Winter 2017 CADEM E-Board Highlights

Winter 2017 CADEM E-Board Highlights

November 2017 – By: Nick Andre, E-Board Rep. AD35

  • New rules were considered and adopted that level the playing field between incumbents and challengers for the California Democratic Party endorsement process. This means that starting immediately, incumbents need 60% of the vote to get a state party endorsement (like everyone else), instead of a simple majority.
    • Progressives were successful in stopping a delay of these new rules. The delay failed by 1 vote in the Rules Committee, after many progressive leaders spoke out against the delay, arguing that the optics of such a move would be damaging to the party. Our California Democratic Party Regional Director, David Atkins, and myself, were among those who testified that incumbents should play by the same rules as everyone else and that it should take effect immediately.
    • This could have a significant impact on the US Senate race (Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de Leon, Alison Hartson, Pat Harris, David Hildebrand), increasing the chances that no one will achieve the 60% threshold to receive the state party endorsement at the state convention in February.
  • A resolution was passed titled “Denounce the Influence of Money in Politics, and Act in Accordance With the California Democratic Party (CDP) Platform” which was sponsored by the Feel the Bern Democratic Club in LA. The text of the resolution can be found in the attached meeting packet.
  • A resolution was passed titled “Standing up Against Sexual Harassment”, authored by CDP Chair, Eric C. Bauman and Christine Pelosi. The text of the resolution can be found in the attached meeting packet.
  • A workshop was held titled “All in This Together – Threats to Labor Workshop” hosted by SEIU State Council.
  • Kimberly Ellis announced she was working for and endorsing Alison Hartson for US Senate.
  • The Progressive Caucus held a joint meeting with the Arab American Caucus. Meeting agenda is attached in this packet. Karen Bernal, chair of the Progressive Caucus urged progressive delegates “not to be cheap dates”, meaning progressives should not hand out endorsements to those running for office without first obtaining solid commitments on progressive policy.
  • The Veterans Caucus elected a progressive slate to its Executive Board, including Bernie Sanders delegate Cullen Tiernan as chair. The vote was 51-0-2. The new officers were sworn-in to office to chants of “No More Wars”, a reference to a protest undertaken by Bernie delegates at the DNC.
  • Much more happened, please review the full meeting packet that is attached, it includes the minutes of the August E-Board meeting as well as all the resolutions that were passed this weekend, committee reports, etc.

Progressive Caucus – Arab American Caucus -Joint Agenda

CDP EBoard 2017 November Reports Packet