February 6, 2012
A message from Jay Henderson:
Thank you again for joining the campaign to overturnCitizens United. With your help, we have gathered over 100,000 signatures. Just as we saw a grassroots movement rise up to stop SOPA/PIPA, ordinary people across the country are joining together againstCitizens United. There are simply too many issues at stake in 2012 for our democracy to be bought by the highest bidder. Stephen Colbert has done an excellent job educating the public about the absurdityof this ruling. Now is the time to take action. Senator Sanders proposed a powerful constitutional amendment to reset the scales of power and give voice back to the people. He needs your help to gather allies in the Senate. Sign up to deliver theCitizens Unitedconstitutional amendment petition to your Senator. We will provide you with all the petition signatures from your state and work to coordinate your action with any other interested DFA members in your area. Join the movement to overturnCitizens United. Deliver Bernie Sanders' petition. We know that the people united will defeatCitizens United. Thank you for all that you do. -Jay Jay Henderson, Political Campaign Manager Democracy for America
February 3, 2012
A message from Gov. Howard Dean:
DFA Member -
Hundreds of thousands of women, men and young people rely on Planned Parenthood for preventative healthcare every single year.
As a doctor, and a former board member of Planned Parenthood of New
England, I know just how important Planned Parenthood's healthcare
services are -- especially to those who couldn't otherwise afford them.
That's why I was outraged by the Komen Foundation's decision earlier
this week to cease their funding of breast cancer screenings for 750,000
women a year. They may be changing that decision today, but that
doesn't mean Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands who rely
on their services are safe from future attacks.
Access to affordable healthcare is a basic human right -- one that
conservative Republicans will do anything they can to take away. And
that's why it's so important for us to stand with Planned Parenthood now
-- because this isn't just a war on women -- it's an assault on
healthcare for all Americans. Join me in contributing $12 to Planned Parenthood's Action Fund to prepare for future attacks?
The Komen Foundation may have backed down, but that doesn't mean that
conservatives won't be emboldened in their vendetta against Planned
Parenthood. Republicans like Congressman Cliff Stearns will continue to
hold phony investigations and pressure others to cease funding
With millions of us standing together, right wing attacks will not succeed in taking down Planned Parenthood. I stand with Planned Parenthood now and in the future -- no matter what conservatives throw at us. Will you join me by contributing $12 to Planned Parenthood's Action Fund right now?
The right wing specializes in demonizing and tearing down progressive
organizations one by one. But Komen reversing their decision today shows
that when millions stand strong and fight back, we win.
I stand with Planned Parenthood. Join me in making sure it will be around to provide healthcare services for generations to come.
Thank you for everything you're doing to move America forward.
Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America
February 3, 2012
Julielyn Gibbons, Training Director Pick of the Week: A more scientific look at political ideology, this research being done by University of Nebraska-Lincoln is quite intriguing. Even more so once you compare it to the key issues & values that separate liberals and conservatives.
Fear Factor: The science behind Americas red/blue divide A video posted on BBC
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are studying liberals' and conservatives' reactions to happy or pleasant photographs and scary or sad ones in an effort to learn more about the cognitive underpinnings of political preference.
The findings? Conservatives tend to concentrate more on images considered to be negative, while liberals' eyes tend to linger on positive images, says political science professor John Hibbing. Jay Henderson, National Field Organizer Pick of the Week: I chose this piece because DFAs Trainer Mudcat launches a fantastic new campaign to defeat some of the most odious Tea Party representatives. America can do better than these Congresspeople.
Tea Party 10 Targeted in Multimillion Dollar Campaign by Liberal Super PAC By Mike Mcauliff
"We're going to empower local activists to organize their friends and neighbors to lay out the truth about their representatives in the most basic terms," Arnold added. "They are anti-woman. They are anti-science. They are hypocritical, bigoted, and have said and done things that are downright crazy. They've done more to embarrass their constituents than they have to govern or work toward solutions. They are unfit for Congress, and we're going to help their constituents hold them accountable."
Kate Lesniak, Deputy Finance Director Pick of the Week:
This article may be from six months ago, but it still remains an incredibly important read.
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult By Mike Lofgren
But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.
Conner Stewart, Development Associate Pick of the Week:
I cannot believe that the Republican party is stooping to this level. Denying a person their first amendment rights is ridiculous. They are a party hiding behind procedure.
Josh Fox arrested at hearing By Talia Buford
"Josh Fox, Direcror of Gasland and environmental activist, has been arrested after a Democratic member of the House Science Committee filed a motion to allow his crew to film their session on hydraulic fracturing. To no surprise, Republican committee members had Fox and his crew removed and arrested. It's a shame when truth and science get trumped by republican agendas."
Laurie Childers, Accountant Pick of the Week: Just more insanity from the foreclosure giants Freddie Mac!
Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners By Jesse Eisinger and Chris Arnold
Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets that pay off if homeowners stay trapped in expensive mortgages with interest rates well above current rates.
Levana Layendecker, Communications Director Pick of the Week:
I have always been suspicious of the Komen Foundation and their marketing empire, but they really showed their true colors when they they cut off funding form the nation's number one health provider for women -- Planned Parenthood. How can cutting women off from mammograms possibly be in the best interest of ending breast cancer? Interesting that Forbes magazine picked this up -- I was especially intrigued by the poll at the end where Komen was not too popular with the ladies who have jobs. Susan G. Komen Pink Slips Planned Parenthood -- Who What and Why? Meghan Casserly
One things for sure: Planned Parenthood, despite this blow, seems poised to rise from the rubble with more public supportand possibly more moneythan before. According to filings, Susan G. Komen contributed roughly $680,000 to just 19 of Planned Parenthoods 85 affiliates across the country.
Nick Passanante, Interim Political Director Pick of the Week: A good analysis of what GOP Governors priorities will be in 2012. Lets see if they actually change their tone.
Second Year In, Republican Governors Moderate Tone By Michael Cooper
A gradually improving economy has eased some of the pressure for steep spending cuts. Many state lawmakers face re-election this year, and in many states they are showing little appetite to face the kind of uproar that greeted efforts to curb collective bargaining rights in states like Ohio and Wisconsin last year. And with a presidential campaign unfolding, some Republicans worry that overreaching at the local level, particularly in swing states, would make it harder for them to win in November.
February 1, 2012
Komen Foundation has abandoned hundreds of thousands of women who rely
on breast cancer screenings - over a hundred and seventy
thousand through its partnership with Planned Parenthood in recent
Gov. Howard Dean Burlington, VT Statement from Gov. Howard Dean,
former member of the Board of Directors for New England Planned
Parenthood released today via Facebook:
The Komen Foundation has abandoned hundreds of thousands of women who
rely on breast cancer screenings- over a hundred and
seventy thousand through its partnership with Planned Parenthood in
recent years. By caving in to pressure from the far right, the Komen
Foundation has demonstrated that they lack courage. Organizations which
lack courage eventually fail. I support calls for the corporate donors
to re-evaluate their support for Komen so that consumers aren't forced
to re-evaluate buying their products. I urge continued support for
Planned Parenthood and the work they do to provide women's health
services and organizations who will continue the fight against breast
cancer without endangering women's lives for political purposes. Learn
more about Komen's corporate sponsors at their website: http://ww5.komen.org/corporatepartners.aspx Support Planned Parenthood: http://bit.ly/y0PtUQ.
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January 27, 2012
Jay Henderson, National Field Organizer Pick of the Week:
This article is great.Forthose of us who stare into crystal balls are destined to eat glass.Nevertheless, these Friday morning predictions for the 2012 presidential race are a must read.
The Republicans Electoral College Newt-Mare By Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelly
Republicans dont just disagree with President Barack Obama; they viscerally dislike him. And, as Mr. Wade indicates, they dont just want a candidate who can beat Obama. They are seeking someone who will unequivocally bash and bloody him. It's interesting and appalling to see how Citizens United is already affecting the 2012 election. Would Gingrich even be a serious candidate without Citizens United?
HowCitizens UnitedCreated Newt By Jonathan Chait ...His campaign is also blowback to the party Establishment in another, more mechanical way. His campaign is surviving entirely as a result of the Citizens United ruling, decried by liberals and celebrated by conservatives, which allows unlimited campaign expenditures, as long as theyre not coordinated with campaigns. Andrew Ellis, Political Intern Pick of the Week:
This article is a really good look from some brilliant minds on the actions that Obama has taken in South-East Asia and in other regions. I'm particularly fond of Russian-American relations, and this year has been a big step backwards for them, with anti-American tendencies growing in Russia's media circles. It will be an exciting election year around the world, and it'll be curious to see how well Obama's vision of democracy will spread to other countries.
Grading Obamas Foreign Policy Published in Foreign Policy
"The administration has also worked to establish and strengthen regional and global institutions that allow the United States to leverage its own efforts and to cooperate much more efficiently with others.
Arshad Hasan, Executive Director Pick of the Week:
Last week DFA joined with a broad coalition of internet junkies, online activists, and corporations to oppose SOPA/PIPA.The nimbleness of our allies created the largest online protest in history.Im impressed with our ability to accomplish big wins when we all work together.While the protest flexed our political muscle, we must remain vigilant because the assault on internet freedom continues.
SOPA/PIPA Blackout By the Numbers By Carl Franzen
Now that the so-called Blackout Day, has come and gone, it is abundantly clear that the political winds in Washington haveshifted in favor of the opposition. Numerous Republican former co-sponsors of PIPA have shifted sides, and far more lawmakers on both sides who hadnt yet taken a stance have finally come out against the bills.
Eve OConner, Training Department Intern Pick of the Week:
I really liked this article!Its series of short articles highlights the evolution of the State of the Union as a historical tradition in terms of political meaning, technological progress, and emotional impact. These "moments" also emphasize the diversity of the State of the Union's significance for each president and time in our history.
TIMEs Top 10 State of The Union Moments By Josh Sanburn
President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union address tonight it will likely focus on the economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness around the world. TIME takes a look at some of the most notable State of the Union moments.
Michael Langenmayr, Deputy Political Director Pick of the Week: Agree or disagree with Rep. Giffords on politics, hers is an amazing story of courage and perseverance.
Gabrielle Giffords Resignation: Congresswoman Officially Leaves House Of Representatives By Luke Johnson
"I have given all of myself to being able to walk back onto the House floor this year to represent Arizona's 8th Congressional District. However, today I know that now is not the time. I have more work to do on my recovery before I can again serve in elected office."
Levana Layendecker, Communications Director Pick of the Week:
This is an interesting analysis as to why Newt Gingrich is still able to be a key player in the Republican primary.
GOP Hates Citizens United, Too By Martin Longman
Gingrich's campaign is surviving almost entirely because of one donor. You can learn about Sheldon Adelsonhere. He's one of the richest people in the country, and he has a special fondness for Mr. Gingrich. He and his wife have already donated $10 million to a SUPER PAC called Winning Our Future" that is dedicated to supporting Gingrich's presidential bid. There is nothing preventing the Adelsons from giving Gingrich $10 billion if they want to. And they don't have to tell us about it either. We only know they gave this money because they wanted us to know. This would not have been legal prior to theCitizens Unitedruling.
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