If you’re reading this piece, then you know there’s no such thing as an off-year when it comes to elections. And if you’re anything like me, then you definitely don’t want to wait until 2024 to stick it to Republicans.
Fortunately, we have three major contests coming up in the next two months that each offer us tremendous opportunities to build progressive power and hand some well-earned losses to the GOP. I’ll make it snappy:
- In the New Hampshire state House, Democratic Rep. Chuck Grassie is running in a do-over race on Feb. 21 after his November election ended in a tie. Republicans actually tried to cancel this special election and simply seat the GOP candidate as the winner, so we need to make them pay for that brazen power grab. If we do, we’ll whittle their advantage in the chamber down to a super-skinny 201-199 margin—and future special elections could even see the majority changes hands. Read more here.
- In the Wisconsin state Senate, Republicans just won an ill-gotten supermajority last fall thanks to gerrymandered maps they rigged themselves. That means they could impeach and remove any official in the state, including Gov. Tony Evers, without the vote of a single Democratic lawmaker—and they’ve warned they might do just that. But because a Republican senator recently resigned, we can erase that supermajority by supporting Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin in a special election on April 4. Read more here.
- And finally, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is up for grabs on April 4, and with it the fate of democracy in this critical swing state. Conservatives currently have a 4-3 majority, but a right-wing justice is retiring, so if a progressive replaces her, that would give liberals control of the court. If that happens, the court could roll back the GOP’s extreme gerrymanders, restore the right to an abortion, and block any attempts by Republicans to steal the 2024 election for Donald Trump. The candidate best-positioned to win is Judge Janet Protasiewicz. Read more here.
All of these races could fly under the radar, but Daily Kos always pays attention to openings like these, which is why we’ve carefully vetted and endorsed candidates in all three races. And because you read Daily Kos, you get clued in to the races that the traditional media overlooks because they aren’t “sexy” enough.
But we know damn well just how important it is to beat Republicans whenever and wherever we can. What’s more, all of these elections offer small-dollar grassroots donors tremendous bang for the buck: Compared to higher-profile races with massive budgets, our donations to these campaigns will go a very long way. These races are all coming up very soon, though, so the time for us to act is right now.
Please donate $12 to each of these three Daily Kos-endorsed candidates seeking to build progressive power throughout the country!
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