03 Jun

CDP Responds to Ellis; Election Process Was Fair and Transparent


Chris Masami Myers, Executive Director of the California Democratic Party, issued the following statement in response to Kimberly Ellis, who was a candidate for Chair of the CDP:

“The California Democratic Party held an open, fair election of officers on May 20, 2017.  The ballots were counted and then counted again in the presence of observers from all candidates.  As a result of the balloting, Eric C. Bauman was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party.”

“Ms. Ellis has stated that the CDP rejected her call for an “independent” audit of the election results.  In fact, the CDP has already permitted Ms. Ellis and her team to review all the ballots and registration materials.  The Ellis campaign team spent 4 days reviewing each and every ballot cast in the Chair’s race.  During the review, Ms. Ellis was represented by an attorney and a CPA who specializes in auditing.”

“During her review, Ms. Ellis submitted a challenge to the election results.  That communication, however, did not include any facts, allegations or any basis whatsoever for the challenge.  Consequently, I provided her with an additional 7 days to provide support for her claim.”

“The CDP Compliance Review Commission (CRC), an independent party committee appointed by former Chair John Burton, is currently considering the challenge submitted by Ms. Ellis.  To date, the CRC still has not received any information to enable it to address Ms. Ellis’ challenge.”

Stephen J. Kaufman, Counsel to the California Democratic Party, stated:

“The California Democratic Party is committed to resolving any challenges consistent with its bylaws.  To that end, it is unfortunate that the Ellis campaign has chosen to litigate this issue in the press, rather than providing the CDP with any grounds supporting her challenge.  The CDP has acted in good faith throughout this process to provide Ms. Ellis and her team with the information they’ve requested.  In fact, the Party has gone above and beyond.”

Chris Masami Myers continued:

“As Democrats, we are all focused on achieving the same goals, and we should support the independent process that our Party uses to resolve these issues.”

“Consistent with the CDP’s by-laws and procedures, Eric C. Bauman took office as Chair of the CDP when he was passed the gavel by Chairman Burton at the close of the Convention on May 21, 2017.  Chair Bauman has already begun the process of reorganizing and strengthening our Party to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead for the 2018 elections, for which the primary will be held exactly one year from now.”

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02 Jun

Science fiction

Kamala Harris

I wanted to take a second this morning to share my thoughts with you on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. It’ll only take a quick moment and I hope you’ll read them, take action, and then forward this email to ask your friends to do the same.

Make no mistake: climate change is real. The science is undeniable. That’s why Donald Trump’s reasoning for withdrawing is so irrational. Corporate greed and science fiction should never influence public policy.

Make no mistake: no responsible government official would recommend abandoning the world community on climate change. Our obligation, both as a global leader and as the planet’s second largest polluter, is to combat this threat to public health and safety here at home, and abroad.

I’m proud that California will be one of the first to pick up the torch and join the Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump’s decision. No state has a bigger role to play in addressing this crisis than ours, and it’s no surprise that our state’s leaders are already hard at work.

Now we must organize together in this moment to ensure other state and local governments do the same:

Sign my petition encouraging state and local governments to join the Paris Climate Agreement in resistance to Trump >>

Since we cannot formally exit the agreement until November of 2020, there is still time to undo this damage. Every election is now a referendum on climate change and we must do everything in our power to elect candidates who will stand with us in combating this global emergency.

Together, I’m convinced America can meet the challenge of climate change head-on. It’s up to our generation to do what is necessary and secure a safe, healthy future for our kids and grandkids.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. I’m mindful in this moment that the worst effects of Trump’s decisions will not be felt by those in power who made it. People of color and those experiencing poverty in this country are more likely to live near coal plants and have higher asthma rates than the average American. It’s only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Sign our petition to local and state governments today >>



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