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On Tuesday in Colorado

On Tuesday Colorado held their primaries, and we have some great Progressive Majority news to share! Eva Henry, candidate for Adams County Commissioner and farm team member, won her primary with 60% of the vote (unofficial results). This is an open seat and this area is strongly Democratic, so her main race was Tuesday.

Our latest endorsements are out.

As you know, Progressive Majority is working to elect progressive champions to state-level offices around the country. As a part of that work, we recruit, identify and assist great progressives in running for office.

On Monday we emailed about Lisa Brown, a proud progressive who was censored on the floor of the Michigan House for daring to say "vagina". Today we're announcing our third and latest batch of candidate endorsements for 2012, more Lisa Browns running in campaigns across the country. Here's more about three of them:

We can't say the "V" word

What's the "V" word? We can’t say the word "Vagina" out loud, or we too might be banned from speaking on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. This happened to farm team member and State Rep. Lisa Brown on Wednesday.

Her exact comment (on yet another anti-choice and anti-woman bill which the Republican-controlled house rammed through) was "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."1

Celebrating an important victory, and keeping the heat on in Arizona

Exciting news today from President Obama! He will stop the deportations of many DREAMers, immigrants brought into this country as kids. As a result, many children who grew up in this country and serve in the Armed Forces or attend college will no longer have to fear a knock in the middle of the night, and deportation to a country they may have never known.

What a contrast with Mitt Romney's record.

Exciting news… in Arizona??

We're excited to announce we're working with a new social justice national PAC, called PAC+, to elect more progressives in Arizona and across the country. PAC+ is a national network of leaders focused on democratizing money and politics to give voice to America’s New Majority by focusing on many donors, not mega donors.

PAC+ was launched on March 21st by a National Board of over 70 community and political leaders in 16 states. Even though it is brand new, PAC+ already has a record of success: going 3 for 3 in the Texas primary -- supporting and endorsing bold progressive candidates Mary Gonzalez, Mary Ann Perez, and Marc Veasey.

Tuesday night

I'm sure you've heard: Tuesday night we got some bad news. Progressives worked so hard over the past year to shine a light on Scott Walker’s record and hold him accountable, yet we didn’t get the outcome we needed.
 
But this is not an end, it’s just another beginning. Despite GOP voter suppression efforts, it looks like Democrats took back the Wisconsin State Senate. John Lehman defeated Republican Van Wanggaard and gave Democrats a one seat majority in the Senate, a way to block Scott Walker’s dangerous agenda.

Endorsements

We’re excited to announce 19 new endorsements for 2012 in California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. These candidates are teachers, fire fighters, veterans and progressives just like you. They’re running to take the fight to conservatives in state legislatures to protect education, health care, workers’ rights and women’s health.

Don't protect some and ignore others

Congratulations, Senate Republicans—whether it was from election year fear, or a solid commitment to women’s rights (I’ll believe it when I see it), enough of you sucked it up and helped the Violence Against Women Act pass through your chamber.

The VAWA, has provided resources since 1994 to develop improved domestic violence and sexual assault response and prevention programs. This year’s Democratically-sponsored incarnation of the bill added three important provisions.

Ohio: Next for Gay Marriage?

No, Ohio is not going to exchange rings with California.

On Thursday, the Ohio Ballot Board approved language on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow same sex marriage. Now, Ohio’s Freedom to Marry Coalition just has to get the 385,253 signatures needed to get the amendment on the ballot. They are shooting for November 2013.

A Republican Autocracy in Michigan

Elected officials removed and replaced with a non-elected official. Laws passed illegally by ignoring one party’s votes. Autocracy meets Michigan.

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