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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
April 2015

 


Gov. Maggie Hassan

Donna Edwards

 

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. The dynamics of this Senate race have her running against Chris Van Hollen with many decrying her push. She's starting out strong, Donna will need to keep the momentum heading into the summer. In the few short weeks since she announced her campaign, 6,000 supporters and volunteers have already committed to the effort, however the haul wasn't big enough to compete with the white guys on their turf. Women of color generally need/get/use less money per vote than traditional candidates at the municipal level. Let's find out if that holds true for the US Senate. She's awesome and tireless, send your money early.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

 

Kamala Harris has been a fighter for the people of San Francisco and California. She is consistently advocating for consumers. She took on the big banks during the settlement negotiations and now she in taking 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 there are still other candidates considering the race but Kamala has seized the opportunity and has built a formidable coalition.

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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)
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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)

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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HISTORICAL SUMMARY

 

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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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Open Seats & Challengers
Election Results

If elected, these candidates would preserve the Democratic majority in the Senate and bring new progressives into the Senate.

 


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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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US SENATE 2012
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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Election Results

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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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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

 

 

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. 

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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.

 

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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