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

After many months of preparation and intense development efforts, the DNC is rolling out a brand new, state-of-the-art Data Warehouse. This is one of the biggest efforts to date fulfilling Chairman Tom Perez's commitment to overhaul the party’s tech and data infrastructure.

The Data Warehouse is the centerpiece of our tech efforts and will allow campaigns and committees at all levels of Democratic politics to better store, access, and analyze their data. It will also help us to continue to innovate, expand and improve our data capabilities in 2019, 2020, and beyond. The new Data Warehouse replaces Vertica, which was established as a temporary solution in 2011, and will make it dramatically easier to run smart, data-driven campaigns no matter what office a Democrat is seeking. This is a game changer.

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Since 2011, Vertica has been the Democratic Party's central repository for data—a place to store every state's voter file, every door knock and phone call organizers make, and every bit of commercially available data campaigns collect. It played an important role in President Obama's successful bid for reelection in 2012, and established having a strong data operation as core to modern-day campaigning. After just a few years, however, the system was already showing its age, and many Democrats feared that the lack of a strong data operation could handicap their candidates in 2020 and beyond.

Krikorian started hearing what he calls “war stories” about Vertica almost immediately, as he interviewed former campaign staffers like Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, and Stephanie Hannon, a former Googler and Clinton’s chief technology officer. The system was famous for crashing for 16 hours at a time. One data director in North Carolina told him she used to nap in her car just waiting for Vertica to come back online. Mook, Krikorian recalls, likened Vertica to Beirut—when the system got overloaded, as it almost always did, it would just shut down until the shelling stopped.

“It's not the system's fault it wasn't working,” Mook tells WIRED. “It wasn't built to last a long time or have the number of users it ended up having.”

For Krikorian, Vertica seemed like the main impediment to technological progress within the party. “I came in with a whole set of lofty goals of things we wanted to achieve at the party,” Krikorian says. “Once I peeled the onion, it all sort of came down to, well, we can’t do Interesting Thing X until Vertica’s fixed.”

So, in the months before the 2018 midterms, a make-or-break election for Democrats, he made the risky bet to divide his 40-person tech staff into two teams. One team would need to keep Vertica alive through Election Day; the other would be in charge of building whatever came next.

Now, Krikorian’s team is preparing to pull the plug on Vertica and stand up a new, more powerful system called, simply, the Data Warehouse. It will be backed by Google’s analytics tool called BigQuery, a cloud-based platform capable of handling massive datasets at the scale and speed necessary for an organization the size of the Democratic party.

“One of my top priorities has been to overhaul the party’s tech and data infrastructure and make sure we put the 2020 nominee and all of our candidates in the best possible position to take on the GOP and win,” DNC chair Tom Perez told WIRED in a statement. “The DNC’s Data Warehouse is the centerpiece of our tech efforts and will allow campaigns and committees to better store, access, and analyze their data.”


Dear DNC Member,

Below please find the announcement of the second DNC presidential debate location. 

Jason Rae
Democratic National Committee

Second DNC Presidential Primary Debate to be Held in Detroit

Second debate hosted by CNN on July 30 - 31 in Detroit

Today, the DNC is proud to announce that the second presidential primary debate, broadcast live on CNN, will be held in Detroit, Michigan. The debate will take place in prime time on back-to-back nights on July 30 and 31.  

The debate will be broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español. Our broadcast partners are fully committed to providing accessible communications for deaf and disabled audiences as well. An unauthenticated live stream of the debate will also be available for all users on CNN’s website, mobile apps and connected TVs via CNNgo.

The debate lineups for each night will be determined at random to provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience. Additional details on the venue, moderators, communication accessibility, and timing will be announced at a later date.

“Detroit embodies the values and character of the Democratic Party,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “It’s a city of grit and determination, a city that has gotten knocked down only to get back up stronger. With its diversity, its storied history, and its proud ties to the labor movement, Detroit is the perfect place for our party’s second debate.”

“Detroit is one of America’s great cities,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes. “For decades, the Motor City has been a critical pillar of our nation’s economy and an icon of American innovation. And I can’t wait to welcome our amazing Democratic candidates to Michigan as we show the American people that we are truly the party of working people.”

Mar 11, 2019, 11:27 AM

Dear Fellow DNC Member,  

Today, the DNC is pleased to announce that Milwaukee will be the host of the next Democratic National Convention! 

Democrats from across the nation will nominate the next president of the United States in a city of working people, labor unions, and communities of color, all of whom play a critical role in who we are as Democrats.  This is the first time the Democratic party has held a national convention in the Midwest, outside of Chicago, since 1916. This choice emphasizes the importance of the heartland and the strength of a diverse community working together.

Last election cycle, Democrats saw some of their biggest gains in Milwaukee and all across Wisconsin.  The city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin represents a prouder, stronger, more successful Democratic Party and we could not be more excited to be in Milwaukee from July 13-16, 2020 for the Democratic National Convention.

If you get inquires you can direct folks to our website here

Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

Deadline to apply is April 8, 2019

Dear Democratic Disability Leadership,

I am reaching out again about Organizing Corps 2020 with an update and some next actions to recruit disabled students for this program before the application deadline on April 8, 2019. #OC2020 offers student organizers who will graduate from college by Spring 2020 the chance for a paid training and a job this summer in AZ, FL, GA NC, WI, MI and PA. Then after they graduate next year they can transition into a job on the eventual Democratic presidential nominee's campaign in June 2020.

I wanted to make sure you’re up to date on where the program is going, programmatic next steps, and how you can help. So far, we have had about 30 disabled students apply for the program – will you help us reach our goal of getting 100 students with disabilities to apply by spreading the word? We know that you all are some of the best people for sharing information on social media and through the many disability community networks.

The DNC and Organizing Corps 2020 teams are working tirelessly to ensure that the training program and job placement experiences are accessible and inclusive for all. We are also aware that timelines for graduation may be extended for students with disabilities due to scheduling accommodations. If students will be available to train and work this summer, then work June through November 2019 then they should apply regardless of graduation date.

The program is also seeking Campus Ambassadors, which will receive a stipend for helping recruit applicants at their college or university. For more information on becoming an ambassador please email or call Brittany Albaugh at or (517) 861-9602 (mobile)

Below you’ll find top-lines about the program, ways you can help, and point of contacts moving forward. Please feel free to forward this email and share the opportunity with your networks!

Lead on,

Ted Jackson
Disability Engagement Director
Democratic National Committee

What Are The Goals Of The Program?
Ensure the Democratic nominee has a field force they need to win back the White House in 2020;
Build a talent pipeline that reflects the extraordinary diversity of this country and who will become future Democratic leaders who will work in the communities they know and love.

How Does It Work?
We are currently recruiting juniors and paying them this summer to gain in-the-field organizing experience. Starting in the summer of 2020, we will work with new graduates and career changers to make sure their talent makes an impact in the field during the general election.
Where Are We Doing This?

Organizing Corps 2020 will start by focusing on seven states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Application Info:
Application Link:
Final Application Deadline: April 08

HASHTAGS: #corpsvalues #oc2020


● CORE PROGRAM: The DNC and seven state Democratic parties, in partnership with 270 Strategies and The Collective PAC, have launched Organizing Corps 2020 — a new program, starting in 2019, focused on recruiting, paying, and training young people, especially people of color, to work on the 2020 presidential cycle!
● APPLICATIONS: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis through April 8, with a priority deadline on March 18. Students can apply at
● KEY DATES: June 10-August 2, and the program includes a five-day national training kick-off followed by Corps members working with their local Democratic party to turn their training into on-the-ground learning through voter engagement.
● PAY: Corps members can earn $4,000 while gaining valuable career skills in leadership, project management, and communication.
● GOALS: Train 1,000 Corps members over the next year to join the team of the eventual Democratic presidential nominee and help elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2020. Our first wave of the program targets college juniors this summer. We plan on running the second wave of this program for non-college students next year.

Membership Email

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well. We are certainly living in challenging
times aren't we...I believe unlike any other in our lives.

Many of you know that for over 25 years I have committed so much of my
myself, time and energy to the Women's Leadership Forum. I have so
many glorious memories over those and have been
so personally enriched by all of those experiences and the incredible
people I have worked with. I find myself recommitted fully to
the WLF and the crucial work of the DNC in these challenging times.

We recently had our first WLF National call for the year! During that
call, Chair Tom Perez said, "The Women's Leadership Forum was key to
our successes as a party in 2018 and will be crucial to winning in

Tom has rebuilt the infrastructure of the DNC at every level by
focusing on grassroots organizing, investing in state parties,
expanding our voter protection efforts, modernizing our data and tech
infrastructure.  I am especially excited about the new DNC initiative
Organizing 2020 that will train over 1,000 college juniors beginning
this summer who will be deployed when they graduate in June of 2020 as
field organizers in 7 of the critical battleground states of Arizona,
Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and

The revitalization of the WLF is critical to connecting the energy of
women across our country to our party and the important work Tom is
doing. The WLF raises women's voices and influence within the
Democratic Party with a new goal of being the women's centralized hub
for activation, information, and significant fundraising within the
DNC. A strong WLF will help to ensure that we have a strong foundation
for our presidential nominee in 2020.

We have created a new membership for the WLF. There are many levels of
participation starting with $20.20. I am asking each of you to pease
join the Women's Leadership Forum in this fight at any level you can.
You will receive monthly newsletters, monthly Women in the Spotlight
emails focusing on the newly elected women across the country,
quarterly conference calls, invitations to regional WLF events and our
National Issues Conference in Washington in the fall.

Through your support of the WLF, we will be able to recruit more
Democratic women to run for office, have stronger data and
infrastructure, and win in 2020. Pick a membership level and join us

I am counting on you. Please email me with any questions you may have.

I thank you in advance for your support.


With gratitude,


2019 Winter DNC Meeting Wrap Up


Thank you to all those who attended the Disability Council and Seniors Council joint meeting on February 14, 2019 at the 2019 Winter DNC Meeting in Washington, D.C. If you were unable to attend here is a transcript of the live captions.

This was a one-time opportunity to collaborate with the Seniors Council and hear from speakers who are working on the front lines on issues affecting both communities. We heard from disability and senior advocates seeking to increase voter turnout and protect social security and medicare. DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC CEO Seema Nanda also stopped by talk about the DNC's commitment to hosting an accessible DNC Convention in 2020.

During the DNC Meeting's General Session on Friday Stacey Abrams spoke to attendees. She highlighted the fight against voter suppression in all forms including people with disabilities, and spoke out against the attempted misuse of the Americans with Disabilities Act during the midterm election In Georgia. Abrams also spoke about her commitment to community integration and disability equality by expressing her support for the Disability Integration Act.

Tony Coelho and Stacey Abrams speak facing each other.

DNC Disability Council Chair Tony Coelho and Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

We hope that you can join us for the next Disability Council in-person meeting at the 2019 Summer DNC Meeting in San Francisco on August 22-24, 2019. I have forwarded below the wrap up email from DNC Secretary Jason Rae complete with some of the materials from the meeting including our political presentation.

Thank you for your advocacy and participation in the Disability Council!

Lead on,

Ted Jackson
Disability Engagement Director
Democratic National Committee

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jason Rae 
Subject: Post Winter 2019 DNC Meeting Summary

Logo of the Democratic National Committee Office of the Secretary

Dear DNC Member,

I enjoyed seeing so many of you and having the chance to catch up this past weekend in Washington, D.C. at the DNC’s winter meeting. I left feeling energized about the work that we have done as a party the last two years under Chair Perez’s leadership to organize, mobilize and win. I’m even more inspired now for the work that it coming before us in 2019 and 2020.  

As we do after all of our DNC meetings, we’ve prepared a short report for you on our busy weekend, where we came together for two general sessions, an Executive Committee meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, as well as a number of caucus and council meetings. Here are some updates about what happened during the 2019 DNC winter meeting:

General Sessions

We had two general sessions during this meeting. We started with a fabulous general session on Friday, where we were joined by the amazing Stacey Abrams. Stacey shared important insights about her own race in 2018 and the future of our party.

During Saturday’s general session, we heard welcome remarks from the Mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser, who talked about the importance of statehood for the District of Columbia and its residents. We also heard from Manny Guzman, an organizer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, about how the DNC’s investments in state parties helped them to organize diverse communities. We also heard from the Reverend Al Sharpton, who left us feeling inspired.

We also had a fabulous panel discussion with leaders from state parties, including Washington State Chair Tina Podlodowski, Florida Executive Director Juan Penalosa, and New Jersey Executive Director Liz Gilbert. These individuals spoke about the unique ways that they have been organizing in their state, how they have engaged grassroots groups, and what they are planning for 2019 and beyond.

In addition to hearing from these speakers, we watched several inspiring videos created by the DNC. Those videos included:  We Are DemocratsDefining Amendment XV and Honoring Juneteenth: Our Power In Time.  

Caucus and Council Meetings

Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held meetings to discuss the core buckets from 2018, and 2019/2020 DNC priorities. Our political & organizing department also presented on all those things and their presentation can be found here. An accessible version of this presentation can be found here. Each session talked about the importance of the delegate selection process and how to be engaged in that process, from working to appoint members to their state’s Affirmative Action Committee, to reviewing the plans, and finally educating people in their area about how to run for delegate positions.

Several elections took place to fill vacancies in specific caucuses and councils. In the Eastern Region, Yvette Lewis from Maryland was elected to a vacant Executive Committee representative position. In the Midwest Regional Caucus, Mark Mallory and David Walters were elected to two vacant Executive Committee representative positions.

In addition, I want to recognize DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins for the amazing Black History Month breakfast she organized for Saturday morning. The speaker, Dr. Frederick Haynes III, was remarkable. I left inspired and called to action.

Those are a few quick highlights from our meetings in Washington, D.C. I am truly looking forward to working with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

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





Jason Rae


Democratic National Committee

From our colleague in California:

I flew into Washington D.C. a day early so I could attend the "I Will Vote" Gala to support our voter registration and turnout operation in all 50 states. It was great to reconnect in person with DNC staff, DNC Members, and other activists and friends on how we can best work together to move our Party and advance our issues forward.

Speakers included DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC CEO Seema Nanda, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congresswoman Deb Haaland. You can watch Speaker Pelosi's excellent introduction video by clicking here.


Thursday, August 23: DNC Youth Council, DNC Credentials Committee


DNC Youth Council with the Chair and Co-Chair of the High School Democrats of America and the leadership of the Young Democrats of America

On Thursday, the DNC's 2019 Winter Meeting began with Council meetings. I led my first full meeting as Chair of the DNC Youth Council; my Chair's Report centered around a plea to support and defend sexual assault and harassment survivors, as well as whistleblowers. Our Vice Chair Kat Hoang (Texas), DNC officers (including Tom Perez, Jason Rae, and Jaime Harrison), DNC staff, High School Democrats of America, College Democrats of America, and the Young Democrats of America all shared important updates and items for discussion. We also held an engaging Q&A segment and shared best practices.

In closing the meeting, I recognized outgoing YDA President Louis Elrod for his service to our Democratic Party, our values, and all young people in this country. We adjourned the meeting in memory of Congressman John Dingell, Jr. and those who lost their lives in Parkland (which had occurred exactly one year ago).


with DNC Treasurer Bill Derrough and the leadership of College Democrats of America

Immediately after the Youth Council, I attended the meeting of the DNC Credentials Committee. I am the only Californian on the committee, which began at 10:30am and didn't conclude until after 3pm.

We heard two combined challenges against the DNC credentials of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, alleging that the meeting that resulted in their election was improper. After discussion, I believed that (1) the Alabama Democratic Party structure essentially barred any minority groups (other than African-Americans) from participating; (2) there was no effective notice; and (3) that proper election procedures were not followed. Therefore, I argued that the election results should be thrown out and the credentials for the Alabama Chair and Vice Chair should be revoked, and a new election called.


Senator Doug Jones speaks before the DNC Credentials Committee

The committee voted unanimously to call for a rewrite of the Alabama Democratic Party's bylaws (which must be approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee), followed by new elections supervised by the DNC. However, I was disappointed that the committee voted 12-11 to allow the Alabama Chair and Vice Chair to keep their DNC credentials; as I stated during the committee meeting, I felt that allowing them to keep their DNC credentials would not disenfranchize Alabama Democrats (since Alabama has other DNC Members), but rather it would further compound the problem created by the improper election.

You can watch the Alabama Chair defending herself, and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) speaking in favor of the challenging parties, followed by Q&A and discussion by the committee members by clicking on this link. Senator Jones begins his testimony at 5:52 in the video; I ask questions and speak from 20:00-30:40, 1:02:25-1:04:40, and 1:22:30-1:23:33.

You can read the final report of the Credentials Committee by clicking here.

Friday, February 15: Council and Caucus Chair Breakfast, Inclusion Training, Stacey Abrams Speech

The day began with an early 7am breakfast for Caucus and Council Chairs. We discussed past successes and challenges, especially as they relate to our Caucuses and Councils, and we planned for the future and organizing around races in 2019 and 2020.

Discussion on goals, engagement, support, and training was led by DNC staff. For pictures of the provided handouts, please click here. Chairman Tom Perez was in attendance and provided some brief closing remarks, and he mentioned the success we had in the midterms in California and Orange County.

with DNC Vice Chair and California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and DNC Midwest Caucus Chair Ron Harris (Minnesota)

I then attended an extensive anti-sexual harassment training with other DNC Members and campaign staff. For photos of the slideshow, please click here.

After a brief DNC Members-only session, we heard from former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. To watch some of her speech, please click here.


We also saw this short but impactful video entitled "Our Power in Time." It's definitely worth a watch -- no pun intended!

Saturday, February 16: Black History Month Breakfast, General Session

Saturday began with an energizing Black History Month Breakfast hosted by the DNC Black Caucus. I livestreamed one of the keynote speakers, Wisconsin's Khary Penebaker, who also serves as the Treasurer of the DNC Black Caucus; you can watch his speech by clicking here.


with DNC Member Khary Penebaker

Following the breakfast, I attended the Western Regional Caucus. The meeting was led by Washington State Chair Tina Podlodowski. Laurence Zakson reminisced about one of our own, Greg Pettis, and Luis Heredia (Arizona) spoke about Carolyn Warner, both of whom recently passed away.

We received updates from DNC staff (on our electoral successes in 2018, infrastructure investments, and tech updates) and from our Caucus Officers and Executive Committee representatives.

We also heard reports from the states. Sandra Lowe provided the California Democratic Party report, focusing on our successful campaign to elect Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Highlights from other states include a $17 minimum wage bill in Hawaii, killing a Republican-led gerrymandering effort in Idaho, John Tester's win in Montana and Jacky Rosen's win in Nevada, a tripling of the size of the Washington State African-American Legislative Caucus, and celebrating that votes from Democrats Abroad provided the margin of victory that flipped two Western Region congressional seats: CA-21 and UT-04.


California DNC Member Sandra Lowe gives the California Democratic Party report

The final meeting was General Session. DNC Officers and staff provided reports. In 2018, the DNC raised $60.6 million through online and direct marketing -- this was $8.6 million more than the DNC had budgeted. This was the best year for net grassroots funding since 2010 (when we held the White House). The DNC online store was three times as profitable than 2016, and the online number for December 2018 was 94% higher than December 2017. The DNC stated that they were committed to continuing monthly funding for all state parties at $10,000/month in 2019, and promised a new series of targeted grants to the state parties. The DNC will continue to mobilize and build organizing and fundraising lists. Investing in technology, including a data warehouse/analytics, cybersecurity, and technology and data support to candidates and state parties continues to be a priority. Demographic data on the diversity of senior staff was provided:

 People of ColorSelf-identified as Female
All Staff43%57%
Senior Staff50%43%
Paid Interns48%52%

In particular, the diversity of DNC interns was highlighted; DNC CEO Seema Nanda reported that the DNC has had an "exponential" improvement in the diversity of DNC interns since the implementation of paid internships. (Paid internships at the DNC were a priority for me, and was something that I raised to all DNC Chair candidates two years ago.)

During General Session, we approved the Credentials Committee and Resolutions Committee reports. The final Resolutions Committee report, which amended this document here, removed Resolution #21 (Creating a DNC Task Force to study the role of corporate money in fundraising) and replaced it with a vote by the 2020 Democratic National Convention Platform Committee on whether these corporate contributions to the DNC would be allowed in 2020. While we didn't get everything we wanted, I do want to thank California DNC Member Christine Pelosi for her leadership on both her original resolution (which I co-sponsored, but did not pass out of committee) and this compromise referral to the 2020 Platform Committee.

The primary guest speaker at the General Session was the Rev. Al Sharpton; you can watch some of his speech here.


the California delegation to the DNC (photo taken after the Western Regional Caucus meeting)

As always, if you have any questions about this meeting or anything else related to the DNC, please feel free to reach out to me by email, Facebook, Twitter, or text/call me at (510) 717-8260.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our National Party.

Your ally in activism,


Michael Kapp
Member, Democratic National Committee

Michael Kapp, Member, Democratic National Committee

From left to right, Tony Coelho and Stacey Abrams, shaking hands and looking at each other in conversation.

Dear Disability Community and Allies,

Yesterday Stacey Abrams visited the DNC Meeting in Washington, D.C. We had the chance to speak about her commitment to our community and I thanked her for her disability focused video response to the State of the Union. 
When she took to the stage Stacey made disability a centerpiece of her speech. She recognized how disabled advocates organized with her campaign to fight voter suppression in Georgia during the 2018 election cycle.
She also drew attention to the story of Lois Curtis and the U. S. Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision, lifting up the cause of community integration. Stacey Abrams let us know that she has joined our disability inclusion revolution, and she set an example of allyship for the Democratic Party.
Democratically your,
Tony Coelho
Disability Council Chair
Democratic National Committee 

DNC Winter Meeting

It was great seeing DNC Members in DC this past week! I was grateful to catch up with many of you and hear about the great work you’ve been doing. I left feeling inspired and excited to continue working together. 

The 116th Congress

In January, Democrats took back the House and swore in the most diverse Congress yet -- with a record-breaking number of women and with groups like Native American women seeing real representation in Congress for the first time. Now that we have control of the House, Democrats' top priority will be reforming the system so more diverse voices can be heard. In our first bill, H.R.1, we are taking real steps to pass automatic voter registration, end partisan gerrymandering, and restore the Voting Rights Act. And I'm personally working to take this further with my 21st Century Voting Act that, among other much-needed reforms, will make Election Day a national holiday and lower the voting age to 16.

With these crucial steps, we can make our election process and our democracy more accessible for all.

Investment in New York's Young Voters  

Last year, I made it my top priority to empower the next generation of Democrats -- young voters and college-age voters. I invested $80,000 through the New York State Party to fund full-time campus organizers in the 5 top House districts in New York. Through this program, we registered almost 3,000 new voters in the state’s most competitive districts, which resulted in flipping three House seats and winning a Democratic majority in the state Senate. These young voters are the future of our party and our country, and I look forward to continuing to make investments like these in 2019.

National Travel 

In 2018, the blue wave didn't just happen in Congress. Democrats worked with state parties and candidates to help flip not only Congress but state legislatures and to elect Democrats across America. For my part, I traveled to 14 states -- including Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia - to support state parties, candidates, and activists throughout the country.

Next Steps

I saw many of you as I traveled the country last cycle, partnering with our state parties to elect Democrats up and down the ballot and get out the vote. Now, I’m looking ahead towards 2020. I'm excited to expand on the organizing and outreach work I did last cycle, and I'm committed to continue partnering with you. I’ll continue to support outreach to underrepresented communities - from mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, to making sure rural communities know that we at DNC are listening. I’ll continue to support and invest in women candidates and our women’s caucuses across the country. And I plan to further invest in the incredible organizing work being done by the College Democrats, High School Democrats of America, and Young Democrats of America. Please keep in touch on how I can work with you on these or any other efforts!

Best wishes,

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

DNC Launches New Program: Organizing Corps 2020

DNC, 270 Strategies, The Collective, and 7 Democratic state parties will train organizers, focused on young people of color, a historically early DNC investment

Today, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in partnership with 270 Strategies and The Collective, announced the launch of Organizing Corps 2020, a program to recruit and train students expecting to graduate by June 2020 and place them as field organizers in key states.

Organizing Corps 2020 will help build the grassroots infrastructure needed to defeat Donald Trump, while investing in the next generation of Democratic leaders — focusing on students from communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented among political campaign staff.

With a structured school-to-career pipeline for organizing, Organizing Corps 2020 will recruit juniors in the spring of 2019 from local colleges, including HBCUs, and non traditional schools, in a number of states where Democrats fell short in 2016 and need to be competitive in the 2020 general election. These students will work on state party priorities in an eight-week, on-the-ground training program with campaign veterans, who will teach them critical organizing and campaign skills such as voter registration, data analysis, and digital organizing. After the training program, Corps members will return to their campuses and communities to put their organizing skills to work. By May 2020, nearly 1,000 Corps members will graduate ready to help elect the Democratic nominee and Democrats up and down the ticket in several key 2020 states.

“We know that the key to defeating Donald Trump in 2020 is to organize early and put the best team in place to motivate Democratic voters to make their voices heard,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Organizing Corps 2020 will build a powerful pipeline of young talent — energized Democrats who reflect the diversity of their communities. This new organizing program will help us recruit organizers who will become our future leaders and grow the party, win more elections up and down the ticket, and build the organizing infrastructure our nominee will need to take back the Oval Office.”

“The pace of the primaries typically leaves no time for training or skill building in preparation for the general election campaign,” said Meg Ansara, CEO of 270 Strategies and a veteran of the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. “The Organizing Corps 2020 program will give us a skill advantage in online and on-the-ground organizing, data and voter engagement by training homegrown field organizers well ahead of the general election in must-win states.”

"It's critical that young people of color are engaged as not only a core Democratic voting bloc but as pivotal organizers needed to mobilize their communities to the polls in 2020," said Stefanie Brown James, Co-Founder of The Collective and former National African American Vote Director for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. "Through a culturally rich curriculum and relevant training from respected community leaders, Organizing Corps 2020 will help propel the young people in the program to make a significant contribution to the Democrats' success in 2020 while preparing them to hold increasing positions of influence as campaign staffers and within the Democratic Party structure."

‘Organizing Corps 2020’ will be led by campaign veterans: Executive Director Rachel Haltom-Irwin, Chief Program Officer Jonae Wartel, Chief Operating Officer Naoko Kudo, and Senior Development Advisor Yolanda Magallanes.

The Organizing Corps 2020 program is only one piece of DNC’s battleground plan, but a key part of the infrastructure the DNC and state parties have been developing to support the presidential nominee and Democratic campaigns all across the country. The program builds on state party organizing and DNC investments in all 50 states that led to historic Democratic victories in the midterm elections. Just last week, the DNC announced a data and tech overhaul that will help Democrats reach and communicate better with voters all across this country.


Organizing Corps 2020 will be led by campaign veterans:

Rachel Haltom-Irwin, Executive Director. Rachel got her start in 2002 organizing on a state Senate race in Massachusetts. She has worked on issue and electoral campaigns as well as spending five years working in K-12 education. She was GOTV Director for Jon Tester in 2006, the Iowa Youth Vote Director in 2007-08 for Senator Obama, the General Election Director in Indiana in 2008, the White House Internship Director in 2009, and the National GOTV Director in 2012 for President Obama.

Jonae Wartel, Chief Program Officer. Jonae began her career as an organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 & 2012 campaigns. One of her earliest national roles was as the training director and then executive director of the Association of State Democratic Chairs where she lead party-building efforts for the Democratic National Committee; engaging all 57 state parties. In her role as training director; she developed and led the Democratic National Committee’s first ever national training program for state parties. Most recently she served as Southern Regional Director for the Democratic National committee, developing regional strategy and managing electoral investments in 13 states. Originally from Marietta, GA; she has had the great fortune of living and working all over the country.

Naoko Kudo, Chief Operating Officer. Naoko started her career in the private sector as a financial planning analyst with Gap Inc. before leaving to join Senator Obama’s campaign, serving as a field organizer at Temple University and in North Philadelphia’s 20th Ward. Naoko has spent the last 10 years working in the education and non-profit sectors serving as a school leader, operations leader and most recently, as a founding team member at The Primary School, a new program model in East Palo Alto, CA that weaves together education, health and family supports .

Yoli Magallanes, Senior Development Advisor. With over a decade in fundraising experience, Yoli has worked with advocacy groups and political candidates to raise the resources needed to run effective campaigns, both at the major donor and grassroots level. Yoli has worked for Organizing for Action, the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, Obama for America, and launched her career with The Ashmead Group directly supporting Governor Ted Strickland, Senator Mark Udall and Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

Corps members can earn $4,000 gaining valuable career skills in leadership, project management and communication while experiencing the exciting and rewarding field of campaign work.

The program kicks off with a five-day national training led by campaign veterans, where corps members will learn key skills in field and digital organizing, and data analytics.

For the remaining 7 weeks, corps members will, with the help of a coach, return to their home communities and work with their local Democratic Party to turn their training into on-the-ground learning through action – organizing neighborhoods and registering voters. In the process, corps members will build a powerful network of like-minded peers and mentors from across the country that will last beyond 2020.

The summer 2019 corps experience will give young people the skills and tools to organize their community and – importantly – get a great first job fighting to win across the country in 2020.

Organizing Corps 2020 will recruit students from seven states that are crucial in providing a pathway to 270 with four key characteristics -- these are states that are not a focus in the primary season; have had close margins in the past; will benefit from skilled field staffing; and have an expanding electorate.

 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


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