Progressive Optimist 2012

by mole333

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In some election years I believe a good defense is a strong offense. That is the approach I took in 2006 and 2008. I believe this year will be the same, though we have to work harder at it.

Taking the more optimistic view of this year's election (I will do another Act Blue site taking a more pessimistic view playing defense) I want to highlight some very close, very important races in key states that currently lean Repub but which we have a shot at flipping into the Blue.

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Maggie Hassan

NH-Gov

Maggie Hassan is our candidate for Governor of New Hampshire. This is one of two hotly contested gubernatorial races this year.

We can see in the cases of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, etc. the horrible damage Repub Governors can do to workers' rights, women's rights and gay rights. And Mitt Romney himself shows us that even supposedly "moderate" Repubs are catching the Teabagger Nutcase Bug in their ambition to win. We cannot let the Repubs take the Governorship in New Hampshire.

Maggie Hassan has been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Fund, Carpenters Local 118, New Hampshire Iron Workers Local 7, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Council #35, Teamsters Local 633, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 131, United Steelworkers District 4 and many others.

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Carol Shea-Porter

NH-01

This is one of the most contested races in the country. NH-1 is a swing district in a swing state and weakly held Repub district. This would be a great one to win. It currently leans Repub, but we are flipping this kind of race to lean Dem pretty quickly right about now. I think we can win this one, taking us one step closer to winning the House.

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Bob Lamb

NH-SD-02

A critical seat for retaking a majority in the NH State Senate!

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Jon Tester

MT-Sen

Jon Tester MT-Sen

A Blue Dog but a good Blue Dog. He is more conservative than I like but overall he is a damned good Senator! He has been fighting an uphill battle to keep his seat. Recently things have been looking up. As of now it looks like we can keep this seat, which is good news. But let's make sure we keep it. This is a key race this year and deserves our attention.

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Steve Bullock

MT-Gov

Steve Bullock is our candidate for Governor of Montana. Along with New Hampshire (above) this is one of two hotly contested gubernatorial races this year.

Again, we can see in the cases of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, etc. the horrible damage Repub Governors can do to workers' rights, women's rights and gay rights. And Mitt Romney himself shows us that even supposedly "moderate" Repubs are catching the Teabagger Nutcase Bug in their ambition to win. We cannot let the Repubs take the Governorship in New Hampshire.

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Christie Vilsack

IA-04

Christie Vilsack IA-04

This is one of the most critical races in 2012. A key swing district in a key swing state, this race also pits the excellent Christie Vilsack against Teabagger extremist Steven King who is so mean spirited he even was one of only eleven Congressmen (all Republicans) who voted AGAINST giving aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is a clear cut choice between Vilsack's effective and compassionate leadership and King's disgusting right wing extremism.

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Shelley Berkley

NV-Sen

Shelley Berkley NV-Sen

Something of a longshot but worth fighting for. Plus Nevada is a swing state so pushing it Bluer is a worthy goal. I have been reading some analyses that indicate Latino voters (who break very Dem these days, for obvious reasons) are being under polled and so this could be a surprise win if the Latino vote is strong. Either way, if we want to win this one we have to work extra hard.

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John Oceguera

NV-03

NV-3 is another critical swing district this year and this is a very weak Repub seat. Currently this does lean Repub and may be a long shot, but with some real effort, John Oceguera has a shot at winning. He is a firefighter and paramedic, someone we definitely could use in Congress!

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Steven Horsford

NV-04

This one has been off my radar, but if anything looks more promising than NV-3.

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John Tierney

MA-06

MA-6:

This is a close House race in Massachusetts. Holding onto this seat helps us in Congress. It leans Repub right now but we are going to fix that, aren't we? Give a little bit to hold onto this seat!

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Rob Zerban

WI-01

Rob Zerban is running for Paul Ryan's own seat. I say let's fight the right on their own territory. If we can give Ryan a run for his (ample) money right in his own district it will send a clear message how sick America is of his extremist views. This is a long shot but it brings the battle for Wisconsin into their turf and that is a good thing!

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Pat Kreitlow

WI-07

This is a key House race. This is a real chance to pick up a House seat from the Republicans (our best shot in Wisconsin). But right now it leans Repub. Again, that has GOT to change and we can do it.

Patrick Kreitlow has been endorsed by the Intl. Association of Firefighters, Steelworkers Union, National Farmers Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters, AFL-CIO, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Sierra Club, United Auto Workers, WI Federation of Nurses, and WI Alliance for Retired American, among others.

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Jamie Wall

WI-08

This is another pick up opportunity for Democrats in the House. This one is trending away from us but we can still turn it around.

Jamie Wall has been endorsed by Green Bay Firefighters, the Alliance of Retired Americans, the Teamsters, Human Rights Campaign, American Federation of Teachers- Wisconsin, American Nurses Association, United Auto Workers, and many others.

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Kathryn Boockvar

PA-08

Kathryn Boockvar is running for Congress in the PA-8 district. Currently this races leans Repub but we can change that. Boockvar has been endorsed by Democracy for America, United Steel Workers, United Mine Workers of America, Planned Parenthood, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Clean Water Action, and many more.

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David Gill

IL-13

This is another very close race and an important pick up opportunity for Democrats. It leans Repub so we need to work for this one.

Dr. David Gill has been endorsed by the United Auto Workers, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Sierra Club, United Mine Workers of America, Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats of America, National Nurses United, and many others. He is a true progressive and would be VERY valuable to have in Congress.

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Charlie Wilson

OH-06

One of the most critical districts in the country...the Presidency and the House could ride on this one district. It is considered a weak Repub hold but we can knock that out.

Charlie Wilson has been endorsed by International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Iron Workers (IPAL), Building and Construction Trades - AFL-CIO, International Association of Machinists, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Steel Workers and many others.

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Betty Sue Sutton

OH-16

A critical swing district in Ohio. It is considered a weak Repub hold but we can win if we try.

Betty Sue Sutton has been endorsed by Democarcy for America, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council C.O.P.E., Tri-County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Fraternal Order of Police, Districts 1 & 8, Coalition of Women Voters, North Shore AFL-CIO, and many others.

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Jose Hernandez

CA-10

Jose Hernandez is a former astronaut running for Congress against a right wing extremist. What more could you want?? Weakly held Repub district.

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Raul Ruiz

CA-36

This one had been off my radar but is looking promising, though it still leans Repub. When I see a district shifting like this, I want to keep pushing. Plus Raul Ruiz has been endorsed by Democracy for America. Son of a farmworker who worked his way up to become a doctor. This is a true success story and someone we want in Congress.

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Mark A Orozco

CA-HD-42

Orozco is endorsed by Democracy for America. I am not following downticket races so closely, so don't know what the polls show. But worth including such a good candidate on any list.

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Shirley Weber

CA-HD-79

Weber is endorsed by Democracy for America. Again, I am not following downticket races so closely, so don't know what the polls show. But again, it is worth including such a good candidate on any list.

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Mark Murphy

NY-11

This has been a traditionally Republican district that has slowly trended Dem...though conservative Dem. It still leans Repub but it is a weak hold for them and the Repub incumbent has run into a few scandals. So I think we have a shot at it since Repub scandals are what made this a possible Dem district in the first place. Plus the Democrats in the Brooklyn end of this district have suddenly gotten more unified and eager to prove their worth. So there may be a push for the first time from the Brooklyn end to win this one.

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Sean Patrick Maloney

NY-18

I have met Sean Patrick Maloney and liked him a few years back. He is running against right wing nut job Nan Hayworth. It leans Repub but things have been picking up. Maloney has been endorsed by Democracy for America, NYS AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers Region 9A, New York State United Teachers, and many others.

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Julian Schreibman

NY-19

This one has been off my radar but we have a shot at it. NY State as a whole has been trending Dem for years (ironically upstate more than Brooklyn, which has trended more Repub!). So this race should be part of that trend.

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