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25 Aug
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New DNC Presidential Nomination Process

Today, the DNC held its quarterly meeting in Chicago, where we reaffirmed one of our core beliefs as Democrats: That our democracy works best when every person’s voice is heard.

We passed the strongest reforms to our party in decades, and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you:

  • Our North Star from the beginning of this process has been to grow our party, unite our party, and earn the trust of committed Democrats like you. That’s why we’ve taken the historic step of dramatically reducing the influence that superdelegates have over our presidential nominating process. Now superdelegates will refrain from voting on the first presidential nominating ballot, unless a candidate has already passed the threshold to secure the nomination. This change empowers the grassroots and respects the will of voters.
  • To make the presidential nominating process more inclusive, transparent, and accessible to participants of all backgrounds, the DNC voted to expand the use of primaries so that more people could participate in the process. Primaries are more accessible for many voters, including seniors, shift-workers, students, members of the military, parents of young children, and people with disabilities. And we know our democracy works best when more people can participate, not fewer.
  • For states with caucuses, our reforms recommend that those states take steps to make their caucuses as accessible as possible, including offering absentee voting for voters who can’t make the caucus in person and implementing better processes for tracking ballots in case a recount is needed.
  • Democrats are doing all we can to make sure that every eligible voter can exercise their constitutional right at the ballot box. That’s why we’re encouraging all states to offer same-day voter registration and the ability to register as a Democrat to vote in Democratic primaries.

I say this a lot, but I’ll say it again because it’s true: The new DNC is doing things differently.

These changes are all about the future. They’re about growing our party, increasing participation in our democracy, and putting Democrats in the best possible position to win in November and beyond. I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken this year to rebuild our infrastructure from the ground up. We’ve made unprecedented investments in technology, state parties, grassroots organizers, and voter protection efforts. We’re building the infrastructure Democrats will need to succeed in 2018, take back our democracy from Donald Trump in 2020, and win elections up and down the ballot for years to come. You should be proud too, Angela. Because we’re building this party together.

Thanks for standing with Democrats,

Tom

Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

21 Aug
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Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea For Hush Payments Involving Donald Trump’s Affairs

DNC on Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea For Hush Payments Involving Donald Trump’s Affairs

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response to Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and a former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, pleading guilty to multiple crimes:

“No one was closer to Donald Trump than Michael Cohen. As his longtime lawyer and ‘fixer,’ Cohen was at the center of Trump’s inner circle, and today he admitted to breaking the law at Trump’s direction in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. The seriousness of this development cannot be overstated. The culture of corruption that Donald Trump brings with him everywhere is a disgrace to the presidency and a threat to our democracy.”

21 Aug
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Trump Campaign Chairman Found Guilty of Multiple Crimes

DNC on Trump Campaign Chairman Found Guilty of Multiple Crimes

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement in response to Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, being found guilty of multiple crimes:

“Donald Trump brought a culture of corruption from his campaign to the White House. The special counsel’s investigation has never been a ‘witch hunt,’ and today’s verdict proves it. Paul Manafort wasn’t just Trump’s campaign chair, he was one of his most trusted advisors; the two have known each other for nearly four decades and reportedly spoke to each other nearly 20 times a day.

“As Trump escalates his attacks on the special counsel’s investigation, Republicans in Congress must join Democrats in standing up for the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served.”

14 Aug
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Social Security Anniversary

DNC on Social Security Anniversary

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Seniors Council Chair Steve Regenstreif released the following statement celebrating the anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law:

“For more than 80 years, Social Security has provided economic security to generations of Americans. Millions of retirees, working families, and Americans with disabilities rely on the Social Security benefits they have earned so they can live and retire with the dignity they deserve.

“While Democrats are fighting to protect and expand Social Security, Donald Trump and Republicans have threatened to privatize and cut it. They’ve voted to increase the retirement age, slash Social Security benefits, and gut the program’s protections for injured and disabled workers. And they’re using the Trump tax bill, which adds nearly $2 trillion to the deficit, as an excuse to make deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs.

“Democrats are proud to be the party that created Social Security, and we are proud to mobilize working, disabled, and retired Americans to vote for candidates who will be champions for Social Security this November.”

14 Aug
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DNC to Meet in Chicago, August 23-25

DNC to Meet in Chicago, August 23-25

Chicago – members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from across the country will gather for the DNC’s Summer Meeting in Chicago, where the DNC will discuss the important work that is happening to prepare for the midterm elections and take up reforms to the 2020 presidential nominating process.

Press must RSVP here to guarantee a credential.

The DNC meeting will begin on Thursday, August 23 and will conclude on Saturday, August 25. Over the course of three days, DNC members will participate in caucus, council, and committee meetings as well as training sessions. There will be one general session meeting to discuss party business on reforms to the 2020 presidential nominating process, including caucuses, primaries, superdelegates and party reforms.

The DNC caucus meetings and general session will be open to the press and the public.

Additional details, including a detailed schedule of events, will be made public in subsequent media advisories. There will also be a media filing center open to press throughout the duration of the DNC meeting beginning Thursday morning.

WHAT: DNC Summer Meeting
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601
WHEN: August 23-25, 2018
MEDIA RSVP: Please click here to RSVP

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