DNC Launches Signature Latino Outreach Program “Adelante” and Spanish Language Ads Across the Country

11 May

“Adelante” will further expand the DNC’s intensive outreach ahead of the midterm elections 

The DNC today announced the launch of Adelante, a signature outreach program to Latino voters that will build on Democrats’ intensive outreach ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Political veteran and expert strategist Maria Cardona will supportAdelante in its outreach and messaging efforts. DNC Latino Coalitions Director Michelle Villegas Tapia is launching and will direct Adelante’s programming across the country, including direct voter contact and community events. 

In addition to the launch of Adelante, the DNC is also announcing part of a seven-figure investment in paid media, kicking off with a round of Spanish-language print and radio ads. The ads tout the historic progress made under the leadership of President Joe Biden and congressional Democratic majorities. 

“Latino voters are critical to our party’s success and Democrats are building on our investments in organizing and outreach through the launch of Adelante,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “Through the leadership of Democrats, we’ve ushered in a historic economic recovery and we’re committed to continuing to deliver results for the Latino community and moving forward together to build a better America.”

“As a Latina and a first-generation immigrant, building on our party’s efforts to connect to Latino voters in every community is personal to me,” said DNC Latino Coalitions Director Michelle Villegas Tapia. “Whether it’s reaching folks online or on the ground, Adelante is primed to meet Latino voters where we are, and to speak directly to how Democrats are making progress on the issues that touch our daily lives.” 

The ads will run in Texas, Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania. 

The DNC is already working in partnership with its sister committees to invest in Latino outreach and organizing in targeted coordinated campaigns, including in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. 

Adelante will build on the DNC’s Spanish-language and bilingual voter contact program, through which volunteers help provide states with dedicated Spanish-language outreach capacity focused on coalition building, voter registration, and mobilization. 

See the print ad below:

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The Hill: Swing state Democratic parties hold coordinated ‘day of action’ on abortion

10 May
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Key Point: “State parties in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are holding press conferences and publishing op-eds attacking the GOP over the chance that constitutional abortion protections will be repealed.” 

The Hill: Swing state Democratic parties hold coordinated ‘day of action’ on abortion

Democratic Parties located in swing states are holding a coordinated “day of action” on abortion Tuesday, just over a week after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion forecasted the possible undoing of Roe v. Wade. 

State parties in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are holding press conferences and publishing op-eds attacking the GOP over the chance that constitutional abortion protections will be repealed. 

The effort is being organized by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is seizing both on the draft Supreme Court opinion and recent comments from federal and state Republican lawmakers. Every state involved in the “day of action” is hosting a competitive Senate race. 

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The leaked draft opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, calls for the wholesale repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that instituted constitutional protections to abortion access. 

Democrats are hopeful that a wave of backlash could turn the tides in the midterm elections, which prior to the decision were anticipated to favor Republicans. 

“Republicans have been waging war on women’s health for decades, and now Roe v. Wade is at risk and a federal abortion ban is on the table,” DNC spokesperson Brooke Goren said in a statement, adding, “The DNC and Democrats in battleground states across the country are laser-focused on making sure that voters know what is at stake this November when it comes to Republicans’ radical MAGA agenda.”

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Already, Democrats in key states have highlighted the issue, with the Wisconsin Democratic Party, for instance, rallying at the state Capitol last week. 

“Republicans have for decades tried to frame the anti-abortion movement as a religious one. As a woman of faith, the bible teaches me that even Jesus gives us a choice to choose him. So who are we to take choice away from women to decide their health care? The bible also teaches me to love thy neighbor. To me, that means ensuring they have food on their table, adequate clothing and housing, AND the freedom to make their own choices about their future,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson said in a Monday statement. 

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it was possible for legislators to pass some kind of federal law restricting abortion if Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress and the White House one day. However, other GOP lawmakers have said they prefer to leave the decision to the states. 

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The draft opinion, if made final this summer, will also have an outsized impact on state races beyond Washington. Notably, every state participating in the “day of action” is holding a gubernatorial race this year except for North Carolina. 

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LOCAL HEADLINES: Biden Lowers Internet Costs

10 May
Yesterday, as the latest step in the Biden-Harris administration’s laser-focus on lowering costs for Americans, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced new steps to reduce high-speed internet costs for millions of Americans. 

As part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the president and vice president created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to cut the price of high-speed internet to $30 per month for millions of families. About 48 million families are eligible for the program—nearly 40% of households. The Biden-Harris administration revealed yesterday that they secured commitments from 20 internet providers to cut prices and increase speeds for millions of households enrolled in ACP.

Here’s a look at some of the local headlines people across the country saw on how President Biden and Vice President Harris are lowering costs: 

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IN THE STATES: Dems Blast GOP’s Radical Anti-choice Agenda

6 May

In the states this week, following the Supreme Court’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats across the country blasted Republicans for pushing their extreme, unpopular anti-choice agenda on our country – and made clear that Democrats will fight for Americans’ fundamental rights and control over their own health care decisions. 

Here’s a look at some of the recent local coverage:

Meanwhile, Americans continue to make clear they are not on board with the radical MAGA Republican agenda to raise taxes on half the country and put Medicare and Social Security in danger: 

In contrast,Democrats’ American Rescue Plan continues to help small businesses keep their doors open and cut housing costs – not to mention President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping to jump-start clean energy projects across the nation. 

Meanwhile Republicans across the country said no but are still taking the dough, as Republican governors who opposed the American Rescue Plan continue to try to take credit for the Democrats’ critical relief package – despite opposing the relief bill themselves. 

  • In Florida: Tampa Bay Business Journal: Tampa Bay cities, counties get $2M in federal funding to assess flood vulnerability
    • “A major resiliency funding announcement from Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday will kick off a flurry of flood vulnerability studies throughout Tampa Bay. The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and marks the latest attempt at addressing the long-term problem of a state surrounded by water on three sides while the seas rise.”
  • In Ohio: Columbus Dispatch: Could ‘pie in the sky’ become reality? DeWine proposes $500 million for Appalachian Ohio
    • “Late last month, DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and the state’s director of development, Lydia Mihalik, announced their proposal to invest $500 million of federal American Rescue Plan dollars into the state’s Appalachian counties — a ‘long overdue’ investment, the governor said.”
  • In New Hampshire: AP: New Hampshire Executive Council approves $100 million housing fund
    • “The fund, paid for with federal American Rescue Plan money that Sununu once opposed, will be used to provide grants to developers for multifamily housing projects, incentives for communities that move quickly with permitting, and money for demolishing vacant buildings.”

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Joint Statement From DNC, DSCC, DCCC, DGA, DLCC On SCOTUS Plan To Overturn Roe v. Wade

3 May

In response to reporting that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DSCC Chair Gary Peters, DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney, DGA Chair Roy Cooper, and DLCC Chair Andrea Stewart-Cousins issued the following joint statement: 

“The Republican attacks on abortion access, birth control and women’s health care have dramatically escalated the stakes of the 2022 election. At this moment of crisis, Democrats are standing shoulder to shoulder with millions of Americans in this fight. And in November, we must elect Democrats who will serve as the last lines of defense against the GOP’s assault on our established and fundamental freedoms. 

“These elections will now determine whether cruel new restrictions on abortion will be put in place: whether states will be allowed to criminalize abortion and ban it even in cases of rape or incest.

“We want to make this very clear: Abortion is legal. It is your right. And the Democratic Party will fight to ensure this fundamental freedom remains intact. For voters, the consequences of the election for the future of our country have never been higher.” 

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DNC Statement on Older Americans Month

2 May

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement on the start of Older Americans Month: 

This Older Americans Month, Republicans are renewing their shameful attacks on the Medicare and Social Security benefits that millions of seniors rely on. For more than half a century, Americans have been paying into these systems with the promise that they will one day get to see the benefits — but Republicans have a plan that could break that promise. Their agenda could put the health coverage and Social Security benefits seniors count on every day on the chopping block. 

Meanwhile, President Biden and Democrats have our seniors’ backs – this month, and every month. President Biden has proposed a budget that invests in and bolsters Social Security instead of threatening it. And Democrats have lowered health care premiums for millions of Americans, and are pushing to lower prescription drug prices. 

The choice for seniors this year couldn’t be clearer – while Democrats are fighting to protect seniors’ right to their hard-earned benefits, Republicans have a plan to sunset the programs they depend on.

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IN THE STATES: GOP Faces Backlash for Targeting Seniors’ Benefits

29 Apr

In the states this week, Republicans have had to defend their party’s plan that calls for sunsetting all federal legislation, including Medicare and Social Security, after five years – putting millions of seniors’ right to their hard-earned benefits at risk. Unsurprisingly, Americans are making their opposition to the plan known.

Here’s a look at some of the recent local coverage of the backlash to Republicans’ disastrous agenda in the battlegrounds: 

This week, the DNC made yet another round of State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF) grants, giving states across the country the resources they need to help bolster organizing efforts, voter protection, and more. Here are a few examples:

Meanwhile, people across the nation saw headlines about how President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are helping lower housing costs for working Americans – doing everything from cutting home energy bills to increasing access to affordable housing. 

And Democrats continued meeting rural Americans where they are to highlight how the Biden administration and investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will increase access to broadband, clean water, health care, and more. 

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LOCAL HEADLINES: GOP Plan Goes After Seniors’ Benefits, Raises Taxes

28 Apr

Republicans across the country have spent the last few weeks having to defend their party’s plan that calls for sunsetting all federal legislation, including Medicare and Social Security, after five years – putting millions of seniors’ right to their hard-earned benefits at risk. Unsurprisingly, Americans across the battleground states are making their opposition to the plan known.

Here’s a look at some of the recent local coverage of the backlash to Republicans’ disastrous agenda: 

Michigan: WKZO: AUDIO: Michigan Democratic Party holds rally in Kalamazoo to protest “sunsetting” of Medicare and Social Security

“The Michigan Democratic Party hosted a press conference and rally in Kalamazoo on Tuesday, April 26 to push back on a Republican plan they say puts both Social Security and Medicare in jeopardy… Despite the cool and cloudy weather, they banded together to rally against what they say is a plan by the GOP to get Congress to sunset both Social Security and Medicare.”

Pennsylvania: WHTM: PA Democrats Blast GOP Plans

“Dauphin County Democrats took aim at Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. They say Republicans plan to cut Medicare and Social Security while raising taxes on seniors and workers.”

Pennsylvania: WGAL: Democrats Lambast Tax Plan of GOP Senators

“Democrats gathering at the state Capitol today to talk about the plans Republican Senate candidates hope to implement if elected. The chairwoman of Dauphin County Democrats was joined by Commissioner Shaela Ellis. They say Republicans would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in Pennsylvania.”

Wisconsin: Up North News: Ron Johnson Thinks a GOP Plan for Tax Increases and the Potential End of Medicare and Social Security Is a ‘Positive Thing’

“Scott’s plan would also ‘sunset’ all federal legislation in five years, requiring Congress to re-authorize every federal law, including those governing Medicare and Social Security, which could end with Republicans—who have long sought to undermine the programs—ending Social Security for 1.3 million Wisconsinites and Medicare for 1.2 million state residents. Scott’s proposal could also lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid—both of which Republicans have also been aggressively against.”

Florida: Palm Beach Post: Op-ed: Rick Scott tax plan bad news for retirees

“So imagine my surprise when I saw that Senator Rick Scott recently introduced a plan for the Republican Party that would raise taxes on nearly half of all Americans, forcing seniors and working class families to pay more when they file their taxes every year. His plan also includes provisions that could sunset Medicare and Social Security, jeopardizing the health care and retirement benefits that millions of Florida seniors have spent their entire lives earning.”

New Hampshire: Seacoastonline: Commentary: New Hampshire can’t trust Republicans on Social Security and Medicare

“This Republican agenda, proposed by National Republican Senatorial Committee chair Sen. Rick Scott and approved by Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, attacks seniors, disabled people, and families, while signaling future benefits for rich donors. Nearly every worker pays into Social Security, a safety net that provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. Medicare insures seniors and people with disabilities, allowing access to affordable health care.”

North Carolina: The Charlotte Post: Op-ed: North Carolina seniors can’t afford Republican control of government

“We should all be alarmed about the Republican Party’s agenda to sunset federal legislation like Social Security and Medicare. Like millions of North Carolinians, I rely on the Medicare and Social Security benefits that I spent my life paying into. Without Medicare, I would struggle to afford expensive medical bills for doctor visits and medications I need, and without Social Security, I wouldn’t get payments I rely on to pay bills.”

Wisconsin: Hudson Star-Observer: Opinion: New threat to retirees, disabled

“The Republican Party has a long and troubling history of working against Wisconsin families. And after unveiling their agenda for 2022, Republicans have added a new threat to Wisconsin retirees and disabled workers. Florida Sen. Rick Scott, a Republican who leads their parties’ effort to flip the U.S. Senate, has introduced a platform that would sunset all federal legislation after five years – this includes Social Security and Medicare.”

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RECESS RECAP: GOP on Defense Over Plan to Raise Taxes, Sunset Medicare In Battlegrounds

25 Apr

Back home for recess over the past two weeks, Republicans were met with ads, events, and headlines in battleground states across the country making sure that Americans know about their plan that could raise taxes on more than half the country and sunset Social Security and Medicare in five years. 

Here’s a look at some of what Republicans saw during their trips home the past two weeks: 

ADS: Ahead of Tax Day on April 18, the DNC launched a digital ad buy in key states targeted to Google searches for tax services. The ads reminded voters in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada of Senate Republicans’ plan that could raise taxes on half of Americans. 

EVENTS: Ahead of and on Tax Day, Democratic state parties in Wisconsin, and Florida held events outside of Ron Johnson and Rick Scott’s offices to make sure the Republican senators’ constituents know they have a plan to raise taxes, while Georgia Democrats criticized the Georgia GOP for embracing Rick Scott despite his Republican agenda of tax hikes. After Tax Day, in Pennsylvania, local Democrats criticized the Republican plan that could sunset Medicare and Social Security that millions rely on. 

HEADLINES: While they were home the past two weeks, Republicans couldn’t run from headlines pinning their disastrous agenda on them. Turns out, people don’t like it when you say you’re going to raise their taxes. 

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IN THE STATES: Tax Day Reminds Americans of GOP Plan to Raise Taxes

22 Apr

Starting on Tax Day Monday and throughout this week, Americans in battleground states saw a consistent theme in their local headlines – Republicans have a plan to raise taxes if they win in November. Republicans’ plan could raise taxes on more than half of the country – including seniors, service members, and many working Americans – not to mention the fact that it could sunset Medicare and Social Security that millions rely on. 

Here’s a look at just some of the local headlines:

Meanwhile, President Biden and members of his cabinet continued to visit states from New Hampshire to Washington to tout how the transformational Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping to bolster supply chains and lower costs for families. 

And between the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan, people across the country are still seeing headlines every day about how President Biden and Democrats are investing in their communities, from improving rural health care and access to broadband, to removing lead pipes, to hiring more police and first responders, and more. 

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