When Jessica Millan Patterson was chosen to run the California Republican Party last month, she promised to bring the moribund group back to political life by attracting more people to the GOP. California’s latest voter registration figures show just how difficult that task is likely to be. The new report shows that as of Feb. 10, only 23.6 percent of the state’s voters were registered as Republicans. That’s down from 24 percent in October and continues a sinking trend that’s been going on for more than a decade. In 1998, more than 35 percent of California’s voters were Republicans. Much of the California GOP’s strength is in smaller and more rural counties. The party’s strongest county is Modoc, population 9,017, where 49 percent of the voters are Republicans. Of the 10 counties where the GOP is strongest, the biggest is Placer County, which is No. 22 out of 58 counties in population. Contrast that to the Democrats, whose top 10 includes San … [Read more...] about California GOP’s vanishing act gets worse with latest voter numbers
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Does the famous right-wing demagogue George C. Wallace attract the allegiance of a half-million California voters a half-century later? Nah. Photo: Howard Sochurek/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty One of the stranger moments in the 2016 Democratic primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was when an awful lot of self-identified independents discovered they could not participate in the Democratic presidential primary because they had registered as members of the American Independent Party. An April 2016 Los Angeles Times report showing that a vast number of indies who should have been registering as “No Party Preference” voters were instead signing up for the AIP alerted some to their mistake in time to correct it, but many did not. And it certainly did not help the Sanders campaign, which was counting on indie votes. Now the L.A. Times is back with another report on the AIP, and it seems the word still hasn’t gotten around. AIP registrants now top … [Read more...] about California Voters Keep Accidentally Joining George Wallace’s Zombie Political Party
ATLANTA, GA — The Taylor Made Foundation's "Once Upon a Prom Dress Drive" is collecting gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories to distribute at their second annual event this spring. Founder and executive director Darnell Taylor said that they'll be accepting donations through February 29th to assist underprivileged 2020 prom-goers in metro Atlanta. Registration for the "Boutique Day of Empowerment" is open now through Feb. 1. The organization is seeking gently used, trendy formal dresses, shoes, handbags, shawls, jewelry, and other accessories. If anyone would like to make a monetary or gift card donation for a prom related service, they can visit the organization's website or contact Taylor by email at [email protected] Donations are tax-deductible. The March 7th event is invitation only and participants must be referred by a guidance counselor, teacher or religious representative. The big day will consist of motivational speaking, live hair and makeup … [Read more...] about Atlanta Prom Dress Drive ‘Once Upon A Prom’ Celebrates Year Two
Warren/Gillum: a dream team for some. Photo: Getty Images If you want another indication that Elizabeth Warren has arrived as a co-front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, here you go (from The Daily Beast): Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) … has been in contact with [former Florida gubernatorial nominee Andrew] Gillum over the past several months, multiple knowledgeable sources told The Daily Beast …[T]wo sources said the talks between Warren and Gillum resemble the kind of courtship that happens when a leading presidential candidate is exploring potential vice-presidential contenders. One source briefed on the communications said the two Democrats have been in contact over the course of the campaign and that it is the “strong impression” that Gillum is a possible vice-presidential contender for Warren, who has risen in recent months to become a front-runner in the 2020 primary, the source said. Warren’s campaign is denying that … [Read more...] about How Early Is Too Early to Think About a Veep?
Bay Area libraries and shopping areas will transform into election centers Tuesday as the nation marks the eighth annual National Voter Registration Day. At thousands of sites across the country, volunteers will gather to help people register to vote for the first time or update their registrations so that they can cast a ballot in the March 3 presidential primary election. “A lot of people don’t even know if they’re registered to vote,” said Patrick Sweeney, political director for EveryLibrary, a political consulting organization that supports libraries and is a partner in the effort. National Voter Registration Day “provides people with a chance to check their voter registration and a reminder to vote.” Sweeney’s group is one of 4,000 community partners involved in the registration effort, along with high-profile organizations such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, the League of Women Voters and Univision. The group includes 1,600 nonprofits, 900 … [Read more...] about Need help registering to vote? Tuesday’s a good day to do it. Here’s why