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Harrop: Democrats, though not all, learn how to win elections

Durango Herald

In a statement taking back its support for Northam, Democracy for America declared, “We refuse to be silent any longer and even remotely complicit in the disastrous, racist, and even voter-turnout-depressing campaign Ralph Northam appears intent on running.”

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Morning Spin: Ald. Burke wants Chicago truck terrorism task force

Chicago Tribune

Team Biss said their candidate got 93 percent of the vote among the group’s members. Northside DFA is an offshoot of the larger Democracy for America, which is the incarnation of Dean for America, the 2004 group that backed former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s unsuccessful presidential bid.

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Democratic wins: Start of anti-Trump surge or 'not so fast?'

Associated Press

The liberal group Democracy for America had abandoned Virginia's gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam, over immigration policy, then celebrated his win days later. "The plus of a tidal wave like this is it washes away the stains of all the campaigns," Charles Chamberlain, DFA's executive director, said in an interview

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ARE DEMOCRATS FINALLY GETTING THEIR ‘SHIT TOGETHER’ TO STOP TRUMP?

Newsweek

And, for all the jubilation evident on both sides of the Democratic Party Wednesday, it came only a matter of days after progressive group Democracy for America abandoned Northam’s campaign, labeling it “racist and morally debased” after he said he’d sign a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Four Groundbreaking Victories in Tuesday’s Down-Ballot Elections

Rewire

The race was featured as one of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee’s (DLCC) “spotlight races.” The committee, which works to elect Democrats in state legislatures, mobilized 150 volunteers and knocked on 7,000 doors in support of Dhingra. She was endorsed by a bevy of pro-choice groups including EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Votes, as well as progressive organization Democracy for America.

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Manka Dhingra Scores ‘Game-changing’ Win in Washington’s D45 State Senate Race, Turns State Democrat-Majority

West India

Added Democracy for America chair Jim Dean on Dhingra's "game-changing" win in the state Senate, “With Manka Dhingra in the state Senate, Washingtonians not only will now have another strong, progressive voice in Olympia, they will have flipped control of a legislative chamber and won a state government united in its commitment to standing up to Donald Trump’s attacks on our healthcare, environment, education system, and immigrant communities."

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After Big Wins, Top Democrats Still Shying Away from Alabama Special Election

Daily Beast

“What we’re seeing across the country is a real surge in grassroots energy and enthusiasm and that can put tough deep red districts and states like Alabama in play in a way they never have been before,” Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America told The Daily Beast. The group, initially formed by Howard Dean, endorsed Jones at the start of the general election and has been fundraising on his behalf. “It’s been quite a long time since a lot of Alabamans have seen a truly competitive senate race. That’s the real lift and one of the things that we hope to work on with Jones’ team.”

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Ralph Northam shows boring can win

Business Insider

Democracy for America, the left-wing campaign group, declared his campaign "racist" and declared its non support (over the public objections of its founder, Howard Dean). Apparent protesters upset about the sanctuary city issue even disrupted his victory speech Tuesday night.)

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Manka Dhingra Has 'Decisive Victory' In 45th District Race

Patch

"Manka Dhingra's victory tonight is a tremendous win for Eastside voters, the entire state of Washington, and progressive voters all across the country who understand the stakes of state elections like this one," Democracy for America chair Jim Dean said in a release. "Tonight in Redmond, Democrats won a key legislative victory that will result in real, meaningful change for people across the Evergreen state.

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Northern Virginia Leads Blue Wave

Connection

“As just the second African-American to ever win statewide office in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Justin Fairfax has already made history just by winning this seat,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. "For Democrats, he’s also made history by showing doubters in Richmond and Washington that progressives dedicated to an inclusive populist political agenda can win big in Virginia.”

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‘We Will Not Move Back’: Democrats Sweep Virginia in Rejection of Trump Politics

Rewire

Among the policy priorities listed on Foy’s campaign website are expanding Medicaid in Virginia, protecting clean water, and safeguarding access to reproductive health care. She had the backing of numerous grassroots and progressive groups, including Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and EMILY’s List.

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Democrats send Trump and Trumpism a firm message with election night thrashing

Washington Post

Northam’s path to victory was pocked with land mines. Last week, Democracy for America, a Democratic activist network with 1 million members, halted its work for Northam. The group accused him of running a racist campaign because he reacted to harsh GOP ads alleging that he favored “sanctuary cities” by saying he would indeed sign a ban on them if a Virginia city declared it would not enforce federal immigration law. (Virginia has no sanctuary cities.)

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Progressive group ends 'direct aid' to Northam

The Hill

A progressive grassroots group announced Thursday that it will no longer "directly aid" Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, citing his comments on immigration. Democracy for America (DFA) announced in a statement that it would no longer mobilize voters in Virginia to vote for Northam and instead would focus on down-ballot races. DFA had never officially endorsed Northam but had worked on coordinated campaign efforts.

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Green group endorses Democratic challenger to Feinstein

The Hill

Its endorsement comes after Democracy for America, a national progressive organization, endorsed de León last month. On Thursday, a progressive group called Justice Democrats endorsed another Feinstein challenger, Alison Hartson.

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Liberal group calls Virginia Democrat ‘racist’ for opposing sanctuary cities

McClatchy DC Bureau

A liberal activist group on Thursday labeled Ralph Northam’s campaign "racist," criticizing the Virginia Democrat running for governor a day after he declared that he would not support "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants. "Let's be really clear: If Ralph Northam wins next Tuesday, it won't be because he publicly backtracked on his commitment to protecting immigrant families, but in spite of it," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a grassroots progressive activist based in Vermont.

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Democratic Divisions Expose Old Wounds That Haven’t Healed

NBC News

Hours later, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was asked if the Democratic race was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, Warren answered, “Yes.” And last night, the liberal group Democracy for America said it would no longer directly aid Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s gubernatorial race after Northam said he would sign a bill to ban “sanctuary cities” if a locality tries to become one. (Right now, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia.)

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Controversies harm Northam's effort to turn out minority voters in Virginia governor's race

CNN


By announcing his opposition to sanctuary cities, Northam also triggered backlash from the left. 
Democracy For America, which had spearheaded a calling program for Democratic candidates as part of progressives' coordinated effort in Virginia, announced that it was dropping its support for Northam and only working to help the rest of the ticket. "Ralph Northam's gutless, politically senseless, and morally debased decision yesterday to openly backtrack on his commitment to standing up for immigrant families is a picture-perfect example of why Democracy for America never endorsed him in the primary and focused the entirety of our efforts in Virginia on down-ticket races, like Justin Fairfax's campaign for lieutenant governor. It's also why, today, we're announcing that we will no longer do any work to directly aid Northam's gubernatorial efforts," DFA executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement.
 

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Georgia's Local Elections Could Predict Whether You'll Vote in 2018 or Not

Vice Impact

"It's about transforming the electorate and getting voters in the habit of voting," Annie Weinberg of liberal advocacy group Democracy for America told VICE Impact. "There are so many communities of voters that have never had the respect of a well-funded organization trying to earn their vote or talking to them about their needs." Given Georgia's voting history, it would be easy to label it red and focus energy elsewhere. But Weinberg believes that Georgia is completely up for grabs. "Georgia has been written off for a long time by both parties," she said. "Republicans think they're too safe and Democrats think it's unwinnable. But the way the demographics of Georgia are changing with millennial voters, voters of color, and progressives, folks are turning out for these elections." She said the key is connecting to what really matters to voters. In the wake of the 2016 election, people are fired up. "When so many people are feeling like systems are rigged against them, you have to run in a way that speaks to their experiences," said Weinberg. "The conventional wisdom in Georgia has always been that you need to run towards the Republican leaning voters, but what that's done in times of voter suppression is laid on another layer of disenfranchisement."

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President Obama wants to give young leaders around the world the tools to organize

Vox

As I’ve previously reported, some critics have noted that Obama’s post-presidential goals appear to be to combine political goals with apolitical means. “We got into the weakest position in decades through Obama’s attempt to live in a post-partisan world that doesn’t exist,” said Charles Chamberlain of Democracy for America. “The president should be doing exactly what everyone else in the Democratic Party should be doing: following the resistance, fighting back against Trump, or getting out of the way.”

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GOP threatens weekend work on judicial nominees

The Hill

A coalition of progressive groups — NARAL, Daily Kos, MoveOn, Every Voice, Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee — urged McConnell and Schumer to stop processing Trump's nominations in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's announcement of charges against former Trump campaign staff on Monday. 

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Voters Guide: Montgomery County Court

Reading Eagle

"The Montgomery County Bar Association has rated me as highly recommended, its highest ranking, and I have been named a 'Super Lawyer' for seven straight years. I have been endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Party, Montgomery County Building Trades Council, and Democracy for America. I have been named to the First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor for providing free representation for homeowners to save their homes in the mortgage foreclosure crisis. I believe I have the traits essential to a judge: the integrity to ensure to all parties the highest ethical standards and fidelity to the law; the experience to understand the law in all of its complexity; the empathy to appreciate that legal principles are not just old writings in dusty law books but need to be applied with the knowledge that a judge's rulings have real consequences for real people; and the temperament to assure that all parties before the court feel that they have been given a full hearing and a fair shot. I also believe that we need judges who will be independent and courageous in standing up for individual rights and equal rights. The courts are our last line of defense when those rights are under attack."

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Power of anti-Trump resistance in question in Virginia race

Associated Press

"We absolutely want to see them win, but that's the difference between inspiring and driving a Democratic base to get out there for you and someone who you just want to win," said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the group Democracy For America. "If he doesn't win, this will be why.

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The Win-or-Lose Case for Challenging Dianne Feinstein

New Republic

But other national progressives who support de León insist there isn’t a grand scheme afoot to primary incumbents. “There is no purge happening,” Democracy for America spokesman Neil Sroka told me emphatically. “Literally Steve Bannon’s approach is to primary all of the candidates other than the Zodiac Killer,” a reference to Senator Ted Cruz. Sroka wouldn’t rule out getting involved in other primaries, but said his group has no plans at the moment. “As loathsome as Joe Manchin, the [Democratic] senator from West Virginia, might be,” he said, “we haven’t endorsed a challenger in that race.” Moulitsas is adamant, too. “There’s nobody else I’m particularly motivated to see primaried,” he said. “We’re not expecting perfection.” (The Daily Kos has already endorsed a primary challenge to Congressman Dan Lipinski in Illinois; the group is presently going through its official endorsement process for de León.)

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Wednesday's birthdays

Politico

Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America’s executive director

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Many Calif. Dems silent on backing Feinstein

The Hill

Democracy for America, a liberal activist group founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, quickly endorsed de León, 50, characterizing him as the more tenacious liberal voice needed to counter Trump. And Rep. Ro Khanna, a freshman Democrat representing California’s Silicon Valley, has echoed that message, saying a strong primary challenge to Feinstein will excite grass-roots Democrats. 

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Progressives’ Anger Over Key Committee Appointments Roils Democratic Party Meeting

Huffington Post

“It’s a slap in the face to the activists in the party that are working so hard to make the party more responsive to the grassroots,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a digital grassroots group. “The idea that you’re going to purge Ellison supporters and bring the party together doesn’t make any sense at all.”

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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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