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Faces and Places from #NN15 Day 2

In addition to the rousing reception for Elizabeth Warren, there were dozens of other activities happening at the Phoenix Convention Center in Netroots Nation. Here are some snippets…

“Demonstration without legislation ends up with frustration.”

Congressman Keith Ellison talking about his “Voters First” initiative to take back the state legislatures and Congress.

Too often, DC groups come in and think they know all the answers.”

Nich Rathod – Executive Director, State Innovation Exchange

More of Day 2 below the fold…

Howard Dean to headline NJ Dems State Conference in May

HowardDeanDNC-croppedAnnual Democratic State Conference

Keynote & Progressive Issues Roundtable: Governor Howard Dean

May 14-16 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City

Conference Schedule

Tickets     Hotel special rates

This morning, on Morning Joe, Howard Dean got into a ferocious argument with both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Dean was defending Hillary Clinton against allegations in a new book – Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer – that the Clinton Global Initiative took undisclosed funds from a Russian oil company as that company was securing State Department approval for deals in the U.S..

Gov. Dean is emerging as an important surrogate for Clinton. Their relationship goes back decades to Clinton’s failed healthcare reform efforts as First Lady. And it’s an interesting juxtaposition, given that the organization Dean founded – Democracy for America, of which I am both a member and a leader – has put resources behind the quixotic efforts to draft Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton.

In her downsized Iowa rollout, Clinton paraphrased Warren talking points on income inequality, though it remains to be seen if Clinton, more identified with Wall Street money than Main Street problems, will learn to make that case authentically (I think she can). One direction Campaign Clinton is making – a happy surprise – is a return to Howard Dean’s 50-State Stragegy, which will send paid staffers to both blue and red states, D.C. and the territories to ramp up grassroots organizing – trainings, local meetings, events. 50-State Strategy was Dean’s baby as DNC chair (2005-2009). The potential of this is more than just the optics of populism one might expect around a Warren candidacy, more than a Clinton one. A true 50-State Strategy, well-resourced and with advice from Dean, may have the potential to convince Democrats unmoved by dynasty politics and the “inevitability” factor of Clinton (which was also pushed in 2008) that there’s something more organic – maybe even exciting – happening in Clinton’s campaign. If they mean it, it’s smart.

We’ll have to see. But expect Gov. Dean to talk about it in Atlantic City.  

On the jump, Clinton’s video, The Power of Organizing. Worth a look.

Saturday: DFA’s Jim Dean in New Jersey – for Gardner, Corfield, Zipprich & Bidwell

Tomorrow, pretty much all day, Jim Dean will be in New Jersey. Jim is Chair of Democracy for America and brother of its Founder Howard Dean. Jim will be here for, and do events with, four New Jersey candidates all of whom have earned DFA’s national endorsement as progressive priorities. All are open both to DFA-NJ members and non-members. It’s going to be a good day. Here are the details of Jim’s day with Jeff Gardner (Hawthorne candidate), Ed Zipprich (Assembly LD11), Marie Corfield (Assembly LD16) & Jan Bidwell (Senate, LD39):

Hawthorne Canvass Kickoff

Time: 10:00am

Address: Democratic Campaign HQ, 164 Warburton Ave., Hawthorne, NJ

On street parking available.

Contact: Patrick Alexander, Field Director 973-897-3296

Ed Zipprich Fundraiser

Time 1:00pm

Suggested Donation: $35

Address: Trevi Pizza, 570 Park Ave., Freehold, NJ

On street parking available

Contact: Tony Coppola

Event on Facebook.

Marie Corfield – Progressive Day of Action & Oktoberfest

Time: 1pm (canvass & phone bank) & 4pm Oktoberfest Party Fundraiser

Suggested donation: $40 (free for anyone canvassing/phoning)

Address: 244 Skillman Rd, Skillman NJ

Parking: on the big front lawn

Contact: Dan Siegel, Campaign Manager or 267-625-1529

Event on Facebook

Gardner/Bidwell Fundraiser

Time: 7:00pm

Suggested Donation: $25 to each candidate

Address: Plumley Residence, 121 Glen Ave., Midland Park, NJ

On street parking available (same side of Glen Ave. only)

Contact: Jeff Gardner 973-951-7081 or Matt McGovern 720-309-8701

Event on Facebook.

DFA’s Jim Dean Interview at #NN13

Democracy for America was formed by Governor Howard Dean and is now being run by his brother, Jim. They endorse and support candidates nationwide, including four in New Jersey this year.

Today, at Netroots Nation, I spoke with Jim Dean about DFA and those New Jersey races.