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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 21st 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 21st 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 21st 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 21st 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 David Valadao


U.S. House, California, District 21 General Election, 2012
Party             Candidate            Vote %    Votes
Republican     David G. Valadao    57.8%    67,164
Democratic     John Hernandez    42.2%    49,119

Total Votes:  116,283

Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
http://www.sos.ca.gov/...

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to California's 21st 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?

Originally posted to Knowledge Democrats on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM PDT.

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  •  I appreciate the effort. thanks. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:43:23 PM PDT

  •  I'm right next door in CA23 (1+ / 0-)
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    hankmeister

    ...in fact, was mistakenly phone-polled on the race last year, twice.  Gerrymandered around my residence.

    That area's incredibly poor, agriculture-dominated.  What they NEED is jobs not dependent on ag, IMHO.  What they'll ask for is cheap federally-subsidized water.  Locals are big on denying global warming and it's going to shrivel them up in the sun.

    I think it's winnable, Fresno up above is turning bluer these days (Costa, D-16). But the representation tends to be very red, and the area has in the past been one of the poorest CD's in the nation, even worse than the Deep South.

    America, we can do better than this...

    by Randomfactor on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 04:42:35 PM PDT

  •  Embedding map for you (0+ / 0-)

    We're taking a look at a more permanent solution.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 07:40:27 AM PDT

  •  So south Central Valley, excluding large cities (0+ / 0-)

    water, immigration, air pollution....

    It's a very conservative area but with a large farmworker underclass.

    The California Farm Bureau is an interesting source of news that particularly focuses on the Central Valley. It comes with a hard-right filter on everything it writes in its weekly newspaper.

    http://cfbf.org

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 07:43:59 AM PDT

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