02 Jul

Getting together with Fresno Leaders

*** Jessica Morse has been endorsed for CD-4 by the CDP ***

Campaign Overview:

Jessica Morse recently won her primary in Californa’s 4th Congressional district which includes Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and California’s Gold Country.

The current representative of CA-04, Tom McClintock, is a tea-party conservative and climate change denier whose proposals include commercializing Yosemite and clear-cutting Tahoe. McClintock doesn’t even live in the district.

A 5th-generation Northern Californian and a devoted public servant, Jessica spent a decade serving her country around the world as a national security strategist, working for the Defense Department, State Department, and USAID, including a year and a half in Baghdad at the height of the war. Having worked on the federal budget and with Congress, Jessica has a proven record of getting things done in Washington. She understands the needs of her community and our country. From a large Republican family in the district, Jessica has spent her life messaging effectively across the aisle. She is building a coalition of community leaders across the political spectrum who are eager for a representative in Congress who will champion solutions to community problems.

Our hard work, early organizing, and competitive fundraising are paying off. Jessica has raised over $1 million — out-raising the incumbent and making national headlines. Our race has been added to the DCCC’s target list, is one of OFA’s target districts, increased in Cook Report rating, is listed as one of LATimes’ top 10 flippable CA races. Jessica has secured the endorsement from the California Democratic Party and leaders like Reps. Brownley, DeSaulnier, Lofgren, Huffman, Khanna, and Swalwell and is one of the Arena candidates. Jessica mobilized volunteers to reach out to voters across all ten counties including a crew of students who knocked on doors and contacted voters throughout the district. Our volunteers have reached out to over 65,000 voters in the last two months. Jessica herself knocked on over 1,000 doors — she even ran into a bear while canvassing!

In the recent primary, McClintock’s vulnerability is apparent.  With over 200,000 ballots cast, the district had a higher voter turnout than in previous mid-terms and one of the highest voter turnouts in the state.  For the primary, Jessica’s campaign targeted Democrats who vote in primaries (not independents or republicans) and still, McClintock dropped from 63% to 51.8% of primary voters. Jessica beat McClintock outright in two of the ten counties. Jessica’s strong showing among the 5 challengers is due to her strength as a candidate, her strong campaign operations and her appeal across voters in the District.

Learn more about Jessica’s campaign here. Jessica is one of the ten Arena candidates — listen to her podcast interview here. See what the press is saying about her here.

You can also take a look at Jessica’s first commercial here:


Support our campaign efforts here.

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29 Jun

Fresno Democrats Press Release — Muslim Ban Ruling

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2018

Muslim Ban Ruling Harms Immigrants and U.S. National Security

Underscoring the old adage, “the third time is a charm,” the Supreme Court upheld this week the latest version of President Trump’s effort to curtail the immigration and visiting rights of people from five Muslim majority countries, as well as those from North Korea and Venezuela.

In affirming the third iteration of this executive order, Chief Justice John Roberts stressed the President’s broad prerogatives in dealing with perceived national security threats by limiting the ability of individuals from specific countries to visit or immigrate to the United States. Administration defenders have further maintained that since the new ban targets just five Muslim-majority countries, accounting for under 10% of the worldwide Muslim population, it is not a Muslim ban.

In an unusually sharp and passionate dissent, associate justice Sonia Sotomayor argued that these justifications ignore the numerous hostile statements toward Muslims made by President Trump during in the 2016 election and after he entered the White House. During the nomination struggle, Trump declared that “Islam hates us” and repeated debunked claims that Muslims living in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. At a general election campaign rally, he proclaimed, “Donald J. Trump calls for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US until the country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on…We have no choice!”

As President, Trump retweeted defamatory anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British fringe group; he also expressed second thoughts about his third, watered down Muslim ban, lamenting that it was tough enough. All of this, Sotomayor emphasized, raises major questions about the constitutionality of even the latest version of the Muslim ban vis-à-vis the establishment clause of the First Amendment. It also provides a green light for future discriminatory Trump administration policies singling out Muslims residing legally in the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court ruling will severely impact migrants from the Muslim majority countries targeted in the Trump travel and immigration restrictions. The sizable American Yemini community (350,000–400,000) will be especially hard hit. Millions of people in Yemen are in danger of starvation in the bitter civil conflict that has turned into a proxy war for America’s close ally, Saudi Arabia. Thanks to the Supreme Court affirmation of the Trump Muslim ban, Yeminis living in the United States have practically no chance of seeing even close family members in Yemen unless they are willing themselves to make the dangerous journey to that country.

Regarding the security justification Chief Justice Roberts cited in his majority ruling, no terrorist or terrorist organization has ever attacked the United States from the five Muslim majority countries in the third Muslim ban (Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Chad; the last one ceased being a member of this group last year). Saudi Arabia and Egypt were never put on the list of Muslim majority countries subject to the travel/immigration ban, even though the individuals responsible for the 9/11 attack were Egyptians and Saudis.

While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are longstanding American allies, the Trump Organization has hotels and resorts in both countries, making it difficult to ascertain if their exemption from the Muslim ban stems from alliance ties or the President’s business interests.

Moreover, the mass profiling of foreign Muslims done in the travel ban is a propaganda boon to radical Islamicist movements, especially ISIS and Al Qaeda, bolstering their claim that America is waging war on Islam versus the small minority of Muslims who hate the West and embrace terrorism. Combating terrorism requires substantial cooperation from the nearly 2 billion Muslims on the planet and the Trump travel ban greatly complicates that effort.

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s travel and immigration restrictions on individuals from select Muslim majority countries is of questionable constitutionality and will not make the United States more secure against a terrorist attack. Reversing this executive order will be a high priority for a future Democratic administration and Congress.

For more information, contact the Fresno County Democratic Party at 559-495-0606 or

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29 Jun

Here’s A CA-21 Race Update

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

Here’s a summary of what’s been going on in CA-21 over the last month:

FIRST: TJ Cox won his primary election and The New York Times called our race to unseat David Valadao one of the “top ten races to watch.”
THEN: National Republicans started to PANIC. So they sent Ivanka Trump to our district to headline a huge fundraiser for incumbents like David Valadao (seriously).
NOW: Our end-of-quarter FEC deadline is only two days away, but we are still $8,144 from hitting our grassroots fundraising target.

We need you. Can you pitch in to help us meet our end-of-quarter goal and fight back against the GOP’s frantic money drop in CA-21?

$10 >> $35 >> $50 >>
$100 >> $250 >> other >>

We don’t have Ivanka Trump in our corner, but we do have HUGE momentum coming out of the primary — and that scares Republicans.

We need to keep this up in order to defeat them in November, and we need your help.

Pitch in a donation to help us hit our goal so we don’t get overwhelmed by David Valadao’s big money backers >>

Thank you for your continued support,

TJ Cox for Congress


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29 Jun

Introducing Ten for Tony – Beat the Billionaires

*** Tony Thurmond has been endorsed for State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the CDP ***


In the June primary election, a small group of billionaires outspent our campaign 3-to-1 in order to defeat Tony and advance the Betsy DeVos education agenda.  But their plan to buy this election didn’t work. The billionaires’ candidate failed to receive over 50% of the vote. Now he and Tony are running neck and neck in the November runoff.

The billionaires will break the bank again to elect Tony’s opponent, so today we are launching our people-powered response: Ten for Tony – Beat the Billionaires.   

Ten for Tony is a grassroots fundraising campaign to beat the billionaires and elect Tony Thurmond, the only candidate who will fight to keep public schools public.  By signing up today to give $10 or more per month until November, you will contribute critical funds that allow Tony to get his message out to California voters.

$10 a month for five months = $50 for Tony.  That might not seem like a lot compared to the billionaires, but our strength is in our numbers.  Think about this:

  • If every Democratic delegate who voted for Tony to receive the Democratic Party endorsement gave $10 a month, we’d raise $121,950.
  • If every person who follows Tony on Facebook gave $20 a month, we’d raise over $1 million.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover the hundreds of thousands of educators, parents, students, and progressives who we can reach with your help.

Share Ten for Tony on Facebook, on Twitter, or forward this email to let your people know — we all have to step up to beat the billionaires and elect Tony Thurmond for California’s kids.

Let’s do this.



Maddie Franklin

Campaign Manager

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28 Jun

You’ve got questions. Here are the answers.


Dear Fresno for Parks Supporters,


We’ve had a busy couple of weeks collecting signatures, and we wanted to give you an update on the campaign. We also know there might be some curiosity surrounding our initiative, so here’s answers to some questions we’ve been hearing from our supporters.



Q: Can I still sign the petition? When is the deadline?

A: Absolutely! We have canvassers stationed around the city, and we regularly post on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on where to sign. You can also click here for a list of permanent petition locations. In short, the deadline is ASAP! If you have any signatures lying around your home, car, or office, PLEASE TURN THEM IN THIS WEEK. With your help, we will meet our goal soon.


Q: Is it too late to help collect signatures?

A: It is not too late to help! In fact, we are hiring more canvassers this week and are now paying $6+ per valid signature. If you are interested in signing the petition or helping us collect signatures on a volunteer or paid basis, please click here or call (559) 256-8722 to learn more. We offer canvasser orientations at Fresno Building Healthy Communities (4991 E McKinley Ave Suite 107, Fresno, CA 93727) on Mondays through Saturdays at 8:30am or 5:30pm.

Q: How many signatures do you need?

A: In order to place our proposed measure on the ballot, we need signatures from 10% of all registered voters in the City of Fresno (roughly ~24,000). We are nearing this goal, and there is a lot of excitement and public support surrounding our initiative.


Q: I heard about Mayor Brand’s Proposed Police/Parks Tax. Is it connected to the Fresno for Parks initiative? How will it affect Fresno for Parks?

A: The Mayor’s recent Police/Parks tax proposal and our initiative are unrelated. We are continuing to collect signatures for our proposed initiative (“Fresno Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Initiative”), but are also encouraged to see the Mayor moving in the direction of supporting our city’s parks. Both the Mayor and our group of citizens are pursuing what we think is the best approach for our community, and our goal is to place one measure on the ballot that voters will want to support, benefiting all Fresnans.


Thank you for your support.

Every signature gets us one step closer
to funding safe, clean parks for all Fresnans.


Learn more at

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28 Jun

Justice Anthony Kennedy

A few moments ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.

As you well know, this Supreme Court vacancy puts issues that affect every single American in the balance — from a woman’s right to choose to equal rights under the law to privacy and our civil rights.

Given the high stakes of this seat, which I believe will determine the fate of many fundamentally protected constitutional rights, the American people should have a say in this decision.

The midterms are in just four months. We cannot and we should not vote on a nominee until after the American people have a chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

I’m organizing an urgent petition telling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell we must not vote to fill this seat until Americans have voted at the ballot box. Make your voice heard by adding your name.

sign the petition »

We’ve already seen the President’s list of potential SCOTUS nominees and they are non-starters. The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will fight to protect your rights, not conservative ideologues.

I will not sit back and accept them to serve on the highest court in the land — and I hope you won’t either.

Please add your name to my petition telling Mitch McConnell we must not vote to fill this seat until Americans have voted at the ballot box.

sign the petition »

I know from personal experience — as a prosecutor and as a beneficiary of the landmark Brown vs. Board ruling desegregating our nation’s schools — that the decisions handed down by the court touch every aspect of our lives. The stakes don’t get any higher. Americans must be heard.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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28 Jun

BREAKING NEWS: The Supreme Court

*** No candidate for U.S. Senate has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold the President’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban and weaponized the first amendment against a woman’s right to choose.

Today, after a decision attempting to dramatically weaken public sector unions, Justice Kennedy, a critical swing vote on upholding gay rights and abortion rights, announced his retirement.

This news is a gut punch to our values, and it is the direct result of one lost election. We can’t make the same mistake twice.

So I’m asking again — before our critical end of quarter fundraising deadline at the end of the month — to chip in to my campaign to hold this corrupt and heartless administration to account.

With a reliably conservative court, the only check left on the Trump administration will be the U.S. Senate and Congress.

We must resist, mobilize, and organize with everything we’ve got.

That’s my plan — join me:






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