December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

A big endorsement!


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Betty Yee for State Controller Betty Yee for State Controller

Sierra Club California Endorses Betty Yee for Re-election as California Controller 

Sacramento — Sierra Club California endorsed Betty Yee for re-election as California Controller.  As Controller, Yee serves as the chief fiscal officer for California, which is the sixth largest economy in the world.  Yee is responsible for safeguarding our finances and the accountability and disbursement of the state’s resources.  She also serves on 70 boards and commissions including the State Lands Commission that manages our state public lands.

In her first term, Yee, among other things, led the State Lands Commission (SLC) to shutter Platform Holly off of the Santa Barbara County Coast, the first off-shore platform to be decommissioned in 30 years; secure dedicated funding to properly abandon leaking offshore oil wells; close the last coastal sand mine operation in the United States; address air quality in communities affected by port operations; and protect public access to our beaches.

Sierra Club California Director Kathryn Phillips stated, “The policy reach of the Controller’s Office is vast, and Betty Yee has significantly led the intersectional, stakeholder-driven work on climate policy in her capacity serving on the State Lands Commission, the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS, and numerous financing authorities.”

“I am proud Sierra Club California is standing with me in my re-election for State Controller,” Yee said.  “Together with the leading advocacy of Sierra Club California, I look forward to continuing our urgent work to sustain our environment through sound energy and water policies, coastal protection, natural resources preservation, and wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation.”

Yee has served as Controller since January 2015, following two terms on the State Board of Equalization.  Her work on the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS, the largest public pension funds in the United States, has received national and international recognition as it relates to integrating environmental considerations in investment decisions and insisting on climate competency on corporate boards.

Sierra Club California is the legislative and regulatory advocacy arm of the 13 Sierra Club chapters in California, representing more than 400,000 members and supporters statewide.

December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

RELEASE: Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Endorse Xavier Becerra for Attorney General


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             

December 6, 2017

 

Contact: Roger Salazar (916) 284-1255, rsalazar@alzamedia.com

 

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Endorses Xavier Becerra for Attorney General 2018

 

SACRAMENTO – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) announced today its endorsement of Xavier Becerra for California Attorney General.

 

“Attorney General Xavier Becerra has spent his career, including more than two decades in congress, championing access to sexual, reproductive and women’s health care,” said Crystal Strait, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “That is why PPAC without any hesitation strongly endorses him for California Attorney General. Now more than ever, as the administration continues its relentless assault on Planned Parenthood, we need leaders like Attorney General Becerra who are standing up and fighting for millions who rely on this essential health care.”

 

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “I have vowed in my current position as Attorney General to defend the reproductive rights of Californians and ensure continued access to health care for the one million Californians who depend on Planned Parenthood. All women in California have a right to make their own personal healthcare decisions and I will do everything in my power to protect these rights in California.”

 

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of higher-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood Organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions.

 

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California joins a growing list of endorsements for Xavier Becerra including:

  • California Teachers Association
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California State Pipe Trades Council
  • SEIU California
  • Laborers International Union of North America and
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, among others.

Xavier Becerra became California’s 33rd Attorney General in January of 2017 when he was nominated by Governor Jerry Brown and confirmed by the California State Legislature. Becerra’s work as California’s chief law enforcement officer follows more than two decades of service representing the people of Los Angeles in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

INFLUENTIAL LATINO ORG ENDORSES HERNANDEZ IN LT. GOV BID


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

 

INFLUENTIAL LATINO ORG ENDORSES HERNANDEZ IN LT. GOV BID 
The Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee is Latest Prominent Organization to Back Senator Ed Hernandez in Statewide Race

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — One day after announcing his campaign for California Lt. Governor had exceeded well over 60 labor union endorsements, today State Senator Hernandez secured an endorsement from one of the most influential Latino organizations in California, the Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee (MABA PAC).

In announcing their endorsement, Mexican America Bar Association Political Action Committee President Felipe Plascencia released the following statement:

“Senator Ed Hernandez understands that in order to move California forward we must continue to celebrate our great diversity—not demonize immigrants or separate families. He has been a fearless advocate in the State Legislature for Latino families and all Californians by enhancing economic opportunity, promoting educational equity, and expanding healthcare for the people of California, including the undocumented. Senator Ed Hernandez is deeply committed to the Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee’s mission to empower and educate the Latino community and we strongly endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.”

Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:


Unshaken by big moneyed special interests, Hernandez not only has taken on Big Pharma but also fought Big Tobacco, as the architect of California’s landmark law to raise the state’s smoking age to 21.

In addition to today’s news, as of the June 30, 2017 fundraising deadline, Senator Hernandez had raised over $2 million for the statewide effort and has locked in far-reaching support across California.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.


Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:

 

Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 500 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and over 60 labor unions.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

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December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

Peerless and fearless


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


At the end of December we have a big reporting deadline. We need this month to be the biggest fundraising month of our campaign to show the media establishment that Delaine is building not just grassroots support, which is obvious, but also the financial support necessary to compete in our great state.

Will you donate today?

In every debate or forum with the other candidates Delaine has been the standout. Whether hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, or just last week when all six candidates appeared before the California School Board Association, Delaine was clearly the person the majority of people in those rooms believed should lead California.

 

We need a fearless leader who will always put the people before politics. The people who support the status quo are starting to get scared — and they should be. They know Delaine cannot be bought, and they see her building grassroots momentum.

 

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December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

LARA LANDS ENDORSEMENT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH POWERHOUSE


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

December 11, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
LARA LANDS ENDORSEMENT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH POWERHOUSE 
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Back Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA — Igniting another spark of momentum into his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara secured an influential endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.

In a letter sent to Senator Lara’s campaign, Crystal Strait, President of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California wrote:

“Dear Senator Lara: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, I am pleased to inform you that the Board voted to endorse you in your candidacy for Insurance Commissioner. Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California appreciates your long-standing commitment to women’s health care and rights and to full comprehensive access to reproductive health care services. You have been a champion on behalf of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the people we serve through our 115 health centers in California. We thank you for standing with us to advance and expand access to reproductive health care and education services.”

To view Senator Ricardo Lara’s digital video ad, “Embolden,” click on the screen shot below:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • HONOR PAC
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.
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December 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

The momentum continues to build!


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Fiona Ma

I am proud to announce that Equality California has endorsed me for State Treasurer! EQCA is our state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, standing up for the rights of the LGBTQ community. EQCA Executive Director Rick Zbur said:

Equality California is proud to support Fiona Ma for State Treasurer. Fiona has been a dedicated and early champion for the rights of the LGBTQ community, performing some of the first same-sex marriages in California back in 2004. She will continue to be a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and will carry on the fight for equal rights for all Californians, with courage and conviction. EQCA is proud to endorse Fiona Ma, the clear choice for State Treasurer.”

I’m proud to have stood with our LGBTQ friends and family my entire life. We have come a long way but more needs to be done, and I will continue standing up for equal rights and improved protections for the LGBTQ community as State Treasurer.

Fiona in Fresno

I was honored to be a guest of the Fresno Rotary and speak before some of our state’s finest Rotarians! The hard work and commitment to community exhibited by this amazing group is truly remarkable, and I am looking forward to being back soon to discuss the issues important to both the Central Valley and our entire state.

Fiona in Los Angeles

Congratulations to the 45 apprentice graduates in the 2016-17 class of the Southern California Operating and Maintenance Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Trust! These apprenticeship programs teach valuable technical skills to California’s hardworking men and women, while providing them with the opportunity to work, train, and be successful. I am honored to have joined these dedicated workers in celebrating their special night!

 

Fiona in Temecula

It was wonderful visiting Temecula and learning about this great city’s tremendous contributions to California’s heritage of arts, culture, food, and drink. At the heart of Temecula’s story is a vibrant community of small businesses that give the city its strong reputation. As State Treasurer, I will continue standing up for our small businesses and ensuring they have what they need to be successful in today’s economy.

Shalom Bayit

A small staff and strong group of volunteers are doing great work at Shalom Bayit, the Bay Area’s center for domestic violence prevention and response within the Jewish community. Through counseling and direct support to battered women and their children, community education, and dating violence prevention programs, Shalom Bayit promotes peaceful homes and families, teaches skills for healthy relationships, working to free the Jewish community from violence and abuse. I am proud to stand with Shalom Bayit and others in ensuring we stand up to domestic violence and abuse.

Great Dickens Fair

Jason and I had a great time at the Great Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco! The Great Dickens Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since the 1970s, and offers a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure that immerses attendees into the culture, literature, and history of Victorian London.

Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 342

Thank you to Derrick, Steve, George, Che, and Matt of the Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 342 for taking time to chat with me about how we can train the next generation of plumbers and steamfitters. Local 342’s highly skilled craftsmen and craftswomen build and service everything from sanitary plumbing in homes, to ultrapure process piping systems in semiconductor and biotech plants, with the highest standard of excellence.

Ma Squad Holiday

Finally, from the entire #MaSquad, Happy Holidays! We hope you have a truly wonderful holiday season surrounded by friends, family, and plenty of warm memories. I am looking forward to the year ahead, and am thankful for your continued support and friendship.

ENDORSE »

Fiona Ma, CPA
Candidate for State Treasurer

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December 6th, 2017 | Candidate News

Fixing our affordable-housing crisis


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Asif Mahmood

As Asif travels around California listening to people across our state, he’s heard about the need for affordable housing more than nearly any other issue.

As our state attracts companies that often bring in thousands of employees, and our metropolitan areas become more and more developed, far too many Californians are being priced out and displaced from their homes.

Dr. Asif Mahmood is committed to bringing more affordable housing to California. Sign now to say we need real solutions to California’s housing crisis.

This is a true housing crisis that needs to be addressed.

It’s a complicated issue that needs serious solutions. Asif is committed to fighting for better zoning laws and making sure more affordable housing is available across California.

Asif is a true advocate for affordable housing in California. If you agree that we need more affordable housing, sign now.

Thanks for standing with us,

Team Asif

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December 6th, 2017 | Candidate News

CFT Endorses!


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


We are proud to announce that the California Federation of Teachers has endorsed my candidacy for Lt. Governor!

The CFT represents more than 120,000 educational employees working at every level of public and private education from Head Start to the University of California. These hardworking public servants dedicate their lives to ensuring our children receive every opportunity to succeed.

“We are proud to support Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor. Eleni will be a champion for students and educational employees from early childhood through the university system because she believes in the power of education. She knows it is essential to support and fund our public education system and to build strong campus communities. We look forward to working with Eleni Kounalakis to build a stronger California together.”

– CFT President Josh Pechthalt

As the daughter of an elementary school teacher, I could not be more humbled to have the support of our teachers and educational workers.

As Lt. Governor, I will always stand with our teachers and faculty. I know first-hand that access to a high quality public school education is the roadmap to success for California’s future. CFT members are on the front lines every day for our students and families, from creating a safe haven for immigrant students to making sure our teachers and educators are paid a fair and livable wage. Teachers should also be able to live and work in their communities, and as Lt. Governor, I look forward to working with leaders in CFT to create policies that enhance the lives and education of all Californians.

I am so humbled and proud the California Federation of Teachers dual endorsed in this race. Together, we will ensure our California public schools continue to lead the country in providing a world-class education for all our kids.

I would be so grateful to have your early support. Please add your name to our endorsement list today! 

Eleni

 

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December 6th, 2017 | Candidate News

California Federation of Teachers endorses Dave Jones for AG!


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

California Federation of Teachers (CFT) endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

 

For immediate release   12/5/17

Contact: 916-349-4236

 

 

The 120,000 member strong California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has strongly endorsed Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for California Attorney General.

 

“Dave Jones is a passionate champion for California schools and an effective advocate for social justice,” stated CFT President Joshua Pechthalt.  “As Attorney General we can count on Dave Jones to lead the fight against the egregious policies of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos – policies which would devastate our local schools.   As a Legal Aid attorney, City Council member, Assemblymember and now as Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones has proven himself one of California’s most indefatigable and creative progressive leaders.   We are proud to support Dave Jones for Attorney General.”

 

CFT, with 145 locals throughout the state, represents educational employees from Head Start to the University of California, including teachers and professors at many public school and community college districts.  As an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, CFT is an important and respected voice in the the state’s labor movement as well.

 

“I am honored to have the support of 120,000 California educators and educational employees,” responded Dave Jones.  “CFT members are quite literally on the front line of efforts to build a better future for California families.  I greatly respect the difficult and essential work they do every day and look forward to working with them to protect and strengthen California’s public education system.”

 

Earlier, Dave Jones was endorsed by 35,000 member strong United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) which is, by far, California’s largest local teacher’s union.

 

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www.DaveJones2018.com

 

#DJ4AG2018

 

 

December 6th, 2017 | Candidate News

Standing up for Californians?


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


 

Alex Padilla

Last Friday, in the middle of the night, Senate Republicans passed a tax bill that will disproportionately raise taxes on Californians, while giving tax cuts to GOP donors1.

 

This bad bill:

1) runs up the national debt by $1.5 trillion,

2) results in 13 million Americans uninsured, and

3) worsens economic inequality.

 

Of California’s 14 Republican Representatives, 11 voted YES and will have to answer to their constituents as they’re up for re-election next year. Sign our petition to tell Congress that we, the people of California, will hold them accountable for their actions.

 

The Senate has voted, but we still have a chance to stop this bill. Right now, Senate and House GOP leaders are meeting to negotiate a final bill. California’s 14 Republican Representatives will again have to make a choice: will they stand up for their constituents, many of whom will be hurt by this bill, or will they go along with their Republican colleagues to punish their constituents and give big tax cuts to GOP donors?

 

Trump’s spokespeople like to say that “Elections have consequences.” On this point, they’re right. Sign our petition today to tell Congress that voting to raise taxes on California families will have consequences too!

 

We must resist these attacks on working Californians. We must persist and put pressure on our representatives in Congress to remind them that they work for the people of California and 2018 is just around the corner.

 

Thank you for standing strong,

 

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

 

 

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  1. Vox Media, House Republican: my donors told me to pass the tax bill “or don’t ever call me again”, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/7/16618038/house-republicans-tax-bill-donors-chris-collins