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Dean and DFA endorse Grijalva and Edwards

Progressive Champions Gather Support as Redistricting Forces Primary Challenges from the Right Burlington, VT Today Gov. Howard Dean and Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed progressive champions Raul Grijalva (AZ-07) and Donna Edwards (MD-04). In an email to DFAs one million members nationwide, Gov. Dean explains, Few Democrats in the House of Representatives have fought harder than Donna and Raul to stop Paul Ryans plan to end Medicare. They stood strong to defeat attempts to cut Social Security. And they have never backed down in the fight to restore the American Dream for everyone. But now their districts have been redrawn to make them significantly harder for a progressive Democrat to win. The email encourages DFA members to give individual online donations to the Edwards and Grijalva campaigns to support them in their contested primary campaigns. In the past year, DFA members gave more than one million dollars to support the recall efforts in WI, and in past years DFA members have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Congressional campaigns. Donna and Raul have been there for us. Now is the time for us to stand up and be there for them, states Dean. Grijalva and Edwards expressed gratitude for the endorsements and support. "I am honored to receive Democracy for America's endorsement. DFA is a crucial ally in our fight for the 99% and a steadfast advocate for the progressive policies and candidates that will move our nation forward. I look forward to continuing our great partnership as we fight for America's working families, stated Rep. Grijalva. "I want to thank Democracy for America for their continued support. Together, we have fought to hold insurance companies accountable, eliminate corporate greed, and defend our shared values against a Tea Party-controlled Congress. But our most important fights are still ahead of us. I will continue to be a vocal advocate for creating jobs, investing in our nation's infrastructure, protecting our environment, and giving our children the education they deserve to compete in a 21st Century, global economy, Rep. Edwards added. Democracy for America supported Donna Edwards in 2006 in her first race, and has also been a longtime supporter of Raul Grijalva in his campaigns and his leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Founded by Gov. Howard Dean, 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Republican hypocrisy

A message from Jim Dean: Republicans only care about one thing -- tax cuts. It's the only thing they talk about. When Americans demand jobs -- Republicans say "tax cuts." When Democrats take action on education, healthcare and job creation -- Republicans say "tax cuts." When people demand Wall Street be held accountable for wrecking the economy -- Republicans say "tax cuts." Republicans are obsessed with cutting taxes, but now that Democrats have put forward a payroll tax cut that will put real money in the pockets of working Americans, Republicans say "No!" Republicans are hypocrites that only care about lining the pockets of their big-money friends and it's time we called them out for it. We're demanding answers. Click here to ask Republicans in Congress -- Why do you hate tax cuts for working families? Republicans have been getting a free pass on this too for too long. It's time that we stand up and called them out for propping up the super rich while pushing working families down. Sign the petition today and we'll back it up with an aggressive campaign to demand answers from Republicans. We'll deliver your signatures not just to every Republican in Congress, but to every Republican running for president and demand answers in front of the media. We'll make calls to their offices. We'll do whatever it takes to expose Republican tax hypocrisy. Join us now and demand answers. Republicans need to stop flip-flopping on tax cuts when it comes to working families and figure out where they stand. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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Superfail statement

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on Super Committee failure: Democrats on the Super Committee were right to walk away from the deals Republicans proposed which only protected their political allies and donors in the top 1% while cutting vital programs that support the 99%. Republican behavior has been reprehensible in these negotiations. The failure of the Super Committee is the best case scenario for America. Its time for Democrats to stop begging for crumbs of compromise from the Republicans and get to work getting Americans back to work. The best way to reduce the deficit is to get Americans working again and President Obamas Jobs Bill will do that. Congress should put the Jobs Bill first on the agenda when they get back. ### ABOUT 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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The 99%

They can take away the tarps and the tents. They can arrest peacefulprotesters and shut down the occupations. But they can't stop Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement. In recent days, cities and politicians acting on behalf of the 1% have shut down or raided occupations in Oakland, CA to Burlington, VT, from Portland, OR to Chapel Hill, NC. And, of course, they raided New York's Zuccotti Park -- the place this movement started -- in the middle of the night while everyone was sleeping. But just as no one person or organization leads the movement, no one mayor -- or even 100 mayors -- can stop it. The future of the movement is in the hands of the 99%, not the hands of those who stand against us. So what's next? As the movement continues beyond sustaining 24-hour encampments and into other avenues of direct action, we're looking for your ideas on how to keep taking it to the next level. Please take a minute to vote on some possible actions we're considering -- and provide your own ideas right now. We'll share your ideas with our friends organizing and shaping future actions with Occupy Wall Street participants on the ground. And, of course, your feedback will guide Democracy for America's campaign supporting the 99% movement as we keep moving America forward. Make no mistake about it. The 99% movement has already created a seismic shift in our national debate -- from austerity and cuts -- to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system. The increasing attempts to shut it down prove that it's working. The message has broken through and the 1% are afraid of what we may accomplish. Let's make sure we do our part to keep the pressure up. Please vote and voice your thoughts now. Thank you for everything you do to stand up for the 99%.
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GHD video on Occupy

"This is about a just and fair America and I thank you for standing up for it. Where will you be November 17?" Statement from Gov. Howard Dean, founder of Democracy for America, on the Occupy movement: In a video address to Democracy for America members filmed by Democracy for New York City on Nov. 15, Gov. Dean encouraged the Occupy movement. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/ADqUTOGoi60 In the video statement Gov. Dean says: I want to thank Occupy Wall Street for standing up for something that really needs to be stood up for. This country cant be a coherent country if the people at the top are making 500 times as much as ordinary working people. Keep doing what you are doing. Make it peaceful, but be clear: This is about a just and fair America and I thank you for standing up for it. Where will you be November 17?" ### ABOUT 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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