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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    of business and government for over 20 years President Clinton appointed him as a vice president of the Export Import Bank of the United States as senior communications counsel to the NAFTA war room in 1993 and as White House spokesman at the Summit of the Americas in Miami Dorval also served as director of communications at the National Economic Council for Laura Tyson President Clinton s national economic advisor

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/chris-dorval (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    a sudden in the spring of 2003 Marshal was there at the table We noticed he was pretty quiet at first though he seemed to be a super smart no drama resource when people would ask his opinion It then became apparent that Marshall was one of AILA s resident legal experts Later on when Judy Golub left AILA he took over as their Director of Advocacy The American Immigration Lawyers Association s role in the stories we filmed was a bit of a surprise at AILA headquarters in DC legal experts do wonderful work explaining the law and new policies to immigration attorneys around the country But even more than most advocates AILA experts help Hill staffers in a very direct way to write new laws and develop policy solutions that will be workable in real life as well as in the political arena In 2006 Marshall stopped being silent That was the year he became indispensable to all parties working for a deal on immigration reform During the Judiciary Committee markups and then the Senate floor fights that year Marshall headed up a team at AILA that worked around the clock putting out daily analysis of the flood of amendments which the rest of DC completely relied on Each of dozens of amendment proposals was analyzed in depth along with a blow by blow of floor action almost as soon as it had happened The next year Marshall himself became a key informal advisor to Senators as well as staffers He was a constant all through the long weeks of early spring 2007 as negotiations between Senators and the White House dragged on until a new version of the Grand Bargain finally came together We d often run into him in offices and back rooms in those weeks

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/marshall-fitz (2016-04-27)
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    Rep Flake is also open about his childhood on his family s ranch where workers came and went from Mexico quite freely that safe circularity is what he wants to restore to US Mexico migration And as his caucus was whipped into a frenzy over Amnesty for Illegals Rep Flake stuck to his guns on immigration reform always pushing for a solution to the crisis his state was facing In 2004 there was so much going on in Arizona it was a swing state in the Presidential elections that year and there was an anti immigrant ballot initiative up that was attracting a lot of national attention That summer we also shot with Rep Flake as he faced a primary challenger largely because of his immigration bill His opponent boasted that a ham sandwich could run on illegal immigration and get 40 against Flake Rep Flake won that primary and went on to introduce major immigration legislation in 2005 2006 and 2007 Rep Flake is a fifth generation Arizonan raised on a ranch in Snowflake Arizona the town was named in part after Jeff s great great grandfather After serving a Mormon mission in southern Africa Jeff graduated from Brigham

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/jeff-flake (2016-04-27)
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    that took a strong interest as well the office of Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Chicago Gutierrez had been deep into the immigration issue for years already and was not about to be held up further by colleagues with too many political interests wrapped around immigration reform We went over to his office on a Friday to see what we could find out The Congressman was in Chicago but someone else was there his chief immigration aide a woman we d been hearing a lot about almost famous among other staffers for being such a tough player She would see us instead And out walked Jennice who was most certainly not at all what we expected Jennice had been working for Rep Gutierrez for most of her career She s almost unbelievably efficient in three languages which comes in handy in an office that can tend toward the warm but chaotic And she s gorgeous so striking that we d seen no one else like her during our six months in Washington But most of all she has a way of being serious at the same time that she s remarkably detached and funny That s probably helped with her secret

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/jennice-fuentes (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    an avenue to advocate for immigration reform that stays separate from their efforts on say a climate change bill John has a certain southern charm and up beat personality which made us love filming him but the actual EWIC meetings were great too Whether EWIC s members were word smithing a press release parsing a whip count or debating the merits of a particular bill they were always so sharp about things always clear on where they stood and why and they were always quick with the one liners We once saw a Republican staffer ask John to his face why as a Business advocate he would work with Sen Kennedy but EWIC always stuck to their principles of endorsing only bills that are bipartisan and comprehensive We were continually impressed by that there were points over those years when it would have been so easy to give up his bipartisan ideals or to get behind a guestworkers only program that would be a short term fix for EWIC but John kept fighting for his long term goals Over those years John also worked at the International Franchise Association and the National Restaurant Association but he remained co chair of

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/john-gay (2016-04-27)
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    liberal and so immigrant friendly that people in DC didn t take it very seriously But it was part of his long term strategy to mobilize the immigrant community and make sure that when the moment was ripe for reform he would be in a position to shape it Over the years we saw that strategy come to fruition first he introduced a slightly more moderate bill then he started working with Evangelical Christians who had ties to Republicans then he did a bill with Sen Kennedy and Labor the next year a bipartisan bichameral comprehensive bill Rep Gutierrez s plan made him the voice on Immigration Reform in the House without sacrificing his commitment to his community or to his ideals Because of his leadership on immigration issues Rep Gutierrez was appointed Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force where he is the party s leading strategist and spokesperson on immigration issues and as the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force In addition Rep Gutierrez was named to the Judiciary Committee in the 110th Congress where he has remained serving on the Immigration Citizenship Refugees Border Security and International Law Subcommittee Rep Gutierrez was born

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/luis-gutierrez (2016-04-27)
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    laugh I really have to apologize I got lost I ve really got to get out of central Phoenix more often He went on to dominate the rest of the discussion as much with good humor as with reasonable argument Even when he wasn t speaking he was commanding Who was this guy There are surely a lot of bios about Alfredo so we ll just describe what we learned about him as we got to know him he d run for Governor against Janet Napolitano then retired from politics afterward to take on a daily radio show at Radio Campesina the premier Spanish language station in Phoenix and wide surrounds he d been the leader of the Arizona State Senate for decades before his governor s run at the same time founding and growing a successful public relations firm before that he d been a student radical in the Chicano movement at university and was one of the founding member of MECHA before that he d been in the Army in Viet Nam and before that he d been as he found out on stage to his own amazement the night we first saw him one of those things

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/alfredo-gutierrez (2016-04-27)
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    After leaving Senator Brownback s office in 2003 Erik worked as Special Assistant to the President and Communications Director for USA Freedom Corps The White House In 2005 he joined the public affairs consulting firm Clark Weinstock where he was the Director until 2008 Then he became Senior Advisor to the Chairman Senior Communications Advisor Division of Enforcement US Securities and Exchange Commission Erik Hotmire appears in Stories 2 Mountains

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/erik-hotmire (2016-04-27)
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