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Dems Are Dealt a Blow Over Absentee Ballots

An appeals court halts extension for absentee ballots in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Trump in the key presidential battleground state, the AP reports. As it stands, ballots will now be due by 8pm on Election Day.... More »

Biden, Party Pull in $60M During April

Campaign has announced it's hiring

(Newser) - Joe Biden's presidential campaign said Monday that it and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $60 million in April, a solid sum that may ease some Democratic worries that the party's presumptive nominee is stumbling in the money race. Biden's campaign was almost broke before he vaulted... More »

Sunday's Biden-Sanders Debate Will Lack One Key Thing

Namely, a live audience amid coronavirus fears

(Newser) - Moderators won't need to worry about shushing rowdy Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders at the next Democratic debate—because, to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection, there won't be any audience members. The Democratic National Committee confirmed Tuesday that there will be no audience at Sunday night's... More »

Democratic Leader on Iowa: 'Enough Is Enough'

DNC chief Tom Perez calls for a recanvass

(Newser) - The chairman of the Democratic National Committee called on Thursday for a “recanvass” of the results of Monday's Iowa caucus, which was marred by technical problems and delays, per the AP . ”Enough is enough," party leader Tom Perez wrote on Twitter . He said he was calling... More »

New Debate Requirements Could Put Bloomberg Onstage

DNC eliminates the individual donor threshold

(Newser) - If the Democratic National Committee would change the rules "so I could get into the debates," Michael Bloomberg said this week, "I'd be happy." Done. The committee has announced major changes in its requirements for candidates to qualify for the presidential primary debates, Politico reports.... More »

Now in 2 States, a 'No-Excuse Option' for Dems Voting in Caucuses

DNC mandate in Iowa, Nevada aims to boost voter participation by allowing for phone voting

(Newser) - Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, per plans unveiled by the state parties. The tele-caucus systems, the result of a mandate from... More »

NBC Announces 5 Moderators for First Debate

Dems' debate will air on NBC stations across the country, 'a rarity'

(Newser) - The first Democratic presidential debate is a little more than two weeks away, and the moderators have been announced: Rachel Maddow, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The debate, which will take place in two parts on June 26 and 27 in Miami, will air... More »

Trump Threatens Retaliation After DNC's Move Against Fox

DNC has banned Fox News from hosting party's 2020 debates

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee has banned Fox News from hosting any of the party's 2020 debates, saying the network is "not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates." DNC Chairman Tom Perez said the decision was made after a New Yorker... More »

Sanders Signs DNC Pledge, but Another Filing Raises Eyebrows

Bernie vows to be a Democrat for 2020, but for 2024 Senate reelection it's back to independent

(Newser) - Anyone miffed that a longtime independent senator is hoping to gain the Democratic Party's nomination for president can take comfort that he's vowing to stick by the party—for now, at any rate. Per NBC News , Vermont's Bernie Sanders has inked a "loyalty pledge" with the... More »

'Hack' of DNC Was Actually a Test

Democratic National Committee says recent breach wasn't a breach after all

(Newser) - This week, the Democratic National Committee raised the alarm to the FBI about an attempt to hack its system through a phishing scheme. On Thursday, however, the DNC said it has since learned that the hack wasn't a hack after all—it was a security test, reports the Wall ... More »

DNC Suit Alleges 'Unprecedented Treachery' From Trump Campaign

Complaint says Trump associates 'gleefully' welcomed Russia's help in tilting election

(Newser) - It was a "brazen attack on US soil" during the 2016 election, claims the Democratic National Committee—and now it's suing the Russian government, WikiLeaks, and Donald Trump's campaign for "unprecedented treachery." The Washington Post reports the DNC filed its complaint Friday in New York... More »

Seth Rich's Parents Sue Fox News Over 'Sham Story'

Retracted report suggested DNC staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks

(Newser) - Fox News is facing another lawsuit over its retracted report suggesting a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered for helping WikiLeaks, this time from the man's family. The parents of Seth Rich—fatally shot in what police say was an attempted robbery in Washington, DC, in July 2016—allege... More »

Donna Brazile to Critics: 'Go to Hell'

Former DNC chair says she won't be quiet

(Newser) - Donna Brazile has strong words for anyone who wishes she'd kept quiet instead of airing her implication that the Democratic National Committee essentially rigged the 2016 presidential primary for Hillary Clinton. "George, for those who are telling the me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple... More »

Brazile's Allegations Show War Is Coming to Democratic Party

Former DNC head accuses Clinton of rigging primary against Sanders

(Newser) - Donna Brazile, former head of the Democratic National Committee, made headlines Thursday when she accused the Clinton campaign and DNC of "unethical" behavior and "rigging" the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton. While not containing much new, provable information, Brazile's allegation is equivalent to "taking the... More »

Donna Brazile Suggests DNC Rigged Nomination for Clinton

Hillary's campaign asserted control of party finances long before she was nominee

(Newser) - Donna Brazile is out with a withering account alleging that the Democratic National Committee worked in cahoots with the Hillary Clinton campaign to make sure Clinton ended up as the nominee. The account, headlined "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC," is excerpted from an upcoming... More »

All DNC Staffers Told to Turn in Resignation Letters

Tom Perez is cleaning house

(Newser) - It's housecleaning time at the Democratic National Committee: The party's governing body has asked all staff members to submit resignation letters dated April 15. Sources tell NBC News that the request was made soon after Tom Perez was elected as the new DNC chief in late February. A... More »

Democratic National Committee Has a New Chair

Tom Perez defeats Rep. Keith Ellison on Saturday

(Newser) - Tom Perez was elected as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, replacing interim chair Donna Brazile, Politico reports. Perez, who served as Labor secretary under Barack Obama and is a former civil rights lawyer, won during the second ballot after falling a single vote shy in... More »

Stereotype-Defying Mayor, 35, Could Be Next DNC Chief

Buzz is building around Pete Buttigieg

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg may not be a household name, but the youthful Indiana mayor just might end up becoming the next chief of the Democratic National Committee, which chooses its new leader Saturday. The South Bend mayor, who turned 35 last month, is being seen as somebody who could break through... More »

Trump: Hacking Had No Effect on Election

He blames the Democrats' 'gross negligence'

(Newser) - Donald Trump was briefed Friday on an intelligence report on Russia's "influence campaign" during the election—and had more to say afterward about the Democrats' failures than Moscow's meddling. "Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had... More »

Next DNC Chair Should Be Jon Stewart

He's got wealth, celebrity of Trump, humor and thoughtfulness of ... himself: Donna Gentile O'Donnell

(Newser) - For the next head of the Democratic National Committee, Dem strategist Donna Gentile O'Donnell definitely doesn't want someone embroiled in daily shows of politics—she wants someone who used to head The Daily Show. Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer , O'Donnell presents her case for why Jon Stewart... More »

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