Contribute Now to Toward a Working Majority - US House

by Regi Burns

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I hope that we’re fortunate enough to watch Barack Obama be inaugurated on January 20, 2009 to end the nightmare of the failed Bush-Cheney years. But that alone won’t be enough to push this nation toward a more progressive future. President Obama will need a WORKING MAJORITY in the both the House and the Senate. By supporting these deserving candidates, we can give President Obama the legislative support in the House he so richly deserves.

10/08/08 update: The NYTimes reports that "analysts now predict a Democratic surge on a scale that seemed unlikely just weeks ago, with even some Republicans in traditional strongholds fighting for their political careers, and Democratic leaders dreaming of ironclad majorities." So NOW is the time to press our advantage. PLEASE give generously!

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Barack Obama


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Ann Kirkpatrick


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Bill Durston


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Charlie Brown


Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Charlie Brown lost a squeaker of a race (49%-46%) to Rep John Doolittle (R-CA) in 2006 in a district that George Bush carried 61%-37% in 2004. Rep Doolittle announced his retirement at the end of his current term after being implicated in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Now Charlie Brown faces conservative carpetbagger Tom McClintock, who moved to the district just to run for Congress.

With an extensive background in national security, Charlie believes that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were ill-conceived and that our troops should come home. Charlie also believes that it's criminal that the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission have not been implemented and vows to advocate for their passage. So please give generously to send an authentic war hero who is a true progressive to Congress.

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Steve Young


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Betsy Markey


Not only does Betsy Markey advocate bringing our troops home from Iraq as soon as possible and taking care of our veterans once they return home, she also is running against virulently homophobic Rep Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO). Musgrave's victory margins have shrunk in each of her successive runs since first being elected in 2002. So let's make sure 2008 is the year that we rid the US Congress of this moralizing, gay-hating, concealed weapons-loving, KKK-endorsed, Constitution-trampling wingnut. By the way, Rolling Stone named Musgrave to its "10 Worst Congressmen" list in 2006. Colorado's 4th District and our country deserve better.

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Jim Himes


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Annette Taddeo OLD


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Judy Baker


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Elwyn Tinklenberg


Tinklenberg's opponent is incumbent Rep Michele Bachmann (R-MN). When asked on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" if Barack Obama held anti-American views, Ms Bachmann replied, "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views." She also wants the news media to investigate if any other Democratic members of Congress have "anti-American views." Sounds just like McCarthyism to me. Please support El Tinklenberg's campaign and give Michele Bachmann the permanent vaction from the halls of Congress she so richly deserves.

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Dan Seals


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Jill Derby


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Martin Heinrich


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Carol Shea-Porter


On the morning after Election Day 2006, THE most improbable upset victory of that election cycle belongd to Carol Shea-Porter. A vocal and consistent critic of the war in Iraq, Carol beat incumbent Rep Jeb Bradley (R-NH) by just 5,000 votes. They face off in what promises to be an equally close and hard-fought rematch this year. We need to reward courageous warriors like Congresswoman Shea-Porter who fearlessly challenge the status quo on behalf of the American people. As she said herself, she wants to work on policies that benefit "the bottom 99% of Americans." She richly deserves our support in her tough re-election battle. So please give generously.

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Larry Kissell


In 2006, public school teacher and former mill worker Larry Kissell came within 330 votes of winning his improbable race for Congress. He's once again going up again Rep Robin Hayes (R-NC), a pawn of Big Oil. Rep Hayes has taken more than $176,000 in Big Oil contributions and owns more than $23 million in Big Oil stock. While Larry Kissell doesn't have corporate friends with deep pockets like Hayes, he's got all of us. Give Larry the resources he needs to win this race and return middle class representation to NC's 8th district.

10/21/08 update: Rep Robin Hayes (R-NC) is not only hateful, but he's a despicable liar. Speaking as a warm-up act for a McCain rally in Concord, NC on 10/18/08, Hayes told the crowd, "liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God." This comment came just moments after he had said that he wanted to "make sure we don't say something stupid, make sure we don't say something we don't mean." But the amazing and despicable thing is that both Hayes and his staff DENIED making the comments until an audio recording of the offensive remarks came to light. North Carolina and our nation deserve better than this. PLEASE SUPPORT LARRY KISSELL!

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Victoria Wulsin


Harvard-educated physician Victoria Wulsin came within 2,516 votes (out of nearly a quarter of a million cast) of unseating incumbent Rep "Mean" Jean Schmidt in 2006. Rep Schmidt, you might remember, is the fine public servant who referred to Rep John Murtha, a 38-year Marine Corp veteran, as a coward on the floor of the House when he came out against the war in Iraq. In contrast, Wulsin believes that it is time to end our involvement in Iraq responsibly, fix our country's broken health care system and put the people's interest first. Both Ohio's 2nd district and our country deserve better than Jean Schmidt.

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Mary Jo Kilroy


In 2006 Mary Jo Kilroy came within 1,062 votes of defeating Deborah Pryce, a 7-term incumbent and member of the GOP House leadership. Due to Pryce's retirement, this is now an open seat which Mary Jo is in an even stronger position to win if she has the necessary financial resources. An outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, she will bring a slew of real world experience to Congress as an attorney, a member of the Columbus school board and president of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Sarah Palin should be so experienced!

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Linda Ketner


Linda Ketner is attempting to become the first openly gay/lesbian South Carolinian elected to federal office. She's giving four-term incumbent Rep Henry Brown (R-SC) the fight of his political life.

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Darcy Burner


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Progressive Patriots Fund

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