September 20th, 2017 | Action Alerts, Events, News

Understanding Putin’s Russia Sept 28, 6PM

Understanding Putin’s Russia

An evening with Michelle DenBeste, sponsored by the Fresno County Democratic Party’s Events and Voter Education Committee

September 28, 6 p.m., Democratic Party headquarters (1035 U St., Downtown Fresno)

 Russian leader Vladimir Putin has overseen a dramatic transformation of his country’s fortunes since his first presidential term in 2000. But Russia’s rise under Putin has also confronted rising challenges in recent years with the decline of international fuel prices, a mainstay of the Russian economy. Putin’s grip on power, whether as president or prime minister, and the Kremlin’s position on a diverse range of issues – from the country’s internal opposition and the regime’s use of cyberwarfare to the future of NATO and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine – have come under increased scrutiny. This attention to Russia’s behavior and geopolitical role under Putin has only become sharper in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.






Michelle DenBeste is the interim dean of the College of Social Sciences and a Professor of Russian History at CSU Fresno. She received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and her B.A. from the University of Washington.


September 20th, 2017 | News

Jimmy Kimmel on Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Bill

September 20th, 2017 | News

Victory: Family leave and drug transparency in CA

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.
Send a message

As the California State Legislature recently wrapped up this year’s session, I wanted to thank you for your efforts to make California a better place to call home.

Together, we’ve successfully passed a cap-and-trade and air quality package, drug pricing transparency legislation, and a bill to expand guaranteed family leave. And we couldn’t have done this without the hundreds of letters and calls to legislators from concerned activists like you.

With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, we can make these crucial reforms a reality for California families.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign Senate Bill 17 and Senate Bill 63 for more transparency in prescription drug prices and expanded family leave for Californians.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.

These victories will bring lasting change to our communities, but the fight continues for these key pieces of legislation next year:

  • Assembly Bill 1184 would put more electric vehicles on the road in California.
  • SB 10, which reforms California’s money bail system to be more fair and just.
  • SB 100 would put our state on a path to get 100 percent of our electricity from clean energy.
  • SB 623 expands access to clean, safe drinking water to communities in crisis.

In January, we can build upon this year’s victories and make California a healthier and fairer place to live. For now, let’s celebrate our hard-fought wins and ensure family leave and transparency for prescription drugs become law.

Act now: Ask Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law.

Thank you,

Tom Steyer
NextGen America

September 20th, 2017 | News

Your CDP Platform


The California Democratic Party (CDP) adopts a platform every two years. The Party’s current platform was adopted at the annual California Democrats State Convention in 2016. The CDP Platform Committee is currently working on drafting our new platform, which will be considered and adopted at the California Democrats State Convention in 2018.

As such, we would like to make sure that you are aware of the CDP platform drafting process and welcome your participation in the process.

CDP Platform Committee Webpage and Submitting Written Testimony
The CDP Platform Committee webpage is accessible at The webpage includes key information, such as a committee calendar of key dates, Committee members, and a written testimony submission form.

Platform written testimony and language proposals can be submitted online on the CDP Platform Committee webpage. Please note that all testimony must be submitted in writing to the CDP Platform Committee. The deadline to submit written testimony is Fr‌iday, Novem‌ber 17, ‌2017, at 5 ‌PM.

CDP Platform Committee Hearings
The CDP Platform Committee holds three statewide hearings (Northern California, Central Valley, and Southern California) and regional hearings throughout the state. Regional hearings are held in conjunction with CDP Regional Meetings. These hearings will take place prior to the November 2017 CDP Executive Meeting, scheduled for Nov‌ember 17-‌19, 2017.

The first statewide hearing was in Anaheim in August. The next statewide hearing will be held in Northern California. The information is as follows:

Subject: CDP Platform Committee Northern Statewide Hearing
Date: Satu‌rday, Sept‌ember 23, 2017
Time: 10 ‌AM-1‌2 PM
Location: California Democratic Party Headquarters
Address: 1830‌ 9th Street, Sacra‌mento, CA 95‌811
Note: For more information, visit:

For the first time ever, the CDP Platform Committee is incorporating remote testimony. If you are unable to attend the Hearing in person, we will be accepting testimony using — available for free on iOS, Android, Mac, or PC.

Alternatively, you can connect by phone at (646) 558-8656, Meeting ID 943 330 644.

Information on additional hearings will be available soon and made available on the CDP website.

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, Political Director
California Democratic Party



September 20th, 2017 | News

share your health care story


Kamala Harris

As the Republicans attempt to sneak in another vote on the latest version of their health care plan, which would result in 32 million Americans losing access to care, I want you to meet Zeke:

Zeke was born with hemophilia, a disorder that makes it difficult for his blood to clot. Just a few months ago, his parents told me his story.

Zeke depends on a synthetic version of a protein that healthy bodies produce naturally to help blood clot. His treatment costs $11,000 — and without Medicaid coverage, Zeke’s parents couldn’t afford to pay that outrageous amount of money.

So if the GOP’s Cassidy-Graham health care bill passes — and rumors suggest they have 48 or 49 votes — Zeke will lose his care, as would 32 million Americans.

Now is the time to fight — and I want to start by elevating as many stories like Zeke’s as I can before September 30th, the last day the GOP can use legislative tricks to pass their health care repeal bill. 

Can you tell your story today of how the Republican attempts to steal our health care will affect you, your family, and your community?


There is a great deal of urgency for you to share your story and engage in this fight. The GOP is whipping votes and attempting to ram this bill through Congress as we speak.

This is an all hands on deck moment — and there is still time to block this legislation again. But only if you start calling, marching, tweeting, and putting pressure on the Republicans today.

Let’s get to work,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. Memorize this phone number and make those calls: (202) 224–3121.

September 20th, 2017 | News

CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman Statement on Donald Trump’s UN Speech


Statement From California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on Donald Trump’s Speech to the United Nations

 – California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly:

“Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly should terrify every American. It’s clear that the peace and safety of the world is caught up between two crazy men locked in a contest to see whose rockets are bigger and shoot farther.

The neocons cheering on Trump’s reckless bluster should keep in mind the fact that tens of thousands of American soldiers stationed in South Korea and hundreds of thousands of innocent Korean citizens could be killed in the opening moments of the war Donald Trump just threatened—just as they should remember that a war between two nuclear powers could easily spill out of control and kill hundreds of millions of people. For the safety and security of the world, Congress must act to constrain Trump’s ability to drag us into a long, bloody war over his pathetic, macho posturing.”

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September 20th, 2017 | News

Important Information Regarding DACA


Dear Friends,

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is currently scheduled to take effect in roughly six months. While I am deeply disappointed with the Administration’s decision to terminate DACA, the problems with our country’s immigration system go far beyond protecting our DREAMers. America’s immigration system is broken, and it has been since well before the Administration’s announcement on September 5th. For years I have been advocating for comprehensive, commonsense reform that focuses on bolstering the enforcement of laws, secures our border, and provides a reasonable and conditional pathway to citizenship for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, not amnesty. This is why, in addition to working to protect our DREAMers, I am also urging my colleagues to join me in bipartisan efforts for comprehensive immigration reform that provides long-term solutions for our broken immigration system.

While working on comprehensive immigration reform, we should include protections for our DREAMers similar to those offered under DACA. That is why I am currently supporting and cosponsoring three pieces of legislation: the BRIDGE Act (H.R. 496), the Dream Act (H.R. 3440), and the American Hope Act (H.R. 3591). Additionally, I joined a number of my colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, urging her to protect the personal data and information of those enrolled in the DACA program. The letter specifically addresses concerns of the many young people who provided the government with their personal information in order to legally qualify for the DACA program, and who are now afraid this information will be given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be used in their deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has a significant interest in keeping the trust of those immigrants who sought to obey the rules set forth under the DACA, and I look forward to their response.

Information on DACA and Our Valley

Since 2012, the DACA program has allowed certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for a two-year deferment on deportation in order to remain in America to work or attend school. These young people, who on average came to the U.S. at six years old, are our neighbors – many of them are students – and they are contributing to our country. They are interwoven into the fabric of American society and our communities, in essence this is the only country they have ever known. Around 900 of them currently serve in our Armed Forces. In our local colleges, roughly 1,200 DREAMers are attending Fresno State and approximately 600 are attending UC Merced, with the hopes of positively contributing to the only country they have ever known upon graduation.

Information for DREAMers and Their Families

Because of the uncertainty now surrounding the DACA program, I want to provide some key dates and resources to help clear up any potential confusion following the Administration’s September 5th announcement.

For Those Who Have Not Yet Applied For DACA 

·       The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept first-time DACA applications filed on or after September 6, 2017.

For Those With Pending DACA Applications 

·       DHS will continue to process first-time DACA applications received through September 5, 2017.

For Current DACA Recipients

·       DHS will honor current DACA grants and associated work permits through their expiration dates.

·       For current DACA recipients whose authorizations expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, DHS will accept DACA renewal applications filed through October 5, 2017.  DHS will reject all renewal applications filed after October 5, 2017.

·       Recipients whose DACA authorizations expire on or after March 6, 2018 may not renew their authorizations.

·       Once DACA recipients’ authorizations expire, the individuals will be subject to removal rules and procedures, like other removable individuals.

For Current DACA Recipients Seeking or Currently Holding Advance Parole

·       DHS will no longer approve DACA recipients’ applications for advance parole (Advance parole allows DACA recipients to travel abroad without losing their DACA grants).

·       DHS will honor DACA recipients’ previously-approved advance parole applications.

Legal Services for DACA Recipients

·       The Executive Office of Immigration Review has compiled a list of free or low-cost legal service providers operating in each state:

·       United States Citizenship and Immigration Services offers tips on avoiding victimization by “notarios” unlicensed to practice law:

For Further Information

If you have additional questions, here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions that my office has put together since the Administration’s September 5, 2017 announcement:

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook pageand twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


September 19th, 2017 | News

McConnell almost has enough votes to repeal ObamaCare

Join us.

Add your name: tell Senate Republicans you’ll fight to protect affordable health care.


The GOP won’t rest until they’ve repealed the Affordable Care Act — and they’re poised to try to do it in the next two weeks.

Senate Republicans are about to vote on the worst repeal bill yet. If it passes, millions of Americans could lose their coverage, insurance companies would be allowed to hike up premiums, and Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions could be eliminated.

Mitch McConnell only needs 50 Republican votes to pass repeal. By some counts, he already has 48 or 49 lined up.

We need to fight back like never before. We’ve already proven that this grassroots movement can stop repeal. Now, we need to turn the heat all the way up.

Step up again and sign your name. Tell the GOP you’ll fight to protect our health care — and vote them out of office if they take it away.


Thanks — more soon.


Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

September 19th, 2017 | Action Alerts, Events, News

DACA Townhall Meeting at Fresno City College



September 19th, 2017 | News

Your Weekly CDP Update


This has been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Santa Clara Dems Comedy Night
Last Sunday, Chair Bauman was delighted to keynote the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Comedy Night, and spend time with some tremendous Grassroots Democrats in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Chair Bauman has a longstanding policy: if a Democratic Club, Central Committee or Caucus would like him to attend their event, he’ll make every effort to attend. If you’d like to invite him to your event, e-mail Tim Valencia.

And don’t forget… Make sure you like Eric on facebook and follow him on twitter.

Platform Committee Hearing
Save the date! The Northern California Platform Committee Hearing is coming up soon – don’t miss your opportunity to shape our Party’s statement of values as we head into the 2018 election cycle.

Platform Committee Northern Statewide Hearing
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10 AM – 12 PM
California Democratic Party Headquarters
1830 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

Additionally, you can submit testimony or language proposals online – visit to learn more.

In Case You Missed It…
CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman applauded the news that Governor Brown and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León reached an agreement on final language for SB 54, the California Values Act, which will keep California’s law enforcement personnel from being used to enforce Federal immigration policy:

“Californians welcome our undocumented brothers and sisters, and the use of California’s peace officers against our own brothers and sisters would have been unconscionable”

And he asked Grassroots Democrats to sign on to his letter urging Governor Brown to sign Sen. Ed Hernandez’s SB 17 – one of the most important consumer protection and patient protection laws to be introduced in recent memory:

“Patients—especially those with chronic conditions—need medication whose price is stable, predictable and affordable. And consumers deserve to have strong protections in law against unscrupulous, predatory business practices. To reiterate, this legislation is an urgent priority for the California Democratic Party.”

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update


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