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Ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder backs Jenny Durkan for mayor

Seattle Pi

By contrast, the Vermont-based group Democracy for America -- spawned by the 2004 insurgent Democratic campaign of ex-Gov. Howard Dean -- is endorsing Moon. It first entered Seattle politics in 2015 backing Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant and Mike O'Brien.

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L.A. County Supervisors unanimously back Sen. Feinstein for reelection

LA Times

Feinstein already has the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which traditionally backs incumbents. Soon after he announced a challenge, De León was endorsed by Democracy for America, the progressive political action committee formed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in 2004.

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Balance of power state Senate race sets new spending record like you

King 5

Dhingra has also received a $95,000 independent expenditure from the Vermont based group Democracy for America.

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Reporter’s notebook: The mayoral candidates

Crosscut

Moon replied she had, in fact, been working in the community for decades, if not in the same circles as Durkan. And she’s been endorsed by the who’s-who of grassroots Seattle: The Transit Riders Union, Upgrade Seattle, Seattle Subway, Our Revolution WA and Democracy for America. (Notably lacking is Oliver’s Peoples Party.)

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California Hispanics are the vanguard for a new political paradigm

The Hill

Countering that arrogance are announcements of some big endorsements De León received following his announcement; they came from Democracy for America, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s progressive political action group, and California legislators Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego and Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, and former state Sen. Dean Florez.

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House challengers build war chests for 2018

The Hill

Bryce, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential primary, hopes to capitalize on frustration in both parties with Ryan. He’s also backed by a handful of liberal groups, including Democracy for America. But unseating a House speaker is rare. Complicating Bryce’s bid, Ryan, like past House speakers, is a prolific fundraiser.

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Kevin de León announces run against Dianne Feinstein, setting up Democratic clash in Senate race

Santa Cruz Sentinel

On Sunday morning, De León received a quick endorsement from Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, and the national progressive group Democracy for America, as well as tweeted declarations of support from two Democratic state lawmakers, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher.

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California reckoning: Kevin de León is challenging Dianne Feinstein’s Senate re-election

Los Angeles Blade

Democracy for America disagrees. The progressive group with nearly 300,000 California members issued an immediate endorsement of de León, citing in particular his work on behalf of undocumented immigrants and single-payer healthcare. De León “didn’t ask people to sit back and wait, hoping maybe Trump would someday turn out OK,” DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said. “He immediately began working to pass policies that would help the people most immediately affected by Trump’s bigoted, greedy policies.”

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Defeating Dianne Feinstein will be expensive. Where will Kevin de León get the cash?

The Sacramento Bee

At the national level, the liberal group Democracy for America released the results of its “pulse poll” of California members that found 63 percent want a liberal leader to challenge Feinstein next year. A spokesman for the organization pointed to the tens of millions it raised and contributed to help elect candidates nationwide since 2004. The group has endorsed de León. Feinstein’s campaign, meanwhile, is working to diminish de León’s progressive credentials, noting he supported Democrat Hillary Clinton last year, not Sanders. De León similarly backed Eric Bauman, an insider from Los Angeles, over Kimberly Ellis, a Bay Area outsider, in the recent California Democratic Party chair’s race. Ellis narrowly lost after consolidating many Sanders supporters. 

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De Leon a 'bundle of nerves' over Feinstein challenge -- Judge declines to toss Menendez's charges

Politico

Despite de León’s steep disadvantages in fundraising and name recognition, Political Data Inc.’s Paul Mitchell raised the question Sunday of whether de León might have better connections than Feinstein among mid-ranking Democrats in California. Among de León’s early endorsers: Democracy for America, state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty — the latter tweeting, “I’m all in 4 @kdeleon 4 U.S. Senate. Progressive vision for CA , experience & track record will serve us well! It’s about the future!

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Kevin de León formally launches bid to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein

The Sacramento Bee

Democracy for America, a progressive group with nearly 300,000 members in the state, came out with an immediate endorsement Sunday of de León, citing his work as a young community organizer battling Proposition 187 and his leadership in the push for single-payer health care in the Legislature.  He “didn’t ask people to sit back and wait, hoping maybe Trump would someday turn out OK,” Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said. “He immediately began working to pass policies that would help the people most immediately affected by Trump’s bigoted, greedy policies.” Rep. Ro Khanna, who urged a challenge to Feinstein, called de León an “innovative policy thinker who has delivered results,” in an early endorsement. “Kevin represents the future of California’s Democratic Party,” Khanna said. 

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Here's the Democrat Who Just Announced His Challenge to Hawkish Feinstein

Common Dreams

He's already garnered an endorsement from Democracy for America. The group's executive director, Charles Chamberlain, said Californians "deserve two senators who will be relentless allies in their battle to stand up to the White House and take bold action on social, racial, and economic justice."

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The case for Kevin de León for U.S. Senate

The Sacramento Bee

Democracy for America, a progressive group founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, launched a “pulse poll” asking its members if they want to see a Democrat run against Feinstein. “I don’t think anyone is under the impression that (challenging Feinstein) would be easy,” said Niel Sroka, a spokesman for the group. But he said “California in many ways is the epicenter of the resistance, and has long been a leader of progressive politics. I don’t think there’s any denying that Dianne Feinstein isn’t doing that.” He believes the progressive networks are key to de León’s chance of making it a race. “Grassroots passion can yield big fundraising results that can take on in a really credible way an insider like Sen. Feinstein,” he said.

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DE LEON bids to knock out FEINSTEIN -- DONNELLY running for Congress against GOPer COOK -- BROWN vetoes TRUMP tax disclosure bill

Politico

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The simple fact is this: We won't defeat Trump and his Republican Party with corporate Democrats pushing Republican-lite policies and weak leadership.” -- Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, endorsing Kevin de León’s

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Home Congress Progressive PAC founded by Howard Dean endorses Feinstein challenger Progressive PAC founded by Howard Dean endorses Feinstein challenger

Talk Media News

“We won’t defeat Trump and his Republican Party with corporate Democrats pushing Republican-lite policies and weak leadership. We win when candidates offer a progressive vision for America and fight to make it happen. Kevin de León has proven he will do both and we can’t wait to see him do it in the U.S. Senate,” Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement on Sunday.

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Kevin de León announces he'll run against Feinstein for California Senate

CNN

He got an early endorsement from Democracy for America, which said California voters "deserve two senators who will be relentless allies in their battle to stand up to the White House and take bold action on social, racial and economic justice."
"When Trump became President, de León didn't ask people to sit back and wait, hoping maybe Trump would someday turn out OK," DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain said of the group's decision to endorse de León, who is the first US Senate primary challenger the group has backed. "He immediately began working to pass policies that would help the people most immediately affected by Trump's bigoted, greedy policies."
 

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The California Senate race could be ground zero in the battle for the direction of the Democratic Party

Washington Post

Liberal groups in Washington have been looking for a moment like this to reshape a party they think has become too compromising on liberal values exactly when Democrats can least afford it. Consequently, they are thrilled about de León's decision to challenge Feinstein. He launched his campaign with the immediate endorsement of Democracy for America, a national group that formed from the remnants of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.

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Trump is rapidly nominating federal judges. Democrats are facing more pressure to not confirm them.

Mic

Progressive organizations like CREDO and Democracy for America attracted more than 350,000 signatures on online petitions calling for Grassley and Feinstein to slow approval of Trump-nominated judges. “We don’t expect Feinstein, alone, to stop these appointments. But you can slow them down,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, told Mic after delivering those signatures on Thursday in Washington.

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California state senate president to challenge Feinstein in primary: report

Hill

Many progressives have floated de León’s name as a challenger to Feinstein including Markos Moulitsas, who is the founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos. And major progressive group Democracy for America told The Hill earlier this week that they would be “especially interested in seeing Kevin run.”

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The case for Kevin de León for U.S. Senate

Sacramento Bee

Democracy for America, a progressive group founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, launched a “pulse poll” asking its members if they want to see a Democrat run against Feinstein. “I don’t think anyone is under the impression that (challenging Feinstein) would be easy,” said Niel Sroka, a spokesman for the group. But he said “California in many ways is the epicenter of the resistance, and has long been a leader of progressive politics. I don’t think there’s any denying that Dianne Feinstein isn’t doing that.” He believes the progressive networks are key to de León’s chance of making it a race. “Grassroots passion can yield big fundraising results that can take on in a really credible way an insider like Sen. Feinstein,” he said.

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Left eager for Feinstein primary challenge

The Hill

Democracy for America (DFA), a major progressive group founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in 2004, hasn’t made an endorsement but is keeping an eye on de León. “He is someone we’re watching very, very closely,” DFA spokesman Neil Sroka told The Hill. “We would be especially interested in seeing Kevin run.”

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Former Md. Congresswoman Donna Edwards to run for county executive

The Washington Post

Progressive groups such as Emily's List and Democracy for America supported Edwards in the Senate primary despite such criticism, and other grassroots activists have been pushing her to run for county executive, The Washington Post reported.

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Democrats wonder if they can win in Alabama while GOP grapples with Roy Moore in DC

CNN

Jones met with Democracy For America electoral director Annie Weinberg, and the group used its fundraising list to boost Jones this week. 
"Doug Jones took on the KKK and won. Roy Moore is a radical extremist who was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court twice for his hateful views. We have to stop Roy Moore -- and support Doug Jones," DFA senior campaign manager Robert Cruickshank said in a fundraising email.
 

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Hillary Clinton: It's Time To Stand Up To The NRA

Click Lancashire

"Congress has caved to the NRA after every mass shooting this decade, from Sandy Hook to San Bernardino, from Umpqua Community College in OR to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and so many more", Democracy for America said on Monday in a call for volunteers to run for office against NRA-backed members of Congress.

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House votes on 20-week abortion ban, with Trump White House support

Fox News

Democrats are debating over whether pro-life candidates should be allowed in the party. Progressives groups have argued opposition to abortion goes against principles of progressivism. Tucker takes on the executive director of Democracy for America

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Demanding More Than Prayers, Resistance Groups Take on 'Unrepentant' NRA

Common Dreams

"Congress has caved to the NRA after every mass shooting this decade, from Sandy Hook to San Bernardino, from Umpqua Community College in Oregon to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and so many more," Democracy for America said on Monday in a call for volunteers to run for office against NRA-backed members of Congress. "Republican elected officials offer their thoughts and prayers. They lower flags to half-staff. But they will never act to stop gun violence and mass shootings, because they're in league with the NRA. " 

"The NRA is unrepentant," the group added, concluding that the only way to eliminate the organization's pernicious influence is to "defeat them at the ballot box."

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All-Out War Against The NRA Begins After Las Vegas Massacre

Daily Caller

Left-wing activist group Democracy for America wasted no time fundraising off of the attack while demonizing the NRA and linking them to the violence in Las Vegas. “The NRA is unrepentant. They and their allies in Congress don’t think there’s anything wrong with what happened in Las Vegas last night,” the group wrote in a fundraising email Monday evening. “In fact, they are doubling down in support of laws that enable white men like Stephen Paddock to use guns to terrorize their families and communities.”

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LA Chargers lock arms during national anthem

ABC 7

Members of the California-based Courage Campaign, Democracy for America, activists from Black Lives Matter and other organizations participated in the protest ahead of the game, which started around 1 p.m.

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Boonton alderman to chair LGBT Democratic caucus

Daily Record

Dean, who ran for president in 2004, was chairman of the DNC from 2005 to 2009, during which time Barack Obama was elected to his first term. In 2004, he founded Democracy for America, a political action committee that supports progressive causes and candidates. Democracy for America endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders is the 2016 Democratic presidential primary race.

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Senator Kamala Harris Makes Bold Moves to Preserve Healthcare for All During Congressional Black Caucus Convention

LA Sentinel

The bill has been endorsed by 30 national organizations and unions including: Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Our Revolution, Social Security Works, Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, MoveOn, All of Us, Demand Progress, Health Care Now, Progressive Democrats of America, CREDO, Public Citizen, Latinos for Healthcare Equality, Americans for Democratic Action, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, DailyKos, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, 350.org, American Sustainable Business Council, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), National Nurses United, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, New York Nurses Association, Utility Workers Union of America, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, United Mine Workers of America, Amalgamated Transit Union and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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