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How We Start Supporting Workers, Again - In this Labor Day Op-Ed, CA-39 Democratic nominee Gil Cisneros lays out his priorities intended to lift up the American worker. “It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic modern nation that it have free and independent labor unions. . . When union workers assemble with freedom and independence in a convention like this, … Continue reading How We Start Supporting Workers, Again
Massachusetts: Vote Yes on 3 to Answer the Call of Equality and History - After the 2016 election, my wife and I did a lot of soul-searching, as did many Americans. The election results reminded us of the unpredictability of life and warned us not to take the future for granted. We acted on that and decided to finally move our family to Massachusetts. We wanted our sons to … Continue reading Massachusetts: Vote Yes on 3 to Answer the Call of Equality and History
Lessons of Governmental Failures in Protecting our Water - Half a century ago, Pennsylvania native Rachel Carson authored “Silent Spring” and, for all Americans, stirred the consciousness and brought into sharp focus the environmental destructiveness and widespread poisoning of wildlife resulting from governmentally-sanctioned pesticides. Unfortunately, we are discovering all too late the degree to which our national leadership has lost its focus. And governmental … Continue reading Lessons of Governmental Failures in Protecting our Water
Dear Voters of All Affiliations: Thank You For Participating in Democracy - I am about to say something that will make my campaign manager need an aspirin, but: You should always vote for the candidate who YOU believe is the best choice for the office. Always. Even if it is an alternative-party candidate with little chance of winning the election. Because…. Firstly, I am an idealist who … Continue reading Dear Voters of All Affiliations: Thank You For Participating in Democracy
No More Pay to Play in North Alabama - My opponent, Rep. Mo Brooks, is caught up in a pay-to-play scandal with convicted felons. Will he do the right thing and return his dirty campaign donations? In late July, AL.com reporter Kyle Whitmire outlined a massive political scandal in Alabama. According to Whitmire’s article, “It was the greatest astroturfing scheme ever brought to light … Continue reading No More Pay to Play in North Alabama
Some Things Shouldn’t Be For Profit - In this piece, Mike Siegel (Democrat for US Congress in TX-10) takes on the private prison industry – which is profiting immensely off of immigrant family detention. “The billion-dollar industry of detaining immigrant kids.” This one headline poignantly captures the ills of our society. The Trump administration’s family detention policy, which has already caused irreparable harm … Continue reading Some Things Shouldn’t Be For Profit
Dysfunctional Congress - Lisa Brown, Democratic Candidate for WA-05, on how she’ll take on the pay-to-play system when she replaces Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress. I hear from people in every part of eastern Washington that they’re frustrated with a dysfunctional Congress and don’t feel like their representatives are working for them. It’s the same sentiment across the … Continue reading Dysfunctional Congress
Protect Our Access to Health Insurance: PA State Legislature Needs to Do the Right Thing - Daryl Boling, candidate for PA House District 152, on why his state needs to act to protect its residents with pre-existing conditions, before it’s too late. Before now, health insurance access regardless of pre-existing conditions had seemingly bipartisan support. However, in the latest of a long line of disturbing actions, the Trump Administration has unilaterally … Continue reading Protect Our Access to Health Insurance: PA State Legislature Needs to Do the Right Thing
Run For Your Lives - Democrat Jim Bratnober on why – and how – he’s running to flip his State Senate seat blue in deep-red Idaho. I’m a first-time candidate for State Senate in Idaho. I’ve never run for anything – ever. My motivation started as a nebulous urge to give back, after raising a great family and engaging in … Continue reading Run For Your Lives
We Haven’t Forgotten: #MeToo #TimesUp - In October 2017 the hashtag #MeToo spread virally on social media, with hundreds of thousands of users all around the world sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault. The movement was quickly followed by a sister hashtag of #TimesUp, which sought to address sexual harassment and assault, more specifically in industries and the workplace. Studies … Continue reading We Haven’t Forgotten: #MeToo #TimesUp
WATCH: “My Story” by Sharice Davids - I’m Sharice Davids. I want to fight in Congress for health and well-being of the people of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. My story: Today, too many people have the odds stacked against them. I know what that’s like. But even when I didn’t have much, I still had opportunity. Because of my mom’s service in … Continue reading WATCH: “My Story” by Sharice Davids
The Facts Matter When It Comes To Guns - Steven David, the Democratic nominee for US House in TX-08, has faced a lot of questions about guns on the campaign trail. The facts matter. Texas’ 8th Congressional District is a giant district. If I leave my house in the southern part of the district and drive straight north, it will take me two hours … Continue reading The Facts Matter When It Comes To Guns
Money is as Money Does: The Catch-22 of Big Money in Politics - Democratic Candidate Kirsten Kennedy (MN-08), on the problem of money in our politics, and what we should do about it. The majority of Americans want big money out of politics, so do I. We’ve wanted it for a very long time. Candidates since 2010 have pledged to end Citizens United, yet it’s still here. So … Continue reading Money is as Money Does: The Catch-22 of Big Money in Politics
WATCH: The Land I Love - My name is Justin DeWitt and this is the story of the land I love and why I’m taking a stand on it for the love of what I believe to be true. I am not a politician. I am a surveyor. And as I surveyor I know floodplains can’t be lobbied into not flooding. … Continue reading WATCH: The Land I Love
I’m Fighting Alongside Louisiana’s Working Class - Trump’s steep tariffs risk $83 billion in revenue for Louisiana businesses. Democrat Justin Dewitt will defend the people of LA-06. The growing Trade War hurts everyone, but Louisiana most of all. Steep tariffs on steel and aluminum now threaten thousands of working and middle class jobs at ports across Louisiana, putting at risk more than … Continue reading I’m Fighting Alongside Louisiana’s Working Class
Transactional Humanity - Democratic Candidate Brett Pransky (OH-77) explains why moral appeals won’t work with Trump: he values political wins over human life. Before we begin, I’d like to ask a small favor. Reach into your pocket, a desk drawer, or that cup we all keep in our cars, and grab a quarter. Look at it. Both sides. … Continue reading Transactional Humanity
Being a Gay Democrat in the South - I knew from an early age what made me different. I knew, too, how it could impact my future when I watched my home state pass a constitutional amendment saying I couldn’t get married. I knew, also, what needed to change so my love would be accepted and treated fairly. Since watching that wave of … Continue reading Being a Gay Democrat in the South
How PAC Contributions Can Influence Legislation - A Pennsylvania legislator took money from a PAC, then crafted legislation to benefit them while trumpeting their cause. We need daylight on this. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed Republican state Rep. Thomas Murt’s May 20 opinion piece titled “Mail order orthodontics on the rise.” In this column, Rep. Murt outlined the reasons that he believes mail-order braces … Continue reading How PAC Contributions Can Influence Legislation
4th of July Reflection: We Can Do Better - Kirsten Kennedy, Democratic nominee in Minnesota’s 8th District, shares her thoughts on America’s winding path, and the promise of tomorrow. The Fourth of July is always a special time in our home. Not only is it a day to celebrate our nation, but also a day to celebrate our youngest son’s birth (born during a … Continue reading 4th of July Reflection: We Can Do Better
Legalizing Marijuana in Texas: Shockingly Non-Controversial - Catherine Krantz, US House Candidate in TX-04, shares what she’s hearing on the trail: Texas is ready for legalization. Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the world. 150 million users worldwide according to the World Health Organization. In Town Halls all across northeast Texas, Texans of all kinds ask me about legalizing cannabis. … Continue reading Legalizing Marijuana in Texas: Shockingly Non-Controversial
My Priorities for Minnesota’s 8th District and America - Today, on our nation’s birthday, I’m releasing my plan and priorities for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District It’s never easy to pick the primary concerns you’re going to work on in Congress, and we certainly aren’t dismissing any other important issues. But all roads to a better district, state, and nation have to start somewhere, and … Continue reading My Priorities for Minnesota’s 8th District and America
Pennsylvania’s Proposed Down Syndrome Abortion Ban is an Abuse of Power - Following what has become a disturbing pattern, the Republican-led Pennsylvania Legislature recently approved legislation that bans a woman from obtaining an abortion solely based on a determination that the fetus is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. The vote on the bill (HB2050) sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, not only came without public hearings or any … Continue reading Pennsylvania’s Proposed Down Syndrome Abortion Ban is an Abuse of Power
Hi. I’m Kirsten Kennedy, and I’m Running for Congress. - Kirsten Kennedy is a Democratic hopeful for the open seat in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. The primary will be held on August 14th. Hi… my name is Kirsten Kennedy and I am running to be the first Congresswoman from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Minnesota’s 8th is a beautiful part of our great state – it … Continue reading Hi. I’m Kirsten Kennedy, and I’m Running for Congress.
And the Children Will Lead Them All… - Daryl Boling, candidate for the PA State House (D-152), shares his eloquent, no-nonsense plan for curbing gun violence in America. In the wake of the Parkland shooting — and the subsequent shaking of our nation’s ethical compass for gun safety, particularly as it guides us toward better protection of our children and families — it is poignant and telling … Continue reading And the Children Will Lead Them All…
Wenstrup Failed Ohioans by Looking the Other Way on “Zero Tolerance” - OH-02 Democratic nominee Jill Schiller shines a light on her opponent’s tacit approval of the Trump policy that led to the separation of children and parents. (Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, 6/22/18) Like so many Americans, I have been appalled by images of children being rounded up along our southern border and separated from … Continue reading Wenstrup Failed Ohioans by Looking the Other Way on “Zero Tolerance”
Trump’s Policy Toward Asylum-Seekers is Immoral and Un-American - Lawyer and Democratic Candidate Sharice Davids (KS-03) explains why turning away domestic and gang violence victims flies in the face of our founding ideals Every year, thousands of immigrants, asylum seekers, and migrants assume great hardships to find safety in America. They choose our country, because they see the United States as a land of justice, … Continue reading Trump’s Policy Toward Asylum-Seekers is Immoral and Un-American
North Alabama Deserves Better - Peter Joffrion, Democratic Nominee in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, on why he’s the candidate of the people that Alabamians need. An aging cohort of North Alabama workers are worried about their ability to retire. Empty factories are scattered across our district’s rural areas. Families are dodging bankruptcy due to the mounting costs of medical bills … Continue reading North Alabama Deserves Better
I’m in it to Win it. Join Me. - I’m Sharice Davids, and I’m running for US Congress to unseat Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd District. Here’s why I’m going to win. I don’t look like your typical Congressman. But your typical Congressman doesn’t look like America. When I look at our current Congressional leadership, I see a homogeneous group of mostly wealthy, mostly … Continue reading I’m in it to Win it. Join Me.
WATCH: “The Fighter” – The Best Political Ad of 2018 - Democrat Sharice Davids, running for Congress in KS-03, channels the passion and frustration of Americans in her inspiring first ad. Watch out, Kevin Yoder. Sharice Davids is coming for your job, and she seems like kind of a badass. Yes, Sharice went to Cornell Law and was a White House Fellow. But did you know … Continue reading WATCH: “The Fighter” – The Best Political Ad of 2018
I’m Running for Congress to Build a Better Road Forward - Democrat David Wilson Brown shares why he’s running in North Carolina’s 10th District: to fight for the people in his community, and to provide a check on the excesses of incumbent Patrick McHenry, this administration, and the GOP. I am a son of the middle class who has lived in North Carolina for over three … Continue reading I’m Running for Congress to Build a Better Road Forward