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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union...

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Radio Facts: Barack Obama, Debbie Wasserman SchultzFollowing President Obama’s State of the Union Address, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement: “With tonight’s speech, President Obama has put forth a Democratic vision for a United States that is defined by opportunity, action and optimism. President Obama made clear that he hopes to work with Congress to get things done in a bipartisan way, but will also use other tools and partners to ensure action and the meaningful changes that will help more Americans gain access to the middle class. “The executive order the President announced to raise the minimum wage for new federal contracts is just one example. But we need to do more – Congress should act to raise the minimum wage and help lift nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty. They should extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans who lost their lifeline after the GOP let them expire. And it’s time to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who have been stuck in a broken system. “Tonight the President reaffirmed his belief that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to succeed. That’s a belief that Democrats and the vast majority of Americans stand by and it’s time for Republicans in Congress to end the gridlock and join with the President to get the economy working to help more Americans reach the middle class.”
GUEST POST: Michigan GOP Still Trying to Rebrand

GUEST POST: Michigan GOP Still Trying to Rebrand

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Ron-Weiser-image During the 2012 campaign, former Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser  (pictured) – who at the time was national finance chair for the Republican National Committee – told a tea party meeting that voters in Detroit are picked up at “pool halls and…barbershops,” and bussed “from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times.” He added that no one would be going “where those pool halls and barbershops are” to get out the vote in November, at least “not without a side arm.” Then in December 2012, during the lame duck legislative session, legislative Republicans discussed voting to split up Michigan’s electoral votes by Congressional district. The scheme would have given Mitt Romney nine of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes in 2012, despite him losing the state by 450,000 votes. In comments to Slate, former Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis claimed that voters from the city of Detroit “distort the rest of the state.” So it was curious, to say the least, that yesterday in Detroit, Washington and Michigan Republicans marked their decade-long failed outreach campaign to communities of color with the announcement that they hired a staffer to direct African-American engagement, appointed a “Michigan Black Advisory Council,” and will soon be opening an office in Detroit. Republicans claim – as they did in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and earlier this year – that this is an “aggressive plan” that will “change the political landscape. Haven’t we heard this story before? Republicans in Michigan and Washington have promised repeatedly that this time will be different, this time they’ll actually listen to the needs of key constituencies. But, after Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's crusade to make it harder for African Americans to vote, the GOP's ongoing campaign to prevent 7.1 million uninsured black Americans from accessing affordable health care, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager law ensuring that over half of black Michiganders no longer have the right to vote for local elected officials, the GOP has yet again proven that are so far out of touch, they can’t even see it No number of new offices or new hires will allow Republicans to explain away that harsh reality This week, as they celebrate a decade of telling the same story about their “outreach efforts” to African American, Latino, and other Democratic-leaning voters, one must ask: what, exactly, are they doing differently from a decade ago? The answer is clear: absolutely nothing. Below are just a few of the times national Republicans have tried to rebrand the party in the last decade: 2003: Marc Racicot: “Expanding Our Base By Recruiting New Republican Activists From Traditionally Strong And Democratic Constituencies Is Our Number One Priority.” “Republicans must attract more minority candidates and voters into their ranks even though that process will take time and lots of work, the GOP's national chairman says. Marc Racicot told members of the Republican National Committee on Friday that the minority outreach is crucial for the party's future, adding ‘it's the right thing to do.’ ‘Expanding our base by recruiting new Republican activists from traditionally strong and Democratic constituencies is our number one priority,’ Racicot said after he was re-elected as chairman without opposition.” [AP, 2/1/03] 2005: Ken Mehlman Launched “Conversations With The Community” A National Tour Of Meetings With African Americans. “Ken Mehlman, chairman of the RNC, embarked on ‘Conversations with the Community,’ a national tour of meetings with black Americans. He also announced the formation of an RNC African-American Advisory Committee. ‘If you give us a chance, we'll give you a choice,’ has become his standard line to black audiences.” [Baltimore Sun, 4/24/05] 2005: The RNC Launched An Outreach Program For Urban And Minority Voters. “Republican leaders on Thursday used Pittsburgh -- a city controlled by Democratic elected officials for seven decades -- as an example of where the GOP hopes to expand its membership with minorities and inner-city voters who traditionally align more with Democrats. ‘We believe there are many people that populate these urban cities that are Republican-leaning,’ said Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson. ‘We're not giving up on the urban centers.’ [… ] A strategy session yesterday included a panel discussion about ways the GOP can attract more blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other groups. Many of the 280 conference participants from all 50 states attended the discussion. The meeting was closed to the press.” [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/5/05] 2008: Mike Duncan Unveiled A Website To Fight The Perception That The Republican Party Is “A Party Of Old White Guys.” “A week after the election, and five days after Rebuild the Party was introduced, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan unveiled RepublicanForAReason.com, which he describes as ‘a grassroots site that Republicans can use to tell us what they think of the party.’ He says the party has lost the trust of its members and the site ‘is a big part of understanding and communicating with them.’ He agrees with Finn that the GOP is viewed ‘as a party of old white guys.’ ‘And I'm saying that as a 57-year-old white guy.’ He quickly adds: ‘But I use technology. I've got three BlackBerrys. I've got a Kindle.’ He promises that the RNC's Internet division -- headed by Cyrus Krohn, formerly of Microsoft and Yahoo -- will get more resources, calling it ‘a big priority for the RNC.’” [Washington Post, 11/25/08] 2010: Michael Steele: “No Matter How Blue Or Purple We Must Compete For Every Seat.” “RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a new Republican Party program today aimed at taking advantage of a political environment that is currently tilting heavily in the GOP's direction. ‘Throw out the old maps, folks. We need you — the American people need you to create a new one,’ said the guaybera-clad Steele as he addressed members of the RNC at the party's winter meeting here in Honolulu, HI. Steele urged the party faithful that Republicans must adjust their thinking and prepare to compete everywhere from Delaware to Hawaii (the first state to the 50th state) or D2H as the program is called. ‘No matter how blue or purple, we must compete for every seat,’ Steele added.” [ABC News, 1/29/10] Joshua Pugh Communications Director Michigan Democratic Party
GOP Celebrates Over 10 Years of Failed Outreach to Communities of Color 1

GOP Celebrates Over 10 Years of Failed Outreach to Communities of Color

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Radio Facts: mike steeleStory By: Kiara Pesante, DNC Southern Regional Press Secretary and Director of African American Media This week, the Republican National Committee marked their decade-long failed outreach campaign to communities of color with the opening of an “African-American engagement office” and the announcement of new staff hires to support this effort. The GOP claims – as they did in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and earlier this year – that this new engagement team will “build a grassroots infrastructure and engage with voters at community events.” Haven’t we heard this story before? From their “50 State Strategy,” to their ‘autopsy report’ after their disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, the Republicans have promised time and time again to listen to the needs of key constituencies and change their ways. But, after their cynical, divisive crusade to make it harder for African Americans to vote in states like North Carolina, to prevent the 7.1 million uninsured black Americans from accessing affordable health care, and even shutting down the government for 16 days – furloughing up to 150,000 African American workers and harming critical programs like SNAP, WIC, and Head Start – the GOP has yet again proven that are so far out of touch they can’t even see it. No matter how many offices they open, or how many people they hire, the Republicans simply can’t explain away that harsh reality. Tonight, as they celebrate more than 10 years of the same old lip service on their “outreach efforts” to African American, Latino, and other Democratic-leaning voters, one must ask: what, exactly, are they doing differently from a decade ago? The answer is clear: absolutely nothing. (FOR MORE "OUTREACH" EFFORTS CLICK NEXT)
Racicotbio               2003:  Marc Racicot:  “Expanding Our Base By Recruiting New Republican Activists From Traditionally Strong And Democratic Constituencies Is Our Number One Priority.”  “Republicans must attract more minority candidates and voters into their ranks even though that process will take time and lots of work, the GOP's national chairman says. Marc Racicot told members of the Republican National Committee on Friday that the minority outreach is crucial for the party's future, adding ‘it's the right thing to do.’ ‘Expanding our base by recruiting new Republican activists from traditionally strong and Democratic constituencies is our number one priority,’ Racicot said after he was re-elected as chairman without opposition.”  [AP, 2/1/03]
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2005:  Ken Mehlman Launched “Conversations With The Community” A National Tour Of Meetings With African Americans.  “Ken Mehlman, chairman of the RNC, embarked on ‘Conversations with the Community,’ a national tour of meetings with black Americans. He also announced the formation of an RNC African-American Advisory Committee. ‘If you give us a chance, we'll give you a choice,’ has become his standard line to black audiences.”  [Baltimore Sun, 4/24/05]
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2005:  The RNC Launched An Outreach Program For Urban And Minority Voters.  “Republican leaders on Thursday used Pittsburgh -- a city controlled by Democratic elected officials for seven decades -- as an example of where the GOP hopes to expand its membership with minorities and inner-city voters who traditionally align more with Democrats.  ‘We believe there are many people that populate these urban cities that are Republican-leaning,’ said Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson. ‘We're not giving up on the urban centers.’   [… ] A strategy session yesterday included a panel discussion about ways the GOP can attract more blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other groups. Many of the 280 conference participants from all 50 states attended the discussion. The meeting was closed to the press.”  [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/5/05]
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mel-martinez-resigns2007:  Mel Martinez As RNC General Chairman: “I Want To Make Sure That We Take That Message To The  Broader Hispanic Community, To The African-American Community And To All The Communities That May Never Have Believed That Republican Ideals Spoke To Them.”  “Sen. Mel Martinez pressed his partyFriday to open its doors wider to minorities and used his bootstrap biography to try to recast the bitter debate within the GOP over immigration. Martinez was elected general chairman of the Republican National Committee -- the first Hispanic to hold that position -- after a week of sniping from some border-state conservatives. They object to Martinez's support for legislation that would give some illegal immigrants a path toward legal status. But when it came time for the 168 delegates to vote by voice, only a handful opposed Martinez, who was chosen for the job by President Bush. Martinez's road to becoming a U.S. senator and now the head of his party began with his flight from communist Cuba. Martinez said his success was a result of help from Florida families and his own hard work -- not government programs. He said Republican values, and having a Hispanic in the leadership job, can attract minorities.  ‘I want to make sure that we take that message to the broader Hispanic community, to the African-American community and to all communities that may never have believed that Republican ideals spoke to them,’ Martinez told RNC members. ‘So they, too, understand that if they care about education for their children, accountability in their schools, if they care about entrepreneurship, about beginning a small business and growing it into a large business, if they care about a party that stands for less government but more individual freedom, then we are the party for them and their American dream.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/07]
 
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mike duncan             2008:  Mike Duncan Unveiled A Website To Fight The Perception That The Republican Party Is “A Party Of Old White Guys.”  “A week after the election, and five days after Rebuild the Party was introduced, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan unveiledRepublicanForAReason.com, which he describes as ‘a grassroots site that Republicans can use to tell us what they think of the party.’ He says the party has lost the trust of its members and the site ‘is a big part of understanding and communicating with them.’ He agrees with Finn that the GOP is viewed ‘as a party of old white guys.’  ‘And I'm saying that as a 57-year-old white guy.’ He quickly adds: ‘But I use technology. I've got three BlackBerrys. I've got a Kindle.’ He promises that the RNC's Internet division -- headed by Cyrus Krohn, formerly of Microsoft and Yahoo -- will get more resources, calling it ‘a big priority for the RNC.’” [Washington Post, 11/25/08]
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2010:  Michael Steele:  “No Matter How Blue Or Purple We Must Compete For Every Seat.”  “RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a new Republican Party program today aimed at taking advantage of a political environment that is currently tilting heavily in the GOP's direction. ‘Throw out the old maps, folks.  We need you — the American people need you to create a new one,’ said the guaybera-clad Steele as he addressed members of the RNC at the party's winter meeting here in Honolulu, HI.  Steele urged the party faithful that Republicans must adjust their thinking and prepare to compete everywhere from Delaware to Hawaii (the first state to the 50th state) or D2H as the program is called.  ‘No matter how blue or purple, we must compete for every seat,’ Steele added.” [ABC News, 1/29/10]
 
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In 2010, The RNC Launched A “50 State Strategy” With 358 Paid Staffers In 45 States.  “Steele:  In other words, beginning in January of this year, and literally probably going back to last December, we strategically looked at the country, and I remember talking with -- with the staff, and particularly Gentry, about a 50-state strategy, a strategy in which we could be competitive in every corner of -- of -- of the United States. And Gentry went back and said, yeah, it can be done, and this is how we do it. And so we invested early in our victory centers. You all know that the typical course for the RNC has been to wait to August, and in some cases September. I remember that as a state party chairman back in 2000, not even seeing -- seeing the only one victory center that we saw come online sometime around mid-September 2000 for -- for our elections that year. We started investing in our victory centers in January. And as a consequence, we were able to build out over 360 victory offices across 45 states that were run by 358 paid victory staffers, which compared to only 154 victory offices in 2008 and 140 in 2006.”  [Michael Steele Teleconference on the Election Results, 11/3/10]
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Obama Cares

darryllittlejohnOBAMA CARES? (Speaking of the Affordable Care Act...) By Darryl Littleton The Affordable Care Act went into effect October 1st. As threatened, the government shut down. Thousands of federal employees are discovering that if they wanted to be paid during times of crisis they should’ve run for office. The US is failing to pay its debts so why shouldn’t its citizens be in the same boat? That’s how to unify us as a nation – make us all deadbeats. Well, actually not all. Congress people will keep getting paid even though this is their fault. The blame is going to the Republican team, but not everybody is on the knucklehead squad. John McCain and a few other stalwart elephant men were against the shutdown. They think it’s disastrous. They wanted to see the Army / Navy game. Then again these are politicians who remember the days when being a Republican didn’t automatically mean you were a racist. You were under suspicion, but innocent until proven prejudice. These are lawmakers who talked ideological crap to each other all day and then went carousing and whore mongering together all night. So these are men who are used to the American way to doing the people’s business. No, this new method of one-foot-up-the-butt-the--other-in-the-mouth is the work of zealots like John “Boner” Boehner, Mitch “Anybody Seen-My-Chin” McConnell and Ted “How-Dare-You-Be-A-Racist-When-You’re-Mexican” Cruz. This trio will go down in history as the architects of the dismantling of the GOP. And we all thought Sarah Palin was an idiot. These clowns can’t admit that it’s over. They want a law that the Supreme Court (which they hold sway with their majority) upheld to be dismantled like it never happened. Shut down the website. Return the premiums. Cancel your appointment with your doctor. The Republicans made the president cave. Fat chance fools. For most of us the world didn’t come to an end. We didn’t all die. Everything dire, doomsday scenario hasn’t happened. We still get most of the services the government provides us with: the military is still there to protect us (because they’re still getting paid thanks to a bill signed by Obama fairly recently) and there are still plenty of drugs on the streets for all to enjoy. So overall we’re fine. Operations at the EPA and NASA are stalled, but since I wasn’t going into outer space any time soon – I’m cool with that. I’m sure if I did go I’d find an alien race just as opposed to black people as here on Earth. So like I said I’m cool with that Our government is shut down because the GOP ran House’s hatred of the universal health care law known as Obamacare. However, their disdain is not for humanitarian reasons. Sure, the act has a few glitches. Yes, yes, okay - we’re trying to kill off old people. Nature’s taking too long and they’re living to be too old. It’s nothing personal, but they whine too much, smell funny and drive too slow. We’re tired of hearing about the good old days that for most people back then stunk. Screw their glorification of people that were only great because of their lack of competition (yes Babe Ruth I’m talking about you) and all that Black and White imagery. Screw telling us how good TV was back then when it went off at 2:00am just when we’re coming home from partying. And screw that mentality of “I-Never-Thought-I’d-Live-to-See”. You show me somebody still believing in shit that was disproven a long time ago and I’ll show you an old fart that needs to pull a Redd Foxx and go join Elizabeth Of course the Affordable Care Act is not affordable. Since when did the government know a good financial deal? They’re the worst ran business in the country, but that’s beside the point. This is for people that wouldn’t normally get insurance anywhere else. Well, maybe there’s a reason for that. Maybe these uninsurable folks are bad risks (like old people). Perhaps no medical facility in their right mind would pay off the claims. Well, have no fear because they won’t. People will be strutting around with their Obamacare card tucked neatly away in their pockets only to find out their pockets are worth more. Read the fine print with a telescope. You know if it wasn’t for the need to raise the debt ceiling this issue would be mute. They tried to make it a topic of the election and the 47% added a few friends and trounced the Obamacare opposing Mitt Romney and his sidekick, Ryan, the Boy Blunder. To quote a reinvented pugilist, it’s ludicrous, but I do like that concept of a debt ceiling. I wish I could raise my debt ceiling. I’m sure most of us do. When my creditors come a calling my only options are hang up or curse them out. Man, that raised debt ceiling would be nice. Anyway, the thing to understand is this has little to do with the law itself. Had it remained known as the Affordable Care Act the Republicans probably would’ve let it slide. There was something about it being called Obamacare that riled their pinheaded blood. See, not only does the GOP hate president Obama because he’s a Democrat. There’s a faction of the party (Tea, in nature), that also don’t care for him because he’s black. I know that comes as a shock to many of you, but just stay with me on this. They wanted to “take America back”. And do what – return it to the Indians? This man has been called every kind of monkey except the kind that played with Davey, Mike, Peter and Mickey. So they simply can’t allow universal health care to become this “soul brother’s” legacy. Okay, he ordered the murder of Osama bin Laden, our sworn enemy. Kaddafi got killed on his watch. Top heads of al Qaeda have perished under his command and pirates have been slaughtered. He’s taken out those that would harm us with missiles and drones (no horses or bayonets). So there’s his legacy. He’s a killer. Does that surprise anybody? Naturally he’s a killer. He’s a savage from Kenya. And in these uncertain times that’s what we need. The GOP understands that and in no way would deny him that place in history, but no way he is going to get credit for saving lives. How can the Republicans, in good conscience, let Obama reap this type of reputation? George Washington was the greatest president this country ever had. Do we have Washingtoncare? How about a Lincolncare or a Reagancare? No! Not even a Kennedycare, Ted, that is. So, no to Obamacare. Even though it’s a law – so what? Even though it’s already underway and people have signed up for it – big deal. They want it defunded even though they have no alternative. This spook for Harvard is not going to outsmart these mid-Western hicks. No way. Thing is, no matter how it all plays out Barack Obama will still get a presidential library. He’s earned that right as a United States president. If they gave it to Bush they have to give it to him. And look the Bush Library it will be filled with the things that show his greatest achievements. It will be opulent. It will be pristine. It will be a monument befitting a former holder of the highest office in the land. And because that office holder was black it will be on Martin Luther King Boulevard (the worst street in any city).

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