BREAKING: Republicans shut down the government

364 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes into the Trump Administration, the government shut down.

Just before midnight Friday, the Senate voted 50-49 on the continuing resolution to keep the government funded for a few more weeks (remember when we did this in December, too?). But this vote required 60 votes to pass — that means it failed because Republicans couldn’t put forth legislation that could pass with the required votes from Republicans and Democrats.

In the entire history of our country, the government has NEVER shut down when one party controlled the Congress and the White House. It’s called “governing,” and apparently the GOP government can’t do it.

How did we get here?

Trump launched an attack on Dreamers. In September, Trump announced he was unilaterally ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that provides deportation relief and job permits for 800,000 young immigrants after an extensive (and expensive!) application and vetting process. When he rescinded DACA, Trump created a crisis that only his party could fix.

A week later, Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer met with Trump to strike a deal to fund the government until December, promising that Dreamers would be protected by that time. No deal was passed to protect Dreamers at that time and they kicked the can to January.

Last week, Trump and other Republicans blew up an existing bipartisan agreement to avert a shutdown, in service to their most racist ideas about America. This happened just one day after Trump said he would sign whatever agreement Congress sent him. Not once in the ongoing budget negotiations did Republicans put forward legislation that could pass both of the chambers of Congress… that they control! It’s clear that after months of negotiations to protect Dreamers, Democrats are working with a President that is negotiating in bad faith.

Now that Republicans just shut down the government over Trump’s bigoted agenda, here’s what you can do to take action:


  1. Visit to read Indivisible’s latest analysis. Find out if your members of Congress (MoCs) were Dream Heroes or Dream Killers tonight.
  2. Call your Senators using Indivisible’s toll-free line at 1-855-980-2355 . Use the Dream Hero call script if your Senator voted to protect Dreamers. And use the Dream Killer call script if your Senator voted to fund the government without protecting Dreamers. You’ll be prompted for your zip code and immediately connected to one of your Senators. Call back again and you’ll be connected to your other Senator!
  3. Chip in to support Indivisible’s organizing to hold Republicans who shut down the government accountable. 45 Republicans (5 Democrats!) sided with Trump’s racist agenda over 800,000 immigrant youth, the overwhelming majority of Americans who stand with Dreamers, and government employees who don’t know where their next paycheck will come from. Indivisibles are already holding them accountable and will continue to do so today, tomorrow, and on election day in November.

Immigrant youth have waited too long for a permanent solution to the crisis created by Trump’s vicious deportation agenda and terrible deal-making. 122 Dreamers lose their protection every day, and more than 16,000 have lost their DACAmented status since September. Dreamers’ lives shouldn’t be in limbo because Republicans can’t govern.

Republicans caused this shutdown. And it’s their responsibility to fix this mess by voting on bipartisan legislation — that we know will pass both chambers of Congress — to protect Dreamers and end the Trump Shutdown.

Senate in disarray with shutdown hours away – POLITICO

Politico reports that things look “grim” in the Senate Chamber Thursday night, “as the countdown continued toward a shutdown at midnight Friday: The chamber struggled to even schedule a vote to fund the government, let alone cobble together the votes to actually pass a bill.

After the GOP House passed a partisan monthlong spending bill Thursday, senators in both parties appeared increasingly dug in. A spat on the Senate floor between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer culminated in the chamber adjourning with no clear path to avoid a shutdown in barely 24 hours.

CDP Weekly Update

Source: CDP Weekly Update


CDP Weekly Update

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.

Convention Registration is Open

Registration for the 2018 California Democrats State Convention is now open! Check out for hotel information, information on endorsements and platform, and registration links to our new Member Portal…

New Member Portal

As Democrats, we must be continually striving to improve how we do the work of advancing our progressive values. That’s why we spend so much time training ourselves as activists. That’s why we spend so much time organizing the communities we live in. And that’s why we are always looking to improve the technology that helps us do our jobs as Democratic Activists. This week, we launched a new Member Portal for Delegates as part of that ongoing effort to make sure we’re using every possible tool at our disposal in the fight for our progressive values.

Right now, the Member Portal is set up to make the registration process for Convention faster and more efficient for Delegates. We know that Convention Weekend is already a significant financial expense, so we are doing what we can to ensure Delegates get the most out of the weekend – like reducing the time spent waiting in line to get their credential.

And as time goes on, we will be adding new features to the Member Portal. Registration is a floor, not a ceiling, when it comes to the capabilities of this platform. CDP Staff and Chair Bauman have been working with the folks at Political Data, Inc. to custom-build a system that works better for Delegates, our Accounting & Finance Department, and our Communications and Political Departments.

There are a number of reasons we’re excited about the launch of the new Member Portal (aside from – fingers crossed! – reducing those lines at registration). But the most important reason is this: we wanted to build a platform that empowers our Delegates as leaders of the California Democratic Party. And as the Member Portal grows and expands, we hope you’ll agree that is exactly what this exciting new platform does.

The Republican Tax Theft for the Rich Act

Let’s be clear: this is a disgusting, greedy law that gives away trillions of dollars to people like Donald Trump, Betsey Devos, Darrell Issa and Jeff Denham. California Democrats, from Nancy Pelosi in the House to Grassroots Democrats up and down California mobilized to stop this monstrosity. Thank you to everyone who called their Representatives and got the word out on social media. This tax bill might be law, but it’s an incredibly unpopular law, thanks in huge part to the Grassroots Democrats who successfully debunked all the GOP lies about the Tax Theft  for the Rich Act.

Darrell Issa’s pals voted to sell us out to oil executives, liquor manufacturers, Wall Street bankers, outsourcing CEOs and corruptible members of the Senate with vast real estate holdings and undisclosed investments (looking at you, Bob Corker).  And we must spend every day of the next 11 months reminding California voters of that simple fact. 

See you in 2018!

CDP Update will be back in January. Until then, we hope this Holiday Season is one of joy and warmth for you and your loved ones. From all of us at the CDP… Peace on Earth, and Happy Blue Year! 


CDP Statement on Doug Jones Election

Rally at Rep. Devin Nunes Clovis Office against #GOPtaxScam

Includes music from the Raging Grannies

Adam Schiff Statement on Roy Moore Candidacy

Defeat Roy Moore on Tuesday


Alabama voters go to the polls on Tues‌day to elect a new United States Senator, and with the launch of the Doug Jones online phone bank, California Democrats can make the crucial phone calls necessary to help put our candidate over the top.

Click here to phone bank from home.

The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, is an accused child predator who should be on trial for the sick allegations that have been made against him by multiple women, not running for the U.S. Senate.

Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, is a compassionate, thoughtful, and dedicated outsider who genuinely believes in public service. He successfully prosecuted the white supremacists who committed one of the most infamous acts of domestic terrorism — the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four little girls.

Doug Jones is a candidate worth fighting for, regardless of the fact that he’s running against a monster. But let’s be clear: Roy Moore is a monster, and we must do everything we can to elect Doug Jones on Tues‌day.

Every single voter contact can make a difference. Please make some calls this weekend and through election day on Tuesday — sign up today.

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, CDP Political Director
California Democratic Party

San Joaquin River Conservancy Board meeting on Wed. Dec. 13

Fresno County Democratic Party December 2017 Ad in Community Alliance Newspaper

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