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  • Segami (6012 posts)
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    Is Bernie's Revolution TAKING OVER The California Democratic Party?

    Is Bernie’s Revolution TAKING OVER The California Democratic Party?


    This past weekend, California Democrats turned out for the grassrootsiest of elections. The task was– more or less– to elect 14 party delegates (7 men and 7 women) for each of the state’s 80 Assembly districts. As RL Miller, chair of the state’s environmental caucus, described it, California Democrats engaged in “the most retail of all politics, i.e., rounding up 5 of your friends to vote for you and 13 of your friends in a library community room in an election receiving no publicity whatsoever. The winners get the right to travel to Sacramento on their own dime, participate in a statewide convention, and vote on resolutions and state party positions.” Doesn’t sound sexy? Dedicated progressives under Bernie’s banner made it very sexy this time. And they won and won and won– everywhere.


    The state party officially explained it as “The Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) are held every two years (Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8 of 2017) to elect 7 women and 7 men to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) for their area. ADDs are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other delegates to represent their community. They are also elected by voters in their district to vote on behalf of the community they represent at Regional Meetings, the California Democrats Convention, and those who are also elected to serve as an Executive Board member are responsible for voting and representing their community at the semi-annual E-Board meetings.” On Monday, Christopher Cadelago, writing for the Sacramento Bee reported how it went. “It may be a stretch to call it a battle for the soul of the party, but last weekend, thousands of California Democrats filed into union halls and recreation centers to help choose some of their rank-and-file delegates. While the numbers are still being tallied, a group led by the California Nurses Association and other self-described Bernie Sanders-progressives are claiming it won a majority of the delegate slots chosen over the weekend, as well as the bulk of the 80 executive board seats up for renewal.” And that includes dozens of nurses.


    Not all the official results are in but it looks like statewide the Bernie slates plus the self-identified progressives who weren’t running as Bernie delegates had a combined spate of victories that netted them almost 60% of the seats. In my own district, for example, AD-43– Glendale, Burbank, La Canada Flintridge, Los Feliz, Atwater, East Hollywood– the Bernie slate won all 14 delegate positions. Sure, it’s a very progressive district BUT, in November the district elected a total DINO and chater school shill, Laura Friedman, to the Assembly over progressive Ardy Kassakhian. This time the progressives were well-organized and the bundles of cash from the Sacramento lobbyists weren’t in play the way they had been on behalf of Friedman. The district right next door– AD-51 (Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Chinatown, East L.A.)– Jimmy Gomez’s district, Luis Lopez’s slate won 11 of the seats, totally progressive and even Bernie-backing but not part of the “official” Bernie slate, which won the other 3 seats. A couple of districts over, AD-44– Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard and the coast between Port Hueneme and Malibu (Jacqui Irwin’s district), the Berniecrat slate won just 8 out of 14 spots, and some of the remaining 6 people running on “an old guard slate” are just as progressive as the Berniecrats.


    Where Berniecrats were well-organized, they did best– like in much of the East Bay, Silicon Valley, Downtown L.A., San Luis Obispo, where turnout was generally through the roof, in some cases double what it was in 2015 and 2013. One thing the Berniecrats need to start understanding better is that “progressive” means more than a cult of personality. Bernie himself understands that even if many of his supporters don’t. He backed Nanette Barragan in her congressional race– and was key to her win against corrupt corporate hack Isadore Hall– even though she had backed Hillary. She ran on a more Bernie-inspired platform though and without the last minute Bernie was able to raise for her field operation she might not have won. That’s smart politics on Bernie’s end.




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  • OzoneTom (858 posts)
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    1. I guess that it is time for the Hill-bots to start trash-talking about CA /nt

    Pleased to have matching hands and feet.
    • JoeFin (582 posts)
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      2. Fuck Hillary and her ilk

      They are done and don’t know it yet

      Let them rot in losersville for a while

    • Segami (6012 posts)
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      4. Expect it…..

      The Queen is raging within her-selves (lol) watching crowds once again begin chanting Bernie as he recalibrates and continues to pick up where he left off at the end of the campaign.

  • NuttyFluffers (1774 posts)
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    3. this is good news. i look forward to a better slate next primary.

    hopefully 2016 is an extinction-level event for neo-lib + neo-con Dems. wiped out in most of the country, being wiped out in their supposed stronghold states.

    no quarter, no rest… not until the Third Way vampire is staked, exposed to the sun, and reduced to ash on the wind.

  • newsjunkie (733 posts)
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    5. what wonderful news!

    thanks for that update!

  • Peace Patriot (3111 posts)
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    6. Many thanks for this report, Segami!

    It is a good point about not punishing lower ticket Democrats for supporting Hillary, if they hold up under scrutiny on progressives values and a progressive record, and on scrutiny of their donor base.  I have NEVER seen such bullying, authoritarianism and obnoxiousness, in a Democratic presidential candidate and campaign, as with Hillary Clinton, and I’ve been around a lo-n-ng time.  I’ve been a CA Democrat for 50+ years and I was so enraged this GE that I voted against every Democrat on the ticket, because they ALL endorsed that lying criminal, election fraudster Clinton.  I still oppose the state party leaders, starting with Jerry Brown, because they surely knew that the CA Primary was being stolen and they had the power to stop it!  But the lesser office holders and candidates are less culpable, I think, in many cases, are less powerful and most certainly got threatened and bullied.  Some may be redeemable, to support and vote for, but I won’t return to the CA Democratic Party until it acknowledges 2016 Primary election fraud and takes strong measures to prevent it in the future, here and in the rest of the country as well.

    So I have not been part of this CA Bernie movement within the CA Democratic Party but I have no problem at all with those who remained and are fighting this good fight, and I will look to them to help sort out the wheat from the chaff among future Dem candidates.  I salute them!  I applaud them!  I welcome their victories and I will support those whom they endorse.

  • jhart3333 (154 posts)
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    7. Friend just reported back from Nevada County:

    In Nevada County we elected 7 women and 7 men locally to be delegates to the convention in SAC this May.

    They were all Bernie people.

    Lifelong Dem(40+ years) who demexited after Bernie got screwed out of the nomination. Now a proud member of the Green Party. And yes, I voted for Jill Stein.
  • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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    8. Who cares?


    "Out of many, one"
  • Rozinante (3886 posts)
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    9. Ha! While Hillbots are pissing on themselves….

    …Bernie’s army is taking control of the party. Love it!

  • jwirr (4122 posts)
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    10. Yes, we love Bernie but we do not worship him – we agree with the values he talk

    about. Hopefully it is the issues (values) that we push ahead. That is the change that the USA needs.