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30 Jul
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Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 7.27.18

It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

Wildfires – Ways You Can Help

Last night, seemingly out of nowhere, the Carr Fire in Shasta County dramatically expanded in size and destruction, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the middle of the night.

Two people have been killed – a firefighter with the Redding Fire Department, and a private tractor operator working with fire crews. Three firefighters from Marin County were also injured earlier this morning. New evacuations were ordered late this afternoon. On the other side of the state, nearly 5,000 homes and businesses are threatened by the Cranston Fire, and thousands of residents of Idyllwild in Riverside County remain under evacuation.

Donations can be made to the following organizations that are providing relief on the ground for evacuees and fire victims:

Wildfire season is getting longer, more destructive, and deadlier every year. This is climate change happening in realtime. Firefighters are losing their lives. Families are losing their homes.

And we have lost our patience with the willfully ignorant leaders who refuse to see that climate change is directly responsible for the literal firestorms that have now devastated multiple California communities.

We are facing an existential threat and California must double, and then redouble, our efforts to deal with climate change. And that’s why Democrats must fight hard in November and beyond.

Stop the Attack on Bridge & Road Safety – No on Prop 6

On Wednesday, Chair Bauman invited the No on Prop 6 Campaign to conduct an all-staff training for Your CDP Team. We went over messaging guidelines and the latest numbers from the campaign – and let’s be absolutely clear, this is going to be one of the toughest fights in November. The Republicans have made repealing the Road Repair Fund  the centerpiece of their campaign and are pouring money and resources into this race like their lives depend on it.

That means Democrats have to be focused and working in unison, from Siskiyou to San Diego, to make sure voters are focused on what happens if Republicans succeed in repealing the Road Repair Fund:

  • Road repair projects will grind to a halt
  • Traffic snarls will get worse and commute times will get longer
  • Construction crews will lay off workers by the thousands
  • More accidents, injuries and fatalities from unsafe roads

We can’t let the anti-tax lunatics at Howard Jarvis dictate the terms of this debate.

This needs to be about improving our safety and our quality of life as Californians. If you’ve ever hit a pothole, or been stuck in endless traffic, or had to take a two hour bus commute to get to work, Prop 6 is benefiting you.

It’s our job to make sure people see those positive ways their lives are already improving. Check out NoProp6.com for useful information, including a list of more than 6,500 projects already being funded through the Road Repair Fund in every community in California.

Sign Our Petition – Devin Nunes Must Be Expelled

This week, a scholar at a conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, called for Congress to expel Devin Nunes for (basically) being the most corrupt, incompetent lying member of Congress to disgrace the institution since the McCarthy/Nixon days. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re circulating a petition. Add your name today – the more names we get, the more attention (and media coverage) we can bring to the fact that even conservatives think Devin Nunes has acted so shamefully he should be kicked out of Congress. 

Sign the Petition – Devin Nunes Must

“…Ladies and Gentleman, the next Senator from the great state of Illinois, Barack Obama!”

Exactly 14 years ago, on a muggy Boston evening, Senator Dick Durbin introduced America to a young State Senator who had won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Illinois.

A few lucky members of Your CDP Team happened to be in the Fleet Center that night, and we still. get. chills. when we think back to what it was like being in the crowd for that very first speech. It was an electric moment for all the Delegates, and for everyone watching at home. It was the moment we fell in love with still-our-President Obama. 

Grab a box of tissues – you’re gonna need ’em – and remember what it was like to have a President who was a genuinely decent human being that only wanted the best for us – and who only wanted for us to be the best people and country we could be.

101 Days Until the Election!

 

–CDP Weekly Update

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27 Jul
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Calling all California Dems!

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

At this point, we all know how CRUCIAL California’s House races are going to be in November. Without major wins across this state, Democrats will have little to NO chance of flipping the U.S. House.

That’s why this week, Democratic candidates across California are UNITING for our biggest grassroots fundraising push of the year.

This is all hands on deck, Michael: Can you split a donation between TJ Cox and six other Democratic candidates working to flip key California districts from Red to Blue?

$10 >> $35 >> $50 >>
$100 >> $250 >> other >>

TJ Cox isn’t the only one who believes in affordable healthcare, common sense gun legislation, and protecting the rights of women. Democrats throughout California — from Turlock down to Encinitas — are fighting for these same values.

And if we’re going to succeed in creating change in Washington, we need to work as a team to get there. This our chance!

Pitch in now to join the fight to flip CA House districts from Red to Blue this November.

Thank you,

Team TJ

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26 Jul
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Signatures still needed from 93705 to stop Trump’s tariffs

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

“Trump announces $12 million dollar bailout of American farmers – why the trade war he started to help them, now requires taxpayers to save them”
– The New York Times Podcast, The Daily

SIGN ON: Tell Trump to end his tariffs and stop the trade war >>

This is incredibly frustrating, Michael.

Trump just announced plans to spend $12 billion to bail out farmers — including those in the Central Valley — from the devastation his trade war has created. That’s right — he’s sending in relief for a problem he caused but refuses to fix.

Trump and his team may be touting this bailout as an act of heroism, but this policy is nothing more than a band-aid on a deep wound that Trump should have never created in the first place.

Our farmers deserve better. Sign this petition now to tell Trump to call off his trade war >>

Central Valley farmers don’t need bailouts, they need overseas markets to the sell their products in. There are no winners in a trade war, and until Trump ends these disastrous tariffs — our farmers will continue to suffer.

We need to make our voices heard >>

Together,

TJ

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26 Jul
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You’re invited to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out at Inspiration Park!

Contact our office with any questions at (559) 621-7816 or at District1@fresno.gov

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25 Jul
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I won’t shy away from my values

*** TJ Cox has been endorsed for CD-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

In order to ensure health care access for all, address massive wealth and income inequality, curb the influence of dark money in our politics, enact true immigration reform, and strive for environmental justice, we must win seats like California’s 21st district. Especially when they’re held by special-interest backed politicians like David Valadao.

I’m not shying away from my values. That’s why a Paul Ryan-linked super PAC and national Republicans are gearing up to spend millions to defeat me. But that’s also why The New York Times is calling our race one of the “top ten to watch.” Because despite these hurdles, our people-powered campaign is proving time and again that we can make history by flipping this district for the first time in decades.

I’m proud that our campaign outraised David Valadao last quarter, and did so by out-performing him by a 13:1 margin from grassroots donors giving $200 or less. But right now I need your help to make sure we can outraise Valadao again by reaching our $15,000 goal before the weekend. Can you make a contribution today? I wouldn’t be asking if it wasn’t important.

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While the powers that be in Washington work to divide us and secure their financial interests at the expense of working families — we can’t relent in our fight for fairness for everyone.

Thank you for your support,

TJ Cox

 

TJ Cox is a local engineer, community development leader, and Democrat running to unseat Republican David Valadao in CA-21. This is one of the Democrats’ key races to win to take back the House in 2018. TJ won’t accept corporate PAC money and is relying on grassroots support to flip this seat. Please chip in today.

 

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25 Jul
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ICYMI: GOP stops election security funding, midterms may be compromised

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

Democratic Association of Secretaries of State

The fallout from President Trump’s disastrous meeting with Vladimir Putin continues as election security is again front and center in the news. It’s clear the president and Republicans in Congress are not committed to stopping future attacks on our elections. And that’s why we must elect more Democratic Secretaries of State in November.

Our Secretaries are already leading the way to secure our elections, even without action from Trump. Take a look at the top stories from this week and please share with your friends.

WATCH: New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver discusses Trump’s failure in defending the midterm elections from Russian attacks.

Washington Post: House GOP refuses to renew election security funding

New York Times: How the Midterm Elections May Be Compromised

SIGN THE PETITION: Demand Congress fund election security now!

ThinkProgress: If Kavanaugh is confirmed, you can kiss the right to vote goodbye

HELP PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS: Become a 2018 Founding Member of our Protect The Vote Project and help us fight back against GOP voter suppression!

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25 Jul
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CDP Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 7.20.18

It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

Executive Board Highlights

The California Democratic Party Summer Executive Board Meeting was held in Oakland last weekend. This was one of the best-attended e-board meetings in years, and we are so grateful from all the positive feedback and helpful suggestions we’ve received from the members of the e-board and the folks who attended as observers. It was a safe, fun and productive weekend for everyone, and we were proud to once again have a sexual assault and harassment hotline available to everyone for that added level of protection.

The business agenda of the e-board was jam-packed. Members of the Executive Board made the final set of endorsements for November, took positions on dozens of federal and state bills, and adopted a number of critical resolutions. Congratulations to Senator Kevin de Leon for winning the CDP Endorsement for United States Senate. We also want to extend our congratulations to the Yes on 10 Campaign for affordable housing, which successfully won the Party’s official Yes endorsement. For a full list of positions taken by the CDP, please click here.

We approved support for crucial legislation, including SB 822 by Senator Scott Weiner, which makes Net Neutrality the law in California. We also voted to support AB 1775 by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Monique Limon to protect the coast from further oil drilling, and AB 3080 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to outlaw the non-disclosure agreements that have allowed too many serial harassers and abusers avoid accountability for their heinous behavior. For a full list of positions adopted by the CDP, please click here.

We adopted a number of resolutions, including resolutions expressing our outrage at the kidnapping of the kids at the Border, for establishing public banks, standing up against sexual harassment and congratulating the Golden State Warriors on their NBA Championship*. For a full list of resolutions, please click here.

*We’re using it as a template for Lebron’s Lakers next year

CDP Announces Ban on Private Prison Donations

Last week, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman announced a new policy adopted by the statewide officers to ban contributions from the Private Prison industry. Additionally, Chair Bauman announced that the unsolicited donations made to the CDP by private prison companies would be donated to nonprofits working to protect immigrants in detention and help formerly incarcerated Californians rehabilitate as they adjust to reentry. You can read the full press statement here, but we want to highlight a key point Chair Bauman made:

“…Our Party will be fundamentally better off without maintaining a financial relationship with those whose interests run counter to the values and integrity of the California Democratic Party. That is why we are disgorging the contributions we have received this year, and its why we are proud to support candidates who will champion reforms to the broken and abusive private prison system.”

Upcoming Tony Thurmond Meet ‘n Greets

Unlike his opponent, who is drawing support from rightwing billionaires aligned with Betsy DeVos, our CDP-endorsed candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, is running a strong, grassroots-oriented campaign to ensure California’s kids have the world-class education they deserve. Check out one of these great events and find out how you can help us win this crucial fight in November:

OAKLAND, Tuesday, July 24, 8:00-10:30 am — Click here to RSVP for a breakfast hosted by IAFF Local 55 firefighters.

LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, July 24, 6:00-8:00 pm — Click here to RSVP for a community fundraiser hosted by the East Area Progressive Democrats and LA education leaders.

SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, August 9, 6:00-8:00 pmClick here to RSVP for Tony Thurmond birthday celebration in San Francisco.

RIVERSIDE, Thursday, August 16, 6:00-8:00 pmClick here to RSVP for an event with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Inland Empire leaders and educators.

Chair Bauman: Democrats Work Hard to Stay United

We wanted to make sure you saw Chair Bauman’s op/ed in USA Today, responding to editorial criticism of our endorsement for Senator Kevin de Leon for United States Senate. 

You know, Spiro Agnew – Nixon’s tax-dodging Vice President – once called the media “a bunch of nattering nabobs of negativity.” And sometimes the way the press writes about our Party… well, it kinda makes us agree with Agnew.

But regardless of what kind of tizzy the pundits are working themselves up to, Chair Bauman is always delighted and honored to trumpet our Grassroots Democrats, and the causes and candidates they champion.

The California Democratic Party endorsed Sen. Kevin de Leon because of his substantial achievements on climate change, gun control and immigration, including our sanctuary state law. Lets be clear: Our dedicated and hardworking activists cast an affirmative vote for a candidate. The only rejection is of President Donald Trump’s corrupt and compromised regime.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a formidable leader, enjoying national respect and prestige over four terms in the U.S. Senate. The media are trying hard to push the tired Democrats-divided storyline because of our endorsement. This sensationalized oversimplification sells newspapers, but it doesn’t paint a real picture.

Here’s the reality. We have worked hard to stay united, including my call for candidates to not even seek the endorsement. California Democrats are united in leading the resistance to Trump. We are united in our commitment to defeating Trump’s stooges in Congress, winning our third consecutive sweep of statewide races and a supermajority in our legislature. We are united to fight for progress on immigration, climate change, affordable housing and other key issues.

We will work our hearts out for our candidates, starting with those running against Trump enablers in Congress. We will work hard to energize millennials, rural voters and people of color to support our entire ticket.

The media are stuck in their pre-Trump mindset of left versus right and red versus blue. But voters see Trump’s collusion with Russia. They see his flagrant corruption. They are revolted by the dangerous forces he has unleashed, particularly the justification of kidnapping children and locking them in cages. When they see what’s happening to our country, their first concern isn’t right versus left. It’s right versus wrong. And those voters will be well served by Kevin de Leon as their champion in the Senate. Just as they have been well served by Dianne Feinstein.

‘We choose to go to the Moon…’

Today marks the 49th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing, one of the most triumphant moments in human history. To close out this week, here’s a President who dared us to dream great dreams and think of others before ourselves:

108 Days Until the Election!

 

— CDP Weekly Update

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