California Presidential Debate Watch Party


Wednesday October 19, 2016

Tonight is one more opportunity for Hillary to stand before a national audience and speak directly to millions of voters about the values that have driven her career, her vision for the future of our country, and her policy solutions to address the problems that keep them up at night.


Hillary has 30 years of experience making a concrete difference for children and families, compared to Donald’s decades demeaning women, not paying federal income taxes and discriminating against people of color, and running a campaign that has failed to offer plans to help working families.


Pure negativity is all Trump has left. Instead of bringing Americans together, Donald Trump decided to end his campaign by going after anyone and everyone who disagrees with him.


This election represents so much more than a choice between a Democrat and a Republican – it’s a representation of values, the kind of leaders we want to see, and the way we want our country to be viewed on the world stage. From the very beginning of her campaign, Hillary has been focused on ideas, not insults – she’s been talking about the diversity that makes our nation great and the ways in which we can work together tackle the big challenges facing our country.


There will be record turnout this election because voters embrace Democrats’ positive vision and see through Donald Trump’s shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens – and they’re ready to stand up to his divisive rhetoric and reject his dangerous ideas.


It’s never been easier to cast your ballot in California – Californians are already voting, and more will vote in this election than any other in our history. California has record voter registration with more than 18 million, and we could even break 19 million.


New voters are registering Democratic nearly 3:1 over Republicans – that’s because they see our record of fixing our state budget, raising wages, passing equal pay, and expanding health care for children regardless of where they were born.


California Republicans delivered the nomination to Trump, and many candidates for Congress and Legislature supported him even though they knew about his decades of mistreating women, ripping off workers, and enriching himself at everyone’s expense. There’s no excuse for Republicans standing with Trump.


Republicans have shown zero courage in standing up to Trump. Look at Scott Jones here in Sacramento – he was one of Trump’s biggest supporters until video was released showing Trump talking about sexually assaulting women. Jones should have known better about Trump’s disgraceful treatment of women, because he faces his own allegations of harassing women who worked for him.


Voting should be encouraged not undermined with absurd conspiracy theories just because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose. A study from Loyola University found just 31 instances involving allegations of voter impersonation out of 1 billion votes cast in U.S. elections between 2000 and 2014.


The American people are starting to see through Donald Trump and he can’t handle it. He’s lashing out because he knows he’s losing – and Republican election officials are pushing back..


Trump is weaving a web of excuses and becoming more erratic than ever, inflaming his supporters with dangerous charges that the media is lying and the election might be rigged.


The best way we all can stand up against his outrageous behavior is to vote, and bring all your family and friends with you, so we can have a turnout that shows the world, that this is not who we are. We’ve seen those tactics before, and we will never go back to those days.


Democratic Party of Lake County November 8, 2016 Endorsements



U.S. Congress District 5                                                                            Mike Thompson

U.S. Congress District 3                                                                            John Garamendi

California Assembly District 4                                                                 Cecilia Curry

Lake County Board of Supervisors

District 1                                                                                                      Monica Rosenthal

Clearlake City Council                                                                               Joey Luiz

Clearlake City Council                                                                               Joyce Overton

Lakeport City Council                                                                                Michael Green

Lakeport City Council                                                                                Ted Mandrones

Lakeport City Council                                                                                George Spurr

Middletown School Board                                                                       Sean Millerick

Measure V (Clearlake Road Fund)                                                         Yes

Measure Y (Konocti School Bond)                                                         Yes


October 1, 2016



On Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m., Congressman Thompson will host a town hall meeting at Kelseyville High School for veterans, servicemembers, and their families. At the town hall, there will be an open discussion on the issues facing our veterans and military families today, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask a panel of experts questions on any veteran-related issue.


Wednesday, October 5th

6:00pm – 8:00pm


Kelseyville High School

5480 Main St.

Kelseyville, CA, 95451


To RSVP, or if you have any additional questions, please call Thompson’s district office at 707-226-9898 or email

Democratic Party of Lake County hosts 23rd Annual BBQ

September 25, 2016

The Democratic Party of Lake County will hold the 23rd annual Democratic Legislator’s BBQ on Saturday October 8.from 2pm-5pm at the Highlands Senior Center in Clearlake at 3245 Bowers Ave.


Honored speakers are Congressman Mike Thompson and Congressman John Garamendi.

Ms. Fiona Ma: Board of Equalization Member and candidate for California State Treasurer

Ms. Fiona Ma: Board of Equalization Member and candidate for California State Treasurer

Keynote speakers are Board of Equalization Member and candidate for California State Treasurer, Ms. Fiona Ma and California Democratic Party Vice Chair and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair, Mr. Eric Bauman.

Eric Bauman: alifornia-Democratic-Party-Vice-Chair and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair

Eric Bauman: alifornia-Democratic-Party-Vice-Chair and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair


Leading the ceremonies are Monica Rosenthal, candidate for Lake County Board of Supervisors and Joey Luiz, candidate for Clearlake City Council.


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

Catering provided by Chatterbox Catering of Clearlake.

Lake County favorite, Andre Williams, will provide the music.

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


Legislative sponsors  are Congressman Mike Thompson, Congressman John Garamendi and State Senator Mike McGuire.

We are grateful for the sponsorship from Mayor of Winters, Cecila Curry, candidate for Assembly District 4.


Early union sponsors include the California Teachers Association; Plumbers Union Local 38; Sonoma, LIUNA Local #324; Mendocino and Lake Building and Trades Council; IBEW Local 551; North Bay Labor Council; Operating Engineers Local No. 3; SEIU 2015; and Teamsters Local 665; United Food & Commercial Workers Local 5.


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.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.


For information contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707.533.4885




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.



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 .

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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

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