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She’s everywhere: Ocasio-Cortez puts trek to Congress online

Associated Press

That episode and others offered clues to how Ocasio-Cortez and her social media practices fit into a national legislature that’s slowly becoming younger, less male and more diverse. The approach Ocasio-Cortez is modeling — and the political world is studying — gives her a measure of control by communicating directly with constituents and responding to critics in close to real time.

“She knows how to navigate this space in a way that others don’t,” said Yvette Simpson, incoming CEO of Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee. Also, Simpson pointed out, “She’s not accountable to that power structure” in Congress. “She’s accountable to the group that put her there.”


9 Lessons From the 2018 Midterms

The Nation

“Voters have sent the most progressive Democratic caucus to Washington in a generation,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Veronica Escobar from Texas ran against the Democratic establishment and won. Many of the other Democratic newcomers ran on multiracial, inclusive populism..."

"...Maybe the defeat of Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Claire McCaskill in Missouri will lead Democrats to stop backing candidates who run away from their party. Meanwhile, the elections of McBath, Delgado, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and Axne, as well as Abby Finkenauer in Iowa, Sharice Davids in Kansas, Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, Chuy García in Illinois, and Jahana Hayes in Connecticut, means this new class of Democrats is the most diverse and the most progressive in the party’s history. “The idea that Democrats can’t compete anywhere, or that people of color can’t compete, is absolutely shattered,” said Democracy for America’s Charles Chamberlain.


Buckle up for more Beto: Obama-approved Democrat emerges stronger after defeat

Washington Times

“In three very different races, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum and Beto O’Rourke ran smart campaigns that openly defied conventional wisdom in D.C., focused on inspiring and mobilizing voters from the new American majority that most in Washington tell candidates to ignore, and turned elections that should have never been competitive into historically close contests,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for Democracy for America.


Why won’t Democrats talk about impeaching Donald Trump?

Kansas City Star

“Anyone that has been supportive of impeachment knows that the problems facing this country are most clearly visible in the corruption and illegality coming from this White House, but they don’t’ stop there,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America. “So we have to make the case to voters that it’s bigger than just impeachment and accountability.”

Sroka said he thinks Democrats shouldn’t be afraid to say they support impeachment, but he wouldn’t encourage them to make it a centerpiece of their platform. “It’s not necessary to be a litmus test,” he said. “The only litmus test in the 2018 race is, are you willing to be a check on the president?”


Andrew Gillum Raises $1 Million in First 24 Hours As Florida Democratic Nominee for Governor


The first African-American to win a major party nomination for governor in Florida, Gillum is running on an unapologetically progressive platform of Medicare for All, increased education funding, criminal justice reform, and climate action.

He has a broad coalition on his side, ranging from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), to former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, to progressive activist donor Tom Steyer, to groups like Indivisible, Color of Change, Democracy for America, Moms Demand Action, the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, the National Nurses Union, and the Working Families Party.


DFA to discuss election's impact

Gettysburg Times

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Gettysburg Democracy for America will welcome Robin Stelly, Statewide Organizer for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) to the auditorium at Valentine Hall at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. The program begins at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Stelly will address the potential impact of the November elections on access to healthcare in Pennsylvania. At stake are the future of pre-existing condition protections, Medicaid work requirements, Medicaid expansion, privatization of Medicare and even the overturning of the Affordable Care Act, potentially leaving millions without coverage.


This progressive Democrat could become Florida’s first black governor


Gillum also picked up support from billionaire Tom Steyer, as well as the Sanders-affiliated nonprofit Our Revolution and the progressive PAC Democracy for America. He supports policies like a corporate tax increase to fund education, a $15 minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, the abolishment of ICE and equal pay legislation.

One state over, former Georgia house minority leader Stacey Abrams — a lawyer and published romance novelist who won her gubernatorial Democratic primary in May — has the potential to make history of her own in November, vying for a shot to become the Peach State’s first black woman governor. Abrams will face Trump-backed GOP nominee Brian Kemp.


5 things we learned from Tuesday's primaries and what they mean for November

Fox News

"Andrew Gillum, the only candidate who wasn't a millionaire or the scion of a powerful political family, and an army of grassroots organizers built a movement that inspired tens of thousands of new and demoralized voters and spoke directly to the challenges they face with bold solutions like robust criminal justice reform, Medicare for All, and a historic $1 billion commitment to education,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America


Andrew Gillum’s Win Is Great News for All Democrats—Despite What the Media May Tell You

The Nation

Gillum also got help from outside groups like Tom Steyer’s Next Generation America, focused on the youth vote, and Moms Demand Action, the gun-safety group, both of which backed Clinton. He also won the backing of Democracy for America and the Working Families Party, which backed Sanders. It’s true that Emily’s List endorsed Gwen Graham (as it had Whitmer in the Michigan primary), but given its commitment to electing female Democrats, that wasn’t surprising. Indivisible chapters and other post-Trump progressive groups worked hard for Gillum, too.


Andrew Gillum’s Stunning Victory Sets Up an Epic Governor’s Race in Florida

The Nation

Progressives believe that clarity will energize voters who are not just upset with Trump but who are ready for a new politics. On Tuesday night, they celebrated Gillum’s win as they have previous primary victories this year by African-American gubernatorial contenders—including Maryland’s Ben Jealous and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams—by hailing the emergence of what Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain describes as “the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters [who] are ready to deliver transformative results for candidates who share their commitment to bold, inclusive populism.”


‘Massive Upset Victory’: Andrew Gillum Takes Democratic Primary in Race for Florida Governor


Gillum was endorsed in the primary by #VoteProChoice and leading progressive organizations including Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,  the Working Families Party, and Our Revolution. His platform includes criminal justice reforms, support for Medicaid expansion and Medicare For All, and codifying the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefitto ensure that Florida residents will have access to contraceptive care with no co-pays. Gillum would be the state’s first Black governor.


Progressives Will Lead Democrats In Some Of 2018’s Biggest Contests

Huffington Post

“Andrew Gillum’s massive upset victory tonight is an explosive development in the 2018 election that definitively proves that the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters are ready to deliver transformative results for candidates,” Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of the progressive group Democracy for America, said in a statement Tuesday night. “Tonight, Floridians made it clear that the time for fundamental progressive change in the Sunshine State is here.”


Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

Newburgh Gazette

Gillum welcomed the support of Color of Change, Indivisible, Democracy for America, Our Revolution, the Working Families Party, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Women's March Florida, National Nurses Union, NextGen America, the Florida Immigrant Coalition and other progressive groups. 


Gillum Wins Big In Florida Primaries, Becoming The Democratic Governor Nominee

Inquisitr News

Gillum was a favorite among progressive Democrats and he had earned the support of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and political groups Our Revolution, and Democracy for America. The winner of the Republican Party’s nominee for Florida’s governor was Florida Representative Ron DeSantis, whose victory was also an upset. He blew his opponent, Adam Putnam, out of the water, winning 56.5 percent of the vote to Putnam’s 36.6 percent.


Who is Andrew Gillum? Meet Florida’s history-making Democratic nominee for governor.


Gillum was surging in polls in the days before the race, but even though progressive groups were very excited about him, he remained fairly under the radar until the week before Election Day. National groups including Indivisible, Democracy For America, Our Revolution, and Collective PAC all threw their support behind him. Billionaire Tom Steyer and his group NextGen also made a significant financial investment of $1 million in Gillum’s campaign.


Andrew Gillum wins Florida governor primary in upset victory for the left


The state capital’s mayor since 2014, Gillum is young at 39, black (he would also be Florida’s first black governor), and pretty far to the left ideologically. He received the endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Our Revolution, and Democracy for America in the primary. He has proposed hiking the state’s corporate tax rate to fund education, raising its minimum wage to $15, and he endorsed a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system at the national level.


Progressive coalition pressures Senate Democrats demanding their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh


The pressure is on as a coalition of progressive organizations launched a campaign to pressure Senate Democrats to unite to #StopKavanaugh. “Whip the Vote” is aiming their campaign at two-dozen Democrats who have yet committed to opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s far-right Supreme Court pick.

The coalition, which includes progressive organizations Demand Justice, Indivisble, Move On, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ultraviolet Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, Daily Kos, Credo and Color of Change, lists each senator’s stance, whether it be support, lean support or opposed on its website, WhiptheVote.org.


Siete candidatos a gobernadores participan en Primarias de Florida

Miami Diario

Entres sus ofertas de campaña están: aumentar la tasa de impuestos corporativos del estado del 2,25 al 7,75%, y gastar esos ingresos en educación, elevar el salario mínimo estatal a $15 por hora y promulgar una política de Medicare para todos similar a la propuesta por Bernie Sanders. Gillum también pide la abolición de ICE. Ha recibido el apoyo de Bernie Sanders, los grupos progresistas Democracy for America y Our Revolution. La circunscripción clave de Gillum es minorías raciales según la politóloga Susan MacManus. En junio de 2017, el diario Tallahassee Democrat informó que el gobierno de Tallahassee estaba siendo investigado por el FBI sobre un caso de corrupción. Gillum fue elegido alcalde de Tallahassee en 2014. Antes de eso, se había desempeñado como concejal de esa ciudad desde 2002. Asistió a la universidad en Florida A M.


Progressive Groups Launch Campaign Aimed At Uniting Democrats Against Brett Kavanaugh

Huffington Post

“The fight against Brett Kavanaugh is winnable but only if Senate Democrats quickly unite in opposition so we can focus on pressuring a Republican to break ranks,” Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, another group backing the effort, said in a statement. “At this point, it is absurd that there are still more than two dozen Democrats on the fence about Kavanaugh. He is the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in 35 years and it is time to fight his nomination with the urgency it deserves.”

Other groups participating in the campaign include some of the most active organizations in the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination: MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Color of Change, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Daily Kos, CREDO, Democracy for America and UltraViolet. The new effort follows a week of protests across the country demanding that the Senate reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.


Our Revolution Applauds New Democratic Party Reforms

Common Dreams

Our Revolution and six other organizations including MoveOn, Roots Action,  Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United, Demand Progress and Democracy for America submitted over 35,000 petition signatures asking DNC members to support ending superdelegates voting on the first ballot for the presidential nomination at the convention.

The newly passed reforms include:

>Ending superdelegates voting on the first nominating ballot in the presidential primary
>Electoral reforms and a process for rewarding states that have same-day registration, same-day party change, open primaries, other measures that increase civic participation
>The creation of an Ombudsman Committee and strengthening the conflict of interest provision. 
>Improving financial oversight of the DNC’s finances and spending


Regunberg gains Democratic endorsements around RI

Narragansett Times

“My campaign is not taking a dime from corporate PACs, Wall Street, oil and gas companies, or drug manufacturers,” he said. “Dan McKee received hundreds of thousands from the Walmart family, the makers of OxyContin, National Grid lobbyists, and Republican mega-donors. Just this week, Wall Street investor Tony Davis dropped $50,000 into a Super PAC to prop up Dan McKee’s campaign.”

Regunberg is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women, Sierra Club and Clean Water Action, the Coalition Against Gun Violence and Moms Demand Action (as a candidate of distinction), Democracy For America and Justice Democrats, and over a dozen unions representing tens of thousands of teachers, nurses, carpenters, firefighters, truck drivers, professors, hotel workers, bus drivers, and other Rhode Islanders.


Rashida Tlaib On Her Way To Becoming First Muslim Woman In Congress

Her Agenda

Tlaib’s goals in office are equally progressive. Some of her platform’s driving points are Medicare-for-All, increasing The Environmental Protection Agencies budget (which Trump significantly cut down), and repealing the Muslim Ban. Her campaign was supported by over 20 progressives groups, including People for Bernie and Democracy for America. Representatives like Pramila Jayapal have called her a “powerhouse,” and even filmmaker, Michael Moore, took to Twitter to praise Tlaib, calling her a “bright, shining star.”


Democracy for America Endorses Kerri Evelyn Harris in Delaware U.S. Senate Primary

Pharmacy Choice

DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to stand with Kerri Evelyn Harris in her race for U.S. Senate:

"With this fall's election less than 90 days away, it's more important than ever to seize every chance we have to push the Democratic Party to better reflect the diverse communities it serves and put forward the kind of bold, inclusive populist agenda we need to confront our challenges and inspire millions of new & infrequent voters to join our fight.


One of the Strongest Progressives in Congress is Facing a Primary Challenger Invoking Identity and Change. Will She Unseat Him?

The Intercept

Pressley has garnered some support from establishment forces: Her campaign contributors include Boston-area megadonor Barbara Lee; Minyon Moore, a so-called Democratic National Committee superdelegate and principal of the corporate lobbying firm Dewey Square group; and Super PAC strategist Guy Cecil. She also appears to be gaining momentum among progressives. She has been endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez and Democracy for America. Meanwhile, progressive groups are seizing upon the Pressley campaign as an opportunity for change.


EMILY's List backs Dana Balter for Congress against Rep. John Katko


But with the primary settled and the focus shifting to the general election, the national group is throwing its support behind Balter, who has already been endorsed by the Indivisible movement, Democracy for America and several other progressive organizations. 

"I am proud to partner with EMILY's List to help create a government that benefits fully from the productive leadership of women," Balter said in a statement. "In Congress, I will continue to fight for women's equality and autonomy, including access to the full range of quality, affordable health care." 


No, Minnesota Democrats did not choose 'boring, conventional, and white' in the primary


Tuesday’s biggest DFL rebuke of boring and conventional came in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, where nearly half of the 130,000-some primary voters preferred state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the 36-year-old freshman legislator who earned international recognition in 2016 for becoming the first Somali woman elected to a legislature in the U.S.

Nationally, left-wing groups hailed primary victories — in particular, Omar’s — as the sign of a new wave of progressive leaders. Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America, said Omar will be a “transformative, inclusive populist leader in Congress.”


EMILY’s List Latest to Back Katko Challenger

Roll Call

“Dana knows firsthand how important access to affordable, quality health care is, and her own experience facing the fear and uncertainty that can come from having a preexisting condition led Dana to want to make sure others don't have to face the same concerns,” Schriock said in a statement. Balter supports establishing a Medicare-for-all system, a single-payer program that would eliminate the need for private health insurance.

EMILY’s List’s endorsement follows the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s decision earlier this month to add Balter to its Red to Blue program. The initiative supports Democratic challengers in races against Republican incumbents. Balter has also been endorsed by the Indivisible movement, Democracy for America and several other progressive organizations. 


Leah Vukmir slams Tammy Baldwin for 'far left' support of Sanders' agenda

Washington Times

“Tammy Baldwin isn’t taking a risk by supporting Medicare for All, she’s putting forward an actual solution to the challenges of the current health care system,” said Neil Stroka, spokesman for Democracy for America, a liberal political action committee that endorsed her. “And Republicans seem to be out of any relevant ideas. Sad!”


DFA Backs Pam Keith in Florida's 18th Congressional District Primary

Pharmacy Choice

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Pam Keith in her race to represent Florida's 18th Congressional District. Democracy for America has 79,997 members in Florida including 3,486 members in Florida's 18th Congressional District alone.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization's decision to back Pam Keith in her battle to represent the FL-18 in Congress: "Democracy for America is excited to endorse Pam Keith's campaign for Congress because she's running the kind of inspiring and energizing grassroots campaign Democrats need to win a lasting majority in the U.S. House this fall.


Reaction as voters set general election matches: Walker v. Evers, Baldwin v. Vukmir, Steil v. Bryce

Wisconsin Gazette

The progressive group Democracy for America cheered the Barnes' primary win.

Here's the statement from chair Jim Dean: "Mandela Barnes already has a strong record of leading the fight for progressive economic policy, criminal justice reform and health care, both in the state Assembly and as the national director of a coalition for state legislators nationwide, and tonight's victory makes him one step closer to leading the fight for inclusive populist political change across Wisconsin as its next lieutenant governor.

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