Blog from September, 2019

Dear DNC Member,

See below for a recent article regarding our work in the battleground states. We encourage you to share this content with your networks and on social media.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee



HuffPost: The DNC Is Sending Organizers To 8 Battleground States
By: Daniel Marans
September 30, 2019

  • The Democratic National Committee announced Monday that it is funding full-time staff in eight presidential election battleground states, showing its commitment to state-level investment early in the election cycle.

  • The central party body, which oversees the presidential nominating process and provides support for general-election efforts across the country, is financing the hiring in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. Though the DNC is funding the new personnel, the Democratic Party in each of the individual states will employ them.

  • The DNC is funding the positions of Latinx and Native American outreach directors in Arizona; African American and Latino constituency directors in Florida; an African American outreach director in Michigan; a constituency outreach director in Texas; a youth vote director and rural organizing staff in Wisconsin; rural organizing and constituency outreach staff in Pennsylvania; Asian-American and Pacific Islander and Latinx organizing staff in Nevada; and grassroots outreach staff in Colorado.

  • “Organizing at the community level is our highest priority as the DNC,” Muthoni Wambu Kraal, the DNC’s national political and organizing director, said in a statement. “People are our most powerful resource in this election ― from rural and urban communities, to secular and nonsecular communities, to voters of every ethnicity, age, and background.”

  • “We need people from all walks of life to organize and create the change this country needs,” Wambu Kraal said. “And that requires the early investments the DNC is rolling out now.”


August 21, 2019

Hi all,

Whether it's in Queens or Washington, Grace has been hard at work these past few months supporting working families and ensuring Democrats are on the path to victory in 2020. I wanted to pass along this brief update from Grace on everything she's accomplished since we last reached out. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. And congrats to all the new state party chairs!



The Democratic Presidential Debates

For the first round of debates, my colleagues and I were voting in Washington, so I organized a debate watch party for us to cheer on the diverse slate of Democratic candidates. For the second round of debates, I was home in Queens and able to watch with my friends at the Ridgewood Democratic Club. I'm excited about everything the presidential race will bring.  


Progress in the House

The House has passed over 250 measures this session. And in these past few months alone, we’ve had victories that will make a real, tangible difference in American lives. In the House, we passed the American Dream and Promise Act that offers a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and TPS recipients. Additionally, after seemingly constant delays, we were able to pass a disaster relief bill and to send much-needed aid to Puerto Rico and states across the country suffering from natural disasters. As a New Yorker, I am especially proud to have co-sponsored the bill that will ensure heroic 9/11 first responders have the medical care and support they need from our government for the rest of their lives. 

In June, I introduced my Community College Student Success Act, which will make sure community college students have all the necessary resources to succeed and graduate. Finally, I introduced the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act to end the Trump administration's human rights abuses against the children and families at our border and to ensure government funds are not used to traumatize or harm these asylum seekers. I'm proud to have taken this necessary step to keep the kids in our care safe.

 Kansas Demofest 

This August, I got the chance to join the Kansas Democratic Party at Demofest, their annual summer convention in Wichita. I spoke at the convention, as did Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers, and I had the chance to connect with Democrats doing essential on-the-ground work for our party during this brief but meaningful visit. Thank you to the Kansas Democrats for welcoming me to their state!

Summer Executive Committee Meeting 

It was great seeing so many of you in Pittsburgh last month. Thank you to Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Nancy Mills for hosting us! Pennsylvania Democrats didn't just pick up four Congressional seats last fall, but they also re-elected Governor Tom Wolf. Now, they've turned their sights towards taking back the state legislature. We also heard from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, State Representative Jordan Harris, and DNC Chair Tom Perez. Before adjourning, we held a moment of silence to recognize the recent passing of Frank LaMere of Nebraska. Frank was a dedicated DNC member and the Nebraska Democratic Party’s First Associate Chair, and he is sorely missed.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach and LGBTQ+ Pride Month

May was Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but my work to support the AAPI community didn't end there. Since May, I've helped secure a postage stamp that honors the Chinese laborers who connected our country through their work on the Transcontinental Railroad. I also worked with AAAJ-AAJC and other immigrant advocates to ensure an accurate count on the 2020 Census and to stop the Trump administration's citizenship question. Thanks to the work of activists across the country, their unconstitutional question has been struck down by the Supreme Court, but my work ensuring every community is counted in 2020 is far from over.

June was Pride Month. In May, the House passed the Equality Act, a bill I am an original cosponsor of that will amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The DNC is committed to LGBTQ+ equality -- not just during Pride Month, but all year long -- and we were excited to celebrate it in June! 

Sending Funds Exactly Where They Are Needed

It’s always an honor to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations, but I’m particularly proud of the work we’ve done over the course of the last few months. From this committee, we made the historic decision to fund gun violence research for the first time in more than two decades. Additionally, we've been able to direct more funds to vital programs including education, as well as the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Congratulations to the New DNC State Party Chairs

In June, we welcomed a new group of DNC State Party Chairs to the DNC family! It’s an honor to have such a talented and dedicated group of people fighting for the values our party holds dear. Congratulations and welcome to the new Chairs!



After a busy summer, I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at our Summer Meeting in San Francisco at the end of this month, where I know we'll continue to make more progressive gains for our party and country as we move into fall.

Best wishes,

Congresswoman Grace Meng is a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, DNC Vice Chair, and Assistant Whip for House Democrats.


Thank you for attending the 2019 Democratic National Committee's Black Caucus' - Congressional Black Caucus Welcome Reception.

We appreciate your attendance and willingness to support the work of the DNC and our eventual nominee. In preparation for 2020, we will need your help in the following areas:

1) Identify local talent and providing the DNC with resumes for the eventual nominee to hire (here);

2) Identify good potential office locations within the black community in battleground states and submit them (here); and

3) Identify local leaders who could serve as surrogates for the DNC and eventual nominee and submit them (here).  These actions will save the eventual nominee precious time in transitioning from the primary to the general election.  Also, your support could be the difference in whether or not the eventual nominee has the infrastructure necessary to effectively engage critical Democratic constituencies in key battleground states.

Ms. Virgie Rollins
DNC Black Caucus

Welcome to the DNC Member Monthly

From the Office of the Secretary, we would like to wish you all a happy September! It was great to see many of you in San Francisco and our team is thankful for all of the work you do to represent the diverse interests of our party. We look forward to the next time we'll convene as a full DNC body at the Democratic National Convention. If you need anything from the Office of the Secretary, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Below, you'll find DNC news clips, a Monthly Member Spotlight of Native American Caucus Chair Rion Ramirez, and details on important events on the horizon. Enjoy!

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DNC Member News

  • We'd like to congratulate Resolutions Committee and Labor Council Chair Stuart Appelbaum on his recent wedding.
  • Take a look at Member Charlie King's new podcast Big Shot! The Fantasy Race for President. You may find a tralier here.
  • Our condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the Late Chair of the American Samoa Democratic Party and DNC Member, Fagafaga Langkide.

DNC News Clips

Philadelphia Inquirer: Democrats train students of color in battleground states, hoping to avoid Clinton’s 2016 mistakes
"The Democratic National Committee is hoping that a small army of mostly minority college students — including two cohorts in Pennsylvania — can help defeat President Donald Trump with a focus on field operations in key communities."

Politico: DNC seizes on Trump
"The DNC on Thursday blasted reporters with a laundry list of complaints about the Trump administration’s impact on farmers. It was the fourth time the DNC has specifically gone after the administration’s stance on agriculture in recent months, as Democrats continue to hammer Trump ahead of the 2020 election.

“Farmers are suffering, and Trump and his administration continue to make it worse,” the DNC said Thursday in a blast email from its so-called War Room."

Help Us Fight Back

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

Monthly Member Spotlight
Rion Ramirez
Role: Native American Caucus Chair and DNC Member
State: Washington
How long have you been a member of the DNC?
I joined the DNC on August 27th, 2013.

What got you involved in the Democratic Party to begin with?
In 2007 a small group of us worked on then Senator Obama’s engagement strategy and policy platform for Indian Country.  This was the first time in history a presidential candidate had paid any real attention to Indian Country and it was tremendously inspiring and incredibly fulfilling.

What do you do professionally?
I serve as the General Counsel of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and oversee all legal work for the Tribal Government and all of its enterprises including its Foxwoods Resort Casino.

What do you like to do outside of the DNC?
My life’s work truly is my family. The best part of life is spending time with my wife and three children and watching them play, laugh and smile.

Welcome to the DNC Family
Alicia Andrews, Chair, Oklahoma Democratic Party
Kyle Bragg, At-Large DNC Member, New York
Speaker Brian Egolf, DNC Member, DLCC, New Mexico
Gregory Floyd, At-Large DNC Member, New York
Joshua Harris-Till, DNC Member, Young Democrats of America, Oklahoma

Gerald Kariem, DNC Member, Michigan
Chris Korge, DNC Finance Chair
Dennis Mehiel, At-Large DNC Member, New York
Henry R. Muñoz IIIAt-Large DNC Member, Texas
David Ratcliff, Vice 
Chair, Oklahoma Democratic Party
Diane RobertsonAt-Large DNC Member, North Carolina
Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, DNC Member, DLCC, New York
Sonja WhittenAt-Large DNC Member, Nevada

Thank You for Your Service
Louis Elrod, Outgoing DNC Member, Young Democrats of America, Georgia
Brian Jones, Outgoing Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice Chair
Hon. Tina Kotek, Outgoing DNC Member, DLCC, Oregon
Anna Langthorn, Outgoing Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair

Jere Talley, Outgoing At-Large DNC Member, Texas


Join us at these upcoming events!

September 18, 2019

Dear DNC Member -- 

It was truly a pleasure to meet so many of you at the DNC Summer Meeting in San Francisco last month. I am beyond humbled and so fortunate to have the opportunity to serve alongside you as the DNC National Finance Chair. I look forward to working with you in our fight to take back our democracy. And I want to thank you for your support and tireless advocacy on behalf of Democrats across the country. 

As I mentioned in San Francisco, my goal is for every DNC member to make a personal contribution to the DNC this year. We are doing crucial work this cycle, and your support ensures that we build out a turnkey campaign infrastructure, enhance our data & tech infrastructure, fund our 24/7 DNC War Room, and much more. What a wonderful show of support it would be to have 100% participation by the end of the month. 


I also want to encourage all DNC members to sign up for a DNC Raiser Tool account. I believe that fundraising for the DNC is the responsibility of all of our members. The DNC finance team is working hard to build a national network of folks raising money for the DNC at any level. This recently launched tool provides Raisers with a live fundraising dashboard where you’ll be able to track your Raiser total as well as your network of Raisers and their totals. If you are interested in becoming a Raiser, click here to sign up! 

Thank you again for all that you do and I look forward to seeing you soon.  




Chris Korge
National Finance Chair
Democratic National Committee 

September 25, 2019

DNC on Announcement of Impeachment Inquiry

In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the House will move forward with an official impeachment inquiry, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“I stand with Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats as they move forward with this impeachment inquiry. 

“Based on the president’s own admission, he has committed a gross abuse of power. Congress has an obligation to thoroughly investigate this matter and other wrongdoing; anything less would be an abdication of its constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on the executive branch. 

“Donald Trump has made countless promises to the American people, but he’s proven that he’s only capable of serving himself -- and that there is no line he won't cross to do so. Americans are tired of it, and they deserve better.  

“Democrats are fighting day in and day out to expand access to health care, raise wages, help the American worker, and uphold the rule of law. That is our promise to America – and unlike this president, we keep our promises.”

September 23, 2019

Dear DNC Member,

We wanted you to be the first to know that today we are announcing the November debate threshold, which you can find below. 
As always, if you have any questions please let us know. 

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee


DNC Announces Qualification Criteria For Fifth Presidential Primary Debate

Today, the DNC announced the qualification criteria for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, which will take place in November. Like the September/October debate qualification criteria, the November criteria require candidates to demonstrate broad-based support by meeting both a grassroots fundraising requirement and a polling requirement. The qualification criteria apply only to the November debate.
There are now two pathways to reach the polling requirement. The new polling pathway provides candidates with the opportunity to qualify for the debate by demonstrating a higher level of early state support through fewer qualifying polls.  
The official threshold rules are below.
To qualify for the November debate, candidates must meet one of two polling requirements (“Polling Threshold”) and the unique donor requirement (“Grassroots Fundraising Threshold”) as detailed below.
  1.  Polling Threshold. To meet the Polling Threshold for the Organization Debate, candidates must meet either the “Four-Poll Threshold” or the “Early State Polling Threshold” as described below:
  • Four-Poll Threshold. Receive 3% or more support in at least four polls (which may be national polls, or single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) meeting the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below.  To meet the Four-Poll Threshold, each one of a candidate’s four qualifying polls must be sponsored by different Qualifying Poll Sponsors, or if by the same Qualifying Poll Sponsor, must be in different geographical areas.
  • Early State Polling Threshold. Receive 5% or more support in two single-state polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada that meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria described below.  To meet the Early State Polling Threshold, any candidate’s two qualifying polls may be in the same or different geographical areas and from the same or different Qualifying Poll Sponsors.
For a poll to be counted towards the Four-Poll Threshold or Early State Polling Threshold, it must meet each of the four requirements described below (“Qualifying Poll Criteria”):
  • Each poll must be sponsored by one of the following 15 entities or pairs of entities (“Qualifying Poll Sponsors”): Associated Press; ABC News/Washington Post; CBS News/YouGov; CNN; Des Moines Register; Fox News; Monmouth University; National Public Radio; NBC News/Wall Street Journal; NBC News/Marist; New York Times; Quinnipiac University; University of New Hampshire; USA Today/Suffolk University; Winthrop University.  For individual entities that are included only in Qualifying Poll Sponsor pairs but are not listed individually, independent polling by such individual entities or polling conducted in new partnerships with such individual entities shall not meet the Qualifying Poll Criteria. The DNC reserves the right to add a Nevada-specific poll sponsor to this list in the near future.
  • Each poll must be publicly released between September 13, 2019 and 11:59 P.M. on the date that marks seven days before the date of the November debate.
  • Each poll’s candidate support question must have been conducted by reading or presenting a list of Democratic presidential primary candidates to respondents. Poll questions using an open-ended or un-aided question to gauge presidential primary support will not count.
  • Each polling result must be the top-line number listed in the original public release from the approved Qualifying Poll Sponsor, whether or not it is a rounded or weighted number.
  1. Grassroots Fundraising Threshold. To meet the Grassroots Fundraising Threshold, candidates must submit a certification, executed by the candidate’s campaign Treasurer, by 11 A.M. on the day that marks six days before the date of the November debate demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from at least (1) 165,000 unique donors; and (2) a minimum of 600 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states, U.S. territories, or the District of Columbia. Qualifying donations must be received by 11:59 P.M. on the date that marks seven days before the date of the November debate. An acceptable certification must provide or attach adequate verifiable evidence to show that the fundraising threshold has been reached and may include verification from ActBlue or NGP VAN regarding the campaign’s fundraising.

September 6, 2019



Dear DNC Member,

I enjoyed seeing so many of you in San Francisco, California in August at the DNC’s summer meeting. It was great to catch up with many of you and meet some of the newer members of the DNC family.

As we do after all of our DNC meetings, I’ve prepared a short report for you about our party business. We had a number of great events, including a “Meet the Candidates” session, our general session, an Executive Committee meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, and a number of caucus and council meetings. Here are some updates about what happened:


We had two big sessions during this meeting. We started with a fabulous “Meet the Candidates” session on Friday, where we were joined by the amazing Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi spoke on the achievements of the House Democrats and what they are doing to maintain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. In the afternoon, we were joined by Reverend William J. Barber II who talked about the Poor People’s Campaign and the need for a moral movement. He left us all inspired to take action and unite together. You can watch his remarks here.

The remainder of Friday’s session featured many of our amazing presidential candidates, who addressed the membership either in person or via video. We are thankful to them for taking the time to join us and share their vision for America.

During Saturday’s general session, we heard welcome remarks via video from San Francisco Mayor London Breed. We also heard from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who talked about the work Democratic secretaries of state are doing to protect the right to vote. 

The DNC also elected six new at-large members to fill DNC member vacancies, elected Chris Korge to serve as our National Finance Chair, and approved the chair’s recommendation to appoint Luis Heredia to serve on the Executive Committee. The DNC also considered reports from three of our standing committees at the Saturday session. More information on those reports are available below.

Finally, DNC Treasurer Bill Derrough, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson, and DNC National Finance Chair Chris Korge shared an update on the Party’s finances. 

Credentials Committee Report

Credentials Committee Co-Chair John Currie reported on the work that the Credentials Committee has engaged in regarding a challenge to the election of the state chair and vice chair from the Alabama Democratic Party and issued a final ruling on the credentials of those individuals. You can find a copy of the report here, which was approved by the full body on Saturday.

Rules & Bylaws Committee Report

Rules & Bylaws Committee Co-Chairs Jim Roosevelt & Lorraine Miller gave a report on the many hours of meetings held over the past few months by the committee to review Delegate Selection Plans submitted by various state parties.

They also presented an amendment to the DNC Charter that adds the president & vice president of High School Democrats of America to the DNC. This amendment unanimously passed the Rules & Bylaws Committee and was adopted by the full membership during the Co-Chairs’ report. 

Resolutions Committee Report

The Resolutions Committee considered a number of resolutions submitted by members.

Among the resolutions adopted by the DNC were a “Resolution Establishing the DNC Environmental and Climate Crisis Council”, a “Resolution on Gun Violence”, a “Resolution Urging Comprehensive Immigration Reform” and many more. In addition, we passed a number of commemorative resolutions honoring DNC members Fagafaga Langkilde, Frank LaMere, and Betty McElderry, Birch Bayh, Douglass Diggs, and many more. The DNC Executive Committee also passed a commemorative resolution honoring the former Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.

A packet of the final resolutions, as approved by the DNC, can be found here.

Caucus and Council Meetings

Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held meetings to discuss the work they are doing in 2019 and 2020 to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.  

Several elections took place to fill vacancies in specific caucuses and councils. In the Eastern Region, Betsy Maron from Delaware was elected to a vacant Executive Committee representative position. In the Western Regional Caucus, Howard Chou of Colorado was elected to a vacancy on the Caucus Executive Committee.

Upcoming Meetings

As I shared during our meeting, our next scheduled meeting of the Democratic National Committee will take place on July 17, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This will be the day after the adjournment of the Democratic National Convention. In addition, we anticipate another Executive Committee meeting in early 2020.

Those are a few quick highlights from our meetings in San Francisco. I am truly looking forward to working with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead as we build toward elections this fall and next year.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to speaking with you soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office. 





Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee




September 6, 2019




Dear DNC Member,

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Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee




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September 12, 2019



Dear DNC Member,

See below for updates from the DNC War Room. We encourage you to share this content with your networks and on social media.





Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee




Trump Promised To Lower Health Care Costs -- Prices Just Skyrocketed, Again

Trump promised to lower health care costs and increase access to coverage -- but that hasn’t happened. Instead, he’s only made things worse.

THEN: Trump repeatedly promised that he’d make health care “much less expensive,” provide “much better coverage,” and “take care of everybody.”

Trump: “It will be a much better healthcare at a much less expensive cost.”

Trump: “It’s going to be terminated and it’s going to be replaced with something that’s going to be terrific and a lot less expensive and much better coverage.”

Trump: “We will come out with something that will be so good, so much less expensive, so much better, it will be wonderful. We’re going to take care of everybody, we’re going to take care of everybody.

THIS WEEK: Health insurance prices increased the most ever last month, and the uninsured rate increased last year for the first time since the ACA’s passage.

Bloomberg: “The core reading reflected the biggest monthly rise in medical-care costs since 2016 and record increases in health-insurance prices… The report reflected a 1.9% monthly rise and 18.6% annual increase in health-insurance prices -- records in data back to 2005 -- along with increases in hospital services and nonprescription drugs.”

New York Times: “About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, and experts said it was at least partly the result of the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine that law.”

September 12, 2019



Dear DNC Member,

See below for a recent article and clip regarding the DNC Research Team and War Room. We encourage you to share this to your networks and on social media.





Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee




Inside Democrats' 2020 Trump war room

"The DNC research team has mined thousands of lawsuits from nearly 50 states as part of a massive new trove on President Trump that will be weaponized through pols and reporters in key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: This new plan shows what Democrats think Trump's biggest vulnerabilities will be. And unlike in 2016, Trump now has a policy record..."

Read more here

Watch Alexi McCammond on MSNBC here

September 13, 2019



Dear DNC Member,


We wanted you to be the first to know that today we are announcing that CNN, in partnership with the New York Times, will host the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. 

As previously announced, this debate may occur over consecutive nights in prime time to accommodate a large field of qualifying candidates, with the first night on October 15 and the potential second night on October 16. 

The debate will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett and Marc Lacey of The New York Times. Further information on format and additional information will be forthcoming.


As always, if you have any questions please let us know. 




Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee