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March 20, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

After push back from pro­gress­ives that the new DNC trans­ition ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee didn’t in­clude enough lib­er­als, “Sanders cam­paign vet­er­an Melissa Byrne, who ran for DNC vice chair,” was asked to join. “And an up­dated press re­lease re­por­ted that Neb­raska Demo­crat­ic Party chair Jane Kleeb, a Sanders sup­port­er and El­lis­on sup­port­er, was ad­ded to the com­mit­tee.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

2018 PRIMAR­IES. Earli­er this year, Cenk Uy­gur, the host of lefty web series The Young Turks “launched ‘Justice Demo­crats,’ a pro­ject de­signed to re­place ‘cor­por­ate’ in­cum­bents with primary chal­lengers.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“Justice Demo­crats’ un­usu­al ap­proach lets any­one nom­in­ate po­ten­tial can­did­ates on­line. They say they’ve re­ceived 8,300 nom­in­a­tions so far and raised $1 mil­lion with vir­tu­ally no mar­ket­ing. And they claim a large group of vo­lun­teers with ex­per­i­ence on cam­paigns who will help co­ordin­ate a cent­ral polit­ic­al in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port their en­tire slate.” (NBC News)

BRAZILE AD­MIS­SION. In an op-ed in TIME about Rus­sia’s hack of the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee, former chair­wo­man Donna Brazile said she did send Hil­lary Clin­ton CNN town hall ques­tions in ad­vance. Brazile wrote: “My job was to make all our Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates look good, and I worked closely with both cam­paigns to make that hap­pen. But send­ing those emails was a mis­take I will forever re­gret.” (TIME)

“Hil­lary Clin­ton said she was ‘ready to come out of the woods’ dur­ing a St. Patrick’s Day speech on Fri­day night in Pennsylvania in front of an over­flow crowd — an in­dic­a­tion that she plans to shed the low pro­file she has kept since the elec­tion.” (New York Times)

2020 WATCH. Sen. Eliza­beth War­ren (D-MA) has been hold­ing more press avail­ab­il­it­ies lately, sig­nal­ing a change of heart after be­ing no­tori­ously press averse. Over the years War­ren’s me­dia avoid­ance has al­lowed her to avoid ques­tions such as who she voted for in the 2016 Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial primary. (Politico)

“Trump said in an in­ter­view Sat­urday night” with Fox News “that he would gladly run against Demo­crat­ic Sen. Eliza­beth War­ren in 2020, call­ing that scen­ario ‘a dream come true.’” (Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner)

“Montana Demo­crats brought in” Sen. Cory Book­er (D-NJ), “one of their na­tion­al party’s rising stars to head­line their an­nu­al” fun­drais­ing din­ner this week­end, “but the hun­dreds who gathered Sat­urday wanted to hear more from one of their own: mu­si­cian Rob Quist, who must con­vince fel­low Demo­crats that he can win back the state’s only con­gres­sion­al seat and help na­tion­al Demo­crats push back against the Re­pub­lic­an tide.” (AP)

Book­er’s ap­pear­ance in Montana was a re­mind­er that some of the Demo­crat­ic Party’s cen­ter of grav­ity is in the west these days, with lead­ers in­clud­ing Col­or­ado Gov. John Hick­en­loop­er (D), Montana Gov. Steve Bul­lock (D), Sen. Kamala Har­ris (D-CA), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) lead­ing ef­forts to op­pose Pres­id­ent Don­ald Trump. (Politico)

PRI­OR­IT­IES USA IN NEW HAMP­SHIRE. Pri­or­it­ies USA “has be­gun a paid di­git­al ad cam­paign fo­cus­ing on key New Hamp­shire Sen­ate sup­port­ers of le­gis­la­tion to sub­stan­tially tight­en the state’s voter ID and re­gis­tra­tion pro­cess.” The su­per PAC “is launch­ing ads on so­cial me­dia sites Twit­ter and Face­book ur­ging voters to tell the Re­pub­lic­an-con­trolled state Le­gis­lature to de­feat Sen­ate Bill 3, which it views as a re­strict­ive ‘voter sup­pres­sion’ bill.” (WMUR-TV)

STATE PARTY LEAD­ER­SHIP. Arkan­sas Demo­crats will elect a new state party chair this week. “The front-run­ners in the race for party chair­man are House Minor­ity Lead­er Mi­chael John Gray, an Au­gusta farm­er, and Den­ise Garner of Fay­etteville, an ex­ec­ut­ive at a non­profit. Each says the fu­ture of the party will rely on em­power­ing a base of county of­fices.” (Arkan­sas Demo­crat-Gaz­ette)

In In­di­ana, “John Zody was re-elec­ted Sat­urday as the In­di­ana Demo­crat­ic Party chair­man, stav­ing off chal­lenges from two oth­er can­did­ates.” (North­w­est In­di­ana Times)

VIR­GIN­IA DEMO­CRATS. “Eric Hold­er, who served as U.S. at­tor­ney gen­er­al un­der Pres­id­ent Barack Obama and who is tak­ing a lead role in a na­tion­al Demo­crat­ic re­dis­trict­ing ef­fort, will head­line the state Demo­crat­ic party’s Jef­fer­son-Jack­son Din­ner in June.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

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