BIG NEWS: The Los Angeles Times has endorsed Secretary Alex Padilla as the “clear choice for California’s Secretary of State.”
The Los Angeles times highlighted Secretary Padilla’s successes in registering more voters and expanding voting options: California now has 2 million more voters on the rolls than when he was elected, thanks to online registration and the New Motor Voter Act, which he sponsored. Five counties have also adopted the Voters Choice Act which gives voters the options of voting by mail or the flexibility to vote at any vote center in the county over the course of eleven days. And California is poised to do even more to expand voter access in the 2020 elections.
Secretary Padilla has been a leader in election cybersecurity in California and across the country. He recognizes the need to protect our democracy from foreign interference and cyber threats — and he’s not afraid to challenge Trump on this issue.
The LA Times got it right: Secretary Padilla is the best choice for California’s Secretary of State.
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Alex Padilla is the clear choice for California’s secretary of state
By The LA Times Editorial Board
No need for a big wind-up here: Democratic incumbent Alex Padilla has by and large done a solid job in his first four-year term as California’s secretary of state and he should be returned to Sacramento for a second term.
Padilla, a former Los Angeles City Council member and state senator, won his first term by promising, among other things, to register more California voters, improve the use of technology in voting, replace the cumbersome Cal-Access database system for tracking campaign contributions and spending, and make it easier for people to vote through early voting and other such programs.
He has managed to deliver on most of those, with 2 million more voters on state rolls now than when he was elected, an increase aided by the rollout of VoteCal online registration and the system created by the 2015 New Motor Voter Act (which Padilla sponsored) that automatically registers eligible voters when they receive or renew a driver’s license. And the new “Voter’s Choice” system that Padilla championed, which allows voters more options for when and how they vote, has been launched in five counties, with more expected to join in 2020 (it’s a voluntary program and not all will adopt it).
The secretary of state’s office also oversees an array of business and corporate filings, but historically has drawn complaints for its slow and outdated processing systems. Under Padilla, the office has moved from paper filings to centralized online registrations and submissions, a more flexible and user-friendly way of doing business.
The successes have been marked by some hiccups. Problems with software at the Department of Motor Vehicles changed the details of 23,000 voters when they renewed their licenses, such as their party affiliations and mail ballot preferences. The fault lies with the DMV, but the issue makes it clear that Padilla needs to keep a closer eye on the system. And the rollout of a new-generation Cal-Access system, which was supposed to have been done in February, now won’t happen until at least late 2019 — and the expected $11.6-million price tag has mushroomed to $23 million.
How much credit or responsibility Padilla shoulders for the advances and stumbles mentioned above varies, but overall he has been an effective administrator and an out-front leader on cybersecurity for California elections and in fighting President Trump’s silly commission investigating voter fraud (which occurs so rarely as to be meaningless).
Conversely, Padilla’s challenger, Republican Mark Meuser, who describes himself as a lawyer practicing constitutional and election law, has focused his campaign on nationwide voter fraud and right-wing allegations that some California counties have more voters enrolled than they do people eligible to vote, which experts say is based on an erroneous understanding of the voter rolls. Meuser is right in his claim that election-related problems undermine public faith in democracy, but hyping spurious allegations of mass fraud does even more damage.
Padilla’s performance makes him the clear choice here. He has earned four more years.
A close look at who has bankrolled Valadao’s campaign since he took office:
We all know David Valadao’s been a reliable rubber stamp for Trump.
He’s been on the receiving end of cash from Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and Ivanka Trump. But for a closer look on where his allegiances also lie — check who else has bankrolled Valadao since he took office:
These are just some of the special interest groups that Valadao is loyal to. This probably explains his terrible record on the environment, health care, and his willingness to give tax cuts to the wealthy.
In contrast, TJ Cox is refusing all corporate PAC money and is supported by the grassroots. TJ won’t sacrifice his principles to achieve health care access for all, protect the Central Valley’s environment, and make sure Californians’ taxes aren’t hiked unfairly. Can you help us raise $10,000 before midnight to prove that we don’t need special interest money to win in CA-21?
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The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service just released statistics show
Trump’s trade war is still raging and farmers across the country are still hurting.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service just released statistics showing that “net cash income” is down over 20% in the Central Valley agricultural zone.
TJ Cox works in the almond business — so do 104,000 other Californians. The almond industry is projected to lose $1 billion due to this trade war. Trump’s tariffs are putting local businesses, good-paying jobs, and economic growth in the Central Valley at risk. That’s why locals are so angry that David Valadao REFUSES to push back on Trump to prevent this trade war from getting worse.
We need your input. Even if you’re not in the farming industry, this is an issue that impacts everyone. Can you take our one-minute survey and tell us where you stand on Trump’s trade tariffs?
Dear Central Valley Progressives,
As you may know, Trump’s EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are proposing to roll back fuel economy standards.
I just learned that the only hearing on this issue in California will be next Monday, Sept. 24, in Fresno. The Sierra Club is running a free bus from Oakland to Fresno, to bring folks in from the Bay Area – but we need to pack this hearing and make all our voices heard. Can you join us, and invite others in your community?
To register to testify, sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjY2d2KSxrLFY-NlG61NwG-62_vo9ZQWUXJnO9A0sbtBkXLw/viewform
Here’s more about the hearing – one of only 3 total in the country:
To reserve a spot on the Oakland bus, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PlugIn America will also be having a huge Electric Vehicle rally in Fresno that morning, Sept. 24, from 8 to 10 am, at The Grand 1401, 1401 Fulton Street, in Fresno. Contact email@example.com if you plan to participate.
I will be there to testify, and I invite you and your networks to send folks as well. Please share this widely, and let me know if you plan to attend by replying to this email.
Fresno Firefighters Back Janz in CA-22
(Fresno, CA) September 20th, 2018 – Andrew Janz, candidate for the House in California’s 22nd District, and Fresno Firefighters Local 753 Representative James Scoggins release the following statements today:
“Public safety is a key issue for me as a local prosecutor and something I will continue to fight for if elected to Congress. I am honored to have the support of local firefighters, these men and women put their lives on the line to keep us safe everyday. They deserve a champion in Washington.” – Andrew Janz
“Andrew Janz is the right person to fight for firefighters and our issues in Washington. Unlike Devin Nunes, Janz will oppose efforts to weaken our pension system. We deserve a Congressman who will be an advocate for public safety.” – James Scoggins
Fresno Fire Local 753 joins the Fresno County Prosecutors Association as local public safety groups who back Andrew Janz in his bid to unseat Devin Nunes. For a full list of endorsers, please visit www.andrewjanzforcongress.com
Andrew Janz is a deputy district attorney for Fresno County, where he was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. A son of immigrants, Andrew was raised in Visalia before earning his undergraduate and Masters degree from CSU Stanislaus. After law school, Andrew and his wife Heather moved back to the Valley to serve their community. Andrew announced his campaign for Congress last April after Devin Nunes made national news by allegedly mishandling classified information during his infamous midnight Uber trip to the White House.
Andrew Janz for Congress
It’s me, Amanda. I can’t help but help put the Central Valley on the radar! We are less than 50 days away from one of the most historical elections of our lifetime, and the Central Valley is right at the center of it.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve received calls from political friends (reporters, consultants, pollsters) asking about the Central Valley. In those conversations, I was reminded of how few people understand the region or have folks on the ground to track races. And yet, the Central Valley might just be the most powerful region in the country.
Here’s what I mean – the CV is home to the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, second highest-ranking Republican Kevin McCarthy and at least 3 closely-contested Congressional races. The outcomes of these races could immediately change the direction of our country.
Now, add in state races, where the key to the supermajority in the State Senate and House runs right through the Valley.
Finally, and something most political analysts can’t see from a far, there are several highly engaged down ballot races that, in sum, have the potential to put higher ballot races over the top. To put a finer point on it, these local races are in key towns for Democrats and there have never been so many new and exciting campaigns!
So, bottomline, it’s time to check in to the Central Valley and keep it on the radar. Over these final weeks, I will send out updates about the dynamics on the ground and some specifics about overlapping races (no more than 2 emails a week)!
Congressional races (incumbent listed first):
CA-10 Denham-R vs Harder-D: The Latino Roundtable switched their endorsement from Denham to Harder! Big move in a 40% Latino district. What’s more is that Harder has the resources in money and volunteers to reach out to all Latino voters in the district!
CA- 16 Costa-D vs Heng-R: Costa released an ad about Heng missing elections. This is no surprise for Costa, his race is rarely called on election night, and it’s been like that for about 14 years.
CA-22 Nunes-R vs Janz-D: Latest Poll shows Janz within 6 points. And, to celebrate, he threw out a decent pitch at the Visalia Rawhide game! The energy around this campaign locally and nationally just keeps growing.
CA-21 Valadao-R vs Cox-D: Big news – TJ Cox was on stage with former President Obama talking about the importance of this election! And, mark your calendars for the debate on Oct. 25. Quick reminder: Trump lost this district by 16 points and Valadao has voted with Trump 99% of the time.
CA-23 McCarthy-R vs Matta-D: It was recently reported that McCarthy is traveling across the country doing a lot more Speaker campaigning than home district campaigning. We will see if that pays off. In the meantime, Matta is active on social media and community leaders keep protesting his office.
SD-12 Caballero-D vs Poythress-R: Anna, a former Assemblywoman who starts off with name recognition and a great base, was just endorsed by the Sheriffs Association and Republican County Supervisor. You don’t see that very often, especially these days!
SD-14 Vidak-R vs Hurtado-D: Hurtado, the only woman on Sanger’s City Council, has an important base in a key Dem-majority city. By the way, Trump lost this district by 22.7 pts!
AD23 Patterson-R vs Rizo-D: The district has never had a candidate like this – Aileen Rizo is known locally and nationally for her Equal Pay fight in California.
AD-26 Mathis-R vs Sigala-D: No one is harder working on the doors than Jose Sigala. What’s more is that the #EnoughIsEnough project has targeted this race because of Devin Mathis’ sexual harassment issues.
AD-31 Arambula-D vs Espinoza-R: Dr. Arambula has stayed true to his profession and just released his quality healthcare report for the Valley. Trump lost this district by almost 30 pts.
AD-32 Salas-D vs Mendes-R: Rudy has been doing important work in the Capitol on Valley Fever legislation that impacts all Valley families. He’s also joint campaigning with TJ Cox in Lamont, leading the #ValleyTogether effort in the south Valley! Trump lost this district by 18.5 pts.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a lot going on in down-ballot races. Remember the MALDEF case in Kern County? Well, the result is a county board seat is open. Delano, a strong Dem town, is fired up to choose their supervisor and one of the most important GOTV areas to flip seats!
There has also been a lot of work in voter education and engagement throughout the summer. The LATimes had an op-ed about UC Santa Cruz students successfully engaging CV youth to vote and Paola Ramos (daughter of Jorge Ramos) was just in Sanger at the youth center and doing voter reg!
Lastly, I was recently quoted as saying, “I’ve never seen this kind of political engagement across the region”. I said that because the forces are lining up for this to be a historical turnout of new midterm voters.
And, if you still aren’t convinced, consider this:
- There have never been six figure TV ad buys this far out from election day.
- There have never been campaigns raising multiple millions in just one quarter (bonus: one of them was all individual donors).
- There have never been such active social media campaigns that can reach all of our rural communities, in multiple languages.
- Oh, and did I mention billboards and bounce houses? Yes, there’s quite a bit of unconventional campaigning that’s hard to see from far away.
I look forward to the continuing dialogue. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email back. Also, if you know someone who wants to be added to this list, have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the title, “Add to CV”.
All the Best,
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