The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday October 2, 2014.

September 25, 2014

The LCDCC regular monthly meeting will take place in Lakeport at the United Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Lakeport at 390 N. Main St. at 6pm.

We will be working on our fundraiser BBQ that will take place Sunday Oct 5 at the Highlands Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Ave. Clearlake, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Endorsement considerations for our Lake County candidates and ballot issues will also be discussed.

Campaign Headquarters is open from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. If you would like to volunteer at the office, please contact us at 707.533.4885.

The agenda for the October 2 meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and State Sen. Noreen Evans, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

Meetings are open to the public and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic party in Lake County please visit our website www.lakecountydemocrats.org   and visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/LakeCountyDemocrats

 

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at democratsoflakecounty@gmail.com.

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

September 23, 2014

Last night, President Obama ordered American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Speaking from the White House South Lawn today, the President made it clear that these strikes are part of the U.S. campaign to deliver one message on ISIL: They will find no safe-haven.

The U.S. military actions also included strikes to disrupt plotting against the U.S. and our allies by the Khorasan Group — seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria.

The President made clear that the fight against these terrorists “is not America’s fight alone”:

The people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the world deserve. Not since the Gulf War has the United States been joined in direct military action by such a broad coalition of Arab partners. Meanwhile, we will move forward with our plan – supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress – to ramp up our effort to train and equip the Syrian opposition, who are the best counter-weight to ISIL and the Assad regime.

Over 40 nations have offered to take part in our comprehensive plan to degrade and destroy ISIL: “to take out terrorist targets; to train and equip Iraqi and Syrian opposition fighters who are going up against ISIL on the ground; to cut off ISIL’s financing; to counter its hateful ideology; and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region,” he said.

The President once again thanked Congress for taking a bipartisan stand against ISIL:

America is always stronger when we stand united. And that unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what is necessary to defend our country.

Over the next several days, I will be meeting Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq and with friends and allies at the United Nations to continue building support for the coalition that is confronting this profound threat to peace security. This overall effort will take time. There are challenges ahead. But we’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group – for the security of our country, the region, and the entire world.

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Weekly Address: The World is United in the Fight Against ISIL

September 20, 2014

Weekly Address: The World is United in the Fight Against ISIL | The White House

In this week’s address, the President thanked Congress for its strong bipartisan support for efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIL.

Garamendi’s Woman of the Year – 2014, Lake County Supervisor Denise Rushing

September 13, 2014

Congressman John Garamendi’s 2014 Women of the Year awards are an effort to publicly honor outstanding women of the Third Congressional District. Lake County Dist 3 Supervisor Denise RushingThe Congressman invited organizations and individuals from each of the eight counties—Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba–to submit nominations for panel review. Recognition of the women who, through their work or volunteerism, have improved the quality of life in our district, will be honored at a special event this fall.

This year the Congressman has selected Lake County District 3 Supervisor, Denise Rushing for the honor. Supervisor Rushing will be honored  at his Women’s Initiative Network event in Marysville on September 24.

 

 

Boxer Remarks on Paycheck Fairness Act

September 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Just before Senate Republicans voted once again to block legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help close the wage gap between women and men that costs women working full-time an average of $11,000 every year and more than $400,000 over the course of their careers.

“We all know what this vote is about. It’s very simple. It’s about women in America having the same opportunity for success as their male counterparts. No one should be paid less just for being a woman,” Senator Boxer said, urging Republicans to allow the Senate to move forward on the bill.

Senate Boxer concluded, “This is really not complicated. Equal pay for equal work. We stand for that as Democrats and we’re going to keep on fighting for it. And tonight is that moment in time when we will see whether our Republican friends stand with us to give a fair shot to the women of this country – a fair shot – or they will block us as they have done before. And I hope maybe they’ll see the light tonight.”

After Senator Boxer spoke, Senate Republicans voted for the second time in less than six months to block consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

 

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Armed Services Committee Rep. Garamendi on President’s Address and ISIS Threat

September 13, 2014

Armed Services Committee Rep. Garamendi on President’s Address and ISIS Threat | Congressman John Garamendi

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on President Obama’s plan related to the terrorist organization ISIS:

“Yesterday, President Obama presented a strong case for a coordinated response to the brutal ISIS terrorist organization. The United States, working with Middle Eastern and European partners, can offer an effective response to ISIL through targeted air strikes, military advisers, and limited special operations. Coupled with the rise of a more inclusive Iraqi government, diplomatic coalition-building, and a comprehensive effort to cut off funds to ISIS, this is our best hope to prevent a lawless terrorist base of operations to flourish in Iraq and Syria.

“Left unchecked, the ideology, resources, and territorial control of the self-described Islamic State will continue to destabilize the Middle East, and as demonstrated by the horrific murder of two American journalists and threats presented during these filmed executions, they are prepared to export their terror campaign to the West. This is especially alarming given the number of European and American fighters who have joined ISIS’s cause. The ethnic cleansing campaign waged by ISIL against Yazidis, Christians, Turkmens, and Kurds is also abhorrent and largely preventable. While I am always reluctant to enter our nation into combat and have consistently cautioned against other interventions, I support this international mission, with smart diplomatic, financial, and military tools, to diminish and ultimately destroy the ISIL terrorist organization.

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Good news for Republicans?

September 13, 2014

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I’m not sure if you saw the Field Poll that was released Monday, but while it shows nearly all of our statewide candidates leading in their races, there are two things that are important to flag.

First: In most of the statewide races, more than 20%, and in one case, over 40%, of the voters are undecided — easily more than enough to hand those races to the GOP if we’re not careful.

Second: Our endorsed candidate for Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, has a razor-thin lead against the GOP candidate this year.

This means we have a lot of work left to do this cycle — help us redouble our efforts to get the word out about our candidates with a contribution of $5 today.

Alex Padilla is doing everything right in this race — he was even just endorsed by the Sacramento Bee — but his Republican opponent is within striking distance.

And we don’t have a lot of time left before ballots get mailed out — so we really need to step it up now.

Help us turn up the heat in these statewide races and get the word out about our endorsed candidates by making a contribution of $5 today.

We need to take this new poll seriously — but it’s nothing we can’t overcome by working together.

Thanks for your help, and thank you for being a California Democrat.

Shawnda Westly
Executive Director
California Democratic Party

Serving Democrats of Lake County California