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The Cynthia Surge

The Weekly Standard

Until Wednesday, when Quinnipiac rolled out its poll and Democracy for America announced its Nixon endorsement, the big news for Nixon had been staffing changes: She appointed a new campaign manager from within the same consultancy that helped launch her run. But she also hired senior adviser L. Joy Williams—a veteran political consultant who heads Brooklyn’s NAACP chapter and founded Higher Heights for America, a PAC dedicated to helping African-American women run for office.

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More TOP-TWO SIRENS in House races -- BILL PRESS on JERRY BROWN -- ACLU ad targets DiFi --- RENDON tweets on GARCIA -- FAA report: Near-Misses due to PILOT errors at SFO

Politico

ENDORSEMENTS: Pamela Price has won the endorsement of Democracy for America (DFA) in her campaign for Alameda County district attorney. ... The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) announced its opposition to the ballot measure that would impose state regulation of the Internet.

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EMILY’S List Endorses Kelly in Kansas

National Journal

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) led actress Cynthia Nixon (D) 50-28 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll (April 26-May 1; 473 Democrats; +/-5.7%). In a hypothetical general election matchup (1,076 voters; +/-3.7%), Cuomo bested Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) 57-26 percent. “If Nixon is on the November ballot as the Working Families Party candidate, Cuomo’s support drops to 40 percent, with 23 percent for Molinaro and 20 percent for Nixon.” Cuomo’s job approval was 54-39 percent, and his favorability was 49-41 percent. (release)

Democracy for America endorsed Nixon on Wednesday.

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Dem primary tensions spill into public view

The Hill

Hoyer explained to Tillemann that the head of the DCCC has a “policy” of getting behind a candidate the group believes can win in a general election.

The Hoyer audio sparked furor among progressive groups like Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), who have repeatedly accused Democratic leadership of getting in the way of primary voters. 

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Cynthia Nixon Receives Democracy for America Endorsement

The Advocate

The member-driven organization has officially backed Cynthia Nixon for governor of New York, calling her the true progressive candidate.

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Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives — but not her fellow lawmakers

Idaho Statesman

Jordan's campaign has not responded to several Statesman emails asking about endorsements and related issues. Jordan's phone was not accepting voice messages as of Tuesday.

Several national groups have endorsed her, including Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Democracy for America, Indivisible and People for Bernie Sanders. She also has earned the support of a celebrity, Cher, and a CNN political commentator, Van Jones.

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El-Sayed Touts Public Health, Anti-Corporate Stand in 1st Ad

AP News

The ad buy is for $150,000 for an unspecified number of weeks. It comes after Thanedar has spent millions of his own money on a months-long ad campaign that has pulled him to about even with former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer in some recent polling. El-Sayed has lagged behind but has support from within the party’s more liberal wing, while she has secured backing from unions, the women’s advocacy organization Emily’s List and many elected Democrats. The liberal group Democracy for America endorsed El-Sayed last week.

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County Clerk Sherry Hall faces two opponents in May primary

Clackamas Review

Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.

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Hoyer Defends Urging Candidate to Drop Out of Democratic Primary

Roll Call

Leaders of liberal groups including Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee decried Hoyer urging Tillemann to leave the race and called on Hoyer to step down from Democratic leadership.

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Audio: Dem Whip Steny Hoyer Pressuring Underdog Congressional Candidate

Washington Free Beacon

Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, slammed Hoyer for "carrying water for greed-driven corporate interests in Congress."

"We saw what happens when Democratic Party leaders put their fingers on the scale in primaries in 2006 through 2016, when we lost nearly 1000 elected offices up and down the ballot," said DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain. "Steny Hoyer likes to spend a lot of time talking to progressive candidates about electoral viability but, after his exposure in these recordings, it's time for him to recognize that only thing that's truly not viable is his leadership role in a House Democratic caucus that depends on an enthusiastic grassroots progressive base for its majority."

"Steny Hoyer should resign or be removed from House Democratic leadership immediately," Chamberlain added.

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Sherry Hall faces two opponents for election clerk

Wilsonville Spokesman

In addition, Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of the Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.

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Why 2018 Might Not Be the Year of the Woma

The Nation

As we hurtle toward November, there are promising signs. Anchor women’s candidate organizations, especially EMILY’s List and Emerge, are stronger than they were several years ago. The Democratic Party has announced a $1 million fund to support state organizing and engagement in communities of color. Organizations like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Working Families Party, and Democracy for America endorse in primaries and prioritize candidates’ progressive stances. 

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Progressives riled by secret tape of Steny Hoyer asking candidate to drop out of race

USA Today

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called for Hoyer to resign or “be removed” from House leadership.

"We saw what happens when Democratic Party leaders put their fingers on the scale in primaries in 2006 through 2016, when we lost nearly 1,000 elected offices up and down the ballot,” he said.

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Progressive group fundraises for Dem candidate Hoyer urged to drop out

The Hill

Another progressive group, Democracy for America (DFA), also criticized Hoyer over the secret recording, calling on him to either resign or be removed from Democratic leadership.

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Report: Shri Thanedar's company abandoned more than 170 dogs and monkeys

Detroit Metro Times

However, his progressive credentials have been regularly called into question by one his opponents, Abdul El-Sayed. El-Sayed's campaign supports similar policies, but bills him as the race's "real progressive." El-Sayed came out of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration and picked up endorsements from several progressive groups, like Our Revolution. The campaign also announced today that it received an endorsement from Democracy For America, a group founded by pharmaceutical lobbyist and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean. 

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Can She Turn A Red State Blue? Stacey Abrams Intends To In Georgia

Essence

Besides enlisting enthusiastic volunteers, Abrams is racking up endorsements. Backers include civil rights icons Congressman John Lewis and Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Senator Cory Booker and multiple women of the Congressional Black Caucus. Organizations such as Democracy for America, the Georgia Working Families Party, Higher Heights, Collective Political Action Committee, NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY's List have also expressed support.

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Dem Candidate for Massachusetts Governor Drops Bid Due to ‘Insurmountable’ Financial Hurdles

Washington Free Beacon

Warren, a former aide to John Kerry and an Iraq War veteran, was the most prominent Democrat in the gubernatorial race. Since joining the race, Warren has adopted a progressive platform, calling for a single-payer health care system, free college tuition, high-speed rail, and increased income taxes on the states' top earners. His efforts had garnered the endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D.) and Democracy for America, the progressive advocacy group founded by former Democratic National chairman Howard Dean.

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Paulette Jordan Is Running For Governor. Who Will Follow Her?

Buzzfeed News

And while the bulk of the Idaho Democratic establishment has endorsed Jordan’s opponent, Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff, Jordan has earned the support of the progressive PAC Democracy for America, Planned Parenthood, Our Revolution, and was among the first five candidates endorsed on the national level by Indivisible. In January, Jordan was asked to speak at the national Women’s March gathering in Las Vegas; while there, she met and was endorsed by Cher.

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New Jersey Democrats offer 3 free candidate trainings

Blue Jersey

My own opinion is that the best training of candidates comes from organizations fueled by, funded by, and taught by those with strong, clear, progressive values – like those offered by Democracy for America, PCCC & Our Revolution (hosted by former New Jerseyan and NJDSC Communications Director Adam Green), or Camp Wellstone. These trainings produce candidates ready to become progressive champions for their communities, their states and their country. 

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Nomination of Pompeo Facing Key Monday Vote

Newsmax

But other Democrats are clearly pushing hard in their opposition to Pompeo.

"It's one of the more important things on progressives' minds right now," said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. "There's a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to."

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Monroe County Young Democrats endorses Greg Edwards for Congress

The Morning Call

Edwards has also collected endorsements from the Food and Water Action, Justice Democrats, Progressive Change Campaign Committee Common Defense, Working Families Party, The Collective PAC, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman(NJ-12) Democracy For America, 350 Action and locally from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, Bethlehem City Council Vice President Olga Negron, Allentown City Councilman Julio Guridy, Easton City Councilman Ken Brown and former Fountain Hill Mayor Jose Rosado, Representative Dwight E. Evans (PA-2), Women’s March PA and Make the Road Action in Pennsylvania.

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Pompeo faces pivotal vote

The Hill

He has also in the past questioned whether the climate is really warming, though more recently he said “there’s a warming taking place” and human activity is contributing to it.

“It’s one of the more important things on progressives’ minds right now,” said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. “There’s a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to."

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County Clerk Sherry Hall faces two opponents in May primary

Clackamas Review

Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.

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Pompeo faces pivotal vote

The Hill

He has also in the past questioned whether the climate is really warming, though more recently he said, “there’s a warming taking place” and human activity is contributing to it.

“It’s one of the more important things on progressives’ minds right now,” said Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group. “There’s a broad sense that this is a nomination fight that Democrats need to stand up and be clear in their opposition to.”

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Sen. Merkley Speaks About Legislation on Medicare Part E Public Health Plans

Insurance News

I am pleased that we have been joined in introducing this today with nine of our colleagues as original cosponsors: Senator Baldwin, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Booker, Senator Harris, Senator Heinrich, Senator Shaheen, Senator Schatz, Senator Gillibrand, and Senator Udall. Thank you to each and every one of these original cosponsors, who believe in the vision of improving our healthcare system.

We appreciate the groups that worked to help forge this vision to put meat on the bones of this idea: PCCC, which was involved from the very beginning with insights, CREDO, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, MoveOn, and Families USA. We appreciate their endorsement of this plan.

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