DNC Infographic: Stop The Sequester

Just days before $85 billion in deep federal budget cuts are to take effect, the Democratic National Committee is circulating a new online infographic aimed at pressuring Republicans to back President Obama’s plan to avoid the so-called sequester. “If Republicans in Congress don’t act by Friday to stop the so-called sequester, there will be far-reaching consequences on our economy. These disastrous consequences are completely avoidable, and the President has a balanced plan to stop the sequester,” says DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard says in an email with the infographic. Gaspard asks supporters to share the infographic via Twitter, Facebook and other online tools. President Obama warned of the consequences of the sequester in his recent State of the Union address. The … Continue reading

Activists Pressure Administration To Reveal Name Of New Mortgage Task Force Head

Housing and mortgage-accountability activist groups are urging the Obama administration to reveal the name of the new director  appointed to the newly created Mortgage Fraud Task Force after Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that such a director was now in place. President Obama first promised the creation of the task force in his 2012 State of the Union address, as a way “to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis.” “This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans,” Obama vowed at the time. Although … Continue reading

Voters Like Obama’s ‘Built to Last’ Message

Voters across the political spectrum reacted very favorably to President Obama’s focus on creating an economy “built to last” in his 2012 State of the Union address last month, according to focus group testing and follow-up discussions with 50 swing voters in Denver, Colo. A recent ABC/Washington Post poll also underscored the positive response among those who viewed the speech nationally, according to the Democratic polling organization, Democracy Corps. The president was most effective when he focused on fixing Washington and changing the economy and tax regime to foster American jobs and protect the middle class from higher taxes, the pollsters say. The strongest sections of the speech addressed new strategies for energy and education. He made his biggest personal … Continue reading

Campaign Manager: Obama Re-Election Bid ‘Can’t Afford’ Not To Back Super PAC

The manager of President Obama’s re-election effort is defending the campaign’s decision to back a so-called super PAC, despite the president’s fierce criticism of the Supreme Court decision which led to the proliferation of such shadowy influence groups. The Obama campaign is supporting Priorities USA, a super PAC founded by two former Obama White House aides, says Jim Messina in an email to supporters sent late Monday night. “We decided to do this because we can’t afford for the work you’re doing in your communities, and the grassroots donations you give to support it, to be destroyed by hundreds of millions of dollars in negative ads,” Messina tells supporters. During his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama famously denounced … Continue reading

Pollster: SOTU Provides ‘Powerful Framework For Having an Election’

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night should “help him a lot” in his fight for re-election this year, according to longtime Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, citing results of a focus group of swing voters held during the speech. The themes the president laid out during his annual televised address to a joint session of Congress cut across party lines and provide a “powerful framework for having an election,” Greenberg says in a briefing with reporters held after the president’s speech. Reaction from 50 swing voters in Denver, Colo., show that Obama’s populist defense of the middle class and their priorities in his State of the Union scored with voters, according to Greenberg’s polling organizations, Democracy Corps and … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Gabby Giffords Officially Resigns From Office

Rep. Gabby Giffords was in the spotlight last night at the State of the Union address as President Obama stopped to hug her on his way to the podium to make his address. Giffords cast her last vote in the House today, “for legislation she and Flake introduced this week, her office said in a statement.” The Christian Science Monitor reports, “The bill Giffords and Flake introduced would levy new penalties on people who use small, low-flying aircraft to smuggle drugs across the US. border with Mexico.” Gabby Giffords offically resigned from Congress today in order to focus fully on her recovery from the  injuries she sustained when she was shot in the head at close range on Jan. 8, 2011. … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Senator John Kerry tonight released a statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “If Members of Congress are going to be honest about it, there was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight’s address. We shouldn’t have to wait for another year or another election to act like it. Tax reform, energy security, infrastructure, and jobs matter to all of us and we’re so much closer on these issues than the shrillness of our politics pretends we are. We ought to prove peoples’ suspicions wrong and prove that Congress can actually get something done even in an election year. Dysfunction isn’t defensible.” The full text of President Obama’s State of the Union … Continue reading