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30 Oct
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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

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28 Oct
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Your Weekly CDP Update

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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 www.cadem.org/endorsements.

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 www.cadem.org/platform. 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

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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

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28 Oct
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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

 

ADD YOUR NAME

 

 

 

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28 Oct
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Chair Bauman Statement on House GOP Budget Vote

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Statement from CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman on House GOP Budget Vote

Los Angeles – California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement in reaction to news that all 14 California Republican Members of Congress voted for the Paul Ryan/Donald Trump budget blueprint, which includes a hidden tax hike on Californians:

“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.”

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28 Oct
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Meet and Greet with US Senate Candidate Pat Harris 11/1

Pat Harris, U.S. Senate Candidate will be visiting the Fresno area on Wednesday, November 1st. We have arranged for a meet and greet at the Fresno County Democratic Party Headquarters from 4-5p.m. you are all welcome to attend and listen to Mr. Harris personally.

 

 

Meet Pat

Pat Harris is an unapologetic progressive Democrat running for U.S. Senate in 2018 from the State of California. Pat is running as a Democrat because he believes that the progressive movement can change the direction of the party, resurrecting a Democratic Party that fights for the working class and isn’t influenced by corporate donations i.e. ‘Dark Money.’

Pat believes in modernizing the party to emphasize single-payer healthcare and the transition to 100% renewables—all while working to pass meaningful criminal justice reform, provide more affordable housing, and offer tuition-free higher education and vocational training to its citizens. In addition, he wants to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants, work to give students relief from student loan debt and push for increased funding for scientific research.

Why he’s running

Pat was drawn to the race after recognizing a once in a generation opportunity for progressives to rise up and assume leadership, rejecting career politicians of both parties who have stopped listening to constituents and are only focused on their own re-election. He believes that by bringing all voices to the table and by putting forward a true progressive platform, TOGETHER, we can realize the vast promises of our hardworking and technologically advanced state. As the saying goes, everything starts in California and works its way across the country. California should be the epicenter of the progressive movement – that is why he is running for office.

Pat will not accept corporate donations. He believes that politicians are being bought and paid for through dark money and that it is threatening the very foundation of our democracy. Pat will immediately push for a constitutional amendment that will limit the ability of corporations and PACs to fund political candidates.

Pat’s Background

Pat grew up in a small farming town in Arkansas. His father was an industrial engineer at a local shoe factory, and had three side jobs at night: bagging groceries, clerking at Wal-Mart and refereeing local football games to make ends meet. His mother was an 8th Grade History teacher who was very involved in local politics, attending the 1984 Democratic Convention as a Gary Hart delegate. From his father and mother, Pat learned the importance of listening, hard work, and empathy – all values that he intends to bring in his service to the people of California.

Pat graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in history with honors.  In his senior year, he was awarded the J. William Fulbright award as the outstanding history student for the college and was selected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.   He was also a Rhodes Scholar state finalist.  In 1993, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For the past 23 years, Pat has practiced law, as a public defender and later as a criminal defense attorney in California.  Over the past few years, his practice has shifted from criminal defense to an emphasis on civil rights cases. Pat has deep concerns about the direction and the fairness of the criminal justice system, something he wrote about in the book “Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t.” Pat also co-authored “The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk,” which spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  The book is account of Susan McDougal’s experiences surrounding the Whitewater Investigation.

Personal

Pat lives in Los Angeles with his wife Carol Welsman, a world-class Canadian jazz singer and pianist who is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and English. In his free time, Pat is an admitted sports fanatic. Before going to law school he even briefly worked for the Texas Rangers baseball team, although his favorite sport is actually college football. Pat has lived in California for over 22 years and would be honored to serve a state that he views as so visionary – a state that he believes will lead the nation to a future where we don’t live in fear but rather where we take a bold, innovative path forward.

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27 Oct
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26 Oct
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Jobs and Justice Campaign Launch on Monday, October 30, 6-8 PM at Orange Center Elementary

Dear West Fresno residents and friends of West Fresno,

Please join other community residents of West Fresno on October 30th, 6 to 8 PM at Orange Center Elementary School (3530 S. Cherry Ave, in the cafeteria) for the launch of the Jobs and Justice Campaign, which calls upon the large corporations coming into West Fresno to BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.

Orange Center Elementary is at ground zero of Fresno’s new corporate development, directly adjacent to the Ulta Beauty truck ports and close by the soon-to-be-built Amazon Fulfillment Center and the proposed two-million-square-foot Caglia Industrial Park. Children and residents will be subjected to traffic and exhaust from thousands of semi-trucks using the roads in front of and nearby the school. [Read about it here: http://www.cvobserver.com/land-use/caglia-joins-blitz-on-sw-fresno-reverse-triangle-industrial-park/]

The City of Fresno is allowing these developments without new CEQA-mandated analyses, using instead negative mitigating declarations on years-old environmental impact reports. They have also offered these companies decades of tax breaks to come to Fresno with their promise to hire only a very small percentage of jobs locally.

We are asking these companies to return the favor to the community by improving their hiring policies and by giving back to the city by making improvements in nearby neighborhoods — in other words, by being good corporate neighbors.

The purpose of this launch is to lay out the research and vision of what we have gathered so far, and to create opportunities for our community to take action that creates jobs for those who need them most and promotes a cleaner environment in West Fresno. We believe there is still an opportunity to impact these projects to better serve the community.

Please see the attached flyer, and forward this message to other concerned residents of West Fresno. We hope to see you there.

Call Thomas Weiler at (559) 549-4605 for more information.

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