Community meeting on Saturday to discuss lead service line proposal
With a little over three weeks to go until Election Day, Donald Trump has made our job as Factivists a bit easier now that he is abandoning reality and fully embracing conspiracy theories like we saw at last week's debate. But we still have an important job to do, and that's to hold Republicans accountable for their party's nominee.
In the past week, we saw a number of GOP candidates attempt to distance themselves from Trump, but after months of supporting him, it was too little, too late:
So with the 23 days we have left before November 8th, we need to make sure Republicans down the ticket answer for what they and their party have chosen to support -- and make sure we give Hillary Clinton a Congress that will work with her:
And with the final presidential debate this Wednesday, October 19th at 9 p.m. EDT, we're counting on you to tweet, share, and help us get out the word on why not only Donald Trump, but the rest of his Republican Party, have no business calling the shots in Washington.
Thanks as always, and talk soon!
2016 DNC Factivists
Dear DNC Member,
It’s been another busy week for the disaster that is the Trump campaign, beginning with the firing of Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach noted in a statement that “[Monday]’s shuffling of staff does nothing to make up for Trump’s divisive and racist comments and policies.” The incident does, however, highlight that there is no one Trump won’t throw overboard for his own personal benefit, just as he’s done his entire life. Trump clearly only cares about enriching himself at the expense of hardworking Americans. The Wall Street Journal published an analysis from Moody’s Analytics on Monday, in which they uncover the disastrous consequences that Trump’s economic plan would have for working families, including a prolonged recession and heavy job losses. In a statement, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed the analysis as “just the latest evidence that when Donald Trump wins, everyone else loses.”
The problem, however, is hardy limited to Donald Trump. The Republican Party, too, continues to fail the American people, as Party leaders remain unwilling to address gun violence in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando. This week, Democrats from both houses of Congress staged actions to protest the Republicans’ refusal to take steps to reduce gun violence. On Monday, Senate Democrats filibustered for 15 hours to try to bring the Senate to a vote, and on Wednesday, House Democrats conducted an unprecedented 26-hour sit-in on the House floor. “Democrats believe our nation is stronger when we work together,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement on Thursday, “We must elect more Democrats to the House and Senate, and a Democrat as our next president to end the obstruction, end the silence and stand up for 90% of Americans who agree that someone who isn’t allowed to fly because they’re on a terror watch list should not be able to buy guns, assault weapons and explosives.”
Finally, despite an attempt by conservatives to challenge Affirmative Action protections, the Supreme Court reaffirmed on Thursday that diversity is a crucial factor that can be considered in the college admissions process. The ruling was heralded by the Chairs of the DNC’s Hispanic, AAPI, and American-American Caucuses, who said in a statement that “when people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed, America succeeds.” Although the ruling represents an important victory for the forces of equality, it also highlights the continuing vacancy on the Supreme Court as Republicans refuse to complete their basic Constitutional duties. With every week, it becomes clearer that Democrats are the clear choice to lead our country into the future.
Have a safe and happy weekend,
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Democratic National Committee
Below is a letter from the Chair of the Democratic National Committee to all DNC members. Martha Love, one of Wisconsin's DNC member, has asked the DPMC to publish it for our members. The letter outlines the DNC's strategy and work going forward to the fall election.
Dear DNC Member,
Last week was a historic one as we finished the last of our delegate selection contests in the District of Columbia after an exciting primary season. All told, nearly 28 million Americans cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and together they earned the support of 2.7 million more voters than the top three Republican candidates combined. For all the talk of record-setting Republican primaries, the truth is there was more energy behind our candidates. They ran smart and substantive campaigns that spoke to the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of hardworking families across our country.
I issued a statement last Tuesday night congratulating both of our candidates for that achievement. They made us proud to be Democrats. Now our focus turns to the general election. From the start of the 2016 primaries, Republicans were divided as their primary contest was reduced to name-calling, mudslinging and infighting. In the meantime, Democrats have shown the American people that we’re prepared to lead and build on the progress of the last seven years under the Obama Administration. Last November we unveiled the final report of the Democratic Victory Task Force. I had commissioned the Task Force to address the challenges our Party has had in winning in off-year elections in the same way we’ve won nationally, and to help us focus on the infrastructure that we need to win up and down the ballot.
Since the Task Force issued its preliminary recommendations and final report, we’ve been working overtime and we’ve made tremendous progress on every aspect of what our party needed to do.
- Since 2013, we’ve quintupled the size of our digital team to boost fundraising and provide training and support to our state parties.
- We’ve assembled a top-notch team of messaging, branding, and polling experts, and we’ve built out a state-of-the-art media monitoring operation to track and inform our rapid response operation.
- Our teams are providing training, implementing best practices, sharing technology and design assets, and building community throughout the Democratic family.
- And we’ve invested in expanding on our significant data edge over Republicans, making our state-of-the-art voter available to candidates at every level.
As a result, we are further along at this stage of a presidential election than we’ve ever been before. We are concluding our primary season not just ready for the general election, but with a tremendous head start. Two weeks ago, Politico reported that Republican operatives in battleground states are feeling overwhelmed by the Democratic advantage they’re seeing on the ground. And as the AP reported, we’ve already begun deploying hundreds of staffers. In fact, we’ve trained and mobilized teams in research, social media, and data analytics who are already working to hold Donald Trump and Republicans accountable at every level. As I sign this letter today, a new report finds that the Trump campaign has barely even built a team of paid staffers – hiring just 30! – in battleground states. So we have a tremendous advantage, and we’re not going to cede an inch.
That’s why last week, we also took further steps to consolidate our general election operations. On Thursday I introduced our General Election Chief of Staff, Brandon Davis, who will work directly with me at DNC headquarters and with Robby Mook and the HFA team. Brandon will play a critical role in coordinating our operations across the battleground states and with our eventual nominee, while Amy Dacey will continue to serve as our intrepid CEO, advancing the party-building work that we’ve carried out together over the last nearly four years. That includes continuing to invest in every state and territory as part of our 50-state partnership program; which provides more resources and services to state parties than ever before and ensures a national infrastructure which strengthens our state parties for the long-term.
I’m proud of our progress. Now, with a successful primary season behind us, Democrats are energized and we’re going to be relentless as we take on Donald Trump and the Republican Party he leads. Since the start of his campaign, Donald Trump has proven without a doubt that he is reckless, dangerous and divisive. He has shown in every conceivable way that he lacks the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. And he has left no doubt that America cannot afford to let him anywhere near the White House.
We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got a head start and we’re not going to let up. At our convention in July, Democrats will nominate a qualified, capable candidate to build on the hard-won progress of the last seven years. Your work, every single day from now until November 8th, will make the difference. Thank you for all you do, I look forward to continuing to work alongside you to secure a decisive victory in November.
DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Khary has shared his moving personal story on youTube. It's a must-see for Democrats advocating changes to our laws so that we can prevent so many deaths from guns. The issue is complicated, of course, but the horrific rate of deaths due to guns in this country is appalling and we have to discuss solutions. Here's his video:
On May 26, the Democratic National Committee announced the process that will draft the 2016 Democratic National Platform. The Platform Drafting Committee is holding hearings in several communities around the country and you are welcome to attend and testify at them.
In addition, you have the opportunity to submit written or video testimony to the Platform Committee online at www.demconvention.com/platform.
This is your opportunity to make sure the your voice and ideas are heard as the Drafting Committee prepares the 2016 Platform. Please be sure to share this with your friends, colleagues and others interested.
From Martha Laning's May 20 weekly update email to all Democratic Party of Wisconsin members, this important item:
DEMOCRATS PROVE AGAIN WE ARE THE PARTY OF THE WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS
This week under the leadership of Barack Obama and the Democrats, “more than 4 million Americans could get pay hikes under new federal regulations that will double the salary level under which workers must be paid overtime”. Right here in Wisconsin, too many people are working longer hours but not getting the pay they have earned by working so hard. I applaud the Democrats for showing again that we are focused on helping everyday Americans get ahead by creating an economy that works for everyone not just the billionaires.
I was dismayed, but not surprised, that Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues came out vehemently against this regulation that will help so many hard working Wisconsinites and others across the United States. At a time when so many working and middle class people deserve a raise to help them get buy, Republicans continue to stay laser focused on creating tax loop holes and unfair tax reductions for CEOs and large corporations.
Democratic National Committee Youth Council Chair
March 23, 2016
Greetings Wisconsin Democrats,
Six years ago today President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This was a tremendous victory that we should all be thankful for on this anniversary.
As the Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Council, I wrote a blog post that is up today on The Huffington Post reminding us of some of the important advances we made because of the Affordable Care Act.
Because of this significant piece of legislation, young Americans are now able to access the care they need to plan their futures and manage their health.
I encourage you to take a look at the blog post here. I have also posted it below for your convenience. Please share it with your friends and family via email and social media. It is important that we remind everyone about the advances we've made under President Obama's leadership on the anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.
Have a fantastic rest of your week. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
The primary results from March 5, 2016 have left a number of pundits scratching their heads. But they all seem to agree on this: Senator Marco Rubio was the biggest loser. The Washington Post's James Hohmann declared, "Rubio collapsing" and another headline in the same journal proclaims that "Rubio withers." Interestingly Hohmann also thinks that Donald Trump is "stoppable" and that Senator Ted Cruz is gaining momentum.
Last week, Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain both publicly endorsed "anyone but Trump" but the grassroots/tea partiers are having none of it.
Here's how their delegate count stands as of this morning:
Trump has won 382 delegates, Cruz 300, and Rubio 128.
Meanwhile, Democrats are smiling: Hillary Clinton won big in Louisiana but Bernie Sanders was victorious in Kansas and Nebraska. We have two stellar candidates, both of whom demonstrate gravitas and presidential decorum.Read more