USE IT OR LOSE IT: DE LEÓN CALLS ON SEN. FEINSTEIN TO USE SENIORITY TO CONFIRM “NO” VOTES ON SCOTUS PICK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - In May of 2006, Brett Kavanaugh was up for confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  On May 26th of that year, Senator Feinstein and eleven other Democrats surrendered to the Republican majority, voting “Yea” on cloture for Mr. Kavanaugh, opening the door to his confirmation by a full vote before the U.S. Senate.

Prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, the American Bar Association had downgraded his rating from “well qualified” to just “qualified.”  Senate Democrats who voted against allowing a full vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer, said he was too partisan and lacked commensurate experience.  

Today, in the wake of recent reports that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein plans to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after the Senate’s summer recess, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“Senate Democratic leadership is wasting its time demanding documents from Chuck Grassley instead of ‘No’ votes from its own caucus. It’s time for Senator Feinstein and Senator Schumer to stop playing polite, country-club politics with a Supreme Court nominee who represents one of the greatest threats to a woman’s right to choose in our lifetime.  

“California’s senior Senator made the grave mistake of opening the door for Kavanaugh’s confirmation once before. Given the mathematical challenge before us, and all that is at stake, we do not have the luxury of waging this fight from the sidelines. That’s why I’m calling on Senator Feinstein to leverage the power of her seniority to make sure Senate Democrats are committed to unanimously rejecting the President’s nominee.”

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AT HOME IN THE CALIFORNIA HEARTLAND: KEVIN DE LEÓN VISITS FRESNO COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 30, 2018

CONTACTpress@kevindeleon.com

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Early Tuesday morning, US Senate candidate Kevin de León will motor up the I-5 Freeway to spend a day in Fresno County. From water quality to economic sustainability, Senator de León will hear from local leaders and residents about the issues and challenges they face in their communities each day.  

 

Discussion: Fresno Environmental Justice Issues

WHERE: 1443 E. Central Ave., Fresno, CA 93725

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 11:15am

 

Lunch with Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

WHERE: Leadership Counsel, 764 P St., Suite 12, Fresno, CA 93721

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 12:15pm 


Roundtable with Firebaugh Community Leaders
WHERE: Firebaugh Community Center, 1655 13th St., Firebaugh, CA 936222
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 3:00pm
*note: roundtable discussion followed by community drive-through with brief overview of local issues

 

Roundtable with Mendota Community Leaders
WHERE: Mendota Community Center, 295 Tuft St, Mendota, CA 93640
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 4:15pm

*note: roundtable discussion followed by community drive-through with brief overview of local issues

 

Kevin de León Hosts San Joaquin Town Hall
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Hall, 22001 W. Manning Ave, San Joaquin, CA 93630
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, starting at 6:00pm
*Press RSVP to press@kevindeleon.com

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CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION DOUBLES DOWN ON KEVIN DE LEÓN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 27, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – The California Labor Federation, representing 2.1 million union workers across the state, is going all-in for U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León.  After endorsing de León during the Primary, this week, California’s hardworking families re-endorsed Kevin for the General Election and rejected the incumbent senior Senator for the second time this year.  

“The California Labor Federation is pleased to endorse Kevin de León for U.S. Senate in the November General Election,” said Art Pulaski, executive secretary treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “At a time of an all-out assault on workers and workers’ rights from the White House and the Congress, we know we can count on Kevin de León to fight for good jobs, a $15 minimum wage, protecting immigrant workers and supporting the right to stand together in a union. We’ve seen Kevin in action. He has delivered in California and we know he will bring that same kind of fight to Washington DC.”

Last year, Senator de León was one of 12 state senators recognized by the California Labor Federation’s 2017 Force for Progress legislative scorecard, commending those in the state legislature who voted to support working people 100 percent of the time.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of the California Labor Federation, comprised of millions of everyday working people across this great state who do extraordinary things,” de León said. “With the help of California’s working families, we will fight to refocus the priorities in Washington DC to align more closely with those here in California.”

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CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS ENDORSE KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR US SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, July 14, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

OAKLAND, CA – Tonight, in a historic vote, the California Democratic Party endorsed State Senator Kevin de León for U.S. Senate over 25-year incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

65% of the California Democratic Party united behind bold leadership and endorsed State Senator Kevin de León, while only 7% voted for Senator Feinstein. Senator Kevin de León released the following statement:

“First, to the members of the California Democratic Party, this is your victory.

"Earning the endorsement of so many leaders and activists of the California Democratic Party isn’t just an honor and a privilege; today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C. Through years of hard-won progress, we have proven to the world that California can forge a path for the rest of the nation.

“The nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party is leading the call for a new generation of leadership who will fight to advance a bold agenda. I have never been more committed to giving every Californian a real opportunity to succeed.

“We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century. As the California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, I renew my call for a debate.”

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KEVIN DE LEÓN RELEASES STATEMENT ON TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

 

Los Angeles, CA – On the heels of President Trump announcing his Supreme Court nominee, U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“It’s encouraging that Trump’s court-altering selection of Brett Kavanaugh has already unified so many Americans in outspoken opposition,” Senator de León said.  “But it’s dispiriting when our own Democratic elected leaders offer defeatism instead of determination. Make no mistake: this is a fight we can win because it’s a fight we must win. 

“Women's reproductive rights, voting rights, affordable healthcare, our gun laws, and the freedom to marry who you love are what's at stake.  We can’t just shrug our shoulders at the challenge of being in the minority. Now is not the time to concede - it’s time to lead.”

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KEVIN DE LEÓN CALLS ON SENATE DEMOCRATS TO REJECT TRUMP SUPREME COURT NOMINEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – Following Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the Supreme Court in July, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“In 2016, Senator Feinstein and other D.C. Democratic leaders effectively surrendered the judicial branch of our government, and decades of hard-won progress along with it.  They should have pushed back on Senator Mitch McConnell when they had the chance, and now we may all pay a heavy price for their failure to do so.

"Californians deserve a fighter in the U.S. Senate, and I will fight as hard for progressive values as conservatives fight for theirs. I call on all Senate Democrats to vocally reject any and all consideration of this President’s Supreme Court nominees."

Just ahead of the June 5th primary, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León released the video “Our Resistance”.  To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below. 

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California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models.  De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

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CALIFORNIA VOTERS PUNCH DE LEON’S TICKET TO THE GENERAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Early this morning, about twelve hours after polls closed on Tuesday, Kevin de León arrived solidly in second place to challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein in California’s U.S. Senate race this November.  State Senator Kevin de León released the following statement:   

“Yesterday the overwhelming majority of voters called for a referendum on a broken establishment in Washington D.C. that has stopped working for the people of California.  It’s time for a new approach.  

“This nation was built on the promise that anyone willing to risk it all to come here – regardless of who they are or where they came from – could have a fair shot at a hard day’s work, afford a roof over their head, affordable healthcare, and an equal opportunity to succeed. It’s time Californians had a United States Senator who is committed to making good on that promise. 

“Voters deserve a spirited debate in the coming months on the issues they care about most and the challenges facing our state.  I look forward to engaging my opponent on the debate stage as we face-off in November.”

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AS RETURNS RUSH IN, KEVIN DE LEÓN SPEAKS TO SUPPORTERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tonight, Kevin de León spoke to friends, family, and supporters gathered in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate his primary bid for U.S. Senate, sharing his vision to expand the California Dream.

Thank you, friends, family, fellow Californians.

Last year, you joined me in an unlikely but righteous journey.

For the first time in our lifetimes, America’s highest level of government had been overcome by the lowest common denominator.

California’s people and progress were under assault.

The old ways weren’t working.

The old wounds were reopening.

So ordinary Californians decided to try something extraordinary by taking on the Washington establishment.

We decided it was time to stop biding our time, biting our tongue and playing at the margins.

It was time for California to demand a representative in the United States Senate who truly represents California values.

We decided to give voters a real choice – between new ideas and the same old/same old, between progressivism and privilege, between audacity and accommodation.

And, over the course of this campaign, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

And, tonight – while the votes are still being counted – and the results are far from certain – it’s clear that we’ve done what we needed to do.

A majority of Californians want new leadership in Washington.

And that – in November –voters will have the opportunity to send a message to Washington, and around the world that the system is broken, the status quo is failing, and the future is now.

I want to begin by thanking each and every person who has guided the path in front of me throughout my career and stood behind me over the course of this campaign.

Every working family. Every teacher, janitor, housekeeper and nurse. Every labor union.

Every community organizer and civil rights champion.

Californians from every walk of life.

From day one, this was a grass-roots, people-powered effort.

We knew it would be an uphill climb.

I don’t have personal riches nor an incumbent’s name ID.

But I’ve faced long odds my entire life.

As a Latino latchkey kid of a single immigrant mother – who grew up in a one-room  barrio basement -- I’m not just a proponent of the California Dream, I’m a product of it.

And I’ve learned that, in California, anything is possible if you’re willing to stand up and fight for it.

But you can’t just watch from the sidelines – you have to lead from the frontlines.

As a leader in the most productive state legislative body in America, I’m proud to have helped secure the  highest minimum wage and the fairest pay equity law, the most ambitious clean air and climate protections, a secure retirement plan for millions of workers who don’t have one, and the strictest gun safety laws in the nation. And we made it the law of our land to treat human beings with humanity.

We don’t rip innocent children out of the trembling hands of their mothers and fathers. No matter the place of your birth or the hue of your skin, you have the right to live in California in safety, with dignity, and, yes, sanctuary.

We have never been fooled into believing Donald Trump “can be a good President.” And we will never, ever, ever build a wall.

While Washington is crashing and burning, California is moving forward – farther, faster and fairer – than ever before.

We are America’s better angels. And we have taken flight.

This race is a fight for California’s future.

In many ways, we’ve already won.

Because we’ve already defined the issues – on immigration, the death penalty, cannabis legislation and criminal justice reform.

But here’s the difference – I’m no liberal-come-lately. My politics have always been more toe-to-toe than finger-in-the-wind.

And you will never have to guess where I stand: I stand for everyday Californians struggling to afford the rising costs of housing, health care, child care, and college tuition.

You won’t have to wonder whether I’d vote to allow federal agents to spy on Americans without warrants – or to prosecute 13-year-olds as adults.

You won’t have to wonder whether I will demand freedom from fossil fuel dependency and be your champion on Medicare-for-All.

You’ll also know that I will NEVER vote for unending wars costing tens of thousands of Americans lives and trillions of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

My friends, real leadership is doing the right thing even when no one is watching – or running against you in an election.

I will be the real deal. The leader California demands. The fighter California deserves.

Now, the real race begins. The choice will be narrowed from 32 down to two. November will bring higher turnout, a more diverse electorate, and far greater focus on the importance of this race.

We have a lot of race left to run. I have never been more committed to giving every Californian a real opportunity to succeed.

And I promise you this – if our ticket is punched to the top two in November, I don’t intend on coming in second.

Que Dios Bendiga California! God bless the state we love, California!

 

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KEVIN DE LEÓN SURGES HOME ON ELECTION DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 4, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com 

LOS ANGELES, CA - With the finish line in sight, Kevin de León will sprint into a full day of events geared to get out the vote.  After casting his own ballot, Senator de León will join State Senator Josh Newman in Orange County for a GOTV kickoff.  Then, he’ll drop in on an SEIU 2015 phone bank before walking through Grand Central Market to talk to voters.  Tuesday evening will find Senator de León celebrating the completion of his primary campaign with supporters in downtown Los Angeles.

 

**NOTE: This schedule is fluid, and subject to change at any point.  Please direct any questions or inquiries to press@kevindeleon.com. **

 

Sign Waving with Supporters

WHERE: Los Angeles, Union Station

WHEN: 5:30am-7:30am on Tuesday, June 5th

VisualsKevin de León supporters waving signs at Union Station

 

Kevin de León Drops Off His Ballot

WHERE: Evans Community Adult School, 717 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHEN: 8:15am on Tuesday, June 5th

VisualsSenator de León votes in the 2018 primary

 

GOTV Kickoff with State Senator Josh Newman

WHERE: The Refinery at Embassy Suites Brea, 900 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

WHEN: 10:00am on Tuesday, June 5th

 

Senator de León to Join SEIU 2015 Phone Bank

WHERE: 2910 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

WHEN: 12:15pm on Tuesday, June 5th 

 

Walk Through LA’s Grand Central Market

WHERE: Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

WHEN: 1:00pm on Tuesday, June 5th

 

Senator de León to Join Maria Elena Durazo and Miguel Santiago for GOTV Kickoff

WHERE: 2111 East Cesar Chavez Ave, Los Angeles 90033

WHEN: 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 5th 

 

Kevin de León’s Family and Friends Election Night Celebration

WHERE: The Exchange LA, 618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

WHEN: 8:00pm-12:00am on Tuesday, June 5th

**Doors open to press at 7:30pm

 

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KEVIN DE LEÓN TO MONITOR ELECTION RETURNS AT ELECTION PARTY IN DTLA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA –  On Tuesday, June 5, Senate President Pro Tempore Emeritus and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León will bring together his friends, loved ones, and supporters to watch reports of U.S. Senate primary returns at The Exchange in downtown Los Angeles.

Members of the press who wish to attend MUST RSVP by 6:00pm on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by filling out this form. Please fill the form out properly; if any information is missing or incorrect, we can’t guarantee riser spots or mult-box access.

 

Kevin de León’s Family and Friends Election Night Celebration

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 8:00pm. 

**Seating and riser space for press is first-come, first-served. 

WHERE: The Exchange LA, 618 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

Keep up with Kevin de León’s campaign for U.S. Senate by following his Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

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KEVIN DE LEÓN KICKS OFF WEEKEND IN HOME DISTRICT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 24, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tomorrow U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León’s statewide Corner-to-Corner tour will return to his home district, where Senator de León will spend the weekend touching base with the constituents and community stakeholders who call the 24th Senate district home.

Kevin will start his Friday at the Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center, where he will discuss retirement security and the upcoming rollout of the CalSavers retirement program (the product of Senator de León’s Senate Bill 1234).

Meet-and-Greet at Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center

WHEN: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:30pm

WHERE2323 Workman St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Next, Senator de León will lead a discussion on criminal justice with Father Greg Boyle at Homeboy Industries, an organization devoted to offering services and job opportunities to welcome previously incarcerated individuals back into the community.

Tour of Homeboy Industries

WHEN: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 3:00pm

WHERE: 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Kevin de León will then wrap up the day with a visit to Avenue 50 Studio, which seeks to broaden the public’s understanding of Chicanx art by providing a space “where the life and artistic interests of an underserved community can be made visible.”

Meet-and-Greet at Avenue 50 Studio

WHEN: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 6:00pm

WHERE: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Keep up with the “Corner to Corner” tour by following the #Corner2Corner hashtag on Kevin’s Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.  

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

 

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TOM TORLAKSON ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 24, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tom Torlakson, former science teacher and California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, today endorsed Kevin de León in his campaign for U.S. Senate. 

 

“California needs a leader in Washington who knows our education system inside and out, because in this global economy, we can’t afford to set our students up for failure,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “Since we met as colleagues in the Assembly, Kevin has stayed true to the beliefs forged by his experience as an English as a Second Language instructor and as an education advocate. Investing in our future is a necessity, not an option. No one in the Senate will fight to invest in our students the way Kevin de León has proven he will, and that’s why he’s earned my wholehearted endorsement.”

 

As leader of the California Senate, Kevin de León eliminated fees for the first year of community college, established the College Access Tax Credit, and increased awards that help nearly 197,000 low-income California college students with the peripheral costs of college. Senator de León has pledged to build on those accomplishments in Washington, DC, where he will call for tuition-free public higher education and policies that reduce burdens beyond tuition, such as housing costs and high student loan interest rates.

 

“From Calexico to Crescent City, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the state who is more invested in the future of our students than Tom Torlakson,” de León said. “Tom and I agree: it’s time to end the neglect of our nation’s students by Washington politicians and give every single student an equal opportunity to succeed. An economy that works for all of California’s working families can be only built on the bedrock of a strong, equitable, public education system. We’ve blazed a remarkable trail for education policy here in California, and I’m committed to keeping Congress on that trail as they chart our course in future years.”

 

Just last week, Kevin de León released the video “Our Resistance”.  To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below.

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models.  De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

 

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

 

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KEVIN DE LEÓN VISITS YOLO COUNTY TO RALLY WITH STUDENTS AT U.C. DAVIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 21, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Continuing his tour across the state, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León will make a stop in Yolo County this afternoon.  He’ll join U.C. Davis students for an on-campus rally to encourage students – California’s future leaders – to engage in the electoral process. 

 

Voter Rally at U.C. Davis

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 12:00pm; Sen. de León to speak around 12:20pm

WHERE: Memorial Union Quad, U.C. Davis, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA, 95616

 

Keep up with the “Corner to Corner” tour by following the #Corner2Corner hashtag on Kevin’s Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.  

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

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KEVIN DE LEÓN PREMIERES “OUR RESISTANCE” DIGITAL AD

In the new ad, the emeritus leader of the California Senate pledges to “cut a pathway for the rest of the country.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 17, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – On November 9th, 2016, candidate for U.S. Senate Kevin de León led California’s resistance to a Presidential Administration dead-set on attacking this state. Today he released a video outlining his plan to continue advancing progressive policies in Washington, D.C. that improve the human condition for everyone.

“What excites me is moving forward,” Kevin says in the video, spurred by the President’s attempts to dismantle our nation’s healthcare system, erode our environmental protections, decimate our climate leadership, and attack our immigrant communities.

Kevin spent the last decade in the state legislature, doubling down on lifting up hardworking families.  From building a clean energy economy to guiding a single-payer healthcare bill safely through the State Senate, de León doesn’t just resist the President – he defends California’s values and its progress on the frontlines.  


To view “Our Resistance,” click here or on the clip below:

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

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JOE SANBERG ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – As reported in an exclusive piece by La Opinión - Joe Sanberg, founder of CalEITC4Me and Working Hero PAC, has endorsed Kevin de León in his campaign for U.S. Senate.

“Kevin de León will be a passionate, effective champion for our shared mission to create a California where everyone can afford life’s basic needs,” said Joe Sanberg, founder of Working Hero PAC and CalEITC4Me.  “That’s why the Working Hero PAC and I are enthusiastically endorsing Kevin’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

“There is much work to do. One of every five Californians live in poverty, and one of every two Californians couldn't afford a $400 surprise expense. Most Californians live with daily worry about a small health problem, a car breakdown or a busted pipe in their home that would send them into financial crisis.

“As a kid I saw the toll those experiences took on my own mother, who raised me by herself. That’s why the issue of alleviating poverty in California is very close to my heart. This is personal for me, and I know this is personal for Kevin de León, too. We will not rest until we end poverty in California.”

Born and raised in Southern California, Joe Sanberg is the founder of the nonprofit CalEITC4Me, which has combatted California’s 20% poverty rate by helping to triple the number of California families eligible to earn California’s Earned Income Tax Credit. CalEITC4Me also engages in outreach to ensure that all who are eligible for the EITC receive it. Earlier this year, Sanberg founded WorkingHero.org, an organization that seeks political solutions to change the conditions that keep 20% of Californians below the poverty line.

“What we need in California is an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.  Joe Sanberg has done incredible work to bridge the economic opportunity gap where stale, centrist policies fall short of providing every working family with the dignity and economic security they deserve,” de León said. “I am excited to fight alongside Joe Sanberg to secure Medicare for All, a $15 federal minimum wage, and a fully ratified Equal Rights Amendment. I am confident that, working together, we will win those battles.”

On the eve of announcing his run for U.S. Senate, Kevin de León released the video “Kevin de León for U.S. Senate”.  To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below.

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

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DIANNE FEINSTEIN DOESN’T SUPPORT MEDICARE FOR ALL AND IS ABOUT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY CONFUSING VOTERS

DESPITE NEW AND MISLEADING AD, ONLY ONE CANDIDATE SUPPORTS MEDICARE FOR ALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 10, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - From January 1993 to October 2017, Dianne Feinstein was a centrist when it came to healthcare. She’s been against single payer, and supports the current system run by the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Now that she has her first serious challenge from a true progressive, Dianne Feinstein is doing everything in her power to make voters think she and Kevin De Leon have the same position on healthcare. They don’t.

“Dianne Feinstein claims she believes in ‘universal healthcare’ but with premiums up as much as 18% next year there is nothing ‘universal’ about the current system,” said De León spokesperson Jonathan Underland. “Costs keep going up, the number of insured is now going down, and countless families are being left behind.  We need Medicare for All, not misleading ads from a Washington politician.”

Actions speak louder than ads. In September 2017, Feinstein followed the D.C. Democrat herd and turned tail on Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer proposal: “Most of the party’s… vulnerable Senate incumbents are steering clear,” Politico reported, although Feinstein blamed her skittishness on the “enormous” cost of single-payer, not her shaky grasp on what real Californians’ need.

On the other hand, no state Senate leader has fought more fiercely – or consistently – to expand access and advance the ideals of MediCare for All than Kevin de León. Rooted in his long-held belief that healthcare is a basic human right, de León not only expanded California’s Medi-Cal program to cover undocumented children, but also successfully shepherded a single-payer healthcare measure through California’s Senate.

Shortly after announcing his run for U.S. Senate, Kevin de León released the video “Medicare for All.” To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below.

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

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KEVIN DE LEÓN'S FIVE BURNING QUESTIONS FOR TRUMP’S CIA PICK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León today released the following statement ahead of Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing this morning:

“There are just five questions I would ask President Trump’s choice to lead the Central Intelligence Agency:

1.    Is torture ever justified?

2.    Would you destroy evidence again in order to protect the CIA from congressional review?

3.    Why did you destroy evidence instead of resign?

4.    What was the closest you ever came to resigning because of inappropriate orders given to you?

5.    Was it appropriate for the CIA to launch an “influence campaign” to get you confirmed?

"America’s regrettable history with torture cannot be dismissed with claims of ‘following orders.’ Ms. Haspel’s ties to torture are unacceptable, and it is incumbent upon our leaders in Washington, D.C. to ensure our nation never sinks into that dark place again.”

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com.

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KEVIN DE LEÓN VISITS PLACER COUNTY ON CORNER-TO-CORNER TOUR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Continuing his tour across the state, Kevin de León will make a stop at a Placer County Democratic Party meeting tomorrow evening, to speak about his commitment to build an economy that works for every California family and his pledge to advocate for policies that secure access to healthcare for all.

 

Placer County Democratic Party Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:30pm. Kevin will speak at 6:40pm.

WHERE: 699 Washington Blvd, Ste. B-7 Roseville CA 95678

 

Keep up with the “Corner to Corner” tour by following the #Corner2Corner hashtag on Kevin’s Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.  

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

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KEVIN DE LEÓN IN LOS ANGELES ON CORNER-TO-CORNER TOUR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tomorrow Kevin de León will make several stops in Los Angeles on his Corner-to-Corner tour, highlighting his support for California’s hardworking families and advocacy for policies that make healthcare accessible to everyone.

 

SoCal Healthcare Coalition Press Conference

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 12:00pm

WHERE: LAC+USC Medical Center, 2051 Marengo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90033

 

In January, ILWU Locals 13, 63, and 94 endorsed Kevin de León.  Mark Mendoza, President of ILWU Local 13, said their endorsement was inspired by Kevin’s “unwavering advocacy for the needs of California’s working people and families.” Tomorrow evening, all Los Angeles International Longshore and Warehouse Union locals will hold membership meetings.  Kevin will drop in on Locals 63 and 94 before vising Local 13 where he will speak to thousands of hardworking port workers to thank them for the hard work they do to keep California’s economy thriving.

 

ILWU Local 63

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

WHERE: Downstairs Dispatch Center, 350 W. 5th Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731


 

ILWU Local 94

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm

WHERE: Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, Berth 92, 100 Swinford St., San Pedro, CA 90744


 

IILWU Local 13

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:45pm

WHERE: 231 W. C St., Wilmington, CA, 90731

 

Keep up with the “Corner to Corner” tour by following the #Corner2Corner hashtag on Kevin’s Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.  

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

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KEVIN DE LEÓN TO SPEAK AT MAY DAY MARCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 30, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tomorrow afternoon, Kevin de León will join the Los Angeles May Day Coalition to march in solidarity with hardworking people around the world on International Labor Day.  Kevin will join the march at 12:00pm in Pershing Square, and will speak at a rally in front of the Roybal Federal Building around 2:00pm. The march and rally, called "Together We Fight” will include more than fifty organizations calling for improvements to workers’ rights.  

Kevin de León has been a consistently strong voice who speaks up on behalf of California’s working families.  From his time in the State Assembly through his tenure as Senate President pro Tempore, he cracked down on wage theft, negotiated the $15 minimum wage law, and focused on creating new, good-paying jobs.

 

Los Angeles May Day March

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:50am (De León set to speak at 2:10pm).

WHERE: Gathering for the march begins at 11am at the corner of 6th and S. Olive Street at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles.  March begins at noon, program finalizes around 2:45pm at the Roybal Federal Building, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA. 

The following California labor organizations, representing millions of hardworking families throughout the state, continue to consolidate their support around Kevin de León’s run for U.S. Senate: 

California Labor Federation

IBEW 11

ILWU Southern California District Council

United Nurses Associations of California

LIUNA - California

Teamsters Joint Council 42

ILWU Locals 13, 63, and 94

IATSE Local 80

SEIU California

California Nurses Association

UFCW Western States Council

Communications Workers of America (Region 9)

  

Keep up with the “Corner to Corner” tour by following the #Corner2Corner hashtag on Kevin’s Facebook page and Twitter account.  Be sure to check in regularly for live updates from the campaign trail, and stay tuned for photos and videos chronicling the adventure.  

For a stronger, more progressive California, visit www.kevindeleon.com

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