Science and Technology
  • A Big Week for Data and Technology

    This has been a big week for data and technology in the Democratic Party. The DNC, our candidates, and state parties are now getting access to new data assets that the Obama campaign built to help win the 2012 election. This is great news and yet another way that our party is building on our technological lead over Republicans.

    While we’re getting access to new data, the way we’ll apply it isn’t new. In both 2008 and 2012, the DNC worked hand-in-hand with the Obama campaign to create the tools that collected and analyzed information about volunteers, supporters, and donors, and helped them run the most data-driven campaign to date.

    And our commitment to technology innovation didn’t begin with electing President Obama. In 2005, we committed to build the Democratic Party in all 50 states and equip everyone with the know-how, tools, and data needed to win campaigns. That’s exactly what we did in the run-up to 2008, and we haven’t taken our foot off the pedal since.

    In the past year, we've been working overtime and making investments to adapt the tools and strategies used in 2012 to prepare for campaigns of all sizes for 2014.

    We did a trial run with campaigns in 2013, and the results speak for themselves. We won the Virginia governor’s race, and will for the first time in more than forty years hold all five statewide offices in that pivotal battleground state.  Bill de Blasio is the first Democratic mayor of New York City in a generation, and Cory Booker has already been sworn in and begun to serve people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

    These campaigns were able to hit the ground running with the tools and information they needed to make smart, data-driven decisions from Day One.  And because they worked hand-in-hand with the DNC, the experience and lessons they learned will go into making those tools even better as we work to make them available to campaigns up and down the ticket in 2014.

    We look forward to integrating the Obama campaign data into our systems and continuing to work with all our state parties to use information to run smarter, more effective campaigns.

    2014 is going to be a great year to run as a Democrat. We have a winning message of fighting for middle class Americans and the cutting-edge tools to deliver that message to the voters.

  • Thanks, Ms. Botton

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week. As Democrats, we know that our most important investments are the ones we make in our kids. That's why, for years, we've been on the cutting edge of education reform. From FDR signing the G.I. Bill to President Obama overhauling student loans, Democrats have consistently invested to provide our kids with a first-rate education and the tools necessary to drive our economy forward with more job creation and opportunity. We also recognize that funding and programs alone won't solve all of our problems. Democrats understand that in order to create world-class institutions of learning, we have to reward, retain, and attract world-class teachers — teachers like my favorite teach growing up, Francine Botton. Ms. Botton was my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Magnolia Open Elementary School in Long Beach, New York, and like so many teachers across our country, she inspired me and all of my classmates to study hard and dream big. She was part mom, part educator, helping her students realize that anything was possible for us. She picked us up when we were down and pushed us when she knew we could do better.

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  • President Obama in Michigan: “Put country ahead of party”

    This afternoon, President Obama visited Johnson Controls, a lithium-ion battery manufacturing company that capitalized on Recovery Act grants, to talk about his administration’s efforts to invest in innovation and create jobs. But just like so many Americans, the President is frustrated by the political posturing and gridlock in Washington – and today, he called on Congress to “put country ahead of party” and get to work.

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  • Obama Administration’s Fuel Economy Standards Creates Jobs

    On Tuesday, President Obama announced a historic fuel-efficiency program that will save American families $1.7 trillion in gas prices and reduce consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025. But this announcement wasn’t just about efficiency and cost savings; it is part of the President’s effort to spur investment in innovation and technology to create jobs.

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  • Long-Distance Call? President Obama Talks to the International Space Station

    When the shuttle Atlantis returned safely to the Kennedy Space Center this morning, it marked the close to an era in America’s shuttle program. While docked at the International Space Station, Atlantis’ crew spoke with President Obama, who praised NASA and the space program’s unique place in history as an inspiration and embodiment of America’s “sense of adventure, exploration and courage."

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  • New Programs to Strengthen America’s Economy

    There's not a single policy alone that will repair our country and replenish the jobs lost during the worst of the recession. But the best way to create jobs is to draw on every economic instrument and lever to accelerate the pace of growth. And that’s exactly what President Obama is doing.

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Talks Tech at Netroots Nation

    Earlier today, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke at the Netroots Nation annual conference, held this year in Minneapolis. Discussing themes familiar to many attendees, Wasserman Schultz spoke about the power of online organizing and the fundamental role technology plays in effective campaigns.

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