Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms
April 15th, 2014
07:48 PM ET
1 week ago

Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms

(CNN) - Priorities USA Action announced Tuesday it had contributed more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to help Democrats gear-up for November's midterm elections.

The news came as the top Democratic group announced its first quarter fundraising numbers.

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Fundraising • Priorities USA
Hillary Clinton knocks Supreme Court's campaign finance decisions
April 9th, 2014
03:56 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton knocks Supreme Court's campaign finance decisions

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court's view of campaign finance at a Tuesday event, telling an audience in Portland, Oregon, that the judicial body's ruling will limit the number of people involved in the political process.

"With the rate the Supreme Court is going, there will only be three or four people in the whole country that have to finance our entire political system by the time they are done," Clinton said during the question and answer portion of an appearance at The World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Last week, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 ruling to allow more private money in electoral politics by removing a limit on the total number of candidates one can donate to in one election season.

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Filed under: 2016 • Democrats • Hillary Clinton • Politics • Russia • Supreme Court • Vladimir Putin
Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary
April 1st, 2014
03:53 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray will not win a second term in office.

The mayor, who has been dogged by ethics questions since his first campaign in 2010, conceded defeat early Wednesday morning to D.C. council member Muriel Bowser in the district's Democratic primary. And shortly after Gray's remarks, Bowser claimed victory in the primary contest.

According to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, Bowser captured 44% of the vote, compared to Gray's 33% with 127 out of 143 precincts reporting.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • Political • political speech • Politics • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Post Florida-13, White House tackles midterm election concerns
March 13th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
1 month ago

Post Florida-13, White House tackles midterm election concerns

Washington (CNN) - In the wake of this week's GOP victory in a much watched special congressional election, a senior White House official acknowledged the need to rev up voter turnout.

The comments were part of a Thursday post-game analysis following Tuesday's Democratic loss in a special election to fill a vacant seat in Florida's 13th Congressional district.

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Obamacare • White House
Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?
Ro Khanna is an evangelist for the thriving tech economy based in Silicon Valley and the favorite son of its wealthiest visionaries.
March 13th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
1 month ago

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?

Cupertino, California (CNN) – Ro Khanna wants a show of hands.

"How many of you have heard of LinkedIn?"

The 37-year-old Indian-American Democrat, the darling of Silicon Valley's tech elite and a vehicle for their budding engagement with Washington, is addressing a cafeteria full of advanced placement government students at Cupertino High School. Most of them are Indian or Asian-American, the sons and daughters of the programmers and tech company employees who populate this neatly manicured California town where Apple is based.

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Filed under: California • Democrats
Democrats try to increase pressure on unemployment benefits
March 12th, 2014
05:29 PM ET
1 month ago

Democrats try to increase pressure on unemployment benefits

Washington (CNN) – Nearly three months after extended unemployment benefits expired, Democrats tried to ratchet up pressure on the issue with dozens of lawmaker signatures and a line of Congressmen marching together into the House Chamber.

“Do the right thing, Mr. Speaker: give us a vote,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters Wednesday, as she and dozens of her party members prepared to file a discharge petition in the House, aimed at forcing a House vote on an unemployment insurance extension.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Nancy Pelosi • unemployment
Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms
March 5th, 2014
05:18 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama: Democrats “sleepy” during midterms

President Barack Obama is hoping to send a wake-up call to “sleepy” Democrats this November.

Obama called out his party for what he says it’s lacking during midterm elections.

“It’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us. We get a little sleepy, we get a little distracted. We don’t turn out to vote. We don’t fund campaigns as passionately,” the president said during a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia on Tuesday night.

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • President Obama
Clinton: Voters under 'assault'
February 27th, 2014
09:18 AM ET
2 months ago

Clinton: Voters under 'assault'

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party is showcasing former President Bill Clinton to help launch a new program to expand voters' access to polls.

An announcement Thursday by the Democratic National Committee comes as the party committee kicks off its Winter Meeting here in the nation's capital. During three days of meetings, the DNC has its eyes on this year's midterm elections, as the party aims to hold onto its majority in the Senate, attempts the extremely challenging effort to recapture control of the House of Representatives, and tries to make gains in governors' offices.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Democratic National Committee • Democrats • DNC
Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul
February 24th, 2014
08:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul

Updated 3:19 p.m. ET, 2/25/2014

Washington (CNN) -- Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President's signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.

But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in small business tax credits that will decrease those premiums for some companies.

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Filed under: Democrats • Obamacare • President Obama • Republicans
February 14th, 2014
12:22 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama rallies House Democrats

Washington (CNN) - President Obama visited the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland on Friday, delivering what amounted to a quick 10-minute version of his State of the Union Speech, and thanking lawmakers for sticking with him through some tough legislative battles.

Telling the gathering of congressional Democrats that he’s “proud” of them, Obama repeatedly praised the group for their unity on legislative fights with the House Republican majority.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • President Obama
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