Democratic Central Committee
Hanford, CA 93230
Welcome to the Kings County Democratic Party
Visit us at our booth each week from May-September at the Thursday Night Market Place, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Hanford.
Our mission: good folks being available to register good folks to vote, assisting candidates and would-be candidates for elective office, or just having fun, cavorting, cahooting and palin' around amongst kindred spirit.
Call our phone number or send an email with your contact information if you wish to join us and/or receive information.
Our next meeting:
Tuesday April 29, 2014
Place: Ethel Red's Chophouse
*Volunteers are always invited to help us promote, support and defend our benevolent, democratic principles, working toward a better life for all, despite that the U.S. Supreme Court has just likely sold our democracy to the top 1 percent. Please contact us for any ideas on what you can do to help out.
Koch Bros. Attack Democratic Candidates, ACA Falsehoods
If you ever thought that the Kochs’ attack ads weren’t full of egregious lies, take a look as the non-partisan Washington Post Fact Checker debunks some of their recent attacks against Democrats.
The most infuriating part? The race for the Senate is now a deadlocked tie after over $34 million in discredited attacks like these:
Claim in Koch Attack #1: “I found this wonderful doctor and a great health care plan. My insurance was canceled because of Obamacare. Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable. If I do not receive my medication, I will die.”
Washington Post Fact Check:
FACT #1: “[She] suggested she had lost her ‘wonderful doctor’ when in fact she could keep that doctor in the new plan.”
FACT #2 “Her premiums were cut in half, from $1,100 a month to $571.”
Lie Detector: “One cannot claim that a plan is ‘unaffordable’ when over the course of the year it will provide you with substantial savings.”
Claim in Koch Attack #2: “Our health insurance plan was canceled because of Obamacare...This new plan is not affordable at all. My husband is working a lot more hours just to pay for these new increases.
” Washington Post Fact Check:
FACT: “The family qualified for Medicaid, but she was opposed for philosophical issues… So the family opted for a more expensive plan”
Lie Detector: “It is [the family’s] right to choose a more expensive plan. But it makes her claim of ‘unaffordable’ harder to swallow.”
Claim in Koch Attack #3: “Health care isn’t about politics. It’s about people. And millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less.”
Washington Post Fact Check:
FACT #1: Many have not lost their health insurance -- “Many [have been] rolled into new plans, and Obamacare has reduced the number of uninsured.”
FACT #2: People don’t lose doctors because of Obamacare -- “This was true before Obamacare; employers changed plans all the time.”
FACT #3: People aren’t getting less for more -- “Obamacare mandates many new benefits.”
Lie Detector: “Once again Americans for Prosperity makes sweeping claims about the health-care law that lack context or offer a misleading picture.
” Koch attacks have been proven false time and time again: Politifact just announced that "in 13 fact checks, Americans for Prosperity [the largest Koch group] has never received higher than a Half True,” with the majority of attacks graded “false or mostly false."
We can't stop the Kochs from spending millions on lies, but we can aggressively answer them with our own ads that tell the truth. We absolutely can’t let the Kochs’ enormous spending advantage lead to a Republican Senate takeover.
KCDCC USPS Resolution
Kings County Democratic Central Committee Resolution
WHEREAS, The US Postal Service is a vital component of this country’s economic and communications infrastructure handling and delivering 160 billion pieces of mail and generating more than $65 billion in revenues annually, while receiving no taxpayer funding: and
WHEREAS, The mailing industry, which employs 8 million Americans, generates over $ 1 trillion dollars annually, and represents approximately seven percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), depends on the US Postal Service’s invaluable mail processing, retail and last-mile delivery networks 6 days a week; and
WHEREAS, The US Postal Service is the only private company or federal agency required by Congress to pre-fund future retiree health benefits for 75 years, requiring $5.5 billion dollars to be paid annually.
WHEREAS, The US Postal Service is the second largest employer of US Veterans in the country with over 22% of its employees United States Veterans.
WHEREAS, Rural communities, many of which do not have access to the Internet remain dependent on the Postal Service for vital communications and for the shipment of goods; and
WHEREAS, Overnight delivery and effective mail sorting centers are essential to protect voting by mail throughout California; and
WHEREAS, Small businesses along with many Americans, particularly seniors, depend on the Postal Service for receipt of their prescription drugs; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Kings County Democratic Central Committee urges US Senator Barbara Boxer and US Senator Dianne Feinstein to support postal reform legislation that would: Secure the continuance of 6-day mail delivery, Stabilize the Postal Service’s finances by reforming or eliminating future retiree health financing policies that are crippling the Postal Service’s finances, Strengthen and protect the Postal Service’s invaluable mail, processing, retail and last-mile delivery networks that together comprise a crucial part of the nation’s infrastructure, Retain door-to-door delivery for 30 million plus households and businesses; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Kings County Democratic Central Committee transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Majority Leader of the Senate, to both US Senator Barbara Boxer and US Senator Dianne Feinstein, and to the United States Postmaster General.
The Kings County Democratic Party Announces Endorsement for Holly Andradé Blair
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hanford – The Kings County Democratic Party endorses Holly Andradé Blair in her bid for Kings County Supervisor, 3rd District.
The Kings County Democratic Central Committee (DCC) recognizes Blair’s remarkable knowledge of government and the critical nature of leadership while strengthening interrelationships among fellow supervisors.
Over the course of the past several months, she has demonstrated her understanding of major machinations of the county budgeting process, the needs of working people in our region and consensus-building.
She brings a sorely-needed perspective of working-class women into our government; and as a mother raising five children, along with her husband, she brings the needs of working families back into focus as a guiding principle for county government to espouse.
We like her ideas of listening to the concerns of her constituents via periodic town hall-style events, gaining the best possible understanding of issues, how they affect the lives of the working people in her district and how she could advocate in their best interests. The biography from her campaign website, blairforsupervisor.com, articulates well, an admirable purpose: “If you’re not serving, you’re not living.”
Additionally, as a current English instructor at West Hills College, having earned a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Fresno State, Blair raises the educational bar, bringing with her a higher level of formal education to the Board of Supervisors; and with that, a fresh emphasis toward achievement, with higher educational goals for younger constituents.
The chairperson of the DCC, Cathleen Jorgensen, speaks highly of Blair saying, “Holly is a very smart, bright individual with a fresh perspective on how government should work for all the people and not just a few special interests. Holly is hardworking and dedicated toward improving the lives of all residents of the 3rd District. She is the only candidate with the passion, energy and perseverance that is required for successful public service in order to bring about positive change.”
The mission of the DCC is to grow the party locally through voter registration, helping volunteers plug into election related activities, endorsing local candidates and providing a forum for local candidates within Kings County.
Why There’s No Outcry
By Robert Reich
Saturday, January 25, 2014
People ask me all the time why we don’t have a revolution in America, or at least a major wave of reform similar to that of the Progressive Era or the New Deal or the Great Society.
Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?
The answer is complex, but three reasons stand out.
First, the working class is paralyzed with fear it will lose the jobs and wages it already has.
In earlier decades, the working class fomented reform. The labor movement led the charge for a minimum wage, 40-hour workweek, unemployment insurance, and Social Security.
No longer. Working people don’t dare. The share of working-age Americans holding jobs is now lower than at any time in the last three decades and 76 percent of them are living paycheck to paycheck.
No one has any job security. The last thing they want to do is make a fuss and risk losing the little they have.
Besides, their major means of organizing and protecting themselves — labor unions — have been decimated. Four decades ago more than a third of private-sector workers were unionized. Now, fewer than 7 percent belong to a union.
Second, students don’t dare rock the boat.
In prior decades students were a major force for social change. They played an active role in the Civil Rights movement, the Free Speech movement, and against the Vietnam War.
But today’s students don’t want to make a ruckus. They’re laden with debt. Since 1999, student debt has increased more than 500 percent, yet the average starting salary for graduates has dropped 10 percent, adjusted for inflation. Student debts can’t be cancelled in bankruptcy. A default brings penalties and ruins a credit rating.
To make matters worse, the job market for new graduates remains lousy. Which is why record numbers are still living at home.
Reformers and revolutionaries don’t look forward to living with mom and dad or worrying about credit ratings and job recommendations.
Third and finally, the American public has become so cynical about government that many no longer think reform is possible.
When asked if they believe government will do the right thing most of the time, fewer than 20 percent of Americans agree. Fifty years ago, when that question was first asked on standard surveys, more than 75 percent agreed.
It’s hard to get people worked up to change society or even to change a few laws when they don’t believe government can possibly work.
You’d have to posit a giant conspiracy in order to believe all this was the doing of the forces in America most resistant to positive social change. It’s possible. of course, that rightwing Republicans, corporate executives, and Wall Street moguls intentionally cut jobs and wages in order to cow average workers, buried students under so much debt they’d never take to the streets, and made most Americans so cynical about government they wouldn’t even try for change. But it’s more likely they merely allowed all this to unfold, like a giant wet blanket over the outrage and indignation most Americans feel but don’t express. Change is coming anyway. We cannot abide an ever-greater share of the nation’s income and wealth going to the top while median household incomes continue to drop, one out of five of our children living in dire poverty, and big money taking over our democracy.
At some point, working people, students, and the broad public will have had enough. They will reclaim our economy and our democracy. This has been the central lesson of American history.
Reform is less risky than revolution, but the longer we wait the more likely it will be the latter.
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