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Prominent progressive group backs Dems for open seats

The Hill

Prominent liberal group Democracy for America (DFA) made a new wave of midterm House endorsements Thursday, backing two candidates running for open seats in Texas and Colorado. DFA backed Veronica Escobar, a candidate in the race for Texas's 16th congressional district, and Joe Neguse, a candidate in Colorado's 2nd district. In releases provided first to The Hill, DFA praised Escobar for understanding the needs of her district, including the "dangers El Paso’s border community face" in the wake of President Trump's immigration crackdown, calling her a key player in the future fights against the administration's agenda.

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Howard Dean-founded political group endorses Veronica Escobar bid for Congress

El Paso Times

A national progressive political action committee founded by former presidential candidate Howard Dean on Thursday endorsed El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar in her bid for Congress. Democracy for America is backing Escobar in her bid for the 16th congressional district seat currently held by fellow Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Escobar will be "a critical ally in the fights for the populist progressive reforms we need to confront Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda," Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said in a statement. He is Howard Dean's brother.

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New York ties bind Trump and Schumer, but can they last through health care?

Reno Gazette Journal

“Maybe we can get a good deal out of it,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America. “It’s heavily dependent on Democratic leaders not compromising on core progressive values.”

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Today's Event Briefs: Library business start-up workshop Thursday

Kenosha News

This movie is sponsored nationwide by Democracy for America and Greg Palast, who is a freelance/investigative journalist for the BBC as well as the British newspaper The Guardian.

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Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms

Time

"There is no confusion about what we Democrats are against. The only disagreement," says strategist Neil Sroka, "is what we're for."

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Single Payer, the Democratic Party and the Non Profit Industrial Complex

Counter Punch

And then there was the 2016 recount debacle, where according to Zeese, Stein raised millions of dollars with the help of Democratic Party affiliated groups like MoveOn and Democracy for America to recount the vote with the hope of flipping the election back to Clinton.

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Meet the Leader of the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

Politico Magazine

Merkley could use some buzz outside the Beltway—though inside Washington, he is very much a player, having quietly brought together leading groups on the left for what’s become a regular series of pragmatic, action-focused meetings. Every other Thursday, around the table in his conference room (or sometimes over the phone), top staffers from leading progressive groups MoveOn.org, Ultraviolet, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Daily Kos, Credo and Indivisible join him to plot strategy and share information. If there is a nerve center of the vast left-wing conspiracy, this is it.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Defends Comments on Judicial Nominee’s Faith

The Daily Signal

Some left-leaning organizations support Democrats blocking Trump’s judicial nominees, among them CREDO Action, a progressive activist organization, and Democracy for America, a liberal political action committee. Democracy for America had a similar message on its petition page aimed at stopping the Senate Judiciary Committee from confirming Trump’s judicial nominees. “Republican senators, with the help of some Democrats, are upending Senate precedent to jam through those nominees as fast as possible,” it said.

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Progressive Randy Bryce looks to ride viral ad to an upset over Paul Ryan

Daily Cardinal

He has received early endorsements from progressive groups like the Working Families Party, Democracy for America, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and unions in both the public and private sectors.

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Dems, GOP Lawmakers Wary of Trump's DACA 'Deal'

Real Clear Politics

“Whenever you make a deal with the devil you always run the risk of smelling like sulfur,” Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America, told RCP. “Progressives, unlike the Tea Party, are not allergic to the idea of compromise. But we believe the only compromises that are acceptable don't involve compromising our values. When you're dealing with Donald Trump, especially on issues of immigration, that is a profound risk.”

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Trump is rapidly nominating federal judges. Democrats are facing more pressure to not confirm them.

Mic

Progressive organizations like CREDO and Democracy for America attracted more than 350,000 signatures on online petitions calling for Grassley and Feinstein to slow approval of Trump-nominated judges. “We don’t expect Feinstein, alone, to stop these appointments. But you can slow them down,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, told Mic after delivering those signatures on Thursday in Washington.

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Bernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer

The Hill

“I think the big thing that Bernie Sanders showed during the 2016 race was the hunger across the ideological spectrum for big, bold solutions to the problems our country faces, not the least of which is health care,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal group Democracy for America.

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Trump wants to stuff the worst aspects of TPP into his NAFTA renegotiation

Red Green and Blue

As Jay Henderson, Digital Strategy Manager for Democracy for America, puts it, “Fixing NAFTA is a good idea. But that’s not what Donald Trump has in mind. Trump plans to do the bidding of big corporations by taking parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and inserting them into NAFTA.” “Big corporations have already used NAFTA to destroy millions of jobs and communities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,” says DFA’s Henderson. “If Trump gets his way, the big corporations will have new powers under NAFTA to destroy much more. The good news: Investor-State Dispute Settlement is incredibly unpopular with the American people. It’s the kind of rip-off that helped to defeat the TPP.” He adds that The DFA has a petition “to tell your representative to vote no on Trump’s NAFTA corporate power grab!” (that he urges you to sign).”

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Bernie Sanders' Medicare-For-All Bill Has Set the Bar for Democrats in 2018 and Beyond

Alternet

“The truth is that the only way we will successfully transform our health care system is when we transform our political system. The two struggles go together,” Sanders wrote in an email from Democracy for America. “We will succeed when we involve millions of people in unprecedented political activity who are prepared to stand up and fight for a government that represents all of us, not just greedy powerful corporate interests. In other words, we need a political revolution in this country.”

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Trump denies reaching deal with Democrats over ‘Dreamers’

The Guardian

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, Neil Sroka, communications director for the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, said: “Trusting this narcissist in the White House, who just weeks ago was trying to equivocate on white supremacy, runs a real risk for Democrats. Being seen palling around with Donald Trump is not a risk-free endeavour. But in dangerous times like these, Democrats have an obligation to do what it takes to achieve our agenda, and that involves taking risks sometimes.”

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Democrats continue to line up behind Bernie Sanders’ health care bill

ABC News

“The growing momentum for Medicare-for-all is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it’s really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Senator Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power,” Charles Chamberlain, a progressive activist and executive director of Democracy for America, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

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Bernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer

The Hill

“I think the big thing that Bernie Sanders showed during the 2016 race was the hunger across the ideological spectrum for big, bold solutions to the problems our country faces, not the least of which is health care,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal group Democracy for America.

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9/13/17 - DFA on Growing Momentum Behind Sanders' 'Medicare for All' Bill

Pharmacy Choice

Democracy for America is a strong supporter of Senator Sanders' bill and will be working with our members across the country to build on the rapidly growing support for Medicare for All. Quick comment from DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the growing support for Medicare for All: "In the last few days, we've seen the number of U.S. Senators backing Senator Sanders' Medicare for All legislation rapidly increasing and we wouldn't be surprised if this week ends with more than 20% of the Senate Democratic Caucus supporting the bill. "The growing momentum for Medicare for All is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it's really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Senator Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power. "Medicare for All legislation isn't going to be passed by this Republican Congress or signed by this President, but the momentum growing behind it right now has already ensured that it'll be a crystal clear goal of any progressive's agenda for years to come." Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

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BERNIE’S ARMY: 24 ORGANIZATIONS WITH MILLIONS OF MEMBERS VOW TO HELP PASS HIS UNIVERSAL MEDICARE PLAN

The Intercept

Democracy for America: DFA was formed from the network that coalesced around Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.

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Suddenly, more US Democrats back government health care

The BreitBart

Democracy for America, which is helping build grassroots support for the legislation, concedes that Medicare for All will not be passed by a Republican Congress. But it sees Democratic support for Sanders’s plan as “a remarkable turnaround” for an idea deemed too radical to debate in recent years.

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Bern Notice: Sanders Lays Down a Health Care Market

Seven Days

"The senator wanted to take the time to get it right," says Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, the progressive advocacy group founded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean. "Set the tone for a conversation, put together a solid bill and build broad support." "This is the beginning of a serious, movement-building campaign," says Chamberlain. "This is the opening salvo in that campaign" Chamberlain sees this as the moment to push the Democratic Party leftward. "The party is going through changes," he notes. "The corporate wing of the party is dying; the progressive wing is growing. The progressive movement is starting to change the party on key issues."

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Trump resistance groups look beyond Washington for victories

ABC News

"We don't have to wait for 2020," said Annie Weinberg, the chief elections strategist for Democracy for America, the political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. "We can fight and win on these policies now," Weinberg added, describing an "inclusive populism" she says speaks to working-class angst, like Trump did, while maintaining Democrats' current positions on social policy. Weinberg says her group has heard from "more than 7,000 people" expressing interest in running for office. The organization has endorsed dozens of candidates in 2017, including a slate of Democrats aiming to flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates this fall. Democracy for America is focusing on a Washington state Senate special election that could give Democrats "trifecta" control of the state — the governor's office and both legislative chambers — and the group has endorsed 16 candidates in the Virginia House of Delegates, which is now controlled by Republicans. Democracy for America has lined up behind a 2018 Arizona attorney general candidate, January Contreras, who could become a key voice in fighting Trump administration immigration policy. And where they don't win, the liberal activists say they will see progress. Democracy for America made 300,000 phone calls in a Kansas special congressional election this spring that national Democrats had largely ignored. Republican Ron Estes still won, but by 6 percentage points — after a 30-point GOP win last November. "We do play to win," Weinberg said. "But we know this is not a three-month process or a six-month process or even a one-cycle process."

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Seatte mayoral candidates release policy plans, woo workers ahead of Tuesday debate

Seattle Times

Last week, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America political-action committee endorsed her.

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Howard Dean Threatens New Hampshire Primary Over Proposed Voter ID Restrictions

Daily Beast

Dean’s statements were echoed by Democracy for America, a political action committee that he founded after his 2008 presidential bid. “Secretaries of state should be focused on making it easier for individuals to get to the polls and participate in our Democracy, not actively colluding with a president narcissistically focused on an enabling voter suppression to prop up the lie that he won an election he actually lost by over 3 million votes,” Neil Sroka, communications director for DFA, told The Daily Beast. “If New Hampshire doesn't have that kind of secretary of state, Democrats should think long and hard about whether the Granite State deserves to continue to have outsized say in our presidential nominating contest.”

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'Draft Bernie' movement plows ahead despite cold shoulder from Sanders

USA Today

Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, another progressive group founded by 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean, also said the Draft Bernie strategy is not the clearest path to a progressive victory. The largest hurdle for progressives who want to start a new party by 2018 or 2020 is not just the effectiveness of the strategy, but the reality of achieving their goal, Sroka said. “The reality is, gaining ballot access in states takes an incredible amount of time,” Sroka said. “As a political party your number one path to political success is through access to that ballot. If you want to affect change in 2018 and 2020, that’s going to take a heck of a lot of time just to get on that ballot and that’s before we even talk about recruiting candidates.”

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Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation Process

Yahoo News

The coalition ― which also includes Democracy for America, Color of Change and UltraViolet ― plans to deliver petition signatures to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sometime next week. The groups started their campaign on Wednesday, and expect to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures.

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Democracy for America Endorses Moon for Mayor

Seattle Met

Democracy for America is throwing its weight under Cary Moon for Seattle mayor. DFA announced its endorsement Thursday for the urban planner, engineer, and civic activist most known for her crusade against the SR 99 tunneling project. While the organization has supported other Seattle races—in 2015 the DFA endorsed Seattle city council candidates Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, and Lorena Gonzalez— it’s the first time the organization has been involved in a Seattle mayoral race in its 13-year history. Mostly it’s put its money behind high-profile progressive candidates, like when it endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for president in December 2015. This is just one of many municipal races the DFA is targeting as part of an initiative in the next two years to invest $500,000 nationwide post-President Donald Trump, according to DFA.

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Democracy for America Endorses Cary Moon for Mayor

The Stranger

"Over the last decade, Seattle has become a national leader in the fight for progressive policies and priorities," DFA Chair Jim Dean said in a statement. "Electing Cary Moon mayor gives Seattle an opportunity to make it clear that it’s doubling down on that populist progressive leadership—something that could not be more important in the wake of Donald Trump’s election." DFA endorses and backs candidates at all levels of government, including, the group says, in contested primaries against "corporate Democrats." In the past, DFA has endorsed Seattle City Council members Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, and Lorena González and Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. The group says it has 75,600 members in Washington state.

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Trump resistance groups look beyond Washington for victories

Wisconsin Gazette

“We don’t have to wait for 2020,” said Annie Weinberg, the chief elections strategist for Democracy for America, the political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. “We can fight and win on these policies now,” Weinberg added, describing an “inclusive populism” she says speaks to working-class angst, like Trump did, while maintaining Democrats’ current positions on social policy. Weinberg says her group has heard from “more than 7,000 people” expressing interest in running for office. The organization has endorsed dozens of candidates in 2017, including a slate of Democrats aiming to flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates this fall.

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Progressives: Trump taking cues from white supremacists on DACA

Washington Times

Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, said Mr. Trump’s decision comes on the heels of him sympathizing with Nazis following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who “ran a self-described segregated ‘concentration camp’ for undocumented immigrants." "Today, the Trump administration begins its efforts to end DACA and destroy the lives of 800,000 hardworking young people who were brought to this country as children. Simply put, Donald Trump is governing like a white supremacist,” Mr. Dean said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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