Alan Cohn, FL-15
Cohn is a journalist and Peabody winner who has been working the Tampa area for the last 30 years. He sees immigrants as a resource, not a burden, to our economy and that immigration reform is a must. His ideas for protecting working families included laws regulating banks and other financial institutions and holding them accountable. Cohn understands the need and promise of Medicare as he is now caring for his own mother who is 87. He will fight the GOP as they try to end Medicare and/or increase its cost. cohnforcongress2014.com
Kerri Condley, CA-42
Kerri Condley is running in CA-42 as a strongly pro-choice woman business leader. She will fight for new jobs, protect every penny of Social Security and Medicare, and will protect people's homes and farms from the devastation brought by climate change. Her opponent is anti-choice Ken Calvert, who has corrupted the federal government by pushing for legislation that made his real estate much more valuable and then pocketing millions of dollars in profit. Kerri wants a path to citizenship for all people. Her opponent wants a flat tax that will tax 77% of middle class people more, while lowering taxes on the wealthiest people. www.kerricondleyforcongress.com
April Freeman, FL-19
April Freeman is running in the 19th district of Florida. A strongly pro-choice businesswoman who owns and operates her own company, she is fighting incumbent Trey Radel, a radical conservative radio talk show host who is against a woman’s right to choose and doesn't believe in climate change. Trey Radel wants to balance the budget and reduce the deficit by taxing seniors and the middle class more. Freeman wants to protect seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare, and by raising the minimum wage to produce good paying jobs for Americans. www.aprilfreeman.com
Robin Kelly, IL-02
Kelly won the special election this year to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned. Throughout her decades-long career in public service she has lived a life guided by progressive values. She is running for the full term election in 2014. robinkellyforcongress.org
Daylin Leach, PA-13
Daylin has been representing the people in the Pennsylvania state legislature sine 2002. In the legislature Daylin wrote the PA Contraceptive Equality bill, introduced bills for marriage equality, and has led the fight against efforts to restrict women's reproductive choices. He understands that our current political system is broken and Washington politicians too often fail to lead us in the right direction. As he did in Harrisburg, he will lead the fight for women’s rights, access to reproductive services, LGBT equal rights, workers’ rights, access to justice, environmental protection, and voters’ rights. votedaylin.com
Gwen Moore, WI-04
Gwen Moore is co-chair of the women's caucus in Congress. She has become the leading voice on health insurance reform and on the protection of reproductive rights. She is the first African American and the second woman to represent Wisconsin. Gwen has defended Planned Parenthood against the Republicans in Congress. She has also been a staunch supporter of gay rights and supports same sex marriage. She valiantly opposed the all male Senate Judiciary Committee that voted" no" in March, 2012, on reauthorizing the Violance Against Women Act.
Eloise Gomez Reyes, CA-31
Eloise has worked hard since she was 12, starting in the fields as an onion topper and paying her way through college and law school. She was the first Latina to open her own law firm in California's Inland Empire and she's been fighting for local working families for decades. For over 25 years now, she has been volunteering legal aid and providing pro bono legal services to needy families in the Inland Empire. As a small business owner, Eloise will bring those values to get the results we need in Congress. eloiseforcongress.com
Lee Rogers, CA-25
Lee Rogers is running in a newly configured district with more Democratic voters. The number of Democratic and Republican voters in the district are now about even. With an increased number of Democratic-leaning Hispanic voters, this district is now in play. We plan to help Lee get out an increased number of Hispanic voters registered and voting. He advocates refocusing on the creation of jobs, protecting Medicare and putting an end to U.S. Foreign wars that he says we have already won. http://www.leerogersforcongress.com/
Bill Taylor, TN-03
Bill Taylor is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago. He has spent the last 35 years working in health care. His business background uniquely qualifies him to help solve the major issues in our country: health care, jobs, and fiscal reform. He is a staunch supporter of the Affordable Care Act, but recognizes ways to improve it. He supports the freedom of choice and freedom from government intrusion into our personal lives. taylorforcongress.org
Bruce Braley, Iowa
First elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 with our help, he is the founder and chairman of the House Populist Caucus, which fights for the middle class through equitable taxes, fair wages, a level playing field, and secure retirement plans. He is running to replace Republican Tom Harkin, who is retiring. www.brucebraley.com
Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania
Joe is a former House Representative whom we supported and he is now running for the Senate seat in 2016 against Pat Toomey. He will continue fighting for Social Security, health care, gay and lesbian civil rights and economic justice. Joe supports holding banks accountable for their policies and actions that ultimately affect people. joesestak.com
Mary Headrick, TN-03
The Republican supermajority in Nashville refused Medicaid expansion for the PPACA health reform, lowered Workers Compensation to injured employees, gutted teachers and other public service unions is privatizing 'public' education, phased out Tennessee's inheritance tax and granted many no-bid contracts. Thanks to them, there will be three dreadful amendments to the Tennessee constitution before voters (elect judges, attack choice, outlaw Tennessee income tax). Mary hopes to engage and inform voters. As a mother, medical doctor, public school teacher, computer analyst, and community activist,Mary intends to work for better government for the working class. http://www.maryheadrick.com/
Allyson Schwartz, Pennsylvania Governor
Under Republican Governor Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania is facing a crisis in education. Corbett has cut the state education budget dramatically. He cut the higher education budget by half, as well as removing over $1 billion from K-12 schools. Under the state constitution, the state is the primary funding source for local schools, across the state school districts have had to close schools, lay off teachers, and cancel all extracurricular programs. In addition, Corbett supported a bill introduced in the state legislature to require women considering abortion to receive an ultrasound and have their face turned toward the video screen while a doctor recorded their eye movement. In defending this abhorrent attack on human dignity, Corbett said, "I'm not making anyone watch, OK, because you just have to close your eyes." Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who was elected to Congress in 2004 with our support, is now running to replace Corbett. A former social worker, she founded a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia and headed it for many years. She was later elected to the state senate, where she led an effort to create a health insurance program for Pennsylvania children. This same plan was used as a model for the federal children's health insurance program. Unsurprisingly, with this background she was one of the primary movers behind the Affordable Care Act, authoring the provisions banning exclusions for preexisting conditions and allowing children to remain on their parents' insurance plan until age 26. It is crucial that we back the best candidate to end Corbett's assault on the people of Pennsylvania. We endorse Allyson Schwartz for governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. allysonschwartz.com
New Progressive Movement
I have bad news, good news, and have a challenging invitation for you. First, let us get the bad news upfront so you can make an informed decision. Republicans are set to pick up at least seven Senate seats that are now held by Democrats. These are in states that Obama lost in the last election by an average of over 15%. They are also favored to pick up 16 House seats. The further bad news is that in non-presidential elections, commonly known as midterms, Democratic turnout goes way down. Youth and minority turnout is projected to go down dramatically – at least 54% by our estimate. Last, seniors, the most reliable voters, are turning away from Democrats – the senior vote was down about 14% in 2012 for President Obama, from about 50% to just 36%.
I need all the help I can get to fight for justice against extremist Tea Party Republicans. Any donation will help.
Let me tell you what we're up against. Super PACs will be dominating campaigns in the foreseeable future. Most disposable income is being concentrated in the top 1% of the country. Average people have less money available to spend on political campaigns. We have already witnessed the power of Super PAC money in many races. For example, in one congressional race, the Democratic-leaning thirteenth district of Illinois, our endorsed candidate, whom we helped, raised about $1.5 million and his Republican opponent raised about the same. However, Republican Super PACs spent $9 million in that district. That $9 million buried the message of our candidate in a Democratic leaning district and he lost. And more Super PAC money from the increasingly conservative 1% is on the way all over the country.
An example of the power of Super PACs is Heritage Action which is using Super PAC money to push an extremist, right wing agenda. They have taken credit for eliminating food stamps from the farm bill. They also take credit for electing Senators Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee.
We also have another problem. While Democrats have focused on national races, Republicans have taken over both state legislatures and the governor's offices in twenty-five states. Thus, they have seized a significant redistricting advantage for picking up House seats. It took a historic effort in 2012 for Democrats to re-elect the president, but it ended with gridlock in Washington, D.C. We cannot continue to focus on the presidency, while state and local government are falling to the Republicans. Republicans have created gridlock in D.C. for progressive policies, while pushing policy decisions to the states where they've taken control of state law making.
So we are working to counter the losses in state and local government, state by state. We have started our field operation in Pennsylvania. We are targeting Pennsylvania first, because it contains the most lopsided representation in Congress, with the greatest number of possible House seats to pick up. Pennsylvania was won handily by Obama, 52-46, but the House delegation has only 5 Democrats, to 13 Republicans. This is unfairly skewed toward Republicans.
We have two objectives in every state. First, have a strong progressive Democrat running against every Republican for Congress in the state, to stretch Republican resources short. Second, we want to change redistricting, so that we are electing as many Democrats to Congress as we should be. Now in Pennsylvania, we are networking with progressive organizations and setting up field offices in the state to recruit and train our own field staff. This will serve as a model for the other states.
Meanwhile, we have recruited many new progressive candidates across the country. With our advice, they are setting up aggressive campaigns, with effective field operations to turn out the maximum number of progressive, Democratic voters. Please read about them in our newsletter, linked at the bottom of this article.
The 1% is spending billions to promote its conservative agenda against the progressive majority in the United States. And that's exactly what we now have: a progressive majority. By most measures, the people are on our side. Two-thirds of the population believe in climate change. Ninety percent want stricter gun control, over two-thirds believe Roe v. Wade should be respected, and over two-thirds believe in gay marriage. We don't need to educate people. We need to organize people.
So far, Republicans have out-organized us. Will you rise to the challenge? Join our effort, and stop the extremist takeover of America. Please donate whatever you can afford. The country needs your help.
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