Opinion: A Black woman replacing Diane Feinstein does not change the Democratic agenda

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Diane Feinstein was a United States senator from California from 1992 to 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

Feinstein died on September 28, 2023, at the age of 90. She was the oldest sitting U.S. senator and member of Congress.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, had previously vowed to appoint a Black woman to replace Dianne Feinstein if she were to retire before the term ended in 2024.

Newsom's pledge came as acknowledgement of the lack of diversity in the state's congressional delegation. California is the most diverse state in the country, but its congressional delegation is one of the least diverse.

Who will be Dianne Feinstein's replacement? Here are California's rules for replacing U.S. senators.

Newsom has faced pressure to appoint Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from Oakland and the only Black woman declared to run in 2024 in the race to succeed Feinstein.

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However, Newsom has also said that he would not appoint someone who is currently running for the seat. This is because he does not want to give an unfair advantage to any one candidate.

With Lee seemingly ruled out, Secretary of State Shirley Weber is considered to be a potential frontrunner to fill the Senate seat.

Weber is a 75-year-old Black woman who has served as California's secretary of state since 2021. She was previously a member of the California State Assembly. Weber is a progressive Democrat who is known for her advocacy for voting rights, civil rights, and criminal justice reform.

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Opinion: Doesn't matter if Black woman replaces Feinstein the Democratic agenda will remain the same

Some people believe that the Democratic agenda will change significantly if a more progressive politician fills Feinstein's seat. Others believe that the Democratic agenda will remain largely the same, regardless of who is appointed.

The Democratic agenda is determined by the priorities of the Democratic Party as a whole, not by the individual views of any one senator.

It is possible that a more progressive senator would be more likely to support specific policies within the Democratic agenda, such as Medicare for all or debt-free college. However, the overall direction of the Democratic agenda would likely remain the same.

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Black Political Opinion is a multi-part opinion-editorial series that looks at various political topics, news, and views, from the perspective of a Black female, conservative leaning Independent. www.BlackPoliticalOpinion.com

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Black Political Opinion reports on political topics and news from the perspective of a Black female, conservative leaning Independent. Lashaun Turner is a Journalist and former NBC/CNBC Affiliate KCAA Broadcaster for "Cali's BEST" Radio Show airing on 102.3FM & 106.5FM from 2016-2020. Before journalism, Lashaun was in the Media & P.R field for over 13 years and interviewed an estimated 20k Celebrities and Entrepreneurs. Lashaun also produced & hosted Blaze Indie L.A TV show on LA's Channel 36 from 2014-2016"

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