Blog

DFA Daily — December 20th

Headlines from Friday, December 20:

Obama Administration relaxes rules of healthcare law four days before deadline — Washington Post

In a memo, the Administration said Americans whose plans were cancelled can now buy bare bones planes or be exempted from the individual mandate altogether.

Senate eases path for sending more Guantanamo detainees home — Reuters

The Defense bill includes provisions that expand Obama’s ability to send detainees home.

DFA’s Top Clips:

For Obamacare boosters, all memes are good memes — Politico

“It is reflective of a class of Republicans who are clueless about what it means to reach out to your base,” said Neil Sroka, communications director for the liberal group Democracy for America and a former director of new media at U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama administration.

Sroka said the ‘pajama boy’ ad wasn’t aimed at cultural conservatives who are already dead set against the law. To him, it was a targeted ad designed with Obama supporters in mind.

“The talk about health care that pajama boy is looking to have is one with his parents or his crazy uncle,” Sroka said.

Challenger Laiacona Knocking on Ald. Laurino’s Door in 39th Ward — NBC Chicago

As a longtime political activist and an openly gay man, Laiacona wears his progressive politics proudly on his sleeve. As a part-time computer science instructor at Columbia College Chicago, a position he held for 21 years, he helped found a staff union that ultimately numbered more than a thousand. Today, he serves as a community member of Roosevelt High School Local School Council and a voting member of North Side Democracy For America.

DFA in Social Media:

Share our recent posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

“This is big!”

“The problem with the income #inequality narrative.”

Read Comments (0)

Categories:


DFA Daily — December 19th

Headlines from Thursday, December 19:

Obama is Urged to Sharply Curb NSA Data Mining — New York Times

A panel recommended, among other things, that metadata remain in the hands of telecommunications companies, not the NSA.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Budget Agreement — Washington Post

The plan would fund the government through 2015.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Silicon Valley 2014 House race already ugly: Team Honda compares Ro Khanna to Tea Party, Ted Cruz — SF Gate

The CD-17 race got interesting earlier this month, when the progressive Democracy for America’s Charles Chamberlain backed Honda and called Khanna “a Silicon Valley groupie looking to buy support from wealthy CEOs by promising them their every wish in Washington.”

DFA in Social Media:

Share our recent posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and

Read Comments (0)

Categories:


DFA Daily — December 18th

Headlines from Wednesday, December 18:

The Silver Living for Democrats on Obamacare — Washington Post

They might disapprove of Obama’s handling of the rollout, but still prefer him to the Republicans on healthcare.

Top 10 Lobbying Victories of 2013 — The Hill

Groups ranging from the NRA to the Human Rights Campaign saw major victories.  

Lathan Marks Third House Retirement in One Day — Roll Call

Two Republicans and a Democrat have announced their retirement, spurring 2014 speculation.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Fighting Between DNC Factions — Sodahead

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal grassroots advocacy group, said the Third Way’s congressional co-chairmen “should all be questioning how much they want to be connected to a group obsessed with cutting Social Security benefits.”

“They’re going to be on the wrong side of history,” he said. “They are definitely on the wrong side of the American public.”

DFA in Social Media:

Share our recent posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

“Hey, this is great news! Congrats, DC!”

Read Comments (0)

Categories:


DFA Daily — December 17th

Headlines from Wednesday, December 18:

Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds — Washington Post

His approval ratings are at their lowest point of his presidency.

Judge Questions Legality of NSA Phone Records — New York Times

A federal district judge suggested in a Monday ruling that the program may be unconstitutional.

Stop the Madness! Senate Poised to Advance Budget Deal — Talking Points Memo

Six Republicans and 55 Democrats will likely vote 'yea' today, averting another shutdown.

DFA’s Top Clips Dec. 12-17:

Progressive Wing Waves Elizabeth Warren Banner — Boston Globe

Democratic strategists say there is little evidence that liberal groups including Progressive Change, MoveOn.org, and Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, have amassed the kind of power that Tea Party groups have within the Republican Party. But many nonetheless disagree with Progressive Change’s goals.

Populist Democrats Decry Third Way’s Policy Critique — Delaware Online

“This is an opening salvo to a change in the Democratic Party,” said Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America. “There was a long time where it was thought that the future of the Democratic Party was somehow finding a terrain where you could be Republican-lite. What you’re seeing now is a moment where that whole facade is collapsing.”

CNN’s Gut Check for Dec. 11 — CNN

REACTION FROM THE LEFT: DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA IN A STATEMENT: “We will not accept a budget that forces average Americans to lose critical income over the holidays while leaving the wealthiest Americans untouched. Tell Congress to reject this proposal immediately.”

Disruption vs. Intransigence: A Tale of Two Political Parties  — Pando Daily

The Social Security spat last week is exemplary: In that fight, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee activated its huge membership against Third Way-affiliated Democrats and in defense of Warren. It was backed up by Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Russ Feingold’s Progressives United. The collective push simultaneously cowed the corporate Democrats and prompted Warren herself to go on the offensive with a formal demand for groups like Third Way to better disclose their funders.

The Lead With Jake Tapper — CNN Transcripts

Let me just point out, though, that there's some split on the left as well. Democracy for America sent out an e-mail today that begs the Democrats not to pass this budget because it didn't go far enough to the left.

KUCINICH: But Democracy for America hasn't stirred thing up along the way, the way the conservative groups have for Republicans. And if the leadership -- I don't care where you are in leadership, someone had to speak out against these grips and someone had to take that stand, because they're going to keep going and keep picking off these members for things -- John Boehner takes you anything right with these groups. So I think there had to come a time where he had to push back forcefully and he chose this.

Crossfire — CNN Transcripts

CUPP: Well, Congressmen Becerra, let me bring it back to the Democrats. Talking about the civil war in the GOP, but as I mentioned, Democrats are not completely aligned with this bill, either.

In fact, there seems to be a fissure. Democracy for America, a progressive organization, sent out an e-mail today to members, telling Democrats not to vote for this. They were like "Democrats can't continue to pretend they represent our interests and then accept legislation that hurts working families."

Dems Threaten Budget Deal Over Lack of Benefits for Unemployed — The Hill

Several liberal advocacy groups, including the Campaign for America’s Future and Democracy for America, are lobbying Democrats to sink the proposal based on the exclusion of a UI extension.

“By failing to include an unemployment insurance extension in the budget deal, negotiators have declared ‘War on Christmas’ and potentially sentenced millions of struggling Americans to a very bleak New Year,” Jim Dean, head of Democracy for America, said in a statement. “Rather than caving in to Paul Ryan and other House Republican Ebenezer Scrooge impersonators, Democrats should stand strong and reject any budget deal that fails to adequately protect those who continue to look for work.”

Democrats Doubt Republicans Will Change Their Spots — National Journal

Democrats, and particularly progressives, aren't thrilled with the final budget deal either, which helps explain their lack of elation over the Republican politics of it. The deal lacks an extension of long-term unemployment insurance, asks federal employees to pay in more to their pensions, and lacks other Democratic priorities. Left-leaning Democracy for America referred to it not as a compromise, but as "a sellout."

DFA in Social Media:

Share our recent posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

“Tell the Senate: we want a $10 minimum wage.”

“If you could launch any campaign what would it be? PS you can do that on our YouPower campaign platform here: http://youpower.democracyforamerica.com/.”

“Send a strong message to the President and Democrats on the Hill. Join the 20,000 progressives who have already signed on.”

Other News:

Edward Snowdon’s Open Letter to the People of Brazil — Buzzfeed

Read Comments (0)

Categories:


DFA Daily — December 12th

Headlines from Thursday, December 10:

How Sequester Cuts Divided Haves From the Have Nots — Washington Post

The cuts were supposed to cause equal pain across a spectrum of Washington programs. They hurt low-income Americans the most.

How is Obamacare Enrollment Going?  — Talking Points Memo

On Wednesday, the administration released new enrollment data. Here’s a map of those statistics.

Michigan Women Will Now Have to Purchase “Rape Insurance” To Get An Abortion — Raw Story

Another horrifying attack on reproductive rights.

DFA’s Top Clips:

Dems Threaten Budget Deal — The Hill

Several liberal advocacy groups, including the Campaign for America’s Future and Democracy for America, are lobbying Democrats to sink the proposal based on the exclusion of a UI extension.

"By failing to include an unemployment insurance extension in the budget deal, negotiators have declared 'War on Christmas' and potentially sentenced millions of struggling Americans to a very bleak New Year," Jim Dean, head of Democracy for America, said in a statement.

Congressional Budget Negotiators Reach A Deal — Lebanon Democrat

Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said Democrats should reject the deal because it failed to include an unemployment insurance extension. "Negotiators have declared 'War on Christmas,' and potentially sentenced millions of struggling Americans to a very bleak New Year," he said.

Sanders: Budget Pact Protects Social Security and Medicare — VT Digger

A petition signed by more than 700,000 Americans opposing cuts in Social Security was delivered last month to the offices of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Sanders spearheaded the petition effort working with grassroots groups including CREDO, Daily Kos, Campaign for America’s Future, Social Security Works, Democracy for America, Progressives United, MoveOn, Other98, USAction and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

DFA in Social Media:

Share our recent posts on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

“Send a strong message to the President and Democrats on the Hill. Join the 20,000 progressives who have already signed on.”

“Yesterday a budget agreement was announced and it's a raw deal for struggling Americans. Add your name to tell the President and Democrats to reject this bad deal.”

“Next time you shop at Walmart, think about this.”

Read Comments (0)

Categories:


Stay informed -- like DFA on Facebook. ×