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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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VICTORY: DFA revels in Ammar Campa-Najjar win in California’s 50th Congressional District

June 6, 2018

This afternoon, the Associated Press declared Ammar Campa-Najjar the winner of one of the top-two spots in the race to flip California's 50th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Campa-Najjar primary victory in the CA-50:

"Ammar Campa-Najjar won a top-two spot in this critical primary race because he ran a campaign not beholden to Washington insiders, committed to an inclusive populist agenda focused…

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VICTORY: DFA excited by Kevin de León top-two finish in California U.S. Senate primary

June 6, 2018

This morning, the Associated Press declared Kevin de León the winner of one of the top two spots on November's general election ballot in the race for U.S. Senate in California.

Democracy for America (DFA) was a strong, early supporter of de León's campaign for U.S. Senate after endorsing him on the day he entered the race in October 2017.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Kevin de León winning a ticket to the general election for U.S. Senate in…

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VICTORY: DFA cheers Mike Levin’s primary win in California’s 49th Congressional District

June 6, 2018

Early this morning, Mike Levin won one of the top-two spots in the race to flip California's 49th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on Mike Levin's primary top-two victory in the CA-49:

"Darrell Issa retired because he was afraid of facing a candidate like progressive Mike Levine who's capable of uniting Democrats with his commitment to confronting Donald Trump's hate-fueled agenda and running a…

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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Katie Porter’s win in California’s 45th Congressional District

June 6, 2018

Early this morning, Katie Porter won one of the top two spots in the race to flip California's 45th Congressional District to Democrats in November.

Democracy for America (DFA) was a fierce supporter of Porter's race in the 45th with its one million members nationwide making more than 43,400 of calls to directly voters in the district to help Porter, an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, defeat a corporate Democrat.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on…

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June 5 Primaries: DFA watching California U.S. Senate, U.S. House, key District Attorney races

June 5, 2018

While today is one of the largest primary days of the 2018 cycle, much of the country's eyes, including Democracy for America's (DFA), are on the races in the bright blue, progressive state of California.

Today, DFA is paying particularly close attention to California's primaries for U.S. Senate, five U.S. House races that will be critical to helping Democrats retake the chamber in November, and six key fights for District Attorney…

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VICTORY: DFA revels in Ortiz Jones’ victory in run-off in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District

May 22, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones just won the Democratic primary runoff in Texas' 23rd Congressional District.

Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Ortiz Jones' campaign for congress in January.

DFA's Jim Dean on Gina Ortiz Jones's victory in the Democratic runoff in Texas' 23rd Congressional District:

"As an Air Force veteran, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a first-generation American, Gina Ortiz Jones will not only blaze a new trail as the…
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VICTORY: DFA celebrates Abrams victory in GA Gubernatorial primary!

May 22, 2018

Stacey Abrams just won Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial primary -- and one important step closer to becoming the country's first African-American woman to lead a state as governor

A proud early backer, Democracy for America (DFA) encouraged its members to pledge their support for Abrams ahead of a potential run in May 2017 and formally endorsed her on the day she entered the race for governor weeks later.

DFA's Jim Dean on Stacey…

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Democracy for America endorses candidates for Lt. Governor in Wisconsin, Hawaii, Rhode Island

May 18, 2018

National progressive group backs Barnes (WI), Green (HI), Regunberg (RI) in critical state contests


Today, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of three candidates running for Lieutenant Governor in states across the country --  Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin, Josh Green in Hawaii, and Aaron Regunberg in Rhode Island.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with 1 million members across…

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DFA backs Liz Watson for U.S. House in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District

May 17, 2018

Democracy for America (DFA) today endorsed Liz Watson in her effort to defeat fringe right Republican Trey Hollingsworth and become Indiana’s 9th Congressional District’s next member of Congress.

DFA Chair Jim Dean on the grassroots progressive organization’s decision to strongly back Liz Watson in her general election fight:

“Democracy for America could not be more thrilled to endorsed Liz Watson for Congress because she’s building a…

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