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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 42nd 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 42nd 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 42nd 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 42nd 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 Ken Calvert.

U.S. House, California, District 42 General Election, 2012
Party             Candidate                    Vote %    Votes
Republican     Ken Calvert                60.6%    130,245
Democratic     Michael Williamson    39.4%    84,702

Total Votes:  214,947

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 42nd 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 Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:54 PM PDT.


What should we do with Ken Calvert?

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  •  I lived in his district for a dozen years (1+ / 0-)
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    he can be beaten with a good candidate. Mary Bono, who certainly is more personable, lost last time around. Calvert is kind of a non-entity in the district and slides by under the radar.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:13:06 PM PDT

    •  heh just noticed the last paragraph (0+ / 0-)

      I really like Riverside, California .

      This is a "town" that oranges put on the map, now with 250,000 people in the area, and an outer suburb of LA.

      If you go there, park in downtown and walk around. There's a pedestrian mall, historic buildings, including the Mission Inn, and a brew pub. It's a nice place.

      If you have more detailed questions, send me an message, I'd like to tell you about Riverside and all the surrounding area.

      This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

      by Karl Rover on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:25:02 PM PDT

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  •  The IE (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    is becoming bluer every year. It's only a matter of demographics and time. That said, I think we should keep a couple of these wingers around just for laughs. I nominate my rep., Crazy Dana from HB. He's a hoot when he's drunk.

  •  Ken Calvert is still more famous for (1+ / 0-)
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       getting a blowjob from a prostitute in his car than for anything he has done in Congress. He is a tool and just a backbencher.  What a waste of space in the House!

    Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

    by Zack from the SFV on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:56:30 PM PDT

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