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Tulare isn’t known much for demonstrations, but last Thursday the small Central Valley farming town became the latest stop in a campaign to call out members of Congress who were skipping town hall meetings during the congressional recess. About 100 demonstrators gathered in a city park at dusk. With signs reading “No Wall” and “Yes to the ACA,” marchers chanted “Keep our health care! No repeal!” as they were escorted across a busy street by police officers. They walked back and forth on the sidewalk outside of the gated neighborhood where Rep. Devin Nunes owns a home.

Kate Connor of the California-based Courage Campaign was one of the organizers for the event. She said people across the state held candlelight vigils asking “Have You Seen my Congressperson?” They called out David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39) and Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) for not scheduling town hall meetings.

A group of activists who went to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's home Thursday night asking for a meeting say they found a closed door and, soon after, the sprinklers turned on.

Activists with the Service Employees International Union, Courage Campaign and other groups tried to visit the California homes of half a dozen Republican members of Congress that night.


Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, made headlines earlier this month when he was escorted out of a meeting with constituents by police – and then again at a follow-up this week when he talked for so long he outlasted many of the people who showed up to protest him.

But the biggest news about congressional town halls coming out of California lately has been the absence of them. As frustrated liberals nationwide showed up en masse to confront their Republican representatives, part of the broad movement to “resist” President Donald Trump and his agenda, California lawmakers largely avoided the fray.

Residents plan to gather in Visalia and Tulare Thursday to hold candlelight vigils at the offices of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, and Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Their criticism: The lawmakers are not hosting town hall meetings during the congressional recess this week.


After weeks of protests outside the offices of Republican members of Congress failed to persuade them to hold town halls meetings, activists are planning "search parties" and candlelight vigils outside the homes of seven California representatives Thursday evening. So far, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) is the only one of California's 14 Republican members to hold a town hall this week. 

“With Congress poised to take action on issues that literally have life-and-death consequences — including access to affordable healthcare and the protection of undocumented Americans from unjust detention and family destruction — it is frankly pathetic that California Republicans are too afraid to meet with their constituents and discuss their concerns,”  Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign, said in a statement.

Carrying signs with such messages as “Trump Not My President” and chanting, “This is what democracy looks like,” hundreds of people gathered in Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park Monday afternoon, marking the Presidents Day holiday with a rally against the country’s current leader. The near two-hour rally at the park amphitheater was one of several “Not My President’s Day” events held nationwide in protest of President Donald Trump's proposed policies.

A California progressive group says it will demand Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) step down as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee during a protest at his Clovis office Wednesday.

The Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign in a news release criticized comments Nunes made Tuesday that the committee won't investigate conversations between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and President Trump. 

Flynn resigned late Monday after news outlets reported that he had misled administration officials about the content of conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took office.

In Clovis protesters are once again lining the streets to send a message to one of our lawmakers in Washington. Today's protest is inspired by the response of congressman Devin Nunes to the resignation of Michael Flynn as a national security advisor.
 

Congressman Devin Nunes, the Republican from Tulare whose national profile has been rising as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is suddenly facing a firestorm of controversy in Washington, D.C., unlike anything he has faced in his 14 years in Congress.

Nunes was a staunch defender of Michael Flynn, the national security adviser who resigned Monday after reports surfaced that intelligence officials had recorded his telephone conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States before President Donald Trump took office.


Outside Palm Springs city hall on Tuesday, more than 200 people demanded that every city in the Coachella Valley write ordinances declaring themselves sanctuaries for immigrants who are in the country illegally.




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