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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here.

CNN just announced the official lineup for the second Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit, Michigan. 

NIGHT ONE, Tuesday, July 30:

  • Steve Bullock
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • John Delaney
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Tim Ryan
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Marianne Williamson

NIGHT TWO, Wednesday, July 31:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker
  • Julián Castro
  • Bill de Blasio
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Kamala Harris
  • Jay Inslee
  • Andrew Yang

You won't want to miss out on seeing this incredible group of Democratic candidates take the stage to debate our country's most pressing issues, so be sure to mark your calendar. You'll hear directly from 20 of our Democratic candidates as they share their ambitious plans to win the White House and get our country back on track.

All of our presidential candidates will require a strong, well-resourced DNC to take on Trump and win back the White House.

The DNC is working around the clock to build the rock-solid party infrastructure required to help our eventual presidential nominee and Democrats nationwide win, but that won't be possible without the help of our most committed supporters like you. This election is going to be won by all of us -- candidates, supporters, and the DNC working together. That's why I am asking you to make a donation to the Democratic Unity Fund ahead of the second Democratic debate.

                            

Dear DNC Member,

I hope that you've had a great month of July so far!  Last night, the DNC announced the list of the Democratic candidates that met the threshold to participate in the Democratic primary debate. You can find the list of candidates and other details regarding the second Democratic presidential primary debate below.
Also, please make sure not to miss the random candidate debate night draw later tonight on CNN. The draw will be conducted live at 8:00 p.m. ET. As always, feel free to reach out to me or my office if you have any questions.

Yours,  Jason


Jason Rae Secretary Democratic National Committee   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    

DNC And CNN Announce Candidates Participating In Second Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

Today, the DNC and CNN announced that 20 candidates have been invited to participate in the second Democratic presidential primary debate. Each candidate was invited based on the qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC and CNN in February.

To ensure both nights are balanced based on candidate support, the DNC and CNN have mutually agreed that a random draw will be conducted live tomorrow night at 8pm ET on CNN.

The DNC and CNN previously announced that the second debate will take place over two nights, on July 30 and 31 in Detroit, Michigan.

Based on the qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC and CNN and announced in February 2019, the following candidates have been invited to participate in the first primary debate:

Sen. Michael Bennet

Vice President Joe Biden*

Sen. Cory Booker*

Gov. Steve Bullock

Mayor Pete Buttigieg*

Sec. Julian Castro*

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Rep. John Delaney

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard*

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand*

Sen. Kamala Harris*

Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. Jay Inslee*

Sen. Amy Klobuchar*

Rep. Beto O’Rourke*

Rep. Tim Ryan

Sen. Bernie Sanders*

Sen. Elizabeth Warren*

Ms. Marianne Williamson*

Mr. Andrew Yang*

* Candidates marked by an asterisk qualified through both polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds. The remaining candidates qualified through polling only.

The debates will be broadcast in the U.S. on CNN and around the world on CNN platforms; CNN SiriusXM Channels 116, 454,795; and the Westwood One Radio Network. 

CNN’s debates will stream live in their entirety, without requiring log–in to a cable provider, exclusively to CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. The full debate nights will be available exclusively the day following the airing on demand via cable/satellite systems, on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, and tablets, and via CNNgo OTT apps), and CNN mobile apps on iOS and Android.

                                                                 
                        

 Dear Disability Community Advocates,


According to Rutgers University new research, there was an 8.5% surge in voter turnout among people with disabilities in 2018, compared to the 2014 midterm election, and 10% increase in California -  so they, along with their friends and family members could be a powerful force in the next election. While there has been progress since the ADA was passed 29 years ago last week, people with disabilities still face many barriers to inclusion. As CNN counts down to the CNN Democratic presidential debates in Detroit, July 30 & 31st, I'm asking you to please encourage everyone in your network to submit #DisabilityQuestions to CNN moderators using the link below: 
https://submission.turner.com/townhall/custom?code=18TOWNHALL2019.


Please let me know what questions you've submitted by emailing Adrianne George at demsabroaddnc@gmail.com

Lastly, the Disability Council has established a monthly newsletter, which will include information about upcoming events and opportunities. I hope you enjoy the July newsletter and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your continued support.
Lead on,
Tony Coelho DNC Disability Council Chair   


RSVP for DNC Summer General Meeting
The Democratic National Committee has announced the schedule for 2019 Summer DNC Meeting. The Disability Council will be meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 1:30p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, located at 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102.    Disability Council Agenda
  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Special Guest Speakers – Keep a Watch for Announcements
  4. DNC Political Update
  5. Training & Panel: How to Start a Disability Caucus in Your State Party

We will have details coming in August for watching the meeting remotely. If you will be attending in person please RSVP by filling out this form, and don’t forget to let us know about your reasonable accommodation or program modification request.   If you will be attending the other public parts of the 2019 Summer DNC Meeting and have accommodation or program modification requests separate from the Disability Council meeting, please contact  demsabroaddnc@gmail.com.    The deadline to make a request is Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Disability Council leadership team is looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco!  


Meet Governor Kate Brown and 2020 Presidential Candidates
The DNC Disability Council Finance Committee is delighted to invite all in the Portland area to come out and meet special guest Governor Kate Brown on July 23, commencing at 6 p.m. Governor Brown will meet with members of the Oregon and neighboring states disability communities to discuss her commitment to inclusion, recent actions, and to help the DNC strategize about galvanizing the disability community to become a commanding voice in the 2020 elections. Please register using this link, or if you are outside of the region, tell your friends and network who may wish to attend! If you have an accommodation request, please contact  demsabroaddnc@gmail.com.

 
If you are attending the DNC Summer General Meeting in August, you are welcome to attend the I Will Vote Gala, featuring 2020 presidential candidates. The Gala will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 6 PM. The address will be provided upon RSVP. RSVP using this link. If you have an accommodation request, please contact demsabroaddnc@gmail.com
In addition, anyone interested in hosting a DNC Disability Council event to help the DNC raise funds to support the 2020 campaign should contact Janni Lehrer-Stein at demsabroaddnc@gmail.com. We welcome all participants to the Finance Committee and look forward to bringing an exciting event, like this one planned in Oregon to your community with your help! Let’s show the nation that the Disability Council has a powerful voice by raising funds to assist inclusive candidates to victory in 2020!  


Contribute to Disability Policy
The Policy Committee has seen an influx of new members over the past two weeks, for which we are quite grateful. During our next meeting, we plan to start reviewing one page drafts completed by each task team. We have made great strides with regards to employment, criminal justice, emergency mgmt and climate change, education, financial wellness, and healthcare. Our goal is the production of a complete first draft by the end of August. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chakir Underdown or Kelly Buckland at demsabroaddnc@gmail.com. Specifically, we would appreciate support in the following areas: Housing; Long Term Supports and Services, Technology, Voting, Research, and Peer Support.   


Build a Pipeline for Leadership
The Youth Committee, chaired by Seamus Campbell, Rachel Gonzalez, and Anna Landre, was created this past June and is currently looking for members who will be willing to help organize and advocate for disability issues in their schools, colleges, and community as we go into the 2020 election. We have already been in touch with leaders from the High School Democrats of America, College Democrats of America, and the Young Democrats of America but are always looking for more voices. If you are interested in getting involved with the Youth Committee, please email Chair Seamus Campbell at demsabroaddnc@gmail.com.  


Protect the Disability Vote
The Disability Council's Voter Protection Committee is working with Senator Casey’s office on a request to General Accountability Office to survey accessibility during the 2020 election. This request includes electronic and information access in addition to polling place physical accessibility.
The Voter Protection Committee chairs will be meeting next week with the DNC Voter Protection team to develop plans ahead of the 2020 General Election for disability integration into the election protection plan and education to our state partners. 
Ahead of this meeting, the Committee is reviewing the materials from the 2018 election to look for improvements in education on election accessibility.   


Celebrate New Disability Caucuses
The Midwestern Region is really “hopping,” with the development of state Democratic Disability Caucuses! Prior to the establishment of the DNC Disability Council in 2017, there were six Democratic Disability Caucuses, in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan. Since that time, two more Caucuses have been established, in North Dakota (April 2019) and Wisconsin (June 2019). Hats off to leadership in both states for starting these Caucuses, including Wisconsin’s Party Chair, Martha Laning, Party Affairs leaders Amy Donner and Will Hoffman, and Caucus Co-Chairs Adam Brabender and Terry Conn, as well as North Dakota’s Party Chair Kylie Oversen and Interim Caucus Chair Chris McEwen. Both the WI and ND Caucuses are considering undertaking some of the activities that many of the established Caucuses do: advocating for overall awareness of the range of disabilities, for accessibility (including within and outside the party), for pro-disability legislation, and for candidates and campaigns that support, involve, or are led by people with disabilities. 
If you would like to share news of events within your own state’s Disability Caucus, for inclusion in this newsletter, please contact Midwestern Disability Council Vice-Chair Dr. Terry Friedrichs, at demsabroaddnc@gmail.com. Terry would also like to know about consultation that your existing Disability Caucus may wish to become even more thoroughly established. He can also advise you on how to start a Caucus if you do not currently have one.   


Recruit New Members    The Western Region has been actively focusing on Disability Council recruitment by sending out membership invitations to state staff members as well as to state elected officials. Through its concentrated efforts, the Western Region team has recently recruited over 50 new members. The Western Region’s goal is to share information about the DNC Disability Council with as many people as possible, while targeting states that do not have a disability caucus or group. The Western Region’s team is also working to identify a representative in every state that would like to respond to and speak for the Disability Council in that area. As part of its ongoing strategy, the team is working to understand the relationships among the national, states, and local disabilities caucuses, in an effort to work more closely with them moving forward. If you would like to get involved, please contact Jayson Morris demsabroaddnc@gmail.com.  


Advocate for Intersectional Representation
The Eastern Region is committed to intersectional outreach by reaching out to local and state party leaders about the inclusion of disabled Democrats in their other caucus and affinity group activities. One way we have accomplished this effort, is by partnering with the Black and Veterans Caucus of the Maryland Democratic Party to reflect the diversity of the cross-disability community. The Eastern Region would like to replicate this effort in other states of the Eastern Region. In addition, the Eastern Region has established relationships with other disability rights organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic ADA organization, that aren't partisan, but have political programs that are geared to increase advocacy on the everyday challenges and barriers that continue to affect the cross-disability community. 
Another area of focus for the Eastern Region, is having representation of the cross-disability community in state and local democratic parties. This will allow us to have a stronger voice on the direction of the party—and create more ways to be inclusive, especially in leadership roles and employment positions at the state and local level. This will also build on the foundation of the DNC Disability Council, as well as state party councils or caucus, so that we are more visible, progressive and effective. If you are interested in establishing a disability caucus or task force in your state, please contact Monica  demsabroaddnc@gmail.com

Dear DNC Member,


Please find a message from DNC Youth Council Chair Michael Kapp, below. 

Yours,
 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Hello,

The time has come to elect our eight at-large regional members on the Democratic National Committee's Youth Council. 

Applications are now available for the 2019-21 at-large positions on the DNC's Youth Council. The application can also be found online at https://my.democrats.org/page/s/dnc-youth-council-application-2019. Applicants must be registered Democrats, under the age of 36, and must provide two letters of recommendation (including one from a DNC Member of the state you will represent). Applications must be submitted via the DNC website link.   

The Youth Council will elect one male and one female from each of the DNC's four regions (East, South, Midwest and West) to serve on the Council for a two year period beginning immediately upon election.
 
Applications will be accepted starting now until August 15 at 11:00 p.m. PT. Any applications received after that day and time will not be accepted. After that time, the applications will be reviewed and recommendations made by the Youth Council officers. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been recommended in advance of the fall DNC meeting to be held in San Francisco, CA on August 22-24, 2019. All DNC Youth Council meetings are open to all registered Democrats.

Current at-large members of the Council who wish to continue serving must reapply and be reelected. DNC Members under 36 are automatic members of the Council.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know. 

We look forward to receiving your application, and thank you for all you do on behalf of our Democratic Party! 
 
Best,
Michael Kapp
Chair, DNC Youth Council

DNC on Trump Tweets

Dear DNC Member,


Please find a message from Chair Perez on the recent Trump tweets attacking U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib below.

Yours,
Jason
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Donald Trump attacked U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib:

“Not a word from Republicans in Congress. Not a word from RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. Where is the moral compass of the Republican Party? How long will we have to wait before they grow a spine and stand up to this president’s bigotry? History will not treat the silence of cowards with kindness – and neither will voters. 

“Trump’s comments are not isolated; they are representative of this president’s entire agenda to destroy immigrants’ lives, devalue women’s voices, and discriminate against communities of color. These four congresswomen are patriots who are fighting for a more perfect union for all Americans. If only we had a president who did the same.”

Dear DNC Member,


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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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MEMO
 
TO:              DNC Disability Council Members
 
FROM:         Anna Perng, Disability Council Co-Secretary
                     Nellie Wild, Disability Council Co-Secretary
 
DATE:          July 1, 2019
 
RE:              Message from Chair Coelho


Dear Disability Council members, 

The 2020 presidential campaign season is officially in full swing with the first of twelve debates having taken place in Miami last week. As you know, we made great progress in 2016 with Hillary, and more since then, thanks to you and your perseverance.

However, I would be out of touch if I didn’t recognize the communal disappointment in the Miami debates. I know that many of you are feeling ignored and discouraged because there was no mention of disability – other than inappropriate comments concerning mental health and gun violence. I share your frustration!

We also recently learned that none of the Democratic candidates’ websites are fully accessible, which is unacceptable.

I am writing to ask you not to give up, but instead, do as Ed Roberts said, “advocate, advocate, advocate!” Our community’s influence has grown significantly within the DNC in the past three years, and even though we have seemingly gotten off to a less than optimal start with these debates, we are just getting started.

We must insert ourselves into this process and one way to do that is by submitting debate questions. As each debate nears, the opportunities to submit questions will be provided by the DNC and the host networks. Keep a watch on emails from the DNC and the Disability Council with links to submit questions - and make sure you share the link on social media.

If you submitted questions for this last debate and they were not asked, submit the same questions again next time. Also, let me know that you did! I’ll do everything in my power to ensure that we are heard during the next round of debates.

Together, as the Disability Council, we can prepare for the upcoming Detroit debates on July 30th and 31st. We all need to work hard together over the next couple of weeks to prepare debate questions – lots of them – so we have a repository of questions to submit for the next and subsequent debates.

We will be in touch again soon with pertinent information, including the timeline and process for submitting questions for the upcoming debates. We must all work together to ensure that our voices are being heard in future Democratic debates, and for nothing less than full inclusion in the 2020 presidential race.

Lead on,

Tony Coelho

DNC Disability Council Chair

Dear DNC Member,

I hope this note finds you well and that you’re enjoying the start of July! It’s hard to believe the year is already half over. 

I wanted to share some notes with you today following the recent DNC Executive Committee meeting that took place this past weekend. We hope that this information is helpful to you in your work promoting the DNC and the great work that the party is doing.
 
The DNC Executive Committee met on Saturday, June 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Nancy Mills gave welcome remarks and highlighted some of the recent successes in the state, including picking up four Congressional seats, and reelecting Governor Tom Wolf in a landslide. Under Chair Mills’ leadership, Pennsylvania Democrats are organizing year-round and are within striking distance of taking back the state legislature.
 
The Executive Committee heard from a number of elected officials as well. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was the special guest speaker and spoke on the work that she and other Democratic Attorneys General across the country are doing to fight back against the Trump administration on a number of fronts – from immigration to the environment to, most recently, the U.S. Census. Also joining the meeting was State Representative and House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, who inspired us to continue organizing because it is how we improve the future lives of so many people.
 
Chair Tom Perez provided remarks during the meeting and gave an update on the work the DNC is doing as we build toward elections in 2019 and 2020. He highlighted the record-breaking viewership for the recent Miami debates and introduced the Executive Committee to Joe Solmonese, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee. Solmonese talked about the importance of Milwaukee, his excitement for the convention, and how the convention team is building an inclusive and engaging convention experience. Chair Perez also introduced DNC Vice Chair, Congresswoman Grace Meng to provide an update on the great work Democrats are doing in Congress.

DNC Chief Technology Officer Nell Thomas and DNC Security Data Analyst Tim Durigan presented to the Executive Committee on the DNC’s data infrastructure and on disinformation campaigns and terminology. Thomas highlighted DNC Tech team efforts to help campaigns work better at all levels and the five areas of focus for her department – data, the warehouse, tools & services, security, and community support.

The Executive Committee heard from Tim Durigan on basic counter-disinformation tactics and terminology. Tim explained that DNC members observing inauthentic or suspicious activity affecting Democrats on social media, including but not limited to fake accounts, manipulated video, viral false news, harassment, impersonation, and doxxing should report it in the platform and contact the DNC at disinfo@dnc.org

There were two resolutions that were introduced during the old/new business portion of the meeting. In order to follow the official process, the Executive Committee moved to refer both resolutions to the Resolution Committee for consideration. 

Finally, before the Executive Committee adjourned, it held a moment of silence to recognize the recent passing of Frank LaMere of Nebraska, a long-time DNC member and most recently, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s First Associate Chair.

The meeting adjourned at 12:16 p.m. The next Executive Committee meeting will take place in San Francisco in conjunction with our full DNC meeting.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office if you have any questions.

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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As always, please let us know if there is anything else we can do to be helpful. Have a great weekend!

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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New Campaign, Same Broken Promises To Working Families

Trump promised to save manufacturing jobs and raise workers’ paychecks, but he didn’t. Trump said he’d make America great, but he’s only made it great for big corporations and the ultra-wealthy. While Trump will spend the next year lying about the promises he’s kept, the question voters need to ask is: What’s he done for me? When it comes to working families, the answer is nothing. He’s only made it worse.

Trump promised to make America great – but he’s only made it great for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations.

  • By 2027, most Americans will pay more in taxes, while 83 percent of the benefits from Trump’s tax law would go to the top 1 percent.

  • Under Trump’s tax law, average taxes would rise for everyone earning under $75,000 by 2027.

  • Big corporations paid $91 billion less in taxes last year than they did in 2017, because of Trump’s tax law.

  • Trump would save millions from his own tax law.

Trump promised to save manufacturing jobs and plants – he didn’t.

  • Trump’s tax law created an incentive for corporations to move overseas.

  • General Motors plans to slash 14,000 jobs and close up to 5 plants.

Trump promised to boost workers’ paychecks – he didn’t.

  • Real wages fell in 2017, and barely grew at all in 2018.

  • Inflation-adjusted wages have been stagnant for the last 9 months.

  • The most recent jobs report showed that nominal wage growth is also slowing.

  • Trump sold his tax law as a way to create jobs and boost wages. Instead, corporations used their massive tax breaks to benefit their wealthy shareholders with a record $1 trillion of stock buybacks last year.

Trump promised to fight for the forgotten men and women – instead he gave huge tax cuts to the rich and big corporations at the expense of working families.

  • Trump promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Instead, his tax law would add $1.9 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, which Republicans say would be paid for by cuts to these vital programs.

  • Trump’s budget would cut $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, $25 billion from Social Security, and $845 billion from Medicare.

Trump has threatened working families’ economic security and rolled back safety protections and programs that support workers.

  • The Trump administration rolled back worker safety protections affecting underground mine safety inspections, offshore oil rigs, and line speeds in meat processing plants.

  • Trump’s proposed completely eliminating the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, cutting funding for workforce training, and gutting other programs that provide lifelines for small manufacturers.

  • Trump’s CFPB has reduced enforcement actions against and rolled back regulations on payday lenders.


As Trump relaunches his campaign in Orlando today, here’s what the local paper has to say: “There’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”

Orlando Sentinel Editorial: Our endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump

Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign.

We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.

Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent.

Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.

After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.

Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.

So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.

Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.

It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.

There was a time when even a single lie — a phony college degree, a bogus work history — would doom a politician’s career.

Not so for Trump, who claimed in 2017 that he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally (they didn’t). In 2018 he said North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat (it is). And in 2019 he said windmills cause cancer (they don’t). Just last week he claimed the media fabricated unfavorable results from his campaign’s internal polling (it didn’t).

According to a Washington Post database, the president has tallied more than 10,000 lies since he took office.

Trump’s successful assault on truth is the great casualty of this presidency, followed closely by his war on decency.

Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts. He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse. He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN. He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows. He seems incapable of learning a lesson, telling an ABC interviewer last week — just two months after Robert Mueller’s report on election interference was released — that he would accept dirt on an opponent from Russia or China.

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Welcome to the DNC Member Monthly
From the Office of the Secretary, we would like to wish you all a happy Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month! In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the DNC would like to reaffirm its commitment to working alongside the LGBT+ community. This Immigrant Heritage Month, we're also reminded of the contributions of hardworking people that come to our country in search of a better life. We celebrate our nation's progress and rededicate ourselves to the fight for equality.

Below, you'll find DNC news clips, a Monthly Member Spotlight of LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, and details on important events on the horizon. Enjoy!

DNC Member News

  • Congratulations to Kylie Oversen on her recent engagement!
  • Congratulations to Eric Johnsonon his recent inauguration as Mayor of Dallas, Texas.
  • Our thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of late Nebraska Democratic Party Vice Chair, Frank LaMere.

DNC News Clips
Orlando Sentinel: Our Orlando Sentinel endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump | Editorial
"Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent.
Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.
After 2½ years we’ve seen enough."
 

Omaha World-Herald: Native American activist Frank LaMere, dead at 69, remembered as a 'true civil rights leader'
"Frank LaMere, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, died Sunday night, his family said in a post on Facebook. He was 69 and recently underwent surgery to address bile duct cancer.
LaMere was known across the state and region for lending his voice to various causes to help his fellow Native Americans. LaMere was a member of the Winnebago Tribe."

Help Us Fight Back

Watch the War Room launch video.
Follow @DNCWarRoom on Twitter.
Like the DNC War Room on Facebook.

Monthly Member Spotlight
Earl Fowlkes Jr.
Role: DNC Member, LGBT Caucus Chair
State: Washington, D.C.
How long have you been a member of the DNC?
I have been a member of the DNC since July, 2009.

What got you involved in the Democratic Party to begin with?
I had worked on various Democratic Campaigns since the 1990s when I realized that the Democratic Party was the only party that came closest to caring about issues that were important to me and my community: access to affordable Health care, discrimination, the environment, returning citizens, etc. 

What do you do professionally?
I am the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity in Washington, DC which is a Black LGBTQ nonprofit that works with fifty-five Black Gay Pride organizations around the world. I also Chair the Washington DC Commission on Human Rights. 

What do you like to do outside of the DNC?
I love to travel, anything historical, and my former hometown teams - the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.



Welcome to the DNC Family
Adrian Fontes, DNC Member, National Democratic County Officials

Ron Galperin, DNC Member, National Democratic Municipal Officials
Candace Mumm, DNC Member, National Democratic Municipal Officials
Rusty Hicks, Chair, California Democratic Party
Paula Hawks, Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party
Randy Seiler, Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party
Ben Wikler, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Felesia Martin, Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin


Thank You for Your Service
Arlanda Williams, Outgoing DNC Member, National Democratic County Officials
Anita Bonds, Outgoing DNC Member, National Democratic Municipal Officials

Ann Tornberg, Outgoing Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party
Bill Roe, Outgoing Vice Chair, South Dakota Democratic Party
Suzie Nakasian, Outgoing DNC Member, National Democratic Municipal Officials

Martha Laning, Outgoing Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin
David Bowen, Outgoing Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Daniel Quitugua, Outgoing Vice Chair, Democratic Party of the Northern Marianas
Bryce Bennett, Outgoing Vice Chair, Montana Democratic Party

EVENTS ON THE HORIZON

Join us at these upcoming events!
  • June 28-29: Rules & Bylaws and Executive Committee Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • July 30-31: Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting in Washington, DC
  • August 22-24: DNC Summer Meeting in San Francisco, California
  • October 16-17: Women's Leadership Forum Conference in Washington DC

NEW DIGITAL AD: New Campaign, Same Broken Promises

Today, the DNC War Room released a new targeted digital ad to counter Trump's campaign relaunch and to control the narrative leading into his rally tonight. The ad shows how Trump's new campaign will make the same broken promises he made in 2016.

WATCH HERE:
 

IN THE BATTLEGROUNDS:
Democrats Slam Trump’s ReLaunch & Record of Broken Promises

As Trump relaunched his campaign, across the battlegrounds voters are reading about his toxic agenda and record of broken promises --  including his efforts to gut coverage for preexisting conditions, his tax scam that could jeopardize Medicare and Social Security in order to give his rich and powerful friends a handout, and the good-paying jobs Americans have lost under his watch.

See for yourself:

(FL) Florida Politics: “Democrats united Tuesday morning blasting President Donald Trump as wrong for Florida on issues ranging from health care to hurricane response, and from women’s issues to climate change in preparation for his 2020 reelection campaign kickoff rally in Orlando.”

(FL) Florida Phoenix: “‘Donald Trump is a threat to the livelihoods of thousands of Floridians and must not be given a second term,’ warned U.S. Rep. Val Demings from Orlando. ‘Donald Trump’s obsession with gutting (health care) protections is not only reckless, it’s dangerous,’ [...] Soto, the first Congressman of Puerto Rican descent elected from Florida, blasted Trump for having the ‘audacity’ to begin his reelection campaign from Central Florida, saying he is no friend of the Puerto Rican community in Florida – or to the island itself.’”

(FL) Florida Politics: “‘After spending his entire Presidency threatening healthcare coverage for pre-existing conditions and looking out for his rich and powerful friends at the expense of hardworking Floridians, Orlando voters think Trump is toxic,’ said Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party.”

(FL): Telemundo: “Según Juan Peñalosa, director ejecutivo del Partido Demócrata de Florida, una encuesta realizada la semana pasada entre 565 personas indicó que los votantes de Orlando ‘piensan que Trump es sumamente tóxico’ y lo esperarán mañana “con un simple mensaje Florida te derrotará en el 2020.’”

(WI) Wisconsin Public Radio: “The new head of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin says health care will be ‘front and center’ in the party's campaign to defeat President Donald Trump.”

(WI): Journal-Sentinel: “In a conference call with reporters Monday, state Democratic chair Ben Wikler said Trump had ‘betrayed’ working people in Wisconsin on three main issues: health care, taxes and trade, saying Trump’s tariffs had exacerbated the dire problems of dairy farmers in particular.”

(MI) MLive: “Camilleri said layoffs announced by GM earlier this year are an example that the situation isn’t as rosy as Trump makes it out to be [...] “People still feel scared, they don’t feel like they have economic security and they’re worried about the future of the auto industry.’”

(PA) The Tribune: “Democrats countered on Tuesday that Trump’s policies haven’t paid off for most Pennsylvanians. ‘As Donald Trump relaunches his campaign, Pennsylvanians are remembering what a failure the president has been for the commonwealth’s working families. His list of broken promises keeps growing, and the damaging effects of his reckless policies become clearer every day,’ said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills.”

(PA) Sunbury Daily Item: “Democrats countered on Tuesday that Trump’s policies haven’t paid off for most Pennsylvanians. [...] ‘Trump promised better health care costs, a thriving workforce, and bigger paychecks — instead, he tried to gut protections for pre-existing conditions and gave handouts to his rich and powerful friends at the expense of working Pennsylvanians.’”

(NV) Las Vegas Review-Journal“‘In 2018, Nevadans overwhelmingly rejected Trump’s toxic policies — like trying to gut coverage for pre-existing conditions and a tax scam that gave handouts to his rich and powerful friends at the expense of the middle class,’ said John Santos, western regional press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. ‘They’ll do the same in 2020 and hold him accountable for his record of broken promises.’”

(CO) Colorado Springs Gazette“Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Trump had failed on his promises for ‘better health care, lower drug prices, massive wage increases, and tax cuts for the working class. [...] On issue after issue, he broke his promises.’”

(CO) Denver Post: “Among those not cheering and clapping Tuesday night was Morgan Carroll, chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. ‘Colorado has even more reason to reject Trump than the first time,’ she said in a statement, accusing the president of ‘empty grandstanding,’ ‘toxic rhetoric’ and a ‘reckless approach with peoples’ lives and liberties.’”

(OH) Lima News: “Democrats are seizing on Trump’s record in the first two years of his first term. ‘You only need to talk to workers who were laid off at Lordstown to understand the Trump presidency — he makes big promises he has no intention of keeping, and Ohio families get left behind,’ said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper.”

(NH) WMUR: “‘No matter who the Democratic presidential nominee is, they will fight for working Americans,’ Buckley said. ‘Trump’s policies only work for those at the top. For the ultra-wealthy, big corporations and lobbyists, there’s no question that Trump has made America great, but to the middle class he made campaign promises he simply didn’t keep.’”

(IA) The Gazette: “Trump’s trade policies and tariffs have crippled the Iowa agricultural sector, hurting not only farmers, but rural communities, Price said. Iowa farmers carry the highest level of agriculture debt in the country and stand to lose $2.2 billion in profits as a result of Trump’s policies.”

(IA) KCAU: "The statement from the party chairman Troy Price said, ‘Iowans understand what's at stake in this election and they're ready for a change… Simply put, Trump's priorities are leaving Iowans behind. His crusade to dismantle the ACA could leave hundreds of thousands of Iowans without accessible insurance, and more than one million Iowans with pre-existing conditions could lose coverage. His economic agenda added trillions of dollars to our national deficit, pushed manufacturing jobs overseas, instituted permanent tax cuts for the top one percent, and left middle-class taxpayers with the tab.’”

DNC on Juneteenth

DNC on Juneteenth

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement commemorating the anniversary of Juneteenth, when slaves in Galveston, Texas received the news that the Civil War had ended and they were free at last:

“Today, we celebrate Juneteenth, the day enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederacy received the long-awaited news of their freedom. But while we recognize the progress our nation has made, we also know that the scars of slavery and segregation have not fully healed. African Americans still face injustices every day, in all areas of our society – from voter suppression and racial gerrymandering, to pay gaps and predatory lending, to police brutality and sentencing disparities. As we commemorate the day freedom’s call reached Galveston, let us continue to be vigilant against discrimination and bigotry, and let us recommit ourselves to the cause of justice and equality for all Americans – no matter the color of their skin.”

 

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