Weekly Update – 6.29.18

It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

AD 76 Candidates Show Democrats Growing More United

Earlier today, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman announced an agreement between the Democrats in AD 76 to not seek the CDP Endorsement.

The Assembly race in this coastal North County district in San Diego was one of the biggest surprises from the Primary – for all the fretting about Democrats getting locked out in the Congressional districts, we ended up being the winners of a Republican shut-out in the seat being vacated by Rocky Chavez, and adding California to the already swelling list of legislative districts that Democrats have captured over the past 18 months.

Kudos to both candidates for putting the unity of the Party and their voters first! Read our full statement here.

Thank the Good Lord for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This week at the Supreme Court sucked. Have a nice glass of wine (Opus is a favorite of The Notorious R.B.G.) and read up on Jackie Rosen and Krysten Sinema, our candidates for US Senate in Nevada and Arizona. The long, hard, painful road of retaking the Court begins with winning these two crucial seats in November.

CDP is Hiring!

As we gear up for the General Election, one of Chair Bauman’s top priorities is community engagement. We’re launching an unprecedented investment in community engagement and outreach – as part of that effort, CDP is seeking talented organizers who can work to activate, motivate, and mobilize voters to make the Big Blue Wave a reality this November.

We’re hiring several key positions,  including an organizer for Rural California. Click here to view our current job openings. Please feel free to forward and circulate to your contacts!

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. Were very pleased with the response to our keynote speaker, Stephen 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 – 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.

A few more thoughts on the Supreme Court

We wanted to make sure you saw Chair Bauman’s statement on Tuesdays horrific set of rulings:

“…California Democrats will continue to resist at every level. Our local and state officials have worked to shield Californians from every Trumpist assault on progress. Our grassroots activists have put the majority of House Republican seats in play. And we will look to ways to support Democrats in Nevada and Arizona as they capture the crucial US Senate seats that will take away Mitch McConnell’s ability to control the Supreme Court appointment process.”

We also wanted to highlight the message Chair Bauman and CDP Labor Caucus Chair Tim Paulson sent out in reaction to the long-awaited Janus decision:

“The American Labor Movement has seen tough days before. 150 years ago, powerful robber barons routinely called out the Pinkertons – the Blackwater of the 19th Century – and had Union organizers beaten, bombed and shot like dogs in the street.

Nevertheless the Unions persisted because the ideas of collective bargaining, of fair pay for fair work, of solidarity and support between workers speaks so powerfully to our intrinsic belief in justice, fairness and equality. 

Those ideas are more resonant today than they have been in our lifetimes. And for those who believe that Unions won’t come back from this defeat, let’s remember the teachers who stared down right-wing knuckledragging Republicans in Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky just a few months ago.” 

Read the full statement from Chair Bauman and Chair Paulson here.

Happy 4th of July!

We wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July. This is Your CDP Team’s favorite holiday. And yeah, we sure do enjoy the barbeques and the fireworks – but mostly, we enjoy the spirit of unity and celebration we see everywhere we look. It’s one of the few days of the year where all the arguments and division washes away. And we’re all just one big, happy, American family celebrating the day we proclaimed some self-evident truths to the world.

Your CDP Team is damn proud to be living in this country, and fighting every single day to make it the country we all know it can and should and must and will be. We’re proud of all of you for the exact same reason. There is no higher form of patriotism than insisting that Americans live up to the values that make us American. And there is no higher form of patriotism than Resisting when our government refuses to live up to those values.

So for all our Democratic Patriots out there, we’ll sign-off this week with the greatest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner ever captured on film, courtesy of the divine Whitney Houston:

 

–CDP Update