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A message from Jim Dean: Last year, hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses and regular, hard-working Americans took to the streets of Wisconsin to demand an end to right-wing Gov. Scott Walker's War on Working Families. Wisconsin Democrats heard them loud and clear. All 14 State Senate Democrats left the state to stop the Republican legislature from jamming through a bill to smash unions and middle class families. Then, a coalition of working people came together over the spring and summer to beat two State Senate Republicans in recall elections in deep red districts for their votes to kill unions. It was a huge blow to Wisconsin Republicans. Now, it's time to finish the job. Over one million Wisconsinites signed on to recall Scott Walker and four more Republican State Senators for pushing their outrageous right-wing agenda on Wisconsin -- smashing unions, defunding Planned Parenthood, pushing a harsh new voter ID law that hurts the poor and elderly, and so much more. These are just some of the things at stake. That's why we absolutely must win these recall elections. Please contribute $4 right now to recall Scott Walker and his four cronies and stop their right-wing agenda once and for all. We've seen Republicans push these sorts of extreme right-wing agendas at the state level all across the country -- Ohio, New Hampshire, Florida, Montana, and a dozen other states. Wisconsin is our first chance to fight back. These recall elections are happening this summer -- not as part of the November elections. A big win here this summer will be a shot in the arm to Democrats across the country. The progressive base will be fired up and we can keep the momentum going into November, reelecting President Obama, electing bold progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to the Senate, and taking back the House from John Boehner and the Tea Partiers. We have a chance to stop these right-wingers in Wisconsin right here, right now -- and to give progressives the momentum they need to win big in November. But to win big, we must support the folks working on the ground in Wisconsin right now. Please contribute $4 to the Wisconsin Democratic Party right now. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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24 hours to stop an environmental catastrophe

A message from Kaili Lambe: DFA Member - We have 24 hours to stop the U.S. Senate from giving the green light to a project that would have a catastrophic impact on our climate. You may have heard about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that would ship dirty tar sand oil from Canada to the Gulf right through America's agricultural heartland. Not only would this disastrous project jeopardize our water and land with the threat of leaks and spills -- it would also make our efforts to stabilize climate change virtually impossible. Last month President Obama rejected construction of the pipeline, but many Senators are rushing to resurrect it in order to protect some of their biggest donors -- Big Oil. To stop them, we need a remarkable response. Democracy for America has joined with dozens of other organizations to collect and deliver 500,000 messages before tomorrow's vote. Add your name now. The petition says: "Senators: Block any efforts to revive the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline." There is no way to build Keystone XL that does not accelerate production of the tar sands and contribute disastrous amounts of carbon to climate change. Only Big Oil would benefit from pipeline -- every single claim about the positive economic impact has been proven false by independent review. For the next 24 hours, it's all hands on deck. Tomorrow we will deliver boxes upon boxes of signatures to the U.S. Senate. It will be a unified show of our power -- our voices against the money of Big Oil. We don't have a second to lose. Can you sign the petition to the Senate right away and then share it with your friends? Thanks for everything you've done already -- and everything you will do to make the next 24 hours a really big deal. Let's do this. - Kaili Kaili Lambe, Politcal Campaign Manger Democracy for America
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What We're Reading - Super Edition

This weeks What Were Reading: Super Edition takes a closer look at issues for one reason or another are SUPER important to DFA staff members. These issues affect us all personally and many of them strike at the nerve of political outrage. Jim Dean, Chair Pick of the Week: File this under the Super Unbelievable category. The story of a successful businessman who got ripped off by mortgage lenders, researched the problem and then went to Fannie, Freddie, and the big banks with the research, thinking that they would heed the warnings and take steps to avoid the meltdown. All of this happened several years ago. The article is really a shameful indictment of corporate corruption. A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded By Gretchen Morgenson You might wonder why Mr. Lavalle didnt speak up. But he did. For two years, he corresponded with Fannie executives and lawyers. Fannie later hired a Washington law firm to investigate his claims. In May 2006, that firm, using some of Mr. Lavalles research, issued a confidential, 147-page report corroborating many of his findings. Kate Lesniak, Deputy Finance Director Pick of the Week: Here is a look at why our current tax system in completely and utterly SUPER broken. The Zuckerberg Tax By David Miller Our tax system is based on the concept of realization. Individuals are not taxed until they actually sell property and realize their gains. But this system makes less sense for the publicly traded stocks of the superwealthy. A drastic change is necessary to fix this fundamental flaw in our tax system and finally require people like Warren E. Buffett, Mr. Ellison and others to pay at least a little income tax on their unsold shares. The fix is called mark-to-market taxation. Monique Teal, Campaign Academy Organizer Pick of the Week: I'm SUPER angry at religious conservatives trying to co-opt my civil liberties. As someone who was born to a teenage mother, access to and use of birth control has nothing to do with my relationship to God and everything to do with freedom. Knocked Up: Republican Presidential Candidates Plan for American Women By Adele M. Stan For the Republican base, with its antipathy to what it calls "Obamacare," the controversy over birth control is quite perfect. That base, as it exists today, is largely composed of the religious right, which stands in opposition to women's equality, and the Tea Party movement, which was organized by political operators in opposition to the healthcare reform legislation that became law in 2009 as the Affordable Care Act. Laurie Childers, Accountant Pick of the Week: This week am I am SUPER distressed over the escalation of bloodshed in Syria and am fearing war between Israel and Iran. It is deeply frightening and I feel helpless to do anything about it. On the good news side a home town girl (she went to high school just down the road) won a Golden Globe award this week. She says in the interview that you can always tell Vermonters where ever she goes in the world. "They have fresh air around them". And Prop 8 in CA is nearly dead after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Yeah! I can not stop governments from killing their own people, but I did find some good news to wake up for. Prop 8 unconstitutional: The sanctity of marriage equality By Susan Brooks But I am wholly and completely persuaded that standing up for equality in marriage for LGBT people is a holy act, an act that is worthy of reverence. Sanctity in general means being in a state of being holy, and if there were ever an institution where holiness should apply, it is the right to be married to the person you love. Jase Roberts, Technology Director Pick of the Week: Im SUPER interested in watching how this whole debate unfolds and Im glad that tech groups are becoming more active in political issues that effect the tech community. Coalition of tech, rights groups demand u-turn in copyright debate By Stephen C. Webster "Instead of finding new ways to punish copyright offenders, they urge lawmakers to back away from the issue entirely and think of ways that current copyright law can be amended to repair loopholes that sometimes allow content creators to abuse their rights. Some of those abuses have related to companies using the law to crush potential competitors, stifle scientific and digital security research, and censor journalists." Levana Layendecker, Communications Director Pick of the Week: Scott Brown was quoted saying In Massachusetts we have such a strong demand for this because our family and cultural ties...This is kind of a no brainer. Hmm...If only there were other states that happen to border to the US where there are such strong family and cultural ties that it would justify an easier path to citizenship. Oh Wait! I will be waiting for similar legislative proposals from Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. #RepublicanHypocrisy101 Sen. Brown: Irish immigration bill about to pop By Hillary Chabot Brown filed the bill, which would boost the number of work visas per year for the Irish to 10,500, last year but struggled to get support. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) filed similar legislation but Republicans balked because it would allow a sort of, backdoor amnesty. It wasnt going anywhere, Brown said.
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It's GOTV time

A message from Kaili Lambe: Dear DFA Members: Election day may be a little less than nine months away, but there's a very important vote for you to cast before this Tuesday, February 14th. 200 Democratic challengers are competing in our Grassroots All-Stars Contest and your favorite candidate needs your support in order to make it into the next round of the competition. Vote for your Grassroots All-Star now. The top ten candidates who have applied for a DFA endoresment will proceed to the final round after Tuesday. Just a few dozen votes separate some of the candidates currently in the top 25. We rely on the input of DFA members like you to determine which candidates have the grassroots support it will take to win in November and build a more progressive Congress. The winner of Grassroots All-Stars will automatically receive our biggest endorsement of the year -- and along with it our commitment to raise $20,000 for their campaign. But they can't do it without you. Who's your favorite Grassroots candidate? Thanks for helping us find the best grassroots candidates in the country. - Kaili Kaili Lambe, Political Campaign Manager Democracy for America
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Electing a progressive majority starts now

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
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