We need to stop Republican gerrymandering and start focusing on downballot races.

Aside from the White House, Republicans have been winning pretty much everything. Republicans have a majority in the United States Senate. Republicans have a majority in the United States House of Representatives. Republicans have a majority among state governors. Republicans have a majority among state legislatures. Altogether, Republicans have total control (governor and legislature) of almost half of state governments, while Democrats only control seven states.

And the state government is often far more consequential to our daily lives. Education, transportation, and land use are all primarily determined by state governments. Not to mention, control of state government has allowed Republicans to gerrymander their way into a perpetual majority in the US House of Representatives, and permanent majorities in many state legislatures.

But all is not lost. Measuring by presidential election years, when Democratic voters actually turn out, most states are Democratic. We need to turn these voters out for every election, every year.

DAPAC is on the case. We are the only organization seriously dedicated to electing progressive Democrats – pro-choice, pro-environmental, pro-LGBT, pro-worker Democrats – to every office at every level of government. We are working every day to fight voter apathy, and win every office we can, from US Senator to dogcatcher.

You can find our latest newsletter here, with updates on our progress, and articles on electoral prospects and a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

 

We need your help to continue. If you can donate online of whatever you can afford, we will be one step closer to turning out every Democrat in every election. One step closer to progressive victory. Please send your donation today. Thank you.

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.

 

In Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district, incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick is retiring. This is a competitive district in suburban Philadelphia where President Obama lost by just under 2 points. In the last election, we endorsed businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton for this seat, but she narrowly lost in the primary – by only 818 votes. She has just announced that she is running again, and we are wholeheartedly supporting her.

 

Also in Pennsylvania, former Representative Joe Sestak formally announced his campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Pat Toomey. He made his announcement in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was agreed to in Philadelphia. In 2010, he lost against Toomey by a mere 2 points. With greater Democratic turnout in a presidential year, most experts consider this rematch to be one of the top Senate races of 2016. He has embarked on a walk across the state of Pennsylvania – over 800 miles – to emphasize his call for accountable leadership.

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.

 

 

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