Voter Guides – Slate Card Alert … Know What You Are Buying? The 2012 statistics are only available for the primary election but they show that the trend is continuing. 65.15 percent of voters requested to vote by mail in California. Know what you are buying. Make sure it is is mailed at the […]
Cities can create the equality our state and federal governments can’t Few of us have hope that the federal government can get anything done. The partisan politics in Washington coupled with the pay to play money in politics, provides little hope that meaningful progressive change will occur. But, there is hope, and it is just […]
Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking local office. The proposal must be approved by the City Council. Los Angles now gives $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed […]
Political Reform and Publicly Financed Campaigns Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sen. Leland Yee campaigned on transparency. According to an FBI affidavit, Yee accepted campaign money in exchange for favors and a promise to set up an illegal gun deal. Recently Yee spoke to the Voice of OC, a non-profit investigative publication about […]
Recruit Volunteers for Your Political Campaign The strength of any local campaign lies in the volunteers. Budget constraints can often be overcome with the effective organization and use of your volunteers. First, recruit a volunteer coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible to recruit and train your volunteers. The goal should be to find folks […]
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Your Election History It is important to understand your district. What is the election history of previous campaigns for the same race? What were the issues, who were the candidates, who won and why? And who lost and why did they lose? q What were the issues? […]
Motivation: Why Are You Running? These questions focus on your candidacy as you see it, and therefore how you treat it. What is your motivation for running and what issues are important to the voters in your district. q Why are you running for office (answer like you are talking to a voter)? […]
There Is Real Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics Four years after an activist majority on the United States Supreme Court struck down barriers to the buying of elections by multinational corporations—with the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that signaled an intention to dismantle remaining restraints on money in campaigns—a broad-based movement has emerged to […]
Opponent Profile (do a separate sheet for each opponent) Name: _________________________________________________________ City of Residence: _________________________________________ Age: ______ Gender: _______ Education: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employment History: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Family: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Political offices he/she has run for (include outcome vote percentages): ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Political Experience/Involvement (other than political office): ____________________________________________________________ Community Involvement: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ […]
Complete the Campaign District Profile Below It is important to understand the campaign district you are running in. Complete the section below and print it for your records. Your Contact Information Candidate: ______________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________________________ City: ___________________________________ Zip code: ______ P___: (__________)________________ P___: (__________)________________ Key Staff Contact: _______________________________________ District Profile […]
Your Candidate Profile – (use additional paper if necessary) Name: ______________________________________________________ City of Residence: ________________ Age: ______ Gender: _______ Education: ___________________________________________________ Employment History: ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Family: _____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ Political offices you have run for (include outcome vote percentages): ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Political Experience/Involvement (other than political office): ____________________________________________________________ Community Involvement: _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ […]
Planning is Everything No two campaigns are the same. Every political campaign is totally unique. However, many elements of any campaign are the same. Our Planning Section section is designed to help you gather important information for your campaign. Here we walk you through the methodology on how to think about campaigns, how they operate, […]
Excessive Superindent of Education Salaries Prompts Assemblyman to Introduce Bill 2170 Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi introduces Assembly Bill 2170 to curb excessive salaries In reaction to reports detailing how the total compensation of Jose Fernandez, the Centinela Valley school district’s superintendents compensation package exceeded $663,000, Assemblyman Muratsuchi has introduced a bill aimed to prevent excessive school […]
California Democratic Party Convention Speakers The California Democratic Party held its annual convention last week in Los Angeles. Delegates finalized statewide, congressional and legislative endorsements and adopted the 2014 Party platform. Delegates and observers heard from Governor Jerry Brown, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as statewide […]
GovFresh features public servant innovators, civic entrepreneurs and the ideas and technology changing the way government works Government 2.0 refers to government policies that aim to harness collaborative technologies to create an open-source computing platform in which govt, citizens, and innovative companies can improve transparency and efficiency. There are many people across the country who are working smart and […]
Governor Jerry Brown announced that he will run for re-election “I’ve lived here my whole life. I love this state and will do my utmost to enable California to keep faith with its past and pave the way for a future as bold as our forebears would expect.” Brown tweeted to his 1 million followers […]
Cities can join together to help residents with foreclosures The housing market still comprises millions of underwater mortgage-holders facing foreclosures (between 6 and 16 million, depending on who you ask). Many of homeowners are battling against creditors who are trying to foreclose and or evict them. But Cities can Help. The Home Defenders League, is […]
State Sen. Lou Correa Introduces Bill (SB) 843 -Teachers Sen. Lou Correa introduced a Senate Bill (SB) 843, that would simplify the proceedings for the dismissal of California educators accused of misconduct. Currently, an educator that has been fired in California may appeal to a state panel of an administrative law judge and two educators. The […]
Calderon Indictment Threatens Democratic Majority in the Legislature State Senator Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon were charged with accepting bribes, and money laundering. Sen. Calderon was charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes, plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to resorts, in exchange for action on legislation involving film tax credits and workers’ compensation. His brother Tom Calderon […]
B Corporations B Corporations are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 950 Certified B Corps from 32 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Certified B […]
Governor Brown Delivers 2014 State Of The State Address In this video courtesy of The California Channel, The Governor delivers his annual address to the California Legislature. The Governor has done a pretty darn good job! Gov. Brown highlighted his education accomplishments that marked the final address of his current term and laid out priorities for the coming year […]
List of Ballot Measures That Have Qualified The following is a list of ballot measures that have qualified for June 2014 election. June 2014 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 41 — AB 639. (Chapter 727, 2013), Pérez. Legislative Bond Act Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of […]
BREAK UP: Will California splinter into 6 states? California venture capitalist Tim Draper is backing an initiative to divide California into six separate states. He argues that the its population is “too big and bloated,” Draper, 5 filed paperwork to put the measure, known as Six California’s, on the November ballot. Does article 4 section […]
Are California Charter Schools Making A Difference In Education Formally, charter schools are publicly funded education schools of choice that form a contract, or “charter,” with a public entity (e.g., a school district, state, or university) in which they are given greater autonomy than other public schools over curriculum, instruction, and operations. In exchange for greater […]
American Democracy in an Age of Rising Inequality The APSA Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy was established in 2001 to gather what political scientists and other scholars know about the ways in which recent trends in inequalities impact democratic participation and governance in the United States, and to consider how changing patterns of participation and […]
What Have Unions Done For us? It is time to stop bashing unions. There is no other method to ensure that working-class people receive decent wages, safe working conditions, and voice on the job. Unions representation helps workers receive a fair share of the income that their work generates for business. The past four […]
Ron Finley is igniting a (horti)cultural revolution! Ron Finley envisions a world where gangstasgarden, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. Ron Finley is ready to realize his vision for community gardening and rejuvenation. Let’s grow this […]
NAFTA 20 Years Late American Working Family’s Got Screwed With much consideration and emotional discussion, the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, 234-200. The agreement’s supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats. Clinton signed it into law on December 8, […]
Voter Guides - Slate Card Alert ... Know What You Are Buying? The 2012 statistics are only available for the primary election but they show that ...
Cities can create the equality our state and federal governments can’t Few of us have hope that the federal government can get anything done. The partisan poli...
Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes an increase in public funding available to candidates seek...
Political Reform and Publicly Financed Campaigns Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sen. Leland Yee campaigned on transparency. According ...
Recruit Volunteers for Your Political Campaign The strength of any local campaign lies in the volunteers. Budget constraints can often be overcome ...