February 8, 2012
A message from Nick Passanante:
Dear DFA Member:
Ilya Sheyman is a grassroots leader and he needs our help. February 12th is the last day for Ilya's campaign to make ad buy decisions ahead of the Illinois primary and we need to make sure he has the resources to win. Ilya is the progressive in IL-10, but in order to take on Tea Party Congressman Bob Dold in November, he has to beat faux Democrat Brad Schneider in the March primary. Schneider has a history of supporting Republicans for Congress -- like Sen. Mark Kirk, who now holds President Obama's old Senate seat. Now, Schneider is pumping his own fortune into his campaign. If we're going to take back the House with progressive fighters like Ilya, we need to have their backs in tough primary elections like this one. Ilya has the support of progressive champions like Gov. Howard Dean and Alan Grayson. We need to have his back in this primary -- Please contribute $12 right now to elect a progressive to Congress. Why is electing Ilya so important? Because he's one of us. Ilya has worked with DFA members for years to elect progressive candidates and make change. Now, he's a candidate himself and he's running a grassroots campaign to win -- one fueled by volunteers and people-power, not big corporate money. Gov. Dean always said that voting isn't enough. He said that progressives needed to contribute, volunteer, and run for office themselves if we were going to take this country back. When one of us, like Ilya, does that -- we need to have their back. Please contribute $12 ahead of the February 12 deadline. Thank you for everything you do. -Nick Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director Democracy for America
February 7, 2012
Were two months into the new year and political punditry is clashing with ordinary Americans. If you were one of 111.3 million Americans who tuned in to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, two ads managed to stir up political controversy - Chrysler's ad highlighting the Auto industrys revival narrated by Clint Eastwood and GOP candidate Pete Hoekstra xenophobic ad promoting blatant racism.
If these ads tell you anything about 2012 its that the stakes are high for both parties. One thing remains perfectly clear - the winner of Novembers election will be a direct result of the parties efforts to turn out their base. Progressives - 2012 is not a year to sit on the sidelines.
This weekend many headlines were made. First, Mitt Romney won two consecutive GOP primaries with his strong showing in Nevada - essentially cinching up the Republican nomination. But everywhere else the news remained poor for Mitt - the more Republican-identified voters see of Mitt, the less inclined they are to vote for him. Ladies and Gentlemen - its only February - potential voters have 9 more months left of the election cycle. This is a clear indication of the frustration republicans face. If the Republicans have difficulty turning out their base for the name at the top of the ticket - it is clear that every candidate below will have a hard time riding the coattails of a losing presidential nominee. Other positive news from this weekend includes the jobs report numbers that came out on Friday - pointing out that the economic struggles might lessen and strong polling numbers that indicate President Obama has a clear lead over Mitt Romney. President Obama even declared that he deserves a second term. The reason? President Obama stated;
When you and I sat down, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month... now were creating 250,000 jobs, Obama said, referring to Fridays job report which showed unemployment falling from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent. Weve made progress. The key now is to make sure we dont start turning in the wrong direction.
If stronger economic prosperity isnt enough to get you to commit to voting for a progressive ticket in November - then maybe this will help change your mind: The Republicans are concerned their control over the House could be lost. Aaron Blake from the Washington Post states, Given that weve seen three straight election cycles with at least 24 seats changing parties, is it really that outlandish to think a 25-seat GOP majority isnt safe?
The answer - no, nothing this year is safe and that is why this election will come down to progressives like you. If you cant find motivation it vote this November, DFA has hundreds of progressive candidates to motivate liberal voters to turn out on November 6th. While all the attention is being shown to the candidates at the top of the ticket - the true power players in Washington - Congress need to be shaken up. And thats just what these candidates will do.
Imagine - candidates who represent the 99 percent and have stood alongside the occupy movement. It seems incredible that voters in California can vote for an American Hero and Astronaut to join the ranks of the Congress. And, progressive candidates of every shape, size, gender, race, and religion all are asking for your help - by voting them into the top 10 for DFAs sixth annual Grassroots All-Star.
DFA's Grassroots All-Star contest is simple, fun and promotes non-incumbent endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives. The goal is to identify the progressive challenger with the most broad-based support from our members nationwide. The winner earns the title of Grassroots All-Star, bringing media exposure and increased grassroots resources to the campaign. This fast-track endorsement is chosen directly by DFA members and others in the progressive grassroots community through two rounds of voting.
This week is the final full week of voting with the first round ending on Tuesday, February 14th.
Democracy for America is calling on you - get involved by voting to elect the best slate of progressive candidates weve seen in years. It is time to elect true progressives to seats all across the country and instill honest progressive voices back into the House of Representatives. Lets give John Boehner the boot - vote for the next Grassroots All-Star today.
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.
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