19 Apr

Transforming communities and changing lives

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

This week we kicked off our “Your Stories” Tour. We’ll be highlighting stories from regular people from across the state who are doing extraordinary things.

Click here to watch our first video, about an educator who is transforming lives and communities by using education to reduce recidivism in our prison population. As Governor, I would be committed to transforming by investing in education, not prisons.

Please watch and share, and stay tuned for more from the “Your Stories” Tour!

Best wishes,


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19 Apr

Democratic Activism and Grassroots Support

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Throughout California, people from different backgrounds and communities work together to make a difference. One way in which Californians make a difference is through active involvement in the Democratic Clubs in every corner of California. As a result, there are hundreds of local, active Democratic Clubs throughout every corner of California.

I am proud to have received the endorsements of so many of these clubs.

California National Organization of Women (NOW)

Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

Stonewall Democratic Club

Tulare County Stonewall Democrats

Burbank Democratic Club

Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley

New Frontier Democratic Club

Pacific Palisades Democratic Club

Harry S. Truman Democratic Club

Wellstone Progressive Democrats of Sacramento

Miracle Mile Democratic Club

TriValley Democratic Club

Rainbow PAC, Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce

Bayshore Progressive Democrats

Southern California Armenian Democrats

Stonewall Young Democrats

Black Young Democrats of Sacramento

Organize Win Legislate Sacramento

Ventura County Young Democrats

East Bay Young Democrats

Long Beach Young Democrats

Our Revolution San Joaquin County

Americans for Democratic Action – Southern California Chapter

Cal Berkeley Democrats

College of the Redwoods Democrats

CSU Chico Democrats

CSU Long Beach Democrats

Democrats of Miracosta College

And most recently, I am proud to have received the endorsements of the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, and the Culver City Democratic Club, all during this week!

I hope that I can count on your support of my candidacy for Attorney General as well.

Please consider contributing to our grassroots campaign by chipping in $10, $15, $25, or an amount of your choosing by following the link here.

Please also join our growing list of supporters by following this link.

As always, thank you for your Democratic activism.


Dave Jones

California Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General

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18 Apr

ICYMI – Our first gubernatorial forum

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

Hi —

I wanted to make sure you got the news about our first gubernatorial forum!

This past weekend, Amanda sat down with John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief of the LA Times, for the gubernatorial forum at the California News Publishers Association annual summit. Invitations were sent out to all the major candidates for Governor.

Here’s some of what the press who was there had to say about Amanda:

We’re gaining momentum but need your help to get the word out. Can you chip in today to ensure we can keep taking our message across the state?

Thank you,
Team Amanda


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18 Apr

Four more days

*** No candidate for Attorney General has been endorsed by the CDP ***


Our campaign finance filing deadline is this Saturday at midnight and I need your help again. We need to raise another $10,000 to meet our online fundraising goal for the period. Can you make a contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, or $25 to my campaign?

A lot has happened since our last filing that I want to tell you about. Most notably I received 56% of the vote at the California Democratic Party convention, beating the appointed attorney general by 14 points! This was a major upset demonstrating the strength of our campaign throughout the state.

Recognizing both my progressive record and ability to win, numerous grassroots organizations have endorsed my candidacy, including California NOW, UNITE HERE!, the Stonewall Democratic Club, the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley, the California Federation of Teachers, and the Consumer Federation of California.

We are running a compelling campaign that offers a bold vision for the office of Attorney General. We have the ability to activate grassroots support throughout the state and win this race, but only with your support! Please click here to make your contribution today.

In friendship,

Dave Jones

California Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General

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18 Apr


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


For Immediate Release

April 17, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Los Angeles City Attorney and Co-Founder of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence Mike Feuer Backs Senator Ricardo Lara for State Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA– Bolstering his bid for State Insurance Commissioner of California, today State Senator Ricardo Lara scored a powerful endorsement from highly respected Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Feuer, twice elected citywide in Los Angeles as its City Attorney, previously served as Majority Policy Leader in the California State Assembly, and on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 5th District. As City Attorney, he co-founded the nationwide organization, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. In announcing his endorsement of Lara for Insurance Commissioner, City Attorney Feuer declared:

“California needs Senator Ricardo Lara as our next Insurance Commissioner. From working together in the Legislature to protect consumers to our collaborative efforts to stand up for California values as the Trump Administration sows division and distrust, Ricardo as been a consistent, strong voice for progress.  He has the record, skills and vision we need in California’s Department of Insurance.  I’m proud to endorse him.”

The announcement follows Senator Lara’s recent endorsement from the California Labor Federation, merely days ago. Also, Senator Lara recently released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.

To 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
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • 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

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18 Apr


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

I am so honored and humbled to announce that my campaign for Lt. Governor has earned the endorsement of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi!

As the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, Leader Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in the history of our country. She knows how to break glass ceilings with grit and grace. With her help, I hope to be the first woman ever elected Lt. Governor of California!

Her support means so much to me personally, and propels my campaign forward.

In a statement today, Leader Pelosi said:

I am pleased to endorse Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor of California because she is a committed advocate for economic innovation and job creation, education, and health care. As a mother of two boys, Eleni served on ‘First 5 California’ – the Children and Families Commission – where she helped shape policies to improve the lives of children in our state.

Her service on the San Francisco Port Commission, California’s First Five Commission and International Trade and Investment Advisory Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary during President Obama’s Administration make her well-prepared to help lead our state with vision and experience.

Please help us keep this incredible momentum going by making a donation of whatever you can afford right now. 

Leader Pelosi joins Senator Kamala Harris, the California Federation of Teachers, Equality California, CA National Organization for Women, EMILY’s List, National Women’s Political Caucus, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and dozens of congressional, state and local leaders in support of this campaign.

We are hitting our stride, and we can’t win this without you. Please make a contribution today

Thank you,


P.S. Thank you to everyone who has already given. Please consider doubling your contribution to help us continue to build momentum. (The maximum contribution is $7,300).


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18 Apr


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


For Immediate Release

April 17, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs Endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Highlighting his wide-ranging support from public safety organizations across California, today State Senator Ed Hernandez earned the endorsement of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) for his statewide bid to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor.

In announcing their endorsement, Tom Dominguez, Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs President released the following statement:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has a strong record of supporting public safety and the men and women that serve their communities across California. He knows that public safety is the primary role of government and will fight to ensure that our members have the resources needed to protect our Orange County families. The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs proudly endorses Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor.”

Last week, Senator Hernandez announced a pivotal endorsement from the California Labor Federation in addition to over 80 labor unions supporting his campaign for Lieutenant 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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