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Tweets from GOP Arpaio Event

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Our message for Joe Arpaio


Today, hundreds of our brothers and sisters in Fresno and the Central Valley are turning out to protest one of the most divisive, hateful men in the country: disgraced ex-sheriff and convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, who has more than earned his status as one of the most reviled men in America.

Joe Arpaio is notorious for flagrantly abusing his power as sheriff and maliciously abusing the prisoners in his charge. He is a national disgrace who has vilified immigrants from the moment he stepped into the spotlight.

Most disgustingly of all, he’s tried to spin a career’s worth of law breaking, race baiting and abuse of power as some kind of patriotic act where he’s standing up for the “real Americans” — despite the fact that the only reason he isn’t sitting in jail for his own lawlessness is because he successfully groveled, begged and pleaded for a pardon from Donald Trump on national television.

Well, we’ve got some news for Joe Arpaio: the DREAMers and undocumented immigrants he’s so quick to vilify are more American than he’ll ever be.

There is nothing more American than starting with nothing but the talents you were born with and a willingness to work hard and make something of yourself. That’s whatDREAMers and undocumented immigrants are doing every single day in schools, university campuses, military bases and job sites all over California.

This isn’t an abstract policy debate—this is about real people’s lives. One of the most heartless consequences of this whole debate is that some of the folks most vulnerable to deportation because of DACA’s cancellation are, at this very moment, risking their lives to defend our nation in the military. And last month, as our entire nation watched the floodwaters rise in Houston, one DREAMer—Alonso Guillen—got in his car and headed south to join the rescue efforts. He died when his boat capsized, giving up his life to save other Americans he almost certainly had never even met.

That’s why a strong majority of this country rejects Joe Arpaio’s hateful rhetoric. It’s also why an even larger majority stands with undocumented immigrants who contribute to our country every day, most especially the DREAMers who grew up here, attended our schools and pledge allegiance to our flag.

Given the choice between standing with DREAMers or standing with Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump, California will stand with the DREAMers every time. And by inviting Joe Arpaio—by choosing to wrap themselves up in his hatefulness and lawlessness—Fresno Republicans are showing us what their values truly are.

Every Republican in California has a choice to make.

Do they stand with Joe Arpaio—the convicted criminal, the abusive former sheriff, the notorious racist? Or do they stand with the folks who are breathing new life into our national motto E Pluribus Unum—from many, one—that all of us, as Americans, cherish?

This is a moment of reckoning for Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Anthony Canella and all the other California Republicans who try desperately to thread the needle between appearing friendly to DREAMers while doing absolutely nothing to stand up to the Donald Trumps and Joe Arpaios of the Republican Party who are threatening immigrants with deportation. This is about our values as Americans, pure and simple.

Either Jeff Denham, David Valadao and Anthony Canella stand with the DREAMers, or they stand with Joe Arpaio. By their words and their conduct, it’s clear what choice they’ve made—they’re with Joe Arpaio.

It’s up to us as Democrats to make sure the voters clearly understand that when the time came to choose between standing with immigrants and standing with Arpaio, Republicans chose Arpaio and the hateful division he represents.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

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CDP Weekly Update


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

Puerto Rico
Earlier this week, CDP Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall sent out a message asking for help for Puerto Rico. The news has only grown worse since then. A humanitarian disaster is unfolding, and our fellow citizens are facing hardships no American should ever have to face. Most of the Island is without power. Food, medical supplies, and water are in dangerously short supply.

There are more than three million of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, and we must stand with them in their hour of need. Please contribute to one of the following relief organizations providing aid to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico:

2020 Primary News
You probably saw the news this week that Governor Brown has signed legislation moving California’s 2020 Presidential & Statewide Direct Primary to March. California Democrats are the leaders of the national resistance to Trump, and we are defining the progressive agenda for America — as Chair Bauman said, “Our voices need to be heard early in the process.”

But aside from giving California’s Grassroots Democrats a major voice in deciding the Democratic Nominee in 2020, this move has some practical impacts on the CDP and our County Committees, most significantly with respect to the endorsement process timeline. The CDP leadership team is working to identify and mitigate the logistical challenges this move creates, and we will be reporting more on those efforts in the weeks ahead.

The CDP Finance Committee is hard at work developing strategies to promote Dem2018 — The CDP’s sustaining donor program. If you’re not a member of Dem2018, sign up to‌day — our grassroots activists are essential to victory next year, and Dem2018 is a great way to help win the fight for progress in California. If you have questions, comments or ideas about Dem2018, you can submit them to CDP Controller Dan Weitzman here.

High School Democrats Working Group
CDP Secretary Jenny Bach is putting together a working group to develop strategies and projects to reach out to and engage high school-aged Democrats. For more information, or to participate, contact CDP Secretary Jenny Bach.

Platform Committee
The CDP adopts a platform every two years. The CDP Platform Committee is currently working on drafting our new platform, which will be considered and adopted at the CDP State Convention in 2018. We welcome your input and participation through the drafting process. Please note that all testimony and proposals must be submitted in writing. The deadline to submit written testimony and proposals is Frid‌ay, Novemb‌er 17, 2‌017, at 5‌ PM. To submit written testimony and language proposals, please visit the CDP Platform Committee webpage.

Deadlines Approaching – Rules Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee
The Rules Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee has issued a draft recommendation report regarding CDP Bylaw amendment proposals referred to the Subcommittee. Interested parties may submit written comments or testimony on this draft recommendation report until Thur‌sday, Octob‌er 5, ‌2017. Written comments may be submitted online via webform on the Rules Committee webpage.

Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are held across the state prior to the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting and are currently underway. For information on the Regional Meeting in your area, please visit the CDP Events webpage.

Endorsement General Information
The CDP Endorsements webpage is up and running at Please visit the Endorsements webpage for information on the 2018 CDP endorsement process. The webpage will be updated periodically as we head into the 2018 election cycle.

In Case You Missed It
CDP Political Director Clark Lee urged our activists to use the new online phonebank set up by Senator Josh Newman’s campaign to defeat the recall, and CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman presented an award to Senator Josh Newman at the Democratic Party of Orange County Truman Dinner.

Josh Newman and Eric C. Bauman


One week closer to 2018!

–CDP Update

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Finding Common Ground in Washington

Dear Friends,

The last few weeks in Washington D.C. have been quite busy, with efforts focused on trying to improve healthcare, safety, and economic opportunity for the American people. With that in mind, I wanted to take this time to share what I have been doing to improve the lives of all my constituents as we approach the fall.

Fighting for Bipartisan Healthcare Reform

This week the U.S. Senate failed to vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform bill, which would have replaced portions of the Affordable Care Act and resulted in sweeping changes to the nation’s healthcare system. While I was glad the Senate did not vote on this legislation, which would have had devastating consequences to healthcare delivery for Valley residents, it is clear that work remains to stabilize the nation’s healthcare system. As I have been saying for years, now is the time for Members of Congress to reach across the aisle to work towards practical, long-term solutions to help provide options and bring costs down for all Americans. That is why I sent a letterwith the rest of the Problem Solvers Caucus to Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urging bipartisanship in efforts to stabilize the individual health insurance market. Earlier this summer the Problem Solvers Caucus – a group of Republican and Democratic representatives working to find a path forward for responsible governance – released a bipartisan set of healthcare proposals to help improve the health care system for families and businesses across America. It is long past time for Congress to come together on this issue to provide lasting solutions for all Americans, regardless of party.

Improving the Valley Economy

We in the Valley know full well the critical role we play in supplying the country with the food that ends up on Americans’ dinner tables each night. One key part of our ability to feed the nation and the world is our poultry industry, with Merced and Fresno counties representing the top two chicken producing counties in the state. The poultry industry has also been a tremendous economic engine for California and our San Joaquin Valley. That is why, over the years, I have fought for policies that encourage production of safe, high-quality, and wholesome poultry, and I was recently awarded a lifetime achievement “Golden Rooster Award” from the California Poultry Federation. To keep our economy moving, it is critical that we work with businesses like those in the poultry industry to promote investment in our communities and to avoid burdensome regulations while providing necessary protections for consumers.

Congressman Costa accepts the Golden Rooster Award from the California Poultry Federation

Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners

In every war in our country’s history, civilian ships have helped support our military by transporting personnel and supplies. These civilians are collectively referred to as Merchant Mariners. Those who served our nation during World War II have never received full veteran benefits, meaning they are not eligible for tuition subsides, home loan guarantees, or other G.I. Bill provisions that have helped millions. That is why I recently joined as a cosponsor of the Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act, which would provide a one-time payment of $25,000 to surviving WWII Mariners. This bipartisan bill will ensure that those who supported our troops get the benefits they have earned, and I hope to see it passed into law soon.

Working to Fight and Prevent Wildfires

California’s recent unprecedented drought has devastated our state’s forests, and now there are an estimated 107 million dead trees serving as a tinder box for our historically-common wildfires. We are currently seeing the effects, with 1,057 wildfires burning over 300,000 acres of National Forest System lands in California so far during this fire year. It is therefore critical that we start treating wildfires like the natural disasters they are. We must stop the never-ending cycle of underfunding the forest management that prevents wildfires in the first place in order to pay for emergency wildfire suppression, which is why I support legislation such as the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.

The Mission Fire and Railroad Fire have ravaged our Valley, and we must do whatever we can to suppress the fires and help each other recover from their destruction. That is why I wrote a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke urging him to advocate for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, which will allow for the necessary federal funds to help us in our firefighting efforts and to support victims. Additionally, the State of California’s requests for federal emergency grants to help suppress the Railroad and Mission fires were approved earlier this month. Both grants are Fire Management Assistance Grants, which are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).I hope to see these grants used as quickly as possible to help to compensate our local communities for their efforts to suppress the Mission Fire and the Railroad Fire, and to assist in their recovery.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook pageand twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


Fresno Office
855 M Street, Suite 940
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-495-1620
Fax: 559-495-1027
Merced Office
2222 M St, Suite 305
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-384-1620
Washington, DC Office
2081 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3341
Fax: 202-225-9308

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