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20 Feb
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Xavier Fights for our Health Care

Along with our friends like Equality California and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, SEIU California represents people who rely heavily on prescription drugs. We worked hard last year to ensure that pricing is transparent – and we are all grateful that we have an attorney general who continues to stand up to Big Pharma.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has relentlessly fought threats to our public health in California.

He has taken on Big Pharma to fight price gouging that puts critical drugs out of reach for sick patients.

He has successfully forced Donald Trump to back down on numerous policies that would let pollution enter our air and water.

He’s leading the fight in court to keep healthcare affordable and accessible.

And he’s tackling opioid abuse, pursuing pharmaceutical manufacturers and opioid distributors who’ve engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids.

Xavier’s always about getting it right to protect public health. 

As a Congressman, he showed us that routinely.

He helped draft the Affordable Care Act, ensuring our seniors received the correct Medicare reimbursements.

And he voted to make opioid treatment and services more accessible.

The way I see it, public health is key to public safety, especially California’s working families.

Will you stand with me and support Xavier for Attorney General in 2018?

Thank You,

Alma Hernandez

Executive Director

SEIU California

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18 Feb
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Elizabeth Grubb (left) and Meher Mann, President and Vice President of the Clovis North High School Democratic Club, meeting with Lt. Gov. Newsom in Fresno on Saturday (2/17/2018)

 

 

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16 Feb
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GRASSROOTS, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS COALESCE AROUND HERNANDEZ’ LT. GOVERNOR BID

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

GRASSROOTS, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS COALESCE AROUND HERNANDEZ’ LT. GOVERNOR BID

San Diego Democrats for Equality Endorse Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Propelling his campaign forward with more robust support, today State Senator Ed Hernandez secured a major endorsement from the San Diego Democrats for Equality in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.

San Diego Democrats for Equality is the largest Democratic club in San Diego County. Since 1975, the club has advocated for the equality of the LGBTQ community in the intersectional struggle for social and economic justice. In making their endorsement public, San Diego Democrats Vice-President of Resource Development Ryan Trabuco released the following statement:

“The San Diego Democrats for Equality are proud to endorse Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor. For over a decade, Senator Hernandez has served Californians in the State Legislature, fighting for the issues that matter most to working families such as universal healthcare, access to affordable higher education, and aggressive environmental regulations. We can count on Ed Hernandez to continue expanding opportunities for all Californians as our next Lieutenant Governor.”

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.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

 

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16 Feb
0

LARA AMASSES MORE SUPPORT FROM PROGRESSIVE, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

LARA AMASSES MORE SUPPORT FROM PROGRESSIVE, LGBTQ ACTIVISTS

San Diego Democrats for Equality Join LGBTQ Coalition Backing Ricardo Lara’s Statewide Campaign

LONG BEACH, CA —  Illuminating the excitement around his campaign from the LGBTQ community, today State Senator Ricardo Lara locked down a formidable endorsement from the San Diego Democrats for Equality in his statewide bid for Insurance Commissioner.

San Diego Democrats for Equality is the largest Democratic club in San Diego County. Since 1975, the club has advocated for the equality of the LGBTQ community in the intersectional struggle for social and economic justice. In announcing their endorsement, San Diego Democrats Vice-President of Resource Development Ryan Trabuco released the following statement:

“Ricardo Lara will make an excellent Insurance Commissioner because he is a battle-tested progressive that will protect California’s consumers and working families. His unparalleled record of fighting for social and economic justice, single-payer healthcare, immigrant rights, and anti-discrimination policies demonstrate his compassion for the people of our state. We are thrilled to have unanimously endorsed Ricardo Lara’s historical campaign for Insurance Commissioner and we plan to do everything we can to help him become the first openly gay statewide official.”

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:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • 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 (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 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
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • 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 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 Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • 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
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • 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
  • Association of California State Supervisors

Organizations 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • HONOR PAC
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Southeast LA Democratic Club
  • YES WE CAN Democratic Club of Long Beach
  • Burbank Democratic Club
  • Tri-Counties Democratic Club

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.

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16 Feb
0

Convention Preview: Announcing Keynote Speakers

Convention Preview

For our 2018 California Democrats State Convention, we are proud and honored to announce these Keynote Speakers:

Maxine Waters

 United States House of Representatives

Kamala Harris

 United States Senate

Jeff Merkley

 United States Senate

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, United States House of Representatives

Tom Steyer

Founder & President, NextGen America

Lupe Valdez

Former Dallas County Sheriff

Democrat for Texas Governor

Eric Garcetti

Mayor, City of Los Angeles

These Keynote Speakers represent the best of what our Party stands for – thoughtful, inclusive and progressive leadership. We are honored and grateful to welcome them to our stage.

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16 Feb
0

I’m on Team Asif

Asif Mahmood

Dear Democrat,

I am proud to endorse Dr. Mahmood because he is the best prepared to serve as California’s next Insurance Commissioner.

Dr. Mahmood has been fighting on behalf of Californians for his entire 20-year career as a doctor — he has never charged a patient if they did not have insurance.

Once elected, Dr. Mahmood will continue to be a tireless advocate and a principled leader on Californians’ behalf. He is not beholden to special interests, which is why he is refusing campaign contributions from insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Mahmood knows how to fight for California consumers, plain and simple. That is why I am supporting him in this campaign.

Your support in these last few days before convention are critical. Please join me in supporting Dr. Mahmood with your endorsement vote.

I urge everyone to support my friend and fellow activist, Dr. Asif Mahmood for Insurance Commissioner.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Betty T. Yee
California State Controller

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16 Feb
0

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