10 Jul

Senator Harris Statement Opposing Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Senator Harris Statement Opposing Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement tonight on the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“The Supreme Court has a profound impact on the rights—and lives—of all Americans. When at its best, it has advanced the meaning of those words above its doors, ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’ At its worst, the Supreme Court has upheld racial segregation, enabled voter suppression, and equated corporations with people. Whether or a not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of those words, ‘Equal Justice Under Law,’ is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court. Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump made clear that he had a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices—overturn Roe v. Wade and oppose a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to make her own health care decisions. The President then released a list of nominees who had been vetted to meet that test. Judge Kavanaugh is on that list.

“Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist. As recently as last year, he disregarded Supreme Court precedent and opposed the health care rights of a vulnerable young woman. That ruling was overturned by a sitting of all the judges on his court. In 2015, Kavanaugh wrote that an employer, based on their personal beliefs, can deny their employee access to birth control coverage.

“I know personally just how consequential this seat on the Supreme Court is. Almost two decades after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, I was part of only the second class to integrate the Berkeley, California public schools. If that Court had not issued that unanimous opinion led by Chief Justice Earl Warren in that case argued by Thurgood Marshall, I likely would not have become a lawyer, or a prosecutor, or a been elected district attorney, or the Attorney General of California. And I certainly would not have become a United States Senator.

“That’s the power an individual Supreme Court Justice holds. Those are the stakes of this nomination. We must demand a mainstream jurist worthy of our great country.”


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10 Jul

Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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

It terrifies me to even write this to you, but we must understand the stakes:

A woman’s right to choose is on the line with Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

We must be prepared to fight back right now.

Unfortunately, a woman’s right to choose isn’t the only thing on the line. Decades of civil rights advancements for African Americans, women, and the LGBTQ community are at risk. Not to mention voting rights and affordable health care for Americans.

If the Senate does not intervene, the balance of the court will turn our country backwards for decades to come.

That’s why I’m calling for the Senate to do whatever it takes to stop this nominee.

We need our leaders to put relentless pressure on Republicans and Democrats who may vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

We must also work with outside organizations to generate grassroots energy pressuring swing Senators to vote the right way.

Please add your name if you agree.

Conservatives are more excited than ever that this is their chance to overturn Roe v. Wade, roll back civil rights advancements, and keep our country stalled.

It’s simply unacceptable that our children may have fewer rights than we enjoy today.

We will fight this every step of the way. And together, we will win.


Please take action now:


More soon,

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09 Jul

Interview with Congressional Candidate Andrew Janz

*** Andrew Janz has been endorsed for CD-22 by the CDP ***

Andrew Janz is a candidate for Congress in District 22 in California who is running against Devin Nunes. While KRL doesn’t publicly endorse any candidates, I had the chance to meet Janz before the primary elections and I liked what I saw and heard so I decided to ask him some questions that I think our readers would be interested in. Some questions will be typical, and some may be ones you don’t hear asked all the time. To learn more about Andrew Janz and his stands on more of the issues you can visit his website, which I highly encourage you to do-an informed voter is the best kind of voter. I also encourage everyone who hasn’t yet, to register to vote. Voting is one of the most important things we can do as an American!

Editor’s Note: This interview was done before the current horrible situation at the borders with the migrant children being separated from their parents or else I would have asked about that situation as well.

Listen to the interview here

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09 Jul

CDP Weekly Update


It’s been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this week’s activities. 

The Big Blue Wave is Getting Bigger in CD25

Last weekend, Democrats in the 25th Congressional District came together for a phenomenal event – Families Belong Together Unity March, Rally and BBQ.

The event, which was organized by the Democratic Alliance for Action, 25 United For Progress, North Valley Democratic Club, Democratic Club of the High Desert, Simi Valley Democratic Club and Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats, saw incredible turnout and an amazing spirit of determination to wrest this seat from Steve Knight.

AD 38 Delegate CeCe Koplin wrote a great recap of the event:

The 25th District Unity BBQ Program was emceed by our fearless leader Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party. He has been tirelessly traveling up and down the state working district by district to bring us together. 

We want to thank our guest speakers, Representative Karen Bass, Representative Brad Sherman, Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, Sandra Fluke, Carlos Pheonix and our burger-flipping State Treasurer, John Chiang. 

Steve Pierson presented a big check from SwingLeft to our Candidate for Congress, Katie Hill. 

Our candidate for Assembly, Christy Smith, also spoke. Eric reminded everyone how important it is to vote down ballot, then introduced our candidates for City Council, Diane Trautman, Logan Smith, Brett Haddock and Lee Uber. The program concluded as Eric Bauman and his uncle, Jon Bauman (aka Sha Na Na’s Bowzer) closed the program with their rendition of ‘Good Night Steve Knight.’

We’ll just add this: if a Big Blue Wave wipes out the Republicans in November, it will be because of the kind of grassroots energy and unity on display last weekend in Santa Clarita.

Net Neutrality Advances. Democrats Lead the Way.

Last month, there was a great deal of discussion about the Assembly’s hearing on SB 822, which will impose a California version of Net Neutrality on the telecoms to counteract Trump’s evisceration of President Obama’s Net Neutrality rules.

Even though the CDP hasn’t formally taken a position on the legislation, this is a major policy concern for Chair Bauman, along with the vast majority of CDP activists.

Immediately after the hearing, Chair Bauman reached out to Senator Scott Weiner, the author of SB 822, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, the Chair of the Assembly committee hearing the bill. After a series of productive conversations, Chair Bauman announced that Assemblymember Santiago and Senator Weiner would work together to find a pathway forward.

This week, at a press conference at the Capitol, Senator Weiner and Assemblymember Santiago were joined by Senator Kevin de Leon and Assemblymember Rob Bonta as they announced an agreement to move the bill forward.

These new proposed rules are the toughest in the nation, and we’re proud of Senator Weiner and Assemblymember Santiago for demonstrating the kind of leadership Californians have come to expect from Democrats.

Executive Board Preview

The CDP Executive Board will be meeting in Oakland the weekend of July 13-15 at the Oakland Marriott.

Due to strong demand for tickets, we’ve added space to the Luncheon. We’re very pleased with the response to our keynote speaker, Steve Philips, author of Brown is the New White. This is going to be an exciting, informative and lively discussion about the changing face of America – any remaining tickets will be sold on-site at the Executive Board.

Executive Board Members will be considering endorsements for the statewide ballot propositions on the November ballot and in the contest for United States Senate.

(As a reminder, Chair Bauman had worked with both Democratic Lt. Governor candidates advancing to the General Election and they agreed not to seek the CDP endorsement).

Click here for more information about the Executive Board Meeting.

And to close out the week, here’s Chair Bauman and Bowzer singing ‘Good Night, Steve Knight’ in Santa Clarita:

121 Days Until the Election! 


–CDP Update


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09 Jul

An unlikely but righteous journey

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

Last year, you joined me in an unlikely but righteous journey.

The status quo wasn’t working, so we decided to take on the culture of complacency by demanding accountability and fight from our representatives in Washington.

And in February, 56% of your fellow Executive Board members decided to reject this broken system by voting to endorse my candidacy. And although we fell short, we sent a message to the rest of the nation by letting them know that here in the Golden State – we are Democrats not just in name, but in action.

I’m running for U.S. Senate because I believe it’s time to stop biding our time, biting our tongue and playing at the margins. It’s not about pushing anyone to the right or the left, but rather, pushing our nation forward with new ideas and a fresh perspective.

When D.C. hems and haws at the idea of a $15 dollar minimum wage, Medicare-for-all, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights and retirement security plans for workers without access to one, in California we don’t play second fiddle; we lead.

When we come together next weekend in Oakland for our Executive Board meeting, there will be a vote to endorse in the U.S. Senate race. We can win this, but I need your help.

If we can count on your vote for a stronger, more progressive future, please let me know at

In solidarity,


Endorse Kevin

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09 Jul

Investing in Southeast Fresno

*** Luis Chavez has been endorsed for FCC District 5 by the FCDP ***

District 5 Update


We honored eight local veterans along the Kings Canyon Corridor who served in WWII. Each of them will have their names displayed on a banner along Kings Canyon thanking them for their service. We owe our Veterans an immeasurable debt and gratitude for their service to our country, and we look forward to continuing to honor more of our local heroes along Kings Canyon Blvd, and throughout the City in the years to come.

The Central Southeast Area Specific Plan will be a plan that guides development in the community over the next 20 to 30 years. The Specific Plan will include significant involvement from the community. The Plan area covers over 2,200 acres just southeast of downtown. Now is the time to get involved and help shape the future of your community! Go to the project website to take a survey, sign up for project updates, and learn more.

WORKSHOP #1 – JUNE 20 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Vision, Guiding Principles (Pictured Above)


WORKSHOP #2 – JULY 17 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Develop Alternatives

WORKSHOP #3 – OCTOBER 4 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Policy Framework

Location: Sal Mosqueda Center 4670 E. Butler Ave. Fresno, CA 93702

We will continue to reinvest in our neighborhoods, with housing funds to support new housing developments including first time home buyer assistance, and rehab housing funds for older homes. The Splash Park at the Mosqueda Center is almost complete, and will be a fun way to cool down in the Summer. The city is investing in work to plan for and complete a senior center. We are cleaning up our neighborhoods and combatting illegal dumping. We have allocated more funds to SPCA. Also, we will be investing more money in our parks, increasing park space and amenities throughout the district.

For more information contact my office at 559-621-8000 or Text your concerns to 559-978-8423

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09 Jul

Senator Harris Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Labor Protections for Farm Workers

 Senator Harris Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Labor Protections for Farm Workers


As a Californian growing up and working on my family’s farm in Fresno, I am troubled by the lamentable conditions that our country’s farm workers continue to work under. Though the Fair Labor Standards Act, passed 80 years ago this week, provides basic protections for most workers, it is not guaranteed to all agricultural workers. It’s hard to believe, considering the grueling physical nature of agricultural workers’ day-to-day responsibilities, often resulting in nearly 100 injuries a day, that over 2 million workers are not given basic employment protections, only earn an average of $15,000 – $17,500 a year, and are often denied pay for their overtime labor.

These unjust practices cannot be allowed to continue. That is why, last week Senator Harris and her colleagues introduced the Fairness for Farm Workers Act. 

Click here to watch Senator Harris speak about the Fairness for Farm Workers Act

This Act:

  • Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to grant overtime protections to all farm workers who work more than 40 hours a week, ensuring these workers receive time-and-a-half overtime pay.
    • Phases in this requirement over four years, with additional compliance time for small farms.
  • Eliminates most remaining exemptions to the minimum wage requirements for certain small farms, hand harvest laborers, non-local minors, and range livestock production.
  • Removes overtime exemptions for employees employed in irrigation projects, livestock auctions incidental to farm work, small country grain elevators, certain sugar processing, certain types of intra-state transportation and preparation for transportation of fruits and vegetables, cotton ginning, and cotton compressing.

Having been born and raised on my family’s farm, I understand how the lack of worker’s protections has endangered and burdened farmers around the country. With the support of United Farm Workers, Farmworker Justice, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we can secure for farm workers, the same fair, and basic worker protections that have been afforded to so many over the years. 

Here are some sample Tweets in English and Spanish that you can use to help spread the word: 

English: I stand with @senkamalaharris on her Fairness for Farm Workers Act. Farm workers deserve the same basic protections other workers have had for decades. Link to full text of bill here.

 Apoyo a @senkamalaharris en su Fairness for Farm Workers Act. Los trabajadores agrícolas merecen las mismas protecciones que otros trabajadores han tenido por décadas. Enlace con el texto completo del proyecto de ley aquí.  

English: Protections for agricultural workers are still not as strong as those for other workers. Help @senkamalaharris change that by supporting her Fairness for Farm Workers Act. Visit this page for more information.

 Las protecciones de los trabajadores agrícolas no son tan seguras como deberían ser. Ayuden @senkamalaharris a cambiar esto en dando su apoyo a su Fairness for Farm Workers Act. Visita esta página para mas información.  

It’s time to stand up for what is right and ensure that farm workers, farmers like my family and neighbors, are protected and treated fairly.


Matt Rogers
Central Valley District Director
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris

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