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MARIA'S LIST 2016 CHAMPIONS

Lisa Blunt Rochester (Washington)
Kate Brown (Oregon)
Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada)
Val Demings (Florida)
Kamala Harris (California)
Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire)

Pramila Jayapal (Washington)

Patty Murray (Washington)

Carol Shea Porter (New Hampshire)

Louise Slaughter (New York)

Bonnie Watson Coleman (New Jersey)

 


website: Lisa Blunt Rochester

 

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Lisa Blunt Rochester
Washington

 

Lisa Blunt Rochester has the experience and understanding to change the political dialogue in Washington. She won the primary on September 13th and won again in November with 56% of the vote.

 

Lisa has worked in two different state administrations, serving as Secretary of Labor and State Personnel Director. In her role as Personnel Director she commissioned a study that reviewed racial and sexual discrimination within the Delaware State Police. As Secretary of Labor she made certain that citizens on welfare and those leaving Delaware prisons were provided significant support as they looked for employment opportunities.

 

Blunt-Rochester is willing to take on the gun lobby and is unafraid of drawing the parallels between the lack of economic opportunity in a town like Wilmington to the crime and gun violence that ultimately makes for problematic community development.

 

The former CEO of Washington Urban League has what it takes to lead. Lisa Blunt Rochester is a visionary and advocate for citizens that need a voice.

 

website: Kate Brown for Oregon

 

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Governor Kate Brown
Oregon

 

Kate Brown has had a whirlwind cycle. The former Governor was forced to resign soon after his re-election amid ethical challenges and Secretary of State Kate Brown took the helm while also preparing for what would be her own successful re-election effort in 2016 with 51% of the vote.

 

Thrust into the media spotlight Kate has succeeded resoundingly in making state government work. In tandem with Speaker Tina Kotek, and Senate President Peter Courtney, the trio has made substantial investments in education a centerpiece of their leadership.

 

They've pushed to add even more investment resulting in a 9% increase in funding to decrease class sizes, and aid graduation rates. Governor Brown also signed legislation to provide free community college tuition to many students. She was chosen for the National Governors Association's Education Committee.

 

Her commitment to democracy as Secretary of State includes; enforcing the constitutional ban on paying per signature for ballot initiatives, implementing online voter registration, and using tablet technology to increase accessibility for active-duty service members and voters with disabilities.

 

Kate Brown has the distinction of serving as the first openly bisexual Governor in the country. She was instrumental in prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation and recognizing same-sex relationships as domestic partners.

 

She put Oregon on the map as the first state to require insurance companies to cover annual breast exams for women.

 

Her collaborative efforts are winning over her critics too but she cannot take anything for granted. In 2016 she was re-elected to serve out the remainder of the current term, and then in 2018 another election looms for a full four-year term.

website: Catherine Cortez Masto

 

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Catherine Cortez Masto
Nevada

 

Catherine Cortez Masto won the seat left open by the retirement of Senator Harry Reid. She was victorious with 48% of the vote and now heads to Washington. Maria's List was an early backer of the Senator-Elect for her compelling case.

 

Catherine Cortez Masto recently served as the Nevada Attorney General from 2007 through 2015. She gained national accolades for her effective negotiations during the National Mortgage Settlement.

 

She secured an estimated $1.9 billion from big banks for Nevada homeowners, a significant sum considering the entire 2012 settlement reached $26 billion in totality. Also praiseworthy is her tenacity in support of women and children. Her leadership led to further assistance for victims, and training of judges, particularly regarding sex crimes. Prosecutors now have more tools to protect people.

 

In the Senate Catherine will be another strong voice for equal pay. She has made strengthening the middle class the theme of her campaign and she will be the first Latina senator ever elected in the US. The Republican machine made this race difficult but progressives came through.

website: Val Demings

 

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Val Demings
Florida

 

Maria's List endorsed Val Demings when she ran for Congress for the first time in 2012. In 2016 she completed her mission and won 66% of the vote.

 

Val is a former Orlando Police Chief now running for Congress in Florida's 10th District. Orlando violent crime dropped nearly 40% while under her steady leadership.

 

The solutions she created to help deter crime included innovation mentoring programs and job skills trainings.

 

Chief Demings is not afraid of outlining her support for initiatives such as the Affordable Health Care Act, expanded background checks for guns, and historic investments in education. She also maintains a unique perspective from her time in law enforcement and has proven to the citizens of Orlando that she can bridge the growing divided between police and the communities they protect and serve.

website: Kamala Harris

 

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Attorney General Kamala Harris
California

 

Kamala Harris has been a fighter for the people of San Francisco and California. After winning her Senate race she is bringing the fight to Washington.

 

She is consistently advocating for consumers. She took on the big banks during the settlement negotiations and now she took on for-profit colleges that have preyed on unsuspecting students.

 

A Homeowners Bill of Rights that she proposed in the state legislature further protected consumers. As San Francisco Attorney General she convened colleagues from across the country to find solutions to hate crimes and problems associated with prosecuting these cases. She has made transparency an important issue and will be a progressive fighter and leader.

 

In 2010 she ran a spirited campaign for Attorney General and won a very tight race against strong Republican opposition. In 2014 Californians expressed their appreciation for her efforts and re-elected her by a margin of 15%. California is solid blue territory and Kamala has seized the opportunity and has built a formidable coalition.

website: Maggie Hassan

 

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Governor Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire

 

Maggie Hassan has an impressive record as Governor, in 2014 we endorsed her re-election bid. In 2016, she took on Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte and defeated her to win with a razor thin margin.

 

Maggie performed well despite difficult fundamentals. Maggie expanded Medicaid and legalized medical marijuana. The worker protections she has fought for at the state senate were a stabilizing force for the New Hampshire economy and state budget.

 

And after a long stand-off with Republicans, Governor Hassan negotiated a budget compromise in 2015 which ensured New Hampshire services are effectively funded before large scale tax cuts take place.

 

Though moderate when compared to some of the far-right Republicans, incumbent Senator Ayotte is out of step with New Hampshire values and was held accountable for obstructing the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice. Ayotte was fundraising for five years in preparation for this moment, Maggie had mere months but found a way.

website: Pramila for Congress

 

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Pramila Jayapal
Washington

 

Pramila Jayapal is a fighter for progressives and the people she represents. This Washington state Senator was resoundingly elected to Congress with a strong 15% margin of victory against a fellow Democrat. Her leadership is well regarded and the diversity she brings will only enhance her strong progressive value. Read more about why we thought Pramila was such a fine candidate.

 

Like so many, her call to service came on September 11th, 2001 and the unjust response she saw coming from intolerant segments of our society. Responding to critiques Pramila created the Hate Free Zone which later evolved into One America, organizations that seek inclusion and acceptance for immigrant communities within our political structures.

 

She later served as co-director of We Belong Together - a campaign to empower women and keep immigrant families together.

 

She decided to further challenge the status quo and won a seat in the Washington state Senate in 2014. Then when her Congressional seat opened she naturally answered the call again and threw her hat in the ring, attempting to become the first Indian American woman elected to Congress. Supported by liberal leaders like Bernie Sanders, Pramila had a chance to make Congress a hospitable place for progressives. She succeeded. Her top priorities are income equality, climate change, social security and college affordability.

 

In November she faced another Democrat but having come in with over 40% of the vote in a three-way primary race, Pramila was in decent position to win.

website: Patty Murray

 

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Senator Patty Murray
Washington

 

Senator Patty Murray is heading back to the Senate as incumbent. She won with 60% of the vote.

 

While Democrats will not control the Senate, Murray will have a consequential voice.

 

Once described by a state legislator as "just a mom in tennis shoes", this mother of two has embraced her role as the most powerful woman in the Senate.

 

After first being elected to the Senate in 1992, Senator Murray has amassed an impressive record of accomplishment, and sometimes compromise - which could hurt her with some but from this perspective shows much needed common sense.

 

In 2002, Murray was one of only 21 Democrats in the Senate to vote against the invasion of Iraq. She was also front and center during negotiations with Representative Paul Ryan to end the government shutdown and pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Though not a perfect solution, the 2013 legislation increased caps on sequestered budgets. Most recently she supported (fast track) Trade Promotion Authority.

 

As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee since 1997, Murray ascended to the role of Ranking Member with the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin. During her tenure on the Committee charged with crafting education policy, Murray was instrumental in increasing the size of the Pell Grant program for low-income students, and reauthorizing Head Start programs. Murray also has been working to fundamentally fix some of the flaws created from No Child Left Behind. She was there during attempts in 2011 to make improvements and once again this past July, when she worked with a bipartisan group to find common ground on improved legislation that would not provide a perfect compromise, but is certainly much more palatable for progressives than the House version of the bill.

 

This cycle Murray has drew a challenge from the deeply connected former head of the Washington Republican Party. The political environment in Washington is never completely predictable but she found a way to put this race out of reach by mid-summer.

website: Carol Shea Porter

 

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Carol Shea Porter
New Hampshire

 

Carol Shea Porter has the determination of a champion. She has the distinction of running every term, winning every other time, and being the only candidate to appear on every cycle's Maria's List!

 

She wasn't afraid to take on defense contractors who pollute, Afghani bureaucrats who levy taxes on the US military and special interest groups opposed to revising the US constitution so big money has limits. She even cosponsored public financing of elections, disclosure rules for c4 political money, and giving states the power to regulate money in federal elections.

 

Scandal plagued Congressman Frank Guinta is steadfastly ignoring bipartisan calls for his resignation. Carol challenged him and voters made their decision.

 

In the past we gave a fair assessment of her work in Congress. We highlighted her interest in reforming the NSA but also her support for gun control legislation that was detrimental to her election. However her interest in net neutrality, maintaining social security, and of course education tip the scales. Let's support this leader to make a difference and finally pass the student debt refinancing as she has championed.

website: Vote Louise - Taking on the Fight No One Else Will

 

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Louise Slaughter
New York

 

Louise Slaughter's inclusion on Maria's List may have surprised some but her slim win in 2014 of 869 votes provided progressives with motivation that propelled Slaughter to an 11% point victory, if only that motivation was felt in other areas we would all be in a different space.

 

Slaughter is a veteran lawmaker that has been a progressive champion since first being elected to Congress in 1986.

 

Congresswoman Slaughter's credentials are as impressive as they come. She was out front on breast cancer research, securing some of the first resources for NIH studies back in 1993. In 1994 she co-authored the Violence Against Women Act. As the powerful Chair of the Rules Committee.

 

Slaughter was the architect behind the passage of critical progressive legislation during Obama's first term. Obama Care became law thanks to her underreported stewardship. The American Clean Energy and Security Act was also passed by the House under her guidance, of course the Senate could not muster the votes to send it to the President's desk. Given her long and storied career Louise Slaughter has developed an exceptional resume. She is a true progressive public servant that has likely focused too much on governing and not enough on fundraising.

 

Congresswoman Slaughter's incumbency and reputation has led many Democrats to take her re-election for granted. In 2014, with New York sporting the 49th best voter turnout percentage, Slaughter's election was razor thin — 869 votes thin. Though retirement will soon be inevitable, that day is not today.

website: Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress

 

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Bonnie Watson Coleman
New Jersey

 

Bonnie Watson Coleman turned conventional wisdom on it's head when her 2014 campaign for Congress in New Jersey 12th proved successful. In 2016 she faced token opposition and won with 62% of the vote.

 

The former New Jersey General Assembly Majority Leader has a record of accomplishment that highlights how impactful state legislatures can be. She has been an outspoken leader on ending the schools to prison pipelines. Prisoner re-entry programs were a critical focus of her leadership and she convened thoughtful conversations with key stakeholders to help develop what could be a much-needed blueprint.

 

The NJ STARS program, a higher education tuition assistance program is one of her most profound achievements, because of her forward thinking college tuition at New Jersey Community Colleges can be free for qualifying residents. It should also be noted that she is the first African American woman to represent New Jersey in Congress.

 

New Jersey's 12th Congressional District was long considered relatively safe terrain for Democrats but Bonnie pushed the limits and is leading even further to the left. The first-term Congresswoman made a name for herself in Congress, through her membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the 2014 class of new Representatives.

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2016 EXCEPTIONAL EFFORT

 


Emily Cain (Maine)
Morgan Carroll (Nevada)
Linda Coleman (North Carolina)
Colleen Deacon (New York)

Donna Edwards (Maryland)
Lucy Flores (Nevada)

Denise Juneau (Montana)

Sue Minter (Vermont)

Deborah Ross (North Carolina)

Victoria Steele (Arizona)

Zephyr Teachout (New York)



website: Emily Cain

 

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Emily Cain
Maine

 

Emily ran for Congress in Maine's 2nd Congressional District for the second time and once again the national environment proved too burdensome. Much like 2014, she came up short with only 45% of the vote.

 

Emily Cain ran a campaign that elevated issues like education, health care and more robust employment opportunities.

 

In 2012, then Minority Leader Cain, helped to lead House Democrats to the Majority and in the process held the line on many radical proposals from right-wing Governor Paul LePage.

 

She fought to maintain Pine Tree development zones which help to spur small businesses in areas most in need and maintain investments in progressive projects like the Mars Hill Wind Farm.

 

Emily's youth and energy will be a breath of fresh air as her election could have yielded a second state, following New Hampshire, with majority female congressional delegations. Cain's first-hand experience with higher education affordability and accessibility will liven the Democratic caucus in Washington. A push from Joe Baldacci, who ended his campaign early, encouraged Emily to embrace more progressive values.

 

Poliquin is out of step with Maine values. He is the only member of the congressional delegation to oppose a woman's right to choose. He is leading the roll back of Wall Street restrictions from his seat on the Financial Services Committee and is a reliable vote for right-wing legislation aimed at gutting social services and lowering taxes for the wealthy.

website: Carroll for Colorado

 

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Morgan Carroll
Colorado

 

Morgan Carroll ran about as good of a campaign as you can but still came up short in her bid to win Colorado's 6th Congressional District. She won 43% of the vote but is young and ambitious enough to make another bid in the future.

 

Morgan Carroll, the Democratic Leader in the Colorado Senate, has had enough with Mike Coffman and the do nothing congressional leadership he supports. During her time in the state legislature she pushed for, and eventually passed yearly funding increases for K-12 education, passed civil unions and domestic partnership laws, and increased ballot access.

 

She also has the presence and humility to evolve on controversial issues, like she did on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants when she supported the measure after initially voting against it.

 

Colorado's 6th Congressional District is a place where Democrats seemingly always have an appealing opportunity to oust a proud Tea Party Caucus member occupying a district that should be competitive every cycle. Congressman Mike Coffman has attempted to redefine rape, opposed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and has tried to control women's reproductive rights throughout his career.

website: Linda Coleman

 

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Linda Coleman
North Carolina

 

Linda Coleman was progressive before it was fashionable. She has been ahead of the curve on nearly every important issue except for the vote tally. Her 6% point defeat is tough to fathom given the closeness of the race four years ago but ticket-splitting and unusual vote patterns were clearly evident in North Carolina.

 

Republican control in North Carolina has decimated education and exacerbated problems that didn't even exist.

 

The bathroom bill is causing quite the stir and forcing businesses to rethink trade in North Carolina. Meanwhile, Linda Coleman was the first statewide candidate to announce her support for civil unions. Another area where Linda was ahead of the curve is with justice reform.

 

Reforming programs that help non-violent offenders re-enter society as productive and capable citizens has long been one of her leading priorities.

 

Linda is a strong woman of color that will help to heal racial divisions in whatever capacity she sees fit. A former County Commissioner and state legislator she has earned distinction within the education and environmental communities.

 

Linda had a rematch with her 2012 opponent with strong momentum at the top of the ticket never materialized. Republicans overreached and voters were thought to be ready to hold them accountable. Between school funding cuts and national embarrassment, Republicans were on their heels but still held on to quite a few offices across the state.

website: Colleen Deacon

 

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Colleen Deacon
New York

 

Colleen Deacon ran in a competitive House District not unlike the rust belt areas that trended against Democrats this cycle. Like other Democrats in those areas she was defeated.

 

Colleen was a strong candidate that was unable to fully connect with voters but we know her life in public service is not over.

 

Colleen Deacon has made the most of every opportunity she has earned. Forced to raise her son as a single parent working as a waitress, she understands the value of vibrant government services. Medicaid, food stamps and the WIC program were fundamental to the welfare of her child.

 

Colleen utilized student loans to help pay her way through Syracuse University before ultimately working for the Mayor of Syracuse as Press Secretary and eventually Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as District Director. Between her personal experiences and those of the constituents she serves on a daily basis, Colleen gets it.

 

The incumbent in New York's 24th Congressional District is out of step with his constituents. John Katko voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and has supported quite a few restrictions on women's health, including denying women coverage for certain forms of birth control.

website: Donna Edwards for Senate

 

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Donna Edwards
Maryland

 

Despite a severe cash on hand disadvantage Donna made a valiant effort in the open Maryland Senate race but came up short in the Democratic primary back in September.

 

Donna is a progressive leader that utilized a diverse set of levers to advance causes such as the Violence Against Women Act and most recently equal pay. She was the catalyst behind the recent campaign of women in the House to promote the idea that when "women succeed, America succeeds". Her ratings from progressive interest groups set the standard. The Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, AFT, and NEA all gave her 100% on their recent scorecards.

 

The League of Conservation Voters has given Donna a 97% lifetime score.

 

First elected to Congress in 2008, many dismissed Donna's chances against a well-funded, entrenched incumbent. She ousted him, but only after her second try. The dynamics of this Senate race had her running against Chris Van Hollen with many decrying her push, he was favored by "Leadership". She's started out strong, and was initially propelled by 6,000 supporters and volunteers committed to the effort, however the haul wasn't big enough to compete with the white guys on their turf.

website: Lucy Flores for Congress

 

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Lucy Flores
Nevada

 

This cycle Lucy Flores ran in Nevada's 4th Congressional District. She lost a competitive primary that featured multiple candidates.

 

Lucy Flores is a former Nevada Assemblywoman whose personal experience and political views have prompted others to take notice. She credits her education and specifically Community College, as her pathway out of her challenging upbringing. A former gang member, she has brought an edge to politics in Nevada. During her tenure in the state legislature minimum wage was increased to $10-$15/hour and Medicaid was expanded. Education being a top priority, she was the voice of reason when conservatives attempted to divert more funds from traditional public schools to charter schools.

website: Denise Juneau

 

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Denise Juneau
Montana

 

Denise Juneau had an uphill climb in her effort to represent Montana in Congress which proved to be too much. Her spirited effort yielded nearly 40% of the vote in a state that supported the Republican at the Presidential level but re-elected a Democrat Governor.

 

Juneau currently serves Montana as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her election to this post represented another step for American Indian women, as she became the first to be elected to statewide executive office in the entire United States.

 

Under her leadership, graduation rates have steadily improved to 86% in 2015, equaling the highest rate ever recorded in the state. Juneau has also made historic investments in reservation schools with programs such as Schools of Promise that provide comprehensive services and improved education opportunities. Juneau will be a champion for education, the native people, veterans and conservation of land in whatever office she holds. Having first-hand knowledge of the Native American's assets and challenges, she understands the issues, like health care where the average US per capita spending for patient health is $8,000 while Indian Health Service spending hovers around $3,100.

 

Her endorsements reflect the type of leadership Denise would have shown in Congress. Education and teacher's unions, environmental groups, labor, and the National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. Denise was attempting to become the first American Indian woman, and first lesbian woman of color elected to Congress.

website: Sue Minter

 

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Sue Minter
Vermont

 

Sue Minter was running to be the next Governor of Vermont. After outpacing two well-known competitors in the Democratic Primary to replace outgoing Governor Pete Shumlin, she could not overcome the anti-incumbent headwinds that well-financed current Republican Lt. Governor Phil Scott presented and she was defeated by 10 % points.

 

Sue's priorities as Governor included higher education support with a goal of ensuring at least 75% of students are enrolling in post-secondary education. She has proposed tuition-free community and technical college and further invest in logistical support mechanisms like health care, expanded early childhood education and child care at community colleges. She has well thought out ideas about gun safety measures that provide common sense regulations in a state where gun ownership is common. Sue would also like to raise the minimum wage to help foster growth and make certain that all working families are earning a living wage.

 

Sue proved an effective executive during the response to Hurricane Irene; her leadership won praise among colleagues and ultimately led to her traveling the country to help other states in their preparations for similar events. She served as the Secretary of Transportation after a six-year run in the state legislature.

 

Sue Minter was prepared for Governor like no other candidate. Her well thought out ideas and working relationships that prove she can accomplish what most think impossible. It just may have to wait a few years.

website: Deborah Ross

 

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Deborah Ross
North Carolina

 

Deborah Ross ran a surprisingly hard campaign in North Carolina, losing by 5% points, mirroring the result at the Presidential level. Ross was the unlikely candidate from the start but made a name for herself within state and national political circles with the campaign she developed.

 

Deborah Ross is a former state legislator who previously served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina ACLU. She also oversaw the regional transportation commission in the research triangle. She has made raising the minimum wage and same day voter registration the platform of her candidacy. Having already spearheaded much needed ethics reform during her tenure in the legislature, you know she was fighting for campaign refinance reform in Washington. Equal pay for women also served as a strong message during her campaign.

 

Many have long thought that Democrats had little to no chance at winning the North Carolina Senate seat when Kay Hagan lost in 2014. But conventional wisdom changed thanks to both a Republican over-reach and the exceptional candidacy of Deborah Ross. Republicans have made a national argument against treating gays, lesbians and transgendered people fairly. They've slashed education funding and lost enough business that Republicans suddenly find themselves in a very defensive posture. Additionally, the electorate is diversifying.

website: Victoria Steele for Congress

 

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Victoria Steele
Arizona

 

Victoria lost a tight primary though given her commitment to service I am sure she will find other ways to lead.

 

Victoria Steele comes from humble roots, the daughter of a coal miner; she has dedicated her life to improving the welfare of her fellow Arizonians. She ran to win back the seat previously held by Gabbie Giffords.

 

Martha McSally captured Arizona's 2nd Congressional seat by a mere handful of votes in 2014. Despite the slim margin, McSally has decided to align herself with hard-right Republicans, degrading the "war on women" by comparing advances made in the United States to those in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

website: Zephyr Teachout for Congress

 

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Zephyr Teachout
New York

 

Zephyr Teachout, came up just short in her Congressional bid, losing by 5% points. Zephyr ran a smart strategic campaign but just could not overcome some of the larger narratives of the cycle.

 

Law professor Zephyr Teachout's past includes stints with Howard Dean's highly innovative 2004 Presidential campaign as the Director of Internet Organizing and the Occupy Wall Street movement. She was the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation, an organization committed to transparency in democracy. She also co-founded an organization deliberately established to counter the power of big banks, A New Way Forward, since re-branded as the Antitrust League. Another organization she co-founded was the Fair Trial Initiative which helps to provide competent legal representation in critical legal cases.

 

In 2014 Zephyr challenged the NY Governor and while lacking the resources and institutional machine of the Governor Cuomo, she earned 34% at the polls, in the primary. In 2014 had the liberal New York establishment taken her candidacy more seriously she would have been governor. Despite these 2 setbacks, her future remains bright.

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2014 RESULTS SUMMARY

It wasn't that the Republican candidates were great, it was that Democratic candidates were weak and we can fix that.

 

The 2014 elections are in the books and while Democratic losses reached historic levels there were some lessons to be learned and bright spots for progressives to celebrate. It was not that Republican candidates were great, it was that Democratic candidates were weak and we can fix that. Losses in states like Iowa, Nevada, and Ohio mounted due to uninspiring Democrats at the top of the ballot. Alma Adams did in fact become the 100th woman to serve in the 113th Congress and the 114th Congress will add at least three more to that tally. Women of color will enjoy better representation with 32 House Members slated to be seated in January.

 

In the Senate Democrats lost control of the chamber but gained in stature with the elevation of superstar Senator Elizabeth Warren to a leadership position. The new Senate will be led by Republican obstructionists that will have to appease at least five Democrats to move legislation — a task that became significantly more difficult given the smaller and more progressive composition of the Democratic caucus.

 

The House saw Republicans pad their majority with the many moderate Republicans winning close races. This will impact how Speaker Boehner may legislate and could further ostracize the far-right tea partiers.

 

At the state level Democrats lost four critical governorships in Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois and Arkansas, but won in Pennsylvania. Nationwide Democrats also lost eleven legislative chambers.

 

So what happened? Big money certainly disguised voter’s economic self-interest, so those who voted to increase the minimum wage also voted for anti-union Gubernatorial candidates, for instance. Democrat Candidates who criticized Obama’s mistakes couldn’t offer compelling alternatives and appeared to pander to polls of likely voters. Candidates and media missed the opportunity to claim the big picture, the moral world view of good government as a system we build on, not starve which produced an inchoate mass of individuals who cannot effectively wield systemic power. Am I annoyed or what? Republican habits of recruiting women and people of color went unmatched by Dems, discouraging the rising American electorate.

 

Nationally Democrats were plagued by candidates that lacked the fire-in–the–belly will that progressive champions like Elizabeth Warren have made central to their platform. When these centrists ran at the top of the state ticket, they proved too immobile for the down ticket candidates to overcome. In Ohio Nina Turner shared the ballot with an ethically challenged Democrat running for Governor. The headwinds proved too much. Democrats also suffered monumental losses in Iowa (3 House Seats & 1 Senate Seat) and Nevada (1 House District & both Legislative Chambers), each dominated by uncompetitive Gubernatorial races. Meanwhile Oregon Democrats made gains at the state legislative level thanks to strong Gubernatorial and Senate candidates leading the ballot.

 

In Texas Wendy Davis gave it everything she had. We still believe that Wendy has plenty to offer but missteps throughout her campaign and a reliance on aggressive voter turnout proved too hard. In the end her nuanced message just did not connect with voters and she earned just 39% of the vote, losing by a similar margin as her running mate Letica Van de Putte. Neither candidate was able to mobilize the Latino vote effectively, less than six in ten Latino voters supported the Democrats.

 

In nearby New Hampshire mixed results led to the reelection of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Rep Annie Kuster and Gov Maggie Hassan while Rep Carol Shea Porter lost her bid to return to Congress in a decades long battle with Frank Guinta. Hassan ran a strong campaign and identified with voters. Shaheen survived Scott Brown. Hassan’s success and her pragmatic approach have led her name to be mentioned as a possible Senatorial candidate in 2016. Whether running for Governor or Senate — we need Maggie Hassan on the ballot in 2016.

 

In California Rep Barbara Lee and AG Kamala Harris provide the best example of what strong progressive leadership can yield. Running with popular Governor Jerry Brown at the top of the ticket, Barbara Lee won 88% of the vote and Kamala Harris earned 58% of the vote. Lee will continue to push for progressive priorities in Congress while Harris could be representing California in the Senate soon.

 

Shenna Bellows and Heather Mizeur lost their campaigns this year but each can build from their strong efforts. Both have bright futures. Bellows would have been more competitive in any other cycle and even with the high turnout, the attention on the Maine Gubernatorial race she and other progressives in Maine found it difficult to break into the political conversation. Mizeur ran a strong effort in the Maryland Gubernatorial Primary and finished the cycle as the big winner among the three Democratic candidates, who ultimately lost the contest. We’ll keep you posted on her next move.

 

Massachusetts has more potential energy than kinetic. Our candidate development process has short term pragmatism (whoever has current name recognition is dubbed the front runner for the Dems) and needs a concerted effort by political forces of party, labor, civic organizations and donors to nominate and run effective candidates more oriented to the 99%. While she has proven to be an amazing and effective Attorney General, Martha Coakley rose through the system which rewards solid, tenacious, hard work and good ideas, but doesn’t promote connection to the Rising American Electorate. She is the third solid statewide office holder to lose the electorate.

 

Meanwhile openly gay, big bank curbing Maura Healy will be Attorney General. Rep Seth Moulton, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran will also bring a fresh perspective as he replaces ethically damaged John Tierney, clearly even the frequent voters who turned out respond to morals more than competence.

 

True, our listed candidates on Maria’s List lost more than won but we proudly drove the political discourse towards bread and butter issues like jobs, schools and social safety net. Our opportunity today is insisting on policies that create wealth in low income and female households, on using excellent public education as the opportunity to become a contributing member of society, and reshaping the system for choosing and keeping public leaders.

Elected Champions

 

Kamala Harris (California Attorney General)
Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire Governor)
Barbara Lee (California 13th)
Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire Senate)
Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts Senate - Elected Leadership

 

 

Inspired Efforts

 

Shenna Bellows (Maine Senate)
Martha Coakley (Massachusetts Governor)
Wendy Davis (Texas Governor)
Heather Mizeur (Maryland Governor)
Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire 1st)
Nina Turner (Ohio SOS)
Letica Van de Putte (Texas Lt. Governor)

 

Attorney General Kamala Harris

 

 

 

 

 

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

 

Attorney General Kamala Harris is an aggressive progressive, and her record proves it. She was re-elected in November earning 58% of the vote. Her future is bright as she begins her Senate campaign.

 

 

Maggie Hassan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov. Maggie Hassan

Gov. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire

 

Governor Maggie Hassan was the only female Democratic Governor in the nation. While she now shares that distinction with Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island her standing with the people of New Hampshire has not wavered. She won 53% of the vote in a state that saw competitive races throughout the ballot.

 

 

 

Barbara Lee for Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9)

US Rep. Barbara Lee

 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a true champion of global peace and equality and her constituents rewarded her with 88% of the vote in November.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Shaheen for Senate

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen

 

Senator Shaheen finally dispatched Scott Brown once and hopefully for all. She won with 52% of the vote, maintaining female majority in the New Hampshire Congressional delegation.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

US Senator ELizabeth Warren

US Senator Elizabeth Warren

 

Senator Warren was not on the ballot but her expedient ascension to leadership in the Senate ranks as a huge win for progressives.

 

 

 

 

Shenna Bellows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shenna Bellows

Shenna Bellows

 

Shenna Bellows is earning recognition in national political circles. The upstart former Executive Director of Maine's ACLU chapter is a first-time political candidate who faced tremendous headwinds on her way to securing 32% of the vote. You have not heard the last of Ms. Bellows.

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Coakley
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Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley: Massachusetts Attorney General and Candidate for Governor.

 

Martha Coakley gave Charlie Baker everything she had but ultimately lost by 1%. A tough primary campaign cost this much-improved campaigner dearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Leticia Van de Putte

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Davis & Letica Van de Putte

Wendy Davis & Leticia Van de Putte: Candidates for Governor & Lt. Governor of Texas

 

Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte were the best chance for Democrats in Texas since Anne Richards. Unfortunately, Texas is not trending blue as quickly as some had hoped and each lost with approximately 39% of the vote.

 

Davis will look to rebound and no doubt continue the good progressive fight, while Van de Putte has already announced her intention to run for Mayor of San Antonio.

 

 

Heather Mizeur for Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Mizeur

Heather Mizeur

 

Heather Mizeur ran a spirited campaign for Governor of Maryland. While she lost in the three-way primary with 22% of the vote, she notably had to quell write-in movements just weeks before Election Day. We are keeping our eyes on her.

 

 

 

Carol Shea-Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Shea-Porter

Representative Carol Shea-Porter

 

Representative Carol Shea-Porter has seen her political fortunes rise and fall seemingly every other cycle. She kept the streak alive losing a tough campaign to perennial nemesis Frank Guinta 52% - 48%.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nina Turner

State Senator Nina Turner

 

Nina Turner is an Ohio State Senator that lost her bid for Secretary of State. She is young and charismatic with plenty of opportunities in her future. She will not be deterred by her 35% vote share in 2014.

 

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES AND PROGRESSIVE LEADERS
November 6, 2012 Election Results

 

US HOUSE

 

Open Seats & Challengers

Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1)  Elected!
Val Demings (FL-8)  Defeated
Pete Gallego (TX-23)  Elected!
Steve Horsford (NV-4)  Elected!

Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)  Elected!
Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)   Elected!
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)   Elected!
Mark Takano (CA-41)    Elected!

 

First-term Contested & Re-elections

Karen Bass (CA-33)  Elected!
Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1)  Elected!

Terri Sewell (AL-7)  Elected!

 

 

Progressive Incumbents

Andre Carson (IN-07)  Elected!
Keith Ellison (MN-5) — Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus  Elected!
Donna Edwards (MD-04)  Elected!
Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7) — Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus  Elected!
Michael Honda (CA-15) — Chair, Asian Pacific Caucus  Elected!

Barbara Lee (CA-9)  Elected!
John Lewis (GA-5)  Elected!
Ben Lujan (NM-3)  Elected!
Doris Matsui (CA-5)  Elected!
Gwen Moore (WI-4)  Elected!
Linda Sanchez (CA-47)  Elected!
Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) — Chair, Women’s Caucus  Elected!

 

 

US SENATE

 

Open Seats & Challengers

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)  Elected!

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)   Elected!
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)  Elected!

 

Progressive Incumbents

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  Elected!
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)  Elected!

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)  Elected!
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)  Elected!

 

GOVERNORS

New Hampshire

Maggie Hassan (D)  Elected!

STATEWIDE CANDIDATES 2012

Kathleen Kane (D) Attorney General of Pennsylvania  Elected!

Ellen Rosenblum (D) Attorney General of Oregon  Elected!


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Suzanne Bonamici Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) won re-election in the November 2012 General Election 59.6% v 33%, after winning a Special Election for Oregon's 1st District (OR-1) in January 2012. Since taking office, Bonamici has voted for debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards), to protect the middle class and economic opportunity (TheMiddleClass.org), to prevent the Pentagon from avoiding cuts required by the "sequester" (HR 933). She voted against the Back-to-Work-Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org), and voted with the Republican majority to eliminate federal standards to colleges and universities that receive federal funds (HR 2117). For her voting record in the House in 112th Congress, Bonamici received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-83%, The Human Rights Campaign - 100%, The Council for a Livable World-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-97%. She sits on the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, and Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and is a member of the Progressive Caucus. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 


 

 

 

 

Val DemingsVal Demings (FL-10) was defeated 48.3% v 51.7% by incumbent conservative Brian Webster (R). Demings is the former Police Chief of Orlando. She's a military and Coast Guard veteran, African American and is credited with a dramatic reduction in crime in Orlando. She ran on a progressive platform of investments in job creation, Wall Street reform, clean energy, and environmental protection. 2014?

 

 

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Pete GallegoPete Gallego defeated incumbent Tea Party Republican Francisco Canseco in November was elected 50.3% v 45.6% in the sprawling swing district in west Texas. Gallego previously served in the state legislature for 19 years, winning high praise from advocated in many areas. Gallego is expected to play a very important leadership role in immigration reform. He supports the Dream Act and is pro-choice. He opposed vouchers and understands that public education is critical to economic opportunity. In his first months in Congress, Gallego has cast votes to allow debate on measure in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). He voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org). Though Gallego has cast votes in Congress with progressives, he also with the Republican majority on a number of budget and defense related measures (Budget votes), against the Back-to-Work-Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). He also voted with a Republican majority to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273), and on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the sequester (HR 933). Gallego sits on the House Committee of Agriculture, and the Committee on Armed Services. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1) defeated Maria's List candidate Eric Griego in the Democratic primary, and was added to Maria's List for the 2012 November General Election. Lujan-Grisham defeated
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones 59.2% v 40.8%,for the seat vacated by Martin Heinrich (D) who ran and was elected to the US Senate. In the first three months of 2013, Lujan-Grisham has cast votes to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). She voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org). She voted against a Republican measure to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273). On the federal budget, Lujan-Grisham voted against the Back to Work Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). She also voted with the Republican majority on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the “sequester.” (HR 933). She was a Bernalillo County commissioner, and stepped down to run for NM-1, more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Steve HorsfordSteve Horsford (NV4) won election 50.1% v 42.1% in a competitive new district. Horsford cast votes to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). He voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org). He also voted against a Republican measure to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273). He won in a new district that leans Democratic, and has cast votes with progressives but also with the Republican majority on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the “sequester.” (HR 933). He is not a member of the Progressive Caucus and voted against the Back to Work Budget of the in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). Horsford was the first African American ever to be state Senate Majority Leader, the youngest, and the most progressive. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) defeated incumbent US Rep. Charlie Bass (R) 50.2% v 45.3%. She won in a district that leans Democratic and has cast votes in Congress with progressives, but also with the Republican majority on budget and defense related measures. Kuster cast votes to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). She voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org). Though Kuster is a member of the Progressive Caucus she voted against the Back to Work Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). She also voted with a Republican majority to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273), and on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the “sequester.” (HR 933). Kuster is a member of the Progressive Caucus, and sits on the House Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Small Business, and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

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Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) unseated incumbent Republican Frank Guinta, 49.8% v 46.0%. Guinta ousted Shea-Porter in the 2010 midterms. She represents a swing district, and has cast votes in Congress with progressives but also with the Republican majority on budget and Pentagon related measures. In the first months of 2013, Shea-Porter cast votes to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). She voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org), and voted against a Republican majority to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273). Shea-Porter voted against the Back to Work Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). She also voted with the Republican majority on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the “sequester.” (HR 933). For her voting record in the House in 109th and 110th Congress, Shea-Porter received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-NA, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-NA, and The League of Conservation Voters-95%. Shea-Porter is not a member of the Progressive Caucus, and she sits on the House Committees on Armed Services, and on Natural Resources. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Mark TakanoMark Takano (D) cruised through his primary in the new CA-41 and won the General 57.6% v 42.4%. Takano is a public school teacher and the very first openly gay person to represent California in the US Congress. Takano is a member of the Progressive Caucus and taken a leading role to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from any cuts, together with Alan Grayson (FL-9), Takano is circulating a letter to President Obama pledging to vote against any cuts to these programs, and the letter now has over 47 House members. Takano cast votes to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards). He voted to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and against Republican efforts to weaken federal welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org). Takano He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and voted in favor of the caucus’ Back to Work Budget (TheMiddleClass.org). He also voted against a Republican measure to freeze the pay of federal employees (HR 273), but voted with the Republican majority on a stop-gap budget measure that gives the Pentagon flexibility to avoid cuts required by the “sequester” (HR 933). He sits on the House Committees on Science, Space and Technology, and on Veterans’ Affairs. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Karen Bass (CA-33)Karen Bass (CA-37) won re-election 86.3% v 13.7%. First elected in 2010 election to replace retiring incumbent Diane Watson (D), Bass ran for re-election in the newly drawn CA-37, a solid Democratic district. She has voted consistently progressive since taking office in January 2011. Before election to Congress she was Speaker of the California Assembly. Bass is a member of the Progressive Caucus and voted in favor of the Back to Work Budget. Throughout her first term she voted to protect and expand the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org). She is a lead sponsor of HR 1330, a bill to provide “student loan forgiveness, caps on interest rates on Federal student loans, and refinancing opportunities for private borrowers, and for other purposes.” For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Bass received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-89%. She sits on the House Committees on Foreign Affairs, and on the Judiciary. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. André Carson (IN-7)Rep. André Carson (IN-7) was re-elected in 2012, 62.9% v 37.1%. First elected to Congress in 2006, he is the only person of color from Indiana in Congress. He represents a strong Democratic district. The second Muslim to be elected to Congress, Carson is a strong supporter of public education, and is pro-choice. Carson is a member of the Progressive Caucus and voted for the Back to Work Budget, to protect and expand the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org). For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Ellison received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-90%, The Human Rights Campaign-83%, The Council for a Livable World-83%, and The League of Conservation Voters-90%. He sits on the House Committees on Armed Services, and on Transportation and Infrastructure. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-4)Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-4) won election 77.2% v 20.7%. She was first elected to Congress in 2008 after defeating incumbent, fellow African American Democrat Al Wynn, in the primary. She is a member of the Progressive Caucus and is the lead sponsor of the bill, HJ Res 25, to regulate corporate spending on elections by amending the Constitution to overturn the Roberts Court ruling in Citizens United. Overall she has one of the best voting records in the top progressive tier. She has voted for measures to protect and support the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org) For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Edwards received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-97% For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5) is African American and the first Muslim elected to Congress. He represents a strong Democratic district faithfully and was re-elected in 2012 74.7% v 25.3%. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Congress and was a lead sponsor of the Back to Work Budget. He was a sponsor of HR 505 Balancing Act to repeal the Sequester, and is a co-sponsor of the HR 269, the Fair Elections Now Act, and H.R. 280: Same Day Registration Act of 2013. For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Ellison received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org 100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-94%. First elected in 2006, Ellison sits on the House Committee of Financial Services. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7)Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7) won re-election 58.4% v 37.19% and he represents a solidly Democratic district faithfully. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Congress and was a lead sponsor of the Back to Work Budget. He has one of the best voting records in the top progressive tier. For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Grijalva received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-96%. Grijalva sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and on Natural Resources. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1)Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1) was re-elected 54.6% v 45.4%. First elected to Congress in 2010. Hanabusa has voted with progressives in most areas since taking office in January 2011, but has made a number of votes opposing reductions in military spending and troop levels in Europe, against reducing US expenditures in Afghanistan and withdrawal by the end of 2011, and in favor of new missile systems and assault vehicles (ProgressivePunch.org). She supports women's rights and choice, greater federal support for public education, and higher taxes on upper incomes. For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Hanabusa received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-78%, The Human Rights Campaign-90%, The Council for a Livable World-75%, and The League of Conservation Voters-96%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Michael Honda (CA-15)Rep. Michael Honda (CA-17) was re-elected to his seventh term 73.3% v 26.7%. His is a strong progressive whose Congressional votes are in line with the solidly liberal Democratic district he represents. He voted for the Back to Work Budget in March 2013, and voted throughout 2012 to protect and support the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org). For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Honda received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-99%. Now in his seventh term, he the sits on the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9)Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) won re-election 86.6% v 13.4%. She was a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus and has been a leader of congressional efforts to end the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was the single vote to oppose authorization for the Bush Administration for military action in Afghanistan. Lee voted for the Back to Work Budget in March 2013, and voted throughout 2012 to protect and support the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org). For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Lee received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-96%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. John Lewis (GA-5)Rep. John Lewis (GA-5)won re-election 84.4% v 15.5%. He was first elected in 1986. He voted for the Back to Work Budget in March 2013, and voted throughout 2012 to protect and support the middle class (TheMiddleClass.org). For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Lewis received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-92%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

 

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Rep. Ben Lujan (NM-3)Rep. Ben Luján (NM-3) was re-elected 63.1% v 36.9%. He was first elected to Congress in 2010. Lujan is a member of the Progressive Caucus, but voted against the Back to Work Budget (TheMiddleClass.org). For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Lujan received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-90%, The Human Rights Campaign-90%, The Council for a Livable World-83%, and The League of Conservation Voters-97%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

 

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Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-5)Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-6) won election to her sixth term 74.6% v 25.4%. She is a leading progressive Asian American from a strong Democratic district who votes accordingly. Matsui is a member of the Progressive Caucus, but voted against the Back to Work Budget and for the South Korea Trade Agreement (TheMiddleClass.org). For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Matsui received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-80%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-96%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4) won election 74.6% v 25.4%. First elected to Congress in 2004, Moore is an emerging leader, seasoned and principled. She represents a strong liberal district in Milwaukee and votes accordingly. For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Sanchez received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-92%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

 

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Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-39)Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38) won election 86.3% v 13.7%. She was first elected to Congress in 2002, represents a strong Democratic district and votes accordingly. For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Sanchez received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-92%, and The League of Conservation Voters-89%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) is a leader on job creation, the budget, and deficit and put her own budge proposal together  after the President's Fiscal Commission could not reach agreement. She's a leader for fair taxes and higher rate for incomes 1 million and up and is lead sponsor of the Fair Taxation Act of 2011 and the Patriot Corporations of America Act of 2011. For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Schakowsky received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-97%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

 

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Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7)Terri Sewell (AL-7) won her re-election 75.9% v 24.1%. She was first elected to Congress in 2010. Sewell represents a strong Democratic district in the South, and while she has cast votes in Congress with progressives, she has sided with the Republican majority on a number of issues. In her first term, Sewell has voted in favor higher taxes on high incomes, and for social welfare programs. But has a very moderate even conservative record on national security in her first term voting for the Patriot Act, and in favor of military spending on big systems and hardware. In the first month of the new, 113th Congress, Sewell has cast votes with progressives to allow debate on measures in favor of nationwide early voting and more capacity at polling places (Election Standards), to renew the Violence Against Women Act, defend federal support for veterans and senior citizens, and oppose Republican efforts to weaken welfare further (ProgressivePunch.org), and opposed the pay-freeze for federal workers (ProgressivePunch.org). Sewell has also sided with the Republican majority on a number of issues: on a number of budget and defense related measures (Budget votes), and against the Back to Work Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in March 2013 (TheMiddleClass.org). She voted with the Republican majority and conservative Democrats against a withdrawal of federal funding for local police and sheriffs enforcement of federal immigration law (HR 2017). For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Sewell received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-70%, The Human Rights Campaign-75%, The Council for a Livable World-67%, and The League of Conservation Voters-80%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) won election 51.4% v 45.9% and is the first openly gay person elected to the US Senate. She was first elected to the US House in 1998, becoming the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in Congress. Baldwin has developed an impressive resume over the years and is considered one of the most progressive and outspoken Members of the House. For her voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Baldwin received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-89%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-97%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Mazie HironoRep. Mazie Hirono (HI-2) won election 62.6% v 37.4%, filling the seat of Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) who is retired. Hirono was first selected to the US House in 2006. She was represented a strong Democratic district and her votes in the House reflect her constituency. Hirono has consistently cast progressive votes and is pro-choice, supports federal funding for public education and opposes vouchers for private schools, voted against the Patriot Act and supports ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As US Rep. Hirono helped secure the right of self-governance for native Hawaiians. She has however recently cast votes opposing reductions in military spending and the number of troops in Europe, against reducing US expenditures in Afghanistan and withdrawal by the end of 2011, and voted in favor or new missile systems and assault vehicles. For her voting record in the House in 112th Congress, Hirono received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, The Council for a Livable World-50%, and The League of Conservation Voters-92%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

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Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) won the election 53.8% v 46.2%, unseating Republican Scott Brown, and put the Massachusetts' seat back in Democratic control. Her victory helped Democrats retain control of the US Senate. This is Warren's first elected office. She previously served President Obama and led creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the biggest achievements of the President's administration. Warren has added a strong liberal voice to the US Senate and brings a forceful voice to the efforts to regulate Wall Street and financial institutions generally. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has quickly become one of the strongest progressive leaders in the US Senate. He won re-election 50.7% v 44.7%. First elected in 2006, Brown won with 56%, ousting two-term Republican incumbent Mike DeWine. Brown was in the US House from 1993-2006 prior to becoming Senator. Brown has voted consistently for progressive policies. Sen. Brown has been a staunch opponent of the US war in Iraq and withdrawal from Afghanistan, a leader on health care reform and public investments in job creation, women's rights and choice, civil liberties, racial and marriage equality. For his voting record in 112th Congress, Brown received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-93%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) won election with 71.9% v 26.7%. First elected in November 2010, with 63%, she has generally voted with progressives since her initial appointment to replace Hilary Clinton. She ranks in the top tier of Senate progressives. She is pro-choice and has voted to expand health care, to expand the middle class and support opportunity for low and moderate income people. She supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act and an end to workplace raids. She voted to expand health care, supported union card-check, greater federal funding for public education and equal pay for women, and higher tax rates on upper incomes. For her voting record in 112th Congress, Gillibrand received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-92%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won election 71% v 24.9%. He is a leading progressive in the US Senate. His work for fair taxes, for health care reform, for changes in the filibuster and other issues puts him in the forefront of progressive politics. He is an independent member of the Senate, but participates in the Democratic caucus. Reliably outspoken, he led a standing filibuster in December of 2010, holding the Senate floor for 8 hours and 37 minutes advocating for higher taxes on upper incomes in opposition to the extension of the Bush tax cuts. For his voting record in 112th Congress, Sanders received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-100%, The Human Rights Campaign-100%, and The League of Conservation Voters-95%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) won election 58.8% v 38% to her third term. She was the first woman elected US Senator from Michigan, beating incumbent Spencer Abraham (R) by 1% in 2000. She has strong voting record supporting women's rights and choice, for fair trade policies that increase labor and environmental standards among trading partners and protect jobs in the US, for national health care reform and reforming the justice system. That said, she has also voted to prevent higher mpg standards for cars, voted in favor of harsher bankruptcy rules for individuals, to provide immunity for telecommunications companies that supplied information unlawfully for the Bush Administrations illegal wiretapping efforts, and opposed measures that would address global warming. For her voting record in 112th Congress, Stabenow received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-90%, The Human Rights Campaign-79%, and The League of Conservation Voters-85%. For more detailed information on votes and bill sponsorship, visit ProgressivePunch.org and GovTrack.us.

 

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Governor of New Hampshire - Maggie Hassan won election 54.6% v 42.5%. Hassan was Majority Leader in the NH Senate, and has a strong record of progressive accomplishments. She is a driving force behind passage of marriage equality, helped establish universal kindergarten for all children in 2008, and added the state to the regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases (RGGI).

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Kathleen Kane (D-AG) won election 56.1% v 41.6%. She is the first woman elected as AG, and the first Democrat, since the AG became an elected office in the early 1970's. She has led prosecutorial efforts going after child and sexual abuse, insurance fraud, elder abuse, and helped build out an innovative county legal program addressing mental health issues. Kane is socially liberal, but is on the record opposing the card-check option for forming unions. Pennsylvania has a death penalty in place and Kane has pursued the penalty in some instances.

 

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Maria's List 2012 Annual Report: A String of Wins for Maria's List in 2012

Candidates on Maria's List won the overwhelming majority of their races in the 2012 General Election November 6th. Out of 34 candidates on Maria's List, 33 were elected. Eight of our races were considered very tight and progressives came out on top in seven.


We helped to increase the number of women in the Congress by seven: four in the US House, and two in the Senate.

 

We helped to increase the number of people of color by three, all in the House.

 

And Maria's List helped to elect women Governor of New Hampshire, and Attorney General in Pennsylvania, and Oregon.

 

Maria's List

2012 General Election Results By the Numbers

Candidates Listed 34

Winners 33

Tight Races - 5

Winners 4

Women Added - 7

Senate 3   House 4

People of Color Added - 3

House 3

Gays Added - 2

Senate 1  House 1

 

In the House of Representatives, we looked for candidates 1) in new added districts, 2) in districts with new boundaries, and 3) in districts that swung Republican in 2010 but where Obama won in 2008. In the Senate, we would support the new progressive candidates, and progressives running for re-election. With these criteria we selected candidates, each of whom reflect the values and strength of conviction of Maria and her network of political donors.

 

In the US House, eight candidates were supported. Seven were winners and defeated incumbent Republicans or won open seats. Two progressive women replaced conservative Republican men, and two progressive women replaced Democratic men. Three progressive men of color won.

 

In the US Senate, Maria's List supported three new candidates, all women, and each won election: Baldwin in Wisconsin, Hirono in Hawaii, and Warren in Massachusetts.

 

New US House candidates of color Horsford (NV-4) and Takano (CA-41) beat Republicans in newly created districts. Gallego (TX-23) defeated an incumbent Republican in a district with new lines. Progressive women Shea-Porter and Kuster (NH-2) defeated incumbent Republicans who won in 2010. Bonamici (OR-1) and Lujan-Grisham retained an open Democratic seat.

 

All progressive incumbents on Maria's List, House and Senate, were all re-elected.

 

Three new challengers were listed for statewide offices also. Maggie Hassan (D) was elected Governor of New Hampshire. In Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane (D) and Ellen Rosenblum in Oregon were the first women elected Attorney General.

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November 2010 Results

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US HOUSE 2010

 

Open Seats & Challengers

CA-33 Open Seat Karen Bass Elected!
AR-2 Joyce Elliot Defeated
KS-4 Open Seat-R Raj Goyle Defeated
HI-1 Open Seat Colleen Hanabusa Elected!

NH-2 Open Seat - D Ann McLane Kuster Defeated
IL-10 Open Seat-R Dan Seals Defeated
AL-7 Open Seat Terri Sewell Elected!

 

 

First-term Contested & Re-elections

André Carson (IN-07) Elected!
Donna Edwards (MD-04) Elected!
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15) Defeated

Ben Luján (NM-3) Elected!
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) Defeated
Dina Titus (NV-03) D Defeated

 

Progressive Incumbents

Tammy Baldwin (WI-2) Elected!
Keith Ellison (MN-5) Elected!
Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7) — Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus Elected!
Chaka Fattah (PA-2) Elected!
Mazie Hirono (HI-2) Elected!
Michael Honda (CA-15) — Chair, Asian Pacific Caucus Elected!

Barbara Lee (CA-9) — Chair, Black Caucus Elected!
John Lewis (GA-5) Elected!
Doris Matsui (CA-5) Elected!
Gwen Moore (WI-4) Elected!
Linda Sanchez (CA-47) Elected!
Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) — Chair, Women’s Caucus Elected!

 

US SENATE 2010

 

Open Seats & Challengers

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)  Elected!

 

 

Progressive Incumbents

Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Elected!
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Elected!

Patty Murray (D-WA) Elected!
Russell Feingold (D-WI) Defeated

 

GOVERNORS 2010

 

State Senate Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell (D) Maine Defeated
Diane Benson (D) - Alaska Lt. Gov. Defeated

Deval Patrick (D) Massachusetts Elected!

 

 

STATEWIDE CANDIDATES 2010

 

Kamala Harris for California AG (D-CA) Elected!

Kevin Boyce Ohio State Treasurer (D-OH) Defeated

 

 

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2010 General Elections Results

US House

#

 

Wins

 

Win #

Open Seats & Challengers

7

 

3

 

43%

First Term & Contested

6

 

3

 

50%

Progressive Incumbents

12

 

12

 

100%

Total

25

 

18

 

72%

 

 

 

 

 

 

US SENATE

#

 

Wins

 

Win #

Open Seats & Challengers

1

 

0

 

0%

Progressive Incumbents

3

 

2

 

67%

Total

4

 

2

 

50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors

#

 

Wins

 

Win #

Open Seats & Challengers

2

 

0

 

0%

Progressive Incumbents

1

 

1

 

100%

Total

3

 

1

 

33%

 

 

 

 

 

 

State

#

 

Wins

 

Win #

Open Seats & Challengers

2

 

1

 

50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

All

34

 

22

 

65%

 

The 2010 elections proved to be historic, and sadly, historically bad for Democratic candidates, incumbents and new candidates both.  However, progressive incumbents on Maria's List were overwhelmingly re-elected and new progressive leaders won some very significant races. In particular, victories by Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1), Patty Murray (WA-Sen), Deval Patrick (MA-Gov), and Kamala Harris (CA-AG) stand out.

  • The greatest losses hit conservative House Democrats, "Blue Dogs" and others.

  • Though Democrats lost majority status in the House, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will remain the largest caucus and Republican efforts to unseat its Co-Chair, Raúl Grijalva  (AZ-7) were thwarted.

  • Democrats retained their Senate majority and the wins in Colorado and Nevada were propelled by Latino voters, highlighting their importance to Democratic and progressive majorities.


Maria's List candidates who lost were first-term leaders running for re-election or new candidates.  The two exceptions included losses by incumbents Sen. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, and US Rep. Carol Shea-Porter from New Hampshire's CD-1 who was running for her third term.

Winning new candidates for congress Karen Bass (CA-33), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1), and Terri Sewell (AL-7) were each elected to the US House from solidly Democratic districts.  Hanabusa ousted a Republican who held the seat briefly after winning a Special Election in May 2010.

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2010 Results for Women & People of Color

US HOUSE

Fm

 

W

 

W%

 

PoC

 

W

 

W%

Open Seat & Challengers

5

 

3

 

60%

 

6

 

3

 

50%

First Term & Contested

4

 

1

 

25%

 

3

 

3

 

100%

Progressive Incumbents

7

 

7

 

100%

 

10

 

10

 

100%

Total

16

 

11

 

69%

 

19

 

16

 

84%

 

                     

US SENATE

Fm

 

W

 

W%

 

PoC

 

W

 

W%

Progressive Incumbents

3

 

3

 

100%

 

0

 

0

 

0%

Total

3

 

3

 

100%

 

0

 

0

 

0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors

Fm

 

W

 

W%

 

PoC

 

W

 

W%

Open Seats & Challengers

2

 

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0%

Progressive Incumbents

0

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

100%

Total

2

 

0

 

0

 

2

 

1

 

100%

 

                     

State

Fm

 

W

 

W%

 

PoC

 

W

 

W%

Open Seats & Challengers

1

 

1

 

100%

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

                     

All

Fm

 

W

 

W%

 

PoC

 

W

 

W%

Total

22

 

15

 

68%

 

22

 

17

 

77%


Fm = Female, PoC = Person of Color, W = Winners, W% = Percent Winning


 

 

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) won her first election to the Senate after being appointed in 2009 to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton.  In the race for US Senator from New Hampshire, Democrat Paul Hodes was defeated by Republican Kelly Ayotte.

 

Among five first-term incumbents on Maria's List, three candidates won re-election and two lost. Andre Carson (IN-7), Donna Edwards (MD-4), and Ben Lujan (NM-3) retained their seats winning in strong Democratic districts. In more contested districts, first-term Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15) and Dina Titus (NV-3) lost.

 

Of 8 Races to Watch, two Democrats pulled victories.US Rep. Betty Sutton was re-elected with 55%, holding on to US Sen. Sherrod Brown's former House district. In New Orleans (LA-2), as expected, Cedric Richmond (D) ousted Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao (66/33%).

 

In state contests, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick was re-elected. In California, rising star District Attorney Kamala Harris was elected Attorney General in her first statewide campagin, and by a very slim margin. That said, Democrats suffered major losses at the state level, including losses by Maria's List candidate for Governor of Maine, Libby Mitchell (D), for Lt. Governor of Alaska Native American Diane Benson (D), and for State Treasurer of Ohio Kevin Boyce (D). Significantly, Race to Watch candidate for Ohio Lt. Governor Yvette McGee Brown was named to the Ohio Supreme Court by her running mate, out-going Governor Strickland. 

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A Donor Strategy to Put Progressives in the Lead

Strategy 2016

 

Poll-driven campaigns encourage moderate talk in conservative-full districts. We are looking for bold talk and proven success, and we do read between the lines. In addition to gauging the likely voter turnout, and the viability of a campaign, we overlay leadership potential and then calculate when money would make a difference. Early money shapes the field. Voter turnout can be enhanced by other overlapping competitive races, especially but not limited to presidential, or ballot questions that drive up people's desire to vote. Since politics is an arena where sudden last minute external events can influence an outcome, we stay open to longshot possibilities (recommending IL state Rep. Obama who won election as US Senator, for instance) and use the word 'longshot' to help you gauge your distribution. Send us suggestions if you have them!

 

Early support of progressives helps to shape the race. We start our search for viable progressive candidates and then focus on candidates who promote peace, democratic participation, public education, public financing of elections, fair and progressive taxes, candidates who represent low-income and people of color, and candidates with whom our clients can maintain relationships.

 

Deliver your contributions through a progressive champion who represents a low and moderate-income district and is a leader on your priorities. She gets credit for delivering contributions to other candidates, to the DCCC or DSCC, and that raises her status and influence in the Congress and the party.

 

Make campaign contributions to a Leadership PAC sponsored by an elected incumbent. Leadership PAC funds are spent on other candidates. One example is “One Voice,” which supports a strategic and principled progressive woman of color asserting leadership, bolstering viable progressive challengers and vulnerable progressive incumbents. Rep. Barbara Lee is the Honorary Chair.

 

Add more value to your contributions: bring the achievements of the candidates you support to the attention of Democratic Party leadership. Advocate for Party dollars to support the campaigns of progressives. Remind Party operatives there are money and votes in going progressive.


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Listing Criteria: Progressive Leaders & Candidates

1. Has a progressive policy agenda and voting record.

 

2. Leads on critical issues: ending and prevents military action intervention in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; supporting public education; fair and progressive taxes; representative and inclusive democracy and public financing of elections; comprehensive and just immigration reform; defending and expanding national health care reform; expanding and defending labor unions; fair trade; leaders on a particular progressive cause.

 

3. Helps achieve greater proportional numbers for Women and People of Color.

 

4. Election would increase the voting bloc supporting low and moderate income communities.

 

5. Vulnerable progressives, recently elected, and special opportunities.

 

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