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Consider DFLA on #Giving Tuesday!

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November 29, 2016
 
Democrats For Life of America 
10521 Judicial Drive, #200
Fairfax, VA 22030 
 
Today is the big day: #GivingTuesday - a worldwide day of charitable giving. And, at Democrats For Life of America, we need your help big time.
 
On this national day of giving, please go here
 
We have a quarterly goal of $12,600.00. We need $11,968.00 to reach that goal to ensure that in the next 3 months we will be able to carry forward the PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATIC message to all elected officials on the Hill, at the March for Life and around the country.

Because you are likely a whole life/consistent ethic of life Democrat, I am sure you’ve seen a few e-mails about this big day from your local Food Bank or Conservancy...... But can I take a minute to make the case of a gift to Democrats for Life?
  • DFLA is doing work that no one one else is doing: starting and equipping pro-life Democrats throughout the country with a message of hope for our party.
  • With the election loss fresh on our minds, NOW is the time to wake up the Democratic Party to the inherent reasonableness of a pro-life party position. We can and must act to speak up now when the party is in the midst of regrouping.
  • Unlike NARAL, whose executive is now seeking to be head of the Democratic Party, our team is made up of largely volunteers. Our entire payroll is a fraction of that of a single NARAL executive. You can be assured that we will use your donation wisely and effectively, including stopping the NARAL head from becoming the DNC Chair!
I hope you consider making as large of a gift as you can today and help us reach our goal!!
 
Remember every dollar you give makes a difference! Please consider a contribution today by clicking here.
 
Thank you for our support and consideration.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kristen Day
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America 

Please Help Foster Campbell who is a true Whole-Life Democrat!

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Donate to Foster Campbell's U.S. Senate Race in Louisiana!
November, 2016
 
Foster Campbell
 
Candidate Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate from Louisiana
Election is December 10, 2016
It's time to add a fourth pro-life Democrat to the U.S. Senate!
Support Foster Campbell who is a true Whole-Life Democrat 
 
    Foster Campbell has a record in public office as a true whole-life Democrat who will fight for an economy that supports the middle class.
 
   In a recent debate, Foster Campbell said,  "First of all, I told you I was pro-life so I certainly want to vote for a Supreme Court justice that is pro-life, that is one of my main considerations, and, also, I would like to know that he has experience and has a heart, that he isn't cold-hearted and owned by the corporations. I would like to see that he is interested in middle America." You can listen to or read the text of the debate on C-Span.org by clicking here.
 
   In the Louisiana Senate his voting record was pro-life and as the Public Service Commissioner he fought against corporate special interests.
 
    As pro-life Democrats, we have only one opportunity this election season to support a pro-life candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, and that is now in Louisiana, where Foster Campbell, a pro-life Democrat, is on the ballot on December 10th
 
 
   The Democratic party targeted 12 U.S. Senate seats for pick-up in 2016, but they managed to win only two, which is not surprising to us, because their candidates all were pro-choice, and many were running in midwestern states where their positions were out of sync with the values of people they would represent.
 
   As a pro-life Democrat, I hope you will join me in supporting Foster Campbell, the one U.S. Senate Democratic candidate this election season who supports our values.
 
   To learn more about Foster Campbell, you can visit his website at: www.FosterCampbell2016.com.
 
   Although Foster Campbell’s opponent Kennedy claims to be pro-life, he has never taken a vote on it. In fact, Kennedy told the New Orleans Times-Picayune when he was the state treasurer that he supported abortion. He was 39 years old. Old enough to know better.  Kennedy said, “I saw it in 1991 as libertarian issue: Who is best able to make that decision, people or the government?”
 
  Kennedy quickly went from supporting Planned Parenthood and abortion to claiming he was pro-life when he woke up to the reality that Louisiana only elects pro-life U.S. Senators.
 
   IT'S URGENT THAT ALL PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT FOSTER CAMPBELL NOW!  WHETHER YOU CAN SEND $20 OR $2700, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS TO HELP GET OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS RACE TO THE VOTERS OF LOUISIANA.
 
    ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA DOMINATED BY REPUBLICANS OR PRO-CHOICE DEMOCRATS, YOU CAN BE PROUD OF SUPPORTING  WHOLE-LIFE VALUES BY HELPING ELECT PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.
 
   See what others are saying about the urgency of this race: 
 
Democrats have one final shot to flip a senate seat:  "Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat -- but in order to pull off an upset, they need to quickly rally around the Louisiana candidate whose victory could be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year. Public Service Commissioner – and jovial cattle farmer – Foster Campbell will face off against Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy, a twice-failed Senate candidate, in a Dec. 10 runoff.  On the surface, it might seem like a lost cause: A Democrat running a statewide campaign in Louisiana in the Year of Trump. On the contrary, though, Campbell has a legitimate shot to upset his opponent the same way Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did in 2015."  The Hill 11/14/16.  Read more here.
 
Democrats can't write off the last senate race:
"Local experts give Kennedy a large advantage.
On the other hand ... Democrat John Bel Edwards easily won Louisiana's gubernatorial election just last year. Runoff elections are typically very-low-turnout affairs, where strong passions on one side can produce unusual outcomes -- and it's certainly possible that a reaction for or against Trump's election could produce an unexpected one-sided turnout surge. National Democrats are apparently playing down the election, which has received practically no attention at all in the national media. I think that's an odd choice."   Blooomberg News, 11/16/16.  Read more here.
 
 
The Blue Dog faces a flip-flopper in Louisiana senate race:  "On the surface, this race looks like a lock for four-term Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy. The national GOP machine has rolled in to deliver its final kill of 2016, and all the talking heads have gone ahead and called it for him.  That sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  It wasn’t but a few days ago that people were saying the same thing about Hillary Clinton. Just last year, we heard that kind of talk in a governor’s race that saw Democrat John Bel Edwards pull off an upset victory."  The Hill, 11/17/16.
 

It's time to add a fourth pro-life Democrat to the U.S. Senate!

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Pro-Life Democrat for U.S. Senate Endorsement!
November 19, 2016
 
Foster Campbell
Candidate Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate from Louisiana
Election is December 10, 2016
It's time to add a fourth pro-life Democrat to the U.S. Senate!
Support Foster Campbell in his bid to become the fourth pro-life Democrat in the U.S. Senate
 
     As pro-life Democrats, we have only one opportunity this election season to support a pro-life candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, and that is now in Louisiana, where Foster Campbell, a pro-life Democrat, is on the ballot on December 10th
 
     That is why we are endorsing Foster Campbell for the U.S. Senate Seat!
 
   The Democratic Party targeted 12 U.S. Senate seats for pick-up in 2016, but they managed to win only two, which is not surprising to us because all their candidates were pro-choice and frequently running in midwestern seats where their positions were out of sync with the values of people they would represent.
 
   As a pro-life Democrat, I hope you will join me in supporting Foster Campbell, the one U.S. Senate Democratic candidate this election season who supports our values.
 
   To learn more about Foster Campbell, you can visit his website at www.FosterCampbell2016.com.
 
   Although Foster Campbell’s opponent Kennedy claims to be pro-life, he has never taken a vote on it. In fact, Kennedy told the New Orleans Times-Picayune when he was state treasurer that he supported abortion. He was 39 years old. Old enough to know better.  Kennedy said, “I saw it in 1991 as a libertarian issue: Who is best able to make that decision, people or the government?” 
 
    IT'S URGENT THAT ALL PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT FOSTER CAMPBELL!   
 
   See what others are saying about the urgency of this race:  
 
Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat:  "Democrats have one final shot to flip a Senate seat -- but in order to pull off an upset, they need to quickly rally around the Louisiana candidate whose victory could be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year. Public Service Commissioner – and jovial cattle farmer – Foster Campbell will face off against Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy, a twice-failed Senate candidate, in a Dec. 10 runoff.  On the surface, it might seem like a lost cause: A Democrat running a statewide campaign in Louisiana in the Year of Trump. On the contrary, though, Campbell has a legitimate shot to upset his opponent the same way Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards did in 2015." 
 
The Hill, 11/14/16
 
Democrats can't write off the last senate race:
"Local experts give Kennedy a large advantage.
On the other hand ... Democrat John Bel Edwards easily won Louisiana's gubernatorial election just last year. Runoff elections are typically very-low-turnout affairs, where strong passions on one side can produce unusual outcomes -- and it's certainly possible that a reaction for or against Trump's election could produce an unexpected one-sided turnout surge. National Democrats are apparently playing down the election, which has received practically no attention at all in the national media. I think that's an odd choice."
 
Bloomberg News, 11/16/2016
 
The Blue Dog faces a flip-flopper in Louisiana Senate race:  "On the surface, this race looks like a lock for four-term Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy. The national GOP machine has rolled in to deliver its final kill of 2016, and all the talking heads have gone ahead and called it for him.  That sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  It wasn’t but a few days ago that people were saying the same thing about Hillary Clinton. Just last year, we heard that kind of talk in a governor’s race that saw Democrat John Bel Edwards pull off an upset victory." 
 
The Hill, 11/17/2016 
 
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Foster Campbell for US Senate

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In the Louisiana jungle primary pro-life Democrat Foster Campbell finished second. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote he will face off in a runoff against Republican state treasurer John Kennedy. Foster Campbell has served the people of North Louisiana faithfully for forty years. Campbell represented District 36 in the Louisiana State Senate where he served for seven uninterrupted terms representing both rural areas and suburban Bossier. In the Senate, he fought for education funding, affordable utility rates and coastal restoration. Democrats for Life is proud to endorse Campbell in this election. Democrats for Life statement on the race is as follows: Although Foster Campbell’s opponent Kennedy claims to be pro-life, he has never taken a vote on it. In fact, Kennedy told the New Orleans Times-Picayune when he was state treasurer that he supported abortion. He was 39 years old. Old enough to know better. Kennedy said, “I saw it in 1991 as libertarian issue: Who is best able to make that decision, people or the government?” You can visit Foster's website here: http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/

Not All Bad News

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DFLA Newsletter
November, 2016
 
 
The Pro-Life Voice Within the Democratic Party
Statement by Kristen Day 
Executive Director
Democrats For Life of America
 
 
When Republicans nominated the most unpopular candidate for president since Barry Goldwater, pundits believed it was a sure thing that Democrats would retake the United States Senate. Rather than appeal to independents and soft Republicans, Democrats continued with a losing strategy.
 
They nominated a slate of U.S. Senate candidates – many of whom lost their own re-elections just six years ago –  who believe in late-term abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion. The national Democratic message stressed the importance of nominating pro-choice Supreme Court justices and repealing the Hyde Amendment. It once again backfired in purple states.
 
Our party should not be content being a coastal party and needs to recognize that the bi-coastal messaging does not play in the heartland. Candidates matter. And if the Democratic Party continues to run radically pro-choice candidates in pro-life states, we will never win a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate.
 
During the Democratic National Convention, Democrats for Life of America issued the “Open the Big Tent” report, which lays out the correlation between the decline of the pro-life Democratic members of Congress and the total number of Democratic members. We thought these numbers could not go any lower, but this election cycle produced three more Republican governors, giving Republicans their highest number in history.
 
The Democratic Party needs to win again so that a united party can fight for the party’s key economic issues that sustained it in the past:  the right to organize labor, the minimum wage, and Social Security.  Pro-life and pro-choice Democrats can work together to achieve these goals. 
 
But we cannot do that as a minority party.  We must do three things to win again:
 
  • Change the party platform to acknowledge our pro-life members and to protect religious conscience
  • Resurrect the “fifty state strategy” while recruiting candidates who reflect their districts’ values
  • Eliminate the litmus test for pro-life candidates.
 
The last four election cycles have taught us this:
 
It is time for the Democratic Party to return to its economic and human- rights roots as exemplified by former pro-life Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who said, “The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
 
There were 6 million fewer Democratic voters in 2016 than in 2012. Many of those voters were people I spoke with or have heard from over the past few months. They are concerned that our party has lost its way. They expressed hesitancy about supporting a candidate who supported late-term abortions. They were looking for other options.
 
We call on our Democratic Party to be representative of the one-third of our members who define themselves as pro-life and to open the big tent to every American who feels politically homeless after this divisive campaign. If we bring pro-life Democrats home in 2020, we can take back the White House. 
 
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STATE CHAPTER NEWS:
 
 
We held our monthly conference call with state leaders this past Wednesday. It was wonderful to hear the successes of some of our pro-life democrat candidates around the nation. We wanted to share some of our victories.
 
LA: Foster Campbell is headed to a run off in the U.S. Senate race
 
LA: Sharon Weston Broome is headed to a run off for Mayor of Baton Rouge.
 
MI: Brian Elder defeated a Planned Parenthood endorsed candidte in the primary and won the general for the State House seat.
 
MI: DLFA Member and supporter Victor Celentino won re-election for County Commission. 
 
MA: We can now call State Representative Walter Timilty State Seantor-elect.
 
NY: DFLA heros State Senator Ruben Diaz and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, who led the effort to defeat Governor Cuomo's aboriton expation effort, both won handily.
 
PA: Many victories in Pennsylvania. More on this state in a future e-mail.
 
RI: Numberous victories in Rhode Island. We will have a full list in a future e-mail.
 
Did a pro-life democrat win in your state? Please let us know!
 
 
Buy Tickets Today for the March for Life Breakfast! 
NEW DATE: March for Life (1-27-2017)
 
Due to the Inauguration, the March for Life in D.C. has been pushed back one week to January 27, 2017. You can purchase your tickets here.
 
 
 
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