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  • published fwab_utah in fwab 2017-06-09 12:32:44 -0400

    Vote with Federal Write-in Ballot - Utah




     (Email, Fax or Mail In)

    If you haven’t received registered to vote yet, you can register and vote at the same time using a Back-up Ballot (also called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot or “FWAB”)!

    1. Go to this website and follow the prompts to Fill in the Back-up Ballot  Be sure to check the box "I also request voter registration"

    2. The Back-up Ballot should fill in the candidates for you to choose. But if it does not, you can write in "Dr Kathie Allen" or just write in “Democrat” under "US Representative"

    3. Download the PDF Package containing your completed Back-up Ballot and Instructions.

    4. Print out the completed Back-up Ballot, then sign and date it and return it to your Local Election Official. It must get to Utah by November 2.

    • Return by Fax or Email: Please follow the Instructions to secure your completed Back-up Ballot for submission via email or fax. 
    • Return by Mail: If you choose to return your Back-up Ballot via postal mail, you can download Envelope Templates for either "Standard US" or "C4 Europe". These templates will help you to follow the Instructions to secure your Back-up Ballot for mailing. 


    *If you receive your official Ballot after submitting the Back-up Ballot, you should complete and return your official Ballot as well. It’s okay - only one ballot per person will be counted.

    QUESTIONS?  Email us at  We’ll get back to you right away!


  • INVITATION: MORE WINE - LESS TRUMP...This is NOT fake news!



    Join us in the emerald hills of Piacenza, 1 hour 20 min. south of Milan.  
    Learn from the village ladies to make the famous Tortelli and then eat your creations! Be part of a  tasting of award winning wines with  Lily Ronney, a burgeoning winemaker who was initiated into the Italian wine world in the Colli Piacentini. She will offer her American insight on the history and culture of some of the region's finest and most interesting wines. Enjoy her political wine tasting games and have a relaxing, fun day in the pristine country side, filled with castles and vineyards, a veritable “little Tuscany”
    Open to all Americans and their significant others.  
    EURO 25 A PERSON, under 12 free - we will help with car pools
    RSVP -

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  • ACTION ALERT: Take ACTION to save healthcare - Round 2!


    Like a zombie out of a horror movie, “Trumpcare” has been resurrected.  Republicans are determined to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  This time, states will be able to waive the “essential health benefits” provision.  Maternity care?  Emergency services?  Mental health issues?  No longer provided for.  People with pre-existing conditions will be charged far higher for insurance, essentially pricing them out of the market.  Finally, the elderly will become a cash cow for insurance companies.   

    Republican lawmakers recognize that the plan is a disaster: Congress and their family members would be exempted from the repeal.

    If Trumpcare passes, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.  Jimmy Kimmel has made a heartfelt plea for why people like his son, who was born last week with a congenital heart defect, should not be denied healthcare.  That's what is at stake here: By fighting for the ACA, you can help save millions of lives. 

    Now is the time to act!  Here’s a message you can share with your representatives:

    “Hello, my name is _______.  I’m contacting Senator/ Representative _______ to urge her to vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  The new GOP bill will take away healthcare from the people who need it the most, including pregnant women, the elderly and individuals with pre-existing conditions.  Thank you for your time.”  


    The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  It has an automated system to get you to your Representative or Senator. If you can't get through you can call the district office ( The link will also help you find their email address.

    Taking action doesn't have to be complicated! Calling a U.S. number from abroad is simple and inexpensive.  If you have a Skype account, you can buy a small amount of credit and call directly from your cell phone or computer.    You're not too small to make a difference! BE A MOSQUITO!


  • DA Italy AGM - March 25 Online meeting 5:30-7pm

    In light of the  increasingly acute security scenario for Rome this Saturday we have cancelled the in-person side of our gathering but will nevertheless meet online from 5:30-7pm (with voting solely online).

    In line with our
    bylaws (Section 7.1) we are reverting to the online only part of meeting,which will be held from 5:30-7pm AND with voting solely online), thus mitigating inconvenience to those who had already committed to participating in the AGM either online or in person.   (Webex call details below**)

    Important results:
    ALL voting is now online. Contact if you need another copy of the email that a contained a link to your personal ballot.  Information on the candidates can be found here:

    The deadline remains at 3:00 pm on Saturday.  

    Here is the revised agenda of our online meeting Saturday late afternoon:





    Meeting convenes 

    Welcome by present DA Italy Chair, Tony Quattrone

    5:40 pm

    Reports from the Chair, the Acting Secretary and other officers

    DA Chair and Vice  Chair provide report on status of DA Italy and prospects for the future and the Treasure reports on our finances and prospects for the future.

    6:00 pm

    Election results

    Election Committee announces the result of the online elections 

    610 pm

    Remarks by new officers

    New officers introduce themselves and discuss their plans for DA Italy

    6:30 pm

    Questions/Statements from the ‘floor’ and open discussion

    Members can ask questions or make brief statements.


    Close of the meeting


    **Call in details for the Webex online meeting:
    Democrats Abroad Italy is inviting you to this WebEx meeting:
    Democrats Abroad Italy's WebEx Meeting Sab 25 mar, 17:30 | 1 hr 30 min Brussels (Europe Time, GMT+01:00)
    Host: Democrats Abroad Italy When it's time, join the meeting from here:
    Information Where: WebEx Online Meeting number: 235 546 519
    Meeting password: This meeting does not require a password.

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  • published Our Candidates for DA Italy Elections - March 25 in News 2017-03-04 07:20:09 -0500

    Our Candidates for DA Italy Elections - March 25

    Hello DA Italy Voters,

    We are posting the candidate statements on this page as we receive them.

    Remember: If you want to run for an office, you must submit your candidate form by March 11

    Ballots were sent out on March 19 and resent in the meeting reminder on March 23. Members will be able to vote in person at the meeting in Rome or by filling in an electronic ballot (full details to follow).

    Note that in accordance with our bylaws “If the elections are to be held by mail and/or electronic means, no nominations may be made from the floor except when there is no declared candidate for an office to be filled.”  You can vote if you have been a member of Democrats Abroad since March 10, 2017


    Candidates for:


    DA Italy Chair (note: chair and vice-chair must be of the opposite sex)

    Ryan Turner – Milan  (Submitted March 4, 2017)

    Ryan Turner

    "I'm proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of Democrats Abroad Italy. It’s my belief that Democrats Abroad needs fresh, bold, and progressive leaders in the DPCA to lead our global GOTV efforts and Country Committees around the globe. We ultimately need to promote growth and work towards creating sustainable chapters and country committees at the ground level so that they may endure various leadership cycles. As Chair of Democrats Abroad Madrid, I worked to increase our membership by 270%, and hold an unprecedented number of events and activities that increased the number of our active members. I’ll strive to do the same for the Italian peninsula.

    "We are in a pivotal moment in history. We are currently riding the waves of a strong resistance movement but it can’t stop there. We can either stand idle, or take action by standing up for progressive values. This movement only STARTS with the current political activism taking place across the globe. The movement needs to continue by actively recruiting Americans abroad to get involved in Democrats Abroad and ultimately vote in elections.

    "I've spent the past 4 years advocating for Americans citizens abroad by organizing for Democrats Abroad and concerting efforts to maximize voter turnout through GOTV efforts and activism. I hope to bring my positive experience in membership growth and outreach as, both former Madrid Chair and as a Delegate for Bernie Sanders, to activate progressives across Italy to get involved and stay involved in the American political process. I offer my vision and leadership for Democrats Abroad Italy at a time when action and progressive activism is paramount to protecting our values."


    DA Italy Vice Chair: (note: chair and vice-chair must be of the opposite sex)

    Ryan Turner – Milan  (Submitted March 4, 2017
    (See statement above.

    Virginia DiGaetano - Tuscania, VT (Submitted March 11, 2017)


    This is an unprecedented time in American politics, and we need an unprecedented level of organization in response. DA Italy has already begun to tackle the most important issues of this administration, and I want to see that work continue and receive even more recognition.

     As Vice Chair I will support the mission of the Chair to make Italy one of the strongest voices in DA. I will make sure that our work is seen, heard and appreciated by other global chapters as well as by the Democratic base in the US. 

    There is a long fight ahead but with greater numbers we have an even greater chance of success, and I will work with the Chair to increase membership through creative outreach strategies. While I have spent much of my life around politics I am new to DA, and I want to listen and learn from those of you whose work has made this a vital organization.

    In one of the most uncertain periods of our shared history we must be more engaged and more willing to fight for the progress that is under threat. I will work with you all to be a part of this fight.


    DA Italy Secretary:

    Cristina Fassio - Vagliagli (Siena)

     Over the 23 years that I have lived in Italy, 10 of which I owned and ran the website Expats in Italy, I have never felt that my voice (or that of any of my fellow Democrat ex-pats) was as important as it is today. We need to be heard and we need to make change.

    We are lucky that we live in a time of information at our fingertips and the possibility to connect electronically.
    No longer do we need to bus or train to far away areas in Italy to be able to meet and discuss.
    As Secretary, I have 2 goals:

     1) to establish online huddles where we can get together and discuss the issues. Yes our numbers are important but we have seen that it is not what counts, we need to tackle the issues.

     2) grab the Millennials - that misunderstood economic power house – who don't want to belong to a party but they do respond positively to ideas. Living abroad they have grown to admire, respect and even love foreigners.

    The notion of banning foreigners from a nation built on (and by) immigrants is anathema.

    I look forward to working with all to make the U.S.A. the country that even though we left it, we still love.



    DA Italy Counsel:

    Michael Stiefel - Rome (Submitted March 10, 2017)

    M Stiefel

    "As a life-long Democrat and Italian trained Attorney, in the aftermath of the November debacle, I felt that it was time to get off the side-lines and get involved in activism with both American Expatriates for Positive Change and Democrats Abroad (Women’s March Rome).

    "I would like to what I can do to:

    a)      stand up for and protect inalienable and universal human rights;

    b)      support and promote progressive and humane policy initiatives across the board;

    c)      encourage our Democratic Party to get back in touch with its base (including blue collar workers), part of which went the other way this past November.

    "I have enjoyed providing legal counsel to both American Expats for Positive Change and to the organizers of the Women’s March Rome.  Should I be chosen by our electorate for the position of Counsel, I will gladly put my legal skills to work for Democrats Abroad Italy, to support its initiatives and contribute to making them as incisive as possible."


    DA Italy Treasurer:


  • DA Italy AGM and country officer elections – Rome - March 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

    In accordance with the DA Italy Bylaws we will hold our Annual General meeting in Rome on March 25 - from 3:00-5:00 pm.

    The meeting will be held at a convenient location: the  Fondazione Di Liegro, 106  via Ostiense, near the metro Garbatella and the Ostiense train station. 

    Here is the event page with the map and RSVP:

    To help us organize the meeting please sign-up here.  People who cannot attend the meeting will be able to vote on-line. (The ballots will be sent out by March 20)






    2:30 pm


    All participants fill out participation form and are given election materials. Staff checks that participants are members in good standing.

    3:00 pm

    Meeting convenes - Administrative remarks




    3:05 pm

    Welcome remarks and Reports from the Chair, Vice Chair and the Treasurer

    Chair and Vice Chair report on status of DA Italy and prospects for the future and the Treasure reports on our finances and prospects for the future.

    3:30 pm

    Questions/Statements from the floor

    Members can ask questions or make brief statements.

    4:00 pm


    Nominations Committee Chair calls to order the assembly to begin elections for DA Italy officers.

    (sequence of events to be established by the Nominations Committee).
    The full hour will be dedicated to the elections process, to include tallying the votes received via Internet.


    Coffee break



    Break out into issue groups

    Different issue groups meet for one hour. Prepare draft written reports to be completed by 30 April 2017 and distributed to new DA Italy officers.
    In the meantime, the Nominations Committee will tally votes and complete formalities regarding the elections.


    Announcement of election results

    The Nominations Committee Chair announces the election of the new DA Italy Officers



    Current DA Italy officers greet new officers in presence of the assembly, hand over responsibilities to new officers, with group photo.


    Closing remarks by new DA Italy Chair



    AGM Meeting closes




    Here is some information on the elections, posted on February 28. The deadline to declare oneself a candidate was March 11.

    Country Officer Elections

    This is an exciting time for DA Italy, with lots of new enthusiasm and activities. We encourage you to run for one of the offices described below and be part of our (r)evolution. 

    Any member of the organization wishing to run for office must declare his/her candidacy by emailing  this Candidate form to  by March 11. Expect a confirmation receipt when you send in your form.

    We will post  each candidate form on our candidates page as soon as it received.



    DA Italy Chair and Vice-Chair

    These two people are the hub between DA at the international/regional level and the Chapters working at their local level.

    The Vice-Chair supports the Chair in the same activities. The two officers must be of opposite gender. It is useful for these officers to be located in or near the major cities.

    The Chair and Vice-Chair are voting members at the international level and represent DA Italy at regular regional and international meetings (in person or on-line). They ensure that Italy meets all its country committee compliance requirements.

    They are responsible for regular communication to DA Italy members and manage the smooth running of the chapters.

    The Chair is the official spokesperson for DA Italy, unless press relations have been delegated to someone else.

    If you are willing to run for either Chair or Vice-Chair then you should state your candidacy for both positions.

    DA Italy Secretary

    This person is the very heart of DA Italy – making sure our members are kept informed (email, website, etc.), managing membership records and organizing countrywide meetings and conference calls. The Secretary takes notes at DA meetings and keeps a file of official documents.  Although, some of these tasks may be delegated to a database and/or social media officer, ideally the Country Secretary should be familiar with database and communication tools.

    DA Italy Counsel

    Be available for consultation by the Italy Board on legal and procedural questions relating to the country committee or its activities. Consult with International Counsel as necessary. This person should have a legal background.

    DA Italy Treasurer

    Keeps the country committee accounts (if relevant), responsible for any financial reporting. Ensures that funds are raised and expended properly. Coordinates with the chapter treasurers. This person should have experience in accountancy.

    The DA Italy Board (composed of country officers, chapter chairs and present/past DPCA officers) can also name other officers and roles if deemed necessary.

    More detailed descriptions of these offices can be found in these Country Officer Guidelines.

    Nominating committee and declaring your candidacy

    You must declare your candidacy by emailing  the attached Candidate form to  by March 11.

    Expect a confirmation receipt when you send in your form.

    We will post  each candidate form on our web page as soon as it received.

    The nominating committee (email: is composed of:

    -    Matt Montavon – current Rome Chapter Chair
    -    Tony Quattrone – current DA Italy Chair
    -    Bob Samors – living in Rome
    -    Kate Stevens – living in Genga (le Marche)


     If you have questions, email the nominating committee with your phone number and they will get back to you.    


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  • published Actively Democratic in Italy - Resources in News 2017-02-04 07:14:21 -0500

    Actively Democratic in Italy - Resources

    This page will be updated continually with new information and links:

    Daily Scripts to call your Congress members:

    Italy-based groups:

    DA Italy Facebook page:

    Women's March (ongoing resources):

    American Expats for Positive Change (AEPC):

    PSN Italy:

    US Citizens for Peace & Justice:

    Recommendations and Resources for Opposition and Resistance  This is a page full of practical links (including Indivisible!) - methods and things like the congressional calendar, reading lists and some humor!

    Recommended by DA Italy members:


    - Daily Action: Resisting extremism in America, one phone call at a time. Text DAILY to 228466 (ACTION) or sign up on our site, you'll get 1 call action text every workday.
    And here's an article on how it all began: - gives directions for a daily call as well as scripts on a whole host of issues - giving information on Swing Districts

    Upcoming planned protests:

    March for Science, April 22, 2017:  "A celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community"
    A facebook page and twitter account have been set up to organize a march in Italy:

    Here's the event page:


  • published "VOTE YOUR BALLOT" DAYS IN ROME in News 2016-10-11 10:24:54 -0400


    VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! - October 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15

    Democrats Abroad-Rome will host voting opportunities for the Rome community next week (see list below for days, times and locations).

    There are several ways you can take advantage of this opportunity to vote:

    1. Bring your completed ballot to one of the locations below.  We will take it to the U.S. Embassy for posting to the U.S.

    2. Bring your incomplete ballot - Dazed and confused by your State voting rules and requirements? What goes in which envelope? Who signs what? Do I have enough postage? Don't worry - you have plenty of company! (This is an affliction suffered by all age groups, genders, education levels, etc.)  Bring your ballot and mailing instructions to one of the locations listed below and we will help you sort it out to make sure your vote will count! 

    3. Vote a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot - Did not receive your State ballot, yet? Tired of Waiting? Worried your vote will not be counted? Come to one of the locations listed below to complete a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, which allows you to vote at least for President, Senator and Representative (some States also allow write in votes for other offices and ballot questions).  If your full State ballot shows up later, you can still fill it out and send it in; if it arrives before your State deadline, the Board of Elections will replace the Write-in Ballot with the full State ballot.

    After voting, hang out with us and talk politics or anything else on your mind.

    Don't forget to bring your State Driver's License or other official State/Federal ID, preferably with your U.S. voting address on it. (If all else fails, bring your passport.)

     Questions? Contact Bob Samors @

    Cast Your Ballot Days  

    Tuesday, 11 October – 11:00-18:00

    The American University of Rome
    via Pietro Roselli, 4
    00153 Rome
    (on the Gianicolo)

     ** Pre-registration required to enter campus. Please click here to do so.

    Wednesday, 12 October – 11:00-18:00

    The American University of Rome
    via Pietro Roselli, 400153 Rome
    (on the Gianicolo)

    ** Pre-registration required to enter campus. Please click here to do so.

    Wednesday, 12 October – 10:00-20:00

    Oppio Caffe
    Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma
    (above Colosseo Metro exit (Linea B)

    Thursday, 13 October – 11:15-14:30

    University of California, Rome Study Center
    piazza dell’Orologio, 7
    (behind piazza della Chiesa Nova in corso Vittorio Emmanuele)

    Thursday, 13 October – 10:00-20:00

    Oppio Caffe
    Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma
    (above Colosseo Metro exit (Linea B)

    Saturday, 15 October – 12:30-15:00

    St Stephen's School
    Via Aventina, 3, 00153 Roma

  • Video prepared specially for Democrats Abroad Italy

    Congresswoman Delauro from Connecticut wants you to Vote From Abroad!

  • published DA Italy - Out and about in News 2016-10-03 07:31:39 -0400

    DA Italy - Out and about

    Some pictures from recent events here

    Photo- and aperitivo-op in Bologna

    Convention watch in Rome:

    Election presentation in Treviso:

    Voter Registration table in Rome:



  • September 28 - one more chance to register to vote in Rome


    The Oppio Caffee  (Via delle Terme di Tito 72 - directly above Colosseo metro) has graciously offered us a registration corner

    TOMORROW - Sept. 28  from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    To vote in November, Americans abroad MUST request an absentee ballot every election year. Even if you voted in the Global Primary here last March that did NOT register you to vote in the November elections!

    Remember to bring your US drivers licence and/or passport, know your SSN and your complete voting residence address (where you last voted or lived in the USA).

    Tomorrow, we will have representatives available to help you register. Stop by to make sure you registered so that your vote will count!

    Already registered? Well, bring along a friend who hasn't yet, then enjoy a snack or drinks in a fantastic setting and discuss last night’s debate.

    For information contact:

    Danielle +39 327.5905495


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    Americans in the Lower Mainland, along with their Canadian friends, will have a choice of three venues on Monday September 26 to watch the First US Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, hosted by Democrats Abroad. This much-anticipated event is expected to draw record turnouts as the two candidates meet face to face for the first time. The stark differences in strategies, positions, expertise and competence will be in full view.

    Democrats Abroad’s widespread constituency will have a choice of three convenient locations. The marquee event will be Steamworks at Waterfront station, a major transit hub with a fantastic view of the harbor, and a great menu. Additionally we will meet at the Lounge at Pacific Inn for the many who live in the South Surrey/White Rock area, and at Cedar Cottage Pub in east Vancouver. 

    Most crucial:  Democrats Abroad will have voter registration available onsite for those voters who have not yet registered. The US election is less than 6 weeks away, and the world is holding its breath. What will Americans do? Democrats Abroad is reaching out to all overseas Americans to ensure they receive their ballots by registering, either in person at one of the venues, or online at


    Marquee Event: Steamworks Pub – 375 Water Street - The Landing at Waterfront Station - downtown Vancouver

    Satellite events:

    Cedar Cottage Neighborhood Pub 3728 Clark Drive, Vancouver
    The Lounge at Pacific Inn 1160 King George Hwy, Surrey

    All doors open at 5:30

  • posted about Register to vote in person in Italy (schedule constantly updated) on Facebook 2016-09-13 09:51:47 -0400
    Register to vote in person in Italy (schedule constantly updated)

    Register to vote in person in Italy (schedule constantly updated)

    Register to vote in person (this page will be updated regularly)

    Note: To all sessions, bring your US Driver License or passport. Know your voting residence (address you last lived or voted in the USA) and your social security number


    In Rome:

    Monday, Sept. 19: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm - University of California - Rome Study Center - Piazza dell’Orologio, 7
    (behind piazza della Chiesa Nova in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele)

    Tuesday, Sept. 20 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm - University of California - Rome Study Center - Piazza dell’Orologio, 7
    (behind piazza della Chiesa Nova in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele)

    Wednesday, Sept 21 - 11:00am - 6:00pm  - American University of Rome, via Pietro Roselli, 4  00153 Rome
        Non-students must fill in the attached for in able to come on campus:

    Thursday, Sept 22 - 11:00am - 6:00pm  - American University of Rome, via Pietro Roselli, 4  00153 Rome
        Non-students must fill in the attached for in able to come on campus:

    -   Saturday, Sept. 24 - 2:30 - 4:30 pm - University of Richmond
        Piazza S. Andrea della Valle 6    00186 Rome


     For information contact Bob Samors at


    In Florence:

    Located in via delle Oche, 4r, near the Duomo

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM
    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM

    Other dates and sites may be added later. This page is constantly updated.

    For information contact Kristina at


    In Bologna:

    Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 2-4 pm - Cappella Farnese, Palazzo Comunale, Piazza Maggiore
    For information contact Joanne and Peggy at

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  • posted about Tom Fina's Letter from Washington - July 31, 2016 on Facebook 2016-08-01 08:34:11 -0400
    Tom Fina's Letter from Washington - July 31, 2016

    Tom Fina's Letter from Washington - July 31, 2016

    To Democrats Abroad
    31 July 2016
    Tom Fina                                          
    Executive Director Emeritus

    At the close of the Republican convention last week, Timothy Egan, the long serving NYT journalist, ended his wrap-up thus: “And we should fear - for the republic, for a democracy facing its gravest peril since the Civil War.”

    Donald Trump’s invitation to Putin to shift his cyber hacking to Hillary Clinton’s
    e-mail is confirmation of Egan’s fear. As the US considers how to respond to the Russian meddling in our national election, it has limited options. It has to weigh the need for Russian cooperation to end the war in Syria, for example,  against trying to punish the hackers at a moment when a planned or unplanned misstep by either side could risk a military confrontation.

    With Clinton’s acceptance of the Presidential nomination at the close of the Democratic convention Thursday night, the election campaign is now launched.  One hundred days of unprecedented and unpredictable campaigning separates us from election day. The psychotic Donald Trump will make it the most sordid campaign in memory because of his unbridled crudity and lack of self control.

    The conventions were in stark contrast. Trump, the ruthless outsider, captured the Republican organization by crushing its main-line candidates and leadership. Clinton was carried to nomination by the Democratic establishment over the powerful competition of Senator Sanders. In the end, Clinton and Sanders played by the rules and compromised. He united the party by moving that she be nominated by acclaim. Trump trampled the rules of the Republican convention and denounced his opponent.

    While the Democratic convention opened with the threat of chaos because of the anger of the Sanders’ delegates, it moved steadily to unity when Senator Sanders put all of his support behind Clinton, as she had rallied to Obama when she lost to him in 2008. That, too, was in sharp contrast to Trump’s last standing competitor, Ted Cruz, who stood before the Republican convention and refused to support him. Clinton’s selection of VA’s Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate creates a team that seems as close knit as Obama and Biden. Kaine is an experienced, likeable, tough Spanish speaking Catholic and will help carry VA.

    Democrats left Philly as overwhelmingly united as Republicans left Cleveland divided. The convention itself was the best orchestrated by either party in the memory of long-time pundits and its steady focus on the danger to our security and democracy posed by Trump was the launching pad for the next hundred days. By all accounts, the over-arching Democratic theme will be that an uninformed, authoritarian Trump would threaten our security and our democracy. As the last balloons and confetti fell in Philadelphia, the Clinton campaign began its pivot to the ground campaign with a three-day bus tour through the wavering white, working class Rust Belt of PA and OH. The Trump organization believes that he must win electoral college votes of these two states and Florida to win. They are critical to both candidates.

    While there were more total TV viewers of the Democratic convention than of the Republican, Trump’s ratings got a bounce from his and Clinton had fallen from an average 6.8 point lead at the end of June to a 0.9 point Trump lead by July 28, the last day of the Democratic convention. Now, in the very first presidential polls after the conventions, two give Clinton a 5 point lead. A third, by a new bipartisan organization polling on July 29, gives Clinton a 15 point lead among all voters with a 7 point lead among men and a 22 point lead among women.

    Americans abroad, like both our foreign friends and enemies, who look at TV, read the press, follow the social media or read diplomatic reporting, now know what kind of an America Trump or Clinton would lead. Your observer on the Potomac can tell you little about that choice that you do not already know. But, some of the vital nitty gritty may be less reported abroad.

    Clinton has out raised Trump ($386 million to $94 million), outspent him in advertising ($57 million to $3.6 million), and has a 50 state grass roots organization with top of the line voter technology in place and he has none. Still, Real Clear Politics, the polling aggregator, gives Clinton/Kaine 202 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, with 182 a toss-up and Trump/Pence with 154. The Clinton campaign and its PAC supporters are about to unleash a flood of advertising in swing states. We Democrats will be biting our nails awaiting signs that traditional campaigning will work in this climate of anger-driven voters alarmed at the seismic changes in our society taking place around them.

    The terrorist attacks in Belgium, France, Germany and massacres here in Orlando, as well as the police killings of black men in MN and LA followed by the revenge killing of 5 officers in Dallas and others since, feed public demand, especially among older, less educated white men, for change, for law and order.  That gives Trump’s warnings that we are 5 minutes to mid-night from which we can be saved only by his imposition of law and order, an appeal that no one can yet measure with confidence. But, it is a profound worry. 

    After the full data is in about the effect of the Democratic convention on voter support and the results of the ground campaigning, the next (scheduled ) headline event will be the first presidential candidate debate on September 26. It is to be followed by a second on October 9 and the third on October 19 with one vice presidential debate on October 4. Trump has already complained that the timing has been rigged against him (although the schedule was announced in September 2015) and there is speculation that he may refuse to participate in one or more of them.

    Fasten your seat belt for the next 100 days!


  • posted about Convention Watch - Get the Party started! July 29-30 on Facebook 2016-07-10 16:13:30 -0400
    Convention Watch - Get the Party started! July 29-30

    Convention Watch - Get the Party started! July 29-30

    It’s Time to GET THIS PARTY STARTED !!!!

    Convention Watch Weekend -  July 29th and 30th
     Your place or mine?

    Bring your friends together to listen to the Convention Speeches. Discuss Issues. Get excited about the upcoming elections!

    The Democratic Convention will be held from July 25-28.
     Record the speeches or whatever events you think might be interesting.

     Host a party on the Friday July 29th or Saturday July 30th to watch the action together.

    Your party can be as big or small as you'd like.  It can be a potluck, a catered event or as simple as wine & cheese or beer & popcorn!

    Here are the logistics:

     If you want to host a party send us a message by next Monday, July 18 - with your name, email address, date and time, party venue address (and any special details, also how many people you can host).
    We’ll post your name, date & time and general location on our web site event page, something like: “Matt and Marjorie, in southern Rome for beer and popcorn at 8 pm on July 29th" or “Sue in Perugia, potluck at 7pm on July 30th”.

    If you’d like to attend, RSVP to the event asap and we’ll either provide the host/hostess with your details or make theirs available to you.

     Around July 21 we will also send an email out to DA Italy announcing all the different parties (and their general location), with links to the RSVP page.  The hosts with receive the contact info of those who have RSVPed for their event.

     And when the party’s over, send a group photo for posting on the DA Italy website.    

     Contact: for more info or to host your event.

    Let’s move our nation forward! AND have fun doing it!

    Find us on facebook:

  • Celebrate 4th of July with DA Florence and the Tuscan American Association!

    would like to extend an invitation to the
    Tuscan American Association's

    4th of July Celebration 2016

    Monday, July 4

    6:00 pm to midnight

     Castello dell'Accaiolo
    Via Pantin, 63, 50018 Scandicci (FI)
    Tramvia stop Resistenza
    American style BBQ & Live Music
    Come join the fun!!
    For the full schedule, here's a link to the Tuscan American Association's facebook page:

    Democrats Abroad will be conducting voter registration for this fall's presidential election. 
    Volunteers needed!!

    For more information and to volunteer for this event, please write to Kristina at

    We look forward to seeing you soon!!

    Check out our new website:
    Visit DA Italy on Facebook:


  • posted about Join us in Milan - June 20 - for Movie Night on Facebook 2016-06-15 08:52:02 -0400
    Join us in Milan - June 20 - for Movie Night

    Join us in Milan - June 20 - for Movie Night

    Monday Movie Night & Vote from Abroad registration support

    Please join us for a social viewing of: "This Changes Everything"

    When: Monday June 20th, 7-10 p.m.
    Where: Kaprikorn*, Via Carlo Ravizza 6
    Cost: 5 euro; + buffet and/or drinks

    Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

    We will have a station available to support anyone who wants to register to vote

    We have to pay a licensing fee for the movie so the 5 euro fee is to help defray the costs. Please help our friends at Kaprikorn by buying the buffet aperitivo or a drink: they let us use the room for free.

    * Basement room,
    Red line metro: Wagner, De Angelis, Buonarotti
    Tram line: 16


    for further information:

  • published Florence Dems learn all about FATCA in News 2016-05-31 12:19:30 -0400

  • published Italy in the Global Primary in News 2016-03-29 11:07:08 -0400

    Italy in the Global Primary

    Share the life of our voting centers in Florence, Milan, Naples and Rome  + See some pictures below!

    Our TV and printed press coverage (you can also find these links on our facebook page):

    Interview with Chair Tony Quattrone on Sky24 news, March 1:

    The voting center in Naples, March 5:

    Sky24 coverage of the GPP in Milan, March 7:

    Article in Italian by Italy-Florence member Simone Siliani:
    Article published by AGI
    Article published by ANSA (this is a short version, paid subscribers have a longer one).

    The voting center in Rome, March 4:



     The voting center in Florence, March 5:


  • Short facts on FATCA and other tax issues - talk by Tony Bonanno in Bologna

    The following is a synopsis of our DA Bologna meeting on March 5, 2016, with Tony Bonanno on the topic of “US Tax Issues for Americans Living Abroad, including FATCA”.

    Tony's talk on US tax issues was structured as a short summary of the answers to questions frequently asked  by Americans living abroad, including:

    1.  Citizenship versus Residence-based Taxation.  The US and Eritrea are the only two countries that tax on the basis of citizenship on worldwide income.  Although there have been proposals for US residence taxation, none have succeeded.

    2.  How double-tax (US and foreign) is minimized.  The US section 911 earned income exemption of approximately $100,000;  the foreign tax credit;  and tax treaties.

    3.  Requirement to file a US tax return.  Generally, approximately $10,000 for singles/married filing separately;  $20,000 for married filing jointly.  A US tax return is required to be filed to claim the section 911 earned income exemption.

    4.  Streamlined-filing-  A kind-of amnesty allowing Americans living abroad who have not filed tax returns or tax forms in the past to correct their non-willful mistake and in general file for the past 3 years.  

    5. US citizens giving up their US citizenship-  Depending on worldwide assets owned, there could be a significant tax charge on expatriation (officially giving up one's cituzenship).  This is, of course, a major decision.

    6.  US gift tax.  There are two levels of tax exemption:  (1)  annual $14,000 for singles;  $28,000 for marrieds and (2) lifetime of $5,430,000 for each spouse.  The gift tax (if any) is on the donor.  The donee gets a cost basis of fairmarket value.

    7.  US estate tax.  Lifetime tax exemption of $5,430,000, inclusive of gifts to be counted.  The tax is on the estate of the deceased.  There is no US tax on the recipient.

    8.  FAST Act.  New tax law that would revoke a US passport if there is a seriously delinquent tax debt greater that $50,000.  IRS regulations are being drafted for guidance.  Second passports may be a good idea.

    9.  FATCA.  It’s not a tax, but a filing of a tax form.  It reports foreign financial assets (cash, dividends, etc, not real estate) over certain dollar thresholds (married filing separately- $200,000 on the last day of the tax year; $300,000 during and married $400,000 on the last day of the tax year and $600,000 during).  Some foreign financial institutions do not want US citizen clients because of FATCA.  Members reported that generally banks in Italy have not caused problems with respect to their bank accounts.

    Democrats Abroad want to have an exemption to FATCA if the accounts are in the same country as the US citizen is resident;  the Republicans would like a repeal.


    For more information about events in Bologna contact Joanne Maloney and Peggy Kidney at