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  • Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer's column on Huffington Post

    By Anonymous on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Drawing the Line: Taking the Lead in the Fight for Redistricting

    -By Mark Schauer - March 17th, 2015

    As a former state legislator and member of Congress who's witnessed Republican gerrymandering in action and seen its implications up close and personal, I decided to do something about it. That's why I joined the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) -- the Democratic committee working to elect Democrats in the states to protect and win Democratic majorities -- and agreed to lead Advantage 2020, an associated federal super PAC that focuses on redistricting.

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  • Democrat Pinny Beebe-Center wins special election for Maine House

    By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Democrat Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center has won the special election for Maine House District 93, a seat left open by retiring Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.  Beebe-Center won by a solid 8.4%, despite being outspent 2-to-1 in a district that saw only a 4-point race last fall.

    Congratulations quickly poured in:

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  • DLCC Denounces Passage of So-Called "Right to Work" Bill in Wisconsin

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Friday, March 6, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    DLCC Denounces Passage of So-Called "Right to Work" Bill in Wisconsin

    WASHINGTON (March 6th, 2015) –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant blasted Wisconsin Republicans for ramming so-called “right to work” legislation through the Wisconsin legislature. The measure has just received final approval from state Assembly Republicans and heads to Governor Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.

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  • DLCC Announces Mark Schauer as Director of Advantage 2020

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, February 19, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 19th, 2015

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

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  • DLCC Announces National Communications Director

    By Michael Sargeant on Monday, February 9, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    DLCC Announces National Communications Director

    WASHINGTON (February 9th, 2015) –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant announced the hire of Carolyn Fiddler as the organization’s National Communications Director.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn back to the DLCC,” said Sargeant. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and an extensive knowledge of state politics. Carolyn is a talented and proven communicator, and she will help us take the fight to Republicans in states all across the country as we work to build Democratic majorities in legislatures and prepare for the next round of redistricting. Her valuable experience will further strengthen our already extraordinarily skilled staff.”

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  • DLCC Statement on South Carolina State Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr.'s False Claims and Criminal Record

    By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, August 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In the wake of shocking and shameful revelations about South Carolina state Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R) in the Charleston City Paper, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is calling for a response from the South Carolina Republican Party. 

    Representative Rivers has consistently claimed to have earned a Ph.D. from the unaccredited Smith Christian University, even listing “Doctorate of Theology” as a bullet point on his official statehouse biography, which has since been taken down. Recently, Rivers has admitted to never completing the doctoral program requirements while at Smith, instead receiving an honorary degree from the institution.

    It also came to light that Rivers authored an op-ed in the July 21st edition of The Post and Courier that lifted entire paragraphs from an op-ed released by Wyoming cattle ranchers. According to Rivers, he worked on the piece with “a friend of mine” who he refused to identify.

    Now, after investigation, court records have surfaced that reveal Rivers was convicted of assault and battery in 1995. When asked by the Charleston City Paper, Rivers acknowledges the incident as “a disagreement with me and a friend… I got the best of him.”






    (Photo credit: Charleston City Paper)

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  • DLCC TO HOST PANEL AT NETROOTS NATION: '2020 War Room: Inside the Plan to Beat GOP Gerrymandering'

    By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    DETROIT, MI: Join us at Netroots Nation for an inside look at the Democratic strategy to fight back against GOP gerrymandering. Armed with cutting-edge data and strong progressive messaging, the panel will discuss the DLCC’s four-cycle, 50-state strategy to erase Republicans’ gerrymandering advantage and win the 2020 redistricting cycle. The panel will be moderated by Tom Bonier of Clarity Campaign Labs, and will also include Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, Michigan State Senator Jim Ananich, and Executive Director of the DLCC Michael Sargeant as panelists. The panel will take place on July 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT in Room 141 of the COBO Center in Detroit, MI.

    The full webcast of the panel is available here.

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  • New Hampshire GOP Rep.: Spanish language will "end our 250 years as a Republic"

    By Molly Hogin on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Republican Rep. Bob Elliott took to his Facebook page to call for a “complete closing of all American borders” in order to prevent the US from becoming a country where “the majority of people speak Spanish” while at the same time being “Islamic within the next 20 years.”

    Rep. Elliot continued his paranoid Facebook rant, suggesting a “major Revolution of the masses in the coming election” to throw the Obama administration out of office and elect a new Congress that “handles the number one priority, illegal immigration.”

    Rep. Elliot’s outburst continued with the notion that shunning the Nation’s Spanish speakers and Islamic immigrants would make “it possible to regain America’s lost title of being the greatest country in the world.”

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  • NH GOPer Accuses Federal Gov't of Spying via Traffic Cameras

    By Geoffrey Montes on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    New Hampshire state Representative Steve Beaudoin (R-Rochester) recently took to his Facebook page to spread the claim that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using traffic cameras to spy on New Hampshire residents. From Miscellany Blue:

    "Were the Spaulding Turnpike cameras funded by DHS?" [Beaudoin] wrote on Facebook. "If the cameras are simple traffic cameras, why can’t you see a feed from them like every other traffic camera in the state?"

    One visitor answered by posting a link to the Web site where you can, in fact, view the feeds. Former Rep. Fred Leonard (R-Rochester), who is certainly no Obama apologist, tried to explain that the height of the cameras makes it impossible to use them for license plate scanning or facial recognition. “I know this stuff because it’s what I do,” Leonard wrote.

    "I don’t buy it," replied Beaudoin. "My source is irrefutable."

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  • Young Progressive Leaders Top '40 Under 40' List

    By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Democratic Leaders’ Work Shows Importance of Continued Youth Leadership in Politics Moving into 2014 Mid-Term Elections

    Washington, DC – Each day this week, the Washington Post has released the names of honorees on its “40 under 40” list, which highlights nine young Democratic state legislators.  The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Young Democrats of America have joined to celebrate those young, Democratic state legislators who have been honored.

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  • DLCC Denounces Passage of So-Called "Right to Work" Bill in Wisconsin

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Friday, March 6, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    DLCC Denounces Passage of So-Called "Right to Work" Bill in Wisconsin

    WASHINGTON (March 6th, 2015) –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant blasted Wisconsin Republicans for ramming so-called “right to work” legislation through the Wisconsin legislature. The measure has just received final approval from state Assembly Republicans and heads to Governor Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.

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  • AZ Rep. Adam Kwasman Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrants

    By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Republican State Rep. Adam Kwasman took time out of his legislative duties and congressional campaign to join protestors in Oracle, Arizona awaiting buses full of migrant children. When Rep. Kwasman saw a bus filled with children, he took the opportunity to describe to reporters the “fear on their faces” and tweet that it is “the abrogation of the rule of law.” Only, the bus wasn’t full of migrant children. It filled with YMCA kids on their way to summer camp.

    Read more>>

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  • 2020 war room: Inside the secret plan to beat GOP gerrymandering

    By Molly Hogin on Monday, July 21, 2014

    From the Daily Kos:

    By Ian Reifowitz

    Image from Bill Marsh, New York Times

    What a great title, huh? At Netroots Nation in Detroit, there was a panel by that name, and it did not disappoint. Moderator Tom Bonier began by laying out how Republicans approach gerrymandering, and elections in general:

    If you can't win fair, change the rules.

    And that's pretty accurate. Republicans do this on any number of fronts, from voter suppression tactics such as reducing the number of days people can vote, making it harder or impossible to register and vote on the same day, purging the voter rolls in ways that throw legitimate voters off the rolls, and demanding voters show government-issued photo ID (although gun permits are allowed in Texas, naturally, but not college ID's). In addition to these, Republicans have excelled in mastering the redistricting process by gerrymandering districts at the local, state, and federal level.

    The two sides don't do it to anywhere near the same degree, however. In the runup to the 2010 elections, Republicans developed a $30 million plan called REDMAP to aid in their attempt to flip state legislatures and thus gerrymander districts going forward. As you can see above, it worked.

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  • North Carolina Republican calls Sadism, Pedophilia, Bestiality "Types of Sexual Orientation"

    By Molly Hogin on Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Previous WOTW inductee, North Carolina House Speaker Pro Temp Paul "Skip" Stam (R), strikes again.  Amidst a debate over a charter school bill, Rep. Stam took the opportunity to pass out a handout titled “What Is A ‘Sexual Orientation’?” to his colleagues on the house floor, which included over 30 definitions including sexual sadism, pedophilia, and bestiality alongside homosexual/gay/lesbian.

    Rep. Stam not only disparaged an amendment to the bill that would prevent charter schools from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, he also equated sexual orientation with a long list of sexual disorders.

    Rep. Marcus Brandon, the only openly gay member of the legislature, responded, “Pedophilia is not a sexuality, and we cannot continue in this body to keep calling things something [they’re] not. It’s offensive to a whole group of people”  

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  • Arkansas Republican Equates Same-Sex Marriage to Bestiality

    By Molly Hogin on Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks, who opposes same-sex marriage, compared it to pedophilia and bestiality on Twitter. The disturbing tweet highlights Rep. Stephen Meeks’ anti-gay beliefs, which he attributes to his “Biblical view of civil unions and government’s role in it.”

    Nor is this the first time Rep. Meeks has engaged in this sort of rhetoric. Nearly two years ago, he posted to his Facebook page that “It would be impossible to outlaw homosexuality” but we could “outlaw the practice of it, since we outlaw the practices of incest, pedophilia, prostitution.”

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  • Advantage 2020 Director Mark Schauer's column on Huffington Post

    By Anonymous on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Drawing the Line: Taking the Lead in the Fight for Redistricting

    -By Mark Schauer - March 17th, 2015

    As a former state legislator and member of Congress who's witnessed Republican gerrymandering in action and seen its implications up close and personal, I decided to do something about it. That's why I joined the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) -- the Democratic committee working to elect Democrats in the states to protect and win Democratic majorities -- and agreed to lead Advantage 2020, an associated federal super PAC that focuses on redistricting.

    Print
  • Democrat Pinny Beebe-Center wins special election for Maine House

    By Nathan Thomas on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Democrat Anne "Pinny" Beebe-Center has won the special election for Maine House District 93, a seat left open by retiring Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson.  Beebe-Center won by a solid 8.4%, despite being outspent 2-to-1 in a district that saw only a 4-point race last fall.

    Congratulations quickly poured in:

    Print
  • DLCC Announces Mark Schauer as Director of Advantage 2020

    By Carolyn Fiddler on Thursday, February 19, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    February 19th, 2015

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

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  • DLCC Announces National Communications Director

    By Michael Sargeant on Monday, February 9, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Carolyn Fiddler, National Communications Director, DLCC
                    fiddler@dlcc.org

    DLCC Announces National Communications Director

    WASHINGTON (February 9th, 2015) –– Today Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant announced the hire of Carolyn Fiddler as the organization’s National Communications Director.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn back to the DLCC,” said Sargeant. “She brings with her a wealth of experience and an extensive knowledge of state politics. Carolyn is a talented and proven communicator, and she will help us take the fight to Republicans in states all across the country as we work to build Democratic majorities in legislatures and prepare for the next round of redistricting. Her valuable experience will further strengthen our already extraordinarily skilled staff.”

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  • DLCC Statement on Virginia House District 34 Special Election Victory

    By Nathan Thomas on Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    CONTACT:  Nathan Thomas, Communications Director (acting), DLCC
                    nthomas@dlcc.org

    DLCC Statement on Virginia House District 34 Special Election Victory
    Win by Kathleen Murphy Flips Key Bellwether from Red to Blue

    WASHINGTON (January 6th, 2015) — Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement on the results of tonight's special election in Virginia House District 34, left vacant by Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock:

    "I wish to congratulate Kathleen Murphy on her victory tonight in a crucial swing district in Northern Virginia," said Sargeant.  "This is an important victory for Democrats, the first of many to come in the New Year.  Delegate-Elect Murphy should be proud of her winning effort and the trust her constituents have placed in her."

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