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The primary candidates hoping to ride a blue wave

City & State New York

The Democratic primary to take on Rep. John Katko in November has become more complex as the pick of the national Democratic Party, Juanita Perez Williams, faces off against the choice of local county leaders, Dana Balter. Balter has the support of all four of the Democratic county committees in the district, as well as the endorsement of the grass-roots group Knit the 24th, a local chapter of the Indivisible organization that opposes the agenda of President Donald Trump. Balter also has the support of the Working Families Party, the Women’s Equality Party and New York Progressive Action Network, as well as the national groups Democracy for America and Progressive Change Campaign Committee.


State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud endorses Abdul El-Sayed for governor

Arab American News

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed continues to rack up endorsements from across the state and around the country in his bid to be Michigan’s next governor. On Monday, State Rep. Hammoud (D-Dearborn) became the latest elected official to endorse Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial campaign. El-Sayed has also been endorsed by progressive leaders and organizations across the state and nation, including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, Justice Democrats, The People for Bernie Sanders, the Michigan Nurses Association and Our Revolution.


Trump to fold on family separation, a tacit admission to weeks of lying. But watch out for complications.

Arkansas Times

"Donald Trump's disgusting attempt to appear heroic by signing an executive order to temporarily end a policy of systematic child abuse that he pushed for, enabled, and excused is one of the vilest, politically-craven moves we've seen in the history of American politics."


Omar Scores DFL Endorsement at Convention

National Journal

State Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) “won the DFL Party endorsement on Sunday in the crowded race to fill” Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D) seat. “Omar, a first-term state lawmaker from Minneapolis who has quickly gained national media attention as the first Somali-American to serve in a state Legislature, won the three-way endorsement contest after two rounds of voting” over state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (D) and realtor Frank Drake (D).


Balter outpaces Perez Williams in fundraising ahead of Democratic primary for Congress

The Citizen

The sources of each candidate's funds differed. Balter relied more on individual contributions. Nearly all of her total receipts — $108,722 of $109,222 — came from individual donors. She received a $500 contribution from Democracy for America, a progressive group that endorsed her in May. 


Wrong-way Democrats: Will a “blue dog” blue wave pave the way for future disaster?


"Remember that polling data I mentioned? It came from Celinda Lake, polling for the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Roosevelt Forward. According to Lake's memo, the poll of voters in 30 swing districts finds that progressive Democrats have a tremendous opportunity 'to run and win on progressive policies.' She continues: 'We found that in these districts, mostly held by Republican incumbents, voters enthusiastically support progressive policies and progressive messaging works, both to persuade swing voters and to mobilize the base.'"


Former AG backs Patalano in bid for DA

Daily Times Chronicle

"Support from Harshbarger highlights the growing momentum behind Patalano’s campaign. In April, Democracy for America (DFA) named Patalano as one of their 10 Criminal Justice Reform Champions across the country. DFA is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on structural racism, income inequality, and money in politics."


The Cynthia Surge

The Weekly Standard

Until Wednesday, when Quinnipiac rolled out its poll and Democracy for America announced its Nixon endorsement, the big news for Nixon had been staffing changes: She appointed a new campaign manager from within the same consultancy that helped launch her run. But she also hired senior adviser L. Joy Williams—a veteran political consultant who heads Brooklyn’s NAACP chapter and founded Higher Heights for America, a PAC dedicated to helping African-American women run for office.


More TOP-TWO SIRENS in House races -- BILL PRESS on JERRY BROWN -- ACLU ad targets DiFi --- RENDON tweets on GARCIA -- FAA report: Near-Misses due to PILOT errors at SFO


ENDORSEMENTS: Pamela Price has won the endorsement of Democracy for America (DFA) in her campaign for Alameda County district attorney. ... The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) announced its opposition to the ballot measure that would impose state regulation of the Internet.


EMILY’S List Endorses Kelly in Kansas

National Journal

NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) led actress Cynthia Nixon (D) 50-28 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll (April 26-May 1; 473 Democrats; +/-5.7%). In a hypothetical general election matchup (1,076 voters; +/-3.7%), Cuomo bested Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) 57-26 percent. “If Nixon is on the November ballot as the Working Families Party candidate, Cuomo’s support drops to 40 percent, with 23 percent for Molinaro and 20 percent for Nixon.” Cuomo’s job approval was 54-39 percent, and his favorability was 49-41 percent. (release)

Democracy for America endorsed Nixon on Wednesday.


Dem primary tensions spill into public view

The Hill

Hoyer explained to Tillemann that the head of the DCCC has a “policy” of getting behind a candidate the group believes can win in a general election.

The Hoyer audio sparked furor among progressive groups like Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), who have repeatedly accused Democratic leadership of getting in the way of primary voters. 


Cynthia Nixon Receives Democracy for America Endorsement

The Advocate

The member-driven organization has officially backed Cynthia Nixon for governor of New York, calling her the true progressive candidate.


Governor candidate endorsed by national progressives — but not her fellow lawmakers

Idaho Statesman

Jordan's campaign has not responded to several Statesman emails asking about endorsements and related issues. Jordan's phone was not accepting voice messages as of Tuesday.

Several national groups have endorsed her, including Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Democracy for America, Indivisible and People for Bernie Sanders. She also has earned the support of a celebrity, Cher, and a CNN political commentator, Van Jones.


El-Sayed Touts Public Health, Anti-Corporate Stand in 1st Ad

AP News

The ad buy is for $150,000 for an unspecified number of weeks. It comes after Thanedar has spent millions of his own money on a months-long ad campaign that has pulled him to about even with former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer in some recent polling. El-Sayed has lagged behind but has support from within the party’s more liberal wing, while she has secured backing from unions, the women’s advocacy organization Emily’s List and many elected Democrats. The liberal group Democracy for America endorsed El-Sayed last week.


County Clerk Sherry Hall faces two opponents in May primary

Clackamas Review

Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.


Hoyer Defends Urging Candidate to Drop Out of Democratic Primary

Roll Call

Leaders of liberal groups including Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee decried Hoyer urging Tillemann to leave the race and called on Hoyer to step down from Democratic leadership.


Audio: Dem Whip Steny Hoyer Pressuring Underdog Congressional Candidate

Washington Free Beacon

Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, slammed Hoyer for "carrying water for greed-driven corporate interests in Congress."

"We saw what happens when Democratic Party leaders put their fingers on the scale in primaries in 2006 through 2016, when we lost nearly 1000 elected offices up and down the ballot," said DFA's Executive Director Charles Chamberlain. "Steny Hoyer likes to spend a lot of time talking to progressive candidates about electoral viability but, after his exposure in these recordings, it's time for him to recognize that only thing that's truly not viable is his leadership role in a House Democratic caucus that depends on an enthusiastic grassroots progressive base for its majority."

"Steny Hoyer should resign or be removed from House Democratic leadership immediately," Chamberlain added.


Sherry Hall faces two opponents for election clerk

Wilsonville Spokesman

In addition, Healy is a former coordinator for the nationwide Election Defense Alliance, as well as former chair of the Marin-Democracy for America's Election Reform Committee. She has served on the board of directors for California's Tangible Ballot Initiative and is a former member of VoteTrustUSA, a national resource for state-based organizations working for secure, accurate and transparent elections.


Why 2018 Might Not Be the Year of the Woma

The Nation

As we hurtle toward November, there are promising signs. Anchor women’s candidate organizations, especially EMILY’s List and Emerge, are stronger than they were several years ago. The Democratic Party has announced a $1 million fund to support state organizing and engagement in communities of color. Organizations like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Working Families Party, and Democracy for America endorse in primaries and prioritize candidates’ progressive stances. 


Progressives riled by secret tape of Steny Hoyer asking candidate to drop out of race

USA Today

Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain called for Hoyer to resign or “be removed” from House leadership.

"We saw what happens when Democratic Party leaders put their fingers on the scale in primaries in 2006 through 2016, when we lost nearly 1,000 elected offices up and down the ballot,” he said.


Progressive group fundraises for Dem candidate Hoyer urged to drop out

The Hill

Another progressive group, Democracy for America (DFA), also criticized Hoyer over the secret recording, calling on him to either resign or be removed from Democratic leadership.


Report: Shri Thanedar's company abandoned more than 170 dogs and monkeys

Detroit Metro Times

However, his progressive credentials have been regularly called into question by one his opponents, Abdul El-Sayed. El-Sayed's campaign supports similar policies, but bills him as the race's "real progressive." El-Sayed came out of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's administration and picked up endorsements from several progressive groups, like Our Revolution. The campaign also announced today that it received an endorsement from Democracy For America, a group founded by pharmaceutical lobbyist and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean. 


Can She Turn A Red State Blue? Stacey Abrams Intends To In Georgia


Besides enlisting enthusiastic volunteers, Abrams is racking up endorsements. Backers include civil rights icons Congressman John Lewis and Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Senator Cory Booker and multiple women of the Congressional Black Caucus. Organizations such as Democracy for America, the Georgia Working Families Party, Higher Heights, Collective Political Action Committee, NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY's List have also expressed support.


Dem Candidate for Massachusetts Governor Drops Bid Due to ‘Insurmountable’ Financial Hurdles

Washington Free Beacon

Warren, a former aide to John Kerry and an Iraq War veteran, was the most prominent Democrat in the gubernatorial race. Since joining the race, Warren has adopted a progressive platform, calling for a single-payer health care system, free college tuition, high-speed rail, and increased income taxes on the states' top earners. His efforts had garnered the endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D.) and Democracy for America, the progressive advocacy group founded by former Democratic National chairman Howard Dean.


Paulette Jordan Is Running For Governor. Who Will Follow Her?

Buzzfeed News

And while the bulk of the Idaho Democratic establishment has endorsed Jordan’s opponent, Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff, Jordan has earned the support of the progressive PAC Democracy for America, Planned Parenthood, Our Revolution, and was among the first five candidates endorsed on the national level by Indivisible. In January, Jordan was asked to speak at the national Women’s March gathering in Las Vegas; while there, she met and was endorsed by Cher.

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