Donna Smith

Donna Smith is the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.  PDA's mission is to strengthen the voice of progressive ideas inside and outside the Democratic Party by using "inside/outside" and "grassroots fusion" models of working both in the Democratic Party as well as working with other progressive organizations both inside and outside the Party.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:15am
DNC: To Be or Not to Be? That is the Question
What a week for those of us who support Bernie. I almost typed Senator Bernie Sanders, but then pulled back to re-type Bernie because even formalizing his title and his name seems somehow a concession. Bernie was not defeated. The movement for climate, economic and social justice was not defeated...
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Bernie or Bust? No, It’s Justice or Bust
Oh brothers and sisters, what an odd time. I hear great energy going into whether or not Bernie should now concede or how the next few weeks look if he stays in the race as he proclaimed he would late Tuesday night. Will Bernie delegates or supporters disrupt the DNC convention? That’s another...
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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 1:30pm
Down the 2016 Primary Home Stretch: What the DNC Doesn't Seem to Get
Far be it from me to provide analysis that the powerful, well-positioned, and well-funded pundits, politicos, paid surrogates, and other professional prognosticators have already given about the presidential primary season. I should know my place, and I should fall in line. If you think I am...
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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
Political Revolutionists: Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Have a Chance?
As the presidential candidates for 2016 go kicking and sliding toward the final primaries -- and most especially into California, an increasing number of pundits with a knack for the writing and rewriting of history will offer their best guesses about Bernie’s next steps. Many groups with thousands...
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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:45am
Apathy Not in Play with Bernie Voters
It was a warm, muggy evening in Honolulu, but who am I to complain? Bernie voters from all over Oahu came together last Friday evening to cheer the campaign and to add to the momentum driving Hawaii’s multi-cultural voters to support an older, white guy from Vermont who wants to be president. I...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:30am
Why Medicare for Libby and Medicaid for Flint?
When we learned that the people of Flint, MI, were being sickened by lead in their drinking water, we were outraged. It's bad enough when adults confront environmental toxins and suffer health consequences, but finding out that the children of Flint were being poisoned was almost unbelievable...
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:30am
Once People Feel the Bern... The Fire Will Not Go Out
Well, today I am supposed to be writing about all sorts of critical issues like opposition to the TPP, ramping up efforts on climate change concerns, and support for the People's Budget in the House that stands as such a great challenge to the terribly damaging budget resolution the Republican...
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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:45am
Political Revolution: This is what Democracy Feels Like
Here in Colorado we have much to celebrate this week. It seems that U.S. News and World Reports ranks Denver as the top city to live in, and Colorado Springs comes in fifth according to the same survey report. And on Super Tuesday, Colorado’s Democratic voters caucused, and Bernie Sanders won that...
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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
To the Good Old Girls: Working Class Women Matter on Super Tuesday
It felt worse to me than any good old boys slap down ever has during my adult life. I went to the California Democratic Party's convention in San Jose this weekend, and I decided I would attend the Women's Caucus and try to say a few words on behalf of Bernie Sanders. I had no illusions about the...
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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 3:00pm
Beyond the Middle Class: Bernie Walks the Talk for Working Class People Like Me
Bernie Sanders is an American hero. For me and millions of other people, Bernie stands his ground—our ground—at moments when it really matters. This campaign for president of these United States is a natural and fitting progression for Bernie and for working class people like me. "When I hear other...
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