Gov. Signs Bill to Move Up California Primary

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

California residents could find themselves playing a greater role in the next presidential election, with the governor signing a bill by a Bell Gardens legislator that moves the state’s primary

elections to early March.

Dubbed the Prime Time Primary Act, the legislation by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, moves California’s primary elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. That means the next presidential primary election will be held March 3, 2020.

“The Prime Time Primary puts California voters in the front seat in choosing our next president and will change our elections for the better,” Lara said.

Backers of the return to an earlier vote said the state’s June primary effectively diluted the state’s national impact on the presidential nominations process, even though California has 19.4 million registered voters, more than any other state.

L.A. County Voter Turnout Nearly Doubles

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Voter turnout in Los Angeles County for Tuesday’s primary was nearly double that of 2012, contributing to a laborious and lengthy process of tallying ballots, but the turnout didn’t beat levels set in the historic 2008 presidential primary, the county’s election chief said today.

Nearly 42 percent of the county’s almost 4.8 million registered voters cast a ballot in the primary, either by mail or at the polls, compared with just under 22 percent in 2012. The final count of all ballots isn’t expected to end until July 1.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan – responsible for managing the more than 2 million ballots cast – told City News Service that Tuesday’s turnout made it a busy day and night for his staff.

“It’s certainly a marked improvement in turnout over 2012. If you go back to 2008 … (when then-presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton competed in California’s primary), turnout in that election was 55.26 percent,” Logan said.

By comparison, Tuesday’s results were “not record-breaking, but certainly higher than we typically see in primaries.”

That meant nearly twice as many ballots for Logan’s office to tally overnight. The count went slower than usual, he conceded, for a combination of reasons.

One, there was a higher number of write-in ballots, which require additional handling. Two, his team put new procedures in place to ensure greater accuracy and accountability.

“We will always default to accuracy and accountability over speed,” Logan said. “We’re talking about over a million ballots that were counted last night and it’s important that we count those right and that we can (physically) account for them.”

More than 1.4 million ballots were counted last night but another estimated 570,000 remain to be tallied. Those provisional and vote-by-mail ballots either postmarked on or before the election or hand-delivered to the polls on Tuesday will be processed, qualified and counted during a canvass period that staff was prepping for Wednesday. That period is scheduled to end July 1.

Logan said there was also heightened confusion at polling places, given the number of newly registered voters and the fact that this was the first presidential primary under new laws that send the top two vote-getters to the general election regardless of party affiliation.

“There were a lot of new voters who have never voted in a presidential primary before,” Logan said, while others were confused by having to vote a party-specific ballot.

Some voters were also convinced that provisional ballots wouldn’t count, based on social media messaging by campaigns familiar with other states’ rules.

“In other states, they have very restrictive laws about provisional voting. In California, we have very liberal laws about provisional voting,” Logan said, estimating that 80 to 90 percent of provisional ballots end up qualifying to be counted.

All that confusion meant that ballots were slower to get to Norwalk, where staffers waited to tally them.

Most races were largely decided before all votes were tallied. Some, however, like the race for the county’s 5th District supervisor’s seat, could turn on the final counts. Kathryn Barger, incumbent Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s chief of staff, has locked down her spot in a November run-off

with 29.8 percent of the vote. But the two contenders next in line – entrepreneur Darrell Park and Sen. Bob Huff, R-San Dimas – are separated at this point by only 417 votes, with Park ahead.

Looking forward to November’s general election, which typically draws more voters to the polls, Logan said the process will be smoother.

“It’s much less complicated because everyone gets essentially the same ballot,” Logan said.

That said, Logan plans to debrief his staff to determine whether the new counting procedures – which should speed the canvassing process – are worth the loss of speed overnight.

But he also thinks a broader assessment is needed, including consideration of whether complex state primary rules “make sense from the perspective of the voter.”

And officials statewide should also take a look at technology to update decades-old infrastructure that relies on paper-based rosters and a scattered collection of individual polling places, he said.

“We live in Southern California, one of the most progressive parts of the country and we’re still voting by and large the way we did in 1968,” Logan said. “California’s adopted some great laws that have increased participation and registration, like online voter registration (and) moving the cutoff for voter registration up to 15 days instead of 30.

“What we haven’t done is adapted the election day infrastructure to catch up with that,” he said, adding that changes would take the cooperation of legislators and other election officials statewide.

Clinton Gana California, Sanders No Baja la Guardia y Trump Cambia Su Actitud

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La virtual candidata demócrata Hillary Clinton se llevó la victoria en las primarias de su partido en California frente al senador Bernie Sanders, según las proyecciones de los principales medios del país.

La ex secretaria de Estado ha obtenido el 55.8% de los votos, mientras que Sanders suma el 43.2% reportó la Prensa Asociada el miércoles.

Aunque Clinton ya se había hecho con los delegados necesarios para asegurar la candidatura demócrata en la convención de su partido en julio en Filadelfia, California era un preciado tesoro ya que es el estado más poblado del país.

Clinton mira ya a las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre tras un largo periodo de primarias enfrentada al senador de Vermont, y apelando a la historia al convertirse en la primera mujer candidata a la Casa Blanca.

Tras los resultados del martes, jornada en la que los demócratas se disputaban los delegados de seis estados, Clinton ya superó los 2.383 necesarios para asegurarse la nominación, contando con los superdelegados (cargos electos u orgánicos del partido con libertad de voto que no tienen que seguir el dictado de las urnas).

(Por Barbara Kinney)

(Por Barbara Kinney)

“Por primera vez en nuestra historia, una mujer será elegida como candidata presidencial por uno de los mayores partidos políticos”, afirmó Clinton en un mitin ante sus seguidores que encabezó en el distrito neoyorquino de Brooklyn.

La de este martes fue, a la práctica, la última jornada del proceso de primarias, ya que sólo faltan por votar, y sólo en el caso de los demócratas, los electores del Distrito de Columbia, el próximo 14 de junio, donde se encuentra la capital, Washington, y que únicamente otorga 20 delegados.

El martes también votaron los demócratas de Nueva Jersey, Dakota del Sur y Nuevo México (donde se impuso Clinton), Dakota del Norte y Montana (victorias de Sanders).

Sanders anunció el martes por la noche que continuará con su campaña por la nominación demócrata a la presidencia de Estados Unidos hasta la convención nacional de su partido, que se celebrará en julio.

El senador pronunció estas palabras en un acto en la ciudad de Santa Mónica, pocas horas después de que su rival por la nominación, Hillary Clinton, se autoproclamara vencedora de las primarias y candidata demócrata a la Casa Blanca.

“Vamos a luchar duramente para ganar las primarias en Washington D.C. y luego llevaremos nuestra lucha por la justicia social, económica, racial y medioambiental a Filadelfia”, dijo Sanders en alusión a la ciudad donde se celebrará la Convención Nacional Demócrata.

Dos de los principales apoyos de Sanders en el Congreso, el senador Jeff Merkley (Oregón) y el legislador Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), le aconsejaron el miércoles que “es hora” de pensar en la unidad del Partido Demócrata y aceptar que la candidatura de Clinton es algo inevitable.
Más tajante fue el senador Bill Nelson (Florida), que señaló que Sanders “debería retirarse ya”, porque está en “una posición única” para trabajar por la unidad del partido.

Mientras, el vicepresidente, Joseph Biden, abogó en los pasillos del Congreso por dar tiempo a Sanders y “la oportunidad de decidir por sí solo” cuándo es el momento de abandonar, según la cadena CNN.

Por otro lado, Trump, quien ya logró hace unas semanas los delegados necesarios para asegurarse la candidatura republicana en la convención del partido en julio en Cleveland, también apeló el jueves por la noche a los votantes de Sanders y sorprendió con un discurso moderado y preparado, que leyó en un teleprompter.

“Entiendo la responsabilidad” que conlleva ser el candidato y “nunca les decepcionaré (…). Les haré estar orgullosos de nuestro partido y nuestro movimiento”, dijo Trump desde Nueva York, dirigiéndose a los votantes pero también a los líderes republicanos.
Su discurso puso fin a un día de duras críticas a Trump, encabezadas por las máximas figuras republicanas en el Congreso, Paul Ryan y Mitch McConnell, por sus comentarios racistas acerca de un juez de padres mexicanos que estudia el caso de presunto fraude de la universidad que lleva el nombre del magnate.

Ryan, presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, reafirmó el miércoles su apoyo a Trump en una reunión a puerta cerrada con miembros del partido.

Hillary Clinton Wins Big

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tuesday was a historic night for Hillary Clinton, who became the first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major political party. She delivered a victory speech in Brooklyn, New York, just hours after polls closed in New Jersey and she was declared the winner.

Even earlier than that speech, however, Clinton wrote on her Twitter page, “To every little girl who dreams big: yes, you can be anything you want — even president. Tonight is for you.”

“Tonight belongs to all of you,” Clinton told her supporters in Brooklyn, telling the crowd they had cracked the glass ceiling.

Yet, despite Clinton claiming the Democratic presidential nomination and winning the California primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told supporters in Santa Monica Tuesday night he will not drop out of the race but will continue fighting “for every vote and every delegate we can get.”

The declaration immediately raised questions about whether Sanders would suspend his campaign.

President Barack Obama telephoned Sanders and congratulated him on his effort. Clinton also called and spoke to Sanders.

But the Vermont Senator remained determined as he took to the stage at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Tuesday night. With a packed house of supporters chanting his name, one was heard over the crowd yelling, “Don’t quit.”

And Sanders didn’t disappoint. After regaling the crowd with an overview of his campaign’s victories and its transformation from a “fringe” campaign to a political force, he brought the house down by proclaiming, “Next Tuesday, we continue the fight in the last primary in Washington, D.C.”

Hillary Clinton won the California Primary Tuesday. (By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America)

Hillary Clinton won the California Primary Tuesday. (By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America)

“We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” the site of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders said.

“We will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate we can get,” he said.

Sanders has insisted throughout the campaign that he would take his presidential bid all the way to the convention, even if Clinton collects the delegates needed to become the presumptive nominee. He was pinning his hopes on “superdelegates,” who the senator said could throw their support behind him if he had a big win in California.

But as results rolled in, Clinton maintained roughly 55% of the vote to Sanders 43% in unofficial results reported Wednesday.

Sanders barnstormed across California in recent weeks, calling for a “political revolution,” higher wages and improved benefits for workers.

“A moral economy is not an economy where CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, ship our jobs abroad and take away health care from their workers,” he said at a recent rally.

Clinton also actively campaigned across California in recent weeks, hoping to make a strong showing, but she has been all but ignoring Sanders — already beginning her anticipated general election battle with Donald Trump.

“We also believe that California represents the future, and it’s a bright future, a positive future,” she said during a Monday rally in Lynwood.

“I am tired of Donald Trump insulting Americans. I am tired of Donald Trump talking down America.

“I am confident and optimistic about our future, but we’re going to have to do some things — like elect the right person to be president of the United States,” she said.

Democratic leaders are hoping to unify the party around Clinton and bring Sander supporters into the fold. Several media outlets reported Wednesday that negotiations are underway between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns and cited the possibility of giving the senator from Vermont a larger say in the party platform coming out of the national convention. Pres. Obama is scheduled to meet with Sanders today, presumably to discuss Sander’s role moving into the General Election.

On Tuesday, Clinton congratulated Sanders for running a tough campaign and thanked him for raising the caliber of the dialogue around issues such as income inequality, climate change and the cost of a college education.

The California primary, which is often a political after-thought in presidential campaigns due to its late date, was envisioned this year as finally having an impact on the election. But that was when the Republican campaign was in full swing, with Trump continuing to do battle with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

With both Cruz and Rubio dropping out, Trump became the presumptive nominee. Trump has vowed to make a strong run at California during the November election, despite the state’s traditional Democratic leaning. While Trump obviously won the California Republican primary, the results interestingly showed former candidate John Kasich with more than 11 percent of the vote, and Cruz with nearly 9 percent, even though they aren’t running anymore.

Speaking to supporters Tuesday night in New York, Trump — who has been under fire for his comments attacking a federal judge in San Diego as a “Mexican” who should not be handling a lawsuit over Trump University — tried to assure Republicans he will make the party proud.

“I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and I will never, ever let you down,” Trump said.

He also reached out to Sanders supporters, saying he would welcome them into his camp for the general election.

Clinton and Sanders both repudiated Trump Tuesday.

“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president,” Clinton said. “And he’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico, he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other. When he says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for ‘Let’s take America backwards.’”

Sanders added, “The American people in my view will never support a candidate whose major theme is bigotry, who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims and women and African-Americans. We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States.”City News Service

Clinton Wins California, Sanders Doesn’t Give Up

June 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite Hillary Clinton claiming the Democratic presidential nomination and winning the California primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was continuing his campaign today, telling supporters in Santa Monica he will not drop out of the race but will continue fighting “for every vote
and every delegate we can get.”

Tuesday was a historic night for Clinton, who became the first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major political party. She delivered a
victory speech in Brooklyn, New York, just hours after polls closed in New Jersey and she was declared the winner.

Even earlier than that speech, however, Clinton wrote on her Twitter page, “To every little girl who dreams big: yes, you can be anything you want–even president. Tonight is for you.”

“Tonight belongs to all of you,” Clinton told her supporters in Brooklyn, telling the crowd they had cracked the glass ceiling.

The declaration immediately raised questions about whether Sanders would suspend his campaign. President Barack Obama telephoned Sanders and congratulated him on his effort. Clinton also called and spoke to Sanders.

But the Vermont Senator remained determined as he took to the stage at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica Tuesday night. With a packed house of supporters chanting his name, one was heard over the crowd yelling, “Don’t quit.”

And Sanders didn’t disappoint. After regaling the crowd with an overview of his campaign’s victories and its transformation from a “fringe” campaign
to a political force, he brought the house down by proclaiming, “Next Tuesday, we continue the fight in the last primary in Washington, D.C.”

“We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” the site of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders said.

“We will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate we can get,” he said.

Sanders has insisted throughout the campaign that he would take his presidential bid all the way to the convention, even if Clinton collects the
delegates needed to become the presumptive nominee. He is pinning his hopes on “super delegates,” who the senator says could throw their support behind him.

Those chances may be slim, but Sanders was hoping a strong showing in California would provide him with valuable momentum heading to Philadelphia.

But as results continued to roll in, Clinton maintained roughly 55 to 60 percent of the vote in the state throughout the night.

Sanders barnstormed across California in recent weeks, calling for a “political revolution,” higher wages and improved benefits for workers.

“A moral economy is not an economy where CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, ship our jobs abroad and take away health care from their workers,” he said at a recent rally.

While Sanders appears to be a popular choice among young voters, he is fighting an uphill battle against the Clinton juggernaut.

The California primary, which is often a political after-thought in presidential campaigns due to its late date, was envisioned this year as
finally having an impact on the election. But that was when the Republican campaign was in full swing, with Trump continuing to do battle with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

With both Cruz and Rubio dropping out, Trump became the presumptive nominee. Sanders’ late run in the primary has added interest in the California race on the Democratic side, with both candidates painting themselves as the best person to defeat Trump in November.
Trump has vowed to make a strong run at California during the November election, despite the state’s traditional Democratic leaning. While Trump obviously won the California Republican primary, the results interestingly showed former candidate John Kasich with more than 11 percent of the vote, and Cruz with nearly 9 percent, even though they aren’t running anymore.

Speaking to supporters Tuesday night in New York, Trump — who has been under fire for his comments attacking a federal judge in San Diego as a “Mexican” who should not be handling a lawsuit over Trump University — tried to assure Republicans he will make the party proud.

“I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and I will never, ever let you down,” Trump said.

He also reached out to Sanders supporters, saying he would welcome them into his camp for the general election.

Clinton and Sanders tonight both repudiated Trump.

“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president,” Clinton said.

“And he’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico, he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other. When he says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for `Let’s take America backwards.'”Sanders added, “The American people in my view will never support a
candidate whose major theme is bigotry, who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims and women and African-Americans. We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States.”

EGP Ballot Recommendations – June 7 Primary

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes on State Measure 50
The public is dismayed by the fact that state legislators charged with corruption or crimes can continue to receive their state pay even if they have been suspended from duty by their fellow legislators.

Leaders in the State Senate and Assembly say they are unable to do anything about this situation because the California Constitution doesn’t grant them the authority to suspend entitlements.

State Proposition 50 would amend the Constitution to give the legislature power to suspend members and their salary and other benefits.
It prohibits suspended members from using the power of their office or any legislative resources. Suspensions may end on a specified date or by a vote of the members of house.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacy has no opposition for re-election, therefore EGP makes no endorsement for this office.

Previous endorsement: Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate.
EGP will continue our endorsements for the June 7 Primary Election in next week’s issue.

Presidential Campaigns Head to L.A.

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and the two contenders for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all made multiple appearances in the Southland over the last few days, rallying up support for their respective campaigns.

Both Clinton and Trump were in Orange County Wednesday, the same day the former secretary of state’s handling of email again came under fire and another Trump rally sparked unrest.

But that issue was far from people’s minds during Clinton’s speech at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park, where she lashed out at Republican economic policies, saying “it is a historic fact our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House.”

“Now look, they (Republicans) do have a point of view — I know and respect they are consistent, consistently wrong, but they are consistent. They believe that if they just keep cutting taxes on the wealthy, it’ll all trickle down. They did it. They took a machete to the tax system. They cut taxes on the wealthy. They took their eyes off the financial markets and the mortgage market, and you know what happened — and California was especially hard hit; 9 million Americans lost their jobs, 5 million homes were lost.”

Clinton said Trump’s economic plan is “by a billionaire for billionaires.”

Californians haven’t seen this level of presidential primary attention in years, especially given Trump’s and Clinton’s large leads in the delegate counts.

Sanders has been campaigning hard across the state and on Monday he told thousands of supporters in Lincoln Heights that his grassroots campaign would carry him to victory in the June 7 California primary election.

“There are more delegates at stake in California, 475, more than any other state in the country, and let me tell you something that many of you also know: We are going to win the state of California,” Sanders said.

Sanders hit heavily on issues of immigration reform, an end to deportations, protecting voting rights and boosting wages.

“In this country, if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty,” he said. “That is why I was so proud to work with the workers in the fast food industry who went out on strike from McDonalds and Burger King who stood up and told this nation they cannot make it on the starvation minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. They demanded, and I support a $15 an hour minimum wage  $15 an hour and the right to form a union.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Lincoln Heights Monday, where his call for income equality was cheered by thousands of supporter. (EGP Photo by Hector Cruz Sandoval)

Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Lincoln Heights Monday, where his call for income equality was cheered by thousands of supporter. (EGP Photo by Hector Cruz Sandoval)

On Wednesday, Trump pulled no punches during his afternoon speech at the Anaheim

Convention Center, peppering his speech with attacks on Clinton, using his much-repeated term, “Crooked Hillary.”

“She doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” he said. “She’s got horribly bad judgment, and that was stated by none other than crazy Bernie (Sanders)… “She’s a crooked as they come.”

Trump  also commented on signs he spotted in the crowd, including one that read, “Hispanic female veteran.”

“Three great words. That’s so nice, thank you,” he said.

Responding to a group of people with signs that said “Latinos for Trump,” he said, “I love that” and added, “By the way, you’re all here legally.”

“Your jobs aren’t going to be taken away by people who just came from across the border,” Trump said. “… I have great relationships with the Hispanics. We’re going to do very well with the Hispanics because we’re going to create jobs. Jobs is what this country needs.”

“I have thousands of Hispanics who work for me. They are phenomenal people,” he said.

His speech was interrupted briefly early on by a protester in the crowd, and Trump bellowed from the stage, “Get him out.” He added, “Don’t hurt him,” noting that he was “saying that for the cameras.”

Trump has been under fire throughout his campaign for his comments about immigrants from Mexico, calling them criminals and rapists.

In the midst of Wednesday’s campaigning, the State Department’s inspector general issued a highly critical analysis of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state. He concluded that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private server and that department staff would not have given its blessings because of security risks.

The inspector general’s 83-page report was also critical of several of Clinton’s predecessors.

Sanders held a midday rally Wednesday in Cathedral City in Riverside County, followed by a late-afternoon event at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster.

Wednesday was the third consecutive day Clinton was in Los Angeles or Orange counties. It was the fourth consecutive day for Sanders.

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