Debbie Wasserman Schultz Re-Elected Democratic Party Chair

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Meeting in Washington D.C. the Democratic National Committee has re-elected Debbie Wasserman Schulz to a second term as national chair.”I proudly accept the nomination to continue serving as your Democratic Party chair. I look forward to doing what we do best as Democrats: out-working, out-organizing, and out-mobilizing our way to victory” Wasserman Schulz said.

Wasserman Schulz is also the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, which includes Miami Beach, Florida.

Keynote address: Julián Castro

At the Democratic National Convention Tuesday, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote address:

“Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our President took action. And now, we’ve seen 4.5 million new jobs. He knows better than anyone that there’s more hard work to do. But we’re making progress.

“And now, we need to make a choice. It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less. Or a country where everybody pays their fair share so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell Grants. Or a nation that invests more in education. And it’s a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas. Or a leader who brings jobs back home. This is the choice before us.

“And to me, to my generation, and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who’s always chosen us. A man who already is our president—Barack Obama.

“In the end, the American Dream is not a sprint or even a marathon—but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.

“My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone. And while she may be proud of me tonight, I gotta tell you, Mom, I’m even more proud of you.

“Today, my beautiful wife, Erica, and I are the proud parents of a 3-year-old little girl, Carina Victoria, named after my grandmother. A couple of Mondays ago was her first day of pre-K.

“And as we dropped her off, we walked out of the classroom and I found myself whispering to her, as was once whispered to me, “Que Dios te bendiga.” May God bless you. She’s still young and her dreams are far off yet. But I hope she’ll reach them. As a dad, I’m going to do my part, and I know she’ll do hers. But our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part, as one community, one United States of America, to ensure opportunity for all of our children.

“The days we live in are not easy ones. But we have seen days like this before. And America prevailed. With the wisdom of our founders and the values of our families, America prevailed. With each generation going further than the last, America prevailed. And with the opportunity we build today, for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail.

“It begins with re-electing Barack Obama. It begins with you. It begins now.”

Watch and share Mayor Castro’s keynote speech.

Joni Gutierrez Elected Democratic National Committeewoman

State Representative Joni Gutierrez (D-Mesilla) (above) was elected to the post of Democratic National Committeewoman on Saturday by members of the Democratic Party of New Mexico State Central Committee, who met in Taos. Gutierrez will represent New Mexico’s Democrats on the Democratic National Committee, the governing organization of the national Democratic Party.
Democratic National Committeewoman Joni Gutierrez, Democratic State Chair Javier Gonzales, and past National Committeewoman Mary Gail Gwaltney following Saturday's vote at the meeting of the Democratic State Central Committee in Taos

 

Protecting the Vote

In Texas, you can vote with a gun license but not with a student ID.

It’s not just students who are finding themselves at risk of being disenfranchised as we approach the 2012 elections. In the past year, the GOP has launched a nationwide, politically motivated effort to restrict our most fundamental civil right: casting a ballot. Today, the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute is releasing a report on this unprecedented assault on voting—and what Democrats are doing to protect the vote for all Americans.

The Voting Rights Institute’s report, A Reversal in Progress: Restricting Voting Rights for Electoral Gain, finds that, across the board, these new Republican-passed laws make it harder to vote, particularly for voters who supported President Obama and Democratic candidates in 2008. By restricting different stages of the voting process, each of these measures is designed to shave off eligible voters from the 2012 electorate—purely to benefit Republican candidates.

The report highlights how Democrats across the country—from the grassroots level to Congress—are taking a stand to protect the right to vote, shifting momentum back toward an electoral system that is open, accessible, and fair for all eligible Americans.

From Democratic activists gathering signatures to overturn repeals of Election Day Registration, to Democratic governors vetoing photo ID laws, to lawyers volunteering at the polls, Democrats at all levels are continuing the important work of protecting the vote, from now through Election Day 2012.

Visit the Democratic National Committee’s new website to read the full report and learn how you can get involved in Democrats’ voter protection work. The first step in fighting back? Get the word out by sharing the site with your friends and family.

Democratic National Chair Slams Mitt Romney for saying “Corporations are People”

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has released the following statement after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said during a campaign appearance in Iowa today that “corporations are people, my friend.” Romney’s comment was in response to a suggestion from an audience member that large corporations should start paying their fair share.

In taking  issue with the GOP Presidential hopeful’s statement, Wasserman Schultz said, “Mitt Romney’s comment today that ‘corporations are people’ is one more indication that Romney and the Republicans on the campaign trail and in Washington have misplaced priorities. It is a shocking admission from a candidate—and a party—that shamelessly puts forward policies to help large corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class, seniors, and students. When they should be standing up for seniors, Republicans are instead protecting corporate loopholes and proposing to end Medicare as we know it. When they should be trying to help middle class families prosper, they are instead supporting policies that would slash Social Security.

“Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican candidates should spend a little less time fighting to protect the special interests, millionaires, and billionaires, and a lot more time standing up for the middle class, seniors, and students” Wasserman Schultz said.