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State Democrats’ internal rift persists

The tension between the progressive “Berniecrat” wing and the mainstream liberal wing of the California Democratic Party appears likely to resonate for years to come. That’s the clear takeaway from Bay Area political organizer’s Kimberly Ellis’ vow to keep contesting

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CA Democrats endorse Harris for Senate

SAN JOSE – Attorney General Kamala Harris secured the California Democratic Party endorsement for U.S. Senate Saturday night over Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Both women are vying to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. The endorsement seemed inevitable for Harris,

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Protester booted from Biden speech

SAN JOSE — Barely through his introduction, Vice President Joe Biden was interrupted by a protester who was screaming that Beau Biden died from cell phone complications. Beau Biden, the vice president’s late son, died last may of brain cancer.

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Steyer, CA Democrats denounce money in politics

SAN JOSE – California Democrats decried the influence of money in politics at their convention on Saturday as they introduced Tom Steyer to speak. Steyer is a wealthy hedge fund manager and top-Democratic donor who runs an environmental group called

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CA Democratic Convention: Lorena Gonzalez leads party into workers’ comp fight

Lorena Gonzalez doesn’t shy away from a fight. After less than two years in the state Assembly, the former San Diego labor organizer has established herself as the state’s leading advocate for workers. Last year, Gonzalez successfully authored legislation to force companies – large

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CA Democratic Convention: Marginalized group challenges party to stand for “health choice”

At this weekend’s state party convention, California Democrats went out of their way to acknowledge marginalized groups and affirm their commitment to a woman’s right to choose. “It’s a lack of respect,” House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said of why

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CA Democratic Convention: Democrats divided on economic issues, trade pact

Sen. Elizabeth Warren staked her claim as the progressive choice for president Saturday, with a rousing speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party’s state convention. The first-term Democratic Senator from Massachusetts earned a rousing applause and standing ovation from convention delegates

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Influential Dem congressman hails Vergara ruling, calls for action

It’s been four weeks since the Vergara vs. California ruling, which found teacher tenure laws to be unconstitutional because they funneled the worst teachers into minority schools in poor Latino and black communities where good teachers were most needed. The

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State Convention: Democrat Betty Yee calls out hypocrisy within her own party

Betty Yee, who has developed a reputation as an honest and effective numbers-cruncher at the state tax board, delivered a stinging critique of her party Sunday at its annual convention. She said California Democrats have become disconnected from the party’s

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CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

California Democrats converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the party’s annual state convention. Although Democrats face two scandals involving members of the state Senate, the party is well positioned for the 2014 campaign cycle. The party

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