The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its annual Democratic Legislator’s BBQ on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

September 13, 2014

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will hold its annual Democratic Legislator’s BBQ on Sunday, Oct.
5, 2014.

Honored speakers are Congressman Mike Thompson; Congressman John Garamendi; Candidate for BOE, Speaker Pro Tem Emeritus Fiona Ma; State Senator Noreen Evans,  Assemblymember Mariko Yamada. Also addressing the guests will be Assembly District 4 candidate Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire, candidate for State Senate.

The barbecue takes place at the Highlands Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Ave. in Clearlake from 2 p.m. to 5

Enjoy tri-tip, tempting side dishes, homemade desserts and Lake County wine.

Lake County favorite, David Neft, will provide the music.

Bid on gifts and goods from local businesses in the silent auction.

Come join the fun and mingle with like-minded people. Enjoy the music,food and wine. Visit with your local legislators and candidates.

Early union sponsors include the California Teachers Association;Plumbers Union Local 38; Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Building and Trades Council; California United Health Care Workers; North Bay Labor Council; Operating Engineers Local No. 3; SEIU 1021; and Teamsters Local 665.

Support from legislative sponsors state Sen. Noreen Evans, Congressman Mike Thompson, Congressman John Garamendi, Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, as well as our Democratic candidates for State Assembly and State Senate, Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire help make the event possible.

The wine sponsors this year are Chacewater Wine Co., Don Angel Cellars, Langtry Estates & Vineyards, Laujor Estate Winery,  Rosa D’Oro Vinyards and Six Sigma Ranch & Winery.

Tickets cost $25 per person for seniors, 55 and older, $35 for general admission and $20 for students. Children  under 5 may attend for free.

Tickets can be purchased online at

All tickets are held at the door. Walk-ins welcome.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake
County. Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at

The Lake County Democrats United Democratic Campaign Headquarters is located at 390 N. Main Street in Lakeport Office hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 12pm-6pm

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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


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


September 8, 2014


California Gubernatorial Debate


Click here to see the September 5, 2014 California Gubernatorial Debate.

21St Annual Lake County Democrats Legislator’s BBQ

September 6, 2014

On Sunday October 5th the21st Annual Lake County Democrats Legislator’s BBQ will take place at the Clearlake Senior Center located at 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake, CA.

Weekly Address: Time to Give the Middle Class a Chance

September 5, 2014

Weekly Address: Time to Give the Middle Class a Chance | The White House

In this week’s address, the Vice President discusses our continued economic recovery, with 10 million private sector jobs created over the past 54 months, and the work to be done to continue to bolster our economy.

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