Friday, May 20, 2011

Re-elect Sherri Lightner!

She filed yesterday:

http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/elections/city/120605.shtml

Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Janice Hahn’s Victory in CD36 Primary

I want to congratulate Councilwoman Janice Hahn on her first place primary finish in the CD36 special election to replace Congresswoman Jane Harman.

All of the Democratic candidates ran spirited and passionate campaigns but the primary has ended and we urge all those who voted for Debra Bowen and Marcy Winograd to unite behind the Democratic nominee.

The voters of the thirty-sixth Congressional District will be well represented by a Democrat like Janice Hahn and we look forward to helping make her the 34th member of our California Democratic Congressional Delegation.

Peace and friendship,

John Burton,

Chair

California Democratic Party

Statement of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus on the Filibuster of Goodwin Liu's Nomination to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


LOS ANGELES - California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Chair Clark Lee released the following statement on the Senate Republican filibuster of Goodwin Liu's nomination to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:


"The Senate Republicans' filibuster of Goodwin Liu's nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today is a blatant disregard for fairness, equality, and diversity. The Republicans' continued partisan attacks to mischaracterize Liu, a highly-regarded Asian American legal scholar with the highest possible rating by the American Bar Association, through the entire nomination process are pure partisan political ploys. Their scheme is not only a setback for Asian American civic participation and representation on the federal bench; it is an undermining of the American democratic process."

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The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CDP API Caucus) is the officially chartered caucus of the California Democratic Party representing Democrats of Asian and Pacific Islander origin in the State of California. The CDP API Caucus works under the general direction of the California Democratic Party. The CDP API Caucus supports all CDP endorsed candidates and ballot measures. For more information, visit www.apicaucus.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Republicans Cry "Overuse of Race," Push Partisan Gerrymander for San Diego

SDCDP MEDIA ADVISORY: Thursday May 19, 2011

Struggling for relevance in a city that has become more diverse and more Democratic in the last decade, the local Republican Party is attempting to railroad San Diego’s redistricting process by offering a wildly partisan plan and discrediting the legally required consideration of race.

* UNLAWFUL PARTISANSHIP: By law, the city’s redistricting process must be strictly nonpartisan. Commissioners are forbidden from considering partisan input. Yet the Republican presentation – partisan right down to the elephant in their logo – offered a gerrymandered map of districts contorted to create a Republican majority on the City Council. For perspective, Democrats have a 12% voter registration advantage in the city, and 62% of San Diegans voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

* CLAIMING “OVERUSE OF RACE”: In a formal presentation to the city’s Redistricting Commission, Republicans told members that “race can’t be your motive” in drawing City Council district lines. Their clear goal is to undermine the Voting Rights Act and the City Charter, which require the recognition of “communities of interest,” including racial groups, in redistricting. In a city where the majority of residents are now non-white, their strategy reveals the Republicans’ fear of greater racial diversity on the City Council.

* PERSONAL ATTACKS: Failing so far to achieve their political goals in redistricting, the local Republican Party has methodically tried to discredit individuals associated with the Commission. They planted news stories essentially criticizing the Commission’s chief of staff for her youth, and they even went so far as to hire a right-wing operative to spy on and harass one of the commissioners who is Latino and openly gay.

“San Diego’s redistricting commissioners must listen to community members, follow the law, and stay above the partisan fray,” said Jess Durfee, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. “The Democratic Party is respecting those rules, but we will not sit by silently as the Republican Party tries to railroad the public process to achieve their partisan power grab.

“The Republican Party might not accept the diversity of our great city in the 21st century, but that’s their problem,” added Durfee. “The Redistricting Commission has an important job to do now for all of the people of San Diego, so I call on them to reject the Republican distractions and scare tactics -- and just get on with their work.”

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011