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A message from Nick Passanante on the ground in Wisconsin: I've been here in Wisconsin for 38 days and I want to give you a quick update on what's happening on the ground right now. We need to win at least three of the six Republican recall elections to take back the State Senate and things are looking good in Districts 18 and 32. These are blue districts with good Democratic candidates and our numbers at the doors and on the phones look great. We should be able to win these two if we keep running hard. We're ahead in District 14, but it's going to be a close one. The latest poll has us up just two points. This one is a must-win for us and we're on the air right now with a powerful TV ad. We're behind in Districts 2, 8 and 10, but not by much. A win in any of these three districts would be huge and we haveallthe momentum right now. We've already knocked on 20,163 doors in Districts 8 and 10 and we're making calls into these districts every night. Now, we're expanding our canvass in District 10 to put us over the top. But we can't do it without your support. Can you contribute $4 right now to make District 10 our fourth big win on Election Night? District 10 is held by Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. This is a Republican district that no one ever thought would be competitive, but the reaction to Republican attacks on middle class families has been so strong that we have a real shot of pulling off an upset here. We've been on the ground in District 10 for three weeks. We've already hit 9,940 doors and the response has been amazing. Expanding our ground program here could be what makes the difference. But like I said -- we can't expand the program without your support. Please contribute $4 now to help us expand our ground program in District 10 and pull off an upset win. This is it. We have less than two weeks to go and we need to make decisions now about how big we can grow our campaign. Please contribute now. Thank you for everything you do. -Nick Nick Passanante, Wisconsin Field Director Democracy for America
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AH/Sanders Statement on Debt Ceiling

"Maybe you have to live on K Street for this deal to make sense to you because it doesn't make sense to the rest of us out here in America." Statement from Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of Democracy for America, on the current state of the debt ceiling negotiations: "The idea of cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at a time like this in our economy is simply heartless. This deal should be embarrassing for Washington politicians to defend, and if they truly believe this is the way to deal with our problems, they have completely lost touch with what it is like to live outside of the Beltway bubble. Maybe you have to live on K Street for this deal to make sense to you because it doesn't make sense to rest of us out here in America. Senator Sanders said it best when he congratulated the Republicans from the Gang of Six: 'Senators Coburn, Senator Crapo and Chambliss deserve congratulations. Clearly, they have won this debate in a very significant way. My guess is that they will probably get 80 percent or 90 percent of what they wanted. . . . they have stood firm in their desire to represent the wealthy and the powerful and multinational corporations. . . . Unfortunately, their victory will be a disaster for working families in this country, for the elderly, for the sick, for the children and for low-income people.' The truth is that three quarters of voters -- including Independents - support increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Three quarters of voters (also including Independent voters) don't want to see cuts to Social Security or Medicaid. And, 90% of voters don't want to see cuts to Medicare. I bet there are some Independents in that 90%, too. The will of the people is abundantly clear. Why is that so hard for Washington to understand? The only beacon of hope in this fight is the work that the Democrats in the House are doing led by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to fight these inhumane cuts and fight corporations and the wealthy to make sure they pay their fair share. In order to pass any bill that will retain the full faith and credit of the United States, we need Democratic votes. It's time to bring them to the table and look at the real solutions to restore a strong economy and reduce the deficit." ### 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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New PCCC/DFA TV Ad: " Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School"

Watch the ad here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recallolsen?refcode=med Today Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released the new ad, "Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School." The ad depicts Jay Jones and his family in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School which is being shut down due to budget cuts voted on by Luther Olsen. "Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults," explains Jay in the ad. (Full transcript and citations below.) "How can Sen. Olsen vote to close the community school that his own kids went to while giving tax breaks to millionaires? Where are his values?" asked, Charles Chamberlain, Political Director for Democracy for America. "Wisconsin voters deserve better than Luther Olsen." This new ad is being run by PCCC Recall Committee (Progressive Change Campaign Committee) and DFA Wisconsin (Democracy for America Recall Committee) Aimed at Sen. Luther Olsen (R, WI SD-14) the ad endorses opponent his Assemblyman Fred Clark whose election is August 9. The initial ad buy is $100,000 on broadcast and cable in the Green Bay and Madison media markets and begins Wednesday, July 20. The ad will run for one week, however the ad buy could be extended based on online fundraising. It's the first major PCCC/DFA ad buy in Wisconsin since the recall elections were triggered. The two groups have spent over $1 million on previous ads and Wisconsin campaign activity, and plan multiple ads in this final month. The two groups also have a national "Call Out The Vote" phone bank -- making hundreds of thousands of calls to Wisconsin voters. DFA has over 1 million members nationally, PCCC has over 750,000 members nationally. The two groups each have over 25,000 members in Wisconsin combined. Luther Olsen is part of the war on working families that is hurting schools and communities across Wisconsin -- all to give tax cuts to big corporations. The story of the Jones family is the story of families across Wisconsin. Together, they are fighting back -- and they are going to win," said Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee. AD TRANSCRIPT: Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI VISUAL: Jay and Melissa Jones of Poy Sippi in front of their community school with their children. SCRIPT: Jay speaks in front of the school: Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open.[2] And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. BACKGROUND ON JAY JONES Jay Jones, 42, Poy Sippi, WI. Jay and his wife, Melissa are natives of central Wisconsin. Jay is a high school history teacher and Melissa works at a community college in nearby Appleton, WI. Parents of three, Jay and Melissa two younger children -- ages ten and seven -- were students at Poy Sippi Elementary prior to the school's shutdown in June due to budget cuts imposed by State Sen. Luther Olsen and Gov. Scott Walker. Jay's children will now have to be bused nearly 15-20 miles away to an elementary school in Berlin, WI. Available for Interviews Wednesday & Thursday, if desired. CITATIONS Jay Jones, Poy Sippi, WI Im standing here in front of Poy Sippi Elementary School where Luther Olsens kids went to school. All of my kids have gone here. Two of them still do. But next year because of budget cuts Luther Olsen voted for, my kids are not going to get the opportunity to go to this little school. The school is being closed as a result of budget cuts. -- Poy Sippi school closing its doors Fox News Channel 11, June 9, 2011, http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/fox_cities/poy-sippi-school-closing-its-doors This school is probably the center piece of our small town. Its a gathering place and thats going to be gone. Were going to miss that. Republicans have found a way to find multimillion dollar tax cuts for rich corporations, but they cant find a way to keep my kids school open. Business production tax break added to state budget: Measure would cost $128.7 million a year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2011, http://www.jsonline.com/business/123245453.html And, it scares me to think about how this is going to affect my kids. I dont know whats going to be left for my kids when they get to be adults. Luther Olsen has consistently put big money interests ahead of the middle class. Wisconsin is not unique in the budget situation that were in, and many states across the country are having to make large, large cuts to K-12 education, said state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon. -- Union reform tops weeks news from Madison, WisconsinReporter.com, May 27th, 2011, http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/union-reform-tops-weeks-news-from-madison Its time for a change. Were voting for Fred Clark for Wisconsin State Senate. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, 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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Good news in Wisconsin

I just spoke with DFA Wisconsin Field Director Nick Passanante about what's happening on the ground ahead of next month's recall elections. We have 40 canvassers on the ground right now. As of last night, we've already knocked on 10,354 doors in Republican State Senate Districts 10 and 32. Now, we're getting ready to expand our ground campaign into District 8. We're getting some outstanding numbers, but we can't stop now -- we need to win all three of these seats to elect a Democratic majority and stop Scott Walker's Republican war on working families. But we can't keep this program going without your help. There's just 27 days until the August 9 recall elections and we just got word that some major donors are ready to band together to match up to $100,000 in grassroots contributions for our Wisconsin ground campaign. So, if you contribute $10 right now, your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar by major donors, doubling your impact in these races. Please contribute $10 right now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar. Republicans have waged all-out war on working families. They're attacking unions and middle class families in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and states across the country -- and Wisconsin is our first chance to fight back. Winning these three recall elections in Wisconsin will send shockwaves across the country. It will send a clear message to Republicans everywhere -- attack the middle class and you lose. Trust me when I say that winning these elections is going to change the debate everywhere, including in Washington. Republicans won't be so keen on cutting Social Security and Medicare if they see just how big the backlash is going to be. Contribute $10 now and have it matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact in Wisconsin. Republicans might have big corporate interests behind them, but we have people power. That's how we're going to win in Wisconsin and that's how we're going to win in 2012. Thank you for everything you do.
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Off the table

John Boehner is forcing the country into bankruptcy as part of his right-wing war on middle class families. Here are the facts -- Republicans don't have the votes to increase the debt limit without Democrats, but Boehner has rejected every Democratic proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich, end subsidies for big oil, or close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead, Boehner wants to gut Social Security and Medicare. Cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid is insane. It will be a punch in the gut to middle class families and will send the country deeper into recession. Thankfully, Nancy Pelosi and progressives in Congress are standing up against John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party colleagues. We need to let them know that we have their backs. Call your Congressperson right now at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to take Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the table. This is crunch time. Congress has less than two weeks to find a compromise and raise the debt limit. We need to make clear everyone understands that we can't cut the deficit on the backs of middle class families. Thank you for all that you do.
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