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Recipe for chaos: 2020 election threatens to snap a US already pushed to the limit

David Smith

Neil Sroka, spokesperson for the progressive group Democracy for America, said: “Donald Trump has his fingers on the levers of power and is clearly manoeuvring them in every way possible, legal and arguably illegal, to try to secure a narrow victory in November.”

“The threat of voter suppression is very real. We’re already seeing robo calls going out in places like Pennsylvania that dissuade people from voting early or voting absentee or putting out misinformation.”
 

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Democrats urge Biden to resist filibuster, court-packing calls

By Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes - 09/22/20 08:03 PM EDT

Neil Sroka, a strategist for the progressive group Democracy for America, says Democrats need to use the GOP’s move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy to push for all manner of reforms, including “right-sizing” the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster, reforming the Electoral College and moving on statehood for the District of Columbia.

But he said Biden taking a side on adding justices to the Supreme Court would only move the debate onto the GOP’s preferred terrain.

“Republicans want to avoid accountability for this blatantly hypocritical power grab by changing the discussion to what Democrats would do in response,” Sroka said. “Joe Biden shouldn’t get bogged down in these details.”

Sroka said that when Biden is asked about adding justices to the Supreme Court, he should talk in broad terms about how as president he’d work with congressional leaders to support legislation to ensure the country is not ruled by a “minority of reactionary extremists.”

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It will shift the focus'

By David Sherfinski

Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America, said Mr. Biden correctly steered the conversation back to what Republicans are trying to do rather than Democratic reaction.

“Biden is right to re-center on what the actual issue is right now, which is what the Republican majority in the Senate and Donald Trump seem intent on doing in less than 40 days before an election,” Mr. Sroka said.

He said the only mistake Mr. Biden could make is unequivocally ruling out more seats.

“That would miss the moment,” he said. “I don’t think it really matters what Joe Biden’s position is as long as he recognizes the moment that we’re in.”
Some Democrats see the politics differently.

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Markey won the Senate seat, but AOC can claim victory

Michael Graham

“Sen. Ed Markey’s win in this race was the perfect capstone to a 2020 primary season packed with transformative progressive victories that underscore the simple fact that progressive voters and leaders are and will continue to be the future of the Democratic Party in the years ahead,” Yvette Simpson, CEO of the far-left group Democracy for America said.`

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Democrats back away from quick reversal of Trump tax cuts

Alexander Bolton

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal political action committee, said waiting to raise taxes on the rich is a “terrible idea.”

“Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve seen billionaires make $600 billion since March while the minimum wage hasn’t been raised in over 10 years,” he said. “I think the billionaires and millionaires, they have benefited from the [Trump] tax cuts and many of them have benefited from the pandemic itself.

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Will DNC's olive branch to Republicans keep progressives from the polls?: ANALYSIS

ABC News

"Fmr. Governor Kasich and Secretary Powell are not only irrelevant in the Republican Party, but their presence at the Democratic convention is also a slap in the face to anyone who believes our party needs to be crystal clear about where we stand on abortion rights, organized labor, marriage equality, the threat of guns in our communities, police brutality against black people and the greatest foreign policy disaster in a generation," said Yvette Simpson, CEO of Democracy for America and an ABC contributor, in a statement.

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Warren touts Biden's plans - drawn from her own - to animate ...

Jess Bidgood

“The risk is that they’re seen — and what they’re saying on the stage — is seen as a middle finger to the people that the Democratic Party are going to rely on to make the phone calls, to send the text messages, to contribute the small dollar donations,” Neil Sroka, of the progressive group Democracy for America, said of the Republicans featured at the convention.

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The dam is breaking on playing in primary battles

MELANIE ZANONA & HEATHER CAYGLE

“What we’re seeing right now is the Democratic establishment really being honest in public about what they’re doing. What’s not a change is them taking sides in primaries — they have long done it for years and years and years, they’ve just been more private about it,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America.

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Sanders-AOC alliance puts stamp on Democratic convention, platform

Paul Steinhauser

Neil Sroka, communications director for the progressive group Democracy for America, acknowledged that “there are people that are really disappointed in how the primary came out and there are certainly going to be a number of restive elements among Bernie Sanders delegates.”

But Sroka, a locally elected official in Michigan and 2020 convention delegate who supported Sanders in this year’s nomination race, said that unlike in 2016, now “it’s very clear that the future of the Democratic Party is continuing to move in a progressive direction” and added that “Biden has underscored this by calling himself a ‘transitional’ president – that gives progressives much more room to feel like they have a stake in this party.”

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Progressives seethe as Democratic convention ignores Supreme Court

Kevin Robillard & Daniel Marans

“It was a missed opportunity and one that was likely rooted in the convention's misplaced focus on wooing disaffected Republicans and so-called moderates,” Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the progressive group Democracy For America, said.

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Obama, in scathing Trump rebuke, warns democracy on the line

JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief

“When you think about folks who have the capacity to really unify us, there are only a few people,” said Yvette Simpson, chief executive of Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee. “Certainly Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are among them.” “That’s the guy we remember from the election of 2008,” Simpson said. “It encouraged me that he might be the guy that pulls Joe Biden along a little bit.”

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DNC 2020 Live: Former Democratic rivals for president rally behind Biden

Adam Kelsey

Democracy for America CEO and ABC News Contributor Yvette Simpson says progressives "are going to have our voices heard, that (DNC) platform is not a progressive platform," but adds that Democrats "will have our family fight once we get rid of Donald Trump."

She added that "a lot of people" were unenthusiastic about Sen. Kamala Harris as Biden's pick for running mate, but the president's comments on the U.S. Postal Service may motivate them nonetheless.

"Donald Trump is actually helping motivate and rile up our folks more than Joe Biden is right now," she said on ABC News Live.

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DNC 2020 Day 3: Kamala Harris accepts VP nomination, Obama slams Trump's failures

LIBBY CATHEY

Simpson: Progressives frustrated at lack of focus on issues

Ahead of the start of night three of the DNC, Democracy for America CEO and ABC News Contributor Yvette Simpson addressed frustrations by progressives that they are "the only ones talking about issues."

"Why is the Democratic Party, the party of the people, not using their convention to talk about how we're going to serve our people?" she asked.

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Joe Biden's running mate - none will satisfy all sections of the party

Daniel Strauss

“The campaign needs to show progressives across this country that he recognizes that the future of the party is with progressives and the only way to do that is by choosing a really strong progressive to be his vice-presidential candidate,” said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of the progressive Democracy for America outside group.

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Just How Far Will Joe Biden Go?

Michelle Cottle

“He’s not listening to the folks he needs to listen to,” said Yvette Simpson, who leads the political action committee Democracy for America.

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Chris Christie Defends Trump Sending Federal Agents to Cities

Josh Feldman

Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson said that “Portland looks like a war zone” and “authoritarian” right now, arguing, “And the idea that you’re trying to protect structures by destroying bodies of people who are protesting — you have moms on the front line. People are showing up with bruises.”

“This is not about public safety. This is about scaring people into believing that our country needs this kind of intervention. We do not,” she added.

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Trump's 2020 strategy: paint Joe Biden as a puppet for the 'radical left'

David Smith in Washington

Neil Sroka, a spokesperson for Democracy for America, a political action committee that endorsed Sanders in the Democratic primary, said: “The realigning of the left and centre has actually already happened. Joe Biden, if he wins in November, will be elected on the most progressive agenda a Democrat has ever been elected on in the history of the country. Period. End of story. “The movement behind Senator Sanders in 2016 and the response to Trump and the movement that grew behind Senator Sanders again in 2020 has fundamentally altered the trajectory of the Democratic party in a way that’s hard to really grasp looking at it from where we were in January 2015.”

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Omar rallies to fight back against primary challenge

By Jonathan Easley - 07/17/20 05:26 AM EDT

“While right-wing interests funneling millions into her opponent's campaign are willing to do anything and say anything to stop her, we're confident that voters in Minnesota's 5th district will stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar in this primary just as she's always stood with them,” said Neil Sroka, a strategist with the progressive group Democracy for America, which is working to get Omar reelected.

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Kanye West's Chances Of Winning Presidency Same As 'An Extraterrestrial's - Election Expert Explains

Samantha Wilson

“After the 2016 election, one has to seriously contemplate the possibility of just about anything,” Neil concluded, referencing Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. “But the chances of winning an Independent bid that hasn’t started until the Fourth of July is equivalent to an extraterrestrial being winning the presidential contest. Anything is possible. I mean, I could get struck by lightning on a cloudless day, I suppose.”

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Fans Think Kim Kardashian West Is Supporting Kanye West's Campaign 'for the Wrong Reasons'

Tram Anh Ton Nu

According to Neil Sroka, Communications Director of the political action group Democracy For America, West is not a viable candidate by any means.

Sroka told Hollywood Life, “The odds of being able to win as an Independent candidate for president are very long even under the best of circumstances, for a variety of reasons. The idea of trying to launch something in July of an election year is beyond absurd. That’s the long and short of it: logistically, it is very, very difficult for an Independent to run a campaign, even if they had been planning this for years.”

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Kanye West's Chances Of Winning Presidency Same As 'An Extraterrestrial's - Election Expert Explains

Samantha Wilson

Neil Sroka, Communications Director of Democracy For America, a political action group that helps elect people of color and white progressives into office, explains why it would be so difficult for a candidate like Kanye to win the presidency on a campaign started just four months before the election. “It’s just to say, the odds of being able to win as an Independent candidate for president are very long even under the best of circumstances, for a variety of reasons,” Neil said. “The idea of trying to launch something in July of an election year is beyond absurd. That’s the long and short of it: logistically, it is very, very difficult for an Independent to run a campaign, even if they had been planning this for years.”

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Joe Biden used to predict a post-Trump GOP 'epiphany.' Now he doesn't.

Sahil Kapur

“At the heart of my concern about VP Biden has been that he continues to want to deal with Republicans like he's in the Senate in 1982,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy For America, a progressive activist group that supported Bernie Sanders for president. “He still has this very flawed corporate Dem understanding of the path towards compromise.”

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After losing big on Super Tuesday, Texas progressives hope to salvage some victories in July

Alex Samuels

But progressives reject the idea that a more centrist candidate would be a more successful candidate in swing districts across the state.“The mantra of the establishment of the Democratic Party is this belief in the fantasy, unicorn Republican who’s willing to flip into the Democratic category just because a Democrat says some things that sound slightly more Republican,” said Charles Chamberlain, the chair of Democracy for America. “I mean, it’s just ridiculous.”

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The Hill's 12:30 Report- Presented by Facebook - Trump threatens schools' funding over reopening

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Another reaction: "It's very hard to understand why after going through eight years of the Obama administration that Joe Biden thinks we'll be able to carve out grand deals with Republicans," said Neil Sroka, the communications director at Democracy for America.

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Wins by young progressives start reshaping establishment

REID WILSON

"You can feel a change in the focus that grassroots progressives have put on some of these local races, really since 2016. I think part of it came from a recognizing, waking up from the Obama years just how much Democrats had lost," said Neil Sroka, who directs communications for Democracy for America and also won a city council seat himself. "The Trump moment exposed the ways in which cities and local offices could be a real buttress against a government that was 100 percent in the control of right-wing Republicans. I think that there has been a real awakening." . . . The progressive candidates who are leaping into races across the country increasingly have Justice Democrats, Democracy for America, Data for Progress, and a host of other local and national organizations to support them. Those groups have helped first-time candidates overcome what in previous years would have been insurmountable hurdles.

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Racial unrest seeps into Kentucky Senate primary, reshaping contest to take on McConnell

KENDALL KARSON and QUINN SCANLAN

When Senate insiders decide which candidate they’re going to bless with their endorsement and the millions in contributions that come with it, the critical experience that a young Black man who has lost family members to gun violence, like Charles Booker, might bring with him to the Senate never enters the equation. And, that narrow vision leaves Congress and our country weaker," said Yvette Simpson, an ABC News contributor and the CEO of Democracy for America, a national progressive group, in a statement announcing the group's endorsement on Wednesday.

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A liberal who raises tons of money: What Elizabeth Warren could do as Biden's VP pick

Brian Schwartz

“I think the pandemic has played much into the talents that Elizabeth has in being able to make government work for people,” said Charles Chamberlain, chair of a progressive political action committee, Democracy for America. He pointed to Warren’s plan to fight the coronavirus, which was published earlier this year, as how she could respond to the pandemic if she were vice president.

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Insurgents from the left threaten to upend Dem Party plans in Tuesday primaries

Paul Steinhauser

Jones is being backed by the progressive group Democracy for America, which also endorsed Bowman and Booker. “Progressives have already won by simply being in contention in all these races and we’ll be ecstatic if we get a straight out victory in any one of them,” noted Democracy for American communications director Neil Sroka. He added that “winning all three would be like finding out you’d won the lottery, while you nabbed a royal flush on the river card just after hitting the jackpot on the slots.”

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Progressive group backs Booker in Kentucky Senate primary

By Tal Axelrod - 06/17/20 01:00 PM EDT

Democracy for America (DFA) announced Wednesday it is backing Booker’s bid to win the Democratic nomination over Amy McGrath because he is a “real Democrat” who will advocate for progressive causes on Capitol Hill. “Democracy for America is endorsing Charles Booker because he’s a real Democrat who can beat Mitch McConnell and isn’t afraid of taking a firm stand against Donald Trump, knows he would have voted against placing a man facing serious allegations of sexual assault on the U.S. Supreme Court, and is ready to fight for progressive ideas like Medicare for All,” DFA CEO Yvette Simpson said in an exclusive statement to The Hill. “Especially in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s murder in Louisville, Charles Booker has proven himself to be a fearless visionary and boundlessly compassionate leader with the kind of life experience we desperately need in the U.S. Senate,” said Simpson.

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“When Senate insiders decide which candidate they’re going to bless with their endorsement and the millions in contributions that come with it, the critical experience that a young Black man who has lost family members to gun violence, like Charles Booker, might bring with him to the Senate never enters the equation. And, that narrow vision leaves Congress and our country weaker," she added.

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Left eyes huge night in NY, Kentucky primaries

By Max Greenwood - 06/22/20 06:00 AM EDT

“If you see all three of them win, it’ll be like lightning struck a house on fire in the middle of an earthquake,” said Neil Sroka, the communications director for the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, which has endorsed Bowman, Jones and Booker in their respective primaries.

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