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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

 

Heather Mizeur

Heather Mizeur for Governor of Maryland

 

Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur is running for Governor. Elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2006, Mizeur is a leader on public financing of elections and public disclosure of campaign contributions. On Education, she will work for universal pre-kindergarten, funding for afterschool and summer education. She supports charter schools that are under the control of local school boards, and opposes using public money for private schools through voucher or other programs. She thinks high-stakes testing does more harm than good. She extended Medicaid coverage to low-income women for family planning, and wants higher taxes on higher incomes. She supports labor rights and unions, wants a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for natural gas, greater access to child care, a higher living wage and earned sick leave. She owns an organic farm with her wife. Her running mate for Lt. Governor is Rev. Delmna Coates, a life-long activist for voting rights, immigration reform and foreclosure protection. Mizeur and Coates have an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination. The leading candidates are Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and Attorney General Doug Gansler. She is the only woman running for governor and has endorsements from the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority and EMILY's List, as well as the Sierra Club. The Primary is June 24, 2014.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan

Gov. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire

 

As Governor, Hassan has initiated a program to help homeowners stay in their homes, negotiated a freeze on in-state tuition at New Hampshire public colleges and universities, signed legislation restoring funding to the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, cut the wait list for people with developmental disabilities, and fought Republicans' efforts to prevent expansion of Medicare. Hassan opposes using public money for private schools and filed a brief asking the NH Supreme Court to prevent public resources from being used for private schools through New Hampshire's school voucher program. She signed medical marijuana into law, but opposes legalization. On the issue of taxes, Hassan does not support an income or sales tax in New Hampshire, and has pledged to veto any such legislation. Running for her first re-election, she was elected Governor in 2012, 54.6% to 42.5%. A poll in January 2014 found Hassan ahead of four different Republican challengers by 20 points or more. She's a firm supported of the rights of labor unions to collectively bargain. She's an ardent advocate for disability rights and got involved in state politics originally on behalf of her disabled son.

 

When she was Majority Leader in the NH Senate she was the driving force behind passage in 2009 of marriage equality. She helped establish universal kindergarten for all children in 2008, and added the state to the regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases (RGGI). Hassan worked to expand educational opportunity by raising the dropout age, improving and protecting education funding and investing in community colleges and university system.

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Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis: Candidate for Governor of Texas

 

Wendy Davis is a Texas State Senator. She stood up, literally, for reproductive rights for an 11-hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to block harsh new measures to restrict access to safe abortions. Her action drew national attention, and she is running for Texas Governor.

 

Senator Davis is one of a handful of liberals and progressives in the Texas Senate. She successfully passed a bill for equal pay for women in 2013 through the Texas Senate, later vetoed by Governor Perry (R-TX). Davis has also led efforts to hold charter schools accountable with performance reviews by the state. She also passed legislation reducing the number of student assessment tests. Davis mounted her first filibuster in 2011 attempting to prevent a $4M cut from Texas public education spending. Her leadership ultimately led to $3.4 billion being restored to the education budget. For her leadership on education issues, the Texas PTA added her in 2013 to their legislative honor role for "her outstanding work to strengthen and protect Texas public schools and, especially, her staunch opposition to private school vouchers which divert badly needed state funds away from neighborhood schools."

 

Davis was elected to the Texas Senate in 2008 in a major upset. She was the only Democrat to unseat one of 31 incumbent Republicans running for re-election. She won with 49.9% and was re-elected in 2012 with 51%. Davis was first elected to public office in 1999 to the Fort Worth City Council.

 

Davis lived in a hard-scrabble life starting work at 14. Her parents divorced early in her life. Her mother raised her and her three sisters on a job at an ice cream shop, with only a sixth grade education. Davis finished high school, married, had a child and then divorced all by the time she was 19. She enrolled in a paralegal program at a junior college, and after two years she received a scholarship to Texas Christian University. She went on to receive her law degree from Harvard.

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Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9)

US Rep. Barbara Lee

 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has done it again. And this time she had 60 other Democrats backing her. Lee came out early and strong against a military strike on Syria, calling on the President to come to Congress for authorization. The Constitution requires congressional approval for military action, though unilateral Executive action has become common. In August, Lee authorized a letter to President Obama and it was co-signed by 60 members of the House. "We strongly urge you to seek an affirmative decision of Congress prior to committing a U.S. military engagement to this complex crisis," Lee wrote. "While the ongoing human rights violations and continued loss of life are horrific, they should not draw us into an unwise war — especially without adhering to our won constitutional requirement." Lee has long been a leader for military restraint, and was the only member of the entire Congress that voted in 2001 against authorizing military action in Afghanistan. Congresswoman Lee has also introduced legislation this year, H.R. 198, which would revoke the broad Presidential authority to use military force granted to the President after the World Trade Center bombings.

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Kamala Harris

California Attorney General KAMALA HARRIS

 

Attorney General Kamala Harris is an aggressive progressive, and her record proves it. She's won $2.1M in back wages from Walmart, won $23M for Big Pharma for inflated prescription prices, secured greater privacy protections from online dating services, and leveraged a higher settlement from predatory mortgage lenders, and more. Harris has led a progressive criminal justice agenda throughout her career and has been mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee, and candidate for US Senate.

 

As California Attorney General she has gone after lenders in the subprime mortgage market, mortgage robo-signers, and unlawful foreclosures. An opponent of the death penalty, Harris has pursued life without parole as AG rather than capital punishment in two high profile cases: the murderer of a San Francisco police offices, and a participant in the murder of three family members mistaken for members of a rival gang.

 

Harris authorized the California Homeowner Bill of Rights which became law January 1, 2013. The law protects homeowners in the foreclosure process, and sets out new rules for mortgages to prevent fraud. Renters in foreclosed properties now have eviction protections and leases must be honored by any new owners. AG Harris also has initiatives to help victims of human trafficking, and prosecute the perpetrators.

 

Attorney General Harris will be running for re-election in 2014. Harris was elected AG in 2010 and her victory was razor close. Her opponent, Republican Steve Cooley, even declared victory. But on November 24th, 22 days after the election, Cooley conceded as Harris pulled out a victory by less than one percent.

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DEMOCRACY SPOTLIGHT

 

Nina Turner

Nina Turner is an Ohio State Senator and she's running for the Ohio Secretary of State! She will ensure every vote is counted, and all who want to vote can. She represents Cleveland, and is currently the Minority Whip in the Ohio Senate.

 

State Senator Turner is a leading progressive in Ohio. Turner made headlines in 2012 when she introduced the "Viagra Act" to counter legislation that would restrict a women's access to contraception. SB 307 would require men to receive a cardiac stress test, and psychological counseling before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medications. She's in the forefront of the fight for democracy and voting rights. She recently introduced the Voter Protection Act, SB 20, a measure that would ensure every vote counts, and every voter can vote. The bill promotes voter registration, protects early voting, prevents long lines and waits at polling places, allows for greater access to absentee ballots, and improves the handling or provisional ballots. As Secretary of State, Turner would oversee voting and elections throughout Ohio. The incumbent Secretary of State John Husted (R) has initiated and supported several efforts to limit voter participation, restrict early voting and more. The attack on voting has also come from Ohio's Republican Governor Kasich and the legislature, which have enacted a number of laws to restrict voting and gerrymander state and congressional districts to ensure Republican majorities.

 

The election for Ohio Secretary of State and Governor is in November 2014. For donations and more background on Nina Turner, visit NinaTurner.org.

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Ohioans United pushes the progressive agenda

 

Ohioans United is the leading coalition that will mobilize votes in the 2014 elections, winning the fight for democracy vote by vote. The mission of the Ohioans United is simple: to inform and organize Ohioans on the decisions that deeply impact them including voting rights, improvements in public education, human services, health, safety and the economic well-being of citizens and communities all across Ohio. Ohioans United will bring voters to the polls to exercise their democratic rights. Ohioans United is a 501(c)(4) organization and is a project of America Votes and partners. Donations can be delivered to: Ohioans United, 75 West 3rd Ave, Columbus, Ohio, 43021.

 

Donations are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

 

Contact Khaled Salehi, AmericaVotes, ksalehi@americavotes.org, 614.236.3412.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Speech for People

Free Speech for People leads Constitutional campaign

 

Free Speech for People is pushing back against corporate money and power over our democracy. Free Speech for People works to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore democracy to the people. The group is building a national movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the recent Roberts Court ruling in Citizens United that allows corporations to make direct expenditures in elections. FSFP is also organizing to overturn Buckley v. Valeo, a 1976 decision that ruled campaign spending is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. Ever since Buckley, Americans have been restricted from limiting overall spending by big money interest in out political process. US Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) became the first in the Senate to introduce a constitutional amendment to make it clear that corporations do not have the constitutional rights that people do. Senator Tester's bill is the companion to House bill, H.J. Res 21, the "People's Rights Amendment"introduced by Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern. Donations to Free Speech For People are fully tax-deductible.

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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!
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)  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.

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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?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Chaka Fattah (PA-2)Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA-2) won re-election 89.4% v 9.4%. He was first elected in 1994 and sits on the House Appropriations Committee. He is a member of the Progressive Caucus. He voted for the Back to Work Budget, and voted to protect and support the middle class. However Fattah voted for the Surface Transportation Extension Act (HF4348), that would fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline. For his voting record in House in the 112th Congress, Fattah received the following scores: Planned Parenthood-100%, TheMiddleClass.org-90%, 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. 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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Election Results

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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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Empowering Progressive Leadership
Election Results

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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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Ellen Rosenblum (D-AG) won her first election 56.3% v 39.2%. She appointed in June to replace the incumbent AG who resigned. Rosenblum is the first women to hold the AG's office and will be on the ballot in November, and is expected to win. She supports marriage equality, will protect the rights of use to medical marijuana, pledges to pursue hate crimes aggressively, financial and mortgage fraud, and protect consumers. She was a federal prosecutor in Eugene and Portland for nine years, and then appointed a trial-court judge in 1989. In 2005, she became an Oregon Court of Appeals judge. Oregon is a death penalty state and, though she personally opposes it, Rosenblum has presided over such cases and stated she will enforce it and other laws with which she disagrees.

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A Donor Strategy to Put Progressives in the Lead

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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

 

 

Maria's List Candidates
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.