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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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Neil Sroka on After The Bell

After The Bell

Neil Sroka on After The Bell

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‘Nuclear’ cloud hangs over pick of Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Washington TImes

Liberal groups were outraged at the “absurd” suggestion.  “At a time when urgent cases are pending regarding Trump’s bigoted, unconstitutional actions, it is simply unacceptable for any Senate Democrat to suggest confirming this nominee,” said Democracy for America, a leading lobby group. Both sides are weighted by their own histories of obstruction.

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Chuck Schumer signals Democrats willing to fight Trump's Supreme Court nomination

Orlando Sentinel

"Those senators are going to have a tough choice before them," she said.  Progressive groups including Democracy for America, meanwhile, demanded "total opposition to all of Trump's appointees," including Gorsuch, until Trump rescinds his travel ban.  The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, warned Democrats on Tuesday not to relent.

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How Progressives Are Forcing Senate Democrats Into Action

The Atlantic

Groups like MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, and Our Revolution are now pushing Senate Democrats to oppose all Trump nominees and use every procedural tool they can to stall action in the Senate until Trump reverses course on the immigration order and his broader agenda. Yet even as Democrats dial up the obstruction, they are unlikely to go that far. Our Revolution is the grassroots coalition that grew out of Sanders’s presidential campaign, yet the Vermont senator voted for both Mattis and Kelly. “It did come as a surprise to me,” said Shannon Jackson, a former senior adviser to Sanders who is now executive director of Our Revolution. Jackson refused to criticize him, however. “I trust the senator made his decision based on the ideals and issues he had promoted his whole life,” he said.

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Congressional Democrats have declared war on Donald Trump

Washington Post

Charles Chamberlain, director of the progressive group Democracy for America, urged Senate Democrats to hold the line in a statement issued Tuesday: “Until the Muslim ban is repealed, we demand total opposition to all of Trump’s appointees, to Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, and to any legislation coming out of the Trump administration. No exceptions.”

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These Democrats Have Already Said They’ll Oppose Trump SCOTUS Pick Neil Gorsuch

New York Magazine

Gorsuch will almost certainly wind up on the Supreme Court, but if Democrats don’t put up a fight, they could face a backlash from their base. Several liberal groups, including MoveOn.org and Democracy for America, are promising to oppose any senator who doesn’t do everything they can to block Trump’s nominee.

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Chuck Schumer signals Democrats willing to fight Trump's Supreme Court nomination

Baltimore Sun

Progressive groups including Democracy for America, meanwhile, demanded "total opposition to all of Trump's appointees," including Gorsuch, until Trump rescinds his travel ban.  The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, warned Democrats on Tuesday not to relent.  "The only reason that Trump can name this Supreme Court justice is because of the unconscionable actions by Senate Republicans in refusing to even hold a hearing" for Garland, the group said in a memo to senators. "Rewarding such behavior by confirming a radical nominee should not even be an option for Democrats."

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Major progressive group unveils first 2018 Senate endorsements

The Hill

Progressive group Democracy for America (DFA) on Friday unveiled its first round of midterm endorsements, supporting four senators up for reelection in 2018.  DFA announced it is backing Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).  The group, which was founded in 2004 by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D), argues that these four senators will stand up to President-elect Donald Trump and hold his new administration accountable.  “As we continue to elect exciting new leaders to the U.S. Senate like 2016 winners Catherine Cortez-Masto, Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris, it’s absolutely essential that we ensure Baldwin, Brown, Warren, and Sanders return to the US Senate in 2019 to fight the Trump agenda and build an economy that delivers for the working class,” DFA chair Jim Dean said.

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DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA ENDORSES SENATE PROGRESSIVE CHAMPIONS BALDWIN, BROWN, SANDERS AND WARREN

VT Digger

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who are each up for reelection in 2018. These are the progressive organization’s first endorsements of the 2018 election cycle.  Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean comments on DFA’s new 2018 endorsements:  “The very moment Donald Trump takes his hand off the Bible he will be running the most corrupt, corporate, and bigoted presidential administration our country has seen in generations, making it more important than ever that we have steel-spined, populist progressive champions like Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders holding him accountable in the U.S. Senate.

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#INAUGURATIONDAY: DONALD TRUMP SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Latina Magazine

In a statement regarding the Inauguration speech, Democracy for America's Charles Chamberlain said that Trump's words were entirely filled with empty promises about bringing the nation back together. "The only source of light on this miserable day is the massive, multi-racial, multi-generational progressive resistance movement led by women and people of color that is already emerging to confront Donald Trump's agenda of hate and growing stronger every single day," he wrote.

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Police injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protests in DC

CNN

Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested Friday after a morning of peaceful protests and coordinated disruptions of Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony gave way to ugly street clashes in downtown Washington.  At least two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN. Acting DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said the officers' injuries were considered minor and not life threatening.Bursts of chaos erupted on 12th and K streets as black-clad "antifascist" protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops, hammered out the windows of a limousine and eventually launched rocks at a phalanx of police lined up in an eastbound crosswalk. Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices, which could be heard from blocks away, into the street to disperse the crowds.

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Two million protest against Trump's inauguration worldwide

The Guardian

“The only source of light on this miserable day is the massive, multi-racial, multi-generational progressive resistance movement led by women and people of colour that’s already emerging to confront Donald Trump’s agenda of hate, and [which is] growing stronger every single day,” said Democracy for America’s executive director, Charles Chamberlain, in a statement following the inauguration ceremony.

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Democrats use Trump hearings to plant 2020 flag

CNN

"Do you think, if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to the Republican Party, that you would be here today?" he asked. That moment, said Neil Sroka, the spokesman for Democracy for America, the liberal group founded by Howard Dean, "is really rapidly making the rounds among progressive activists online today" because it "hits the Trump administration in its solar plexus."  Warren targeted DeVos's experience.
"The secretary of education is essentially responsible running a $1 trillion bank," Warren told DeVos Tuesday night. "Do you have any direct experience in running a bank?"

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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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