15 May

First line of defense

*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***

Democratic Association of Secretaries of State 

You’ve been with me in my campaign for California Secretary of State and together, we’ve accomplished so much to protect California’s elections and voting rights. But to truly protect our democracy, we need to take our fight nationwide.

I am now Chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS), the leading organization defending voting rights, and our role will be crucial to Democrats’ success in 2018.

Voting rights have been under nonstop attack since day one of the Trump administration. From racial and partisan gerrymandering to obstructive voter ID laws to Trump’s lies about voter fraud designed to undermine the democratic process, the threats against voting rights have been relentless.

Secretaries of State are our first line of defense, and DASS is committed to electing more Democrats to fight back, but we need your help.

We want to know what voting rights issue is most concerning to you ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Take our one-question survey below to share your opinion:

What voting rights issue are you most concerned about?

Voter ID laws Gerrymandering Lies about voter fraud

Thanks in advance for joining our effort to protect voting rights and elect Democrats in November.

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State
Chair, Democratic Association of Secretaries of State

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15 May

Why only Delaine

*** No candidate for Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

The election is now just twenty-two days away. Voter handbooks have arrived and many of you have messaged me, thrilled to see Delaine’s ballot statement prominently displayed on the very first page for governor (you can see it here on page 46).

This placement is incredibly helpful to Delaine as many voters sit down with their voter handbooks when they fill out their ballots. But many of you also noticed that while Delaine’s statement shares space with both of the top Republican candidates, the other top Democrats are noticeably absent.

The reason for this is quite simple, even if it is an indictment of our broken election system. MONEY. In order to include a statement in the voter handbook candidates needed to agree to a voluntary expenditure limit for the primary of  “a mere” $8,753,000.

What does it say when the top Republicans, including a self-funding multi-millionaire, agree to expenditure limits but top Democrats, who supposedly represent the party of the people, refuse?

We cannot afford to elect another candidate representing the best government money can buy. To improve our state and move the needle on massive income inequality, we need to elect Delaine.

Not only did Delaine agree to the expenditure limits she is also the only corporate free candidate in the mix. You have heard me say this over and over, and I still firmly believe, that we do not need the most money, we just need enough.

Volunteers are busy texting thousands of voters every day. In order to pay for these texts and to call more voters about Delaine, we need to raise $10,000 today.

Will you make a contribution here today? I promise you we will use it well.

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15 May

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14 May

Another newspaper endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General!

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***


The Santa Cruz Sentinel Endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

The Santa Cruz Sentinel became the latest newspaper to endorse Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for Attorney General.

The Sentinel’s editorial endorsement can be read HERE.

The Sentinel finds both Jones and Democratic opponent Xavier Becerra to be qualified candidates for the office, but in comparing the two, it picks Jones as the best choice:

“Since both [Jones and Becerra] vow to fend off Trumpian overreach into California affairs, the question voters should ask themselves is which one will do this while effectively carrying out, and not politicizing, the many other duties of the office? Based on their records, and qualifications, we believe the choice should be Jones.”

The Sentinel joins the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Modesto Bee, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian in endorsing Dave Jones.

The Sentinel points to Jones’s time spent as Insurance Commissioner and as a state assemblyman as examples of his leadership and integrity. It also lauds Jones for his commitment to protecting California and the best interests of its residents.

“As insurance commissioner since 2010, the former special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and state assemblyman has aggressively protected consumers against fraud, while dealing fairly with the industry he was elected to oversee,’ said the Sentinel. “Jones also has successfully pushed needed legislation to protect policyholders reeling from recent natural disasters. He also has declared in his campaign that he will defend the state, and the will of voters, even if he disagrees with their position – which he has vowed to do in upholding voters’ decision to maintain the death penalty, a punishment he personally opposes because of erroneous convictions.”

Although the Sentinel credits Becerra for his resistance to the Trump administration, the editorial makes it a point to note Becerra’s many shortcomings as the state’s current Attorney General, a position he was appointed to – not elected to – in 2016.

In the end, the Sentinel says that Becerra’s willingness to fight the Trump administration does not outweigh his lack of impartiality in other areas and his tendency to “overtly and overly politicize too many other issues.”

“The attorney general is the state’s top law enforcement official, its chief counsel and consumer advocate, as well as overseeing 4,500 employees,” the editorial said. “In that light, Becerra has won a national name for himself in aggressively fighting the Trump administration, but we like how Jones has aggressively and successfully run a state agency.

“And while the office is not nonpartisan, Jones also seems to understand the attorney general needs to stake out a position of political independence, while overseeing the many duties of the job, which include, but are not exclusive to, defending California against federal overreach. And that makes Dave Jones the better choice among two qualified candidates.”


Dave Jones for Attorney General

“A Fighter, Not a Follower.”


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14 May

A photo of my mother I cherish

Like many of you, I’m spending today thinking about my mother. She was all of 5 feet, but she could move mountains, as she proved when she crossed an ocean at age 19 to study in America.

There’s a photo I cherish of her and one of her best friends in life, my Auntie Lenore, standing in front of a sign that says, “Protest Birmingham atrocities. Write the president.”

She and my father met while they were active in the civil rights movement. My sister Maya and I actually joke that we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults marching and shouting for this thing called justice. We were raised on the stories of the upheaval and activism of the 1960s.

My mother became a pioneering breast cancer researcher. She maintained her lab at Lawrence Berkeley until the day she died; she knew that the search for truth was a lifelong effort.

From her, I learned to ask questions, gather evidence, and test hypotheses. I learned no idea is too precious to be rigorously examined. I learned how to fight for justice and live a life of conscience, and I think of her every day.

Today I am also thinking about how our country can do more to support our mothers. We’re the richest country on the planet, yet our maternal mortality rate is the highest in the developed world, and Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications.

That’s unacceptable. We have to do more to solve this crisis.

My mother taught me to speak the truth, be honest, and be clear of purpose. That’s what we have to do, especially in times like these, to create change and advance the cause of justice and equality.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Thanks for everything you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California


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