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Bring on the Road-- Rick Weiland Sings his Campaign Strategy in South Dakota: Remove Big Money from Politics!

Rick Weiland, the South Dakota democratic candidate for Senate, is taking an unconventional campaign approach as he croons over a microphone, guitar in hand… “My vote is not for sale or rent.  I just wont listen to the 1%.  I am not campaigning in corporate jets. I am meeting voters in luncheonettes.”

The song is a cover of “King of the Road”, with the lyrics changed to match up with Weiland’s campaign message: Take the country back from big government money and special interest. Weiland has been traveling around the state in a mini-van determined to ask voters in person how they want to be represented (and sharing a few of his cover songs along the way).

“It’s time to get our country back on track, it’s time to get out there and Take it Back!  I am going everywhere I can...bring on the road!”




Weiland explains, “Government…used to be of, for, and by the people but now it is of, for, and by the corporations.”  To take it back the first step must be getting big money out of Washington.


Map of the 311 South Dakota towns where Weiland have visited.

If elected, Weiland would issue a constitutional amendment  “So that the vote of all, rather than the wealth of a few, shall direct the course of this Republic…”. As Weiland sings in his Johnny Cash cover song:  “Our country needs repair…got to make it all more fair.”


Recent polls show that Weiland is neck-and-neck with incumbent, Mike Round. In Weiland’s opinion big corporation may have power but they “…still can’t take away our vote, if we don’t let them!”  Watch Rick Weiland's most recent cover of Wagon Wheel and support his grassroots campaign to help take back the country from corporate greed.

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BACKLASH: Supreme Court doubles down on GOP's war on women

The Supreme Court just made another decision that sides with Corporations over the American People, and we could not be more outraged. Below the jump check out our message to DFA members. 


DFA Member --

I'm SO furious right now. This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court gave bosses across America the right to deny birth control access to their female employees. And on top of that, they made it nearly impossible for home healthcare workers to form and sustain a union.

Both of these decisions are further proof that conservatives are doubling down on their war on women: The first gives mostly male corporate executives power over whether or not working women can get the health care they need, and the second prevents predominantly female home healthcare workers from building any real power for themselves -- the kind of power that could lead to the job security and decent wages they deserve.

We need to put an END to the war on working women. That's why DFA has gone to the mat to support strong female candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Wendy Davis. As you know, we only support candidates who stand up for progressive values like women's rights. Period.

The Supreme Court's rulings today are a stark reminder that saving the Senate from GOP control -- and Republican obstruction of Supreme Court nominees should a vacancy on the court open up -- is EXTREMELY important. That's why DFA is going all in on holding the Senate in November.

When you give to DFA, it's not about just backing anyone with a "D" next to their name -- it's about supporting REAL progressive candidates and values. By contributing to DFA's electoral work, you send a message that you stand for true progressives who are willing to take bold positions on the issues that matter.

Will you donate $3 to DFA now so we can help elect more progressive Democrats like Elizabeth Warren this November? FEC DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT! 


Thanks for standing by us when it matters most,

- Karli

Karli Wallace, Campaign Organizer
Democracy for America
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BREAKING: Democracy for America statement opposing U.S. military involvement in Iraq

A statement from Democracy for America's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain opposing U.S. military involvement on the growing, sectarian civil war in Iraq:

"President Obama was right to end the Iraq War in 2011, and it would be a tremendous mistake to restart it now. Democracy for America members support President Obama's decision not to put American boots on the ground and we urge the President and Congress to reject any increased U.S. military involvement, including airstrikes, in this growing, sectarian civil war."

Opposition to George W. Bush's tragic, misguided war in Iraq brought Democracy for America's one million members together in 2004 and guided our support for President Obama through two presidential elections. Rather than debating bombing runs, now is the time for the United States to bring the international community together to push Prime Minister Maliki to build an inclusive government that will help deescalate this sectarian conflict." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America is a national progressive political organization, founded in 2004 by Gov. Howard Dean, with 1 million members nationwide.

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BREAKING: Schatz jumps out to a fifteen point lead over Hanabusa in new HI Sen Poll

BREAKING: Schatz jumps out to a fifteen point lead over Hanabusa in new HI Sen Poll

Hawaii Democrats respond favorably to Schatz’s support for Social Security expansion

 
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Democratic Senator Brian Schatz is beating Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa by 15 percentage points in Hawaii's 2014 Senate Democratic primary in polling, released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America. This is the first public poll of the race since President Barack Obama endorsed Schatz for re-election onMarch 31. Previous polling, done before the president’s endorsement, showed a dead heat between Schatz and Hanabusa.

See the polling results below.

In addition to showing Schatz besting Hanabusa electorally, the new polling shows that 42% of likely Hawaii Democratic primary voters are more likely to vote for Schatz due to his strong support for Social Security expansion. In contrast, Hanabusa’s support of the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission, which proposed cuts to Social Security benefits, made respondents 52% less likely to vote for her.

Hawaii Democrats also responded favorably to Schatz’s strong support for raising the minimum wage, with 43% of likely Hawaii Democratic primary voters saying they are more likely to support him because of that position. Alongside Schatz’s support of Social Security expansion, the Senator’s embrace of economic populism could prove to be the decisive issue in the Aloha State's Senate race. Democracy for America endorsed Schatz in February 2014.

Schatz has a strong approval rating with likely Hawaii Democratic primary voters, with 55% approving and just 22% disapproving of the way he's handling his job as Senator.
 
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"Hawaii Democrats are fired up about Brian Schatz and his strong support for expanding Social Security and raising the minimum wage. Senator Schatz is proving that fighting for economic populism that builds the middle class is a winning strategy for Democrats. These results are a forceful rebuke to those Democrats who supported cuts to Social Security, sending a clear message that Hawaii wants a Senator willing to go to Washington and fight against income inequality every day." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America 


Polling

NEW Hawaii Senate Democratic primary polling via Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America (May 9-11, 2014): 


(606 likely Hawaii Democratic primary voters, +/- 4.0% MOE)


If the election for U.S. Senate were held today, and the choices were Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa, for whom would you vote?


Brian Schatz ................................................... 49%

Colleen Hanabusa .......................................... 34%

Undecided....................................................... 17%



Do you approve or disapprove of the way Democrat Brian Schatz is handling his job as a U.S. Senator?

Approve .......................................................... 55%

Disapprove...................................................... 22%

No opinion....................................................... 23% 



Democratic U.S. Senator Brian Schatz co- sponsored legislation that would increase Social Security benefits, resulting in a worker at age 75 receiving $452 more in benefits per year and a worker at age 85 receiving $807 more per year. Does this make you more likely or less likely to support re-electing Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate, or does it not make a difference?

More likely....................................................... 42% 

Less likely ....................................................... 16% 

Doesn't make a difference .............................. 42% 


Colleen Hanabusa has voted in support of the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission, which proposed cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the Social Security retirement age. Does this make you more likely or less likely to support Colleen Hanabusa for the U.S. Senate, or does it not make any difference?

More likely....................................................... 16%

Less likely ....................................................... 52%

Doesn't make a difference .............................. 32%



Brian Schatz has voted to raise the minimum wage four times as a state legislator, and supports raising the federal minimum wage. Does this make you more likely or less likely to support re-electing Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate, or does it not make any difference?

More likely....................................................... 43%

Less likely ....................................................... 25%

Doesn't make a difference .............................. 32%

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BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll

BREAKING: Michaud leads LePage by four in new ME Gov Poll
Democracy for America Backs Michaud as "common sense alternative" to LePage

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is beating far-right Republican Governor Paul LePage by 4 percentage points in Maine's 2014 Gubernatorial race in polling, released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy for America.



With strong support from its over 7,000 members in Maine, Democracy for America, the national progressive political organization founded by Governor Howard Dean, has endorsed Michaud in his race for Governor.



See the polling results below.

In addition to showing Michaud besting LePage electorally, the new polling shows that voters continue to strongly disagree (57%-37%) with LePage's staunch opposition to providing nearly 70,000 Mainers access to healthcare through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.



With nearly 51% saying that they are more likely to support Michaud following LePage's refusal to accept the federal funds to expand MaineCare, the Governor's willingness to derail the Affordable Care Act at all costs could prove to be the decisive issue in the Pine Tree State's gubernatorial race.  

LePage's overall approval rating is also nearly 14 points underwater, with 52% disapproving and just 42% of Mainers approving of the way he's handling his job as Governor.

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"Mike Michaud is the progressive, common sense alternative to the extremist Paul LePage. Governor LePage is so committed to his far right ideology that he's willing to personally sentence 70,000 Mainers to a life without access to healthcare. Democracy for America members in Maine and across the country are looking forward to providing the boots-on-the-ground that will help send Governor LePage packing in November." -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

POLLING


Survey of 754 Maine voters on May 5-6, 2014

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican Paul LePage is handling his job as Governor?
Approve .......................................................... 42%
Disapprove...................................................... 56%
No opinion....................................................... 2%

Governor Paul LePage has refused to accept federal dollars that would provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, claiming the expansion would be too costly. However, the federal dollars would cover 100% of costs of this expansion in the first three years and 90% of the costs after that. Do you agree with Governor LePage's decision to refuse these federal dollars for healthcare coverage?
Agree ..............................................................  37%
Disagree .........................................................  57%
No opinion.......................................................  6%

Republican Governor Paul LePage refuses to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage for nearly 70,000 Mainers through MaineCare, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Representative Mike Michaud would accept those federal dollars and provide the health care coverage. Does this make you more likely to support Governor LePage for reelection, more likely to support Representative Mike Michaud, or does it not make a difference?
Paul LePage ...................................................  36%
Mike Michaud..................................................  51%
Doesn't make a difference ..............................  13%

If the election for Governor were held today, and the choices were Republican Paul LePage, independent Eliot Cutler, and Democrat Mike Michaud, for whom would you vote?
Paul LePage ................................................... 39%
Eliot Cutler ...................................................... 15%
Mike Michaud.................................................. 43%
Undecided....................................................... 3%

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