09 Aug

Not telling was not an option

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


Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

While politics may sometimes divide us, we Californians are all bound by certain principles—every Californian is equal under the law, and we’re prepared to fight for that freedom. This ethic is deep within me. I was born on a U.S. Army base, the son of a U.S. Army Captain, and I’ve had the privilege to lead all branches of our military as Ambassador and receive the U.S. Navy’s highest civilian honor.

These principles are why I battled on behalf of Navy Lieutenant Commander Paul Thomasson in his fight against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He served our nation with great distinction, and would not lie or hide. He fought for all Americans, and so should we. That’s why I’m sharing this video.


President Trump’s recent attacks against our LGBTQ service members remind us how fragile our freedoms can be. Ultimately, we are all in this together—when we turn away brave service members, we weaken our security and the principles for which they fight.

So it’s important to tell the stories of people like Lt. Commander Thomasson who showed true courage.  Sometimes this requires risking your job, enduring criticism, and even taking on your own party. But ultimately, we have to do this; it’s what define us as Californians. Please take a moment and share our video through email and on your social media networks using the links below.


Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288 · 1787 Tribute Rd, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95815, United States

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09 Aug

What a difference a President makes

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


Alex Padilla

This Sunday marked the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that protects and expands voting rights for all eligible Americans.

Two years ago, I was invited by President Obama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Voting rights advocates from across the country convened to discuss how we can protect and expand the vote for eligible citizens.

What a difference a President makes.

Under President Trump we’re not having a conversation about advancing voting rights — instead we’re seeing attack after attack on our right to vote. We’ve been fighting this at the state level for years now: cynical voter ID laws, reduction of early voting opportunities, and the purging of eligible voters from the rolls. Trump is working to make it harder for citizens to exercise our right to vote — we will fight back at every turn.

As California Secretary of State, I will continue to fight against any and all of Trump’s efforts to keep eligible voters from registering and voting. But I need your help. We have to resist and we have to persist.

Please take a moment to watch and share this video I taped for on the importance of our right to vote and why we must keep fighting. The more people are aware of how our rights are under attack, the stronger we can fight back.



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From Paul Revere to Seneca Falls to Selma, people fought for their voting rights and we owe it to them to keep fighting. I know this fight will take a lot of energy and time but I know together, we will win.

Thank you,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State





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