The "F" That is a Badge of Honor

Robin Kelly

In a city ravaged by gun violence, a special election for Congress has turned into a national referendum on gun safety as two candidates go head-to-head -- one with an A rating from the NRA, the other with an F rating.

Welcome to IL-02.

There are an unbelievable number of candidates running in the primary to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. -- and in this solid blue district, the primary is the only thing that matters. For months, these candidates have been jockeying for attention and polls have been muddled. Now, one candidate is surging: Robin Kelly.

Robin Kelly has an F rating from the NRA and she's wearing it as a badge of honor. Her main opponent, conservative former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, has an A rating from the NRA.

Robin has an opportunity to pull off a huge upset victory in next week's primary, but she needs the resources to kick her Get Out The Vote operation into high gear. That's why we're announcing our endorsement of Robin today.

Early voting has already started and the election is next week. Please, contribute $15 to Robin now.

The Chicago area endured over 500 murders last year, more than 400 of which were the result of gun violence.
We can win this -- and we can deliver a huge blow to the NRA in the middle of a national debate on gun violence prevention.

Early voting has already started and the election is next week. Please, contribute $15 to Robin now.

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WATCH Rachel Maddow Breaks Down Rubio

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow breaks down Marco Rubio's Republican Response to the State of the Union. 


"Watergate" may have been an instant video moment, however, it was the content of Rubio's response that showed yet again the Republican Party is not listening, rather the Tea Party is now infecting the GOP long term. After all, as Maddow literally showed, Rubio is inter-changeable with Romney--and the American people clearly did not elect him POTUS. So why is the GOP convinced Rubio is the Republican Savior? DFA is working to bring about progressive change and overriding leaders like Rubio who wish to cut our Social Security and vote against bills for women's rights like the VAWA.

Please, join DFA today as we continue to tackle the toughest fights in Congress and throughout the country.

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Why Midterm Elections Matter

Though they might have thought they were sneaky, Republicans' gerrymandering is obvious in this graphic showing six swing states and that – by their colors – should have voted overwhelmingly for Romney in November. But did they? Nope, all six went to Obama.

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The Republicans have divided up the state into wiggly congressional districts that split up the Democratic urban population centers and make the states look much redder than they really are. The House delegations from these states are not representative of how Democratic these states are. Republicans were able to steal away seats from the Democrats and Progressives in these states

Plus, they are now trying to change the way electoral votes are allocated in Presidential elections, making it by districts instead of by popular vote. They made up districts to suit themselves and now plan to rig the next Presidential election to get what they want.

They must realize that the majority of Americans find the Republican Party ridiculous, prejudiced, and stuck in the past. If you can't win fairly, cheat, right? Wrong. The Tea Party faction of the GOP is driving it off the rails, and the lack of enthusiasm for voting in Midterm elections has allowed it to do just that. Do you live in one of these states, or know someone who does? Tell us about your experiences in the comments, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep track of our progress getting rid of the Tea Party in 2014. We can do it with your help. It's a little while off, but we can't forget how important Midterm elections are. Don't forget to vote! Let's get some sanity back in our government.

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You Can't Be Friends with Your Ex: Colin Powell, GOP Edition

Colin Powell, a prominent Republican, recently spoke some constructive criticism to his own party in an interview. Other Republicans, though, have not been taking it well, tearing Powell apart, denouncing him as a Republican, and more. Here's Rev. Al Sharpton and others at MSNBC putting it all in spirited context:

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The Republican Party is caught a ridiculous, illogical, Tea Party mindset, and its eating itself from within. Good on Colin Powell for giving the Republican's a little dose of truth, and bad on them for refusing to listen. After its defeat in the recent election, the Republican Party should be looking for ways to strengthen and broaden its base, but every reasonable person is pushed out or ensnared by the Tea Party.

What do you think about the Republican Party today? Or what is your favorite point Sharpton makes? Let us know in the comments, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to track our progress in taking down the Tea Party Congress.

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I Thought Michigan Was a Blue State... Why Did they Pass RTWFL?

That is the question many of us have asked since Governor Snyder signed the "right-to-work for less bill." Recently Rachel Maddow gave a very clear explanation of what we are up against: 

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In 2010, progressives sat on the sidelines, while and older and whiter electorate went to the polls. The result? States that have gone for President Obama the last two elections have gerrymandered legislature lines. This has had an enormous impact on the way these five states residents are represented on both the state and federal level. 

The implications of this are huge. Michigan becoming a right to work state is just a bump in the road-- If you examine the those five states and re-appropriate the seats based on the popular vote you have a net pick up of 13 seats for Democrats in Congress. That is just four seats shy of the majority. 

Unfortunately, what this tells us is the fight for progressives over the next two years and beyond is going to be difficult, and we need everybody all in. Our question for you is, how do you think we best organize to fight back against the GOP gerrymandered districts? 

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