Reminder: Rally at Devin Nunes Clovis Office Today Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:30-7PM
FRESNO—Rep. Devin Nunes (R–CD22) finds himself in the national news for a pair of bizarre press conferences that brings into question his ethics, his understanding of the role of the important House committee that he chairs and his willingness to break with 40 years of tradition in providing the President with information from an ongoing investigation even before notifying his fellow committee members.
During his comments to the press, Nunes made contradictory statements relative to the information that he provided President Donald Trump. Initially, he said the information—concerning alleged incidental surveillance of Trump transition team members—was not part of the House Intelligence Committee’s current investigation of Russian influence on the U.S. election, but when asked the question a second time he said that the information he provided the President was currently being investigated by the committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CD28), also from California and the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that Nunes’ actions make him appear to be a “surrogate of the White House.” Schiff has questioned whether Nunes can lead an objective investigation, and now there are bipartisan appeals for an independent committee. Senators John McCain and Chuck Schumer have both called for such a committee.
Nunes exhibited bad judgment in sharing information with the President during an ongoing investigation and by failing to inform his fellow committee members (from both parties) of the “new” information that he claims to have obtained. This is a serious abuse of his authority as the committee’s chair.
Furthermore, given that Nunes was a key player on the national security transition team for Trump, his relationship to the president and what information he might have shared with the President raise further questions about his ethical soundness.
“Nunes’ sophomoric and apparently partisan stunt today is further indication that he is out of his depth on the Intelligence Committee,” says Michael D. Evans, chair of the California Federation of Democratic County Central Committee Members, chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party and a resident of Nunes’ district. “Nunes has now used a national platform to embarrass not only himself but also his Central Valley district. We need a trustworthy representative in Washington who will represent our interests.”
Indeed, Nunes is in “way, way over his head,” stated commentator Lawrence O’Donnell. “That’s what he showed everyone today.”
The Fresno County Democratic Party supports an investigation of Rep. Nunes’ actions and asks that he step down as head of the Intelligence Committee until such investigation is completed. For more information, contact 559-495-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael D. Evans
March 22, 2017
As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, a law that has provided health insurance to more than 4 million Californians, our state’s representatives should know that they are on notice. They can either stand with the people who sent them to Washington D.C. and protect health care for the sick and vulnerable and those who need it most, or we will hold them accountable on Election Day.
All eyes are on our elected officials to do the right thing. Implementing the ill-conceived “Trumpcare” to line the pockets of the wealthy and leave the rest of us holding the bag is the wrong thing. Washington, D.C. may be 3,000 miles away, but none of this is happening in a vacuum. We are watching. And we are taking names.
Convention Registration is up and running — register today!
Registration for the 2017 California Democratic State Convention is now open: Register online today to avoid long lines at Convention and save $40!
RSVP now for Delegate Training
There are still a few Delegate Training sessions open across the state. These trainings are a great opportunity for new delegates to learn more about Party history, structure, and avenues of engagement — and you’ll also get a chance to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of Convention itself. Learn more and RSVP today. And don’t worry if you’re unable to attend a session, a Delegate Training will also be offered at Convention (Friday @ 12:30pm).
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Eric Bradley DEEP BLUE Grant
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The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
Backing of State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia Showcases Senator Ed Hernandez’ Growing Appeal Among Key Leaders
WEST COVINA, CA — Sweeping up more support in his campaign to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez received the influential backing of State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia.
In announcing his endorsement of Hernandez, Garcia remarked:
“Ed Hernandez is a man of great integrity, vision and compassion. His background as an optometrist, small business owner, State Assembly Member and State Senator make him uniquely qualified to serve as our state’s next Lieutenant Governor. Having worked with him in the legislature on a range of issues, from healthcare expansion to job creation and improvements to our education system, I believe Ed is the best choice for the job. I’m pleased to endorse him.”
Significantly, recently, Senator Hernandez released a new online video, titled “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:
Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released the following list of over 200 endorsements, including:
Federal Elected Leaders
State Elected Leaders
California Democratic Party & Labor Leaders
Local Elected Leaders
A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities. As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.
Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.
For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.
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I want to make you all aware of some events taking place this week for Healthcare. Please RSVP if you would like to (may not be necessary to RSVP but you can).
Wednesday, March 22nd
· Informational Hearing in Fresno on GOP Proposal
o 1-4pm Fresno City Hall (2600 Fresno St)
o RSVP here
Thursday, March 23rd
· Rapid Response Actions:
o Modesto: Denham’s District office 12pm RSVP here
o Clovis: Nunes’ District Office 5:30pm RSVP here
o Bakersfield: Valadao’s District Office 5:30pm RSVP here
o Palmdale: Knight’s District Office 5pm RSVP here
o Huntington Beach: Rohrabacher’s District Office 6pm RSVP here
o Brea: Royce’s District Office 5pm RSVP here
· Press Conference on ACA’s 7th anniversary in Sacramento @ 11am West Steps of State Capitol. RSVP to Rachel Linn-Gish:email@example.com
· March and Rally in Los Angeles for ACA @ 11am RSVP here
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today State Senator Ricardo Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he will be running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by releasing the following statement:
“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.
“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.
“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”
As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.
In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.
Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.
His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.
Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.