San Diego, California

February 10, 2012 by staff 

San Diego, California, California Democrats will begin sketching out a roadmap to the November election and beyond when they converge thousands strong on the state party convention this weekend in San Diego.

The priorities of the more than 3,000 party activists, delegates, volunteers and elected officials expected here are many: Re-electing President Barack Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, pushing to regain control of the House of Representatives, electing a supermajority in the state Legislature and passing tax increases in the fall.

They also will be keenly focused on a lesser-known ballot measure that would limit the ability of unions to raise political funds from their members.

California is expected to play a starring role in the Democrats’ effort to win back the House and return the speaker’s gavel to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. A Democratic takeover, seemingly impossible just months ago, is now considered at a least possibility.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said America needs a Congress willing to work with the president rather than provide intransigent opposition.

“I believe it’s a result of Republicans themselves that there will be a pretty good Democratic swing not only in this state but in the country,” he said.

California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Democrats are more interested in winning elections than they are in advocating policies to help the jobless.

“All their priorities are about them getting elected,” Del Beccaro said before turning to the issue of taxes. “Rather than attempting to collect more taxes from those people that are employed, the Democrats should focus their efforts on policies that will help more people get employed.”

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