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November 3, 2018


Why I Voted

On Thursday, I voted early in Maryland for Ben Jealous and Democrats up and down the ballot. When I got to the polls, here’s what was on my mind:

  1. I believe health care is a right for all. The American people know that Democrats are fighting to expand access to health care, lower drug prices, and protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, while Trump and Republicans are driving up premiums and threatening access to care for people across the country.
     
  2. I want to protect Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare for millions of Americans. Mitch McConnell admitted that a vote for Republicans is a vote to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Trump and the Republicans have made one thing clear: To pay for the massive tax break they gave their wealthiest donors and corporations, they’re going to attack critical pillars of economic security for working families.
     
  3. I see too many working families left behind in the Trump economy. Voters know that America’s economic success has not been shared evenly. While Trump makes sure those at the top get even richer, he’s left behind the very people he promised to help: working families. Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to create good-paying jobs and build an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the very top.
     
  4. I think that truth still matters. Republican in Congress have been in lockstep with President Trump’s campaign of lies, fear, hatred, and division. Democrats believe facts trump fear. We believe diversity is our strength. And we will keep fighting for the values of inclusion and opportunity for everyone – no matter what they look like, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray.

If you care about these issues — and more — get out and vote for Democrats this Tuesday. Visit IWillVote.com or text PLAN to 43367 today to make your voting plan.
 
Midterms Matter  
As we race to the finish line, our incredible Mobilization team has been traveling the country interviewing voters and candidates about why this is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. Check out their videos below.
 
Midterms Matter: Fighting for Victory in Nevada    

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Midterms Matter: Meet Deb Haaland Who Could Become the first Native American Woman in Congress

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Midterms Matter: Mobilizing the Rural Community with Rep. Cheri Bustos

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Fight Bigotry With Your Ballot

 
I wrote an op-ed in The Hill on Wednesday about the tragic murder of eleven people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend and why we need to take action. This heinous crime did not happen in a vacuum. It was the product of a country led by those more interested in stoking fear and division than hope and unity, by those who believe in fueling hate instead of fighting it.
 
Words have consequences. Lies have consequences. And those consequences can be fatal. But last week, President Trump even promised to ratchet up his divisive rhetoric after many of his critics were sent pipe bombs by one of his supporters.
 
On Nov. 6, we have the power to change course. We can be the first responders our democracy needs by voting for the leaders we deserve. We can elect leaders with the moral fortitude to stand up to hatred, to pass common-sense gun laws that will make our communities safer, and to summon our better angels of unity and inclusion during challenging times.
In Judaism, it is custom after a person dies to say, “May their memory be a blessing.” We lost 11 lives on Saturday. May their memory not only be a blessing but a call to action: Fight hatred by helping others. Fight violence with your voice. Fight bigotry with your ballot.

On the Trail NEVADA

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It was great to make some calls on Monday for Nevada Democrats and meet voters and supporters in Reno. These last few days are crucial to making sure voters are ready to cast their ballot. A big thank you to every single volunteer and organizer for all of your hard work and dedication to electing Democrats who will fight for Nevada.

COLORADO

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On Tuesday, I joined gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis and Colorado Democrats on their “Colorado For All” Bus tour. We made an important visit with our brothers and sisters in labor at the Adams County Canvass launch. Colorado's workers are ready to make their voices heard at the ballot box.  

It’s the Final Countdown

 
We’re four days out from Election Day — and we’re sprinting to the finish line here at the DNC. Here’s what we’ve been working on to make sure everyone running under our banner has been put in the best position to win on Tuesday:
 

  • The DNC made an unprecedented investment in a non-presidential cycle of more than $20 million in state parties and campaigns across all 50 states.
  • The DNC has reached more than 55 million people about the midterm elections.
  • We’ve raised millions in grassroots funds directly for over a dozen candidates.
  • We purchased over 100 million cell phone numbers for the voter file.

 
We want to make sure voters in your state have everything they need when they head to the polls. Tell them to call or text our permanent voter protection hotline if they have questions about voting.


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Our Closing Argument

 
I’ve said it before and I said it again today in a USA Today op-ed: this is the most important election of our lifetime. Every single vote matters, and there’s too much at stake to stand on the sidelines.
 
In just four days, voters across the country will face an important choice between...
 
A Democratic Party that is fighting to:

  • Make health care a right for all and build an economy that works for everyone, not just the few;
  • Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for millions of families;
  • Build a more inclusive America, because we know diversity is our greatest strength;
  • Reunify families — because there is no justification for the brutality of separating immigrant children from their parents;
  • Restore truth and sanity to our politics, while holding the president accountable for his lies;
  • Preserve the guardrails of our democracy, designed by our founders to keep despots and demagogues from ruling like kings.

 
Or a Republican Party marching in lockstep behind President Trump that has:

  • Worked to strip health care from millions, including people with pre-existing conditions;
  • Passed a tax bill that rewards the wealthy instead of lifting up hardworking families;
  • Committed to slashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to pay for those tax cuts;
  • Refused to speak out against Trump for inciting hatred with a toxic combination of outright lies and the most vicious, dishonest rhetoric in modern presidential history;
  • Chipped away at women’s rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights.

 
That’s why we need Democratic leadership more than ever. Our party has candidates who reflect the diversity of our nation. Our party will always put people before corporate profits. Our party wants to unite Americans under our shared hopes, not divide us through fear.
 
Bring It Home  
Finally, I had the opportunity to share the stage with my old boss President Obama in Miami today to campaign for the amazing slate of Democratic candidates in Florida. You can watch my remarks here.
 
 
We have a real shot this Tuesday to take back our democracy and build the future our children deserve. Now in the words of the next governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, let’s bring it home. Yours,
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


October 20, 2018


Out on the Trail

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Have a great weekend,
 
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


September 29, 2018







The Courage of Dr. Ford


Dr. Ford courageously shared her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, and other accusers have come forward with similar allegations. We need a full investigation. There should be no vote on the floor of the Senate until an FBI investigation is complete, regardless of timeline.

Kavanaugh has brought his own credibility into question. His own classmates have contradicted his public comments, and he repeatedly deceived the Senate Judiciary Committee. Even after Dr. Ford's gut-wrenching testimony, Senate Republicans are still trying to rush the confirmation for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court without a full investigation. Democrats are working around the clock to do what’s right before a vote can take place.

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National Voter Registration Day

This Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, and with the most important election of our lifetime just a few weeks away, Democrats are working nonstop to register voters and get them to encourage their friends and family to register and get to the polls. Across the country, activists and organizers are joining our fight to flip more seats from red to blue, from the school board to the Senate. Voters can find more information at IWillVote.com and take advantage of the Democratic Voter Hotline to answer all voting related issues at 833-336-VOTE. Check out our Mobilization Team’s IWillVote video here.

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On the Trail: Texas 

Today, I stopped by the 2018 Texas Tribune Fest to talk about the incredible momentum Democrats have leading into the midterm elections.

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Courtesy of The Hill and Texas Tribune

I also joined Latina elected officials, community leaders, and activists in Austin for an organizing breakfast as part of Mujeres Mobilized, our new Latina-led electoral initiative designed to engage, harness, and transform the energy of Hispanic women and girls into votes at the ballot box to deliver Democratic victories this November.


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Sincerely,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee






August 31, 2018


Making History in Chicago 

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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

April 20, 2018


DNC Litigation




Dear Fellow DNC Member, 


I wanted you to be one of the first to know that today, the DNC is filing a civil lawsuit alleging Russia perpetrated a brazen attack on American democracy, and found a willing and active partner in the Trump campaign.  
 
Here’s why: a major part of Russia’s attack on American democracy was its cyberattack on the DNC and its theft of the DNC’s proprietary information. This stolen information was then released to the public by Russian agents and Wikileaks to damage the Democratic party and influence the 2016 election.
 
This litigation isn’t about our party, it is about our country. If the occupant of the Oval Office refuses to protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people.
 
We believe that Russia found a willing partner in the Trump campaign, who shared their goal of damaging the Democratic party and helping elect Donald Trump. The Trump campaign had repeated secretive communications with Russian agents and WikiLeaks. Russian agents told Trump advisors that the Kremlin wanted to help Trump and had stolen emails and other material that could damage Trump’s opponent. And Trump’s closest political advisor, Roger Stone, had advanced knowledge of a major release of stolen Democratic emails.
 
It is a disgrace to our country that instead of taking actions to protect American democracy, the Trump campaign put Russia and itself first.
 
Make no mistake about it, our number one focus at the DNC is winning elections from the school board to the Oval Office – and we’re winning all across this country. We’re going to keep our eyes on the prize: taking back the House and Senate, winning back state legislatures, and building a brighter future for our country. But winning elections also means protecting elections, and today we’re doing just that. 
 
But no one is above the law, and we must pursue every avenue of justice against those who engaged in this illegal activity and the horrific attack on the DNC and our democracy.
 
More soon,
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee








April 14, 2018


Protecting the Special Counsel

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It's our job to harness this energy and double down on our commitment to elect Democrats who believe in making our schools and communities safer. Visit IWillVote.com to commit to vote in 2018 and beyond.

As we celebrate Dr. King’s life, let us recommit ourselves to his vision of equality, opportunity, and justice for all people – no matter what they look like, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray. Fifty years after Dr. King’s tragic assassination, it’s on all of us to fight for progress every day and ensure that we leave a more perfect union and world to future generations.  

Yours, 

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


March 30, 2018


March For Our Lives 

It was so inspiring to join millions across the country this past weekend as we marched to end gun violence. Democratic organizers were out in full force registering and talking to voters about our party’s message of inclusion and opportunity and our continued efforts to enact common-sense gun laws.
Check out our special episode of Democrats live with scenes from the March for Our Lives here.

 
A Craven Attack on Our Democracy

This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would be adding a citizenship question to the census. This is a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities. The census is a constitutionally-mandated count of all U.S. residents, not a political tool for Donald Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color. By adding a citizenship question, Trump and Republicans are not only stoking fear in an attempt to make immigrant communities invisible, but they are all but guaranteeing an inaccurate count that lays the groundwork for sustained racial gerrymandering and jeopardizes critical resources for communities across the country. Sabotaging the census means incorrect funding for education and public safety as well as congressional maps that are unfairly stacked in favor of the GOP.


That this administration would have the gall to cite the Voting Rights Act as their justification is an affront to the activists and citizens who have spent decades combatting exactly these sorts of suppression tactics. We've got to keep fighting back against this attack on our democracy. Commit to vote and join the fight: IWillVote.com

Celebrating Easter and Passover
 
This weekend, Christians and Jews across the country and around the world will gather with their friends, families, and communities to celebrate the Easter and Passover holidays.  
 
I was raised in a Catholic family where one of the most important parts of our Easter observance was to rededicate ourselves to living out the lessons of love found in the gospels. We are called to serve the least of our brothers and sisters: to feed the hungry, show hospitality to strangers, and care for the sick.


I’m also excited to be attending Passover Seder this week with the Jewish Labor Committee. The story of the Israelites is one of hope, perseverance, and the power of faith in the face of oppression. It’s a story of a prophet who led his people from persecution to the Promised Land. As we retell the story of the Exodus, let us remember to see ourselves in the eyes of the exiled. Let us remain vigilant against those who promote, defend, and enable anti-Semitism and bigotry of any form. Let us join together as people of all faiths committed to the freedom of all people. And let us always fight for those still yearning to break free from the yoke of bondage and oppression so that they can one day reach their own Promised Land. Chag sameach to all celebrating.

Yours,
 
Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee


March 23, 2018


Remembering Nancy McFadden
 
California lost a great leader this week, and I lost a dear friend. Nancy McFadden was a one-of-a-kind public servant: funny, generous, whip-smart, and fiercely dedicated to improving other people’s lives.

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