Primary Election Reflections.

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The card above is from my husband Todd, who always knows just what to say. :)

This has been a contest of endurance. The race began earlier for me than for anyone else. Almost 15 months ago, in fact. One year ago, to the date, on June 6, 2017, I lost my mother to cancer. That was a blow. I remember it like it was yesterday. I spent that evening at an Iftar dinner, comforted by the warm embrace of friends in the North County Islamic Community. A day later I was speaking to a local Democratic club. I could not remember my elevator pitch to save my life, so I stood up and talked about my mother—about who she was, and the progressive values she instilled in me by example. She didn’t call them “progressive values.” She just considered how we treat others to be a simple matter of right and wrong. She endured no bullies and took no prisoners. She was a force of nature. 

It was especially bittersweet to get the most reliable election results after midnight—on June 6—indicating that I would finish at least in the top 2, if not in first place. I know my mom was smiling up in heaven and thinking “told you so!”  She was my biggest cheerleader. She believed that public service was something I was meant to do. In the summer and fall, two of our children got married. I attended the ceremonies, but missed all the parties, showers and other events leading up to the big days. Just before Christmas, we were evacuated due to the fires that raged through North County. Packing and unpacking campaign paperwork along with our most valued possessions added another degree of difficulty. But we persevered. Just after the holidays I caught a nasty flu with an on-again, off-again fever that lasted nearly a month—forcing me to cancel two crucial endorsement meetings. You win some, you lose some.

I wanted to share something meaningful with family, friends and supporters right away yesterday. But in all honesty, I was stunned. (And exhausted.) No one (least of all I) expected me to do so well. The odds were against it. I was not the most sophisticated candidate. I made tactical mistakes. I was candid on every issue. We didn’t raise a ton of money. And I didn’t have half the elected officials in the county (and elsewhere in the state) endorsing my candidacy or holding high-ticket fundraisers.

Ours has been a scrappy, grassroots campaign. But there was something I underestimated: the power of people. For those who know me, that’s funny, given that it’s something I’ve spent years as an activist preaching. That money in politics only has the power we give it. It is only influential when the voters are willing to be influenced. When we speak directly to each other, to fellow voters, and are educated on the issues, we become inured to slick marketing efforts. We can decide for ourselves if a candidate’s policies align with our own values or if they’re just blowing smoke.

So many people, having so many conversations—that’s what made the difference. I want to thank my wonderful husband Todd Warren, whose devotion knows no bounds. Todd is not “political,” but we share the same values. He got involved because I got in the race and he loves me. Every person should have a partner this committed.

Our three kids and their partners were also on board, from a distance, and even contributed. My siblings helped—especially my brother Chris. And friends, near and far, pitched in their time, money and talents to help us move forward. On my Facebook Page I recently ran lists of “unsung heroes.” There are more to come—too many to list in a single essay—but I want to acknowledge a few here. Please forgive me if I missed you. Along with our endorsers and donors there were many volunteers and some (very underpaid) staff, such as Brett Fisher, who helped launch our fundraising efforts and will be guiding us to victory in November. Micah Perlin set up our website. Nicole Eccles jumped in over the holidays and helped with events and volunteers as well as general management; Carol Gendel took over in the spring and managed scheduling, events and volunteers. Thanks to our media team of Sue Wilson (who produced our video), Pat Pickett, Emilianne Slaydon, my daughter Lauren, CDP Progressive Caucus board member Cari Templeton, Duncan McEwan (who shot and edited our video); policy advisers Andrea Miller, Bill Honigman, Russell Greene, Mike Bullock, Celeste Drake, Eve Simmons, and messaging guru and education and healthcare advocate Kathy Rallings. Thanks to all who supported us, hosted meet and greets and phone banks, and made sure to disseminate information. Special thanks to Sue Alderson, Karen Bernal, RL Miller, Lauren Steiner, Marge Kealey, Carol Skiljan, Mark Wisniewski, PJ Duke, Nikki Leeds, Marggie Castellano, Cipriano Vargas, Carol Law, Maria McEneany, Cecily Resnick, Andrea Cunningham, Jim Hesson and Eveline Farias Hesson; Wendy Wutzke, Scott and Siena Haustein, John and Lorraine; Sabrina Kaplan, Josie Shepard, Susan Peinado and John Loughlin; Danielle White, Margaret Lynn, Mustafa and Tazeen Nizam; Tom Shaffer and Jeanne Guidry;  Lauren and Larry Kornit; Caroline Theiss-Aird, Bob Hemphill, Lorri Greene, Joy and Jerry Singleton, Mim Michelov and Chaz Ackerman, Donna Renczak and Vince Loughney; Bev and Paul Vaidya, Lynda Daniels, Sally Foster, Betsy Barnhart, Eric Joyce, Kyle Bright, Chyann Cox, Codi Viera, Andrea Beth Damsky, Chris Barroso and Beth Hermann, Susie Hovsepian, Joseph Kashkanian, Haig Baghdasarian, Serob Abrahamian, Linda and Noel Breen, Gary and Pam Bland, Barbara Mead and Crocker Price, Lisa Shaffer and Steve Bartram, Caeley Gomez and Liz Rasmussen; Elaine Cefola; Madge and Arturo Torres; Laura and Robert Cunningham, Leslie Davies. Amber and Dave Newman, Esther Sanchez, Chuck Lowery, Doug Applegate, Ruben Major, Ellen, Mark, and Rachel Bartlett, Sarah Lifton, Terra Lawson-Remer, Cody Petterson, Lisa Nava, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Gayle McLaughlin, Christine Love Jackson, Rena Marrocco, Frank at Mitchell Printing, Manny at the Line Printing Company, Marshall Klavons. Ben Burley, Chris Crotty, Gary Gartner, and our treasurer, Deane and Company.

“You’ve won the primary. What are you going to do now?” That question has come up several times over the past 24 hours and I have said (only half joking): “I’m going to Disneyland—to demand they pay their fair share in property taxes!”

California has a grand tradition of introducing great legislation—and having it killed by corporate lobbyists in Sacramento when it threatens to impose regulations or threaten profits. When it affects the necessities of life—healthcare, housing, education, public utilities—I draw a line in the sand. That’s the main reason I’m running. It’s time that working people and our small businesses stop being nickel and dimed into poverty.

With respect to the not-so-magic kingdom: reforming Prop 13 would yield an estimated $9 billion in tax revenue from big corporations such as Disney, that under the current  “loophole” in the law (put in place to protect homeowners) continue to escape paying their share of taxes based on the current value of their property. This is money we could use to fund necessary infrastructure. There is no reason we can’t review the tax rolls to find these “corporate freeloaders” and design a way to capture a fair share of revenue from them without placing any new burden on homeowners or other businesses already paying their share.

Then there’s the issue of saving single-payer healthcare. Just saying healthcare for all doesn’t necessarily mean single-payer. There are many advocates for a plan that keeps private insurance companies in the mix. I stand, unequivocally, for removing the profit skimming “partners” (namely private insurance and the price-gouging pharmaceutical companies) from healthcare delivery now—not later. To those who say, “how can we afford it?” I offer this answer: if we are spending 10 cents on healthcare now, we shouldn’t have a problem spending 8 cents.

While the source of some funding may shift, net cost to the public will be less—not more—than what we are currently paying in premiums, deductibles, co-pays and uncovered healthcare expenses. We can get more healthcare services for our healthcare dollar when we eliminate nonessential middlemen. After a small portion for administration – roughly less than 5% – the rest will go to actual care. (Not to investors, not to marketing, not to lobbyists, not to seven-figure executive compensation.)

We must remove profit skimming from our funding for essential services—beginning with healthcare and including education, infrastructure, public utilities, and law enforcement. A responsible government looks out for its residents—it does not cater to foreign investors or cave to industry lobbyists. This is an issue you’ll hear me talk about more as the campaign progresses. And make no mistake—I will go to the mat to protect working people. Because the health and well-being of California’s residents is not something that should be bargained away for political gain. We deserve better.

Much has been said about this historic 2-Democrat race. I look forward to sharing our policy positions and letting the voters decide which vision resonates the most. We plan to walk and knock a lot more between now and November. We plan to phone bank and do other outreach. I have vowed to continue running a clean, issues-focused campaign, as has my opponent.  Voters may look forward to a non-toxic campaign season—one  in which everyone can feel good about engaging.

Thanks to all who’ve helped us come this far. We have a long road ahead and miles to go before we sleep. I promise you I will work doubly hard these next five months. With so much at stake, there is no other option. Together, we CAN make a difference.

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth Warren

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Warren, Boerner Horvath advance in 76th Assembly race as Republicans are shut out

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Unprecedented Dem v. Dem battle shaping up for North County Assembly seat

From San Diego Union Tribune 6-8-2018

Barring a surge in uncounted provisional ballots, coastal North County voters will choose among two Democrats to fill the 76th Assembly District seat in November.

It’s an unprecedented situation, noted UC San Diego political science professor Thad Kousser, in that this historically Republican stronghold has not seen Democrat face Democrat since the state went to a top-two primary system for Assembly races in 2012.

It’s a little more difficult, without significant additional research, to say when was the last time this particular patch of California coast, stretching from Encinitas through Camp Pendleton, has chosen Democratic representation.

Still, it’s clear that it has been a very long time since this seat has gone to a Democrat. That result is virtually guaranteed in 2018.

“It’s pretty clear from the results we saw Tuesday that the North County coast has been transformed from a Republican area to a Democratic one,” Kousser said.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, activist and journalist Elizabeth Warren of Oceanside leads with 25.6 percent of votes cast. Encinitas City Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath was second with 25.15 percent.

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Miracle in the 76th Assembly District

She’s a progressive in North San Diego County who had never run for office who set out to flip California’s 76th State Assembly district to the Democrats. (Dems don’t usually even bother to run there.)  She ran a grassroots campaign, raised a fraction of the money that her opponents did, never ran a single ad, never made a robocall, and refused to engage in negativity. Pollsters and pundits said she didn’t stand a chance.


Yet somehow, California’s own Elizabeth Warren not only beat every Republican in the district race, but bested her Democratic opponent (who she will meet in November) to come out on top.


What’s behind her miraculous victory? A lasting commitment to community and country. 


Warren was happy with her life as a writer, a wife and a mom, until an illegal foreclosure stole her family’s home. She dug in to discover how this could happen, and was angered to learn the US Government could have prevented the entire foreclosure debacle which affects Californians to this day. From there, she launched into activism, helping others in the community who had lost their homes as well. Next she informed the national group MoveOn about the perils of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and in 2016 spearheaded a countrywide coalition to stop Congress from voting on TPP legislation.


Yes, she had endorsements from MoveOn, and Progressive Democrats of America, and many more people and groups big and small in her district and across the United States. But bottom line, Elizabeth Warren didn’t need to run ads to reach people in her community. Her community already knows who she is, knows her work, and knows her heart.


Says Warren, “I stepped up to run for Assembly because I believe we're all in this together, that everyone deserves a chance, and that the laws of California (and the nation) should be a reflection of our shared values--not something written by and for a privileged few.


“I am grateful for the support I have received in the 76th District and beyond. I have no plans for a political career--I just want to do my part to help solve some problems. I don’t claim to know it all--but I will do my homework, listen to my neighbors, and be your voice in Sacramento. Working together, we CAN improve our quality of life, strengthen our communities, and give our kids some hope.”

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A Wildly Misleading Mailer

It's time to set the record straight about a last-minute attempt to smear my reputation. 

My friend and supporter Cari Templeton, posted the following on her Facebook page. And she summarized the issue beautifully:

San Diego area friends, can you please help get the word out to correct the record about a deceptive ad?

As you know, I am supporting progressive Elizabeth Warren for Assembly District 76. However, over the weekend her opponent released a wildly misleading mailer that "implied" that she has received the Democratic endorsement, when in fact she never came close. There is no party endorsement at the county or state level for this race.


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San Diego County #WearOrange Events Most Prevalent in AD 76

June 2, 2018...   #WearOrange! That is the rallying cry this weekend as Moms and their families send a message to lawmakers that there is more we can and must do to end gun violence. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked all of us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.

Wear Orange Weekend started on June 1st — National Gun Violence Awareness Dayand events planned by gun sense supporters are being held throughout the nation all weekend.  Of the seven Wear Orange events in San Diego County, five are in the North County cities of State Assembly District 76, where Democratic Assembly candidate Elizabeth Warren has been awarded the “Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction” for standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety. 

Warren, just endorsed by the progressive advocacy group MoveOn, will be wearing her orange jacket at Encinitas’ “Wear Orange Orangeade Stand” at Moonlight Beach, 400 B Street near the volleyball nets Saturday, June 2 from noon to 1 PM.  She and other volunteers will host orangeade stands to bring awareness to National Gun Violence Prevention day and will have orangeade, games, cookies, and selfie stands so people can share why they Wear Orange. “Bring the kids!” they say.

“Kids are what this is all about, and it’s not just an event, it’s an eventuality that gun violence can and will subside so our children have a safe and bright future,” says Warren.


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Oceanside, CA…  After losing her home to an illegal foreclosure, California’s own Elizabeth Warren didn’t take it lying down. Instead, she transformed her anger into activism and began working with the progressive public policy advocacy group MoveOn. With their training, activist Warren led followers across the entire nation to stop the U.S. Congress from voting on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP,) a major victory for progressives everywhere.

Then activist Elizabeth Warren is now candidate Warren, running for California’s State Assembly in the 76th District. And Move On has not forgotten what she has done.

Today, by an overwhelming vote of 82% of MoveOn members in the district, MoveOn endorsed California’s own Elizabeth Warren to represent the 76th District in the State Assembly in Sacramento.

Says Warren, “Because I got my start in activism with training from MoveOn, it is both a delight and an honor to have my candidacy endorsed by fellow MoveOn members! Together, we can make a difference!

AND - Elizabeth is truly grateful for the endorsement of Animal PAC, which has recognized Elizabeth Warren's continuing contribution to the welfare of the lives of animals!


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S.O.S.! Save Our Shot at Medicare for All Briefing

Oceanside, CA…  With the election just days away, who we elect to the State Assembly will determine if we see a Medicare for All bill introduced in the foreseeable future.

Get the facts on how businesses, patients, and providers will all fare much better if we ELIMINATE THE MIDDLEMAN and take the profit motive out of healthcare. 

Get succinct talking points to make the case for Medicare for All.

Phone bank for your favorite candidate. Progressive candidates and supporters are invited to stay for collaborative phone-banking. We'll have a script focused on saving our shot at a Medicare for All healthcare program in California.


The Healthy California Act SB 562 seemed on the road to passage last year. Then it stalled in the Assembly. A "select committee" met and held several hearings. The committee's report effectively scuttled Medicare for All healthcare, in favor of a slew of new bills aimed at protecting private insurers under the guise of movement toward a universal plan. We all know how well that worked out in Washington!

This event is sponsored by the Elizabeth Warren for State Assembly District 76 Campaign and will be held at a private home. The event is free. Sign up here for the address:

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FEMA to Climate Deniers: "Get Your Own Sandbags."

THROWBACK POST: This is an oldie but a goodie that we shared with People Demanding Action members back in 2015. The sentiments are just as relevant today. It's past time to get politics out of the equation and embrace the "science" part of climate science.

March 18, 2015


By Elizabeth Warren, People Demanding Action                                      

In an astonishing act of bravado, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) announced its  plan to withhold disaster mitigation preparedness funds from those states whose governors refuse to acknowledge that things like hurricanes, droughts and other natural disasters are not simply “acts of God” but in fact directly attributable to the folly of men.

Here’s what’s cool about that:

FEMA is not saying that the agency won’t rush in and help disaster victims once tragedy has struck. What they’re saying is that climate change deniers can’t have their sandbags and deny they need them too.

Makes sense to me.

FEMA’s point is to make governors in high risk states—who continue to deny the reality of climate change— publicly admit that it does in fact exist if they want help preparing for its eventual fallout.

Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Not so for politicians, it would seem. Especially those with a serious stake in preserving the sanctity of fossil fuel worship and the campaign funds that go along with it.

These guys have a lot of political capital invested in maintaining the façade that “climate change” is nothing more than a left-wing conspiracy aimed at robbing hard-working multinational coal and oil company magnates of their God-given right to record obscene U.S. profits, move them to offshore accounts to avoid taxes, and use the entire Earth as their personal ashtray. 

As I see it, the five governors in question—Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Scott of Florida, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Greg Abbott of Texas and Pat McCrory of North Carolina—have some serious soul searching—and number crunching—in their futures as they consider what to do next.  

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It’s been said that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. If that’s true, then it’s high time that hand earned what it’s worth. And if Congress steps up and unflinchingly does the right thing by removing the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment—they could get it. Everyone remembers ERA as a relic from the 1970s. Women marched in the streets and burned their bras, inspired by Helen Reddy and Aretha Franklin telling them they should “roar” and get some “respect.”

These were the grandmas of the Lilith Fair crowd, and they were epically fierce. As we prepare to pay homage to America’s cradle rockers (of which, full disclosure, I am one) I think it’s only right to point out the gaping contradiction between the outpouring of national adoration we heap on mothers this one day a year—and how America’s laws treat them the other 364 days.


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