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To all Kossacks:  Please take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable.  They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.  

There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds."  To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback.  We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.

We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from California's 48th Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

This isn't going to be much of a diary.  You can add anything you want about California's 48th Congressional District.  Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes.  Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not.  Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.

What issues directly affect people in California's 48th Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 48th Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Dana Rohrabacher.

U.S. House, California, District 48 General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate                             Vote% Votes
        Republican    Dana Rohrabacher 61%    177,144
        Democratic     Ron Varasteh     39%    113,358

Total Votes:  290,502

Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to California's 48th Congressional District and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.

So far, we only have the basic information.  What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?


How do we handle Dana Rohrabacher?

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  •  I was living in Huntington Beach in 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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    jakedog42, Lujane

    when Rohrabacher faced the tightest race of his career against Debbie Cook (D) - HuntBeach's former mayor. I really wanted to see Cook prevail in that race, but Republican-style lies and slime barely won out.

    They're not a serious party anymore. -Kos

    by thenekkidtruth on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:07:39 PM PDT

  •  I was a volunteer and donor for Debbie. (1+ / 0-)
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    She had absolutely no help from the National Party. She put up a great fight with very limited resources. I think one reason the honchos in Wash. don't care about this district is twofold. First the district is +12R. They don't think it's winnable. Second is Dana himself. He is constantly rated the least effective member of Congress. I don't think he's introduced a single piece of legislation in the two decades he's been there. I think the attitude is that the man is a buffoon. Why waste money and resources on trying to get rid of him. They keep him around for comic relief. I've had a Guinness with him a couple of times at Gallahers Pub in HB. We both like the same Irish band. He really isn't that bright. The list of good restaruants and things to do would be hard. We have so many. We are a major tourist destination after all. Last year over 5 million people visited Huntington Beach. My neighborhood is middle class and mostly democratic. A blue dot in a red sea. As red as this area is I rarely hear anyone talking politics. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad one. Oh year, I love living here.

  •  How this nutcase has lasted even in Orange County (1+ / 0-)
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    is beyond me. The stupid part is that he was judged better than Bob Dornan (on second thought......).

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:31:55 PM PDT

  •  The same argument was made for the CA-49 district (2+ / 0-)
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    Rosalie907, Lujane

    Yet Darrell Issa's challenger, Jerry Tetalman, had less than $60,000 in the bank in the election cycle yet he managed to get 41% of the voted in the CA-49 district and no help from grassroots groups, Democracy for America or the DCCC.  I was the only person who served as the real representative on Kos for Tetalman.

    So if Tetalman can get 41% of the votes in a supposedly deep red district, so can a challenger in Dana Rohrabacher's district.

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