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April 2019

Save the Date!



Please SAVE THE DATE for our next meeting, which is a little less than 3 weeks away! Speaker to be announced next Tuesday but it's going to be good!!

Tuesday, MAY 14


6:00 pm
University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

We have an exciting speaker but it's a secret until Tuesday, April 30!
Stay tuned...


$5 members, $10 non members


RSVP appreciated, but not required

Prior to the speaker, we will hold our committee meetings. Everyone is welcome as we have just begun this work toward our 2020 goals!
(Please join any committee that interests you!)

Committees are:
Speaker's Bureau
Activism
Outreach
Presidential Candidates 2020
Fundraising/Event Planning
Membership/Hospitality

Committee meetings will begin promptly at 6:15 pm,
General Mtg. at 7.
Get engaged, get involved!

Please note that we aren't meeting in June so this is our last chance to get together, meet in committees, socialize, talk about campaigns, the Mueller report and everything that's on our minds before July!
Please join us!

Lita and the DemOC PAC Executive Committee
ear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
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SAVE THE DATE


DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ORANGE COUNTY'S
25TH ANNUAL TRUMAN DINNER

Saturday, September 28, 2019  
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hilton Anaheim
777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim


This is the Democratic Party of Orange County's BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and is definitely the place to be if you are a Dem.

Everyone who is in the party is at this party! Add to that a terrific silent auction and a special price offered to DemOC PAC Members!

Want to join in the fun? It's easy. The cost is $180 per person at this special price. (Regular tickets are $195 for tickets purchased after May 25.)

To purchase tickets:
  1. Reply to this email and tell me you plan to join our table(s) (email address is democpac@gmail.com). We will then send you the address where you can send the check.
  2. Or you can bring a check to our meeting on May 14.

WE CAN'T WAIT TO PARTY WITH YOU AND THE DPOC AT THE 25TH ANNUAL TRUMAN DINNER ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2019!!!

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CONGRESSMAN MIKE LEVIN WAS IN THE HOUSE!



At last Tuesday night's meeting, Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49) was generous with his time and gave a terrific talk. We were so lucky to have Mike as one of our members of Congress...we need to work to keep him in office! He is invaluable. Following is the recap of the event from Ann Haley, who is chair of our Publicity Committee...



Rep. Levin (D-Dana Point/Oceanside) gave a wide-ranging look at his efforts in Congress at Tuesday night’s DemOCPAC meeting, and he didn’t shy away from the hottest topics.
Does he think President Trump should be impeached? “No. I think we need to be as careful as the president is careless,” Levin said. Congress needs to know much more and understand the gravity and magnitude of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report before deciding on impeachment, he explained. 
Levin called Mueller’s report “stunning” and said, “The stakes are too high … I want to see the full report” without redactions.
On the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates: “I want to see them run for a while.” Levin said he’s looking for someone to restore dignity, honesty and truth to the presidency — and make climate change a top issue. 
Levin’s 49th congressional district stretches from south Orange County through coastal northern San Diego County to Torrey Pines and includes Camp Pendleton. The district includes many military veterans, Levin said, listing aid for veterans and cleanup of mold and pests plaguing military housing among his primary efforts in the House. 
He’s also working on getting spent nuclear fuel out of the closed San Onofre nuclear generating station; banning drilling off the California coast; wildfire prevention; and paycheck fairness. 
The House, he noted, passed universal background check legislation and the “Charleston loophole” bill to close a gap in background checks in efforts to improve gun safety. “The NRA has too much influence in our politics,” he said.
An environmental champion, Levin said he’s never seen so much misinformation as he has about the Green New Deal proposal. 
“We’ve already got a Green New Deal in California,” he said, pointing out that the state’s clean energy industry is growing and its solar industry is bigger than the country’s coal industry. 
Levin closed with advice about how to get the word out about issues in a media climate that’s more narrowly focused and more partisan: He needs us all to be his ambassadors.




Democrats and all of Orange County suffered a huge loss with the death of Frank Barbaro...



Yesterday, Democrats and all of Orange County suffered a huge loss with the death of Frank Barbaro, longtime Orange County Democratic Party leader, prominent trial attorney, two-time OC Democratic Party Chair and a person who could always be found with a crowd surrounding him at any Democratic gathering. An early member of DemOC PAC, Frank was warm, kind and gracious and he was, most certainly, a leader. Unlike too many in politics today, Frank reached across the aisle and found friends on both sides. In reading his obituary, I loved the part where he worked as skipper “Fearless Frank” on the Disneyland Jungle Cruise. His bio reads, “Frank was Walt’s favorite jungle cruise narrator and allowed him to escort John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger and many other celebrities through the Jungle Cruise.” How great is that!

Please read our friend (and recent speaker) Melahat Rafiei's moving tribute/Op Ed to Frank:
https://medium.com/@melahat/the-blue-harvest-e9b42aa009d4?fbclid=IwAR2Chis-tu1KaxYLJG23h6FdnYxRsPzFdb7blaFXeM1cQcxqCpBip6XXDJM
Our thoughts are with Frank's family during this difficult time.

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On a happier note, our new members of Congress have hit the 100-day mark and we look forward to hearing Representative Mike Levin (CA-49) tell us about his first 100 days and more when we meet together next week. Please come early to gather in our PAC committees and then meet with Mike and bring your questions!

Mike sits on two key environmental committees: the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. He is also a member of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs.


Congressman Mike Levin

Tuesday, April 23


6:00 PM

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive
Irvine
$5.00 members, $10 non-members

Prior to Mike's arrival, we will hold our first committee meetings of the year. Join us as we gather and begin our activism and plans for the important work we are doing this year and in 2020!


(Please join any committee that interests you!)
Committees are:
Speaker's Bureau
Activism
Outreach
Presidential Candidates 2020
Fundraising/Event Planning
Membership/Hospitality
Get engaged, get involved!

Please RSVP by replying to this email! (requested but not required)
For more information contact 714-293-2181
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
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Since the Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday the newspaper spirit moved me...here are a few good articles. Enjoy!

Jennifer Rubin is irresistible!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/13/mob-boss-presidency/

A fascinating article about Elizabeth Warren's political beginnings...she was an economic conservative until her research into the reality of bankruptcy changed her profoundly.
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/04/12/elizabeth-warren-profile-young-republican-2020-president-226613

In case you missed Katie Porter taking apart Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon, you can watch her here, along with a snippet on Lawrence O'Donnell.
https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/coupon-cutting-congresswoman-stumps-big-bank-ceo-1489255491584?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_lw&fbclid=IwAR3azCvLjR4xQlA1KdwR6w2fZI39QowBD_bxepf6gPznlEH6IeXf9wSs9vc

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE PAC!!!


The campaigns are starting fast and furious. We thought we had a break but we don't...the campaigns are in full swing and DemOC Pac jumped right in and took the lead....last month we made our first donations to our own Congressional Candidates!!!

We are reminded that all of our congressional seats have been targeted by the Republicans for 2020, and Katie Porter now has opponents. We are fundraising for those races and others, as we gather memberships and donations. If you have already joined (or rejoined) the PAC, thank you so much.


If you haven't yet joined DEMOC PAC, please join today!
WE NEED EVERYONE TO TAKE PART AND BE A MEMBER!!!
We are going to raise more money than ever before but we cannot do that without your help.
Give now, give monthly, and please, give a generous amount. We need to support our local candidates and Democrats around the country. We must turn the nation BLUE in 2020.
DemOC PAC has minimal overhead, so nearly all of every dollar raised goes directly to candidates.
We hope that MONTHLY GIVING will allow more people to give more to the PAC in total by making ongoing payments, as you would to your favorite public radio station. Membership is for one calendar year and membership fees and donations support Democratic candidates. 
Benefits of belonging to DemOC PAC include voting to direct the allocation of funds, electing PAC officers, and receiving discounted pricing at meetings and special events.

Please visit:  


www.democpac.org/membership.html to join today.

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings, to working with you and to many successful campaigns in the next year!


Lita Robinow, Chair DemOC PAC
Deborah Newquist, Chair, Membership Committee