December 7th, 2017 | News

They didn’t even read the bill

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Call Republicans in Congress now and tell them to stop trying to scam middle-class Americans and pass a fair tax plan:

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There’s no getting around just how bad this GOP tax scam is for most Americans. Here are the top four take-aways of where things stand:

#1 Republican senators didn’t even read the bill: Instead, they passed it under the cloak of darkness this past Saturday morning, after its pieces were being redrafted and edited hours before the vote. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker even hosted a late-night Facebook Live broadcast at his office in which he attempted to read the 500-page text, but couldn’t even get a quarter of the way through it before he was forced to return to the Senate floor.

#2 The GOP tax plan raises the deficit: Hardworking Americans woke up Saturday morning to a tax plan which raises our deficit by $1.4 trillion — to the benefit of big corporations and the 1%, and all at the expense of programs like CHIP that help children access health care, the G.I. Bill that helps veterans and their families get a college education, and other important programs that people count on for subsidies to afford health care.

#3 The GOP tax plan raises taxes on the middle class: Even while adding to the deficit, this tax plan raises taxes on most middle-class families. Within a decade, nearly half of Americans would see an increase in their taxes.

#4 Here’s what’s next: Right now, Republicans in the House and Senate are working behind closed doors to reconcile the differences between their two plans. They have the power to demand, create, and pass legitimate tax reform that works for all Americans, not just those at the top. But with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell running the show, and Trump impatient to sign something, we’re not holding our breath for them to do the right thing.

Democratic senators and House members are doing everything they can to fight for better options.

And we need to do our part too. Call Congress now and tell them that we demand a tax plan that works for EVERY American, not millionaires, billionaires, and corporations:

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We’ll keep you updated as the situation changes.  Thank you for helping fight back.

Lauren

Lauren Dillon
Research Director
Democratic National Committee

December 7th, 2017 | News

Southern California Fires

The various fires in Southern California from Ventura, to Santa Clarita, to the San Fernando Valley, and through to Bel-Air have been thoroughly devastating. I’ve been watching and listening as our friends and loved ones have been forced to evacuate with no certainty that that the lives they worked years to build and maintain will be there upon their return.

 

Too many have not been fortunate enough to retain their homes and livelihoods, not to mention the animals who have lost their homes and are now roaming aimlessly through Southerm California.

With the recent pickup in the Santa Ana winds and the low humidity, all we can do is make sure that we and those around us are prepared for an emergency evacuation.

 

Our sisters and brothers in labor in the fire department and law enforcement do their jobs to protect us as well as humanly possible, and it goes without saying that we have the utmost faith in them. If anyone can protect us during this state of emergency, it is Southern California’s fire departments and law enforcement.

If you can give, please donate to or volunteer with these wonderful organizations who are working to help protect all of us from the fires, and working to help those affected by it:

Click here to sign up to volunteer for Red Cross Los Angeles

Click here to donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

 

Click here to find a Salvation Army donation center in Los Angeles

 

Click here to find a Salvation Army donation center in Ventura

 

Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund

 

In Unity,

 

Mark Gonzalez

Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party

December 6th, 2017 | News

December 2017 Community Alliance ad

December 6th, 2017 | News

Stop the #GOPTaxScam Press Conference

December 6th, 2017 | News

The GOP tax plan will devastate California

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Republicans in Congress are inching closer to passing their “soak the poor” tax bill that will bankrupt America, punish the poor and middle class, and make the obscene gap between the ultra-wealthy and everyone else even wider and more destructive.

Bernie Sanders put it best: This is theft pure and simple. Republicans are robbing you and me to cut taxes for the richest of the rich. Betsy Devos, the atrociously unqualified Education Secretary, stands to benefit from this tax plan by more than $2 billion…and so will the Trumps, Tillersons, and Bushes.

Here in California, our taxes are going to go up by more than $70 billion if this travesty is signed into law. Republicans are targeting the state and local deduction — primarily used by residents of solid blue California, New York, and New Jersey — to help pay for their tax theft.

This bill is a sham. It raises taxes on Blue States like ours. It makes income inequality exponentially worse. And it will rip the heart out of Obamacare and put the healthcare of millions of people in jeopardy. All so that Republicans can deliver a tax cut for their ultra-wealthy donors.

This is the worst kind of graft and corruption, and Democrats must mobilize to stop it. We need to pressure all 14 House Republicans from California to vote no on this abhorrent bill.

Call them all today and let them know that if they vote yes on the “soak the poor” tax bill, we’ll remember it in 2018.

Paul Cook 202-225-5861
Ken Calvert 202-225-1986
Jeff Denham 202-225-4540
Duncan Hunter 202-225-5672
Darrell Issa 202-225-3906
Steve Knight 202-225-1956
Doug LaMalfa 202-225-3076
Kevin McCarthy 202-225-2915
Tom McClintock 202-225-2511
Devin Nunes 202-225-2523
Dana Rohrabacher 202-225-2415
Ed Royce 202-225-4111
David Valadao 202-225-4695
Mimi Walters 202-225-5611

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, CDP Political Director

December 5th, 2017 | News

What happened yesterday morning

Kamala Harris

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hi, Fresno County —

Yesterday morning I left the Senate floor where the Republicans passed their tax plan after spending the entire day rewriting it in secret.

This weekend, the Republicans are taking a victory lap because they advanced a bill none of them have read. This plan will affect every single American: from our children and grandparents to teachers, first responders, and college students. And they haven’t even taken the time to hold a public hearing or read what this bill does, probably because they know it’ll harm millions of Americans.

This is no way to govern. It’s irresponsible, unfair, and disrespectful to the American people. 

Now Republicans must reconcile the Senate version of this legislation with the one that passed the House last month. Both plans are outrageous — cutting taxes on the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans — but this period of reconciliation gives us time to keep calling, writing, tweeting, and taking action to make our voices heard.

Add your name to my petition to pledge that you will do everything in your power — from calling your member of Congress to writing letters and attending rallies — to stop whatever tax scam Republicans in the House and Senate agree to in conference.

So many times during the health care fight it seemed hopeless. Yet you persisted — and because of your actions we saved our health care, and I believe we can do it again. Never forget you have a powerful voice that is capable of inspiring great change.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

SIGN THE PETITION

 

December 5th, 2017 | News

This is no way to govern

Kamala Harris

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Early this morning I left the Senate floor where the Republicans passed their tax plan after spending all day yesterday rewriting it in secret.

Today, the Republicans are taking a victory lap because they advanced a bill none of them have read. This plan will affect every single American: from our children and grandparents to teachers, first responders, and college students. And they haven’t even taken the time to hold a public hearing or read what this bill does, probably because they know it’ll harm millions of Americans.

This is no way to govern. It’s irresponsible, unfair, and disrespectful to the American people. 

Now Republicans must reconcile the Senate version of this legislation with the one that passed the House last month. Both plans are outrageous — cutting taxes on the wealthy at the expense of everyday Americans — but this period of reconciliation gives us time to keep calling, writing, tweeting, and taking action to make our voices heard.

Add your name to my petition to pledge that you will do everything in your power — from calling your member of Congress to writing letters and attending rallies — to stop whatever tax scam Republicans in the House and Senate agree to in conference.

So many times during the health care fight it seemed hopeless. Yet you persisted — and because of your actions we saved our health care, and I believe we can do it again. Never forget you have a powerful voice that is capable of inspiring great change.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

SIGN THE PETITION

 

December 5th, 2017 | News

Your Weekly CDP Update

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The CDP team is full steam ahead planning for the annual State Convention coming up Febr‌uary 23-2‌5, 2018, in San Diego. Stay tuned for more updates to come soon.

With the deadline for additions or changes to DSCC delegates and endorsement eligible voter lists having now passed, we are also heading into the next stage of the endorsement process. Below are some important dates and procedures to note:

CDP Endorsement Registration Process

The endorsement registration process for candidate endorsement consideration will begin Monday, Dec‌ember 4, 2017. Registration forms will be posted on the CDP Endorsements webpage: www.cadem.org/endorsements

  • Statewide Candidates – Filing deadline is Frid‌ay, Janu‌ary 19, 2018, 5 PM.
  • U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly Candidates – Filing deadline (receipt by mail) prior to the CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences is Fri‌day, Janua‌ry 19, 2018, 5 PM. After that date, registration forms and filing fees may be hand-delivered to the CDP Pre-Endorsing Conference of the relevant district.
  • Pre-Endorsing Conferences – CDP Pre-Endorsing Conferences will be held by CDP Regions on Janua‌ry 27-28, 2018, to consider the endorsement recommendations of U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly election contests. Specific details for each Pre-Endorsing Conference will be posted on the CDP Endorsements webpage in December.
  • Reminder – All Candidates Must File for Endorsement Consideration – As a reminder, all candidates, regardless of incumbency status, must register and file for CDP endorsement consideration, if the candidates wish to seek CDP endorsement.

CDP Endorsement-Related Rules Update – Adopted at the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting

As you may know from our last Weekly Update, below is a recap of the endorsement-related rules update as adopted at the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting in Millbrae:

  • Candidates Affirm Reading of CDP Platform: Candidates seeking CDP endorsement consideration shall affirm in writing that they have read the most current CDP Platform. (CDP Bylaws Art. VIII, Sec. 3 c (3))
  • Threshold to Receive CDP Endorsement Recommendation at Endorsing Caucuses: All candidates require 60% of valid votes cast by credentialed, present and voting delegates or their qualified proxies to receive the endorsement recommendation at Endorsing Caucuses held on Saturday of the 2018 State Convention. (CDP Bylaws Art. VIII, Sec. 3 c (8))

CDP Endorsement/Rules-Related Key Webpages

While we are preparing for spreading our big blue beacon of hope, Donald Trump is continuing to divide our country and threaten our cordial relationships with our allies. In case you missed it, here is Chair Bauman’s statement.

Los Angeles – California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement denouncing President Trump’s racist attacks on Muslims and his inflammatory, reckless distribution of anti-Muslim content:

“America is a nation of immigrants whose enduring values are stronger than Trump’s trigger-finger tweets. His racist rants and baseless attacks on our Muslim brothers and sisters are as un-American as they are dangerous. That Trump has aligned himself with violent extremists like British ultranationalist leader Jayda Fransen is shameful but unfortunately not surprising. In just 313 days holding the nation’s highest office, Trump has brought unprecedented shame on the White House and stoked the very fear and hate that represent the real threats to America’s safety.”

We close in commemoration of World AIDS Day with a call-to-action. As people across the U.S. seek to #GetTested and #GetTreated, the Republican’s “Soak the Rich” tax bill would be devastating for healthcare funding. For those living with HIV/AIDS and all we’ve lost, keep calling Washington to defeat this bill and protect healthcare.

Graph of projected uninsured under tax bill
Graphic: Vox.‌com

December 5th, 2017 | News

California says NO to abortion bill!

This year has brought us attack after attack on reproductive health and rights — and you and countless other Planned Parenthood supporters have been on the front lines speaking out, pushing back, and taking action.

Your passion and perseverance have proved a force to be reckoned with — and now we need you one more time, in this pivotal moment.

Right now the House is considering another abortion ban bill — on the heels of the 20-week ban legislation they just passed. We must stop this — but we can’t do it without you.

Sign today to stand with Planned Parenthood. Take action here: NO ABORTION BANS.

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It’s a not-so-sneaky ploy: Mitch McConnell wants to pass a drastic 20-week abortion ban in the Senate, but he’s met with fierce opposition. So, the House is now considering an even more appalling six-week abortion ban, thinking we’ll let the 20-week ban pass (since it appears less extreme) in order to fight this new one.

Wrong. No bans. Not six weeks, not 20 weeks. Not at all. Our bodies are none of their business. Sign up with Planned Parenthood today. Send a message to your senators and representative now and tell them to reject this latest attempt to stand between patients and their doctors.

ADD YOUR NAME

Our opponents are spreading lies around these bills, but here are the facts: Any abortion ban gravely threatens patients’ health and safety. That’s because they insert politicians into the private decision-making process regarding health care that should be left between patients and their doctors.

Unfortunately, I’m not just talking hypothetically. In states that have passed similar bans, people have been forced to travel out of state or be denied access to safe, legal abortion.

Let me be absolutely clear: We will fight tooth and nail to make sure abortion bans do not become our new reality nationwide. But the threat is very real. Our opponents control both chambers of Congress and the White House — they have the power to turn their heartless agenda into an all-out assault on safe and legal abortion, all for the sake of politics. That’s why it’s critical that every senator and every representative hears from us now.

Add your name now. Join us at Planned Parenthood and send a message to Congress to vote NO on any abortion ban.

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Thank you, again, for all you do to keep pushing forward for reproductive health and rights.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund

December 5th, 2017 | News

In Case You Missed It: Special Report

SPECIAL REPORT

First Assembly Hearing on Sexual Harassment

Great Start, Asm. Laura Friedman

Yesterday, the Assembly took its first step to address allegations of pervasive sexual harassment in our Capitol: a nearly 5 hour information-gathering hearingby the Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention and Response, chaired by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. Here’s what you may have missed.

The hearing panels included a range of perspectives. In the first panel, the current Chair of the Rules Committee and other administrators currently responsible for fielding and managing sexual harassment complaints described procedures currently in place. In other panels, victims offered personal accounts of sexual harassment and assault, We Said Enough founders called out the “whisper network” and provided insights into their work, and expert civil rights attorneys offered guidance grounded in their years advocating for victims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Asm. Friedman did outstanding work to underscore the critical need for a “serious and comprehensive” overhaul of the Assembly’s approach to sexual harassment. Two issues in particular stood out as problematic. First, the Rules Committee has thoroughly failed to track sexual harassment complaints; it critically needs a reliable records-keeping system to provide fundamental data and spotlight patterns of abuse. Second, the administrators’ tenuous understanding of “zero tolerance” and muddled definition of “sexual harassment” needs immediate clarification.

The rash of sexual harassment infecting the California Legislature makes close the gap CA’s campaign to recruit progressive women even more urgent. We can and must replace offenders with women who will set and enforce higher standards.

If you’ve been wondering what YOU can do to eliminate abusive behavior and change the institutional culture that let it fester, here is what you can do RIGHT NOW:

  1. Call your State representatives: Tell them you want them to make it a priority to repair this broken system. Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault have to go. Call often.
  2. Email close the gap CA today and recommend women who should be recruited to run for the Assembly and Senate.
  3. Ask a woman you respect to run for office.
  4. Support close the gap CA’s efforts to identify, research, and recruit in open seats that result from resignations: Donate today.
close the gap CA is a statewide campaign to find talented, progressive women to run for open seats in the California legislature in 2018 and 2020. With focus and a targeted strategy, we can ‘close the gap’ and not just the gender gap. When we elect progressive women, we take steps to close the school funding gap, the access gap to affordable health and reproductive care, and the growing gap between the wealthy and those in poverty.

 

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