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The Chair's Corner

When You Meet a Candidate, Say “Thank You!”

July 30, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"Running for office can be both exhilarating and exhausting. If you ask anyone who has run, you’ll hear that, win or lose, it’s a life-transforming experience. There are few other endeavors that allow someone to become a public persona overnight, meet hundreds or thousands of people, and speak out about critical issues that impact real lives. We want every candidate to be prepared with the confidence, knowledge, and tools to run smart, strong campaigns."

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The Rise and Fall of the "ReTRUMPlican" Party

July 23, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"In a series of hate-filled sound bites, starting with a campaign kickoff speech in which he called Mexicans criminals and rapists, Donald Trump has captured headlines, enraged business partners, and created an atmosphere of irrationality that is even higher than usual in our opposing party. It would be easy to roll your eyes and dismiss everything that has been going on as crazy, but the truth is too scary to ignore." 

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Forty Years of Pride and Activism by the San Diego Democrats for Equality

July 15, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"It's hard now to imagine the origins of San Diego Pride in 1974, when a handful of activists marched on the sidewalks because they had no permit. Today Pride is the largest public event in San Diego, with hundreds of thousands of participants from across the country. In a similar fashion, the San Diego Democrats for Equality has grown from a few members on a mission to a political force for justice and equality. They have been in the forefront of every battle, every step of the way. "

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California Should be a "No ALEC Zone"

July 9, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"Sometimes we just need a little sunshine. That shouldn’t be too much to ask here in Southern California. But unfortunately, a dark cloud is headed our way in the form of a shadowy lobbying organization that buys loyalty from state legislatures with untraceable corporate dollars and threatens the very fabric of our democracy. Exaggeration? Not even a little. Concerned yet? You should be."

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Seismic Cultural Shifts and Rifts

July 2, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"Lately, it’s felt pretty good to be a Democrat. From the momentous decision to legalize same-sex marriage to calls for the removal of the Confederate flag, we have seen signs of significant progressive cultural shifts across our nation. But along with those shifts has come the exposure of underlying rifts. Recently affirmed civil rights will be tested and tempered by entrenched opponents on all fronts, so that even as the celebrations fade, the fight is again heating up."

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Democratic Leadership Brings Paid Sick Leave to California

June 25, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"The Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 arrives courtesy of San Diego’s own Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, who authored the new law. Starting next week, an estimated 6.5 million Californians will have paid sick leave for the first time. Millions more will benefit from additional flexibility in existing policies. This is worth celebrating!"

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State Controller Betty Yee Coming to San Diego

June 17, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"This week we look at California Controller Betty Yee, who is showing bold leadership in the area of tax reform and responsible spending. I am proud to call Betty Yee my friend, but I'm even more excited that someone with 30 years of experience with California budgets, finance, and taxes was elected as our Controller. You are invited to meet State Controller Betty Yee and her mentor and predecessor in this position, California Treasurer John Chiang next week."

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When ALEC Comes to Town, Just Say "No!"

June 11, 2015 The Chair's Corner

"It’s fitting that my first blog post shares the news about the upcoming San Diego meeting of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), a shadowy front group that spawns anti-woman, anti-voter, anti-environment, anti-worker, and other extreme legislation across the country. I invite you to join the Democratic Party, workers, community groups, faith leaders, and other allies in saying 'No!' to ALEC."

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