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After attending the 8/9 L.A. Kossacks meetup in Los Angeles, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to navajo, Meteor Blades, Vyan, susans, Shockwave, and everyone else who played a part in making the meetup a success.  I am excited to be a small part of efforts to build Kossack groups in greater Los Angeles, and in all 435 congressional districts.

Vyan's comments on the personal touch; Meteor Blades' references to old-fashioned, low-budget, face-to-face organizing; navajo's mention of a potential future OC group; and La Gitane's suggestion of adopting redder areas reminded me of this story about field organizing to gain a CA Assembly seat (AD-65) in 2012 over an OC GOP incumbent who had won the 2012 primary with an 18 point margin.

If we vote, we win.  Sometimes asking is all it takes.  

Many of us live in areas that are solidly supportive of the Democratic Party.  There is plenty to do here anyway, but don't forget there is also a lot of other electoral territory in SoCal where your help might mean the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.  

Some potential areas in need of assistance below the fold:

Areas that may need our help:
Assembly districts 32,36,40,44, and 65 should all be considered competitive or potentially so.  Senate districts 14 and 34, ditto.  Congressional districts 21, 26, 31, 36, and 52, ditto.  I have excluded districts which are either safe, or out of reach for 2014, as well as districts that are clearly not in SoCal.  This is not intended to imply that organizing in other districts, or around issues rather than elections, is not also valuable and necessary, simply that it will probably not directly affect the partisan results of the November election.

Each of these districts is in SoCal, and may be convenient as a stretch volunteer location, depending on your relative location.

AD-36 is the Antelope Valley, mostly within north L.A. County
AD-32, SD-14, and CD-21 are a bit further north, and in the southern Central Valley, starting about 30 miles north of L.A. County

AD-65, and SD-34
are in north Orange County
CD-52 is a bit further south, in San Diego county.

AD-40, and CD-31
are mostly in the Inland Empire, starting just east of L.A. County
CD-36 is a bit further east, in Riverside county, starting about 50 miles east of L.A. county.  This is typically referred to as the Palm Springs district.

AD-44, and CD-26
are mostly in Ventura County, just west of L.A. County

If you are interested in detailed analysis of how competitive these races are, and why, or if interested in district maps, please reference the following analysis by DKE regular kurykh, from whose excellent diaries I have cribbed much of the foregoing info:

Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM PT: Links to the campaign website of the Democratic party candidate in each district mentioned are provided below:

AD-32: Rudy Salas             D-Bakersfield

AD-36: Steve Fox               D-Palmdale

AD-40: Katy Henry              D (open seat)

AD-44: Jacqui Irwin             D (open seat)

AD-65: Sharon Quirk-Silva D-Fullerton

SD-14: Luis Chavez D (challenger)

SD-34: Jose Solorio D (open seat)

CD-21: Amanda Renteria D (challenger)

CD-26: Julia Brownley D-Oak Park

CD-31: Pete Aguilar D (open seat)

CD-36: Raul Ruiz D-Palm Desert
CD-52: Scott Peters D-San Diego

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 05:43:40 AM PDT

  •  Great group.. (9+ / 0-)

    I had time to visit the LA group a few months ago and was glad to spend some time at nn with you. Great group. Your work for old fashioned organizing is what this is all about.  Good luck guys, let's go get them.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
    >Follow @tmservo433

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 05:54:58 AM PDT

  •  great meeting you... (7+ / 0-)

    and yes, please stop by Ventura County's CA-26 and AD-44.

    •  I lived for some months in Colonia (7+ / 0-)

      back in 2001, and had my office in Ventura from 2001 to 2004.  I get over there now and again, but I'm much more likely to be helping out on the East side, as my home and office are both in Pomona these days.

      It was very nice to meet you, as well, and to hear a little bit about your work with the environmental caucus and the Climate Hawks PAC.  

      Sorry to see that Chang lost (though it was not unexpected), and mildly optimistic about Schatz' lead holding up.  Per your AZ endorsement: I am very pro-Gallego, fyi.  I endorsed here before you or Kos.  I grew up over there and know people who have known Mary Rose since grade school.  

      P.S. I work as a senior engineer (basically an internal consultant) for an electrical utility (whom I do not represent, my views are solely my own).  If you are ever looking for additional independent input on technical matters or utility practice, I would be happy to provide any assistance for which I am qualified and able .

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 09:04:38 AM PDT

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  •   It was good to be back in Los Angeles... (7+ / 0-)

    ...even for a couple of days and to see such a great turnout of you L.A. Kossacks. Enthusiasm is infectious and we saw a lot of enthusiasm around the tables on Saturday. Our goal is to replicate that enthusiasm around the country, not just for the election this year and for 2016 as we rise from the 62 groups we now have to hundreds. But also for non-electoral work—because not all our political work as progressives can be accomplished with ballots only.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 09:23:08 AM PDT

    •  I totally agree (5+ / 0-)

      The ballot box is a crude tool.  We must exert influence on unelected power bases as well, and on policy and perspective.  Nuanced influence is impossible solely thru the ballot box.  Further, even electorally, outside districts which are currently competitive, in districts which are not currently within reach, we must do the long-term organizing to become competitive.  In districts which are currently safe, we must organize to improve turnout for broader contests (countywide, statewide, and presidential) as well as wielding influence on incumbents' and candidates' positions..

      P.S. If this double posts, sorry, the computer ate my previous attempt at this comment

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 09:45:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Outside the box; yes! (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Meteor Blades, navajo, susans

      We are what we do, as you say with every comment,  MB? Votes surely are critical but there is behavior involved in shaping ideological frames.
      I've suggested DK blood donor days, DK volunteer work at local food banks, etc. We definitely can get out into the community.

  •  It was good to see you (6+ / 0-)

    and I'm sorry we only had those few minutes to talk on your way out.

    It looks like there is some interest in getting the IE Kossacks going again. There hasn't been one person who has the time to be the admin, but maybe that responsibility could be shared by several people. Please let me know if you could be one of those.

    Our focus going forward is definitely going to be political action and I hope that I can get with you at some point to talk about which districts it would be make sense to target.

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    by navajo on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:30:19 PM PDT

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