Election 2014

PFAW Endorses Brad Anderson for Iowa Secretary of State

People For the American Way is proud to announce its endorsement of Brad Anderson for Iowa Secretary of State.

Anderson is running for Secretary of State to expand voting in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, setting the goal of making the state number one in voter turnout. As part of a multi-point plan to reach that goal, he proposed comprehensive online voter registration for all Iowans, a permanent vote-by-mail system for rural counties, and an expansion of no-excuse early voting and absentee voting.

Anderson is fighting against voter suppression tactics, and for an end to partisanship in the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. He supports Iowa’s current optional Voter ID system where election workers are allowed to ask for an ID to verify identity, but it is not required to vote. Anderson noted at a recent forum that the Secretary of State’s office “should be approached in a non-partisan way, period.”

In contrast, Anderson’s opponent, GOP candidate Paul Pate, wants to implement mandatory voter ID, a measure that could disenfranchise thousands of Iowa voters. As Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1998, Pate was reprimanded and fined by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board for using his official office for political purposes, and in 1999 he was reprimanded again by the Iowa Attorney General for attempting to personally register trademarks created for his official duties.

Anderson is the co-founder of MyDigitalManager, a company that provides database search tools for audio and video assets. He is the former Iowa state director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and has worked to pass local referendums for a wellness center in Indianola in 2010 and a new public safety center in Johnston in 2011. He also worked on the successful Iowa's Water and Land Legacy campaign in 2010, creating a natural resources trust fund dedicated to land conservation and clean water.

To see Brad Anderson’s latest TV ad, or to make a contribution to his campaign, visit https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/anderson4iowa.

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PFAW Endorses Nina Turner for Ohio Secretary of State

People For the American Way is proud to announce its endorsement of Ohio State Senator Nina Turner for Ohio Secretary of State.

Turner is running for secretary of state to expand ballot access and ensure that all Ohioans have a voice in our elections. She fights for the right of every eligible voter to have their ballot counted and has consistently been an outspoken advocate for all Ohioans.

Since being elected to Ohio’s 25th State Senate district, Turner has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working senators in the chamber. She has worked to defeat anti-worker legislation restricting collective bargaining rights (Senate Bill 5), to protect women’s health, and to expand voting rights. She has become nationally recognized for championing the right to cast a vote that counts, calling voting “the great equalizer – the one place where your age, beliefs, and wealth have no impact on how powerful your voice is.”

Turner’s opponent, incumbent Secretary of State Jon Husted, has used his power to do just the opposite: limit voters’ access to the polls. He has been sued in court for limiting voting hours, moving polling locations, and restricting access to the polls in traditionally Democratic and minority areas of the state. Most recently Husted eliminated Ohio’s “Golden Week” where voters could register and vote at the same time. He has been a national leader in the GOP effort to suppress the vote across the country.

Because of her leadership in the Ohio State Senate, in 2012 Turner was named as Senate Democratic Whip. She has also been named a Legislative Champion for Children, a Friend of Labor by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and as 2012 State Senator of the Year by The Nation magazine. In addition to her legislative duties, Turner also teaches history at her alma mater, Cuyahoga Community College. She still lives in the same community where she grew up, with her husband of over 20 years.

To see Nina Turner’s TV ad for Ohio Secretary of State or make a donation to her campaign, visit https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/turnerpower.

 

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At Grimes’ Fundraiser, Clinton and Kentucky Dems Call Out GOP Obstruction

Weighing into one of the most watched Senate races this election cycle, Bill Clinton spoke at a campaign event in Louisville on Tuesday putting his political weight behind Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Clinton took the opportunity to call out Republican obstruction in government, alluding to the “dumb way” the GOP has tried to run the country:

In the end that’s really what Alison is telling you: ‘Send me to Washington and I’ll do something that makes sense and if there’s a problem with it, I’ll fix it.’ And the other … choice is to just pout if … your party is not in the White House, and make as many problems as you can, stop anything good from happening, and if you can’t stop it at least badmouth it. And then … when there’s a problem do everything you can to make sure the problem is never fixed. … It’s a dumb way to run a country.

Speaking before Clinton, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth held the Minority Leader accountable for his horrible record of big money in politics, putting it pithily:

[He] is the one who says money is speech. If you have money, he’ll listen.

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Challenges & Opportunities: 2014 Political Landscape PFAW Telebriefing

On a recent national activist teleconference, pollster Geoff Garin of Hart Research Associates told PFAW supporters that 2014 could see challenging mid-year elections for progressives. Garin said 2013’s rollout difficulties with the Affordable Care Act, Tea Party obstructionism, and sliding poll numbers for President Obama stand out in voters’ minds. But he also highlighted opportunities for change, including the push to unseat GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Tea Party Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

Following trends like Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial win in Virginia, Garin observed that Democrat Michelle Nunn is well positioned to win in Georgia. Garin and PFAW Political Director Randy Borntrager both noted that as Republicans continue to move further to the right, Democrats who represent a new, positive direction stand to pick up seats in swing areas because of voters’ frustration with obstructionism and division.

You can listen to the audio of the teleconference here:



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From the Archives: Ken Buck's Extreme Record

As you may have heard, 2010 Tea Party candidate Ken Buck has decided to throw his hat into the ring for the 2014 Senate race in Colorado. Unfortunately for him, no one has forgotten the extreme record that led voters to reject him last time around.

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