President’s Newsletter November 2016 Clovis Democrat Club

I had planned to start my column for this month with “at last, our long electoral nightmare is over,” but now I find that it is only a prelude to worse to come. So many people I spoke to today are struggling with shock and apprehension. I don’t think any of us expected this outcome and have no idea how to move forward. With time we will figure some of this out. As I write this column, many of our fellow citizens have taken to the streets in protest, especially as Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but not the electoral. We are fortunate to live in California which has a Democratic government. We need to focus on preserving Democratic gains in our state and be ready to stand up to Republican attempts nationally to take away what we value. Vigilance and activism will be required.

There was also not much to celebrate locally as Democrats in Clovis did not fare well but we can be proud of those who tried. A message from club member David Rowell who ran: JenniK pict“Thanks SO MUCH for the encouragement and support, the people who made calls and walked precincts, the people who contributed, the people who simply sent encouraging thoughts my way! Your support and trust meant a lot. It was a great honor, truly, and although I was unsuccessful in the end, running for office was something I’ll never forget, even when the election does not turn out as I hoped. It was a lesson in civic responsibility, and something I’d encourage club members to consider in the future. Again, many, many thanks to all!” Jeni Kren.

Our Club Treasurer and Candidate for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees Area 6

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Our club treasurer and candidate for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees Area 6, David Rowell, meets Kamala Harris on Monday, Oct 10 at the Daily Grill

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2016 Democrat Booth at the Fresno Fair

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Clovis Democrats Newsletter September 2016

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Next Meeting Thursday September 15th 2016

At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis

Phone: (559) 322-1605

http://www.sevenclovis.com/

Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program to follow immediately.

http://clovisdemocrats.info/

Message from President Jeni:

Labor Day weekend marks the traditional start of the election season, and so it is in the Central Valley. Political signs are popping up everywhere! Even so, you’ve heard me say again and again in the last few months that Clovis has few competitive races in which to get involved: California is going to go for Hillary, even if Clovis does not; our next Senator is going to be a Democratic woman of color, no matter who wins; two Republicans are running in the Assembly race. But none of these races are especially exciting or interesting to Clovis residents. It turns out, though, that the action in Clovis will be in the education arena. Our own club member and treasurer, David Rowell, is running for State Center Community College District Trustee representing Area 6. Anyone who wants to get involved should contact him at 559-825-1239. He needs walkers, phone bankers, office help, and even assistance in setting up lunches and snacks for walkers.  

Another educational election to watch is for the Clovis Unified School District Board. Recently, Clovis has been struggling with dress codes and compliance with federal and state transgender bathroom access. An organization called Stop the Madness has encouraged a number of very conservative people to run for the four board positions that are up for election. If they are successful, the school district could be dramatically impacted. We will be hearing from a strong Democratic candidate, Scott Troescher, who is running in opposition to this group.

Jeni

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Trump Still Highly Popular With Rednecks
The only group he hasn’t insulted, yet.

 

Nathan Magsig

Our September speaker is newly elected Fresno County Supervisor, Nathan Magsig. A veteran member of the Clovis City Council, including his most recent position as Mayor Pro Tem. He will provide insights for us on the issues surrounding his transition from a city to a county office.

Dr. Holyoke provided an intriguing look at both national and local elections pending this November. The continued erosion of party support for Donald Trump was a particular focus.

 

Clovis Democratic Club July 2016 Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 Next Meeting
Thursday July 21st 2016
At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis
Phone: (559) 322-1605
http://www.sevenclovis.com/
Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program
to follow immediately.
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What a great picnic we had! Our room was full of Democrats enjoying camaraderie and celebrating our nation. It was a privilege to hear Fiona Ma, a candidate for statewide office. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event! Our Club is making its mark in the local political scene.

Despite the unity shown in our picnic, early July has been marked nationally with conflict and tragedy with several police shootings of citizens followed by the sniper killings of police officers in Dallas. It appears that divisiveness in our political climate has reached a crisis point with the politics of demonizing the “other” culminating in fear and blame. Daily protests have been occurring across the country and tensions have been high. It is too early to tell how these events are going to resolve, but the party nominating conventions are starting with the Republicans next week. Whether we move toward more divisiveness or more conciliation within our country may depend on the way these conventions address the issues. My hope is that it will be toward conciliation.

A theme that President Obama has returned to repeatedly as a step toward bringing people together is to see the world through somebody else’s eyes, and to stand in somebody else’s shoes. In an effort to move in this direction, our club has invited Reza Nekumanesh to talk to speak of the experience of Muslims in American society. Please join us for this very informative presentation and for our first ever meeting in the month of July!

                                 Jeni

 

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Trump Calls Climate Change “Chinese Hoax”
But has only praise for their “great wall.”

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Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Our speaker for this month is Hajj Reza Nekumanesh, the Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. He has been active in interfaith and human rights organizations locally. He will be addressing Islamophobia and the experience of Muslims in America.

Clovis Democratic Club Annual Patriotic Picnic – Guest Speaker Fiona Ma

ANNUAL PATRIOTIC PICNIC

Friday June 24, 2016, 6 p.m.

American Legion Hall

508 4th Street, Clovis

Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is the 2nd District Board of Equalization (B.O.E.) board member, December 2, 2014.  Her counties are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lassen, portion of Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, portion of San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba.

Guest Speaker

State Board of Equalization

Candidate for California State Treasurer

Complete Tri-Tip Dinner/Fundraiser

$25.00 per person

RSVP 559-322-9740

or ClovisDemocraticClub@gmail.com

Tickets available at

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2549357

Or send checks Payable to Clovis Democratic Club

to P.O. Box 792, Clovis, CA 93613

Clovis Democrat Club May 2016 Newletter

Next Meeting:  Thursday May19th 2016

At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis Phone: (559) 322-1605

http://www.sevenclovis.com/

Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program to follow immediately.

http://clovisdemocrats.info/

Here we are, another month closer to the election and what a difference a month can make. Donald Trump has now been crowned the Republican nominee for President. Not long ago, many were laughing at his candidacy and predicting that it would never happen. We were also expecting that the Democratic race would be wrapped up by now. How wrong the prognosticators were! We have all been told every four years that it is the most important election of our lives. This time I think it finally is, as the country is on the brink of electing someone who is clearly unqualified and temperamentally unfit for the Presidency. All thoughtful Americans need to come together to make sure that Trump is not elected. This means overcoming dissention and divisiveness among the Democrats and working together to get our presidential candidate elected as well as state and local candidates who can support the programs and policies of our party. Walking precincts, phone banking, or volunteering in crucial races are things all of us can do. If you need help connecting with campaigns, please contact any officer in the club.

Finally, for those of you living in Board of Supervisors District 2 or knowing any registered Democrats who do, please be aware that I am running for the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee, the entity that runs the local Democratic Party. I ask for your vote and that you consider the candidates running with me. The list can be found at www.facebook.com/District.2.Dems.  Jeni

 Republican Party in Turmoil as Two Groups Vie for Control Battle pits religious xenophobic racists against racist religious xenophobes.

Bill McEwen

Our April meeting featured a presentation by Bill McEwen, a veteran of 35 years with the Fresno Bee and most recently the Opinion Page editor. One of the Bee’s most well known personalities, he provided us with fascinating insights into the editorial process as it applies to the five McClatchy news publications in California.

High Speed Rail

Our May program will focus on updating the high speed rail issues. We will address these changes, talk about current status of the Rail and outline what we can expect in the future. Join us this month for a discussion of this important project.

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We have had a website for some time at http://clovisdemocrats.info/, ably managed by Judy Noteboom, and have recently expanded to FaceBook with a Clovis Democratic Club page. Please visit our page at www.facebook.com/Clovis.Dems and “like.”

High Speed Rail

Our May program will focus on updating the high speed rail issues. We will address these changes, talk about current status of the Rail and outline what we can expect in the future. Join us this month for a discussion of this important project.

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We have had a website for some time at http://clovisdemocrats.info/, ably managed by Judy Noteboom, and have recently expanded to FaceBook with a Clovis Democratic Club page. Please visit our page at www.facebook.com/Clovis.Dems and “like.”Newsletter 5-2016

Clovis Democrats with Hillary and Bernie

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President Clovis Democrats March Newsletter

As we move through the primary season, it becomes clearer every week how high the stakes are. It is possible that the competence of certain candidates to lead this country is not there. Will someone not qualified to be the leader of the free world get elected? On the other hand, if we are lucky enough to have either Bernie or Hillary elected, will they have a Congress that will work with them or one that only obstructs and gridlocks government? And the Supreme Court, the branch of government that has the most influence over the course of our country for the next generation, hangs in the balance. With so much on the line, what can we do individually and as a club to make a difference, especially with little to vote on here in Clovis? Here are some options:

  • Encourage your Democratic friends and family members to vote. We must have good Democratic turnout in these elections.
  • Become a precinct leader and walk your precinct, getting to know your Democratic neighbors. Good training and materials are available at the Democratic Headquarters. Ask me for contact information.
  • Help register new citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony, March 15, 9:30 a.m. by the Saroyan Theater. Contact Bob Jones for more information.
  • Participate in nearby crucial races. There is a walk for Joaquin Arambula in the Assembly District 31 Special Election on Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 or Sunday, March 13 at 11:00 at the Carpenters’ Union Hall, 1361 N. Hulbert.
  • Attend the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Fundraiser, April 22, 5:30 p.m., 2625 W. Vassar.

Lots of opportunities to get involved!

Our March meeting will be a recap of the California Democratic Convention which happened February 26 through 28. We were fortunate to have several club members attending as Delegates who will share the high points (Vice President Joe Biden’s speech) and low points (Secret Service and TSA security) of the convention and give our impressions of meetings and speeches. There were Decisions made about a number of issues that we will report on and a lot of excitement about the coming elections. Much to learn about the workings of the Democratic Party in California! We also will hear from two local campaigns that have importance statewide or nationally.

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