30 Oct

Proud to have the endorsement of teachers

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


Dear Democrat,

I am honored to announce that last weekend the California Teachers Association (CTA), which represents over 325,000 teachers in California, voted to endorse me for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

With the endorsements of CTA and also the California Federation of Teachers, I am humbled to have the support of California’s teachers and classified staff, who witness everyday the successes and challenges that our students experience in schools.  I stand with our educators to support solutions that increase California’s investment in public education, promote equity, and aim to close the achievement gap.

I’m excited to work with California’s teachers to ensure every student in California has a great public education. Will you join educators, students, parents, our U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, and many other leaders in supporting my campaign today?

>>> Click here to fill out our Democrat support form.

Protecting public education is more important than ever.  Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are determined to undermine our public schools by creating vouchers and other tricky ways to divert money away from public education.  As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will oppose vouchers and restore funding for public education.

Are you with me?

We have an opportunity in California to prepare our students for a 21st-century economy. By investing in STEM education, early education programs, great teacher training, and more, we’ll make California #1 in the nation for public education.

Thank you,

Tony Thurmond


Read More
30 Oct

A double-digit premium increase?!

Kamala Harris

Hi, Fresno County —

Just this week a recent study found that millions of Americans are facing double-digit increases in their health insurance premiums.

This is in no small part thanks to the chaos and uncertainty Trump’s attacks on our health care have created — and the complete inability of the Republicans to work with Democrats on a compromise that would make health care a fundamental right for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Many of my colleagues have promising proposals to solve this crisis. Two of those problem-solvers, Tim Kaine from Virginia and Martin Heinrich from New Mexico, are facing tough reelection fights in 2018.

Tim Kaine is building support for his proposal to offer Americans a public option and my colleague Martin Heinrich is working with me to advance Medicare for All legislation. Because of this, both have become targets of many far-right Republican groups who would rather cut taxes for the top 1% than ensure all Americans have health care coverage.

This is a moral outrage and we need to make sure Tim Kaine and Martin Heinrich not only win in 2018 but that Democrats retake Congress next year and reset Washington’s broken priorities.

Split a contribution of $100, or whatever is meaningful to you, between Tim Kaine and Martin Heinrich to ensure they have the resources to win in 2018 and fight back against attacks from pro-Trump groups.

Tim Kaine and Martin Heinrich have been reliable allies in our fight to stop Trump’s agenda, on issues from health care to taxes to opposing the Administration’s radical nominees.

It would be devastating if we lost them in 2018 because we couldn’t match the fury of Republican super PACs. That’s why I’m hopeful you’ll step up, just as you have so many times this year, to help them.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California



Read More
30 Oct

5,000 miles

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


Over the last five months, John’s visited almost half the counties in California and over 100 cities. And, he’s put over 5,000 miles on the camper, with thousands more to go.

If that’s not the definition of building a grassroots, people-powered, statewide movement, I don’t know what is.

But I’ve looked at the receipts, and before John hits the road to San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Monterey, and more next month, we need to raise an additional $10,000 by Tuesday’s end-of-month deadline.

Will you chip in to keep this movement on track? Make a contribution of $3, or whatever you can afford, to help us reach our $10,000 goal by Tuesday at midnight.

When most people think about campaign expenses, they think about billboards, TV ads, or other big ticket items. And those are all important.

But John’s running a campaign focused on reaching out to real people, where they are, all across the state, and that takes resources. And if it works, we’ll build a better future for California.

Will you help us keep this campaign — and California — on a different road? Chip in now, before Tuesday’s deadline.

Thanks for your support,

Lisa Cassinis
Finance Director
John Chiang for Governor

Read More
28 Oct

Your Weekly CDP Update


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

Campaign Finance Task Force
Yesterday, Chair Bauman and the statewide officers of the CDP announced the creation of a Campaign Finance Task Force. This task force will include grassroots activists, local Party leaders, labor union members, elected officials and institutional donors. It will take a global approach to evaluating our fundraising, as well as state and local laws and best practices, and will develop a set of recommendations for how we can strengthen our commitment to clean money by bringing in the kinds of clean money contributions that help ensure fair and competitive elections.

As the statewide officers said in their announcement, “we have a responsibility to make sure that our Party’s practices and operations are consistent with our values and the values of everyday Democrats across California.” The membership of the task force will be announced shortly, and the Officers anticipate hearing it’s recommendations within a year.

DEM2018 – Sign Up Today!
During the last four election cycles, over 3,000 Democrats stepped up to make our Party’s grassroots a million-dollar donor and lay the groundwork for victory by Donating Every Month.

Democrats in California have been leading the national resistance and setting the progressive agenda for America because of grassroots activists — like you — who fight for our party and our Democratic values.

We have an amazing statewide team and a great program that continues to push our candidates across the finish line. We simply can’t afford to lose this momentum. With your help we’ll be a blue wave that helps sweep Democrats to victory in 2018 and beyond. Join Dem2018 today!

Staff Update
Chair Bauman is extraordinarily proud to announce that CDP front office manager Unique Wilson has been promoted to the Political Department! She has done a phenomenal job managing the front office, CDP interns, and of course, the DEM2018 program. She’s been an amazing member of the CDP team, and we are so lucky to have her in this new role.

Deadline Extension for Dems Affected by Wildfires
CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman and the CDP Statewide Officers have extended the 2018 CDP Pre-Endorsing Conference deadline pertaining to Chartered Clubs and Organizations (CCOs) submitting potential Club Representative-related documents (Potential Club Representatives Submission Form and the Potential Club Representatives Submission List) to the appropriate CDP Regional Directors and the CCOs’ respective Chartering Authorities (Democratic County Central Committees) for the CCOs chartered by the Chartering Authorities in the nine (9) counties where the Governor has declared a state of emergency due to the wildfires. The nine counties include Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba.

The deadline has been extended from November 2, 2017, to November 20, 2017. This particular deadline extension applies only to those CCOs chartered by the County Democratic Central Committees of those nine (9) counties noted above.

This deadline extension does not apply to any other CCOs.  Hence, the regular deadline of November 2, 2017 to submit Potential Club Representatives Submission Form and the Potential Club Representatives Submission List remains unchanged to all CCOs outside of those nine (9) counties. Please click here to see the memo regarding this deadline extension.

The memo, along with all other endorsement-related forms and information, is also on the CDP Endorsements webpage at

CDP Platform – We Want to Hear from You
The CDP Platform Central Valley Statewide Hearing will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 AM, prior to the November CDP Executive Board Meeting. The information is as follows:

CDP Platform Central Valley Statewide Hearing
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 10 AM
California Teachers Association – Fresno Regional Resource Center
5330 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710

Testimony can also be submitted online. The deadline to submit written testimony and language proposals is Friday, November 17, 2017, at 5 PM. To submit written testimony and language proposals, please visit the CDP Platform Committee webpage at Please feel free to share this information with your contacts.

Democrats: The Next Generation
We have to take a minute and share this great screenshot from a news story featuring 4th Grade Student Deshaun Robles, son of the CDP’s Unique Wilson. This is how we win back our country, and we’re so proud of the amazing kids like Deshaun who are already standing up for our rights even before they’re old enough to vote. Deshaun Robles.png

In Case You Missed It
CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman dropped by the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim and called them out for inviting notorious white supremacist Steve Bannon as their featured speaker

Bauman CRP.png

And he slammed the 14 Republicans from California who voted for the Paul Ryan/Donald Trump budget this week:

“In voting for the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan budget bill, every member of the CAGOP 14 voted to raise taxes on middle class and poor workers in Orange County, the Central Valley and all across California, just so they could give a huge tax cut to their billionaire paymasters and to appease Donald Trump.

All 14 of them voted to take healthcare away from cancer patients and raise taxes on the rest of us, which they will turn around and hand to their ultra-rich patrons. Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher, Jeff Denham, David Valadao and the rest of their cronies are not just failing to do their jobs — they’re actively sticking it to millions of their own constituents, and hurting real people in the process. The people of California will not fall for this deceptive tax hike and the California Democratic Party intends to make sure every voter remembers this in 2018.”  

One week closer to 2018! 

 — CDP Update

Read More
28 Oct

TrumpTax hurts Californians

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


Alex Padilla

Yesterday, all 14 California Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for Trump’s tax plan.


Here’s the bottom line: This tax plan is bad for California families. 


This represents a big financial hit for many Californians because it raises taxes on working families. Trump and California Republicans are punishing Californians just so they can turn right around and give corporations and the most wealthy a tax break. That’s just wrong.


We can’t let the 14 California Republicans who voted for this off the hook. Add your name to our petition now, letting them know that we will not stand by as they hurt hard-working Californians. We will hold them accountable.


Trump and the GOP continue to claim that this tax plan will help the middle class and will help Americans who are hurting, but they refuse to share any specifics. We’re not buying what he’s saying because we know that he’s only trying to help corporations and the most wealthy, not America’s working families.


Here’s what we need to know: The plan includes a repeal of the state and local tax deductions claimed by more than 6.1 million California households. Californians will be paying more in taxes under this plan.


Other states that are disproportionately impacted include New York and New Jersey, but their Republican representatives opposed the bill. Why? Because they chose to protect their constituents over appeasing Trump and Republican leaders. They realized the harm it would cause the people in their districts. California Republicans should have done the same.


Trump’s tax plan hurts Californians and our economy. We must hold these members accountable. Sign our petition now to tell California House Republicans that they need to stand is for California families.


Thank you,


Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State






Read More