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18 Jan
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Trump threatens California, Again

Alex Padilla

SFGate | January 17, 2018

Trump continues to hate on California and lash out with threats against California families and our immigrant communities.

It is no secret that Trump is divisive, racist, and anti-immigrant — or is he just against immigrants from “certain” countries? Remember his blatantly racist comments just last week?

This week, Trump is threatening to punish California by conducting major sweeps in the Bay Area in response to our adoption of humane sanctuary laws. I refuse to let California communities be terrorized by the spiteful and vindictive racist who currently sits in the Oval Office.

If you’re with me, make a $5 contribution to my reelection campaign so I can continue to fight against Trump’s dangerous agenda.

These raids and Trump’s decision to end DACA are cruel. But California leaders will continue to resist and stand up to him.

In California, we recognize that immigrants are helping our state and our economy flourish. Trump’s ego is threatened by it, so it’s no surprise that he’s lashing out. But we will continue to stand together.

That’s why I’m asking: can you please chip in $5 to my reelection campaign? As the son of immigrants, I know firsthand how hard immigrants work and how they help make California great.

 

Thank you,

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

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18 Jan
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A Point-by-point Takedown of McClintock’s Latest Opinion Piece

A Point-by-point Takedown of McClintock’s Latest Opinion Piece

Jan 18, 2018 12:45 am

On Tuesday, right-wing outlet The Washington Examiner published an opinion piece by Tom McClintock. We found the substance and timing of this article insensitive given the national uproar surrounding Trump’s “shithole” comments. McClintock has yet to provide any response, and his silence can only be interpreted as support for the President’s racist position on immigration.

It should also be noted that as our nation celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., McClintock was conspicuously absent and made no remarks to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King online, or via email.

For those of us who have listened to McClintock’s comments regarding immigration at town hall meetings, this behavior comes as no surprise. We remember how in March of last year, he suggested to Doris Romero, one of our local DREAMers, that she should “return to her own country and apply for admission the way millions of legal immigrants have done for generations.” We also recall his frequent comments insisting that immigrants “assimilate” to American culture. This of course, is code-speak for conforming to an Alt-right, white monoculture.

Passing a clean DREAM Act is of paramount importance to Tom’s constituency and we have expressed our desire for him to do the right thing with great frequency, urgency, and in great numbers. Despite our efforts, he maintains his hard-line stance supporting white nationalism. Tom may not be a racist, but he does a damn good job supporting racists.

And so, with DREAMers, immigration, and CHIP renewal at the top of our collective list of national priorities, Tom decided this was a good time to say something in support of Trump’s Tax Scam. As much as we’d like to ignore his divisive words and let his opinion remain unnoticed and forgotten alongside his empty-chamber speeches and Breitbart articles, we cannot let this contemptible work of propaganda go unanswered.

Here we gooooo!!!

“As the tax reform bill entered its final consideration in December, one congressional Democrat confided to a colleague that the reason they so vehemently opposed it was that they were afraid it would work.”

Or MAAAAYBE it’s because we all knew we were about to get screwed:

“With the bill now signed into law over unanimous Democratic opposition, every family is about to find out.”

Wheee! Grab your ankles America!!!

“According to polls, most people believe it will mean tax increases and a declining standard of living for middle-class families.”

Maybe the people taking these polls know how to read. Every independent analysis of your Tax Scam calls this a turd.

They believe it because that’s what the Democratic machine…”

Okay, stop. Way to dehumanize half the country, you hypocrite. Tell us more about how we should be “TALKING WITH each other and not SHOUTING AT each other.” Your ceaseless attempts to villainize anyone who opposes your extreme right-wing ideology and drive divisions within our communities have brought our district to the brink of tribalism.

That’s us alright. A lean, mean, social justice MACHINE!!

“They believe it because that’s what the Democratic machine and the left-stream media have told them.”

BULLSHIT. We believe it because that’s what we’ve been told by the virtually every independent analysis of the bill.

“It will be hard to maintain that narrative, or preserve a shred of political credibility, if people perceive that their paychecks are growing”

Growing relative to what? It’s hard to be grateful for a pittance when you’re sending massive, strip-mining sized dump trucks full of million dollar bills to the uber-rich.

“companies across America began announcing bonuses, pay raises, and major new investment plans”

Haven’t really seen much evidence of people getting raises as a result of the Tax Scam. Yes, there were some highly-touted and well-timed one-time bonuses announced to great fanfare as a part of the GOP’s PR push, but we all know the truth. Companies are loath to provide raises if they don’t absolutely have to as it hurts their projections and subsequently, their stock price.

Besides, companies were already flush with domestic cash and their stock values were at all-time highs before the Tax Scam. If they were going to give out raises and invest in new jobs, they would’ve already done so. Remember this gem?

“A variety of calculators are already available on the Internet so that every family can see for themselves whether they personally benefit from the tax cuts. (Check out taxplancalculator.com for a quick glimpse at how your family benefits)

You can’t be serious. Some sketchy, janky-ass calculator made by conservative wingnut Maxim Lott? Executive producer for John freaking Stossel?? Okay, setting aside the horrible design, the fact that this calculator doesn’t provide projections for future years says all we need to know. You’re trying your best to get everyone to focus on a small, shiny object while ignoring how we just lost a TON of tax deductions, including costs incurred from natural disasters like wildfire. Then, you hope we’ll overlook the fact that our taxes WILL GO UP once these cuts expire in 2025. Nice try.

“Even in my over-taxed home state of California,”

Okay, stop. FIRST of all, our state isn’t overtaxed. WE voted for the propositions that require those taxes, and WE continue to elect representatives put those taxes in place. If we had a problem with taxes, we would’ve done something about it.

SECOND, California is now the 5th largest economy in the world (having recently passed Great Britain after their misguided Brexit) and people keep moving here. In fact, across a broad array of metrics, California continues to lead the nation. Yeah, we’ve got our problems, but it’s not like we have the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world or anything.

THIRD, stop bashing our home. If you’ve got a problem with our state, then we suggest you leave your weird, gated, man-made lake community in Elk Grove (you don’t even live in your own district!) and move to Kansas. You’ll love it there.

We love California and would appreciate you not talking shit about it at every opportunity.

“The rate reductions in the final bill more than compensate for limitations on state and local tax deductions for almost every family.”

Your friend Maxim’s after school project said I’ll save $54 each year, but only for a few years until the cuts expire, then my taxes go up. So, thanks? Let’s just hope there aren’t any more wildfires, earthquakes, or mudslides IN CALIFORNIA.

“lower rates and the take-home pay will jump – even before accounting for the surge in wages that always accompanies an economic expansion.”

You must think we’re idiots. We just had one of the largest & longest periods of economic expansion in our nation’s history, yet wages stagnated.

“By spring, most economists expect a significant burst in economic growth”

Is this how you do propaganda? You just make shit up and hope people believe you? Forbes (not exactly a bastion of liberalism) reports that most economists say the opposite.

“resulting from stranded offshore capital being repatriated because U.S. tax barriers have come down”

We tried this back in 2004, remember? Only a handful of companies repatriated cash holdings and most of the money was used for stock buy-backs and and to pay dividends to wealthy investors. Oh… They also laid off a ton of people.

“In addition to claiming tax reform will produce only middle-class misery and economic malaise,”

Layoffs and store closings last month:

  • Carrier: 215
  • Walmart: 3,000
  • Sam’s Club: 63 stores, 9,000
  • GE: 12,000
  • AT&T: 1,300
  • Macy’s: 10,000
  • Tenet Healthcare: 2,000
  • Allergan: 1,000
  • UAMS: 600
  • Humana: 2,700
  • Pfizer: 300
  • GoPro: 254+
  • ArcelorMittal: 150
  • Northrop Grumman: 82
  • Capital One Financial: 130
  • Wells Fargo: 800 locations
  • Flextronics Americas: 138
  • Absolute Plastics: 100
  • Sodexo: 450 (announced today)

“Democrats have also maintained that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.” 

3.2 MILLION more uninsured since Trump took office. 13 million more as a result of the Tax Scam.

“Because the tax reform removes the stiff tax penalties levied against 6.5 million families who chose not to purchase over-priced Obamacare policies.”

Right, but instead of helping, you forced families to make a Sophie’s Choice resulting millions of Americans taking huge risks by dropping coverage. Meanwhile, those who need coverage the most will see premiums go way up as a result of lower-risk folks dropping out.

Everyone has a body. > Health is temporary. > Everyone needs healthcare. Like interstate highways or national defense, healthcare is a universal need.

“These families will now have that money available to meet their needs according to their own judgment.”

You make it sound like life before the Affordable Care Act was awesome.

Here’s a better idea. Let’s “promote the general welfare” and join every other industrialized nation on the planet with Universal Health Care. Why are we funneling billions into the profit margins of middleman insurance companies?

“13 million Americans now coerced into buying Obamacare plans will choose cheaper alternatives since the mandate is repealed.”

Cheaper alternatives? Do you mean like this??

Hundreds of people line up in the early morning to attend a free health clinic. – 2016

And what have you done to help families who can’t afford these mysterious “cheaper alternatives?” NOTHING!!

“This invites the question, if Obamacare is so wonderful, why must we force families to buy it?”

Nobody said the Affordable Care Act was wonderful, but it was better than nothing which is exactly what you delivered. Nothing. Everyone agreed it needed work and overall it was moving in the right direction, but providing for the general welfare of our nation was simply more than you could bear.

And if 6.5 million families already prefer paying the penalty to buying insurance, what does that say about the signature achievement of the Obama Democrats?”

It says you’re an idiot.

Your question should’ve been “What can we do to get more people covered and lower premiums.” NOT “Let’s kill ACA and leave millions of Americans without healthcare.” Remember your President’s promise “We’re going to have insurance for everybody.” Whatever happened with that?

“The Democrats have seized on projections the reform will add $1.5 trillion of new debt over the next 10 years”

You’re trying to make it sound like these projections are “fake news” one-offs. However, these projections came from YOUR budget office, the Tax Policy Center, and the highly-regarded Penn Wharton Budget Model. We know this routine of yours. You tried it with climate change and it didn’t take. It’s not going to work here. We’ll stick with the experts, thanks.

“Yet, when Ronald Reagan cut the top marginal tax rate by half”

Okay, stop. You fail to mention that just a year after that cut, Reagan and the GOP were forced to raise taxes in ’82 with TERFA taking away about half the cuts that had been put in place. Then, we got hit again in ‘83 when Congress increased the tax to Social Security. Finally, in ’84 the Deficit Reduction Act rolled back most of the original tax cuts. By the end of Reagan’s second term as President, he would sign off on 11 different tax increases making him one of the biggest tax-increasing President’s in our nation’s history.

Also, Reagan was a huge Keynesian. Nobody did big government better.

“Several prominent economists, including Martin Feldstein and Arthur Laffer, are predicting an additional $1.5 – 2 trillion of new tax revenues to all levels of government solely due to economic expansion.”

I’d say you cherry-picked your economists here, but it’s likely that these two represent the only notable economists on the planet who would make such a bold prediction. Not everyone reading this will recognize the two gentlemen you are referring to, so it’s worth providing some background:

Martin Feldstein (78) was a major architect of Reagan’s “trickle-down” tax policy, and Laffer (77) is the guy that provided its formulaic underpinning. These are two of the main guys we can thank for our new gilded age that developed since Reagan’s tax cuts and then accelerated by G.W. Bush’s tax cuts. If you think I’m exaggerating, you MUST watch this interview with Laffer where he admits that while the rich were getting ridiculously wealthy off our productivity gains, the rest of us should just be thankful for just having a job. It may be a shit job with shit pay and no benefits, but Laffer asserts that the only alternative was no job.

Tom. Really? Both of these men profited enormously from their work attacking the middle class, and now they’re doomed to spending the rest of their days defending their ruinous economic policies. NO ONE believes them, or you for that matter. Your attempts to spin and defend this tax turd are transparent and only serve to accelerate your demise.

“The strangest attack is that the personal income tax cuts expire in 8 years, leaving many Americans worse off.”

What’s so strange about that? The tax cuts do expire, and most Americans will be worse off thanks to your elimination of deductions.

“This provision was due solely to archaic Senate budget rules.”

God save me… How you love to repeat this old ditty ad nauseam. Yes. You made the cuts temporary to avoid the Senate requirement that when a bill screws our country as bad as this Tax Scam does, that it get at least 60 votes. How is that a bad thing?

“It’s a very dangerous argument for Democrats to make, since every American knows the permanence of the tax cuts depends entirely on which party is in power.”

DULY NOTED!!

“Democrats have left no doubt if they are returned to office, the tax cuts are over.”

Oh shit! You mean I don’t get that extra $54 ANNUALLY, but I’ll get my affordable health care back? I’LL TAKE IT!!

“And Republicans have made it just as clear that their unfinished business is to make the cuts permanent.”

Indeed. To do this, you plan to cut Medicare and Social Security. What about all those promises Trump made?

“Let’s see what people prefer this fall.”

Listen to your smug ass. You’re not paying attention. We’ve already decided.

“Ronald Reagan asked a simple question both in 1980,”

OMG. This bit again? We get it… You’re playing to your base.

“..and when he ran against the economic malaise of the Carter years,”

You. Are. Exhausting.

Carter was elected into a recession. Then the oil crisis hit. But, whatever. #RevisionistHistory

“after he had implemented the same pro-growth policies Trump is now implementing.”

REPEAT: By the end of Reagan’s second term as President, he would sign off on 11 different tax increases making him one of the biggest tax-increasing President’s in our nation’s history.

“Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

GOOD QUESTION! You and your GOP brethren have been holding the purse strings to our nation’s budget for the past seven years. During that time your rich donors have seen their wealth EXPLODE while the rest of us flatlined. #WeathGap

“No politician or pundit can spin the answer to that question – every American knows it precisely in their own lives.”

Really? Cause you’re trying pretty damn hard with this BS work of propaganda.

“That question devastated Democrats in both elections, because the answer was self-evident.”

You have a real aversion to facts, don’t you. You act like voter suppression, gerrymandering, and foreign influence had nothing to do with it. You also seem to forget that 3 million more people voted for Hillary than Trump. (That’s a majority.)

“Republicans are now uniquely poised to ask it once again.”

Ask away Tom. You already dug your grave as the only member of the House to flip from a NO to a YES on the Tax Scam that offers us a pittance while handing over MASSIVE amounts of cash to the ultra-wealthy. Now you can go ahead and jump in it.

See you in November.

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18 Jan
0

Offshore Drilling is a Non-Starter: NYT Op-Ed

The Trump Administration recently announced it will open 90 percent of offshore waters to oil drilling and, bucking procedure in a stunning demonstration of political-motivated policymaking, it will exempt Florida from its new policy.

Drilling off the shores of our California coast is a non-starter. If you have a chance, I invite you to read my op-ed in today’s New York Times that makes it clear:

“We don’t wake up in the morning looking to pick a fight with this administration. But we won’t sit back when our Constitution, our laws, our people or our 800 miles of pristine coastline in California are threatened.”

You can read my full op-ed here.

-Xavier

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18 Jan
0

LARA SECURES LANDMARK ENDORSEMENT FROM SEMINAL FORMER CDP CHAIR BURTON

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 18, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
LARA SECURES LANDMARK ENDORSEMENT FROM SEMINAL FORMER CDP CHAIR BURTON

Longtime California Democratic Party Chair John Burton Endorses State Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA- In another demonstration of his expansive support among esteemed Democratic leaders, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by former California Democratic Party Chair John Burton in his campaign for California Insurance Commissioner.

In a statement released following the endorsement, Burton declared:

“Ricardo Lara is a bold and fearless champion for the most marginalized throughout California, and I know he’ll be an outstanding Insurance Commissioner for California’s consumers.  He’s spent his life fighting for the voiceless, working to enact protections for working families, defend immigrant communities, protect our environment, and ensure that everyone can access affordable healthcare coverage. As California’s next State Insurance Commissioner, I know he’ll focus on protecting consumers, and I’m proud to strongly back Ricardo’s campaign.”

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 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
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • 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

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • HONOR PAC
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.

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17 Jan
0

RICARDO LARA: WORKING PEOPLES’ CHOICE FOR CA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
RICARDO LARA: WORKING PEOPLES’ CHOICE FOR CA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94 Back Ricardo Lara’s Bid for Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA- Serving as another example of his wide-ranging appeal to working families, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 13, 63 and 94 in his campaign for California Insurance Commissioner.

In a released statement following the endorsement, ILWU 13 President Mark Mendoza reflected:

“ILWU Local 13 is proud to stand with Senator Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner, because throughout his career, he’s always stood in solidarity with working families.  From fighting for single payer healthcare to investments in job-training programs, more good paying and family sustaining jobs, and many more, he’s fought vigorously for an economy that works for all people, not just those at the top. We need an Insurance Commissioner with a proven record of standing up for working men and women, and we’re excited to endorse Ricardo.”

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 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
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • 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 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

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • HONOR PAC
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.
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17 Jan
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CDP Weekly Update

CDP UPDATE – JAN 12th, 2018

 

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.

 

Convention Update

Every Convention is special but none of them are as special as your very first one. We want to make sure new Delegates make the most of their weekend, so we’ve added a ‘what to expect and what to bring‘ section to the Convention webpage. It’s got tips and suggestions on everything from how to dress comfortably to planning out the various events that will be taking place.

 

Returning Delegates, we’d appreciate your thoughts and feedback on anything we’re missing. Please send comments to editor@cadem.org and we’ll make sure they get to the right staff members.

We’re also excited to launch the next feature of our new Member Portal –   Caucus sign-ups. Caucuses play a vital role in our CDP family, and we encourage every Delegate to get involved in one or more of the Caucuses. To join a Caucus, or pay your member dues, simply log in to the new Member Portal using this link.

 

January 20th Women’s March

Last year, the day after Trump took office, millions of people took to the streets in the largest protests in American history. Tens of thousands of Grassroots Democrats marched and rallied that day and helped kick off the Resistance to Trump. This year, with a great reckoning unfolding over the barriers, harassment and discrimination women face every single day, it’s vitally important that Democrats stand and march in solidarity.

There are dozens of events coming up next weekend. You can find the event closest to you by clicking here.

If your Democratic Club or County Central Committee is an official sponsor of your area’s march, please let us know so we can help highlight your efforts. E-mail Jann Dorothy in the CDP Communications Department with info on your Club or DCC’s participation. Her e-mail is Jann@cadem.org.

One last thing… don’t forget to send us pictures! We want our social media feed to be full of energized and dedicated Grassroots Democrats taking part in these historic marches. You can tweet photos to us directly @CA_Dem (and follow us while you’re at it!).

 

Save CHIP

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls this week demanding Congress reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is called Healthy Families here in California. It’s been over 100 days since Congress let CHIP expire, and 9,000,000 children and pregnant women (including 2,000,000 in California) are currently stuck in limbo because Congress hasn’t acted. As Chair Eric C. Bauman said, “congress just gave trillions of dollars to the ultrarich in tax cuts. There is simply no excuse for cutting off this life-saving and life-changing healthcare for children and pregnant women.”

 

Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to fully restore CHIP, but they need our help to keep getting the word out. If you haven’t had a chance to call your Representative yet (particularly if you have a Republican Member of Congress) please make sure you call ASAP. You can reach the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

 

Bye Felicia

Darrell Issa and Ed Royce called it quits this week. The CDP has had organizers in both districts for months, and Grassroots Democrats have organized and engaged so forcefully that Issa and Royce decided to give up rather than face a grueling slog to an ignominious defeat. We have great candidates running in these districts. And the fight for these seats is going to be tough no matter who the Republicans run, so we are not taking anything for granted.

But one thing is absolutely clear: if a Big Blue Wave does wipe out Republicans in November, it will start in California.

 

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17 Jan
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Dr. King

CDP

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He grew up in circumstances that are unimaginably different, and yet hauntingly familiar. And that makes today’s MLK Day celebrations across the state especially poignant and timely.

Dr. King once wrote that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… No social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitably. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Those words are a powerful reminder that all of us must do our part to continue working towards the day when America is truly a place where all of us love and respect one another… Not just as equals, and not just as citizens, but as brothers and sisters.

This is a difficult time for our country. Names like Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray get seared into our memories because of the shockingly unjust ways each of them lost their lives. Places like Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia become infamous for shocking images of confederate flags and swastikas, and the bloody violence the white supremacists holding those flags unleash.

But through these difficulties, we take strength and courage from another wise observation by Dr. King – “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” That’s been true in powerful, transcendent moments, like when Barack Obama took the oath of office as President. And it’s been true in those moments that have steeled us to resist this unprecedented assault on progress – when Maxine Waters said “reclaiming my time,” she perfectly described the challenge we face and the work we must do.

Fifty years after Dr. King was taken from us, we have undeniably made progress as a country – and we undeniably have more progress to make. So today, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King at marches and remembrances across the state, let us use the anniversary of his birth as a moment where we renew and redouble our commitment to carrying on the work he gave his life for – building a just and peaceful country where everyone is truly equal.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

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