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THE HILL: Howard Dean endorses Rahm Emanuel opponent

“Jesús "Chuy" García is running a similar people-powered campaign in Chicago and that's why I am proud to announce that I am endorsing him as the progressive choice to be Chicago's next mayor.”

The endorsement comes as progressive groups are trying to boost Garcia in a campaign that was written off by some before Emanuel failed to get the more than 50 percent of the vote he needed to avoid an April 7 runoff.

MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and and the DFA have all backed Garcia. They are painting Emanuel as a mayor for the wealthiest Chicagoans, not poorer and minority residents, which resonates with their economic populist supporters.

THE NATION: Bold Progressive Donna Edwards Enters Key Senate Race

It is not often that a serious contender for a U.S. Senate seat announces her candidacy with talk of grassroots environmental activism, fighting for union jobs, “protecting women’s reproductive rights from Tea Party attacks” and a pledge to answer proposals to “compromise away Social Security and Medicare” with absolute opposition—“no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ ‘buts’ or ‘willing to considers’.”

Then again, it is not often that Senate races feature candidates like Donna Edwards, the Maryland congresswoman who entered politics only after a long career as an activist who was on the outside demanding that Congress act on behalf of women, people of color, workers and abandoned communities.

Progressive groups began last week to openly urge Edwards to consider a run. Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched campaigns to draft Maryland’s first African-American congresswoman into the contest. " Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she's a bold progressive," wrote PCCC's Adam Green in a "Donna's On Our Side" message.

"She's not just an ally—she's one of us," declared Green.

FUSION: This race could be the real Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton showdown progressives are clamoring for

National progressives are clamoring for Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren. They might have to settle for the next best thing — Chris Van Hollen vs. Donna Edwards.

Edwards is “not just a progressive ally — she’s one of us,” said Stephanie Taylor, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots group that led an effort to draft Edwards into the race.

“Donna was a community activist, she led the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and she’s devoted her time in Congress to taking on powerful interests on behalf of everyday families. In the Senate, she’ll fight alongside Elizabeth Warren for an economic populist agenda that includes expanding Social Security benefits, making college more affordable, and holding Wall Street accountable.”

BALTIMORE SUN: Van Hollen announces new endorsements

The latest endorsements come hours after Edwards announced that she, too, will seek the seat. A pair of national liberal groups, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, have encouraged Edwards to run.

"Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she's a bold progressive," PCCC emailed to its members Tuesday. "She's not just an ally -- she's one of us."

And the Prince George's County lawmaker took a subtle dig at Van Hollen in the video announcing her campaign, suggesting she would oppose cuts to Social Security "no ifs, ands, buts or willing to considers."

NEW YORK TIMES: Donna Edwards Announces Bid for Maryland Senate Seat

Representative Donna Edwards on Tuesday announced that she would enter the race to replace Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, setting up what is likely to be a competitive Democratic primary.

Ms. Edwards, who has served in Congress since 2008, announced her intention to run just under a week after Representative Chris Van Hollen said he would pursue the seat of Ms. Mikulski, who is retiring in 2017. She could pose a formidable challenge to Mr. Van Hollen, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, who has received the support of Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy organization, threw its support behind Ms. Edwards immediately after her announcement. Stephanie Taylor, a founder of the group, offered a strong endorsement and pointed to Ms. Edwards’s background as a community activist.

“Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she’s a bold progressive,” she said in a statement. “She’s not just a progressive ally — she’s one of us.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS: US Rep. Edwards Says She Will Seek Maryland Senate Seat

Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards on Tuesday announced her campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, setting up a party showdown between liberals and the establishment.

"See, I've lived the American dream, a middle-class American dream, the one you have to work hard for just to hold on to, the one that's slipping away for far too many Maryland families," Edwards said in a video on her campaign website. "These are the people I fight for."

If she wins her party's nomination next year and is elected to the seat, Edwards would become the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. Maryland's black population is about 30 percent.

"Donna was a community activist, she led the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and she's devoted her time in Congress to taking on powerful interests on behalf of everyday families," said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

BALTIMORE SUN: Donna Edwards announces for Senate

Edwards, 56, has enjoyed a level of independence from state Democrats that may prove to be a benefit as she moves forward with a campaign. She won in 2008 by challenging 15-year incumbent Al Wynn in the primary, and was boosted by an aggressive advertisement campaign paid for by national liberal groups and unions.

Some of those same groups are already backing Edwards for Senate, even though the field is not yet defined.

"Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she's a bold progressive," Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in a statement. "In the Senate, she'll fight alongside Elizabeth Warren for an economic populist agenda that includes expanding Social Security benefits, making college more affordable, and holding Wall Street accountable."

HUFFINGTON POST: Donna Edwards Announces Run For Senate In Maryland

The three-term congresswoman touted her work fighting for higher education funding, women's reproductive rights, space industry jobs, and Social Security and Medicare.

Edwards is running to replace Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who announced last month that she would retire in 2016. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of House Democratic leadership, is also running for the seat.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday issued a statement in support of Edwards.

"Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she's a bold progressive. She's not just a progressive ally -- she's one of us. Donna was a community activist, she led the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and she's devoted her time in Congress to taking on powerful interests on behalf of everyday families," said Stephanie Taylor, the group's co-founder. "In the Senate, she'll fight alongside Elizabeth Warren for an economic populist agenda that includes expanding Social Security benefits, making college more affordable, and holding Wall Street accountable."

NBC NEWS: Rep. Donna Edwards Jumps In Maryland Senate Race

Rep. Donna Edwards will throw her name into the Maryland Senate race. She announced her move in a video and is the second Democrat to announce her candidacy, setting up a high profile primary for the Democratic nomination.

In addition to Edwards, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee and member of House Democratic leadership, also announced that he will run.

Edwards, who was the first African American woman to be elected to Congress from Maryland, has the backing of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, as well as other progressive groups, who have been encouraging Edwards to jump into the race. Van Hollen received the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last week, an endorsement that came just hours after the New York Times published an interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi where she said she was encouraging Van Hollen not to run.

THE HILL: Edwards jumps into Maryland Senate race

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md) announced Tuesday she’ll run for the open Maryland Senate seat in 2016 to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulksi (D-Md.).

Her entrance sets up a primary battle with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and potentially several others.

“These are the people I fight for,” she continued. “The corporate special interests are going to come after me with all their money. But if you come with me on this fight, there’s no way we can’t when. And when I step into Barbara Mikulkski’s shoes as your next senator, you’ll always know where I stand. With you.”

Edwards is a favorite among progressives, who helped her knock off a long-time Democrat in a primary in 2008. Last week, two of those groups, Democracy For America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, launched efforts to draft her to run for the open Senate seat in 2016.

USA TODAY: Report: Rep. Donna Edwards to seek Md. Senate seat

Rep. Donna Edwards, the first black woman to represent a Maryland district in Congress, reportedly will jump into the Senate race to succeed Barbara Mikulski.

Edwards is set to formally announce her intentions on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. She joins fellow Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who has already locked up the support of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and sets up what could be a bruising primary battle next April in the heavily Democratic state.

First elected in June 2008, Edwards is viewed as a passionate liberal. She has been encouraged by groups such as EMILY’s List, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to join the once-in-a-generation race to replace Mikulski, who is retiring after 30 years in the Senate.

WASH POST: Sen. Mikulski’s imminent exit from the Hill sets off succession scramble

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s retirement announcement has created a new round of turmoil for Maryland Democrats, exposing divisions within their party as it recovers from losing the governor’s mansion to the Republicans last November.

At the same time, the draft Edwards movement was announced by two nationally recognized progressive groups, Democracy for America — founded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) — and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

BALTIMORE SUN: Van Hollen, Edwards head toward 2016 primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen secured the endorsement of several Montgomery County officials in his campaign for Senate on Monday and dismissed a pair of national liberal groups that are calling for Rep. Donna F. Edwards to enter the race.

The seven-term congressman is a reliable vote for Democrats and is close with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. But groups such as Democracy for America — the organization founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean— have likened Edwards to Sen.Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat many progressives hope will run for president in 2016.

DFA and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have sent emails to members asking them to support Edwards.

ROLL CALL: Report: Donna Edwards to Announce Senate Bid

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will announce a run for Senate Tuesday to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., the Washington Post reported Sunday.

In 2008, Edwards ousted another Democrat, Rep. Albert Wynn, to win her first term with backing from progressive groups. Some of those same groups — Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America — have launched petitions to draft Edwards into the Senate race.

POLITICO: Senate race shows emerging Democratic rifts

But it’s not likely to work — and Maryland could be the next example of the simmering divide between the Democratic establishment and the liberals who would rather see Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the 2016 ticket than Hillary Clinton.

Progressive allies are increasingly convinced that Rep. Donna Edwards is about to enter the contest to succeed Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who announced her retirement last week. Two potential national allies of Edwards told POLITICO Campaign Pro they expect her to announce a Senate bid this week.

Progressive groups — like the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee — have prodded Edwards to run for the seat. Her potential entrance is also a sign that Edwards believes she has a path to the Democratic nomination: She told MSNBC last week she’d run only if she thought she had a chance to win.

BALTIMORE SUN: Edwards close to decision

Rep. Donna F. Edwards said Friday she will likely make a decision in a matter of days about whether to run for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat in 2016.

"I'm really close," Edwards said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Friday. "This is really a critical decision and I just want to make sure that I’m doing it in a thoughtful way -- talking to friends and supporters and looking at the numbers."

Edwards, who defeated 15-year incumbent Al Wynn in the 2008 Democratic primary, would be a potentially powerful candidate. A pair of liberal groups, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, have already indicated their support for her.

Though Edwards has not raised heaps of campaign money in the past, that could likely be overcome with outside help from a group such as EMILY's List, which works to elect females to office.

THE HILL: Van Hollen seeks to allay progressive fears ahead of Senate run

Two progressive groups, Democracy For America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, launched efforts this week to draft Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) to run for the open Senate seat in 2016. Edwards is a rising progressive star who knocked off a long-time Democrat in the primaries in 2008.

In their announcements, both groups took implied swipes at Van Hollen, saying Edwards was the strongest defender of entitlement programs in the wide-open field of potential Maryland Senate candidates.

“It's unclear if other potential candidates considering a run will take the same strong stand on behalf of working families,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director for DFA said in a statement.

WASHINGTON POST: READ IN: Alcoholic Russian Bears Edition

Maryland: Two national progressive groups, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, say they're raising money to encourage Rep. Donna Edwards (D) to get into the racefor retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D) seat. Edwards has said she's considering a run. DFA backed Edwards when she primaried then-Rep. Al Wynn (D), unsuccessfully in 2006 and successfully in 2008. (Washington Post) On the one hand, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) has better fundraising chops than Edwards. On the other, they would split the D.C. 'burb base, opening a hole for a Baltimore candidate.

THE GUARDIAN: Democrats clamor for credible Clinton challenger in wake of email revelations

As Hillary Clinton continues to come under fire for her use of private emails during her four years as US secretary of state, a groundswell of opinion suggests the Democratic party must stage a competitive search for its 2016 presidential candidate and avoid a Clinton coronation.

Progressives on the left of the party are pushing for greater debate that would clarify where the presidential candidates stand on core issues and potentially nudge them towards a more radical stance. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a grassroots campaign that supports the Massachusetts US senator and liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren, argues that the discussion needs to be stepped up rather than dampened down.

“Hillary Clinton – or any Democratic candidate – will be stronger in the general election if they adopt an Elizabeth Warren-style economic populist agenda. We’re working to incentivize all Democrats who may run for president – including Clinton – to promote expanding Social Security benefits, making college debt-free, and breaking up the Wall Street banks that broke our economy,” said PCCC’s TJ Helmstetter.

HUFFINGTON POST: Progressive Groups Launch A 'Draft Donna Edwards' Campaign For Senate

A coalition of progressive groups launched a campaign Thursday to encourage Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) to run in the primary to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) in 2016.

Those hoping Edwards hears their pleas are the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy For America, Blue America and other Maryland-based progressive groups. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress, announced this week that she will retire at the end of her fifth Senate term.

"Donna was the first member of Congress to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United," Carrie Biggs-Adams, a member of the PCCC, wrote in an email to her group’s members. "She led the National Network to End Domestic Violence. And Donna agrees with Elizabeth Warren that we should expand Social Security benefits -- never cut them."

THE HILL: Progressive groups launch effort to draft Edwards for Maryland Senate

Two progressive groups formally launched an effort on Thursday to draft Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) to run for the open Senate seat in Maryland in 2016.

Democracy For America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee surveyed their members this week and said the overwhelming response in favor of Edwards has led them to recruit her for the race.

DFA and PCCC each have more than 1 million members nationwide and a combined 35,000 in Maryland alone.

WASHINGTON POST: Progressive groups hope to draft Edwards in 2016 Md. Senate race

Two national progressive groups will begin raising money and launch an effort to draft U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards to join the 2016 Senate race to succeed outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski .

Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced their decision in an email to members Thursday, lauding Maryland’s first black congresswoman as a consistent progressive voice and “perfect fit” to replace Mikulski.

Edwards, 56, has not declared her candidacy publicly but has said that she is considering a run in what is expected to a be a crowded Democratic primary field. Her colleague, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Marriott executive Kathleen Matthews, made their bids public days after Mikulski announced her retirement.

BALTIMORE SUN: Progressive groups court Edwards

A pair of national liberal groups launched a draft campaign Thursday to encourage Rep. Donna Edwards to enter the race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who is retiring next year.

Democracy for America, the group founded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have sent emails to members asking them to support the five-term congresswoman from Prince George's County.

TALKING POINTS MEMO: Liberal Outside Groups Want Rep. Edwards To Be The Next Elizabeth Warren

Two liberal outside groups, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee are rolling out an effort to get Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) to run for outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) Senate seat.

The two groups announced Thursday they are launching a Draft Edwards effort to get the Maryland congresswoman to run for Senate. (Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has already announced that he's running for Senate and has a war chest of over $1.6 million —sizable for this early in the race.)

For instance, the PCCC email announcing the Draft Edwards effort notes that "Donna agrees with Elizabeth Warren that we should expand Social Security benefits —never cut them."

THE HILL: Md. House Dems on Senate crash course

Nearly every Democratic member of the Maryland House delegation is strongly considering a run for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-Md.) seat, they told The Hill on Wednesday.

Rep. Donna Edwards is getting pushed by progressive groups to get into the race. Democracy for America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) petitioned followers on Tuesday to support Edwards in the wide-open field of potential Democratic contenders.

“I’ve made it very clear that I’m interested in running,” Edwards said. “I see a pathway to succeeding Barbara Mikulski and I’m taking my own counsel and I’ll make a decision shortly.”

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