Courage Campaign

One of our own PaliDem board members was invited last year to join the Courage Campaign board, so we're in the loop than even more than before and eager to share when CC does cool things. Read on....


With Release Of 2018 Courage Score, Courage Campaign To Engage in Democratic Primaries For First Time In Effort To Hold CA State Legislators Accountable

Progressive Group To Take Accountability To Next Level For Members Failing To Represent Their Districts, Plans to Spend $100K in Democratic Primaries

The Highly-Anticipated Third Annual Report Card Names Asm. Daly, Asm. Frazier, Asm. Cooper, Asm. Baker, Asm. O’Donnell, Asm. Caballero, Asm. Grayson, Sen. Glazer and Sen. Nguyen To Hall of Shame

The California-based Courage Campaign, in partnership with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, released its third annual Courage Score, a progressive report card that grades California state legislators on how courageously they represented their constituents against the corporations that seek to exploit them. Legislators were evaluated on how they voted on critical statewide bills and the extent to which elected officials accurately reflected the values of their constituents. Those members who do not reflect those values are featured in the Courage Score “Hall of Shame,” whereas those who scored top marks are named as “Courage Score All-Stars.”


Courage Campaign also announced that for the first time in the group’s history, they will begin to play in Democratic primaries using Courage Score as a marker to determine which members are representing their constituents and which ones are simply doing the bidding of corporate donors and their lobbyists. Courage Campaign has set aside $100,000 for this purpose.

The website allows Californians to see their state representatives’ “Courage Score” on a scale of 0-100, along with a corresponding letter grade. The Courage Score is a rating of each legislator’s willingness to stand up for their constituents against corporate benefactors and wealthy special interests that continue to dominate California politics.

For the third year in a row, Courage Campaign is the only progressive organization that has tracked and rated legislators across a broad range of issue areas: from criminal and racial justice, to consumer protection, immigration, economic justice, gun violence prevention, gender equality, health, housing, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, environmental justice, and environmental protection and more. The report card is endorsed by California Calls, Democracy For America, Communications Workers of America Local 9421 and District 9, University Professional and Technical Employees, National Union of Healthcare Workers, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dolores Huerta Foundation, DailyKos, California Immigrant Policy Center, and, to name a few.

HALL OF SHAME: The report card features a “Hall of Shame” for members of the California Legislature who are most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with the corporate and wealthy special interests that exploit Californians. They received a “D” or “F” grade and represent a district where constituents clearly support progressive solutions to challenges that face California.

The 2018 Hall of Shame includes

Senator Steve Glazer (D-7)
Senator Janet Nguyen (R-34)
Assemblymember Catherine Baker (R-16)
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-9)
Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-30)
Assemblymember Timothy Grayson (D-14)
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-70)
Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-69)
Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-11)

COURAGE SCORE ALL-STARS: Members of the CA Legislature who scored an A+ during the 2017 legislative sessions include

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-30)
Senator Nancy Skinner (D-9)
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-15)
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-29)
Assemblymember Monique Limon (D-37)
Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-27)
Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-43)
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-17)
Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-79)

A full list of the bills used to calculate the 2018 Courage Score can be found here:

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California Democrats support comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with American values of freedom, opportunity, compassion, and respect for human rights. In that regard we are leading the nation with the California Dream Act: Students brought here as children can qualify for financial aid for college.

We allow undocumented drivers to get drivers' licenses; it keeps the streets safer. We provide health coverage for permanent residents and legal assistance for children fleeing violence in Central America. We have established a network of sanctuary cities, including Los Angeles (in practice if not in name). PaliDems won’t let families and communities be torn apart.


The Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 provide health care for tens of millions of Americans. Want to know more than almost everyone else? The entire act can be found here.  

Single Payer CA -- SB562

Single Payer in California? Can We Afford It? Can We Afford Not To?

The California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB 562, sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately objected that SB 562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 billion general fund budget for next year.

But that figure is completely misleading -- a single-payer system would actually save both individuals and the state money while dramatically improving coverage.

Read the article...

Meanwhile, your PaliDems are taking action to encourage Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to move forward on SB 562, currently stalled in his committee. Click here to see our letter to Speaker Rendon, who can be reached at (916) 319-2063.


Our Climate

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz called on "creative minds and grassroots activists to create the City of the Future ... here, on the ground, in the City of Angels."

With that in mind, the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club is supporting SB 100, to require California to get 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources before mid-century. SB 71 will require all new buildings to have solar rooftops by 2022.

We also support three other bills specifically aimed at protecting California from Trump-administration attempts to overturn automobile fuel standards (SB 49), public lands use regulations (SB 50), and protection for whistle blowers (SB 51).

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel premiered July 28 in Los Angeles and New York, then August 4 nationwide -- in the middle of a long, hot summer shaping up to be yet another record-breaking year.

Click here to watch a trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel, then add your name to the millions still in for the Paris agreement.