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Progressive Groups Want Obamacare Win To Stiffen Democrats’ Spine In Supreme Court Fight

Huffington Post

Neil Sroka, communications director for the online progressive heavyweight Democracy for America, sounded a similar note. “A victory like this one should certainly remind Senate Democrats of the power that comes from sticking together, something that will be exceedingly important for the Gorsuch fight,” Sroka said. Democracy for America’s fellow digital activism outfit the Progressive Campaign Change Committee has asked those on its 1-million-person email list to bombard senators with calls demanding that Gorsuch be blocked. The mobilization has inspired thousands of calls to Capitol Hill, according to Kait Sweeney, PCCC’s press secretary.

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Democrats Are Stuck Between A Mob And Their Job

The Daily Caller

It’s impossible to go two directions at once, let alone four, resulting in a party unable to satisfy any part of its base adequately. And now, those limbs are turning their ferocity back on the body. CREDO Action, a leftist activist group, went after Democratic leadership in the wake of the election for supposedly being “welcoming” to Trump. In reality, then-Sen. Harry Reid called Trump a “sexual predator who … fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.” Sen. Chuck Schumer said he’s “incompetent,” and Rep. Nancy Pelosi said he’s assaulting America. Progressive group Democracy for America didn’t care for Schumer’s bravado, saying, “leaders from Chuck Schumer down need to stop playing footsie with Trump.”

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Schumer backs filibuster of Gorsuch

Politico

Progressive groups have fought hard for a Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a liberal who made an early push for a filibuster, joined Democracy for America activists on a call Wednesday night, aimed at stoking opposition to Gorsuch.

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LIBA, labor unions, national progressive group endorse City Council candidates

Lincoln Journal Star

Democracy for America, a national organization that says it raised $1.8 million for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, endorsed Lou Braatz, a Democrat, for the City Council race. Braatz is one of many city-level endorsements from the national organization, which has over 7,000 members in Nebraska and is committed to investing in progressive city candidates this election cycle, according to a news release.

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Republicans weigh ‘nuclear option’ as Dem opposition to Gorsuch hardens

NBC News

“When Democrats dither and bend over backwards to appear ‘reasonable’ in the ways only Washington can define it, they allow Republicans to enact their extremist right-wing agenda. Democrats need to do everything possible to stop Trump’s extreme pick for the court, up to and including filibustering him,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, said in a statement last week.

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Gorsuch confirmation hearings begin with Democrats’ Garland wounds still fresh

Fox News

“When Democrats dither and bend over backwards to appear ‘reasonable’ in the ways only Washington can define it, they allow Republicans to enact their extremist right-wing agenda,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, in a statement. “Democrats need to do everything possible to stop Trump’s extreme pick for the court, up to and including filibustering him.”  Chamberlain pointed to massive protests since Inauguration Day, intense confrontations with lawmakers at town halls, and calls jamming the congressional switchboards as evidence that the American people “won’t accept procedural cop-outs and sorry excuses from their supposed allies in the U.S. Senate.”

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Gorsuch confirmation hearings begin with Democrats’ Garland wounds still fresh

WJLA

“When Democrats dither and bend over backwards to appear ‘reasonable’ in the ways only Washington can define it, they allow Republicans to enact their extremist right-wing agenda,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, in a statement. “Democrats need to do everything possible to stop Trump’s extreme pick for the court, up to and including filibustering him.” Chamberlain pointed to massive protests since Inauguration Day, intense confrontations with lawmakers at town halls, and calls jamming the congressional switchboards as evidence that the American people “won’t accept procedural cop-outs and sorry excuses from their supposed allies in the U.S. Senate.”

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Barack Obama has a plan for the Trump era

Vox

“The president should be doing exactly what everyone else in the Democratic Party should be doing: following the resistance, fighting back against Trump, or getting out of the way,” says Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the left-leaning advocacy group Democracy for America. “Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, millions of American across the country — they’re all out there desperately trying to protect the institutions of American democracy,” he says. “I hope Obama can look at that and say, ‘It’s time I followed along.’” “We got into the weakest position in decades through Obama’s attempt to live in a post-partisan world that doesn’t exist,” says Chamberlain, of DFA.

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Win or Lose, Georgia Special Election Could Embolden Democrats

The American Prospect

Since his announcement, Ossoff has gained the endorsements of his former employers, Georgia Representatives Lewis and Johnson, as well as the liberal group Democracy for America. Ossoff’s campaign claims to have raised nearly $2 million in just a few weeks, an incredible amount for a nascent politician. He has also received fundraising help from liberal blog Daily Kos, which has raised more than $1 million for the Ossoff campaign through small donations.

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Joe Manchin’s balancing act on full display during Sessions controversy

Washington Post

At 9 a.m. Thursday, representatives of progressive groups converge in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Once they’re all through the metal detector, they put together boxes for the 225,000-odd signatures they’ve gathered from activists who want Manchin booted from Senate Democratic leadership. They include leaders of CREDO, WeWillReplaceYou.org, 350 Action and Democracy for America. They walk up the stairs, enter Schumer’s office and begin singing the protest song “We’re Gonna Rise Up” to Schumer staffers.

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Major progressive group endorses well-funded Georgia House hopeful

The Hill

Democracy for America (DFA) is the latest major progressive group to throw its weight behind Jon Ossoff, a Democrat running for Georgia's open House seat. DFA touts Ossoff’s experience as a congressional aide and work in the private sector. Ossoff, 30, is currently an investigative filmmaker and a former aide to Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson. “Electing Jon Ossoff isn’t just an opportunity for Georgia to reject Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, it’s a chance to send a progressive leader from a new generation to Congress to fight for racial justice and against rapidly growing income inequality,” said DFA chairman Jim Dean. “No single race for political office is going to signal the success or failure of the multiracial, multigenerational resistance movement that has emerged in Georgia and across the country to stand up to Donald Trump, but the grassroots campaign Jon is running is showing Democrats exactly how we need to fight.” DFA’s support for Ossoff is the group’s first congressional endorsement since the 2016 election. The group, which was founded in 2004 by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary.

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While Democrats Press Trump On Russia, Liberal Activists Target On One Of The Party’s Own: Joe Manchin

Buzzfeed

Efforts like #WeWillReplaceYou and the campaign against Manchin have drawn criticism from Democrats who say that calls for oppositional purity are misguided and that if the party loses seats in red states, they may never get them back. But progressives involved in Thursday’s demonstration argued that, despite the dual campaigns that played out on Capitol Hill, the progressive demands on Democrats won’t impair or distract from the party’s efforts to push Trump on stories like Russia. “It’s being able to walk and chew gum at the same time,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for one of the groups targeting Manchin, Democracy for America. “The way that we’re going to resist Trump is by building a cohesive narrative about what this party is for and what it’s against — that includes Russian interference in our elections, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But any Democratic response has to begin with opposition to an agenda which is directly opposed to Democratic values.”

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Progressives target Sen. Joe Manchin, demand removal from Democratic leadership

Washington Times

Nearly a quarter-million progressives signed a petition, delivered to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday morning, slamming Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, and arguing he no longer represents the values of the party. “The idea that Manchin is considered a Senate Democratic leader is both morally disturbing and politically toxic for a Democratic Party with millions in the street demanding its members stand united in opposing Trump’s hateful and corrupt agenda,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the liberal PAC Democracy for America, one of the groups that organized the petition. “Joe Manchin has spent the last few months aiding and abetting the Trump administration, removing him from Democratic leadership should be a no brainer.”

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Democrat gets backup in hunt for Georgia’s Sixth District

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A left-leaning super PAC founded by former presidential candidate Howard Dean endorsed Democrat Jon Ossoff on Friday in the race to replace Rep. Tom Price. Democracy for America said it made Ossoff its first congressional endorsement since the 2016 election because the April 18 special election is a way to show the power of the “rapidly growing grassroots resistance movement” battling Donald Trump. “No single race for political office is going to signal the success or failure of the multiracial, multi-generational resistance movement that has emerged in Georgia and across the country to stand up to Donald Trump,” said Jim Dean, the chair of the organization. “But the grassroots campaign Jon is running is showing Democrats exactly how we need to fight.”

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Senate confirms Ben Carson as HUD secretary

Washington Times

Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America, applauded Ms. Warren’s Thursday reversal of her earlier stance.

“It is proof of not just a lesson learned from Elizabeth Warren, but an important lesson for all Democrats in the Senate in how you listen and how you respond to the grass-roots resistance efforts,” Mr. Sroka said.

“The contrast between what Joe Manchin is doing in the U.S. Senate and what Elizabeth Warren is doing could not be more clear,” Mr. Sroka said. “You cannot lead a resistance by trying to cheerleader for a president who is pursuing numerous reckless policies.”

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Georgia Democrat Scores Another Major Liberal Endorsement

Roll Call

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is picking up yet another endorsement from a national liberal group in the race for the state’s 6th District. Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, is backing Ossoff, according to a statement obtained first by Roll Call. It’s the group’s first congressional endorsement of the 2018 cycle. Ossoff, a former Hill aide, has received national attention from Democrats and liberal activists who see an opportunity to pick up a traditionally Republican seat in what is expected to be the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.  “Electing Jon Ossoff isn’t just an opportunity for Georgia to reject Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, it’s a chance to send a progressive leader from a new generation to Congress to fight for racial justice and against rapidly growing income inequality,” Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said in a statement. 

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Liberal groups want Manchin removed from Dem leadership

The Hill

Manchin, who hails from a state Trump won in November by more than 40 points, has angered progressive groups by voting for Trump’s Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, he added to the list of Trump nominees he has supported by joining the GOP and 15 other Democrats in voting to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as secretary of the Interior. One of the groups involved in the petition effort against Manchin, We Will Replace You, is threatening primary challenges to Democratic senators who have not committed to a full resistance of Trump's agenda.  The groups, which include We Will Replace You, Democracy for America, CREDO Action, Other98 and 350 Action, have collected more than 225,000 signatures for the Manchin petition.

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225,000 liberals sign petition to fire Manchin after he hugged it out with Trump

Washington Examier

As his own party drifts further to the left, Manchin has become an anathema to the liberal base. He criticizes "the hard core left," invites the editors of Breitbart into his own office, and voted to confirm a dozen of Trump's cabinet nominees. That's why an activist troupe headlined by 350.org and Democracy for America want to axe Manchin. Liberal opponents call Manchin "a conservative extremist" for bucking the party line, while conservative supporters think the senator is a tease for not leaving Democrats behind. But history is more likely to remember Manchin as a shrewd politician.

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Publisher seeking grassroots support

NJ Today

McCormick is also working to secure an endorsement from Democracy for America, an offshoot of Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Progressive New Jersey voters are able to visit that group’s website to assert support for a McCormick endorsement.

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5 challenges for new DNC chairman Tom Perez

The Hill

Several Ellison backers have told The Hill they are unsure whether they can support Perez, highlighting the intraparty rift he must overcome. Sanders and grassroots progressive groups released less-than-enthusiastic statements about Perez after his win. Sanders’s statement lectured Perez on how “the same-old, same-old is not working.”  The Vermont independent has also said he won’t turn over his coveted donor list to the DNC. Meanwhile, Democracy For America, a group run by Jim Dean, a brother of Howard Dean, called Perez’s victory “incredibly disappointing” and “another missed opportunity.” Perez squashed a revolt in Atlanta by quickly moving to make Ellison his deputy chairman. It is up to Perez and Ellison to determine whether that is merely a symbolic position or whether Ellison will indeed be active in rebuilding the national party.

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Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning

Associated Press

But it was Ellison who tapped so much of that anti-Trump energy. Sanders released a statement congratulating Perez yet warned "it is imperative that Tom understands that the same-old, same-old is not working."  Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, called Perez's election "incredibly disappointing" and said the "resistance will persist ... with or without the leadership of the Democratic National Committee." Dan Kantor, leader of the Working Families Party, said Democrats "missed an opportunity."

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Democrats brace for backlash as they vote on new DNC chair

Washington Post

Dean shouted the last words, making a joke out of the infamous speech he gave after losing the 2004 Iowa caucuses. Asked about the remarks, spokesmen for Schumer and Ellison declined to comment. And in the hallway outside of the lunch, Dean's brother Jim, who led the progressive group Democracy for America, was offering green "Keith for DNC" shirts to anyone who walked by.

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'Hanging in the balance': Democrats set to elect new leader after fierce contest

The Guardian

“The DNC has traditionally operated separate from groups like ours that organize millions of people,” wrote in the the letter that was signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, 350 Action and Presente Action, in an implicit criticism of Perez.  “If Keith Ellison was chair and proposed partnering on state-level voter registration activities and issue mobilization rallies, we would be eager to engage in that conversation.”

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DNC reaching end of tight leadership race as party seeks to unite

ABC

Last weekend, New Hampshire Party chair Raymond Buckley bowed out and threw his support behind Minnesota congressman and Progressive Caucus chair Keith Ellison. Buckley praised Ellison’s commitment to investing in local parties, a promise all the candidates have made, as well as his impressive backing from large progressive organizations, including Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. 

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Major endorsements flow into St. Louis mayoral race

The Missouri Times

However, Krewson and Jones are both confident in the support they have received. Both of them have pages on their campaign websites filled with endorsements (you can see Jones’ here and Krewson’s here). Jones has attracted many progressives and progressive organizations to her campaign, like Mobilize Missouri, the Young Democrats, and NARAL Pro Choice Missouri. Even national progressive groups like Democracy for America and MoveOn.Org have come out in support of Jones’ campaign. Many elected officials, including Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, have also backed her campaign.

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Liberal activists warn party’s lawmakers: Primaries are coming

McClatchy

Frustrated by the party’s performance on Capitol Hill and emboldened by the mass protests against President Donald Trump, a coalition of progressive groups say they are open to supporting primary challengers next year against Democratic members of the House and Senate – even if many inside the party believe that intra-party races might ultimately only help the Republican Party gain more power. The organizations, many run by former members of Bernie Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign, say they haven’t drafted a list of targets just yet. But they vow to recruit, fund and support intra-party challengers if Democratic lawmakers don’t start doing more to oppose the new president and his congressional Republican allies. “Every single Democratic incumbent considering aiding and abetting the Trump administration needs to consider their jobs at high risk,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive advocacy group based in Vermont.

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Democrats' new regime may forever change the face of the party

ABC News

Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America, a PAC that supported Sanders and has endorsed Ellison, observed that the candidates’ support does not break down along such convenient lines.  “That requires ignoring the support that Keith Ellison has gotten…from lots of people that supported Hillary Clinton in the primary,” he said.

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Week later, Rauner still won't answer questions about his budget

Chicago Tribune

The offshoot campaign from former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004 is backing a challenger to longtime Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar in the April 4 election.  The former Dean for America committee is now Democracy for America, headed by Dean’s brother, Jim. It’s also backing candidates on the Berwyn United slate that is challenging incumbents in the Feb. 28 primary in that community.

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Liberal group will put money in city races to fight Trump’s policies in DC

McClatchy

Officials with Democracy for America, an advocacy group based in Vermont, say the two-year investment is an important part of resisting President Donald Trump’s agenda, even if the positions themselves have little say in federal policy-making.  “Municipal government and local leaders have a huge amount of power over our lives and neighborhoods,” said Annie Weinberg, Democracy for America’s electoral director. “And in this moment, American cities, and who governs them, is more urgent than ever.”  Democracy for America, a political action committee, was founded by Howard Dean, the liberal former presidential candidate who later went led the Democratic National Committee. It touts itself as an member-driven advocate for progressive politicians and ideas – frequently against the wishes of Democratic Party leadership.

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MoveOn.org and Democracy for America endorse Tishaura Jones for mayor

St. Louis American

Tishaura O. Jones received two new national progressive endorsements for St. Louis mayor on Monday, February 20 – from MoveOn.org Political Action and Democracy for America. MoveOn endorsed her based on the votes of its St. Louis-based members, of which 66 percent voted to endorse Jones in the March 7 mayoral primary. MoveOn has more than 19,000 members in St. Louis. The organization also donated an initial $10,000 to her campaign and committed to doing a fundraising mailing to its 7 million-plus national membership, according to the Jones campaign.

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