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‘We pay for it, we should have access to it’

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CDP Weekly Update

Friday, August 17, 2018

It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

AB 84 Advances – Call Your Senator

Tuesday’s Senate Elections Committee hearing on AB 84 was one of the most memorable hearings in the recent history of the Capitol. The California Democratic Party formally opposed AB 84 at our July Executive Board meeting out of concerns that the legislation will move us away from the clean money politics Californians overwhelming support and that our Party Platform explicitly calls for. 


The CDP was represented by Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall and Communications Director John Vigna and CDP Operations Director Tina McKinnor. Vice Chair Larimore-Hall was spirited and passionate in his testimony before the committee, and the coalition of Common Cause, the Clean Money Campaign, the Courage Campaign, League of Women Voters and CDP activists from across the state turned out nearly 200 Californians to rally and testify against AB 84. 


(For a great summary of the issue, check out the Sacramento Bee’s strident editorial against AB 84)



Senator Henry Stern, the Chair of the Committee, and Senator Ben Allen both voted against the bill. Unfortunately, despite the tremendous efforts of our grassroots activists, including thousands of phone calls to one Senator alone, the bill moved forward on a bipartisan 3-2 vote. 


All of this means that AB 84 can be taken up by the full Senate as soon as next week. As Democratic activists, we have to stand up for our Party Platform and make our voices heard by the Legislature. 


Please call your Senator and respectfully ask that they vote No on AB 84. To find your Senator, or look up your Senator’s contact information, please click here


CDP is Hiring!

Chair Bauman and Your CDP Team have put the finishing touches on our campaign plan for the fall, and it’s time to put that plan into action! We’re hiring several positions across the state for the November 2018 General Election – Please check out our Employment Opportunities page and forward to any interested contacts.

Ew Gross it’s Kevin McCarthy

Continuing the theme of Republicans refusing to go back to their own districts under any circumstances, ever, this week House Speaker wannabe Kevin McCarthy was in Sacramento for an event.


(Fun Fact: Sacramento is a good four hour drive from the people McCarthy represents in Bakersfield).  


McCarthy – whose most recent claim to fame was leaked audio of him speculating that Trump and Dana Rohrabacher are on the Russian Government’s payroll – was in town to answer questions from the Public Policy Institute of California. We were particularly impressed with his CHP escort and the two – TWO! – brand new Chevy Suburbans he was traveling around in (you know, just like how everyone in the Central Valley gets around). 


Your CDP Team worked with Sacramento Democrats to make sure Rep. McCarthy got the appropriate welcome – and a coalition of other activists protested him in the event itself. See the LA Times story for a good recap – and a sad McCarthy quote at the end


Big thanks to all the Sacramento activists for attending! 




John Cox Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot, Offends Everyone

Earlier this week, GOP Candidate for Governor John Cox was caught comparing wait times at the DMV to the Holocaust. CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman responded forcefully, saying:

“John Cox’s statement comparing the DMV to the Holocaust was shocking and breathtakingly stupid. Comparing the systematic slaughter of 11 million men, women and children to standing in line at a government office is unbelievably offensive. If John Cox can’t summon the basic human decency necessary to refrain from trivializing genocide, he should quit the race for Governor before he further embarrasses himself or the people of California.” 



For the last 18 months or so, we’ve grown accustomed to waking up every morning to news alerts on our phones proclaiming all sorts of bad news. But yesterday morning, when we got the alert about Aretha Franklin’s death… that one hit harder than most. 


All day throughout Your CDP Headquarters, Aretha songs were playing on radios and computers and phones. People on the street were humming Respect, Think, I Say A Little Prayer and so many of her iconic songs. (Not gonna lie, your Weekly Update writers got pretty choked up listening to her cover of Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come).


We grew up listening to Aretha. We grew up hearing her songs everywhere we went – at protests and parties and those quiet moments we needed a little jolt of spirit. She had a powerful voice, a powerful faith, and a powerful personality. And that, in turn, resonated  with millions of people – including just about everyone who has ever called themselves a Democrat. 


And so we close out this week honoring the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin, by recalling her performance at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors – a performance so beautiful it brought tears to the Obamas’ eyes:


80 Days until the Election!



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17 Aug

a community in desperate need

Dear Friend:


Last week, Stratford’s wells went out and the community does not have access to running water.

Well, I just returned from delivering water and paper goods to our neighbors in Stratford. If you could see what I saw yesterday, you would be sad and angry all at the same time.  How can this be?


I saw seniors with no transportation struggling to walk home with their waters, and people trying to shower using the gallon of water we gave them. It’s an all-around desperate and heartbreaking situation.


Every human being deserves access to clean water, and I’m asking you: will you join me in helping our friends in Stratford?


The Stratford Public Utility District is taking water donations right now at the address below. In addition to water, if you are able to round up some basic paper goods such as napkins and toilet paper to donate, they will take those as well.


Stratford Public Utility District  


I will continue to help our community until they have running water again, and I deeply appreciate anything you can do to aid in this effort.

With deep gratitude,

Melissa Hurtado
Candidate, State Senate District 14

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17 Aug

UPDATE: Valadao and Paul Ryan fear humiliating defeat in CA-21

Paul Ryan and David Valadao thought they had this race in the bag..TJ Cox for Congress

California Race UPDATE: Paul Ryan moves to save David Valadao’s slipping lead. Spends nearly $100,000 on broadcast TV to defeat TJ Cox. Rush an urgent donation to TJ’s campaign to keep our momentum growing >>



Here we go:

Earlier this week, we got news that special interest groups — backed by billionaires in Washington — bought a massive TV buy in Fresno and Bakersfield against TJ Cox. Then yesterday, we confirmed that Paul Ryan’s NRCC dropped nearly $100,000 on ads to attack TJ’s progressive campaign.

At the beginning of 2018, Paul Ryan and David Valadao thought they had this race in the bag, but it’s become clear that TJ’s momentum has them worried about a humiliating defeat.

Can you chip in a donation to TJ’s campaign to make sure we can go toe-to-toe with David Valadao and his allies in Washington?

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Thank you for your support,

Team TJ





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17 Aug

Add your name: support our citizenship lawsuit against the Trump administration

In the next two years, the Trump administration needs to carry out a crucial constitutional responsibility: the 2020 Census.


Since 1790, the Census has counted every single person in the United States, citizen and non-citizen. That count determines everything from representation in Congress to how we allocate resources for things like disaster relief, education, infrastructure, public health and police and fire protection.


But now, the Trump administration wants to include a question on the 2020 Census asking about citizenship status. Adding this question is a certain way to suppress an accurate counting and representation for California’s diverse communities. 



Given the way this administration has attacked immigrants, you can understand why immigrant families would be afraid to fill out a Census questionnaire that asked about citizenship.


Discouraging immigrant families from responding to the Census means that several million people might not be represented. Our state has more immigrant families who contribute significantly to our communities than any other state and I’m going to fight my hardest to make sure every one of them is counted. 



Thank you,





Xavier Becerra -- California Attorney General

Becerra for Attorney General 2018
777 South Figueroa Street
Suite 4050 Los Angeles, CA 90017-5864

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17 Aug

Event: Constitution Day Lecture

Constitution Day Lecture: “Why Shouldn’t the President be a Dictator?–How to destroy the Constitution, subvert the rule of law, and end our freedom in one easy lesson.”

Join San Joaquin College of Law Professor Jeffrey G. Purvis at the Law School (901 5th Street, Clovis) on Thursday, September 20th at 5:30 p.m. as he marks another Constitution Day.

In the past, his topics have included titles such as “Death Panels Are Trying to Kill My Grandma,” “Virtual Mayhem: Why Does the US Supreme Court Want Our Children to Become Violent Killers?” “Having Destroyed Marriage, What Are The Gays Up To Now?” and “Is It Constitutional for Me to Scream at Town Hall Meetings so that No One Else Can Be Heard?”


For more information, call (559) 323-2100


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17 Aug

Andrew Janz Hosts Public Meet and Greet in Visalia, Nunes Still Hiding

Andrew Janz Hosts Public Meet and Greet in Visalia, Nunes Still Hiding

Visalia, CA (Aug. 16, 2018) Andrew Janz for Congress hosted a meet and greet at the Planing Mill in Visalia on Thursday. The pizzeria was packed with over 50 enlightened voters ready to canvass and phonebank for the campaign.

Andrew talked about his experience being a child of immigrants. See video here.

Andrew also discussed water, jobs and the economy, health care, how the Central Valley has long been forgotten about.

Andrew Janz talks about the campaign trail with his soccer coach from Visalia.

Visalia voter expresses how excited he is for Andrew to be his new congressman.

Andrew Janz talks to over 50 voters at the Planing Mill in Visalia.


Andrew Janz was born and raised in Visalia and is running for Congress against Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District. Andrew’s campaigning on water for the valley, more jobs, social security and Medicaid, and fighting corruption in Washington. Andrew Janz is 34 years old and resides in Fresno with his wife Heather and their two dogs.

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16 Aug

REPORT: The impact of Trump’s environmental policy exposed.

POLITICO REPORT: The EPA just admitted that Trump’s plan to reverse Obama’s Clean Power Plan will “increase carbon emissions and pollutants such as soot and smog.”

TJ Cox for Congress


POLITICO REPORT: The EPA just admitted that Trump’s plan to reverse Obama’s Clean Power Plan will “increase carbon emissions and pollutants such as soot and smog.”

Sign on: Stop Trump and his EPA’s attacks on the environment >>

Add your name



Here’s a fact that should have all Californians concerned:

According to the American Lung Association, four out of the ten most polluted cities in the ENTIRE COUNTRY are right here in California’s Central Valley.

That’s why Trump and the EPA’s constant attacks on our environmental progress would be an absolute disaster for communities like ours, and they know it. That’s why we’re fighting back.

Will you add your name to call on the administration to stop their reckless rollbacks of Obama’s Clean Power Plan?

If the EPA’s admission of failure isn’t bad enough, our opponent David Valadao has been totally silent on these environmental attacks. But he has still managed to take $205,000 from the oil and gas industry while doing nothing to hold Trump accountable — it’s totally unacceptable.

Sign our urgent petition calling on Trump and the EPA to stop their cruel attacks on the environmental protections >>

Thanks for adding your voice,

TJ Cox for Congress



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