Congratulations on many terrific victories on Tuesday night. Progressive Majority had more than 200 candidates on the ballot on Tuesday and your support helped 56% of them win election!
From the re-election of President Obama, to the election of Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate, to voters standing for marriage equality in four states, we have a lot to celebrate.
Those national wins will grip the headlines for days, but, as you and I know, states hold enormous power and are where most of the laws that go into effect get made. Thanks to your support, we made significant progress there too! Democrats picked up control of eight state legislative chambers:
- Minnesota and Maine state house and senate;
- New York state senate; and
- Colorado, New Hampshire and Oregon state house.
That’s not all. We made gains in many other states, including these in other Progressive Majority target states:
- Ended Republican super-majorities in the Florida house and senate and in the Ohio house.
- Narrowed the Republican majority in the Michigan house by at least half; we now have a real shot of flipping that chamber in 2014.
- Reduced the Republican majority in the Pennsylvania house and senate.
Progressive Majority congratulates all of our 2012 winners who share a vision for moving America forward. And we celebrate these incredible statistics:
- 56% of our LGBT candidates won
- 54% of our union member candidates won
- 68% of our candidate of color won
- 60% of our women candidates won
- 53% of our candidates under the age of 35 won
Throughout the country, and even in places where it looked like Republicans had locked-in permanent majorities, our candidates broke through. Voters embraced a progressive agenda that promotes economic fairness and opportunity, stands up for women’s rights and celebrates the diversity of our country. At a time when we face real challenges, America joined the chorus, “We’re all in this together.”
Together, we made history on Tuesday - and it’s clear that Americans are ready to move forward and follow a new, more hopeful path.
Our job now is to get back to work recruiting progressive champions to run in 2013 and beyond. We will continue to prove that strong candidates with solid progressive messages do win—and, when they do, we will move America forward.
President Progressive Majority
Tuesday night was HUGE. Everyday people triumphed over big money. Years of hard work paid off. And best of all, progressives won a contest of ideas: “Together we are stronger” beat “you’re on your own” at the polls.
Let’s take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back… and then get. right. back. to. work!
And let’s dream big. If we put this same energy into the next four years, we can create jobs for young people, rebuild roads and bridges, spark the clean-energy economy of the future, get our tax code making sense again, and grow communities from the bottom up.
We can do this. We don’t have to trim our vision. But we do have to fight. We can’t repeat the mistakes of 2008 and 2009. Now that we’ve gotten folks elected, we need to make sure they do the job.
The first test starts now. Romney and Ryan ran on cutting Medicare, Social Security, and homefront investments to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich. Their ideas were rejected. But in Washington, bad ideas never die. They come back in the name of “compromise,” and it’s about to happen:
- At the end of the December, the Bush tax cuts expire. New budget goals that call for much lower spending also go into effect. There will be a big fight over this. That fight starts now.
- Washington calls this the “fiscal cliff.” Don’t buy it! They’re trying to scare us into a “grand bargain” that cuts the pillars of the middle class but helps big banks. This isn’t a cliff, it’s a showdown between two ideas for America’s future.
- If we don’t keep fighting, any “grand bargain” will look more like a “grand swindle” that cuts Medicare, Social Security, education, and pretty much everything that helps guarantee the American Dream!
Let’s not fall for what I call “ham and egg” justice. When it’s time for breakfast, the farmer calls for “shared sacrifice.” But if the hen gives up an egg, and the pig gives up a leg, that’s not balanced. Instead of cutting help for sick kids, why don’t we tax Wall Street speculation? Why not institute a carbon tax that would also save our planet, or end subsidies for big oil and handouts to Halliburton, or close loopholes for tax-dodging corporations… and then put that money to work rebuilding America?
The President won a hard-fought victory promising to make the wealthiest pay their fair share. Vice President Biden said he could “guarantee” no changes in Social Security. But we’ve learned they can’t create change on their own.
The most important thing is that we don’t rest now.
America is not broke. America is being robbed. Winning an election is just the first step to stopping it.
Now it’s up to us,
Van Jones - Rebuild The Dream
Please Vote For Martin Pleasant For U.S. Senate in Tennessee
If you’re from Tennesse, you may already know this, but the Democrats are running a real Goofball for U.S. Senate against Republican Bob Corker.
Don’t take my word for it though, here’s his web site:
Mark Clayton (“Pro Life” & “Traditional Marrige Only” are two highlights of his positions. You can see more at his web site.)
Needless to say, we have another choice. Martin Pleasant is the Green Party candidate and is someone you can feel proud and happy to vote for.
The Tennessee Democratic Party has disavowed Mark Clayton and urged people to write in a name. There’s no need for a foolhardy write-in campaign, when we have an excellent candidate like Martin Pleasant as one of our choices.
Republican Bob Corker was a rubber-stamp for George W. Bush and since Jan. 2009 he has joined the other Republicans in obstructing any progress that President Obama has tried to make, to help pull our nation out of the recession caused by Junior Bush & his billionaire buddies on Wall Street.
As you can imagine, a Green Party candidate in Tennessee doesn’t exactly have the same type of budget that a wealthy Republican like Bob Corker has. Even if you don’t live in Tennessee, I’d appreciate it if you’d pass this on to your followers who may.
Mark Clayton won the Democratic primary for a Tennessee Senate seat in August 2012, after competing in a field of seven other candidates.
Clayton, an anti-gay fringe conspiracy theorist who served a stint in the Army reserve and has worked a variety of odd jobs, won 26% of the vote despite raising no money. The Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed Clayton the day after the primary, but his name will remain on the ballot opposing GOP Sen. Bob Corker.
Clayton’s views align more closely with those of the John Birch Society, which once called President Dwight D. Eisenhower a Communist, than the Democratic Party — though some of his ideas might be a little much even for JBS. He believes the government is building concentration camps to imprison Americans and that elites in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are conspiring to form a “North American Union” (NAU) merging the three nations — both conspiracy theories common in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.
When he ran for a Senate seat in 2008, Clayton accused Google of censoring his campaign website on behalf of the Chinese government. That website, which has since been taken down, thanked supporters for helping defend Tennessee against the NAU, national ID cards and “radical homosexual lobbying groups who want to get in the Boy Scouts.”
Clayton also claimed that Austrian-born California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was planning to amend the Constitution so he could run for president and “fulfill Hitler’s superman scenario.” Clayton’s current site is tamer, though he wants to eliminate “secret national ID cards” from Tennessee drivers’ licenses and to stop the government from mandating that “transexual[s] and homosexuals” grab children in “stranger-danger zones” in airports.
If you live in Tennessee, please vote for Martin Pleasant of the Green Party for U.S. Senate.