Long-time friend of 21st Century Democrats New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is up for re-election next November, 2017.
Bill is a true champion for progressive causes, and we are doing everything we can to make sure he wins his re-election. From taking on the landlord lobby to freeze rents, he fought for universal pre-K for every four-year-old, he signed paid sick leave into law and raised the minimum wage for all city employees and contractors.
He needs our help, so please send a donation today to Bill’s re-election campaign.
By an overwhelming majority – much like the Presidential race this year – our “Don’t Blame Me” bumper sticker won the contest!
I think that says it all!
So we are now offering you our “Don’t Blame Me” bumper sticker for a gift of $8 or more.
This bumper sticker allows you to show your family, friends and neighbors know how you feel about the November election.
It’s still hard to believe isn’t it that Donald Trump will become our next President.
If you send a gift of $25 or more we’ll send you three bumper stickers that you can give to family and friends.
Please act today.
Thanks for all you do.
– Executive Director
What happened last Tuesday was the unthinkable.
Donald Trump is going to be sworn-in in January as President.
This has me both mad and scared for our country.
That’s why we need to not sit back and let him do whatever he wants to our country.
As the reality starts to sink in, one thing that we can’t do is wait and see what the Republican-controlled House and Senate along with Donald Trump do to all the progress we made in the last 8 years under President Obama.
Democrats have to protect 25 Senate seats in 2018!
And of those 25 – four are 21st Century Democrats-endorsed candidates.
We must protect these four incredibly strong progressive Senators and win three seats to take back the Senate – a goal we are not going to give up on!
I know it’s hard to start fighting again – but that’s what Donald Trump and the Republicans are counting on.
Let’s start to rebuild our strong grassroots campaign today.
Thanks for all you do,
First, I want to thank you for all you did for 21st Century Democrats this election cycle.
Your unwavering support enabled us to elect four of our U.S. Senate candidates:
Tammy Duckworth in Illinois
Progressive Credentials: Reflecting her commitment to working families, Duckworth’s legislative priorities include making college more affordable, making access to affordable health care a right and fighting for equal pay for equal work as a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Kamala Harris in California
Progressive Credentials: Senator Elizabeth Warren worked with Harris on reforms following the housing market crisis in 2008.
“I saw up close and personal that she is tough, she is principled, and she fights hard. We need more leaders in Washington who are willing to fight for a level playing field for working families,” Warren said in her endorsement of Harris for the U.S. Senate.
Warren praised Harris for demanding real accountability from lenders and for pulling out of the National Mortgage Settlement, instead securing $20 billion in relief for struggling California homeowners.
Harris also championed a new California Homeowner Bill of Rights, which Warren calls one of the most comprehensive sets of foreclosure reform laws in the country.
As the California attorney general, Harris also focused on fighting to reduce elementary school truancy as part of her crime prevention initiatives, preserving the state’s natural resources and ensuring marriage equality for all.
Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
Progressive Credentials: Having spent her career fighting for the middle class and those most vulnerable, expect Cortez Masto as a senator to continue making it her priority to protect women, homeowners and seniors.
A lifelong advocate for women and children, Cortez Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She helped pass a bill that established the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allowed victims to receive assistance, and gave them the right to sue their traffickers. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders.
To aid middle-class families, and protect consumers and homeowners, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute fraudulent foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. And she led the fight against foreclosure fraud, securing an estimated $1.9 billion from big banks on behalf of Nevada homeowners as part of the National Mortgage Settlement.
And Cortez Masto created a senior protection unit in the Attorney General’s office to ensure that state investigators and prosecutors had the necessary tools to pursue those who abuse, neglect or exploit seniors.
Patty Murray in Washington
Progressive Credentials: Murray’s current focus on worker protections include:
- Calling for an increase in the minimum wage to give millions of workers a raise;
- Introducing the Healthy Families Act to give workers in businesses with 15 or more employees the chance to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick leave, and seven days of unpaid leave for workers in businesses with fewer than 15 employees;
- Working with Senator Sherrod Brown to advocate that the NLRB speed up the union election process; and,
- Joining with Senator Bernie Sanders to lead a group of 26 senators working to strengthen overtime protections for American workers.
Murray’s legislative priorities also include cutting taxes for the middle class.
“While Republicans continue to call for more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, I’m proud to introduce middle-class tax cuts that will reward families for their hard work, deliver them some much-needed help to pay their bills, and help the economy grow from the middle out, not the top down,” said Murray.
Murray’s 21st Century Worker Tax Cut Act creates a new tax credit worth up to $1,000 for families with two working parents, aimed at helping with child-care and transportation costs. Murray projects the changes would benefit more than 7 million two-earner families.
Also aimed at helping families keep up with the rising costs of child care, the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act would reform the child and dependent care tax credit by raising its limits and making it refundable, so low-income families could benefit as well. The typical credit increase would go from $600 to $2,800 for most low- and middle-income families.
While we didn’t win back the majority in the Senate that we all worked so hard to accomplish, we were able to shrink the GOP majority.
For the U.S. House, our four candidates won:
Keith Ellison in Minnesota
Progressive Credentials: One of Congress’ foremost progressive leaders and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ellison has consistently fought for job creation, progressive tax rates, health care for all, workers’ rights, a clean environment, quality education, fair trade, strong consumer protections, protecting the right to vote, equality and justice for all, and greater investment in infrastructure.
Ben Ray Lujan in New Mexico
- Supported student loan reform, which will increase Pell Grants and make it easier for college students to pay back their loans
- Cosponsored the Credit Card Holder’s Bill of Rights
- Supported Wall Street reform and included an amendment to end too big to fail
- Fought to expand health care to those with mental illness and substance abuse issues
- Demanded a public option in health care reform
- Investigated the health insurance industry’s denial practices and spearheaded legislation to expand access to insurance and close loopholes
Chellie Pingree in Maine
- Supported labor unions by voting to allow workers to sue their employers and to limit mandatory overtime
- Favored an increase in the minimum wage as well as universal health care coverage for all, the importation of prescription drugs and the expansion of drug coverage for Medicare
- Favored a decrease in defense spending while pushing to increase funding in education, the environment, medical research and public health services
- Voted to decrease the tax burden on working families
John Sarbanes in Maryland
- Provided needed knowledge of health care reform as an expert who spent years practicing health care law
- Proposed a bill that forgave student loan debt for those pursuing nonprofit work or government employment
- Sponsored a bill that provided grant money for K-12 programs willing to teach environmental education
Rick Nolan in Minnesota
- Advocated for a single-payer health-care plan, public campaign financing, more rigid gun control laws and immediately removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan
- Called for reducing the Department of Defense budget
- Backed by Minnesota Democrats Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and former Vice President Walter Mondale
And Governor Steve Bullock won his bid for re-election in Montana.
- Led other attorneys general in opposition to Citizens United
- Fought to raise the minimum wage
- Refused to sign a friend-of-the court brief against the 2010 Affordable Care Act
- Vows to veto any right-to-work bill
All of this was accomplished with your continued support!
While the election results were not what we had hoped, and we need to be ready to dust ourselves off and get ready to fight again, I did want to write to say thank you.
You made this all possible.
I’ll be writing in the coming weeks to give you updates on our 2017 and 2018 strategies, but first, I just wanted to say thank you for all you’ve done.