March 19, 2012
A message from Nick Passanante:
Dear DFA Member:
Faux Democrat Brad Schneider is going negative with less than a week to go until his primary election against progressive leader Ilya Sheyman. Schneider said he was going to run a clean race, but with polls neck and neck, he's getting desperate. Now, he's attacking Ilya for running a people-powered campaign. Yeah, that's right -- Brad Schneider is attacking Ilya Sheyman for running a people-powered campaign, calling DFA members like you "special interests." Schneider is slinging mud and we need to have Ilya's back in these final six days. Can you call voters tonight? Yes! I can make calls to primary voters tonight. Sorry, I can't call. But I'll contribute $6 to fuel the campaign. What's more -- Schneider is trying to run away from his record of supporting Republicans. In his new ad, he's accusing Ilya of "spreading lies" and tries to paint himself as the "true progressive." Here are the facts: Brad Schneider has a long history of supporting right-wing Republicans across the country. You don't just have to take my word for it -- it's a matter of public record. Schneider contributed thousands of dollars to Republican Mark Kirk -- the guy who won President Obama's Senate seat in 2010:
$250 in 2004
$500 in 2005
$250 in 2006
$1,000 in 2007
$300 in 2008
$500 in 2009
Schneider gave right-wing Utah Senator Bob Bennett $250 in 2009. He gave $1,000 to Republican Mike Rogers in 2001 and another $1,000 to Republican Mark Kennedy in 2002. The list goes on and on... Sign me up to make calls to primary voters! Sorry, I can't call. But I'll contribute $6 to fuel the campaign. Thank you for everything you do. -Nick Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director Democracy for America
March 14, 2012
Burlington, VT Today Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Mark Takano for Congress. Mark is a true progressive champion fighting to protect the community needs in Californias 41st District. "It is a great privilege to endorse Mark Takano for Congress, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Mark has the courage and tenacity to change the tone in Washington. He has continuously fought for the rights middle class Californians and is the kind of leader we need right now. Mark Takano responded to the DFA endorsement with enthusiasm: Mark Takano: I am excited and honored to receive the endorsement of Democracy for America. I look forward to working with DFA to advance the priorities of my district: creating jobs for middle class families, improving schools so that our children can compete in the new economy, and cleaning up our air quality so everyone in the Inland Empire can breathe a bit more easily. Together, we can put the needs of hardworking Americans back on the agenda in Washington.
### 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.
March 14, 2012
Burlington, VT Today Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Carol Shea-Porter and Anne McLane Kuster in New Hampshire for Congress. Both women are progressive champions fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare for the people of New Hampshire. "I am proud to endorse Carol Shea-Porter and Anne McLane Kuster, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Anne and Carol are exactly the kind of leaders we need in Congress right now -- strong progressive women who will fight for jobs and economic security. Shea-Porter and Kuster responded to the endorsements with enthusiasm. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter: I am very grateful to DFA for endorsing me again. We share the belief that fostering job creation and investing in America and our people are both good business decisions and good moral decisions. Im ready to get back to work, and I thank Democracy for America for helping me! Anne McLane Kuster: "I am honored to earn the endorsement of Democracy for America. With the support of DFA, and groups like it, we are able to build a campaign with strong grassroots support and a commitment to Individuals, not Corporations that will both win in November and redefine how we can elect candidates to office." Both Kuster and Shea-Porter have been endorsed by DFA before. Carol Shea-Porter garnered DFA member support from her strong record in Congress of standing up for progressive values, and Anne McLane Kuster was voted in the top-ten among DFA members for the DFA Grassroots All-Stars competition for congressional challengers. ### 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.
March 13, 2012
A message from MichaelLangenmayr:
Two years ago, the Supreme Court decided that big corporations and the super rich have a "right" to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections. The Justices that supported this ridiculous decision just expected states to fall in line behind the ruling and abandon their campaign finance laws, but they haven't.
States like Montana are fighting back against Citizens United -- and they're winning.
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock took his fight to keep common sense election laws on the books all the way to the Montana Supreme Court -- and he won. It's time that other State Attorneys General do the same.
Back-up Steve Bullock in his fight against Citizens United -- Sign the petition to get your Attorney General to stand up for common sense campaign finance laws.
Right-wing groups like Citizens United aren't stopping at the federal level. They're dismantling campaign finance laws across the country -- working to allow unlimited corporate spending up and down the ballot and even to undo basic disclosure laws that require campaigns to report who's giving these unlimited contributions.
We've seen what the Citizens United ruling has done to federal politics -- attack ads flooded the airwaves in 2010 and are dominating the Republican presidential primaries. We can't allow that same sort of unlimited corporate spending at the state and local levels.
The campaign to overturn Citizens United is going to be a long one, but state Attorneys General can make a real difference right now -- and you can get them off the sidelines.
Tell your Attorney General to stand up for common sense campaign finance laws -- Sign the petition now.
Thank you for everything you do.
Michael Langenmayr, Political Director Democracy for America
March 9, 2012
This weeks What Were Reading: Happy Edition takes a closer look at all aspects of life that make the DFA staff happy. Happiness and politics are often viewed as oil and water, but we prove here is that you can find happiness in the headlines. Arshad Hasan, Executive Director Pick of the Week:
We live in a multimedia world so I present you a video, rather than text. It's a parody of Lady Gaga, Celebrating International Women's day, which is an awesome sandwich, the way I see it.
Especially now, as women are under attack by those who would take us backwards, I think it's important to remember how hard those who've come before us have fought just to get us here..
Bad Romance: Womens Suffrage By Soomo Publishing
Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Pick of the Week: This isn't political at all, but the blog younghouselove.com makes me very happy. It's a fun read about a couple who excel at DIY, have a lot of fun doing it and aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves while doing so. As dorky as it sounds, reading this blog is a nice way for me to unwind at the end of the day. Hello Hawaii By Sherry Petersik
By comparison, Claras favorite view was probably this kayak that randomly floated by. She stared at it, completely speechless until it passed, and then shouted little girl and doggy on on on on on a boat! Hi doggy! Hi little girl! Hi boat! Hi man! She only repeats words when shes super excited. Haha. Connor Stewart, Development Associate Pick of the Week:
"This week's topic is something that makes you happy. There is nothing about anyof Newt's policies that make me smile, but the sheer thought of Speaker Gingrich "cuttin' the rug" nearly has me on the floor in tears. It seems that the only thing Newt will be doing in November is auditioning for Dancing with the Stars." Newt and Callista Hit the Dance Floor By Alex Moe
They were all enjoying drinks and the cover band after another 18-hour day. It was a rare moment on the campaign as the Gingriches let loose with staff and a handful of members of the media to the tunes of the Beach Boys California Girl, Michael Jacksons Billy Jean, and yes, even T-Pains Apple Bottom Jeans.
Julielyn Gibbons, Training Director Pick of the Week: "I'm happy to see my home state of Michigan launch a campaign to ensure that the right to collectively bargain is guaranteed by the state constitution. After working very hard to fight back against the attacks on working families in Michigan, before I joined DFA late last year, I know how crucial this right is, and how hard conservative forces have been trying to defeat this. If you know a Michigander, encourage them to sign these petitions!"
Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining By Angela Wittrock
"Now more than ever, workers need the right to speak up to protect our wages, our benefits, and our voice and that's what this proposal is all about," John Armelagos, a registered nurse from Ann Arbor. "Michigan workers helped create the middle class, and now we need to protect our collective bargaining rights to help rebuild our economy."
Amanda McKay, Executive Assistant to Gov. Howard Dean Pick of the Week:
I'm really excited that my boss, Gov. Howard Dean is heading out to IL-10 to support a great progressive candidate, Ilya Sheyman, this weekend. Ilya has built up a strong campaign infrastructure that has energized democrats across the district and grabbed national attention. Ilya's campaign is not just about an election it is about restoring the values that helped build middle class and supports the 99%
Ilya Sheymans Progressive Run By Katrina vanden Heuvel
"While some Democratic candidates might look to co-opt the spirit and convictions of the Occupy movement, Sheyman is authentically of, by and for the 99 percent, ready to go to Washington and work with a strong grassroots to rebuild economic opportunity and fairness."
Levana Layendecker, Communications Director Pick of the Week: This article makes me very happy because it is a fantastic overview of not only Jims personality but also the direction the organization is going by placing value in the input from our members.
Fighting With or Without the President By Josh Eidelson
Jims response to What are you excited about this year? The state stuff. If you ask our members what theyre into, its statewide fights on labor, marriage equality, and campaign finance. These are big-picture issues, but its much easier to express them in a state or local election. If we can get enough of the states to do these things, it really matters. Because if we cant get it done in Washington, weve got to get it done somewhere else. Jay Henderson, Field Organizer Pick of the Week "What makes me happy? A new poll showing marriage equality winning in Maine. I joined several other DFA staffers to work on the campaign in 2009 and I have never experienced such adevastatingloss. The track record of marriage equality on the ballot causes me to remain cautious, but this much is certain: marriage equality is not a question of if but when." Maine Miscellany By Public Policy Polling "Republicans' opinions are pretty much the same as they were in 2009. But Democrats' support for gay marriage has increased slightly, from 71% to 78%. And more importantly independents have gone from voting against gay marriage 52/46 three years ago to now supporting it by a 57/36 margin."
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