February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

PROGRESSIVE, LABOR CHAMPION ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

PROGRESSIVE, LABOR CHAMPION ENDORSES ED HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR

United States Representative Jimmy Gomez Back Senator Ed Hernandez in Statewide Contest

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Expanding his wide-ranging list of support, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez landed a crucial endorsement from United States Congress Member Jimmy Gomez in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

A past Political Director at AFSCME UNAC/UHCP, Gomez previously served in the California State Assembly before being elected to the United States House of Representatives. In making public his backing of Senator Hernandez, Congress Member Gomez released the following statement:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has proven himself as a champion for working families. He’s backed healthcare for all, raised California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, equal pay and supported tough environmental protections. I know he will make an extraordinary Lt. Governor and I’m proud to endorse him.”

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

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.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here .

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

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.

 

February 16th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

SEIU CA and California Nurses Association endorse Kevin!

We’ve got some great news:

Because of his work in the California Senate fighting for Workers rights,  Immigrant Rights,  Medicare For All and a $15 minimum wage, the California Nurses Association and the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) California have both endorsed Kevin for Senate!

This is good news for Californians everywhere looking for a progressive champion to take California values to Washington, DC.

The LA Times agrees, writing that “the endorsement gives de León a burst of momentum in the lead-up to the California Democratic Party’s convention next week.”

Help keep the momentum going by chipping in to our grassroots campaign.

Michael, we’ve got a big financial gap to close in this Senate race, but we want to do it the right way: with thousands of Californians contributing what they can afford in grassroots donations to fuel our scrappy campaign.

Read why the CA Nurses Association and SEIU endorsed Kevin, then chip in whatever you can afford to our campaign.

“At a time when 15 million Californians still have no health coverage, or pay for premiums and still can’t afford to get the medical care they need, Kevin de León demonstrated outstanding political courage and leadership in shepherding passage of SB 562 in the California Senate.”

—Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

 “Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values. His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.”

—David Huerta, SEIU California executive board member 

Thanks for standing with Kevin,

Team KDL

February 16th, 2018 | Campaigns, Candidate News

The Latest Attack On Working Families

TJ Cox for Congress

Fight for the Central Valley. Chip in now and become a 2018 Member of our campaign >>>

The Trump administration released their budget earlier this week – and the proposal is more cruel than we could have ever imagined. He wants $750 billion in cuts to Medicare & Medicaid, $214 billion in cuts to food stamp programs, & $240 billion in cuts to infrastructure spending. All this to pay for the $1.5 TRILLION tax cut Republicans passed last year, most of which goes to the top 1%.

This plan is an attack on American working families.

We need new leaders who will resist Trump’s proposal and fight for Central Valley families. Will you chip in and become a 2018 Member of our campaign today?

These draconian cuts Trump and his Republican friends are proposing go against everything we stand for. They’re reckless.

Trump’s irresponsible proposal doesn’t reflect our priorities here in the Central Valley.It’s just plain wrong.

Our elected officials must stand up and reject Trump’s plan.

Fight for the Central Valley. Chip in now and become a 2018 Member of our campaign >>>

The Trump administration released their budget earlier this week – and the proposal is more cruel than we could have ever imagined. He wants $750 billion in cuts to Medicare & Medicaid, $214 billion in cuts to food stamp programs, & $240 billion in cuts to infrastructure spending. All this to pay for the $1.5 TRILLION tax cut Republicans passed last year, most of which goes to the top 1%.

This plan is an attack on American working families.

We need new leaders who will resist Trump’s proposal and fight for Central Valley families. Will you chip in and become a 2018 Member of our campaign today?

These draconian cuts Trump and his Republican friends are proposing go against everything we stand for. They’re reckless.

Trump’s irresponsible proposal doesn’t reflect our priorities here in the Central Valley. It’s just plain wrong.

Our elected officials must stand up and reject Trump’s plan.

Become a 2018 Member of our campaign so we can elect new leadership. Chip in now >>>

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We can’t have elected leaders who want to take away the vital programs so many Californians depend on every day. That’s not who we are.

Thank you for standing with us in this fight,

TJ

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Melissa Hurtado Announces Candidacy for State Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Contact: Lisa Gasperoni
Lisa@LGcampaigns.com
(916) 803-0433

Today, healthcare advocate and Sanger City Councilmember Melissa Hurtado announced her campaign for State Senate District 14.

Hurtado, who is currently the only woman serving on the Sanger City Council, has spent her career fighting for greater access to quality healthcare, education and high paying jobs. As a healthcare advocate, Hurtado fought to protect Medicare and Medi-Cal while increasing access to quality healthcare for all Californians.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate,” said Hurtado. “On the Sanger City Council, I’ve seen the critical need for true leadership for our region, which is one of the most underserved areas in California. That’s why I’m running for State Senate: to fight for access to quality healthcare and education, stand up for working men and women and create good paying jobs for the Valley.”

Hurtado begins her campaign with several key endorsements, with Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), Sanger Mayor Frank Gonzalez, Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola, Wasco Mayor pro Tem Alex Garcia, and Farmersville Councilmember Gregorio Gomez throwing their early support behind Hurtado.

The Primary election for SD 14 will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

February 15th, 2018 | Campaigns, Candidate News

A Message from the Bleich Kids – Valentine’s Day

Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

Valentine’s Day has always been special to our parents. It’s the same week as their half-anniversary (we know how dorky that sounds), so they call this week their “Week of Love” (gross).

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Mom met Dad on her first day of college. The way Dad tells it, it was love at first sight. Our mom says it took a “bit longer” than that. But as time went on, they began dating and the following 37 years are history.

Like any partnership, our parents have supported each other even when times were tough. They spent years eating ramen and canned tuna in a small Boston apartment with a biker gang in the basement. Mom worked to pay the bills while our dad went to law school. And he supported her when she got her MBA. There was even the fateful incident where Dad decided at the last minute to run the Boston Marathon without training for it. Mom helped him up and down stairs for a week.

For our entire lives, whenever someone made a joke about dad running for political office, our mom’s favorite response was “If you run for office, you’ll be doing it with your second wife.” But after the 2016 election, it was Mom who urged Dad to run. They did it for us, and everyone else in our generation. As California faces climate change, rising housing prices, soaring tuition costs, lagging cybersecurity, and a rapidly changing economy, our mom’s point was that good policy wouldn’t be made if good people don’t run.

Mom and Dad have had to sacrifice a lot of “date nights” since the campaign started, so as their kids, we’re asking for this Valentine’s Day, would you consider donating $50 to his campaign so that he can take some time to celebrate the…“week of love?”

Click here to contribute

Thank you for working with Dad to ensure that California will give us the same opportunities that it gave our parents. We’re grateful for your support.

Sincerely,

Jake, Matthew, and Abby

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http://www.jeffbleich.com/

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Another Win! CA National Organization for Women Endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General!

California National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

Jones’ record of leadership on a wide range of women’s rights and social justice issues makes him our choice to be California’s next AG.

The California National Organization for Woman (NOW) PAC announced its endorsement today of Dave Jones for Attorney General.

“Dave Jones has a decades long history of fighting to improve the lives of women and girls.  Jones is a champion for fair pay, reproductive justice, LGBT rights, violence prevention and gender and racial equality. Dave Jones has taken on insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals systems on behalf of consumers and won in court over and over again.

Dave Jones isn’t afraid to take on powerful special interest groups to fight for the rights of those who often feel powerless.  Dave Jones has spent the last seven years leading a statewide consumer protection and law enforcement agency.  With Dave Jones, we will have an Attorney General with the experience to defeat the Trump Administration in court and the courage to fight here at home for criminal justice reform, single payer health care, and against the corporate greed that perpetuates income inequality,” explained Kolieka Seigle, President of California NOW.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of the California National Organization for Women,” said Dave Jones, candidate for Attorney General.  ” I look forward to continuing to work with NOW’s leaders to make further progress as we pursue gender and racial equality and social justice.”

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News, Events

You’re invited to Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event (Mar 3, 2018)

Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event

Join Central Valley Indivisible and Fresno County Young

Democrats in a Townhall Event to ask Andrew Janz about the

issues that are important to you!

Moderated by Tom Bohigian

Learn about:

Andrew’s background and qualifications

Andrew’s strategies to flip this district

Be sure to register and obtain your free tickets here.

Registration is necssary due to Fire Code occupancy limits.

Register soon as this event is sure to fill up quickly!

 

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Bullard High School Cafeteria
5445 North Palm Avenue
Fresno, CA 93704

RSVP

Ask Andrew! A TownHall Event

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor

Dear Delegates:

I want to share why I’m supporting Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor. I hope you will join me and vote for her at the CA Democratic Party Convention.

I have seen Eleni in action. She’s tenacious, hardworking, and never stops fighting for what is right.

Because of her work as a diplomat, a Commissioner for First 5, and a businesswoman helping families own affordable homes, she has earned the support of Senator Kamala Harris, Equality California, CA Federation of Teachers, EMILY’s List, John Burton, and other distinguished Democratic leaders.

I am proud to endorse Eleni – because I know she will strengthen California’s economy so it works for everyone.

Eleni is a businesswoman, but not a Wall Streeter. She is beholden to no one but hardworking families and the people of California. She is not afraid to take on big corporate interests, like Wall Street, Big Oil, and Big Pharma.

Eleni is the real deal. She is the right leader at the right time, and I hope you will join me by pledging to vote for Eleni in San Diego here.

Sincerely,

Fiona Ma, CPA

Board of Equalization Member

P.S. Join me, Eleni, and other extraordinary candidates at the “Celebrating Women Who Dare to Run” hospitality suite on Friday, February 23RSVP here!

February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Campaigns, Candidate News

Make DACA permanent

In less than three weeks, more than 1,000 young immigrants could face deportation each day. I’m disgusted that our president and Congress have put politics ahead of people — and I’m demanding action.

I’m demanding that Congress immediately pass a clean bill making the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program permanent. Will you join me by adding your name?

After President Trump unilaterally rescinded DACA in September, he set a March 5th deadline for Congress to replace it — but congressional leaders have refused to bring a bill to the floor to address this crisis.

Now, approximately 223,000 young Californians who registered with the Department of Homeland Security in return for protections under DACA, and hundreds of thousands more nationwide, could be forced to leave the only homes they’ve ever known.

Join me in putting pressure on Congress to take immediate action, before it’s too late.

Michael, this fight is personal to me.

My parents came to America with virtually nothing, dreaming of a better future. My father arrived with just three shirts, two pairs of pants, and hardly anything in his pocket. And despite the taunts and the ugly racial slurs, my family never gave up believing in the American Dream — just like millions of other immigrants that have come to this country believing in that dream.

In return, immigrants, like my parents, have helped make our nation and our communities stronger.

As governor, I will protect all our communities, and will continue to support legislation to make our state safe for immigrants. You can trust me to fight like hell to make sure immigrants have a path to citizenship, with the same access to opportunity that my family had.

But we can’t wait until after Election Day — our neighbors are at risk of losing their immigration status in mere weeks. We need to work together and demand action right now.

Join me in demanding Congress renew protections for Dreamers right now. Add your name.

Thanks for standing with me,

John

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February 15th, 2018 | Action Alerts, Candidate News

Sign the petition: Tell the GOP to stop targeting people with disabilities

Kamala Harris

Fresno County –

People with disabilities in our nation should not have to beg our government for access to their basic human rights.

But this week, the House is set to vote on legislation that would gut the Americans with Disabilities Act, legislation that mandates people with disabilities should have equal and fair opportunities in American life.

If this bill is signed into law, it could set back disability rights nearly three decades — that’s why we have to act now to defeat it:

Sign my petition if you agree: Tell the Republicans to stop targeting people living with disabilities who deserve the same civil rights and opportunities as any American citizen. Make your voice heard right now. 

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This is not the first time the Republicans have targeted people with disabilities over the previous year. And it likely won’t be the last.

During the debate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the plans the Republicans proposed time and again would’ve been devastating for those living with a disability.

And let’s not forget Betsy Devos, who has consistently sided against students with disabilities, even rescinding guidance designed to protect them last October.

The legislation being debated in the House this week would make it more difficult for Americans living with a disability to demand equal opportunity and accommodation in our country — and that’s why I’m asking:

Can you sign my petition demanding Republicans stop targeting people with disabilities? We should be doing more to protect them, not less.

Thanks for all you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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