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DailyKos is about electing more and better Democrats. We have an increasing influence in the party at all levels everywhere.  But I confess I am still learning how to do it more effectively.

Yesterday I was exposed to the inner workings of the Democratic party of California.  One thing I learned is that any registered Democrat can run to become a delegate to the California Democratic Party State Convention to be held next April 12, but you must register by next Friday.

IMO if we can get several Kossacks elected to the state convention on January 12 and 13 we will improve the party in our state.

My selfish motivation to promote this idea is that this will help with some of my progressive causes like Single Payer and ending the death penalty.  I am tired of blue dogs in Sacramento sabotaging key legislation.  The way to stop this is to elect better Democrats and the way to elect better Democrats starts through the election of better delegates. Here you'll find more info regarding this process, requirements and actual registration State Convention delegates.

This video is a good starting point;

Some of us will be expanding on this idea over the next few days.  I searched for other diaries on this subject but found nothing.  If you know of other Kossacks involved in this please let me know.

More and better Democrats.

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  •  a little late for travel arrangements but perhaps (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, paradise50, grover

    I'll think about it, although I'm registered in a large urban Assembly district that includes City Hall

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:03:08 AM PST

  •  I would consider running (4+ / 0-)
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    paradise50, madhaus, Shockwave, grover

       except that the CA DemoCon will be held next April 12. There is no way I can get days off from work then. I am a tax geek by trade, and have to serve my clients when they want me. It is like being a farm worker--you have to pick the apples while they are on the trees...

         I usually go to the Assembly District meetings where the delegates are chosen. I have served as a vote counter for a few cycles because I don't run for delegate and am willing to help. With the new districts I will no longer have to go over to the Beverly Hills library for the meeting. AD-42 was a part Valley and part West L.A. district. The new AD-46 is an all east SFV district so we will meet in Van Nuys instead.

         It would be helpful to know which Kossacks are running in the various districts. Keep us posted on it.

    Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

    by Zack from the SFV on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:17:14 PM PST

  •  ...I'm in!... (5+ / 0-)

    ...keep me up to date.   Please kosmail me about this!!!...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

    by paradise50 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:37:57 PM PST

  •  Been there, did that, disappointed! (5+ / 0-)

    I can't recall which year it was that I was a delegate to the Democratic convention--approx. 6 or 7 years ago. I was so excited! Hoped, above all, that my input on multiple topics would be heard and considered.

    Trouble was, no one was interested in hearing anything I or most other delegates had to say. The convention was a series of speakers, and I think there was a panel discussion, and it was all canned. At the end of the convention we were "allowed" to vote on someone's election for some obscure position within the party which had to do with an area of CA most of us were not familiar with.

    I came home soooooo frustrated. I thought being a delegate for my particular area meant we all would have feedback into how the Democrat party operates in California. No deal. I made my frustration known to a couple of people in the system and they agreed it was a pretty closed loop and said they were working on improving it but I don't know if that ever happened.

    Additionally, I was expecting to give a summary of the convention to the Dems club of which I was 2nd Vice President at our next meeting. Didn't happen. That club operated on Roberts' Rules of Order and there was no spontaneity, like calling on people who had input to give. I was effectively shut out.

    I had lots of big ideas, two of which were to establish a think tank in Central California and also form a committee to recruit top-notch candidates for our area. All my ideas were met with yawns. In reality, the powers that be who were so entrenched in my area were interested in only one thing: motivating us to go out and knock and doors and do phone banking. Other than that, shut up and go along to get along. Really.

    I hope things have changed, and that fired up Kossacks with great ideas can indeed invade the entrenchment of the old guard that heavily protects their outmoded way of running the Party.

    Good luck to you - and I mean that sincerely.

    •  Tips for future success and effectiveness? (2+ / 0-)
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      grover, Shockwave

      How far in advance to prepare?
      Who to reach out to for support?
      Any existing communication networks to use?

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:50:56 PM PST

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    •  I'm in the Sierra foothills... (2+ / 0-)
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      grover, Shockwave

      I am new in the area and wanted to hook up with the Democratic party here.  I was disapointed.  But there is a big teaparty that is really nasty.

      "Republicans are the party that says that government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it."-- PJ O'Rourke

      by nocynicism on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:01:30 PM PST

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  •  Please let us know who (and where) is signing up. (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    I LOVED being a delegate to the WA state convention a couple times.  Having just moved here in Dec 2011, I'm willing to wait my turn if there's a long term Kossack in my district
    (But next time, I might thumb-wrestle him/her for the honor!)

    This is a great idea, btw. Tipped and recd.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:32:00 PM PST

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