out the week, here’s Chair Bauman and Bowzer singing ‘Good Night, Steve Knight’ in Santa Clarita:
121 Days Until the Election!