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Excuses Fly After Democrats Fail to #FliptheSixth

Lifezette

Jim Dean, leader of the liberal group Democracy for America, told NBC that "Jon Ossoff's sound victory tonight is a testament to the growing strength of a nationwide, grassroots movement that's looking for leaders ready to stand up to the Republicans empowering Donald Trump's hate-fueled agenda."  Eugene Robinson, a liberal columnist at The Washington Post, made the claim Ossoff won simply because the Democratic Party didn't lose — yet.  "Do step back though — this is a district that the Republican would be expected to win by 20 points," Robinson told the "Morning Joe" panel. "If you add Ossoff's votes plus the other couple of Democrats, they came one percentage point short."

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Can Karen Handel unite fractured GOP to win Georgia’s special election runoff?

Washington Times

“Republicans are being forced to sweat ruby-red districts, like this one, because ordinary people in Georgia and communities across this country focused on resisting Donald Trump’s hate are making elections like tonight’s nail biters,” said Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America.  The result of the runoff will depend on how quickly Republicans can patch up rifts that developed during the campaign, and that have also appeared in Washington, where spats over how to repeal Obamacare and how to overhaul the tax code have divided the GOP.

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Updated NH Primary Source: Jasper presses battle with House Republican Alliance

WMUR

DFA BACKS CRAIG – AGAIN. The hardline progressive Democracy for America PAC is weighing in on the Manchester mayoral race.  On Thursday, the group will announce its endorsement of Alderman Joyce Craig. The DFA also endorsed her in 2015, when she lost narrowly to Mayor Ted Gatsas after a recount.  DFA Chairman Jim Dean said Craig would be “an ally in the mayor’s office, who won’t shy away from tackling tough problems like the opioid crisis or struggling schools. From her support for drug-treatment programs to her fearless advocacy for Medicaid expansion, Joyce is a leader who has always focused on the needs of the communities she serves.”

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In first 100 days, Schumer focuses on unity, new message

Democrat and Chronicle

“If there’s one place where I think (Schumer) is falling down on the job, that’s in providing the leadership that holds his caucus together, to understand they have to be a united force against Donald Trump at all times,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “It never works for Democrats to try to be Republican lite.”

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Anti-Trump energy poses recruiting dilemma for Dems

The Hill

“When it comes to candidate recruitment, there is this kind of false belief that the pathway to victory in a swing district is with that so-called mushy middle,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for major progressive group Democracy for America.  Sroka argues that issues considered more progressive, including income inequality and Washington corruption, also play well with voters beyond their base.  “The truth is that there could be a far more potential in finding candidates who can speak strongly to progressive values and reach people across the ideological spectrum,” he said. 
 

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 Coulda Woulda Shoulda—Democrats Miss a Huge Opportunity in Kansas

The Nation

 Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America, was blunter. Dean hailed Thompson’s run—which DFA backed, along with Our Revolution, the group that evolved out of the Sanders presidential campaign. He celebrated Thompson’s aggressive approach, highlighted the role of grassroots activists in creating a “progressive surge,” and explained that “If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.” But Dean concluded with a cautionary note for the people at the top of the Democratic Party: “To the Washington Democratic insiders who wrote this race off before it began, it’s time to wake up and realize that the grassroots expects this resistance effort to be waged unflinchingly in every single county and every single state across the country. While Donald Trump is threatening the safety of marginalized communities, Democrats need to quit the dithering and ensure that Trump and his Congressional enablers feel politically unsafe in every corner of the country.”

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Four big lessons from Kansas's special election

Washington Post

The other: While political reporters in Kansas broke story after story about the national campaign moves, local TV did not. It's not clear whether national Democrats would have accidentally roused Republican voters, as the money Thompson needed — and he got, in the end, around $10,000 from state Democrats — was to turn out voters on the margins. Today, more than ever, groups that plunged in early for Thompson (Our Revolution, Democracy for America, Daily Kos) are trumpeting what they did to call voters and send money by contrasting it with how little the official party did.

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A Republican won in Kansas. But here’s why the GOP is not celebrating.

Washington Post

“If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now,” said Jim Dean, director of the progressive group Chair of Democracy for America in a statement, “we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.”

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Howard Dean was warning people about the opioid crisis a decade ago

Vox

The Democrats’ frontrunner collapsed in the Iowa vote, after coordinated attacks from the party hierarchy, and he quit the race after finishing second to John Kerry in New Hampshire. Dean morphed his campaign into Democracy for America. The million-member organization’s goal? To “empower the progressive grassroots to take our democracy back from corporations and the wealthy few and aggressively combat growing income inequality.” While Dean was chair of the Democratic National Committee, between 2005 and 2009, the party took back the House, the Senate, and the White House.

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Thompson to national Democrats: Do more to help elect candidates

The Wichita Eagle

Democrats and pundits immediately began asking whether the outcome might have been different if Democratic groups – such as the DCCC, the Democratic National Committee and the Kansas Democratic Party – had done more to help Thompson. “What did DFA do prior to the last few days?” Democratic operative Dana Houle asked on Twitter, referring to Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.

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Democrats tout narrow loss in Kansas special election as a victory

Washington Times

“To fellow grass-roots progressives leading the resistance in the streets, at townhalls, and at the doors, these results are proof that our movement can have a profound impact at the ballot box in the months ahead,” said Jim Dean, head of Democracy for America. “If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby-red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of [House Speaker] Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018,” he said.

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DNC: If Ossoff Wins it Will Prove Democrats We Support Fare Better Than Those We Don't.

DailyKos

Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America was blunter. Dean hailed Thompson’s run—which DFA backed, along with Our Revolution, the group that evolved out of the Sanders presidential campaign. He celebrated Thompson’s aggressive approach, highlighted the role of grassroots activists in creating a “progressive surge” and explained that: “If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018.But Dean concluded with a cautionary note for the people at the top of the Democratic Party

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MT-AL: Democracy For America Doubles Down On Getting Out The Vote For Rob Quist (D)

DailyKos

DFA members never gave up on a state like Kansas. You helped make more than 287,000 GOTV calls and donated tens of thousands of dollars to elect James Thompson. But much of the Democratic establishment didn't even bother to show up. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sat on their hands until literally the day before the election -- while the progressive grassroots turned out voters, built up momentum and nearly won a major upset.

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"Endangered?" "Vulnerable?" KS-04 demonstrates that label applies primarily to Republicans

DailyKos

There’s dissonance there for me. While I would love to believe that Sen. McCaskill is vulnerable to a progressive primary challenger, of the type being sought to run in races nationwide by Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Our Revolution and Democracy for America, I’m betting the writer meant she’s vulnerable to a Republican challenger in the general election.

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Liberals fume at Democratic establishment for refusing to take

McClatchy

"To the Washington Democratic insiders who wrote this race off before it began, it’s time to wake up and realize that the grassroots expects this resistance effort to be waged unflinchingly in every single county and every single state across the country,” said Jim Dean, president of Democracy for America, a progressive advocacy group.

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Kansas's Special Election Will Be the First General Election Since Trump Won the White House

Independent Journal Review

On the Democratic side, Thompson is also seeing support from national organizations. According to The Huffington Post, Thompson has raised $240,000.00 since Thursday in large donations, thanks to support from groups like ActBlue, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, and Our Revolution.

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Republicans fend off strong challenge to hold on to House seat in Kansas

Washington Post

But progressives were critical of the party for letting the race play out without a major investment. “We lose when we don’t fight, period,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the progressive group Democracy for America, in a tweet.

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Estes wins House seat in Kansas special election, surviving hard push from Democrats

Washington Times

“To fellow grassroots progressives leading the resistance in the streets, at town halls, and at the doors, these results are proof that our movement can have a profound impact at the ballot box in the months ahead,” said Jim Dean, head of Democracy for America, a progressive group.  “If we can make Republicans go into full-on freakout mode in a ruby red Kansas congressional district now, we have the power to rip the gavel out of [House Speaker] Paul Ryan’s hands in November 2018,” he said.  Following the Estes’ win, Republicans will hold a 238-193 seat edge over Democrats in the House.  The Kansas seat opened up after Mike Pompeo, who held the seat since 2011, resigned this year to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Located in south central Kansas and comprised of 17 counties, Mr. Trump won 60 percent of the votes cast in the 4th Congressional District in the 2016 race for The White House.

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Planned Parenthood Ally Advances in California Special Election

Rewire

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of political action committee Democracy for America, said the allegation against Carmona “disqualifies him for Congress.” “At Democracy for America, we believe women. Unacceptable, oppressive behavior at work thrives in the shadows,” Chamberlain said. “Too often, good people rationalize, ignore, or permit this kind of behavior to protect the campaign or the accused. When women step forward to shine a light on the misogyny they experience, we all have a responsibility to take it seriously and act accordingly.” Democracy for America endorsed Democratic candidate Wendy Carrillo in the race. Both Carmona and Carrillo had received about 5 percent of votes, as of Wednesday morning.

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How liberal activists took over the Democratic Party

MSN News

Last week, #allofus started raising money in hopes of finding and supporting a primary challenger to Manchin, the Democratic senator who has been most willing to support Trump. Many bigger progressive groups, like MoveOn.org or Democracy for America, did not join the protest. Quietly, some of them dismissed it as unrealistic and counterproductive.

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This Is What Democrats Have to Gain From Filibustering Gorsuch

Mother Jones

Beyond the issue of the base, some progressives see more potential upsides in triggering the nuclear option. "This is an exercise of a raw political power grab, and the hope is that the American people see that for what it is in coming elections," said Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America, a progressive group that is supportive of Democrats' current strategy of filibustering Gorsuch. 

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Jim Dean on the Bill Press Show

Bill Press Show

Democracy for America's chairman, Jim Dean, on the Bill Press Show.

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Democrat stages mock one-man filibuster in protest to Gorsuch

Washington Times

Democrats have been cheered on in their blockade by liberal pressure groups who, like the tea party on the GOP side, have demanded Democratic senators obstruct Mr. Trump at every turn — including the Supreme Court. They jumped to fundraise off Mr. Merkley’s speech Tuesday. “Democrats are standing strong against Trump’s nominee and progressive Senators are leading the way,” said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director for Democracy for America, in a fundraising email.

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The Threatened Gorsuch Filibuster Will Backfire on Democrats for a Long Time

The Fiscal Times

Already a political action committee called We Will Replace You, staffed and directed by Sanders supporters and millennial progressives, is promising to launch primary bids against any Democrat caught collaborating with Trump. Other groups, like the Progressive Campaign Committee, MoveOn, and Democracy for America, are also raising money to fund progressive candidates.

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Will Bolingbrook Mayor Pay Political Price For Backing Trump?

WBEZ

Traynere has used Claar’s support of Trump to earn endorsements from prominent politicians who would not normally get involved in a mayoral race — including Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Traynere has also received money from Democracy for America, a prominent national political action group founded by former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. 

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Political events in the Bay Area: peace vigil, ACLU fundraiser

San Francisco Chronicle

“Medicare for All in California” presented by Dr. Paul Song, co-chair of Campaign for a Healthy California, at the San Mateo County Democracy for America meeting. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road in Redwood City. Admission is free. For information: www.smcdfa.org.

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Problems Pile Up For Democrat Darling Jon Ossoff In GA-06 Special Election

Public Now Blog

'Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, is backing Ossoff, according to a statement obtained first by Roll Call. It's the group's first congressional endorsement of the 2018 cycle.

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez and the Working Families Party: a likely partnership

Canada Free Press

Warren’s wholly speculative candidacy has been going gangbusters. Democracy for America, MoveOn, and the ACORN-affiliated Working Families Party of New York have been raising money, carrying out polls, hosting events, opening offices, and hiring employees in key states “with the express purpose of showing Warren that an infrastructure exists should she discover her presidential aspirations.”

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In deep-blue Los Angeles, a fight for the future of Latino politics

Washington Post

Another problem for a progressive candidate emerged in the form of social-media posts from women in the Sanders campaign who worked with Carmona, accusing him of incompetence and sexism. Several progressive groups had already bet on Carmona as the best “Bernie” candidate. Democracy for America, which had endorsed Sanders, condemned Carmona. In an interview, Carmona insisted that he was being smeared.  “There were definitely some entrenched issues around sexism in the broader campaign,” Carmona said. “There’s no question that sexism exists in our society. I have worked to be an ally all my life, and all my career. But when it comes to these specific three or four attacks, they’re not only unsubstantiated, they’re false.”

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Senate panel to vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Equilibrio Informativo

On the other side, liberal groups such as Democracy for America have threatened to bring primary challenges against Donnelly and other Democrats who support Gorsuch.  Senator Collins has already announced the she supports Gorsuch's nomination.  "Judge Gorsuch's views were hard to discern because he refused to answer questions, even basic questions that had been answered by previous nominees, " Feinstein said.

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