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03 Aug
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President Barack Obama just endorsed my campaign

*** Tj Cox has been endorsed for CA-21 by the CDP ***

TJ Cox for Congress

I wanted you to be the first to know.

This morning, President Barack Obama announced that he’s endorsing our campaign in California’s 21st district!

Back in 2008, inspired by a challenge to “Be the change you want to see in your own community,” I started Volunteers for Change, Fresno, CA to help get Obama elected during his first run. The exhilaration we all felt on election night 2008 is something I’ll never forget.

I never imagined that one day it’d come full circle with the President getting behind the movement we’re building here in the Central Valley. I’m beyond humbled to have this endorsement. It’s not only a testament to your commitment to our shared values, but it highlights how massive the stakes are in 2018.

This is an incredible moment for our campaign to bring new leadership to California’s 21st district. Can you help us build on President Obama’s endorsement by chipping in a donation to flip this seat in November?

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TJ Cox

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03 Aug
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PRESIDENT OBAMA Endorses Our Campaign!

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

President Barack Obama has endorsed our campaign for California Lt. Governor!

Serving as U.S. Ambassador in the Obama Administration for nearly four years was the greatest honor and privilege of my life, and I couldn’t be more humbled and grateful to have his support. 

I so strongly believe our future depends on strengthening our Democracy and ensuring California can be America’s beacon for inclusion, equality and progress.

With 33% of voters still undecided, we have a lot of work to do to make sure Californians across the state hear about our campaign. Anything you can give to our campaign today will help us get the word out.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Onwards!

Eleni

P.S. This big news comes on the heels of our team releasing our poll results. In case you missed the email this morning, please see below!

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03 Aug
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Harris, Carper Introduce Legislation to Ensure LGBTQ Community Represented in Census and ACS

Harris, Carper Introduce Legislation to Ensure LGBTQ Community Represented in Census and ACS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), both members of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Census Equality Act, legislation to require the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the approximately 10 million Americans who identify as LGBTQ are properly counted for and represented in Census data collection efforts. The Census Equality Act requires the Census Bureau to begin the process of adding questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity to the decennial census and American Community Survey (ACS).

LGTBQ communities face many challenges related to this undercounting, chief among them underrepresentation, lack of resources, and discrimination. Despite the fact that millions of Americans identify as LGBTQ, only an estimated .1% of elected officials are LGBTQ. LGBTQ undercounting in the Decennial Census and the ACS result in an inadequate distribution of resources and social services including Medicaid, Section 8 housing vouchers, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“The spirit of the census is that no one should go uncounted and no one should be invisible,” said Senator Harris. “We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LGBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided. This information can also provide us with better tools to enforce civil rights protections for a community that is too often discriminated against.”

“We have a responsibility to ensure the information collected by the census accurately reflects who we are as a society and that everyone is counted fairly,” said Senator Carper. “Today, despite the fact that roughly 10 million Americans identify as LGBTQ, the community is left unrepresented on the census. In order for our government and the businesses that drive our economy to work for the American people, they must have the most accurate and comprehensive data on those they serve. While long overdue, I am proud that this legislation finally calls upon the Census Bureau to add a question to the Decennial Census and American Community Survey on sexual orientation and gender identity – so that all Americans can be represented equally and have their voices heard.”

The Census Equality Act:

  • Requires the Secretary of Commerce to expand data collection efforts of the Bureau to include the collection of data concerning sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the Decennial Census and ACS.
    • The Bureau must research, identify, and begin implementing a plan to include SOGI questions no later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
  • Outlines the following time line—
    • The decennial census must include SOGI questions no later than 2030.
    • The ACS must include SOGI questions no later than 2020.
  • Requires the Bureau to include information on sexual orientation and gender identity alongside any decennial census or ACS report that relies on gender data or household data conducted after the inclusion of SOGI questions.
  • Maintains robust confidentiality and privacy protections for SOGI information, as required by law of all census data.

The bill is supported by: National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NALEO Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Human Rights Campaign, Indivisible, National Black Justice Coalition, People for the American Way, National Center for Lesbian Rights, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Sage, UnidosUS, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Equality California, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, Movement Advancement Project, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Family Equality Council, All-Options, Los Angeles LGBT Center, American Psychological Association, The Trevor Project, Witness to Mass Incarceration, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Whitman-Walker Health, Center for HIV Law & Policy, A Better Balance, Union of Concerned Scientists, Equality North Carolina, FORGE, Inc., Bisexual Organizing Project – BOP, National Asia Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and the Center for American Progress.

“The Census Equality Act would help address the LGBTQ community’s underrepresentation in federal data collection efforts,” said Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “It’s absolutely critical that we have the hard data needed to find solutions and address the unique challenges Americans face based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Census and American Community Survey are crucial tools to meet these needs. We thank Senators Harris and Carper for their leadership on this vitally important legislation.”

“The Census Equality Act will put the Census Bureau back on the path it initiated two years ago to count LGBTQ people,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director for National LGBTQ Task Force. “We call on members of Congress to support a full, fair, and accurate Census by becoming co-sponsors of the Census Equality Act and opposing efforts to add an untested citizenship question to the Census.”

Last year, Senators Harris and Carper sent a letter to United States Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson on the removal of sexual orientation and gender identity questions from the 2020 census.

In addition to Senators Harris and Carper, the bill in sponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tina Smith (D-MN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

 

A PDF of the bill text can be found here.

 

A PDF of the one pager can be found here.

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03 Aug
0

Did you see this message from Senator Kamala Harris?

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

TJ Cox for Congress

I’m reaching out personally to ask for your help in a competitive congressional race in the Central Valley — where TJ Cox is running to unseat Rep. David Valadao. Please chip in a donation to support TJ Cox before his end-of-month fundraising deadline >>

Last week, I endorsed TJ Cox — and it was an easy decision. For years TJ has been a community development leader in the Central Valley, and has personally built and improved health clinics and job development programs that have delivered healthcare, education, and career opportunities to tens of thousands in his community.

TJ’s actions speak volumes about his commitment to the Central Valley. It’s time we had a representative here who is passionate about people, and has a proven track record of improving lives.

It’s up to us to make sure TJ has the resources he needs to win what’s sure to be a hard-fought campaign. That’s why I’m asking you to contribute $10 or more to help TJ hit his end-of-month goal so he can flip this seat >>

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There’s more. TJ Cox is running a true grassroots campaign — meaning he isn’t taking any corporate PAC money and isn’t beholden to mega-donors or special interests.

In a time when Central Valley families are being devastated — on health care access, jobs, and trade — we need TJ’s independent voice standing up to Congress and Trump when they threaten our livelihood. That’s why I’m supporting his campaign and I hope you’ll join me.

Before TJ’s deadline hits, chip in a donation to support his campaign and make sure he has the resources to flip this seat >>

Thank you,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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03 Aug
0

NEW POLL: Eleni Kounalakis up 16 points!

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

Today, David Binder Research released its findings from a July poll showing our campaign up 16 points in an initial head-to-head vote against Ed Hernandez. 

With 97 days to go until the November General Election, and with at least 33 percent of voters still undecided, we know we have to keep working hard all the way to Election Day. But here’s what we know: voters strongly support Eleni’s vision for California’s future and her proposals to fight for affordable education, environmental protection, and an economy that works better for all Californians.

The Poll Memo states: Kounalakis has wide leads among Democrats (44% to 26%) and Independents (45% to 22%), and a 3-point lead among Republicans. 

She also leads across age groups: by 20 points among Generation X voters and Baby Boomers, 10 points among Millennials, and 5 points among Silent Generation voters.

Across regions of the state, Kounalakis leads by 27 points in the San Francisco Bay Area, 20 in the Sacramento/Valley region, and 12 in Southern California—including a 12-point lead in Los Angeles County.

Donations of any amount today make a big difference. We have received over 2,500 contributions – from recurring $5 donations to the maximum $7,300. Whatever you can give today will help get us one step closer to victory on Election Day.

For those who have already given – thank you! Please forward this email to friends today, and help us spread the word about Eleni’s campaign for a better, stronger California!

 

Thank you!

Team Eleni

P.S. A donation of any amount will get us one step closer to victory. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

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01 Aug
0

‘Deep State’ isn’t Nunes’ first conspiracy theory.

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30 Jul
0

How much can we accomplish in 100 days?

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

TJ Cox for Congress

We’re officially 100 days from Election Day — and Team TJ is ready to kick it into high gear.

You probably know this, but it’s within the final 100 days of an election that the majority of swing voters decide who they’re going to be voting for. From here on out, every conversation we have, door we knock, and fundraising goal we meet, will make all the difference if we’re going to flip this district.

We’re gearing up to launch our first TV ad to introduce TJ to Central Valley voters, and we’re hoping to raise $21,000 by Tuesday at midnight to make sure we can keep it on the air. Can you chip in a donation to help us hit this crucial goal?

TJ and the team had a blast at the Philippine Weekend parade in Delano!

We’re so proud of the campaign that TJ is running in the Central Valley.

From the start, this race has been about the needs of this community. We need a voice in Congress who will be a check on Trump, and fight for an economy that works for the middle class, health care access for all, and stronger schools for our kids. But none of that is possible without your support.

Help us get TJ’s message far and wide so we can FLIP this seat! Chip in $3 before our fundraising deadline so we can send TJ to Congress >>

Thank you for your support,

TJ Cox for Congress

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30 Jul
0

Here’s the latest from my race in CA-21

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

TJ Cox for Congress

TJ Cox is an engineer, community development leader, and Democrat running to unseat David Valadao in California’s 21st congressional district. He is rejecting all corporate PAC contributions and is depending on grassroots support to flip this seat. You can support TJ Cox here >>

I wanted to make sure you received some key updates from my race that you may have missed.

The New York Times recently called our race to unseat Valadao one of the “top ten to watch.”
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Last month, Republicans sent Ivanka Trump to our district to headline a fundraiser for Valadao.
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Despite financial support from Mike Pence, Kevin McCarthy, and now Ivanka Trump, our campaign outraised David Valadao last quarter, and we did so with low-dollar, grassroots support.

After being out-raised, we expect a fundraising surge from David Valadao and his special interest backers. And next week, we’re launching our first TV ad and we need $21,000 before Tuesday to make sure we can keep it on the air.

I wouldn’t be asking if it wasn’t important. Can you pitch in to help us meet this fundraising target?

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Thank you for your support,

TJ Cox 

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30 Jul
0

Devin Nunes must be expelled

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Devin Nunes is a disgrace and an embarrassment to California — and conservative think tank scholars agree. One even recently called for Devin Nunes to be expelled from Congress for his shameful, potentially criminal behavior.

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Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar

The facts are clear. Devin Nunes is guilty of:

  • Sabotaging the Russia investigation
  • Lying extensively in his memo on the FISA application
  • Disappearing the night before falsely claiming Obama spied on Trump
  • Leaking Senator Warner’s texts to Fox News
  • Creating his own website with actual fake news
  • Using political donations for fueling his private jet
  • Betraying Central Valley farmers time and again for special interests

And so much more.

We need to make our voices heard and tell Congress that Devin Nunes’ flagrant corruption and wrongdoing makes him unfit to serve in the House of Representatives.

SIGN THE PETITION: EXPEL DEVIN NUNES

Democratically Yours,

John Vigna, Communications Director
California Democratic Party

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30 Jul
0

Weekly Update

Weekly Update – 7.27.18

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

Wildfires – Ways You Can Help

Last night, seemingly out of nowhere, the Carr Fire in Shasta County dramatically expanded in size and destruction, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the middle of the night.

Two people have been killed – a firefighter with the Redding Fire Department, and a private tractor operator working with fire crews. Three firefighters from Marin County were also injured earlier this morning. New evacuations were ordered late this afternoon. On the other side of the state, nearly 5,000 homes and businesses are threatened by the Cranston Fire, and thousands of residents of Idyllwild in Riverside County remain under evacuation.

Donations can be made to the following organizations that are providing relief on the ground for evacuees and fire victims:

Wildfire season is getting longer, more destructive, and deadlier every year. This is climate change happening in realtime. Firefighters are losing their lives. Families are losing their homes.

And we have lost our patience with the willfully ignorant leaders who refuse to see that climate change is directly responsible for the literal firestorms that have now devastated multiple California communities.

We are facing an existential threat and California must double, and then redouble, our efforts to deal with climate change. And that’s why Democrats must fight hard in November and beyond.

Stop the Attack on Bridge & Road Safety – No on Prop 6

On Wednesday, Chair Bauman invited the No on Prop 6 Campaign to conduct an all-staff training for Your CDP Team. We went over messaging guidelines and the latest numbers from the campaign – and let’s be absolutely clear, this is going to be one of the toughest fights in November. The Republicans have made repealing the Road Repair Fund  the centerpiece of their campaign and are pouring money and resources into this race like their lives depend on it.

That means Democrats have to be focused and working in unison, from Siskiyou to San Diego, to make sure voters are focused on what happens if Republicans succeed in repealing the Road Repair Fund:

  • Road repair projects will grind to a halt
  • Traffic snarls will get worse and commute times will get longer
  • Construction crews will lay off workers by the thousands
  • More accidents, injuries and fatalities from unsafe roads

We can’t let the anti-tax lunatics at Howard Jarvis dictate the terms of this debate.

This needs to be about improving our safety and our quality of life as Californians. If you’ve ever hit a pothole, or been stuck in endless traffic, or had to take a two hour bus commute to get to work, Prop 6 is benefiting you.

It’s our job to make sure people see those positive ways their lives are already improving. Check out NoProp6.com for useful information, including a list of more than 6,500 projects already being funded through the Road Repair Fund in every community in California.

Sign Our Petition – Devin Nunes Must Be Expelled

This week, a scholar at a conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, called for Congress to expel Devin Nunes for (basically) being the most corrupt, incompetent lying member of Congress to disgrace the institution since the McCarthy/Nixon days. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re circulating a petition. Add your name today – the more names we get, the more attention (and media coverage) we can bring to the fact that even conservatives think Devin Nunes has acted so shamefully he should be kicked out of Congress. 

Sign the Petition – Devin Nunes Must

“…Ladies and Gentleman, the next Senator from the great state of Illinois, Barack Obama!”

Exactly 14 years ago, on a muggy Boston evening, Senator Dick Durbin introduced America to a young State Senator who had won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Illinois.

A few lucky members of Your CDP Team happened to be in the Fleet Center that night, and we still. get. chills. when we think back to what it was like being in the crowd for that very first speech. It was an electric moment for all the Delegates, and for everyone watching at home. It was the moment we fell in love with still-our-President Obama. 

Grab a box of tissues – you’re gonna need ’em – and remember what it was like to have a President who was a genuinely decent human being that only wanted the best for us – and who only wanted for us to be the best people and country we could be.

101 Days Until the Election!

 

–CDP Weekly Update

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