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DFA says GOP’s Coney Barrett SCOTUS power grab “will have consequences” in 2020 election, beyond

October 26, 2020

Moments ago the U.S. Senate, in a party-line Republican vote that took place within a week of the conclusion of the presidential election, forced Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson following the Senate’s final vote for Coney Barrett:

"Tonight’s Senate vote to force Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court just a week before the conclusion of a…

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DFA: “Biden delivered one of his strongest 2020 debate performances… handed Trump a clear defeat”

October 22, 2020

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s final general election debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“Joe Biden delivered one of his strongest debate performances of the 2020 campaign tonight and in the process handed Donald Trump a clear defeat at the moment he most needed a win.

“With nearly 50 million Americans having already voted and down in the polls, Donald Trump desperately needed a debate that might…

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DFA on Biden Court Reform Commission plan: U.S. doesn’t need “nice report,” we need “bold action”

October 22, 2020

This morning, Vice President Biden announced plans to establish, if elected, a bipartisan commission to study potential reforms to U.S. Courts.

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson released the following comment in response to Biden’s plan for a court reform commission:

“For much of the last 18 months, Joe Biden has been largely opposed to any real efforts to reform the judiciary in response to Mitch McConnell’s six-year effort to…

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DFA: Judiciary vote on Coney Barrett a “brazen display of anti-democratic political power”

October 22, 2020

Minutes ago, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in a party-line vote, voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States to the full Senate.

Democracy for America's CEO Yvette Simpson on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote:

“The party-line vote that just took place in the Senate Judiciary Committee was one of the most brazen displays of anti-democratic political power we’ve ever seen in…

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Democracy for America takes position on 41 state, local ballot proposals in 2020 election

October 20, 2020

With less than two weeks to go before voting concludes, Democracy for America (DFA) has announced its position on 41 statewide and municipal-level direct-democracy initiatives in 17 states across the country.

These direct-democracy initiatives include ballot initiatives, ballot measures, referendums, and state constitutional amendments that will be approved, rejected, or ratified directly by voters who cast a ballot in the 2020 general…

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DFA: “Kamala Harris delivered a pitch perfect dismantling” of Trump-Pence in VP Debate

October 7, 2020

Reaction to tonight’s Vice Presidential debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“From the pandemic to the economy to racial justice, Senator Kamala Harris won the debate with substance backed up by the truth.

“Mike Pence failed to effectively lead the Trump Administration’s response to the Coronavirus, so it should be no surprise that he failed to deliver an effective debate performance tonight.

“Kamala Harris…

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Ten progressive groups urge Lieberman to drop U.S. Senate bid in GA for “good… of the country”

October 2, 2020

This morning, in a letter organized by Democracy for America, ten national progressive organizations urged Matt Lieberman to end his bid for the U.S. Senate in Georgia “for the good of the Democratic Party and the country.”

The letter, which is available below, cites recent polling from Monmouth University and the University of Georgia that suggests Lieberman does not have enough support to win the November but may have just enough to…

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DFA on DEBATE #1: “When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional.”

September 29, 2020

Here’s a quick reaction to tonight’s general election debate from Democracy for America’s Chair Charles Chamberlain:

“Joe Biden won tonight’s debate because he spoke straight to the American people while Donald Trump came unglued.

“When Donald Trump wasn’t lying tonight, he was delusional. Joe Biden was clear, strong, and the only adult on that stage.

“The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus deaths, the west coast is on fire, and a…

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DFA says Coney Barrett is a “born-and-bred, far-right extremist,” that Dems must “fight like hell”

September 26, 2020

All reports indicate that Donald Trump is poised to nominate far-right Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court this evening -- just 38 days from the November election.

Democracy for America (DFA) CEO Yvette Simpson on Trump's nomination of Coney Barrett to the Court and expectations on the fight ahead:

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a born-and-bred, far-right extremist who will use a seat…

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DFA: “Grossly inadequate indictment” in Breonna Taylor case “reaffirms why we say #BlackLivesMatter”

September 23, 2020

This afternoon, a Kentucky Grand Jury announced a narrow set of indictments that did not include any charges in direct response to the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Profoundly disappointed by the indictment announcement, DFA is responding by reiterating its commitment to electing a slate of champions for criminal justice reform across the country in 2020.

The following is a statement reacting to the Taylor indictments from Democracy for…

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DFA: “We’re committed to fighting like hell to ensure… [Trump] doesn’t destroy RBG’s legacy.”

September 18, 2020

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Tonight, the country mourns the loss of a great American jurist and a pioneer in the fight for women’s rights and equal justice under the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero and icon who will go down in history as one of the most important voices for justice and progress the U.S. Supreme Court has ever known.

“A…

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Democracy for America endorses Nikema Willams for Congress in GA-5

September 3, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Nikema Williams in the open race for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, to fill the seat of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

Georgia State Senator Nikema Wiliams has spent her career fighting for voting rights, fair representation, and to empower marginalized communities. Williams was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2017 and became the first Black woman to…

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DFA says Markey primary win is “perfect capstone” to year of “transformative progressive victories”

September 1, 2020

U.S. Senator Ed Markey just successfully beat back Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s primary challenge in Massachusetts delivering progressives yet another 2020 primary victory.

Democracy for America endorsed Sen. Markey late last month.

DFA CEO Yvette Simpson on Sen. Ed Markey’s Democratic primary victory in Massachusetts:

“Sen. Ed Markey’s win in this race was the perfect capstone to a 2020 primary season packed with transformative…

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Democracy for America endorses Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine

August 24, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate in Maine.

The endorsement of Gideon is part of DFA’s 2020 “Flip the Senate” strategy, which aims to (a) hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in enabling Donald Trump’s massive mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis and (b) end Republican control of a body that could halt inclusive populist reform, even with a Democrat in the…

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Democracy for America backs Ed Markey for reelection to U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

August 20, 2020

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Ed Markey in the competitive primary for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

While DFA has been primarily focused in 2020 U.S. Senate races on a “Flip the Senate” strategy focused on returning Congress’s upper chamber to Democratic control, the grassroots progressive group felt it was necessary to endorse in the primary in deep blue Massachusetts to help ensure that Markey, a…

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