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Ohio Launch Release

With 40,000 Members in Ohio, DFA will work to Get Out the Vote to Reject Kasichs War on Working Families Burlington, VT On October 5th Democracy for America launched its No on 2 campaign in Ohio with the goal of reaching 75,000 voters to defeat the job-killing Issue 2 on November 8th. - Modeled after our successful paid canvasses in the Wisconsin Recall fights, DFA will hire a total of 15 local staff to identify voters and get out the vote in three critical districts in Ohio. - DFA will place two additional HQ staff on the ground to run Emergency Organizing Meetings to mobilize our existing 40,000 members in Ohio to defeat Issue 2 through volunteer canvassing, phone banks, and fundraising. - Working with We Are Ohio, staff on the ground will be identifying an additional 35,000 volunteers to plug into campaign activities with a focus on neighbor to neighbor contact and maximizing the use of social networks to get out the vote. Gov. Kasich started a war against working families in Ohio, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Ohio voters will reject him and his right-wing Republican agenda at the polls on November 8. More than one million Ohio voters signed a petition to bring Issue 2 to the ballot because the bill passed by the state legislature, SB 5, unfairly limits the bargaining rights of public workers in the state. The state budget should not be balanced on the backs of working families, and this bill will only reduce the number of teachers, nurses, and firefighters in the state. Ohioans need more jobs, not less help from critical public workers. More on Issue 2 here: http://bit.ly/nFHPZx Jim Dean will be in Ohio from Nov. 5 Nov. 8 on the ground with DFA members working to get out the vote. For press availability for Jim Dean, please contact Levana Layendecker at [email protected] 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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Why do Republicans hate Social Security?

A message from Sen. Bernie Sanders: Republicans hate Social Security because it has been an extraordinary success and has done exactly what it was designed to do. It is the most successful government program in our nation's history and is enormously popular. When Social Security was developed, 50 percent of seniors lived in poverty. Today, that number is 10 percent -- still too high, but a testament to the success of Social Security. Republicans have spent years demonizing Social Security and spreading lies about its sustainability. They want to scare Americans and build support for making drastic cuts to the program or privatizing it entirely. Their long-term goal is to end Social Security as we know it, and convert it into a private account system which will enable Wall Street to make hundreds of billions in profits. The truth is that, today, according to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 25 years. Further, because it is funded by the payroll tax and not the U.S. Treasury, Social Security has not contributed one nickel to our deficit. Now -- in a prolonged recession that has decimated the poor and middle class and pushed more Americans into poverty than at any point in modern history -- we need to strengthen Social Security. That's why I, along with nine co-sponsors, have introduced the "Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act." This legislation would lift the Social Security Payroll tax cap on all income over $250,000 a year, would require millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share into the Social Security Trust Fund, and would extend the program for the next 75 years. Join me now as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act. For 76 years, through good times and bad, Social Security has paid out every benefit owed to every eligible American. The most effective way to strengthen Social Security for the next 76 years is to scrap the payroll tax cap for those earning $250,000 a year or more. Right now, someone who earns $106,800 pays the same amount of money into Social Security as billionaires like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. That is because today, all income above $106,800 is exempt from the Social Security tax. As a result, 94% of Americans pay Social Security tax on all of their income, but the wealthiest 6% do not. That makes no sense. The "Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act" will ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security without cutting benefits, raising the retirement age or raising taxes on the middle class. Join me and Democracy for America in fighting to strengthen Social Security -- Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act. Social Security is keeping tens of millions of seniors out of poverty today. I can think of no more important issue facing our country today than making sure that Social Security remains strong for generations to come. Thank you. -Bernie Senator Bernie Sanders U.S. Senator from Vermont
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Hidden, loaded guns

If the gun lobby and their far right allies in Washington, D.C. get their way, your state will no longer be able to make its own decisions about who can legally carry a hidden gun. Domestic abusers, drug addicts, stalkers, people with violent arrest records and even people with absolutely no training who have never held a gun before could be granted a concealed gun permit in another state, andVermont would have to honor it -- no matter what. A coalition of more than 600 mayors from across America is mounting an aggressive campaign to stop this dangerous legislation before it becomes law, and Im asking you to step up and help out. Join Democracy for America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns in telling Congress -- When it comes to carrying guns in our communities its OUR STATE and OUR LIVES, so we should decide OUR LAWS. Every signature we collect will be hand-delivered to the U.S. House during an important hearing on September 13th -- when the extremists who support the gun-lobby will try to argue for the proposed concealed carry law. Before that happens, we need to organize as much opposition as possible from real Americans in communities nationwide. Our petition is about protecting states rights and the lives of people in our communities. To make sure Congress hears us, we need you to speak out against this mandatory hidden-gun immunity. Add your name to stop Congress from trampling your states rights and putting police and average citizens at risk right now. Washington ideologues want to call the shots on local laws that just arent their business. Lets tell them that to protect OUR LIVES, let us decide OUR LAWS. Thank you for taking action today,
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Jim's statement on President's Job Speech

Burlington, VT Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on President Obamas speech on September 8, 2011: This speech is an important first step in turning the conversation in Washington back to where it should have been for the last year to jobs. The American people need jobs not cuts and so far no matter how much Democrats have tried to work across the aisle, Republicans have showed that they will always put politics in front of creating actual jobs. Our hope is that the President and Democrats in Congress will back this speech up by standing strong and drawing a line in the sand to protect key investments like Social Security and Medicare which support the middle class, while making more investments in infrastructure that create real jobs. ### 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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Tell Eric Cantor: Don't Kill the Dream

Like much of the Northeast, Republican Eric Cantor's district was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Yet, even while families and small business owners struggle to dig their way out and get back to their regular lives, Talking Points Memo reports Eric Cantor is using the hurricane disaster to drive even more cuts to vital programs. "Cantor: Hurricane Disaster Relief Will Have To Be Offset With Program Cuts By Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo - August 29, 2011, As expected, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will try to see to it that federal disaster aid to regions damaged by Hurricane Irene be offset by concomitant cuts to other federal programs." We're not going to let him get away with it. We announced today that we will be running our new TV ad in Cantor's district. We're updating our new TV ad to target Eric Cantor directly -- using his quote about Hurricane disaster funding -- and hitting the airwaves in-district right before he returns to Washington. Contribute $7 right now to keep the ad on the air now. Republicans are leading an all out assault on Medicare, Social Security, and education. We can stop them if we fight back. It's up to us to make it happen. Please contribute right now to keep our TV ad on the air. In addition to running TV ads, DFA members are also organizing protests outside of Congressional offices and Town Halls. With more than 100 events scheduled, DFA members have already held events in the following congressional districts*: John Campbell CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher CA-46 Jeff Denham CA-19 Kevin Yoder KS-03 Tim Huelskamp KS-01 Steve Southerland - FL-02 Allen West FL 22 David Rivera FL 25 Steve Palazzo - MS-04 Pat Meehan - PA-07 Joe Pitts - PA-16 Leonard Lance - NJ-07 Tim Bishop - NY-01 Nan Hayworth - NY-19 Joe Heck NV-03 *An event was also held to protest Maine Gov. Paul LePage Photo from Rally in Fresno, CA - Protesters Show Up at Denham's Office, WKMJ- NOW News Talk Radio Thank you for all that you do.
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