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  • California Democrats recognize the importance of our seniors, the fastest growing age group in the nation, and believe they enrich our everyday experiences, connect us with our past and forecast our collective future. We affirm and embrace the continuing contributions of our seniors and we continue to be committed to fostering the strong bond between the young, those in the middle, and our elders. Our seniors deserve the highest standard of care from the health care industry and a prescription drug program that helps them get the medicine they need. We are committed to protecting homeownership and hard-earned pensions as well as the support services and assistance that collectively help seniors maintain independence and quality of life. We strongly believe that seniors be offered the opportunity to remain in jobs that they have so successfully performed in for many years.

     

     

  • Democrats will always fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. We need to promote civility and speak out against bigotry and other forms of intolerance that have entered our political discourse. It is unacceptable to target, defame, or exclude anyone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. While freedom of expression is a fundamental constitutional principle, we must condemn hate speech that creates a fertile climate for violence. We condemn Donald Trump’s demonization of prisoners of war, women, Muslims, Mexicans, and people with disabilities; his playing coy with white supremacists; and the climate of bigotry he is creating. We also condemn the recent uptick in other forms of hate speech, like anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
     
    We support restoration of full funding for the Courts. 
     
    We support the Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street movements. 
     
    Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized that LGBT people—like other Americans—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done. LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, restaurants can refuse to serve transgender people, and same-sex couples are at risk of being evicted from their homes. That is unacceptable and must change. Democrats will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people. We will also fight for comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBT Americans, to guarantee equal rights in areas such as housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service, education, and federal funding. 
  • National Security: 
    We stand with the recent Department of Defense position on allowing Transgender soldiers to serve openly, and receive the health care they rightfully deserve.
     
    We are committed to preventing the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and to eventually ridding the planet of these catastrophic weapons. We believe America will be safer in a world with fewer weapons of mass destruction. 
     
    Democrats want to reduce the number of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons around the world, as well as their means of delivery, while retaining a strong deterrent as long as others maintain nuclear strike capabilities. 
     
    We will support a national commission on digital security and encryption to bring together technology and public safety communities to address the needs of law enforcement, protect the privacy of Americans, assess how innovation might point to new policy approaches, and advance our larger national security and global competitiveness interests.
     
    Rebalance our national security portfolio to place more emphasis on nonmilitary tools such as diplomacy, and foreign aid; Support a foreign policy that promotes democratic reforms abroad and the promotion of human rights and the rule of law. 
     
    Increase federal funding to states and communities for equipment, training and improving the capabilities of first-responders.
  • Thanks to Obamacare, young adults are enjoying an unprecedented leap in health care coverage. More than a million and a half of Americans between the ages of 19 and 25 now have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act, an increase of six percent since 2010. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of uninsured Americans fell for the first time in four years, driven in large part by the fact that young adults are now able to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until their 26th birthday.

     

     

  • On the day President Obama accepts his party's presidential nomination, a key benchmark in the U.S. stock market  soared to its highest level in four years. Standard & Poor's 500 stock index jumped two percent, closing at its highest level since January 2008; the Dow Jones industrial average and Nasdaq also showed sharp gains.  Fueled by actions taken by the European Central Bank, stock prices were already on the rise, thanks to promising data on the  U.S. employment picture.

  • "If we are going to judge teachers and students by test scores, then Congress must fund programs that encourage improvement and growth within education." -- Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)

    California Democratic Party Platform: Education California's students must have access to a free, fully accessible and equitable world-class public education. Postsecondary education must be available and affordable to all interested students. Our elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions must be well resourced and they must provide a well-rounded, balanced curriculum that will prepare students for success in a globally interconnected world.

    Progressive Views on Education Policy. Detailed coverage from Center for American Progress.

    Democrats Champion Student Loan Reform.
    Tucked away inside the health care reform legislation passed this year was a critical reform of the federal student loan program that will increase Pell grants for college students and save taxpayers $61 billion over 10 years. By loaning directly to students, the federal government will eliminate billions of dollars in bank fees that were carried by both students and taxpayers. The legislation also reduced the onerous burden facing students who are forced to take out huge loans to go to college: an income-based repayment plan limits loan payments to a fixed percentage of income, and students who faithfully make those payments will have their loans forgiven after 20 years, down from the current 25.

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    FAQs about student loan reform

    5 Myths About Student Loan Reform
    Research Documents

    Bush Leaves America's School Children Behind. "The broken promises of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act are disgraceful," said Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Stacie Paxton. "No matter how hard the Bush Administration tries to spin today's events, they cannot hide the fact that President Bush's repeated under-funding of his own No Child Left Behind legislation has denied millions of American schoolchildren the opportunity to succeed. Democrats will keep our promises to our schoolchildren with a new direction that makes sure every child in America has the opportunity to succeed in the classroom."

    Bush Leaves America's College Students Behind. Bush claims that education is a priority for him. College costs are rising, state governments are cutting higher education funding, and Bush is restricting access to college by working against affirmative action and Title IX programs.

    Childcare. The Bush Administration abandons commitment to childcare for working families. -->

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    "Just as we have asked so many nations around the world to assist us in the War on Terror and in securing and rebuilding Iraq , so, too, should we help those nations who want our assistance in addressing global environmental problems. " -- Senator Dianne Feinstein(D-CA)

     

     

    Democrats Champion the Environment. Protecting the earth protects your family because the earth's future is everyone's future.

    America's Clear Skies. The Bush Administration has taken unprecedented steps to undermine our international environmental agreements and dismantle our nation's environmental laws. Moreover, they shamelessly employ Orwellian doublespeak to sell their retrograde plan whereas Democrats place air quality as their top priority.

    The Bush Record on the Environment. The Natural Resources Defense Council summarizes all the detrimental actions taken by the Bush administration over the last four years. -->
    Our future depends on the actions we take today to protect our environment. The effects of climate change - wildfires, flooding, devastating hurricanes, severe winter storms, even changes to our vast ocean ecosystems - are already being felt around the world. To deny the reality of climate change is to ignore years of scientific observation and research, as well as the overwhelming consensus among scientists. Indeed, the challenge in front of us will not be met by pretending the problem doesn't exist or waiting for some "better" time in the future. The time to act is now, and Democrats are prepared to meet this challenge head-on.

    The good news is that a vibrant economy and a commitment to our environment go hand-in hand. California's historic Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB32, is a bold plan of action that Democrats wholeheartedly embrace. The act places California squarely in the forefront of dealing with the reality of climate change by seeking new energy solutions for the 21st century. By providing incentives for clean technology, renewable energy and efficiency standards, AB32 will help ensure California's leadership both in meeting the challenge of climate change and in creating the green jobs that are our future.

    California Democratic Party Platform: Energy and Environment All Californians, urban, suburban and rural, hold a shared interest in preserving and protecting the environment that sustains us. California Democrats have led the way toward effective bi-partisan solutions to problems arising from our industrial society - resource extraction, waste disposal and pollution - and their disparate impact on our forests, family farms, the poor, ethnic minorities and indigenous people.

    California Leads on Energy and Climate Change. "In a time when economic recovery is job number one, it's clear that California's leadership on energy and climate change policies are fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the state and helping California compete in the clean, green economy of the future."

    Innovate and Grow: Mapping California's Growing Green Economy

    Democratic Candidates hold key to California's energy future

    Jerry Brown:
    "When I was governor, California was the world leader in renewable energy and it led the nation in efficiency standards. Investing in clean energy and increasing efficiency are central elements of rebuilding our economy. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, build the businesses of the 21st century, increase energy independence and protect public health."

    Unfortunately, his opponent, Meg Whitman, is more interested in protecting Big Oil's status quo than she is in protecting California's environment or its future economy. Not only has Whitman vowed to suspend AB 32 as governor, she has also questioned climate change itself. "I'm not a scientist," she demurred recently, when asked whether global warming was man-made.
    Brown Puts Whitman on the Defensive over Greenhouse Gases

    Barbara Boxer:
    As Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Barbara Boxer has been a long-time champion of the green economy, and she worked to include incentives to boost green jobs in the 2009 stimulus bill. In doing so,"[y]ou not only get people to work, but you also save money in the end, fight global warming and become energy independent. Those are the kinds of things I want to see," she said.

    In contrast, Republican Carly Fiorina is just another climate-change denier focused on the short term. "It's wonderful that California has such a pristine environment," says Fiorina, "but a vibrant economy and making progress on our environment have to be co-equal goals," hinting that those goals just may be mutually exclusive. When Senator Boxer described global warming as a national security issue, Fiorina dismissed the comparison as worrying about "the weather." Backed by out-of-state coal interests, Fiorina has pledged to roll back California's historic climate change legislation.
    Can 'Green Jobs' Stimulate The Economy?
    Fiorina: Scrap state's global warming law
    5 Ways the Chamber Shills For BP
    Carly Fiorina's Weird, Self-Defeating Stance on Climate

    Read more:
    Pew study on green jobs: America's clean energy economy is critical to the nation's future

    Union of Concerned Scientists' study describes impact of AB 32 on small business

    Impact of AB32 on household incomes

    Climate change legislation is good for the economy

  • A Healthcare System that Works for Everyone.We will join 36 other industrialized nations in making sure everyone has access to affordable health care, starting by fixing the prescription drug program and investing in stem cell and other medical research.

    California Democratic Party: Health Care Platform. California Democrats believe that health care is a human right not a privilege. The CDP recognizes that the health and well-being of Californians cannot continue to be based on arbitrary private and public financial decisions, and therefore advocates legislation to create and implement a publicly funded (single-payer), privately delivered, fiscally tractable, affordable, comprehensive, secure, high-quality, efficient, and sustainable health care for all Californians.

    Research Documents

    Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit - An Empty Promise. Many seniors are led to believe this legislation will pay for their prescription drugs but will be surprised to learn they still have to pay a lot, in many cases most of the costs.

    Bush's Medicare Gift to the Drug Industry. A plan like this could only have been written by drug companies for drug companies. How the Bush Administration betrayed America's seniors to pad the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry.

    Medicare Prescription Drug Cost Scandal. Republicans withheld costs to push through a flawed policy benefiting the pharmaceutical industry, not America’s Seniors. Americans deserve better. Democrats demand an honest vote on real costs.

    Republican Medicare Bribery Scandal. The Bush Administration and Congressional Republican Leadership did not have the votes to pass the seriously flawed Medicare bill, so the vote was held open for a record two-hours-and-51-minutes as special deals were offered. America deserves better.