Do you know the way to San Jose? Politicians and activists are gathering in the South Bay this weekend for the California Democratic Party’s annual convention.
Being an election year, they have the especially important business of endorsements to attend to. Delegates will be throwing their crucial support behind candidates all the way from the top of the ticket, where Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Lorreta Sanchez of Orange are locked in a fierce battle to replace departing U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer to the safest Assembly district. Harris and Sanchez will host competing dance and dessert parties, respectively, tonight.
But there is also fun to be had: Attendees will be able to drop in on events ranging from a brownie sundaes social in support of legalizing marijuana to a karaoke night co-hosted by Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma. Vice President Joe Biden, Boxer and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich are also scheduled to speak.
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