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David Pepper

Lawyer, author, democracy champion, and Resolute Square Contributor
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About David Pepper

David Pepper is a pro-democracy leader, lawyer, author, political activist, former elected official, and adjunct professor, and served as the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party between 2015 and 2021. 

His latest book, Saving Democracy: A User's Manual For Every American, is a follow-up to his best-selling Laboratories of Autocracy and is structured to challenge and guide each reader—no matter your role in your community or politics or where you work—on how you each can play a more active and effective role in lifting democracy than you might have imagined. Over the course of the book, you will construct your own personal plan to fight for democracy. And when you’re finished, you’ll be ready to get to work. Prepare to be inspired.

David writes about this and more in his fantastic Substack newsletter, Pepperspectives.

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Running Everywhere...Even Florida
With a powerful example from the recent past, David Pepper explains in his latest whiteboard video how fielding Democratic candidates for Congress in Florida could have changed the outcome of a presidential election. And why history could repeat itself in November.
May 23, 2024
The Disgraceful Legacy of Rob Portman
Stuart and David discuss the dramatic betrayal by Rob Portman of all he purported to care about - including Ukraine - and his legacy of supporting J.D. Vance and Donald Trump.
May 22, 2024
Joe Trippi: Dems Dug This Hole, But They're Digging Out
Joe Trippi explains how for decades Democrats chose to fight in limited states and abandoned many that have become extremists now. But - the fight is on everywhere now and Dems are winning.
May 22, 2024
David Pepper: Effectively Fighting Extremist Candidates
Real progress is being make in blue, red, and purple states across the country and more and more Democrats are standing up to challenge extremist candidates who've previous run unopposed.
May 22, 2024
"States Rights" Is A Fig Leaf For Taking Your Rights
David Pepper explains how states across the country have been forcing through unpopular policies and how a Trump 2.0 would put their actions on steroids. David's latest piece with Gevin Reynolds is here:
May 22, 2024
David Pepper Joins The Strategy Session
Strategy Session

Strategy Session

An intense, important, eye-opening episode with David Pepper in the house. What are the tactics of those destroying democracy from the state level on up? Join David, Stuart, and Joe for the strategy that gets us to the future we want and deserve.
May 21, 2024
Here’s What States' Rights Would Mean In A Second Trump Presidency
David Pepper and Gevin Reynolds write, "Thanks to a toxic brew of partisan gerrymandering, intense voter suppression, dark money, and far too many uncontested races, many MAGA-controlled states have stopped resembling functioning democracies at all."
May 17, 2024
Citizens United + Laboratories of Autocracy -->
David Pepper alerts us to "The Purging of Republicans Who Dare Stand Up"
May 9, 2024
"Act Wisely": A Chilling Letter...
David Pepper looks at the mafia-impersonating letter from Ohio AG Dave Yost to higher education leaders, in which he isues warnings of potential federal law violations, criminal penalties for universities and colleges in Ohio, and menacingly advising them to "act wisely."
May 2, 2024
Down the Climate Rabbit Hole...
David Pepper found out this week that the bizarro reaction from "blue checks" on Twitter doesn't mean sea levels aren't rising, but does confirm that the swamp of right-wing disinformation and conspiracies on the social media platform is rising even faster. And yes, we know His Imperial Weirdness changed the name to X, but we're not calling it that because even wackadoodle-billionaire-fascist-huggers can't always get what they want.
April 11, 2024
The Common Theme of Public Corruption: You're The One Paying For It!
David Pepper writes, "Most have no clue their own dollars are playing such a big role in Ohio politics. Still, struggling Ohioans have been bankrolling the campaigns of powerful Ohio politicians for years."
April 4, 2024
It’s Trump vs.…. YOU
David Pepper says that fundamentally, the election is about Trump vs. YOU, and YOUR freedom. "What freedoms are we individually and collectively willing to lose if Trump wins?"
March 21, 2024
We Have LIFTOFF: Blue Tennessee!
David Pepper knows that we can begin to bring some accountability to Tennessee extremism through the Blue Tennessee program - because it's already been successful in other states.
March 14, 2024