March 26, 2012
for America Endorses Franke Wilmer
Burlington, VT Today Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Franke
Wilmer for Congress. Wilmer has a strong progressive record in Montana as a
state legislator for Montanas 64th district. "Franke is the kind of
woman Montanans should send to Washington, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Shes
always been a fighter for middle class Montanans and understands that we cant
dismantle programs that made this country great. Her candidacy will bring a true progressive to
Washington representing the needs of her state.
Franke Wilmer responded to the DFA endorsement with enthusiasm: Franke
Wilmer:Im thrilled to have Democracy For Americas
endorsement! Having the support of DFA and all of their members will strengthen
our campaign all the way through June5th when we will be one step closer
to taking back Montanas Congressional Seat.We must put Montanans
back to work and end the attacks on the middleclass and working families.
I'll work end the war on women because it distracts us from the real issues
in Washington - rebuilding the economy and putting people back to
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action
Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots
powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the
March 26, 2012
Democracy for America Endorses Matt
Burlington, VT Today Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Matt
Cartwright for Congress. Cartwright continues to be a progressive champion for Pennsylvanias
17th district. "Matt Cartwright is the right man for
Congress, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. He is leading the charge
against the fracking to protect clean air and clean water for working people in
Pennsylvania communities. Matt
represents Pennsylvanias middle class. Cartwright is fighting the hydrofracking industry in Pennsylvania to protect
our clean water, and will be a leader in Congress to eliminate the Halliburton
loophole in the Clean Air Act. Matt Cartwright responded to the DFA endorsement with enthusiasm:
Matt Cartwright: I am thrilled and humbled by this endorsement. DFA has
been in a leader in fighting for the issues that matter to every Democrat. I am running for Congress because I believe
corporate America has taken advantage of working families and the middle class,
and it needs to stop. I have spent my professional career protecting people and
small business owners from the predatory lending practices of big banks and
financial institutions. In Congress, my top priorities will be bringing jobs to
northeast Pennsylvania, and making corporations and wealthy Americans pay their
fair share of taxes.
March 23, 2012
This weeks What Were Reading looks at the values system that has infiltrated political dialogue in this country. Whether or not these values have any place in the political discussion is up to you, but our staff found these articles exceptionally interesting reads this week. Kaili Lambe, Campaign Manager Pick of the Week: Colin hits the nail on the head. Many of the laws we see bubbling up on a local all have this one ideology in place - rolling back the government no matter the cost. It remains clear that this is not only bad for our families but for the overall welfare of communities and our future.
Turning the clock waaay back By Colin Van Ostern
Actions speak louder than words, and the votes from our Executive Council, and our Legislature have created a clear and consistent pattern. Raw politics and anti-government zeal are ruling the day in Concord, even if the results make our businesses less competitive, our pocketbooks thinner, or our families less healthy. They are turning the successful Lynch Doctrine on its head: narrow ideology comes first, and its impact on the state is left to chance. Thank goodness we have an election in November. Linsey Pecikonis, Deputy Communications Director Pick of the Week: The War on Women has gotten out of hand. But I do appreciate Ohio State Senator Nina Turners efforts to highlight how ridiculous these bills are at helping women in these states make important decisions. Sen. Nina Turner introduces bill to protect men from the dangers of Viagra By Dirtgirl on Plunderbund Turner has introduced a bill that would make sure that men, seeking prescriptions to potentially dangerous therapies to treat male sexual disorders, receive the same type of information and options as women confronting difficult decisions about their reproductive health. Jay Henderson, Campaign Manager Pick of the Week:
"While I find the ability for one person to pour millions of dollars to anonymous super PACs disturbing, it is entertaining to see this backfire as the Republican primary drags on and on. Harold Simmons Super PAC Donations Fuel Bitter, Extended Republican Primary By Paul Blumenthal
Big-dollar contributions to these candidate-specific super PACs have helped fund crucial television advertising for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who, for most of the primary campaign, have been at a serious financial disadvantage to presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney. Even the contributions to the super PAC supporting Romney have been crucial, as they have saved the candidate from dipping into his personal fortune to pay for more advertising.
Julielyn Gibbons, Training Director Pick of the Week:
"Art and culture is often a better-than-decent measure of how we as a society are moving. In the age of the GOP's 'War on Women', it's nice to see that even in television entertainment, strong, single female characters are becoming more of a norm and that less extraordinary. While we women have a long way to go, even the smallest of steps count." All the Singles Ladies -- From That Girl to New Girl By Marlo Thomas
"Television takes a lot of heat from its critics -- for its excesses, for its lack of subtlety -- but no one can deny that it is a true reflection of the ever-changing times we live in. So as part of our ongoing celebration of Women's History Month, we decided to explore the evolution of single women on TV -- a cultural time capsule that not only reveals this remarkable journey, but has also given us plenty of laughs."
Levana Layendecker, Communications Director Pick of the Week: The escalating media presence around what happened to Trayvon Martin in Sanford Florida hasnt looked at a key program that many claim caused this tragedy. This article highlight the role the neighborhood watch played in the Sanford community. Such a tragedy.
Shooting Focuses Attention on a Program That Seeks to Avoid Guns By Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz
The neighborhood watch movement came together some 40 years ago through the efforts of the National Sheriffs Association. Chris Tutko, the national director for the program at the association, said there were 25,000 registered neighborhood watch groups in the United States today, and far more unregistered groups like the one in Sanford.
March 22, 2012
A message from Nick Passanante:
Dear DFA supporter- DFA members across the country rallied around our Wisconsin recall campaign yesterday and we raised over $35,000 from 1,929 people in less than 24 hours.
Thanks to this AMAZING support, we're more than halfway to the $67,114 we need to hit the ground running in Wisconsin.
We're almost there -- and we can get there with your support today.
Can you chip in $10 to the DFA Wisconsin recall campaign right now to put us over the top?
Wisconsin has been the front line in the War on Working Families for over a year now.
Right-wing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the first governor in the country to launch an attack on unions and middle class families. Republican governors across the country -- in Indiana, Florida and Ohio -- soon followed his lead.
This summer, we have the chance to finish the job and recall Scott Walker. But the recall doesn't end there -- we have the opportunity to recall four of his right-wing cronies in the State Senate, too.
We can end the War on Working Families in Wisconsin and send a message to Republicans everywhere -- attack working families and you will lose.
But we can't do it without your support.
Please contribute $10 to the DFA Wisconsin recall campaign now.
Thank you again for everything you do.
Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director Democracy for America
P.S. These recall elections are set to happen this summer. The State Senate recalls are happening as early as May, so we need the resources to start building our campaign now. Please contribute $10 today.
March 21, 2012
Members and Ilya Supporters:
The votes have been counted in IL-10 and our friend and colleague, Ilya Sheyman, has come up short.
Obviously, all of our members who supported his campaign from the beginning, all of those folks in Illinois who volunteered countless hours and those of you who made contributions to help his campaign felt like we had a lot riding on this one. We did. But we cant forget that Ilya is truly one of us. He started off as a long shot candidate that no one knew and he didnt rely onpersonal wealth to fund his campaign. He has worked alongside us not just as the candidate for IL-10 district, but also as a part of the progressive movement in many different roles -- at MoveOn, at True Majority, and even here at DFA.
After last nights loss which stings, trust me it does, its important to take a minute and reflect - to look out and see that Ilya and his campaign did something amazing last night, despite coming up short.
Last year at about this time, no one thought Ilya could do what he did last night.No one.He had no money, no name recognition and no infrastructure of any kind to lean on for support. He was just 24 years old and he was running against a super rich candidate who could just throw his own money into the race to buy the support he needed. Ilyas campaign was far different. Ilyas campaign proved that.
Over the course of the past year, Ilya proved to be a fantastic candidate and put together a powerful grassroots campaign. Not only was he standing up for the 99 percent, he was speaking truth to power and making a believer out of many in the communities hed represent. Ilya had to work for every dollar, every volunteer, and every vote. He had to build everything from scratch. Thats what the progressive grassroots movement is about - believing in something enough that you fight and give it your all. Even when youre up against the wall or the entire Democratic establishment.
Last night, a candidate with no name recognition a year ago received close to 40 percent of the vote, established himself as a viable alternative to the establishments choice and forced him to move to the left on every single issue -- from Medicare to marriage equality.
DFA and our members were a huge part of that. His first volunteers came from our local group, Northside DFA. His first local endorsement came from that same group. We were the first national organization to come out for him and Gov. Howard Dean was the first major political figure to endorse.
Our members werent afraid to lead and take a chance on Ilya and neither were we. We entered this race because where others saw a guy with little chance, our members had the insight and the convictions to see his potential to become a truly great candidate.
It takes guts to put yourself out there as a candidate running for Congress. It takes talent to build something from nothing. Ilya Sheyman did both those things -- and that -- that is the lesson from last nights loss. Ilya, thank you for inspiring our members and DFA to join in the fight alongside you.
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