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Outtakes from the #DNC Executive Meeting in #PuertoRico (thread)

Chair promises a 2020 process that is fair. Will release a protocol on debates soon; expect debates in summer 2019 . Will decide by March 2019 the Host City for 2020 Convention: Houston, Miami Beach, or Milwaukee.
We have worked hard to rebuild trust on our presidential process. Rules and Bylaws Cttee working with early states on rules. A key rule change ends superdelegates voting 1st round absent consensus candidate BUT elected officials can still be PLEOs & not run against constituents.
The PLEO Party Leader Elected Official designation is for pledged delegates who are Members of Congress Governors etc who want a first round #DNC convention vote but don’t want to run against activist to get there.
We also talked about ELECTION results. DNC invested early and worked hard with DCCC DSCC DLCC.
We worked to elect more Secretaries of State.
We now have a majority of Democratic State Attorneys General!
Speaker-designate @TeamPelosi is leading electing a historic majority - 40 seats - with a historic vote total - that is diverse and powerful. We won because so many Democrats worked on these Congressional races.
From the #DNC Veterans & Military Families Council, I reported 2 concerns:

1. 3 Mar-a-lago Members shadow running the VA are causing harm to our veterans

2. Republicans are making up the term “vote harvesting” though usually they WANT Military Ballots to be counted as cast!
1. The 3 Mar-a-lago Members shadow running the VA hurt our our veterans - just failed to pay out Forever GI Bill $ until. outrage from @VoteVets, other Veterans groups, and Members of Congress made them reverse course. Vets shouldn’t pay the price of Trump cronyism!
2. Republicans are making up the term “vote harvesting” though usually they WANT Military Ballots to be counted as cast if mailed on/before Election Day. We saw it coming in CA where we picked up 7 House seats & we note that there is ACTUAL voter fraud by the Republicans in #NC09
[#NC09 is where a Republican campaign went to the houses of older Democrats, claimed to be voting officials, took their absentee ballots and got rid of them. The Republican “won” by 900 votes in that Congressional district]. #DNC wants a review.
TX Chair Gilberto Hinojosa

#DNC should look at our state voting systems and make it easier for people to vote.
We are doing this in Harris County, Texas to have early voting and easier voting access.
Beto lost by 200,000 vote deficit - those additional voters are in Harris.
#DNC noted that In states where we won we see Republican legislatures now trying to curtail powers of incoming Democratic governors with sudden requirements like confirmation votes they never met themselves. Our volunteers are calling them up and calling this out in #MI #WI etc
In many states we won due to the #DNC $10 million SPIF (State Party Innovation Fund) went to 3 areas of focus:
Will give a detailed breakdown of where the money went so we can map out outgoing engagement going forward
.@guycecil gave a @prioritiesUSA report to #DNC about what they learned about Persuasion and Turnout. Most Persuasion was NOT about Trump because voters did not want to hear about him - they already didn’t like him and wanted to hear about their personal ecomony. AMEN
More from @prioritiesUSA polling that we the #DNC now get to know post-election:
For the first time they understood that preexisting conditions were part of the ACA.
People did not see a personal benefit to the #GOPtaxbill - its favorability is only at 30%
.@prioritiesUSA data: people think Trump is endangering #SocialSecurity #Medicare and health care and he’s using fear and division to tear the country apart.
Democrats won the argument on health care taxed and #immigration in House races.

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🚨CAUTION 🚨from @prioritiesUSA data

Trump is still very strong in the Midwest and Democrats need to campaign on our positives not his negatives to beat him in 2020.
I asked what role the 10,000 grassroots #ProtectOurCare events by Little Lobbyists health care voters and Democratic House Members played in this victory?

Guy said we have to do it all - grassroots, targeted ads & talk about health care as a policy issue not a legislative issue
#DNC talked about the bill for 8 years - finally we got to talk about the policy and how it was helping people’s lives and how Trump’s GOO were taking it away
#HELLO @LittleLobbyists @votevets @HealthCareVoter @AFLCIO @AFSCME @SEIU @AFTunion @MoveOn @PPact @peoplefor etc ❤️
#DNC vice chair @TeamKCP brought the realness: White Democrats can’t figure out why White people don’t support them - so they chase the 4/10 voters not the 9/10 voters. Why do they make these decisions?

Guy Cecil It is possible to reach out to both - #MT’s Jon Tester did & won.
Nevada Wisconsin and Minnesota leaders described the #DNC role in expanding the electorate and investing early in 57 (50 states & 6 territories & DC) partnership for field outreach to rural, base, millennial voters (some falling into more than one category).
#WI did a constituency outreach program organizing Native American, Hispanic, Black, Hmong communities.

“We keep the operation going and now that the #WIleg GOP want to curtail the powers of the incoming Democratic gov our folks are calling into the Capitol to protest.”
Labor Lessonsnfor #DNc from @AFTunion and @AFSCME presidents

Our members asked ourselves “could we find a set of values?” We did these FIVE
-economic dignity
-health care
-public education & affordable college
-save our democracy
-fight against bigotry & hate

We built TRUST.
From @rweingarten to #DNC: Engage our members 24/7 on the issues the matter that are found in the values and building trust.

There is huge anxiety in people who feel stuck with higher costs and don’t want a hand out but a hand up. #Education and #labor rights are key.
From @AFSCME’s President Lee Saunders to #DNC: We realized we could not do this alone. We hired local organizers to keep up the work and we will keep the investment gong. We will engage in communities year round. We have to change the way we think about relationships....
... @AFSCME’s 50th anniversary MLK in Memphis event did not end there. We started a digital program for 18-34 year old black men so we could talk to them and they could talk to each other.

Also it’s about ACCOUNTABILITY- all but especially our friends need to say #UNION ...
.@AFSCME Saunders urged #DNC: ACCOUNTABILITY: if the people do not see us engage them to fight with us we will lose them. We have to hold our friends and enemies accountable. We have to hold them accountable and make adjustments. If we keep organizing together we can win in 2020.
.@AFSCME’s Saunders: When #labor is being attacked, Dems have to speak up and say “you are attacking people’s rights to a seat at the table. You need to show up at the picket lines. You need to call employers like University of California and tell them to pay living wages” 👏🏽
And that’s a wrap! Remember that #Democrats must organize, mobliloze & inspire to build TRUST and keep engaging with transparency and results to keep the trust. Thank you again @CA_Dem and @DNC members for sending me to @TheDemocrats to serve you. #WhenWeFightWeWin #ForThePeople
Hi @threadreaderapp can you please unroll my #PuertoRico @DNC Outtakes so people can get my report from “the room where it happens” ?? Thanks 💙
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