DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged supporters in an email to invest in Democrats now to win back the House in 2014. Here's what she had to say:
One month ago, many people laughed at the idea that Democrats could take back the House in 2014.
But today, because of what you've done to hold Republicans accountable, polls show that 37 Congressional swing seats are in play -- and we only need to win back 17 of them.
Republicans are beginning to feel the aftershocks of their reckless behavior, but if we want to follow through on it, we have to dig in and keep investing our resources for the long haul.
We outraised our Republican counterparts in September. That's great -- but if Democrats are going to take back the majority in the House, we need to make it a habit.
Chip in $3 or more before midnight tonight to show Republicans that you're committed to outraising them from now until 2014:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
Election Day is only 10 days away. And while you may be tempted to stay home this year, don’t. Just look at what’s happening in Washington, and you know elections have consequences. This year is just as important as every other. Whether it's your local municipal elections or statewide races like the ones in New Jersey and Virginia, we need you to get out and vote -- and vote Democrat.
In New Jersey, while Chris Christie continues to flaunt his failed record as governor -- slashing education funding, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, and vetoing equal pay legislation -- Barbara Buono has put forward a strong plan to grow New Jersey's middle-class, improve education and reduce gun violence in our communities.
And in Virginia, while Terry McAullife is focused on creating jobs and expanding opportunity for all Virginians, Ken Cuccinelli continues to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that would limit women's rights -- including one measure that could ban most common forms of birth control.
It's critical that we get your help in these races and every race across the country.
Take these steps to prepare for Election Day:
1. Make a plan to vote now: Figure out when will you vote, how will you get there and who you'll go with.
3. Be in line to vote before polls close: Polls are open in NJ 6:00 am until 8:00 pm and in VA 6:00am to 7:00pm. If you are in line when the polls close, STAY IN LINE. You will be allowed to vote if you are in line when the polls close.
4. Do you need an ID to vote? If you live in VA, you do. Find out what you need here. New Jersey voters do not need an ID to vote, but bring a form of ID to be safe. Click here to find out more.
6. Text 5 friends to remind them to vote on Election Day.
9. Leave all political items at home when you go to vote including buttons, lapels, t-shirts, signs, etc.
10. Organize a carpool to your polling place. Voting is more fun with friends.
I’m in! I’m the new Director of Voter Protection and we’ve got a big job on our hands. Over the past several years we have seen laws passed across the country that have made it more difficult for women, the elderly, college students, ethnic minorities and low-income individuals to register and to vote. This is a disturbing trend that runs counter to our tradition as a nation. The right to vote is a fundamental right — our ability to hire and fire politicians influences what is spent on public education, whether health care covers a pre-existing condition or whether a woman can control her own choices – and it is a right that our forbearers have fought and died for.
We believe that every American, regardless of party, should be able to make their voice heard. Our democracy is undermined by laws that allow any rightful voter, let alone hundreds of thousands of rightful voters, to be denied their franchise. We’ve never solved anything with less democracy.
I’m fired up because I know when I read about ID laws in Texas that are so strict that many married women will not be able to vote or purges in Virginia that will remove thousands of voters days before an election or North Carolina playing hide and seek with polling locations, we’re able to do something about it. I’m excited to join the Democratic National Committee and Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as we build the best voter protection program in our party’s history.
The fight to protect and expand the right to vote is not new. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony to Martin Luther King and John Lewis, the right to vote has been earned the same way – by people organizing their communities to apply political and legal pressure for change. We will adopt these lessons for our program and I hope you will join us in our effort. If you want to join the fight to beat back Republican attempts to limit the right to vote, and support leaders across the country who are working to expand and modernize access to the ballot, sign up here: www.votingrightsmatter.com
When I moved to Washington, D.C. last January, I had nothing but my suitcase and high hopes. Today, I work with the best digital team in politics at the Democratic National Committee.
The reason I am a Democrat is rooted in my upbringing. I'm from a small town in Upstate, New York, where my mother, a public school teacher, raised my brother and me on her own. She taught us the value of a public education and that you always give back to those that have helped you along the way.
My education as an organizer began at the University at Albany where I became involved with the College Democrats and LGBT advocacy. During my senior year, I pushed for gender-inclusive housing to give every student the opportunity to receive a quality and enjoyable higher education. Working on that issue, I began using social media to engage students to create a buzz on campus. By fall 2012, we'd won -- all the students at my school were able to live in a comfortable and accessible living space of their choosing on campus.
Last May, a friend encouraged me to apply for the DNC’s Hope Institute. It was the start of a new initiative -- inviting 40 young people from underrepresented backgrounds to come to Washington, D.C. to learn from the top political and campaign leaders in the Democratic Party.
The Hope Institute is a three day inspirational campaign bootcamp, jam packed with speeches from 2012 campaign operatives, a hands-on campaign simulation, and networking with other young political activists from around the country. Hearing from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jim Messina and Robert Gibbs, among others, about the challenges and triumphs of politics made me realize how their experiences reflected many of the experiences of the Fellows in the room. I only regret not having more time to learn and bond with the 40 other young people that each had a story to tell of their own.
The Hope Fellows I met will be the future of progressive change and this experience has only motivated me to keeping pushing until we make it happen. Today, I continue to work and learn new digital organizing skills so that I can keep working for Democrats fighting to make a more inclusive and strong country for all.
This month Republicans shut down the government and risked defaulting on our obligations trying to derail Obamacare. Despite the GOP going to extreme lengths to stop the law’s implementation, it is going into effect and is working for Americans. See the clips below for more on how the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans across the country.