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  • Celebrating 50 Years Since The March on Washington

    Today, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed his dream for an equal America, we recognize the courage and strength that the leaders of the civil rights movement endured. Following the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Democrats fought for the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act, taking the biggest steps for equal rights in generations. Today, Democrats reflect on the past and promise to continue to fight every day for equality and opportunity for all, to make sure that we do not forget the legacy of Dr. King and his fellow civil rights leaders.

    Today, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed his dream for an equal America, we recognize the courage and strength that the leaders of the civil rights movement endured. Following the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Democrats fought for the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights act, taking the biggest steps for equal rights in generations. Today, Democrats reflect on the past and promise to continue to fight every day for equality and opportunity for all, to make sure that we do not forget the legacy of Dr. King and his fellow civil rights leaders.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Four things you need to know”

    In an email, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz shared the Democrats' four-point strategy for winning elections in 2013, 2014 and beyond and encouraged supporters to get involved.

    Friend --

    I just got back from the DNC summer meeting in Arizona, so I thought I'd let you in on our strategy for the upcoming year and beyond (because I'm really excited about it).

    We have a four-pronged plan for the coming year:

    Recruiting and training top talent. Our party is only as strong as the people in it. So we're going to focus on identifying great candidates for state and local offices, training organizers across the country, and helping talented young people from all backgrounds break into politics through our Hope Institute program.

    Maintaining and building our digital edge. A big part of the reason we won last year is because our online program and tools were light years ahead of the Republicans. But that's the thing about cutting-edge technology -- it stops being cutting-edge pretty quickly. We're not going to rest on our laurels. We're going to work hard to maintain our edge while developing the next generation of tools.

    Expanding access to the ballot box. Every single thing we do as a party centers on our most fundamental right as Americans -- the right to vote. You've seen Republicans across the country restrict that right by taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision to gut the Voting Rights Act. And we're going to be fighting back by launching a national voter protection program.

    Holding Republicans accountable and promoting the Democratic agenda. You've heard Republicans talk a lot about how they're "rebranding" their party and agenda to be more inclusive after last year's election. But if you've been paying attention to the policies they're supporting, you've noticed that they've only gotten more extreme. We're going to make sure they don't get away with that bait-and-switch.

    Many people are going to work very hard to make sure this plan succeeds, but I have to be straight with you: a main factor in its success or failure will be whether we have the resources to pull it off.

    Chip in $10 or more today and make sure we can put our plan into motion:

    https://my.democrats.org/Our-Strategy

    This is a winning plan -- and I can't wait to get to work on it with you, because we saw last year what we're capable of.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee


    P.S. -- You've seen what we can do when we get this organization operating at its peak -- let's do it again.

  • SOCIAL SECURITY: 78 Years Later, a Promise to Seniors and the Vulnerable that Endures

    Seventy-eight years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, making a promise to America’s seniors to help them retire with the dignity and security they earned through a lifetime of hard work. Social Security has provided millions of Americans a level of stability for not only retirees, but also for individuals with disabilities and those receiving survivor benefits.

    Today, I am proud to stand with President Obama as we continue to fulfill the promise made so many years ago. Democrats remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for millions of seniors across the country and for future generations of Americans. We believe that a sustainable retirement does not just have to be a benefit for the privileged few, but for all hard-working Americans.  This assistance helps make sure seniors can pay their bills, buy groceries, and purchase life-saving medications.

    Seventy-eight years later, Social Security continues to ensure Americans can live with the dignity they deserve—part of the vision that if you work hard and put in your time, you have earned the basic benefits of a secure future. I stand by the President as we work to continue that vision, and live up to the promises made to our nation’s seniors by fighting to strengthen and protect their hard-earned benefits.

  • The Worst Election You’ve Never Heard of

    As Chair of the Democratic Party, I've been to more GOTV events than I can count. I've visited almost every state and have been involved in everything from the Presidential election to Governorships to ballot initiatives and small town races.

    But never have I seen an election like the one that's happening in Colorado right now.

    After the Colorado legislature passed commonsense gun violence prevention measures, national deep-pocketed gun lobbyists and their allies decided they weren't satisfied. They weren't going to let a small thing like the democratic process get in their way. So instead of waiting until the next election (which is only a little more than a year away), they're bankrolling a wasteful recall effort on two current elected officials — elected officials who have strong track records on job creation, education and strengthening Colorado's middle-class families.
     
    This effort is a blatant attack on our Democratic principles and it's a waste of Colorado taxpayer dollars. A recall will cost Colorado's citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars. It also sets a dangerous precedent for communities across our country. Local elections are supposed to be about the people in their districts, not extreme national groups trying to impose their policies.

    These national gun lobbyists have already tried to buy votes in Congress. Let's not let them buy elections, too.

    To learn more about these elections, visit: http://www.coloradodems.org/

  • Really? Governor Scott’s Renewed Efforts to Purge Florida Voters Not Necessary

    Governor Scott is back at it.  In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Governor Scott announced he is taking another shot at purging Florida’s voter rolls of ‘noncitizens.’

    Just to be clear, we’re talking about Republican purging efforts botched so badly that Governor Scott himself had to vote by provisional ballot in 2006 because the purge had determined he was dead.

    Seriously.

    You’d think that would have been a wake-up call that this sort of purging is deeply flawed and unnecessary.

    Governor Scott and his Republican Administration claim this is simply an effort to suppress voter fraud, but Floridians know better.  This shameful attempt to shrink the electorate was highly controversial in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, when the Department of Justice sued the state of Florida for attempting to disqualify thousands of voters less than 90 days before an election.

    The ability to cast a vote and have one’s vote counted is central to the functioning of our democracy.  But too often, Republicans have systematically turned how ballots are cast into a manufactured issue in swing states across the country.  Too often, these Republican-led so-called anti-voter fraud efforts are nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to disqualify voters that reek of politics.

    Such is the case in Florida.  Of the 180,000 potential noncitizens identified for purging in 2012, less than 0.02% were actually ineligible. Nearly 60 percent of those included in the initial list were Hispanic – meanwhile, Hispanic voters make up only 13 percent of Florida’s electorate.

    Unfortunately for Governor Scott and national Republicans, Florida’s voters won’t be fooled again.   Attempts like what is now happening in Florida, and what is happening in many states across the country, go against the spirit of our democracy and are exactly why Congress must answer President Obama’s call to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full authority.

  • Democrats Standing Up For Medicare and Medicaid: 48 Years and Counting

    Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law well before my time in Congress, but I am honored to play a role in fighting for these vital programs and the people who benefit from their existence. While Republicans have repeatedly tried to end Medicare as it currently exists, Democrats have taken bold steps to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. In 1997, President Clinton signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program which provided 4.6 million children with health care by 2001, and increased the number of children covered by 70 percent in just two years. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law which gives every American access to quality affordable health care and improves care for many of those on Medicare and Medicaid.

    Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law well before my time in Congress, but I am honored to play a role in fighting for these vital programs and the people who benefit from their existence. While Republicans have repeatedly tried to end Medicare as it currently exists, Democrats have taken bold steps to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid. In 1997, President Clinton signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program which provided 4.6 million children with health care by 2001, and increased the number of children covered by 70 percent in just two years. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law which gives every American access to quality affordable health care and improves care for many of those on Medicare and Medicaid.

    With President Obama’s reauthorization of CHIP in 2009, the program’s coverage expanded benefits to 11 million children. Under the Affordable Care Act, 34.1 million seniors have already received one or more free preventative care services, 3.1 million young adults remain covered by their parents’ health insurance through the age of 26 and insurance companies have returned more than $1.5 billion to consumers to fulfill the ACA’s mandate that premiums be spent on health care, not administrative costs. Most importantly though, these are just the first of the benefits that consumers will see as full coverage begins in January and every American has access to quality affordable health care.

    When Republicans talk about making deep cuts to programs like these, I take it personally. I know how much my constituents rely on these programs and how painful it would be for them to see their benefits reduced. America’s seniors deserve to receive the basic benefits they have earned through a lifetime of work.

    Democrats will continue to fight to defend the important promise we made to those who rely on Medicare and Medicaid for quality health care. Take a look at this video showing how Democrats have helped to expand and protect this fundamental American value, and trust me when I say we, as Democrats, will continue the fight to protect these most vital programs.

  • We Shall not be moved!

    Earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to the 104th NAACP convention in Orlando, Florda where she addressed voting rights and the need to protect those fundamental rights. Watch the video of her speech and check out a few highlights from her remarks.

    Earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to the 104th NAACP convention in Orlando, Florda where she addressed voting rights and the need to protect those fundamental rights. Watch the video of her speech and check out a few highlights from her remarks.

    "Voting is not a privilege, it is a right which must not be infringed."

    "We have recently been reminded that progress is never guaranteed and that the right to vote is only as safe as the political will to protect it."

    "We must all remain vigilant and focused in light of the Supreme Court’s decision and hold the leadership in the House accountable to update the law. Sitting on the sidelines, waiting for something to happen is not an option."

    "Democrats will – as we have for over 50 years – continue to ensure that we protect the franchise. It’s who we are as a party, as a people, and as a nation. And we will never back down; We will never give up; and We shall not be moved!"


    Click here to read the full remarks.

  • The Tide is Rising

    Since day one, President Obama has been a strong leader on environmental issues. Whether it was setting historic fuel economy standards or doubling renewable electricity, President Obama has always fought to give our kids a stronger, more sustainable future. In fact, our carbon pollution has dropped to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.

    I have admired his work on all of these fronts, but his recent call to action on climate change really hits home.

    As a representative of South Florida, climate change threatens the very existence of our communities. Since the 1920s alone, we've experienced 9-inches of sea-level rises. This may sound inconsequential but if trends continue or accelerate as we pump more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, communities like mine in South Florida and coastal communities all across the country face a desperate fight against rising sea levels.

    In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sea level could rise more than six feet by the end of the century. If this happens, there is no doubt that much of South Florida, will be underwater, since half of the region is less than five feet above sea level. Even a three foot rise would result in one third of South Florida being covered by seawater.

    We are Floridians. Our kids get civic lessons on how to prepare for hurricanes. We have processes in place for dealing with these types of natural disasters. We've survived dozens of weather related emergencies. We've recovered and rebuilt. But while we may be prepared for more immediate weather emergencies, we have not come to terms with the slow, gradual rise of the tides that will leave our communities underwater.

    But sea level “could" rise is the important distinction here. It means that we still have an opportunity to reverse course. It means hope for the millions of families in Florida and other communities across our country. And it means that our actions today can affect the outcomes tomorrow.

    President Obama is leading on the issue. He's put forth a bold plan to reduce carbon pollution, accelerate the development of clean energy, reducegreenhouse gas emissions and invest in sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects to prepare for the effects of climate change.  But he can't do it alone. We need to Congress to act before it's too late, and before Miami becomes the next great American attraction for snorkelers and dive enthusiasts alike.

    Join me and sign this petition demanding that Congress follow the President's lead.

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