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"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence"

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As I said in this post, for medical reasons (and unfortunately, more have arisen) I have to cut back, so I'll be posting much less often. This is one of those times when I felt compelled to jump in, because this is positive news, something we all need to jolt us out of our constant state of frustration with Washington DC.

It comes via the Los Angeles Times in an article that explores the recent move by Senate Democrats that changed the filibuster rules:

After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration."

I understand but disagree. In a sense, it is time for celebration. We can celebrate the recent infusion of a few stiffer spines to the Democratic party, as in: not caving on the GOP government shutdown fiasco.

And we can celebrate the Democrats actually acting on their more-than-justified, long overdue resolve to end filibusters against most presidential nominations. Kudos Dems, you threw cold water all over the endless sabotage by Senate Republicans and their incessant obstruction that created a dysfunctional, do-nothing government. Or as I like to call it, Democracy Demolition.

Now it looks like there's more good news in our future:

Next on their agenda is extending the filibuster rule change from presidential appointments to legislation, which would enable the Senate to move on issues including gun control and climate change. [...]

"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence in the caucus, and in government in general," said Matt Wall of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that works to promote progressive candidates and issues in Democratic primaries. On Friday, Warren circulated a fundraising letter to supporters on behalf of Merkley and Udall, thanking them for their role in changing the rule.

So yes, there are a few positive outcomes after the years and years of blocking, dirty tricks, and efforts to derail and destroy President Obama and the Democratic agenda. Hopefully, a gobsmacked GOP is getting a taste of things to come.

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Poll-itics: So much for NRA and GOP popularity.

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Public Policy Polling has a few new polls out today. Here's a sample, but please link over to their site for more:

...PPP's newest national poll finds more voters consider [an NRA] endorsement to be a negative than a positive. 39% say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had the NRA's support to just 26% who say they'd be more likely to, with 32% saying it wouldn't influence them one way or the other. Among independents 41% consider an NRA endorsement to be a turn off to 27% who say it's a plus. In general 53% of voters say they support stricter gun laws in the country [...]

We continue to find voters more reluctant to identify themselves as Republicans after the party's loss in November. Our final pre-election poll found Democrats with a 2 point party identification advantage at 39/37. Our three national surveys since the election have found it at 44/32, 43/34, and 42/33. Democratic identification is up an average of 4 points since the election and Republican identification is down by an average of 4 points.

So the NRA and the GOP are pretty much in the toidy. Works for me.

Full results here.

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The Voter Empowerment Act to be reintroduced by House and Senate Dems

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TPM has brought something very important to our attention, especially in light of all the voter suppression and attempts at voter suppression that occurred last November:

House Democrats, including civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, are reintroducing a bill that would expand early voting as well as online and same day voter registration.

Ex-felons would have the right to vote, but not felons serving prison terms during an election.

Additionally, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing a companion bill in the Senate.

Read it and learn the meaning of democracy, integrity and honor, GOP. If this makes any headway, which it would if Republicans actually believed in fair and honest elections, they'll have to rely more on their sneaky, despicable little gerrymandering schemes.

Subtitle A—Promoting Internet Registration
SEC. 101. REQUIRING AVAILABILITY OF INTERNET FOR VOTER REGISTRATION.

  • Amends the NVRA to require the availability of online application, assistance, completion, submission, and receipt of voter registration applications.
  • Allows online signature through use of state agency databases, submitting a supplemental paper copy, or other state-established means.
  • Permits individuals to submit an application using postage-free mail.
  • Requires that services be provided in a nonpartisan manner.
  • Requires the protection of all information provided online.
  • Allows states to use a telephone-based system that provides the same services as are available online.
  • Requires that voters registered online be treated the same as those registered by mail.

SEC. 102. USE OF INTERNET TO UPDATE REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

  • Allows registered voters to update their registration information online.
  • Mandates that States implement necessary security measures to prevent unauthorized changes to voters’ registration information.
  • Requires State to send receipt of registration update.

SEC. 103. PROVISION OF ELECTION INFORMATION BY ELECTRONIC MAIL TO INDIVIDUALS REGISTERED TO VOTE.

  • Adds a space to voter registration form for applicant to provide email address
  • Restricts the use of voter’s email address to official election purposes only
  • Requires that voters who provide an email address be sent an email not later than 7 days before an election including the name and address of the polling pace, the hours of operation, and a description of any identification required

SEC 104. CLARIFICATION OF REQUIREMENT REGARDING NECESSARY INFORMATION TO SHOW ELIGIBILITY.

  • State shall consider an applicant to have provided a valid voter registration form if the applicant accurately completes the application and attestation and, in the case of online registration, the applicant provides a signature.

SEC. 105. EFFECTIVE DATE.

  • Subtitle takes effect on January 1, 2014.

Subtitle B—Automatic Registration of Certain Individuals
SEC. 111. AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION.

  • Mandates that all NVRA voter registration agencies send the name, date of birth, residential address, mailing address, electronic signature and the date of the last change to the information to the chief election officer of each person that has received services, appears eligible to vote, and has not declined to register to vote.
  • Requires this list be sent daily.
  • If a person on the list is not currently registered, the chief election officer verifies eligibility, registers the person to vote, and notifies the person of their registration.
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Wisconsin Dems aren’t waiting around, already taking aggressive steps to defeat Walker, regain Senate in 2014

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Wisconsin Democrats are no dummies. They're not sitting around and waiting until six months before the 2014 elections to get off their hineys to start an "unprecedented" statewide organizing strategy, nosireebob.

Via the LaCrosse Tribune:

Starting later next month the party plans to put people on the ground in an effort to build on the momentum of the 2012 presidential race and to address what the party chairman called “underperformance” in state legislative races. [...]

[Party Chairman Mike Tate] said the effort — expected to cost about $500,000 a year — is geared toward defeating Gov. Scott Walker, regaining control of the state Senate and making gains in the heavily GOP-controlled Assembly. [...]

“We’re not going to beat Scott Walker on money,” Tate said. “But we believe people are on our side.”

Tate went on to say that their goal is attainable. We do know one thing: It's far more attainable with aggressive plans like these. If only Democrats in every state had this much energy, foresight, and ability to aim high and follow through.

We can't afford to lose in 2014, in state elections nor nationally, especially considering all the dirty tricks the GOP has been pulling. Even smaller local elections are important, so heads up, Dems. Follow Wisconsin's lead.

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Party sources: Democrats are set to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history

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Via email alert:

POLITICO Breaking News

Democrats are set to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm to POLITICO. The language was approved unanimously by a platform draft committee and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

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VIDEO: Watch this and get inspired: What will you do to make sure we beat Mitt Romney?

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Make it happen, Dems. Get out the vote, volunteer, help with registration, provide rides to places of registration and to the polls, make calls, go door to door, and make sure Willard M. Romney loses by a landslide, especially considering all the voter suppression, Obama hatred, and big money out there.

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Volunteer: http://OFA.BO/vHX563
Donate: http://OFA.BO/vkHygk

There are only 100 days until Election Day. What will you do to make sure we keep moving forward and not back?

Help build this campaign by making a donation: http://OFA.BO/vkHygk
Sign up to volunteer at events in your community: http://OFA.BO/vHX563

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Poll-itics: Finally! Democrats ahead in congressional ballot!

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A welcome post-ette from Taegan:

For the first time in about two-and-a-half years, a national Rasmussen survey finds Democrats leading Republicans in the generic congressional ballot, 41% to 40%.

Rasmussen is a conservative-leaning polling group, which makes the results that much more encouraging.

Let's hope we can build momentum from this poll forward.

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