If you’re a Democratic Party activist in Santa Clara County, you know Judy Pipkin. If you’ve ever visited Democratic Party headquarters here, you know Judy Pipkin. If you’ve needed volunteers to register voters, walk precincts, or help at an event, you know Judy Pipkin. Our own Judy Pipkin, heart and soul of the SCCDP headquarters office, was honored as Woman of the Year at a ceremony held in State Senator Jim Beall’s Campbell office on February 21st.
The Santa Clara County Democratic Party is sponsoring a relief effort to help those suffering the devastating effects of the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Survivors are in dire need of our support as the country tries to recover. As is usually the case, the best way to help is a donation to one of the many organizations with the training and resources to get aid quickly and effectively to those who most urgently need it.
Written by Jordan Eldridge
Well, they've really done it: After 41 attempts at repeal, Republicans have finally made good on their promise to shut down government rather than let uninsured Americans have affordable access to health care. Just how unconscionable is this move? Let's look at who is affected:
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This month, the Santa Clara County Democratic Party passed a resolution opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP); the California Democratic Party recently passed a similar resolution. Local representatives Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren have joined the opposition and are urging their colleagues to oppose the TPP and the Fast-Track negotiation process. Congress may vote on the TPP as early as October 1st this year.
October 1st marks a date many of us have been dreaming about – it’s the moment when consumers will be able to shop for health insurance on the long-awaited exchange made available by the Affordable Care Act. Consumers will be able to compare their health insurance options and select the choice that works best for them and their families. Small business owners will also have options for their employees. Subsidies will be available for those who qualify, bringing our country closer to the goal of affordable, accessible health care for every citizen.
On Tuesday August 20th, the San Jose City Council listened to the concerns of voters and campaign finance reformers and accepted the San Jose Election Commission's recommendation to leave in place the candidate campaign contribution limits.
Two of Santa Clara County's Representatives in Congress, Zoe Lofgren (CD 19) and Anna Eshoo (CD 18), issued this joint statement last week regarding the Congressional debate and the potential authorization of military action in Syria:
We are pleased that President Obama will seek Congressional authorization before engaging in any military hostilities against Syria.
Active Democrats looking to make a positive impact on their community should seriously consider joining a local board or commission. These voluntary positions play a key role in advising local governments on important issues, from consumer affairs to housing and health care and more. Volunteers are usually appointed by an elected official to serve a specific term and represent a specific district. There are boards and commissions that serve individual cities as well as those that are county-wide.