June 13th, 2017 | News

U. S. Senator Kamala Harris Senate Intelligence Hearing

June 13th, 2017 | News

An avalanche of right-wing attacks

Kamala Harris

Republicans are rewriting the GOP health care plan in secret without any women or Democrats in the room. They have no plans to schedule open hearings or even give us the chance to read the bill before it comes to the floor. This process is undemocratic and just plain wrong.

 

My sister in the Senate, Claire McCaskill, has had enough. Here’s what she said to the GOP chairman of the Senate Finance Committee last week:

 

“We have no idea what’s being proposed [in the GOP’s health care bill]. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making decisions.”

The response? An avalanche of right-wing attacks, claiming Claire was “ranting and raving” when she was just trying to do her job.

Claire is up for re-election next year, and she already had a target on her back before she chose courage, not courtesy. She stood up to ask the tough questions and demand answers of the Republicans in the Senate. Now, more than ever, she’s going to need our help to keep fighting.

Can you rush an urgent contribution of $3 to Senator Claire McCaskill’s campaign to thank her for fighting the GOP health care plan and give her a grassroots boost?

The fate of the Affordable Care Act is on the line. The GOP is trying to ram through a plan to rip 23 million Americans off of their health care in secret — without giving the American people the chance to listen or weigh in.

It’s up to all of us to come together in the next few weeks to defeat this catastrophic bill once and for all.

In the meantime, we must show Claire that we’re standing with her. Our resistance to Trump hinges on the number of Democratic Senators we have in the chamber. Losing Claire’s voice would make it that much more difficult to stop bad legislation from making its way to Trump’s desk. We need her voice in the Senate today, tomorrow, and in 2018.

Can you add a contribution of $3 to Claire’s campaign as a way of saying thank you for standing up to the Republicans last week?

Thanks again for everything you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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June 13th, 2017 | News

Announcing New CDP Staff

CDP

Fellow Democrat,

We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the senior staff we have brought in to manage the daily operations of the California Democratic Party.

We have chosen a team that will excel at helping take the California Democratic Party to the next level. Each of these individuals has been a longtime activist in our Party, and has worked in some of the most progressive and effective institutions in California politics and state government.

We’d also like to announce that, with the impending departure of longtime veteran senior staff member Chris Masami Myers, we have made changes to our overall staffing structure. Instead of the Executive Director model that has been used in the past, we have flattened out the organizational structure and adopted a model where Party operations are carried out in four separate divisions: Compliance & Accounting, Communications, Operations, and Political.

Each division will have a Director who reports to the Chair and Statewide Officers. We will also be retaining the position of Senior Advisor, as well as creating the position of Senior Strategist. Both of these individuals will also report to the Chair and Statewide Officers.

We believe this management structure will complement and amplify the shared governance model of decision making that we have adopted.

As always, we welcome any feedback and suggestions on how the officers of the CDP can better serve our Party.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
Alex Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair
Jenny Bach, Secretary
Dan Weitzman, Controller

Compliance & Accounting Director — Chacha Guerra
The Compliance and Accounting Director will be responsible for and oversee the CDP’s campaign finance reporting and accounting operations. Chacha Guerra has been a CDP staff member for 25 years, and has been successful leading the highly regarded compliance team.

Communications Director — John Vigna
The Communications Director oversees a wide range of communication services, including press relations, digital communications, and online strategy. John Vigna is a former Communications Director for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, and Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez. John Vigna has served as President of the California Young Democrats, Founding Co-Chair of the CYD LGBT Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Shasta County Democratic Party.

Operations Director — Tina McKinnor
The Operations Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities at the California Democratic Party Sacramento headquarters, working with the information technology team, and assisting the Chair and Statewide Officers in fundraising. Tina McKinnor has served as an Assembly Chief of Staff and District Director and worked as a compliance specialist at the Kaufman Legal Group. She is also the Principal of the McKinnor Group, a campaign treasury firm based in Southern California she founded in 2007.

Political Director — Clark Lee
The Political Director will oversee the planning and execution of the CDP’s grassroots organizing, political and campaign efforts, as well as overseeing the member services team. Most recently, Clark Lee was the New Hampshire State Director for NextGen Climate and served as Director of Party Leader Outreach for the Democratic National Convention. Previously, he was the Director of Political Affairs and Communication for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. He has served as Chair of the CDP Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, a CDP Regional Director, and a board member of the California Young Democrats and the California College Democrats. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

June 13th, 2017 | News

re: Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee

Factivists

Holding Donald Trump, his administration, and the rest of the GOP accountable is one of the most important parts of our work.

Become a Factivist today to get the latest information about what they’re up to, then forward these emails to your friends and family to keep them in the loop, too.

BECOME A FACTIVIST
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On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. And he didn’t mince words:

 

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Trump clearly attempted to interfere with the Russia investigation. He asked Comey for his “loyalty,” pressured him by asking if he wanted to keep his job, asked Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and asked Comey to help “lift the cloud” of the investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

But when Comey refused, Trump fired him. There’s no question what’s going on here:

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RETWEET

The American people deserve better. 68 percent of Americans say they are concerned about Trump and Russia — and more than half a million Democrats have called for an independent investigation:

 

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Deputy Chair Keith Ellison hosted a special episode of Democrats Live with Congressmen Mark Takano and Ted Lieu, as well as Will Fischer from VoteVets.org, to discuss Comey’s testimony:

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Meanwhile, while we were watching Comey’s testimony, Paul Ryan pushed a bill through the House that would undo Wall Street reforms put in place by President Obama and Democrats:

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And Senate Republicans are meeting in secret to plan their strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

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RETWEET

Between Trump’s corruption and everything that Congressional Republicans are trying to hide, we have our work cut out for us — but with great Factivists like you helping us get the word out, Democrats have all the firepower we need to stop them.

Thanks for everything you do.

Talk soon,

DNC Factivists

June 8th, 2017 | News

District 1 2017 Summer Newsletter!

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“I am proud to represent District 1 on the Fresno City Council. Working together we will make our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria

 

 

 

 

 

June 8th, 2017 | News

Comey’s testimony

Kamala Harris

As you know, I had the opportunity to question former FBI Director James Comey earlier this morning as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It was a productive and informative hearing, one where we confirmed many of the news stories that show Trump attempted to interfere in the FBI investigation—a troubling revelation that we must continue to investigate.

In my limited time speaking to Mr. Comey I focused on three main threads:

First, in regards to the debate over President Trump’s intentions when telling Comey he hoped he would let the investigation into Michael Flynn go, I said the following: “In my experience, when a robber holds a gun to your head and ‘hopes’ for your wallet, ‘hope’ is not the operative word.”

Second, I asked Mr. Comey a series of questions about potential secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, which he declined to answer in the open session.

Finally, I worked to shed light on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the Russian investigation—asking Mr. Comey about Sessions’ recusal and his participation in the firing of the man in charge of said investigation. At this point, there are still far too many questions about whether Jeff Sessions has truly recused himself after being caught lying to Congress.

At the end of the day, today’s testimony was about uncovering the facts, the information, and the truth about this investigation. This is about the office of the presidency, a hostile foreign government interfering in our elections, and the integrity of our government. We deserve answers.

Today, we got some of them—but the fight continues, especially as this White House continues to lie and muddy the facts.

From here on out, we need to be mindful of two things: one, this is not a TV show—it is a very serious matter and must be treated that way; and two, this process should not make us forget the fact that Senate Republicans are still trying to rip health care away from millions of Americans, undo consumer protections put in place after the 2008 recession, and so much more.

Thank you again for standing with me yesterday when the GOP tried to shut me down, and for continuing to fight for truth, justice, and a government that is accountable to the public.

I know that you’ll stay vigilant, as will I.

All my best,

Kamala Harris
​U.S. Senator, California

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“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

June 7th, 2017 | News

They told me to be “courteous”

Kamala Harris

Earlier today I asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to assure the American people that special counsel Bob Mueller has the independence and ability to investigate Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to the Russian government.

Rosenstein dodged my question again and again—and as I pressed him to assure the American people, the Republicans tried to shut me down, saying I needed to be more “courteous”.

This is hardly the first time the GOP has done this—let us not forget when they silenced my friend and colleague Elizabeth Warren for trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions.

Well here is the truth, Jeff: I will not be silenced. We will not be silenced. The American people, who deserve the truth, will not be silenced. Not when the faith and integrity of our democracy is at stake.

Make a contribution today to send a message that we will not be silenced. We will always fight to get to the truth.

Like Senator Warren—and so many others—we will continue to persist and never give an inch when it comes to truth and accountability in our government.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

June 3rd, 2017 | News

CDP Responds to Ellis; Election Process Was Fair and Transparent

CDP

Chris Masami Myers, Executive Director of the California Democratic Party, issued the following statement in response to Kimberly Ellis, who was a candidate for Chair of the CDP:

“The California Democratic Party held an open, fair election of officers on May 20, 2017.  The ballots were counted and then counted again in the presence of observers from all candidates.  As a result of the balloting, Eric C. Bauman was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party.”

“Ms. Ellis has stated that the CDP rejected her call for an “independent” audit of the election results.  In fact, the CDP has already permitted Ms. Ellis and her team to review all the ballots and registration materials.  The Ellis campaign team spent 4 days reviewing each and every ballot cast in the Chair’s race.  During the review, Ms. Ellis was represented by an attorney and a CPA who specializes in auditing.”

“During her review, Ms. Ellis submitted a challenge to the election results.  That communication, however, did not include any facts, allegations or any basis whatsoever for the challenge.  Consequently, I provided her with an additional 7 days to provide support for her claim.”

“The CDP Compliance Review Commission (CRC), an independent party committee appointed by former Chair John Burton, is currently considering the challenge submitted by Ms. Ellis.  To date, the CRC still has not received any information to enable it to address Ms. Ellis’ challenge.”

Stephen J. Kaufman, Counsel to the California Democratic Party, stated:

“The California Democratic Party is committed to resolving any challenges consistent with its bylaws.  To that end, it is unfortunate that the Ellis campaign has chosen to litigate this issue in the press, rather than providing the CDP with any grounds supporting her challenge.  The CDP has acted in good faith throughout this process to provide Ms. Ellis and her team with the information they’ve requested.  In fact, the Party has gone above and beyond.”

Chris Masami Myers continued:

“As Democrats, we are all focused on achieving the same goals, and we should support the independent process that our Party uses to resolve these issues.”

“Consistent with the CDP’s by-laws and procedures, Eric C. Bauman took office as Chair of the CDP when he was passed the gavel by Chairman Burton at the close of the Convention on May 21, 2017.  Chair Bauman has already begun the process of reorganizing and strengthening our Party to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead for the 2018 elections, for which the primary will be held exactly one year from now.”

June 2nd, 2017 | News

Science fiction

Kamala Harris

I wanted to take a second this morning to share my thoughts with you on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. It’ll only take a quick moment and I hope you’ll read them, take action, and then forward this email to ask your friends to do the same.

Make no mistake: climate change is real. The science is undeniable. That’s why Donald Trump’s reasoning for withdrawing is so irrational. Corporate greed and science fiction should never influence public policy.

Make no mistake: no responsible government official would recommend abandoning the world community on climate change. Our obligation, both as a global leader and as the planet’s second largest polluter, is to combat this threat to public health and safety here at home, and abroad.

I’m proud that California will be one of the first to pick up the torch and join the Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump’s decision. No state has a bigger role to play in addressing this crisis than ours, and it’s no surprise that our state’s leaders are already hard at work.

Now we must organize together in this moment to ensure other state and local governments do the same:

Sign my petition encouraging state and local governments to join the Paris Climate Agreement in resistance to Trump >>

Since we cannot formally exit the agreement until November of 2020, there is still time to undo this damage. Every election is now a referendum on climate change and we must do everything in our power to elect candidates who will stand with us in combating this global emergency.

Together, I’m convinced America can meet the challenge of climate change head-on. It’s up to our generation to do what is necessary and secure a safe, healthy future for our kids and grandkids.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. I’m mindful in this moment that the worst effects of Trump’s decisions will not be felt by those in power who made it. People of color and those experiencing poverty in this country are more likely to live near coal plants and have higher asthma rates than the average American. It’s only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Sign our petition to local and state governments today >>

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June 2nd, 2017 | News

Esmeralda Soria: Join Us At Our Next Community Meetings!

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