14 Feb

DNC Announces Details For The First Two Presidential Primary Debates

DNC Announces Details For The First Two Presidential Primary Debates

NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo to host first debate in June; CNN to host second in July

Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2) showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible. Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

Today, the DNC is proud to announce NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo as its partner for the first debate and CNN as its partner for the second debate. To accommodate what is expected to be a historically large primary field, both debates will have the option of occurring over consecutive nights in prime time to make room for as many as twenty candidates, with the lineups for each night determined at random. This approach will provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience.

This agreement is unprecedented – no debate has ever aired in prime time on back-to-back nights. Both debates will be streamed online for free.

The DNC also announced the qualification criteria for candidates’ participation in the first two debates – a two-path system that employs both a polling threshold and a grassroots fundraising threshold, and uses the two measures in combination in the event that more than 20 candidates qualify.

“As Chair of the DNC, I am committed to running an open and transparent primary process. To that end, we’ve spent months working with media partners to provide this unprecedented opportunity for candidates and voters to get to know each other. Because campaigns are won on the strength of their grassroots, we also updated the threshold, giving all types of candidates the opportunity to reach the debate stage and giving small-dollar donors a bigger voice in the primary than ever before.” – DNC Chair Tom Perez


The DNC will partner with NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo to host the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary process. The debate will be broadcast simultaneously on all three networks, with real-time Spanish translations on Telemundo, in prime time on back-to-back weeknights in June. The debate will also be streamed for free on NBC News’ digital platforms including,, NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms.

The July debate will be broadcast on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español in prime time on back-to-back weeknights if more than one night is needed. An unauthenticated live stream of the debate will also be available for all users on CNN’s website, mobile apps and connected TVs via CNNgo.

Both agreements are unprecedented – no debate has ever aired in prime time on back-to-back nights before.

Location, venue, moderators, date and time, format and logistics of the first and second debates will be announced at a later date.


Democratic candidates may qualify for the first and second debate by meeting one of the two following sets of criteria:

Polling Method: Register 1% or more support in three polls (which may be national polls, or polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and/or Nevada) publicly released between January 1, 2019, and 14 days prior to the date of the Organization Debate. Qualifying polls will be limited to those sponsored by one or more of the following organizations/institutions:Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox News, Las Vegas Review Journal, Monmouth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Quinnipiac University, Reuters, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Winthrop University. Any candidate’s three qualifying polls must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same organization, must be in different geographical areas.

Grassroots Fundraising Method. Candidates may qualify for the debate by demonstrating that the campaign has received donations from at least (1) 65,000 unique donors; and (2) a minimum of 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 U.S. states. To demonstrate that the fundraising threshold has been reached, candidates must provide verifiable evidence, which they may do by authorizing ActBlue and/or NGP VAN to provide that evidence.

If more than 20 candidates qualify for the debate, the top 20 candidates will be selected using a methodology that gives primacy to candidates meeting both thresholds, followed by the highest polling average, followed by the most unique donors.

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13 Feb

DNC Takes Major Step Forward In Chair Tom Perez’s Overhaul Of Democratic Data And Technology


DNC Takes Major Step Forward In Chair Tom Perez’s Overhaul Of Democratic Data And Technology

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic state parties today announced a landmark agreement to achieve a critical component of Chair Tom Perez’s overhaul of Democratic data and technology by participating in a data exchange that will allow candidates, state parties, the DNC and the progressive ecosystem to share data and leverage all of the voter contact work of the entire Democratic community. In a vote this afternoon, state parties agreed to join with the DNC to acquire and swap data in real time with a new outside identity, the Democratic Data Exchange (DDEx), which will also acquire and swap data with progressive allies on a blind basis. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DDEx.

This historic partnership between the DNC and state parties to expand and evolve the Party’s data and tech capacity is the product of months of work by DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC Senior Advisor Mary Beth Cahill, and Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) President Ken Martin.

Through the DDEx, Democratic campaigns will share their data to become the beneficiaries of cutting-edge investments in voter-contact strategies by outside groups, while those groups gain the tremendous benefits of access to the Democratic Party’s unrivaled voter data. As a result of this agreement, the Democratic Party and its allies have an unprecedented opportunity to unify the use of data across campaigns, up and down the ticket. Whether you’re working for a campaign or an outside group, whenever you talk to a voter, the entire progressive community can benefit from the outreach.

“This agreement gives our candidates the tools they need to win elections. Through this historic partnership with state parties, we’re providing Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot with an unprecedented wealth of data that will allow them to run highly-targeted campaigns that simply wouldn’t be possible under the status quo. This deal ensures that our campaigns aren’t leaving anything on the table as we head into the election of our lifetimes,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

“Today, the DNC and state parties have forged a historic partnership to give our candidates the data advantage they need to keep winning elections in 2019, 2020 and beyond. This agreement empowers state parties to provide candidates with vastly enriched voter data, putting them in the strongest possible position to win elections at every level,” said ASDC President Ken Martin.

“This is a watershed moment for Democratic data, and a historic moment for party unity. The importance of what Tom Perez and the state chairs have accomplished here cannot be overstated. They have delivered a deal that will have enormous benefits for our candidates, campaigns and organizations now and for years to come,” said former DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean.

12 Feb

House Democrats Respond to OSDE Study on Education Workforce

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 12, 2019

Contact: Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
Phone: (405) 962-7674

House Democrats Respond to OSDE Study on Education Workforce

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in response to The Oklahoma Educator Supply & Demand Report released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, which showed that 30,000 teacher or 10 percent of the teaching workforce has left the profession in the last six years.

“As alarming as this number is, we knew teachers were leaving the state in droves,” Leader Virgin said. “We completely agree with Superintendent Joy Hofmeister that this problem stems from steep budgets cuts over the last decade, and that those cuts have made the teaching profession in Oklahoma less desirable.

“Nobody wants to work in an environment that is understaffed and overcrowded. Throw in a few lawmakers that want to work harder to silence teachers than listen to them, and it is easy to see why teachers are leaving.

“There is only one way to reverse this trend. We must restore funding to education, and we must reestablish respect for the teaching profession.

“Last week, House and Senate Democrats introduced the unified Brand New State agenda, which addresses both of these issues. We hope that as budgets talks begin, our colleagues on the other side will work with us to address this crisis.”


08 Feb

Rep. Horn Supports Bill to Provide Veterans Access to Child Care

For Immediate Release:
February 8th, 2019

Rep. Horn Supports Bill to Provide Veterans Access to Child Care

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Kendra Horn voted to support the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840) in the United States House of Representatives. This bill makes the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program permanent and expands it so that all veterans, who are primary caretakers, have a safe, reliable, and cost-free option for child care when they use VA healthcare.

“Today, Congress took an important step to support our military veterans and their families by permanently providing child care through the VA,” Congresswoman Horn said. “As more and more companies offer child care benefits to their employees, it is important the VA keep pace by providing this same service for veterans. I am proud of the 116th Congress for taking action on this bill, and as a member of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, I look forward to finding more ways we can support our veterans.”

In 2010, Congress created a pilot program to provide free child care at a small number of VA medical centers and clinics. Since it began, the program has been very popular with the veteran community, with more than 10,000 children using the program through the end of FY2014. Women veterans used the service at a rate four times their population among the veteran community at large, indicating the program is working for the growing population of women veterans and their families. According to a VA Satisfaction Survey of veterans who have used the pilot program, a majority responded that without the available child care they would have brought their children to their appointment or cancelled their appointment altogether.

07 Feb

Rep. Horn Makes Statement on NASA’s Annual Day of Remembrance

For Immediate Release:
February 7th, 2019

Rep. Horn Makes Statement on NASA’s Annual Day of Remembrance

(Washington, DC) – Today is NASA’s Day of Remembrance, a day designated to honor those NASA employees who lost their lives “while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.” Congresswoman Horn, who chairs the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics,
issued the following statement on NASA’s Day of Remembrance:

“On NASA’s Annual Day of Remembrance, I encourage everyone to pause to acknowledge and remember the brave men and women who lost their lives serving our country’s mission to explore and understand space. Their courage and curiosity have taken our country to the moon, expanded our horizons, and resulted in countless innovations here on earth. We will always be indebted to them and grateful for their exceptional service towards discovery.”

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