‘Everyone can do something’ to help Democrats win

Rico Coleman

Rico Coleman was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska as an Airborne Infantrymen in the U.S. Army for six years. One month after completing his service, he volunteered in the reelection of U.S. Rep. Lois Capps.

How did you start your involvement with the Democratic Party?

I started my involvement with the Democratic Party after stopping by Lois Capps’ congressional campaign office. I had always seen offices like this but had never asked about them. After learning about Rep. Capps, I decided to join the campaign efforts. I got more involved than I thought I would. It was a very close race, but we all worked very hard and ended up winning.

What other activities have you taken part in post election?

I currently perform web administration services for the Native American Caucus. I also am forming a new local College Dems chapter at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

What drives you to work so many hours for the Democratic Party?

The Democratic Party recognizes real issues that affect people and comes up with real solutions. Concerns such as marriage equality and environmental impact are just a couple of the key Democratic actions that make the party relevant in people’s daily lives.

What would you like to say to Dems who may not be as active?

I understand that not everyone can volunteer because some people have to work two jobs to make ends meet and have families to care for. But everyone can do something. People can vote, urge others to vote, send digital petitions, emails, or write opinion pieces for their local newspapers. Even something as simple as having a conversation with a family member or neighbor, could be a way people can help.

Do you have any final thoughts you would like to share?

Give to the California Democratic Party every month. There is a lot of work that goes into winning an election and it’s not easy. At the end of the day it’s the best way to make a real difference and keep California strong. The party has the infrastructure and know-how to effectively use your money to get Democrats elected.

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VIDEO: Meet California Dems in Action

California Democrats are working hard every day to address the issues that affect their communities – and to do what it takes to get Democrats elected. Democrats across the state are registering new voters, knocking on doors and making phone calls to inform voters about candidates who will best address those key community concerns.

We interviewed grassroots Democrats from across the state at the 2015 Democrats Convention. Watch our 2:30 video.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the California Democrats in Action Series to see grassroots Democrats from your region featured. If you have a nomination for a hardworking Dem in your neck of the woods, let us know by leaving a comment.

We are thankful for the care that our Dems put into ensuring that voters are aware of local, statewide, and national matters. We depend on our grassroots Dems to inform voters about the candidates that can best represent our shared Democratic values and ensure that everyone has a voice.

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County Spotlight: LACDP from Tinseltown to the Valley and Beach Cities

The Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, commonly known as the LACDP, is the largest Democratic County Committee in the State and Country. “As they say, it’s all in the numbers. No Democrat running for statewide office in California can win without carrying Los Angeles County – home to more than 2.4 million Democrats,” points out Eric Bauman, LACDP Chairman.

The 2014 election will be a contentious one, and the outcome will depend on Democratic turnout, especially in Los Angeles County. As Bauman explains, “L.A.’s voters face many hurdles getting to the polls – from long drives to work and heavy traffic, to frequent local and state elections, so LACDP is hard at work promoting and signing folks up to vote-by-mail.”

Vote-by-mail conversion isn’t the only thing LACDP is doing. For 20 years now the LACDP has been registering voters at the monthly naturalization ceremony held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Each month they are able to register hundreds of new Democrats.

Beyond voter turnout and voter registration, the LACDP also runs the very successful Red Zone program. The program is designed to help Democrats run in traditionally red areas. The LACDP serves as consultants to these candidates, helps the candidates develop a game plan and campaign literature.

This year the LACDP will have 10 field offices across the County dedicated to electing local, statewide and Congressional candidates as well as support ballot  initiatives. As Bauman said, “We are solidly committed to see Alex Padilla as our next Secretary of State, Betty Yee as our next State Controller, and Tom Torlakson be re-elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are also key legislative races in Los Angeles that are pivotal to retaining our two-thirds majority in the state Legislature: Jose Solorio and Tony Mendoza for State Senate; and Steve Fox, Al Muratsuchi, Sharon Quirk-Silva and Jacqui Irwin for State Assembly.”

We can’t wait to see what the LACDP does next!

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The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters

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Today we dedicated the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters. Union built to the highest quality standards, this is a LEED certified, energy-efficient building reflective of our Democratic values. Owning our own headquarters allows Democrats to continue building for our future in California.

Watch how we transformed the old Wishing Well building into our new headquarters:

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Open letter to Grover Norquist

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May 19, 2014

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
722 12th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. Norquist,

I’m very concerned that our political philosophies may be starting to merge.

I commend you on wanting to name three thousand items in the country after Ronald Reagan. As you know, I was in the state legislature when Ronald was governor and I fondly remember his signing the largest tax increase in the more than hundred year history of our state. That Reagan tax increase stood as the state’s largest until of course the early 1990s, when Governor Pete Wilson signed a $7.3 billion dollar tax increase.

I also fondly remember Governor Reagan signing the bill that liberalized abortion, the Therapeutic Abortion Act.

I think it’s wonderful that you’re willing to honor somebody who has such a liberal progressive record.

Peace and friendship,

John Burton
California Democratic Party


A PDF of the letter can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.cadem.org/admin/miscdocs/files/BurtonNorquistMay19.pdf

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California Democrats Launch “Fight on the Right,” a Voter Education Site Profiling Republican Gubernatorial Candidates’ Records


On the eve of the California Republican Party’s 2014 state convention, California Democrats launched a voter education site profiling the CRP’s top gubernatorial candidates and their sub-par records. The site, www.FightOnTheRight.com provides basic stats on the candidates and links to recent news stories on their poor voting record and thin public service experience.

Check out www.FightOnTheRight.com to learn more

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DEM 2014: Mission Possible

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do something simple, right now, that will help Democrats get closer to victory every month between now and the election.

Sign up now:

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Our California Democratic Accomplishments

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California Democrats tell us which accomplishments they are most proud of at the California Democrats State Convention in Los Angeles.

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CADEM14: We are ready!

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We are ready for 2014 California Democrats State Convention! Take a look at how our crew sets up.

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2014 CADEM Convention Volunteers

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Meet some of our 2014 California Democrats State Convention volunteers and find out why they get involved.

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