22 Jan

Today’s Vote in the US Senate

When Congressional Republicans shut down the government, their goal was clear: use the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as leverage to destroy any compromise on protecting Dreamers. Despite widespread, bipartisan support among everyday Americans for preserving both the DACA and CHIP programs, the GOP showed the world that its priority is pandering to its xenophobic base. 

As California Democrats, our goal is also clear: we refuse to trade children’s healthcare for humane treatment of our Dreamers. That’s what being an effective and principled opposition to Trump and the GOP looks like.  We are proud that our leadership here in Sacramento has taken this responsibility seriously, passing tough protections for our communities and our environment and pledging to fight the Trump administration’s attempt to roll back hard-won progressive victories. 

But we also need strong leadership from Democrats in Washington. Unfortunately, today Senate Minority Leader Schumer gave the GOP exactly what they wanted, and despite strong opposition from both Californians in the Senate, made a deal with one of the most unstable and incompetent GOP teams in American history. Without securing an agreement to protect Dreamers, Schumer’s deal kicks the fiscal can down the street to another inevitable showdown in February.  We don’t trust Mitch McConnell, and we don’t trust Donald Trump.

Lets stand together as Californians and demand that legislation preserving DACA be part of any future reconciliation agreement in Washington. All governance takes compromise, but it cannot be on the backs of hard-working young people who have broken no laws and are asking only for an equal shot at the American dream.  

Call Senator Schumer and tell him that California Democrats are united behind Dreamers and want leadership in Washington that shares that commitment.     

Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer
Washington, DC Office Phone:
(202) 224-6542

In Solidarity,

Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair
California Democratic Party

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22 Jan



For Immediate Release

January 22, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
State Senator Ricardo Lara Backed by Congresswoman Norma Torres in Statewide Bid

LONG BEACH, CA- Continuing to expand up his roster of support among some of California’s most widely respected leaders as he campaigns for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by Congressmember Norma Torres.

Following the announced endorsement, State Senator Lara released the following statement:

“It’s incredibly humbling to have the support of Congresswoman Torres, who I worked with closely in the State Legislature. She’s been a champion and bold voice on behalf of marginalized communities in the resistance against Donald Trump’s Washington. I’m grateful for her support and am eager to continue partnering with the Congresswoman to protect our people, our California values and our California way of life.”

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 Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • 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 Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez

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
  • 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 Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • 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
  • California Faculty Association


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

For more information please visit

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22 Jan

C.O.O.L. Meeting Notice – Friday, January 26, 2018

Labor Friends,

You are invited to attend this month’s meeting of the Fresno Area Coalition of Organized Labor on Friday, January 26, 2018 . The meeting starts at noon at Pardini’s located at 2257 West Shaw Avenue.  The meeting notice is attached.

The January guest speaker will be Fresno Fire Arson Investigator Lee Wilding and his K-9 Tessa (the Fire Dog).

Please RSVP to Cori at or by phone (559) 307-6826 no later than Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Hope to see you soon.

Dee Barnes

COOL Recording Secretary

(559) 621-2057 work

(559) 779-1981 cell

** Please note that you must RSVP  to guarantee your spot for lunch. Without an RSVP, you will be placed on a waiting list. If you RSVP and do not cancel by the deadline, you will be billed for the cost of lunch if there is no waiting list.

Lee Wilding & K-9 Tessa


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22 Jan

Your CDP Weekly Update

CDP UPDATE – JAN 20th, 2018

If we knew you were coming we’d have baked a cake!

The CDP Team is always delighted to welcome our phenomenal Democratic candidates to Your Democratic Headquarters. This week, Lt. Governor candidate Eleni Kounalakis dropped by to file her paperwork for the CDP endorsement and to meet the CDP staff. Thanks for stopping by Ambassador Kounalakis!

Interim Regional Director Appointment – Region 2

Due to the vacancy of the CDP Region 2 Director position, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman has appointed Lynette Henley as Interim Regional Director for CDP Region 2 until an election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the Regional Director term is held. Notice with details of the election will be sent to the DSCC Members in Region 2.

Pre-Endorsing Conferences

The CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences to consider the endorsement recommendations for U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly races will be held on the weekend of January 27-28, 2018. For more information, such as details of your Pre-Endorsing Conferences and how to cast vote-by-mail ballots, please visit the CDP Endorsements page.

Platform Drafts and Amendment Deadline

The 2018 California Democrats Platform Draft is available on the CDP Platform Committee page.  The deadline to submit amendments to the Platform Draft is Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5 PM.

Please visit the Platform Committee page to submit amendments or for more information on the Platform process. The Platform will be adopted at Convention  – don’t miss your chance to help shape our Party’s statement of values.

From the Rick Perry “Oops” File

Earlier this week we accidentally re-sent Delegates the e-mail announcing the opening of registration for Convention. We apologize for any confusion (or deja vu).

In Case You Missed It

CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a message calling on Democrats to “use the anniversary of his birth as a moment where we renew and redouble our commitment to carrying on the work he gave his life for – building a just and peaceful country where everyone is truly equal.”

CDP Vice Chair Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker and CDP Secretary Jenny Bach urged Democrats to turn out in force for today’s Women’s March events across the state. Your CDP Team was happy to March in Sacramento, and we’re grateful to every Democrat who turned out for today’s historic demonstration.


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21 Jan

An extraordinary day I’ll never forget

Kamala Harris

Hi, Fresno County —

It’s been a year since I took the stage in Washington to stand in solidarity with women around the country to advance an agenda rooted in equality, justice, and tolerance for all.

I’ll never forget that day.

It was an extraordinary moment where all women proved we cannot be dismissed or written off to the sidelines.

What I said at the first Women’s March holds true to this day: that while they may have the House, the Senate, and the White House, they have not and cannot take away our power — because it belongs with the people.

We have the power — as we have demonstrated throughout this past year — to create a more perfect union where the law finally guarantees equal pay for equal work, no matter your gender or race.

We have the power to defend women’s reproductive freedom and ensure millions of women won’t be left without care if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Republicans.

We have the power to end this government shutdown and ensure Dreamers are protected from deportation, 9 million kids are insured, and we can fund our essential services like disaster relief and community health centers.

Last year’s march was the beginning of a movement that has empowered millions of women to say #MeToo and to challenge our supposed leaders in Washington who are desperate to force us backward.

It’s a movement that understands that the arc of the universe is long, but it always bends toward justice — and with an understanding that it is our responsibility to work hard and bend it ourselves.

Never forget that your voice is your power. You cannot create change if you sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else, even me, to solve the problems facing your community or this country.

Whether or not you were able to participate in the march last year or this year, this is a moment in time that is demanding all of us to dig deep and take ownership of the future. Be brave and stand with us in fighting for the people.

We are strong when we raise our voices together and that is precisely what we did one year ago — and what we will continue to do in the difficult weeks, months, and years ahead.

When people of all ages, colors, religions, and backgrounds come together, unified in our collective struggle for justice, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Stay involved — and we will win this fight in the end. Thank you.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California


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21 Jan

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This weekend not only marked the beginning of a government shutdown — but yesterday was also the one year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.

Over the last year, we’ve been inundated with attacks on our rights and values, and had to constantly worry about nuclear war. Our president and Congress gave away billions to the wealthiest Americans, let funding for children’s health care expire, fueled hate and discrimination, refused to support immigration reform that would keep families together, and failed us as a nation. And now the president’s partisan games has forced the federal government to shut down.

Yet, Californians haven’t cowered in fear, or let pessimism drag us down. We’ve organized our communities, launched winning campaigns for office, registered our neighbors to vote, and prepared to turn the 2018 election into the start of a new era for our state and our nation.

What happens next is up to you. I’m ready to stand up to Washington and build a better future for California, but I need your help.

Will you chip in and make sure we have the resources to keep California on a better road than Washington?

Right now, governors and state officials are Americans’ last line of defense. I’ve been proud to have worked with Governor Brown time and again to get things done for Californians when Washington refused, and I’ve been proud to know that you have our backs.

With the 2018 election approaching fast, Californians need to know, now more than ever, that their next governor will do more than just give speeches when our president threatens to destabilize our communities, take away our rights, and bully our members of Congress — we need a governor who will continue to deliver results.

I’m ready to be the governor that Californians can count on, no matter what happens in Washington. But I need your help to turn the enthusiasm of our movement into victory on Election Day.

Chip in now to make sure we have the resources to build a better road for California in 2018.

Thanks for your support,


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21 Jan

I Stand with Public Sector Workers || AFSCME Stands with Me

As you likely have heard, the federal government shut down at midnight on Friday. In my 24 years as a Member of Congress, I had the honor of getting to know our federal employees and the families that their valuable work supports. I’m disappointed that the livelihood of so many workers now is at risk of furloughs and more. No one would run a business the way leaders in Washington are running our government.

For decades, I’ve fought alongside our brothers and sisters in the labor movement to protect the rights of California workers, whether by supporting collective action, protecting the fundamental fairness of agency fees, or protecting the rights of hard working families to fair pay. I am proud to earn the endorsement of AFSCME California and its more than 179,000 members in my bid to remain your Attorney General.

AFSCME recently joined the growing list of labor groups who stand with me because I stand with labor, including:

  • California Teachers Association
  • California Professional Firefighters Association
  • California Building & Construction Trades Council
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • California State Law Enforcement Association
  • California Pipe Trades State Council
  • Laborers International Union of North America
  • Service Employees International Union

I am humbled by their support and look forward to continuing to advocate for California’s working families.

Will you join AFSCME, CTA, SEIU and other labor unions in supporting me to remain our state’s legal advocate and chief law enforcement officer? Together, we will continue to fight for fairness and opportunity!



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