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With the calendar ticking down on the 2022 Election season, ADA wants to keep you informed about key races and the work we are doing to impact those races.We need your support now to reach out voter contacts goals for the 2022 election season. In the coming weeks we will spotlight races in which we are door knocking, phone calling, and texting key voters in key states. Please support our work by making a contribution today! act.myngp.com/Forms/7217581352814641152Alaska Spotlight: On August 16, a funny thing happened on the road to GOP attempts to gain a majority in the House and expand the whacko caucus.Thanks to ranked voting and a semi-sane Alaskan electorate, Democrat Mary Peltola won the special election to fill the seat left empty by the death of Don Young (R). In doing so, she defeated a host of other contenders including, most notably, former Governor Sarah Palin and Nick Begich both Republicans and both of whom will contest her victory in November’s general election. Clearly, we believe that is vital that Peltola prevail again.So much is known about former Governor and erstwhile Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin that we don’t feel the need to repeat it here. Let’s just say that we fervently hope that she will be defeated, remain on her porch watching Russia and never return to the national scene. Read more about the at-large congressional race in Alaska here: act.myngp.com/Forms/-5137198700434554880 ... See MoreSee Less
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Tuesday marked the end of the 2022 primary season and underscored the fact that today’s Republican Party is in the thrall of the former President. The dangers are very real and cannot be overstated.It is now official, election denier and conspiracy theorist Don Bolduc will face off against incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan in the general election. Thus, he becomes one more in the throng of Trump-supported candidates seeking Federal office with the express goal of enthroning the former President. Bolduc is a retired Army Brigadier General. In 2020, he sought and lost the Republican primary to take on Jeanne Shaheen and “socialist pansies,” a remark that was widely denounced as homophobic. He has claimed that Covid-19 vaccines contain micro-chips and denounced Governor Chris Sununu (R) as a "Chinese Communist sympathizer" and claimed that Sununu's business "supports terrorism." Needless to say, Sununu doesn’t hold Bolduc in very high esteem and says he is not a serious candidate. In other times we would agree but Trump’s election makes it sensible to take each and every one of these people seriously even if the ideas they espouse would normally immediately consign them to the ranks of the whackos. He has also called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment which allows voters to directly elect their Senators and, after Mar-a-Lago, questions the need for the FBI. He opposes marriage equality and has suggested that the national media be shut down during the Covid pandemic to reduce national anxiety. He opposed mask mandates because “they collect bacteria.” He advocates keeping parts (we don’t know which ones) of the Affordable Care Act but wants to keep government out of it – making us think he doesn’t get it at all. He says he will never support raising the minimum wage. He believes that forts named for Confederate soldiers are “a symbol of hope.” And, not surprisingly, he is anti-choice and pro-gun.His principle general election opponent, former state senator and former Governor, freshman Senator Maggie Hassan was elected with a mere 0.1 percent vote margin in 2016. Despite that slimmest of majorities, she has carved out an admirable role for herself proving that – unlike West Virginia’s Joe Manchin – she really can work across the aisle to achieve goals we can all applaud. She won the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Legislative Action Award while compiling an ADA voting record of 91.7 percent. She is, thus, the polar opposite of Bolduc and should defeat him handily but absolutely nothing can be taken for granted and a Libertarian candidate also in the race could prove a problem.Hassan serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee. She has used these multiple roles to focus on the economy particularly on helping small businesses and ordinary working Americans hit hardest by the pandemic. Strengthening the nation’s cyber-defenses is a top priority for her as are health care and supporting our nation’s veterans who need help the most.With a razor-thin Senate majority, this race must be a top priority. Fill out the form to get involved in ADA's efforts in the 2022 midterm elections! act.myngp.com/Forms/2211268516550541312 ... See MoreSee Less
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There is a storm brewing in Iowa, and it may just unseat long time U.S Senator Charles Grassley whose lifetime ADA voting record is a remarkable mere 12 percent. For the first time in more than a generation Grassley is polling under 50%. You would have to go all the way back to 1980 when Senator Grassley defeated the great progressive Senator John Culver to find a poll that had Grassley with less than 50% of support from likely Iowa voters. Since decisively winning the Democratic primary in June, former Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken has been gaining momentum with the latest internal poll placing him within three points of this once thought to be undefeatable Republican institution.Franken brings to the race unparalleled foreign policy expertise. He had the foresight, as one of the nation’s top military leaders, to oppose vocally the war in Iraq, even when surrounded by a chorus of Bush Administration officials hellbent on war. If – or perhaps we dare say when – elected, Admiral Franken would be the highest-ranking military officer to ever serve in the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, a Franken win would represent the return of a progressive Iowan statesman, something sorely missed since the retirement of ADA’s friend Senator Tom Harkin. Franken has been all across Iowa campaigning boldly for Medicare for All, living wages, gun safety, debt free college and reproductive freedom and a whole host of liberal policy solutions. For the last number of cycles, the failed Democratic playbook in Iowa has been to campaign on vague moderate policies and talk just as simply and “down-home” as possible. Iowan’s were not inspired by this lack of boldness and could see right through the false folksiness. Thus far, Franken is proving that Iowans once again can be inspired and moved by honest, straightforward liberal policies. Grassley is doing himself no favors in either his rhetoric or his votes. He recently voted against both the Inflation Reduction Act and bipartisan gun control measures. Long before the nation was subjected to the governing by tweets of the former President, Grassley had become infamous for his wild, often nonsensical, Twitter rants and his outlandish public statements. Recently on Fox News, when asked about additional IRS agents that are being hired to go after the tax evasion of the 1%, Grassley had this to say, “Are they going to have a strike force that goes in with AK-15s (sic) already loaded ready to shoot some small businessperson in Iowa with these?”We all know how dangerous this kind of rhetoric can be, whether it comes from Chuck Grassley or the former President. For example, just hours after this interview, a man opened fire on the FBI office in Cincinnati. Grassley is of course lying to the public about the purpose of these new agents as well as the numbers. To his credit, Franken was quick to point out that, despite Chuck Grassley’s love affair the NRA, he doesn’t actually know much about guns: the AK-15 is a Russian-made weapon not used by law enforcement in the United States. It is still an uphill battle in Iowa to unseat this Republican institution that has been in elected office since the Eisenhower Administration. However, it is a hill, not a mountain; the opportunity is genuine, and the opportunity is now. ADA is on the ground in Iowa, with an experienced organizer and a determined group of volunteers positioned to not only win this Senate race, but to also flip two additional Congressional Districts and maintain another. Make no mistake, the path to control of both chambers once again runs right through Iowa.Fill out the form to get involved in ADA's efforts in the 2022 midterm elections! act.myngp.com/Forms/7758577357564149760 ... See MoreSee Less
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As our nation celebrates Labor Day, we, too, recognize the spirit, strength and life-changing contributions of working men and women across this nation. The shared sacrifice of workers and their community allies have brought us fair wages, health care benefits, retirement, health and safety standards, a voice in the workplace and so much more. Today, ADA stands in solidarity with the labor movement and workers across this nation.We will return with the Spotlight series next week to take us into the homestretch of the 2022 midterm election! ... See MoreSee Less
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Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is home to first-term Republican Congressman Peter Meijer, one of only ten Republicans to vote for the impeachment of the former President. For his courage, he was defeated by Trump-endorsed, election denier John Gibbs. Gibbs victory was a mere 51.7 percent, achieved with the help of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee which believes he will be easier to defeat and turn this red district blue. We sincerely hope they are correct because Gibbs is a walking nightmare.Unlike a lot of the MAGA crowd, Gibbs is articulate and well educated. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a Master’s from Harvard’s Kennedy School. This far right political commentator is a former missionary and businessman who was a political appointee to HUD in the Trump Administration. Despite his demeanor and education, he is as radical as they come. He loudly supports the false claim that the 2022 election was stolen from the former President and makes Trump’s endorsement a centerpiece of his campaign. He is pro-gun and “100 percent pro-life.” For him, there are no exceptions: “There are many great Americans all around the country who were actually conceived from rape.” He attacked the incumbent Meijer for his support of LGBTQ rights, supporting sensible gun reform and for supporting aid to Ukraine. Gibbs has claimed that John Podesta took part in a Satanic ritual and that Democrats are the party of “Islam, gender-bending, anti-police.” He continues to support building the border wall and was a Trump-appointee to the 1776 commission where he attacked “critical race theory” saying, “Just as Americans rightly stand against anti-black discrimination, we must also stand against anti-white discrimination. Diabolical schemes such as Critical Race Theory and similar ideologies, which seek to demonize and blame all white Americans for all the ills of our past, are unfair, hateful, divisive, and often illegal.”The Democratic nominee is Hillary Scholten who ran against Meijer in 2020 and lost to him 53%-47%. She is a lawyer who, during the Obama Administration, served as attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals. She later returned to Michigan where she became staff attorney for the Michigan Immigration Rights Center and has worked as a case worker for the Aids Action Committee where she helped members of the LGBTQ+ community who faced housing discrimination. She pledges to work to defend and expand the Affordable Care Act with a focus on bringing down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. She is pro-choice and in favor common sense gun safety reform. She will work to end voter suppression and expand vote by mail and early voting options. She will work to combat climate change by investing in renewable energy while using those investments to build Michigan’s economy. This is a must win district in our quest to maintain and expand liberal majorities in Congress. In its old configuration, it went for Trump. Under redistricting, it would go for Biden with a 9 percentage point margin. That doesn’t mean, however, that this is a slam dunk. Nothing is predictable this year and there is a Libertarian in the race which could muddy the waters significantly.Fill out the form to get involved in ADA's efforts in the 2022 midterm elections! act.myngp.com/Forms/9202262513113104384 ... See MoreSee Less
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ADA: What You Should Know

75th ADA Awards Gala

Join us for a virtual celebration of ADA's 75th Anniversary and presentation of awards. We are proud to honor: Gara LaMarche, advocate and progressive leader most recently with the Democracy Alliance Jonathan Capehart, journalist and commentator Representative Marcy...

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ADA Convention sets agenda

January 15-17, 2021 ADA activists from around the country gathered via Zoom to share ideas, hear from experts, and set ADA's agenda for progress.

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Congrats to President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris!

PDF HERE November 7. 2020 President-elect Joseph Biden Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Biden Transition Congratulations, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) was proud to endorse your campaign and...

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The American Commentator

Through feature articles, essays, interviews, personal remembrances, and reviews, we seek to promote a stimulating dialogue about liberal ideas and ideals among ADA members and friends.

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ADA Awards Gala Video

Enjoy the video and please make a donation to ADA's work to #DitchMitch and #DumpTrump.  You can also Text ADA2020 to 202-796-2201.

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ADA Fireside Chats

ADA is doing weekly Fireside Chats on different topics. Join us at 8pm eastern. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE or on ADA's Facebook Page HERE. View last week's ADA Fireside Chat HERE.

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