McCAIN IN STOCKTON: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will visit Stockton today for a rally and a fund-raiser. The rally is at 3 p.m. at the Spanos Jet Center, 4800 S. Airport Way. It will be held inside a hangar. Gates open at 2 p.m. McCain and his wife, Cindy, are expected to arrive at 3:45 p.m. They will attend a fund-raiser later at the home of Stockton developer Alex Spanos.
DEMS EXTEND STANISLAUS LEAD: Democrats are extending their registration lead over Republicans in Stanislaus County, according to new figures from the county's Registrar of Voters office. As of May 14, there were 90,003 registered Democrats, to 85,998 registered Republicans. Less than two months ago, the state Democratic Party announced that Stanislaus County had "gone blue," or had a majority of registered Democrats, for the first time since 2001. On March 22, there were 87,709 registered Democrats and 86,702 Republicans in the county. Democratic party activists have attributed their party's registration boost to a surge of interest in the presidential primary race and strong local registration drives. The number of decline-to-state voters has also increased in the last few months, from 31,225 in March to 32,314 on May 14.
McNERNEY IN MANTECA: Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will participate in a Memorial Day commemoration Saturday in Manteca. McNerney, who represents the 11th Congressional District, will be at First Assembly of God church, 486 Button Ave., for an event titled "A Salute to God and Country: Memorial Day Commemoration." The event begins with a traveling tribute dedication at 4 p.m., followed by a musical program at 6:30 p.m. Over the Memorial Day weekend, McNerney also will participate in holiday-related events in Stockton, Lodi and Pleasanton. Dean Andal, a Stockton Republican and businessman, is opposing McNerney in November.
BERRYHILL FUND-RAISER: Bill Berryhill, candidate for the 26th Assembly District, is holding a social fund-raiser June 12 in Clements. The event will take place at the Goehring home, 21500 Clements Road, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will include entertainment, appetizers and beverages. Also, Berryhill will participate in the Patterson Apricot Fiesta Parade on May 31, and will be available to answer questions in the event's free speech area. For more information, call Ken Groves at 735-0234.
HIGH TEA WITH FEDERATED: The Tuolumne County Republican Women Federated will host a High Tea Luncheon and a Fashion Show on June 21 at noon at The Mountain Springs Golf Club on Lime Kiln Road in Sonora. Lunch will be catered by Birdie's with fashions from Joan's Boutique featuring the latest designs. A drawing also will be held for a hat decorated with 50 $1 bills, other door prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $20, available by calling Kathy Fascilla at 536-1217 or Georgie Furrer at 586-1965.
BOWEN TO SPEAK IN MODESTO: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will be the keynote speaker at a Central Valley Democratic Club event on June 26 at the McHenry Mansion. Bowen, who was first elected in 2006, recently was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her office's investment in new voting technology for California. For more information about the event, e-mail email@example.com or call 869-5609.
WANTED: YOUNG DEMOCRATS: The Central Valley Young Democrats club is looking for new members to help in 2008 elections. Members should be ages 14 to 35 and may be asked to help in such activities as precinct walking, voter registration and phone banking. The club will have elections for new officers soon.
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