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DFA Daily — November 8th

Headlines from November 8:

Economy Added 204k Jobs During Shutdown, Unemployment Rate Ticked Up to 7.3 Percent — Washington Post

Amidst predictions that the shutdown would have stunted job growth, these numbers come as a surprise.

$10 Minimum Wage Proposal Has Growing Support From White House — New York Times

There’s cautious optimism that even the House could get on board with the Fair Minimum Wage Act.  

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Liberals Are Preparing Right Now to Press Hillary Clinton on Entitlements — The New Republic

Jim Dean, the head of Democracy for America—founded by his brother, 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean—said he’s more immediately focused on growing a grassroots army in the states that will solidify public opinion on issues of economic security and enhancing Social Security and Medicare. But he’s also concerned that a Clinton coronation would preempt a clash on how to enhance benefit programs, which he refuses to call “entitlements.” “I am interested in other candidates because we need other candidates to have a debate to push this forward,” Dean said. “We will be pushing the envelope on this. We’re going to press that debate.  We’ll fight back against it if she doesn’t.”

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DFA Daily — November 7th

Headlines from November 7:

Close Result in Va. Governor’s Race Hardens GOP Divisions — Washington Post

GOP fissures were highlighted in the aftermath of the Cuccinelli loss.

Democrats gird for minimum wage battle — The Hill

Harkin is leading the charge to increase the minimum wage to $10.10, but the push is still in its early stages.

15 Under-the-Radar Progressive Wins of 2013 — Raw Story

Rejoice!

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Liberals Dance on the Grand Bargain’s Grave — Buzzfeed

Jim Dean, the chairman of Democracy for America, said that targeting the benefit programs would be a losing issue for any politician — and Democrats would be wise to stay away from supporting changes like chained CPI.

“No elected official of any party would dare be able to go back to their district with something like a chained CPI, I don’t care how conservative they are, or how liberal they are,” he said. “I haven’t quite figured out why it keeps floating around. I really don’t … I’m hard pressed to figure out why any body, including any body at the White House, would push the proposal.”

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DFA Daily — November 6th

Headlines from November 6:

McAuliffe Prevails in Virginia, De Blasio, Christie Win — Bloomberg

And Christie’s win has reignited speculation about his presidential ambitions.

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill — NBC News

Illinois is the 15th state to do so.

Mike Duggan Projected to Win Detroit Mayoral Election — Michigan Live

Duggan's history of turning around struggling organizations appealed to voters. 

Landslide for New York Liberal Bill de Blasio — Politico

De Blasio is the first Democrat to win since the 1980s. He says he’ll end stop-and-frisk.

Landslide Victory for Legal Marijuana in Portland, Maine, 3 Michigan Cities — Seattle Post Intelligencer

Proponents of the measures hope to spur statewide action on the issue.

NJ Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment Raising the Minimum Wage — The Star-Ledger

The amendment also tied future increases to inflation.

Washington State Voters Reject Labeling of GMO Foods— USA Today

The initiative would have made Washington the first in the country to require such labeling.

Alabama Election Results: Bradley Byrne Wins Runoff For Congressional Seat — Huffington Post

In an election that seemed to mirror national fissures in the Republican Party, the Tea Party candidate lost.

Two solid summaries of what happened on Election Day:
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DFA Daily — November 4th

Top headlines today:

Contraception Case Adds Fuel to Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Debate — Roll Call

Friday’s ruling proved just how big an influence judicial nominees can have on public policy.

NSA Chief Likely to Be Stripped of Cyber War Powers — The Hill

The decision would reflect growing concern over NSA chief’s powers and lack of oversight.

Texas’ Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops a Former US House Speaker from Getting a Voter ID Card — Huffington Post

The most recent high-profile figure to be delayed at TX polls shows that widespread voter disenfranchisement in the state is not limited to women.

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From Governor to School Board, Lots of Seats on the Ballot — The Gazette-Virginian

Virginia Chapter of the National Organization of Women (Virginia NOW), Virginia AFL-CIO, Democracy for America and the Virginia Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union have endorsed [Jasper Hendricks].

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What We're Watching This Week: Nov. 1


Voting rights: What Were YOU Doing in Sixth Grade? Because This Girl is Demanding a Meeting With the Governor 

Negotiating with Republicans: This is Why We Should Have Stood Strong on Single-Payer, and Then the Public Option, and Then...

Healthcare: Republicans Weren't Expecting This When They Brought Secretary Sebilius to the Hill

Food stamps: Food charity in America cannot fill the gap when food stamps are cut: Chris Hayes explains.

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