Rahm Emanuel Tied To Firm Astroturfing Protests Against Chicago Teachers Union

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 10:28 am

A consulting firm tied to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been caught paying people to protest the Chicago Teachers Union. The firm, Resolute Consulting, worked on Rahm Emanuel’s 2002 Congressional campaign and is led by long time Emanuel friend Greg Goldner. Goldner along with other interested parties have been involved in smear campaign against the [...]

Obama to Congressional Campaign Committees: You’re On Your Own

By: Monday March 5, 2012 11:01 am

Masaccio wrote an open letter to the President’s fundraisers over the weekend, and of course everyone has to decide for themselves about election support and donations, and I don’t presume to tell you how to approach that. I will say that, as a practical matter, there’s nothing more ineffectual an activist can do with their [...]

Grayson: Democratic Party Must Stand for Something

By: Monday November 14, 2011 12:57 pm

Former Congressman Alan Grayson, who is running again for a House seat in 2012, criticized the Democratic leadership in a discussion in Los Angeles this weekend, saying that they don’t understand the basic concept that voters need something to vote for. Grayson, speaking at the offices of the progressive filmmaking organization Brave New Films in [...]

CREDO Calls Out DCCC for Funding Anti-Woman Candidates

By: Saturday October 15, 2011 8:54 am

This week, when the House passed what is colloquially known as the “Let Women Die” Act, which would among other things make it illegal for hospitals to perform a life-saving abortion on a woman, 15 Democrats joined all but two Republicans in voting for it. Here are the names of the 15 Democrats: Jason Altmire [...]

Democrats Panic, Dump Hundreds of Thousands into NY-09 Race

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 1:32 pm

Incredibly, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a half-million dollar ad buy into New York City with one weekend to go until a special House election in NY-09, the seat once held by Anthony Weiner. That half a million dollars would have come in very handy next year, when Democrats make a push to take back the House, no? Instead, it’s being chewed up in the expensive New York City media market to protect a bad candidate whose district will probably get chopped up in redistricting anyway.

NV-02: PPP Shows a Toss-Up in September House Special Election

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 11:34 am

There are two House special elections on September 13, filling two of the three current vacancies in Congress. The third, in OR-01 to replace David Wu, won’t be filled until January 31, 2012. Because it’s a short ride off the Acela for DC types and right in the New York media backyard, attention has focused [...]

DCCC: We Can’t Recruit Candidates If Medicare Cut in Debt Limit Deal

By: Friday July 8, 2011 2:51 pm

I got a pretty incredible email solicitation by the DCCC, the campaign arm for House Democrats, today. I need your urgent help. Republicans are gearing up to enact their radical plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, women and people with disabilities. At this moment, Speaker Boehner is crafting a deficit deal [...]

Bill Clinton Hopes Democrats Don’t Use NY-26 Win “As an Excuse to Do Nothing” on Deficit

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:41 pm

The Congressional Democratic leaders who have the role of winning elections are giddy about the NY-26 results. They want to replicate them all over the country. Sen. Patty Murray, head of the DSCC, thinks Democrats will now have seats they can win in 2012, despite defending more than twice as many seats in the election [...]

NY-26: Outside Money Pours In as Hochul Vows to Protect Safety Net

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 7:55 am

Both sides have gotten off the sidelines and started to spend money in the surprisingly close NY-26 special election between Republican Jane Corwin, Democrat Kathy Hochul and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. After polls showed the race in the red district within reach for the Democrat, thanks to the third party effort of Davis taking [...]

The DCCC’s Bad Ad Team

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 12:59 pm

As a pure political tactic, getting started early with the message that Republicans voted to end Medicare sounds like a winner for Democrats. But I will veer slightly into a different kind of analysis for the moment. Why would you play this funny? Why give the message that old people are worthy of derision, essentially [...]

Jackson’s Modest Proposal: Hoyer and Clyburn Out of Leadership, Off to DCCC

By: Monday November 8, 2010 11:32 am

The AFL-CIO has endorsed Nancy Pelosi’s bid to remain as leader of the House Democratic caucus, citing her work on getting key legislation passed for working families. Between the labor endorsement and the attention being focused elsewhere on the Minority Whip battle, I’d say Pelosi’s position is secure. As to how to resolve that other [...]

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