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  • Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots?

    first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots? By UNA LEE JOST Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 11:48 am Subscribe Here’s a chance for voters like you to decide the future of the California Democratic Party.In 2017, everyday people across the state helped California progressives make huge gains in our fight to transform the Democratic Party by winning the overwhelming majority of state delegate seats. This victory led the State Democratic Party to divest from oil, endorse important measures like Medicare for All and rent control, and they helped ensure corporate candidates like Dianne Feinstein who oppose Party values don’t receive party support during their re-election campaigns.An important election for these state delegate seats is happening again now in our 41st Assembly District that will help determine whether the Party will be governed by politicians or the grassroots.Every two years, the Party holds ADEM elections in January to elect 14 state party delegates from each of the 80 Assembly Districts in California to represent interests of voters in the district in voting on Party endorsements of candidates, ballot initiatives, platform, etc.The ADEM election outcomes will help determine whether the Party is a party committed to action on issues such as Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, Black Lives Matter, housing justice, and more.This year, 43 candidates are running for 14 ADEM Delegate spots in our district. How to vet? How to choose?ADEM candidates often run together as a slate of candidates. A key factor in vetting candidates is to see whether a slate has elected officials – or their employees or relatives – on them.ADEM elections are one of the few ways grassroots community leaders and organizers can have direct input into Party endorsements, positions, and priorities. ADEM Delegates make up about one-third of all state party delegates – here is a helpful graphic: https://www.adems2021.vote/faqADEM Delegates play a key role in helping keep our Party and elected officials honest, so that the Party can live up to its values as a Party for the People.For ADEM Delegates to be effective, they need to be as independent as possible from elected officials, to minimize potential conflicts of interests when it comes to candidate endorsements, etc. This independence enables the Delegate to review and question past policies and current power structures so that the Party can truly live up to its values as a Party of the People, and make endorsements aligned with such values.State and federal elected officials (plus state party officers) already retain and appoint about one-third of all state party delegates. That should be the appropriate route for such individuals in order to not dilute the grassroots function of state party delegate seats reserved for ADEM Delegates.Questions to ask when vetting ADEM candidates:• Does a slate have elected officials on them?• Does a slate have employees or relatives of elected officials, with inherent conflicts of interests to do what their employer elected officials (or relatives) want them to do?• Does a slate have paid consultants of elected officials who rely on elected officials for their revenue?Just as important when discerning potential conflicts of interests – Does a slate have employees in industries the Party is seeking to hold accountable, such as:• healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries• corporate real estate development• fossil fuel industry• law enforcement• for-profit incarceration• charter schools or any organization or corporation directly benefiting these industries?(Check their LinkedIn profile and do a Google search, for example.)Thanks to AD70 Blue Revolution for their insightful Platform (https://bluerevolutioncalifornia.com) illuminating these kinds of dynamics that occur in ADEM elections in various districts statewide.Thanks to efforts of grassroots progressives to democratize the Party, ADEM elections are less of a mystery to the general public now. Voter guides even exist to help voters vet ADEM candidates, including:• Endorsed Candidates of Progressive Delegates Network, in partnership with Our Revolution and Roots Action, available at: https://www.adems2021.vote• Sunrise Movement LA Backed Candidates (AD38-AD50), available on Facebook: @sunrisemvmtla• Sunrise Movement LA Youth Endorsed Candidates, available at: https://www.sunriseyouth.la/take-action/2021-adem-endorsements• DSA-LA Backed Candidates, available at: https://dsa-la.org/committees/elpol/adems2021• Progressive Slates, available at: https://www.progressiveslates.orgLet’s help do our part to get progressive candidates elected in AD41 and beyond to make sure the California Democratic Party stands solidly on the side of working Californians!If you requested a ballot in the ADEM election, make sure your ballot is postmarked by Wednesday, January 27, and arrives by January 30, 2021. UPDATE: The ballot submission deadlines have been extended so that all ballots received by February 3, 2021 regardless of postmark date will be counted.Una Lee Jost is a PUSD mom, public education advocate, attorney activist, and elected California Democratic Party Assembly District Delegate for the 41st Assembly District. Una likes to write on the topics of faith, culture, and politics. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter: @jostad41. 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  • The Masters: How Sky Sports are covering during coronavirus pandemic | Golf News

    first_img Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland – Advertisement – Sky Sports Golf host Nick Dougherty takes you behind the scenes into the work behind the production of this year’s Masters After a long wait the Masters is finally here, with a different look for Sky Sports’ coverage as the world’s best golfers vie for the final men’s major of 2020.The iconic tournament, which traditionally marks the start of the men’s major schedule, was pushed back from April to a November slot for the first time due to the coronavirus.Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty will be fronting the coverage along with Sarah Stirk, but travel restrictions caused by the pandemic mean the broadcast will come from Sky Studios in west London, rather than on site at Augusta National, Georgia.All on-site staff must wear masks as they arrive, before they undergo a temperature check to ensure safety precautions are taken. The Masters takes place from November 12-15, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel. Tiger Woods returns to defend his Green Jacket at Augusta National, with the event moved from April due to the coronavirus pandemic Last Updated: 11/11/20 2:36pm 6:52 Rich Beem will be on site at Augusta along with NBC Golf Channel host Cara Banks, while Butch Harmon will once again be part of the coverage from his home in Las Vegas.The Zen Green Stage – being used for the first time for Sky’s Masters coverage – will be a key part of the innovative technology being used as Sky Sports bring you closer to the action.Sky Sports is the exclusive live broadcaster of the Masters in the UK. Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – center_img The award-winning Sky Sports Golf team will have four commentary positions, with Ewen Murray, Paul McGinley and Andrew Coltart all part of the on-air coverage.The Covid-19 era means a screen will separate the two commentators while they analyse the live pictures, all while there is talkback from the director and producer. – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Sky Sports Golf host Nick Dougherty takes you behind the scenes into the work behind the production of this year’s Masters When’s The Masters on Sky Sports? Ways to watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Syracuse offers free admission to SU students for Wake Forest game

    first_imgAdmission to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. Syracuse-Wake Forest football game will be free for students, the school announced in an email Thursday night.Students must show their SUID at Gate E of the Carrier Dome to receive a wristband for the student section. Doors open at 10 a.m.Syracuse has offered free tickets to students for games against Wagner and Maryland in 2013 and 2014, respectively.The attendance for SU’s (1-0) season opener against Rhode Island was 30,112, the lowest for a home opener since 1985.Syracuse beat Wake Forest (1-0) last year on the road 30-7 and holds a 3-1 all-time series lead against the Demon Deacons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 11, 2015 at 11:22 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more