California Democratic Convention: Sunday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento – Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is my final blog from the Convention. This was a very dramatic weekend. Yesterday we voted for the new officers of the California Democratic Party for the next for years. Winners announced were:

Female Vice-Chair: Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker

Male Vice-Chair: Daraka Larimore-Hall

Secretary: Jenny Bach (after a run-off this morning)

Controller: Daniel Weitzman

While the Chair was announced last night to be Eric Baumann, his opponent Kimberly Ellis has asked and been granted an audit of the votes. It would appear that only 2600 delegates were registered, but 2900 voted. Not sure how that could occur, but guess we’ll find out. Ms. Ellis was ahead almost until the end of the vote count, and then mysteriously lost the election. Will keep you informed as more information comes out.

Today, in addition to the run-off election for Secretary, the delegates approved a number of resolutions. Unfortunately, I became ill and had to leave before the vote. So as soon as I can get copies of the winning resolutions, I will forward that information on to you.

This was an experience I won’t soon forget. Talk to you soon!


California Democratic Convention: Saturday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento Saturday, May 20, 2017

Today started out early – 7:30am.

Women’s Caucus

I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with more energized people, mostly women, in my life. These women are on fire! We started the day recognizing Wanda Harris, former Secretary of the Caucus, who lost her life to cancer last night. We all wore purple beads, her signature color. She was called the “Rock” for many women in the room. She will be sorely missed.

NARAL Pro-Choice made a presentation on the attack on women’s health, particularly Planned Parenthood. This is a national organization with a heavy presence in California. If you want to promote women’s health, please join.

The AHCA (Trumpcare or as it is being called here, Wealthcare) is the single most destructive piece of legislation for women in history!

As you all know, we have all been making many calls to Congress & the Senate in the last 120 days. It was announced that 87% of those calls came from women. We are the majority in the Country, and we show out. Unfortunately, our California legislature is 25% women, not nearly enough!

General Sessions

We had 2 General Sessions today. The morning session included a tribute to John Burton, current Chair of the California Democratic Party, who is retiring. We heard from several women who John had mentored or worked on the campaigns over the years. Among those speaking were Nancy Pelosi, a representative for Barbara Boxer, Hilda Solis, Barbara Lee, Fiona Ma, Betty Yee and Martha Escutia. I’m sure you recognize most of these names. John may be a “crass” personality, but he is loved by all those whose lives he has touched over the years.

We heard from all the candidates running for the Party statewide offices. In addition, we heard from many of the candidates for office in 2018. These included candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

After the 2nd General Session, all 3300 of us got in line to vote for the incoming officers. That was a major mess, to say the least. Unfortunately, in the middle of the line, one of the candidate’s supporters held a rally and disrupted the line. But we got through it and should know the election results at our General Session tomorrow.

Convention Dinner

Dean & I attended the dinner tonight. John Burton was presented with a photo of him working way back in 1965. Needless to say, he is quite gray compared to then.

Congressman Adam Schiff gave the Keynote Speech. Most of you will recognize his name as the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, helping to run the investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. It was a great speech, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see his name as a candidate for President in 2020.

Disabilities Caucus

Unfortunately, this caucus was running during the dinner, so I wasn’t able to attend. But I have a list of concerns from our local disabled folks, and will contact them after the Convention to see where things stand on those issues.

If you have immigration concerns, visit California Dreamers on the web to find out how you can help.

Again, many bills were mentioned that we need to follow & take action on. These will be included in the next notice that goes out.

Tomorrow, we will have a run-off election for those offices that didn’t have a majority, followed by a General Session. Talk to you after the Convention.

California Democratic Convention: Friday

Eleanore Rewerts from California Democratic Convention – Sacramento – Friday, May 19, 2017

I am a new delegate to the Convention, appointed by the Yuba County Democratic Central Committee. I attended two caucuses today after collecting my credentials and swag bag. Bag contained lots of literature for those running for officers of the Party, and those who have declared for the 2018 General Election. Also included were useful things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hand sanitizer, a travel mug and some office supply items.

Senior Caucus

We discussed attacks on Social Security, primarily that it has its own fund and IS NOT part of the federal budget. So when you hear someone say that Social Security needs to be cut to help the budget, it is “FAKE NEWS”. The only part that is in the budget are office expenses and staff. We need to keep the pressure on in our districts, especially those with Republican representatives.

It was recommended that everyone join California Association of Retired Americans (CARA). They work solely on aging and long term care issues.

There are several bills they recommended we follow & SUPPORT/OPPOSE, as appropriate. I will have a report on those in the next week or so.

Rural Caucus

This caucus has been partially responsible for changing the Red/Blue county distribution over the last two years from 17 to 32 currently Blue counties. And there are five more within 5% possibility of turning blue: Kern 1%; Butte ½%; Del Norte 4%; Orange (yeah Orange) 4%; San Luis Obispo ½%. This is remarkable, but we have lots of work to do.

We started a blog!

Hello everyone, Sami here.

In the interest of being able to share in-depth information, experiences and viewpoints without overwhelming our Facebook feed or newsletter length, we’ve decided to start a group blog!

Anyone on the team is welcome to contribute, just write something up that you would like published on the blog and send it to me (info in the Contact tab) and I will publish it and send you a link to share, as well as send it out via our Social Media platforms. It may be linked in the weekly newsletter as well.

Some minimal ground rules: Please no cursing or hostile language, please be willing to use your first name at least (to identify who is writing) and please fact check yourself. I can edit for spelling/grammar, etc. but I won’t have time to fact check everything.

Please allow 24 hours for publishing unless it is an absolute emergency and you need the information posted ASAP.

We look forward to hearing from more voices in our group!