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10 Feb
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Nunes should meet with voters

 

Rep. Devin Nunes (R‒Tulare) has been a vocal supporter of ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In doing so, he has put his blind ideology before the interests of the country.

Nunes represents a Congressional district that includes Clovis and North Fresno, as well as much of Tulare County.

A related story in the Fresno Bee (http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/political-notebook/article133005064.html) includes the following:

Michael D. Evans, chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party, said Nunes is not the right person to head the intelligence committee.

“I read the book (‘Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint for America’s Future’) he wrote a number of years ago,” Evans said. “I saw how surprisingly lightweight he is. This is a person who does not bring a lot to the table. He’s overwhelmed in his position and is not effectively representing his constituents.”

Nunes has publicly stated he does not think an investigation of Flynn’s activity with a Russian diplomat needs further action. If you are concerned about further security problems, contacts with Russia that members of the Trump campaign may have had before the election, and possible ethics violations or outright criminal activity, contact Rep. Nunes today. Help ensure the safety and security of our nation.

To contact Rep. Devin Nunes:
Washington 202-225-2523
Clovis 559-323-5235
Visalia 559-733-3861
https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/

 

Call Rep. Devin Nunes and tell him to hold a town hall meeting.

Clovis Office: 559-323-5235; Washington DC Office: 202-225-2523

 

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10 Feb
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Rep. Jim Costa on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees

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10 Feb
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Appeals Court Tells Trump “NO”

Dear Friends and Supporters,
As I write this, we are well into the 3rd week of the Trump Presidency. Some call it the Trump Monarchy; others have gone so far as to call it the Trump Reich. But whatever your preferred characterization—harsh or simply critical—it is clear to most of us that the 45th President of the U.S. has little regard for the will of the people, is eager to attack the independence of the federal judiciary, and relishes in childish slurs and insults—frequently conveyed by Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Congress remains largely mute, paralyzed either by fear or silent acquiescence. Presidential lies, falsehoods, “alternative facts”, assaults on the news media and rhetorical admiration for Vladimir Putin are treated as normal behavior by too many Representatives and Senators, including the Congressman from California’s Fourth District, and my opponent in 2016, Tom McClintock.

The stream of dictatorial orders emanating from the White House seems endless, and many will certainly be overturned in court. And while a few judges and other legal authorities have taken tepid swipes at some of these orders, it was not until last Friday that a brave Federal Judge in Seattle, Justice James Robart, said “No!” to President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Judge Robart’s ruling was upheld the by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday. The battle may yet go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Regardless of the outcome in this particular case, however, we all must support any judicial effort that stands a chance of derailing the Trump runaway train toward an American autocracy!

Our Founders warned of the danger of autocratic rule, believing no people nor nation is immune to its possibility. Knowing that, they built into our Constitution a series of checks and balances among the three branches of our federal government. Those checks and balances are now being challenged by a headstrong and dangerous chief executive to an extent not seen in recent memory.

Regrettably, one of the three branches—the legislative—is not holding up its end of the bargain. And that means the precarious balance engineered by those who met in Philadelphia nearly 230 years ago is at risk. So far, the legislative branch has failed in its mission, and I harbor little hope that it will step up to its responsibilities given its composition.

But, here too, the framers of the Constitution anticipated stormy inter-branch waters, and they provided a life vest: Every two years the people can throw out and elect an entirely new set of the 435 representatives in the House. And our singular mission must be to replace Republicans with Democrats in 2018.

I was delighted to see so many caring residents of this district attend Congressman Tom McClintock’s town hall last Saturday in Roseville. One of the photos of the events was seen around the globe on a New York Times website. That photo showed a young women holding up a sign that read simply “Resist” as the Congressman was escorted out of the building by (an unnecessary) phalanx of police officers. And I am particularly proud of that young woman, Nicole, as she was one of the many enthusiastic, committed supporters of my own recent campaign for the U.S. Congress.

To resist the impending tyranny, many new groups of concerned citizens have been formed throughout the district, including several in my home county of Tuolumne. Their goals, including the election of progressive Democrats at every level from School Boards, to County Boards of Supervisors, to the State Legislature, to the Congress and ultimately to the White House, are right and they are achievable. Along the way, we will actively and continuously confront those already in office with the truth about healthcare costs, Wall Street Robber Barons, the need to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, to defend the rights of all Americans, and to stop and then reverse the disastrous global climate changes threatening our very existence.

I encourage everyone to be active in this fight. I want to again thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous support you showed in my 2016 Campaign for the US Congress in District 4; and I thank you for what you are doing now—and will do—to help preserve our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;”
Bob
rwderlet@gmail.com

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10 Feb
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Kamala Harris: My first bill

When the Trump Administration began implementing its Muslim Ban, I received troubling reports of refugees, green-card holders, and U.S. citizens who were detained without access to volunteer lawyers.

This morning, I introduced my first piece of legislation, specifically designed to rectify this injustice.

My bill, the Access to Legal Counsel Act, would guarantee legal counsel for refugees and other travelers blocked at U.S. ports of entry.

With the Republicans in control of the Senate, we are going to need to create a coalition of people who will stand with us in support of this legislation, which is why I’m asking:

Can you add your name to become a “citizen co-sponsor” of the Access to Legal Counsel Act, which will guarantee access to legal counsel for refugees and immigrants coming to the United States?

Since Trump’s Muslim ban was announced, there have been reports of elderly people with medical conditions, children, and students who were pressured by immigration officers to sign forms that forced these individuals to give up their legal, permanent resident status. With proper legal counsel, they could have better understood the ramifications of signing these documents.

These individuals should be able to communicate with their legal counsel who can advocate for their rights under the law, particularly when detention could endanger their health, safety, or human rights.

Here’s the bottom line: detention without access to representation goes against the fundamental values of our judicial system. The people affected by this unlawful ban deserve access to a lawyer during interactions with border officials that could fundamentally alter the course of their lives.

No one should be exploited because of a lack of knowledge about our legal system. Add your name to “citizen co-sponsor” my first piece of legislation, the Access to Legal Counsel Act >>

When the Muslim ban was implemented, I wrote to you and said we must demonstrate to our brothers, sisters, and friends in refugee and immigrant communities that they are not alone in this fight.

That is why I am working so hard to push this legislation in the Senate, and why we must continue advocating against this unconstitutional ban.

Thanks for everything you do.

Fight on,

– Kamala

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08 Feb
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“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

It is outrageous that the Republicans silenced Senator Warren last night for reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge.

The suggestion that reciting the true words of a civil rights leader somehow violates Senate rules is preposterous.

I want you to know that this does not mean we will stop speaking out against Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General. In fact, it means the exact opposite: We will redouble our efforts to fight Trump’s radical cabinet and to support fearless women like Senator Elizabeth Warren who have the courage to speak up and resist.

Rush an urgent contribution of $3 to Senator Warren’s campaign. She is under attack by the Republicans, and we cannot afford to lose her leadership in the Senate with so much at stake >>

Here’s a portion of what the Republicans don’t want you to hear:

“I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.” — Coretta Scott King

Later today, I will speak on the floor to discuss Senator Sessions’ troubling disregard for laws that protect the rights of all Americans. I hope you’ll be watching and will stay engaged with these fights in the coming days and weeks.

Contribute $3 now and stand with Senator Warren’s campaign as a way of saying you’re with her as the Republicans work so hard to silence her voice >>

Let’s make sure Elizabeth Warren knows we have her back right now, more than ever.

Fight on,

Kamala

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07 Feb
0

Immediate Action Item!

THIS ELECTION IS TODAY:
Immediate Action Item

All hands-on-deck request for immediate phone banking.

This is a special election in Virginia, and we have been asked by the Virginia Democrats for their help.

The system is VAN. This first link (below) provides step-by-step powerpoint directions for callers to set up an “Action ID” so they can begin making calls.
Directions for action ID:
http://files.constantcontact.com/1c74ba9e001/ed4d29d8-8b1b-4dae-bda1-4ec56bc5e151.pdf

This next link (below), gets you to the login site.
Log into VAN phonebank system:
https://www.openvpb.com/ngpvanui/login?destination=vpb_bycode/8C0C12A-8487#register

More information on the candidate & the race can be found at this last link.
Richmond School Board Member Jeff Bourne announced his candidacy for the 71st House of Delegates seat vacated by Delegate Jennifer McClellan.
http://wtvr.com/2017/01/11/school-board-chairman-jeff-bourne-announces-campaign-for-delegate-seat/

Keep track of how many calls you make.

Go Team California Democrats!

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07 Feb
0

Fresno County Democratic Party Newsletter 2017-02-06

Democrats Care! We Are Making a Difference.
These are difficult times. But we will push forward.
We are defending and protecting our principles.
We are standing in solidarity with everyone who is being unfairly singled out and attacked by the Trump/Republican agenda.
We are collaborating with like-minded partners.
We are reaching out to and embracing new people and new ideas.
We are promoting our progressive values.
It is imperative that we act now.
There are ample opportunities to act and have your voice heard!
Democrats will take back the dialogue:
March in the streets.
Write letters.
Make phone calls.
E-mail.
We have a voice.
The fight is on. We are facing a crisis, and we are the front line. If we do not act, no one will. The time to engage is now.
—Michael D. Evans, Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party

Your Feedback Is Requested
As we develop our strategies to connect with voters, your input is essential. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey here. Your responses will ensure that we have extensive input into our planning.

Contact Info for Federal Elected Officials
Contact your members of Congress today. Check out the list here.

 

 

 

Do you have a question about voting, civics, government, politics or how to express your opinion in a civil society and make a difference? Ask us. Our goal is to better understand and promote active citizen participation in American Democracy. We are the Voter Education and Engagement Project. Voting is a start, but we’re not done when the elections end.
Facebook: VEEPFresnoCounty
Twitter: @VEEPCA
Instagram: VEEPCA

Precinct Leader Program
We want to keep open the lines of communication with Democrats by reaching out with volunteers who will connect with Democrats at the local level to resist any agenda that is contrary to our values as Americans and Democrats. We need 2–4 volunteers per precinct who want to meet other Democrats in their neighborhood to enhance civic engagement.
To sign up or learn more, contact Esperanza Avalos at 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

Donate
The Fresno County Democratic Party exists with support from our community. We do not receive any funding from the national or state parties. Make a one-time contribution or become a monthly donor. We have a permanent year-round HQ to support Democratic candidates and activities in Fresno County. Contribute here.

Volunteer
We have ongoing volunteer opportunities. Join us in resisting the Trump administration initiatives, building the Democratic Party, supporting Democratic principles and electing Democrats. Sign up here or contact 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.


ACTION ITEMS


Strategic Action Committee
Help plan the strategies for the Democratic Party in the 2018 election cycle.
Monday, February 13, 6 p.m., Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., downtown Fresno)
For more info, contact 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

Watch Party for Bernie Sanders vs. Ted Cruz Obamacare Debate
Tuesday, February 7, 6 p.m., Democratic Party HQ, 1035 U St. (downtown Fresno)
Enjoy a potluck dinner while watching the debate; feel free to bring something to share with fellow Democrats.
For more info, contact 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

Disrupt J20 Report Back: Dissent in the Age of Trump
Wednesday, February 8, 6 p.m., Engineering East, Room 191, Fresno State (parking code: 338716)
Since the day of his election, an unprecedented wave of resistance to Donald Trump’s language, policies, promises and executive orders has swept across the United States. Three Fresno area activists will report on the events of January 20 in Washington, D.C., when a coalition of groups formed Disrupt J20 to make certain that the transition of power would not be business as usual. Free of charge, wheelchair accessible and open to the public.

Journalism, Fake News and the First Amendment: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Alice Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
Fake news is in the news and the news media are under assault. Panelists will discuss the state of journalism in 2017.

  • Faith Sidlow, Professor of Media, Communications and Journalism
  • Jes Therkelsen, Professor of Media, Communications and Journalism
  • Jim Boren, Executive Editor & Senior VP of the Fresno Bee
  • Joe Moore, Director of Program Content for Valley Public Radio

 

“Hear Our Voice” Activity
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., 1684 W. Dovewood Ave.
Get together and write postcards, share information and continue the work started at the women’s marches. Postcards will be provided or bring your own. Bring a finger food to share if you would like. BYOB.
RSVP to Marsha Conant 559-709-8016, conantm@aol.com, or Patty Van Vleet 559-288-7322, pvanvleet@comcast.net

Safe-Haven Resolution at Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 1:30 pm., Fresno County Office of Education, Room 301 (Board Chamber), 1111 Van Ness Ave.
Support a safe-haven resolution reaffirming the Board’s commitment to keeping immigration authorities out of schools and encouraging all 32 school districts in Fresno County to bring forward a similar resolution. Newly elected member Nelson Esparza will introduce the resolution.

Safe-Haven Resolution at FUSD Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 p.m., 2309 Tulare St., Board Room, 2F
The Fresno Immigration Coalition will present a safe-haven resolution for the Fresno Unified School District. Speak in favor of the resolution and/or show community support for the effort with your presence.
For more info, contact Samuel Molina, Mi Familia Vota, at 559-473-6096 or samuelm@mifamiliavota.org.

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