DNC and State Parties Announce Historic Agreement

12 May
Agreement includes over $23 million in direct investments to state parties and grassroots infrastructure during 2022 election cycle

Today, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic state parties announced an historic four-year agreement that will guarantee more investment into Democratic state parties and grassroots infrastructure than ever before. At a minimum, this investment will provide $23 million to state parties as part of the DNC’s 2022 midterm strategy, and creates a first-of-its-kind program to focus additional investments in historically red states to build on Democrats’ 57 states and territories strategy.

As part of the agreement, the DNC will establish a brand-new, seven-figure “Red State Fund” to put Republicans on defense and build tailored programs for traditionally Republican states. The Red State Fund includes $2 million in direct investments and grants for states that meet two of the following criteria: no Democratic senator or governor, less than 25% of the congressional delegation are Democrats, and a supermajority of Republicans in their state legislature.

The contract also includes a data sharing agreement that increases investment in down-ballot races, solidifies another four years of historic investment in Democratic data, and anchors the DNC and state parties as the central hub of the Democratic data ecosystem.

“As a former state party chair, I know firsthand how critical it is that we invest in the grassroots to strengthen the Democratic Party as a whole — and we can’t leave a single community behind,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “With this agreement, the DNC’s new ‘Red State Fund’ will allow us to take the fight to Republicans as they fight among themselves by providing unprecedented resources to Democrats organizing in every corner of the country.”

“I am thrilled that the agreement announced today will empower state parties across the entire country to organize early and in the smartest way possible. This historic agreement will build the critical infrastructure we need to win up and down the ballot this year, next year, and beyond,” said ASDC President Ken Martin.

Additional investments in the agreement include:

  • $15.5 Million for State Partnership Program (SPP): The new agreement increases monthly SPP funding for 50 state parties and DC by 25% to fund critical party infrastructure including staff, tools, and programming in the states.
  • $5.5 Million for State Party Innovation Fund Grants: These grants will ensure innovation and early organizing by putting more boots on the ground throughout the country to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2022. The program includes $5 million in funding for all 50 state parties plus the District of Columbia, along with an additional $500,000 for Dems Abroad and the territories. These competitive grants will primarily be used to hire staff in state to develop and implement innovative programs tailored for each state.
  • Reestablishes the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund: The agreement is contingent on the Democratic state parties rejoining the joint fundraising agreement that propelled the DNC to record-breaking major donor fundraising over the last four years, and allows the DNC to collect up to $875,000 per individual per year.
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DNC on GOP Leadership Vote

12 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement after congressional Republicans voted to oust Congresswoman Liz Cheney from leadership for telling the truth:

“Today, the Republican Party went all in to fully transform itself into the party of Donald Trump. House Republicans are making clear their only priority is to defend Trump and his Big Lie, despite the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, and Trump’s dismal approval ratings that the NRCC tried to keep quiet. Kevin McCarthy has completely turned over the leadership of his caucus to extremists and conspiracy theorists, and the Republican Party’s dumpster fire has now become a full blown inferno.

“While the Republican Party has chosen to throw our democracy by the wayside, President Biden and Democrats are hard at work undoing the damage of the Trump administration, delivering on their promises, and getting our country back on track.” 

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Kevin, The Call is Coming from Inside The Penthouse

11 May
Now that Kevin McCarthy has completely surrendered his caucus to a conspiracy theorist, an accused sex trafficker, and a proven loser president, Republican members are not shy about making their feelings known.

“You know the Republican Party dumpster fire has reached new heights when even Kevin McCarthy’s own members are calling him out for his inability to lead, having no moral compass, and lack of backbone. It should come as no surprise that it’s bad politics to hand over your caucus to extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz while punishing members for telling the truth, but then again, there is no Dr. Seuss book on the subject.” – DNC Spokesperson Adonna Biel

POLITICO Playbook: Could McCarthy face a Cheney backlash?

  • “GRUMBLING WITH MCCARTHY BEHIND THE SCENES — Taking out Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair was never going to be clean and easy for McCarthy. And this week, we’re starting to pick up on a bit of backlash against the minority leader behind the scenes. Some House Republicans are privately griping about how the California Republican has fed a colleague to the MAGA wolves in his quest to become speaker.”

  • “One of them — a Republican long seen as an ally of leadership — told us Monday night he may oppose McCarthy for speaker because of all the recent drama. This person accused McCarthy of having no moral compass as he moves to punish Cheney while allowing members like Reps. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) and MATT GAETZ (R-Fla.) to run wild.”

  • “‘Kevin McCarthy has pissed off enough members of his own conference that he’s going to have to go back to his former days as a whip to try to figure out where his votes are’ to become speaker, said the member, who is neither a member of the Freedom Caucus nor a moderate. ‘I’d be worried if I was him. … You have people like me — who are here to do the right thing for all the right reasons and have an expectation of leadership — that are, shall we say, disgusted with the internal squabbling that results from having weak leadership. And it is weak leadership. Straight up.’”

  • “A senior GOP aide to a conservative member put it this way: ‘He’s flip-flopped on [Jan. 6 and whether it’s] Trump’s fault, it’s not Trump’s fault. … It seems like he doesn’t have the backbone to lead. He bends to political pressure. It’s tough to do when you’re speaker. You have to lead.’”
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What They’re Reading: Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, American Rescue Plan Sends Billions to State and Local Governments

11 May
Help is here — no thanks to a single Republican in Congress

Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, $350 billion in aid is now on its way to states and cities across the country to help fund critical projects, cover pandemic-related costs, and close the gap from lost revenue due to the pandemic. As people across the country read about this critical relief, they won’t soon forget that it passed no thanks to a single Republican in Congress. 

Here’s a look at what voters in states across the country are reading — and seeing — about the American Rescue Plan:

In Arkansas: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Virus aid of $2.6B allotted for state
In California: Los Angeles Times: California, Los Angeles get billions in federal relief money for pandemic costs
In Colorado: The Denver Post: Billions in federal dollars start pouring into Colorado. Here’s how much your city will get
In Florida: Tampa Bay Times: How Biden’s American Rescue Plan helps out Florida’s cities
In Georgia: Fox28: Georgia set to receive over $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds
In Iowa: KITV: Iowa schools benefit from the American Rescue Plan
In Kentucky: 14News: Ky. to receive over $2.1B from American Rescue Plan Act
In Louisiana: KATC: American Rescue Plan Money in Louisiana: Here’s the breakdown
In Maine: Press Herald: South Portland to get additional $8 million in federal pandemic aid
In Michigan: Detroit Free Press: Nearly $11B in COVID-19 relief funds available for Michigan: What cities, counties may get 
In Minnesota: Star Tribune: Billions in state and local aid soon begin path to Minnesota
In Mississippi: WLBT: Seven Mississippi cities set to split $101M in COVID-19 relief funding, White House says
In Nebraska: Associated Press: Nebraska to get $1 billion in federal aid from rescue plan
In Nevada: 8News Now: Titus, Lee applaud $2.7 billion allocation to Nevada COVID-19 relief
In New Hampshire: New Hampshire Business Review: New Hampshire restaurants see relief as Restaurant Revitalization Fund ramps up
In New York: Press-Republican: ‘Truly Helps’: No. Co. leaders happy to have COVID aid on way
In Ohio: Chronicle-Telegram: Lorain, Elyria, Lorain County to receive more than $111 million from American Rescue Plan
In Oklahoma: The Oklahoman: Stimulus money released for state, local and tribal governments
In Oregon: WATU: Oregon, Washington to receive billions in coronavirus aid from American Rescue Plan Act
In Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how much 10-county Pittsburgh region is getting from $350B American Rescue Plan
In Texas: Dallas Morning News: Texas gets $15.8B bonanza in pandemic aid, far more than it lost in revenue
In Virginia: Richmond Times-Dispatch: Editorial: Purposeful American Rescue Plan investments can generate long-term growth for Virginia
Henrico Times: Henrico to receive $64.2M in American Rescue Plan funds
In West Virginia: WFXR: Mountain State gets more than $1.1M to help homeless West Virginians
In Wisconsin: CBS58: Critical funding announced for Wisconsin’s older adults through the American Rescue Plan

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COUNTDOWN: How Long Until Republicans Tout Billions for State and Local Governments

10 May
Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, struggling state and local governments are about to see billions of dollars in aid to help pay their firefighters, teachers, police officers, bring back jobs, reopen small businesses, and fund critical projects. Just before Republicans start celebrating these wins, we wanted to remind you every single congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan. 

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, $350 billion is on its way to states and cities across the country to help fund critical projects, cover pandemic-related costs, and close the gap from lost revenue due to the pandemic. 

CNBC: “States and local governments will have significant leeway in deciding how to spend the $350 billion in Covid-19 relief funds authorized by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The Treasury Department said Monday that governments will be compelled to spend the cash infusion ‘to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a strong, more equitable economy.’”

Wall Street Journal: “The Biden administration will begin distributing $350 billion to state and local governments this month, giving them money to pay for pandemic-related costs, fill revenue shortfalls and pay for water, sewer and broadband projects—but not to cut state taxes. Money could start flowing to states, local and tribal governments within days, senior administration officials said Monday.”

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NEW DNC VIDEO: How Will Republicans Top Last Week’s Disaster

10 May
In a new video, the DNC is highlighting what turned out to be another disastrous week for the Republican Party. “Idiocy,” “nightmare,” and “no dignity” are just some of the reviews they earned last week after their civil war reached a new low, the National Republican Congressional Committee was caught hiding polling from its members, and congressional Republicans were called out for touting President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that they all voted against. 

Honestly, we wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t show up for work today.

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YIKES: The Numbers the NRCC Didn’t Want Their Members to See

8 May
We’ve been sending you all a lot of releases with polls, but you’re really going to want to see this internal poll the National Republican Congressional Committee tried to keep from its own members.

President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Biden-Harris agenda are all more popular than Trump in core battleground districts.

Washington Post: “The internal NRCC poll partially shared with lawmakers in April found that President Biden was perilously popular in core battleground districts, with 54 percent favorability. Vice President Harris was also more popular than Trump, the poll showed. Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid stimulus plan and his $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure package both polled higher than the former president’s favorability, which was at 41 percent, compared to 42 percent in February.”

Despite the NRCC’s own polling showing how Trump is a huge drag in key districts, Kevin McCarthy and his caucus have completely surrendered itself to Trump and the extremists, like Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Washington Post: “When staff from the National Republican Congressional Committee rose to explain the party’s latest polling in core battleground districts, they left out a key finding about Trump’s weakness, declining to divulge the information even when directly questioned about Trump’s support by a member of Congress, according to two people familiar with what transpired. Trump’s unfavorable ratings were 15 points higher than his favorable ones in the core districts, according to the full polling results, which were later obtained by The Washington Post. Nearly twice as many voters had a strongly unfavorable view of the former president as had a strongly favorable one.”

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DNC on April’s Job Report

7 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that nonfarm payrolls increased by 266,000 in April:

“More jobs have been created in the first 100 days of this administration than any other in history, a reflection of how important President Biden and Democrats’ leadership has been in getting our country back on track. Democrats have worked tirelessly to make sure millions of Americans can put food on the table, pay the bills, and keep their businesses open—and we’re seeing results. Our economy is seeing reassuring growth, businesses are hiring again, and a sense of normalcy is returning.

“Every day is a reminder that President Biden and Democrats have already delivered for Americans without any help from congressional Republicans and of why it’s so important to pass the American Jobs and Families Plans. Democrats are 100 percent focused on delivering for American families, continuing to create jobs, and getting our country back on track.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but with President Biden and Democrats at the helm, Americans can trust that the country is moving in the right direction.”

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IN THE STATES: President Biden and Democrats Help Small Businesses Get Back On Track, Local News Highlights Need for American Families Plan

7 May
This week, we honored the contributions of small businesses during National Small Business Week. They play a vital role in our local economies, and there’s no question that they have been facing the challenges the pandemic has brought head on. While much work remains, small businesses are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and its Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which will provide more than $28 billion in relief to America’s hard-hit restaurant and food establishments — no wonder the Republicans who unanimously opposed the plan spent this week touting it.

Here’s a look at what voters in states across the country were reading — and seeing — this week:

To mark Small Business Week, state parties highlighted how the American Rescue Plan — which allocates $15 billion in flexible grants to help the most severely impacted businesses, bolsters the Paycheck Protection Program, and provide more than $28 billion in relief to America’s hard-hit restaurant and food establishments — is already helping small businesses get back on their feet. 

In North Carolina:

In Maine:

In Minnesota: 

Local press continued to highlight how the American Families Plan would help people across the country.

As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a blatant voter suppression bill limiting the ability of organizations to register voters and imposing new restrictions on vote-by-mail, and Republicans in Texas considered various pieces of legislation aimed at making it harder to vote, Democrats called out these desperate attempts to make it harder for the American people to make their voices heard.

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TGIF: After DeSantis’ Week He Might Need His Own Support Group

7 May
Florida Governor Ron DeSentis had an absolutely disastrous week. Between pushing the Big Lie and actively making it harder for Black and Brown people to vote, repeatedly treating his staff horribly, and trying to take credit for President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, we can imagine DeSantis is happy it’s Friday. 

DeSantis was shredded by the Sun Sentinel for his cowardly decision to sign another Jim Crow 2.0 bill, taking him to task as he “keeps revealing his thin skin.”

Sun Sentinel Editorial: “Gov. Ron DeSantis came to West Palm Beach Thursday to sign a flawed and needless overhaul of state election laws. Not one county election supervisor was in favor of it. Republican and Democratic supervisors alike called the changes unnecessary and predict problems at the polls and a lower voter turnout when DeSantis himself runs for re-election next year.”

Sun Sentinel Editorial: “America gets another revealing glimpse of life under the iron-fisted rule of DeSantis in Florida, a place where the doors are shut tight to anyone who might question his wisdom or challenge his authority. Reporters and TV crews didn’t miss much at the closed bill signing, but that’s not the point. Locking out the media is the latest sign of DeSantis’ authoritarian grip on governing the nation’s third-largest state. He increasingly acts like his role model, the tyrannical Donald Trump, who picked petty fights with news outlets and cherry-picked reporters who tossed softball questions. Like Trump, DeSantis keeps revealing his thin skin, and his willful attacks on the press are dangerous in a free society.”

The headlines from DeSantis’ bill signing couldn’t have been any worse.

Miami Herald: “Republicans get away with cheating in voting bill DeSantis signs on Fox News” | Opinion

Sun Sentinel: “Secretive DeSantis signs flawed voting law that courts should reject” | Editorial

CNN: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting bill”

NBC News: “Fla. becomes latest state to enact restrictive voting law as DeSantis signs bill on Fox News”

Washington Post: “Florida’s DeSantis signs new voting restrictions into law as Republicans rush to align with Trump’s false claims of fraud”

To make matters worse for DeSantis, new reports emerged that former DeSantis staff are so scarred by their time working for him, they have formed a support group for each other to trade stories about their experiences.

POLITICO Playbook: “Within six months of taking office as governor in 2019, DeSantis fired five staffers. One was a 23-year-old scheduler who’d been with him since the beginning of his gubernatorial race. Shortly after she was sent packing, an unnamed member of DeSantis’ administration was quoted in a Florida blog trashing her performance. A month later, his deputy chief of staff left, prompting Florida reporters to press him about the rapid churn in his operation. Another story relayed to us by five former staffers: At the beginning of his administration, DeSantis directed the Florida Republican Party leader to fire a party official who had cancer — on that person’s first week back from surgery. DeSantis often blames his staff for his own blunders, we’re told. After DeSantis went on Fox News in 2018 and implored Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by supporting his African American Democratic opponent for governor, he and his wife chewed out his campaign staff for not cleaning up the mess, according to three former staffers. Shortly after, DeSantis brought in a whole new group of advisers.”

The Hill: “A number of former staffers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) have reportedly formed a “support group” in which they reflect on their hardships and difficult experiences from their time working for the governor.”

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