Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

April 18, 2015

In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe. April 18, 2015.

Keep it California PAC Press Release

April 13, 2015

Today, “Keep it California”, a non-partisan political action committee of Rural California citizens launched a press release that can be read below.

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Weekly Address: Tuition-Free Community College

April 11, 2015

In this week’s address, the Vice President laid out his and the President’s plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.

Access to higher education has a tangible impact on a student’s success: Those with an associate’s degree earn 25% more than folks who graduated high school, and those with a four-year degree make 70% more. Not only that, but a better educated citizenry is necessary to ensure that the United States continues to out-compete the rest of the world.

Making two years of community college free is good for workers, good for companies, and good for our economy. And this proposal is part of the President’s broader vision for middle-class economics: that everybody who works hard deserves their fair shot and the chance to get ahead.

 

Why We Must Ban Conversion Therapy

April 10, 2015

“Conversion therapy” is a practice in which doctors try to convince LGBTQ+ people to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.  It’s wrong, and it’s dangerous. Listen as LGBTQ+ members and allies of the Obama administration share why banning the practice is so important.

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Lake County Democratic Party’s Letter to Congressman John Garamendi & Congressman Mike Thompson

April 5, 2015

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Lake County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 1151, Lakeport CA 95453

707.533.4885; democratsoflakecounty@gmail.com

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Congressman John Garamendi & Congressman Mike Thompson

RE: Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (HR 913 Senate Bill 511)

Dear Congressmen,

On behalf of the Lake County Democratic Party, we are encouraged that Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Peter DeFazio have introduced bills (HR 913 and Senate Bill 511) to require the clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

As your constituents, we urge you to vote YES on these bills and to add your name to the list of co- sponsors.

The Center for Food Safety states that the Act would standardize GE labeling laws passed at the state level by creating a uniform, federal labeling standard for GE foods. It would also harmonize U.S. policy with the sixty-four countries that require the labeling of GE foods, including the countries in the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, South Korea and many others. Consistent with international norms, it would only require labeling for meat or fish when it has been genetically engineered.

The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act of 2015 would create a federal standard for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. This bill is intended to provide consumers with material information about their food, prevent consumer confusion, and resolve concerns that have been raised about the potential for a patchwork of differing state labeling standards.

The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would:

* Require foods (including whole foods, processed foods, fish and animals) intended for human consumption to be labeled if there are produced using genetic engineering or contain 1 or more GE ingredients, by specifically requiring:

the ingredients label denote any GE ingredients in the product itself; or

a clear disclosure in the ingredient label that the food has been genetically engineered.

* Make it easier for producers, processors, and packagers to comply with labeling requirements;

* Help consumers make informed choices about the products they are buying and feeding their families by requiring that GE foods and ingredients be labeled; and

* Prevent consumer confusion by prohibiting the term “natural” to be used on food packaging containing genetically engineered ingredients because its use is misleading.

Opponents of providing consumers this basic right to information will argue that it would only confuse consumers, be costly, or imply that the products are unsafe. Yet the FDA already requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives, and processes. Providing basic information doesn’t confuse the public; rather, it empowers them to make informed choices. Absent labeling, consumers will continue to be deceived by current labeling practices. For example, nearly 80% of processed foods on supermarket shelves contain GE ingredients, many marketed with labels such as “natural.”

America’s consumers must be allowed to exercise a conscious choice about the food we buy.

Please vote YES on the Boxer-DeFazio GMO labeling bills, and add your name as a co sponsor.

Respectfully,

Becky Curry

Chair – Lake County Democratic Party

Weekly Address: Reaching a Comprehensive and Long-Term Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

April 4, 2015

In this week’s address, the President described the historic understanding the United States — with our allies and partners — reached with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will make our country, our allies, and our world safer. The deal, announced on Thursday, meets our core objectives of cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.

It is both comprehensive and long-term, and includes robust and intrusive inspections of the country’s nuclear program. The President reiterated that the deal is not yet done — and if there is backsliding from Iran in the months to come, there will be no deal. He echoed his belief that a diplomatic resolution is by far the best option, and promised to continue to fully brief Congress and the American people on the substance and progress of the negotiations in the months to come.

Congressman Mike Thompson’s March 2015 Legislative Report to the DPLC

Congressman Mike Thompson’s March 2015 Legislative Report to the DPLC

Lake County News: Thompson ravioli feed set for April 10

April 2, 2015

Thompson ravioli feed set for April 10

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Congressman Mike Thompson will hold his 24th annual ravioli feed on Friday, April 10.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Phil Lewis Hall at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport.
The cost is $20 per ticket.

There will be tastings offered by Lake County wineries, including Cache Creek Vineyards, Gregory Graham Wines, Langtry and Guenoc, Mt. Konocti Winery, R Vineyards, Rosa d'Oro Vineyards, Shannon Ridge Winery, Six Sigma Ranch and Winery, Smiling Dogs Winery and Steele Wines.

In addition, there will be a spirited bake sale, silent auction and music by Deeze Guize.

Once again this year, the event will offer free electronic recycling from 5 to 6 p.m. Bring your computers, monitors, cell phones, TVs radios, VCRs, electronic appliances and equipment, fax machines, games and laptops. No kitchen or bathroom items, please.

For information contact Mary Jane Bowker at 707-226-8989, mjbowker@sbcglobal.net , or Kathy Windrem, 707-279-4387, kwindrem@mchsi.com .

Ticket purchases and sponsorships are available online at www.mikethompsonforcongress.com .

 

Weekly Address: Protecting Working Americans’ Paychecks

March 28, 2015

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the progress made protecting American consumers since he signed Wall Street reform into law five years ago, including an important new step taken by the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this week toward preventing abuses in payday lending.

Senator McGuire secures bond dollars to fight illegal marijuana grows drying up Northern California rivers

March 25, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, working with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, helped secure critical funding from state water and drought relief bonds to fight devastating illegal water diversions from trespass marijuana grows in Northern California. These illegal grows, compounded with historic drought conditions, have had a significant negative impact on Northern California watersheds and forests.

2014 was the first year since written records have been kept that both the Eel and the Mattole Rivers ran dry, due to the historic state drought and a multitude of illegal diversions.

The bond dollars, which were approved on the Senate Floor late Wednesday afternoon, will be immediately put to work through the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Fish & Wildlife will utilize the $2 million McGuire helped secure to hire an additional 11 positions that will be focused on ending the thousands of illegal cultivation related diversions in Northern California watersheds. These 11 positions will join a Marijuana Taskforce which was created last year by the Governor Brown’s Office.

“The ongoing drought has been devastating to our rural areas and I applaud Governor Brown, President Pro Tem de Leon and Speaker Atkins for advancing these desperately needed investments,” Senator McGuire said. “Northern California has been particularly hard hit due to the state’s historic drought and the thousands of illegal marijuana grows that have taken hold in our forests.” 

The overall $1 billion package will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient to the disastrous effects of climate change and help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies.

“North Coast watersheds are under attack and the drought is exacerbating these impacts on drinking water supplies, our environment and they represent a severe threat to endangered species. This money is a good step in the right direction, but there is a long road ahead and I’ll continue to fight to make sure Northern California has the resources it needs to combat this historic drought,” Senator McGuire said.

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