23 Jan

Representation Matters

Feminists and our allies continue to make tremendous strides in standing up to sexual harassment and assault, closing countless achievement gaps, and fighting for equal rights for women. With our state and nation fundamentally reevaluating how it values women in our society, there are still enormous challenges for women to overcome.

It’s made it even more apparent why we need more women in politics. Since California became a state in the 1850s, only 10 women have been elected to statewide office — and only two have been State Treasurer.

With Emerge California’s Class of 2018. Emerge is the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office.

As a woman, I’m proud to be running for State Treasurer and am honored to have the support of some truly remarkable leaders and organizations, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Women’s List, Planned Parenthood, and Emily’s List.

Will you join them in supporting me for State Treasurer?


Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

In solidarity,

Fiona Ma

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23 Jan

I Will Never Compromise on Roe v. Wade

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

Today we celebrate the anniversary of Roe vs Wade. It’s been 45 years since this seminal moment, and yet the battle for women to maintain this basic right is far from over. While many of my campaign staff and many of my supporters have lived their entire lives secure with the right to choose, I remember when women were forced to seek back alley abortions.

I am dismayed when I see some Democrats call for the party to endorse candidates who do not support the fundamental right of women to control our own bodies. They have bought into the false notion that such a compromise is necessary in conservative areas. That’s simply not true.

When I ran for the Assembly, I was running to replace a conservative Democrat, Alister McAlister, who didn’t support a woman’s right to choose.

At the time, the Democratic Party leadership was afraid that my run as a pro-choice liberal woman would risk turning the seat over to a Republican. Willie Brown initially declined to allow me to speak before the Democratic Caucus for an endorsement vote. It was only with the help of four prominent women and two male allies that I was able to go before the caucus. I earned the Democratic caucus endorsement and won the election, even after Republicans rolled in the store to try to defeat me.

Let me be clear, standing up for core values and fundamental rights is a winning strategy.

I will never compromise on a woman’s right to choose. I know the horrors that befell women before we had this right, and I will not subject today’s young women to such danger, fear, or devastation. Never again will we allow others to make decisions about our bodies.

In solidarity,


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23 Jan

Roe v. Wade

Today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a landmark decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court protecting women’s right to abortion. We can be proud of all that we have accomplished in California thus far and reflect on the obstacles we have yet to overcome.

Under Trump’s Administration, now more than ever we must fight to protect Roe vs. Wade and ensure that women have access to a full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

I am proud of my record of standing up for women’s rights and I am proud of having been honored by Planned Parenthood for my consistent leadership in advancing women’s reproductive rights. I have a 100% pro-choice voting record with Planned Parenthood and do not endorse candidates who would use their elected or appointed position to undermine choice.

As Attorney General I will continue to defend women’s rights, and fight any and all actions of the Trump Administration to undermine those rights.

So, today, let’s not only celebrate Roe vs. Wade but stand together in solidarity and fight for not only what we have achieved so far, but make greater strides to achieve universal healthcare coverage in California that expands access to quality reproductive healthcare services to all women.



California Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General

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23 Jan

Roe @ 45

On the 45th anniversary of the landmark case for women’s reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade, I want to take a moment to highlight California’s leadership in protecting both women’s rights and access to abortion – and our related work that continues.

I am proud to stand among those who lead the fight to ensure no one gets in the way of a woman making her own health care decisions. That’s why I’ll soon be defending California’s Reproductive FACT Act in the US Supreme Court. 

The Reproductive FACT Act ensures that women in California receive accurate information about their healthcare options, including whether a facility is a licensed medical provider. Information is power, and all women should have access to the information they need when making personal healthcare decisions.

And that’s why I led a fight in court to protect access to contraceptives. When the Trump Administration passed new policy to curb access to birth control, our legal effort led to a preliminary injunction, meaning the Administration was ordered to reverse course! 

That’s also why I stand with Planned Parenthood and am proud to have earned its endorsement in my bid to remain your Attorney General.

I am fully committed to defending women’s reproductive rights and ensuring continued access to health care for the hundreds of thousands of Californians who depend on support from organizations like Planned Parenthood.

All women in California have a right to make their own personal health care decisions and I will use every legal tool possible to protect these rights. 



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22 Jan

Harris Statement Opposing Stopgap Spending Bill

Kamala Harris

Harris Statement Opposing Stopgap Spending Bill


January 22, 2018

CONTACT: Tyrone Gayle,


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on her vote against the motion to invoke cloture on the stopgap spending bill:

“Our government made a promise to our Dreamers and it is long past time that we kept that promise. These are young people who are Americans in every respect except on paper. They have been waiting far too long to live securely in the only place they have ever called home.

“The Majority Leader’s comments last night fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill. I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word. I will do everything in my power to continue to protect Dreamers from deportation.

“It is also time that we stop governing from crisis to crisis and ensure that priorities critical to Californians are funded for the future. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a long-term solution that supports members of our military and national security priorities, funds children’s health insurance and community health centers, provides resources for those recovering from disasters like the California wildfires, and guarantees a future for young immigrants who are as American as all of us.”


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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

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