Can Rural California Survive Trump's Tariffs?

Trump is playing a dangerous game with California jobs, especially in our rural areas. He touts an unequal playing field for the United State's manufacturers and farmers as the reason for his restrictionist trade agenda, but seems ready to dig those very American manufacturing and agricultural workers into a financial abyss. Not only is he targeting long standing agreements with allies, he is ignoring the pleas of industry leaders directly feeling the impact, to stop the trade war madness.

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Post-Primary Election Update

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Updated Bottom Lines

CA-10: Jeff Denham (R) - Central Valley: Modesto, Tracy
Toss Up. Denham's support for immigration reform has allowed him to continue winning reelection in this moderate, diverse Modesto seat that Hillary Clinton won by three points. But his advocacy of a discharge petition to force a House vote on a compromise bill may have driven conservatives into the arms of pro-Trump, pro-wall Turlock Councilman Ted Howze, who nearly "shut out" a crowded Democratic field on Tuesday.

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FINAL CALIFORNIA PRIMARY PREVIEW

 

Under California's rules, all candidates in all 53 districts run on the same primary ballot and the top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the general election. In a few GOP-held seats, there are so many Democrats running that they risk splitting enough votes to allow two Republicans — and zero Democrats—to advance to November. That would be a nightmare scenario for Democrats in otherwise terrific pickup opportunities.

And whereas some other states' laws allow "sore losers" to run write-in or independent candidacies on the November ballot after losing a primary, there is no such recourse in California for a party that catastrophically gets shut out of the top two.

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December 2017 Civic Engagement Project

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Images from Week #1 of CNC's December non-partisan civic engagement project. Team members are speaking with voters in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties about the issues impacting their families the most. Voters are stating the current proposed tax plan is a major concern. In addition to issues related to jobs and the economy, healthcare, and water. 


Victory! Fresno OK's deal to relocate meat-rendering plant out of a southwest neighborhood

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A deal to relocate a meat-rendering plant out of a southwest Fresno neighborhood was unanimously approved Thursday evening by the Fresno City Council, providing a victory for neighbors who for years have complained about odors.

The council approved a development agreement with Darling Ingredients, which runs the operation on Belgravia Avenue, as well as planning and zoning changes for the company to build a new plant about three miles west near Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Fresno Residents File Lawsuit Over 40 Year Old Odor

“The city has a legal obligation to enforce laws that make Fresno a safe and healthy place for all its residents, no matter their income level, race, or the neighborhood where they live. West Fresno residents will seek to enforce that duty," says Phoebe Seaton of California Rural Legal Assistance, who is representing the CCWF.
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Five Victories By The California Immigrant Rights Movement

There’s no doubt immigration reform has a long way to go to ensure family reunification and a path to citizenship for the undocumented community. We must continue to fight for a federal DREAM Act and demand an end to Secure Communitiesand 287(g) programs that allow state and local law enforcement agencies to partner with ICE. I remain hopeful because California had major victories last year that prove just how powerful uniting with dignity as our moral compass can be.

Here are five immigrant rights bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed during his first year in office and what you need to know about them:

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Secure Communities: The Real Cost of Failed Immigration Policy

In his 2013 proposed budget, President Obama outlined the administration’s plan to cut $17 million from the failed and expensive,16-year-old 287 (g) program to expand the equally failed and expensive four year-old Secure Communities program. Both programs were created to allow state and local police to check fingerprints of the most violent, dangerous criminals who are booked in jail against federal immigration databases. If there is a discrepancy on the federal database, then local law enforcement must hold the person on a “detainer” until federal ICE agents can find out whether that person is documented or not. They then make decisions about whether or not to put that person into deportation proceedings.

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In Defense of My Body, Health & Choices

By Jacquie Marroquin

During the recent Women in the World Conference in Washington D.C., Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee said,  “Women need to stop being politely angry.”  She was referring to the ever-escalating war on women’s access to reproductive care in the United States. This powerful statement made by this equally powerful woman begged the questions: Where are the angry women? (A question she also asked.) And exactly how angry are we?

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We Can’t Afford to Give Away the Great Outdoors

Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife

Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Unfortunately, there is an effort underway, led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, to undermine four decades of conservation efforts. Under consideration in the House and Senate is theWilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, which would open all roadless areas across the country to industrial development.

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