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Your Weekly CDP Update

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

Executive Board Meeting Preview
The CDP Executive Board meeting kicks off this evening in Millbrae. This weekend will be a celebration of California’s diverse and vibrant Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and of our brothers and sisters in the labor movement. We’ve got an exciting lineup of speakers, including Controller Betty Yee, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senator Richard Pan, California Labor Federation Chief of Staff Angie Wei, and NextGen California President & Founder Tom Steyer.

Our luncheon program will continue our theme of celebrating California’s AAPI community. We’ll be hosting an exciting panel discussion featuring three California members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus — CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Ro Khanna. The panel topic, “Immigration from the AAPI Perspective” will be a thoughtful and informative discussion from three of California’s most prominent representatives on one of the most important issues facing California.

We’re also very excited to welcome our Sunday keynote speaker, Representative Ted Lieu! He has been one of the sharpest and most forceful critics of the Trump administration and has emerged as one of the leading voices of the Resistance. He’s also the author of the No First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which the CDP endorsed at our last Executive Board meeting in Anaheim. He was a rock star during this week’s hearings with Jeff Sessions, and we are eagerly anticipating his speech!

Once again, we’re featuring an event app for the Executive Board meeting. Agendas, customizable schedules, maps, and meeting documents are all just a few taps away on your smartphone. To download our app, go to your application store (e.g. Google Play or iPhone App Store) and download and install the “Eventpedia Go” app, and enter “California Democratic Party” in the search bar.

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One week closer to 2018!

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Building a Stronger Valley: Fighting for Tax Reform, Wildfire Prevention, and to end the Opioid Epidemic

 
Dear Friend,

As a member of Congress, I have the honor of representing California’s San Joaquin Valley. One of my top priorities in Congress is building a stronger and healthier Valley, and I wanted to share with you what we have been doing in Congress that directly affects our Valley.

Supporting Commonsense Tax Reform Proposals

As Congress works on tax reform, it is critical that any reform benefits hard working, middle-class families. That is why I wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, urging them to make no changes to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. The SALT deduction ensures the income of residents is not taxed twice, once by the state or local government and then again by the federal government. The deduction saved money for over 133,000 families in Fresno, Merced, and Madera counties in 2015. Under the new tax bill, those in our district who claimed a SALT deduction will see on average $7,517 less in the SALT deduction than they were able to claim in 2015. Any tax reform package should ensure that, if the SALT deduction is eliminated in order to simplify the tax code, other changes to the code be put in place to ensure that taxes are not raised on any middle-class families across our Valley and our country.

Additionally, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been incredibly successful in helping working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency. In 2015 alone, the CTC lifted 2.8 million people – including 1.6 million children – out of poverty. It is critical that the CTC is protected in any tax reform package, and I sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to reject any reductions to the CTC.

As I have long said, the tax code is too complex and limits incentives for businesses and individuals to invest in the American economy. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to reform the tax code to make it a fairer, simpler code that drives economic growth, makes sense for every American, and does not add to our national deficit. Today, America’s national debt is over $20 trillion. The House tax bill would add, at a minimum, $1.5 trillion to our national debt. Increasing our debt will slow wage growth and the growth of our economy as well as lead to fewer jobs and higher interest rates. We cannot saddle future generations with our debt. We must put our families, communities, farms, and small businesses first when considering any changes to the tax code.

Wildfire Prevention

Years of forest land mismanagement has contributed to the rise of catastrophic wildfires, the devastation of which we know all too well in California and other western states. The root of this problem is our inability to manage our forests due to complex congressional budgeting rules. These rules result in the money Congress directs to prevent wildfires through forest management to instead be spent to fight these fires. This leads to an endless cycle of neglected forests creating more destructive fires, which then further hampers the ability to use management tools to harvest trees and clear underbrush. The U.S. Forest Service has spent more than $2.3 billion on fire suppression in the 2017 fiscal year, the most ever spent in a single year to fight wildfires. Almost $576 million of this nearly $2.3 billion was originally designated for forest management activities. While not perfect, I voted in favor of the Resilient Federal Forests Act earlier this month to address some of the weaknesses in the current national forest management system, including this endless cycle caused by the current budgetary rules. More effective management will not only better protect our communities from these fires, it will also provide increased water supply reliability and improved water quality. It is my hope that we can work together to improve the legislation in the Senate, and that, with improvements, it will ultimately be signed into law.

Keeping Our National Parks Accessible to the Public

Our nation’s public lands are a precious resource for our communities, and they present remarkable opportunities for recreation and conservation activities. We in the San Joaquin Valley understand just how valuable these lands are and how important it is for all Americans to have affordable access to them. That is why I was disappointed to hear that the Department of Interior is considering steep raises in fees for 17 national parks, including our local gem and the crown jewel of the National Park System, Yosemite National Park. Under the proposal, peak season cost-per-vehicle could increase from $25-30 to $75, and per-person fees could increase from $10-14 to $30. While I support the goal of tackling the serious maintenance our parks need, shifting the cost to visitors is the wrong approach. Access to these parks needs to remain affordable for current visitors and for future generations, which is why I have asked Interior Secretary Zinke not to move forward with these proposed fee increases and instead support alternative proposals to address the serious maintenance backlog.

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

The crisis surrounding opioid abuse and addiction has been wreaking havoc in communities across our nation for years. These powerful drugs have hurt far too many of our neighbors, families, and, especially, young people. From first responders, to local law enforcement, to elected officials, we all have a role to play in helping combat this crisis. That is why I voted with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan INTERDICT Act, which authorizes $9 million to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the tools they need to screen for opioids that are being illegally smuggled into the United States. This bill will help save lives and ensure that CBP, as the first line of defense in this crisis, we need to keep our communities safe. It is my hope that the U.S. Senate will quickly pass this bill so it can be signed into law as soon as possible.

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 costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.

Sincerely,


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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re: our candidates, our values, and our party

Join us.

I want to send a short note to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you for investing in helping Democrats win this year.

Our wins across the country were because of you.

Thousands of Democrats volunteered from all over the country for our Out of the Commonwealth program, helping send an incredible 3.5 million texts, make thousands of calls, and knock on 262,000 doors in Virginia to get out the vote.

Thousands more volunteered their time across the country to get out the vote in races up and down the ballot, from school board to governor’s races.

And hundreds of thousands of Democratic supporters have stepped up and donated this year to fund our work — including you. Whether you gave $3 or $100, we put your resources to good use.

So, thank you. Thank you for believing in our candidates, our values, and our party.

We have a long road ahead of us, but if Tuesday is an indication of our strength, I can’t wait to see what we do together in 2018, 2019, and beyond.

In deepest appreciation,

Tom

Tom Perez
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Democratic National Committee

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November 10th, 2017 | News

Your Weekly CDP Update

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Bright Blue Tuesday!
Tues‌day’s Election Day was a landslide for Democrats. We recaptured the Governor’s office in New Jersey, giving Democrats another state with Democratic majorities in both Houses of the Legislature and a Democrat in the Governor’s office. In Virginia, our candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, led Virginia Democrats to a clean sweep of the state offices (including electing the first African American statewide official since Douglas Wilder’s historic victory for Governor in 1989). Even more impressively, the House of Delegates contests there went for the Democrats in a landslide, where we picked up at least 14 seats — including electing the first openly transgender Legislator in history — and possibly even captured a majority, pending recounts in five Republican districts.Democrats also won crucial legislative seats in Georgia. We elected a mayor in Helena, Montana who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Liberia, and we elected the first woman as mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, breaking a 14-year Republican grip on that office. Here in California, the City of Palm Springs elected its first transgender City Councilmember — the first trans person elected to a non-judicial office in our state. Palm Springs also elected its first millennial Councilmember.

And in one of the most consequential election victories of 2017, Democrats recaptured control of the Washington State Senate. California, Oregon, and Washington have formed a Big Blue Wall on the West Coast, and we can work with our brothers and sisters to the north to set the national progressive agenda.

West Coast Blue Wall

Let’s double our efforts to make sure 2017 is a just a down payment on the kinds of victories Democrats will win in 2018!

Making cadem.org Work For You
At the upcoming executive board meeting in Millbrae, CDP Secretary Jenny Bach and CDP Communications Director John Vigna will be hosting a one-hour listening session on ways to improve our website. We want ca‌dem.org to be as engaging and informative as possible, and we need your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on ways we can make sure our CDP website is a useful resource for our activists. Can’t make the meeting in Millbrae? Send us your website thoughts to editor@cadem.org.

Wait… Is There an App for That?!?
Controller Dan Weitzman is a big-time believer in making technology work for Democrats. As our Controller, he believes that one of the most important things we can do to further the grassroots donor revolution that propelled Barack Obama into the White House and was used so successfully by Senator Bernie Sanders is to make donating small contributions as easy as possible. As part of that effort, he’s been reaching out to technology companies to get a sense of what the latest platforms are, and how we might successfully use them to help bring in more clean money to our Party. Just this week, he met with representatives from PayPal, and had a great in-depth discussion. Stay turned for a full report at the executive board meeting.

Last Call – Make Your Voice Heard in CDP’s 2017-2018 Platform Drafting Process
The CDP Platform Committee is currently in its biennial platform drafting process — and we need your input and participation to make sure that our 2018 Platform reflects the core values and principles that California Democrats cherish. The deadline to submit platform testimony and language proposals is F‌riday, Nove‌mber 17, 2017 at 5‌ PM. To submit written testimony and language proposals, and for more information on the CDP Platform, please visit the CDP Platform webpage at www.cadem.org/platform. The 2018 Platform will be considered and adopted at the 2018 CDP State Convention. Please share this information with your contacts.

More DEM2018 Bingo
Join CDP Controller Dan Weitzman, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for DEM2018 Bingo at the CDP Executive Board meeting in Millbrae. DEM2018 Bingo was a hit in Anaheim and will be even more fun this time! Free food, drinks and cool prizes — don’t miss this great event, Frid‌ay, Nov‌ember 1‌7 from 8-10‌pm.

DEM2018 Bingo

In Case You Missed It – Eric Bauman Day Edition
We are so proud of our CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman. He’s saved countless lives as a registered nurse (including a few times when he’s had to spring into action at political events). He’s been a friend and mentor to countless Democratic activists throughout the state. He’s working tirelessly to make California the Big Blue Beacon of progress and opportunity we need to advance our progressive values and reclaim our country.

In recognition of all that hard work and more (we haven’t even mentioned his 17 years as Chair of the LACDP yet), Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz was joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Council President Herb Wesson, and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield officially proclaim Tues‌day, No‌vember 7, 2‌017 as Eric C. Bauman Day in the City of Los Angeles. The resolution, which was introduced by Councilmember Koretz, was presented to Chair Bauman on Tuesday during the City Council meeting.

Eric C. Bauman Day

Congratulations, Eric.

One week closer to 2018!

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November 10th, 2017 | News

Today We Honor Our Veterans! 

Today We Honor Our Veterans

 

 

 

Today we honor those who have fought for our freedom. Thank you to all of our brave men and women who have served in our armed forces and those who are currently serving.

We also give recognition and thanks to our military families, who stand strong and support their loved ones overseas and here at home.

Happy Veterans Day,

 

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