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March 7, 2020

Dear DNC Member,



Hope you had a wonderful week. We wanted to send you a few pieces of information as you head into your weekend:
  • Trump Says He Wants To Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid
  • Coronavirus Update
  • A Very Super Tuesday: Democrats Smash Turnout Records

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to my office. 


Yours, 
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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Trump Wants To Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

Last night, Trump once again admitted that he plans to cut social safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

MACCALLUM: "If you don't cut something in entitlements, you'll never really deal with the debt."

TRUMP: "Oh, we'll be cutting."

This morning, the White House desperately tried to walk back Trump’s comments, but it won’t work. We already know what Trump wants to do. 

Trump’s said it before.

KERNEN: “Entitlements ever be on your plate?”

TRUMP: “At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I-- it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things.”

And he’s shown us. 

Year after year, Trump’s budgets have called for hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

  • Trump’s FY21 budget proposal called for a net Medicare cut of $480 billion.
  • Trump’s FY21 budget called for $24 billion in cuts to Social Security programs.
  • Trump’s FY21 budget would cut Medicaid spending by $920 billion over 10 years.
  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed cutting $575 billion from Medicare. 
  • Trump’s FY20 budget proposed a $26 billion cut to Social Security programs.
  • Trump’s FY20 budget would cut overall Medicaid spending by nearly $1.5 trillion.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed $72.5 billion in cuts to SSDI and Supplemental Security Income.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget proposed cutting Medicare spending by $554 billion.
  • Trump’s FY19 budget would cut Medicaid spending by about $250 billion.
  • Trump’s FY18 budget called for a $70 billion cut to SSDI benefits.
  • Trump’s FY 18 budget proposed a $600 billion cut to Medicaid.

Coronavirus

The DNC is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the quickly evolving situation, we wanted to assure you that we are following the developments and will continue to evaluate the potential impacts on our organization and our work. We are in communication with the state parties, the convention team, and our other partners as this continues to develop.

We have released guidance to DNC employees on the importance of staying home if you are showing any symptoms of illness, as well as the resources below. Please feel free to pass along and share these links. 
 
Coronavirus 2019 Resource Information

A Very Super Tuesday: Democrats Smash Turnout Records


 Across the country, Democratic voters turned out in record numbers to make Donald Trump a one-term president.

As Super Tuesday results poured in, Donald Trump had plenty to be nervous about. In every corner of the country, voters flocked to cast their ballots for Democrats, smashing turnout records along the way. See for yourself: 

In Virginia:

  • More than 1.3 million Virginia Democrats voted in this year’s primary, blowing past 2016 (785,190) and 2008 (986,203). That represents an increase of nearly 70% over 2016.

In Maine:

  • Associated Press: “Top election official: Maine turnout ‘heavier than expected’”

  • Bangor Daily News: “Maine poised to beat turnout projections in Tuesday’s presidential primary”

In Colorado:

  • Denver Post: “Participation in the Democratic primary already was nearly five times as high as caucus turnout in 2016, as of late Tuesday.”

  • With 82% of precincts reporting, more than 756,000 Colorado Democrats voted in this year’s primary, compared to fewer than 125,000 in 2016.

In Texas:

In Minnesota:

  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Turnout strong for Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday vote”

    • “Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday primary appears to have accomplished what state lawmakers wanted when they ditched presidential caucuses: more voter participation.”

    • “With 99.7 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, nearly 885,000 Minnesotans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In 2016, just 318,000 people participated in caucuses statewide.”

  • Duluth News Tribune: Approximately 82,000 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party absentee ballots were requested, compared to roughly 12,000 Republican ballots.

In North Carolina:

In California:

  • “Ballot turnouts were running about 40 percent higher than 2016 in Orange County as of Monday, and election officials estimate overall turnout could reach about the mid-60s. Vote-by-mail ballots were on track to beat the 2012 turn-in by 70 percent, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said.”

In Tennessee:

  • In a victory for voters, a Tennessee judge ruled in favor of an injunction filed by the Tennessee Democratic Party to extend polling hours following a devastating tornado in Middle Tennessee.

In Utah:

  • Daily Herald: “Utah sees record-breaking turnout during first Super Tuesday presidential primary”

  • More than 175,000 Utah Democrats voted in this year’s primary, more than double the 81,606 who caucused in 2016, and more than the 131,403 who voted in the 2008 primary.

In Massachusetts:

In Alabama:

In Arkansas:

  • More than 230,000 Arkansas Democrats turned out to vote, surpassing turnout in 2016 (221,000).

In Vermont:

  • More than 157,000 Vermont Democrats voted this year, topping 2008 turnout and outpacing 2016 by nearly 23,000 votes.

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