DNC on AAPI Heritage Month

4 May
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DNC Vice Chair Sen. Tammy Duckworth and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong released the following statement to commemorate AAPI Heritage Month:

“During AAPI Heritage Month, we celebrate the diverse fabric of the AAPI community and their invaluable contributions to America. From helping build this nation to influencing its culture, the AAPI community is an essential thread in the fabric of the United States. Over the last decade, the community has seen so many successes, growing representation in Congress from less than half a dozen to over twenty members, including two AAPI women in the Senate. 

“We cannot turn away from the increased physical, verbal and online attacks AAPI people have suffered over the course of the last year, spurred by hateful and xenophobic rhetoric that falsely blames them for the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate has no place in this country, and combating hatred against the AAPI community can and should be bipartisan. We applaud Congress for taking action, under the leadership of Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Grace Meng, and passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation that will help improve the federal government’s response to race-based violence against AAPI Americans.

“As Democrats, we know our nation’s diversity is our greatest strength. We must identify and root out systemic racism and xenophobia and give effective resources to law enforcement agencies to combat the growing number of attacks targeting the AAPI community. We must work with communities across the country to improve reporting of race-based violence and encourage prosecutors to hold perpetrators accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We will continue to stand in solidarity with AAPI communities across the country to end this senseless hate.”

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America Credits Biden for Reaching Across the Aisle, Republicans for Gridlock

3 May
As the Republican Party spent another weekend tearing itself apart and doubling down on opposition to popular parts of the American Jobs Plan, Americans recognize one thing: President Biden is taking the country in a positive direction, and he’s actually reaching across the aisle, despite Republicans’ best efforts to block him. 

ABC News: Country optimistic after Biden’s 1st 100 days: POLL

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) are optimistic about the direction of the country in the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel.
  • The last time the country came close to that level of optimism about the coming year was in December 2006, when 61% said they were optimistic about where the country was headed, according to previous ABC News/Washington Post polls.
  • In his address before a joint session of Congress this week, he outlined unprecedented investments for his core priorities, while standing undeterred by sharp Republican resistance. And the Democratic Party appears united behind him: 90% of Democrats approved of his job performance in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
  • A slim majority of Americans (51%) in the new survey think Biden is compromising about the right amount with congressional Republican leaders on the most pressing issues. 
  • Republican leaders are viewed more adversely, however. Two-thirds of Americans view GOP leaders in Congress as doing too little to compromise with Biden.
  • Biden, for his part, is outperforming his predecessor on this measure. More than half of the country (56%) thought Trump was doing too little to compromise with Democrats in an ABC News/Washington Post poll from September 2017. Meanwhile, current Republican leaders in Congress are slightly underperforming their Democratic counterparts in the Trump era, when 60% of Americans said the Democrats weren’t doing enough to compromise with Trump.
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IN THE STATES: From Scranton to Seattle, Americans Are Crediting President Biden with Getting U.S. Back on Track in First 100 Days

30 Apr
This week, as President Biden marked his 100th day in office, the Democratic National Committee launched a billboard campaign across the country, anchored in the president’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. State parties across the country highlighted how the Biden-Harris administration has already delivered on its commitment to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror with vaccines in arms, checks in hands, and more than one million jobs created since he took office. And Americans across the country read about how the American Families Plan will invest in their kids and families and enable those who dropped out of the workforce – particularly the approximately two million women who left due to COVID-19 – to rejoin and stay in the workforce.

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

The Democratic National Committee unveiled an updated billboard campaign across the country and a new billboard in President Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania to thank the president for getting America back on track. 

 

  • POLITICO: California Playbook: FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: With President Biden marking his 100th day in office this week, the Democratic National Committee has decided to unveil a high profile, celebratory billboard in Los Angeles thanking him “for putting America back on track.’’
  • Colorado Politics: DNC billboard boosts Biden as administration’s 100-day mark nears
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Just in time for Joe Biden’s visit, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new billboard near Hartsfield-Jackson airport thanking the president for putting the nation “back on track.”
  • WMUR: NH Primary Source: DNC Manchester billboard updated with pro-Biden COVID-19 vaccine, jobs message
  • Cleveland.com: On board: As part of their continuing campaign to hype Democratic President Joe Biden and the coronavirus recovery plan across the U.S., the Democratic National Committee is up with another billboard near the Cleveland airport. This one touts Biden’s first 100 days in office, boosting his achieved goals for vaccines and increased stimulus checks for the public.
  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: DNC unveils Biden billboard in Scranton; updates one in Luzerne County
  • Kiro7: DNC puts up billboard in Seattle thanking President Biden for work during first 100 days
  • Wisconsin Examiner: DNC ad campaign puts Biden’s face on his administration’s early victories

On press calls and in op-eds, local Democratic leaders touted President Biden’s accomplishments in his first 100 days, and discussed what his policies mean for their own communities. 

  • In Florida: Florida PoliticsFlorida Democrats in Congress celebrate Joe Biden’s speech, first 100 days
  • In Georgia: WSB-TVPresident Biden thanks Georgians during rally to celebrate first 100 days in office
  • In Minnesota: Duluth News Tribune: Biden 100 days in / DFL Chairman’s View: America already getting back on track
  • In Nevada: Nevada Independent: Biden, Nevada congressional Democrats tout accomplishments, push for next $1.8 trillion plan
  • In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: People ‘feel like life is worth living again’: Pa. biz owners look to promises, challenges post-pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee

Across the country, people are reading about how President Biden’s American Families Plan would grow the middle class by investing in our kids, our families, and our economic future.

  • In Arizona: KNXV-TV: Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’
  • In Florida: WFLAPresident Biden proposes 2 years free community college
  • In Georgia: WSB-TV: President pitches American Families Plan that would extend child tax credits, free community college
  • In Illinois: WREX: Rockford workforce leaders say Biden’s American Families plan will help women get back to work
  • In Mississippi: WLBT: Potential impacts of American Families Plan for child care in Mississippi
  • In New YorkKIMT3: AMERICAN FAMILIES PLAN COULD MAKE RCTC TUITION FREE
  • In Wisconsin: CBS58: Biden’s American Families Plan fills gaps in education system
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GET YOUR POPCORN: Republican Civil War Rages On

30 Apr
If it’s a day that ends in -y you can guarantee there’s a story about Republicans ripping each other apart as they struggle to find a message — and this week wasn’t any different. 

Here’s a small reminder of the awful week Republicans had, and that’s not including the local pressnational press, and late night comedians ripping Republicans for touting President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that they all voted against.

First there was this, 

Reuters: “Trump lashes out at McConnell again, saying Republicans need new leadership”

And then this,

Vanity Fair: MITCH MCCONNELL TRADES DONALD TRUMP IN FOR A YOUNGER, SKINNIER MODEL

But maybe there’s hope here…

New York Times: “Pence, in his first speech since leaving office, speaks fondly of Trump.”

Nevermind!

Politico: “Mike Pence reemerges. But Trumpworld is moving on.”

And don’t you forget about the clown show brought to you by Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans:

Politico: “Matt Gaetz is going on tour. With Marjorie Taylor Greene… Together, they plan to attack Democrats and call out Republicans they deem as insufficiently loyal to former President Donald Trump.”

Politico: “McCarthy and Cheney worlds apart after Florida retreat”

CNN: “McCarthy on Cheney’s fitness for leadership: ‘That’s a question for the conference’”

What a year this week has been for the Republican Party… Can’t keep up? That’s okay, neither can they. 

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BACK ON TRACK: Americans Across the Country Are Hearing About President Biden’s Success In First 100 Days

29 Apr

Last night, President Biden laid out a vision and goals to build on the progress we have made since he took office and address the challenges still facing our country. In just 100 days, President Biden and Democrats have delivered for the American people and acted to get America back on track by delivering much-needed help to families, rescuing and rebuilding our economy, and vaccinating America to beat this pandemic. And people across the country are hearing about it.

Here’s a look at what voters across the country have been reading — and seeing — as President Biden marks his 100th day in office:

In Pennsylvania:

  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: DNC unveils Biden billboard in Scranton; updates one in Luzerne County

  • Indiana Gazette: DeLoreto joins Casey for “Back on Track” event marking Biden’s first 100 days

In Arizona:

  • Arizona Mirror: Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a plan for prosperity in Arizona

In Colorado:

  • Colorado Democratic Party: POTUS SPEECH REACTION: Colorado Dems Hail Biden’s Vision to Support Families, Rebuild Infrastructure

In Georgia:

  • Augusta Chronicle: Guest column: Workers are the heart of small business. ARP is helping keep them fully employed.

In Indiana:

  • WISH TV: Democrats praise Biden, Republicans question legislation and executive orders after first 100 days in office

In Minnesota:

  • Star-Tribune: For Minnesota, more child care, education resources under latest Biden proposal

  • Minnesota DFL Party: Biden Created More Jobs in First Two Months Than Any President in History

In New Hampshire:

  • WMUR: NH Primary Source: NH Democrats praise Biden’s first 100 days, push back on Christie, GOP criticism

In North Carolina:

  • Fox46: Previewing the Presidential Address: Local leaders react to Biden taking center stage

  • Fayetteville Observer: Biden plan and clean energy can be ‘economic shot in the arm’ for NC and America

In Nevada

  • Nevada Independent: Biden, Nevada congressional Democrats tout accomplishments, push for next $1.8 trillion plan

  • Nevada Current: Biden calls for ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation

In Ohio:

In Texas: 

In Virginia:

In Wisconsin:

  • WXPR: WI Lawmaker: Biden Climate Plans Help Ag, Clean-Job Training

  • Wisconsin State Journal: Biden’s free community college plan could steer more students to Wisconsin tech colleges

 

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Reviews Are In: While President Biden Demonstrates Leadership, Senator Tim Scott Delivers Partisan Speech

29 Apr

Last night, President Biden delivered a powerful joint address highlighting how far we’ve come in the first 100 days of his administration and laid out a bold plan to create millions of jobs and get America back on track. After President Biden left viewers with hope and optimism, Senator Tim Scott took to the national stage to parrot GOP talking points, sow division, and spread falsehoods. 

President Biden’s speech was overwhelmingly popular with the American people, who agree it was incredibly optimistic and focused on how he is delivering for them.

CNN: “CNN Poll: 7 in 10 who watched say Biden’s speech left them feeling optimistic”

CBS: “CBS News poll: Most viewers approve of Biden’s speech”

NBC: “’On the move’: Biden urges Congress to turn ‘crisis’ into ‘opportunity’”

Americans across the country woke up to front pages in their local papers highlighting President Biden’s optimistic and bold speech. 


Senator Tim Scott, on the other hand, delivered a speech filled with falsehoods and an out-of-touch message – reminiscent of today’s Republican Party.

HuffPost: “Nicolle Wallace Rips Tim Scott’s Rebuttal: ‘From A Planet Where Facts Don’t Matter’”

Matthew Yglesias: “So much of Tim Scott’s speech was geared to rebutting a Biden address on structural racism that he didn’t deliver and obviously wasn’t going to deliver — latest example of GOP elites getting high on their own supply.”

DeRay Mckesson: “Tim Scott was just inducted into the gaslighting hall of fame.”

Wanda Sykes: “Tim Scott should’ve just said, ‘I’m good.’”

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BIDEN BOOM: Economy Beginning To Roar Back Despite Republicans’ Best Efforts to Stop It

29 Apr

Thanks to President Biden and the leadership of Democrats who helped to speed up vaccine distribution and put money in the pockets of Americans to keep businesses open, put food on the table and pay the bills, our economy is beginning an incredible comeback, despite every effort from congressional Republicans to block it. 

Under President Biden’s leadership, the economy is recovering quickly and is expected to grow at a historically high rate thanks to the American Rescue Plan.

Associated Press: “Powered by consumers, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk 6.4% annual rate last quarter — a show of strength fueled by government aid and declining viral cases that could drive further gains as the nation rebounds with unusual speed from the pandemic recession.”

Wall Street Journal: “Households, armed with hundreds of billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, drove the first-quarter surge in output by shelling out more for cars, bicycles, furniture and other big-ticket goods, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. The recovery accelerated in the first quarter as more people received a Covid-19 vaccine, states and cities lifted business restrictions, and stimulus payments landed in bank accounts.”

Associated Press: “Economists say that widespread vaccinations, the reopening of more businesses, a huge infusion of federal spending and healthy job gains should help sustain steady growth. For 2021 as a whole, they expect the economy to expand close to 7%, which would mark the fastest calendar-year growth since 1984. A major reason for the brightening expectations is the record-level spending that is poised to flow into the economy. A $1.9 trillion package that President Joe Biden got through Congress in March provided, among other rescue aid, $1,400 stimulus payments to most adults.”

For the third successive week, jobless claims hit a pandemic-era low last week as more and more Americans are getting back to work.

Associated Press: “The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 13,000 last week to 553,000, the lowest level since the pandemic hit last March and another sign the economy is recovering from the coronavirus recession.”

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FLASHBACK: Tim Scott Lied In Response To Trump’s 2020 National Address To Congress

29 Apr

Ahead of tonight’s response from Senator Tim Scott, we wanted to remind you how, just over a year ago, Senator Scott was peddling falsehoods in his 2020 response to Trump’s State Of The Union.

That 2020 address was the last time Scott issued a response for the Republican Party. He lied over and over again to cover for Donald Trump’s failed leadership that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives and an economic recession. 

Tonight, we can expect more of the same. 

SCOTT’S LIE: “Thanks to tax reform, American families are keeping more of their hard-earned dollars at home.”

THE TRUTH: The majority of the tax cuts went to the top 1% and big corporations while working families got left behind. 

Vox: “By 2027, more than half of all Americans — 53 percent — would pay more in taxes under the tax bill agreed to by House and Senate Republicans, a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center finds. That year, 82.8 percent of the bill’s benefit would go to the top 1 percent, up from 62.1 under the Senate bill.”

CBS News: “Two years after Trump tax cuts, middle-class Americans are falling behind”

SCOTT’S LIE: “President Trump’s help on my Opportunity Zones initiative is uplifting our most vulnerable Americans.”

THE TRUTH: Trump and Scott’s Opportunity Zones helped the well-connected, but did little to help vulnerable communities.

New York Times: “A new tax break that President Trump frequently touts as a boon to black Americans and hard-hit communities is spurring relatively little job creation while disproportionately helping high-profit real estate projects and not small businesses, an extensive new study by the Urban Institute has found.”

SCOTT’S LIE: “Entrepreneurship is booming and we’re seeing more small businesses throughout the Palmetto State. At the national level, we can see new projects creating anywhere from hundreds to thousands of jobs for folks in underserved communities.”

THE TRUTH: The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses, leaving millions of Americans unemployed, while the Trump administration failed to help small businesses in underserved communities.

Brookings: “Many hundreds of thousands of small businesses—and the
millions of jobs they are responsible for—are gone.”

NPR: “But a new report from the Small Business Administration’s inspector general found that businesses owned by people of color may not have received loans as intended under the Paycheck Protection Program. There was no evidence, the report said, that the SBA told lenders to prioritize business owners in ‘underserved’ markets, including business owners of color — something the CARES Act had specifically instructed the SBA to do.”

SCOTT’S LIE: “It is clear that our nation is moving in the right direction, and it is so important that we move forward from the division of the past few weeks and months.”

THE TRUTH: Trump had just fueled the nation’s division with his State of the Union address as his failed response to the pandemic was about to send the country into a tailspin.

CNN: “Trump makes dazzling, divisive reelection pitch in State of the Union”

New York Times: “Yet even with all of these problems, one country stands alone, as the only affluent nation to have suffered a severe, sustained outbreak for more than four months: the United States.”

SCOTT’S LIE: “President Trump is winning for the American people and our country couldn’t be in a better place than right now.”

THE TRUTH: At the time of this speech, President Trump was knowingly downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic, tweeting on February 5: “Only 5 people in U.S., all in good recovery.”

New York Times: “Trump Admits Downplaying the Virus Knowing It Was ‘Deadly Stuff’”

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Declaración del DNC sobre las inversiones electorales de medio término 2022

28 Apr

En declaraciones realizadas en el Club Nacional de Prensa hace unos momentos, el presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata (DNC), Jaime Harrison, anunció la primera fase de inversiones del comité para el ciclo de 2022. El DNC jugará un papel más importante que nunca durante las elecciones de medio término y pondrá su dinero a trabajar temprano para duplicar el tiempo que los programas del DNC tienen para involucrar a los votantes.

El DNC invertirá $20 millones en estados mucho antes de que comiencen las elecciones de 2022. Nuestras inversiones se enfocarán en los principales objetivos electorales de 2022, muchos de los cuales sientan las bases para la elección de 2024.

  • Como parte de esta inversión, el DNC lanzará el más grande programa de protección del voto en su historia. El DNC contratará a personal enfocados en la protección del voto en estados críticos como: Arizona, Michigan, Carolina del Norte, Nevada y Pensilvania – finalmente financiará a decenas de personal de protección del voto en todo el país en 2022.

  • En estados competitivos como Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Carolina del Norte, Pensilvania y Wisconsin, invertiremos millones en la distribución temprana para programas de organización y financiaremos a personal de comunicaciones. Nuestra principal prioridad será levantar las voces de nuestra base y ayudar a definir localmente los logros demócratas.

  • Construiremos sobre los esfuerzos de organización virtual exitosos del 2020. Contamos con más de 200,000 voluntarios activos en línea que comenzaremos a desplegar en las elecciones de 2021 (Virginia, Nueva Jersey, elecciones especiales, etc.) y reincorporamos a los votantes temprano para expandir la coalición de Biden en 2022.

  • Ya empezamos a invertir en campañas importantes. En Virginia, donde nos concentramos en mantener el control de la Cámara de Delegados y mantener a un demócrata en la mansión del gobernador, hicimos una inversión de seis cifras para ayudar a lanzar el “VA Turnout Project”, una base importante para la campaña coordinada de la elección general. Estos fondos fortalecerán los esfuerzos de organización en distritos específicos de la Cámara de Delegados, al mismo tiempo que ayudarán a construir un flujo de talento diverso: el equipo de Virginia tiene un 57% de una fuerza laboral diversa con una amplia representación de personal afroamericano, asiáticoamericano y latino.

  • Invertiremos más dinero en nuestra estrategia de 50-estados. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyar a cada partido estatal, así como a cada comité electoral de nuestro partido.

  • También estamos reimaginando la organización de coaliciones; Tradicionalmente, las campañas comienzan con un programa a nivel estatal y agregan trabajo de coaliciones al final de la elección; en cambio, vamos a comenzar con las coaliciones y organizar en todo el estado a partir de ahí. Desarrollar e impulsar tácticas de organización relacional en el terreno desde cero, en lugar de hacerlo de arriba hacia abajo.

  • Continuaremos invirtiendo en nuestro equipo de tecnología, con la mayor inversión en la historia del DNC, para impulsar la infraestructura innovadora y a largo plazo necesaria para ganar las elecciones, y que beneficiará al ecosistema demócrata con herramientas, tecnología, datos, análisis y más.

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YIKES: Republicans Touting American Rescue Plan After Opposing It

28 Apr
Republicans are back at it again, touting a key part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and hoping voters forget that they fought the bill every step of the way and all voted against delivering help for families. 

“Leave it to Republicans to talk up a program they voted against. President Biden and Democrats delivered for millions of Americans, helping them put food on the table, keep their businesses open, and pay the bills — no thanks to Republicans, including Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Beth Van Duyne. -DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa

Representatives Van Duyne and Hererra Beutler both voted against the American Rescue Plan.

 

 

Yet now they are both hypocritically touting a key part of the American Rescue Plan. 

 


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