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Dissonance grows between economic performance, Trump approval

NBC News

"As of right now, I think it’ll be very easy to point back to 2016 and show that job growth was actually bigger,” Neil Sroka, communications director for progressive political action committee Democracy for America, said.

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Labor advocate Wendy Carrillo elected to California Assembly

People's World

A former local radio show host and SEIU activist backed by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, California Labor Federation, National Women’s Political Caucus, Emily’s List, Democracy for America, and a host of other endorsers, won a special election in this city’s Assembly District 51 on Tuesday, December 5th.

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Major progressive group endorses in four competitive California races

The Hill

“Victories across California in 2018 are going to be absolutely critical to Democrats’ chances of taking back the House and gaining the political power necessary to confront and defeat Donald Trump’s bigoted and oligarchic agenda,” DFA Chairman Jim Dean said in a statement to The Hill. “By sending Bryan Caforio, Laura Oatman, Sam Jammal, and Mike Levin to Congress, Californians will have the new warriors they need to fight back and Democracy for America members couldn’t be more excited to stand with them every step of the way.”

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Liberal group wades into primary fights early, endorses challengers in four GOP-held districts

Los Angeles Times

Democracy for America, the progressive political action committee started by Howard Dean, is doing things differently. On Friday, the group announced endorsements in four California districts: All of them are Democrats. In a statement, the group’s chairman, Jim Dean, said victories in California will be “absolutely critical” to Democrats’ plans to retake the House in 2018 and in opposing President Trump’s agenda.

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Liberal group calls for Franken, Conyers to resign

Washington Times

Democracy for America said the liberal progressive movement must lead the charge against sexual violence and harassment because the political “right” has refused to do so. “We believe the multiple women who have bravely shared their stories about the behavior of Representative John Conyers and Senator Al Franken, and we strongly feel that both men have a moral obligation to hold themselves accountable for their misconduct and resign from office,” DFA said in a statement. “The right, which is led by serial sexual assault perpetrator Donald Trump and has tried to excuse child predator Roy Moore, has less than zero credibility in any effort to end our culture’s long-running pandemic of sexual violence and harassment.”

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NARAL Goes on Air Against Democrat Dan Lipinski

Roll Call

Lipinski is facing a primary challenge from marketing consultant Marie Newman, who secured the backing of NARAL, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s leadership PAC endorsed Newman earlier this month. 

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Abortion Activists Target One of the Few Pro-Life Democrats Left in Congress

Life News

Joining NARAL in opposing Lipinski is Democracy for America. Executive director Charles Chamberlain claimed that the pro-life congressman’s “right-wing ideology is profoundly out of step with a twenty-first century Democratic Party.”

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Net neutrality rollback isn’t the end

The Wilson Times

“Donald Trump and his corporate cronies are about to destroy the Internet,” writes Eden James of Democracy for America.

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Progressives sharpen attack on Rep. Lipinski

Crain's Chicago Business

Set to join in the announcement are the Human Rights Campaign, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

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McSally embraces Trump ahead of Arizona Senate run

Politico

“Democrat Marie Newman picked up endorsements from five progressive groups today, as she challenges Blue Dog Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in the IL-03 primary. NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee and the Human Rights Campaign all jointly backed Newman. A joint memo said that Lipinski, who's easily won reelection since 2004, has ‘consistently voted to pass anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant policies.’”

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Progressive Groups Back Challenger to Anti-Choice Congressional Democrat

Rewire

NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, and the Human Rights Campaign announced endorsements of Newman on Tuesday and planned to come together in Chicago on Wednesday to speak in support of the candidate.

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Juan Williams: Democrats and the politics of impeaching Trump

Fox News

Two leading grassroots groups, Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, are pushing for immediate impeachment. They can push all they like. At the moment, the Republican majority in Congress is sure to block them.

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Progressive groups back challenger to Illinois Dem

The Hill

NARAL Pro-Choice, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Campaign, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) have decided to back Marie Newman, a former advertising consultant and anti-bullying nonprofit head, in her bid to unseat Lipinski. Charles Chamberlain, DFA's executive director, argued that Lipinski's "right-wing ideology is profoundly out of step with a twenty-first century Democratic Party." MoveOn.org's Matt Blizek called Lipinski "one of the worst Democrats in Congress." And the Human Rights Campaign's JoDee Winterhof said that the district needs "new leadership and someone who will fight for full LGBTQ equality in Congress." 

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Harrop: Democrats, though not all, learn how to win elections

Durango Herald

In a statement taking back its support for Northam, Democracy for America declared, “We refuse to be silent any longer and even remotely complicit in the disastrous, racist, and even voter-turnout-depressing campaign Ralph Northam appears intent on running.”

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Morning Spin: Ald. Burke wants Chicago truck terrorism task force

Chicago Tribune

Team Biss said their candidate got 93 percent of the vote among the group’s members. Northside DFA is an offshoot of the larger Democracy for America, which is the incarnation of Dean for America, the 2004 group that backed former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s unsuccessful presidential bid.

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Democratic wins: Start of anti-Trump surge or 'not so fast?'

Associated Press

The liberal group Democracy for America had abandoned Virginia's gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam, over immigration policy, then celebrated his win days later. "The plus of a tidal wave like this is it washes away the stains of all the campaigns," Charles Chamberlain, DFA's executive director, said in an interview

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ARE DEMOCRATS FINALLY GETTING THEIR ‘SHIT TOGETHER’ TO STOP TRUMP?

Newsweek

And, for all the jubilation evident on both sides of the Democratic Party Wednesday, it came only a matter of days after progressive group Democracy for America abandoned Northam’s campaign, labeling it “racist and morally debased” after he said he’d sign a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Four Groundbreaking Victories in Tuesday’s Down-Ballot Elections

Rewire

The race was featured as one of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s (DLCC) “spotlight races.” The committee, which works to elect Democrats in state legislatures, mobilized 150 volunteers and knocked on 7,000 doors in support of Dhingra. She was endorsed by a bevy of pro-choice groups including EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Votes, as well as progressive organization Democracy for America.

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Manka Dhingra Scores ‘Game-changing’ Win in Washington’s D45 State Senate Race, Turns State Democrat-Majority

West India

Added Democracy for America chair Jim Dean on Dhingra's "game-changing" win in the state Senate, “With Manka Dhingra in the state Senate, Washingtonians not only will now have another strong, progressive voice in Olympia, they will have flipped control of a legislative chamber and won a state government united in its commitment to standing up to Donald Trump’s attacks on our healthcare, environment, education system, and immigrant communities."

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After Big Wins, Top Democrats Still Shying Away from Alabama Special Election

Daily Beast

“What we’re seeing across the country is a real surge in grassroots energy and enthusiasm and that can put tough deep red districts and states like Alabama in play in a way they never have been before,” Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America told The Daily Beast. The group, initially formed by Howard Dean, endorsed Jones at the start of the general election and has been fundraising on his behalf. “It’s been quite a long time since a lot of Alabamans have seen a truly competitive senate race. That’s the real lift and one of the things that we hope to work on with Jones’ team.”

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Ralph Northam shows boring can win

Business Insider

Democracy for America, the left-wing campaign group, declared his campaign "racist" and declared its non support (over the public objections of its founder, Howard Dean). Apparent protesters upset about the sanctuary city issue even disrupted his victory speech Tuesday night.)

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Manka Dhingra Has 'Decisive Victory' In 45th District Race

Patch

"Manka Dhingra's victory tonight is a tremendous win for Eastside voters, the entire state of Washington, and progressive voters all across the country who understand the stakes of state elections like this one," Democracy for America chair Jim Dean said in a release. "Tonight in Redmond, Democrats won a key legislative victory that will result in real, meaningful change for people across the Evergreen state.

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Northern Virginia Leads Blue Wave

Connection

“As just the second African-American to ever win statewide office in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Justin Fairfax has already made history just by winning this seat,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. "For Democrats, he’s also made history by showing doubters in Richmond and Washington that progressives dedicated to an inclusive populist political agenda can win big in Virginia.”

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‘We Will Not Move Back’: Democrats Sweep Virginia in Rejection of Trump Politics

Rewire

Among the policy priorities listed on Foy’s campaign website are expanding Medicaid in Virginia, protecting clean water, and safeguarding access to reproductive health care. She had the backing of numerous grassroots and progressive groups, including Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and EMILY’s List.

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Democrats send Trump and Trumpism a firm message with election night thrashing

Washington Post

Northam’s path to victory was pocked with land mines. Last week, Democracy for America, a Democratic activist network with 1 million members, halted its work for Northam. The group accused him of running a racist campaign because he reacted to harsh GOP ads alleging that he favored “sanctuary cities” by saying he would indeed sign a ban on them if a Virginia city declared it would not enforce federal immigration law. (Virginia has no sanctuary cities.)

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Progressive group ends 'direct aid' to Northam

The Hill

A progressive grassroots group announced Thursday that it will no longer "directly aid" Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, citing his comments on immigration. Democracy for America (DFA) announced in a statement that it would no longer mobilize voters in Virginia to vote for Northam and instead would focus on down-ballot races. DFA had never officially endorsed Northam but had worked on coordinated campaign efforts.

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Green group endorses Democratic challenger to Feinstein

The Hill

Its endorsement comes after Democracy for America, a national progressive organization, endorsed de León last month. On Thursday, a progressive group called Justice Democrats endorsed another Feinstein challenger, Alison Hartson.

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Liberal group calls Virginia Democrat ‘racist’ for opposing sanctuary cities

McClatchy DC Bureau

A liberal activist group on Thursday labeled Ralph Northam’s campaign "racist," criticizing the Virginia Democrat running for governor a day after he declared that he would not support "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants. "Let's be really clear: If Ralph Northam wins next Tuesday, it won't be because he publicly backtracked on his commitment to protecting immigrant families, but in spite of it," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive activist based in Vermont.

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Democratic Divisions Expose Old Wounds That Haven’t Healed

NBC News

Hours later, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was asked if the Democratic race was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, Warren answered, “Yes.” And last night, the liberal group Democracy for America said it would no longer directly aid Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s gubernatorial race after Northam said he would sign a bill to ban “sanctuary cities” if a locality tries to become one. (Right now, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia.)

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Controversies harm Northam's effort to turn out minority voters in Virginia governor's race

CNN


By announcing his opposition to sanctuary cities, Northam also triggered backlash from the left. 
Democracy For America, which had spearheaded a calling program for Democratic candidates as part of progressives' coordinated effort in Virginia, announced that it was dropping its support for Northam and only working to help the rest of the ticket. "Ralph Northam's gutless, politically senseless, and morally debased decision yesterday to openly backtrack on his commitment to standing up for immigrant families is a picture-perfect example of why Democracy for America never endorsed him in the primary and focused the entirety of our efforts in Virginia on down-ticket races, like Justin Fairfax's campaign for lieutenant governor. It's also why, today, we're announcing that we will no longer do any work to directly aid Northam's gubernatorial efforts," DFA executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement.
 

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