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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here. Much of what has previously been shared starting in 2016 in the DPCA Listserve will continue to be posted there as well.

 Interested Parties
FROM: DNC Trump War Room
DATE: January 20, 2019
RE: Two Years of Trump, One Failed Presidency


Today, we are officially halfway through Trump’s presidency, and things are only getting worse. Any way you look at it, Trump’s first two years have been marked by failure:

The government is currently going through its longest shutdown in history, with no end in sight. And Trump’s to blame. He said it himself, “I will be the one to shut it down.”

Trump’s only significant legislative accomplishment gave massive tax breaks to rich and big corporations, while doing nothing to benefit workers.  

Trump vowed to protect Medicare and Social Security, but has proposed drastic cuts to both programs. He repeatedly promised that he would lower the costs of prescription drugs within weeks, but that hasn’t happened.

Trump’s ongoing campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act has made health care less accessible and less affordable for millions of Americans.

Trump has demonized and attacked immigrants while doing nothing to actually solve the issue of illegal immigration. He separated families, attacked asylum rights, and played politics with the lives of Dreamers.

Trump has faced serious investigations throughout his presidency that are examining his campaign’s relationship with Russia, whether he committed obstruction of justice and whether he, himself - the President of the United States - has acted as a Russian agent.

After two years, it’s already clear that Trump won’t deliver on his campaign promises, he has completely abandoned workers and families, and his presidency is a failure.

Trump Shutdown: Abandoned Workers And Failed Leadership
Trump is responsible for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. He said it himself, “I will be the one to shut it down.” Trump has abandoned hundreds of thousands of workers who do not know when their next paycheck will come.

  • The Trump Shutdown is the longest in our history, and the third of Trump’s presidency. Before Trump, no shutdown had occurred when one party controlled the House, Senate and White House since the 1970s.
  • Americans increasingly blame Trump for the government shutdown, and his approval rating has slid dramatically since the shutdown began.
  • The Trump Shutdown is pushing the economy closer to a recession. It has erodedAmericans optimism in the economy and support for Trump’s economic policies.
  • Hundreds of thousands of workers missed their paychecks. The Trump Shutdown has so far cost workers more than $5,000 in wages on average.
  • Nearly one million government contractors are out of work because of the shutdown.
  • Coast Guard members missed their paychecks. This is the first time in our history active-duty service members have not been paid during a lapse in government funding.

Trump’s Failed Economic Policies
Trump repeatedly touts the economy as one of his biggest accomplishments, but under Trump’s watch wages remained largely stagnant, the stock market Trump once touted has plummeted, and the economic outlook of our country has worsened. While his administration has given wealthy corporations a short-term boost, they’ve rolled back crucial protections for consumers, student borrowers, retirees, and working Americans across the country.

  • The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else has grown under Trump’s watch.
  • The economic indicators Trump has frequently pointed to as evidence of his policies’ success have all begun to falter:
  • Americans are more pessimistic about the future of the economy than they’ve been in nearly two decades.
  • The Trump administration has systematically rolled back crucial protections for workers and consumers to benefit corporate interests and donors.

The Trump Tax Law Did Not Benefit Workers
Trump promised workers that his massive tax cuts for the rich and big corporations would benefit workers, create economic growth, and pay for itself. None of that happened.

  • Corporate profit growth hit a 6-year high, and corporations used their massive tax breaks for a record-high $1 trillion of stock buybacks.
  • Workers did not benefit. 60 percent of voters said they had not seen an increase in their paychecks as a result of the Trump tax law.
  • The Trump tax law has not created jobs. In fact, the 1,000 largest public companies actually eliminated nearly 140,000 jobs since the tax law was passed.
  • The federal deficit swelled by more than 40 percent compared to a year ago largely because of a sharp decline in corporate tax revenues, and the CBO said the Trump tax law would add $1.9 trillion to the debt over the next decade.
  • While workers were left behind, Trump and his family benefit greatly from the Trump tax law.
    • Ivanka and Jared stand to benefit from a tax break they pushed, which offers massive tax breaks to real estate developers.
    • Kushner’s family business bought $13 million in additional properties after they were designated part of an “opportunity zone” by Trump’s tax law.
    • Trump and his family benefit substantially from massive tax cuts given to the richest Americans, and from tax breaks given to “pass-through” entities like the Trump Organization.

Trump Did Nothing To Lower Prescription Drug Costs
Trump promised to bring down prescriptions drug costs. Instead, he gave massive tax breaks to pharmaceutical companies and did nothing to actually lower costs, which continue to skyrocket.

  • Despite Trump’s promises, pharmaceutical companies have already raised prices on more than one thousand drugs so far this year, including increases of nearly 10%.
  • The biggest drug companies announced more than $50 billion in stock buybacks after the Trump tax law, but made no plans to lower drug prices.
  • House Democrats have already gotten to work to lower costs and launched an investigation into pharmaceutical companies raising prescription drug prices.

Trump Made Health Care Less Accessible And Less Affordable
Voters made their voices heard in the midterm elections: They overwhelmingly oppose Trump’s sabotage. While the Trump administration has not learned its lesson, Democrats will never stop fighting to ensure that health care is a right for all.

  • Trump’s health care sabotage is forcing premium increases as high as double-digits  on millions of Americans this year, and millions more are priced out of the market and unable to afford coverage at all.
  • For two years running, the open enrollment period saw a decline in health insurance sign-ups. 2019 saw a 4% drop in health insurance sign ups compared to last year because of Trump’s sabotage.
  • Trump immediately celebrated a court ruling in favor of a lawsuit he backed to overturn the ACA. Here’s what Trump was really celebrating:
    • Potentially taking health care coverage away from around 20 million Americans.
    • Putting as many as 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions at risk of losing key protections.
    • Confusing tens of thousands of Americans who typically enroll in health care on the final days of open enrollment, making it harder for them to get the care they need.
  • Trump broke his promise to address the opioid crisis. He failed to take the advice of his presidential commission to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and tried to cut Medicaid and ACA benefits -- both of which have played a key role in expanding access to substance abuse treatment.

Though Trump fortunately failed to push through repeal legislation, he has continued his endless campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Here are just a few examples:

  • New rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would increase out-of-pocket costs, drive up premiums, and put health care out of reach for many Americans.
  • The Trump administration issued new guidance encouraging states to skirt the ACA’s current income and coverage standards for federal health insurance subsidies.
  • One day after the midterm elections, Trump finalized a new rule -- which now faces a legal challenge -- to roll back the ACA’s requirement that employers provide birth control coverage.
  • Trump’s administration repeatedly slashed funds for enrollment assistance and advertising programs intended to get Americans covered.

Trump Broke His Promises To Protect Social Security And Medicare
Trump vowed to protect Social Security and Medicare, but that was a lie. Trump tried to cut billions from these vital programs that millions of families and seniors rely on, and would have cut even more to pay for his massive tax cuts for the rich and big corporations.

  • Trump sought a $72.5 billion cut to Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security income.

Trump Has Abandoned Our Nation’s Veterans
Trump constantly lies about his accomplishments and has repeatedly shown disrespect to veterans and military service members. Despite saying he supports our troops, Trump has not done enough to help our nation’s veterans.

  • Trump’s VA is planning to betray millions of veterans by rerouting billions of dollars from veterans’ hospitals into the private sector.
  • Trump’s VA set aside $6.2 million last year alone to advertise its crisis hotline to reach vulnerable veterans and prevent suicides, but it spent less than 1% of that budget.
  • Trump’s VA is being steered by three of his Mar-a-Lago cronies with no relevant experience.
  • Veterans have not been able to get the GI Bill payments they need and earned because of failures at Trump’s VA.
  • Trump’s CFPB made it harder for the the Military Lending Act to protect service members and their families from deceitful lending practices.

Trump’s Fearmongering And Anti-Immigrant Policies
Trump started his campaign by attacking immigrant communities, and that would come to define his presidency. Trump has continued to fearmonger and push his anti-immigrant agenda, tearing thousands of children from their families, attacking immigrants rights, and diminishing the U.S. as a beacon for the world.

  • The Trump administration separated thousands more children from their families than previously believed.
  • Multiple immigrant children have died while in the Trump administration’s custody.
  • The Trump administration fired tear gas at children and their families seeking asylum at the border.
  • The Trump administration sought to rescind the right to asylum from victims of domestic violence and gang violence.
  • Trump has tried to end temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

Trump Has Made Us Less Safe
Trump has repeatedly embarrassed us on the global stage, and his leadership has made us less safe and caused the world to lose respect for the United States. Time and again, Trump has praised dictators, while alienating our allies, and chose to side with the likes of Vladimir Putin over our U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Despite Trump’s summit and claims that he neutralized North Korea’s nuclear threat, North Korea secretly continued to build new missile bases.
  • Trump withdrew the U.S.  from the U.N. human rights council.
  • Donald Trump praised dictators like North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and he  extended a warm invitation to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, who has openly defended the murder of journalists and extrajudicial killings.
  • Trump stood on the global stage and sided with Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies.
  • Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office.

Trump’s Swamp
After campaigning on a populist pledge to “drain the swamp,” Trump has only further transformed Washington to enrich himself and his wealthy  friends. Trump stocked his administration with donors and former lobbyists, and let special interest groups and corporations draft their own policy. His Cabinet secretaries have used their positions for their personal gain, while wasting taxpayer dollars.

  • Trump broke one of his central campaign promises to “drain the swamp” by enacting reforms to reduce lobbying and influence peddling.

Trump’s Dishonest Presidency
Trump has repeatedly and blatantly lied to the American people over and over again. While he has failed to deliver on his promises or meaningfully improve the well-being of middle-class families, Trump has attempted to mislead Americans about basic facts and has tried to invent false statistics to push his unpopular policies.

  • The majority of Americans say they trust Trump less than previous presidents, and fewer than 3 in 10 Americans believe the president’s most common lies.

Investigations Continue To Turn Up More Trump And Russia Ties
Less than four months into his presidency, Trump fired FBI Director Comey because of “this Russia thing with Trump,” leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. As the special counsel’s investigation continues to get to the bottom of links between the Trump campaign and Russia -- and hold Trump’s cronies responsible for their crimes -- it is essential the investigation be protected from Trump’s interference.

  • Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop a federal investigation into Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
  • Trump fired FBI Director Comey, admitting shortly afterward that he did so because of the Russia investigation.
  • Mueller’s investigation has resulted in more than 100 criminal counts, 33 people and three companies charged, and guilty pleas from five Trump associates -- so far.
    • Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline of the Trump Tower Moscow project in order to protect Trump.
    • Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation.
    • Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted at trial on eight counts related to money laundering. The next month, he pleaded guilty to two more counts in a separate trial and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation (Mueller’s office subsequently revoked the plea deal because Manafort wouldn’t stop lying).
    • Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman and Manafort’s longtime business partner, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty to two charges and agreed to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation.
    • Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russians.
  • Trump publicly emerged at the center of Mueller’s investigation after being labeled “Individual 1” in criminal filings, suggesting  that Trump continues to be a major subject of interest in the probe.
  • Despite Trump’s frequent denials during the 2016 presidential campaign that he had any business deals in Russia, negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow continued until June 2016, well into the campaign.
    • Trump discussed the project on multiple occasions with Michael Cohen, and Trump family members received briefings.
    • Michael Cohen spoke with the Kremlin about the project, and the Trump Organization even planned to give Vladimir Putin a penthouse apartment in the finished tower.

Nearly Everything Trump Has Ever Run Is Under Investigation
Trump has a decades-long history of acting as if he were above the law. In addition to the special counsel’s investigation, Trump and organizations he has run have been the subjects of fraud and corruption investigations by federal and state prosecutors, as well as party to lawsuits alleging that Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting bribe money from foreign nations.

  • Trump was personally implicated in a hush-money scheme during the 2016 election to silence two women that alleged they had affairs with him.
    • Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was granted immunity by federal prosecutors to testify about Michael Cohen before a grand jury, giving prosecutors access to his unparalleled knowledge of Trump’s finances.
  • Federal prosecutors were probing whether Trump’s inauguration misspent funds or accepted contributions in exchange for favors that run afoul of federal corruption laws.
  • New York State authorities opened a probe into Trump’s company following a bombshell report detailing decades of tax fraud.
  • Civil lawsuits alleging Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause put the Trump Organization’s financial records under fire.
  • The Trump Foundation was forced to dissolve as part of an ongoing investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office into Trump’s years-long use of the foundation for his own benefit.

Dear DNC Member,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with relaxation and quality time with family and friends.

As we prepare for the work ahead of us in 2019, we wanted to share some very important updates with you, as well as the calendar for the rest of the year.

DNC 2019 Meeting Schedule
We know that members would like to plan earlier for our meetings, so we are excited to be able to share the dates of all of our meetings for 2019. Please find below the dates for all meetings and locations. We will provide additional details per meeting as we get closer to them, but please save the dates below. 

February 14-16: DNC Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C.
June 28-29: Joint DNC Executive Committee Meeting and Rules & Bylaws, Pittsburgh, PA
July 30-31: Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C.
August 22-24: DNC Summer Meeting, San Francisco, CA

We are also still looking at an end of the year Executive Committee meeting and will share details about that as we have them. For now, please save the dates above.

DNC Winter Meeting
 As we previously announced the 2019 Winter DNC Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, February 14th to Saturday, February 16th in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marquis. 

We are still working to solidify the agenda and will share that as soon as we are able. However, to assist you in your travel arrangements, we intend to end the meetings on Saturday around 5:00 p.m. The schedule is still in development and subject to change and we will keep you informed as it finalizes.

The DNC Member room block is now open. You have until January 14th to book your room. 

If you plan on attending the meeting please let us know by RSVPing. 

 Summary of DNC Executive Committee Meeting in Puerto Rico

The DNC Executive Committee met on Saturday, December 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Executive Committee heard from Puerto Rico Chair Charles Rodriguez who thanked the DNC for coming and showing its support as Puerto Rico continues rebuilding. We stand with Puerto Ricans and will always help in the fight to ensure that they have the resources they need and equality they deserve.

Chair Tom Perez provided remarks about the recent successes during the midterm elections. He talked about his philosophy on planning, executing and reflecting. This meeting was an opportunity to reflect, as our Chair said - we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go.

Our post-election presentation was led by Guy Cecil, Chair of Priorities USA Action. He shared with DNC members a number of important data points related to the midterms and 2020. Among the highlights are:
  • Democrats made big gains across the board, and especially with non-college white voters.
  • Democrats should continue to capitalize on President Trump’s weakness on key economic issues, which includes the cost of health care.
  • As we look towards 2020, there are two groups that he views as key to success – new Democratic voters (Mobilization Targets) and Midwest Trump to Democratic voters (Persuasion Targets).
Following that report, DNC CEO Seema Nanda led a panel on the DNC’s investments in state parties this cycle. Panelists included Minnesota DFL Party Chair and DNC Vice Chair Ken Martin, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning and Nevada Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce. These panelists spoke about how the DNC’s investments in state parties, made through the State Party Partnership, the State Party Innovation Fund grants, and other organizing investments, led to tremendous success. This cycle, the DNC provided more than $30 million to state parties.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and AFT President Randi Weingarten who are also DNC Members, shared their thoughts on the election and how we can support our brothers and sisters in the labor movement.

DNC Deputy CTO Lindsey Schuh Cortes provided a DNC Tech update. She highlighted the tech goals for 2018, which include expanding infrastructure support and service for end users, enabling data-driven campaigns, improving the cybersecurity of the Democratic Party, and serving the internal needs of the DNC. She shared some of the investments that were made, including the 110 million cell phone numbers added to the voter file. 

DNC Vice Chair and Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson provided a report on behalf of all the DNC officers about their activity this cycle. Over the past six months, the officers traveled to over 25 states to support events for the party and candidates at every level.

The final item of business was a budget and finance update presented by Treasurer Bill Derrough and Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson. At the end of last year, nearly $100 million will have been raised in support of the DNC.

With no old or new business, the meeting adjourned.

Following the Executive Committee meeting, the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee met to finalize and adopt the regulations that help implement the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules and the Call to the Convention.

Those are all of our updates we have today. As always, please let us know if you need anything.

Thanks for all you do.


Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

DNC Members,

We are excited to share with you the DNC’s framework for several key elements of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates.  This is the first announcement of our process and we are grateful to so many of you for sharing your valuable feedback with us.  

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and know that we will be in touch with more information in the new year.

Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee


DNC Announces Framework for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Washington, D.C. -- Since his campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee, DNC Chair Tom Perez has promised to conduct a presidential primary process that is transparent, fair, inclusive, and puts the party in the best possible position to take back the White House in 2020.

Perez has followed through on this promise by passing historic reforms that have expanded the use of primaries, made caucuses more accessible, reduced the influence of superdelegates, and increased transparency of the DNC’s budget and operations. He is continuing this effort with his approach to the presidential primary debates.

Perez and his team have held more than 80 meetings over the course of many months with a variety of individuals who have knowledge of and experience with the debate process.

Today, Chair Perez is pleased to announce the DNC’s framework for several key elements of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate process.

“To win back the presidency in 2020, Democrats must lead with our values. That began with the historic reforms to expand and increase trust in our party, and it will continue by conducting party business fairly, transparently, and inclusively throughout the 2020 primary process,” said Chair Perez. “To that end, we have listened and learned about debate experiences from a wide array of stakeholders.

“My goal in this framework is to give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; to showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; to present opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and to reach as many potential voters as possible. That is how we will put our nominee in the strongest position possible to defeat Donald Trump, and how we will help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”


  • The DNC is announcing 12 presidential primary debates over the course of the 2020 cycle, with six debates in 2019 and six in 2020.

  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019. After a break in August, there will be one debate per month for the rest of 2019.

  • The DNC currently plans to hold its last debate in April of 2020. All early-state debates will be held in 2020.

  • The DNC will not bar candidates from participating in forums in which one candidate appears on stage at a time. The DNC will ask candidates to refrain from participating in debates other than the 12 debates sanctioned by the DNC.

  • In order to give our candidates a platform to make their case to voters, the DNC will seek to maximize the viewership of each debate.

  • The DNC will announce specific dates, locations, sponsors and more in 2019.

  • Given the fluid nature of the presidential nominating process, the DNC will continuously assess the state of the race and make adjustments to this process as appropriate, and always transparently.   


  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019.  In order to accommodate a potentially large field of candidates, both may occur over multiple consecutive nights.  

  • In the event that the qualifying field of candidates requires these debates to be held over multiple nights, the lineup for each night will be determined at random, with qualifying candidates assigned one night per debate. The random selection of candidates will be done publicly.   

  • In addition to meeting the filing and constitutional requirements to run for President of the United States, candidates will qualify for the first two debates by meeting criteria that include both polling and other objective measures that reflect a candidate’s support, such as grassroots fundraising.  

  • The specific criteria for the first two debates will be announced in January 2019.



Dear DNC Member,

With 19 days to go, below are some DNC updates that we are pushing out to our networks and would love your help amplifying!  

Final Push for Team Blue: In coordination with Swing Left, 270 Strategies, and other key partners, we have deployed dozens of people to campaigns around the country and sent thousands to fill GOTV shifts and other critical GOTV roles. We are doing another push to help people head to critical campaigns - below is language you can use to encourage anyone who wants to help this cycle!

With less than three weeks before the most important Election Day of our lifetime, campaigns around the country still need our help. Most of these elections are going to be won or lost by hundreds of votes. 

Here are ways that you and your network can plug in. It’s not too late!  

Willing to head to a campaign for the final 4 - 14 days?  →   Sign up here

Sign up to knock doors, make calls and texts remotely or near you →   Sign up here

Lawyer willing to help with voter protection efforts?  →   Sign up here

Not sure what to do? See all options to help by joining Team Blue!   →

Some draft tweets to re-tweet or to re-make your own! UpdatesWe have made some exciting updates to

    • Embeddable polling place widget:  We have updated our polling place locator tool that campaigns, state parties, and organizations can now also embed on their own websites! Not all polling information is released by states at the same time though, so we add locations to as soon as they become available. 

    • A daily updated list of what early vote and polling places are up:!

We hope it’s a helpful resource for voters and for our partners! 

Some draft tweets to re-tweet or to re-make your own!

We would love your help pushing out these options and resources to appropriate people.




Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee




Dear DNC Member,

I hope you all had a great week. It was great to see many of you at our 2018 Summer Meeting in Chicago. It was an extremely busy meeting, with lots of thoughtful discussion about the direction of our party.
As we do after every meeting, I wanted to share a few quick notes with you on the business that was conducted:
  • Adoption of the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules and Call to the Convention – During our general session on Saturday, we voted by acclamation to adopt the Delegate Selection Rules and the Call to the Convention as was presented by the Co-Chairs of the Rules & Bylaws Committee, Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller. You can find a complete and final copy of Rules here and the Call here.
  • Approval of Amendments to the DNC Charter and Bylaws – During the general session, the membership also unanimously adopted two amendments to the DNC’s Charter & Bylaws. The first amendment incorporated transparency-related party reforms from the Unity Reform Commission’s Report. The second amendment updated equal division language to make it consistent with the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules and 2020 Call for the Convention, and to allow for inclusion of gender non-binary members and delegates. You can find an updated copy of the DNC Charter & Bylaws here.
  • Adoption of the Report from the DNC Credentials Committee – The full DNC also approved the report, presented by Credentials Committee Co-Chairs Karen Carter Peterson and John Currie. You can see their report here.
  • Adoption of the Report from the DNC Resolutions Committee – On behalf of himself and Co-Chair Lottie Shackelford, Co-Chair Stuart Appelbaum presented the report of the DNC Resolutions Committee. The report included the approval of 33 resolutions – a mix of policy and commemorative. He also shared that the Executive Committee adopted four commemorative resolutions at its meeting on Thursday morning.
In addition, we heard reports from a number of DNC Officers and Staff on the work that we are doing to build towards victory on November 6. During the meeting we shared a copy of the DNC Member Toolkit, which you can access here. This is an important document for all members and highlights many of the recent successes of the new DNC and also shares the number of ways you can be engaged in the work. Please take a moment to read the document and let us know which ways you will be engaged.
Thank you all for your work and dedication to our party. As a reminder, the full DNC will not meet again in-person until after the Election in November. Until then, we all need to be hard at work helping elect Democrats from the school board to the Senate.
If you have any questions or need anything else, please do not hesitate to let me or my office know. Thanks again.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

Read the latest addition of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus Newsletter





Dear DNC Member,

Pursuant to our rules, this email serves as your 30-day notice for our upcoming 2018 Summer DNC Meeting, August 23rd-25th, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. At this meeting, the membership will conduct party business including consideration of the 2020 Call to Convention, the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules and amendments to the Charter & Bylaws. Caucuses and councils will fill any respective vacancies that exist as part of their necessary business. Please find additional details on the meeting below.


If you haven't already done so, so that we can better plan for your arrival in Chicago and get all the necessary materials for you, we kindly ask that you let us know if and when you will be attending the meeting or if you will not be able to join us. 

Meeting Schedule

You can find the current tentative schedule here. As always, this is subject to change and we will notify members if and when it does.  

Hotel Reservation

You can book your hotel room at the DNC member rate here or you can call the hotel directly. The hotel block closes on July 31, 2018.


Should you be unable to attend any portion of the Summer Meeting, you can fill out a proxy form here. As a reminder, you must fill out a proxy for every individual meeting you plan on missing and the proxy must be designated to another member of the same body. If you cannot attend the meeting, a proxy must be submitted by 5:30pm ET the day prior in which the proxy is to be executed. Onsite proxies will be accepted up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting starting. Members who have to leave the hotel once a meeting has started can submit a proxy prior to leaving. Should you have any questions, please reach out to my office.

Party Business - Proposed 2020 Delegate Selection Rules, Call for 2020 Convention & Proposed Charter Amendments 

You can find a letter here from RBC Co-Chairs Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, that provides an overview of the proposed 2020 Call to Convention and Delegate Selection Rules. The RBC has worked diligently since the beginning of the year to draft these documents that will govern our presidential nominating process and ensure that our party operates in an open and transparent manner. As promised by Chair Perez, you are receiving these documents 30 days in advance of the meeting so that you are able to have plenty of time to review. In the event that you have any proposed changes please send them by August 16th.  

To help you better understand the proposed changes around automatic delegates, please find a fact sheet that summarizes the proposal here

We are also in receipt of two proposed amendments to the DNC’s Charter and Bylaws that were properly filed. In accordance with our process, the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee at its meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 10th considered and unanimously approved both proposed amendments. These amendments will be considered by the full DNC at our meeting in August.  

Member Engagement Calls 

In the lead up to the August meeting we want to ensure that members have ample opportunity to dive deeper into the documents provided to you in this mailing and to be able to ask questions and get clarification before we get to Chicago. My office will be conducting a series of engagement calls, which we will announce later this week. Please be on the lookout for those. 


Upcoming Deadlines/Calendar of Events

In an effort to better prepare you for the Summer DNC meeting, please find a list of upcoming deadlines and events listed below.

  • Tuesday, July 31st - Deadline to reserve a room through the DNC Member room block

  • Thursday, August 2nd - Deadline to submit resolutions by 11:59pm ET.

  • Thursday, August 9th - 14-Day Notice will be sent out to DNC Members 

  • Thursday, August 16th - 7-Day Notice will be sent out to DNC Members

  • Thursday, August 23rd - Saturday, August 25th - DNC Summer Meeting in Chicago, IL

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. Please let us know if you have any questions as we get ready for next month's meeting.





Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee



Dear DNC Member,

I hope that this note finds you well and getting ready for a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.
Last week, the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee met to finalize its recommendation on the issue of automatic delegates. This is an important step forward for our party and I'm excited about the consensus we were able to reach. There are some great stories from the meeting that we wanted to share with you so you could read about the discussion:
CNN: Democrats take big step towards a smaller role for superdelegates
Washington Post: Democrats vote to limit voting power of ‘superdelegates’
NPR: DNC Officials Vote To Scale Back Role Of 'Superdelegates' In Presidential Nomination
Politico Morning Score: Kennedy’s retirement shakes up midterms
The Hill: DNC committee votes to limit power of superdelegates

The next RBC meeting will be held July 11-12 in Washington, DC. At this meeting, the Committee will finalize the language on automatic delegates and any other final edits to the Call and Rules so they can be sent out to you in advance of our meeting in Chicago.
Once the RBC has finished its business next week, we look forward to briefing you on the options that will be before you, the process that has brought us to this point, and answer any questions that you might have. This will be similar to the briefings we held earlier this year on the Unity Reform Commission recommendations.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff. Thank you so much.

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

Welcome our new CEO

Dear Fellow DNC Member,  

I'm pleased to announce that we have hired our next CEO, Seema Nanda.  I can personally attest to Seema's hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party and am excited for her to hit the ground running. Seema will start in the office at the end of July. To learn more about Seema, see the attached press release.

Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

DNC Announces Seema Nanda as CEO


Today, the Democratic National Committee announces Seema Nanda as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Nanda will manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. Seema served on Tom Perez's DNC transition team, which took a fresh look at the DNC following the 2016 election and put an infrastructure in place that led to wins in 2017 and 2018.
Most recently, Seema has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where she oversees strategy and manages day-to-day operations. Prior to that, Seema was Chief of Staff to then-Secretary Tom Perez at the U.S. Department of Labor. While at the Labor Department, she also worked as Deputy Solicitor and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to Perez, managing a portfolio that included immigration, workforce development, and internal management issues.
This decision was made after a five-month search led by current CEO Mary Beth Cahill. Mary Beth will continue to serve the DNC through the transition and as the DNC heads into the 2018 cycle. Seema will start later next month.
“I’m beyond excited that Seema is bringing her talent and brilliance to the DNC,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “I’ve seen firsthand Seema’s exceptional ability to lead. She is a seasoned manager who has a proven track record of success and a well-documented history of fighting for our Democratic values, whether it’s on immigration, civil rights or leveling the playing field for our workers. As we head toward such a crucial election, I’m one hundred percent certain that Seema’s leadership will help the DNC capitalize on the unprecedented grassroots energy and enthusiasm surging throughout the country.”
“If there’s anything I’ve learned during my search for a permanent CEO, there’s no shortage of qualified and passionate leaders in our party. Seema undoubtedly fits the bill,” said Interim DNC CEO Mary Beth Cahill. “With Seema joining our senior leadership team, I know that the DNC will be in good hands. Working alongside Chairman Perez and the team has been an honor and a privilege. Though I’m leaving my role in the building, I’ll never stop working to make sure Democrats everywhere continue to win from the school board to the Oval Office.”
"This position is the opportunity of a lifetime, for which I am incredibly honored and humbled,” said incoming DNC CEO Seema Nanda. “People are hurting all across our country. And I believe that Democrats are offering the positive solutions so desperately-needed right now – solutions forged by the strength of our diversity, the rigor of our ideas, and the decency of our values. I am grateful to Chairman Perez and Mary Beth for selecting me, and I look forward to joining my new DNC colleagues in the fight for our nation’s values and future.”
Before her time at the Labor Department, Seema led the now-named Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section in U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Her experience also includes practicing labor and employment law and serving on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations.
Seema is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Brown University and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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

“Today, Americans across the country celebrate Juneteenth, the abolition of slavery, and the generations of African Americans and their allies who have carried on the struggle for equality. From former slaves turned abolitionists to the tireless organizers striving forward beneath Black Lives Matter banners today, our nation’s long march toward progress carries on because of the enduring strength of activists demanding that our nation live up to the principles expressed in our founding documents. “As we celebrate how far we’ve come, we also recognize that the deep scars of slavery have yet to fully heal. Systemic discrimination still poisons the promise that we are all created equal, and racial injustice keeps too many citizens locked out of America’s great vaults of opportunity. “This Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to dismantling the relics of injustice that remain embedded in our society. Democrats believe that our diversity is our greatest strength. We will continue to fight for our shared values of inclusion and opportunity. We will stand united to support and protect families, including those immigrant families cruelly and immorally separated by the Trump administration today. And we will never cease in the work of ensuring equality for all Americans – no matter the color of their skin. Together we can, we must, and we
will form a more perfect union.”

The DNC also released a spoken word video titled “Our Power in Time,” written and performed by Alix Philogene, in honor of Juneteenth:

Dear DNC Member,

We are excited to announce that the upcoming DNC 2018 Summer Meeting taking place August 23rd - 25th will be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. We will send information on booking your hotel room as soon as we get it.

You can find the current tentative agenda here. As always this is subject to change and we will notify members if and when it does.  

As an additional reminder for members interested, the Rules & Bylaws Committee will be meeting on May 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C. The DNC RBC will continue to meet June 8 and 9 in Providence, Rhode Island in conjunction with the DNC Executive Committee. 

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

Democratic Municipal Officials



Democratic Municipal Officials Digest
Week of 4/30/2018

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Navigator Issue 1

  • The American people respond best to relatable language on people’s economic futures and how the wealthy are getting wealthier.
  • Overwhelmingly, surveyed individuals believe that politicians, especially Republican politicians, only serve the interests of wealthy campaign donors.
  • Americans believe that the already-rich are getting most of the benefits, and it's putting other American's futures at risk. 
  • More than paying today's bills, Americans worry about paying for future healthcare, retirement, and quality of life. 
  • Americans care more that Trump is reckless and abuses power than that he is lazy. 

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  • Seattle Council Member Teresa Mosqueda will be joining the DMO Labor Council.
  • Council Member Mosqueda brings a strong union background, having worked for the AFL-CIO and passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick and safe leave for workers in Washington State.
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Week of 4/23/2018

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  • DMO State Chapters are building stronger relationships with their state party counterparts.
  • We are pushing for inclusion of local elected Democrats on state party Central Committees, a presence at annual dinners, and for greater coordination on candidate recruitment. 

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Barbara Lee

Gregory Meeks

Danny Davis

Chuck Schumer

Nancy Pelosi

Debbie Stabenow

Keith Ellison

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