Obama Delegate Purge: Slash and Burn in California

By dusk on Wednesday, the California Obama campaign had purged almost all progressive activists from its delegate candidate lists. Names of candidates, people who had filed to run to represent Obama at the August Democratic Party National Convention, disappeared, not one by one, but hundreds at a time, from the Party web site listing the […]

Jeremiah Wright: Let’s Explore This Wound

Jeremiah Wright

Perhaps you were as moved by Barack Obama’s speech on race as I was, and as intrigued with the responses as well. Last year, at Professional Days before the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, we heard Rev. Jeremiah Wright as our keynote presenter. He was impressive—learned, provocative, inspirational. Our tradition of preaching is quite different from […]

Obama! Obama! Hillary! Hillary!

Marcy Winograd

Was it a split CA Dem Party convention last weekend in San Jose? Shades of what’s to come at the Dem Party convention in August? Actually, the Obama fans far outnumbered the Hillary cadre on Sunday, when both camps waved placards in front of the convention center, awaiting the arrival of Obama surrogate San Fran […]

PDA Scores in San Jose

kevin-mckeown-and-jack-oconnell

With dramatic new language to end the war in Iraq added to the state platform, and a resounding vote against Proposition 98, which would end rent control, the California Democratic Party convention in San Jose Sunday was invigorated by new progressive spirit. Santa Monica City Councilmember Kevin McKeown was among the local delegates aligned with […]

Draft California Democratic Party Platform

The California Democratic Party will: • Promote peace, real security, the rule of law, and human rights both at home and abroad • Provide guaranteed support for first responders, military servicemembers, and veterans • Fight to restore the Constitutional balance among the branches of the federal government • Create a 21st century economy built on […]

Lest We Forget

Alice Walker

An Open Letter To My Sisters Who Are Brave I have come home from a long stay in Mexico to find — because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama/Clinton race for the Democratic nomination – a new country existing alongside the old. On any given day we, collectively, become the Goddess […]

Why Am I in This Hand Basket?

Jim Hightower

Texas best-selling author and radio commentator Jim Hightower swung through Southern California this past week to ruffle a few feathers—“kick a little ass,” is what he actually said—and spread a little sunlight as the long night of the “theocratic, plutocratic, kleptocratic” Bush Administration comes to an end. Speaking to a mostly white-haired audience at Pasadena’s […]

My Own Private Hillary

Barack Obama looks on as Hillary Clinton is about to speak

This campaign has me feeling as though I’m totally schitzo. I’m a two-headed monster. No – double that. It’s not merely Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sitting on my shoulders, battling each other for my head, my heart, and my vote. There’s also a second war raging within my own head and heart.

Getting Young Latinos to Vote

Young Latinos Vote

As the Democratic Party’s presidential primary season moves into the homestretch with Senators Clinton and Obama vying to match each other stride for stride, two voter groups — Latinos and the young — are playing increasingly central roles. The Latino vote in California broke heavily for Hillary Clinton, helping her win resounding victories there, while […]

Why I Support Barack Obama

Barack Obama

I started this campaign season as a Kucinich supporter. As it became clear I’d have to select one of the leading Presidential candidates, I began to look earnestly for differences between them. I listened as emphasis was placed on “experience”, “two different Americas” and “Hope.” From my vantage point, the positions taken by the three […]

Why We Support Barack Obama

Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama, John Kennedy

America needs a Democrat in the White House who can transform our country for years to come the way Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy once did. We believe Barack Obama can best unite, inspire, and transform America and here’s why. Since the advent of Ronald Reagan’s “Smell the Coffee” Administration nearly three decades […]

Garamendi Coy in Altadena

John Garamendi

Speaking before supporters in Altadena this week, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tiptoed lightly around talk of running for governor of California next time around. “We’ll have an announcement about that in January,” he said, though the reception was titled “Garamendi—2010” and nobody present stuck their fifty bucks in the envelope to support his run for […]

Kevin de Leon Hits the Ground Running

Kevin de Leon

As a first-time elected official, Assemblymember Kevin de Leon stepped into a big job this year. Named Assistant Majority Floor Leader at the start of his first term, Kevin supported the Assembly Democratic leadership team of Speaker Fabian Nunez and Majority Floor Leader Karen Bass in dealing with over 1,000 bills in his first term […]

Portantino Reflects on His First Year in the California Assembly

Anthony Portantino and daughter Bella

In May 2006, the Northeast Democratic Club endorsed Anthony Portantino as its choice for the 44th Assembly District seat being vacated by Carol Liu, who had termed out. In the June 2006 primary, Portantino was selected as the Democratic Party candidate in the general election, and in the November 2006 general election, he captured 58.3% […]

A Cab Ride with Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra

War, trade policy, immigration, and the need to show voters that government has a role to play and solutions that work were much on Congressman Xavier Becerra’s mind on a recent cab ride to the airport from Capitol Hill. In response to survey results asking for more contact with officeholders representing Northeast Los Angeles, we […]

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