30 Oct

Support from Silicon Valley

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


Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

Assemblymember Marc Berman understands how Silicon Valley technologies are radically altering how we live, work, and need to educate our kids.  I’m excited to have Marc on my team for Lt. Governor as we work to empower all Californians to benefit from the opportunities created by advances in technology, and address the challenges we all face.

People and businesses throughout the state are facing real challenges and a lot of anxiety about the evolving tech economy. It’s affecting how we live, provide for our families, and protect our finances.

Click here to share video

I helped lead some of California’s largest education and legal institutions, and our international missions, to prepare us for major technological and economic challenges. As Lt. Governor, I’ll use my leadership role on the UC and Cal State boards and the state’s Commission for Economic Development to press for lifelong access to education that Californians will need for an increasingly competitive job market.

Thanks for your continued support and for sharing Marc’s endorsement on your social media. Click here to share now.


Assemblymember Marc Berman understands how Silicon Valley technologies are radically altering how we live, work, and need to educate our kids.  I’m excited to have Marc on my team for Lt. Governor as we work to empower all Californians to benefit from the opportunities created by advances in technology, and address the challenges we all face.

Read More
30 Oct

The right to vote is as American as it gets

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


Alex Padilla

When faced with attacks on our right to vote, Americans have time and again taken action to defend our voting rights.


After the 2000 Presidential Election and the chaos in the state of Florida, it was clear to the world that the time had come for us to invest in newer voting systems and to modernize our elections.


Fifteen years ago, Congress came together on a bipartisan basis and passed the Help America Vote Act. Among other improvements, HAVA provided funding to states and counties across the country for new voting systems so what happened in Florida wouldn’t happen again.


But today, the integrity of our elections is once again being challenged. Instead of working constructively on a bipartisan basis, we find ourselves defending against partisan voter suppression measures and lies about voter fraud.


We should be advancing opportunities for eligible Americans to register to vote and participate in elections. We also need to address the challenges posed by aging voting systems across the country.


Donate $3 to help me fight to protect your right to vote.


Defending voting rights includes defending the integrity of our elections and our voting systems. And I’m working hard to do it.


Free and fair elections are how we, as citizens, shape the future of our country.


Contribute $3 to fuel my campaign and the work. We’re doing to modernize voting equipment and protect the right to vote for all.


I will continue to work tirelessly to protect our voting rights and increase access to the ballot — indeed, it is the foundation of our democracy.


Please join me,


Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State




Read More
30 Oct

Almost a year since Trump’s election

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

Asif Mahmood

We’re almost at the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s painful victory on November 8th. But I don’t want to focus on the negativity of that precise moment. I want to focus on the inspirational and motivational recommitment to a progressive future I saw November 9th, and every day since then.

All around me, I’ve seen people who won’t back down and let the white-supremacist enabling, racist agenda of this administration pass without a fight. People who are leading the resistance, and fighting from the local to the federal levels for a more equal country for all.

Americans all over this beautiful country resisting and fighting back is what inspired me to run for Lieutenant Governor of California.

Now we have a critical FEC fundraising deadline coming up tomorrow at midnight. Can I count on you to make a contribution now to say, a year in, you’re a part of the resistance this campaign is all about?

This campaign is as much about resisting Trump as it is providing a brighter future for every Californian. That’s why I’ve released a comprehensive plan to make sure all students can get a quality education in our state.

I’m committed to healthcare for all, a clean environment, and making sure the working families of California have access to housing that’s safe and affordable.

Because I’m running this progressive, people-powered campaign, I’m not financed by big pharmaceutical industries or giant corporate polluters. I’m relying on individual, small donations from Californians who want a true progressive in Sacramento fighting for them.

We’re less than 36 hours away from tomorrow’s fundraising deadline, and grassroots supporters like you are the backbone of this campaign. Can I count on you to make your very first donation to the campaign today?

Thank you for everything you do to fight for a better future.

Peace be with you,

Dr. Asif Mahmood,
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California





Read More
30 Oct

Building a Stronger Valley

Dear Friends,

As a member of Congress, a critical part of my job is making sure that the voices of those I have the honor of representing are heard, and that our Valley interests are represented in Washington, D.C. That is why I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what I have been doing on behalf of the people I represent.

Supporting Affordable Childcare for Working Families

The increasing cost of childcare and rising costs of living in this economy have made it more and more difficult for working families to afford quality child care. We know just how important the early years of life are to a child’s development, and parents who have to work full time should not have to choose between their job and caring for their children. That is why I am cosponsoring the bipartisan Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act. This bill would modernize the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to provide financial assistance to lower and middle class families who struggle with the increasing cost of childcare. Children and families come first in our Valley, and it is my hope that this bill will be included in any comprehensive tax reform package.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year from September 15th to October 15th we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time, we reflect on and honor the history, culture, and contributions of the Hispanic community. From serving in our armed forces, to starting businesses that further develop our economy and provide employment, to making great advancements in science, medicine, and the arts, the Hispanic community and its people have been critical in shaping our nation and our Valley. In California alone, there are over 815,000 Hispanic owned companies, 27,000 of which are in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. I recently had the opportunity to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and honor a community that is an essential part of both the San Joaquin Valley and America.

Rep. Costa Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Protecting Faith-based Groups, Non-profits, and the Separation of Church and State

The Johnson Amendment to the U.S. tax code prohibits certain tax-exempt non-profit organizations – such as charities and religious organizations – from officially endorsing or opposing political candidates. The amendment is one of our legal structures for keeping separate church and state. It protects organizations from being pressured into taking sides on political issues and during campaigns, and protects government officials from becoming beholden to religion or other interests driving the non-profit organization. Yet, the amendment still allows these organizations to discuss political and social issues as they choose, as long as they do not officially endorse, oppose, or officially campaign for a candidate.

The separation of church and state is a cornerstone of our American democracy, and religious organizations, secular non-profits, and an overwhelming majority of Americans support the Johnson Amendment. In August alone, over 4,000 faith leaders wrote a letter to all Members of Congress strongly opposing any efforts to weaken or repeal the amendment. That is why I joined several of my colleagues in writing to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, urging him to defend the Johnson Amendment protections. It is critical that any tax reform package retain the Johnson Amendment without modification.

Fighting for Victims of Sexual Assault

As a co-founder of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, I have been working to shed light on the issue of sexual assault. Sexual assault is too often overlooked, and it is far too common, especially among young people. At present, 20 percent of undergraduate women and 6 percent of undergraduate men will be sexually assaulted or suffer an attempt of sexual assault during their time in college. This is simply unacceptable, and it must change. That is why I joined with 29 other members of the California Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign Senate Bill 169. This bill would codify Title IX enforcement and procedural standards issued by the Obama Administration in response to the growing crisis of sexual harassment and violence within our schools and universities. This legislation passed the California Legislature with bipartisan support, and I hope to see Governor Brown sign it into law as soon as possible.

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 pageand twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


Fresno Office
855 M Street, Suite 940
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-495-1620
Fax: 559-495-1027
Merced Office
2222 M St, Suite 305
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-384-1620
Washington, DC Office
2081 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3341
Fax: 202-225-9308

Read More
30 Oct

things could change rapidly IF…

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

The race for California’s 22nd Congressional District is getting a lot of attention as Devin Nunes implodes.

But in a race like this, things can change rapidly, and we can lose our momentum if we don’t keep up the pressure. Having the resources in the door, month after month, is key to our winning strategy.

Tomorrow night is our LAST End of Month deadline before the One Year Out mark. THIS deadline will have a direct impact in the outcome of this race, and we can’t fall short.

Will you rush a donation to make sure we hit our goal? We must bring in another 200 grassroots donations before tomorrow night! >>>

It’s becoming more and more clear that we need a leader like Andrew in Congress.

Andrew has spent his career serving the community as a prosecutor. We all know that we can trust Andrew to actually follow evidence and seek the truth – no matter what.

As Andrew’s campaign manager, I’m responsible for making the tough decisions about where to put our resources. And I can tell you, we are short of where we should be at this point.

Gaining your support means we can continue expanding our winning ground game while getting Andrew’s message out districtwide.

Are you in? >>>

Thanks for your help,



Read More
30 Oct

DEVELOPING: Trump Campaign Indictments

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

Special Investigator Robert Mueller has been hard at work building his case against those closest to President Trump, including members of his campaign and transition team.

This is what we know now:

  • Paul Manafort (Trump’s Campaign Manager) and Rick Gates have been indicted on 12 counts
  • Trump Foriegn Policy Advisor George Popdapolous has already pled guilty for lying to the FBI

I have been building my case here in CA22 against Devin Nunes (Trump Transition Team).

Here’s what I have against Devin Nunes:

  • He has forgotten his duty to serve the people of the Central Valley
  • He voted to take away healthcare from millions of Americans
  • He voted on GOP budget that blows up our national debt and hurts middle-class families to give a tax break to Trump and his buddies
  • He was quick to take a midnight uber to the White House to warn Trump of looming Russia investigation

As a prosecutor I fight for justice for the people of the Central Valley everyday – that’s why I jumped into this race. I can’t stand by as our member of Congress continues to serve Trump and not the district.

Will you join me in repealing and replacing Devin Nunes?



Read More
30 Oct

This should scare you

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


I want to share what’s in the budget and tax plan Republicans in Washington are trying to jam through as we speak:

  • Tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires
  • Giveaways to corporate special interests
  • More attacks on Medicare and Medicaid

If one thing is clear, it’s this: it’s up to progressive leaders and the grassroots movements to ensure that working families get a fair shake. That’s why I’m running for Lieutenant Governor of California and why I’m asking for your support.

Make a contribution of $3 here towards our grassroots October goal of $7,500 so we can expand affordable healthcare in California and ensure the rich and corporations pay their fair share. Let’s show Republicans in Washington we’re ready to fight for progress.

When Republicans like Paul Ryan attack “progressives” like me in California — they do it because they know the biggest threat to their right-wing agenda is a successful progressive agenda. It’s why I’m doing everything in my power to make California an example for the country — from protecting workers’ rights to healthcare rights to immigrant rights to clean air and clean water rights.

Yes, we can do more for our families. Yes, we can have healthcare and great schools. No, corporations and billionaires don’t need another tax break.

If you’re ready to advance a truly progressive agenda, make a contribution of $3 here, and let’s fight for it together. We can hit our grassroots goal if everyone steps up now.

Dr. Ed

Dr. Ed is running to be the next Lt. Governor of California to build on the progress he’s made in the California Assembly and Senate, bring people together, and get things done. California has a real opportunity to send Washington a message: we’re going to put in the work to remain a beacon of hope and progress, with fairness, equality, and economic justice.


Read More