I'm not going to sugar-coat this. With the election just over a month away, extremist conservative Republicans are inches away from winning control of the Senate. They need six seats to take control, and currently they are ahead in five races and dead even in one more.
With control of the Senate, Republicans are planning on blocking all of President Obama's nominees. With only two years remaining until the Obama Administration ends, Republicans would simply run out the clock on nominations, until they get the president they want.
This includes the Supreme Court. Out of the current members, the average age is 68, and four justices on the Supreme Court are over 75. Any member of the Court could die or retire at any time.
Much is on the line. There have been a number of recent 5-4 decisions from the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts, covering everything from access to birth control and abortion, to air pollution and climate change, to campaign finance and the right to vote. Roberts and his fellow conservative Republicans would love nothing better than to get another vote on the Court. If that happens, we are likely to be headed toward an era of coat-hanger abortions, poisonous air and water, and new restrictions preventing Democrats from being able to win elections at all. We can't let extremist Republicans dictate the direction of the Supreme Court.
This is why the Senate race in Iowa is so important. Many experts call it the closest Senate race in the country – the one that will determine if Democrats or Republicans control the Senate, and possibly the Supreme Court. Our endorsed candidate, progressive Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, is running against extremist, conservative, anti-choice, anti-environment, anti-gay Republican Joni Ernst.
We are doing everything we can to elect Rep. Braley to the Senate, and maintain Democratic control of the Senate. But we need your help to make it across the finish line. Please make a donation right now of whatever you can afford.
Together, we can elect Bruce Braley to the Senate. Together, we can stop the Republican takeover of the Senate. Together, we can stop the conservative takeover of the Supreme Court. Together, we can put a stop to Republican extremism.
DAPAC supports progressive Congressional challengers. That's our mission; that's our passion. We interview dozens of candidates from around the country and talk to them not only about what kind of race they are going to run, but what kind of policies they favor. We screen every candidate to see where they stand on the issues that matter most.
We only endorse progressive candidates. When you give to DAPAC you know that these are the kinds of men and women you are helping to elect to Congress.
All our candidates:
- are 100% Pro-Choice.
- support stronger GBLT rights.
- support working family and union rights.
- support honest and Democratic markets and businesses.
- support publicly funded universal healthcare.
- support strong environmental protection.
- oppose the Patriot Act.
- oppose the Iraq War.
- oppose the Death Penalty.
DAPAC is working to rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up - to support strong candidates who will give voice to the issues that matter most.
Endorsed Candidates for 2014
Bruce Braley, Iowa www.brucebraley.com
Jeff Merkley, Oregon http://www.jeffmerkley.com/
Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania http://joesestak.com/
House of Representative:
Pete Aguilar, CA-31 http://www.peteaguilar.com/
Will Bronson, FL-17 www.bronson-for-congress.com
Jim Bryan, FL-01 jimbryanforcongress.org
Alan Cohn, FL-15 cohnforcongress2014.com
Dan Cramer, TN-07 http://www.dancramerforcongress.com/
Keith Ellison, FL-19 www.keithellison.org
April Freeman, FL-19 http://www.aprilfreeman.com/
Lawrence Gaughan, VA-05 gaughanforcongress.com
Luis Gutierrez, IL-04
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Mary Headrick, TN-03 http://www.maryheadrick.com/
Robin Kelly, IL-02 http://robinkellyforcongress.org/
Dave Koller, FL-11, http://www.davekoller.com/
Ted Lieu, CA-33 www.tedlieu.com
Michael McKenna, FL-10 www.mckennaforcongress.com
Gwen Moore, WI-04 http://www.gwenmooreforcongress.com/
Shaughnessy Naughton, PA-08 www.shaughnessyforcongress.com
Wes Neuman, FL-07 www.wesneuman.com
Andy Ostrowski, PA-11 andyostrowski.com
Tom Poetter, OH-08 www.poetterforcongress.com
Gabriel Rothblath, FL-08 gabrielrothblattforcongress.us
Bobby Rush, IL-01
Sharon Sund, MN-03 www.votesharonsund.com
Marihelen Wheeler, FL-03 wheelerforflorida3.com
Rob Zerban, WI-01 http://www.robzerban.com/
Sandra Fluke, CA-26 www.standwithsandra.org
Josh Maxwell, PA-74 http://www.joshmaxwell.com/
Wendy Davis, Texas Governor www.wendydavistexas.com
Mark Schauer, Michigan Governor http://markschauer.com/
Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor www.wolfforpa.com
Candidate winners of 2012-2013
House of Representatives:
Alan Grayson FL-08 congressmanwithguts.com
Alan is running in a newly redrawn District which favors Democrats. He was defeated by a Tea Party wave in a much more conservative district. He is an aggressive outspoken liberal candidate who favors economic policies to support the 99% and good paying jobs.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01 www.michellelujangrisham.net
In her early law career she worked hard to protect and represent seniors' rights, so much so she was appointed Secretary of Aging and Long Term Services. She was also head of the New Mexico Department of Health where she helped to fight to make sure every child had access to primary health care.
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor http://www.billdeblasio.com/
Previous DAPAC Endorsed Candidates who have been elected to Congress
Bruce Braley, IA 1
Joe Courtney, CT 2
Martin Heinrich, NM 1
Jim Himes, CT 4
Paul Hodes, NH 2
Mary Jo Kilroy, OH 15
Gary Peters, MI 9
Chellie Pingree, ME 1
Jared Polis, CO 2
Allyson Schwartz, PA 13
Joe Sestak, PA 7
Chris Van Hollen, MD 8
John Yarmuth, KY 3
DAPAC was started in 2000 with the goal of creating a progressive Democratic Majority in Congress. We provide advice and logistical support for progressive Democrats running for Congress. We typically assist about a dozen progressive candidates every election cycle. We are the only group in the country that helps Progressive Democratic candidates with every aspect of their campaign. As a consequence, we have a very high success rate in actually electing progressive Democrats to Congress.
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