Have you ever wondered how the California Democratic Party decides which candidates to endorse? Wonder no more! You have a chance to to vote for the people who make those decisions, and who also decide on party platforms and rules.
The Assembly District Election Meeting, or ADEM, elects 14 delegates in each of California’s 80 Assembly districts. Those delegates serve two-year terms, during which they control platforms, endorsements, and rules at annual Democratic Party conventions.
To vote in ADEMs, you need to request a ballot at ademelections.com by 11:59PM tonight (Monday, January 11). To request a ballot, you must be a registered Democrat in California. If you want to become a registered Democrat, you can update your registration at covr.sos.ca.gov; you’ll then need to screenshot your new registration from voterstatus.sos.ca.gov and email the screenshot to email@example.com …
The human toll of 2020 has been horrific. With Ventura County hospitals at their breaking point, vaccines can’t come soon enough, and the devastation will be unforgettable.
It’s also been a reminder of the importance of our work to fix the housing crisis. Study after study has shown that overcrowded housing conditions — the direct result of having too few homes — contribute to the spread of the pandemic. We’ve seen this firsthand, with outbreaks in crowded farmworker housing and in areas like Oxnard with some of the worst housing shortages. …
The pandemic has also changed perceptions of social protection programs. With millions unable to work safely, populations are more open to unconditional cash transfers, and governments have delivered.
Researchers have continued to investigate how societies could adopt universal basic income policies, and fueled by our biggest growth year (we now have ten researchers), we’ve contributed with policy simulations and evidence reviews.
Following up on our 2019 review, this post summarizes our work from the past year, along with studies from other researchers and the biggest UBI news. …
I’m running to represent Assembly District 44 (which makes up most of Ventura County, as well as Westlake Village) as a California Democratic Party delegate. Visit maxforadem.com to learn more about my campaign, including my poverty-focused platform. If you’re a Democrat in California, you can request a ballot to vote in your district at ademelections.com by January 11.
At the 2016 California Democratic Party convention, party delegates from across the state voted to endorse Democratic candidates for elected office, as well as ballot measures, platform language, and party rules. One of those endorsements was Scott Wiener, a first-time state Senate candidate running against another Democrat in an open seat. …
I lived in San Francisco from 2016 to mid-2019, but still follow its politics, and wrote a voter guide (with explanations) for this election. Here’s the gist:
Below is how I’m voting (plus how I recommend voting in other local races I’ve researched) in Ventura County. See my full voter guide for explanations of each race.
Of the Democrats in six states voting in primaries or primary run-offs today, some will see basic-income-friendly candidates on their ballot. Mike Broihier is one of ten candidates running for the chance to battle Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, while Suraj Patel is one of three challengers to incumbent Carolyn Maloney in New York’s 12th congressional district (a blue district in New York City).
Broihier is a farmer and former Marine who’s earned the endorsement of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang by making UBI the centerpiece of his economic plan. Patel is an attorney and business ethics lecturer who has called for a child allowance and emergency UBI throughout the Covid-19 economic crisis. …
Today, one in five black Americans lives in poverty, nearly double the rate of white Americans. Meanwhile, the average net worth of white families is more than five times that of black families, and the median is more than seven times higher.
These gaps are the product of slavery, Jim Crow laws, housing laws denying black Americans federal mortgage subsidies, and many more injustices. Like whites-only covenants in housing deeds across America, we have yet to erase the economic legacies of our racist history.
I’ve written this for TomorrowAnew.com, a website I helped create that asks, “What will be different tomorrow?” and raises funds for charities including GiveDirectly, which provides unconditional cash transfers to poor families in Africa and the US. You can add your own thoughts with the “Join us!” link at the website.
Tomorrow will be a heartache.
We’ll grieve for the millions who draw their final breaths separated from their loved ones. We’ll long for the embrace of a relative, the sight of a friend up close, the contact that makes us human. …