Elect Brynne Kennedy to push CA-04 in the right direction.
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The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.
California's geographically diverse 4th Congressional District includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne Counties and portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer Counties. Republicans have held this district since 1992, when John Doolittle flipped CA-04 from blue to red. Incumbent Rep. McClintock has held this position since 2009.
CA-04’s recent voting history suggests that the purple district may flip blue soon. In the 2018 election, Rep. McClintock won by a slim 8-point margin over a Democratic challenger, indicating the changing social and political demographics of the district. In the 2020 Presidential primary, 48 percent of CA-04 voted for a Democratic candidate and 52 percent voted for a Republican candidate. Before that, In the 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump won 54 percent of the vote in CA-04, with 39.2 percent for Hillary Clinton and 6.7 percent for third-party candidates.
In the primary, Democrat challenger Brynne Kennedy trailed Republican incumbent Tom McClintock by 10.9 percent. The four unsuccessful candidates collected 9.4 percent of the total vote, which will put the choice between Kennedy and McClintock in November. Half of those other votes were won by the only other woman candidate, who is a registered Republican, which suggests that gender could be a deciding factor against party lines for voters in CA-04.
Kennedy’s campaign is primarily funded by large individual contributions (84 percent) and has not accepted any corporate PAC donations or fossil fuel money. Kennedy has accepted $13,135 from pharmaceuticals and health products. Kennedy has also received contributions from the Blue Dog PAC, which is composed of moderate Democrats supporting fiscal conservatism, and Jim Cooper for Assembly, whose campaign is primarily funded by police money. Rep. McClintock’s campaign is backed by the Majority Committee PAC, which is dedicated to winning a Republican Majority in the House of Representatives. Rep. McClintock has accepted $31,559 from the oil and gas industries and $10,135 from gun rights groups. He is also endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council, California Republican Assembly, and the National Rifle Association.
Brynne Kennedy is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and moved to Roseville in 2019. According to campaign materials, she is running for Congress to put partisanship aside to fight the right solutions for a more progressive California. Kennedy, a businesswoman, founded Topia and Mobility4All, organizations that focus on mobility software and relieving the refugee crisis, respectively. Kennedy has won several awards for her work in the global mobility field, including 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016 Management Today’s 35 under 35, 2017 Workforce Game Changer, 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Worldwide Employee Relocation Council’s Meritorious Service Award, and the London Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Entrepreneur award.
If elected, Kennedy’s priorities for CA-04 include strengthening the Affordable Care Act, protecting reproductive health services, investing in a clean energy economy, and updating the district’s water infrastructure. As a prominent businesswoman, Kennedy has demonstrated strong support for women’s rights, especially in the workplace. Kennedy also supports gun violence prevention. She supports immigration reform through hiring more border patrol, protecting DACA, and reforming the visa and asylum process. However, she does support building physical barriers at the border as part of her views on immigration.
Kennedy is endorsed by many progressive groups, such as California Teachers Association, Equality California, NARAL-Pro Choice America, and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Despite Kennedy’s minimal roots in the district, the threat of Republican McClintock’s policies greatly outweighs Kennedy’s short history in the district and lack of government experience. According to our analysis, Brynne Kennedy is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals.
State Assembly Members form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a four-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to three two-year terms (six years) in the Assembly. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the State Senate and Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 61 seats in the California State Assembly, while Republicans hold 17 seats. One seat is held by an Independent, and one seat is currently vacant.
California's 5th Assembly District includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne Counties and portions of El Dorado and Placer Counties. Republicans typically hold this district. The most recent election results show 54.8 percent of AD-38 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016, and 60.2 percent voted for John Cox for governor in 2018.
Republican incumbent Assemblymember Frank Bigelow has held this office since 2012 and is running unopposed this election. He has not signed a pledge to refuse corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Assemblymember Bigelow’s campaign is funded by several problematic backers. From corporate PACs, he has received over $28,200 from Fresnius, DaVita, and Juul Labs, Inc. From fossil fuels, he has received $28,000 from Edison, Sempra Energy, BP North America, Chevron, Western Propane Gas Association, and Phillips 66 Company. From police, he has received $20,500 from CSLEA Pac, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, National Peace Officers and Firefighters Benefit Association, PORAC Pac, CCPOA Pac, and Fresno Police Officers Association PAC.
Assemblymember Bigelow has served AD-05 since being elected in 2012. He is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, California Republican Party, and the National Federation of Independent Business. Assemblymember Bigelow is running on a platform of lowering taxes, increasing access to health care, and implementing better forestry and water management. Based on Assemblymember Bigelow’s track record of earning a Lifetime Courage Score of 0, he is unlikely to provide progressive leadership in office.
We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice to show support for progressives in this district. Keep reading for progressive recommendations in other key races and on ballot measures where your vote can make a critical difference.
State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol. They are responsible for creating legislation that addresses issues within their district, as well as voting and debating on preexisting laws. The California State Senate has 40 congressional districts. Each represents a population of about 930,000 people. Representatives are elected to the Senate for a four-year term. Every two years, half of the Senate’s 40 seats are subject to election. Members elected before 2012 are restricted to two four-year terms (eight years) in the Senate. Those elected in or after 2012 are allowed to serve 12 years total across both the state Senate or Assembly. This term, Democrats currently hold a two-thirds supermajority of 29 seats in the California State Senate, while Republicans hold 11 seats.
California’s 1st Senate District includes all of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Sierra, Siskiyou, Plumas, and Shasta Counties. Additionally, the district includes a large portion of Placer County and a small portion of Sacramento County. Notable cities include Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and Roseville. Republicans typically hold this district, and it has not had a Democrat representative for over 40 years. The most recent election results show SD-01 voted for Donald Trump for president in 2016 and John Cox for governor in 2018. SD-01 is the most GOP-leaning district in Northern California.
In the primary, Democrat challenger Pamela Swartz trailed Republican Incumbent Representative Brian Dahle by a margin of 21.6 percent. Swartz’s campaign is not funded by corporate PAC, fossil fuel, or police money. Swartz’s campaign has raised $25,000 and is funded mainly through individual donors. Her campaign has not received corporate, fossil fuel, or police money. Swartz has pledged to refuse fossil fuel and corporate PAC donations; she has not committed to the #NoCopMoneyCA pledge. Opposing candidate Brian Dahle’s campaign has raised over $97,000 and is largely funded through corporate, fossil fuel, and law-enforcement donations. Notably, his campaign has received multiple donations from the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the largest law-enforcement organization in California. In the past, Dahle has also received substantial police donations under coded names, such as Taxfighters for Brian Dahle. In addition, his campaign has been funded by large fossil fuel corporations, including BP, Chevron, Sempra Energy, and Pacificorp.
Pamela Swartz grew up in Redding, CA, and currently resides in Nevada County. Both areas are located in SD-01. According to campaign materials, she is running for office to better represent the district’s needs for improved health care, housing, economic, and education systems.
Swartz is a small-business owner who believes the rural communities of SD-01 have been underserved and not strongly represented for too long. She is not beholden to any corporations or special interests, and she says her business experience and educational background in forestry/wildlife provide a unique skill set that will aid her as a state senator. Swartz has spoken out in support of single-payer health care; natural resources management, including reducing the dangers of wildfires; supporting the local farming and tourism economies; and affordable housing.
Pamela Swartz is endorsed by many progressive groups, including the California Nurses Association, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Health Care for All--California. Additionally, Swartz has received endorsements from many labor unions, the California Democratic Party, local Indivisible chapters, and many local women’s associations. Her Republican opponent, Brian Dahle, has received high ratings from regressive organizations, like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California. He scored just 9 out of 100 on this year’s Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Senator Dahle is not serving his constituents with progressive solutions, while Swartz has the support of the local progressive community, a compelling campaign platform, and has already demonstrated a commitment to fiscal transparency. According to our analysis, Pamela Swartz is the strongest choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
State senators represent and advocate for the needs of their district at the California State Capitol.
Proposition 15 asks California voters to raise an estimated $6.4 billion to $11.5 billion in funding for local schools and governments by increasing property taxes on commercial and industrial properties based on current market value instead of the price they were purchased for. Based on the most recent report by Blue Sky Consulting Group, 10% of the biggest corporate property owners will pay 92% of the funding and more than 75% of total revenues will come from properties that have not been reassessed since prior to 1990 -- just 2% of all commercial and industrial properties! Proposition 15 will maintain the existing commercial and industrial property tax at a 1% limit and will also maintain existing exemptions for small businesses, homeowners, agricultural lands, and renters.
Why voting YES on Prop 15 matters:
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Prop 15’s main opponents include realty and industrial property owners, while there is overwhelming financial support from the California Teachers Association and SEIU California State Council.
Proposition 16 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to repeal Prop 209’s restrictions on local and state governments from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, and contracting. If passed, Prop 16 will permit governments to consider those protected categories in order to promote inclusive hiring and admissions programs in California’s public universities, government, and public agencies.
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Proposition 17 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while on parole. If passed, Prop 17 will restore voting rights to approximately 50,000 Californians currently on parole.
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There are no contributions recorded for support or opposition to Prop 17.
Proposition 18 asks California voters to amend the Constitution of California to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary election if they will turn 18 by the following general election. At the age of 18, Californians are technically given the right to vote in all elections. A subset are currently prohibited from voting at 18 if they are 17 during the primary election. Prop 18 amends the constitutional loophole that prevents all 18-year-olds from being able to vote in general elections.
Why voting YES on Prop 18 matters:
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There are no recorded contributions in support of or opposition to Prop 18.
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There is no prominent misinformation about Prop 18.
Proposition 19 asks voters to amend sections of 1978’s Proposition 13 to increase the number of times a property tax base can be transferred to three times for longtime homeowners. Prop 19 is almost exactly the same as Proposition 5, which was on the 2018 California ballot and overwhelmingly defeated by voters, with 60 percent having voted against the proposition. The main difference in the proposition this year is that Prop 19 includes an additional amendment to Prop 13 that narrows an existing inheritance property tax break and promises to distribute any revenue generated from that amendment toward fire protection agencies and schools.
Realtor associations have contributed $36,270,000 in support of Prop 19. There is no registered financial opposition.
There is no prominent misinformation about Proposition 19.
If passed, Prop 20 increases penalties for low-level offenses and would create a state database that collects DNA samples from persons convicted of specified misdemeanors for use in cold cases by repealing parts of Props 47 and 57. Prop 20 would expand the list of offenses that disqualify inmates from a parole program, consider an individual’s collective criminal history and not just their most recent offense, and impose stronger restrictions for a nonviolent offender’s parole program. Additionally, Prop 20 would reclassify theft between $250 and $950 as a felony.
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Proposition 21 asks voters to amend state law in order to allow (not require) local governments at the city and county levels to establish and regulate rent control on residential properties. This proposition would affect residential properties over 15 years old and exempts individuals who own up to two residential properties. Additionally, Prop 21 would allow rent in rent-controlled properties to increase up to 15 percent over a period of three years with the start of a new tenancy. Prop 21 is more or less the same proposition voters rejected in 2018.
Why voting YES on Prop 21 matters:
California has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, which can be attributed to the overwhelmingly high median rates for rent throughout the state forcing residents to pay 50 percent of their income just toward rent.
The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prohibits rent control on residential properties built after February 1, 1995. Since then, housing built in California has become accessible only to those who can afford uncontrolled rent increases, and low-income families have largely been shut out from newer housing developments.
According to a Stanford study, those who lived in rent-controlled properties when Costa-Hawkins passed ended up saving a cumulative total of $7 billion over 18 years, which confirms that rent control is an effective way to prevent displacement from the city.
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Proposition 22 asks voters to classify ride-share and delivery companies as independent contractors, not employees. Additionally, Prop 22 would restrict local regulation of app-based drivers and would criminalize the impersonation of drivers.
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Prop 23 would add sections to the California Health and Safety Code about how dialysis facilities can operate, requiring a physician to be on-site at every dialysis clinic to oversee operations, and mandating that each chronic dialysis clinic submit quarterly reports on dialysis-related infections to the California Department of Health. The on-site physician would assume a non-caregiving role, as they would not be required to be specially trained in nephrology or interact with patients at all. Additionally, Prop 23 would prohibit discrimination against patients based on their coverage or care.
Prop 23 builds upon current federal requirements that report dialysis-related infections to the National Healthcare Safety Network at the Center for Disease Control to include reporting these infections to the California Department of Health.
Having a physician on-site at chronic dialysis clinics during all treatment hours provides a higher quality of medical care with an additional layer of patient safety.
Prop 23 protects the 80,000 Californians who require dialysis on a weekly basis by ensuring chronic dialysis clinics cannot discriminate against patients based on how they are paying for their treatments. Insurances like Medi-Cal pay less for dialysis treatments than private insurance, which is why corporations like DaVita and Fresenius are spending millions to oppose this proposition.
Proposition 24 asks voters to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) to include pay-for-privacy schemes, which provide better services and internet connection to those who pay more in order to protect their personal information while providing suboptimal services for Californians who cannot or do not want to pay more. Additionally, Prop 24 caters to tech companies by allowing them to upload a California resident’s personal information as soon as that resident’s device, computer, or phone leaves the state’s borders, and permits tech companies to completely ignore a programmable universal electronic “do not sell my information” signal. Under current law, privacy follows a Californian wherever they go, and businesses must honor the electronic signal.
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Vote YES on Prop 25 to eliminate the use of cash bail in pretrial incarceration.
Proposition 25 is a referendum, which asks voters to directly weigh in on whether to keep or reject SB 10, a bill originally passed in 2018. Voting YES on Prop 25 will keep SB 10 in place and eliminate the cash bail system of pretrial incarceration in California, which is directly responsible for the disproportionate incarceration of Californians who cannot afford bail. The bail bond industry is directly responsible for placing Prop 25 on the ballot and calling SB 10 into question.
There are three major components to grassroots groups' objections to Prop 25. Here we provide our assessment of these concerns and how they can be addressed in the future if Prop 25 passes.
The bail bond industry has invested heavily in a No on the Prop 25 campaign in an attempt to spread misinformation and save the industry.