A Blueprint for Democrats
In an op-ed published in The Well News, NewDEAL CEO Debbie Cox Bultan praises NewDEAL Leader Michigan Senator Mallory McMorrow’s recent viral floor speech as a model for how to effectively respond to offensive and dishonest attacks from political rivals. Bultan observes four key lessons from McMorrow’s speech that should be heeded by Democrats across the country as they push back against the GOP culture war: no one knows your story better than you — be authentic; cut through the noise with clear, common-sense language; push back directly against conspiracy theories and falsehoods; and lay out your values and agenda for change. As the 2022 election season gets underway, these lessons will be more important than ever. For more, listen to our An Honorable Profession special edition episode with Senator McMorrow, during which she discusses the backstory to her speech, which responded to being called a pedophile and groomer by a colleague.
Historic Expansion of Access to Broadband
The co-chairs of the NewDEAL Forum Broadband Task Force applauded this week’s White House announcement of a partnership with 20 internet service providers (ISPs), which will provide high-quality and low-cost broadband for millions of Americans, with plans set at $30 a month or less. These ISPs serve about 80% of Americans and the internet plans they have committed to offer, which must meet a White House threshold for download speeds, will make no-cost home internet available to qualifying families thanks to the $30 monthly internet credit provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This investment is critical to closing the digital divide and helping low-income households get home broadband, an essential tool for participating in economic and educational opportunities as well as accessing health care and government services, and more. Read more about the partnership in Route Fifty, and about why the co-chairs of the Task Force, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Florida Senator Loranne Ausley, are excited about the announcement.
NewDEALers in the Spotlight
Sarah McBride, Senator (Wilmington, DE)
Paid Leave Becomes Law in Delaware
Delaware Governor John Carney has signed the Healthy Delaware Families Act, sponsored and championed by NewDEAL Leader Senator Sarah McBride. The law, which passed the legislature with bipartisan support, creates a statewide paid family and medical leave program that will provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid leave, including to care for a new child, deal with a chronic medical condition, support a family member with a health issue, or address the impact of a family member’s military deployment. “Through collaboration and compassion, we have shown that small states can do big things for the people we represent,” Senator McBride said. Read more here about the legislation, which takes full effect on January 1, 2025, and can serve as a model for other policymakers.