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Democrats are committed to reining in the power of special interests and ensuring free and fair elections in which every American has a voice. Now, at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to get by, corporations and super PACs run by people like Karl Rove are unleashing hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest advertising intended to tip the balance in elections.

Democrats have fought to limit the influence of special interests and have proposed tough disclosure rules that would bring these shadow groups into the light.

But Republicans have prevented these reforms from even coming to a vote in the Senate. They’ve instead chosen to defend big corporations and special interests at the cost of open and fair elections.

The American people have the right to know the names and motives of those trying to influence the election of leaders who represent them. Transparent elections are the hallmark of a free society, and Democrats are committed to a democracy in which all of us have an equal voice.

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  • Making real the promises of the 14th Amendment

    On this day, 145 years ago, the 14th Amendment became the law of the land — addressing citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws. And while it was was far from perfect, the amendment was the first step in making it illegal to deny the right to vote based on race.

    The 14th amendment had big implications. It ignited the suffrage movement, ended segregation in our schools through Brown vs. Board of Education and provided the justification for Reynolds v. Sims — the landmark Supreme Court decision that established voting as a fundamental right.  As the court explained, "The right to vote freely for the candidate of one's choice is of the essence of a democratic society, and any restrictions on that right strike at the heart of representative government."

    But even with these amendments and rulings, there was and still is voter discrimination and disenfranchisement. Poll taxes, literacy requirements and most recently voter ID laws — These are all tactics that have been deployed to restrict voting rights to certain populations. And some states have a stronger history than others. I know. I saw it first-hand as a little girl growing up in Louisiana.

    That's why the Voting Rights Act is so important. It made real the promises of the 14th Amendment and held states accountable for acts of voter suppression by requiring federal approval of any measures that could limit and restrict voting rights. But sadly, the Supreme Court's recent ruling dismantled a key provision of the law. But what's worse is the speed at which Republicans are moving to pass restrictive voting laws in the aftermath of the decision.

    These actions aren't just bad for the constituents they represent, they directly violate the principles our country was founded on and are a slap in the face to anyone who's ever fought for voting rights.

    As we commemorate the implementation of the 14th amendment today, let's take a minute and remember its intention — to expand access to voting to EVERY American. Let's fix the Voting Rights Act and stop voter suppression wherever it exists.

  • The road to victory

    If being on the road to visit six State Democratic Parties both in the South and the Lower- and Upper-Midwest in four days is any indication of what Democrats have in store for the Republicans this cycle, my judgment is we’re in good hands! The innovative projects and sheer grassroots organizing happening in states across the country right now is staggering. We're in this to win elections – and with these State Democratic Parties, we will! I started in Tennessee at a great lunch with Chair Roy Herron and Executive Director Kevin Teets who are laser-focused on building constituency caucuses and how we best achieve successes within both the National Party and on the state level. We also discussed bringing greater focus to members of the faith community within the Party. We ended with a note about political humor and the two books he’s authored. What a truly accomplished State Party Chair!

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  • “Time for them to do their damn jobs”

    Our communications director, Brad Woodhouse, fired off this email to supporters today about how Republicans in Congress need to stop playing political games and do their jobs:

    Friend --

    Getting in President Obama's way has been the top priority for Republicans in Congress since day one. But now they've gone too far.

    They've been caught red-handed making up so-called 'scandals' out of thin air to stir up false rumors of vast 'cover-ups' happening in the White House.

    Did they find a single shred of evidence to back up their outrageous claims? No.

    But rather than let the truth stand in their way, Republicans actually doctored emails between administration officials about Benghazi. Then, they released them to the press, trying to pass them off as real in order to create their scandal. Fortunately, they got caught in the act when the White House released all of the actual emails.

    Tell President Obama you've got his back right now, no matter what Republicans come up with next.

    While Republican leaders were focused on stirring up controversy, Michele Bachmann was talking about impeaching President Obama for absolutely no reason, and Republicans in the House voted to repeal Obamacare -- for the 37th time.

    That's how they think they should be spending their time and your money.

    Make sure the President knows that you stand behind him and his agenda right now -- and that you won't let Republican games distract you from advocating for real change that will benefit all Americans.

    Stand with President Obama today -- and send the message to Republicans that it's time to stop playing political games and get back to work for the American people:

    http://my.democrats.org/Stand-With-The-President

    Its time for them to do their damn jobs.

    Thanks,

    Brad

    Brad Woodhouse
    Communications Director
    Democratic National Committee

     

  • “We’re all in this together”

    Last night, President Bill Clinton forcefully articulated the story of President Barack Obama and the tough choices he has made to lead us through the darkest days of the economic crisis. Watch and share the speech, then if you're as fired up as we are, chip in to help make sure we win this November.

    Last night, President Bill Clinton forcefully articulated the story of President Barack Obama and the tough choices he has made to lead us through the darkest days of the economic crisis. Watch and share the speech, then if you're as fired up as we are, chip in to help make sure we win this November.

    Chip in today

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Vetoing suppressive photo identification laws
May 26, 2011
Gov. Dayton of Minnesota vetoed S0509, a law that would have required government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
Vetoing suppressive photo identification laws
Gov. Dayton of Minnesota vetoed S0509, a law that would have required government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
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