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17 May
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“Animals”

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

On November 9th, 2016, many of us woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land; abandoned by Donald Trump’s dark vision for the future of America – one that included some, and excluded many.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny and embraced a resistance fueled by diversity and inclusivity.

Last night San Diego joined the majority of Californians in supporting SB54, which protects immigrant families and keeps our communities safe.

Yesterday, Trump brought a gaggle of Republican, anti-immigrant politicians from California to the White House, to plot against the policies that keep all of our residents safe.

The entire meeting was disappointing, but when President Trump called immigrants “animals,” it became offensive.

We can’t stand for it, and we don’t have to. Chip in $10 to my campaign and I’ll make sure Trump hears of our California values every remaining day of his ill-conceived presidency.

Our hardworking immigrant families aren’t “animals”, Mr. President.

The families you’re tearing apart are people, just like you. No matter how hard you try, you can’t strip away their humanity.

Mr. President, you’re lying through your teeth because you’re terrified Republicans will lose control of Congress. I have news for you: California — the largest state in the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy — will make sure they do.

We will not allow this one electoral aberration to reverse decades of California’s progress. Not at the height of our historic diversity, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

I’m running for U.S. Senate to build an economy that works for everyone, expand Medicare for all, and give all students a chance to achieve their dreams so future generations can thrive. This vision for the future of California isn’t just mine, it’s ours.

Chip in $10 right now to help us achieve our visions together:

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In solidarity,
Kevin

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17 May
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Recap: Dave Jones proves he is most qualified for Attorney General

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones continued to gain momentum in the Attorney General race during Tuesday two debates.

Jones, Becerra, Early and Bailey participate in two debates on Tuesday

Insurance Commissioner and Attorney General candidate Dave Jones, along with appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Republican candidates Eric Early and Steven Bailey, participated in two separate debates on Tuesday in Southern California, with each getting an opportunity to speak about their priorities if elected.

And if one thing became clear after Tuesday’s debates, it’s that Jones — the only candidate who has led a statewide law enforcement and consumer protection agency for over seven years — is the best qualified to lead the Attorney General’s office.

Tuesday’s first debate was hosted by the BizFed Institute in Los Angeles County and the second was hosted by the University of California Riverside School of Public Policy in Riverside.

Jones set the tone for the day from the outset, and never let up, continuing to point to Becerra’s shortcomings as current Attorney General. He opened each debate with a quote from the San Jose Mercury News editorial endorsing his candidacy:

“We had higher hopes for Becerra when he was appointed. But, beyond his legal challenges to Trump, he’s often been a huge disappointment. In contrast, Jones understands the multiple demands of the office and will provide much-needed political independence. State residents deserve nothing less.”

– San Jose Mercury News Editorial, April 19, 2018

“I would bring the same lawsuits against the Trump administration, but there is more to the office of Attorney General than suing President Trump,” Jones added.

Jones noted Becerra’s failure to seize guns from 10,000 individuals barred law from possessing firearms due to their criminal records or due to mental illness. And Becerra’s delay in implementing a database needed to prevent opioid prescription overdoses. And Becerra’s failure to join in the litigation against ExxonMobile for lying about climate change. Jones also challenged Becerra over his acceptance of campaign contributions from oil, insurance, and tobacco companies.

Jones pointed to a number of examples where Becerra has failed to do the job of Attorney General. He described the differences between the two candidates as “quite profound,” including his opposition to the Death Penalty and Becerra’s support for the Death Penalty. Jones also pointed out Becerra’s failure to uphold the laws that require zoning for homeless shelters and affordable housing as an example of Becerra falling short on his responsibilities.

“Guess what? The attorney general is not enforcing that law,” Jones said.

Jones said that his top priority if elected Attorney General would be criminal justice reform, which includes creating re-entry and rehabilitation programs for those exiting the criminal justice system, as well as providing them with education and job training.

“We have to set these people up for success in order to keep them from re-victimizing and reoffending,” Jones said.

The June 5 election is only 20 days away. The top-two finishers will advance to the run-off. Jones will advance to the run-off for the Attorney General office in November. Once again, Republican Steve Bailey failed to tell voters at either debate that he has been charged with 11 counts of judicial misconduct from his days on the bench.

Jones has challenged the three other candidates to participate in six debates across California. Tuesday’s debates are the only two that the other candidates have agreed to so far.

 

Read more about or watch Tuesday’s debates!

 

Check out the LA Times story HERE.

Check out the Recorder story HERE.

Watch the BizFed Institute debate HERE.

Watch the UC Riverside debate HERE.

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17 May
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Can you help?

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Our last filing deadline before election day is coming up on Saturday, and we’ve set a goal of 100 new contributions by midnight on Saturday. Can you chip in to help us meet our goal?

Our campaign continues to earn support across the state, including new endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Santa Cruz Sentinal, the West L.A. Democratic Club, and the California Small Business Association.

Thanks to your ongoing support we are communicating with voters about these important endorsements, and my decades long record of public service that includes fighting for consumers, combatting fraud, defending civil rights, and refusing to accept contributions from tobacco, oil, and insurance companies.

We are on our way to victory, but need your additional support to get there. Please click here to contribute today so Californians can have a fighter, not a follower, in their corner!

 

In friendship,

Dave Jones

California Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General

P.S. You can see one of our digital ads here!

Or, watch on YouTube here!

Your generosity will help us continue to engage voters with these ads until election day.

 

Dave Jones for Attorney General

“A Fighter, Not a Follower.”

www.davejones2018.com

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17 May
0

News Update from Congressman Costa

Dear Friends,

As we celebrated Mother’s Day this past weekend, I wanted to say thank you to all the mothers who contribute so much to our Valley. My mother always emphasized the importance of education and helping your fellow neighbor, which is something that has powerfully influenced me over the years. With this in mind, I would like to share with you some of the things I have done recently to serve our San Joaquin Valley. 

Fighting for Valley Water 

In my ongoing work to bring more safe and reliable water to our Valley, I introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives last week: H.R. 5726, the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act. I was joined by California Congressmen Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), and Tom McClintock (R-CA-4) on this bipartisan legislation, which aims to resolve a technicality that impedes structural and operational improvements of water reservoirs and prevents reservoirs from functioning as efficiently as possible.

This bill is a commonsense solution to a problem that will dramatically improve water storage for eastern Merced County. Merced Irrigation District has been trying to raise the spillway gates at New Exchequer Dam to increase the carryover storage capacity of Lake McClure for years, but cannot move forward without updated operations guidelines and flood information. This project, when complete, will increase water supplies for eastern Merced County by 57,000 acre-feet during some years. As you know, every acre-foot of additional water is vital to sustain our agricultural production and to the future of our community. Merced Irrigation District is willing to pay to update the information and move the project forward, but the Army Corps of Engineers, which regulates Exchequer, indicated that the law prohibits it from accepting these non-federal funds to advance the project. This is absurd, and I introduced the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act to remove this ridiculous obstacle from hindering progress in securing more water for our Valley. I will continue to work with my colleagues to improve water supplies for the Valley, and I will fight to pass this bill and increase water supplies for Merced County.

Video

Click here to watch Congressman Costa’s speaking on H.R. 5726, the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act

 

Leading on Trade for California Agriculture 

Last Monday, I led other California members of the House of Representatives in calling on the Administration to replace its tariffs with a longer-term, more strategic, allied approach for addressing unfair or unbalanced trade practices. We all want to secure American jobs and increase opportunity in the U.S. economy. Yet, raising far-reaching tariffs will do just the opposite. It will lead to a trade war that will only harm Valley farmers and our agricultural economy.

In our message, we expressed deep concern over the $3 billion worth of retaliatory tariffs China has imposed on more than 80 agriculture products since President Trump raised tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on March 8th. In 2017 alone, California exported approximately $28.5 billion in products to China. We made clear that the tariffs “will not effectively advance our shared goal of changing China’s harmful practices and ultimately will impact both rural and urban businesses in California and across the nation.”

For our entire message to the Administration, click here.

I have urged the Administration to rethink its approach since early March, when the Administration’s plans to raise steel and aluminum tariffs became public.California farmers and ranchers earned roughly 44% of their total revenue from international trade in 2016. California agriculture will likely feel the most intense and direct pain from these tariffs, but this pain will radiate across the country. Manufacturers, processors, merchants, and farmers will face negative impacts to their businesses as foreign markets close, which will cost us both American jobs and profits. To address trade imbalances, increase the number of American jobs, and strengthen our economy through trade, we should work in a bipartisan manner to modernize NAFTA and renegotiate trade agreements with our European and Pacific Rim allies.

Click here for my speech to the House of Representatives: No One Wins a Trade War

Preparing for Wildfire Season 

Wildfire season is now upon us. As we in California know all too well, wildfires can devastate our forests, our mountains, and our communities. Building on the wildfire prevention work with Governor Brown, I participated in the Wildfire Outlook Briefing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, which was hosted by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. It is essential that we continue to collaborate on how to best prepare for and defend against wildfires. Together, we can continue to explore the best solutions and ensure our firefighters have the resources to continue protecting lives and defending homes and businesses.

Understanding the Cybersecurity Needs of Victims of Crime

The internet is now part of our daily lives: from how we communicate and connect with friends and family, to how we work, play, travel, and conduct business. Because of these technological advancements, we are more productive and more interconnected than ever. Unfortunately, some use these new tools and technological capabilities to exploit and harm. At an increasing rate, perpetrators of violence also use technology to violate a victim’s privacy, engage in stalking or bullying, steal a victim’s money or identity, or tarnish their victim’s reputation online. As a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, I led a forum on cybersecurity and victims of violent crime to increase our awareness and understanding of where technology and its use against victims intersect. We need to ensure the good work that we have done to protect victims’ rights and serve survivors applies to victims and survivors of cybercrimes as well. 

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 costa.house.gov 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.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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16 May
0

Pizza

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

We often send you emails asking for $3.

You might wonder: how does such a small contribution help me win this campaign?

Each dollar sends a message, and each dollar is spent on supplies for communicating with voters, and travel expenses so that I can hear from and share ideas with as many California voters as possible.

Your $3 turns into campaign literature, phone banking supplies, or the one true fuel of grassroots campaigns: pizza.

So, yes, truly, your $3 contribution is critical to my chances of winning this campaign. That’s why I’m asking again: please chip in $3.

There are only 21 days left until our primary on June 5.

If everyone reading this email chipped in $3 dollars, we’d have enough money to reach every California voter with our progressive message.

So we’re setting an ambitious goal: 2,000 contributions before June 5.

I know we can hit this goal together — please chip in $3 right now, or encourage your friends to give.

Unlike my opponents, this is a grassroots campaign, and small dollar contributions are what keep us going.

 

Thank you for everything,

Kevin

 

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15 May
0

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15 May
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Fight back against false attacks on Tony Thurmond

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

Friend,

We will not stand by while Tony’s record of fighting for kids is undeservedly attacked by billionaires who are using their wealth to advance their own agenda to privatize public schools.

In an open letter to the billionaires, four elected officials who know Tony and who represent public school families in West Contra Costa County set the record straight and demanded the removal of the radio ad making these false attacks against Tony. They said it best:

“Shame on you billionaires who are spending your wealth attacking a man who we should all be proud of.  Instead of being for positive change you have chosen to use your wealth to denigrate a man who has overcome adversity to fight for California’s children.”

Read the full letter from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, San Pablo Mayor Genoveva Garcia Calloway, and West Contra Costa School Board Member Madeline Kronenberg.

You can fight back too.  Tony’s campaign is funded by the people, not the billionaires.  Will you contribute to Tony’s people-powered campaign today?

>>> Donate $100

>>> Donate $250

>>> Donate $500

Your contribution helps us keep Tony’s positive, truthful campaign commercials up on TV for more time and deliver more campaign literature to volunteers across California before the June 5 election.

Thank you for supporting Tony and spreading the word.  We won’t let the billionaires mislead California’s voters – Tony Thurmond is the best candidate for all of California’s kids.

Thank you,

Team Tony

 

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