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"From Tom's Desk" - Message from DNC Chair Tom Perez

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Preparing for 2020

This past weekend, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws committee met in Puerto Rico to design the most open and transparent nominating process in our party’s history — and we’re very excited with the outcome.

Our North Star heading into the 2020 election cycle has been and will continue to be making sure every candidate gets a fair shake. We want our nominating process to be a showcase of the exciting ideas and extraordinary talent within our party so that Democrats across the country can decide who should be our nominee. That way, we are in the strongest, most united position to take on Trump and win back the White House.

Republicans are Degrading our Democracy

Despite historic Democratic wins across the country, Republicans are dead-set on destroying the integrity of our electoral process by trying to cling onto power rather than accepting the will of the voters.

In Wisconsin, Republicans are rushing to force through legislation that undermines policies that voters supported, issues including Affordable Care Act, SNAP benefits, Medicaid, and early voting limits. These bills also lay the groundwork for the Republican-controlled legislature to restrict the powers of incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul and Governor Tony Evers, dishonoring the important tradition of a peaceful transition of power.

In Michigan, Republicans are hard at work crafting a plan to strip the powers of the incoming secretary of state to enforce the state’s campaign finance laws, limit the incoming attorney general’s ability to act on lawsuits involving the state, and sink proposals to raise the minimum wage.

And as if these blatant power grabs were not enough, there’s substantial evidence of potential election fraud in North Carolina that throws the sanctity of the ballot box into question.

Last week, North Carolina voters learned of serious concerns in the 9th Congressional District when the State Board of Elections unanimously agreed to delay certifying the election of Mark Harris to Congress. According to affidavits, Bladen County residents had people arrive on their doorsteps asking to collect their absentee ballot. In some instances, these individuals offered to fill the ballots out themselves or failed to seal the envelope or collect a signature.

While Republicans played politics with false, unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in Arizona and Florida, they’ve ignored this serious evidence of election tampering — only because it appears they benefited from the fraud.

If the GOP is seriously concerned about the integrity of our elections, they will respect the outcome of elections – no matter who wins. Voters have spoken: They want Democrats in charge. For the sake of our democracy, Republicans should stand down and stop engaging in these dangerous political games.

Trump’s Failing Us on Jobs

Today, we saw more evidence that the Republican economic agenda is a colossal failure.

The government’s job report demonstrates once again that there is more we must do to create good-paying jobs and pull workers off the sidelines. With lower-than-expected job growth, more proposed tax cuts for the wealthy, and a never-ending assault on Americans’ access to health care, Donald Trump and Republicans have kicked working families to the curb.

It’s clear the economy still has room to grow, but we must ensure that growth benefits American families. That’s why millions of voters sent a loud and clear message to this administration in last month’s election: Our leaders should fight for all of us, not just those who line their pockets. When Democrats are in charge, our economy grows faster and hardworking Americans have more opportunities.

Celebrating the Life of George H.W. Bush

This week, we mourned the loss of an American patriot and public servant. George H.W. Bush paired his profound sense of personal responsibility with honesty, gentility, and hard work.

In his inaugural address, he said that great nations, like great men, must keep their word. He stated that the American people did not send politicians to Washington to bicker. The American people ask their leaders to rise above the merely partisan. Throughout his life and career, President Bush embodied that sense of duty and commitment to bettering our country – whether it was fighting for Americans with disabilities, ensuring clear air for future generations, or bringing a peaceful end to the Cold War.


(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush showed us that character and integrity must never become casualties of partisan politics. Our hearts go out to the entire Bush family and their friends as they mourn his passing and celebrate his historic life and legacy.

Thank you always for your continued support of the Democratic Party.

Yours,

Tom
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Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

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Taxation Task Force Chair

Taxation Task Force Chair

Written and Posted by Carmelan Polce
November 21, 2018

Democrats Abroad has written to Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden, Ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Rep Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep Richard Neal, Ranking Democrat of the House Ways and Means Committee, asking for our transition tax reform recommendations to be included in any technical corrections bill moved in the lame duck session to remedy serious problems arising from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rushed through Congress in December of last year. Click here to download the letter.

Our letter goes on to ask for their support for an urgent switch from citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation (RBT).

We continue to monitor developments in work by Rep George Holding on RBT and to support that work by educating Congress about the need for expat tax reform and the merits of a switch from citizenship-based taxation to RBT. Our fervent hope is that Holding's year-long work will result in a bill introduced before the end of the 115th Congress. Even though the chance of the bill progressing to a vote is very slim, it will be a major milestone to have an RBT bill to work with going forward.

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force is very much looking forward, in the next year, to reaching out to the 116th Congress, so many members of which have the overseas vote to thank for their seats. We will make a special effort to engage with them and continue to persuade the all-important tax writing committees about the need for urgent action on expat tax reform.

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2018 Midterm Election Forecasts

The House continues to look positive for Democrats, while in the Senate, the Republicans may actually increase their number by two, unless Democratic voters turn out in large numbers


https://www.scribd.com/document/388527779/2018-Midterm-Forecast-NEW-0001





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Minutes of July 27th Democrats Abroad Guatemala Executive Committee Meeting

Please find attached the minutes from the July 27th meeting of the Democrats Abroad Guatemala Executive Committee. Send any questions or comments by email to: mayadems@yahoo.com. To view the document, please click on the following link. Technical difficulties prevent embedding the document in this page:

The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for September 12th, via Skype only, due to ongoing travel of several members. Look for the agenda at the following link. To view the document, please click on the following link. Technical difficulties prevent embedding the document in this page:

Please visit the website/GT page at regular intervals to see news items of interest and updates on Democrats Abroad Guatemala events and activities.

Thank you

John Chudy, Chair

 

Democrats Abroad Guatemala

 

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MOVIE NIGHT:

MOVIE NIGHT: MOVIE NIGHT: Wednesday, May 9
Pack your suitcase, we're goin' to Vietnam.
Path to War
RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org


As a follow up to our March movie, LBJ, this month's movie covers the Johnson presidency during the Vietnam War. This film provides insight into the political and emotional decisions necessary to send young men and women to war. 2002 HBO, 2hrs 45min, NR

Q20 Suggested Donation

POTLUCK

IT'S DAVE'S 66th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! (In lieu of flowers and gifts, make a donation to DAGT)

RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org

Bring Your Own Drinks

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

POTLUCK Starts at 4:30pm The movie starts promptly at 5:30pm

Dave’s and Kee’s

Calle de Los Duelos Casa 19 Colonia 

 4170-5537

Plenty of Secure Parking

Open to Members of DAGT and Guests Discussion Group Following the Movie

RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org

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Call Congress and support fair taxation for Americans abroad

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has just returned home from door knocking Congress this week about Residency Based Taxation (RBT) and the disastrous transition taxes which come into effect this June.


As a strong followup, we need members of Congress to hear from Americans abroad about the importance of the tax reform we are pushing. This support is crucial for persuading Congress to enact our reform recommendations.


Please call, email or write Congress to help drive home the message that Americans abroad care about this legislation and will be voting for those who support our suggested reform.


While we were on the Hill we met with members on both sides of the aisle and in both the Senate and the House. A few key takeaways:
Residency Based Taxation (RBT)


Rep George Holding's (R-NC) RBT proposal is now with the House Ways and Means Committee legislation drafters. We expect to see another draft shortly. The proposal will then be sent to the Joint Committee on Taxation for scoring, and Holding will start working on collecting co-sponsors.


Democrats Abroad is currently gathering information on Congressional members interested in supporting this important reform for Americans abroad.


Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


We also spent a good deal of time discussing the new “transition taxes” which are set to have a devastating impact on Americans abroad who own companies.


Our discussions with lawmakers confirm what we already knew to be true – GOP tax writers’ only goal was to push through a tax cut for large corporations as quickly as possible. That so many drafting errors and oversights were the result is no surprise; but what is surprising – and appalling - is that Congressional Republicans have no plans to introduce a “corrections bill” any time soon. Our only option is to hammer them until they do. Please join in this important campaign demanding a transition tax remedy.


For more details of our meetings, visit the Taxation team news blog.


We'd love to hear your questions and comments at TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org


Democratically yours
Taxation Task Force
democratsabroad.org/taxation
Julia Bryan - ex officio (Czech Republic)
Jennifer Cederwall (Sweden)
DeeDee Geirow (Sweden)
Carmelan Polce - chair (New York and Australia)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Joe Smallhoover (France)
Orlando Vidal (UAE

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Democrats Abroad
http://www.democratsabroad.org/
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Tom Fina's Letter from Washington: A Beautiful Day

Letter from Washington To Democrats Abroad

30 April 2018

Tom Fina, Executive Director Emeritus

Democrats are singing:

Oh, what a beautiful mornin’

Oh, what a beautiful day

I’ve got a beautiful feelin’

Everything’s goin’ my way.

Even if Oklahoma has a Republican governor. Republicans have lost support in every special election since Trump became President.

That is an ill omen for them in the November Congressional elections in which Democrats are expected to replace the Republican majority. Trump has energized Democratic and Independent voters and sapped the enthusiasm of many reliable Republicans...

The roaring success of Democrats in the November 2017 elections to the Virginia legislature is further energizing Democrats. Although the Presidential election is still 31 months distant, Democrats are falling over each other to get the nomination to run against Trump. Not many Republicans are interested in challenging him.

Ballotpedia, the non-partisan on-line political encyclopedia, has just pulled together its list of potential presidential candidates for both parties. It lists 39 Democratic political and 10 business and public figures many of whom probably neither you nor I have thought to be in the running. Ballotpedia suggests only 11 Republicans who might challenge Trump.

Only someone intoxicated by the Spring air drifting south of the Potomac would risk guessing who might make the cut. So, my guess would narrow the Democratic politican list: Joe Biden; Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles; Kamala Harris, senator CA; Jerry Brown, governor CA; Cory Booker, senator NJ; Sherrod Brown, senator OH; Bill de Blasio, mayor New York; Kirsten Gillibrand, senator NY; Mitch Landrieu, mayor New Orleans; Terry McAuliffe, former governor VA.

Looking at the possible public figures, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Bill Gates, and Howard Schultz ( former CEO Starbucks) might make the leap. Did you know they were Democrats?

Among the 11 potential Republican politicians, I would guess that only Bob Corker, senator TN; Jeff Flake, senator AZ; John Kasich, governor OH and Mitt Romney, former governor MA would take a chance.

If Trump were not the candidate, Mike Pence would certainly belong on the list. The more immediate focus of both parties is the November 2018 congressional election in which all seats in the House and 35 seats in the senate will be contested.

The latest generic congressional polling (April 30) gives Democrats a 8.2 point lead. A lead of 7 points is generally predictive of a House majority. Democrats need to pick up two seats in November to have a Senate majority.

The psychopath in the White House is not being of much help to Republican candidates. The political guru take is that his support for Republican candidates does more to energize Democrats to vote against them than it brings out Republicans to support them.

To conclude on a high note, the May 1 Washington Post finds that in the 466 days since he took office, Trump has made 3001 false or misleading claims. That’s an average of 6.5 lies a day and the frequency is increasing. Have a nice day!

Comments: demsabrd@gmail.com

DA Guatemala http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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MOVIE NIGHT: Wednesday, May 19th

Pack your suitcase, we're goin' to Vietnam.

Path to War

As a follow up to our March movie, LBJ, this month's movie covers the Johnson presidency during the Vietnam War. This film provides insight into the political and emotional decisions necessary to send young men and women to war. 2002 HBO, 2hrs 45min, NR

Q20 Suggested Donation

POTLUCK

IT'S DAVE'S 66th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! (In lieu of flowers and gifts, make a donation to DAGT)

Bring Your Own Drinks

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

POTLUCK Starts at 4:30pm The movie starts promptly at 5:30pm

Dave’s and Kee’s

Calle de Los Duelos Casa 19 Colonia Virey 4170-5537

Plenty of Secure Parking

Open to Members of DAGT and Guests Discussion Group Following the Movie

RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org


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Non-partisan Voter Registration: May and June

Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Quetzaltenango

We will assist all US voters in registering to vote and completing their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for the upcoming USA elections. The FPCA is required to receive an overseas absentee ballot. You should complete a new FPCA every year! This event, hosted by Democrats Abroad Guatemala, is open to all US voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all others.

Registration

Antigua Enlaces

6a Avenida Norte No. 1

La Antigua Guatemala

May 19, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm

June 9, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm

Registration

Panajachel May 5, 2018 Solomon’s Porch 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations

For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at keekalwara@gmail.com (Antigua), Traci Styner at tracisd@gmail.com (Lake Atitlan) or Rachael Shenyo (Quetzaltenango) at rshenyo@yahoo.com

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Voter Registration: Upcoming Events in Guatemala City

If you work at an American international school in Guatemala City, be looking for internal emails for on campus voter registration events at your school this week and upcoming weeks!

For further information, feel free to email:

Hyungjoon Jin: hyungjoon.jin@interamericano.edu.gt

Mary Reynolds: mareynolds@cm.edu.gt
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