Opinion By Willie Brown Updated 11:00 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Sens. Dianne Feinstein (left) and Kamala Harris talk at the Capitol. Feinstein represents the let’s-make-a-deal Democrats and Harris the post-2016 Dems. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (left) and Kamala Harris talk at the Capitol. Feinstein represents the let’s-make-a-deal Democrats and Harris the post-2016 Dems. Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images Dianne Feinstein is in one Democratic Party. Kamala Harris is in another 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The votes by California’s two U.S. senators on a key immigration proposal showed that it’s not just the country that’s splitting into competing factions. So is the Democratic Party. Both Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala … [Read more...] about Dianne Feinstein is in one Democratic Party. Kamala Harris is in another
Opposition to the policies and actions of President Donald Trump, Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican lawmakers has spurred dozens of non-traditional candidates to make their first runs for public office in Kentucky this year. To help them get elected, a different kind of leader is trying to retool the state Democratic Party’s infrastructure. Ben Self, 40, was elected party chair in November. He isn’t a politician or a lawyer, as many past party chairs have been, but an entrepreneur with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and expertise in a key aspect of modern campaigning. The Lexington native pioneered the use of the Internet for political fundraising and social networking, first for presidential candidate Howard Dean in 2004 and more successfully for President Barack Obama in 2008. “In some ways I was a very non-traditional choice for party chair,” Self said. “But I think part of that is a … [Read more...] about His online work helped elect Obama. Can he rebuild Kentucky’s Democratic Party?
State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha shook up the Nebraska governor’s race Monday by again switching political parties, this time from nonpartisan to Democratic. The move will give Krist a leg up in his quest to unseat Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts: It means he will automatically appear on the May 15 primary ballot rather than having to gather signatures before he could run in November. The change also is likely to give him access to resources from the Democratic Party, such as voter data. In other words, Krist won’t have to spend time and money reinventing the wheel. “And it’s an expensive wheel,” said Ian Russell a Democratic political consultant who has promoted Krist as the best candidate to unseat Ricketts. After Krist switched his voter registration Monday, Democrats said he will be a competitive candidate, while Republicans criticized his path to becoming a Democrat. Krist had previously said he planned to create a new political party and … [Read more...] about Gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist switches to Democratic Party
I was wondering, after the breathless headlines and article announcing the huge drop in the stock market early last week, whether we would see an equally charged headline announcing the market's huge rally the following day. We saw, instead, a story on Page A8 of the paper, noting the market rally. But how many people read to the eighth page of a daily newspaper these days? While we are on the subject of headlines and placement, I see that the Post-Dispatch on Thursday continued its unrestrained celebration over the fact that a Democrat actually won an election in Missouri ("Democrats rejoice over election win; Republicans are rattled"). The article only briefly noted that the GOP won three out of four contests, and winning 75 percent of elections is a pretty strong vote of support for any party. Are we, the readers, supposed to presume the Missouri Democratic Party is coming back strongly in the state because it avoided a complete shutout in the elections Tuesday? More to the point, … [Read more...] about Paper works to return Democratic Party to power
RICHMOND — Republicans who control the legislature have the task of confirming Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointments. On Tuesday, they said one of them wasn’t going to fly. Republicans on the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted to remove Susan Swecker from the Virginia Compensation Board, a small state agency that funds constitutional offices such as commonwealth’s attorney and sheriff and provides them with training. Swecker, who chairs the board, is also chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and Republicans said someone in such a partisan role should no longer remain in a position that the public would expect to be nonpartisan. Swecker was first appointed to be chair of the three-member board four years ago under then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe. But she wasn’t the Democratic Party chair at the time. She took on that role about a year later. When Swecker found out what was happening Tuesday she left the Democratic Party’s downtown … [Read more...] about Republicans strip Democratic Party chair Susan Swecker from Virginia Compensation Board