Saturday, May 20, 2017

Are California Democrats like the National GOP?

Mod: Just because they control everything doesn't mean they'll get anything done. Nationally the GOP holds majorities in both houses of Congress, plus the White House, but have apparently been incapable of repealing Obamacare or instituting their long promised tax reforms. Conversely, here in California, the Democrats run the entire show. But judging by the chaos at their state convention in Sacramento this weekend, they aren't about to get much done, either. 

California Democrats Open Convention With Eye on Trump (US News & World Report link): California Democrats meet Saturday with renewed optimism about their party's chances of adding to their huge majority among the state's 53-member congressional delegation and potentially tipping the balance of power in the U.S. House. In a state where Democrats are itching to lead the liberal resistance to Trump and the Republican Congress, the party's activists find themselves singularly united behind the goal of stunting the GOP.

But the Democrats are also a party divided, still nursing deep divisions between insurgent supporters of Bernie Sanders and the party's establishment wing.

The divide was on clear display Friday as they opened their annual three-day convention in Sacramento. Activists demanding government-funded health care for all residents stormed into the convention center and interrupted an introductory speech by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg with chants about corporate greed.

The annual meeting caps a dizzying week that saw the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign.

Some 3,000 delegates in the nation's largest state Democratic party will hear from their party's longstanding stalwarts and rising stars.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to speak Saturday, along with Sen. Kamala Harris, the former state attorney general who often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and all Democrats running for governor. Rep. Adam Schiff, who rose from obscurity to national prominence thanks to his perch as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee in the Trump era, will give the keynote address.

The party's path back to national relevance will likely go through California, where half of the 14 Republicans in Congress represent districts that supported Clinton over Trump. Democrats need to pick up at least 24 Republican-held seats to win the majority in the U.S. House, gaining the power to issue subpoenas and hold hearings to investigate Trump or, as a handful of lawmakers have suggested, to impeach him.

"I think it's important that we start now, so we cannot just educate people but get them engaged," said Tiffany Countryman, a 47-year-old human-resources manager from Lancaster.

Countryman said she's seen newly active in Democratic politics and is determined to defeat her Congressman, Steve Knight, the only Republican in Congress from Los Angeles County and a top target for Democrats in next year's election.

Late Saturday, Democrats will settle a hard-fought race for party chair that has highlighted the divide between longtime party activists and a new breed of progressives, many loyal to former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who won a bloc of convention seats earlier this year and is clamoring for changes in party leadership.

While both major candidates for party chair endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, Sanders supporters have rallied around Kimberly Ellis, the former head of an organization that works to elect Democratic women to office.

Ellis has called for new blood in the party, a dig at her main rival, Eric Bauman, the party's vice chair who points to Democrats' dominance in California and says the party needs a steady hand to continue that success. Bauman has lined up the support from the vast majority of elected Democrats and was the overwhelming favorite to win until agitators loyal to Sanders surged Ellis' support.

"It's just not enough for the Democratic Party to be the anti-Trump party," Bauman says in a campaign video sent to delegates this week. "We must unite around our shared progressive agenda and values."

Democrats have a tight grip on all of California's levers of power with control of all statewide offices, supermajorities in both legislative chambers and an overwhelming majority if the congressional delegation.

"We've had tremendous success in the electoral sense. We haven't always used our success to advance progressive ideas," said Naida Tushnet, a 75-year-old retired educator from Long Beach who said she's a longtime party volunteer but attending her first state convention.

Tushnet is baffled that such a strong and proudly Democratic state has not adopted universal, government-funded health care - a policy known as single-payer health care that's become a rallying cry for many liberals. It's time for the party's progressive wing to flex its muscles, she said.

"We've got a two-thirds supermajority. Why is there even a discussion about passing single-payer?" Tushnet said.

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27 comments:

  1. Do you think these Dems are doing a good job? The train to nowhere? Calpers? Brown's new gas tax? Give everything to everyone and tax, tax, tax.

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  2. The Republicans and the Democrats both have favored constituencies that they reward for contributing to their campaigns. Unfortunately the taxpayers who fund it all aren't one of them. For either party.

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  3. ARE WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS PREPARING FOR THE WORST AS THEY RESEARCH IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST TRUMP?
    http://www.newsweek.com/white-house-donald-trump-impeachment-612878

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  4. These are the turds which we hear about on a dayly basis. We need to drain the swamp... No more pensions and no more cadallic health insurance plans! Just think, why does the hard working California tax payers have to continue paying for these bums cadallic life styles? We the tax payers are getting nothing in exchange! The unions are killing our country! The leader, gov brown wishes are to again raise all gasoline and desiel fuel taxes, effective this January 2018, and license plate taxes, to fund a multi billion dollar bullet train and illegals, living in California sancuary citirs again, at the tax payers continued expense. Gov brown must balance the state debt with looking for more new tax dollars!

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    1. The Republicans do the same for Wall Street, "The Swamp," oil and other corporations, and the cheap labor dictatorships of Asia and beyond. Either way you look at it you lose.

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    2. Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mrs. Robinson,
      Jesus loves you more than you will know
      Wo wo wo
      God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson
      Heaven holds a place for those who pray
      Hey, hey, hey hey, hey, hey

      Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
      Going to the candidates' debate
      Laugh about it, shout about it
      When you've got to choose
      Every way you look at this you lose

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    3. Your last sentence contradicts your whole stupid comment,a bunch of poorly worded cliches. Are you OK? You're trump guy aren't you?

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    4. Dude has some literacy problems. Explains his Trumpiness.

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    5. No more worry. Comrade Putin make all better soon.

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  5. James Comey to Testify in Public Senate Hearing About Russia Inquiry
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/rod-rosenstein-fbi.html

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  6. Think about it folks, we're having a good week- that racist confederate statue got taken down, that racist sexist ailes got taken down, and racist sexist Trump is out of the country for a week.

    That swamp has been drained a little!

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  7. No, I am the Trump Guy. Serves "you" Dems and Libs right. The song/story includes all of you scrambling about, scratching you're heads while screaming, the sky is falling, the sky is falling - "we should tax that".

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    1. Interesting topic choice, TG. Thanks! So where are all those Trump tax cuts and reforms?

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    2. 9:47...you know as well as everyone who visits here that the Dems are not going to allow ANYTHING that Trump or any Republican puts forth to pass through Congress. Same as when Obama was prez, the Republicans wouldn't OK anything from the other side.

      That's just how things work in our government now. At the Federal level and in Sacramento. Whoever has the upper hand is going to shove stuff up our noses regardless of what's good for us or not. They all play "my way or the highway."

      The only way out of it is to stop electing the same old hacks into office (or stop complaining about how things are when we do keep electing them).

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    3. It is typical of the two major parties to blame each other for their failures. 11:15 blames the Dems even though the GOP controls Congress and the White House.

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    4. 12:36 obviously doesn't know how to do interpretive reading. 11:15 is saying that neither party is doing anybody any good at any level.

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  8. J.Comey will testify, willingly before the Intelligence Committee, but not before the Independent Council, thus disappointing the Dems and Libs.
    Russia, Russia, where for art thou?

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    1. Please read the entire story,not just the headline.
      "Fired FBI director Jim Comey stunned yesterday when he declined an invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week in a closed session. Now a "close associate" of his told the NYTimes that he's more than willing to testify, but not behind closed doors.

      Why it matters: Those closed sessions routinely leak to the press, but if Comey has something to say, a public hearing will be harder for Trump to avoid or describe as "fake news."

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    2. 11:26 is both unsophisticated and living under the Fox rock.

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  9. Saudi Arabia welcoming President Trump, who is urging unity against extremists.
    American Leadership
    American Strength.

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    1. Trump just courtseyed to a foreign king. You got played, fool!

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    2. American whores.
      All the Saudis have seen our first lady naked.

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    3. No, their urging a multi billionaire n dollar deal that's been in the works for a long time. Again, The billionaire is profit why chumps like you get left behind.

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    4. Ever hear of 9/11? trump is urging unity against extremists with the terrorists responsible for 9/11 terror attack. That is not "American Leadership
      American Strength" It's pathetic cowardice by a traitor.

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    5. Melania not even wearing a headscarf. Trump whined publicly when Michelle Obama didn't. Standard-issue hypocrite politician. And fools still think he's an outsider

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    6. Trump is an extremist. We are stuck between hegemony and survival

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  10. Angela Merkel, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Theresa May none of these women wore a head covering when visiting Saudi Arabia. That Trump ignorantly pointed out Michelle did not wear a head covering when it is not rquired of non-practicing Muslims and not even a universal practice in all Muslim countries says more about Trump's hatred of all things Obama. The guy has situational ethics to serve his purposes and no intellect to back it up.

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