The 2018 Congressional Elections
This will be the first chance to bring the House under Democratic control after the 2016 election and put the brakes on the stream of legislation coming from the Trump Administration, which seems bound and determined to govern and legislate for the benefit of a very small, wealthy minority of Americans. It will only take 24 more Democratic seats to achieve this, and some current polling suggests that we Democrats could win 40 seats if the election were held today. Mid-term elections are always hard for the party in power, and If we can win a Senate seat in Alabama, we should have confidence that we can do very well indeed. The election of Doug Jones brings the balance in the Senate to 49-51; however, of the 34 seats in the Senate up for election, Democrats have to defend 26 seats, including several with seats in districts that Trump won.
The road to winning 24 more Democratic seats in the House also runs through California. We have not forgotten that all 14 GOP members of Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and 12 representatives voted for the Republican tax bill, which raises taxes on the poor and middle classes, while providing numerous tax breaks for the very wealthy. The California Democratic Party believes that Jeff Denham (CA-10), Dana Rohrbacher (CA-49), and Darrell Issa (CA-48) are vulnerable and are the CDP’s top targets.
A Bill of Particulars on the Trump Administration
I hardly need remind Democratic readers of the long and unpleasant bill of particulars from the Trump Administration’s first year in office. Starting with Presidential demeanor and tweeting that is not the kind of example that I, for one, want our elementary school civics students to see, and who rarely displays the gravitas that we have come to expect over our history. A President who has a very casual relationship with facts, truth, and science -- who publicly denigrates the media, gold star parents, members of his cabinet, and hard-working civil servants. A President who is making us one of only two countries that is not willing to work with the rest of the world to tackle climate change. A President who divides our people, vilifies immigrants, is not shy about wading into racial and ethnic controversy … who has left 800,000 DACA recipients under threat of deportation, and one-third of Puerto Rico without electricity four months after Hurricane Maria. A President who appears to have good relations with authoritarians, but leaves our oldest and most reliable democratic allies unsure of our intentions. And a Mueller probe which has already shown by guilty pleas and indictments that some of the President’s closest campaign advisors were swimming happily in the Swamp. A President who has thumbed his nose at Presidential behavioral norms such as releasing tax forms. The list goes on for a President that was elected by less than 50 % of the voters ... and who governs and legislates on behalf of a much smaller percentage of wealthier Americans.
State and Local Events
This year’s California Democratic Convention, is just around the corner on February 23-25, and will be attended by a number of our Club members. It promises to be a lively and inspiring Convention as we prepare for this year’s elections.
In our county this coming Friday, January 5, Supervisor John Zaragoza will be holding a meeting at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at 10:00 am to discuss setting up a Ventura County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Committee. Those interested in community choice energy will want to follow the Camarillo City Council’s agenda this month, because the possibility of joining with Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE) will be on the agenda this month.
Goings-On in the Club
Meanwhile, with respect to our own Club, I am very pleased to let you know that Pat Ehret has agreed to join our E-Board as our Corresponding Secretary. She eventually agreed to put her name forward during our December Installation Luncheon, and a unanimous group of attendees at the luncheon voted her in. So, we have a full E-Board going into 2018. Those who are on the Region 10 Endorsement Committee should watch their email since there will be a meeting on January 13 and January 27.
As many of you know, because of the conflict with the January 20 Women’s March, we have rescheduled our Ready to Run fundraiser to March 10th. Hopefully, many of you will be able to purchase tickets and attend at the lovely Channel Islands Art Studio in Camarillo, since this is a key opportunity for our Club to build up its 2018 election activity funds. I am confident that Thom Tibor, Cathy Osgood, Maggie Curley, and their event committee colleagues will organize an exciting event!
I look forward to seeing you this coming Thursday, and hearing from our invited speaker Bob Weiss and the Ventura County Brady Committee.