Building progressive power means taking the fight to the Republicans in races across the country, whether it’s in a high-profile fight for a Senate seat or an important battle for a local office.
Nina Turner, running for Ohio Secretary of State, embodies the values of the 50 State Strategy. We learned during the Bush years just how important it is that elections in swing states are overseen by fair, experienced leaders like Nina Turner — and especially in Ohio, where presidential elections are won and lost.
Nina Turner also knows that the ballot box is connected to the bread box. The right to vote helps secure economic opportunity for everyone. It’s no surprise that the Koch brothers and their allies in Ohio are doing everything they can to limit the right and the ability to vote. They want to make it easier to wage their war on workers. Nina Turner will fight back.
That’s why I’ve chosen Nina Turner and added three other progressive leaders to this year’s Dean Dozen — the slate of DFA-endorsed candidates I’m most excited about supporting in November:
- U.S. House (CA-17): Rep. Mike Honda
- U.S. House (VA-10): John Foust
- New Mexico Secretary of State: Maggie Toulouse Oliver
- Ohio Secretary of State: Nina Turner
New Mexico is another crucial swing state, and Maggie Toulouse Oliver has what it takes to protect the right to vote. She’s running against an incumbent Republican whose top priority is to impose a voter ID requirement, a key right-wing tool in making it harder to vote. Maggie Toulouse Oliver opposes a voter ID law, instead supporting same day registration.
Congress is an essential part of the 50 State Strategy. John Foust is running against a notorious right-wing extremist in Virginia’s important 10th District. Foust’s opponent, Barbara Comstock, built her career running PR for the likes of Tom DeLay and Scooter Libby before becoming a lobbyist for the Koch brothers. As a state legislator, Comstock supported allowing guns in bars and forcing women to have trans-vaginal ultrasounds. We can’t let an extremist like her win this important swing seat.
I’ve known Rep. Mike Honda for years. He has been a tireless fighter for his constituents in California’s 17th District and has worked hard for our progressive values, from fiercely supporting LGBT rights and women’s reproductive rights to introducing legislation in Congress to expand Social Security benefits. We need more Democrats like him in Congress — the kind of progressive leaders who will stand up for the 99%, unlike his corporate-backed challenger.
We can win these races — but only if we mobilize our voters. Republicans think Democrats will stay home this year. DFA is going to go all out to make sure progressives not only vote, but help get out the vote in crucial races all across America.
The road to a more progressive nation runs through all 50 states. Please help me and DFA elect these four Dean Dozen candidates by chipping in $3 today!
Thank you for helping support these progressive leaders.
Gov. Howard Dean, Founder
Democracy for America.
You and I both know what it takes to hold the Senate — genuine, scrappy, progressives who have the kind of energy and values it takes to defeat Mitch McConnell and his cronies. This week, we’ve got a new fighter in the ring.
Everyone had written off Democrats’ chances to hold the Montana Senate seat. When moderate Democrat John Walsh quit the race after a troubled campaign and a plagiarism scandal, Montana Democrats turned to a new progressive hero to take on the right-wing extremists.
Her name is Amanda Curtis. She’s a 34-year-old State Senator, schoolteacher, and union member from Butte, Montana. DFA members on the ground know her as a rising star — Montana’s own Elizabeth Warren, with a proven track record of standing up for Montana families. With Amanda Curtis in the race, we have a fresh opportunity to win this seat and hold the Senate.
Amanda embodies the values of Governor Howard Dean’s 50 State Strategy, fighting for progressive values in a state the DC political establishment often ignores. She has worked tirelessly to raise the minimum wage, protect workers’ rights, and defend women from rightwing attacks. She stood up for gun control and against anti-gay bullies when few other Democrats had the courage to do so.
Her opponent, Republican Steve Daines, is funded by the Koch Brothers and Wall Street. While in Congress he has worked alongside John Boehner and Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare and slash Social Security, sell off public lands, and take food away from hungry kids.
Amanda said it best herself as she accepted the nomination to the ticket: “if we’re going to overcome [Daines], it’s going to come from a pure, true, grassroots effort, and the fact that the base is reinvigorated.” Montana progressives are fired up for Amanda Curtis. Control of the Senate could come down to this race. Let’s show her that DFA members are ready to help.
Support Amanda Curtis NOW and help stop a right-wing takeover of the Senate.
Let’s stand with Montana progressives and elect a new hero to the Senate.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America
Bernie Sanders has presidential ambitions. But how will he run?
Maybe you’ve heard. Vermont’s Independent U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, might run for president in 2016. He told Time.com that America’s problems are the worst since the ‘30s Great Depression, that someone has to fight for average Americans against big money, and clearly, that he would make a better president than Hillary Clinton. […]
(Interesting article from Steven Rosenfeld of AlterNet.)
Georgia’s Senate race should be a shoo-in for the GOP, but the party might nominate a candidate too extreme to win. Is this the next Todd Akin state?
MACON, Ga. – 2014 is a Republican year. The party has the map, the candidates, and the money to finally retake the Senate after blowing the last two tries by nominating weak ultra-conservative candidates in critical races. And there’s no way that’s happening again, right?
Not if Georgia has anything to say about it.
The solid red state is shaping up as a key boost to Democratic hopes of retaining the Senate thanks to a GOP primary field both sides believe could produce a nominee too hobbled, too extreme, or too gaffe-prone to win in November.
The candidate causing the biggest headache is Paul Broun, a four-term GOP congressman who opposes abortion without exception, thinks the Big Bang and evolution are “lies straight from the pit of hell,” (gravity waves be damned), and likened President Obama to Hitler and Karl Marx before he was even inaugurated. […]
National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid.
Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.
Sanford is facing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Clemson University administrator and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in a race that has grabbed the national spotlight. […]