01 Jan

New Years Resolutions From The California Democratic Party

Dear Fellow Democrats:  

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! I know that many of us have been talking about the incredible challenges we overcame together in 2018, and the stunning victories that our hard work accomplished. There was a lot to be proud of last year –  from the Blue Wave that decisively washed over California and helped us take over the House to the historic number of women and minorities that were elected nationwide. 

But New Years isn’t just about celebrating our progress in the past year – it’s about looking to the year ahead of us and asking ourselves a simple question: how can we do even better?  

In the spirit of that question, we’re sharing a few of our favorite Democratic New Years Resolutions: 

 – Hold Trump accountable. Now that Democrats control the House – thanks to the amazing effort of California Democrats to get out the vote in crucial Congressional districts – it’s more than just a wish to hold Trump accountable for his heinous acts of bigotry and corruption. Democrats in the House are already making moves to ensure that they get answers from this runaway administration. To help hold Trump accountable in 2019, can you call your Representative and ask them to support the efforts of House Democrats? 

 – Help stop the assault on LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, people of color, and other minorities. Trump and his GOP colleagues have let hatred run rampant. Hate crimes against marginalized groups have increased drastically since 2016, and it’s up to us as California Democrats to use every bit of influence from our victories in last year’s election to protect the rights of groups that are under attack. To make sure we have the resources to check hatred at every turn, and put an end to violence and discrimination, could you pitch in $20.19? 

 – Get involved. At the CDP, we believe that our country’s democratic process works best when people are engaged, understood, and fairly represented. Can we count on you to consider running for office or helping out on a campaign? 

To us at the CDP, it’s clear that the future is bright and – blue. We’re ecstatic to be going into 2019 with you.

Democratically Yours,

Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, Acting Chair
California Democratic Party

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30 Dec

Not exactly a friend of the DC establishment…

TJ Cox for Congress


This is Norberto with the TJ Cox campaign.

I want to make sure you’re up to speed about TJ’s upcoming FEC deadline at the end of the month. I can’t stress how important it is that we turn in a strong fundraising report.

After such a tight race, we’re being watched closely. And when these numbers go public, we need the Republicans to see that TJ has overwhelming grassroots support — that’s where you come in.

We’re aiming to bring in the highest possible number of individual contributions we can before the FEC deadline hits.

Can you chip in a donation right away to send a message that grassroots Democrats are a force to be reckoned with? Any amount will go a long way.

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

TJ didn’t run for office to stand on the sidelines in Washington. He’s going to be a fierce champion for our values.

He’ll help ensure health care access for every American. TJ will stand up to the fossil fuels industry to protect our water and air. And he’ll fight back when middle-class families come under attack.

Point is, TJ isn’t exactly a friend of the DC establishment — that’s why he’s depending on your grassroots support.

Can you chip in a donation to stand with TJ Cox and show Republicans in Washington that they are no match for our grassroots team? Any amount helps.

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Thank you for your support.

Norberto Gonzalez
TJ Cox for Congress





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29 Dec

eight hundred and sixty-two

TJ Cox for Congress


862 votes.

That was the margin of victory when TJ Cox was elected and flipped California’s 21st district for the first time in decades.

Take it from us, Republicans are still FUMING that we flipped this longtime stronghold — they totally underestimated the strength of our grassroots movement.

But now they know what they’re up against. We’re not going to catch them off guard again, and that’s why we’re emailing you today:

The end of this month marks TJ’s very first FEC fundraising deadline as an elected member. DC Republicans are going to be watching our fundraising report for any sign of weakness.

For this deadline, we want to log as many individual contributions as we possibly can. It’s so important that we show the depth of our support and let the Republicans know TJ’s win wasn’t a fluke, but a result of your overwhelming grassroots support.

Can you stand with TJ Cox and make a donation of any amount ahead of our FEC deadline? It doesn’t matter how much you give, only that you chip in to remind Republicans in DC that they’re no match for us.

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Thank you for your support,

Team TJ





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29 Dec


I hope you’re enjoying spending time with loved ones this holiday season. I was blessed to be back at home in California, spending some time with my family — which included making my mother’s tamales and chile relleno during Christmas and reflecting on the past year.

I’ll be honest — 2018 was full of challenges.

The Trump Administration doubled down on their attempts to gut our health care and slash taxes for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, all at the expense of working families. Our country bore witness to more than 300 mass shootings. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s brave testimony captured the nation’s attention and served as a solemn reminder that — despite the progress we’ve made — women in America are still not believed. My home state was devastated by the Camp Fire, now the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Just this month, two young children died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And in recent days, Donald Trump shut down the federal government because he wants American taxpayers to contribute $5 billion towards his border wall.

That’s enough tough news to make anybody want to give up. But you refused to throw up your hands and give in to despair. Together, we rolled up our sleeves and fought hard for the very soul of our country — and, together, we achieved so much.

In November, Democrats swept the midterm elections. We retook the House of Representatives, flipped six state legislatures and won several Governors’ seats. We also elected a record number of women — and women of color! — to fight for our values in Congress.

And this grassroots team — including you — helped raise more than $9 million for candidates running across the country, including Kyrsten Sinema, Jacky Rosen, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Tina Smith, Debbie Stabenow, Maria Cantwell, Jahana Hayes, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Beto O’Rourke and more. This is nothing short of incredible, and I am so proud of our team.

In short, although 2018 was a difficult year for so many Americans, we have a lot to be hopeful for. Nothing has inspired me more than the activism and enthusiasm I’ve seen from people like you who have stepped up to fight for our values. You showed that, during some of the darkest times in our country’s recent history, there is still light.

Let’s look forward, together, to the fights that lie ahead. We must continue to invest in coalition-building and defend our progressive values in the new year. Across all communities, we must stand together. We can leave no one to fight alone.

May every single day of 2019 be filled with love, happiness, and joy for you and your family. Wishing you and your loved ones a fabulous new year.

Sincerely yours,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California





Senator Harris relies on grassroots contributions from supporters like you to power her campaign. Your contribution will allow her to focus on doing her job and help us build a coalition strong enough to challenge Trump’s radical agenda in Washington.

Can you pitch in a contribution to help Kamala reach her end-of-year fundraising goals?  

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28 Dec

Desperate and undemocratic

Democratic Association of Secretaries of State
The start of 2019 is just a few days away, and after important Democratic gains this year, you just know that Trump and Republican leaders can’t wait to ramp up their efforts to rig election maps and restrict voting rights to try to stay in power.

Their desperate and undemocratic agenda is already impacting voters in states like Wisconsin and Michigan where Republican legislatures are ignoring the will of voters and stripping incoming Democrats of power. And in South Carolina, Republicans are planning to CANCEL their 2020 presidential primary to try to protect Trump from a challenger.

The Republican assault on democracy is offensive, but it will not go unchallenged. We will continue to hold Trump and Republicans accountable, but we need your help to fight the Republican voter suppression agenda.

That’s why we’re kicking off our 2019 Membership Drive early with a goal of 750 new members before the end of this year. If we reach our goal, we’ll be kicking off 2019 with momentum and the strength to challenge the GOP at every step and build winning campaigns for Democrats in 2019 and 2020.

Activate your 2019 DASS Membership today by pitching in $5 or more before our end-of-year deadline and help us fight for voting rights!

Activate your 2019 DASS Membership now and help fight back against Trump and the GOP!

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Thank you,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State
Chair, Democratic Association of Secretaries of State


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27 Dec

The Gang That Cannot Shoot Straight Strikes (Out) Again on International Trade

The Gang That Cannot Shoot Straight Strikes (Out) Again on International Trade

“It doesn’t seem like anything was actually agreed to at the dinner and White House officials are twisting themselves into pretzels to reconcile Trump’s tweets (which seem if not completely fabricated then grossly exaggerated) with reality,” or so declared Carl Qintanilla in JP Morgan Notes about the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war Trump and Xi arranged over their dinner at the Buenos Aires G-20 Summit.

Financial markets have issued a similar acid verdict on the President’s latest trade diplomacy, with the Dow plunging nearly 800 points, or 3.2%, two days after the deal was concluded. The Dow and the Nasdaq have since fluctuated wildly, and one major factor in this instability is market uncertainty regarding future developments in trade with China.

Markets are right to be rattled. The episode in Buenos Aires provides yet more proof, as if it were needed, that when it comes to trade, Trump and his economic team are the gang that can’t shoot straight. This crew could not be in sync on even the basic matter of when the 90-day time line for China to make “structural changes” on intellectual property protections, forced technology transfer and other issues was to start.

National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow initially put that at Jan. 1, only to have the White House correct him shortly afterward to say that starting date was actually Dec. 1. The President engaged in his usual flair for exaggeration in describing his accomplishments in summit negotiations, claiming on Twitter that China had agreed to remove tariffs on American cars coming into China and immediately start buying large quantities of U.S. farm products.

Kudlow quickly dialed back expectations regarding autos, telling reporters following the Trump-Xi meeting, “We don’t have a specific agreement on that,” apparently contradicting Trump’s tweet on this matter. He then airily declared, “But I will just tell you, as an involved participant, we expect those tariffs to go to zero,” even though auto tariffs were not mentioned in the U.S.-China statement issued after the Trump-Xi dinner meeting.

As the old adage goes, “The fish rots from the head,” and this certainly applies to Trump administration trade diplomacy. Directing it is a President who wears his lack of basic literacy about international economic on his sleeve.

In his latest Wall Street Journal interview on Nov. 26, Trump mixed up tariffs, which are a sales tax imposed on imported goods, with interest rates, which are the extra money individuals owe when taking out a loan. Trump repeated this claim, even after Wall Street Journal reporter Bob Davis noted the error. In the same interview, while discussing his steel tariffs, the President invoked phantom steel plants as he played up the steel and aluminum duties.

And Trump keeps insisting that when the U.S. runs trade deficits with China, it is giving money to the Chinese, as opposed to purchasing and getting products, which in most cases would not make sense to produce domestically. Moreover, much of the money China obtains from running a trade surplus with the United States is recycled back to us in the form of lending to our government when China purchases T-bills and the like, thereby helping to finance American fiscal profligacy.

For the latest round of trade negotiations with China, Trump has sidelined Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who no longer has much credibility in Beijing following his inability to keep the deal Vice Premier Liu He thought they struck back in May. Trade hardliner Robert Lighthizer will be leading the U.S. team instead.

Surprisingly, some on the Chinese side seem happy with this choice, despite Lighthizer’s credentials as an incredibly competent trade hawk and negotiator. In taking on this chore, however, he has embarked on mission impossible.

The basic problem is that China and the United States have different understandings of the Trump-Xi dinner deal. While the Trump administration foresees swift progress in lowering the China-U.S. bilateral trade deficit, Chinese state media vaguely talks about a “gradual” reduction. The same applies to White House claims that China will purchase “very substantial” quantities of American farm, energy and industrial exports.

As was noted earlier, the President casually asserted that China was eliminating tariffs on imported American cars, even though nothing of the sort was said in the joint communique issued in Buenos Aires (under World Trade Organization [WTO] rules, if China did that, it would have to do the same for motor vehicles exported from other countries).

In intellectual property (IP), the Trump administration believes that China will immediately negotiate forced technology transfer and strengthen IP protection. The Chinese have said the two countries will merely work together to reach a consensus on such matters, however. None of this bodes well for the success of the upcoming negotiations.

In sum, the can has merely been kicked down road, with the Sino-American trade war likely to heat up again in 90 days. As with practically everything Trump has done with respect to policy-making, this is shaping up to be a first-class train wreck.


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27 Dec

DEADLINE TODAY AT 5PM – Don’t Forget About ADEM Applications

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27 Dec

DEADLINE TODAY (Dec. 27) AT 5PM – Don’t Forget About ADEM Applications


Dear Fellow Democrats:
Today is the last day to apply to be an ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative!
The biennial meetings to elect Assembly District Delegates and Executive Board Representatives of the California Democratic Party will be held the weekends of Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019; and Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019. The deadline to apply for candidacy is today at 5pm.

A person may run for ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative only if one is a registered Democrat and residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM on or before October 22, 2018. 

These Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) will take place to elect 7 self-identified female delegates and 7 other than self-identified female delegates from each of the 80 Assembly Districts in the State of California.

All California Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) Delegates are expected to attend the California Democratic Party Conventions in 2019 and 2020. These Delegates will meet for the first time at the California Democratic Party State Convention to be held May 31 – June 2, 2019, in San Francisco.

Click here for more information on the process of running for ADEM Delegate/Executive Board Representative, or to find the date, time, location, and a list of candidates for your district’s ADEM election.

To find cost associated with becoming an ADEM Delegate, please visit our website for more info.

For more commonly asked questions on the upcoming ADEM elections, please find our brief FAQ below.


The CDP Team

Who May Vote in ADEMs?

A person may vote in the election if the person is a registered Democrat residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM as of the date of the ADEM. Same day voter registration is allowed for otherwise qualified citizens.

Please visit our ADEM Tools and Resources page, found on our ADEM Homepage, for more information.

Who May Run as an Assembly District Delegate/Executive Board Representative?

A person may run for ADEM Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative only if one is a registered Democrat and residing in the Assembly District of the ADEM on or before October 22, 2018. 

Click here to apply and run for Assembly District Delegate and/or Executive Board Representative. The direct link to the application form is:

An optional statement (2400 characters) and $30 filing fee is required at the time of application. If the Assembly District Delegate/Executive Board Representative candidate chooses to include a statement, the statement must be composed at the time of application submission. Candidate statements will not be accepted after the application is submitted.

The deadline to complete the candidate application form is TODAY, December 27, 2018, at 5:00 PM – THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE!

Candidates should confirm receipt of filing prior to the deadline. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact Party Resources Manager Unique Wilson directly at (916) 503-7318 or Party Services Director Emma Harper at

The CDP will not be responsible for failed, delayed, unreadable, or corrupted filings, whether by hardcopy delivery or electronic filings, such as faxes or emails, or the editing of statements. A hard copy form is not available. However, Party staff is available to assist candidates with the online application process. Please contact Party Resources Manager Unique Wilson directly at (916) 503-7318 or Party Services Director Emma Harper at

Please Note: In keeping with CDP Policy, Gender shall mean one being either “self-identified female” or “other than self-identified female.”

Please click here for more information on the 2019 ADEM process.




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27 Dec

Can’t say I’m surprised…

TJ Cox for Congress

I should be surprised by this, but I’m not.

It’s looking more and more likely that I’ll be inheriting a partially shutdown government when I’m sworn into Congress next week.

That’s because President Trump sabotaged a bipartisan spending bill to get funding for his $5 billion border wall even though he knew it would never pass the Senate. It was a total political stunt.

Now, thousands of federal employees could lose paychecks. Government services used by farmers and small businesses will be unavailable. And once again, the American people are left angry and disappointed in Washington.

I’m angry too because this isn’t how our government should work. But we have the power to do something about it by coming together to hold Trump and the far-right accountable. That’s why I’m reaching out:

Can you add your name to my petition demanding an end to this reckless shutdown? It’s so important that we tell Trump and his allies that we will hold them accountable for putting politics ahead of country.


This is the third shutdown since Trump took office. For Trump, forcing a shutdown is just another tool in his arsenal to get what he wants — it’s shameful behavior from a President who took an oath to defend our constitution.

But this will happen again if we don’t stand together and say enough is enough: No more shutdowns. No more brinkmanship.

Add your name to demand that Trump and his friends put an end to this shutdown >>

Thank you for stepping up,

TJ Cox





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26 Dec

2019 Boards & Commissions Appointment List (Vacancies)

Click on the image below for the 2019 List

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