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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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SoCal Senate race narrows, Democrats edge closer to supermajority

Republicans’ chances of fending off a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature dwindle by the day.  The linchpin is one Southern California Senate district, where Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang has a narrow lead over Democrat Josh Newman in the race to

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 30

CA airports beef up security after Istanbul attacks Top CA Dem under fire Dem money man flirting with gubernatorial run Trouble for bullet train and twin tunnels  CA Democrats backing recreational pot Good morning!  The attack in Istanbul on Tuesday

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Bauman has large lead in race for CA Democratic Party chair

SAN JOSE – The widespread support for Eric Bauman at the state Democratic Party convention last weekend made it seem as though he were running uncontested for party chair. Bauman was everywhere. He introduced past Assembly speakers at one party

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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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Race for CA Democratic Party chair heats up

SAN FRANCISCO – Kimberly Ellis has spent the last eight years trying to get more Democratic women elected to office. And now she’s the latest woman she’s trying to elevate to a top post. She says the California Democratic Party needs

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