As Chairperson Election Remains Contested, California Democrats Lack Unity

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An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.  (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

With democratic supermajorities in both wings of the state legislature, California has strengthened its role as a leader in progressive policy, pushing back against the Trump administration on issues like immigration and climate change. But a hotly-contested election for the chair of California's Democratic Party has led to infighting between longtime California democrats and a more progressive, Bernie Sanders-influenced wing. In this hour of Forum, we look at divisions within the state's Democratic Party and explore how it might reflect a schism at the national level.

Marisa Lagos,
reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk
Katie Merrill, partner, BaughmanMerrill
Christine Pelosi, chair, California Democratic Party Women's Caucus