Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
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The DFNYC 2013 Mayoral Candidates Forum was held on Tuesday March 13th. If you were unable to attend, here it is for your viewing pleasure. It was hosted by Justin Krebs of Living Liberally and also co-sponsored by Act Now NY. Please note that Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson were invited but had other commitments.
We had a great 2012 election night, celebrating in New York City!
1. President Obama won re-elecction! Obama had 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206. The popular vote stands at approximately 50.6% for Obama and 47.8 for Romney.
2. Elizabeth Warren beat Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts! (54% to 46%).
3. Grace Meng,endorsed by DFNYC, ran for the seat vacated by Gary Ackerman in Queens and she soundly defeated her Republican opponent.
4. Mark Murphy lost his challenge to incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm in NY's new 11th district, covering Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn
5. Sean Patrick Maloney beat incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth in the new 18th congressional seat in the Hudson Valley. In 2010, Nan Hayworth had beat John Hall, a terrific former Congressman that DFNYC helped elect in 2006. So it is very nice to have this seat back for a progressive Democrat like Sean.
6. Manan Trivedi, Democrat running in PA's 5th Congressional District, lost to incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach
7. Unfortunately, Andrew Gounardes did not win his race for State Senate against incumbent Republican Marty Golden in South Brooklyn.
8. Incumbent Democrat Joseph Addabbo won his race against his Republican challenger, City Councilman Eric Ulrich.
9. Voters in the four states that that had marriage equality ballot initiatives all voted in favor of equality for gays & lesbians. DFNYC was proud to join the 20 Million More campaign to assist with the grassroots efforts on these ballot measures.
Lee Shepard, writing in Forbes on Oct. 16, stated "The United States should adopt a financial transactions tax (FTT) to kill high frequency trading (HFT)..." Click here to read the full article.
The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street coming up this Monday, Sept. 17, and OWS is teaming up with Act Up for a 7am rally for a Robinhood Tax. Related to that is the financial industry practice of high frequency trading.
Since the "flash crash" of May 6th 2010 in which the stock market plunged about 1000 points in minutes and then recovered, there has been a lot of focus on high frequency trading - a practice in which certain trading firms use sophisticated technology and algorithms that automatically trigger certain quick purchases and sales of stock.
Advocates of a tax on high frequency trading suggest that placing a tax on it would be both fair and a solid revenue raiser because high frequency trading concentrates wealth, is not designed to provide capital and credit, but rather, to scoop large amounts of cash out of the market, and in some cases, allows high frequency traders to have access to market information sooner than other investors. (Clarification: HFT would not be taxed directly; the idea is to have a general tax on financial transactions that is so small - fraction of a penny - that it would not discourage other investing, just the high volume computerized trading of HFT.)
Here are some links:
Global Economic Intersection: The Great Debate: High Frequency Trading and Transaction Taxes
Wall Street Journal Article: Mark Cuban: High-Frequency Traders Are the Ultimate Hackers
Forbes: High Frequency Trading Doesn't Hurt Individual Investors
Erin Cummings, a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, sent an email about their new virtual phone bank. You can make calls to Pennsylvania from your home to help protect the vote.
To sign up, click here to open the PA Dem's website, and when you fill out the form, choose "Virtual through our website" for volunteering.
For more info, click here for the home page of the PA Dems.