December 13, 2012
That is the question many of us have asked since Governor Snyder signed the "right-to-work for less bill." Recently Rachel Maddow gave a very clear explanation of what we are up against:
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In 2010, progressives sat on the sidelines, while and older and whiter electorate went to the polls. The result? States that have gone for President Obama the last two elections have gerrymandered legislature lines. This has had an enormous impact on the way these five states residents are represented on both the state and federal level.
The implications of this are huge. Michigan becoming a right to work state is just a bump in the road-- If you examine the those five states and re-appropriate the seats based on the popular vote you have a net pick up of 13 seats for Democrats in Congress. That is just four seats shy of the majority.
Unfortunately, what this tells us is the fight for progressives over the next two years and beyond is going to be difficult, and we need everybody all in. Our question for you is, how do you think we best organize to fight back against the GOP gerrymandered districts?
December 10, 2012
By re-electing president Obama, and strong progressive leaders like Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Baldwin, we learned two lessons this past election.
1. The face of America is changing.
2. Americans are fed up with trickledown economics.
It appears as though the GOP simply did not get the memo. Let’s start with lesson number one, on November 6th the American people elected the most women ever to serve as United States Senators. In the House they elected the most diverse Congress ever. How did the Same Old Party respond? By naming 19 white males to be their committee chairs in the 113th Congress. Not one woman, not one minority, just all white males. If you compare this to the ranking members for Democrats in the House, tit is quite clear who represents the American People.
It’s not just their demographics that are out of touch it’s their policies. This past election Mitt Romney ran on three main fiscal principals, slash vital programs working families and seniors rely on, extend the Bush Tax Cuts, and close some loopholes and end some tax deductions. Well, the American people listened to Mitt Romney and his surrogates espouse these ideals for almost two years, and on election day they overwhelming rejected them. Once again the American people voted to protect programs like Medicare, and end the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2 percent. Yet what is the GOP is proposing just weeks later as a grand bargain? Increase revenues by closing loop holes and deductions and cut Medicare. Apparently they did not get the memo.
The Republican Party is showing its true colors, getting more and more out of touch with the ever more diverse and more progressive America, but we must not get complacent. We must not forget 2010, where progressives sat on the sidelines, while an older and whiter electorate elected a radical Tea Party majority. We must not let that happen again, we must make sure to stay engaged and stay mobilized. It starts with this fight over the fiscal showdown. We must once again overwhelmingly reject these out of touch GOP ideals.
You can get involved right now, by adding your name to our petition to Harry Reid , telling him to reject any deal that extends the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2 percent and fails to protect vital programs like Medicare. Add your name now.
We have already received over 50, 000 signatures and we will be hand delivering them to Harry Reid to make sure that he gets the message that we must reject the out of touch ideals of the Same Old Party.
November 21, 2012
This just had to be shared. After the election, MSNBC's Chris Hayes took the time to congratulate organizers, and recognize the grassroots actions that helped candidates from the president all the way down to city council win. WATCH:
Having been an organizer, I would love to see the main stream media share this story more often. As we get barraged with political ads, and pundits on TV every election, Americans see the most cynical side of politics. Not only is grassroots organizing what wins elections (Karl Rove learned that the hard way), but it also is the special sauce that makes politics great. There is nothing more energizing and invigorating than being in a campaign office on E-day with the volunteers fired up to help their guy or gal win. The energy is nothing but positivity and excitement for what's to come. On E-day organizers care about one thing and one thing only, that is getting as many people to the polls as possible. There is a message I would love to see talked about on the main stream media everyday.
As we gear up to the next election in 2014 and beyond we must continue to share the story of how these hard working organizers all over the country beat Karl Rove and big money. We must share the positivity that grassroots organizers and volunteers bring to the political process everyday, and most importantly we must share that always important message of go vote.
Is there an organizer that you want to thank? Let us know in the comments.
November 19, 2012
POLITICO: Raul Ruiz win tells story of Election 2012
By KATE NOCERA | 11/18/12 11:20 PM EST
If the growing sway of Latinos in American politics was the story of election 2012, Raul Ruiz’s triumph in California’s 36th Congressional District was a dramatic subplot.
The son of migrant farmworkers who scraped his way through UCLA and then Harvard Medical School, Ruiz dislodged Rep. Mary Bono Mack, a 14-year fixture of the Republican Conference who didn’t seem to fully appreciate the district’s fast-growing Hispanic population until it was too late.
Did you know that Raul Ruiz was one of our top tier Dean Dozen Candidates? It was the polling we sponsored with the PPP, that skyrocket his campaign from unknown to a potential upset on the national stage.
Along with Raul Ruiz' strong grassroots campaign, DFA members provided an extra push to help put him over the top, making a grand total of 22,462 thousand get-out-the-vote calls. Thanks to your hard work this was at true grassroots victory. Congrats Dr. Ruiz!
November 19, 2012
In 2010, Progressives and Democrats chose to sit on the sidelines. They simply did not turn out at the polls with the force that they had in 2008 or they would in 2012. Instead, the electorate that showed up was older and whiter than the true electorate, vastly under representing the depth and diversity of our great country. Over the last two years we have seen what a destructive force the 2010 Tea Party wave in Congress was. Often overlooked, this 2010 wave led many state legislatures down the same Tea Party path as Congress.
It was this 2010 Tea Party wave in state houses across the country that drew the new congressional district maps for the next 10 years. And they carried out their task with surgical precision.
Fast forward now to 2012: if you look at the popular vote in Congressional elections, the American people voted for a Democratic Majority However, the House is still controlled by Republicans. As the above chart shows, the newly cut lines heavily favored Republicans, a direct result of low voter turnout in 2010.
If we are to take back the house in 2014, we are going to have to mobilize like never before. So it's up to you. What can we do to make sure that the victories that progressives have won across this country are not abandoned in 2014 like they were in 2010?
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