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Democracy for America Endorses Illinois Congressional Candidate Mark Pera

Burlington, VT-- Earlier today the political organization founded by Howard Dean, Democracy for America (DFA), endorsed Mark Pera for Illinois 3rd Congressional district in a Democratic Primary. DFAs involvement is an indication that this contentious Primary is garnering national attention. Mark Peras challenge to Congressman Dan Lipinski is a consequence of the incumbents numerous votes supporting President Bushs positions including banning stem cell research, expanding domestic wire tapping, and repeatedly voting to stay the course in Iraq. Were sending a message to Congress: You're on notice. Regardless of political party, when Congress won't represent the will of the American people, DFA will replace them with someone who will. Mark Pera is the more consistently progressive candidate in this election, so the choice is clear, said Jim Dean, brother of Howard Dean, and currently the Chair of Democracy for America. Although the organization has been involved in contentious Primaries in the past, it is unusual for any organization to get involved this early. According to Dean, DFA endorsed early because the contrast between the two candidates backgrounds highlighted a problem that goes beyond voting records. This election isnt just about bad votes, its also about leadership and community. Hand-picked by the party machine to take his fathers seat in Congress, Dan Lipinski is a poster child for the culture of incumbency, Dean added. Mark Pera worked his way up from the steel mills of East Chicago to the Lyons School Board to the State Attorneys office by taking action and engaging members of the district.Pera has built a relationship with the community and many say this has proven his ability to lead. Area activists from Northside Democracy for America a local group modeled after the national organization - have been supporting Mark by knocking on doors, making phone calls, and recruiting volunteers for what they call their People-Powered Campaign. DFA decided to offer formal support after the organizations local membership brought this race to their attention. Founded by Governor Howard Dean in 2004, DFA is a political action committee dedicated to supporting progressive candidates at all levels of government -- from the school board to the presidency. DFA empowers everyday Americans to reform their political system: www.democracyforamerica.com/candidates. ###
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DFA Chair Jim Dean & Houston City Council Member Melissa Noriega To Speak At Four Steps to Victory Tour in Texas

Building on the momentum of the 2006 electoral victories and the DFA Training Academy in March, Democracy for America (DFA) returns to Houston as a part of its national Four Steps to Victory Tour: Building a People-Powered America with Chair Jim Dean and Houston City Council Member Melissa Noriega on Thursday, October 4 at Kobains, 33 Waugh Drive at 6:30pm. Councilwoman Noriega is enthusiastically supported by members of Democracy for America Texas. The Four Steps to Victory Tour brings together the progressive activists (who are already doing amazing work in their state) and empowers them with the tools to win in 2007 and 2008. DFA Chair Jim Dean and Councilwoman Noriega are scheduled to discuss people-powered politics. We're building a movement of progressive Americans working to take our country back. With a little over a year until America elects a new President, there are a lot of actions we can take right now to make victory happen. In Texas alone, we have state and local races, gubernatorial campaigns, a presidential primary and an upcoming Senate race. We have to power to get active, get connected, get smarter, and become progressive leaders, said Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean. Currently, DFA has trained over 10,000 activists across America leading to over 500 electoral victories at all levels of government. These DFA members will strategize at the national Four Steps to Victory Tour as it travels across the country. Democracy for America, which was founded by Governor Howard Dean in 2004, is a political action committee dedicated to campaign training, grassroots activism and supporting progressive candidates with a backbone at all levels of governmentfrom the school board to the presidency. DFA is empowering everyday Americans to reform their political system. ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Isabel Piedmont for Bloomington City Council in Indiana

BURLINGTON, VT -- On behalf of the progressive grassroots, Democracy for America (DFA) has endorsed Isabel Piedmont for Bloomington City Council, District 5 in Indiana. DFA endorses Isabel Piedmont with great pride and enthusiasm because she shares our belief in people-powered politics. Shes committed to creating a government that works for you and delivers the services Bloomington residents need. She will fight for fairness, governmental accountability and the common good while moving Bloomington forward, said DFA chair Jim Dean. Piedmont is running for Bloomington City Council with the backing of Democracy for Monroe County and Democracy for America. Isabel is a true grassroots activist, a regular attendee of her local DFA-Link-up events, and a May graduate of the DFA Training Academy in Bloomington. This election, Isabel is running to build a sustainable community and involve more people in civic action. Founded by Governor Howard Dean in 2004, Democracy for America is a political action committee dedicated to supporting progressive candidates at all levels of government -- from the School Board to the Presidency. DFA is empowering everyday Americans to reform their political system. Find out more at www.democracyforamerica.com/candidates. ###
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Democracy for America Endorses Deborah Langhoff and Angelique LaCour for Louisiana State House

On behalf of over 600,000 grassroots members, Democracy for America (DFA) has endorsed Deborah Langhoff and Angelique LaCour for Louisiana State House. DFA endorses Deborah Langhoff and Angelique LaCour with great pride and enthusiasm because they share our belief in people-powered politics. They're committed to creating a government that works for you and delivers the services Louisiana residents need. Together they will fight for fairness, governmental accountability and the common good while moving Louisiana forward, said DFA chair Jim Dean. Deborah Langhoff lost her house, her business, and her community to flooding when the levees broke. But she didn't despair; Deborah attended the DFA Training Academy in Baton Rouge this past June, and now she's running for state office to rebuild a New Orleans that is safer and smarter than the city that was destroyed by flooding and neglect. She says it best: "Civic activism drives our recovery from the Katrina Disaster." Angelique LaCour is running a true grassroots campaign, getting her friends and family involved, reaching out to her community, and working to support sustainable economic development and ethics reform in state government. A resident of Covington, Hurricane Katrina flooded her business which was still located in New Orleans, but that didn't slow her down. Now, she's determined to win a Democratic seat in St. Tammany Parish a Republican stronghold. Founded by Governor Howard Dean in 2004, DFA is a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates at all levels of governmentfrom the school board to the presidency. DFA is empowering everyday Americans to reform their political system. Find out more at www.democracyforamerica.com ###
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Democracy for America Delivers 7,742 Health Care Horror Stories to Congress

Democracy for America (DFA) is conducting the Health Care for America campaign in partnership with filmmaker Michael Moore. Thousands of DFA members are delivering 7,742 health care horror stories to their Members of Congress in 319 districts across America on Wednesday, August 29, 2007. This is more than three quarters of the U. S. House of Representatives. This health care horror story delivery is a culmination of health care forums held by DFA members in their local communities across the country. Last week, members called their Governors asking them to stand against President Bushs attempt to make cuts to the State Childrens Health Program. DFA activists placed over 2,700 calls. Democracy for America, which was founded by Governor Howard Dean in 2004, is a political action committee dedicated to campaign training, grassroots activism and supporting progressive candidates with a backbone at all levels of governmentfrom the School Board to the Presidency. DFA is empowering everyday Americans to reform their political system. ###
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