Democrats are criticizing billionaire left-wing environmentalist Tom Steyer’s campaign to impeach President Donald Trump, fearful that it will hurt rather than help the Democratic Party’s 2018 ambitions. “D.C. Democrats have privately complained about what they think is an unhelpful, out-of-touch strategy from Steyer,” writes Alexi McCammond of Axios, describing an increasingly open divide between the moderate and “progressive” wings of the party.Steyer launched his Need to Impeach website and campaign on October 20, 2017, in hopes of taking down the commander-in-chief — and perhaps with presidential ambitions of his own. He has reportedly mailed his group’s guide to impeachment to 5,171 candidates across the country for them to reference during their campaigning.“We think avoiding impeachment is a strategic mistake. It’s what fires up the Democratic base,” Kevin Mack, lead strategist at Need To Impeach, … [Read more...] about Tom Steyer’s ‘Need to Impeach’ Trump Drive Reveals Division Among Democrats
By Adam Clymer Published 10:58 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Marco Garcia / Associated Press 2006 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Campaigning for re-election in 2006, Sen. Daniel Akaka waves to commuters driving by in Honolulu. Campaigning for re-election in 2006, Sen. Daniel Akaka waves to commuters driving by in Honolulu. Photo: Marco Garcia / Associated Press 2006 Daniel Akaka, former Democratic senator from Hawaii, dies 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Former Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Democrat who represented Hawaii for 36 years in Congress and successfully fought for the belated recognition of Asians and Asian Americans who had fought for the United States in World War II, died Friday in Honolulu. He was 93. Jon Yoshimura, the senator’s former communications director, confirmed the death, saying Akaka had … [Read more...] about Daniel Akaka, former Democratic senator from Hawaii, dies
With gloomy background music and the words "you Social Democrats, you Moderators and those of you in the Swedish media were wrong…” SD party leader Jimmie Åkesson opens his party's campaign video, seen nearly 800,000 times on YouTube since it was uploaded in November. By contrast, a more upbeat campaign video from the Social Democrats, which opens with PM Stefan Löfven saying “we’re moving forward, together” has garnered only 4,000 views over the past three weeks. The number of dislikes on the YouTube video outnumber the likes, 100-63. SD’s YouTube channel has 15,359 subscribers and each video averages 399 engagements. The Social Democrats have just slightly more than 3,000 subscribers and averages only 50 engagements per video. But it’s not just on YouTube that SD has the edge. New figures from media analyst Retriever show that the anti-immigration party is running away from the … [Read more...] about Sweden Democrats nation’s best on social media – but will it transfer to the election?
They want to be like the Koch brothers and the Mercers for campaign tech, but much cheaper, faster and smarter — and for Democrats. Higher Ground Labs, the incubator fund that last year put $2.5 million behind 12 startup companies specifically focused on pumping up Democratic campaigns, says its beta test worked, so it will unveil its second round of financing on Tuesday for 11 new companies. Each is getting $100,000 of seed capital, with the rest of the money on reserve for programming and follow-up funding for successes.Story Continued Below The fund, which takes 6 percent to 8 percent equity in each company, says profits will be reinvested in future expansion. “People who have given money before are craving a different way to participate and a different way to invest in the Democratic Party,” said Betsy Hoover, a Higher Ground Labs co-founder and the digital organizing director for former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. The list of … [Read more...] about Democrats fund start-ups to leapfrog RNC technology
Democrats in the state Legislature are poised to introduce bills that would create broadband internet rules to protect so-called "net neutrality" at the state level.Net neutrality refers to the idea that companies providing internet service should treat all online data the same. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission passed rules that codified that idea into official policy, barring internet service providers from blocking, slowing or otherwise manipulating websites or media.Late last year, the FCC voted to dissolve those rules, causing an uproar among Democrats, internet activists and businesses who say the move would stifle innovation and make the internet a less democratic space.Specific worries include the introduction of "zero rating," in which service providers would have consumers pay for unlimited access to packages of websites and services while capping access to others, or "paid prioritization" scenarios where websites would have to pay fees to access higher-bandwidth … [Read more...] about Democrats to propose net neutrality rules at state level