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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Courage Campaign launches #CaliforniaCounts -- The liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign today will kick off its new effort, #CaliforniaCounts, going up with its first digital ad in its effort to wade into the seven Republican-held House seats in California that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. The group expects to spend $800,000 on the campaign through November.

-- Touting “the historic role that California will play in the 2018 election,” the ad includes this admonition often overlooked in a heavily Democratic state: “Right now, we send more Republicans to Congress than every state except Texas and Florida.” View the ad here

-- Courage Campaign said the initiative will include phone banking targeting infrequent or lapsed Democratic voters, as well as newly registered Democrats. It also includes peer-to-peer text messaging and email platforms.

-- Eddie Kurtz, president and executive director of the group, said the campaign will initially focus most heavily in CA-39, CA-48, CA-49 — the three districts where he considers Democrats most at risk of failing to advance a candidate to the general election in California’s top-two primaries. Of the messaging, he said, “It’s a positive frame: You count, California counts … You’re being misrepresented” by Republicans in the House. For Democrats in districts represented by Republicans, he said, the message is, “If we rise up and are counted, we can give this guy the boot.”

-- Campaign website here: https://cacounts.org/

An op-ed by our Political Director, Tim Molina, on Senate Bill 822, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener. The bill would maintain net neutrality in our state, prohibiting ISPs from blocking, speeding up or slowing down websites, or charging certain content distributors more than others.

Consumer and health care groups launched a campaign Wednesday, "Brown's Last Chance," calling on Governor Brown to freeze all new oil and gas drilling in California, and phase out current production.

"We're here to tell the governor that climate leadership means ... standing with us and stopping oil drilling," said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, which is leading the campaign with a broader coalition that includes the California Nurses Association and the California-based Courage Campaign.

Today, members of Courage Campaign, Ultraviolet, and Daily Kos are holding a rally at Visa's headquarters in Foster City, demanding major credit card companies stop doing business with retailers who sell assault rifles.

The group will also deliver petitions with more than 144,000 signatures. They say payment processors like PayPal and Apple Pay have already banned using their services to buy firearms.

About two dozen people rallied outside of Visa headquarters, calling on the credit card company to stop doing business with stores selling assault weapons.

“I think they will have to face the consumers who are disappointed by their inaction,” said William Winters with the Courage Campaign.

The protesters said the issue may ultimately be decided by the marketplace.

Courage Campaign's organizer, Mary Lizardi, discusses the gun violence epidemic and what California can do to combat it.

Courage Campaign annually ranks California Senators and Assembly Members, and for 2017 Courage Campaign gives Senator Glazer a letter grade of “F,” along with a numeric score of 32 out of 100.

The “Courage Score” as it is called, grades California legislators on political courage, how well they stand up for their constituents.  While 16 percent of the all California Senators received an “A” grade, 40 percent received an “F” grade in 2017, including Sen. Glazer.

Caballero received an “F” grade in the third annual “Courage Score” report card for voting against environmental protection, criminal justice reform and gun control legislation.

The report card, which can be found at www.couragescore.org/people/anna-caballero/, claims that her votes on those issues go against the grain of regional voters in California's 30th Assembly District.

Democratic state Assemblywoman Anna Caballero—a state Senate candidate this year—faced criticism last week after a California-based progressive advocacy group announced her inclusion in a “Hall of Shame.”

“Assemblymember Caballero is part of the problem in Sacramento,” Courage Campaign Executive Director Eddie Kurtz said. “Courage Campaign will make sure her constituents know she cares more about policies favored by corporate lobbyists than about their best interests. With Washington broken and with Trump pursuing a reckless and bigoted agenda, now more than ever it is urgent that California lead the way, and people like Anna Caballero are an obstacle to that progress. Assemblymember Caballero: we’re putting you on notice.”

Just when Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, was flying high because Luis Alejo, her would-be competitor for the 2018 race for State Senate, decided not to run, bad news came in another form this week: a failing score and “Hall of Shame” status on the third annual People’s Report Card of California

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