16 Feb

Convention Preview: Announcing Keynote Speakers

Convention Preview

For our 2018 California Democrats State Convention, we are proud and honored to announce these Keynote Speakers:

Maxine Waters

 United States House of Representatives

Kamala Harris

 United States Senate

Jeff Merkley

 United States Senate

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, United States House of Representatives

Tom Steyer

Founder & President, NextGen America

Lupe Valdez

Former Dallas County Sheriff

Democrat for Texas Governor

Eric Garcetti

Mayor, City of Los Angeles

These Keynote Speakers represent the best of what our Party stands for – thoughtful, inclusive and progressive leadership. We are honored and grateful to welcome them to our stage.

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16 Feb

I’m on Team Asif

Asif Mahmood

Dear Democrat,

I am proud to endorse Dr. Mahmood because he is the best prepared to serve as California’s next Insurance Commissioner.

Dr. Mahmood has been fighting on behalf of Californians for his entire 20-year career as a doctor — he has never charged a patient if they did not have insurance.

Once elected, Dr. Mahmood will continue to be a tireless advocate and a principled leader on Californians’ behalf. He is not beholden to special interests, which is why he is refusing campaign contributions from insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Mahmood knows how to fight for California consumers, plain and simple. That is why I am supporting him in this campaign.

Your support in these last few days before convention are critical. Please join me in supporting Dr. Mahmood with your endorsement vote.

I urge everyone to support my friend and fellow activist, Dr. Asif Mahmood for Insurance Commissioner.

Thank you for your support!


Betty T. Yee
California State Controller

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16 Feb

Breaking News

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16 Feb

“The Times They Are A-Changin'” 2018 Version

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16 Feb

Resistance with Results

Alex Padilla

Fellow Democrats,

Remember last year when Trump’s “voter fraud” commission tried to demand the personal information of all California voters? Trump’s motivation was clear- he wants to disenfranchise the people of color, young folks and working families who oppose his racist, reactionary agenda. In the face of this obvious sham, Secretary of State Alex Padilla called “BS”, and refused to play along with Trump’s erosion of democracy. Last month, Alex won, and the commission was shut down.

That’s who Alex Padilla is – a steadfast fighter for what’s right.

As a Legislator, Alex stood for justice in the workplace and the preservation of our environment.  He took on the health care industry with SB 1299, a bill to demand better workplace protections for California nurses. He had the vision to author SB 270, the bill that made California the first state in the nation to phase out single use plastic bags.

As Secretary of State, Alex Padilla is a key part of California’s Resistance.  Alex has led the charge to adopt and implement automatic voter registration and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds. And now with the Voters Choice Act, he’s giving Californians more convenient options for when, where, and how we cast our ballots, both key elements of our party’s progressive platform.

Please join me at Convention in supporting Alex Padilla for Secretary of State 2018 and keep building the Resistance with Results.

Whether it’s protecting our environment, voting rights, reproductive rights, healthcare for all, labor protections for working people, or educational opportunity, Alex Padilla has been there.

Now let’s be there for Alex. Click here to let me know that you’re joining me in endorsing Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.

Thank you,

Daraka Larimore-Hall

Vice-Chair California Democratic Party

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16 Feb

My Statement on Reducing Gun Violence in Schools

As a parent of two public school students, I am heartbroken for the families who lost their loved ones yesterday in Parkland, Florida, and for everyone who has been traumatized by so many school shootings this year. And I am angry, because I have so little faith in our Republican-controlled Congress and President to do anything to address the crisis of gun violence in our country.

In their total absence, we must take the safety of our kids into our own hands.

There are steps that we can take to help schools learn how to identify students and members of their school communities who are potential threats. California is one of few states that has an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) law, which allows law enforcement to temporarily remove weapons from the possession of individuals reported to pose extreme risk. This is very relevant to the tragedy in Florida, where teachers and students believed this young man to be a threat and knew that he had weapons in his possession.

I have been making progress in my Bay Area Assembly District to bring gun violence prevention programs to schools and youth organizations. We should provide these resources to every school district. I’m working to connect school districts across the state to training programs for addressing gun violence issues – click here to put your name on our list for more information and to share how your community is working to reduce school violence.

Another initiative of mine, which aims to address mental health more broadly in our student population but will also help to reduce risks that students pose to themselves and others, is a bill I introduced this week which provides schools with resources for in-school physical, social, and emotional services for students. I believe that all students, no matter their income and background, should have access to mental health services to support their success and safety.

I refuse to accept that there are no solutions to gun violence in schools. As a parent, I feel it is my duty to push for these reforms and additional changes to increase school safety.

I invite you to join the conversation – join our list for more information on the progress of our initiatives and to share your input. We are more effective together than alone when it comes to ending gun violence.

Thank you,

Tony Thurmond

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16 Feb

Consider Me Corporate Free

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

As most of you know, I have long expressed that our campaign finance system is a disaster, and Californians are sick and tired of having the best candidates money can buy. In California, unlike the federal level, corporations are able to donate directly to candidates for state office. Today, I am proud to share that I am joining the growing tide of democratic candidates around the country and declining ALL corporate donations.

I have been a longtime supporter of Common Cause and People for the American Way and experienced first hand the threat of big money on politics during my re-election campaign for State Superintendent in 1998.

Two weeks before the November election, David Packard donated $500,000 to the campaign of my opponent. At the time, it was the largest contribution ever made to a California politician. He was joined by Howard Ahmanson from Home Savings who donated $225,000 and John Walton of Walmart who kicked in $55,000. Three other wealthy corporate moguls brought the total contribution to over one million dollars.

The money was spent to attack me as a liberal, for having a “gay agenda” because she proudly touted endorsements from LGBTQ organizations, and for being a strong supporter of bilingual education.  It went to the campaign of a candidate that the Sacramento Bee characterized as “…not remotely qualified to hold this office”.

They thought they could take me out, but we fought back with a lot of small dollar donors, and I won. And that is how I will win our campaign to be your next governor. 

Will you help today with a contribution of $2.92 or more here? Every dollar makes a difference. Ask your friends and share our press release here.

You can also Make an Express Donation using your Act Blue Account:

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My dad always told me that you might as well shoot a dog as give it a bad name. California has the highest effective poverty rate in the country. People are understandably cynical. They want money out of politics. I support public funding of campaigns, but in the meantime, I am going entirely corporate free, and returning funds that do not meet this pledge, because it is the right thing to do. I am also continuing my pledge not to take money from Big Oil, Big Tobacco, or the Pharmaceutical Industry. 

Let’s win this!


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