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 Senate Democrats, chastened by a stunning loss in the presidential campaign to a populist Republican, named two of the chamber's leading progressives to an expanded leadership team Wednesday, giving a greater formal voice to a segment of the party that had long felt sidelined.

Newly named Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York picked Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts both popular with the progressive wing of the party, particularly millennial voters critical to the Democratic base to serve on a new, 10-member team. Schumer said the bloc is an expansion from the seven-member Democratic leadership group under outgoing Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

The group is an unusually diverse team of lawmakers who will work to shape the party's agenda, strategy and messaging in the next Congress. Five women are on it including a lesbian as well as senators from the industrial Northeast and a red state.

The picks reflect a Congress that is the most diverse in history, and an upper chamber that will have a record 21 women next year, including its first Latina senator and second black female lawmaker.

"We heard the American people loud and clear," Schumer told reporters. "They felt that the government wasn't working for them. They felt that the economy was rigged against them in many places and that the government was too beholden to big money and special interests."

Democrats have been engaged in a painful re-examination of their party's mission and messaging since Hillary Clinton lost in a dramatic upset to Donald Trump last week. Party members believed that the coalition made up of what is called the "Rising American Electorate" African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, millennials and unmarried women would catapult them to victory, since those groups together can comprise an easy majority of voters.

But Clinton, while winning the popular vote, fell to Trump in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, where lower African-American turnout and the loss of onetime Democratic-voting whites put those two states in the red column. Naming Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is openly gay, to leadership positions was a recognition that Democrats need to understand those states' needs more.

Meanwhile, Clinton failed to connect with people whose jobs have been displaced by technology, regulation or outsourcing. The appointment of Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate-to-conservative West Virginia Democrat, assures that the complaints of the ailing coal industry will be heard at high levels in the Senate Democratic caucus.

Warren, who has held a leadership post as a policy adviser under Reid, was named a vice chair of the conference. Sanders' appointment to lead outreach efforts was unsurprising, given the strong advocacy from those who supported his own surprisingly strong Democratic presidential primary bid. And it suggests a shift in the party's strategic thinking on how to broaden its base without losing its core or its soul.

Then-Rep. Schumer, for example, in the 1990s almost single-handedly won passage of the Brady Bill, a signature gun control effort that has since been largely watered down.

But when Schumer became chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee while in the other chamber, he recruited pro-gun Democrats who could compete in red states. That helped the Democrats pick up seats in the Senate, but progressives in the party complain that the strategy represented a trend that undermined the very values of the Democratic Party.

As part of the leadership team, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will remain as minority whip, while Sen. Patty Murray of Washington will take the third-ranking post. Other members of the new Democratic team include Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

The expanded team "shows we can unite the disparate factions of our party and our country," Schumer said.


 

 


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 Clinton County is located in southwestern Ohio and is represented by legislators in the 86th Ohio House of Representative District, the 17th Ohio Senate District and the 3rd Congressional District.

In 2005, the total number of registered voters in the county's 32 precincts is 24,746.  There are 1,890 Democrats, 6,545 Republicans and 16,311 Independents.

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We hold monthly meetings, mail a monthly newsletter, host Spring and Fall and Christmas Dinners, have a fair booth, work at festivals, walk and ride in parades, hold an annual yard sale and host fund-raisers for Democratic Candidates.  We introduced "Kids Voting" to Clinton County, and we started the program "Dems for Kids," in which we donate school supplies twice a year to all elementary schools in Clinton County.

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