20 Sep

Understanding Putin’s Russia Sept 28, 6PM

Understanding Putin’s Russia

An evening with Michelle DenBeste, sponsored by the Fresno County Democratic Party’s Events and Voter Education Committee

September 28, 6 p.m., Democratic Party headquarters (1035 U St., Downtown Fresno)

 Russian leader Vladimir Putin has overseen a dramatic transformation of his country’s fortunes since his first presidential term in 2000. But Russia’s rise under Putin has also confronted rising challenges in recent years with the decline of international fuel prices, a mainstay of the Russian economy. Putin’s grip on power, whether as president or prime minister, and the Kremlin’s position on a diverse range of issues – from the country’s internal opposition and the regime’s use of cyberwarfare to the future of NATO and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine – have come under increased scrutiny. This attention to Russia’s behavior and geopolitical role under Putin has only become sharper in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.






Michelle DenBeste is the interim dean of the College of Social Sciences and a Professor of Russian History at CSU Fresno. She received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and her B.A. from the University of Washington.


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20 Sep

Jimmy Kimmel on Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Bill

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20 Sep

Free campaign training! Sunday, Oct. 1, in Oakhurst, to defeat Rep. Tom McClintock

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20 Sep

Victory: Family leave and drug transparency in CA

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.
Send a message

As the California State Legislature recently wrapped up this year’s session, I wanted to thank you for your efforts to make California a better place to call home.

Together, we’ve successfully passed a cap-and-trade and air quality package, drug pricing transparency legislation, and a bill to expand guaranteed family leave. And we couldn’t have done this without the hundreds of letters and calls to legislators from concerned activists like you.

With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, we can make these crucial reforms a reality for California families.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign Senate Bill 17 and Senate Bill 63 for more transparency in prescription drug prices and expanded family leave for Californians.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.

Urge Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law for drug price transparency and expanded family leave for Californians.

These victories will bring lasting change to our communities, but the fight continues for these key pieces of legislation next year:

  • Assembly Bill 1184 would put more electric vehicles on the road in California.
  • SB 10, which reforms California’s money bail system to be more fair and just.
  • SB 100 would put our state on a path to get 100 percent of our electricity from clean energy.
  • SB 623 expands access to clean, safe drinking water to communities in crisis.

In January, we can build upon this year’s victories and make California a healthier and fairer place to live. For now, let’s celebrate our hard-fought wins and ensure family leave and transparency for prescription drugs become law.

Act now: Ask Gov. Brown to sign SB 17 and SB 63 into law.

Thank you,

Tom Steyer
NextGen America

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20 Sep

Your CDP Platform


The California Democratic Party (CDP) adopts a platform every two years. The Party’s current platform was adopted at the annual California Democrats State Convention in 2016. The CDP Platform Committee is currently working on drafting our new platform, which will be considered and adopted at the California Democrats State Convention in 2018.

As such, we would like to make sure that you are aware of the CDP platform drafting process and welcome your participation in the process.

CDP Platform Committee Webpage and Submitting Written Testimony
The CDP Platform Committee webpage is accessible at The webpage includes key information, such as a committee calendar of key dates, Committee members, and a written testimony submission form.

Platform written testimony and language proposals can be submitted online on the CDP Platform Committee webpage. Please note that all testimony must be submitted in writing to the CDP Platform Committee. The deadline to submit written testimony is Fr‌iday, Novem‌ber 17, ‌2017, at 5 ‌PM.

CDP Platform Committee Hearings
The CDP Platform Committee holds three statewide hearings (Northern California, Central Valley, and Southern California) and regional hearings throughout the state. Regional hearings are held in conjunction with CDP Regional Meetings. These hearings will take place prior to the November 2017 CDP Executive Meeting, scheduled for Nov‌ember 17-‌19, 2017.

The first statewide hearing was in Anaheim in August. The next statewide hearing will be held in Northern California. The information is as follows:

Subject: CDP Platform Committee Northern Statewide Hearing
Date: Satu‌rday, Sept‌ember 23, 2017
Time: 10 ‌AM-1‌2 PM
Location: California Democratic Party Headquarters
Address: 1830‌ 9th Street, Sacra‌mento, CA 95‌811
Note: For more information, visit:

For the first time ever, the CDP Platform Committee is incorporating remote testimony. If you are unable to attend the Hearing in person, we will be accepting testimony using — available for free on iOS, Android, Mac, or PC.

Alternatively, you can connect by phone at (646) 558-8656, Meeting ID 943 330 644.

Information on additional hearings will be available soon and made available on the CDP website.

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, Political Director
California Democratic Party



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20 Sep

Add your name – put people first!

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


Have you heard about the Graham-Cassidy bill?

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are once again playing politics with people’s lives — trying to get rid of healthcare that so many Californians and people throughout the nation rely on.

The Affordable Care Act is crucial for millions of Americans — and the latest Republican plan to replace it is worse than what we’ve seen before.

That’s why I’m asking you to sign my petition today and help send this message to Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate Republicans: Stop trying to gut our healthcare to fund tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. End the reckless political agenda. It’s time to put people first!


After countless tries, Republicans in D.C. have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act or pass their distorted version of “healthcare reform.” This latest plan is a last-ditch effort to take us backward.

Their “new” proposal is even worse than the previous ones. It would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, impose lifetime and annual caps on coverage, and allow insurers to stop providing essential services.

One of the most disturbing elements of this new bill is that Medicaid would be cut, particularly hurting children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The Medicaid expansion, which provides health care to millions of Americans, would end completely.

Sign my petition today if you believe that we should strive for a system that provides healthcare for ALL — NOT give tax breaks to the already wealthy friends of GOP politicians.


As a healthcare provider, as a father, and as an American, I’m calling on Congress to put forward real solutions for healthcare, not more secretive, partisan legislation that would take us backward.

I hope you’ll take action with me,
Dr. Ed

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20 Sep

share your health care story


Kamala Harris

As the Republicans attempt to sneak in another vote on the latest version of their health care plan, which would result in 32 million Americans losing access to care, I want you to meet Zeke:

Zeke was born with hemophilia, a disorder that makes it difficult for his blood to clot. Just a few months ago, his parents told me his story.

Zeke depends on a synthetic version of a protein that healthy bodies produce naturally to help blood clot. His treatment costs $11,000 — and without Medicaid coverage, Zeke’s parents couldn’t afford to pay that outrageous amount of money.

So if the GOP’s Cassidy-Graham health care bill passes — and rumors suggest they have 48 or 49 votes — Zeke will lose his care, as would 32 million Americans.

Now is the time to fight — and I want to start by elevating as many stories like Zeke’s as I can before September 30th, the last day the GOP can use legislative tricks to pass their health care repeal bill. 

Can you tell your story today of how the Republican attempts to steal our health care will affect you, your family, and your community?


There is a great deal of urgency for you to share your story and engage in this fight. The GOP is whipping votes and attempting to ram this bill through Congress as we speak.

This is an all hands on deck moment — and there is still time to block this legislation again. But only if you start calling, marching, tweeting, and putting pressure on the Republicans today.

Let’s get to work,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. Memorize this phone number and make those calls: (202) 224–3121.

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