Should GPCA have closer ties with the progressive caucus of the california democratic party?
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Marnie Glickman: I don't know. Do we have any ties?
Kendra Gonzales: I think it would be ok to keep in good communication on "issues". I've had many progressive Dems tell me they might not want to re-register Green (more out of fear of vote splitting than anything) but they want us around. We keep them in check, respect our values, they respect that we don't compromise, they just don't think we are "viable" enough. We need to become viable enough for our progressive friends to join, so staying in good relationship is probably smart.
Jenni Woodward: I've been thinking for months that the GP can make the Dems more honestly progressive and can give some aid and comfort to the progressive Dems as well (but not monetarily). Coalition building, in two words, can be synergistic (help both parties). As I say elsewhere in this list, Dems hold a lot of offices and appointments in California. It could be so helpful to the GPCA, and help grow our list of potential candidates, if some of them appointed some of us as subordinates in their offices or even backed some of us in small elections they might not want to bother with. Or maybe some state or congressional districts, in the new redistricting scheme, don't have a Dem to run or don't care if a Green runs instead. jgw110908