AD1 Results and E-Board Roundup

AD1 Results and E-Board Roundup

I’m proud to report that the Blue Wave is still rolling. This time it’s in Assembly District 1, where Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt came in first with 39% in the special election primary in the longtime Republican district in Shasta County. I know many of you have spent months organizing to support Elizabeth, a farmer and environmental advocate. At this past weekend’s Executive Board — much more on that below — we sent 2,000 text messages in support of her campaign. We’ve got her back through the runoff in November and will certainly keep you posted on ways to support her campaign.

Speaking of our Executive Board meeting, thank you to each and every one of you who showed up to volunteer your time to building the Party you want to see and strengthen our efforts to prepare to take back the White House in 2020. And a special thank you to CDP’s staff who worked around the clock all summer to organize the weekend — quite a feat to pull off. Read on for highlights and important links below to recap the incredible work you all took part in this weekend.

A More Inclusive, Progressive, Safer, and Stronger Party

  • The Rules Committee adopted and Executive Board passed many of the recommendations provided by the Task Force I convened earlier this year in an effort to build a party free of misconduct and harassment. This weekend, we reformed our Party’s Misconduct and Harassment Reporting process to create clear protocols, established a Conduct Commission to ensure accountability and finalized our Code of Conduct, and held a workshop on preventing sexual harassment and enforcing our new policies. Read the full report from the Rules Committee, click here.
  • The E-Board adopted the Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, laying out specific steps and memorializing our commitment to ensure the Democratic Party — at all levels — works to include, rather than exclude people from participation. This allows us to welcome into our state party Democrats who have faced barriers to voting, because of documentation status or involvement with the justice system. We are furthering a long legacy of expanding the franchise as widely as possible in the belief that the full benefit of political participation should be open to all. Read the full plan here.
  • The urgency of the climate crisis was front and center, with CDP voting overwhelmingly to stand with progressives across the country in calling on the DNC to reconsider their position on hosting a true climate change debate for presidential candidates. We simply no longer have time to talk around this issue: We need to understand clearly where the candidates fall on these issues so fundamental to our survival. Read the resolution, along with the full list of Resolutions adopted by the Executive Board, here.
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Did you see this?

Want to make sure you don’t miss this news — Orange County is blue.                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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I want to make sure you didn’t miss the big news from last week: Orange County is now officially blue, with 89 more registered Democrats than Republicans.

This is huge. As Orange County Democrats’ Chair Ada Briceño says, “If it can happen in Orange County, it can happen anywhere.”

To that I say: Yes it can, and yes it will! With support from Democrats like you, we’re heading into 2020 stronger than ever — and we’re ready to turn GOP-held seats up and down the state blue.

But first, we have to hit our mid-month fundraising goal, tonight at midnight. Can you chip in $20.20 or more, right now, to help power our work ahead?

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Welcome to the new California Democratic Party

Hello good people!

Welcome to the new California Democratic Party—committed to making our entire organization more inclusive, diverse, transparent, and responsive to the needs of our delegates and other stakeholders across the state.

These are interesting times for the CDP. On the one hand, California Democrats are on a roll: We hold every statewide elected office and retain a supermajority in our Legislature. Last year, we flipped several Orange County congressional districts blue to strengthen the party’s overall position in California.

On the other hand, like many other major institutions, for years, the California Democratic Party has failed to fully value and leverage the experiences, energy, skills and relationships of all our constituents, including people of color, young activists, rural voters, seniors, veterans, women, immigrants, and those who may be participating in politics for the first time.

We can do better, and we will. Under the leadership of our new party chairman, Rusty Hicks, the CDP has put in place groundbreaking policies to ensure that our boards and committees more accurately reflect the diversity of our party.

We’re also committed to better meeting our constituents’ needs, both during election season and in between cycles. In direct response to your requests, the party has launched a bold, new initiative to help train fellow Democrats, cultivate emerging leaders, and build our capacity to reach voters and win elections up and down California.

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These last 60 days

An update on our work these last two months:                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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This past Sunday marked the end of my first 60 days serving as your California Democratic Party Chair. I wanted to use this milestone to reach out to you and share an update on our work these last two months:

 

Since I took office, my singular focus has been on strengthening the Party and ensuring that we are in a stable and strong position to build towards Democratic victories in 2020. To that end, one of my top priorities as Chair has been, and continues to be, creating a Party that reflects the full diversity of our state’s nine million Democrats.

 

Consequently, I have worked with dozens of Delegates over the past two months to update the leadership and membership of our standing committees, to empower a new generation of leaders while leveraging the experience of veteran activists. I’m proud to announce that the Party’s new standing committee membership is 56% women and transgender and non-binary, 20% LGBTQ, 60% people of color, 24% under 36-years-old, 16% individuals with a disability, and 71% elected delegates. You can view the standing committee appointments here.

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I have no more words, only anger

I have no more words, only anger

oman, and child in this country whose life has been cut short by gun violence to end this epidemic.

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Over the weekend in El Paso, a young man with hate in his heart and a weapon of war in his hands walked into a Walmart and massacred at least 20 people. It was one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

Hours later, it happened again.

This time, at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. At least 9 are dead, and 27 others are reported injured. According to police, they couldn’t have acted faster. It all happened in under one minute.

Families should not have to be afraid to take their kids shopping on a Saturday afternoon. Or to run errands in their neighborhoods. They should not have to be afraid to attend a local bar — or a movie, festival, concert, or block party. They should not have to fear for their lives in their classrooms or places of worship.

We can’t live like this. It has to stop.

We can’t afford to wait another day, or for another massacre to happen in our country, for lawmakers to address this. Yet the defenders of the status quo — the gun manufacturing lobby and every single politician who is paid to defend it — will tell you that horrific acts of violence like these are beyond our control.

I am telling you today that this could not be further from the truth. Every day we fail to take action, we choose this fate. Every day politicians fail to acknowledge and act on this crisis, they allow our gun violence crisis to take more lives.

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Mueller’s testimony today

Mueller’s testimony today

Mueller’s testimony makes it clear: Donald Trump has not been exonerated of obstruction of justice.

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Robert Mueller’s testimony reinforced that Donald Trump has not been exonerated of any crimes. It also highlighted that:
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