14 Apr

Trapping voters

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

Alex Padilla

For too long, we’ve seen unprecedented attempts by Republican Governors and Legislatures in other states to trap voters in unfair, gerrymandered districts.

The GOP’s partisan gerrymandering has only one purpose: to keep Republicans in power at all costs.

The voices of voters are silenced through partisan gerrymandering, and it must end. That’s why we’re standing with Democrats nationwide to send a strong message to the GOP that we will fight their gerrymandering plot at every turn.

Stand with us and sign the petition today to end the GOP’s partisan gerrymandering!

Beyond partisan gerrymandering, Republican leaders proceed to purge voter roles and change election laws making it harder for eligible Americans to register and vote.

As California’s Secretary of State, I stood up to Trump and his attempts to roll back the clock on voting rights. So I know that we can combat these gerrymandering efforts by expanding voting access.

Sign the petition today and send a clear message to the GOP that we will fight to end their partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression!

Thank you for standing with me,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State


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14 Apr

Mitch McConnell

Kamala Harris

“I haven’t seen a clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep [Mueller] from being removed.” — Mitch McConnell

Sign my petition: Demand Republicans advance bipartisan legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire Robert Mueller.

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I’m going to be blunt about this, there’s a real chance President Trump fires Robert Mueller in the coming days or weeks. It’s important you know that’s a real possibility.

The good news is you can do something about it. There is strong, bipartisan support for newly introduced legislation that limits Trump’s ability to fire Mueller by allowing a three-judge panel to reinstate the special counsel.

I believe it has the votes to pass, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to even schedule a debate on this legislation.

I need your help to put pressure on Republican leaders to advance this bill and protect the Mueller investigation. Can I count you?

Add your name to my petition demanding Republicans schedule a vote on legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire Mueller.

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I said at a town hall earlier this month that I believe firing Mueller would be an impeachable offense for Trump. I stand by that statement — but I am hopeful we can take action now to ensure we never reach that point.

Thanks for making your voice heard.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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14 Apr


*** Ricardo Lara has been endorsed for Insurance Commissioner by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

April 13, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Endorsement from CA Labor Federation Reflective of Growing, Widespread Support Senator Lara Has Received from Working People

LONG BEACH, CA– Solidifying his extensive coalition of support from working families, today State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner won a major statewide endorsement from the California Labor Federation.

The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 unions, representing over 2.1 million union members.

In a statement released following the announced endorsement, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski remarked:

“Throughout his time in public service, Ricardo Lara has been a tenacious champion for working families, and the California Labor Federation is pleased to announce our strong endorsement of his campaign for California Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a partner, a warrior, and a leader on behalf of working people, fighting for quality, affordable health care for all, investments in job-training programs, workers’ rights, livable wages, more good paying and family sustaining jobs and more. We need an Insurance Commissioner who stands up for California’s consumers and working people and isn’t afraid to take on the special interests on behalf of California families. Ricardo is just the person for the job, and we’re with him 100%.”

Recently, Senator Lara released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.

View the video ad, titled “Every Single Californian,” click here.

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch.

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including the following partial list:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • California Governor Jerry Brown
  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
  • U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
  • San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez
  • Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez
  • Labor Leader and United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Labor Federation
  • California Teachers Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • United Farm Workers of America
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP)
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
  • California Association of Professional Scientists’ (CAPS)
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • Berkeley Professional Firefighters, Local 1227
  • Federal Firefighters, San Diego, Local #F-3
  • Santa Fe Springs Firefighters, Local #3507
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36
  • California Faculty Association
  • L.A. Community College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521
  • Association of California State Supervisors
  • UDW/AFSCME Local 3930


  • California Democratic Party
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • LGBTQ Victory Fund
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • San Diego Progressive Democratic Club
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club


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14 Apr


*** No candidate for Lt. Governor has been endorsed by the CDP ***


For Immediate Release

April 13, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


California Labor Federation, Statewide Coalition of Over 2.1 Million Union Members, Endorses Senator Ed Hernandez’s Statewide Bid

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Cementing his place as the choice of working people in the race for Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Ed Hernandez secured a pivotal endorsement from the California Labor Federation. This statewide coalition joins over 80 labor unions and organizations representing working families that have endorsed Sen. Hernandez’s campaign, including the California Teachers Association (CTA), California Nurses Association (CNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council of California, and AFSCME California People.

The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries. The California Labor Federation is dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of working people and their families for the betterment of California’s communities.

In a statement released following the endorsement, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski remarked:

“The working women and men of the California Labor Federation are proud to strongly endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor. Sen. Hernandez has been an ardent warrior on behalf of workers and social and economic justice causes for over 12 years in the State Legislature. We worked closely with him to pass landmark legislation last year to lower the cost of prescription drugs and saw, firsthand, his strong commitment to taking on even the most deeply entrenched special interests on behalf of working people. That’s precisely the kind of leadership California needs for Lt. Governor.”

In February, Senator Hernandez was the top vote getter among delegates at the California Democratic Party convention. With 1,157 votes cast in his favor at the California Democratic Party convention, Senator Hernandez received more delegate votes than any candidate running for Governor of California, where the top vote getter earned 1,087 votes, as well as more votes than California’s incumbent U.S. Senator, who received 1,023. Senator Hernandez triumphed at convention despite not surpassing the high 60% vote threshold required to win the endorsement.

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.

Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.

View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,“.

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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14 Apr

CDP Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 4/13/18

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

Aileen Rizo 9th Circuit Victory is a Game Changer for Women

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a monumental decision that strikes at one of the core reasons the gender pay gap has persisted. The Court’s decision means that employers are no longer able to justify paying a woman less than her male counterparts just because she used to make less in her previous job.

What makes this victory even more poignant for us is the fact that the plaintiff, Aileen Rizo, is our endorsed candidate running for Assembly District 23 in the Central Valley. CDP Vice Chair Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker and Secretary Jenny Bach sent out a message thanking and congratulating Aileen for this tremendous victory – as they said in their statement, “women deserve equal pay for equal work. This is simply a matter of justice.”

Thank you, Aileen, for winning this historic victory, and for stepping up to run for Assembly! This is how progress gets made.

RIP Gloria Alves

We were deeply saddened this afternoon to hear about the passing of Gloria Alves, a longtime activist with the New Frontier Democratic Club and member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Staff. Many of us at the CDP have known Gloria for years, and we can state unequivocally that she was one of the kindest, most compassionate, most caring individuals to ever serve our Party.

She was truly a joy for all of us to know – in particular, CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman, who previously served as LACDP Chair and worked with Gloria for almost two decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with the staff and members of the LACDP, and with Gloria’s family and many friends who are grieving the loss of such a wonderful woman.

CD 21 Special Endorsing Caucus

Earlier this week, the Delegates from CD 21 took part in a Special Endorsing Caucus to determine our endorsement in the fight to unseat David Valadao, one of Trump’s most loyal acolytes in the House.  

The Special Endorsing Caucus was held after our previously endorsed candidate ultimately withdrew from the race, and Delegates unanimously chose TJ Cox – a business owner with lifelong ties to the Central Valley – as our endorsed candidate.

This is going to be one of the top races in the fall. We have a great candidate,  we have phenomenal Grassroots Democrats throughout the District, and that’s a winning combination. Valadao better start packing his bags!

Reminder –  Pay Your Dues! 

(if you haven’t already)

We want to thank the vast majority of Delegates who have paid their DSCC Dues for the year,  and we want to gently remind Tardy Turtles to get their dues in as soon as possible! Paying your dues is easy – simply log in to the new CDP Member Portal and select the link at the top of the page.

Alternatively, you can mail checks to Your CDP Headquarters:

California Democratic Party
1830 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(Please be sure to include your Delegate ID number if you have it)

Member dues are a vital source of revenue for the CDP, and help us offset some of the costs of Convention and Executive Board meetings. Please get your dues in today 🙂

It’s Friday the 13th…

But this guy still isn’t as scary as John Bolton.

206 Days until the Election!

–CDP Weekly Update

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