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Statement on Conrad's Budget Framework AH

After the 'Gang of Six' member Kent Conrad released a budget framework that comes closer to the draconian Ryan budget than the more reasonable proposals on the table such as the CPC People's Budget, Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America reacts: "The last thing that Americans need for Democrats to do right now is to follow any of the radical recommendations from the Republican House budget. There are real alternatives out there to reduce the deficit where everyone pays their fair share and does not just require extreme sacrifice from the middle class. This is not about creating consensus between colleagues in the DC lunch room. This is about creating a budget that works for the American people." ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Big News for the Netroots Nation Scholarship Competition

(From Arshad Hasan - cross posted from Daily Kos.) It seems to get harder every year. DFA had planned for this to be the final round of our Netroots Nations Scholarship competition, but we have had more entries and more votes cast than any previous year. Applicants have amazingly diverse perspectives on organizing and activism and are working on so many important issues. I figured it'd be a big year and recruited more help to sift through applications, but it didn't make it any easier. In both Rounds 1 and 2, there were probably as many conversations starting with "Wow, [applicant] is such an awesome choice. S/He's in!" As there were starting with "Hold up. What do you mean we don't have enough slots, have you even READ [applicant's] profile? We'll just have to make the space." Well, I have two pieces of news. First, we did make some space. Second, we have an amazing group of scholars who won Round 2. This round included people from "Blue" states like California and New Jersey, "Red" states like Wyoming, Montana, and Georgia, and organizing hot spots like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. Our winners work on issues from immigration reform, to nutritional justice, to deaf activism, to their own candidacies. Just some examples: Edward Lynn is the founder of ProgressZine.com, with 62 progressive bloggers since Huff-Po sold out to AOL. He is also the "chief of staff" of the Beer Party. Linda Watson is the author of "Wildly Affordable Organic" and advocates for healthy, sustainable eating for $5 a day. Jasiri X "burst on the International Hip-Hop scene with the controversial hit song 'FREE THE JENA 6'" I look forward to learning from all these perspectives. I'm proud that they'll be represented at Netroots Nation this year. Check out our Round 2 winners here. Well, I couldn't stand to just let that be the end of it. Even with 40 rockstar scholars, there are so many others who deserve a Netroots Nation scholarship. I've been thinking about it all week so I took a look at our budget, stretched a few things here and there and made some room. America's Voice, who's partnered with us is sponsoring two more scholars. A lot of people in the Kos community have helped as well -- TeacherKen got his transportation donated (way to go!) -- and a number of you have donated a small amount to keep the scholarship fund going. If you can pitch in right now, please donate here to fund the program. If you can help another way, let me know in the comments below. So the bottom line is that we're having another round -- we can send eight more scholars to Netroots Nation and Round 3 is going to go fast so the winners have time to arrange travel. This round is going to work a little differently. In addition to the applications, theres a nomination feature. Do you know an outstanding activist who deserves a scholarship to Netroots Nation but hasnt applied yet? You can nominate them right now. We found that in Round 1 and especially Round 2, some of the people who won were initially skeptical that they could even win. Others were unaware of the contest until they were convinced by others to apply. So we developed a way to nominate people you know deserve a scholarship. I'm really excited to see who makes nominations and who they recommend. This round is a clean slate, all the votes reset, and it'll go by quickly. I'm excited to be able to do this, and proud of the people we already have. It's all because readers like you make it possible. You inspire me. Now, head on over to the nominations page to nominate someone new or the applicant page to vote for the applicant who inspires you. And if, like me, you're just all-around inspired and proud of this program, throw in a little cash and keep it going! And finally, join me in congratulating the winners in the comments below!
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4 Down!

A message from Charles Chamberlain: This morning WI Democrats submitted 139% of the signatures needed to demand a Recall Election of WI Republican Senator Sheila Harsdorf. And just yesterday, 162% of the signatures needed were delivered to recall Republican Luther Olsen. That's 4 down -- only 2 more top targets left to go. Our recall ad is backing up the boots on the ground -- communicating the real impact of Scott Walker's political attack on workers and their families while keeping the fight fresh in voters' minds. These families are counting on us to provide them support on the air while they do the hard work of gathering signatures on the ground. Can you contribute $15 right now to keep the ad on the air another week? Watch the ad and contribute now to keep it on the air! This is a big week for momentum. We're closer than ever to flipping the WI Senate and stopping Governor Walker's anti-families agenda. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Cenk Uygur have all praised this ad -- which we made with our friends at Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- and local activists in Wisconsin have asked us to keep it on TV. With 2 more top targets left, we can't hold anything back right now. Please contribute to keep Republicans on defense during this critical week! We're making a difference -- and we won't stop fighting until we win. Thank you for everything you do to make it happen. -Charles Charles Chamberlain, Political Director Democracy for America
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Earth Day Weekend

A note from Gregg Ross for those of you who are signed up to collect petitions this weekend. Last night I had the chance to watch Gasland, along with hundreds of DFA members across the country. The movie reminded me in vivid detail of the consequences to Dick Cheneys loophole that allows the oil and gas companies to do whatever they want in their pursuit of profit. For those who are suffering debilitating health problems from the effects of fracking, the consequences are real. For those whose communities are without safe drinking water, the consequences are real. And for those like Josh Fox, the director of Gasland, who are simply wondering if their hometown will be completely destroyed by fracking, the consequences are real. So let's get real, too - about passing the FRAC Act in Congress. Right now we're building up to collect tens of thousands of signatures this Earth Day weekend, but before the weekend begins it's important to know where we stand and who will be a part of the effort. Take 30 seconds right now to let me know how many signatures you've collected so far - and wheteher you will be gathering signatures this weekend at Earth Day events. Over a week ago, we set an ambitious goal to collect 25,000 signatures offline to pass the FRAC Act. Since then, hundreds of volunteers just like you have been gathering thousands of signatures. Its been inspiring to work with you all and weve done a tremendous job so far. Now lets go one more step and make sure that this Earth Day weekend, when all eyes will be on environmental issues, we can prove to Congress that we simply wont tolerate Dick Cheney and his oil industry cronies poisoning our drinking water any longer. To make this weekend a success we need to know just how many signatures we are short of our goal and how many volunteers we need to reach that goal. Will you let me know how many signatures you've collected so far and how many you anticipate collecting this weekend? Click here to let me know. As Josh Fox said last night, "People are under siege by an industry that seeks to take over as much territory as possible." Those people are relying on you and me. I intend to not let them down. I hope you'll be there with me. Lets win. -Gregg Gregg Ross, Political Campaign Manager Democracy for America
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Fracking House Party Release

At 200 House Parties on Sunday Night More Than 2,500 DFA Members Commit to Gather 100,000 Signatures on a Petition by Earth Day to Pass the FRAC Act After Call with Gasland Documentary Director, Josh Fox *******Watch the trailer for Gasland Here: http://stopfrackingnow.com/gasland******* Burlington, VT On Sunday evening thousands of DFA members gathered to watch the academy award nominated documentary, Gasland and then committed to gather 100,000 petition signatures by Earth Day to pass the FRAC Act in Congress. Director of the film, Gasland, Josh Fox addressed DFA members on Sunday night via conference call. I hope we can all join in the mission to end the devastation of fracking. I am thrilled to see that thousands of DFA members are getting involved at the ground level today to do something about this extremely destructive and unregulated drilling in our states, Fox said. It is critical that Congress pass the FRAC Act to reign in this dangerous practice and DFA members in all 50 states will be making sure that they do just that, Chair of DFA, Jim Dean, added. Vice President Dick Cheney exempted fracking from the Safe Water Drinking Act in the 2005 Energy Bill and since then the natural gas industry unleashed a massive 34-state drilling campaign. Now, six years later, the facts are stacking up how fracking is poisoning drinking water and contributing to climate change. In response, Representatives Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Maurice Hinchey have introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act in the U.S. House. Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer have introduced the companion bill in the U.S. Senate. These Members of Congress are standing up to close the loophole and hold the oil and gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry to ensure the safe protection of America's drinking water. Democracy for America is building a coalition of grassroots activists and environmental organizations to work together with leaders in Congress to pass the FRAC Act this year. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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