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March 4, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Super Tuesday’s High Democratic Primary Turnout

Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

SCOTUS Takes up Republicans’ Assault on Reproductive Freedom

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy


NEWS OF THE DAY

Super Tuesday’s High Democratic Primary Turnout

  • Democrats across the country turned out in record numbers to vote yesterday. Our party is energized like never before and reforms to the nominating process are helping increase participation. Across the country, people are turning out to vote for Democrats and mobilizing to defeat Donald Trump.


  • Recent DNC reforms encouraged state parties to use a government-run primary system, and four Super Tuesday states — Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and Utah — converted from caucuses in 2016 to primaries in 2020, which greatly increased voter participation in these states relative to 2016.

    • Super Tuesday primaries offer more opportunities for accessibility, including 10 states that offer vote-by-mail options and 14 states that offer varying absentee voting windows.


Overall

  • Our party is energized like never before and reforms to the nominating process are helping increase participation. Across the country, people are turning out to vote for Democrats and mobilizing to defeat Donald Trump.


  • Democrats are united: “82% say they will vote for the eventual Democratic nominee whoever it is.” [FROM ABC EXIT POLLING]


  • High African American turnout, making up a sizable portion of the electorate in Alabama (46%), North Carolina (27%), Virginia (27%) and Tennessee (26%). [FROM ABC EXIT POLLING] 


  • High LGBTQ turnout: LGBTQ voters made up roughly one in ten Democratic voters on Super Tuesday. [FROM NBC EXIT POLLING]



Alabama


Arkansas

  • High turnout: More than 230,000 turned out to vote, surpassing turnout from 2016 (221,000).


California

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


Colorado

  • High turnout (caucus to primary): “Colorado's switch from caucuses to open primaries has already quintupled turnout in the Democratic primary... and that was before Election Day.”

    • More than 750,000 Colorado Democrats voted in this year’s primary, compared to fewer than 125,000 in 2016.


Maine

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

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


Massachusetts

  • More than 1.3 million Democrats voted in yesterday’s primary, more than 2016 (1,220,296) and 2008 (1,263,764).


Minnesota

  • Twin Cities Pioneer Press: “Minnesota’s first Super Tuesday primary appears to have accomplished what state lawmakers wanted when they ditched presidential caucuses: more voter participation. … Nearly 885,000 Minnesotans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In 2016, just 318,000 people participated in caucuses statewide."


North Carolina

  • More than 1.3 million North Carolina Democrats turned out to vote, surpassing 2016’s turnout of 1.1 million.


Oklahoma

  • Health care was the number one issue for Oklahoma Democratic primary voters, according to a New York Times exit poll, with a majority saying it was the biggest determining factor in how they voted.


Tennessee

  • More than 515,000 turned out to vote, topping turnout in 2016 (370,000).

  • In a victory for voters, a judge sided with the Tennessee Democratic Party and several Democratic presidential candidates, and ordered all polling sites in Nashville open an additional hour and five voting “super sites” open an additional three hours.


Texas


Utah

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


Vermont

  • WCAX: “In 2016, 135,256 people voted for a Democratic candidate. In 2020, 157,649 people voted for a Democratic candidate. That means about 22,000 more people voted for a Democratic candidate in 2020.”


Virginia

  • Massive turnout: More than 1.3 million people voted in this year’s Democratic primary, blowing past 2016 (785,190) and 2008 (986,203).

    • That’s an increase of almost 70% over 2016.

    • Turnout exceeded 23%, surpassing the 2008 record of 20%.

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Virginia Democratic primary turnout highest on record, surpassing 2008”


American Samoa

  • Almost 50% more people turned out to caucus in American Samoa this year (351) compared to 2016 (223), and more than caucused in 2008 (285).


In the early states, Democratic voters also blew through previous presidential years’ turnout:


New Hampshire

  • With more than 300,000 votes cast, New Hampshire Democrats topped 2008’s historic turnout (288,672) and zoomed past 2016’s turnout (254,780). Women accounted for 57% of Democratic turnout, according to exit polls.


Nevada

  • Roughly 105,000 Nevadans turned out, including nearly 75,000 who caucused during the historic four days of in-person early voting. Total turnout was roughly 25% higher than in 2016 and a majority of Nevadans who caucused were first-time caucus-goers.


South Carolina

  • A record-breaking 539,136 South Carolinians voted in this year’s primary, shattering 2016’s total (370,904) and beating 2008’s turnout (532,151).


Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

  • The American people need a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully funded response to keep them safe from the coronavirus threat. Instead, Trump has delivered a haphazard, politicized, and late response.


  • The response to this emergency should be above politics, but Trump has downplayed the danger from the outbreak in an effort to help his reelection campaign. Trump is more concerned about his own image than the health and safety of Americans.

    • While Trump calls criticisms of his administration’s lack of preparedness for the virus a “hoax,” and falsely claims experts’ warnings about a potential outbreak are a ploy to hurt him politically, Democrats are focused on addressing this public health crisis in a smart, scientific and strategic way.


  • Trump accuses Democrats of politicizing coronavirus, but he is seizing on the crisis to push his own political agenda. Instead of focusing on how to stop the outbreak, Trump and his administration have focused on how to take advantage of it.


  • Trump putting Pence in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus is yet another indicator that Trump is not taking the threat to Americans seriously enough.

    • As governor of Indiana, Pence exacerbated an HIV outbreak by putting politics ahead of public health. Pence’s policies more than doubled the number of HIV cases during the crisis.


  • The Trump administration’s dangerous incompetence is showing and putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. The administration is failing to even coordinate with itself.

    • Trump contradicted his own public health officials by saying a vaccine would be ready “rapidly” at the very same press conference where they said it wouldn’t be available for 1–1.5 years.

    • Trump has claimed the risk to Americans is low and coronavirus will just “disappear,” but health experts in his administration have warned the virus will cause a “substantial disruption” to Americans lives.


  • The Trump administration is scrambling to respond to coronavirus after Trump repeatedly proposed budget cuts to critical health funding, and removed top health officials who would’ve led our response to this outbreak.

    • Even as the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

      • Instead of funding global health programs, Trump prioritized further tax cuts for the wealthy and funding his unnecessary border wall.

    • Trump also eliminated the position of senior director for global health security and the National Security Council’s global health security team, responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.


  • The White House finally recognized the value of funding these programs, but the $1.25 billion in new funds it initially requested is too little too late. Trump asked for far less than experts say is necessary to fight the spreading disease, so congressional Democrats proposed a much more robust emergency funding package.

    • Democrats’ funding proposal doesn’t steal funding from other priorities, prevents Trump from using the funds for anything other than fighting coronavirus and infectious diseases, helps ensure vaccines will be affordable and readily available, provides loans to small businesses impacted by the outbreak, and reimburses state and local governments for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the outbreak.


SCOTUS Takes up Republicans’ Assault on Reproductive Freedom

Background: Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, which conservative justices could use to effectively ban abortion for many people without overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • Republicans’ attacks on reproductive rights have culminated in the Supreme Court once again taking up a case that could undercut the right to choose.


  • Trump and Republicans are coming for women’s rights and freedoms, from imposing a gag rule on Title X to trying to ban abortion after 20 weeks to creating barriers that inhibit access to reproductive health care.


  • This Supreme Court case is not about protecting health care. It is just another assault on women’s rights and health, and could be the beginning of the end for Roe v. Wade by allowing states to restrict abortion to the point that it’s inaccessible for most.


  • If Republicans get their way, millions of people could lose access to reproductive health care, including birth control and safe, legal abortion. Access to health care should not be determined by income, race, or geography.


  • Democrats believe that women have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. We believe in making it easier, not harder, for women to get the information they need when making these decisions.


  • The vast majority of Americans support access to safe, legal abortion and birth control. Democrats will not stop fighting Republicans’ assault on basic health care.


Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

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


  • This week, House Democrats will vote on legislation to ensure the TSA’s workforce is afforded the same rights and protections of other federal workers, and will vote on an emergency funding package for the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Here's a look at some of the bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


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


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

  • Budgets are moral documents, and this one is morally bankrupt. Trump’s FY 2021 budget shows how little he cares about the health, financial security, and well-being of working Americans. It is a testament to his broken promises and includes devastating cuts to health care, while extending his tax cuts for the wealthy and again seeking billions for his unnecessary border wall.

    • The American people deserve real leadership, not cruelty and chaos. It’s time for a president who puts the middle class first.


  • Less than a week after promising quality, affordable health care in his State of the Union, Trump’s budget proposed hundreds of billions in cuts to health care programs that he promised he wouldn’t touch, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    • At the same time, Trump is pursuing a lawsuit that threatens to destroy the ACA, which would end protections for patients with preexisting conditions and strip millions of their health care.


  • Trump said that Republicans stand for “strengthening the safety net for truly needy Americans.” Instead, his budget would cut about $2 trillion from mandatory spending programs, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


  • For the fourth year in a row, Trump also wants to slash the budgets of the EPA, Energy and Interior Departments, prioritizing corporate polluters over the climate crisis and public health.


  • Trump abandoned farmers, who are declaring bankruptcy at near-record rates, by taking billions from the farm safety net, including crop insurance which he promised not to cut.


  • Trump’s budget hurts students by slashing education funding and eliminating college affordability programs.


  • Trump wants to cut billions in funding for foreign aid that strengthens our own national security.

    • This includes cuts to funding for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, further proving that Trump has never cared about fighting corruption in the country.


  • One thing Trump did prioritize is his unnecessary border wall. Trump promised Mexico would pay for it, but his budget once again makes clear that U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for its costs. Trump is continuing to steal billions from the military for his wall, seizing nearly $4 billion more in funds allocated to military projects.


  • Trump’s budget extends his tax cuts for the wealthy while abandoning his promise to eliminate the debt within eight years.

    • Trump has already added over $3 trillion to the debt over his three years in office.


SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Background: On Monday, the Supreme Court said it will take up a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, likely hearing oral arguments in the run-up to the election.

  • Health care and the makeup of the Supreme Court are on the ballot in 2020 – and the American people know that when it comes to protecting their health care, the Democratic Party is the only party that has their back.


  • The lives of millions have been thrown into chaos by Trump’s lawsuit, which puts tens of millions of Americans closer than ever to losing coverage or being denied care because of a preexisting condition. It’s no wonder Americans overwhelmingly trust Democrats more with their health care, and approval of the ACA is at an all-time high.


  • This case is yet another betrayal of the American people and a direct attack on the health and economic security of so many working families. If Trump’s lawsuit succeeds:

    • 21 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

    • As many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged more.

    • Out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs could rise.


  • When Americans head to the polls on November 3, they will have a clear choice: a Democrat who will protect their health care, or a Republican who will take it away.


Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

  • Trump promised to protect Americans health care, but he went to court to destroy our health care and his lawsuit could kick 21 million Americans off their health insurance.

    • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections for as many as 133 million Americans and put insurance companies back in charge.

    • Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans.


  • Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — but that was yet another lie.

    • The Trump administration’s Medicaid block grants would reduce coverage, health services, and financial security while raising costs.

    • Trump’s budgets have repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

    • The Trump administration is considering proposals to tighten eligibility for Social Security disability, threatening benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • Earlier this year, Trump admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • Trump promised to lower prescription drug costs — but his drug pricing plans have been abandoned by the administration, blocked by courts, or delayed while drug companies continue to raise prices on many medications. 


Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

  • Trump claims the country is “in the midst of an economic boom,” but most Americans aren’t feeling any benefits from Trump’s economy.

    • Trump has failed to hit 3% GDP growth every year — much less 4% growth or higher that he promised.

    • Most Americans say Trump’s economy is hurting the working and middle class.


  • Trump claims he turned America’s economy around, but he inherited a vibrant labor market with strong income growth, which has actually slowed on his watch.

    • Economic growth has been slower under Trump than it was in the last three years under Obama.

    • Trump promised he’d raise workers’ wages, but middle-class income growth has slowed dramatically.

    • Trump promised he’d put more money in the pockets of working families, but inflation-adjusted average weekly earnings haven’t grown at all over the last year.


  • Trump promised he’d boost job creation, but job growth has slowed dramatically. The truth is Obama was a better jobs president than Trump.

    • The economy added 1.5 million fewer jobs in Trump’s first three years than in Obama’s last three years.

    • In each of Trump’s first three years, the economy has added fewer jobs than in Obama’s final year in office.


  • Trump says the unemployment rate has hit a record low, especially for African Americans and Latinos, but these trends started under President Obama.

    • The unemployment rate fell more than 5% under Obama from the peak of the recession, but has only declined another 1.1% under Trump.

    • Black unemployment fell only 1.5% under Trump after declining by over 9% under Obama.

    • The Hispanic unemployment rate only declined by 1.5% under Trump, after declining more than 7% under Obama.


  • Trump promised to bring back manufacturing, but the manufacturing industry has been stuck in a recession for the past year and cut jobs in three of the last four months.


  • Trump’s erratic trade policies have been a disaster for America — his reckless tariffs have contributed to a manufacturing recession and near-record high farm bankruptcies, and threaten to increase the cost of living for all Americans.

    • The USDA recently projected China would purchase far less U.S. agriculture this year than before Trump sparked his dispute with China, and nowhere close to the amounts Trump promised under his “phase one” China deal.


  • Trump promised his tax law would pay for itself and benefit workers, but it is helping the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations while leaving everyone else behind.

    • Business investment, which the tax law was supposed to boost, has dropped for three straight quarters for the first time since the Great Recession.

    • For the first time in decades, America’s billionaires paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than the working class.

    • The average tax rate paid by corporations may have hit its lowest in more than three decades, and Trump wants to cut it even further if he wins a second term.

    • The FY 2020 budget deficit will top $1 trillion for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to CBO estimates. The deficit is 42% higher than CBO had projected before Trump was elected.

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