Saturday April 14, 2018 12:27 PM Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is being honored at a state Democratic Party event as she continues to recover from a brain inflammation debilitating her over a year ago Written by The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is being honored at a state Democratic Party event as she continues to recover from a brain inflammation debilitating her over a year ago.A party spokesman said Hagan planned to attend Saturday night's annual Democratic "Unity Dinner" on the North Carolina State University campus. More than 600 people are expected at the event, which will feature a video honoring Hagan and speech by one of her former colleagues, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shahr).Hagan was hospitalized in December 2016 and later received treatment in Georgia. Her family said Hagan's encephalitis was caused by a virus spread by ticks from animals to humans.The Greensboro Democrat defeated Republican … [Read more...] about Former Sen. Hagan honored at Democratic Party dinner
They say it’s still happening and demand that it stop.In an extraordinary treatise, dozens of female Democratic activists in San Diego accused their local party of turning a blind eye to claims of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by men within its ranks.This comes at a time when Democrats here are hoping they will ride a surging blue wave in this election that has been fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump and, ironically, the #MeToo movement.“Activism, employment and candidacy within the San Diego County Democratic Party, however, remains unsafe, rife with potential for unchecked sexual harassment and worse, despite several attempts to create fair internal systems of accountability since the resignation of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner in 2013,” reads an opinion column signed by 30 women that was published by the Voice of San Diego last week.Their frustration with the leadership of the San Diego party came out not only through the tone of the … [Read more...] about San Diego Democratic party roiled again by sexual harassment concerns
During the Obama years, our party lost 1,000 seats in federal and state legislatures. The loss of the governor’s race in 2014 and loss of the presidency in 2016 further demonstrate the need for change within the party.This is not to suggest our party needs to be more conservative or more liberal. Instead, we need to nominate candidates who best represent the needs of our county and state. From 2010 to 2016, Republicans won elections by acknowledging their candidates are absolutely terrible but “at least they aren’t as bad as Democrats.” As a Democrat, I have more faith in my party and our candidates than Republicans seem to have in theirs. Voters don’t want nihilism and the status quo; we want hope and progress, and that’s what the Democratic party offers.Democrats support fully funding education and making sure students have safe schools. Democrats fight for working families and are committed to a living wage for all. Democrats want every American … [Read more...] about How to change the Democratic party
Despite months of criticism over his handling of sexual harassment allegations in his political organization, powerful Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan appears poised to hold onto his seat as chairman of the state Democratic Party. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said he “doesn’t do predictions,” but noted he wasn’t aware of any opponents throwing their names in the ring as the 36 state central committeemen and committeewomen prepare to vote for the party chair on April 23. “Voters in the March primary elected new members of the State Central Committee, and now it is our job to choose party officials and begin planning to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Madigan said in a statement. The only one breaking ranks with Madigan is newly elected progressive committeeman Peter Janko, who said Democrats in his McHenry-area district were “almost universal” in their desire to oust Madigan. Before the primary, numerous Democrats … [Read more...] about Harassment handling no big hurdle to Madigan holding reins of Democratic Party
ALBANY — A showdown for the direction of the Democratic Party in New York is brewing. It’s potential reckoning for the state’s political left, with pragmatists and crusaders dueling for control of an influential minor party, which could affect the outcome of this year’s gubernatorial race and, perhaps, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s chances to be in the field for the 2020 presidential race. “Whither the left?” is perhaps the key political question in the state in 2018, analysts say, as New York’s political apparatus braces for a series of political conventions next month. In some ways, the fight for support in New York between Cuomo and the actress Cynthia Nixon echoes the 2016 national Democratic fight between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I think it’s very clear the civil war within the Democratic Party has not been resolved,” said Christina Greer, a political scientist at Fordham University. “Cynthia … [Read more...] about Whither the left in fight for control of NY Democratic Party?