DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party Should Stay Out Of Primaries, Let Voters Decide

Democracy Now! (5/23/18)

Voters in Georgia, Texas, Arkansas and Kentucky headed to the polls Tuesday to determine a number of key primaries, and it was another big night for female Democratic candidates. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in the U.S. If Abrams wins in November, she will become the first African-American governor in the Deep South since Reconstruction. Meanwhile in Houston, Texas, Lupe Valdez made history by becoming the first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major-party nomination for Texas governor.

For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Link to Story, Transcript and 10-Minute Video


PETITION: Elect Progressive Democrats, Not Former-Republicans

Sponsored by the Daily Kos (5/23/18)

In California’s must-win 48th District, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is ignoring progressive scientist Dr. Hans Keirstead and throwing its support behind wealthy businessman Harley Rouda. Here’s why that’s a problem:

  • Harley Rouda was a registered Republican before he announced his run for Congress in 2017.
  • In 2016, Harley Rouda donated $1,000 to anti-choice, anti-union Republican presidential candidate John Kasich.
  • The California Democratic Party already endorsed Dr. Hans Keirstead over Harley Rouda by an overwhelming margin.

This isn’t the first race that D.C. insiders have meddled in. In Texas, New York, and elsewhere, they’ve swooped in and tried to prop up their chosen “moderate” candidates over strong progressives.

To take back the House, we need more than “Democrats in name only” — we need strong, committed Democrats who will fight for a progressive agenda.

Sign the petition from Dr. Hans Keirstead, running in California’s 48th Congressional district, to send a clear message to the DCCC that this kind of meddling will BACKFIRE. Tell the DCCC to stop sabotaging progressive candidates >>

Endorsed by:
The California Democratic Party
U.S. Reps. Jerry McNerney, Raul Ruiz, and Bill Foster
Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate
SEIU California
National Union of Healthcare Workers
314 Action
International Association of Machinists, CA Conference
Teamsters Joint Council #42
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU)
See full list of endorsements here.

Link to Story and Petition