Sunday, June 30, 2013
Game of Thrones
"The louder they scream, the more we know we're getting something done."
That's not a line from one of the bad guys on Game of Thrones. That's something that Texas Governor Rick Perry actually said this week about his own constituents -- the ones fighting for women's health.
He was referring to the sweeping anti-choice legislation that he's trying to ram through in the Texas state legislature -- legislation that was blocked earlier this week by a courageous group of legislators led by State Senator Wendy Davis -- which would have the effect of shutting down access to basic health care for many women across the state.
I don't understand how Rick Perry could look at what happened in the Texas state house this week -- where thousands of Texans gathered to support Wendy and her colleagues against this extreme anti-woman legislation -- and take it as a sign that he's doing a good job. But that's what we're up against.
A lot of people thought the Republicans would take a lesson from the loss we handed them last November -- I certainly hoped they would moderate their policies and rhetoric, especially towards women and other underrepresented groups.
But eight months later, they still look like the same party that talked about "binders full of women," the same party who said their "job is not to worry" about 47 percent of the American people, and the same party that talked about "legitimate rape."
The Republicans aren't becoming more reasonable -- if anything, they've become more extreme. And if we don't get serious now, they'll be in a good position to have major gains in federal and state offices across the country later this year and in the years to come.
I'm not willing to let that happen. I hope you aren't either, Automat.
There's a critical fundraising deadline at midnight tonight that will have a major impact on our ability to beat them at the polls. Please chip in $5 or more before then, and help support Democrats like Wendy Davis who are going to take it to Republicans like Rick Perry:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
P.S. -- Everything we fought for in last year's election is at stake right now. We can't wait for the next campaign to get going. Get started right now.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
This is important
There's never been as much distance -- at least since I've been alive -- between where the mainstream of the Republican Party is and the Democratic Party is.
It's a chasm. It's a gigantic chasm.
I'm not talking about the character or even the quality of the minds of the Republicans in Congress -- they're not bad guys. But they don't get it.
It's never been more important to elect and support Democrats who are going to have Barack's back, both in D.C. and across the country. Chip in $5 or more to do just that before tomorrow's fundraising deadline.
This isn't your father's Republican party.
When I asked several Republican senators after they voted against background checks, not one offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn't vote for them. But almost to a person, they said, "I don't want to take on Ted Cruz. I don't want to take on Rand Paul. They'll be in my district."
We need people in Washington who are going to listen to their constituents -- not to Ted Cruz. Help support Democrats before midnight tomorrow:
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The flat-earth society
Just this week, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to tackle climate change. And guess what? The climate-change deniers are already out in full force.
It's astounding to me that in 2013 there are still people who claim that climate change isn't real -- a viewpoint with no basis in scientific fact.
But because these people have the backing of powerful special interests, they've been able to control much of the conversation in Washington and halt progress on these critical issues. And while I hate to say it, if we don't act quickly to support the President, they might win again.
Will you stand up to climate-change deniers and stand with President Obama?
Under the President's plan, we have a real chance to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more sustainable future for our children, and our children's children. But it won't happen if we don't act.
I can guarantee you that this will be a big fight -- many Republicans will deny science and claim that "those liberals" are making it up. But you, me, and 97 percent of scientists know better -- climate change is real and we have to act now before it's too late.
As the President said, "we don't have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society." Stand up and fight today:
Democratic National Committee
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Supreme Court has just struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, giving tens of thousands of Americans the federal rights and protections that they've been unfairly denied for years.
It's just the latest step we've made in recent years toward a more equal country where people aren't treated differently because of who they love.
This progress wouldn't have happened without the hard work of activists and people like you -- and we won't finish the fight for equality unless we all step up and finish it.
Commit to standing with the Democrats who are fighting for equality today, and let's make sure we have more days like this to celebrate.
There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American.
For so many Americans, today's decision was personal -- just as it was when President Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, put in place hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, and established the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Of course there is more to do. But today's decision shows how the tide has turned in our favor. By coming together and supporting Democrats across the country who are fighting for equal rights at the federal and state levels, we can make real progress.
Please join me and fight for equal rights for every American:
Equality is not an aspiration, it's a destination we will reach together.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a keystone victory of the civil rights movement. American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.
And for decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America's citizens -- regardless of faith, color or creed.
Today's ruling by the Supreme Court striking down parts of this important law is more than a disappointment -- it's an injustice. But we can't let it discourage us or force us out of this fight.
There is so much more work we can do to ensure everyone has the right -- and the ability -- to vote. That's the work Democrats are doing every day.
Say you're with me and Democrats who are fighting to protect the right to vote for all Americans -- add your name today.
In the last few years, Republicans have dramatically stepped up their efforts to limit voting access. They've tried passing restrictive voter ID laws, cutting back early-voting hours, and eliminating same-day voter registration. The list goes on.
These threats are real. I'm sure you saw the images of long lines at the polls in Florida last November -- or heard about the voter ID laws Republicans tried to pass in Ohio and North Carolina.
The good news is that Democrats have organized and stopped many of these Republican attempts -- and we're going to continue to stand guard to stop future Republican attacks, and work to expand voting access state by state. Because a belief that our electoral system works best when all of our voices are heard is essential to who we are as Democrats.
We faced a setback with the Supreme Court's decision today, Automat. I can't sugarcoat that. But I hope you won't give up, because let me tell you -- I am most certainly not giving up.
Stand with Democrats who are fighting Republican attacks on voting rights:
Vice-Chair for Voter Registration and Participation
Democratic National Committee
Monday, June 24, 2013
What I'm focused on
I've run my last campaign -- something Michelle is very happy about.
All I am focused on is governing -- on making sure that our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was before I took office. And I need more members of Congress with that same attitude.
In under a week, Democrats across the country will face an important fundraising deadline -- and how much we raise in the next few days will go a long way toward determining whether or not our Democratic candidates are set up to succeed.
Chip in $5 or more to support Democrats who will stand with me and look out for you, not for special interests.
I want to make sure that we've got leaders who are looking out for all of us -- who are committed to growing this economy in a broad-based way for everybody so that every child in America can succeed -- no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what their last name is.
And in order for that to happen, I need you to be just as engaged as you were in 2012 and 2008, Automat.
The work we do now could determine whether or not we'll be able to finish what we started four years ago.
Chip in today to help elect Democrats who will finish the job:
Friday, June 21, 2013
A single vote
We have huge battles coming down the pike.
A single vote in Congress may determine the outcome of immigration reform.
A single vote may very well determine the next Supreme Court Justice.
A single vote could be the difference between whether we get to take a step forward on issues like preventing gun violence, protecting women's rights, or implementing Obamacare.
My good friend Ed Markey, who's running to fill John Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts, could be that vote -- and if he is, I know he'll do the right thing.
Chip in $5 or more to help us elect Democrats like Ed who will have Barack's back in the months and years to come.
I know and trust Ed. I'm absolutely confident that no matter what the pressures are, he'll vote his conscience and have the courage of his convictions.
We'd be lucky to have a person of his caliber in the Senate -- but we can't take any election for granted.
Don't wake up wondering if you could have done more. Chip in $5 right now:
Friday, June 14, 2013
A very bad day
Chances are, you or someone you know -- a son, daughter, friend, or spouse -- has a federal student loan.
And if Congress doesn't take action in the next couple weeks, they could have a very bad day on July 1st.
Federal student loan rates are scheduled to double on July 1st. President Obama and Democrats have a plan to keep this from happening, but Republicans in Congress aren't on board with it.
Millions of people will be affected by the outcome of this, so we wanted to give them a way to share their story.
Take a look at our new site, then add your voice to demand that Republicans in Congress work to keep student loan rates low.
If you have a student loan, take a second to share your story. And if you know one of the seven million Americans who could see their federal student loan rate double in a few weeks, tell them to go to democrats.org/DontDoubleMyRate and share their own story.
We fought the same fight last year, and because people like you stepped up, we won. Let's go do it again:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
Help support Democrats fighting for affordable education. Chip in $5 or more today.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I can't believe we're fighting about women's rights in 2013.
Since I was sworn in as a U.S. senator in January, Senate Republicans have voted twice against the Violence Against Women Act. They've voted against a woman's right to choose. And they've voted against access to birth control.
Each of these votes has been close, and I've seen firsthand how important it is to elect Democrats that women can count on -- not some of the time, but all of the time.
That's one of the reasons Democrats like First Lady Michelle Obama and I are working so hard for Ed Markey in the upcoming Massachusetts Senate special election. We need to win every race we can.
Help elect candidates like Ed Markey and add to the Democratic pro-women voices in the Senate -- chip in $5 or more now.
Throughout his career in public service, Ed has been a champion for women's rights. He's sponsored fair pay legislation, voted repeatedly to protect a woman's right to control her own body, and has a 100 percent positive rating from Planned Parenthood. Ed's been great!
It's up to Democrats to do everything we can to make sure that we don't lose the pro-choice votes we need in the Senate. Donate now to help Democrats like Ed Markey who protect choice represent us in the Senate:
Thank you for being a part of this,
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Saturday, June 08, 2013
We are at a crossroads in the fight for legal equality for LGBT people.
Forty-one years ago, when I filed the first bills in the history of Massachusetts to fight discrimination, none of us enjoyed any rights anywhere in the U.S. Today, we have a national inclusive hate crimes law; we have ended bias in the military; we are no longer denied security clearance; in several states, employment discrimination is banned; and many of us have been able to marry the person we love.
But most LGBT people don't have that right, and my marriage to Jim still lacks federal recognition. There is no national law banning job bias, and in most states, it is still legal to fire us because of who we are.
There is one major obstacle to our winning the fights that remain: the overwhelming opposition of the right-wing-dominated Republican Party. Four Republicans out of 280 in Congress support our right to marry. As long as Republicans control the U.S. House, no bill to end employment discrimination will ever be allowed to get a vote. We were able to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" only because for two years we had a Democratic House, Senate and president.
I wish the issue of LGBT legal equality was not partisan. I also wish I could eat more and not gain weight, but I've learned that acting on my wishes, when they're not realistic, has bad results.
Given that reality, keeping Democratic control of the Senate and regaining Democratic control of the House is the necessary condition for finally winning our fight.
But that won't happen without your help. I'm asking you to chip in $5 or more today to help elect Democrats who will finish the fight for equality:
There is no better way to ensure that we can take advantage of what I never expected to live to see -- the chance to drive a legal stake through the heart of that terrible prejudice that has tormented so many of us for so long.
Former Congressman Barney Frank
Friday, June 07, 2013
Stand with me
Soon after our first attempt at reducing gun violence was blocked by a minority of senators, I brought together advocates for this legislation and gave them a very clear message:
This fight is far from over.
If you're with me in the fight for common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence, let the Republicans in Congress know you're not backing down. Add your name right now.
Look, I've been in politics a long time now. And I've seen time and time again that real, lasting change isn't always immediate -- but as long as you don't give up, you can win battles that you never thought possible.
I have nothing but complete faith that Congress will pass meaningful gun laws that will save lives -- if we do everything we can to make it happen. When we band together to create change, we can win. And make no mistake, Automat, it's up to us to win this fight.
Let Republicans in Congress know that you're not done fighting for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence -- and that we won't stop until it's signed into law:
Let's do this,
Monday, June 03, 2013
Not very likely
Across the country there are young people with great big, new ideas for our country's future who are not very likely to find their way into politics.
A store clerk in Toledo who has terrific, fresh ideas for clean energy policy, but can't afford an unpaid internship to work for his senator. A student body president in Las Vegas who watches C-SPAN religiously, but doesn't see anyone who looks like her on the House floor.
Young people like these being handed an instruction manual and shown how to succeed in shaping their country? That's not a very likely story.
But then, a skinny guy with a name that was hard for most people to pronounce getting elected president of the United States was also an unlikely story -- until you decided to make it happen.
Democrats are looking to make some exciting things happen, and I'm asking you to chip in $5 or more in support.
This summer, 40 young people from underrepresented communities across the country will be flown to Washington, D.C. for the Hope Institute -- a crash course in political organizing, where they'll get to hear from seasoned campaign veterans and public servants, and gain the tools to help write the next great chapter in our nation's history.
And Democrats are picking up the tab, because we believe that helping to cultivate the next generation of Democratic leaders is worth investing in -- and because sometimes the same old story won't do.
This is something that means a lot. I hope you'll support this important work: