22 Dec

re: Doug Jones

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Asif Mahmood

Alabama made history last night, electing their first Democratic U.S. Senator in more than 20 years.

Doug Jones’ historic win was a victory for decency and justice, and a clear referendum on Donald Trump’s regressive policies of hate.

Dr. Asif Mahmood is running for lieutenant governor to fight for the same progressive wave that’s sweeping all across our country after last night’s big win. We have to make the most of this momentum — now it’s our turn to make history in California.

Rush a contribution now to help Asif make history as California’s first Pakistani and first Muslim lieutenant governor, and show that Trump’s agenda has no place in our state or our country.

The victory in Alabama last night shows us that we have the power to make a real change in our communities, to shatter barriers and reject the conservative narrative of division coming out of Washington.

It’s clear that grassroots supporters across the country made last night’s victory possible, and we need to make sure Dr. Asif Mahmood has that same support going into 2018.

Yesterday it was Alabama making history — help make sure it’s California next year with your contribution to Dr. Asif Mahmood today.

Thanks for all you do,

Team Asif

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22 Dec

Help protect net neutrality

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

In just a few days, the FCC is expected to vote to completely end net neutrality —  fundamentally changing the way the internet works in America. That is bad, and that will hurt Californians.

Right now, all content on the internet is treated basically the same. But, if the FCC gets their way this week, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could chose what you see and how fast you see it — and those decisions could be made by corporations based on their politics and their profits.

Join me right now and add your name to our petition to tell the FCC that we need to protect Net Neutrality.

Here in California, we don’t need to be reminded just how important a free and open internet is to our economy and our way of life. When ISPs get to decide what you see, when you see it, and how quickly it loads on your screen, consumers lose.

If the FCC gets their way, our free and open internet will be a thing of the past. We can’t let that happen.

If you’re ready to stand up to the FCC and tell them to protect Net Neutrality, then add your name to our petition right now.

Thank you,


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22 Dec


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.



For Immediate Release

December 12, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Santa Ana Police Officers Association is the Latest to Join the Growing Coalition of Public Safety Support for Senator Ed Hernandez

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Coming off the heels of a recent endorsement from influential Latino organization, the Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee (MABA PAC), today State Senator Hernandez received a critical endorsement from the Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA).

In announcing their endorsement, Santa Ana Police Officers Association President Gerry Serrano released the following statement:

“The Santa Ana Police Officers Association proudly endorses Senator Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor. As a good government advocate and policy leader, he has dedicated his career to promoting public safety and improving our local communities. Law enforcement officers can trust him to ensure that we are equipped with the proper training and resources to keep our neighborhoods safe. We are fully confident that Senator Ed Hernandez is the best choice to lead California as our next Lt. Governor.”

Law enforcement and public safety organizations are rallying around Senator Hernandez’ campaign, and he’s earned endorsements from the following organizations:

  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
  • California Association of Law Enforcement Employees
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • San Jose Police Officers Association
  • El Monte Police Officers Association
  • Association of Special Agents – Department of Justice
  • Association of Deputy Commissioners
  • Fire Marshal and Emergency Services Association
  • Association of Criminalists for the California Department of Justice
  • California Association of Fraud Investigators
  • Association of Conservationist Employees
  • California Association of Regulatory Investors
  • Inspectors Association of Motor Carrier Operation Specialists
  • California Highway Patrol Public Safety Dispatchers Association
  • Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California
  • California Organization of Licensing Registration Examiners
  • California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents
  • Hospital Police Association of California
  • California Association of Criminal Investigators
  • Resource Protection Peace Officers Association
  • California Association of Food and Drug Investigators

Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:

Unshaken by big moneyed special interests, Hernandez not only has taken on Big Pharma but also fought Big Tobacco, as the architect of California’s landmark law to raise the state’s smoking age to 21.

In addition to today’s news, as of the June 30, 2017 fundraising deadline, Senator Hernandez had raised over $2 million for the statewide effort and has locked in far-reaching support across California.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.


Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:



Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 500 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and over 60 labor unions.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

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22 Dec


This email is a reminder to you, to Mark Your Calendar and plan to attend the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club’s 19th Annual Democrats in Action (DIA) Dinner, Program and Fundraiser on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Pardini’s.  The annual fundraiser is to help raise money to contribute to excellent Democratic candidates seeking local, state and federal offices.

The doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Tickets are $85.00 per person.  Tables of eight (8) for $680.00 will be available.  The opportunity to purchase Ads for the Program Booklet will also be avaliable.

The evening promises to be an enjoyable and memorable event.  Formal invitations and more information are forthcoming. Please share this email and encourage people to support this year’s DIA.

Please email or call me at (559) 276-2066 if you have questions or want/need more information.

Thank you,
Dottie Smith

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22 Dec

Standing with our DREAMers

Dear Friend,

Beginning in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children a legal way to remain in the U.S. to work or go to school for a two-year period. These hard-working individuals came into this country at an early age through no fault of their own, and America is the only home they have ever known. Since the program’s implementation, I have been a strong supporter of DACA protections for these young immigrants – our DREAMers – and of expanding the DACA program. DREAMers should be allowed to work, study, and contribute to their communities without fear of being ripped away from their families and their home. Protecting DREAMers is the fair, moral, and just thing to do.

Under the Trump Administration, the future of the DACA program was initially unclear. Accordingly, I joined many of my colleagues in Congress to make protecting DREAMers a top priority, and have consistently and unequivocally stood with DREAMers. Here is what I have done:

  • In January, I cosponsored the BRIDGE Act, which would provide 3 years of deferred action to DREAMers while Congress works towards comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In March, I spoke on the House floor, to push calling on the Administration to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to finally reform our nation’s broken immigration system. For years I have advocated for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to bring commonsense, fairness, and certainty to our immigration system. As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), I have worked with my colleagues to get this crucial reform through Congress.
  • In April and July, I joined my CHC colleagues in meeting with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss America’s immigration policy. Our message to Secretary Kelly was very simple: the U.S. must preserve the DACA program. We must allow these young people to continue contributing to our country while Congress works on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In August, I wrote to President Trump to urge him to continue DACA, and protect the program in court from ongoing lawsuits.
  • On Sept. 5, 2017, when the Administration announced it would terminate DACA following a 6-month delay, I took to the House floor to again stand with DREAMers, expressing my deep disappointment with the decision and reaffirming my determination to protect our DREAMers.
  • I sent a newsletter to my constituents to provide them with essential information and key deadlines for how to extend their DACA protections.
  • I joined my House colleagues in cosponsoring the Dream Act, a bill that would provide DREAMers with a legal status and put them on a path for earned citizenship.
  • I signed a discharge petition to force the Dream Act to the House floor for a vote, refusing to allow partisan politics to bury the legislation.


Rep. Costa calls for a Vote on the DREAM Act on the House Floor

It is immoral to continue to allow our DREAMers to live in fear and uncertainty. These young people are our neighbors – many of them are students – and they are woven into the fabric of America. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, we have roughly 500 DREAMers attending Fresno State and approximately 545 attending UC Merced. Protecting DREAMers is not only the right thing to do, it is the American thing to do. Congress must act, and I will continue to fight for our DREAMers and for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

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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