11 Jun

We need to protect our health care in the Central Valley

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress


VOTE ALERT: David Valadao has officially voted to cut $800 million from Medicare. Sign on to condemn Valadao’s vote and demand Congress protect our health care >>

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This is going to come off blunt:

As our Congressman, David Valadao has only proven one thing time and again: His loyalty is to party leaders in Washington, Big Pharma, and Wall Street.

Last week, we once again watched David Valadao vote the party line and against vulnerable Central Valley families by supporting the GOP’s “rescission” package which cut $800 million from Medicare and $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

This vote came just months after Valadao supported a massive handout to Wall Street and Big Pharma by supporting the GOP tax scam at the expense of California families. We’re seeing a pattern emerge, and we need to step up if we’re going to stop it.

We need new, independent leadership that’s going to protect and strengthen health care access in the Central Valley — not bow to corporate or party leaders in Washington. I need to know you’re with me in this fight.

1,000 SIGNATURES NEEDED: Sign on to our petition today to condemn David Valadao for this latest attacks on our health care ⇒

In Solidarity,

TJ Cox



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11 Jun

Mr. Nunes, show some spine on trade. Valley nut growers depend on you.

Mr. Nunes, show some spine on trade. Valley nut growers depend on you.

By William Daniel Garst


Devin Nunes puts protecting President Trump above all else, including safeguarding the economic interests of his constituents. Central Valley tree nut growers will be among the big losers in the trade war Trump is intent of waging against China and the European Union. Yet Nunes has been AWOL on this issue, refusing to criticize Trump for misguided trade policies that will harm the local economy.

In the most recent shipping season, China and Hong Kong accounted for 55 percent of U.S. pistachio exports, whose farm gate value amounted to $339 million. Fresno County is the second-biggest producer of pistachio nuts in California. Higher Chinese duties on American pistachios would be boon to Iran, the world’s other major pistachio grower, enabling it to grab much of the rising Chinese demand for these nuts. In 2016, China took 12 percent of California’s almonds, which remain the top grossing crop for Fresno County. The total value of almonds and pistachios sent to China that year each amounted to over $500 million. According to the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network, the EU is the other big export market for California tree nuts, taking in $2.95 billion worth of U.S. exports of this largely California-grown commodity. That total included $1.6 billion worth of almonds, $420 million worth of walnuts and $380 million worth of pistachios.

China has already announced significant tariff increases on U.S. tree nuts in response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. Unlike Kentucky bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, tree nuts have yet to be included in EU retaliatory tariffs. But that will change if the U.S.-EU trade dispute escalates, as it appears to be doing, and more tit-for-tat behavior occurs. Given the scale and value of California tree nut exports to Europe and China, reducing access to these markets will reduce the incomes of the state’s tree nut growers. Ancillary industries, like packing and shipping, will also suffer.

Nunes’s silence on this looming threat to the livelihoods of many of his constituents has been deafening. In late March, when Trump announced the steel and aluminum tariffs, Nunes spoke on Fox Business Network, praising Trump for not just talking “tough” on trade but acting “tough” as well. He airily declared that the U.S. could open up other markets, such as Japan and Vietnam, for U.S. farm exporters, ignoring how Trump has made doing that much more difficult with his pullout from the TPP trade deal.

Nunes spent much of the interview talking about China as a national security threat and stressing the Chinese technology theft. The issue certainly matters, and China has not been a good global trade citizen. However, Trump is mistakenly addressing this problem through tariffs and trying to reduce China’s trade surplus with the U.S. — the latter is driven by the low American savings rate, not “bad” trade deals. The president should instead be forging alliances with U.S. allies in Asia and Europe to exert pressure against China to mend its bad ways. Unfortunately, he has made this difficult by withdrawing from the TPP shortly after becoming president and is now picking trade fights with Europe, Canada, and Mexico, all longstanding American allies.

President Trump is famous for demanding complete loyalty from those around him, while giving little back of it back himself. On an issue that is of vital importance to the economic well-being of the 22nd District, Nunes has gotten little payback from his effort to be a Trump über loyalist. The voters here deserve better and need a representative who will fight for them against Trump’s bad trade policies.


William Daniel Garst lives in Fresno and is a full-time lecturer in the political science department at California State University, Fresno. He focuses on international relations, especially trade.

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11 Jun

CDP Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 6.10.18

It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

We Got Out The Vote. Now It’s On To November!

Your CDP Team is proud to extend our congratulations to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on winning his landslide first-place victory on Tuesday. He has been a trailblazer and an icon of progress and inclusion, and will no doubt lead our statewide ticket to another clean sweep in November. And for all the talk… and talk… and talk… of a Top 2 disaster for California Democrats, we have strong challengers in every battleground district!

(Here’s a Fun Fact from Tuesday: it was actually the Republicans who ended up getting shut out in AD 76, where two Democrats will advance to November in an Assembly seat being vacated by Republican Rocky Chavez).

Thank you to everyone who helped propel the overwhelming majority of our CDP-endorsed candidates to victory on Tuesday. Thanks to your efforts, our statewide candidates for partisan office – Alex Padilla, Betty Yee, Fiona Ma & Ricardo Lara – all won handily, and Tony Thurmond will advance to November in the non-partisan Superintendent of Public Instruction contest.

CDP Battlegrounds Tour

In the days leading up to the Primary, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman rallied the troops at battleground headquarters across the state. At every stop – from Jessica Morse HQ in Roseville, to the hundreds of volunteers at No On Recall HQ in Fullerton, to a rally with the Pod Save America crew at a beautiful park in CD 48, the CDP team was proud to spend some time with the candidates and grassroots activists who are powering the Big Blue Wave.

They Stole it Fair & Square

Tuesday was generally a good night for us, with one exception: the recall of Josh Newman. Democrats from across the state, not just in Orange County and Los Angeles, worked their hearts out for Josh Newman. The No On the Recall team ran an intensive and creative program to reach out to voters, and the grassroots response was extraordinary: easily over 1,000 people from across the state turned out to Get Out The Vote last weekend, including CDP Political Director Clark Lee and Communications Director John Vigna.

But as many of our Red County Democrats know, it’s possible for us to do everything right and still come up short. Josh Newman got a raw deal. He cast a principled vote to fix an urgent and critical problem, and the Republicans lied and cheated for over a year. The Recall of Josh Newman has made clear the Republican Party is rotten to its core. And the only thing Republicans proved is that winning requires them to lie, cheat and steal every step of the way.

Josh is a class act, and a true public servant. We sure as hell hope he comes back to retake this seat in 2020.

Summer Executive Board Meeting

The CDP Summer Executive Board meeting will be held the weekend of July 13-15 at the Oakland Marriott. The CDP room block is selling out quickly – complete your hotel reservations here.

To complete your registration for the Executive Board, or to purchase tickets for the Luncheon please click here. Our luncheon keynote speaker is Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White – don’t miss his exciting and informative presentation.   

For more information, please visit the CDP’s Executive Board page.

A brief word on scheduling… Our Executive Board meeting unfortunately coincides with San Diego Pride weekend. Your CDP team makes every effort to ensure that our Party meetings don’t conflict with major events important to communities within our Party. But occasionally, we do find ourselves without any wiggle room on the weekends available to us, and that’s why our meeting conflicts with SD Pride this year. We truly appreciate the commitment and dedication of our grassroots activists, and we certainly appreciate everyone’s understanding when these kinds of conflicts become unavoidable.

We Have No Reservations About It… Tony Bourdain Will Be Missed

Your CDP Team was a big fan of Anthony Bourdain, and we were truly saddened to learn of his suicide yesterday. In these last months of his life, Anthony Bourdain became an outspoken and unflinching voice in support of the women leading the #MeToo movement. His fearless reflection on his own toxic masculinity, and his vocal support for justice for the victims of predators like Harvey Weinstein made him the all-too-rare example of a man willing to call out other men for their unacceptable behavior.

We will likely never know what it was that brought him to the point of taking his own life. His suicide is a haunting reminder that we simply don’t provide enough support to those struggling with mental illness, depression or post-traumatic stress. We need to dramatically expand access to counseling, therapy and mental health services in this country. And we need to challenge a culture that stigmatizes those who seek help for their mental health.

We’ll sign-off this week with our favorite clip of his show on CNN, where he shared a meal with President Obama in Hanoi. RIP Anthony Bourdain.

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11 Jun

Thank You


Dear Friend,

I am incredibly proud of the support our team earned on Election Day! With your continued support we will work hard to create positive changes in neighborhoods throughout #District1. We will focus on supporting small businesses, improving infrastructure, building more housing, strengthening public safety and creating more parks.



Esmeralda Soria
Council President

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08 Jun

The fight has just begun


On Tues‌day, the nation watched as millions of Californians went to the polls and made their voices heard: They are ready for the Blue Wave in 2018! And that wave begins in California.

It has never been more clear that our CDP-endorsed congressional candidates are strong progressives who will fight in Congress on behalf of their district and all Californians. They are a key part of the plan to #TakeBackTheHouse.

But, while we celebrate their victories, we can’t forget that this fight is far from over. Now, it’s time for us to gear up for November — because the real test of our strength has just begun.

Will you help us build the strong foundation we’ll need to power our congressional candidates to victory in November by pitching in $20.18 or more right now?

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I know that, come November, we will stand up to Trump’s Congressional Clones and take back Congress for good. I know that we are strong enough to power the Big Blue Wave here in California.

But we’re going to need you to help us prove it.

Please, pitch in $20.18 or more right now to make sure we have the resources necessary to take back the House this fall.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party


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08 Jun

Next step? Unseat Valadao

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

ABC Bakersfield: Valadao, TJ Cox face off for 21st District in November

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It’s official!

The stage for the 2018 general election is set. We’re the official Democratic nominee running to unseat David Valadao in California’s 21st Congressional district!

To all the volunteers, donors, and (of course) our incredible staff who made this victory possible — I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. This campaign is built on your enthusiasm and I continue to believe that grassroots activists from right here in the Central Valley will be the difference maker in winning this race.

On election night Team Cox celebrated, then we talked next steps.

I’m going to tell you what I told Team Cox on election night on Tuesday:

Now, the real work begins.

We know exactly what we’re going up against in David Valadao with his corporate PAC connections and deep ties to Trump’s White House. After the results were in, Washington Republicans wasted NO TIME gearing up for the general election and announced a $10,000 per ticket minimum fundraiser for vulnerable incumbents like David Valadao.

So we can’t waste any time either. It’s go time. Help us kick off this election on strong footing by helping us raise $20,000 from our grassroots network in June >>

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Thanks, team, we can’t do this without you.

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07 Jun

Ripples of hope

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

First of all, thank you for all you did to help my campaign to become California’s next governor. I am forever grateful and inspired by the campaign we ran and by our effort to create a more inclusive California. We must forge ahead for the well-being of our state and our country.

As you know, I am an optimist. And while I know we all fought hard for a different outcome last night, when the leading candidate was also pouring money into getting the opponent he wanted in the general election, regardless of the threats to our democracy, it only reaffirms we have much work to do to secure our democratic values.

I have no regrets about running, about the race that we ran (except that we did not win) or about the message we delivered. Do I wish I had $20 million to deliver that message? Well, yes, and that’s another reason why we need to fix our system.  A system where money is the barometer of worth and the key to access is not a system that will create the California we want to live in.

Your time, your contributions, your notes, your encouragement — I feel so fortunate to have met so many new leaders on this journey, and to have so many old friends with me, too. We defied the odds, while showing that we pay a high price for ending up with the best candidates money can buy. I commit to continue to speak out to change that reality.

The hardest part  for me is, yes, not being able to work together with you as your governor to create the great vision we had for California. I am sorry if I let you down. We worked our hardest, and your tireless efforts moved every voter that we were able to reach toward the arch of justice. Other candidates echoed our positions, including the Democratic front runner. Let us hold him accountable.

We had a campaign that was built on respect, integrity and hard work. My next effort, I hope with many of you again, will be no different. For the moment I need to work on retiring our campaign debt (yes, the reality 🙂 ), reflecting on the best way for me to have an impact on our future, and spending some time with friends and family. I am forever grateful to each and every one of you for standing with me.

On the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, I share some of his words that make me think of all of you:

Each time a man [sic] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Thank you for all the ripples of hope I know you will continue to send out to build that current.

With immense gratitude and respect,


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