July 21st, 2017 | News

Weekly CDP Update


It’s been another productive week for the CDP, and we have a lot of updates. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Compliance Review Commission Preview
As it nears the end of its audit of 2017 State Convention ballots and voters, the Compliance Review Commission will meet in Sacramento tomor‌row, Sat‌urday July 2‌2, 2017, at 10:‌00 am. We will be broadcasting the meeting over Facebook Live and conference call.

The full agenda can be found here. To watch the meeting on Facebook Live, click here. To listen in, the dial-in number is 87‌7.6‌68.49‌00 and the pass code is 820-611-252.

Welcome and make yourselves at home!
This week, your CDP headquarters was proud to host a packed house of Fem Dems of Sacramento County, who honored some of the phenomenal Democratic women serving in Sacramento — including San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby.

Ellison and Bauman video screenshotsWe’d love to host your event too! The headquarters is perfect for fundraisers, meetings, and retreats. For more information, or to request the rental form, e-mail CDP Operations Director Tina McKinnor.

Executive Board — Meeting Update
At the 2017 CDP State Convention, the CDP Rules Committee recommended Bylaws amendments for adoption at the August 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting, Au‌gust 2‌5-27, 20‌17, at Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim.

The CDP Rules Committee is taking testimony for Bylaws amendments received and referred to Rules Subcommittees, including ADEM, Endorsements, and Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittees. Please visit the CDP Rules Committee webpage to see the proposals, reports, and how to submit testimony. Please note that the testimony submission deadline is different for each subcommittee.

  • The deadline to submit a timely resolution for consideration at the Executive Board is Wednesday, July 26 at 5:00 pm. Late resolutions are not timely and may not be considered until the Executive Board Meeting in November 2017. Resolutions may be submitted online. Please visit the CDP Resolutions Committee page for information on how to properly format and submit resolutions.
  • The deadline to submit legislation for consideration by the Legislation Committee is Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm. The submission form and guidelines can be found on the Legislation Committee page.
  • The CDP Platform Committee will be holding its first hearing in Anaheim. For more information on the Platform Committee process, or to submit written testimony, please visit the Platform Committee’s page.

A quick note on lodging: The CDP room block at the Sheraton Park Hotel is rapidly filling up. However, the Anaheim Hilton is located right next door and is also a union hotel.

For the latest draft agenda, or for more information about the August Executive Board meeting, please visit the Executive Board page on the website.

Reminder — Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are being held around the state. Check out the CDP Events page for a full calendar of meetings.

In Case You Missed It…
The CDP Rural Caucus fired back at a recent New York Times feature article that downplayed the work of rural Democrats, and CDP Political Director Clark Lee highlighted Sen. Josh Newman’s new, recall-focused campaign website in this week’s #MaulTheRecall update.

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update


July 21st, 2017 | News

Thank you to Esperanza Avalos


Our HQ associate, Esperanza Avalos, is stepping down from that role. We would like to thank Esperanza for her excellent contribution to the Fresno County Democratic Party during her tenure as the HQ associate. She is creative, focused, a tireless worker and a committed progressive Democrat. She has been an invaluable addition to the Fresno Democratic team. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

—Michael D. Evans, Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party



July 20th, 2017 | News

Not afraid of Trump

Yesterday, at the first meeting of his voter suppression commission, Trump asked of the states that aren’t providing him personal voter information, what we’re worried about.

I’ll tell you plain and simple: we’re worried about our privacy, voting rights, and cybersecurity.

We’re worried that the real goal of this commission is to roll back voting rights and disenfranchise eligible voters.

And for good reason. The leading members of the commission have long, documented track records of voter suppression. Take Secretary Kobach, for example. If what he’s tried to do in Kansas is any indication of what the commission will recommend, it’s bad news for voting rights and bad news for our democracy. It’s increasingly clear that Trump, Pence, Kobach, and this commission’s true mission is to undo voting rights.

We can’t let them roll back the clock on voting rights. Contribute now to continue our battle to defend our right to vote. And send a message to Trump, Pence, Kobach, and this commission that we’re watching and we won’t let them take away our rights.

The US Constitution is clear: American citizens have a right to vote. There should be unfettered access to becoming a registered voter and to the ballot box.

Yet Trump’s commission, and many states like Kansas, have gone in the opposite direction of the Voting Rights Act. They repeat lies about voter fraud to justify policies that make it harder for eligible citizens to register and vote.

But let’s not lose hope. While some states are working to roll back voting rights, there are other states that are advancing policies that maintain the integrity of our elections and make it easier for people to register and vote.

I’m proud to say that California is one of those states. We are working to make it easier for people who are eligible, to register to vote and to cast a ballot. We are implementing automatic voter registration and same day voter registration. And starting in 2018, voters in some counties will enjoy more options of when, where, and how to vote. Imagine that, more vote by mail, more in person early voting, and the flexibility of voting anywhere in your county. When more eligible Americans vote, our democracy is stronger.

As Secretary of State, I’m fighting hard against the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress the vote. Join me and resist his efforts. Contribute today, so we can work to make voting easier — not harder — for those eligible to vote.

Our democracy and our American values say that we all deserve a chance to express our political voice through our vote — it doesn’t get more basic than that. Democracy works best when everyone who is eligible participates. Together, I know we will defend and strengthen our voting rights.

Thank you,
Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State



July 20th, 2017 | News

#MaulTheRecall Update


The recall campaign being waged by right-wing radio hosts and the Republican Party is serious.

But Senator Josh Newman fought hard to win last November, and he’s taking this fight just as seriously.

Check out his redesigned website for campaign updates, the latest news, and to sign up to volunteer.

The facts are clear: This recall effort isn’t about the bipartisan transportation law that was approved earlier this year.

This is a bare-knuckle power grab by Republicans who are desperate to lie, cheat, and steal their way back into relevance in California.

If they succeed, we not only lose our ability to pass the most crucial legislation requiring two-thirds legislation (like constitutional amendments) — we lose a champion for veterans who proudly voted for SB 562 and for a bipartisan effort to repair our crumbling roads.

We can’t let right-wing radio hosts and desperate, cheating Republicans take this seat from us.

Check out Senator Newman’s website, sign up for updates, and help us #MaulTheRecall.

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, Political Director
California Democratic Party



July 20th, 2017 | News

Job Opening: Fresno County Democratic Party HQ

HQ Associate Opening

The Fresno County Democratic Party has an opening for its HQ Associate. This is a permanent part-time position. We seek someone with the following skill set: self-starter; interacts well with a diverse array of people; strong computer skills; coordinates projects; manages volunteers; organized; preferably bilingual Spanish. The HQ Associate staffs the Fresno Democratic Party HQ and manages all the party’s volunteer activities. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Please forward a cover letter and your resume to fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com to arrive no later than July 31 at midnight. For more information, call 559-495-0606.


July 20th, 2017 | News


Kamala Harris

Fresno County: Thanks to your efforts, the Senate GOP’s health care bill has stalled. But we must keep up the fight because President Trump still has the power to gut the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how:

Under the law, Trump can cancel Obamacare funding that reduces the cost of health care for millions of lower-income Americans. This would be devastating to millions of people who would lose access to affordable health coverage and it would send ACA markets into chaos, risking insurance even for those who don’t require financial assistance.

According to recent news reports, Trump could make a decision on canceling the funding as soon as tomorrow, which is the deadline for sending out these monthly payments to insurance markets.

That’s why we urgently need your voice to be heard in this fight before Trump makes his decision. Can we count on you, Fresno County?

Add your name to mine: Urge President Trump to keep funding Obamacare and stop trying to take health insurance away from millions of vulnerable Americans.


I’ve said this time and again: health care should be a right in this country and it’s time for the GOP to work with us to strengthen our health care system, not gut it.

Until that happens, we have to be ready to defend the progress we’ve made on expanding health coverage to millions of people — no matter what they throw at us in their desperation for a cheap political win.

Thanks for everything you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California





July 20th, 2017 | News

Making Strides for Our Valley

Dear Friends,

Members of the House of Representatives returned to Washington, DC last week after spending time in their home districts for the Fourth of July. I want to take this time to share with you what I have been doing to help improve the lives of the people of the Valley this past week.

GROW Act Passes in the House of Representatives

As we all know, the San Joaquin Valley is the bread basket of the world, and in order to maintain a successful Valley we must have a secure water supply. There is no silver bullet to solving this problem, and we must approach this issue from multiple angles. That is why I joined with my Valley Republican colleagues in supporting the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act ­in the House of Representatives last Wednesday. This bill aims to increase the quantity, quality, and reliability of water available to communities in the San Joaquin Valley. It would do so by modifying operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project and by creating a process to put the implementation of the San Joaquin River Settlement back on track. While not perfect, the GROW Act is an important first step in addressing California’s broken water system. Some improvements need to be made if it is going to be able to be passed into law and provide the long-term solutions we so badly need in the San Joaquin Valley.

I introduced two amendments that were included in the final bill which helped strengthen the overall legislation. The first amendment authorizes a study for increasing the amount of mountain runoff water captured by Central Valley Project reservoirs, and the second authorizes a study to evaluate the natural groundwater system in California to identify areas with the greatest recharge potential. Even with these amendments, there is more work to be done. We must protect the Grasslands Water District, an area that contributes nearly $73,000,000 to Merced County’s economy. Additionally, we cannot allow drastic cuts to the Central Valley Project’s Restoration Fund as currently proposed in the bill. I stand ready to work with my fellow members of Congress in the House and Senate to improve this bill so we can get a bipartisan solution signed into law.

To view my speech on the GROW Act please on the link below.

Rep. Costa speaks on the GROW Act on the House floor

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kelly

Last Wednesday, I joined my fellow Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members in meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss critical issues facing the Hispanic community. One particular area our conversation focused on was the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants deportation relief and access to work permits for certain undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. While the Administration did not provide details on the future of the program, I look forward to continued dialogue between Secretary Kelly and the CHC, especially on what this country needs most from the U.S. Congress – bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.

Homeland Security Secretary Kelly meets with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Improving our Nation’s Defense

This past week the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18 NDAA), which outlines the budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense for the upcoming fiscal year. While no bill is perfect, I was happy to see my colleagues come together on a bipartisan basis in support of a goal we all share and is our first and most important responsibility: keeping Americans safe.

Last year’s FY17 NDAA included an amendment I offered that directed the Secretary of Defense to provide congressional defense committees with an update on the well drilling capabilities of our active duty and reserve forces. The update asks for a briefing on the location and capabilities of well drilling training units, as well as the feasibility of rotating those training locations to areas in the U.S. that are affected by drought conditions, such as the San Joaquin Valley. While a full report has been delayed, I sent a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asking him for an update before the full report is available.

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.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


July 19th, 2017 | News

Huron – rural ride sharing as “indigenous Ubers” -NYTymes

Opinion | The Anti-Uber

The California Public Utilities Commission approved $519,000 to build the stations, and more funding will probably come from a novel policy that sets aside 35 percent of the state’s cap-and-trade auction dollars for clean energy in poor communities. The law is intended to wrestle “EVs” away from “their boutique-ish environment,” said Kevin de León, the state senator who sponsored the bill.

July 19th, 2017 | News

Protect your right to vote!


When I think of “election integrity”, I think not only of security, but also of the importance of making sure that all eligible Americans are free to register and vote without unnecessary obstacles. I think of how we must make it easier — not harder — for citizens to participate in our democracy.

The Trump administration, on the other hand, prefers to attack our voting rights. He’s turned his lies about massive voter fraud into a commission with members who have a long history of voter suppression. It couldn’t be more clear — this administration’s goal is to undermine our right to vote.

Trump’s agenda is a threat to our democracy, especially our voting rights and we must fight back. Yes, we must defend our right to vote, but we must also go on offense and make it easier for citizens to register, and to vote.

Tomorrow, Trump’s voter suppression commission will meet for the first time. Tomorrow, we need to make our voices heard. Add your name now to our petition and send a message to Trump that you will fight to protect our voting rights. 
(Once you add your name, share the petition with your friends and family!)

Let’s take action now to let Trump, Pence, Kobach, and this commission know that we are watching and will not let them suppress the vote.

Add your name now to let Trump know that you will not let him and his commission threaten our right to vote >>

Thank you,
Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State



July 19th, 2017 | News

Trump’s commission is a threat to our democracy

Trump’s voter suppression commission hasn’t even met yet and already it’s compromising people’s privacy and causing voters to unregister. Over two weeks ago, this commission asked states for the personal information of all registered voters under the guise of “election integrity.” I refused their request.

Yesterday, I wrote an op-ed to The East Bay Times, which I’ve included below, urging the American public not to trust this commission. Everything surrounding it has indicated that its only goal is to suppress the vote.

To show how eager they are, the head of this commission, Kris Kobach sent an email to Trump’s transition team the day after the election proposing changes to the National Voter Registration Act to include more difficult requirements for voter registration. The true intent of their sham commission is clear – disenfranchise voters.

We must make it easier, not harder, for all eligible citizens to vote.

That is why I am asking you to add your name to our petition to let Trump know that you are standing up for your privacy and voting rights. Send a message to his commission that you do not trust them to protect the voting rights of all Americans.

Even before their first meeting, this commission’s actions are suppressing the vote. In Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina, voters are cancelling their voter registration so that their information isn’t sent to this commission. No voter should ever have to fear that registering to vote risks their privacy.

Every voter who cancels their registration is a victory for Trump. We cannot let this happen.

Protecting Americans’ right to vote is the only way to ensure that our government is truly accountable to the people. This commission is a threat to our democracy.

Sign our petition today — let’s show Trump, Kobach, and this commission that we see through this sham and refuse to let them suppress our vote >>

Saying no to Trump voter investigation protects the privacy rights of Californians
By California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

I read with concern the Bay Area News Group’s July 10, 2017 editorial on my decision to not send California voter information to President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission.

Election security and voting rights should not be partisan issues. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has politicized both with the creation of his sham “Election Integrity” commission. His commission’s first action was an unprecedented request for the personal information of every registered voter in America.

The basis for this request is Trump’s belief that up to 5 million illegal votes were cast last November. He invented this number after he learned that he had lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by millions of votes. Instead of focusing on Russian interference in our elections, he has chosen to target America’s voters.

California was among a handful of states he singled out as being responsible for his loss of the national popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the de-facto chair of the commission. He signed the letter requesting the personal information of all U.S. voters. It was such an over-reach that Kobach himself would be in violation of Kansas law if he complied with his own request.

As a result, Kobach has retreated substantially from the letter he sent to all 50 states. First, almost immediately after sending his letter, he conceded that compliance is voluntary, after overwhelming push-back from both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state.  Second, he was forced to change the method and manner of data transmission in response to various legal challenges.

To make matters worse, he now asserts that voter data will be stored on White House computers. Third, he suspended the commission’s receipt of voter data while the court considers a legal challenge by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. By any measure, this commission is off to a very bad start.

I oppose the commission not just because the commission has demonstrated it is ill-equipped to handle sensitive data. More importantly, I know that its commissioners — specifically, Adams, Blackwell, Kobach and von Spakofsky — have spent their tenures as secretaries of state and Department of Justice voting section officials advancing policies that suppress the vote. I do not trust this commission with the personal data of Californians and how they would use it.

The vice president’s office has suggested that state voter data will be compared against federal databases in an attempt to root-out ineligible voters on the rolls.

Elections and data experts have already warned that comparing records in this manner will only lead to a plethora of false-positives and unfairly disenfranchise American citizens. California should not be party to the commission’s efforts to distort the truth and create fear of unproven voter fraud in an attempt to make it harder for eligible citizens to vote.

California Elections Code places specific limits on what voter information can or cannot be shared. It also places limits on how that information may or may not be used. I intend to do all I can to protect the privacy of voters.

As California’s chief elections official, my opposition to this commission is based on the profound harm to our nation’s voting rights that would inevitably result if I, and others, do not stand up and say “no.”  I cannot in good conscience send the personal data of California voters to Trump’s commission.

On Wednesday, Trump’s commission will meet for the first time. After that meeting, we’ll learn more about Trump’s radical voter suppression agenda. I know that if we work together we can protect our democracy against these attacks.

Thank you everything,
Alex Padilla
Secretary of State, California

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