Category: Democrats

Democrats, and people who value people, won yesterday. I’m a pretty happy person this morning….

Democrats, and people who value people, won yesterday. I’m a pretty happy person this morning.

But Republicans are scared now at the beginning of the 2018 campaign season. Attacks on Democrats are going to get even more intense.

Stand firm and strong in the year to come. Be even more vocal with what you want. Republicans are going to be looking for ways to scare and pick up voters. Don’t be drawn in by lies and scare tactics. Let them know how you want an elected official to act. How you want them to vote.

And remember to get to that ballot box next year! Whoever runs the House gets to redraw district lines after the Census. Whoever runs the House can serve as an actual check in the balance of powers.

Despite the growing Trump resistance, the GOP is doing better…

Despite the growing Trump resistance, the GOP is doing better than Dems with small-dollar donors

  • Despite Democrats’ increasingly bullish hopes for the 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Party is woefully lagging behind Republicans when it comes to a key measure of enthusiasm: small-dollar donations.
  • According to an article in Politico Magazine, the Democratic National Committee has raised just $21 million in donations under $200 in 2017, compared to $33 million raised by the Republican National Committee from the same class of donors.
  • While the difference in cash is less-than-desirable for Democrats, the disparity in donations could be a sign of broader enthusiasm problems for the party’s base. Read more (8/10/17)

Elected progressives and reproductive rights advocates silent…

Elected progressives and reproductive rights advocates silent when asked if Dems must be pro-choice

  • Last week, Democratic leaders distanced themselves from any requirement that party-backed candidates be pro-choice. 
  • Progressive groups pushed back, with NARAL Pro-Choice America and Democracy for Action releasing principles saying progressives should not support any candidate who would vote to restrict abortion or contraception access.
  • Mic contacted members of Congress who have built reputations as progressive leaders or leaders in the reproductive rights arena. We asked whether they believe the Democratic Party should only support candidates who are pro-choice.
  • Of the 19 members of Congress that Mic contacted, only four responded. 
  • None of those four explicitly said candidates backed by the Democratic Party must be pro-choice.
  • These senators and representatives often draw deep support from groups like NARAL, DFA and other progressive groups that joined the statement, including MoveOn, Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. (A full list of who Mic contacted appears at the end of this story.) Read more (8/9/17)

“We can promise an army”: The Democratic Socialist plan to help…

“We can promise an army”: The Democratic Socialist plan to help progressives win America back

  • CHICAGO — “Socialist” used to be the dirtiest smear you could levy at a mainstream Democrat. But for America’s largest generation, those days may be over. 
  • According to a recent study, millennials, the largest demographic in the United States by age, view socialism more favorably than they view capitalism. 
  • Those findings may explain why the Democratic Party has found itself mired under endless infighting over Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ unexpected resonance with the youngest members of the base.
  • But politics isn’t just about polls or popularity — it’s about power. 
  • And in order to wield that power, American socialists need to start making their mark on elections. 
  • To that end, the Democratic Socialists of America has a plan. 
  • Since Trump’s election, the DSA — which held its national convention in Chicago over the weekend to plan its path toward 2018 and beyond — says its numbers have quadrupled in a year to over 25,000 card-carrying members, turning them from a fringe group of lefties into the largest socialist organization in the U.S. since World War II. Read more (8/7/17)

Rep. John Delaney declares himself the first 2020 Democratic…

Rep. John Delaney declares himself the first 2020 Democratic candidate for president 

  • The first Democrat has entered the 2020 presidential election in the hopes of challenging President Donald Trump
  • Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who represents a Maryland House seat that encompasses the suburbs of Washington, announced his candidacy in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.
  • “It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible,” Delaney wrote. 
  • “This is why I am running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.” Delaney’s bid is quixotic, to say the least. Read more (7/28/17)

“We’re getting our asses kicked in the elections.” And the new…

“We’re getting our asses kicked in the elections.” And the new Democratic message may not fix that.

BERRYVILLE, Va. — The gathering of men and women in the park between a Dollar General and the town library drew only two attendees who were not white and over the age of 55. One of those two faces, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), told the small crowd of supporters and Democratic aides the party’s “Better Deal” platform would bring back the party in races nationwide.

“Democrats can’t take anything for granted,” Luján, the head of the Democratic party group seeking to retake the House in 2018, said. “As a matter of fact, we have a lot of work to do.”

The selection of politicians present to take in the Democrats’ announcement was enough to raise questions about the party’s new message — and the people delivering it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) assembled the House and Senate’s top Democrats on Monday in this rural Virginia town to sell their “Better Deal” vision for the Democratic party: ”Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”

But speaking ahead of Monday’s rollout, Democrats across the country and progressive activists said the “Better Deal” may not do enough to attract voters who fled to Trump and do too little to energize traditional Democratic voters. Liberal activists criticized the message, while moderates expressed concern it would be discarded as too academic. Read more (7/24/17)

In early morning tweet storm, Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey…

In early morning tweet storm, Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’

  • President Donald Trump went on quite a tear early Saturday, cranking out a 10-tweet rant against Hillary Clinton, Democrats and the “Amazon Washington Post” — all before most Americans had even finished their morning covfefe.
  • Trump kicked things off around 6:30 a.m. Eastern, blasting the Post — which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — apparently because the paper reported Friday evening that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had apparently discussed campaign issues with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential race. Read more. (7/22/17, 10:52 AM)

Majority of voters want Democratic control of Congress in 2018…

Majority of voters want Democratic control of Congress in 2018 to serve as check on Donald Trump

  • By a wide margin, voters say they want Democrats to control Congress in 2018, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
  • More than half, or 52%, of registered voters said they want Democrats to control Congress to serve as a check on Trump, according to the poll. 
  • That’s 14 points more than the 38% who want Republicans to control Congress to support Trump and his agenda. Read more (7/19/17)

House Democrat introduces article of impeachment against Donald…

House Democrat introduces article of impeachment against Donald Trump

  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, saying he obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
  • “Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” Sherman said in a statement. “It now seems likely that the president had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of national security advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe. I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute obstruction of justice.”
  • The article — the first formal legislative move taken to remove Trump from the White House — was co-sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) but reportedly does not have any other supporters at this point.  Read more (7/12/17)

The GOP demanded to see Democrats’ health care plan, so House…

The GOP demanded to see Democrats’ health care plan, so House Dems took them up on that dare

  • Seeking to deflect attention away from their own party’s inability to make good on its seven-year promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, on July 5 the Republican Party instead took aim at their Democratic counterparts, demanding the Democratic party release their plans to fix the law known as Obamacare.
  • A group of 10 House Democrats took them up on that dare, releasing a plan on Wednesday that would make changes to the ACA to fix some of the underlying issues with the individual markets created by the legislation, Vox reported.
  • It’s unclear whether Republicans will give any thought to adopting some of the provisions to this plan. Read more (7/12/17)