The Democratic Party of Lake County will host debate watch parties at the United Democratic Party Headquarters

September 9, 2016


The Democratic Party of Lake County will host debate watch parties at the United Democratic Party Headquarters in Lakeport at 390 N. Main St.
Each debate will be 90 minutes and start at 6pm Pacific Time.


The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the following dates & format for 2016 General Election Debates

The formats for the 90-minute debates are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion of the leading issues facing the nation.

First presidential debate (September 26, 2016, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY)

The debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.


The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.


Vice presidential debate (October 4, 2016, Longwood University, Farmville, VA)


The debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.


Second presidential debate (October 9, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO)


The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.


Third presidential debate (October 19, 2016, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV)


The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate.



23rd Annual Lake County Democrats Legislator’s BBQ


Flyer  2016 BBQ Lake County Democratic Party


Mike Thompson’s September Legislative Report to the Democratic Party of Lake County

September 8, 2016

August Legislative Report






U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared the eradication of the European Grapevine Month (EGVM) from the United States. APHIS will be lifting the Federal quarantine on 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties that have been under regulation since June 2010.


“The invasive EGVM posed a serious threat to the California wine community, which employs 786,000 people and generates $114 billion in annual economic activities,” said Thompson. “Aggressive control efforts and the collaborative work of federal, state and local officials, along with industry, growers, and scientists have made eradication possible. I have long supported these efforts, and I am pleased to announce that, through cooperation and dedication, the goal of eradication has finally been achieved.”



U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $836,969 Department of Transportation grant for the Napa County Airport. The funds provided by this grant will be used to rehabilitate 5,930 feet of Runway 18R/36L and 1,300 feet of Runway 6/24, by reducing foreign object debris and reinforcing the structural integrity of the runway pavement. These improvements will ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, and will enhance safety for both passengers and airport personnel.


“The Napa County Airport plays an invaluable role in both our local economy and our community at large,” said Thompson. “Our airport supports hundreds of local jobs, and provides an enormous boost to local tourism by providing travelers with easy access to and from beautiful Napa County. I have long supported our county airport, and I’m proud to announce these funds, which will improve the safety and efficiency of airport operations.”



Funds will be used to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families throughout Napa and Solano Counties

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $1,303,750 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant for Child Start, Inc. The grant will be used to fund Child Care Partnerships between Child Start, Inc. and local private child care centers. These partnerships provide high quality child care and early learning services to young children from low-income families.


“All children, no matter who they are or where they’re from, deserve a quality education,” said Thompson. “Through their Child Care Partnerships, Child Start Inc. helps ensure that the youngest children in our community have the opportunity to learn and grow. It is critical for our children to have a solid early educational foundation, one that promotes strong, healthy development. This grant funding will help Child Start, Inc. continue their terrific work in our community, and I am proud to support them.”


U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the East Bay and is Chair of the Future Forum in Congress, today held a Future Forum Town Hall with students at Sonoma State University.


The Forum, introduced by Congressman Swalwell last year, is a group of 18 young, Democratic Members of Congress focused on bridging the gap between Congress and young Americans by discussing issues of importance to millennials. Swalwell is leading the group on a national listening tour to listen and engage with millennials at universities, community colleges, companies, and start-up incubators.


Today, the Future Forum came to Sonoma State for a town hall-style listening session. Students were encouraged to ask questions and engage in conversation with both Representatives Thompson and Swalwell about issues that are of particular interest or concern to them, as millennials. To ensure the Future Forum was as accessible as possible, the town hall was live streamed via both Facebook and Periscope.


“Many thanks to my colleague Eric for working with me to bring the Future Forum to Sonoma State,” said Rep. Thompson. “I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with our bright young students and learning what it is they’re passionate about, and what it is that concerns them the most. Having this kind of open dialogue is key as my colleagues and I work to make sure the voices of our millennial generation are heard in Washington.”



September 7, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and John Garamendi (CA-03) today announced that low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been made available to business owners and homeowners impacted by the Clayton Fire. While there are no official estimates as to how many businesses and homeowners are eligible to receive these loans, we do know that the owners of the 189 homes and 8 commercial structures that were destroyed may be eligible to receive these loans should they choose to apply and meet SBA criteria. In some situations, renters may also be eligible to receive loans for personal property damages.

“The low-interest loans made available by the SBA will help our business owners and our homeowners repair damages to their properties so that our businesses can reopen and folks can get back into their homes,” said Thompson.  “This is an important step in our recovery from the Clayton Fire and I commend the SBA for their swift action to help our community get back on its feet.”

“The economic effects of a wildfire linger long after a blaze is put out,” said Garamendi. “Smart programs like low-interest SBA loans will help communities affected by the Clayton fire get back to business as usual much faster, and that’s a win-win for everyone.”

Businesses and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations and 1.563 percent for homeowners. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at: is external)

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit is external). Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Nov. 7, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 6, 2017.

Representatives from the SBA will be available to answer questions and assist applicants at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center, located at the Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum, beginning on Thursday, September 8th. Representatives will be on hand Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Democratic Party of Lake County Sep. 8, 2016 meeting

September 6, 2016

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee holds its regular monthly business meeting on Thursday, Sep.8, 2016.

The meeting takes place at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters at 390 N. Main St. in Lakeport at 6:30 p.m.

Map link:

The agenda for the meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the representative of the Lake County Democratic Club.

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 for the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County .

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

United Democratic Campaign office open in Lakeport

August 28, 2016

The Democratic Party of Lake County has opened a campaign office in Lakeport. The office is located at 390 N. Main St. Office hours are Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 12pm-6pm.

Join us Friday afternoon August 26 for an open house celebrating Women’s Equality day from 3pm-6pm


Campaign information for all of our endorsed Democratic candidates are available.

Clinton/Kaine yard signs are on order and should be arriving in the next few days.

Clinton/Kaine buttons and bumperstickers are available for small donation.


With the November 8 election less than 90 days away we need your help!


We will be running phone banks for all of our endorsed candidates, statewide & locally,  and statewide ballot measures as part of the coordinated campaign efforts of the California Democratic Party.


We need volunteers to staff our  Headquarters office.  Volunteers will register voters, distribute signs and literature for all of our endorsed Democratic candidates from Congress to local school board.  As a supporter of your Democratic Party in Lake County, your assistance to keep the office open  will assure that everyone has access to information and materials for all of the Democratic candidates who represent our communities.


The more volunteers we have, the more days we can be open.


This is your chance to meet fellow Democrats and help out your local party turn out the Democratic vote in Lake County. If you can find a  few hours in your schedule over the next 2 months to volunteer for your Democratic party, we would gratefully appreciate your help.


The office will have information on all of the November ballot initiatives and the Democratic positions on each of them. The office will also be used  for phonebanking  and staging precinct walks for our candidates and our Democratic Party supported ballot initiatives. We will have debate watch parties and an election night party at the headquarters.


Please reply if you can help and we’ll pass your contacts on to our office manager.


Thank you for all you do!; 707.533.4885

New DNC Chair Announces Leadership Changes for General Election

August 3, 2016

New DNC Chair Announces Leadership Changes for General Election 

Transition Team to Be Led by Former DNC Executive Director Tom McMahon; Brandon Davis to Assume Expanded Role 


Washington, D.C. – As the DNC moves into the general election phase of the 2016 campaign, new Chair Donna Brazile today announced the departures of Amy Dacey, Luis Miranda, and Brad Marshall.


“In order to make history, the Democratic Party depends on the tireless work of everyday drum majors for justice, fairness, and equality. We’re so grateful for the vision and labor of Amy Dacey, who has been Executive Director and CEO for over two years, helping the party pay down over $20 million in debt and leading the effort to restructure and expand the organization in preparation for the 2016 election. We are grateful that Amy has agreed to help the Party during this time of transition.”


“As Communications Director, Luis has helped hold Republican candidates’ feet to the fire, while ensuring Democrats nationwide articulate a clear contrast between the two parties,” said Brazile.


“CFO Brad Marshall has worked at the DNC for over 20 years and his service on behalf of Democrats is well-known and respected,” said Brazile.


“Thanks in part to the hard work of Amy, Luis, and Brad, the Democratic Party has adopted the most progressive platform in history, has put itself in financial position to win in November, and has begun the important work of investing in state party partnerships. I’m so grateful for their commitment to this cause, and I wish them continued success in the next chapter of their career.”


Like incoming chairs before her, Brazile is focused on building out a team to help elect Democrats across the country.


“This election is the most important of my lifetime, and the DNC will continue to recruit top talent to help lead the fight to elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats across the country,” said Brazile. “I am committed to adding to our team of skilled professionals who will make sure that Donald Trump is held accountable for his reckless rhetoric and harmful policies.”


Brazile also announced that she is appointing a transition team to help position the party for the general election and prepare for the permanent party chair. Tom McMahon, who served as Executive Director under then-Chair Howard Dean, and who led the party’s efforts to develop and operationalize the 50-State Strategy, will lead the transition team.


“I am delighted that Tom is returning home to the DNC to lead our transition,” said Brazile. “He brings with him a wealth of institutional knowledge and I look forward to having him by my side as we move toward November.”


Brandon Davis, who joined the DNC in June as Chief of Staff, will continue in that position and will now oversee all aspects of the committee’s general election efforts to elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats across the country.


Chair Brazile said of Davis, “Over the past two months, Brandon’s sound judgment and strategic thinking has proved indispensable to the DNC. I am grateful that he will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the DNC as we look to elect Democrats up-and-down the ticket.”


Brazile also announced that veteran Democratic strategist Doug Thornell will join the DNC as a Senior Advisor on an interim basis. Thornell currently serves as a Managing Director in the Washington office of the public affairs and political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker.


“I am thrilled that Doug will be helping with the transition of the senior leadership of the DNC,” Brazile said. “He is a trusted and respected strategist, and will provide a steady hand as we pivot to the general election.”

Lake County Democratic Party announces campaign office opening and invites voters to stop by on Wednesday evening August 3

August 1, 2016

The Democratic Party of Lake County has opened a campaign office in Lakeport at 390 Main Street and welcomes all voters to join the effort to elect Democratic candidates to local, state and national office.

The office will be open on Wednesday, August 3 from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM to allow visitors to explore the available volunteer opportunities from now through November 8th and to purchase campaign materials.  Speakers will be on hand to address what’s at stake in this election.

A special welcome is extended to those who supported Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary and are now committed to working closely together to ensure Democratic wins in November, up and down the ticket.

In endorsing Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders said: “Trump would be a disaster as president of the United States. I cannot believe, and I say this with all sincerity, that Republicans would have a candidate for president in the year of 2016 who makes bigotry and discrimination a cornerstone of his campaign.”

In her nomination acceptance speech, Secretary Clinton thanked Senator Sanders and welcomed his supporters to her campaign.  “I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion.”

Rebecca Curry, Chair of the Lake County Democratic Party added,

“This election our bedrock values and rights as Americans are on the line. At stake is the balance of power of the Supreme Court, how we effectively address climate change, systemic racism, criminal justice reform and rampant gun violence, equal rights for women, income equality, attacks on social security, the threat of global terrorism and so many other major issues facing this country.This is the time to unite, not splinter, to hold on to the progress we’ve made and to push our country forward. We have a nominee who is strong, compassionate and experienced. Together, let’s get her elected.”

To join the effort, learn about upcoming events, regular office hours, and stay up-to-date on campaign activities, please visit or Facebook page You can also visit us at the Lake County Fair, September 1-4.

For more information: Email or call 707-533-4885

Weekly Address: It’s Time to Fill the Vacancy on the Supreme Court

July 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, retired Federal Judge Timothy Lewis joined Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Vice President talked about his experience as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which every nominee got a hearing and an up or down vote on the Senate floor. Despite having more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chief Judge Garland’s nomination has now been pending longer than any other Supreme Court nominee who wasn’t withdrawn from consideration. Judge Lewis emphasized that this lack of action is preventing the Supreme Court from fulfilling its duty of interpreting the law and resolving conflicts in the lower courts. The Vice President made clear that for the sake of our Nation, everyone must do their job. That’s why the President did his job by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Now, it’s time for the Senate Republicans to do their job.


Convention watch party!!! Democratic Party of Lake County Campaign Headquarters – Thursday July 28 6pm

July 23, 2016


You’re invited!! Join us at our campaign headquarters in Lakeport at 390 N. Main St at 6:00 pm to watch and celebrate as Secretary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President.

No cost, bring your friends. Get your Democratic campaign gear. Volunteer for the campaign.

Appetizers, drinks, friends and fun!


Keep up on the DNC in Philly here:

Older posts «