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Blog from October, 2019

Dear Disability Council members,

Please read and share "
Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year. Activists Want to Make Sure That Continues in 2020" by Abigail Abrams. These facts should motivate candidates for local, state, and federal office to not only reach out to our community but to advocate and commit on policy issues that are critical to us. 

Ms. Abrams' numbers prove that we do vote and can be the difference in all elections, but most importantly now in the presidential primaries and especially the election next year. 

In solidarity,

Tony Coelho
Chair, DNC Disability Council 

October 1, 2019


Dear Disability Community Advocates,

We have had a busy and productive summer! I'm excited to share with you what's ahead for the Disability Council. Presidential primaries and caucuses are literally around the corner, and the 2020 Convention will be here before we know it! I encourage everyone to get involved with one of our committees (info below).

To follow Disability Council news and events, remember to "like" us on the Disability Council Facebook page. As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at tonycfor2016@gmail.com

Lead on,

Tony Coelho
DNC Disability Council Chair 
 

DNC Summer General Meeting

The Disability Council held its General Meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in San Francisco. Our Summer General Meeting featured guest speakers California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. Following our guest speakers, Ted Jackson and CA Democratic Party Disabilities Caucus Chair Hene Kelly, CDP Disabilities Caucus members Alyce Brown, Susan Pfeifer, and Carol Taylor, presented a training and panel discussion "How to Start a Disability Caucus in Your State Party." Thanks to all who participated in our meeting! If you have feedback, ideas,  and suggestions for future Disability Council meetings, please send them to tonycfor2016@gmail.com

Resolution Urging Full Access and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the Democratic Party

At the DNC Summer General Meeting, DNC members voted in favor of a Resolution Urging Full Access and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the Democratic Party. The resolution, authored by Disability Council Chair Tony Coelho and Veterans Council Chair Christine Pelosi, commits to full inclusion for people with disabilities in our Democratic Party, by having the DNC commit to ensure that the 2020 Convention and future conventions are accessible; that campaigns are accessible to voters, volunteers, interns, and staff with disabilities; to ensure their voter outreach efforts are accessible, including all websites, social media platforms, field offices, large events and rallies, and communications; to engage people with disabilities directly to help them form their platforms and vision for disability engagement, including advice on the accessibility of their campaigns; and, to neither seek nor accept donations or in-kind support at all from any company that uses the Fair Standards Labor Act Section 14c certificate or engages in the practice of paying disabled workers sub-minimum wage. Access the resolution in full by visiting this link: bit.ly/DNCAccessibilityResolution.
 
HSDA Resolution in Support of Access Coordinators on Campaigns

The Youth Committee, chaired by Seamus Campbell, Rachel Gonzalez, and Anna Landre, was created this past June. Thanks to their advocacy and support from HSDA President Jack Greenspan, HSDA recently unanimously passed a resolution in support of having candidates have ADA/508 and/or Access Coordinators on their campaigns! To read the full resolution, visit bit.ly/HSDAResolution.

The Youth Committee, throughout the academic year, will be working on creating a guide to help students with disabilities coming from high school and into college and from college into “real life” to know what resources are available to them and organizations that are resources. If you are interested in getting involved with the Youth Committee by organizing and advocating for disability issues in your schools, colleges, and community as we go into the 2020 election, please email Chair Seamus Campbell at scampbell@nysyd.org.
 

Disability Council Fundraising and Women's Leadership Forum

The DNC Disability Council Finance Committee held a fundraiser with Governor Kate Brown on July 23, 2019. The event had over 93 attendees and raised $8,000. This event, combined with I Will Vote Gala San Francisco proceeds, have brought the Disability Council's fundraising total to over $230,000. 

The next ticketed event will be the DNC Women's Leadership Forum Conference, which will feature Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other incredible trailblazers. The conference and training will be held 10/16 to 10/17 in DC. There are limited quantities of the $100 Young Professional Ticket, which includes 1 Ticket to Training, 1 Ticket to Conference, 1 Ticket to #WomenWillVote Welcome Reception, and 1 Ticket to Women Will Vote Gala. To purchase your Women's Leadership Forum Conference tickets, visit http://bit.ly/DisabilityCouncilWLF. Please use Raiser Code 127448185 so the Disability Council can be credited. 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 janni.lehrerstein@gmail.com
 
DNC Debates

The next Democratic Primary Debate will be held on October 15, 2019 at Otterbein University in Westerville Ohio. It will be broadcast by CNN, please keep a watch out for information on multiple platforms and accessibility information for viewing the debates.
 
The DNC staff has been working with the host networks tom provide accommodations and make sure the debates are accessible to the audience. They are making progress with each debate, especially improving communication access. During the September debate in Houston the network provided live CART captions available on a streamtext link to audience members inside the venue and around the world.
 
Additionally, they engage local disabled community members directly to make sure they can attend the debates. A local Houston Black pastor who has been engaged for many years in the Civil Rights Movement and is now also disabled sent us this note:

I am not a politician nor a business mogul—not even a University official—but as a Democrat with a six-decade-plus work-span related to TSU, I thank you two for making it possible for me, my caregiver, and my wheel-chair to be present at that event.  So let me express my heart-felt gratitude for your facilitating an old man to see...a globally-broadcast debate among candidates for the President of the United States! 


Presidential forums on disability issues

The Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum:  Focus the Disabled Voter - November 2, 2019

National Iowa Dem. Disability Caucus Chair Catherine Crist has been busy with accessibility and disability consciousness among presidential campaigns in Iowa, as well as with continued work with the states' democratic disability caucuses. She is organizing "The Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum:  Focus the Disabled Voter" on November 2, 2019 from 10-4 PM in Cedar Rapids, IA, with virtual participation. Questions will be generated by the disabled community of voters, family members, activists, caregivers, and advocates during the AIO (Accessibility, Inclusion, and Outreach Conference held in Cedar Rapids on Oct 19th), and through the IDP Disability Caucus, DNC Disability Council members, and NADDC Members. We will send out the Facebook event link shortly. You can always "like" the Iowa Democratic Party Disability Caucus Facebook page to track news related to this event. If you have questions about this event, contact Catherine Crist Chair, IDP Disability Caucus and Chair, NADDC via email (AIOConference2019@gmail.com and IDP.DisabilityCaucus@gmail.com). 

Presidential Forum on Disability Issues - November 3, 2019

The Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland is proud to announce our national nonpartisan Presidential Forum on Disability Issues. The forum will take place on November 3, 2019 at Morningside College.
The Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues will place the pressing questions the disability community faces on center stage and give major party Presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss policy decisions that affect approximately 23% of the American electorate. Seating is limited so claim your free ticket today! If you have any specific questions you would like to ask any of the presidential candidates, please comment below. This event will be streamed live on Facebook. For tickets, visit this link

Elected for Inclusion – the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues - January 13, 2020

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and REV UP Texas are proud to announce Elected for Inclusion, our national nonpartisan Presidential forum on disability issues. The forum will take place on January 13, 2020 at the AT&T Hotel and Convention Center in Austin, Texas in advance of Super Tuesday and the November 2020 elections. Elected for Inclusion – the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues will place the pressing questions the disability community faces on center stage and give major party Presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss policy decisions that affect approximately 23% of the American electorate. AAPD and REV UP Texas are hosting Elected for Inclusion as a means of highlighting the power of the disability vote. In 2020, over 35 million eligible voters will be people with disabilities.  The number of “disability voters” increases to over 62 million when we consider the ripple effect of the disability vote that connects families, friends, advocates, educators, providers, and other individuals that interact with people with disabilities. For details, visit this link
 

Contribute to Disability Policy

The Policy Committee has created a first draft of a policy guide which addresses employment, criminal justice, emergency mgmt and climate change, transportation, housing, education, financial wellness, and healthcare. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chakir Underdown or Kelly Buckland at chakirunderdown@gmail.com or kjbuckland.kb@gmail.com
 
Protect the Disability Vote

The Disability Council's Voter Protection Committee chairs met 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. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Eddie Correia ecorreia@correiadc.com and Kelly Simoneaux kelley@spinalcordinjurylawyers.com
 

October 2, 2019


Dear Disability Community Advocates,

DNC Chair Tom Perez, Disability Council member Joyce Bender, and I have released a statement about National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Is your state or local party doing anything to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month? Let me know at tonycfor2016@gmail.com or tag me on Twitter at @HonTonyCoelho!

In addition, I'm pleased that Philadelphia has taken a great step to on voting accessibility -- check out "Every Philly polling place will soon be accessible to voters with physical disabilities and mobility issues." The new voting machines also allow for plain language ballot questions, which will help many voters, including those with cognitive disabilities. There is also advocacy to ensure that poll worker training includes effective communication under Title II of the ADA. Why is this important? Twenty nine years after the passage and signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities are still experiencing great barriers to voting. Voting is still very inaccessible to many. Many campaign and state and county election websites are not accessible. Even when a county or state election office website is accessible the sample ballot and voter education materials on them for download are not. A Government Accountability Office survey of the 2016 General Election found that 60% of polling places were inaccessible. If the campaigns, election process and polling places are not accessible then many people with disabilities just drop out of civic engagement and don’t vote – or aren’t able to vote when they show up. We need more cities to work with advocates on the ground. I applaud Philadelphia City Commissioners and advocates for their continued efforts to make voting accessible to people with diverse disabilities. Wouldn't it be nice if every city in the country would do the same? And I urge each of you to get your cities to follow Philadelphia's lead! 

In solidarity,
Tony Coelho
DNC Disability Council Chair
 
DNC on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Disability Council Chair Tony Coelho, and DNC Disability Council Member Joyce Bender released the following statement:

“Every day, Americans with disabilities help fuel our economy. They bring diverse experiences, critical skills, and new perspectives to the workforce, and they deserve equal opportunity and dignity in the workplace. 

“Our nation has made great strides toward building a more inclusive economy for Americans with disabilities. But we still have work to do. Across the country, people with disabilities still face barriers in the workplace and high unemployment rates. Democrats believe no one should be denied the dignity of work because of a disability. We believe people with disabilities deserve fair wages and employment protections. That’s why our party has banned sub-minimum wage contracts at our convention, and opposes them in our party platform. And we will keep fighting for the disability community every day.”
 

DNC Summer General Meeting

The Disability Council held its General Meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in San Francisco. Our Summer General Meeting featured guest speakers California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. Following our guest speakers, Ted Jackson and CA Democratic Party Disabilities Caucus Chair Hene Kelly, CDP Disabilities Caucus members Alyce Brown, Susan Pfeifer, and Carol Taylor, presented a training and panel discussion "How to Start a Disability Caucus in Your State Party." Thanks to all who participated in our meeting! If you have feedback, ideas,  and suggestions for future Disability Council meetings, please send them to tonycfor2016@gmail.com

Resolution Urging Full Access and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the Democratic Party

At the DNC Summer General Meeting, DNC members voted in favor of a Resolution Urging Full Access and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the Democratic Party. The resolution, authored by Disability Council Chair Tony Coelho and Veterans Council Chair Christine Pelosi, commits to full inclusion for people with disabilities in our Democratic Party, by having the DNC commit to ensure that the 2020 Convention and future conventions are accessible; that campaigns are accessible to voters, volunteers, interns, and staff with disabilities; to ensure their voter outreach efforts are accessible, including all websites, social media platforms, field offices, large events and rallies, and communications; to engage people with disabilities directly to help them form their platforms and vision for disability engagement, including advice on the accessibility of their campaigns; and, to neither seek nor accept donations or in-kind support at all from any company that uses the Fair Standards Labor Act Section 14c certificate or engages in the practice of paying disabled workers sub-minimum wage. Access the resolution in full by visiting this link: bit.ly/DNCAccessibilityResolution.
 
HSDA Resolution in Support of Access Coordinators on Campaigns

The Youth Committee, chaired by Seamus Campbell, Rachel Gonzalez, and Anna Landre, was created this past June. Thanks to their advocacy and support from HSDA President Jack Greenspan, HSDA recently unanimously passed a resolution in support of having candidates have ADA/508 and/or Access Coordinators on their campaigns! To read the full resolution, visit bit.ly/HSDAResolution.

The Youth Committee, throughout the academic year, will be working on creating a guide to help students with disabilities coming from high school and into college and from college into “real life” to know what resources are available to them and organizations that are resources. If you are interested in getting involved with the Youth Committee by organizing and advocating for disability issues in your schools, colleges, and community as we go into the 2020 election, please email Chair Seamus Campbell at scampbell@nysyd.org.
 

Disability Council Fundraising and Women's Leadership Forum

The DNC Disability Council Finance Committee held a fundraiser with Governor Kate Brown on July 23, 2019. The event had over 93 attendees and raised $8,000. This event, combined with I Will Vote Gala San Francisco proceeds, have brought the Disability Council's fundraising total to over $230,000. 

The next ticketed event will be the DNC Women's Leadership Forum Conference, which will feature Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other incredible trailblazers. The conference and training will be held 10/16 to 10/17 in DC. There are limited quantities of the $100 Young Professional Ticket, which includes 1 Ticket to Training, 1 Ticket to Conference, 1 Ticket to #WomenWillVote Welcome Reception, and 1 Ticket to Women Will Vote Gala. To purchase your Women's Leadership Forum Conference tickets, visit http://bit.ly/DisabilityCouncilWLF. Please use Raiser Code 127448185 so the Disability Council can be credited. 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 janni.lehrerstein@gmail.com
 
DNC Debates

The next Democratic Primary Debate will be held on October 15, 2019 at Otterbein University in Westerville Ohio. It will be broadcast by CNN, please keep a watch out for information on multiple platforms and accessibility information for viewing the debates.
 
The DNC staff has been working with the host networks tom provide accommodations and make sure the debates are accessible to the audience. They are making progress with each debate, especially improving communication access. During the September debate in Houston the network provided live CART captions available on a streamtext link to audience members inside the venue and around the world.
 
Additionally, they engage local disabled community members directly to make sure they can attend the debates. A local Houston Black pastor who has been engaged for many years in the Civil Rights Movement and is now also disabled sent us this note:

I am not a politician nor a business mogul—not even a University official—but as a Democrat with a six-decade-plus work-span related to TSU, I thank you two for making it possible for me, my caregiver, and my wheel-chair to be present at that event.  So let me express my heart-felt gratitude for your facilitating an old man to see...a globally-broadcast debate among candidates for the President of the United States! 


Presidential forums on disability issues

The Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum:  Focus the Disabled Voter - November 2, 2019

National Iowa Dem. Disability Caucus Chair Catherine Crist has been busy with accessibility and disability consciousness among presidential campaigns in Iowa, as well as with continued work with the states' democratic disability caucuses. She is organizing "The Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum:  Focus the Disabled Voter" on November 2, 2019 from 10-4 PM in Cedar Rapids, IA, with virtual participation. Questions will be generated by the disabled community of voters, family members, activists, caregivers, and advocates during the AIO (Accessibility, Inclusion, and Outreach Conference held in Cedar Rapids on Oct 19th), and through the IDP Disability Caucus, DNC Disability Council members, and NADDC Members. We will send out the Facebook event link shortly. You can always "like" the Iowa Democratic Party Disability Caucus Facebook page to track news related to this event. If you have questions about this event, contact Catherine Crist Chair, IDP Disability Caucus and Chair, NADDC via email (AIOConference2019@gmail.com and IDP.DisabilityCaucus@gmail.com). 

Presidential Forum on Disability Issues - November 3, 2019

The Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland is proud to announce our national nonpartisan Presidential Forum on Disability Issues. The forum will take place on November 3, 2019 at Morningside College.
The Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues will place the pressing questions the disability community faces on center stage and give major party Presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss policy decisions that affect approximately 23% of the American electorate. Seating is limited so claim your free ticket today! If you have any specific questions you would like to ask any of the presidential candidates, please comment below. This event will be streamed live on Facebook. For tickets, visit this link

Elected for Inclusion – the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues - January 13, 2020

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and REV UP Texas are proud to announce Elected for Inclusion, our national nonpartisan Presidential forum on disability issues. The forum will take place on January 13, 2020 at the AT&T Hotel and Convention Center in Austin, Texas in advance of Super Tuesday and the November 2020 elections. Elected for Inclusion – the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues will place the pressing questions the disability community faces on center stage and give major party Presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss policy decisions that affect approximately 23% of the American electorate. AAPD and REV UP Texas are hosting Elected for Inclusion as a means of highlighting the power of the disability vote. In 2020, over 35 million eligible voters will be people with disabilities.  The number of “disability voters” increases to over 62 million when we consider the ripple effect of the disability vote that connects families, friends, advocates, educators, providers, and other individuals that interact with people with disabilities. For details, visit this link
 

Contribute to Disability Policy

The Policy Committee has created a first draft of a policy guide which addresses employment, criminal justice, emergency mgmt and climate change, transportation, housing, education, financial wellness, and healthcare. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chakir Underdown or Kelly Buckland at chakirunderdown@gmail.com or kjbuckland.kb@gmail.com
 
Protect the Disability Vote

The Disability Council's Voter Protection Committee chairs met 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. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Eddie Correia ecorreia@correiadc.com and Kelly Simoneaux kelley@spinalcordinjurylawyers.com

 

October 8, 2019

NEWS OF THE DAY

Trump Abandons Our Allies

Trump’s Gross Abuse of Power

Fourth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

DNC November Debate Threshold

Democratic Party Agenda

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Election Security

Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

Trump’s Health Care Sabotage

Working Families Aren’t Benefiting From The Economy

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes


NEWS OF THE DAY


Trump Abandons Our Allies

  • Trump recklessly abandoned Syria’s Kurds, one of our most effective and reliable partners in the Middle East, after a phone call with Turkish President Erdogan.

    • The U.S. strategy to contain and ultimately retake ISIS’s stronghold in Syria was effective only because of the tens of thousands of Kurdish fighters fighting on the ground.


  • Trump’s impulsive decision is divorced from any strategy and apparently coordinated with few, if any, within his own administration. It will only create more volatility in the region, and could potentially contribute to the resurgence of ISIS.


  • Trump and his family have long displayed unexplained deference to Erdogan, who presided over the launch of Trump properties in Istanbul, from which the president has earned millions.

    • Trump’s decision only benefits Erdogan, inviting questions about whether this is a form of payback—or a downpayment for future investments.

    • We know that Trump has shown a pattern of placing his own personal interests ahead of our national security. 


  • One thing is clear: ISIS will be emboldened and our Kurdish partners will no longer be there to keep the terrorist group down. Just as importantly, every current and potential partner will have even more reason to doubt America’s credibility and resolve going forward. 


Trump’s Gross Abuse of Power

More and more news about Trump’s gross abuse of power continues to come out. In fact, there is so much bad news that it can be hard to keep up. Here’s the latest, in case you missed it:

  • This morning, the Trump administration continued to obstruct the House inquiry by preventing Ambassador Sondland from sitting for his deposition, making it even more clear that the White House is engaged in a cover-up.

    • Trump took ownership of the order to block Sondland’s testimony, which came from the State Department.

    • Sondland reportedly called Trump after another senior diplomat texted him that it was “crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” After speaking with Trump, Sondland replied that the president had been “crystal clear” that there were “no quid pro quos of any kind” — the same text that Trump is now claiming exonerates him.


  • A second whistleblower with firsthand knowledge of Trump’s phone call came forward this weekend.


  • Trump openly called for China and Ukraine to open investigations into a political opponent. Meanwhile, the president continues to boast about having “tremendous power” over China in trade negotiations.

    • Trump previously spoke to China’s president about his political rivals, in another call that was stored on the White House’s highly secure computer system intended for sensitive national security secrets.

    • Top White House officials refuse to say that they have not raised investigations of Trump’s political rivals as part of trade talks with China, or that it won’t be part of the negotiations beginning this week.


  • Recently released text messages show an explicit quid pro quo in Ukraine -- security assistance and a White House meeting in exchange for Ukraine opening an investigation advantageous to Trump’s reelection.”

  • Two Trump administration diplomats worked with Rudy Giuliani to write a draft statement for the Ukrainian government that would have committed them to pursuing investigations into Trump’s political rivals.


  • Trump ordered the removal of the Ukraine ambassador after complaints from Giuliani that she was undermining his work to get Ukraine to investigate his political rival.


  • Mike Pence is now tied up in Trump’s abuse of power scandal. He reportedly received the transcript of Trump’s call within hours of it ending. Pence also told the Ukrainian president that U.S. aid was being withheld while demanding more aggressive action on corruption, days after Trump’s call asking for an investigation.

    • If you hear Pence tell it, he had no idea that Trump was pushing Ukraine to investigate one of his political rivals, but his denials don’t pass the smell test. Pence saw the transcript, his aide was on the call, and Giuliani had been bragging about a quest for an Ukrainian investigation of a political rival for months. 


  • Pompeo confirmed that he was listening in on the call where Trump pressured the Ukrainian president, despite previously suggesting he had no knowledge of the call, and he is stonewalling the House’s impeachment inquiry and intimidating witnesses to prevent them from testifying, creating the appearance he is trying to cover something up.


  • Attorney General Barr held private meetings with foreign officials seeking their help to discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.


  • The intelligence community’s inspector general released a statement pushing back on allegations that the whistleblower’s knowledge was entirely “hearsay” -- he had “direct knowledge” of some information -- and on the Republican conspiracy theory that the whistleblower form was recently changed -- it wasn’t. 


  • A former advisor to the Ukranian president said that it was a “well-known fact” Trump wanted compromising info on his political opponent, and that the Ukrainian president knew critical U.S. aide was at stake.


  • It wasn’t just Ukraine and China. Trump also pressured the UK and Australian governments to help Attorney General Barr gather information to discredit the Mueller investigation, potentially helping his reelection. Attorney General Barr even traveled to Italy to meet with officials there as part of the effort to discredit the investigation.


Don’t get distracted by Republican lies and misinformation. Trump committed a gross abuse of power. Here’s a recap: 

  • Donald Trump used the power of the presidency, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and potentially the U.S. attorney general in an attempt to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election. 


  • As soon as Ukraine’s new president was elected, the White House made clear that Zelensky’s correspondence with Trump depended on his willingness to “play ball.” 


  • In mid-July, Trump ordered the U.S. to cut off critical security assistance to Ukraine -- an ally that was invaded by Russia a few years ago, and typically receives bipartisan support from our government. 


  • In late July, Trump talked with Ukraine’s president. Among other things, he asked Ukraine to investigate DNC servers in Ukraine (a debunked conspiracy theory) and brought up reopening an investigation that could influence the 2020 election in his favor. 


  • Coming out of the July phone call, Ukraine understood what they were supposed to do. Ukraine’s readout from the call showed they had gotten the message that Trump would help them if they helped him.


  • White House officials knew at the time how disturbing Trump’s abuse of power was, and immediately worked to cover it up. Trump’s inner circle intervened to “lock down” all records of the phone call -- part of a larger pattern of the Trump administration abusing the systems used to store classified information to protect political sensitive issues.


  • Contrary to Trump’s cries of “fake news,” the inspector general of the intelligence community has already stated clearly that this allegation “appears credible” and is supported by information outside of the whistleblower complaint. A second whistleblower with firsthand knowledge has come forward and can corroborate information in the initial complaint. 


  • Trump has admitted multiple times to the central claim of his abuse of power, and he went even further asking China to also investigate his political rival and  interfere in our election, on national television.


Fourth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

  • Last week, the DNC, CNN, and The New York Times announced that 12 candidates have been invited to participate in the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate. 


  • Based on the qualification criteria agreed to by the DNC, CNN, and The New York Times and announced in May 2019, the following candidates have been invited to participate in the fourth primary debate:

    • Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sec. Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mr. Andrew Yang


  • The DNC, CNN, and The New York Times previously announced that the fourth debate will take place on October 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


DNC November Debate Threshold

  • The DNC announced the qualification criteria for the November presidential primary debate.

 

  • The qualification threshold for the fifth debate requires candidates reach a relatively low grassroots fundraising requirement and a polling requirement:

 

  • Candidates must receive donations from at least 165,000 unique donors, with 600 unique donors in a minimum of 20 states. That’s a moderate increase from the 130,000 donor requirement in place for the September/October debates.  

 

  • The polling threshold has also increased but the new criteria gives candidates two pathways to meet the polling requirement. Candidates must either receive 3% support in four national or early state polls, or 5% in two early state polls.  

 

  • The threshold continues to be generous and fair. By November, candidates must be able to demonstrate this relatively basic level of broad-based support.

 

  • The DNC has said, since 2017, that the threshold would go up as we get closer to voting because candidates must show progress. It’s been this way in previous cycles for both parties.

 

  • At 3%, the general polling threshold is still below the margin of error of the vast majority of reputable polls.  

 

  • Candidates who go on to be competitive in the primaries, let alone win the nomination, have polled well above 3% in October and November of the year before voting begins.

 

  • Candidates are not being asked to average their polls, as has been done in many past cycles. This means that candidates that might have 0% in multiple polls would not be penalized, and could still make the debate stage.

 

  • The polling window is two months long. The DNC’s list of acceptable poll sponsors is longer than ever before, and the polls the DNC uses are more diverse than ever before.

 

Democratic Party Agenda 

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters. 


  • Here’s a look at some of what Democrats have done:

    • House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • House Democrats passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • Democrats passed a disaster relief bill.

    • House Democrats passed the Equality Act to prohibit discrimation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats passed a package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • House Democrats passed a bill to restore net neutrality.

    • House Democrats passed the Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • House Democrats passed historic anti-corruption reform.

    • House Democrats passed election security legislation to strengthen our election systems against foreign interference.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately? 

 

DNC WAR ROOM

 

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

  • Last week, the Trump administration announced that it will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have or can pay for health insurance within 30 days.

 

  • It was also reported that Trump proposed shooting migrants and arming military personnel at the border with bayonets. It is unfathomable that Trump had to be told that this is not allowed.

 

  • The bottomless cruelty of this administration is immoral, disgraceful, and antithetical to everything we stand for as a nation. 

 

  • Asylum seekers and immigrants deserve to be treated with basic human dignity and decency, but Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to demonize them to divide the American people.

 

  • Trump has separated families at the border. He has tried to detain children indefinitely. He creates fear and chaos by targeting immigrant families with raids. And he has even targeted documented immigrants who pay taxes and play by the rules.

 

  • There is no moral justification for Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and no excuse for the trauma they will inflict on immigrant families.

 

  • At a time when our country needs a president who will unite us, all Trump wants to do is attack Latino and immigrant communities.

 

  • Democrats believe diversity and compassion are our nation’s greatest strengths, and we will keep fighting these inhumane attacks at every turn.


Election Security

  • Last week, Putin joked about interfering in U.S. elections, but this wasn’t a joke. We already know that Russia is trying to interfere in our elections. Trump’s response? He reportedly told the Russians that he was not concerned about Russia’s election interference.

 

  • It’s clear that Trump does not take our national security seriously, and cannot be trusted to protect our democracy. 

 

  • Trump has repeatedly refused to bring up Russia’s election interference with Putin. He’s downplayed Mueller’s warning on Russia’s ongoing interference when asked about it, and now we learn he’s practically inviting them to interfere again.


  • The Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on election security, which found “extensive” Russian election interference that targeted all 50 states, and our election infrastructure was unprepared. The report emphasized that more needs to be done.


  • Despite this, Trump continues to downplay Russia’s election interference and refuses to hold them accountable, while Mitch McConnell blocks legislation to bolster our election security.


  • We know Russia and other foreign actors are already hard at work trying to interfere in our upcoming election. Yet Trump and Republicans have ignored their patriotic duty, and refused to take the necessary steps to secure our elections.


Trump’s Failure To Address Gun Violence

  • Trump is not serious about addressing gun violence. The White House has been unable to provide any clarity on Trump’s position, and Trump is now looking for excuses to abandon the issue entirely. 

    • Trump is trying to blame Democrats for standing in the way of gun reform, but House Democrats have already passed legislation to expand background checks while Trump has refused to give any indication to lawmakers of what he would support.

 

  • Trump must act to stem the endless massacres from gun violence. Instead, he refuses to support the House-passed bill to expand background checks and has failed to provide any guidance on what gun reform measures he would support.

    • Trump met with the head of the NRA about securing their financial support in exchange for halting any consideration of further measures to stop gun violence.

 

  • We’ve heard a lot of talk from Trump about taking gun violence prevention seriously, but it’s all been lies and empty promises. Trump has only shown that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

    • While Trump has put a former NRA lawyer on the team drafting gun reforms and metwith Wayne LaPierre, anti-gun violence advocacy groups say the White House has ignored their attempts to work with them on gun reform proposals.

    • Trump said last week “we are working with the NRA” on gun safety, but not Democrats in Congress.

 

  • Trump said he supports background checks, but after speaking with the NRA, Trump backed off his push for new legislation and took universal background checks off the table.

    • We’ve seen this show before -- Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill. Instead, he chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support commonsense gun reforms.

 

  • All we’ve heard from Republican lawmakers are their ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Republicans have refused to talk about these recent mass shootings or seriously address the issue of gun violence in America. 

 

  • While Republicans refuse to take action, Democrats will continue to fight for commonsense reforms. There’s a reason why a majority of Americans trust congressional Democrats rather than Trump to handle gun laws.

 

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support commonsense gun reforms to ensure that tragedies like the shootings in Texas and Dayton never happen again. It is long past time for Trump and Republicans to join Democrats in taking action.

 

Trump’s Health Care Sabotage

  • Trump repeatedly promised that he’d make health care “much less expensive,” provide “much better coverage,” and “take care of everybody” -- but that hasn’t happened. Instead, Trump’s only made things worse. 

    • The uninsured rate increased last year for the first time since the ACA’s passage.


  • Trump has spent the entirety of his presidency sabotaging Americans’ health care and relentlessly trying to repeal the ACA. He keeps saying he’ll come out with a new, better replacement plan, but has offered nothing.

    • Republican officials say the Trump administration is giving up on a health care plan entirely and is instead focused on “damage control” - a response to the fallout if he succeeds in his lawsuit to overturn the ACA and its preexisting conditions protections. 

    • But let’s be honest - the White House never had a plan besides destroying the ACA and ignoring the tens of millions of people who will lose their health care if Trump gets his way. The White House’s only plan is to take their health care away.


  • Now, despite millions more Americans lacking health care coverage and costs continuing to go up because of their sabotage, Republicans say that they will once again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they win in 2020.

 

Working Families Aren’t Benefiting From The Economy

 

 

  • Confidence in the economy is falling. Americans’ confidence in the economy fell to the lowest level in three years and small business confidence dropped to a six-month low. 

    • A majority of Americans believe a recession is likely in the next year -- and they blame Trump’s policies by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

 

  • Trump promised he’d raise workers’ wages, boost job creation, bring back manufacturing, and put more money in the pockets of working families — none of that has happened.

    • The manufacturing sector lost 2,000 jobs last month, and wage growth slowed to the weakest level in more than a year.

    • His erratic trade policies have cost 300,000 jobs so far, and 2019 is on pace for the slowest year of job growth since 2010.

    • The manufacturing industry continued to contract last month and reached its lowest level in over a decade.

    • Business investment contracted last quarter, including a major drop in investment in structures like factories.

    • Working families could lose $1,000 per year on average as a result of Trump’s erratic trade policies, which his administration said wouldn’t hurt consumers.

 

  • Trump promised his tax law would pay for itself and that it would benefit workers — but that didn’t happen either.

    • The deficit for FY 2019 rose to nearly $1 trillion, $205 billion more than a year ago and the highest in seven years.

    • Trump’s tax law failed to boost job creation as he promised it would.

 

Trump Obstacles To Securing 270 Electoral Votes

  • We take nothing for granted and are building the infrastructure to win tight races in battleground states across the country. Trump’s reelection campaign faces major obstacles in securing reelection that Democrats are preparing to capitalize on:

    • Trump’s standing and Democratic victories across “the blue wall.” In 2018 Democrats won statewide elections in PA, MI, WI, OH and MN by significant margins. Public polling shows the challenges he faces in this region: he is 12 points underwater in PA; only 36 percent say they would reelect him in MI; his net approval has dropped 17 points in WI; he’s 9 points underwater in OH; and he is 11 points underwater in MN.

    • Trump faces challenges in attempting to expand his map. In NV last cycle, Democrats won the Senate, gubernatorial and attorney general races (Jon Ralston wrote there is “not one indicator -- not one -- that Trump could flip NV”); in CO, Democrats won every statewide race in 2018; and in VA, Republicans have not won a presidential race since 2004.

    • In 2018, Democrats made traditionally Republican states more competitive -- Trump can’t take anything for granted. In AZ, Democrats won three statewide races (in addition to flipping four seats in the state House); in GA, Democrats came within 2 points of winning the governor’s race; and in NC, Democrats hold the governor’s mansion and broke the GOP supermajority in the legislature in 2018 -- in fact “every single Republican in the N.C. House of Representatives from the Raleigh and Charlotte suburbs lost except one.”

    • Florida, Florida, Florida. Democrats are investing earlier than ever before. Through programs like Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Democrats already have 90 field organizers on the ground -- and the FDP has announced a multi-million dollar voter registration program along with a year-round voter protection department. In 2018, Florida Democrats elected their first Democratic cabinet officer since 2006, flipped two congressional seats, sent the largest legislative delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years and flipped county governments in Hillsborough, Orange and Miami Dade.

    • The DNC is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump in the general election. We’ve launched: Organizing Corps 2020 — an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment to train the organizers across seven battleground states, with a special focus on communities of color; the War Room, a joint effort of the DNC’s communications, research and digital departments that drives rapid response against Trump (the DNC’s research department is home to the most comprehensive research file on Trump); and a state-of-the-art, cloud-based data warehouse along with the new Democratic Data Exchange.

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:
  • Wages Slowed, Manufacturing Declined, And Economic Optimism Fell
  • Past 24 Hours: The Walls Close In On President Trump
  • THE LATEST: Trump Bans Immigrants Who Don’t Have Health Insurance
  • LO ÚLTIMO: Trump prohíbe la entrada a inmigrantes que no pueden pagar por un seguro médico
  • Trump’s Erratic Policies Contribute To Declining Wages
  • DNC on Trump Administration Blocking Sondland Testimony

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Wages Slowed, Manufacturing Declined, And Economic Optimism Fell

Today, on National Manufacturing Day, the new jobs report shows that the manufacturing sector is in decline and lost 2,000 jobs last month. It’s clear that Trump did not bring back manufacturing as he promised, but that’s not the only broken promise -- he also broke his promises to raise wages and increase job growth.

Wages slowed to the weakest level in more than a year last month.

Bloomberg: “Average hourly earnings rose 2.9% from a year earlier, the weakest in more than a year and missing estimates.”

Manufacturing growth slowed again last month and the lost 2,000 jobs.

Bloomberg: “Manufacturers subtracted 2,000 jobs, continuing a trend toward weaker growth. It likely reflects the slowdown at factories, seen also in data from the Institute for Supply Management, which points to slower production and orders amid weakening demand for goods.”

Americans’ optimism in the economy fell to the lowest level in three years.

CNBC: “Americans’ attitudes toward the economy took a sharp turn downward in the third quarter, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey, with just 23% believing the economy will improve in the next year, the lowest level of optimism in three years.”

U.S. factory orders fell in August.

Reuters: “New orders for U.S.-made goods slipped in August and business spending on equipment was much weaker than initially thought, the latest indications that manufacturing was in a slump.”

Over 100 more manufacturing workers lost their jobs in Iowa and Illinois.

The Gazette: “Deere and Co. has announced layoffs for more than 160 production employees in the Quad Cities”

The decline in manufacturing is spreading to the rest of the economy as non-manufacturing growth fell to the lowest level in three years.

CNN: “America's manufacturing industry is in contraction. Business spending is soft. And now the biggest chunk of the economy, the US service sector, is growing at its weakest pace in three years. Recession fears were reinforced on Thursday after the Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index dropped to 52.6 last month, down from 56.4 in August. This barometer of growth among service providers such as banks, restaurants and hotels is now at the lowest level since August 2016.”
 



Past 24 Hours: The Walls Close In On President Trump

Yesterday started off with Trump once again admitting to his gross abuse of power. And then he did it again! He pressured China to investigate his political rival, and at the same time that we’re in a protracted trade negotiation with them. But that wasn't the end of it.  By the end of the day, we learned much more about the extent of Trump’s use of presidential power to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals - including the most explicit evidence yet of a quid pro quo.

Text messages between top US officials working on US-Ukraine relations explicitly stated a quid pro quo that involved the White House. 

Washington Post: “This is as explicit a quid pro quo as you can get: Promise to get to the bottom of events in 2016 — which could refer to either the hacking or to the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor targeted by Biden — and you’ll get the validity that comes with a White House visit.”

NBC News: “‘Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?’ Taylor wrote, using an acronym for the White House, after Trump canceled a planned meeting with Zelenskiy in Poland. A week later, he told Sondland: ‘As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.’”

Trump ordered the removal of the Ukraine ambassador after complaints from Giuliani that she was undermining his work to get Ukraine to investigate his political rival.

Wall Street Journal: “President Trump ordered the removal of the ambassador to Ukraine after months of complaints from allies outside the administration, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, that she was undermining him abroad and obstructing efforts to persuade Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine prepared a statement to push Ukraine to commit to pursuing investigations into Trump’s political rivals.

New York Times: “Two of President Trump’s top envoys to Ukraine worked on a statement for the country’s new president in August that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing investigations sought by Mr. Trump into his political rivals, according to three people briefed on the effort and documents released Thursday night.”

Giuliani was warned that he was receiving untrustworthy information from Ukraine about Trump’s political rival, but he pursued it anyway.

Washington Post: “The former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine told House investigators on Thursday that he warned President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, that Giuliani was receiving untrustworthy information from Ukrainian political figures about former vice president Joe Biden and his son, according to two people familiar with his testimony.”

Many people in Ukraine knew about Giuliani’s efforts to dig up dirt on Trump’s political rival before the whistleblower complaint, including an oligarch close to the Ukrainian president.

Washington Post: “Months before an intelligence community whistleblower accused President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani of digging for dirt on former vice president Joe Biden in Ukraine, many in that country knew what he was up to and some were talking about it publicly. One Ukrainian oligarch in particular, a figure close to President Volodymyr Zelensky, claims to have first-hand knowledge of Giuliani’s activities because, he says, Giuliani’s business associates tried to rope him into the scheme.”

The White House continues to obstruct the House’s impeachment inquiry, making it clear they have something to hide.

Axios: “The White House is planning to send Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter as soon as Friday arguing that President Trump and his team can ignore lawmakers' demands until she holds a full House vote formally approving an impeachment inquiry, 2 sources familiar with the letter tell Axios.”

We found out that Trump previously spoke to China’s president about the political prospects of his political rivals, in another call that was stored on the White House’s separate, highly secure computer system.

CNN: “During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden's political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who by then had started rising in the polls, according to two people familiar with the discussion. In that call, Trump also told Xi he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed. The White House record of that call was later stored in the highly secured electronic system used to house a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine's President and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint that's led Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry into Trump. Asked earlier this week about Trump's call with Xi, the White House did not deny that he raised Biden.”
 



THE LATEST: Trump Bans Immigrants Who Don’t Have Health Insurance

Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda is cruel, immoral, against everything we stand for as a country, and hit yet another stunning new low last week. Here’s the latest:

Trump will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have or can pay for health insurance.

New York Times: “The Trump administration will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs once they become permanent residents of the United States, the White House announced Friday in the latest move by President Trump to undermine legal immigration.”

Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda is unathombaly cruel. He has even threatened to shoot migrants trying to cross the border.

New York Times: “Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

Trump is seeking to indefinitely detain immigrants, collect their DNA, and entering it into a government criminal database. 

New York Times: “The Trump administration is moving to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year and to enter the results into a national criminal database, an immense expansion of the use of technology to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.”

Thousands of migrant families still face trauma after being forcibly separated by the Trump administration, with some even trying to kill themselves.

NBC News: “Thousands of migrant children and parents were ‘cruelly and inhumanely’ separated by the Trump administration, with several parents having tried to kill themselves and at least one dying by suicide, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.”
 



LO ÚLTIMO: Trump prohíbe la entrada a inmigrantes que no pueden pagar por un seguro médico

La agenda anti-inmigrante de Trump es cruel, inmoral, y va en contra de todo lo que representa nuestro país, y aun logró alcanzar una nueva baja esta semana pasada. Esto es lo último: 

Trump le negará las visas a los migrantes que no puedan pagar por un seguro médico. 

Telemundo: “La administración Trump le negará las visas a los migrantes que no puedan demostrar que tendrán un seguro médico cuando se conviertan en residentes permanentes o los recursos suficientes para costearse uno, anunció el Gobierno este viernes.”

La crueldad de la agenda anti-inmigrante de Trump es incomprensible. Trump ha amenazado con disparar a los inmigrantes que intentan cruzar la frontera.

BBC News: “El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, sugirió disparar a los inmigrantes a las piernas para frenar su paso por la frontera con México, según un nuevo libro recientemente publicado...Otras propuestas incluían la construcción de un muro fronterizo electrificado, además de un foso infestado de caimanes y culebras.”

Trump está buscando la manera de mantener detenidos indefinidamente a inmigrantes, recolectar su ADN, y guardar la información en una base de datos.

Univision: “El gobierno del presidente Donald Trump anunció este miércoles un plan para recolectar muestras de ADN de todos los migrantes detenidos por cruzar la frontera de forma irregular...Los datos serán resguardados por una base de datos del FBI, que podrá ser usado por otras divisiones del gobierno. ‘Esto nos va a permitir identificar mejor a una persona que entraron ilegalmente al país’, indicaron los funcionarios.”

Miles de familias inmigrantes aún se enfrentan con el trauma después de ser separados a la fuerza por esta administración. 

USA Today: “Abogados de la ACLU, como se conoce a la organización, y de otras entidades presentaron en Tucson la querella contra funcionarios que trabajaron o trabajan en el gobierno del presidente Donald Trump, argumentando que el gobierno violó los derechos de los inmigrantes y traumatizó profundamente a unos 4.000 niños que fueron separados de sus padres tras cruzar la frontera de manera ilegal. La mayoría de las familias son de Centroamérica y muchos solicitaron asilo.”
 



Trump’s Erratic Policies Contribute To Declining Wages

Trump’s economy is not benefitting working families. His erratic policies have contributed to wages declining, have only made the rich richer, and are leading to rising risks of a recession.

Trump’s erratic policies have contributed to workers’ wages falling behind the rest of the economy.

CNBC: “That 50-year low in unemployment isn’t helping worker paychecks”

CNBC: “While the September nonfarm payrolls report showed that the 3.5% unemployment rate is at a fresh 50-year low, it also indicated that average hourly earnings are on the decline. The one-cent-an-hour slip to $28.09 was the first month-to-month drop since October 2017 and the 2.9% year-over-year rise in wages was the slowest increase since July 2018.”

CNBC: “Indeed, even though the economy continues to grow at about a 2% pace, risks have become elevated that a combination of global weakness, the U.S.-China tariff war and geopolitical turmoil could cause a slowdown or recession in the U.S.”

For the first time on record last year, the wealthiest 400 Americans paid a lower total tax rate than any other income group.

New York Times: “For the first time on record, the 400 wealthiest Americans last year paid a lower total tax rate — spanning federal, state and local taxes — than any other income group, according to newly released data.”

Trump’s erratic policies are leading to a rising risk of a recession.

CNBC: “The risk of a recession is rising, and the main threat to the economy is the Trump administration’s trade war, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics.”
 


 

DNC on Trump Administration Blocking Sondland Testimony

In response to the Trump administration blocking Ambassador Sondland’s deposition with congressional investigators, DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“Sondland had direct contact with Trump in the midst of discussions about the quid pro quo, he described Trump’s quid pro quo to Senator Ron Johnson, and now we’ve learned there are text messages being kept secret -- his testimony must be heard and the evidence must be secured. 

“The White House has refused to comply with Congress at every turn. Trump and his administration’s total disregard for the rule of law is disturbing, and it’s destructive to our democracy. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee is cheerleading the White House on to defy the law. The American people expect more from their leaders and will hold them accountable.”

Dear DNC Member,

 
We wanted you to be the first to know that today we are announcing that the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate will be held Wednesday, November 20th in the Atlanta, GA area. Our media partners are in final discussions with a venue and we will share that information as soon as we are able. This debate will be co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post and will be carried live by Urban One.The deadline for qualifying polls to be released and grassroots donations to be received for this debate is 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 13th.
 
As always, if you have any questions please let us know. 


Yours, 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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