29 May

CDP Campaign Update

Campaign Update – 5/25/18

In the Race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Marshall Tuck Stands With This Man:

This week, voters in Republican households began receiving slate cards featuring Marshall Tuck alongside Newt Gingrich, and John Cox,  who Trump just endorsed for Governor.


When called upon to disavow these mailers, Tuck refused. (Tuck sends mailers with President Obama to Democratic households.  President Obama hasn’t endorsed him, FYI).


CDP Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall, in a press statement, said “Tony Thurmond has won the overwhelming support of Democrats for Superintendent of Public Instruction because he champions our progressive values. Marshall Tucks support is limited to ultrawealthy billionaires and rightwing thugs like Newt Gingrich and John Cox…”

CDP Senior Strategist Sandra Lowe sent out an e-alert to our grassroots Democrats with ways they can help Tony Thurmond win on June 5:

This is a crucial fight for California’s kids. We can’t let the billionaires win.

Endorsement Recap

#MaulTheRecall Sprint to the Finish

The Republicans’ lying, cheating recall of Sen. Josh Newman is going down to the wire. We need to do everything we can to stop their shameless power grab. Precinct walks are happening this weekend – RSVP/Get more information here.

Key Upcoming Dates

  • May  25 – Last Day for participating counties to open Vote Centers for Voters – find out more by visiting
  • May  29 – Last day to request Vote By Mail Ballot
  • June 1 – June 4 – Get Out The Vote
  • June 5 – Primary Election!
  • July 13 – July 15CDP Executive Board, Oakland

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29 May

We are surging

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

In the past two days we have had lots of good news. The most recent poll released in the San Diego Union Tribune shows Delaine’s support rapidly rising over the past month while three others have seen their numbers begin to free fall as voters cast their ballots.

Yesterday, Delaine received the endorsement from The Chico News & Review

“Governor: Democrat Delaine Eastin gets our vote. The former state superintendent of public instruction knows the value of education, has an environmentally sound platform (she opposes the twin tunnels project and wants to ban fracking), and supports health care for all. Those are but a few of the reasons Eastin, who comes from a working-class background and put herself through school (undergrad at UC Davis and grad school at UC Santa Barbara), would make a great governor. If elected, she’d be the first woman to hold the post.”

All of the polls indicate one thing, the race for second place is wide open and voters are looking for an alternative. We can do this.

Our ad, Cut Out the Middle Men, has reached over 500,000 people on social media alone in the past week and is debuting in additional markets this weekend.

I want to take it even further next week and am planning to make a major buy on Tuesday. How much depends on you. Will you chip in $29.20, $92, $292 or whatever you can afford?

I want voters to know that there is an exciting woman running for governor that they can vote for, not these “middling men” (as one person commented on social media), to vote against.

If you are connected on ActBlue click below for an instant contribution:

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Thank you so much for all of your support.

Jennifer Rindahl

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29 May

If you’re not mad yet, you should be

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Clean air and water should be a basic right for each and every Californian. Yet many families in our state, especially in our most vulnerable communities, have to drink, wash, and bathe with chemical-laced water, while polluted air sickens our children and our elderly.

I know what it’s like not to have access to clean air and water because I’ve lived it. I grew up not knowing when the faucet would run dry or why our white clothes turned yellow. For me, it’s personal.

As part of our “Your Stories” tour, I recently visited communities such as Arvin and Delano to meet with activists and policy experts on this issue. I visited a Superfund site across the street from homes where, for years, families had no idea their children were growing up in a toxic environment.

We’re getting the word out about issues that other campaigns won’t talk about. But, we can’t do it alone. Chip in $25 today to ensure we can get the word out about these and other issues facing our state. And, as Governor, I’ll make sure we have the policies in place to ensure that we are ONE California, and that no community is left behind.

Thank you,

Amanda Renteria is running for Governor in California — because it’s time for new voices who can change the culture of politics. Amanda recently stepped down as Chief of Operations for California’s Department of Justice. She is the daughter of former farmworkers in the Central Valley who went on to attend Stanford and Harvard. Since beginning her career in public service nearly two decades ago, she has served as a high school teacher, a budget analyst in one of California’s largest cities, and the first Latina Chief of Staff in history of the United States Senate. It’s time to inspire a new generation of leaders and build a California ready for the future. Click here to donate if you agree.

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29 May

Delaine for California

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Make HERstory with us: Delaine Eastin for California Governor


Delaine Eastin—the NWPC-endorsed candidate for Governor of California—has been an underdog from the start—but this is the time when we can show the world that the underdog has a real bite!

Delaine’s momentum has been gaining rapidly over the past two weeks.  Over this past weekend, the San Diego Union-Tribune ran a statewide poll and Delaine, for the first time, topped John Chiang and is snapping at the heels of Antonio Villaraigosa and Travis Allen.  She is within range of the top two, which is where she has to end up on June 5th to go on to the general election.

Furthermore, the other frontrunners—ALL male—are forming a circular firing squad—attacking each other and playing silly games to manipulate the election.  The one person who is clearly in this race for the people of California—not herself—is Delaine Eastin.  She’s the best candidate, but we have a lot of work to make sure enough voters know that.  The actual #2 position in the runoff might be secured with less than 15% of the total vote—and Delaine can get there if she gets enough of our help.

Please consider what you can do in these critical final 10 days.   NWPC promises our endorsees our sweat equity, not just our money, although this is also a key time for dollars to buy media in the final days.  Here’s what you can do:

  • If you’re not already volunteering, go to and sign up.  You can actually phone bank from the website itself—look for the button at the top of the page.
  • If you have a social media page, share this update with all your contacts—and send them to Delaine’s website and her Facebook page so they can see and hear her for themselves. Everyone also needs to see the new online ad by clicking HERE and share it widely!
  • Whether or not you have already donated, please go to the website and throw in a few more bucks.  Ask your local NWPC PAC to donate.  NWPC-CA already donated an additional $1500 to the campaign and local PACs can donate as well if they have the funds.

The good news is that all of the other statewide candidates endorsed by NWPC-CA appear likely to make it into top two and secure a spot in November.  The most vulnerable is our candidate for Governor.  We certainly need to continue working on many other races where we’ve endorsed great women.  But imagine the energy we would unleash for women candidates all over California if Delaine Eastin is on the ballot in November.  So please do what you can—even a few more dollars and a few hours of work will make a difference!

In Sisterhood,
Karen Humphrey
National Women’s Political Caucus of California

Watch Delaine’s latest ad: “Cutting the middle man out.”


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29 May

Veterans Update for Memorial Day

*** Jim Costa has been endorsed for CD-16 by the CDP ***

Dear Friend, 

Our servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, and their families sacrifice so much to keep us safe and protect our way of life. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to share some of the work I have been doing for our veterans, both in the San Joaquin Valley and in Washington, D.C.

Improving Veterans Services in Rural Communities 

Twenty-five percent of our nation’s veterans live in rural communities, which means they often face different challenges than veterans living in more urban areas. We in the Blue Dog Coalition recognize this, which is why our Task Force on Rural America held a hearing earlier this month to discuss how we can better serve our veterans in rural America. For the hearing, we had representatives from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) speak to the difficulties unique to veterans in rural areas, including access to quality health care and services supporting servicemembers’ transition to civilian life. The hearing was an important first step in an ongoing collaboration to ensure our veterans and their families get the benefits and justice they have earned, regardless of where they live.

 Rep. Costa at Blue Dog Rural America Task Force Hearing on Veterans Issues

Reducing Veterans Homelessness

For decades, I have been working to ensure that all of our veterans have a roof over their heads and access to the services they need. This requires us working together to address the complex causes of veterans homelessness as well as the more immediate issue of providing housing for veterans and their families. On May 11th, I was proud to see our hard work pay off when we opened the Renaissance at Parc Grove facility in Fresno. This is a 40-unit development of one and two-bedroom apartments designed specifically to serve our homeless and disabled San Joaquin Valley veterans.

Additionally, I have been working with my colleagues in Congress to fix problems in current laws that unintentionally make it more difficult for veterans to secure housing for themselves and their families. Last week, I signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 4099, a bipartisan bill that aims to ensure that homeless veterans with children are given the support necessary to secure shelter. Currently, homeless shelters are given federal funds for housing homeless veterans, but they are not given funds for also housing the veterans’ children. This leads to veterans with children having a more difficult time finding shelter than they otherwise would. H.R. 4099 adjusts the calculation to take into account the veterans’ children, which helps to ensure that our veterans with children are given a fair chance at securing shelter for themselves and their families.

Rep. Costa at ribbon-cutting for Renaissance at Parc Grove Veterans Home

Honoring Valley Veterans: 16th Central Valley Honor Flight 

Since 2005, the Central Valley Honor Flight Program has sent 16 groups of veterans to Washington, D.C. Each honor flight entails veterans from all over the Central Valley going to Washington to explore the Capitol and visit museums and memorials. It has been an honor year after year to meet with and support those who have defended our freedom during their honor flight. The Honor Flight is much more than a trip to Washington, D.C., it is a homecoming that every veteran deserves. From the greatest generation who served in World War II, to those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and the Iraq war, every veteran deserves to be welcomed, honored, and thanked in our nation’s capital for their sacrifices.

Rep. Costa with Central Valley Honor Flight Veterans

Commemorating Memorial Day

On Memorial Day every year, we come together as a nation to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives serving in our military. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to these heroes and their families who so selflessly answered the call of duty. Because they did, we are who we are today: a free and prosperous nation. As a grateful nation, we can never say thank you enough. I invite everyone in our Valley and across our country to join me in commemorating Memorial Day.

Click here for Rep. Costa’s Memorial Day Message:

Rep. Costa Memorial Day Message

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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25 May

Miller Campaign

*** No candidate for FCC District 3 has been endorsed by the CDP ***

The complete 4-part series of me talking about the campaign.

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25 May

For California’s girls & young women, proud to earn CA NOW endorsement

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

Dear Friend,

As a father to two daughters in public schools, I’m acutely aware of how important it is that our education system empowers young women and girls to use their voices, understand their choices, and aspire to any career they choose.

My daughters and all of California’s public school students are growing up in a new era for women in 2018, and our schools have got to be ready for it.  I’ve strongly supported legislation to improve reproductive education in public schools and provide more ethnic studies and civics education, and I’m authoring legislation to create funding for STEM courses for young women and girls of all backgrounds.

Will you support my efforts to help our schools better serve girls and young women?

I’m proud that California’s leading women’s advocacy organizations have unanimously supported me for Superintendent of Public Instruction, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice CA, and most recently the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW):

“As a father, social worker, educator, and public servant, Tony Thurmond has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to gender and racial equality. In the Assembly, Tony has been a strong supporter of legislation advancing equal pay, reproductive rights, and sexual health education in public schools. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony will continue working to ensure that all women and girls are fully and equally valued at home, at school, at work, and in government.”

– Kolieka Seigle, President of CA National Organization for Women (CA NOW) 

The Superintendent of Public Instruction also serves on the UC Board of Regents, CSU Board of Trustees, and California Community Colleges Board of Governors.  In those positions, I will be committed to working with survivors of campus sexual assault to implement critical reforms to keep our campuses safe. Working hand in hand with women, I’ll lead on issues of sexual harassment at our public schools and universities.

I’m running to provide great public education to California’s girls and young women, and all of our students.  With 11 days left before the primary election, will you donate to support my campaign today?

Thank you for your support in these critical days before the June 5 Primary Election!

Thank you,

Tony Thurmond

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