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Worried about the direction of our government? Don’t just tweet. Don’t just protest. Get in there and do something about it.

Slate

If you get the go-ahead from your loved ones and holding office is financially realistic for you, begin. Look up filing deadlines and petitioning and disclosure requirements—your state’s secretary of state or your local or state board of elections will have them. Take advantage of candidate trainings. The National Democratic Training Committee offers free online training for Democratic candidates. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and Wellstone offer training specifically for progressives. EMILY’s List, She Should Run, and Emerge America are among the organizations offering training and resources specifically for women. EMILY’s List, in fact, will be holding a training session for 500 women the day after the Women’s March on Washington. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund trains LGBTQ candidates and the New American Leaders Project trains candidates from immigrant communities. Take advantage, too, of the many, many books on running for office that have been written over the years.

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Sanders: Dems ‘damn well’ won’t repeal Obamacare without replacement

Gant Daily

“We are now the party of opposition, and we need to act like it. Way too often, Democrats, when we get out of power, we bend over backwards trying to find ways to work with the other party — often to the detriment of our values,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, the progressive grassroots group founded by Howard Dean. “And that cannot happen with this administration. We need to stand absolutely strong on our values, and uncompromising.”  “The default is to believe that we’re going to need to fight and stop just about everything that is coming down the pike,” he said.

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 Democrats Find a Silver Lining—and Renew Their Fighting Spirit

The Nation

She shouted out greetings to Emily’s List “partners,” including AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, Democracy for America, and several others (I know I’m missing a few, but my audio is rough; please blame me, not Schriock). There were people in the room I had seen in virtually every state I’d visited, during the primaries and the general election, campaigning hard for Clinton. They still looked tired, but ready to fight back.

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Democracy for America Backs Ryant Washington for Virginia Senate

Blue Virginia

This afternoon, Democracy for America (DFA), a national progressive organization with more than 36,000 members in the state of Virginia, endorsed Sheriff Ryant Washington in the Jan. 10th special election for VA State Senate District 22.  DFA’s endorsement is part of the organization’s on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats, like those in Virginia decisively Democratic.  Quote from Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on today’s endorsement of Sheriff Washington:  “Sheriff Ryant Washington not only gives VA State Senate District 22 voters the opportunity to send a committed public servant to Richmond, he also gives them the chance to end Republican control of the State Senate and ensure the state’s upper chamber is actually working for working families, not just the wealthy and powerful.

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'He'll take a chainsaw to it': is Obama's legacy strong enough to survive Trump?

The Guardian

Neil Sroka, who worked as a new media director on Obama’s 2008 election campaign, said: “Overall, the legacy of Barack Obama will be millions of Americans remembering that’s what a president looks like and sounds like. That will stand in contrast to this billionaire bigot putting out insults on Twitter whenever he feels like it. Obama has given a voice to the American people with an unparalleled grace and complexity, and that’s not Donald Trump.”  

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Kevin Faulconer for governor? Politico report fuels chatter

San Diego Tribune

Robert Cruickshank, who is a senior campaign manager for the Democratic political action committee Democracy for America, summarized his thoughts on the story in three words in a tweet: “He will lose.”

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Obama's Quotes On Michelle Running For President Reveal Why It's Best She's Not Eyeing The POTUS Title

Bustle

Her sense of personal disconnection from the political world is exactly what makes her the woman so many people admire. “Part of the reason that she’s such a powerful public figure is that she sits outside politics," Neil Sroka, a media director for the president's 2008 campaign, told The Guardian. "She lives outside the bubble of the presidency as much as you can in that position. As soon as she became a politician, she would lose a lot of that power. There are a lot of ways to become a moral leader of a country without running for office. From everything I’ve read, I think she sees that too.”

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Sen. Chuck Schumer says Democrats won't "play footsie" w/ Trump

CNN

Chuck Shumber says Democrats won't "play footsie" with Donald Trump.

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Neil Sroka on Judge Jeanine

Fox News

Neil Sroka on Judge Jeanine disucussing Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

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What happened when Silicon Valley went to Trump Tower

LA Times

Nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including Amnesty International USA and Democracy for America, demanded to know why most of the companies at the meeting are refusing to pledge not to help Trump build any type of registry for Muslims, as he suggested during the campaign.

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Perez brings high-profile backing, slim electoral experience to DNC race

The Hill

Progressive group Democracy for America (DFA) backed Ellison this week after an overwhelming vote from its membership. “The people that have been pushing Sec. Perez into this race for DNC chair are the same people who have been the architects of many of the failures of the last six years,” DFA spokesman Neil Sroka said.  “After that kind of string of electoral failures, it doesn’t make any sense that you’d go back to those same power brokers and say who do you want to be the next leader.”

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POLITICO survey: Ellison no lock for DNC chair

Politico

Ellison's endorsements span the party, not only from liberal groups associated with Sanders' presidential campaign, like Our Revolution and Democracy for America, but also from heavyweight, Clinton-supporting senators such as Schumer, Harry Reid and Amy Klobuchar. He's also popular with organized labor: the AFL-CIO endorsed his bid last week, even amid rumors Perez was strongly considering getting in the race.

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Influential Liberal Group Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

NewsMax

The liberal group Democracy for America on Tuesday endorsed Keith Ellison to be the next Democratic National Committee chair, with nearly 90 percent of the membership voting for the Minnesota congressman.  "Keith Ellison earned the overwhelming support of Democracy for America's grassroots members because he knows that the Democratic Party is strong when it's built from the bottom up in every single state, in every single community, every single day," wrote DFA's executive director Charles Chamberlain.

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Key liberal group backs Keith Ellison for DNC chairman

Washington Examiner

"Keith Ellison earned the overwhelming support of Democracy for America's grassroots members because he knows that the Democratic Party is strong when it's built from the bottom up in every single state, in every single community, every single day," Charles Chamberlain, DFA's executive director, said in a statement.

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FOLLOWING INTERCEPT REPORT, 22 ORGANIZATIONS URGE TECH FIRMS TO REJECT MUSLIM REGISTRY

Intercept

The letter is signed jointly by a coalition including major progressive and human rights organizations: CREDO, Muslim Advocates, Color of Change, Courage Campaign, Democracy for America, #AllOfUs, Amnesty International, Asian Law Caucus, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Media Justice, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Desis Rising Up and Moving, Faithful America, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Mijente, MPower Change, Presente, Sum of Us, Ultraviolet. Below is is the version of the letter sent to Google. Copies are also being sent to Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Booz Allen Hamilton, SRA International, CGI, and Apple.

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Democracy for America endorses Ellison for DNC chair

Politico

The progressive outside advocacy group Democracy for America is endorsing Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee chairman.  Democracy for America polled members over a three day period asking which candidate the group should endorse for DNC chairman. Ellison received 87.4 percent support in the poll.  "Keith Ellison earned the overwhelming support of Democracy for America’s grassroots members because he knows that the Democratic Party is strong when it’s built from the bottom up in every single state, in every single community, every single day," Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement on Tuesday, adding, "DFA members know how critically important strong, visionary DNC leadership is at moments like this -- it’s a fight that’s essentially baked into our DNA. Keith Ellison has the deep relationships with the grassroots, the bold vision for a party that works hard for every single vote in all 50 states, and the long-standing commitment to populist progressive values Democrats need to win in the years ahead. That’s why our members are excited to stand with him in the race for DNC Chair."

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Charles Chamberlain on Fox

Fox News

Charles Chamberlain on Judge Jeanine

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Did Al Gore get played? Engaging with Trump brings risk for the left

Los Angeles Times

When Al Gore emerged from his surprise meeting at Trump Tower earlier this week to suggest the president-elect was a good listener and maybe was keeping an open mind on climate change, there was hardly universal relief on the left. But there was a lot of suspicion that Gore had been played.  Within 48 hours, Donald Trump deepened those suspicions, naming Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma and a prominent climate-change skeptic, to run the Environmental Protection Agency.  The editor of the progressive news outlet ThinkProgress, Judd Legum, posted an analysis of Google searches showing that the Gore meeting had gotten substantially more Internet attention than the choice of an official who is a favorite of the oil industry to run the new administration’s environmental policies. “These meetings are entertainment to distract you while [Trump] guts Obama’s climate policy,” Legum tweeted.

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Playing Defense: How Progressives Could Push Democrats to Block the Trump Agenda

Truth-Out

Reports that Schumer and other Democrats are seeking to "align with Trump," have worried progressives. "Democratic leaders from Chuck Schumer down need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump's bigoted, hate-fueled, un-American agenda," said Democracy for America's (DFA) Executive Director Charles Chamberlin. "We expect Democratic leaders to join us in our efforts to defeat Donald Trump's agenda whole cloth."

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Trump administration Trump's billionaire cabinet could be the wealthiest administration ever

The Guardian

Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal organisation Democracy for America, said: “You’ve got a group of entitled, out-of-touch billionaires who are going to be bossed around by a bigoted, out-of-touch billionaire. It is beyond credibility that they are going to be able to accurately reflect the needs of working-class citizens who rely on leaders in Washington to fight for them.”  The appointments were self-serving, Sroka added. “What this rogues’ gallery of billionaires that Trump is trotting shows is that he isn’t interested in protecting working people. He wants to curry favour with a millionaire and billionaire class that he’s always sought the approval of.  “This is a class that dines on lobster steak and caviar every night. They’re not figuring out how to put food on the table. They’re figuring out how to make a few more millions before they go home at night.”

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Republicans back Clinton, but will she put them in Pentagon?

True Viral News

“I think that’s something progressives and those concerned with the challenges of a nation that’s been engaged in war for the better part of the century are keeping an eye on,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America, the progressive advocacy group founded by Howard Dean.

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'Putting lipstick on a pig': experts on why Obama is lending Donald Trump a hand

The Guardian

“He’s doing his best to put lipstick on a pig,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal group Democracy for America. “He has a constitutional obligation to ensure there is a swift and easy transfer of power but, when he leaves office, I hope to see him do more to call out the bigoted and hateful elements of Trump’s agenda.”  It is hard to imagine anyone more different from the cerebral, discreet “no drama” Obama, 55, than the blowhard, rabble-rousing 70-year-old Trump, who pushed the notion that the president was actually born in Kenya. During the election campaign they made little secret of their mutual contempt. Obama described Trump as “unfit” and “woefully unprepared”, warning that if he were to win all the progress of the past eight years “goes down the drain”.

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Trump's rich pickings: president-elect's team could be wealthiest ever

The Guardian

Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal organisation Democracy for America, said: “You’ve got a group of entitled, out-of-touch billionaires who are going to be bossed around by a bigoted, out-of-touch billionaire. It is beyond credibility that they are going to be able to accurately reflect the needs of working-class citizens who rely on leaders in Washington to fight for them.”  The appointments were self-serving, Sroka added. “What this rogues’ gallery of billionaires that Trump is trotting shows is that he isn’t interested in protecting working people. He wants to curry favour with a millionaire and billionaire class that he’s always sought the approval of.  “This is a class that dines on lobster steak and caviar every night. They’re not figuring out how to put food on the table. They’re figuring out how to make a few more millions before they go home at night.”

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A Breitbart blacklist spreads fear on K Street

Politico

The Center for American Progress was widely viewed as HillaryClinton's administration-in-waiting. Now the liberal think tank's future is uncertain, Jason Plautz and Ben Geman write in The National Journal. “In many ways we are going back to our roots, to uphold progressive values and policies from the assault of the Trump administration,” CAP President Neera Tanden said. Competing progressive voices include the Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Demos.

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GOP LEADERS SET FOR HOUSE VOTE ON MEDICAL RESEARCH BILL

Associated Press

On Tuesday, the liberal grassroots group Democracy for America emailed a fundraising solicitation warning, "If Democrats want to be the party of working families, they need to stand up to Republicans who want to shovel money into the pockets of shady drug companies."  In eleventh-hour talks, both sides said they had agreed to remove language that would have exempted companies from publicly reporting education-related gifts to doctors, such as textbooks. Firms must reveal many payments they give physicians, which critics say encourage doctors to prescribe products made by those companies.

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Green Party raises millions for presidential recount in key states over hacking suspicions

Washington Times

The recount fee in Pennsylvania is $500,000 and $600,000 in Michigan. Ms. Stein said the surplus would be used for attorney’s fees as well as “election integrity efforts” and “to promote voting system reform.”  The Green Party, which has been joined by left-wing groups such as MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, raised concerns about cybersecurity in the wake of election-year hacks against the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.  Only a presidential candidate can request a recount in Michigan and Wisconsin, and the Clinton campaign has shown no interest in doing so, said Eden James, Democracy for America political director, in a fundraising plea.  Mrs. Clinton lost all three states to Mr. Trump, but his margin of victory was slim: 1 percent in Wisconsin, 1.2 percent in Pennsylvania, and 0.3 percent in Michigan.

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Vermont’s new role: Watchdog for democracy

Times Argus

We need to be prepared to play this role again. From our perch in the Green Mountains we must watch carefully for the signs of threats to our freedom of speech and the ability to convey what is actually happening in the world. Through great organizations like the Center for Media and Democracy, Democracy for America and Our Revolution we can keep a watchful eye on this fundamental part of our democracy. We may even have to build new institutions protected within our borders to communicate freely, and try new models for media, like VTDigger and Seven Days. But we must be organized, educated to recognize efforts to stifle free speech and we must be ready to push back with a clarion voice.

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New Hampshire Sending First All-Woman, All-Democratic Delegation to DC

WMUR

Democracy for American released a statement earlier this month saying: "Democratic leaders... need to stop playing footsie with Trump and pretending we can find common ground on some issues without also legitimizing Trump's bigoted, hate-fueled, un-American agenda."  It also leveled a threat, saying: "We ... will not hesitate to burn down and salt the earth beneath Democrats who chose to aid and abet Trumpism."

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Contest Stolen 2016 Election Now, Before Electoral College Votes

Daily Kos

Democracy For America’s Jim Dean is calling for an audit and two leading elections experts, Ron Rivest and Phillip Stark, made an urgent call to audit the vote in the USA Today late last week, after doing a forensic review of vote counts.  Add to this the reports that Russia hacked some state elections rolls, that they interfered with the election by hacking into Democratic National Committee and by paying trolls to disseminate false news.  Hillary Clinton is now leading Donald Trump in the popular vote by more than 2 million votes.  Unfortunately, the popular vote is meaningless in our Electoral College system. Trump is winning the Electoral College vote thanks to very narrow leads in key swing states such as Wisconsin (27,000 votes) and Pennsylvania (68,000 votes). And two weeks after the election, Michigan is still too close to call.  “Voters in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan cast paper ballots that are counted by electronic machines. Fortunately, these machines can be audited to ensure that the results are reported correctly,” Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America, wrote in an email to DFA supporters.

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The left holds a wake, and debates how to undo 2016

Washington Post

Groups that had been born from each campaign flitted around RootsCamp; the Dean-founded Democracy for America was part of a raw session on what progressives could learn from one another. ActBlue, the fundraising clearinghouse founded in 2004, reported on its best year ever, with as much money raised for progressive Democrats as had been raised in the previous 10 years.  In those years, Democrats had been stronger at the state and local level. Across RootsCamp, activists puzzled over what had been lost in the lean years. The session run by DFA, and MoveOn.org, compiled five long sheets of ideas for where to go in 2017, ideas like “support teams in swing districts to divide and conquer early” and “talking to people that don’t share our concerns.”

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