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Debra's Depending on You

The CA-36 special primary election is just six days away and we need your help to make sure DFA-endorsed candidate Debra Bowen closes strong. Debra is kicking her Get Out The Vote operation into high gear during the final four days of the election. But the success of this operation will depend on DFA members to step up and push progressive champion Debra Bowen over the top. Can you help delivery the resources Debra needs to win? Contribute $5 right now to fuel Debra's GOTV campaign today! Debra has always run campaigns empowered by grassroots activists. In this race, over 90% of her contributions have been for less than $100, and over 80% of all contributions have come online. But Debra's opponent Janice Hahn is being boosted by $75,000 from an insurance industry outfit targeting Debra's defeat. And according to the L.A. Times, about half of Hahn's campaign contributions come from "lobbyists, developers, and others doing business with the city" -- the ultimate City Hall insiders. Debra is a progressive leader who has always put principle over politics. But to ensure victory on May 17th, we need to make sure Debra has the resources to finish her grassroots campaign strong. Put Debra over the top -- Contribute $5 now. Thank you for everything you do.
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Democracy for America Praises Congressional Progressive Caucus Letter to President Obama

Burlington, VT - The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) submitted a letter today to President Obama to request that CPC leaders be included in the current bipartisan talks to negotiate a comprehensive deficit reduction package, as well as future discussions regarding our nations fiscal solvency. Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America (DFA) responds: "When it comes this budget debate, one thing is clear with the American people, it's time to start investing in jobs, education, and the middle class, and to stop giving away tax dollars to big business and Wall Street who are strangling free enterprise in America. The Peoples Budget submitted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus ends the deficit while supporting middle class America. We hope that President Obama will heed the call to make the Progressive Caucus a serious part of these budget negotiations." Read the full letter from the Congressional Progressive Caucus here. 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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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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