Forget John Boehner and Paul Ryan — Republicans don’t need Congress to push their radical right-wing agenda. They’re doing it right now, state by state:
- Ending women’s right to choose
- Busting unions
- Deregulating industries and pillaging the environment
- Giving away huge tax breaks to big corporations and the super rich
Republican state legislatures are laboratories of right-wing extremism — and we need to stop their radical agendas before they go any farther.
That’s why DFA is launching the Purple to Blue Project, a new multi-year effort dedicated to winning state House and Senate chambers across the country — starting right now in Virginia.
Even as Democrats picked up wins nationally last year, conservatives continued to cement control of state legislatures — and they’re using states like Virginia to build momentum for radical, extreme agendas.
We’re seeing the damage they can do. Virginia’s newly-enacted restrictions on abortion have spawned a national assault on women’s right to make decisions about her own life: just this weekend, North Dakota’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a “personhood” amendment, effectively banning all abortions in the state.
Whether it’s stripping away labor rights in Wisconsin, restricting voting rights in Pennsylvania, or attacking a woman’s right to choose in Virginia, conservatives are growing bolder and reaching further than ever before.
It’s time to get back to basics. DFA is targeting five swing districts in Virginia to send a powerful message to Republicans: If you continue to wage war on our core values, progressives will defeat you at the ballot box.
This isn’t a process that will happen overnight, but we have to start now. We’re endorsing our first round of candidates — now we need to raise $10,000 to begin recruiting staff to join them in the field.
Thanks for all you do,
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America
For more info., see interview and video on Huffpo:
Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman and presidential candidate, stressed the importance of stopping what he described as extreme ideas being generated by lawmakers in state Capitols around the country. He focused on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, as well as lawmakers in Richmond but cited other examples, including the abortion bill signed Tuesday by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R).
“What DFA’s effort to do here is stop the right-wing extremists,” Dean said. “This is about sane normal Americans taking on these extreme people with bizarre ideas.”
He stressed starting at the grassroots level, and indicated the project would be in place for several years and would be part of DFA’s strategy to elect a Democrat to the White House in 2016.
The group plans to expand next year to Iowa, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The states were selected, he said, based on the amount of swing districts that could be flipped from Republican to Democrat, along with the actions taken by Republican lawmakers there.”