The Progressive Democrats for Delaware (“PDD”) is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2004 by local progressive Democrats and like minded unaffiliated voters, seeking both the advancement and preservation of progressive policies in Delaware and across the nation. We seek to strengthen the Democratic Party so that it, and we, fight for the most basic progressive principles, such as equal rights for all in all things, single payer universal healthcare, working to reverse income inequality, worker’s rights (including the right to unionize and participate in collective bargaining with their employers, whether they be public or private), fair and progressive taxation (including making sure wealthy citizens and corporations start paying their fair share in taxes), open government and the preservation and strengthening of the social safety net (most importantly Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid).
Every election year we endorse Democratic candidates in Delaware who we believe will strongly fight and defend all progressive values and goals aforementioned.
In 2009, the Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) lobbied for and helped pass an Open Government law that for the first time subjected the General Assembly itself to the Freedom of Information Act. But now, in 2014, we have Governor-appointed “informal” working groups side-stepping the law. We have a Democratic Attorney General telling us and the Markell Administration that such groups are illegal, but there is no penalty or punishment or consequence. We have the Democratic leadership in the House refusing to open up the redistricting process.
This should be a reminder that after a victory, we must always remain diligent and vigilant. Power often blinds those who hold it to principle.
We also continue to campaign for raising the minimum wage to $10.10, to add additional tax rate levels above the $100,000 annual income threshold, and to pass campaign finance disclosure reform, lobbying disclosure reform, and independent redistricting reform. Because we are Progressives. We believe in good government, economic justice and social justice. We have seen tremendous progress on the social justice part of that Progressive triangle. But there is still much work to do. In an election year, our focus now shifts from legislation to elections. We need your help to support Progressive candidates and office holders. Click through to find out how.
To break this down succinctly, the 147th General Assembly has two months of life left to it. (Quick, sci-fi fans, what movie is that paraphrased line from?). At the beginning of this session, all the way back on January 3, 2013, Delaware Liberal and the Progressive Dems began keeping track of our how legislators voted on legislation of interests to Progressives. These chart does not follow all the legislation that has been filed. We don’t report on perfunctory bills, nor do we follow the progress of judicial nominations, executive nominations, or Concurrent or Joint Resolutions unless they are a matter of controversy. So the legislation that is listed is a matter of concern and priority for those of us on the liberal / progressive side of the aisle.
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We, as the Progressive Democrats for Delaware, have campaigned for more open and transparent government since our founding in 2004. Back then, we were dealing with a Governor steeped in the “Delaware Way” tradition, and a Republican House of Representatives. Then 2008 came, and we elected a new Governor less beholden to the establishment (or [...]
As you may know by now, a former Markell and Carper staffer named Sean Barney has filed to run for State Treasurer against incumbent Treasurer Chip Flowers. Given his prior political background of working for Governor Markell and Senator Carper, neither of whom can be considered economic progressives, and given the perception that Barney will be [...]
To keep up to date on all legislation that is of priority or a concern to liberals and progressives, DL has partnered with the Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) to compile this Vote Tracker. Now, this chart does not follow all the legislation that has been filed. We don’t report on perfunctory bills, nor do [...]
The Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) was founded in 2004 to promote the election of progressive candidates in the First State, and after they are elected, to promote the adoption of progressive policies. While some progressive organizations work independently of the Democratic Party, we instead work inside the Party for two reasons. [...]
Starting in January 2013, the Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD) partnered with the local political blog ‘Delaware Liberal’ to track not only the progress of legislation that was a priority to the PDD, but also how legislators voted on that legislation. The PDD legislative priorities in this session were the passage of measures providing for [...]
Please join us this Wednesday for the monthly meeting of the Progressive Democrats for Delaware. We will be again seeking member comment concerning our 2014 Candidate Endorsement Survey. I cannot stress how important member involvement in the formulation of the endorsement process is for PDD. We need your input and participation. Already, over the past [...]