03 Nov

My record for the environment

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


Dear Democrat,


I live in the city of Richmond, where the fights are often between neighbors and nearby Chevron.  In my neighborhood, the oil industry has been known to drop $3 million on a city council race.  Standing up to Big Oil and fighting for the environment is a commitment that runs deep for me – it dates back to my days representing my neighbors on the Richmond City Council, on our local school board, and even now as a California State Assemblymember.


I’m grateful to the Sierra Club for holding our elected leaders accountable on environmental issues, and I’m proud that the Sierra Club has once again recognized my record on environmental issues with a 100% rating for 2017.


To me, protecting our environment and serving our kids go hand in hand.  When our kids are healthy, they learn better.  When we invest in clean technology and renewable energy, we improve futures for our students, both in their career opportunities and in their futures as California residents.


I’m running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve all of California’s kids, and to me, that includes protecting our environment.  As top official for education in the state, I’ll support environmental literacy in schools, green school campuses, and other initiatives to ensure that the next generation will carry on California’s legacy as a global leader for the environment.


I hope to have your support in this effort.  If you haven’t already, please fill out our delegate contact form here so that we can continue to communicate about our shared values for California.


With your support and with supporters including Kamala Harris, Tom Torlakson, and the California Teacher Association, I would be honored to lead for students and the environment as your State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Thank you,

Tony Thurmond



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03 Nov

My thoughts on the DNC and the 2016 Primary

Michael Kapp, Member, Democratic National Committee

I am extremely hurt and disappointed by the facts revealed by Donna Brazile’s article earlier today in Politico.

Democratic voters, Democratic candidates, and indeed all Americans deserve a fair and transparent presidential primary process. After what we’ve learned today, it’s no longer possible to argue that we had one in 2016.

The DNC has historically been a very top-down organization. This is especially true when Democrats control the White House. But we have seen the results of this strategy. With the DNC leadership only accountable to the President and their staff, instead of the Membership and our state and local parties, we have seen the DNC’s organizing and fundraising prowess wither on the vine, with the concerns of our activists on the ground unheeded.

Given this background, Donna Brazile’s revelation that the Joint Fundraising Agreement signed by the DNC CEO and the Hillary Clinton campaign back in 2015 was done without even consulting the other officers is, sadly, predictable. This is how business has been done in the past—but I ran to serve as a DNC Member to try to change it.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. The structure of the DNC is to blame. The previous DNC leadership that signed this agreement in secret is to blame. And even the Democratic White House that left the DNC in such a ruinous financial position shares some of the blame.

But that was the old DNC. It doesn’t exist anymore. We have new leadership and new values.

I have spent every DNC meeting, every meeting of the DNC Transition and Advisory Committee, and countless nights and weekends speaking with our DNC leadership, staff, and other Members from throughout the country. We talk about the need for reform, for increased transparency, for the acceptance of new voices, for better fundraising that doesn’t compromise our values, for organizing that builds meaningful relationships with voters rather than one door knock every four years and an email about being doomed every three hours.

Without reform, there can’t be unity. And to properly reform, we have to acknowledge the failures of the past.

I only have one small voice, a voice that is no more important than any of yours. But tonight I want to use that voice to tell all Democrats, but especially those who supported Bernie Sanders, that I am sorry that the then-DNC leadership violated your trust in 2015-16.

I know that there is a deep hunger for change at our Party. And I know that hunger is shared by Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison. Under our new leadership, regular DNC Members—and therefore, all of you—have far more opportunities to be heard and effect positive change.

Just as importantly, there is a strong contingent of DNC Members — Hillary and Bernie supporters alike, from our leadership to our membership — throughout the country who are as deeply shocked and saddened as you are today. But we are all as committed as ever to right the wrongs of the 2016 primary. It is from them, and from each other, that we get the strength and energy to fight for the change we need.

This Democratic Party is bigger than any of us, but it needs all of us to be successful. I look forward to continuing on this journey with all of you.

Your ally in activism,

Michael Kapp
Member, Democratic National Committee

PS: Here is Chair Tom Perez’ statement on Donna Brazile’s article.

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03 Nov

Statement from California Democratic Party Vice Chair & Secretary on Donna Brazile DNC Announcement


Statement from California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall & Secretary Jenny Bach on Donna Brazile DNC Announcement

Sacramento—California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall and Secretary Jenny Bach released the following statement in reaction to this morning’s announcement by former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile:

”The news we received today about the Democratic National Committee’s conduct in the run-up to the 2016 primary campaign was incredibly frustrating and terribly disheartening. The DNC is obligated to be neutral and above-board when it comes to dealing fairly with all Democratic candidates because the DNC is supposed to represent our entire party, not any one candidate. Instead of living up to that obligation to all of us who proudly call ourselves progressive Grassroots Democrats, the DNC chose to engage in the same kind of insider-dealing Beltway elitism that has driven so many people from the Democratic Party, and cost us too many elections in the process—including, tragically, the 2016 presidential election.

Here in the California Democratic Party, we are embracing a reform agenda that will enable California Democrats to define the progressive agenda for the 21st century. We’ve announced a Clean Money Campaign Finance Task Force so we can win elections, and fund our party, with clean money. We’ve appointed the most diverse set committee appointments in our history. We’ve embraced a true shared-decision making model as officers, and we’ve worked to strengthen the voice of California Progressives in deciding the Democratic nominee for President in 2020. We are building on our reform agenda to deliver the progressive victories California desevers – getting special interest money out of politics, protecting civil rights for people of color, women, immigrants and the LGBT community, ensuring everyone has access to healthcare, combatting climate change, and addressing the cataclysmic income inequality gap between the ultra-wealthy and everyone else.

Today’s news from the DNC only hinders this important work, and the vast majority of Democrats, including Clinton supporters like Donna Brazile, believe reforms like these are needed at the DNC. Even though these decisions were not made under their leadership, it is incumbent upon Chair Perez, Deputy Chair Ellison and the rest of the DNC team to take every step necessary to repair this egregious breach of trust and ensure tomorrow is better than today, for each and every one of us.

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03 Nov

The candidate challenging Dianne Feinstein

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



Okay we got a big one for you folks: We’ve got a candidate to challenge Dianne Feinstein, maybe the biggest corporate Dem of them all! I’m going to introduce you to Alison Hartman, the people’s candidate for California, in a second. But first, if she’s going to have a shot, you need to chip in for critical start-up costs:

Chip in $2.70 right now to help Alison get the tools she needs to beat corporate Democrat Dianne Feinstein!

Progressives have to defeat Feinstein. She’s voted with Trump nearly 1/3rd of the time since he was elected. She said “heck no” to Medicare for All after taking donations from the biggest Insurance lobbyists in the country!

Now let me tell you how awesome the Justice Democrat candidate is. Alison is a high school teacher turned pro-Democracy activist. She stepped up to direct WolfPAC, our grassroots campaign finance reform effort — and now she’s running for Senate to end corruption and halt the flow of dark money into our elections. Alison won’t be taking a single dime from corporate PACs, and she won’t be getting checks from billionaires. This campaign is only going to work if YOU give Allison the resources she needs to get her message to the voters!

First things first: She has to raise $147,000 by midnight on Monday to pay for this tool called PDI – political data interface. That’s the targeted database of every California voter that she’ll need to start her HUGE field campaign to spread the progressive message!

Chip in right now to help Alison close the gap on that $147,000 goal.

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I know what you’re thinking… this is a HUGE goal. You guys have never raised so much money in such a small amount of time for any Justice Democrat yet. But this early cash is absolutely crucial if progressives want to win this race — there’s no other way around it.

Dianne Feinstein has millions of dollars on hand. She’s got the entire establishment behind her. But we progressives have the people on our side. If we can raise $147,000 and buy the PDI voter file, we’re going to get Alison’s strong message out to every single California voter. And we’re going to win.

Add your contribution right now — this only works if everyone gives a little bit.

I’m excited about this campaign because Alison is family. She’s one of us — a true populist progressive. It’s the biggest campaign yet to wrestle power away from the establishment, and I know if we come together we can win.


Cenk Uygur

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03 Nov

I Stand For Latina Equal Pay!

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LatinaEqualPay Day brings awareness of the reality that a Latina woman, on average, must work until November 2nd to make the same amount of money white non-Hispanic men did in the previous year. Over the course of a 40-year career, Latinas will be denied over a million dollars in earnings because of the gender wage gap. Today, we join the #Trabajadoras across the country who demand equal pay for equal work. A Latina’s potential and success should not be limited by inequality. Let’s fight for equal wages and put an end to the inequality that #Trabajadoras face.




1. It takes the average Latina 22 months to earn the same amount that an average white man earns in 12 months.

2. The gender wage gap unfairly limits the potential of Latinas to succeed in their careers. Latinas deserve equal pay for equal work.

3. #LatinaEqualPayLatina workers’ rights are under attack, they are currently making 54 cents compared to the white, non-Hispanic man’s $1.

4. Among all women, Latinas represent the group of women that are most affected by the gender wage gap. Latinas would need to work for 73 years to make what a white non-Hispanic man makes in 40 years.


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