You may have heard that Democrats had a bad election this year. It may surprise you to hear that DAPAC Democrats did not have a bad year. It was a challenging year, but by and large, we rose to the challenge.
Every DAPAC Democrat running for reelection won. Two DAPAC Democrats won open seats in Congress. And DAPAC Democrat Tom Wolf, running in Pennsylvania, was the only Democrat to defeat a Republican incumbent governor this year. Not only that, but he's the first candidate of any party to defeat an incumbent governor in Pennsylvania history.
That's not bad at all. So how did we do it?
First off, we didn't shy away from what we believe in. DAPAC Democrats were not afraid to stand up for progressive ideals. DAPAC Democrats were forthright in defending the right to choose, defending the right to same-sex marriage, and defending our natural environment. Moreover, DAPAC Democrats pushed for a raise in the minimum wage, and pushed for wealthy Americans to pay their fair share in taxes.
Second, we've started on an effective get-out-the-vote campaign. Groups such as youth and Latinos are not in the habit of voting in midterm elections. We are working hard to get Democratic voters out to the polls, through proven methods of voter contact. We will not rest until every Democratic voter is voting in every election.
Moving forward, we plan to keep on doing what worked so well this year. But we have even higher ambitions. The economy continues to underperform for average Americans, and median incomes have gone nowhere in the past several years. We're putting forward a four point plan to bring the American economy back to life:
Lower taxes for the 90%, and higher taxes on the 0.1%
Raise the minimum wage
Free college tuition for everyone
Increase Social Security
You can find our latest newsletter, with details on who won and who lost. Also included are articles about Tom Wolf's win in Pennsylvania, the challenge of Latino voter turnout, and how the Senate filibuster impedes progressive policy.
We are succeeding. We are standing up for what we believe in, and we're getting voters out to the polls. We need your help to keep succeeding. This past election is over, but the next election is just over the horizon. Our work to elect DAPAC Democrats never ends. Please donate now, or whatever you can afford. We couldn't do it without you. Please send your donation today.
The election is less than a month away. The polls are extremely close-this will be one of the closest elections of our lifetimes, up there with Bush versus Gore in 2000. Democrats could maintain control of the Senate. Or extremist Republicans could take control. Nobody is certain what will happen in the next few weeks. Please donate here now so we can continue to support our progressive candidates.
Democrats have changed the rules on nomination to prevent Republicans from blocking and delaying President Obama's nominations. Continued Democratic control of the Senate will allow the Senate to confirm President Obama's cabinet secretaries, judges, commissioners, and other officials. These nominees are essential for protecting woman's rights, protecting gay rights, and protecting the environment.
By contrast, under a Republican-controlled Senate, the gatekeeper for nominations would be new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has been a tireless enemy of everything we, as progressives, stand for. NO nominee will get either a hearing or a vote without his approval. And most likely, Senator McConnnell, with his history of scorched-earth tactics, will block all nominees until a Republican is elected to the White House.
But let me tell you what we can do about this right now. The election will turn on the voters making up their mind in the next few weeks. Every election , a small number of voters, who are too busy or simply disinterested in politics, wait until the last minute to decide how to vote. These late deciders usually make up around 2% of the electorate. This year, the 2% of late deciders will be decisive.
Any money we spend on reaching voters right now will be decisive. Any money spent right now can be the difference between Democratic and Republican control of the Senate. Please send a donation right now, to keep Mitch McConnell from crippling President Obama's last 2 years in the White House. The future of our country will be determined by what happens in the next few week.
Thank you for your continued support.
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.
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