06 Jul

No regrets

Kamala Harris

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how people keep saying that folks are going to lose their health care if the Republican repeal bill passes.

And you know what: we need to stop saying that. It’s time for us to speak the truth because what’s really happening is that they are trying to take health care away from us. We’re not losing it — I didn’t leave it on the bus or forget it somewhere. No, they’re taking it away from us.

So here’s what we have to say instead:

“Don’t take my health care!”

“Get your hands off my Medicaid!”

“Leave our insurance alone!”

And then let’s talk about the facts of this fight. This bill is going to benefit the 0.4% wealthiest Americans. Let that sink in: 0.4%. Republicans are trying to steal health care from 22 million people in order to help 0.4%, the wealthiest of the very wealthy. That math is just all wrong.

Let’s talk about values. Health care is not a privilege for the few, it’s a right for all of us. This issue is about taking away people’s right to have access to meaningful health care. It is a civil right and should be thought of as a human right. And it’s not about what we’re going to lose, it’s about them trying to take it from us.

We have to say:

“We will not let you!”

So here’s the deal: we’ve done a really great job of forcing the delay on this vote and I know a lot of folks are rightly celebrating. But I’m writing to you today to say that the fight has just begun. The fight is this weekend, this upcoming week as Members of Congress head home for recess, and the upcoming weeks after that when they’re back in Washington.

And what we have to do is use all of our energy and our power to win. We need to talk, we need to march, we need to shout, we need to call, we need to email, we need to text, and we need to tweet.

If your senator opposes the bill, thank them and ask them to continue doing everything possible to stop it. Reach out to friends in states with senators who are still on the fence. Maybe even have some conversations with friends or family members. Tell them about what is at stake with this bill and about the actions they should take to make sure it gets defeated.

If your senator supports the bill or is undecided, explain how this bill will impact you or your loved ones. Tell your story (you can use this link to share your story with our campaign.) Tell them that if they vote to take away people’s health care, they should — and will — lose their jobs.

You can find events in your community here, courtesy of folks like you and me who are working hard to defeat the GOP health care bill:

Be persistent, be passionate, and be persuasive.

We have to talk to everybody about the fact that it is just wrong to play politics with public health. It’s really wrong.

No regrets. NONE. Call everyone you know, talk with everyone you know. Tell your stories. And let’s bring this home and then we can celebrate together.

Right now, we have work to do.

Thanks for everything.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. Today is our FEC fundraising deadline. Unlike many in Washington, I am very blessed to have grassroots supporters like you who fuel our campaign and allow me to focus on doing my job, not fundraising. And the truth is we’ve exceeded our goals for June, including raising an astounding $200,000 for colleagues of mine in the Senate who are up for re-election. That’s an incredible achievement and it’s why we’re not asking you to donate today.

With this weekend being so important to the health care fight, I’d rather spend my time directing your energy there — because this next week is the most important one yet, and we need to have no regrets when Congress comes back in session.

You know what to do. Thanks again for everything. -KH


“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

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04 Jul

Happy Independence Day

Dear Friends,

Every Fourth of July we celebrate our nation’s history and pause to reflect on the freedoms and values we share as Americans.

Our country was founded as a new experiment in self-government, and we all play a vital role in continuing the success of the union our Founding Fathers started 241 years ago. Although we continue to face challenges, we have come far as a country because we have stood together as Americans. Let us remember today that we are one nation, and that there is no challenge we cannot overcome when we are united. With the many divisions that exist in our country today, let us never forget that the bonds we share and celebrate on Independence Day are far, far stronger than whatever differences we may have.

Again, I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July! 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.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-384-1620
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Fax: 202-225-9308

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30 Jun

Democracy for America Endorses Challengers Emilio Huerta and Laura Moser

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



June 29, 2017

Contact: Vivek Kembaiyan,, 802-651-3203

This release is available online here.

Democracy for America Endorses Challengers Emilio Huerta and Laura Moser for Congress

Democracy for America today endorsed two progressives running for the House of Representatives against Republicans in 2018. Emilio Huerta is running in California’s 21st District against David Valadao and Laura Moser is running in Texas’ 7th District against John Culberson. The news follows the national progressive organization’s first 2018 challenger endorsement yesterday, of Randy Bryce in his campaign against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District. Democracy for America has raised $1.8 million from its members for Bernie Sanders’ campaign last year, and over $60,000 in just a few months for John Ossoff’s special election earlier this year.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the endorsements:

“This is how we will kick the Republicans out of power in Congress: with candidates like Laura, Emilio, and Randy who are running on their progressive values and using their campaigns to expand the electorate in their districts.”

Laura Moser didn’t wait until Trump was elected to start mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people across the country to get involved in the resistance. We desperately need more leaders like Laura who have the ingenuity and persistence to go beyond the way things have always been done. Our members are excited to help get her much-needed voice to Congress.”

Emilio Huerta has been steeped in organizing his whole life, including decades spent empowering communities in the San Joaquin Valley to fight for fair treatment. That experience will be key to turning out people who have traditionally not voted. Flipping this district from Republican control doesn’t happen overnight, which is why we’re glad to stand with Emilio again as he continues the work he began last cycle.” – Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America

Laura Moser on the endorsement:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have DFA’s endorsement — the grassroots, people-powered know-how from a group like DFA will help ensure that our campaign is an indispensable organizing force in the Texas 7th, with impact in not just Houston but all of Texas for decades to come.”

Emilio Huerta on the endorsement:

“The battle for California’s 21st Congressional District will be one of the most important congressional races in 2018. As a life-long resident of California’s San Joaquin Valley, I am concerned that Washington will further erode economic opportunities and environmental safeguards for Valley residents. Congressman David Valadao (R) recently disregarded the interest of working families and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As a result, more than 120,000 residents in the 21st will be without health coverage. Enough! I will fight for expansion of health insurance coverage for all Americans, income equality, better paying jobs, comprehensive immigration reform, elimination of student loan debt, and safeguards for workers and the environment.  I need your help to stop the reckless and catastrophic policies of Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress.”

Laura Moser is a long-time writer and journalist who turned to resistance activism following Donald Trump’s election. She began the activist organization Daily Action in response to the corruption and bigotry she saw coming from Capitol Hill. The organization, dedicated to giving people daily actions to resist the Trump administration, currently has around 300,000 members.

Emilio Huerta is the son of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. His 20+ year career has been spent as a civil rights lawyer as well as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA), general counsel of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and a national representative for the United Farm Workers union. During his career he has established primary health care clinics in low-income areas in California and has developed more than $400 million in affordable housing across the United States.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.


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30 Jun

Invasion of privacy

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


Add your name: Urge state governments to refuse to send sensitive voter information to Trump’s voter suppression commission.

For months now, President Trump has dangerously attacked the legitimacy of our free and fair elections. He continues to repeat false and unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations, all in an attempt to explain away his stunning loss in the popular vote last November.

Now, he’s created a so-called “voter fraud commission” that is run by Kris Kobach, a man with a long history of sponsoring discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies including voter suppression and racial profiling laws.

It sends a clear and ominous message — and we have to be prepared to do all we can to save our democracy from Trump and Kobach.

Yesterday, Kobach and the commission demanded California turn over sensitive voter information, including but not limited to names, address, dates of birth, social security information, vote history and party affiliation for every voter in America. My response:


I will not provide sensitive and personal voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians and people across the country voted illegally. California’s participation would only legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by Trump and Kobach.

I am also calling on other states to follow our lead and reject this request, which is why I’m asking:

Can you add your name right now to urge state governments to refuse to send sensitive voter information to Trump’s voter suppression commission?

This commission is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a distraction from the real threats to our democracy: the well-documented Russian interference in our elections as well as the age of our voting systems.

This fight is only beginning, but I promise to do everything in my power to defend the right of all eligible voters to cast their ballots free from discrimination, intimidation or unnecessary roadblocks.

It’s going to be series of tough fights, but I’m certain that if we work together over the next several months and years, we can protect our democracy and resist Trump’s radical voter suppression agenda.

Add your name to our petition today — let’s show Trump we’re ready to fight back and save our democracy >>

Thanks for everything,

Alex Padilla

Secretary of State, California


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30 Jun

We need to fight GOP lies


Democratic State Senator Josh Newman is being recalled for doing his job: Casting a vote to repair roads.

For voting to fix our state’s crumbling infrastructure, Republicans have launched a deceitful and pathetic bid to reverse the will of the voters in Senate District 29 by recalling him.

California Democrats are fighting back against Republicans’ lies, but we’ll need your support to keep Senator Newman in his seat and retain our supermajority in the State Senate.  

Before being elected to the State Senate, Josh Newman spent years working to improve the quality of life for veterans. Now in the Senate, Senator Newman is fighting for our progressive vision as Democrats — including proudly voting for SB 562, California’s single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare legislation.

Josh Newman should be able to keep doing his job, and we need to keep his seat blue to continue making progress here in California.

Republicans have been trying to gather signatures to recall Newman for months now. We need your support todayto combat their lies, and to prepare for the fight to come:

Thank you for fighting back.

Democratically yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party


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