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Republican Alberta Darling vs. Six-year-old Gabriel

We're just 10 days out from Wisconsin's August 9 recall elections and we're just a few points down in District 8. Republican Alberta Darling voted to give huge new tax breaks to millionaires while cutting health programs for children, like Wisconsin's BadgerCare. Now, we're going on the air in her district for the first time with a powerful new TV ad that puts a family depending on BadgerCare front and center. Check out our new TV ad and please contribute $10 to help put it on the air. Our ad in District 14 has been a huge success. We've pulled ahead to a small lead in the polls there and we're staying on the air through Election Day. Now we're bringing that same momentum to District 8. Our new ad is powerful, putting Sylvia Adair and her family front and center to talk about how they depend on BadgerCare. We don't make cookie-cutter ads. We've teamed up with our friends at the PCCC to have real Wisconsinites talk about their lives and how the Republican war on working families has affected them. They're powerful and they cut through the corporate spin and attack ads that normally clutter the airwaves. Contribute $10 now to help put our ad on the air. Thank you for everything you do.
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WI Darling Ad Release and Press Call

Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee Release NEW Campaign Ad in Alberta Darlings District; Contact Hundreds of Thousands of Voters on the Phones and at Their Doors ***************Watch the New Ad here: http://bit.ly/pkjHk6*************** ***************Listen to the recording of live press call from July 29*************** Madison, WI Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released a new ad today in Alberta Darlings district. The TV ad features Sylvia Adair of Germantown, WI. Sylvias statement: This is my daughter, Connie, and my grandson, Gabriel he just turned six last Saturday. Hes on BadgerCare and Im thankful for that every day. Nothing can replace the peace of mind of knowing that comes with knowing that your grandchild can see a doctor if he gets sick. But Senator Alberta Darling wants to take that away from us. She led the effort to cut Badgercare and she wants to end Medicare and privatize it for people like me. Shes hurting our families. We need someone on our side. Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. (Citations attached below.) This is the second in a series of ads released in districts in Wisconsin confronting Republican Senators and how their votes hurt middle class families back in their districts. Today DFA and PCCC hosted a conference call with two of the Wisconsinites from these ads, Sylvia Adair from Alberta Darlings district, and Jay Jones from Luther Olsens district. (Listen to the recording of the press call from July 29th here.) PCCC and DFA announced today the new $150,000 ad buy -- split between this new ad in Milwaukee and an extension of last weeks ad holding Olsen accountable in Green Bay. Both are broadcast and cable. This brings the two groups ad spending in the last week to $250,000. Total spending on ads and grassroots activity by the two groups is over $1.5 million. Both groups are sending fundraising emails to their national lists on Friday, raising money for more ads. "The people of Wisconsin are fighting back against Republicans like Alberta Darling and Luther Olsen who continue to choose wealthy corporations over middle class families, said Nick Passanante, DFA Field Director for Wisconsin. The voters of Wisconsin will be heard in this recall election and the reverberations will be felt around the country." The two groups will contact hundreds of thousands of voters through door-to-door canvassing and a volunteer phone bank in the next two weeks. DFA and PCCC Volunteers are giving money and time to keep the campaign on the air, on the phones, and on the ground. DFA and PCCC volunteers are making calls to voters in all 6 Republican recall districts and DFA local staff are canvassing in Districts, 8, 10 and 32. Two recent polls showed this a neck-and-neck race in Darlings district. Mellman Group showed Pasch up 2%, Daily Kos PPP poll showed Darling up 5% -- both near margin of error. Mellman and PPP both show Clark up 2% against Olsen. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. ABOUT THE PROGRESSIVE CHANGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) elects bold progressive candidates to office and advocates for progressive policy issues. It has over 750,000 members -- including nearly 26,000 in Wisconsin. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate. CITATIONS Sylvia Adair, Germantown, WI [Text on Screen: Sylvia Adair and Family, Germantown, WI] This is my daughter, Connie, and my grandson, Gabrielle he just turned six last Saturday. Hes on BadgerCare and Im thankful for that every day. Nothing can replace the peace of mind of knowing that comes with knowing that your grandchild can see a doctor if he gets sick. [Text on Screen: Alberta Darling Cut Badgercare][1] But Senator Alberta Darling wants to take that away from us.[1] She led the effort to cut Badgercare [2] and she wants to end Medicare [3 and 4] and privitize it for people like me. Shes hurting our families. [Text on Screen: Alberta Darling wants to end Medicare] [3 and 4] We need someone on our side. Im voting for Sandy Pasch for State Senate. Ad Disclaimer Text on Screen: Paid for by PCCC Recall Fund, Adam Green, Treasurer and DFA Wisconsin, Mia Moore, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidates agent or committee. 1. Darling-Backed Budget Makes Drastic Cuts to BadgerCare. The Associated Press reported: The budget cuts $500 million from the health care program. As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the budget that Alberta Darling steered to passage allowed for cutting, $466 million in costs from the programs over the next two years. [Journal Sentinel, 6/20/11 http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/124170184.html; AP, 6/30/11, http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/wisconsin/the-wisconsin-budget-and-you] 2. Darling is Co-Chair of Powerful Joint Finance Committee. Alberta Darling serves as the Chair of the Joint Finance Committee, the body responsible with shepherding the budget through the Wisconsin legislature. In the legislatures own words: The Committee's primary responsibility is to serve as the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues. [JFC Website, 7/27/10 http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc.html] Plan to Cut Badger Care Originated in Darling Committee. The plan to cut $466 million from Medicaid and other health programs, including Badger Care originated in the Joint Finance Committee and passed with her support. [AP, 5/25/11; Save Badger Care Coalition, http://www.savebadgercare.org/press/sbc_statement_052511.pdf] 3. Asked specifically about Rep. Paul Ryans Medicare plan, Darling declared: Paul Ryans doing the exact right thing. [John Nichols: Alberta Darling works with Ryan to cut Medicare, The Cap Times, June 19, 2011 http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/article_5f7ca108-9500-5b4b-9030-14db7bb9a04c.html#ixzz1TQ1FFA6g] 4. Paul Ryans Plan to End Medicare: On May 16, 2011, economist Paul Krugman (Nobel winner for economics) wrote in the New York Times, I know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare but thats just what it is. If you replace a system that actually pays seniors medical bills with an entirely different system, one that gives seniors vouchers that wont be enough to buy adequate insurance, youve ended Medicare. Calling the new program Medicare doesnt change that fact. [The New York Times, May 16, 2011, http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/whats-in-a-name-4/] On June 3, 2011, when national Republicans challenged an ad saying Paul Ryans plan would end Medicare, Nobel economist Krugman wrote, the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. He added, if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads. [The New York Times, June 3, 2011, http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/whats-in-a-name-5/] On June 3, 2011, Comcast denied the national Republican request to take down ad saying the Paul Ryan plan would end Medicare. The Washington Post reported: We are continuing to air the ad, Chris Ellis, a spokesman for Comcasts ad sales division, tells me. Weve reviewed the materials provided by the NRCC and the documentation provided by the advertisers, and weve decided that the ad does meet our guidelines. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/happy-hour-roundup/2011/03/03/AGaSJNIH_blog.html
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Upset

A message from Nick Passanante on the ground in Wisconsin: I've been here in Wisconsin for 38 days and I want to give you a quick update on what's happening on the ground right now. We need to win at least three of the six Republican recall elections to take back the State Senate and things are looking good in Districts 18 and 32. These are blue districts with good Democratic candidates and our numbers at the doors and on the phones look great. We should be able to win these two if we keep running hard. We're ahead in District 14, but it's going to be a close one. The latest poll has us up just two points. This one is a must-win for us and we're on the air right now with a powerful TV ad. We're behind in Districts 2, 8 and 10, but not by much. A win in any of these three districts would be huge and we haveallthe momentum right now. We've already knocked on 20,163 doors in Districts 8 and 10 and we're making calls into these districts every night. Now, we're expanding our canvass in District 10 to put us over the top. But we can't do it without your support. Can you contribute $4 right now to make District 10 our fourth big win on Election Night? District 10 is held by Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. This is a Republican district that no one ever thought would be competitive, but the reaction to Republican attacks on middle class families has been so strong that we have a real shot of pulling off an upset here. We've been on the ground in District 10 for three weeks. We've already hit 9,940 doors and the response has been amazing. Expanding our ground program here could be what makes the difference. But like I said -- we can't expand the program without your support. Please contribute $4 now to help us expand our ground program in District 10 and pull off an upset win. This is it. We have less than two weeks to go and we need to make decisions now about how big we can grow our campaign. Please contribute now. Thank you for everything you do. -Nick Nick Passanante, Wisconsin Field Director Democracy for America
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AH/Sanders Statement on Debt Ceiling

"Maybe you have to live on K Street for this deal to make sense to you because it doesn't make sense to the rest of us out here in America." Statement from Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America, on the current state of the debt ceiling negotiations: "The idea of cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at a time like this in our economy is simply heartless. This deal should be embarrassing for Washington politicians to defend, and if they truly believe this is the way to deal with our problems, they have completely lost touch with what it is like to live outside of the Beltway bubble. Maybe you have to live on K Street for this deal to make sense to you because it doesn't make sense to rest of us out here in America. Senator Sanders said it best when he congratulated the Republicans from the Gang of Six: 'Senators Coburn, Senator Crapo and Chambliss deserve congratulations. Clearly, they have won this debate in a very significant way. My guess is that they will probably get 80 percent or 90 percent of what they wanted. . . . they have stood firm in their desire to represent the wealthy and the powerful and multinational corporations. . . . Unfortunately, their victory will be a disaster for working families in this country, for the elderly, for the sick, for the children and for low-income people.' The truth is that three quarters of voters -- including Independents - support increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Three quarters of voters (also including Independent voters) don't want to see cuts to Social Security or Medicaid. And, 90% of voters don't want to see cuts to Medicare. I bet there are some Independents in that 90%, too. The will of the people is abundantly clear. Why is that so hard for Washington to understand? The only beacon of hope in this fight is the work that the Democrats in the House are doing led by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to fight these inhumane cuts and fight corporations and the wealthy to make sure they pay their fair share. In order to pass any bill that will retain the full faith and credit of the United States, we need Democratic votes. It's time to bring them to the table and look at the real solutions to restore a strong economy and reduce the deficit." ### 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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New PCCC/DFA TV Ad: " Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School"

Watch the ad here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recallolsen?refcode=med Today Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released the new ad, "Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School." The ad depicts Jay Jones and his family in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School which is being shut down due to budget cuts voted on by Luther Olsen. "Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults," explains Jay in the ad. (Full transcript and citations below.) "How can Sen. Olsen vote to close the community school that his own kids went to while giving tax breaks to millionaires? Where are his values?" asked, Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for Democracy for America. "Wisconsin voters deserve better than Luther Olsen." This new ad is being run by PCCC Recall Committee (Progressive Change Campaign Committee) and DFA Wisconsin (Democracy for America Recall Committee) Aimed at Sen. Luther Olsen (R, WI SD-14) the ad endorses opponent his Assemblyman Fred Clark whose election is August 9. The initial ad buy is $100,000 on broadcast and cable in the Green Bay and Madison media markets and begins Wednesday, July 20. The ad will run for one week, however the ad buy could be extended based on online fundraising. It's the first major PCCC/DFA ad buy in Wisconsin since the recall elections were triggered. The two groups have spent over $1 million on previous ads and Wisconsin campaign activity, and plan multiple ads in this final month. The two groups also have a national "Call Out The Vote" phone bank -- making hundreds of thousands of calls to Wisconsin voters. DFA has over 1 million members nationally, PCCC has over 750,000 members nationally. The two groups each have over 25,000 members in Wisconsin combined. Luther Olsen is part of the war on working families that is hurting schools and communities across Wisconsin -- all to give tax cuts to big corporations. The story of the Jones family is the story of families across Wisconsin. Together, they are fighting back -- and they are going to win," said Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee. AD TRANSCRIPT: Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI VISUAL: Jay and Melissa Jones of Poy Sippi in front of their community school with their children. SCRIPT: Jay speaks in front of the school: Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open.[2] And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. BACKGROUND ON JAY JONES Jay Jones, 42, Poy Sippi, WI. Jay and his wife, Melissa are natives of central Wisconsin. Jay is a high school history teacher and Melissa works at a community college in nearby Appleton, WI. Parents of three, Jay and Melissa two younger children -- ages ten and seven -- were students at Poy Sippi Elementary prior to the school's shutdown in June due to budget cuts imposed by State Sen. Luther Olsen and Gov. Scott Walker. Jay's children will now have to be bused nearly 15-20 miles away to an elementary school in Berlin, WI. Available for Interviews Wednesday & Thursday, if desired. CITATIONS Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. The school is being closed as a result of budget cuts. -- Poy Sippi school closing its doors Fox News Channel 11, June 9, 2011, http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/fox_cities/poy-sippi-school-closing-its-doors This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. Business production tax break added to state budget: Measure would cost $128.7 million a year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2011, http://www.jsonline.com/business/123245453.html And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Wisconsin is not unique in the budget situation that were in, and many states across the country are having to make large, large cuts to K-12 education, said state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon. -- Union reform tops weeks news from Madison, WisconsinReporter.com, May 27th, 2011, http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/union-reform-tops-weeks-news-from-madison Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, 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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