Watch California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris address California Democrats at the November 2013 Eboard.
Tulare County is the place to get away from it all. Home to the beautiful and majestic Sequoias, it’s easy to take a deep breath, take it all in and enjoy what really matters. As Ruben Macareno, Chair of the Tulare Democratic Central Committee(DCC) says, “It’s a wonderful place to raise your family and you don’t have to go very far to get in touch with nature.”
The Tulare County DCC has been around for a few decades now but there is a renewed spirit within this group. “We have a wonderful group of central committee members who are committed to putting in the hard work necessary in Tulare. Right now we are very event-driven, which has helped us connect with people in our community. We have our Annual Roseanne Vuich fundraiser dinner, which has been very successful for us. And we have our monthly Sunday at the Box event, which is a lunch with a featured speaker that is open to the community,” explained Ruben.
Using events as an outreach tool not only enhances Party-building in Tulare but also builds relationships with neighboring counties and activists in the Central Valley. “We try hard to connect with our neighboring counties because we need to help each other out and we have a lot of districts that overlap, building those relationships now will help us in the future. So we make it a point to attend neighboring DCCs events whenever we can.”
One of those races that overlaps is CA-21 where Republican Rep. David Valadao is running for reelection. As Ruben explains, “We have a real chance here to flip this seat, so we are getting ready to team up with our fellow Democrats in Kings County to make sure we work as hard as possible to build our Party and have a solid network of Democrats ready to work when campaign season hits.”
We are excited to see what happens in Tulare this upcoming year. To learn more about Tulare Democrats visit www.tularecdp.org.
During the government shutdown initiated by the GOP, Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) spent his time pretending to be a moderate. But when it came time to vote for a bipartisan bill to re-open the government and save the country from default, he sided with his fellow Tea Party extremists and voted to keep the GOP shutdown. Watch this video to learn more about why Denham is wrong for CA-10.
On October 1, 2013, House Republicans upheld what has become their Party’s generational tradition and shutdown the federal government. Once again, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi saved the day by providing the Democratic votes to re-open the government and avoid default.
Amador is a rural California County, largely comprised of foothill towns where gold mining is making a surprising comeback. Home to the Shenandoah Valley, Amador has a wine country of it’s own to be proud of. It’s a go-to spot if you want to see the California of yesteryear and today merging together.
The Amador County Democratic Central Committee boasts 21 active members and Chair Caryl Callsen has been shaking things up. “We’re lucky to have very active and involved members, who are always ready to work,” said Caryl. One of the big goals for Amador DCC and Caryl is to be more visible in the County. “I strongly believe that it’s important to be seen in the County, so that Democrats know that the Party is here and that we’re working to connect and build the future of the Party in Amador,” explained Caryl.
One of the ways Amador is staying visible is via fair booths and registering voters. “We participate in the county fair every year and a local picnic/parade, it’s a great way for us to get out there in the community,” said Caryl
The DCC’s top priority is working toward a year round office.
Like many other County Committees, Amador has had temporary offices open for a couple of months during the campaign season but Caryl has bigger plans. “I think having a year round office is crucial, because having an office sends the message that we are here and we’re open for all to come by to get to know us and ask questions.” In order to maintain their headquarters, the Amador DCC has put together a finance committee and has a yearly fundraising dinner that’s aptly named Building the Future.
Aside from the goal of greater visibility, Amador DCC is also gearing up for 2014 and they plan on building a deep bench, starting at the local level. “Right now we are identifying local races and looking for great local candidates that represent our values. It’s important for us to start at the local level, so we can then have these folks run at the federal level when the opportunity arises,” explained Caryl.
Amador County is on the road to purple then bright blue thanks to the vision and hard work of Caryl Callsen and the Amador DCC. We can’t wait to see what happens next! Be sure to visit www.amadordemocrats.orgto keep up with what’s going on.
While Republicans are rushing to shutdown the govt in D.C., here in CA, Democrats are getting it done. Thanks to the hard work of our committed Democratic activists, Democrats in the state Legislature and Governor Brown, California will soon be home to the highest minimum wage in the country. Watch how it all happened:
Siskiyou County is one of the largest counties in the state. With only the 5 freeway and two smaller highways cutting through the county its no surprise that parts of the county can only be reached through Oregon. But there is more to be said about one of the last great vestiges of California’s wild terrain.
Siskiyou County is home to roughly 45,000 people so it’s not shocking that the Siskiyou County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) is fairly small. As Chair Dolly Verrue explains, “We have eight central committee members and all of our members are very active. Given the harsh winters here and the amount of time people spend travelling to get to a meeting, we can only meet May through October but we get a lot done.”
The Siskiyou DCC definitely does get a lot done. Becoming more and more visible and educating the local population on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become their modus operandi and it has definitely ruffled a few feathers. “At the County Fair this year our focus was the ACA, debunking the myths, providing easy to read handouts regarding benefits, costs and educating the public. People were open to what we had to say. Unfortunately our booth ended up vandalized but that wasn’t the end. Many people were outraged and disgusted by what the vandals did, and someone even switched their registration status over to Democrat,” explained Verrue.
Fair booths aren’t the only way Siskiyou DCC is engaging people across the county. “We’ve been very active on our facebook account and with our emails. We use that as a tool to educate people and reach out to folks that are hard to get to otherwise, especially during the winter months,” said Verrue.
As part of the Siskiyou DCC’s goal to educate county residents on the ACA, they have invited insurance commissioner Dave Jones up to speak at a forum so residents can learn more and ask questions. “It’s really great to get someone like Dave Jones up here because people get to connect to the person in charge of implementing ACA here in California and actually learn about the changes taking place. It would be nice to see more people come up to visit and speak to Siskiyou residents, I think it would mean a great deal to the people here,” expressed Verrue.
We’re happy to see we’ve got active Democrats in every corner of the state and we’re excited to see what kind of progress lies ahead. Please be sure to support our fellow democrats in Siskiyou and like their facebook page.
EL Dorado County is gold country. It’s the stuff of legend. The land that ushered the great gold rush and brought the most adventurous Americans out west. That spirit is still alive in El Dorado, where the local Democratic Central Committee is trying new cutting edge strategies to connect to Democrats in a county that spans from the eastern edge of Sacramento County to the Nevada border.
Bob Dobrich is the chair of the El Dorado Democratic Central Committee(DCC) and with sixteen members they are a small county committee, but they have a strategy that multiplies their prowess to the Nth degree. As Bob explains, “We are the sixth reddest county in the state with only 30% Democrats but we’ve had to come up with a way to connect all the blue dots in this red sea.”
Technology is key to the El Dorado DCC’s plan to connect the blue dots. “We have been using a lot of social media and email campaigns to reach out to Democrats in the county and it’s effective for us because the geography of our county makes it difficult to go door to door,” described Bob.
Developing a farm strategy to recruit candidates for local office is another essential part to slowly turning the tide in El Dorado. As Bob says, “we’re committed to helping win statewide races, but we are also equally committed to winning at the local level in order to significantly change the political landscape in El Dorado County. So we spend a significant amount of time recruiting good democratic candidates to run for local seats and we provide them with training.”
Spectacular online media outreach and candidate recruitment would not be possible without a stellar fundraising strategy. The El Dorado DCC hosts the annual Kennedy Roosevelt Dinner that allows them to raise enough money to open two offices in the county during election season. As Bob explains, “the fundraising we do ultimately allows us to meet new Democrats through the two offices we open. We are a rural county, and when Democrats see that we are here they connect with us. That allows us to stay in contact with them even after the election cycle and to get them to become more involved. That’s how we all connect and that’s how we will turn the county from red to pink to purple and finally to blue!”
The year the Kennedy Roosevelt Dinner will be taking place on September 28, 2013 and if you are interested in attending please visit www.edcdems.org/krd
We’re excited to see El Dorado’s transformation and cheering on our friends on El Dorado DCC!
Santa Cruz County is a world class tourist destination with miles of beautiful shoreline and home to the last California boardwalk. But there is way more to this blast-from-the-past seaside destination. As Michael Breeden Chair of the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) tells us, “Santa Cruz is a close knit community and we’re lucky that it’s solidly blue too.”
The Santa Cruz County DCC has been going strong for decades. The 40 member county committee is one of the most active in the state. They registered 11,000 voters in 2012 alone and they’ve got no plans to stop soon. With 2014 right around the corner the Santa Cruz DCC is being proactive and planning ahead.
As Michael explains, “we set up a ways and means committee to start fundraising for the 2014 cycle. The committee puts forth fundraising plans and executes them accordingly. That way we will be ahead of the curb once the cycle hits and we can focus on registering voters and voter outreach in 2014, rather than trying to play catch up with fundraising.”
The Santa Cruz DCC has already figured out what they will focus on in 2014 and how they can be effective. “Our main focus is going to be re-electing Governor Jerry Brown, re-electing our statewide constitutional officers and helping push Democratic initiatives. We’re going to be most effective by turning out our Democratic voters here and we can accomplish that with voter outreach and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. The more Democrats we turn out here the more likely it is that we can help offset the turn out in Red Counties.”
The Santa Cruz DCC has a jump on its future and with a strong course of action in place for 2014, Democrats across California will have a partner to help turn out those Democratic voters.
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Congressman Jeff Denham believes that the $6 billion reserved for California’s high-speed rail project should be going to the East Coast’s northeast corridor rail system instead. But that’s not all. $2.6 billion of the funds he wants to send out of state are actually California voter-approved bonds for our high-speed rail project!
This seems par for the course with Congressman Denham and now the Fresno Bee is taking him to task. Click here to read more.