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Received this e-mail today from Rep. Patrick Murphy's (D. FL) U.S. Senate campaign:

Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., speak during a news conference with newly elected Democratic House members, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
It’s official:

Senator Marco Rubio just announced he’s running for President. That means he won’t be running against Patrick Murphy for United States Senate in 2016!

Frankly, it couldn't come a moment sooner. People in Florida are ready for a leader they can count on in the Senate.

So here’s the plan: We’re getting everyone who’s ready for change in Florida and across the country to raise their… water bottles… in a toast, and say “Farewell Marco Rubio!”

Click here to sign our farewell card to Marco Rubio, and don’t forget to leave a note as your own personal "toast" >>

Marco Rubio is out, and we’re so thankful that he’s taking his anti-marriage equality, Social Security and Medicare-cutting agenda with him.

If you are too, sign the card:


Josh Wolf

Campaign Manager
Murphy For Florida

I appreciate good sracasem. Click here to say farewell to Rubio:

Wanted to pass this e-mail along from one of my favorite U.S. Senators in support of these three great candidates:
Our Midwest Values PAC supports candidates who will work for a stronger middle class -- and let me tell you, we’ve got a pretty solid team. With spring training wrapping up, I figure it’s time to introduce you to some of the new members of our lineup.

Here are a few of our 2015-2016 MVPs -- show them some love by making a $10 contribution.


    Awarded the Purple Heart for service to our country
    Steadfast fighter against Citizens United

Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran, a brand new mom, and an outstanding Congresswoman from Illinois. This year, Tammy is taking her work to the next level -- running for U.S. Senate. Can you pitch in $5 or more to help her out?


    Youngest statewide elected official in the country (33)
    Rooted out political corruption on two continents

Jason has a solid record of fighting corruption, in Afghanistan, as an army intelligence officer, and in his time in the Missouri legislature. He’s balanced budgets, cut wasteful spending, and protected Missouri families for years. Help out Jason’s campaign for Senate by chipping in a few dollars.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland poses behind his desk in his office in the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, January 3, 2008.  (Chris Stephens/The Plain Dealer)

    Son of a steelworker; former Ohio governor (2006-2010)
    Hit a home run in helping defeat anti-worker legislation in Ohio in 2011

In Ohio, Ted Strickland is a veteran of the Democratic team. As a former Congressman and Governor, Ted’s record of supporting working families, children, and veterans is rock-solid. Ted’s ready to continue that work in the Senate -- click here to chip in $5 or more to help.

With their record of accomplishment for the middle class, these three MVPs can suit up for my team any time.

But as we know from experience, it’s going to take a huge grassroots effort to get them and all our other MVPs elected. We all need to step up. Contribute $5, $10, or more today.

Thanks for all of your help.


Click here to donate to these Democratic candidates campaigns:

Gov. Pat McCrory (R. NC)
There a few big Governor races next year in states like Montana, Indiana, West Virginia, Washington and North Dakota. But North Carolina is already looking like a seriously close race:

Attorney General Roy Cooper (D. NC)
PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find a tight race for Governor, with Richard Burr's leads against hypothetical opponents for the Senate increasing even as his approval numbers continue to be mediocre.

Pat McCrory leads Roy Cooper 44/41 this month, almost identical to the 43/41 advantage he had in late February. McCrory is sporting some of his lowest approval numbers in recent history this month, with 36% of voters giving him good marks to 45% who disapprove. Cooper continues to have relatively low name recognition with 50% of voters saying they don't have an opinion about him one way or the other. McCrory leads the other Democratic hopeful, Ken Spaulding, by a 46/33 spread.

McCrory's lost ground in 2 key areas since his resounding 2012 victory. That year we found he won independents by a 2:1 margin. He still has the upper hand with them, but at 45/30 it's a lot more competitive than it was against Walter Dalton. McCrory also now gets only 14% support from Democrats, where we found him getting 21% of the Democratic vote in 2012. McCrory's support levels with independents and Democrats aren't bad, but they're not nearly what they were last time either and that's why we're headed for a much closer race this time around. - PPP, 4/8/15

They also tested the U.S. Senate race and not the most encouraging numbers for a possible comeback bid for former Senator Kay Hagan (D. NC):
In the Senate race Richard Burr's approval numbers remain middling but he has double digit leads over all of the potential Democratic foes we tested him against. 36% of voters approve of the job Burr is doing to 37% who disapprove, numbers that would generally put you pretty seriously in the danger zone. But 5 out of the 6 Democrats we tested against him have low name recognition- Brad Miller comes in at 32%, Dan Blue at 31%, Janet Cowell at 28%, Grier Martin at 22%, and Jeff Jackson at 19%. The one Democrat who does have strong name recognition is Kay Hagan, but there continues to be no sign of improvement in her favorability numbers after last year's Senate race- 37% of voters see her positively to 53% with a negative opinion.

Burr leads Miller (45-34), Cowell (46-35), and Blue (47-36) by 11 points each. His lead over Hagan is 12 points at 50-38, it's 14 points over Martin at 46/32, and it's 16 points over Jackson at 46/30.

Now I'm all for comeback bids like in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin but this race might need some new blood. Stay tuned. But in the mean time, if you want to donate and get involved with Cooper's campaign, you can do so here:

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speaks before a campaign rally for President Barack Obama at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Received this e-mail today from former Governor Ted Strickland (D. OH) U.S. Senate campaign:
What if I told you that NAFTA devastated the Ohio economy and cost our state hundreds of thousands of jobs? I bet you already knew that.

What if I then told you another massive, free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have the same disastrous effects as NAFTA?

No one in their right mind would repeat the same mistake and hurt working families again, would they?

Unfortunately, foreign companies and special interests are mobilizing right now to enact the TPP. And in the process, they will be enriching themselves by robbing the future of Ohio's working families.

It's up to you, me, and folks across Ohio and America to join together now to stop the TPP. We must create a movement large enough to counter the millions of dollars being spent to force the adoption of the TPP.

Join me in fighting for Ohio's working families -- and sign my petition to oppose the TPP!

Right now, big corporations and officials from the United States and 11 other countries are negotiating the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership behind closed doors.

We've seen the results of similar discussions before. Over the past 20 years, NAFTA has devastated Ohio's economy and cost hundreds of thousands of lost jobs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will only do more harm.

Negotiating these critical trade policies is not how you rebuild America's middle class. This will not help America's workers. And this undermines our efforts to defend the American dream.

The TPP fails America. Join me now in opposing another devastating free-trade agreement. We must make our voices heard and fight for our own.

Sign my petition opposing the TPP today -- and fight for Ohio's families and workers!

Thanks for all you do,


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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05:  U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action:
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 5:  (AFP OUT) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, speaks during a live taping of Meet the Press at the NBC Studios November 5, 2006 in Washington, DC. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee,  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee appeared on the show to talk about the upcoming mid-term elections, the war on terror and the war in Iraq.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet the Press) *** Local Caption *** Chuck Schumer
Starting a war with Iran is apparently the top legislative priority for the next leader of the Senate Democratic caucus.

Politico reported that Senator Chuck Schumer’s first major move after locking down support to succeed Sen. Harry Reid as the Senate minority leader is to put his weight behind a bill that could block a final nuclear deal with Iran and would almost certainly put the U.S. on a path to war with Iran.

Writes Politico: “Schumer’s emphatic statement that Congress has an important role becomes more significant, signaling to fellow Democrats that it’s safe to jump on board the review bill.”

Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer: Don’t lead Senate Democrats into war with Iran.

With Republicans reportedly just one vote away from a veto-proof majority to blow up the negotiations with Iran, Sen. Schumer’s signal to fellow Democrats that they should support the Corker-Menendez bill, which would create a complex system of procedural hurdles to a final deal and empower hawks to sabotage it, could mean the difference between war and peace.

Beating the drums for war in the Middle East is not a new role for Sen. Schumer. While he has been widely criticized as a tool of Wall Street banks, there has been much less notice given to the fact that Sen. Schumer voted in 2002 to give President George W. Bush a blank check for war in Iraq.

Sen. Schumer’s support for war does not come out of deference to his commander-in-chief. With President Obama on the brink of securing an historic deal to limit Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon, you’d think the next leader of the Senate Democrats would be organizing his fellow senators in the caucus to support the White House’s diplomatic efforts. But instead Sen. Schumer is rallying Senate Democrats to the warmonger caucus by joining Republicans in a rush to yet another war of choice in the Middle East.

It’s true that Sen. Harry Reid also voted for war with Iraq. But he, like many Americans, learned the painful and expensive lesson that President George W. Bush’s war and has fought to defend the White House’s diplomatic efforts to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons without going to war. Clearly, Sen. Schumer has learned nothing.

Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer: You were wrong on Iraq, and now you’re wrong on Iran. This is not the Democratic leadership we need in the Senate.

Sen. Schumer is playing a very dangerous game with American blood and treasure. There are only two ways this can go. Either our diplomatic efforts are successful and we block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons without war, or we move down the path to almost certain war.

We’re already one vote away from from a veto-proof majority for war in the Senate. Sen. Schumer needs to decide if he wants to be the leader of the Democratic caucus or join the Republican warmonger caucus.

Thank you for speaking out to stop the next war.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Happy Friday to you all! Before you embark on your Holiday weekend, I wanted to pass along this e-mail I received from Keystone Progress regarding Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA):
Senator Pat Toomey  on December 19, 2011.  ( Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer )
The Senate has one last chance to get this right. They have one last chance to stand up for human trafficking victims.

A Senate bill, supported by both parties, has already been introduced that would help survivors of sex trafficking get their lives back on track, but Senator Toomey, along with other anti-choice Republicans, has refused to support it unless survivors are denied access to abortion care.

We need to send a strong message, so we’re collecting petition signatures to be delivered to Republican senators. When we stood together against a federal abortion ban, Republicans caved in to the pressure from the people. They might just do the right thing--but only if we make them.

Tell Senator Toomey: don’t play politics with trafficking survivors, and pass a clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act!

The Senate is currently on recess, which means senators are at home, listening to constituents like you. They’ll have one last chance to understand why some of the most vulnerable victims in the world deserve our support and access to the resources they need.

When they hear you speak out against their political games on human trafficking, they’ll know they’re being held accountable. The only way anti-choice senators are going to change their stance is if they hear from their constituents. The only way they’ll help trafficking survivors get the health care they need — and deserve — is if anti-choice Republicans hear from YOU.

Sign the petition today and tell anti-choice Republicans: stop playing politics with trafficking survivors, and pass a clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act!

We’re going all-out because these survivors deserve no less. Thank you for being with us.

- Michael

Michael Morrill
Executive Director
Keystone Progress

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I grew up in a David Letterman household and while I'm excited for Stephen Colbert to be taking over, I am sad to see Letterman hang it up. Being a native of the Hoosier state, Letterman had some harsh words for Governor Mike Pence (R. IN) over his signing of the blatantly discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

Going to miss that. So what will Letterman do now that he's retired? Well Senator Al Franken (D. MN) stopped by and gave him a suggestion:

“What I want to know is, what can I do now to make the governor feel uncomfortable?” Letterman, a critic of state's divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act, asked during "Late Show with David Letterman.”

"As a matter of fact, there's an open seat there," Franken responded quickly, noting that incumbent Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) won't run for re-election in 2016.

Franken continued: "Look, when young people come to me and say, 'How do you become a United States senator?' I say, 'Well, do about 35, 40 years of comedy and then run for the Senate.' You know, it's worked every time."

"I think you should run," Franken told Letterman to applause. - TPM, 4/2/15

I'm all for a Letterman run. Any way we can get a Draft Letterman For Senate movement going here?
Womp womp:

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, center, flanked by  Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, to discuss  the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility of a potential shutdown at the department because of a congressional impasse over immigration. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) opted against endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a close conservative ally, for president after Cruz announced his candidacy on Monday.

In response to Cruz unveiling his campaign, Lee issued a statement which did not make any mention of Cruz, according to Utah's KSL. It's surprising given how closely associated Lee and Cruz are by both Democrats and conservatives. Most notably, Lee aligned himself with Cruz during the latter's crusade against Obamacare that resulted in a government shutdown in 2013.

"The most important thing for conservatives to focus on in the presidential race is not the candidate we run, but the agenda we run on," Lee said in the statement. "I look forward to seeing how each of the candidates plan to apply conservative principles to reform our dysfunctional federal government and fix our broken status quo."

A senior adviser to Lee, Boyd Matheson, told KSL that even though Cruz hit "some familiar themes" in his speech announcing his candidacy for president, those themes are also being touched on by other likely Republican presidential candidates: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul (KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL). Lee, according to Boyd, doesn't want to make the "fatal mistake" of focusing just on personality without policy. - TPM, 3/24/15

I wonder if they'll still be friends now.
This isn't that surprising:

U.S. Senator Dan Coats has just informed Indy Politics that he will NOT run for another term in the U.S. Senate.

Coats said he deliberated for months before making his decision.  He says he informed leadership this morning today of his decision.

When asked why he decided not to run, Coats said he would have to spend the next two years campaigning instead of playing a vital role in the Senate.  In addition, had he won re-election he would be nearly 80 by the end of his second term. - Indy Politics, 3/24/15

The Hoosier State is a red state so I'm sure there will be plenty of Republicans lining up for this race. We could always get lucky and get another Richard Mourdock but we shall see. Former Senator Evan Bayh (D. IN) isn't a firm no. You can read more here:

We shall see.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ORG XMIT: MDSW114
Well what do you expect from a former Wall Street investment banker:

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), seen May 28, 2013 in State College, Penn., is carving out a reputation as a steady-as-he-goes pragmatist who works with Democrats while maintaining his conservative credentials. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/MCT) (Newscom TagID: krtphotoslive647129.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
In just their first legislative session since taking control of the Senate, Republicans on the Budget Committee pushed through a Wall Street-supported amendment attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The amendment, offered by Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), is a resolution to move the CFPB's funding away from the Federal Reserve and put it under the direct control of Congress through the appropriations process. This would not only give Republicans an opportunity to slash the bureau's funding, but to leverage its budgeting control to pressure the agency against cracking down on lenders. (Nice consumer bureau you got there. It'd be a shame if something happened to it.)

House Republicans have passed several bills in recent years taking aim at the CFPB, including legislation attacking its funding source and trying to tie up its operations with congressionally imposed red tape. None of those bills were enacted, however, because the Senate was controlled by Democrats. Now that the GOP holds the majority in the Upper Chamber, they're taking a cue from their House colleagues.

Toomey made the case for the amendment before the committee by deploying standard House GOP talking points that have repeatedly been debunked by the Congressional Research Service and others.

"The CFPB is completely unaccountable," Toomey insisted. "It is unique among enormously powerful regulators in having no accountability to Congress. It has exceeded its authority in part because it's not subject to congressional oversight. And it's frankly outrageous that they are able to operate with the budget that they have and with the latitude they have without having to come to Congress for this oversight." - Huffington Post, 3/20/15

It should also be noted that Senators Rob Portman (R. OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R. NH), who are both up for re-election, voted for Toomey's bill. Senators Jeff Merkley (D. OR) and Bernie Sanders (I. VT) by noting that other bank regulators are also not subjected to appropriations, and emphasizing that the CFPB is audited by both the Government Accountability Office and the Fed Inspector General. In addition, the CFPB is required to report to Congress, testify before Congress and abide by standard regulatory disclosures and processes.

Joe Sestak (D. PA) hammered Toomey's Wall Street support and for pushing for the repeal of Glass-Stegall Act while in Congress. Portman is also a notorious advocate of trade deals but will be going up against former Governor Ted Strickland (D. OH), a true public servant. Of course we're all waiting to see if Governor Maggie Hassan (D. NH) will jump in to take on Ayotte. We will see. But the battle for the Senate begins now. Click here to donate and get involved with Sestak and Strickland's campaigns:

Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive trade deal being negotiated behind closed doors by the governments of a dozen countries (including ours) colluding with corporate interests.

Under the TPP, more American jobs would be offshored. Internet freedom would be a joke. Developing countries would lose access to lifesaving medicines. Unsafe foods and products could pour into our country. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The first stage in the plan to pass the TPP is a big push for the Republican-led Congress to pass Fast Track trade authority, which would short-circuit the typical legislative process when trade deals like the TPP come up for a vote.

Not a single Democrat would sponsor the legislation to establish Fast Track in 2014 – including Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who publicly opposed it. But, now according to our allies in Washington, Senator Wyden – as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee – is actively working with Chairman Hatch in an attempt to reintroduce a new version of Fast Track legislation.

Call Senator Ron Wyden and ask him to publicly announce his opposition to Fast Track and the TPP. Click here for the number to call and a sample script.

Fast Track trade authority would allow the president to sign a trade deal before Congress has an opportunity to approve it.

Then the president could send it to Congress with a guarantee that it will get an up-or-down vote within 90 days.

Fast Track would mean there would be no meaningful hearings, limited debate and absolutely no amendments to the deal – or "implementing legislation" that would rewrite wide swaths of our domestic laws. And there would be tremendous pressure on Congress to rubber-stamp anything the president signs.

We cannot let Senator Wyden jump ship on Fast Track. If he supports it as the leading Democrat in the Senate Finance Committee it could send a signal to corporate shills in the House and Senate Democratic caucuses that the bill is suddenly safe to get behind.

Call Senator Ron Wyden and ask him to publicly announce his opposition to Fast Track and the TPP. Click here for the number to call and a sample script.

It's the job of Congress to fully vet trade deals and ensure they work for everyone, not just giant corporations. And it would be a deeply irresponsible abdication of responsibility for Congress to pass Fast Track right before a push to force approval of the TPP.

Call Senator Ron Wyden and ask him to publicly announce his opposition to Fast Track and the TPP. Click below for the number to call and a sample script.

Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Click here to make your call:


Union leaders and rank-and-file supporters have in recent weeks ramped up pressure on members of Congress to vote no on “fast track.” Fast track is a Congressional agreement that would make it easier for Congress to pass NAFTA-style international agreements like the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a deal being negotiated behind closed doors by representatives of 12 Pacific Rim nations.

On March 11, the national AFL-CIO announced that unions are freezing all political contributions to federal candidates until further notice in order to conserve resources for the historic legislative battle around fast track and the debate over the TPP. Defeat of fast track has been declared a top federation priority.

“Fast track has been used since the Nixon Administration to advance deals, like NAFTA, that are sold to the American people as job creation measures,” said a March 2 letter to Congress signed by more than 60 national labor officials. “But these deals, written largely by and for the world’s largest corporations, don’t create jobs: their main purpose isn’t even related to trade; it’s to enshrine rules that make it easier for firms to invest offshore and increase corporate influence over the global economy.”

On March 4, union leaders from more than 20 states gathered in Washington, D.C., to lobby members of Congress. And they’re putting the pressure on back home too. A labor-led March 9 protest moved into the streets of downtown Portland. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), was met by fast track opponents all around Oregon in a week of town hall meetings, and was trailed by a 30-foot protest blimp in Umatilla, La Grande, Baker City and Ontario.

“Ron Wyden: It’s up to you. Don’t betray us” said a large sign on the blimp, which was set up by the Internet freedom group Fight for the Future.

Wyden’s role is pivotal in the fast track debate, because he’s the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and his support is considered necessary to pass fast track. But Wyden hasn’t yet reached agreement with Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the details of the fast track proposal. Wyden wants Congress to be able to reject fast track treatment for any agreement that doesn’t meet the goals it sets for such agreements, something Hatch disagrees with. - NW Labor Press, 3/19/15

Lets help keep the pressure on Wyden. Contact his office to tell him you oppose the TPP:

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