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May 28 – Democratic State of Play Moving into 2018

Dr. Cody Petterson will discuss the current state of play within the San Diego County Democratic Party and describe a progressive path to victory throughout the County in 2018. His talk will begin with an overview of the results of the California Democratic Party’s 2017 Convention. He will then discuss the lingering effects of the 2016 Democratic Primary and continue with a brief description of the current San Diego Democratic political environment, including the current split in the county Labor movement and the ongoing conflict on the City Council. After a brief review of the local races that are likely to draw the Party’s attention in 2018, Dr. Petterson will detail some of the ways in which the local progressive movement is working to revitalize the Party and insure strong, populist progressive victories across the county in 2018. Jonathan ‘Cody’ Petterson is a lifelong Democrat, born, raised, and now raising a family in La Jolla, California. He is committed to making San Diego, California, and the United States more equitable, sustainable, and democratic. He is …

Apr 23 – Monthly Meeting – Voting Rights

UC San Diego political science professor (and former Assemblyman) Nathan Fletcher teaches a class on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From the Declaration of Independence through to the 2013 Supreme Court decision which found a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional his course covers the history of voting rights in the United States including attempts to disenfranchise voters. Literacy tests were used as a means to deny voters along lines of race and class – Louisiana literacy test (PDF) – and continue to flummox UCSD undergraduates today – Union-Tribune article by @GaryWarthUT. Many of our struggles with the present Administration will come down to the 2018 Ballot boxes and who is willing, and able, to vote. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is our featured speaker this evening, and we’re delighted to also welcome Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher who will speak on her recently introduced legislation. 4:00PM – 5:30PM Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106 For additional info call (619) 800-5098 Directions and parking information Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d …

Feb 26 – Monthly Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. In 2016, we lost the 49th by a slim margin of just 1,621 votes with over 310,000 cast.  Come to learn, and challenge, how we can work with Doug’s campaign to take back the Hill. I believe Congress is a function of the people, by the people, and for the people. For too long, we have sent politicians to Washington D.C. who play into the corruption of special interests over the needs of Americans and the nation. We need problem solvers in our government. We need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability and transparency in a Congress that is willing to take big-money’s influence out of our Government.  As your elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reject political brinkmanship and focus on bipartisan measures that advance our economy bringing jobs back to the United States, help our troops and veterans, preserve our environment including our coastal …

The battle is joined: Lessons of the 2017 California Democratic ADEMs

The battle for the heart of the California Democratic Party has begun in earnest. November 8th taught millions of progressives an indelible lesson: the age of the part-time citizen is over. For too long, we have delegated power to those who hungered for it, who used it to enrich and aggrandize themselves, and who failed our Party, failed this great nation, and failed the Earth. I and millions like me awoke November 9th with an iron resolve to bring our principles to power. In the two months following the November 8th Presidential election, I joined nearly a thousand progressives running to become delegates to the California State Democratic Convention. Here in San Diego, we assembled slates in all seven districts of our county, contacting, vetting, and recruiting potential slate members, guiding and facilitating ‘get out the vote’ (GOTV) efforts, and sharing campaign literature across slates. It was an overwhelming feeling to look up in the aftermath of our own races and recognize that we had been part of a tidal wave of progressive struggle and triumph. Progressives won stunning victories across …

Obamacare in Trump Country

At Sunday’s meeting with Stephen J Natoli, talking about his journey from Conservatism to Liberalism, one clubmember asked the question – why do voters vote against their own self-interest? Why did poor white voters, who gained access to health insurance under a Democratic administration, vote for Trump who promised to repeal their healthcare? This short Vox video doesn’t provide an answer, but should give comfort to Las Vegas casino owners. Form Vox’s description: We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. Some thought that Trump would not actually repeal Obamacare. Others felt that Obamacare wasn’t affordable. See the full interview with President Obama at: https://youtu.be/V7eqoL18zwg Kathy’s full question and Obama’s answer start at 38:00

Jan 22 – My Journey to Liberalism
 – Confessions of a Former Conservative

2017 is proving to be an exciting time for Democrats in California. The ADEM elections at the start of the January and the Women’s March this weekend are positive signs that people have awoken and are getting more involved in the political process. January is the just warm up. For this month’s meeting we welcome Prof Stephen J. Natoli to relate his personal journey including the experiences and values that brought him to the liberal side, and the principles and issues that keep him there. Here is a book review for Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism is Right for America The US Review of Books: Professional Book Reviews for the People. Following Steve’s presentation we’ll introduce some of the newly elected Assembly Delegates who many of you recently voted for, and who will be representing you at the State Convention in May in Sacramento. For those who took part in the historic protest yesterday (possibly the largest demonstration in San Diego for the last 45 years) please bring along your signs and attire for everyone to enjoy. Brandon …