Too-close race in Pennsylvania signals ominous 2018 for GOP

March 13, 2018

McClatchy | Alex Roarty

In California’s 4th District – another area that went heavily for Trump – Republican Rep. Thomas McClintock actually had less money on hand than one of his Democratic challengers, Jessica Morse.

Democrats also point out that, in some cases, Republican incumbents are also lawmakers who haven’t run a competitive race in years, raising questions about their ability to pull together a strong, modern campaign against fierce opposition.

Local lesson in media literacy

March 1, 2018

Sacramento News & Review | Eric Johnson

This is one of the most important congressional races in California, and in the nation. I’m glad the California Dems ignored this nothing-burger and endorsed [Jessica] Morse.

Can California’s fourth congressional district be flipped?

March 1, 2018

Sacramento News & Review | John Flynn

“McClintock only represents his political party, and there’s a cost of doing that to our community,” [Jessica Morse] said. “Whether it’s forest fires, workforce housing, access to broadband, healthcare, education—these are issues that impact every member of our community, regardless of party, and need a real advocate to be working on solving them.”

Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s former Deputy National Security Adviser, Endorses Jessica Morse for California’s Fourth Congressional District

February 25, 2018

The Pine Tree

"At this dangerous moment, Congress needs more leaders who are willing to defend American values, inspire others to get involved, and put our country’s long-term interests ahead of their personal ones,” Rhodes declared. “Jessica Morse is that kind of leader.”

...Rhodes continued: "Jessica showed personal courage. As a young person, she went to an Iraq that was still rife with conflict. Jessica showed creativity. While at PACOM, she developed an innovative approach – using renewable energy – as a way to advance the U.S.-India defense relationship, which was a top national security priority for the Obama Administration."

McClintock outraised by Democratic challengers

February 12, 2018

Mountain Democrat | Mark Studyvin

Democratic challenger Jessica Morse of Pollock Pines raised about $293,000 in campaign contributions from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31...“I’m humbled and inspired by the overwhelming support for our campaign,” said Morse. “Thousands of people are investing in our race from across the political spectrum. Everyone is hungry for a campaign that inspires rather than divides. Our message of putting our community above party is energizing a grassroots wave in our district that take us to victory in November.” 

Two Democratic hopefuls outraise McClintock in fourth quarter

January 31, 2018

Union Democrat | Alex MacLean       

Morse, a national security strategist who spent the past 10 years working with the Defense Department, State Department and USAID, also raised more money than McClintock in the third quarter of last year.

She had about $27,000 more in cash on hand at the end of the year than the veteran conservative politician, with nearly $489,000 compared to McClintock’s $462,000.

Morse attributed her fundraising success to running a positive campaign and making an effort to meet face-to-face with constituents throughout the district, which covers 10 counties stretching from Placer County south to Fresno County.

This 'safe' Republican Congressman is Losing the Race for Campaign Cash

January 31, 2018

Sacramento Bee | Emily Cadei                             

Morse ended 2017 with more money in the bank than McClintock – $489,000 to $462,000.

National Democrats have also signaled growing confidence about the race’s competitiveness, adding the 4th District to its list of targeted races this past fall. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been bashing McClintock, along with other California Republicans in Congress, for supporting Trump priorities like the new tax law and offshore drilling that they argue hurt the state’s residents.

Republican in Strong GOP District Raised Less Money Than Democrats

January 31, 2018

Los Angeles Times | Sarah D. Wire & Christine Mai-Duc

Morse now has more cash in the bank than McClintock, with $488,842 reported as of the end of the year compared with his $461,943.

Morse, who previously worked on national security issues for the federal government, also raised more than McClintock in the previous quarter and had already been gaining on him in cash on hand.

For some California Democrats, early endorsements deliver boost in House races

January 30, 2018

Los Angeles Times | Javier Panzar  

The results give an early glimpse of where the competitive House races stand — who is consolidating strength among the party's grass roots and which races remain wide open contests. There will be another round of voting for the candidates in these races. The favorites are:

  • Jessica Morse got 55% in the 4th District vote, running against two other candidates. She is challenging Rep. Tom McClintock.

Women's March 2018 isn't about Trump—it's about upending the entire political system 

January 19, 2018

Newsweek | Marie Solis

Jessica Morse has served on the front lines in Iraq. She’s hiked 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail by herself. But until a year ago, she never felt brave enough to run for office—to put her own name on a ballot, and give herself over to public scrutiny.

“After the 2016 election, I felt like I’d seen what happens when women run for office,” Morse told Newsweek. “I thought, ‘How could I run in this environment? How can I serve my community if my good record and merit don’t mean anything?’”

Democratic candidates start new year in the Mother Lode

January 18, 2018

Calaveras Enterprise | Ross Johnson

On Jan. 7, candidate Jessica Morse addressed a crowd of almost 200 attendees at the Tuolumne County Ambulance Headquarters in Sonora. Morse seeks to replace Republican incumbent of California’s 4th Congressional District, Tom McClintock.

“We need political leaders who are going to look outside the box,” she said. In a pointed reference to McClintock’s Southern California roots, she told her audience that “It’s time to say goodbye to a Southern Californian who keeps stealing our water.”

Another View: How Washington fueled our wildfires

January 18, 2018

Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune | Jessica Morse

In this op-ed by Jessica, she discusses how bad policy and willful negligence from McClintock and Washington have made wildfires worse and what must be done to fix the problem.

"This year's fire season has been the worst on record for California...It's time to fully fund fire prevention, so that putting out today's fire doesn't make the next one more likely."

Mariposa Democratic Club Endorses Jessica Morse as the Democratic Candidate to Represent the 4th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives

January 14, 2018

Sierra Sun Times 

The members of the Mariposa Democratic Club were conducting a meeting to vote on who was going to represent the Democrats in Congressional District 4. 

Over 60 ballots were handed out to the members with the names of the three candidates...Candidate Jessica Morse was nominated by over 50% of the members.

Jessica Morse accruing war chest in run against Tom McClintock

January 12, 2018

Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune | Graham Womack

Morse, a 35-year-old Pollock Pines resident who spent 10 years working in national security before entering the Congressional race last year, is ready for the fight of her life.

“I’m really tough, I’m made of steel and I know exactly what I’m walking into in terms of Congress and I’m going to be incredibly effective,” Morse said in a late December interview with The Press Tribune. “I’m running because I’m going to be the most effective advocate for our community and I’m not afraid of McClintock.”

How Washington fueled our wildfires

January 5, 2018

Union Democrat | Jessica Morse

In this op-ed by Jessica, she discusses how bad policy and willful negligence from McClintock and Washington have made wildfires worse and what must be done to fix the problem.

"This year's fire season has been the worst on record for California...It's time to fully fund fire prevention, so that putting out today's fire doesn't make the next one more likely."

What the New Tax Overhaul Means for Truckee/Tahoe: Jessica Morse on the tax bill

December 22, 2017

The Moonshine Ink | Sage Sauerbrey

President Trump signed the tax overhaul into law this morning. The state and local cap is still in place, as well as more than a handful of other details included in the bill that will directly affect individuals in the Truckee/Tahoe area almost immediately — or as soon as the bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Shortly before the bill was signed into law by the president, we spoke with McClintock’s front running challenger, Dem. Jessica Morse, about some of her concerns regarding how this bill will affect California, the fourth district, and the Tahoe/Truckee region.

Local incumbents, challengers show interest in 2018 primary races

December 14, 2017

Union Democrat | Alex MacLean

Morse surprised many earlier this year by raising more money than McClintock in the third quarter of the year. She had about $248,000 left in cash to spend as of Sept. 30, while he had about $354,000. In November, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added the largely Republican district to its list of targets in 2018 following Morse’s strong quarter of fundraising and Democratic victories in traditionally red districts elsewhere.

1st-time female candidates encouraged by Roy Moore’s Alabama defeat

December 13, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle | Joe Garofoli

Morse is running in a largely rural, largely conservative district that is pretty Alabama by California standards, spanning 10 inland counties from north of Sacramento to near Fresno. So the former State Department official, who grew up in the district, isn’t talking about the Iran nuclear deal. She’s talking about bark beetles. That’s her Route 28.

Democrats scour map for sleeper races

December 8, 2017

Politico | David Siders

In McClintock’s sprawling, largely rural Northern California district — where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by more than 14 percentage points last year — the congressman’s opponents are raising cash at a surprising clip. One of his Democratic challengers, Jessica Morse, raised more money than McClintock in the third quarter.

Tax protest held in Sonora's Courthouse Park

December 5, 2017

Union Democrat | Alex MacLean

“We have some really great congressional candidates and one of them (Jessica Morse) raised more money in the last quarter than McClintock,” said Robert Carabas, chairman of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club. “That’s because she’s not only getting money from Democrats, but across the board.”

Democrats see opportunity in a strongly Republican California congressional district

November 19,2017

Los Angeles Times | Chris Megerian

Morse, 35, grew up in Carmichael and received a graduate degree from Princeton. She spent more than a year in Iraq with the United States Agency for International Development, then worked for the State Department in Washington and U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. She moved back to California two years ago and lives in Pollock Pines.

McClintock is trying to have it both ways with the GOP tax cut. Don’t buy it: This plan serves Koch Industries

November 15, 2017

Sacramento Bee | Jessica Morse                         

In this op-ed by Jessica, she points to the faults in the Republican tax bill that will have serious implications for the people of California's 4th Congressional district.

"With four in 10 taxpayers in my district claiming the SALT deduction, that’s a lot of folks who’d be double taxed."

Democrats add Tom McClintock’s District 4 seat to list of 2018 targets

November 10, 2017

Union Democrat | Alex MacLean                         

Some of Morse’s top issues include bolstering access to high-speed Internet in rural areas, vocational training and investing in fire protection. “(McClintock) believes government should do nothing, but there’s a real cost to ignoring the problems in our district,” Morse said.

Morse Says She is Running for Congress to Help Break Up the Partisan Gridlock

October 26, 2017

Mariposa Gazette | Greg Little                             

A candidate for the California 4th District congressional seat is making national news. Jessica Morse, a Democrat, raised more money in the last quarter than incumbent Republican Rep. Tom McClintock. According to California election records, Morse raised more than $268,000 in the third quarter while McClintock raised just under $150,000.

Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 10/20

October 20, 2017

Daily Kos | Jeff Singer

This seat, which stretches from the Sacramento area through Yosemite, backed Trump 54-39, and five-term GOP Rep. Tom McClintock hasn't looked vulnerable at all since his tight 2008 win. So it came as a surprise to us when Democrat Jessica Morse, who served as a national security strategist for the Department of Defense, the State Department, and USAID, outraised McClintock $263,000 to $150,000 during the last quarter. 

DEMOCRATS raising money fast in contested CA HOUSE races

October 17, 2017

Politico California Playbook | Carla Marinucci and David Siders

"Six of the seven incumbents were in the nine seats targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In the seventh, CA04 Democrat Jessica Morse posted an unexpectedly strong showing, raising more in a single quarter than each of incumbent Republican Tom McClintock’s opponents managed to raise for their entire campaigns in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections."

Half a dozen GOP House incumbents were out-raised by Democratic challengers in California

October 16, 2017

Los Angeles Times | Christine Mai-Duc

Nearly half of California's 14 Republican House members were out-raised by upstart Democratic challengers, the latest campaign finance filings show...Discounting personal money, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove had the biggest deficit. Democratic challenger Jessica Morse raised six figures more than him, with $268,271 in contributions.

Fundraising reports show Rep. Tom McClintock's challengers could give him a run for his money

October 16, 2017

Los Angeles Times | Chris Megerian

One of four Democratic challengers, Jessica Morse, raised more money than McClintock in the third quarter of this year, according to new federal filings. Morse, who previously worked on national security issues for the federal government, pulled in $268,271. That's way more than McClintock's $149,503. She had $247,799 in cash on hand, only $105,917 less than McClintock, as of Sept. 30. 

Jessica Morse is a 5th gen Californian running for Congress in the Sierra foothills

October 16, 2017

The Arena | Ravi Gupta

Jessica is a candidate for Congress in California’s 4th District. Jessica and her family have lived in this district — the Sierra foothills — for five generations. Before entering the arena and running for Congress, she built a career in national security. We talk about everything from forest fire prevention to reaching across the aisle to appeal to voters from different parties. Jessica is part of our inaugural class of Arena Fellows. She’s someone we truly believe in, and think she represents the next generation of leaders in our country.

Will McClintock finally face a real challenge?

September 29, 2017

The Modesto Bee | Marc Boyd

Jessica Morse of Pollack Pines graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton with roots that go back five generations in the Sierra foothills. For over a decade, she worked as a national security strategist for the Defense Department, State Department and USAID. Morse is proud to have been involved on the diplomatic side of the military, focused on ending conflicts and bringing troops home. She wants to revitalize the local economy with vocational training focusing on jobs in renewable energy, forest restoration, wildfire prevention and rural health care.

Protesters walk out of Tom McClintock’s town hall, vowing to replace him

September 20, 2017

The Sacramento Bee | Angela Hart

Jessica Morse, a Democrat running against McClintock who previously worked at the Department of Defense, the State Department and in Iraq for the United States Agency for International Development, listened to the crowd inside and out. She said she’s running because she feels the district has been under-represented in Congress for years.

Our First Class of Fellows

September 13, 2017

The Arena | Ravi Gupta

In November 2016, The Arena set out to build a community that activates the next generation of civic leaders who believe in an equitable and inclusive democracy. Today, we take another critical step in that mission as we announce our inaugural class of Arena PAC Fellows. These leaders, all brave first-time candidates for elected office in 2018, were selected based on their ability to do the following: communicate their story and values, bridge across political parties and ideologies, grow and improve as leaders, and showcase strong and viable early-stage campaigns. They represent a new generation of authentic leaders who will shift the culture of our politics.

September 9, 2017

The Daily Kos

[Morse] is a mix of force, intelligence, and confidence. She has her facts down and when watching her speak I imagined how she might do in a debate with McClintock. I think she could take him. If she keeps up her personal relationship with the voters, she might be able to turn this red district blue.

2018 House Bottom Lines: Alabama to California

September 1, 2017

The Cook Political Report | David Wasserman

McClintock sits in a staunchly Republican seat but his reputation as a conservative ideologue who carpetbagged his way here from southern California has made past races closer than they should have been. Democrat Jessica Morse, an outdoors enthusiast and former USAID official, has generated some 2018 buzz. Keep an eye on this race, but it would take an epic wave to oust McClintock.

Think Local. (With A Shout Out to Jessica Morse - CA04 Congressional Candidate)

August 8, 2017

The Calamity Chronicle

Morse has literally walked the district from top to bottom, with her family living in the district for multiple generations. In the time that she spoke, Morse exemplified a qualified candidate that knows the challenges and the issues facing this district, but also understands global issues, and can point to how local and global issues connect.

Podcast 21 - CA04 Congressional Candidate Jessica Morse

July 17, 2017

Indivisible Yolo Podcast

We talk to Jessica Morse, who is running for Congress in California's 4th District! We discuss her career as as public servant and national security strategist, and how her experience abroad has prepared her to serve her community at home. We chat about job creation, environmental protection, and how you can get involved in the campaign.

The Trump effect: Women aren’t just marching, they’re running

July 8, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle | Joe Garofoli

“If not me, who? And if not now, when?” said Morse, 35, a former State Department employee who spent time in Iraq during the war a decade ago. “What is there to be afraid of? I’ve been to Iraq.” ... “I’ve always been either the only woman in the room or the youngest by 30 years,” Morse said. “Whenever people have told me that I can’t do something, I just say, ‘Watch me.’”

In desire to turn red states blue, D.C. women return to home towns to run for office

July 8, 2017

The Washington Post | Michael Alison Chandler

Jessica Morse, 35, a national-security strategist who worked for the Defense Department and State Department under Obama, returned to her home district in Northern California to run against incumbent Republican Rep. Tom McClintock.

Coup d' éTom, Part 1

June 25, 2017

52 Breads: Weekly Action During Trump's First Year

Jessica Morse has lived in more third-world countries than most Americans have lived in states.  Fresh out of college, there was Ethiopia, where she worked for a famine relief NGO. Then there was a gig in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development.  In India, while at the U.S. Pacific Command, she was tasked with strengthening the U.S./India defense relationship.  And in Nepal, she followed her own vision, helping Nepalese women launch careers as mountain guides.

Jessica Morse for Congress, CA District 4

May 19, 2017

The Hot Chick Politic Show

Find out more about congressional candidate Jessica Morse. Her stories are real, her experiences are unique and she's ready to fight for CA District 4!