IN THE STATES: Democrats Champion Freedoms For Americans, While Trump’s Extreme Agenda Wants to Rip Them Away

This week, the DNC rolled out the red carpet for Donald Trump as he made his way to Atlanta for the first time as a convicted felon. The DNC launched five billboards in English and Spanish at high-traffic locations across Atlanta. The billboards highlight Trump’s self-serving, extreme record and emphasize that he is an unfit candidate to represent Americans.

  • In Georgia: CBS News: Biden campaign, DNC highlight democracy, Jan. 6 in lead-up to debate
  • In Georgia: Atlanta News First: Atlanta billboards bought by Democratic National Committee blast Trump’s convictions ahead of debate
  • In Georgia: Washington Times: DNC mobile billboard reminds voters of Trump’s election interference case, abortion stance
  • In Georgia: Southeast Politics: ‘Congrats — or whatever’: DNC launches billboards welcoming Donald Trump to Georgia for first time after conviction
  • In Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Biden, Trump take aim at each other’s base in Atlanta prelude to debate
  • In Georgia: Just the News: DNC targets Trump over Georgia election probe in new Atlanta ad buy
  • In Georgia: Washington Post: What Atlanta voters will see on debate day
  • In Georgia: Raw Story: Trump welcomed to Atlanta by billboards flagging first visit since being ‘convicted felon’
  • In Georgia: NewsNation: Biden, Trump combine presidential debate with ad blitz
  • In Georgia: The Hill: DNC hits Trump over Georgia election interference case ahead of debate

In Philadelphia, the DNC launched a scathing campaign blasting Trump for his disastrous record with Black voters. Billboards, kiosk ads, and mobile billboards placed around Trump’s rally venue highlighted his failed promises to the Black community while touting the Biden-Harris administration’s achievements in delivering for Black Americans, including providing relief for student debt. 

  • In Pennsylvania: CBS News: DNC plans to hit Trump in Philadelphia on his relationship with Black community
  • In Pennsylvania: Black Enterprise: DNC Prepares To Show Black Voters What Trump Thinks About Them Ahead of Rally in Philadelphia 
  • In Pennsylvania: Raw Story: Philadelphians greet Trump with ‘Your Nominee Is A Convicted Felon’ billboard before rally
  • In Pennsylvania: NBC News: Democrats to attack Trump’s record with Black voters near his Philadelphia rally
  • In Pennsylvania: The Root: Trump Came For Black Voters in Philadelphia, But They Didn’t Let Him Get Away With It
  • In Pennsylvania: CNN: Trump spends last Saturday before debate meeting with Christian voters and courting Pennsylvanians
  • In Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Inquirer: These are the protests lined up for Trump’s rally at Temple

On Thursday, First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Virginia, greeting supporters and military families at a Virginia Beach rally. At the event, the First Lady drew a stark contrast between President Biden, who honors and values the service members who lay their lives on the line to protect this country, versus Donald Trump, who referred to military members as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’

  • In Virginia: The Virginian-Pilot: First lady Jill Biden visits Virginia Beach ahead of presidential debate
  • In Virginia: WVEC: Dr. Jill Biden rallies president’s supporters, thanks military families in Virginia Beach
  • In Virginia: WAVY: Jill Biden meets with supporters in Virginia Beach
  • In Virginia: WRIC: Democrats to attack Trump over reported remarks on fallen soldiers with mobile billboard at Virginia rally

Earlier, First Lady Jill Biden stopped in Millersville, PA, where she called out Trump and MAGA Republicans who want to sacrifice the health and freedoms of women for their own political gain. 

  • In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Jill Biden in Pa. says Dobbs decision ‘drew new blood from wounds that had healed’
  • In Pennsylvania: The Keystone: Jill Biden calls on women to not be “shamed back into silence” two years following Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision
  • In Pennsylvania: PoliticsPA: Jill Biden Makes Case For PA Women to Back Husband’s Reelection Campaign
  • In Pennsylvania: LancasterOnline: First Lady Jill Biden warns 2024 has dire consequences for abortion rights during Millersville visit
  • In Pennsylvania: TribLive: Abortion rights take center stage as first lady Jill Biden campaigns in Millvale
  • In Pennsylvania: WHP: First Lady Jill Biden speaks in Lancaster, marking 2 years since Roe v. Wade overturned
  • In Pennsylvania: WHTM: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden rallies for reproductive rights in Lancaster County

Also this week, Vice President Harris traveled to Arizona and Pennsylvania to mark the two-year anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Harris called on Arizona voters to push back against Trump and MAGA Republican’s extreme agenda and fight alongside her and President Biden to restore abortion rights for women. 

  • In Arizona: Arizona’s Family: ​​VP Harris holds reproductive freedom event in Phoenix on anniversary of abortion decision
  • In Arizona: Arizona Republic: Vice President Kamala Harris keeps full-court press on abortion rights in Phoenix stop
  • In Arizona: Cronkite News: In Phoenix, VP Kamala Harris puts focus on abortion rights as advocates mark two years post-Roe v. Wade
  • In Maryland: The Baltimore Sun: In Maryland speech 2 years after Roe was overturned, Kamala Harris paints Donald Trump as criminal on abortion access
  • In Maryland: The Baltimore Banner: VP Harris rallies for abortion rights in Maryland on court ruling’s anniversary

Nationwide, Democrats marked the anniversary of Dobbs by reminding voters that the stakes couldn’t be higher this election with abortion on the ballot – and there’s only one candidate who vows to restore and protect reproductive rights. 

  • In Alabama: Alabama Reflector: Red state Democrats, advocates warn of abortion rights threat in 2024 election
  • In Florida: Florida Phoenix: Dobbs anniversary: Contraception advocates, FL Democrats blame Trump
  • In Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Democrats hammer Trump on 2-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade’s overturn
  • In Michigan: Michigan Advance: Michigan’s abortion protections aren’t safe under a 2nd Trump presidency, Emhoff says
  • In North Carolina: NC Newsline: On anniversary of Dobbs ruling, NC Senate Dems renew calls to protect contraception rights.
  • In Ohio: Ohio Capital Journal: On Dobbs Anniversary, Ohio Democrats warn reproductive rights remains a major issue

After Donald Trump overturned Roe, MAGA Republicans continue to do his bidding to further restrict reproductive rights and establish draconian abortion bans across states – with dire consequences for families. 

  • In Iowa: Des Moines Register: 6-week abortion ban can take effect, Iowa Supreme Court rules, ending injunction
  • In North Carolina: ABC News: North Carolina lawmakers appeal judge’s decision blocking abortion-pill restrictions
  • In Texas: Washington Post: Infant death rate spiked in Texas after restrictive abortion law, study finds
  • In Texas: Texas Tribune: Five abortions a month: How Dobbs changed Texas
  • In Wisconsin: Heartland Signal: Wisconsin GOP legislator in newly competitive district has long record of attempting to restrict reproductive rights
  • Nationwide: Rolling Stone: Yes, Republicans Really Are Coming for IVF

While state Republican parties pursue Trump’s extreme MAGA agenda, they can’t stop themselves from falling into chaos, infighting, and humiliation.  

  • In Arizona: Arizona Republic: ‘I would lynch him’: Maricopa County Republican party vice chair threatens recorder
  • In Colorado: CPR: Election losses, party tumult and frustration driving effort to remove Colorado GOP chair
  • In Vermont: VTDigger: Vermont GOP votes to back Trump, waiving rule against supporting candidates convicted of felonies
  • Nationwide: Salon: From Virginia to Colorado, MAGA infighting during primaries puts the GOP into disarray

The Biden-Harris administration continues to invest in improving infrastructure, including the expansion of public transportation across the country, creating a more sustainable and efficient future for every American. 

  • In Alaska: Alaska Beacon: Federal departments announce about $280 million in funding for Alaska projects  
  • In Arizona: Arizona Central: Feds commit $16M on Tempe-Mesa streetcar expansion, ‘reigniting hopes’ 
  • In California: Times-Herald Record: Federal investment bears fruit at Stewart Airport 
  • In Massachusetts: WBUR: MBTA gets $22 million in federal funds for Everett bus improvements
  • In Montana: Daily Montanan: Tester announces $10.2 million infrastructure grant for East Helena development
  • In Pennsylvania: Metro Philadelphia: Pennsylvania to receive $86M in infrastructure grants
  • In South Carolina: WRDW: Orangeburg breaks ground on Railroad Corner revitalization project 
  • In Texas: Focus Daily News: Biden-Harris Administration Announces $38.9M in Infrastructure Grants for Texas
  • In Wisconsin: WBAY 2: Appleton Transit Center upgrade part of $26.8 million project 
  • Nationwide: The Hill: Biden administration announces $1.8B for infrastructure projects
  • Nationwide: Scripps News: From EV chargers to high-speed internet, impact of infrastructure bill will be felt for decades