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29 May
0

If you’re not mad yet, you should be

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

Clean air and water should be a basic right for each and every Californian. Yet many families in our state, especially in our most vulnerable communities, have to drink, wash, and bathe with chemical-laced water, while polluted air sickens our children and our elderly.

I know what it’s like not to have access to clean air and water because I’ve lived it. I grew up not knowing when the faucet would run dry or why our white clothes turned yellow. For me, it’s personal.

As part of our “Your Stories” tour, I recently visited communities such as Arvin and Delano to meet with activists and policy experts on this issue. I visited a Superfund site across the street from homes where, for years, families had no idea their children were growing up in a toxic environment.

We’re getting the word out about issues that other campaigns won’t talk about. But, we can’t do it alone. Chip in $25 today to ensure we can get the word out about these and other issues facing our state. And, as Governor, I’ll make sure we have the policies in place to ensure that we are ONE California, and that no community is left behind.

Thank you,

Amanda Renteria is running for Governor in California — because it’s time for new voices who can change the culture of politics. Amanda recently stepped down as Chief of Operations for California’s Department of Justice. She is the daughter of former farmworkers in the Central Valley who went on to attend Stanford and Harvard. Since beginning her career in public service nearly two decades ago, she has served as a high school teacher, a budget analyst in one of California’s largest cities, and the first Latina Chief of Staff in history of the United States Senate. It’s time to inspire a new generation of leaders and build a California ready for the future. Click here to donate if you agree.

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29 May
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Delaine for California

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

Make HERstory with us: Delaine Eastin for California Governor

NWPC’s GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE DELAINE EASTIN NEEDS OUR HELP NOW:

Delaine Eastin—the NWPC-endorsed candidate for Governor of California—has been an underdog from the start—but this is the time when we can show the world that the underdog has a real bite!

Delaine’s momentum has been gaining rapidly over the past two weeks.  Over this past weekend, the San Diego Union-Tribune ran a statewide poll and Delaine, for the first time, topped John Chiang and is snapping at the heels of Antonio Villaraigosa and Travis Allen.  She is within range of the top two, which is where she has to end up on June 5th to go on to the general election.

Furthermore, the other frontrunners—ALL male—are forming a circular firing squad—attacking each other and playing silly games to manipulate the election.  The one person who is clearly in this race for the people of California—not herself—is Delaine Eastin.  She’s the best candidate, but we have a lot of work to make sure enough voters know that.  The actual #2 position in the runoff might be secured with less than 15% of the total vote—and Delaine can get there if she gets enough of our help.

Please consider what you can do in these critical final 10 days.   NWPC promises our endorsees our sweat equity, not just our money, although this is also a key time for dollars to buy media in the final days.  Here’s what you can do:

  • If you’re not already volunteering, go to www.delaineforgovernor.com and sign up.  You can actually phone bank from the website itself—look for the button at the top of the page.
  • If you have a social media page, share this update with all your contacts—and send them to Delaine’s website and her Facebook page so they can see and hear her for themselves. Everyone also needs to see the new online ad by clicking HERE and share it widely!
  • Whether or not you have already donated, please go to the website and throw in a few more bucks.  Ask your local NWPC PAC to donate.  NWPC-CA already donated an additional $1500 to the campaign and local PACs can donate as well if they have the funds.

The good news is that all of the other statewide candidates endorsed by NWPC-CA appear likely to make it into top two and secure a spot in November.  The most vulnerable is our candidate for Governor.  We certainly need to continue working on many other races where we’ve endorsed great women.  But imagine the energy we would unleash for women candidates all over California if Delaine Eastin is on the ballot in November.  So please do what you can—even a few more dollars and a few hours of work will make a difference!

In Sisterhood,
Karen Humphrey
President
National Women’s Political Caucus of California

Watch Delaine’s latest ad: “Cutting the middle man out.”

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29 May
0

Veterans Update for Memorial Day

*** Jim Costa has been endorsed for CD-16 by the CDP ***

Dear Friend, 

Our servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, and their families sacrifice so much to keep us safe and protect our way of life. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to share some of the work I have been doing for our veterans, both in the San Joaquin Valley and in Washington, D.C.

Improving Veterans Services in Rural Communities 

Twenty-five percent of our nation’s veterans live in rural communities, which means they often face different challenges than veterans living in more urban areas. We in the Blue Dog Coalition recognize this, which is why our Task Force on Rural America held a hearing earlier this month to discuss how we can better serve our veterans in rural America. For the hearing, we had representatives from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) speak to the difficulties unique to veterans in rural areas, including access to quality health care and services supporting servicemembers’ transition to civilian life. The hearing was an important first step in an ongoing collaboration to ensure our veterans and their families get the benefits and justice they have earned, regardless of where they live.

 Rep. Costa at Blue Dog Rural America Task Force Hearing on Veterans Issues

Reducing Veterans Homelessness

For decades, I have been working to ensure that all of our veterans have a roof over their heads and access to the services they need. This requires us working together to address the complex causes of veterans homelessness as well as the more immediate issue of providing housing for veterans and their families. On May 11th, I was proud to see our hard work pay off when we opened the Renaissance at Parc Grove facility in Fresno. This is a 40-unit development of one and two-bedroom apartments designed specifically to serve our homeless and disabled San Joaquin Valley veterans.

Additionally, I have been working with my colleagues in Congress to fix problems in current laws that unintentionally make it more difficult for veterans to secure housing for themselves and their families. Last week, I signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 4099, a bipartisan bill that aims to ensure that homeless veterans with children are given the support necessary to secure shelter. Currently, homeless shelters are given federal funds for housing homeless veterans, but they are not given funds for also housing the veterans’ children. This leads to veterans with children having a more difficult time finding shelter than they otherwise would. H.R. 4099 adjusts the calculation to take into account the veterans’ children, which helps to ensure that our veterans with children are given a fair chance at securing shelter for themselves and their families.

Rep. Costa at ribbon-cutting for Renaissance at Parc Grove Veterans Home

Honoring Valley Veterans: 16th Central Valley Honor Flight 

Since 2005, the Central Valley Honor Flight Program has sent 16 groups of veterans to Washington, D.C. Each honor flight entails veterans from all over the Central Valley going to Washington to explore the Capitol and visit museums and memorials. It has been an honor year after year to meet with and support those who have defended our freedom during their honor flight. The Honor Flight is much more than a trip to Washington, D.C., it is a homecoming that every veteran deserves. From the greatest generation who served in World War II, to those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and the Iraq war, every veteran deserves to be welcomed, honored, and thanked in our nation’s capital for their sacrifices.

Rep. Costa with Central Valley Honor Flight Veterans

Commemorating Memorial Day

On Memorial Day every year, we come together as a nation to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives serving in our military. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to these heroes and their families who so selflessly answered the call of duty. Because they did, we are who we are today: a free and prosperous nation. As a grateful nation, we can never say thank you enough. I invite everyone in our Valley and across our country to join me in commemorating Memorial Day.

Click here for Rep. Costa’s Memorial Day Message:

Rep. Costa Memorial Day Message

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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25 May
0

Miller Campaign

*** No candidate for FCC District 3 has been endorsed by the CDP ***

The complete 4-part series of me talking about the campaign.
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25 May
0

For California’s girls & young women, proud to earn CA NOW endorsement

*** Tony Thurmond has been endorsed for State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the CDP ***

Dear Friend,

As a father to two daughters in public schools, I’m acutely aware of how important it is that our education system empowers young women and girls to use their voices, understand their choices, and aspire to any career they choose.

My daughters and all of California’s public school students are growing up in a new era for women in 2018, and our schools have got to be ready for it.  I’ve strongly supported legislation to improve reproductive education in public schools and provide more ethnic studies and civics education, and I’m authoring legislation to create funding for STEM courses for young women and girls of all backgrounds.

Will you support my efforts to help our schools better serve girls and young women?

I’m proud that California’s leading women’s advocacy organizations have unanimously supported me for Superintendent of Public Instruction, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice CA, and most recently the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW):

“As a father, social worker, educator, and public servant, Tony Thurmond has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to gender and racial equality. In the Assembly, Tony has been a strong supporter of legislation advancing equal pay, reproductive rights, and sexual health education in public schools. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony will continue working to ensure that all women and girls are fully and equally valued at home, at school, at work, and in government.”

– Kolieka Seigle, President of CA National Organization for Women (CA NOW) 

The Superintendent of Public Instruction also serves on the UC Board of Regents, CSU Board of Trustees, and California Community Colleges Board of Governors.  In those positions, I will be committed to working with survivors of campus sexual assault to implement critical reforms to keep our campuses safe. Working hand in hand with women, I’ll lead on issues of sexual harassment at our public schools and universities.

I’m running to provide great public education to California’s girls and young women, and all of our students.  With 11 days left before the primary election, will you donate to support my campaign today?

Thank you for your support in these critical days before the June 5 Primary Election!

Thank you,

Tony Thurmond

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25 May
0

Mercury News endorses Padilla

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

Alex Padilla

Have you heard?

The Mercury News and the East Bay Times Editorial Boards have endorsed my campaign for reelection!  Read what the editorial boards wrote in publishing their endorsement:

Editorial: Padilla deserves another term as secretary of state

He has arguably been California’s best secretary of state since Jerry Brown held the office from 1971-74.

When Padilla took office, 17 million of the 24.3 million eligible Californians were registered to vote. That number is expected to grow to close to 20 million by the November election, thanks largely to legislation Padilla sponsored that automatically registers voters when they renew their driver’s licenses.

Padilla has championed Californians’ right to vote and offered substantial improvements in the state’s election system. He deserves re-election.

Can you chip in $5 to my campaign, so I can spread the word about this endorsement?

 

Thank you in advance for you support.

Sincerely,

Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

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25 May
0

If we win, it’s going to happen in the field

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

TJ Cox for Congress

It’s simple:

The only way we’ll flip CA-21 is if parents, farmers, teachers, and business owners across this district come together and recognize that we have shared values in the Central Valley that aren’t being met by our President and David Valadao.

But spreading the word is tough work. That’s why we’re devoting time organizing community meet and greets, phone banks, and canvasses across this district. The truth is, we can’t get the word out about the progressive change that we need without major help from this community.

We’re gearing up to expand our field team so we can run the strongest grassroots operation this district has seen. Can I count on you to chip in $5 or more to help us raise $10,000 toward our field efforts?

Productive conversations with friends in Hanford last week

Neighbors having conversations with neighbors about our values — that’s how we’re going to win this election.

If you want to be a part of our path victory, help us hire staff and build the resources to organize more volunteers across our district. Chip in $5 towards our field budget to make sure we can keep growing >>

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Thanks for your support,

TJ Cox for Congress

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25 May
0

A good president?

*** No candidate for U.S. Senate has been endorsed by the CDP ***

Kevin often says that he’s not running against anyone in this race, and it’s true.

He’s running against the D.C. status quo.

He’s running for the leadership of progressive values that Californians hold dear.

He’s running to fight back against the disastrous Trump agenda every step of the way.

He’s running to represent you.

We’ve got 12 days left in this campaign and 982 more donations left to hit our goal of 2,000 donations before June 5. Please chip in $3 right now.

Unlike Senator Feinstein, who said there was a chance Trump could be a “good president,” Kevin has fought since day 1 to protect California and hold Trump accountable.

He knows that there’s no room to negotiate or cooperate with a racist, sexist, and dangerously inept administration.

Too many Democrats in the Senate are capitulating under the Trump regime — from approving CIA director and former torture advocate Gina Haspel, to approving Trump’s Supreme Court nominee without enough of a fight.

Kevin will be a different kind of Senator.

He’ll be a leader the people of California can be proud of.

He just needs your support to get there — please chip in $3 to help him get there.


Thanks,

Team KDL

CHIP IN $3 →

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25 May
0

Tuck Refuses to Disavow Right Wing Mailer

*** Tony Thurmond has been endorsed for State Superintendent of Public Instruction by the CDP ***

CDP

In the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Marshall Tuck is benefiting enormously from the support from billionaires aligned with Betsy DeVos, including a Republican slate mailer featuring Tuck, Newt Gingrich and John Cox – Trump’s candidate for Governor, which Tuck has refused to disavow.

Betsy DeVos’s allies and donors are working overtime to defeat our CDP-endorsed candidate, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond – a progressive champion who has devoted his entire life to advancing our values.

When a candidate chooses to accept support from people linked to Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich, they’re making a clear statement about their priorities. California Democrats must elect Tony Thurmond and defeat the billionaires’ agenda of defunding public schools.

Here are three things you can do to help get the word out about Tony Thurmond:

Share Tony’s campaign ads on Facebook

Download a supporter letter to send to your network of voters

Share our tweet setting the record straight

Tony Thurmond will fiercely resist the Trump/Devos/Tuck education agenda. And he will fight for the quality education our kids deserve by working for:

  • New investment in recruiting and retaining great teachers, and increasing teacher pay
  • Policies that teach kids how to think critically and creatively, not how to pass standardized tests
  • Keeping our kids safe from gun violence and investing in school-based mental health services

As Democrats, we know that our state institutions need strong, progressive leadership. We must elect Tony Thurmond as Supertintendent of Public Instruction to safeguard democratic, public education in California.

Please join us in doing everything you can to elect Tony Thurmond on June 5.

Democratically Yours, 

Sandra Lowe, Senior Strategist
California Democratic Party 

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25 May
0

Enacting a 21st Century California Bill of Rights

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

As we get closer to election day, I wanted to make sure you had the chance to see my 21st Century California Bill of Rights. California can remain on the frontiers of change in America, but that requires a Governor who is a skilled, passionate, and sincere public servant. In this election, we have a chance to be pro-California by enacting an agenda that once again puts us on the leading edge. That’s why I pledge to enact the following policies:

To learn more, click here to visit AmandaRenteria.com/Issues.

Thank you,

Amanda Renteria is running for Governor in California — because its time for new voices who can change the culture of politics. Amanda recently stepped down as Chief of Operations for California’s Department of Justice. She is the daughter of former farmworkers in the Central Valley who went on to attend Stanford and Harvard. Since beginning her career in public service nearing two decades ago, she has served as a High School teacher, a budget analyst in one of California’s largest cities, and became the first Latina Chief of Staff in history of the United States Senate. It’s time to inspire a new generation of leaders and build a California ready for the future. Click here to donate if you agree.

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25 May
0

Did you hear?

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

Donald Trump’s trying to shred a critical lifeline for one million women in California and four million women nationwide.

Through an important program called Title X, health clinics like Planned Parenthood’s offer life-saving access to cancer screenings, family-planning services and more.

But if Trump has his way, Title X won’t be around to save a loved one’s health or wellbeing.

I recently led 20 attorneys general to file a court brief in support of protecting the program. Our families in California and beyond are counting on us to fight and win.

Can you give $5 today and stand with me?

Today I wrote the Trump Administration outlining the stakes for California families. And again I urged the Trump Administration to drop its decision.

This isn’t the first time Trump’s tried to slash access to birth control and other family planning services.

We’ve beat him in court before but we need another victory again.

Are you with me? Please chip in $5 or more if you can

Washington Republicans should not control a woman’s right to healthcare.

 

Thanks for standing with me,

Xavier

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24 May
0

San Diego CityBeat Endorses Dave Jones for AG!

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

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San Diego CityBeat Endorses Dave Jones for Attorney General

The San Diego CityBeat weekly magazine endorsed Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for Attorney General on Wednesday, becoming the latest publication to throw its support behind Jones.

The SD Beat, which has a circulation of 50,000 readers across San Diego County, agrees with Jones that current Appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra has not been carrying out important responsibilities of the office of Attorney General.

Read the editorial: “On the one hand, there’s nothing particularly disagreeable about incumbent (well, of sorts) Xavier Becerra… [but] it’s a bit telling that he failed to secure his own party’s nomination at the Democratic State Convention a few months ago, while his Democratic opponent, Dave Jones, actually secured more delegate votes. [We] agree with Jones that there’s more to the job than resistance in the form of lawsuits [against the Trump administration]. There needs to be more done when it comes to enforcing environmental regulations, gun laws and the opioid crisis.”

“Dave Jones, who has served two terms as insurance commissioner and leads a consumer protection agency, is a fresh candidate with strong ideals and ideas.”

The San Diego CityBeat joins the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, East Bay Times, Modesto Bee, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and San Francisco Bay Guardian as publications that have given their support to Jones in the Attorney General race.

“News publications, such as the San Diego CityBeat, do their homework and provide well-informed recommendations to California voters ahead of this crucial election,” Jones said. “I’m thrilled to have the support of the San Diego CityBeat and thankful that it understands in addition to suing Trump there are other important responsibilities of the Attorney General that are not getting done.”

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23 May
0

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23 May
0

Tate Hill for Council

*** No candidate for FCC District 3 has been endorsed by the FCDCC ***

Friends and Urban Strategic Enterprises:

As of today, we are just two weeks away from the Tuesday, June 5 Election!

My team and I are working tirelessly to share my message with District 3 voters. I wanted to share an update on some of the good things about the campaign.

Key Endorsements:

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand

Fresno Councilmember Oliver Baines, District 3 Representative

Leonel Alvarado, former Fresno City Councilmember

Jim Aldredge, former Fresno City Manager

San Joaquin Mayor Pro Tem Amarpreet (Ruby) S. Dhaliwal

Bill Nijjer, former Kerman City Councilmember

The only District 3 candidate endorsed by City Employees:

Fresno City Professional Employees Association

Amalgamated Transit Union (Local 1027)

including City of Fresno bus drivers

 

Help Tate reach even more voters…VOLUNTEER!

To date, we have recruited 47 volunteers to assist with precinct walking, voter outreach, phone banking, putting up signs and helping where its needed.

 

Phone Banking – Wednesdays

May 23 and May 29

RMC Enterprises

1408 E St., Fresno-93706

(in Chinatown, one block from Fire Station #3)

Please bring your cell phone

Dinner is provided.

 

Precinct Walking – Saturdays

May 26 and June 2

825 N. Arthur Avenue, Fresno-93728

(near DMV, Fruit & Weber)

Breakfast & lunch provided.

 

 

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23 May
0

The NRA and my opponent

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

My Republican opponent who claims to be leading in the polls is boasting about receiving an “A” grade from the NRA.  But what’s worse: he ends a public statement about the NRA endorsing him by telling Californians to “Mount up!”

As my opponent put it,”I have only one thing to say to gun owners as we head toward election day — ‘Mount Up!'”

This is dangerous rhetoric.

CNN reported this week that we’ve had 57 times as many school shootings in America than in all other industrialized nations, combined, since 2009. This figure, along with the gun violence that’s prevalent on our streets, should make us all cringe — and demand solutions.

Can you chip in $5 today to help me in our fight to prevent gun violence?

One innocent life lost is too many.

In California, we’ve taken on the gun lobby and won.

Our special agents travel across California every week to confiscate illegally held weapons. This is a one-of-a-kind program. In some instances, our agents enter homes expecting to find two illegal weapons and instead find dozens.

We’re doing something right in California to have received a “F”!

But I can’t continue this effort to advance gun safety alone, especially with my Republican opponent telling his supporters through a public statement to “Mount up!”

Will you give $5 to stand with me for gun safety?

 

Thank You,

Xavier

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