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.
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. […]
(Wednesday) the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of HB 1170, a bill to abolish the death penalty, by a vote of 225-104.
The New Hampshire legislature passed repeal measures two other times—in 2000 when it passed in both chambers but was vetoed by the governor, and in 2009 when it was passed in the House but failed to get support in the Senate. We’re hopeful that the third time is the charm! […]
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
PS-The bill will now go on to the Senate for consideration. If you live in New Hampshire, please contact your Senator now to express your support for repeal! If you live elsewhere but have friends or family in New Hampshire, please share this message with them as well.
New polling from ABC News-Fusion reveals a startling partisan divide on whether there should be more women in the House and Senate.
Just 23 percent of Republicans surveyed in the poll agreed that “it would be a good thing if more women were elected to Congress.” Meanwhile, 60 percent of Democrats agreed with the statement.
Also interesting was that 68 percent of Democrats agreed that “women have fewer opportunities than men in the workplace,” while just 38 percent of Republicans think that.
The worldviews on display here are starkly disparate: Republicans of both genders are likely to believe women have already achieved equal footing with men and that it doesn’t matter if they are elected to Congress. Democrats, meanwhile, believe both that women have fewer opportunities than men and that it’s important for them to be elected to Congress. […]