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06 Oct
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Absentee Ballots Are Coming!

Dear Neighbor and Supporter:

 

Thanks to the support of many of our neighbors and you our campaign to improve District 3 with vibrant, safe, and thriving neighborhoods was successful in the June    primary.

Since then, we have continued    to talk to voters and launch our general election efforts. We’ve also gained key endorsements like The Fresno Bee and the Central Labor Council, which represents thousands of working people in our city.

With just a few weeks until the November 6th general election, we will continue to visit all of our district’s diverse neighborhoods encouraging everyone to vote and listening to your ideas about how to improve our neighborhoods. If we haven’t knocked on your door yet, we will soon!

 

If you are registered as a Permanent Absentee Voter, remember that ballots begin to arrive Wednesday, October 10th.

 

As always, don’t hesitate to call me on my personal cell at (559) 906-1443 or email us at    miguel.arias4council@gmail.com , if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Miguel Arias

 

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04 Oct
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“This is a monumentally easy call”

This week, the LA Times endorsed Xavier.

 

This wasn’t your average endorsement either — this was a resounding stamp of approval for Xavier’s record, his leadership, and his courage to stand up for the rights of Californians. In the words of the LA Times Editorial Board:

 

“This is a monumentally easy call. Becerra has set a good direction, and voters would be wise to give him a full four-year term.”

Keep up the momentum in the final month before Election Day. Contribute $5 now to help Xavier keep up the fight.

The LA Times praised Xavier for his work to protect our state and values “from a series of onslaughts by the Trump administration.”

 

That includes fighting a new Trump administration lawsuit that could destroy the free and open internet by attacking California’s new net neutrality law. It includes suing the EPA to defend California’s clean car stands. It includes defending the Affordable Care Act in court.

 

In all, Xavier has filed 44 lawsuits to stop the worst of the Trump administration’s policies. Meanwhile, our GOP opponent is running on a platform of “standing down in the state’s defense against the Trump administration.”

Contribute $5 now to make sure Xavier wins in November and can keep taking on President Trump.

We’ve got just over 30 days left in this election and Xavier is counting on your support.

 

Thank you,

Xavier

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04 Oct
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Fresno Democrats Update Endorsements

FRESNO—The Fresno County Democratic Party has voted to change its recommendation in the election for Fresno County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector to “No Endorsement.”

The local Democratic Party also made an endorsement on two of the City of Fresno ballot measures:

  • Vote “yes” on Measure A.
  • Vote “yes” on Measure O.

The committee previously had announced its support of Measure P.

The Fresno County Democratic Party can be reached at 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

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03 Oct
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Janz Travels Throughout California’s 22nd Congressional District Talking to Voters While Nunes Continues to Hide


Janz Travels Throughout California’s 22nd Congressional District Talking to Voters While Nunes Continues to Hide

Fresno, CA (October 3rd, 2018) – With November 6th closing in on us, we’ve started ramping up the campaign to reach as many voters as possible. Andrew has attended public events throughout California’s 22nd Congressional District and hosted weekly meet and greets; all while Nunes hides from his constituents, hosts private parties and evades public forums.

Below is a September overview of the Andrew Janz for Congress campaign:

  • Labor Day Pancake Breakfast – September 3
  • Janz joined workers and local leaders in serving pancakes at the annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast.
  • SEIU Rise Up Labor Day Picnic – September 3
  • Andrew spoke at the annual Labor Day Picnic about the importance of protecting workers in the Central Valley.
  • Visalia Meet and Greet – September 5
  • Visalia Judge Broadman hosted a meet and greet with a group of mostly Republicans. Republican Judge Broadman came out in support of Andrew saying this will be the first time he is not voting for Nunes. See the video here.
  • LGBT Meet and Greet – September 10
  • Local LGBT leaders hosted a meet and greet for Andrew Janz and his campaign for Congress. Topics included Democratic Party support and water.
  • Andrew Throws First Pitch @ Visalia Rawhide – September 11
  • Janz honored military members, past and present, and first responders by sponsoring a Visalia Rawhide baseball game.
  • Tulare County Fair – September 12
  • Andrew visited the booths and met with voters at the annual Tulare County Fair. His campaign helped facilitate a Democratic presence during the week.
  • Fresno Meet and Greet – September 13
  • Andrew met with voters in Fresno, topics such as education and health care were addressed.
  • Fresno Meet and Greet – September 14
  • Andrew met with voters in California’s 22nd Congressional District. He spoke to about 75 people regarding his campaign, specifically about jobs and water.
  • Janz Kicks off Visalia Canvass – September 15
  • Andrew met with a group of 50 Visalia canvassers to encourage them to knock on doors in California’s 22nd Congressional District.
  • Janz Hosts Farmersville Meet and Greet – September 15
  • Andrew talked to voters in Farmersville that are often forgotten about by both parties.
  • 200 grassroots supporters came out and supported Janz in his second annual Janz BBQ. During this event, he called upon his dedicated base to volunteer for him.
  • Janz Knocks on Doors in Orange Cove – September 16
  • Andrew personally visited residents of Orange Cove who have been neglected by their Representative for the past 15 years.
  • Orange Cove Block Party – September 16
  • The Andrew Janz campaign hosted a block party with Orange Cove voters, bringing the grassroots campaign to the outskirts of the district.
  • Dinuba Democratic Club Kickoff – September 26
  • Andrew visited long forgotten voters in the small town of Dinuba. He plans to change that by asking for the support of the newly formed Dinuba Democratic Club.
  • Andrew visited students at Fresno State to talk with them about his campaign for Congress. The students were lining up to take selfies with Janz.

Find photos of Janz on the campaign trail in September here.

Andrew in the News: Local Profile #1 (GVWire) | Local Profile # 2 (Fresno Bee) | Janz and the DCCC | Post-Ad Criticism and Defense | Visalia Office Vandalized|

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Andrew Janz is a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County, where he was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit before entering the race against 8- term incumbent Rep. Devin Nunes after his infamous midnight Uber trip to the White House last spring. Andrew Janz is 34 years old and resides in Fresno with his wife Heather and their two dogs.

Devin Nunes is the 8 term incumbent for California Congressional District 22 who became a national lightning rod after his midnight trip to the White House in 2017. Most recently Devin Nunes has come under national and local scrutiny for his most recent ethical missteps in spending thousands of campaign dollars on Boston Celtics tickets, wine tours, and Las Vegas getaways.

 

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03 Oct
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CA RACE UPDATE: Here’s what you need to know in CA-21

TJ Cox for Congress

CA Race Update: Democrat and community development leader TJ Cox is running to unseat David Valadao in CA-21 — a prime Democratic pickup. TJ’s pathway to victory depends on grassroots Democratic support. Chip in to support TJ Cox here >>


Here’s what you need to know in CA-21, Michael:

In 2016, voters in CA-21 rejected Trump by an astounding 16-point margin. This race is being called one of the Democrats’ “top pickup opportunities” of 2018.
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Republican incumbent David Valadao has voted in alignment with Trump’s agenda 99% of the time in Congress. Voters in his district are furious.
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Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump have come to David Valadao’s aid with hundreds of thousands of dollars in support from big donors, PACs, and far-right organizations.

Democrat TJ Cox currently trails in the polls due to the far-right’s spending surge and needs URGENT support to make up ground before ballots hit mailboxes on October 8th. TJ is rejecting ALL corporate PAC money and is depending on grassroots support to flip this seat. Please make a contribution to his campaign here >>

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


Thank you for your support,

TJ Cox for Congress

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03 Oct
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03 Oct
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The millions AGAINST us just keep on pouring in

Friend

Our opponent’s independent expenditure just got another boost today. A boost to the tune of $4 million dollars this week alone. And we’re a month away from the election.

What does this mean? This means that $4 million on top of the more than $7 million they have spent just in the general election will be used to run ads on every single television set in California non-stop. They’re trying to drown out our message because they know if voters hear it then we will win. Help us fight back!

This past weekend, The San Diego Free Press wrote about why this election is so important. Then, The San Francisco Chronicle profiled our opponent’s track record manipulating standards to make graduation rates in his schools look good when in reality they only hurt student’s readiness for college.

Our opponent’s donors see this kind of unchecked standard as the solution to improving public schools in California. We can’t let them win this fight and take over our state’s school system. 

Can you chip in and stand with me as we fight these billionaires? 

Let’s show them that California’s students are NOT for sale.

–Tony 

Paid for by Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018

Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018
PO Box 2145
Richmond CA 94802 United States

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03 Oct
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Add your name: stop 3D guns

If anyone can download a gun using a 3D printer, then anyone can own a gun — regardless of whether they can pass a background check.

 

And because 3D downloadable guns can be made with plastic, they can even evade a metal detector.

 

So when the Trump administration decided to allow 3D downloadable guns to be available online, I joined 20 Attorneys General to sue the administration and stop these weapons from falling into the hands of would-be criminals.

 

 

Our country desperately needs more solutions to prevent gun violence. In California, we’re leaps and bounds ahead of the nation in passing strict gun safety laws. But the Trump administration is dragging us in the opposite direction, with a decision that would massively widen the loopholes in our background checks system and make our communities less safe.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Xavier

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03 Oct
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Andrew Janz Brings in $4.3 Million in Q3 Against Devin Nunes


Andrew Janz Brings in $4.3 Million in Q3 Against Devin Nunes

Fresno, CA (October 3rd, 2018) – Andrew Janz’s campaign for California’s 22nd Congressional District announced a staggering haul of $4.3 million last quarter (July – September). Andrew Janz has refused corporate PAC money and is the proud recipient of over 180,000 individual contributions since announcing his candidacy in April of 2017.

“Our campaign proves you don’t need to take corporate money to run a competitive race. I’m proud to be supported by individuals not corporations, like my opponent who is funded by big pharma, the Koch brothers, and the largest corporations on the planet. We won’t make real change until we get dark money out of politics and those who accept their donations in exchange for their votes in Washington.”

 

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Andrew Janz was raised in Visalia and is running for Congress against Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District. Andrew’s campaigning on water for the valley, more jobs, protecting social security and medicaid, and fighting corruption in Washington. Andrew Janz is 34 years old and resides in Fresno with his wife Heather and their two dogs.

 

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03 Oct
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Fresno Democrats: Your Ballot Should Arrive Soon!

Fresno County Democratic Party (FCDP)

Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 1

 

Our Recommendations

See our endorsements for candidates and ballot measures specific to your ballot at http://fresnocountydemocrats.org/liveballot/ . Enter your address and view all our recommendations. Thank you for supporting Democrats!

  

Blue Wave in Fresno County

The Nov. 6 election is fast approaching. By Oct. 8, absentee ballots will start being mailed so time is running out to make a difference in this election, which is shaping up to be a referendum on the fundamental ethos of our country. Here in the Central Valley, districts that were once firmly and unquestioningly Republican are now looking more purple than red. Andrew Janz is facing Devin Nunes and narrowing the race despite the avalanche of lies Nunes has started to unleash. T.J. Cox stands against incumbent Republican David Valadao and does so with enthusiastic support from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. It is not just the big flashy elections that are important. Democrats are running for office at every level, and every race is crucial to putting our country back on track toward our ideals of equality and intelligent governance.
In many places throughout the Central Valley, Democrats hold a strong majority when it comes to registered voters. However, time and time again we have seen that they just don’t come out to vote as much as Republicans. This year is our chance to change that. We here at the Fresno County Democratic Party are eager to help. Stop by our headquarters at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno or call at 559-495-0606.
No matter what your level of experience, there is always something you can do to help with this election. If you have time, volunteer for the party or a campaign. Opportunities are listed in this newsletter every week. If you have money, you can donate. Even if you just hang out on your computer, you can help by reaching out over e-mail and social media to friends, family and colleagues. Politics can seem like a big, daunting challenge. There are many who want to make things seem hopeless so we do nothing. Don’t give in. We are all in this together, and together we can win.

  

Promote and Protect the Vote

T he California Democratic Party is launching the 2018 Promote and Protect the Vote (P2TV) Program to help ensure that elections are well and fairly managed. This will work to assist voters with voting-related questions as well as investigate and troubleshoot election-related issues with our network of volunteer attorneys and election officials. The program will provide voter protection resources and training to Democratic campaigns, County Central Committees, clubs/organizations and activists, and allied/partnered organizations.
Another key part of the program is the hotline, 877-321-VOTE (8683). If you or anyone you know has any questions or encounter issues with voting, or if your campaign/organization encounters issues relating to elections and voting, contact the Promote and Protect the Vote Hotline, which is operational from early October through Election Day:

 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, to Friday, Nov. 2—weekdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, through Monday, Nov. 5—9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day)—6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
  •                There are also information resources to help educate and prepare for this upcoming election. The P2TV Primer on Voting and Election includes a general overview and key points on voting and election for this election cycle. Click here to download the Primer . In-language voting rights and FAQ palm cards will be available in mid-October. Later this month, the party will also host a P2TV Voter Protection Webinar. Click here to sign up and join our Voter Protection webinar . The webinar will include key information on voting and elections to protect the vote.

Please visit our Promote and Protect the Vote webpage for all these and more resources: www.cadem.org/p2tv .

 

Janz Opens New Fresno Headquarters

This week, Congressional District 22 candidate Andrew Janz opened a new headquarters in Fresno, at 5135 N. Blackstone Ave., Suite 102. The event was celebrated with an open house party where the district’s constituents were able to join in support and making themselves heard. It is evident that Janz’s strategy of raising money only from private sources, with no corporate donations, is working. The campaign outgrew its old location and now has a bigger headquarters from which to coordinate the fight.
This comes the same week that Devin Nunes’ campaign mailed out thousands of copies of a massive 40-page glossy magazine ridiculing the Fresno Bee with a long series of conspiracy theories. Nunes evidently spent some of his $6 million war chest on this personal trip into alternate history. Residents across Nunes’ district will be receiving these mystifying monstrosities regardless of party affiliation.
It is clear where the priorities of these two Congressional campaigns land: one with community outreach, the other with delusional ego.

 

Democrats at the Fresno Fair

This week, Fresno Democrats will be at the Big Fresno Fair and they are looking for help. The local party will have a booth and is looking for volunteers to help staff and hand out information. There will be three shifts per day and three people per shift. Interested Democrats should call the Democratic Party HQ at 559-495-0606.

TJ Cox Campaign

The T.J. Cox for Congress campaign thanks everyone who has already helped with the election effort. The campaign will hold phone banks on Oct. 10, 17 and 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Democratic Party HQ. To volunteer or for more information, call 559-495-0606.

Cox campaign events this week:

Firebaugh Community Dinner Meet & & Greet

10/3/2018

5-7pm

Firebaugh Senior Center – 601 Thomas Conboy Ave

Firebaugh

Gilbert Felix, gilbert@tjcoxforcongress.com

Hanford Canvass

10/5/2018

9:00 AM

Hanford DCCC office 2447 N 10th Ave Hanford, CA 93230

Sarah Bentley,

bentley@dccc.org

Sanger Canvass

10/6/2018

9am – 3pm

Greenwood Park – Sanger, CA 93657

Norberto Gonzalez,

ngonzalez@cadem.org

Phonebank in Hanford, CA

10/6/2018

10am – 12pm

Hanford DCCC office 2447 N 10th Ave Hanford, CA 93230

Sarah Bentley,

bentley@dccc.org

Swing Left Sanger Canvass

10/7/2018

9am – 3pm

Greenwood Park – Sanger, CA 93657

Norberto Gonzalez,

ngonzalez@cadem.org

Lemoore Meet & & Greet

10/7/2018

5-7pm

Lemoore Civic Auditorium – 435 C Street, Lemoore, CA

Fabiola Rodriguez, fabiola@tjcoxforcongress.com

Candidate Forums

WEST FRESNO DEMOCRATS CANDIDATE FORUM

On Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the West Fresno Democratic Club will hold a candidate forum. The forum will be held at New Light for New Life Church, 1106 W. Woodward, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

This forum will be a bit different than most. The moderator, Rev. Dr. Floyd Harris, will keep things moving and invite the public to ask important questions about police brutality, environmental racism, subpar schools, the school-to-prison pipeline, crushing poverty, homelessness and officeholder accountability.

These issues are important to Southwest Fresno and the greater Fresno area. We sincerely hope you can attend.

For more information, contact Aline Reed, president of the West Fresno Democratic Club, at 559-470-5172.

COMMUNITY TOWN HALL

Meet Candidates Fresno City Council District 3 candidates Miguel Arias and Tate Hill in the district. Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cecil C. Hinton Community Center (2385 S. Fairview Ave.), the candidates will address employment, education, poverty, housing, crime, immigration and more.

         The event is sponsored by N.A.A.C.P., Mi Familia Vota, Hmong Innovating Politics, V.O.I.C.E., Central Valley Partnership, SEIU Local 1000, SEIU Local 521, SEIU Local 2015

For more information, contact 559-244 1830 or hmesserlian@seiu1000.org.

RADIO BILINGÜE HOSTS TOWN HALL IN SANGER

Radio Bilingüe is convening a town hall in Sanger with residents of Congressional District 21, a district with Latino supermajority and a major battleground in the fight for the U.S. Congress.

The community forum will be be held on Monday, Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sanger Women’s Clubhouse, 1602 7th St. (at P Street), Sanger.

The public dialogue will focus on issues of the highest interest to residents of CD21, including access to healthcare, access to higher education, DACA and immigration, jobs, air quality and the water access crisis.

Radio Bilingüe has extended an invitation to both candidates in CD21: incumbent David Valadao and Democratic challenger T.J. Cox. Cox has agreed to participate. Rep. Valadao has declined the invitation.

Sponsored by Radio Bilingüe, the town hall will be produced and moderated in collaboration with KQED Central Valley Bureau, and will include questions from selected community panelists and members from the live audience.

For more information, contact chuyag@radiobilingue.org, 559-455-5782.

Volunteers Needed

We at your local Democratic Party need volunteers to help with getting out the vote for the upcoming election. At this time, we need people to help assemble precinct walk packets. Even this small effort can be a great help as it provides our invaluable canvassers with the resources they need to help educate voters. The assembly activity will be hosted at the Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St.). If you are interested, call 559-495-0606 or fill out the volunteer form online at http://fresnocountydemocrats.org/make-a-difference-2/volunteer/.

Campaigns Are Hiring

Many campaigns are hiring. Contact any of the following if you are interested:

CA Democrats: fresno2018ca@gmail.com

Democratic Party: takeitbackca21@gmail.com “Canvasser Position” in the subject

Valley Forward: (for details) www.bit.ly/valleyfwdjob    (application) lead@valleyfwd.org

Anna Caballero for State Senate: call/text 559-356-9583

ACLU Northern California: antonio.jauregui118@gmail.com

Election Calendar

Voter Information Guides mailed: September 27–October 16

Vote-by-Mail ballots mailing period: October 8–October 30

Last day to register to vote: October 22

Last day to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot: October 30

New Citizen Voter Registration (extension): October 23–November 6 (new citizens are exempt from the normal registration deadline)

Election Day: November 6

Forgot to Register to Vote? Don’t Worry

There is a new option for Californians who miss the Oct. 22 deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for the Nov. 6 General Election. While you might not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there is still an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process.

Eligible citizens who miss the Oct. 22 deadline can go to the Registrar’s Office (2221 Kern St.) or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from Oct. 23 all the way through Election Day on Nov. 6.

For the conditional voter registration locations, contact the county elections office .

California News

An easy-to-read resource of information and recommendations on the statewide propositions can be found on the Fresno County Democrats site . That handy flyer is available in both English and Spanish at the Democratic booth at the Big Fresno Fair. If you could assist with translating the propositions into other languages, contact the Democratic Party HQ at 559-495-0606 to help us make this available.

Prop 4 for Children’s Hospitals

This year’s Proposition 4 is the smallest bond measure on the November ballot, but it is no less crucial for that. The $1.5 billion would go to improving the capacity, safety and equipment in a select number of crucial children’s hospitals across California. In both 2004 and 2008, voters approved similar measures for other hospitals and now the time has come out to add our own region’s Valley Children’s Hospital to the list.

         These hospitals need this extra bit of money now because a growing percentage of their patients are on MediCal and the state reimburses hospitals for those services at one of the lowest rates in the country. At the same time, the deadline to renovate for new safety standards still looms in 2030 and the hospitals need this extra push to insure they can get it done. While a long-term solution would need to be an increase in MediCal payouts, this Proposition ensures that while the details of such a complicated overhaul are being worked out the children of the Central Valley, and the rest of the state, don’t suffer.

NATIONAL NEWS

Kavanaugh’s Tantrum Shows Him Unfit

The resistance and doubt surrounding Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination grows. Though the FBI is now conducting an investigation into the sexual abuse accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the White House is ensuring that the timetable is kept ludicrously short. Still, it is a small step toward justice for Dr. Ford and the other accusers and a major blow to Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump.

         Kavanaugh’s public hearings provided quite a spectacle. Dr. Ford’s testimony was powerful and authentic. Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony was angry, entitled and deeply disturbing. However, while the country is debating whether the nominee is lying about these crimes another point is often lost. Independent of the heinous crimes Kavanaugh has been accused of, his performance under the pressure of the confirmation hearing shows he is not suited for the highest court of the land.

         The Supreme Court is the head of the third branch of our government, an equal to the Presidency and Congress. The justices are appointed for life, rather than elected, so they can be afforded the opportunity to step away from their political affiliations and simply follow what is best for the country and its citizens. Kavanaugh’s angry, bitter tirades about “the Left” and his clear grudge against the Democratic Party shows he does not have the temperment to do that. This alone, with or without the sexual assault, is enough to show he should not be let near the Supreme Court.

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