The California Aggie Reports on Dog Whistle Project hosted by DCD

UC Davis’ student newspaper The California Aggie reported “Kevin Samy of Forbes’ 2016 ’30 Under 30′ List Brings Dog Whistle Event to UC Davis.” The Davis College Democrats hosted the Dog Whistle Project  on January 13th, 2017 to counter Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to campus on the same day.

Kevin Samy is a former speechwriter for the Obama Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and Pentagon, as well as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy. UC Davis was the first stop on Samy’s Dog Whistle Tour. The tour’s mission  according to Samy is to “decode the politics of hate and reaffirm our American identity, and shine a light on the algorithm of the kinds of messages and arguments they’re making that frankly appeal to the extreme fringe.” The event was a success, attracting undergraduates, graduate students, and professors alike.

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ICYMI: Woodland Daily Democrat reports “Davis College Democrats invite three local State Senate candidates for discussion”

In case you missed it, the Woodland Daily Democrat reported Thursday that the Davis College Democrats hosted the first debate for Democratic candidates for District 3’s California State Senate race on Wednesday, on November 18, 2015.

A regular feature of campaign seasons, the forum is intended to best inform the members of the Davis College Democrats for endorsements later in the year.

Below is an excerpt from the piece: 

Yamada then discussed her priority issues as a lead-in to the importance of education.

“Aging and long-term care, agriculture, water, natural resources, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice,” she said. “Fundamental to all of these is education, as the gateway to preserve the middle class which is by all means on the endangered species list.”

She wasn’t alone, Assemblyman Dodd used his background as a citizen of California to reach the audience.

“I’m a lifelong Californian, I’ve lived here all my life I’m a fifth-generation, I’m proud to say my grandchildren are seventh-generation in this state. I understand the problems that has beset this state, very closely,” he said.“This year in the California State legislature, as your assembly member, I’ve been so fortunate to be able to work with the democratic caucus on so many things from income disparity, increasing the middle class, higher education stopping tuition increases, and working towards more money for k-12.”

Post-discussion, students and other attendees were able to mingle and further discuss topics on a more personal level with the candidates.

The event was put on by the Davis College Democrats, a group at UC Davis that promotes youth participation in politics and educating the voting population on the issues surrounding this district.

Rebecca Salgado, president of the group, said the goal of this event was to inform members where the candidates stand on these issues.

“With so many democrats in the race, we think it’s important for our members to understand distinctions between candidates,” she said.

To read the entire piece and see the photo slideshow, please click here: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/government-and-politics/20151119/davis-college-democrats-invite-three-local-state-senate-candidates-for-discussion

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Asm. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) speaks during the DCD Democratic CA State Senate Debate on Nov. 18, 2015 (Woodland Daily Democrat). 

About Davis College Democrats:

The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis. 

ICYMI: Davis Enterprise reports “State Senate candidates meet in first debate”

In case you missed it, the Davis Enterprise reported yesterday that the Davis College Democrats hosted the first debate for Democratic candidates for District 3’s California State Senate race on Wednesday, on November 18, 2015.

A regular feature of campaign seasons, the forum is intended to best inform the members of the Davis College Democrats for endorsements later in the year.

Below is an excerpt from the piece:

Dodd, D-Napa, was elected to the Assembly last year. In his opening statement, he said he has been working with the Democratic Caucus on issues like income disparity and education, ranging from kindergarten through college.

“I have been committed to service my entire life,” Dodd said.

Yamada, who represented both the former 8th Assembly District and the 4th Assembly District from 2008 to 2014, told the young crowd that although her priorities as a “lifelong Democrat and professional social worker by training” are aging and long-term care, she believes that “education is the gateway to preserve the middle class, which is by all counts on the Endangered Species List.”

To read the entire piece and see the photo slideshow, please click here: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/state-government/state-senate-candidates-meet-in-first-debate/

About Davis College Democrats:

The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis.

ICYMI: Fairfield Daily Republic reports: “State Senate candidates meet for initial debate”

In case you missed it, the Fairfield Daily Republic reported today that the Davis College Democrats hosted the first debate for Democratic candidates for District 3’s California State Senate race yesterday, on November 18, 2015.

A regular feature of campaign seasons, the forum is intended to best inform the members of the Davis College Democrats for endorsements later in the year.

Below is an excerpt from the piece: 

As members of the Davis College Democrats took turns asking questions of the candidates, it became clear they hold many similar views.

With regard to the rising cost of higher education, Dodd said, “the UC system needs to start zero-basing their budgets.”

He said he would tell the UC regents, “We want you to start at zero so we understand what you’re spending the money on, and you understand what you are spending money on.”

Yamada pointed to the recent higher education analysis done by the Legislative Analyst’s Office that “contains a lot of useful information about how financing should be redone for education.”

“I would propose (college funding be) like a home mortgage,” she said. “We should discuss how we can guarantee what you would pay for your education for two to four years. The mortgage company can do it, the great minds here can do it.”

To read the entire piece and see the photo slideshow, please click here: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/vacaville/state-senate-candidates-meet-for-initial-debate/ 

About Davis College Democrats:

The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis. 

ICYMI: Senator Wolk’s office reports update on SB 707

In case you missed it, Senator Lois Wolk’s (D – Davis) Senate Bill 707 passed the State Assembly today. SB 707 will help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses. Davis College Democrats endorsed and sent letters of support for Senate Bill 707 during the 2014-2015 school year.

Below is an excerpt from Senator Wolk’s press release: 

SACRAMENTO –On a 53-24 bipartisan vote today the State Assembly approved legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses.  The measure, SB 707, would prohibit concealed weapons carriers from bringing their firearm on campus without permission from campus authorities.

“Many would be surprised, as I was, to learn that California law currently allows concealed firearms on any campus, even on an elementary school campus,” said Wolk. “With today’s Assembly vote, we are close to sending the Governor a common sense bill that will close this loophole in our Gun Free Schools Act, helping our school officials control firearms on their campuses.”

SB 707 includes an exemption for honorably retired law enforcement officers and reserve officers, who may carry a concealed firearm if authorized by their former agency.  The bill also allows for police chiefs or school districts to adopt their own policies that may allow a concealed firearm on campus if they deem it appropriate.

“This bill puts control of firearms on campus grounds squarely where it belongs, with those public safety officials responsible for the safety of our students and staff on school or college campuses,” said Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who carried the measure on the Assembly Floor.

To read the rest of the press release, please click here: http://sd03.senate.ca.gov/news/2015-09-01-state-assembly-approves-campus-gun-safety-bill-bipartisan-vote

About Davis College Democrats:

The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis. 

Indigo Awards 2015

The Davis College Democrats invite you to the Eighth Annual Indigo Awards fundraiser, honoring California Senator Holly J. Mitchell, City of Davis Dan Wolk, and Scott Lay, with special awards honoring Will and Nichole Arnold and Gina Banks. The event will be held on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.

We are proud to honor:

Senator Mitchell for her commitment to public service and improving public education and healthcare, in particular.

Dan Wolk has shown time and again an exemplary commitment to Democratic values, his community, and young Democratic leaders.

We honor alumnus Scott Lay for his work developing websites dedicated to spreading information about California politics and supporting the California community college system.

We also present special awards to Gina Banks, for her kindness towards the club and her guidance during the campaign season, and Will and Nichole Arnold, for continuing to be living examples of Democratic values and community spirit.

Tickets are $25 each, $10 for students.

Sponsorship Levels:
$1000 Aggie Indigo (50 tickets)
$500 Aggie Gold (25 tickets)
$250 Aggie Silver (12 tickets)
$100 Aggie Bronze (5 tickets)

Checks can be sent to Davis College Democrats PAC, P.O. Box 74305, Davis, CA 95616. *FFPC #1303239

You can also make a contribution at our ActBlue event page:

http://www.actblue.com/page/indigoawards2015

For more information regarding the event, contact DCD Vice President of Finance Rachael Salisbury at (209)202-4706 or rnsalisbury@ucdavis.edu

Paid in Politics Panel!

Come out and find out different ways that you can get paid in politics from real live people with jobs! Lucas Frerichs (CA State Assembly Legislative Director and City of Davis Council Member), Will Arnold (California Senate Field Director), Ruy Laredo (Field Director for California State Assembly) and Christine Harms (Intern for Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins) will be joining us and giving you a chance to hear about some real life experiences in politics and get a chance to ask questions.

ICYMI: Huffington Post reports “Ami Bera Defeats Doug Ose In Nation’s Most Expensive House Race”

In case you missed it, the Huffington Post reported today that the Congressional race in California’s 7th district was the most expensive race in the United States. A number of Davis College Democrats members interned and volunteered on incumbent Ami Bera’s campaign, along with alumni of UC Davis and the club.

Below is an excerpt from the piece: 

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has won the race to represent California’s 7th District. The AP called the race Wednesday, over two weeks after Election Day.

Bera, a freshman congressman, was challenged by Republican Doug Ose, who served in Congress from 1999 to 2005. Ose received backing from Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed dark money group.

The race was the nation’s most expensive House race, topping $20 million.

To read the entire piece and see the photo slideshow, please click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/ami-bera-midterm-election-results_n_5820138.html

About Davis College Democrats:

The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis.