30 Apr

100 Days of Resistance



Tomorrow marks 100 days since President Trump took office.

Those first 100 days have been marked by conflict and fear.  But those 100 days have also been marked by something else: resistance.

Since Donald Trump first took office and began his war on healthcare, civil rights, immigrants, and the environment, people across the country have gotten involved and organized at every level of politics.

So how have I fought back?

• We fought back against President Trump’s baseless and dangerous voter fraud allegations.

• We announced that eligible 16 and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote online in California.

• We are calling for California voters to have an earlier say in the Presidential Primary process with our Prime Time Primary Bill, SB 568, authored by Senator Lara.

• I’m sponsoring the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018, which seeks $450 million to improve California’s voting systems, authored by Assemblymember Gonzalez-Flethcer.

And we are just getting started.

I will work tirelessly each and every day to defend our right to vote and fight back against laws and executive orders that would reverse the progress for which generations before us fought so hard.

Do you have additional ideas for what we should do in the next 100 days? Send me an email!  I’d love to hear from you.





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30 Apr

Here’s how I see it

Join us.

Donald Trump will mark 100 days in office tomorrow — and we’ll celebrate 100 days of resistance. Help us keep fighting by becoming a Founding Donor to our 100 Day Resistance Fund:


Michael —

A lot of folks have been talking about giving Donald Trump a failing grade for the first hundred days of his presidency.

Well, if he were in one of my classes, I’d give him an “incomplete.”

Donald made a lot of promises about what he’d do in his first 100 days. “A contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter,” he called it. If it were a real legal contract, the voters could have taken him to court by now.

He promised to help out middle-class families, but on his first day in office he made it harder for folks to buy their first home. He talked a big game about how he’d “drain the swamp,” and then he filled his administration with lobbyists and put together a Cabinet straight out of a Wall Street boardroom — what could be swampier?

And let’s not even get into his attendance record, Michael. Ducking out nearly every weekend for a taxpayer-funded trip to a Trump-owned resort? Spending about one-fifth of his presidency at his own golf courses? Give me a break.

When you don’t complete the assignment, you have to pay the price. For Donald, that’s us holding him accountable and beating the GOP.

Before tomorrow, pitch in $10 or more to our 100 Day Resistance Fund.

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30 Apr

What is the one question no one asks Mike about his run for Controller?

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


Mike Thaller for CDP Controller!
Why is his message so enthusiastically received by the Delegates, Central Committees, Club members, Voters and Donors?


A couple days ago,  I wrapped up the forth (or was it the fifth?) trip around the State to meet and greet as many of you as I could.  I spent some time visiting in Northern California, the Central Valley, and the Southern part of the State.  The best part of the trip was seeing how many of you knew me from the Progressive Caucus and how many of you felt the same as I do about the need to start cleaning out the dark money from the party.

Next week – I am heading out again.

Mike Thaller



What is in this Issue?
1. On the Road. What is it about Mike?
What is his platform as revealed in his stump speech?What is the one question no one asks him?

2. The PDA – CDP Chair debate
3. Help Mike make more visits.


On the Road.  What is it about Mike?

Mike has been traveling around the state and speaking to as many delegates, Central Committees and Clubs as he can get to. The one thing these events have in common is that his message is well received.  Mike’s platform and ideas strike a chord with almost every CDP delegate.  He has never gotten through the whole speech in the 2 minutes but has gotten the whole thing out with some Q&A.  You are bound to have questions send him an email at:

Mike’s Stump Speech, platform, ideas, and ideals

I’m Mike Thaller, Chair of the Progressive Caucus and I am running for CDP Controller.

What do you love about the party and why do we all do this?   I think it is that we get a say in what and who the party supports.  For example…

  • How many of you are anti-fracking (show of hands.) OK How about…
  • How many of you are in favor of SB562, the Bill that, in my opinion, is what ObamaCare should have been. It is basically “Medicare for All” and takes the Insurance Industry profits out of the picture. (Hold up SB562 “Healthcare is a Human Right” poster and show of hands.)

As a Caucus Chair and as CDP Controller my concerns are the influence of “Dark Money” AND the lack of influence by us; the Central Committees, Caucuses, Delegates, and the voters when “Dark Money” comes in on an issue.  For example…

  • A couple years ago an oil company “donated” thousands to the Party and then the Party was neutral on the endorsement of an anti-fracking bill.
  • Can you imagine how much the insurance industry will “donate” to keep SB-562 from passing!?

I might ruffle some feathers by saying this, but sometimes it seems like the party is controlled much more by the big industry lobbyists than by us and even the legislators.

We have to have money to exist, so we can’t cut it off “Cold Turkey,” but as Controller I will start weaning the party off of Dark Money and on to those who believe in us and our ideals. I believe that when our voters and donors see that the process has started, they will come back and donate to the party again and vote for our candidates and favored propositions.

There is a question no one asks me.  “Are you qualified to be CDP Controller?”  Well, I was Controller for a film and video production company and again for an on-line educational materials company.  I am the treasurer of two Federal PACs and was treasurer of a state PAC and as many as three Democratic clubs at the same time.  As Chair of the Progressive Caucus and co-founder and spokesman for the “Caucus of Caucuses” my connections are with the people of the Democratic Party.  And…

A related question that I am not asked is, “Just what does the CDP Controller do?”  I’ll go into more detail later, but, the Controller is not the fundraiser for “big ticket” donors, but drives fundraising by potentially hiring fundraisers for the party who then work for a commission.  I will raise money based on the principles of what and who we believe in and I’ll do that without making a profit for myself.

I will also ask the delegates, causes, central committees, and Democratic legislators just how we should spend that money with an emphasis on new ideas.

WE are the Democratic Party.
I am Mike Thaller – for Controller of the California Democratic Party

Earlier this month, the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) held a debate between Kimberly Ellis and Eric Bauman.  The debate was quite revealing.  If you would like to hear it, or hear it again, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

PDA is a national organization founded by Tim Carpenter a CDP delegate, when he was still living in Orange County. Tim passed away three years ago this week.  As ill as he was, he was hard at work on Progressive causes and convincing Bernie Sanders to run for President to the end.  …What an inspiration.

PDA focuses on national campaigns and issues, but these issues are also of prime concern to Californians.  PDA is not affiliated with the Democratic Party.  We urge you to learn more about PDA at and consider joining like I did ten years or so ago.  There is no cost to join, but donations, no doubt, are always welcome. 🙂

The debate was a little different.  PDA does not have “a dog in this hunt,” so this debate was strictly to educate those of us who will be voting.  Approximately 400 of the 3,300 CDP delegates are PDA members, including the two PDA California State Coordinators who organized it for the benefit of those 400.  BUT, our email list is only a fraction of the CDP delegates, so if you know anyone who may not receive this, please FORWARD it to them.  (Please use the link rather than forwarding this email, so they don’t accidentally unsubscribe you.) While you at it, ask them to join our subscriber list or Donate to the campaign to help fund more events.

The candidates filled in questionnaires before the debate that I recommend you review.

Download and read Eric Bauman’s responses here.

Download and read Kimberly Ellis’s responses here.

Scroll down and click the green download button.


Please support and vote for Mike Thaller for CDP Controller at the CDP Convention this May.
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Transparency, Accountability,
Positive Branding, Unity, Access,
Coalition Building, listening,
Bottom up and top down organization.
We are the CDP!

Mike Thaller, Chair
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party


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30 Apr


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



For Immediate Release

April 27, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


California State Council of Laborers Endorsement Symbolizes Senator Ed Hernandez’ Widespread Support from Working Families


WEST COVINA, CA — Serving as further evidence of his broad support from working families, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez scored a big endorsement from the California State Council of Laborers in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor.

Jose Mejia, Director, California State Council of Laborers, announced their endorsement of Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor by remarking:
“The California State Council of Laborers are proud to endorse Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez because he’s delivered time and again for working families. Whether it’s investments in infrastructure projects and construction that creates good paying jobs and boosts our California economy or his work of expanding access to healthcare and retirement benefits, Senator Hernandez has been there, fighting for our members. We know he’ll make an outstanding Lieutenant Governor of California.”
ICYMI recently Senator Dr. Hernandez appeared on CNN International to discuss the American healthcare system. The segment is available here.
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:


  • California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
  • Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  • California’s Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE)

Working Families 

  • UNITE HERE International Union, AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • American Federation of Musicians (AMF) Local 47
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2295
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • International Association of SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation) Local 105
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS)
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
  • United Association (UA) Steamfitters and Refrigeration Local 250
  • United Association (UA) Local 78
  • United Association (UA) Local 114
  • United Association (UA) Local 230
  • United Association (UA) Local 345
  • United Association (UA) Local 364
  • United Association (UA) Local 398
  • United Association (UA) Local 403
  • United Association (UA) Local 460
  • United Association (UA) Local 484
  • United Association (UA) Local 582
  • United Association (UA) Local 709
  • United Association (UA) Local 761
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO

Federal Elected Leaders

  • U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas
  • U.S. Congressman George Miller (Ret.)

State Elected Leaders

  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • California Lt. Governor (Ret.) and State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (Ret.)
  • State Senator and past Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Jim Beall
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Senator Lois Wolk (Ret.)
  • State Senator Fran Pavley (Ret.)
  • State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • State Senator Marty Block (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • State Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Jim Wood
  • State Assembly Member Anna Caballero
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Gomes Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Rob Bonta
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Ken Cooley
  • State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member Rich Gordon (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Paul Fong (Ret.), President San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers AFT 6157
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Betsy Butler (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Mike Allen (Ret.)

California Democratic Party & Labor Leaders

  • Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity and former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Maria Durazo
  • California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair and L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member and former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Jesse Durfee
  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  • California Democratic Party Region 15 Director and California Democratic Party API Caucus Chair Clark Lee*
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Doug Kessler*
  • California Democratic Party Region 9 Director Diana Love*
  • California Democratic Party Region 7 Director Omar Torres*, Governing Board Member, Franklin-McKinley School Board*
  • California Democratic Party Former Region 10 Director and California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus Secretary Debra Broner*
  • California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus Chair Carlos Alcala*
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair Mark Gonzalez*
  • Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Chair Michael Evans*
  • Kern County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cathee Romley*
  • Kings County Democratic Central Committee Chair  Holly Andrade-Blair*
  • Inyo County Democratic Central Committee Chair Nina Weisman*
  • Tulare Democratic Central Committee Chair Ruth McKee*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Clint Weirick (DSCC San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party Central Committee)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Katarina Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Cesar Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Peggy Morgan (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Kristin McGuire (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Veronica Marquez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Cruz (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Deborah Quintero (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Ricardo Pacheco (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate James Toma (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lloyd Johnson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Eileen Jimenez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Jeanette Flores (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Barbara Dickerson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Gin (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Chin Ho Lia (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Polly Low (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Calvin Sung (AD 55)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lawrence Shih (AD 48)*

Local Elected Leaders

  • Sacramento Mayor and past State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • Long Beach City Council Member Rex Richardson
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor and past U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee and past State Assembly Member Mike Eng
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Scott Svonkin
  • Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
  • Santa Barbara County Supervisor and former State Assembly Member Das Williams
  • Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Ricardo Pacheco
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Monica Garcia
  • West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw
  • West Covina City Council Member Lloyd Johnson
  • West Covina City Council Member James Toma
  • West Covina School Board Member Michael Flowers
  • Covina Mayor Pro Tem Jorge Marquez
  • Covina City Council Member Peggy A. Delach
  • La Puente Mayor Valerie Munoz
  • La Puente City Council Member Dan Holloway
  • La Puente Mayor Pro Tem Violeta Lewis
  • Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha
  • Azusa City Council Member Angel Carillo
  • Azusa City Council Member Robert Gonzales
  • Azusa Unified School District Board President Yolanda Rodriguez-Pena
  • Azusa Unified School District Board Member Paul Naccachian
  • Duarte Mayor Samuel Kang
  • Duarte Unified School District Board President Reyna Diaz
  • Duarte Unified School District Board Member Kenneth Bell
  • San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Board Director Bryan Urias
  • Rosemead Mayor Sandra Armenta
  • Rosemead City Council Member Polly Low
  • Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Peter Chan
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Stephen Lam
  • Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza
  • El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero
  • El Monte City Council Member Juventino “J” Gomez
  • El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Velasco
  • South El Monte City Council Member Hector Delgado
  • South El Monte City Council Member Angelica R. Garcia
  • South El Monte City Council Member Joseph J. Gonzales
  • Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Anthony Duarte
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Martin G. Medrano
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Penny Fraumeni
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Vice President Gino Kwok
  • Yorba Linda City Council Member Beth Haney
  • Walnut City Council Member Mary Su
  • Duarte City Council Member Margaret Finlay
  • Duarte City Council Member John Fasana
  • Alhambra City Council Member Luis Ayala
  • Alhambra City Council Vice Mayor Stephen Sham
  • Three Valleys MWD Director Carlos Goytia
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board President Brian R. Akers
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Vice President Joseph Probst
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jeanette V. Flores
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jane Bock
  • Citrus Community College District President Dr. Barbara R Dickerson
  • Alhambra Unified School District Board Member Robert L. Gin
  • Temple City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Sternquist
  • Temple City Council Member Tom Chavez
  • Mountain View School District President Adam Carranza
  • Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte
  • Artesia Mayor Ali Sajjad Taj
  • South Gate City Council Member Jorge Morales
  • Walnut City Council Member Andrew Rodriguez
  • Walnut City Council Member Bob Pacheco
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board President Thomas Wong
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board Treasurer Raul Romero
  • Valley County Water Board Vice President Paul C. Hernandez,
  • Valley County Water Board Director Lenet Pacheco
  • Garvey Unified School District Board Member Henry Lo
  • Florin County Water District Elected Director Larry S. Tract, J.D.
  • Valley County Water Board Director Margarita Vargas
  • San Fernando Vice Mayor Joel Fajardo
  • Berkley City Council Member Ben Bartlett
  • Alum Rock Union Elementry School District Board Vice-President Andres Quintero
  • Santa Clarita Mayor and former State Assembly Member Cameron Smyth
  • Hermosa Beach City Council Member Stacy Armato
  • Miles Rosedale, CEO Monrovia Growers*
  • Susan Keith, Citrus Trustee*

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.
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30 Apr

First 100 Days of Trump Administration


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