29 Mar

We’ll see them in court

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***Alex Padilla

We were hoping for the best, but the worst has happened. The Trump administration has decided to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 decennial Census.

The stakes are high. We know from history that questioning the citizenship of every person in America will discourage and intimidate non-citizens from participating in the census. A census undercount would cost California billions in federal funding for the next decade. That means less critical funding for healthcare, education, infrastructure, housing, and more.

More importantly, a population undercount would lead to California having less representation through the reapportionment process — literally diminishing our voice in Congress.

The law is clear. Federal law and the Constitution are clear: the decennial Census is supposed to obtain an accurate count of our country’s population. That means the census is supposed to count everyone, including non-citizens.

We will fight. We appealed to the Department of Commerce, but the administration has chosen to ignore science, common sense, and the Constitution. We have no choice but to challenge this decision in court.

Yesterday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and I announced that California has filed suit challenging this flawed decision.

WATCH my interview yesterday on MSNBC, where I outlined how Trump’s census question is against the law.

I know we shouldn’t be surprised. This decision is a continuation of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and agenda. But that doesn’t make it right.

We will continue to fight.

Thank you for your support,

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State


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28 Mar

I marched

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

Last week Republicans in Congress once again caved to the NRA, failing to use the power of their majority to pass critical gun control legislation as part of the omnibus spending bill.

Democrats are not faultless — they refused to use their leverage to demand reforms, too.

Studies and polls all show that Americans are ready for serious action on gun control. Support for universal background checks in America is nearly unanimous, yet Congress still fails to act.

The brave and heroic Parkland high school students have moved our nation to March for Our Lives, and to vote in November.

I pledge to stand by them every step of the way, and to be a thorn in the NRA’s side every day. These kids deserve common sense gun reforms like universal background checks, period.

Please chip in $3 to my campaign so we can accomplish that vision in the US Senate.

Background checks aren’t just about guns — they need to cover anyone looking to purchase what actually fuels these massacres – ammunition.

That’s why I’m proud we passed legislation requiring background checks on the sale of ammunition in the state of California, and why I won’t stop until we pass the same kind of law nationwide.

MIchael, we both know how dysfunctional Washington, DC is right now. But the future leaders of our nation are speaking up, and we’re standing with them.

It’s time for Congress to stand up to the NRA. Chip into my campaign for US Senate, and I’ll do everything in my power to get this done.

Let’s keep marching,


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Kevin De León for Senate (ID# C00658773)
3605 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 426
Long Beach CA 90807 United States

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28 Mar


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


For Immediate Release

March 27, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


State Senator Ed Hernandez Wins Backing from Paramount Women’s Health Organization, Signifies Increasing Momentum in Statewide Contest

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Marking one of his most influential and impactful endorsements yet, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez earned the highly coveted support of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

Widely recognized as the nation’s premier women’s health care organization, support from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California carries substantial weight with voters across California. Since his election to the State Legislature in 2006, Hernandez has authored several critical reproductive health bills and earned 100% on every PPAC scorecard.

In making public their endorsement, Crystal Strait, CEO/President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, released the following statement:

“As a health care provider himself, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Planned Parenthood health centers. Dr. Hernandez has been a fierce advocate to protect Planned Parenthood funding and has worked to expand Medi-Cal eligibility.”

Strait added, “At this crucial time when access to women’s health care is under constant attack, we need bold, tough and experienced leadership in California. PPAC is honored to endorse candidates who not only support Planned Parenthood, but are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that millions of patients who rely on our services won’t be turned away.”

Senator Hernandez expressed his gratitude for the endorsement by remarking:

“Our nation is facing great division and uncertainty, particularly with the Trump Administration and its allies in Washington intent on stripping millions of vulnerable people of their ability to access necessary health care. I believe now, more than ever, California needs to set an example for the rest of the country that health care is a human right.

“I’m deeply grateful to have this endorsement from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California because they’re our nation’s premier state organization when it comes to protecting women’s reproductive health care. As a health care provider, I strongly believe that we must guarantee safe and legal access to reproductive health services, including abortion, for all Californians. It’s why I have consistently voted in the State Legislature to protect abortion rights and I have authored legislation to ensure that reproductive rights are covered in private and public health plans. As California’s next Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to advocate for the protection and expansion of reproductive rights, access to health services, and comprehensive sexual education in our public schools. I look forward to partnering closely with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in my campaign and beyond.”

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

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.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

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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28 Mar

Witty, Sharp and Pragmatic

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

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

Last night, Delaine took the stage at USC in Los Angeles for the first televised gubernatorial debate, hosted by USC and NBC, and in the words of one viewer, she crushed it. Give Delaine a ‘high 5’ with a contribution of $5 or more here today.

Here are some of the top tweets of the night:

@bl00dmeat: In this garbage era of American politics, it’s been hard to really back a political candidate for any kind of election, but seeing @DelaineEastin on #Debate4CA was really refreshing and gave me a lot of hope as a future educator.

@Cormac: @DelaineEastin is the only candidate I trust to speak for our generation.

@Daren_CA: There’s a great choice for governor staring us in the face, California. Delaine Eastin is the real deal. Delaine Eastin has made her career fighting for children and families, breaking glass ceilings and refusing to participate in the #pay2play schemes that dominate CA politics.

@omeedboghraty: Watching @DelaineEastin on #debateforCA and she has my vote for governor. So badass and go offfff

@foodwoolf: @DelaineEastin I’ve never been more excited to cast my vote for Governor. Your corporate-free race, platform, experience in government service and wisdom inspire me. Go Get Em!!!!

@SBfut3: @DelaineEastin reminded me a bit of my beloved Ann Richards — cuts right through the B.S.

And of course, this perfectly sums up the candidate we all know and love:

@NoamtheLeader: Yes! Witty, sharp and pragmatic.

Sadly, the newspapers focused their coverage on the one candidate who attended a high priced fundraiser instead of the debate. In fact, the LA Times managed to mention every candidate except Delaine because she focused on the issues and didn’t take shots at the other candidates.

Show the newspapers what you think by making a contribution today for the candidate who consistently “cuts through the b.s.” to speak for us all.

Thank you all for your passion and support. Your recent donations have helped us get 20,000 views and counting in the past week on Delaine’s bio video. Together, we truly can do this.

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28 Mar

Little did I know

Kamala Harris

When I launched my campaign for Senate back in 2015, I promised to be “a fighter for the next generation on the critical issues facing our country.” Little did I know that three years later I’d be marching alongside the next generation, witnessing such a powerful demonstration of activism and inclusivity.

It reminded me of my parents marching and shouting during the Civil Rights Movement while my sister and I were in our strollers. It reminded me of my time in college when I’d go down to the National Mall to protest apartheid in South Africa.

Young people have always been our future — pushing us in the right direction. Decades ago, it was John Lewis and Diane Nash organizing and marching for civil rights. Today, it’s the Dreamers, students from Stoneman Douglas High School, and so many others teaching us a lesson in courage and determination.

I intend to stand with them every step of the way. That includes fighting to elect more leaders this November who will do the same. I know the Republicans and the gun lobby will spend endless amounts of dark money to stop us, but I also know they won’t stand a chance if you’re with us.

Make a contribution before our first, official FEC fundraising deadline to ensure I have the resources to help Democrats take back Congress and stand with our youth:

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Or, contribute an amount that’s meaningful to you.

I was proud to join the March for Our Lives in Los Angeles this weekend, where I saw the contagious optimism of these kids with my own eyes. I genuinely believe they’re going to be the generation that ends the gun violence epidemic — and will solve many issues our government has failed to address.

Thanks for everything you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

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28 Mar

Sierra Forward Endorses Jessica Morse

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Embargoed for Release at 6;00PM PDT today:

Sierra Forward Endorses Jessica Morse for Congress in the 4th CD

For more information contact:                                                                     Les Francis, Sierra Forward Campaign Manager


                                     Phone; 202-744-6822

Emphasizing the need to unify and get on with the task of defeating five-term Congressman and lifelong politician Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), Sierra Forward today announced its support for the Democratic frontrunner, Jessica Morse, of Pollock Pines.

Rochelle Wilcox (of Roseville), herself a candidate in the 4th district until she suspended her campaign late last year and who is now a member of the Sierra Forward Leadership Team, says of Ms. Morse, “Jessica’s character was revealed at a young age, when she committed her life to service. First, she traveled to Nepal and Ethiopia to help improve the lives of people there. Then she joined US AID, to support its critical mission in war-torn Iraq. After that, she went to graduate school studying ways that America can play a constructive role in the world, and then gained a prestigious fellowship advising our military in the Pacific. She has done more for our country and humanity in the past fifteen years than most people do in a lifetime.”

Wilcox went on to blast Republicans in control of Congress, saying that, “They have rammed through a billionaires’ tax cut, ignored our desperate need for infrastructure spending, sabotaged the Affordable Care Act, started to sell off treasured public lands, opened the gateway to expanded off-shore drilling and reduced protection of our shores and waterways. To reverse these outrages and prevent future assaults on our way of life, we need to put Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives.”

Declaring that “Sierra Forward’s commitment to change is stronger than ever,” former Regina Bateson supporter, contributor and fundraiser Corley Phillips of Granite Bay, who now heads Sierra Forward’s Finance Committee, continued “California is under attack by both the White House and Congress, and McClintock is aiding and abetting that effort.  It’s time we got better representation for the 4th district!” Phillips went on to warn, however, that “We won’t be able to do that if we continue to fight among ourselves. It is time to unite and to get on with the task of beating Tom McClintock! That is why I am in support of Sierra Forward’s decision to fully embrace Jessica Morse’s candidacy for Congress.”

Reflecting her years as a progressive political activist, including service as Bob Derlet’s campaign manager in his race for Congress in 2016, Kate Scott (Lincoln), Vice Chair of Sierra Forward, declared, “Democrats are bound together by values that matter to us—equal opportunity for all, health care as a right, clean air and water, and a government that works for all of us. Sometimes we argue about how best to achieve those goals, but we never abandon those values.” Turning to the 2018 midterm election, Ms. Scott said, “We have new excitement and more energy this year. And we have unanimous agreement on the need to replace Tom McClintock, and to send him back to Southern California. For that reason, I am delighted that Sierra Forward has decided to get behind Jessica Morse at this early juncture and to give her the boost that will help put her over the top on June 5.”

“We all recognize that winning in this district won’t be easy,” said Sierra Forward’s Campaign Manager, Les Francis (Camino), but we have research that shows it is entirely possible—only 35% of district voters support the reelection of the incumbent; volunteer support for the effort is greater than anyone has ever seen before. It is doable.” He then added, “But the sooner we get on with the campaign against McClintock the better. The longer the intramural fight continues, the more negativity that gets injected into the conversation, the tougher our task becomes. It is time to end the division and it is time to unite behind Jessica Morse. She is the endorsed candidate. She is the best candidate. And she will be the winning candidate!”

Sierra Forward is a ten county, congressional district-wide campaign organization devoted solely to defeating Rep. McClintock and replacing him with a Democrat. Because of its work, and the strength of Ms. Morse’s campaign to date, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), has elevated the 4th district race to its list of targeted campaigns in California.



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27 Mar


*** Ricardo Lara has been endorsed for Insurance Commissioner by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

March 27, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Southern California Armenian Democrats Says Ricardo Lara is “True Friend of Armenian Community”

LONG BEACH, CA– Securing more critical support in the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara garnered the endorsement of the Southern California Armenian Democrats, the largest Armenian-American Democratic club in California.

In a statement released following the announced endorsement, SCAD President Arthur Charchian exclaimed:

“Throughout his political career, Ricardo Lara has been a true friend of the Armenian community as well as a progressive champion for working families. From passing anti-discrimination legislation, to authoring single-payer health care bill SB 562, he has consistently provided a voice for the voiceless in our communities. Southern California Armenian Democrats are proud to endorse his campaign for Insurance Commissioner and we are confident that he will continue to be a strong voice for Armenian-Americans.”

Recently, Senator Lara released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.

To view the video ad, titled “Every Single Californian,” click here.

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch.

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 the following partial list:

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. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
  • U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • 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 Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
  • 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
  • Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
  • San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez
  • Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith
  • 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 Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall
  • 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
  • Labor Leader and United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
  • 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
  • United Farm Workers of America
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP)
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
  • California Association of Professional Scientists’ (CAPS)
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • 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
  • L.A. Community College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521
  • Association of California State Supervisors
  • UDW/AFSCME Local 3930


  • California Democratic Party
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • LGBTQ Victory Fund
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles (DFI-LA)
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Long Beach Young Democrats




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