January 6, 2012
Amanda McKay, Executive Assistant to Governor Howard Dean Pick of the Week:
Many progressive watched the Iowa caucus turnout for an indication of how difficult the election will be for President Obama. This article clearly shows that enthusiasm is not on their side. The key will be whether it is on ours.
The Iowa Caucus' Real Results: Hardly Anybody Voted, And Nobody Won Anything By Jason Linkins
"The point is that you should take all talk of "winning" and "losing" with several grains of process. And more importantly, while Iowa's divine-right to being the first contest in the primary season is often criticized for having an outsized influence over the rest of the selection process, the truth is that the later primaries actually greatly influence who ultimately reaps Iowa's rewards -- which don't amount to very much."
Levana Layendecker, Communications Director
Pick of the Week: Romney can be seen as the ultimate career politician. Now that he seems to be the inevitable nominee its important that we look at his track record.
When Romneys Reach Exceeds His Grasp By David Firestone
If, over time, this turns out to be his rebuttal to the presidents new campaign theme of reducing economic inequality, he will have to do better than America the Beautiful, because that is not at all what the song was originally about. The lyrics were written in 1894 by the Massachusetts poet Katharine Lee Bates, an ardent feminist and lesbian who was deeply disillusioned by the greed and excess of the Gilded Age. When will media demand that Mitt Romney back up his claims about jobs? By Greg Sargent
It is now beyond doubt that Mitt Romney will be resting his case against Obama on two core claimsThese claims are absolutely central to Romneys entire rationale for running for president. Is it too much to expect reporters and news outlets to scrutinize them or to ask him to substantiate them?
Linsey Pecikonis, Deputy Communications Director
Pick of the Week:
Ive been oddly curious about the rise and eventual fall of Rick Santorum. As a longtime opponent to his political career, his newfound appeal to voters and hard fought win in Iowa is intriguing.
Rickrolled: Three Lessons from Iowa By David Weigel
"Lesson Two: Money is speech, which means people can ignore it. Michael Li was the first to calculate how much the candidates spent for every vote. Santorum spent $1.65 per vote. Rick Perry spent $817. Santorum spent it better, buying radio ads for months, then counting on a Super PAC to introduce him in the final weeks. Perry went into details about issues he thought voters cared -- those pesky gay soldiers! -- and Santorum kept it calm and generic."
The Second Coming of Rick Santorum By Tim Murphy
"The fundamentals of the race make Romney's nomination increasingly certain, but it will not be painless. No one I spoke with at the Storey Creek Inn seemed content to settle for a medal of participation just yet. Santorum's near-win isn't just a vote of no confidence for Romney; it's a reminder of the lingering power and radicalism of religious conservatives in the state. In 2012, a quarter of Iowa GOPers threw their support to a candidate who believes birth control should be banned, blacks should stop asking for handouts, gay sex is akin to bestiality, and Shariah law is an existential threat."
Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America Pick of the Week:
As Romney is looking more and more like the Republican nominee we wanted to take closer look at who Romney really is.
The Newtification of Mitt Romney By Tim Murphy
Even as his allied super-PAC spent $3.5 million hammering Newt Gingrich on the Iowa airwaves,Romney himself is channeling the former House speaker's bombast. Belying his reputation as a lily-livered moderate, he packs his speeches with red meat. In Council Bluffs on Sunday, he said that President Obama has no jobs plan(let me Google that for you), and that Obama will create a society that "substitutes envy for ambition."
**And just in case you missed it click here to check out this phenomenal Moveon.org ad called Mitt Job Creator?
January 4, 2012
A message from Nick Passanante:
With the Iowa caucuses over the media will continue to focus on the Republican primary and all the candidates' shenanigans. But no matter which candidate the GOP chooses, America loses. That's why we're turning our attention to what matters -- electing real progressives at all levels of office.
By building the bench of progressive champions, we will combat the
right-wing hypocrisy where it matters most -- in your hometown. We're proud to support candidates like Mary Nickum -- a long-time DFA activist and local member of DFA-Maricopa County-- running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona.Or Tom Ammiano, atireless supporter
of universal healthcare, who is running a truly grassroots campaign to
continue representing San Francisco in the California Assembly.It's
people like them and like Debra Shore, running for re-election to the
Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago, who make change from the
bottom up possible. Democracy for America endorses and supports
candidates like Mary, Tom and Debra -- local DFA members who are working
to make a difference in their communities and states -- and that's why
we helped launch the Candidate Project -- an effort to recruit, train
and help elect progressives across the country to local and state
offices. Pledge to get involvedor find out more about the Candidate Project. You have the power. Take it from Debra:
When I first ran for office in 2006, I took Governor Howard Dean's admonition to the grassroots to heart: step up and run.So I did, and I won.
Now is your chance to run for office or to recruit others to run.
Join the Candidate Project and you'll be part of an online community
devoted to helping you and others who share our values win -- at every
level from dog-catcher to state senate. Pledge to run for office, recruit others, or to volunteer on a local race and join the Candidate Project today. Whichever
way the GOP primary goes, we know we can fight back at the local level.
Take action to get involved and help build the progressive movement in
your own community. Thanks for everything you do.
Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director Democracy for America
January 4, 2012
Part of a Joint Effort with New Organizing Institute, Progressive Majority, and others, DFA Helps to Build the Progressive Bench with Recruitment, Endorsements, Training and Support Burlington, VT Today, Democracy For America (DFA) announced the endorsement of three progressive candidates running for local office in 2012.The endorsements are part of DFAs involvement with 2,012 for 2012, a collaborative effort to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for local office. So far, 400 DFA members have pledged to run for office, and an additional 800 DFA members have pledged to support them locally. Todays endorsements include: Mary Nickum running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona; Tom Ammiano running for re-election to represent the 13th Assembly District and San Francisco in the California State Assembly; and Debra Shore, running for re-election to the Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago. DFA will support candidates in the 2,012 for 2012 project with online trainings, volunteer recruitment, endorsements, and fundraising. Were proud to support progressive candidates like Mary Nickum running for town council in Fountain Hills, Arizona -- a long-time DFA activist and local member of DFA-Maricopa County; Tom Ammiano, a strong supporter of universal healthcare who is running a truly grassroots campaign to continue representing San Francisco in the California Assembly; and Debra Shore, running for re-election to the Metro Water Reclamation District in Chicago. These candidates make change from the bottom up possible and were proud to endorse them, said Nick Passanante, Political Director for DFA. DFA is also proud to work on this collaborative effort in the 2012 for 2012 campaign to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for office, Passanante added. In total, the 2012 for 2012 campaign has exceeded its goals and has already recruited more than 5,000 new progressive candidates to run for office.
### ABOUT 2,012 for 2012 2012 for 2012 is a non-partisan collaborative effort to recruit a new generation of progressive candidates for local office. The initiative is hosted by the Candidate Project, a program of the New Organizing Institute, and is a collaboration between organizations who have successfully recruited and trained candidates for years including Progressive Majority, Democracy for America, Emerge America, and Women's Campaign Fund and innovative organizations who are new to candidate recruitment like CREDO, Rebuild the Dream, Color of Change, America Votes, and Living Liberally. 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.
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January 3, 2012
A message from Arshad Hasan:
It's finally here. Iowa Republicans will cast the first votes of the 2012 primaries tonight. It's hard to believe that they've only been campaigning for year -- it feels like Mitt, Rick, Newt and all the rest have been trying to out-crazy each other for a lot longer than that. It's time to pull out the popcorn now that Republicans have actually started voting, so we've decided to have a little fun here at DFA. Guess the winners of tonight's caucus and their share of the vote and win a DFA t-shirt signed by Gov. Howard Dean. I'm betting on Romney pulling out a big win tonight. What do you think?
-Arshad Arshad Hasan, Executive Director Democracy for America
December 21, 2011
A message from Jim Dean:
This wasn't supposed to be a big year for elections. There wasn't a
single vote cast for President or Senate -- not even a primary. We saw
just a few special congressional elections and a handful of state and
municipal elections last month. It wasn't supposed to be a big
year, but we've always defied expectations here at Democracy for America
and this year was no different -- 2011 was our biggest year ever and we
couldn't have done it without the support of members like you.
DFA isn't like other organizations. We don't take corporate money -- we
rely on small contributions from thousands of members nationwide to run
our programs, make change, and take our country back. We don't
have offices or staff in every state. Instead, we have members like Rosi
Efthim in New Jersey, Melissa Lindbergh in Illinois and Susan Kopicki
in California who volunteer their time to lead other DFA members in
their area to take action and make great progressive change.
Some people think we're crazy not to take corporate money or to invest
so much in our local leaders. But that's what makes DFA different and
that's what allowed us to do so much great work this year. Please support our work for 2012 and beyond with a contribution right now. We knocked on over 100,000 doors in Wisconsin this year as part of the recall elections.
We held 300 movie nights and organized over 2,000 volunteers at Earth
Day events nationwide to educate people on the dangers of fracking.
We made tens of thousands of phone calls to voters this year and ran
five powerful TV ads in Wisconsin ahead of the recall elections. We
teamed up with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to call on Congress to repeal
DOMA, and with Sen. Bernie Sanders to keep Social Security safe, stable
and secure for all Americans. We were the first national
organization to endorse progressive leader Ilya Sheyman for Congress. We
helped Kathy Hochul win her long-shot race for Congress by raising
$50,000 for her when she most needed it in the final stretch of the
campaign. And we delivered over $150,000 for Elizabeth Warren's fight to
defeat Scott Brown next year. We do a lot of amazing work together. Please contribute $12 to make 2012 our biggest year yet. Thank you, Mary, for everything you do -- and have a fabulous holiday. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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