Lets Keep Annise

Houston has a mayor it can be proud of in Annise Parker who has held office for two terms, and has the record to earn herself a third. Under her watch, the city has become a leader in job-producing through initiatives like Hire Houston First and the phone app Tweet My Jobs Houston, connecting employers with local residents. She has revolutionized the Houston police department, implementing new and innovative plans that have seriously lowered the crime rates in the city. Over her career, she has proven herself to be a decisive responsible leader for the city. Unlike Hall, she has the experience and record to back her up. That’s why we’re endorsing Annise Parker for re-election.

Under her leadership, Houston has become a truly modern, remarkable city over the past few years, earning its place among the best places to live, work, and raise a family.  

Don’t fix what’s not broken, Houston.  Help Re-elect Annise Parker for Mayor!

Her opponent, candidate Ben Hall does not have a leg to stand on in this election, yet he continues his relentless mud slinging, proving to voters that he is not the right person for the job. His issue positions are very unclear, and he has little to offer in terms of a plan for leading the city. He even cancelled 15 minutes before a meeting with the cities newspaper The Houston Chronicle who wanted to do a routine candidate screening before they made their endorsements. Hall has instead focused much of his campaign on attacking his opponents. Why is he running for office if he’s just going to hide from voters?

Lets keep the city of Houston on the right course, vote for Annise Parker in November!

P.S. Help keep a great progressive mayor.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams "Anarchy Gang"

Senator Warren gave this speech on the third day of the government shutdown, but it's now more applicable than ever as we enter the last few days before a potential default. Warren calls the GOP out for propagating the idea of a "boogeyman government," going on to explain the necessity of government; school Tea Party obstructionists on how democracy functions; and provide some inspirational lines about what America stands for. Warren really hits her stride starting at 3:55. 

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Malala Yousafzai Renders Jon Stewart Speechless

Watch this incredible interview of Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old from Pakistan who is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and activist for education and women. At 4:28, watch the powerful moment where Malala tell Jon what she'd like to say to the Taliban. 

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Daily Show Employs Hostage Negotiator to Teach Us How to Talk to Republicans

Sometimes trying to debate a conservative Republican is like talking to a brick wall — they're predictable, intransigent, and unwilling to see another's perspective. In response to this issue, The Daily Show brought in an actual former FBI hostage negotiator to teach Jason Jones how to converse with Republicans. Though not completely successful, the result is, at least, hilarious. 

It is pretty ridiculous that the House GOP has taken our country to this point. The only way to truly end this culture of crisis they have created is to vote them out, and DFA members stand at the ready. Here is the shut down by the numbers: 


Outraged by the government shutdown, that's how many phone calls DFA members have pledged  o make to voters in 2014 to defeat Republicans and take back the House of Representatives from Tea Party extremists. And the number is surging with each day the shutdown continues.


That's how many DFA and Daily Kos supporters have signed on to a petition  asking 21 moderate House Republicans to buck John Boehner and sign a "discharge petition" that would force a vote to end the shutdown -- and could prevent the impending debt ceiling disaster.


That's how many Republicans could lose their seats because of the shutdown, according to Sam Wang, a Princeton professor called "one of the best poll aggregators out there" by Paul Krugman. Wang's analysis of recent polling shows that the GOP would lose the House "if the election were held today."

We can take back the House in 2014 -- so this never happens again. Please contribute $5 today to our DFA Dialer program so our members can follow through on making 3 million calls into the districts that matter the most. 

Republicans made this mess, gambling on our future to force an ideological point that the majority of Americans continue to reject. Let's make sure they learn a lesson.

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