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DFA says Kavanaugh “represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, core democratic values”

July 9, 2018

Donald Trump just nominated right-wing ideologue Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here's Democracy for America (DFA) Chair Jim Dean on Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the Court and DFA's vow to fight it:

"Donald Trump's decision to nominate a reactionary ideologue like Brett Kavanaugh and shift the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court even further right represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, and our country's…

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DFA backs Keith Ellison for Attorney General of Minnesota

July 9, 2018

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) formally endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison in his race for Attorney General of Minnesota.

DFA has been a long time ally of Ellison during his multiple campaigns for Congress and service as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. DFA was also an early and fierce supporter of Ellison in his 2017 race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive…

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DFA endorses Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

June 29, 2018

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Kara Eastman in her race to represent Nebraska's 2nd in the U.S. House.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Kara Eastman's race for Congress:

"Kara Eastman's grassroots victory in this spring's primary not only inspired progressives in Nebraska and throughout the country, it ensured that the voters of Omaha have a pragmatic problem-solver in the…

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Following Kennedy retirement, DFA pushes Senate Dems to mercilessly fight Trump’s SCOTUS nomination

June 27, 2018

This afternoon, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially handing Donald Trump another opportunity to nominate a right-wing zealot.

Democracy for America issued the following public statement to U.S. Senate Democrats following Justice Kennedy's resignation:

"At the opening of one of the most important fights for a U.S. Supreme Court seat in a generation, we want to make one thing very…

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JANUS: While SCOTUS “once again reveals itself to be tool” of right, DFA finds hope in Ocasio-Cortez

June 27, 2018

Democracy for America's statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus ruling and its decision to advance Republican assaults on union rights:

"Following yesterday's partisan 5-4 decisions on Trump's Muslim Ban and fake abortion clinics, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again revealed itself to be a tool of the fringe-right conservatives in Congress and the corporations, billionaires, and millionaires who control every single breath they…

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VICTORY: Ben Jealous delivers another major progressive victory in Maryland gubernatorial primary

June 26, 2018

Ben Jealous just won the Democratic primary for Governor of Maryland.

Even before he got in the race, Democracy for America (DFA ) publicly urged Jealous to run for Governor of Maryland and began mobilizing DFA members to pledge their support for him if he jumped in -- making today's primary victory particularly sweet for DFA's over 25,000 members in Maryland and more than one million members across the country.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on…

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VICTORY: DFA-endorsed Dana Balter wins NY-24 primary over DC Democratic insiders

June 26, 2018

In another stunning blow to DC Democratic insiders tonight, Democracy for America (DFA)-endorsed candidate Dana Balter just won the Democratic primary in New York's 24th Congressional District overcoming tremendous outside spending from the DCCC and others with the help of local and national grassroots progressive support.

DFA Jim Dean on Dana Balter's primary win over Democratic insiders and path to victory over her GOP opponent this…

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VICTORY: DFA on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning primary upset victory in NY-14

June 26, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just delivered the primary upset of the year unseating Democratic House Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in the NY-14 Democratic Primary.

Democracy for America proudly endorsed Ocasio-Cortez last week.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' primary stunner:

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' stunning victory tonight is the clearest demonstration yet that when candidates welcome the…

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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Joe Neguse’s win in CO-02 primary

June 26, 2018

Tonight, Democracy for America (DFA)-endorsed candidate Joe Neguse won the Democratic primary in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Joe Neguse’s victory in the Colorado 2nd Democratic primary:

“Joe Neguse’s win tonight is not only a huge win for voters in Colorado’s Second Congressional District, it’s a tremendous victory for everyone hungry for the rise of the next generation of progressive political leaders.…

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June 26 Primaries: DFA watching MD Gubernatorial, U.S. House races in CO, MD, NY

June 26, 2018

Today, during 2018's last set of June primaries, Democracy for America (DFA) is paying particularly close attention to Ben Jealous' race for Governor in Maryland and three U.S. House races in Colorado and New York (including one key for Democrats hopes of retaking the chamber).

DFA-endorsed federal and local candidates running in competitive primary elections today include:

  • Ben Jealous (Governor - Maryland)
  • Joe Neguse (U.S. House -…
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MUSLIM BAN: DFA says “sky-high” 2018 stakes “even higher” after SCOTUS ruling

June 26, 2018

Democracy for America's statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's incredibly disappointing ruling on the Trump Muslim Ban:

"The 5-4 passage of Donald Trump's Muslim Ban via a Supreme Court seat stolen by Mitch McConnell and his Senate cronies is an important reminder of the complicity of every single Republican member of Congress in the execution of Donald Trump's anti-American, hate-fueled agenda.

"After watching Donald Trump call white…

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Democracy for America endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress in NY-14

June 22, 2018

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her Democratic primary challenge of U.S. Representative Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District.

DFA has 119,998 members in the state of New York -- including more than 18,000 in and around New York's 14th district -- and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on why the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back…

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DFA: No order Trump signs “erase[s] the psychological torment… moral shame” of family separation

June 20, 2018

Six weeks after it started taking children from their parents at the border, the Trump administration, in a sharp reversal of previous statements, has decided that it will sign an executive order to potentially indefinitely detain families in detention centers together.

DFA's chair Jim Dean replied to this response from the Trump administration with the following:

"Donald Trump's disgusting attempt to appear heroic by signing an…

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June 19 Primaries: DFA closely watching DC Council races

June 19, 2018

While celebrating Juneteenth with millions across the country today, Democracy for America (DFA) will also be closely watching the returns this evening in a number of key Democratic primaries taking place for the DC Council in Washington, D.C.

DFA-endorsed candidates running in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. include:

  • Ed Lazere (DC Council Chair)
  • Jeremiah Lowery (DC Council, At-Large)
  • Elissa Silverman (DC Council,…
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Democracy for America endorses Ilhan Omar for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

June 15, 2018

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Ilhan Omar in the race to replace progressive champion Keith Ellison as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

DFA has 22,942 members in Minnesota and more than one million members nationwide.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to strongly back Ilhan Omar in her race for Congress in the MN-05:

"State Representative Ilhan Omar

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