Round 2: Patty Schachtner and DD Adams

Not that we needed more evidence, but this week’s passage of the Tax Bill proves that GOP has no shame. Not only were they authorizing a criminal looting of the American middle and working classes to enrich their rich donors, many in the GOP were voting to enrich themselves.

The party is filled with wealthy businessmen, and Congress carved out several last-minute clauses that would specifically reward particular lawmakers, including Bob Corker. In the past, that sort of revelation — called the Corker Kickback — could have killed a bill; instead, Corker lied through his teeth, called it “fake news,” and not one Republican senator voted against the tax cuts.

Nothing can stop them from ruining America to enrich themselves — except for us, booting them from office. Corporate money props up the Republican Party, so it’s up to us to support the Democratic candidates that share our values. Let’s give these two candidates some early Christmas gifts!

Special Election: Patty Schachtner for Wisconsin State Senate

Let’s send a message to Paul Ryan, who was put on this earth to cut taxes for the wealthy, gel his hair, and little else. He’s non-committal about running for re-election this fall, and it’d be great to show him that Wisconsin, a bastion of progressivism ravaged by Ryan and GOP sociopath/governor Scott Walker, is returning to its Democratic roots.

There will be a special election for a valuable seat in the Wisconsin State Senate on January 16th. After the GOP took power, it gerrymandered the state into an unrecognizable jigsaw of districts, with racism and partisanship the only factors in their shaping.

That’s under Supreme Court review, but we can’t rely on that gerrymandered court to save us. A GOP-held seat in the State Senate, representing District 10, is up for grabs, and Democrats have a great candidate in Patty Schachtner, a civil servant and lifelong resident of the region. Her issues page is chockful of smart, local-focused ideas and promises, including an emphasis on infrastructure, the environment (she grew up on a farm), better public education, healthcare (including expanding the state’s Medicaid program) and fighting the opioid crisis.

If Dems can win this seat, it’ll put them in a better position to win the State Senate back in November, when Gov. Scott Walker, perhaps the most draconian state exec in the country, is also up for re-election. That’s huge: It’d end gerrymandering, expand healthcare in the state, and help re-enfranchize tens of thousands of people who were stopped from voting during the election by Walker’s awful voter ID laws.

Had it not been for those laws, Hillary Clinton would have likely won Wisconsin. So yeah, this race matters.

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Congressional Election: DD Adams for North Carolina’s 5th District 

The Doug Jones victory showed that black women are the beating heart of the Democratic Party. The party must recognize that, but not only during the run-up to election day. There are precious few black women in elected office, and that needs to change.

DD Adams is an accomplished businesswoman and public servant who has served in the Winston-Salem City Council since 2009. Adams has fought to raise wages for city workers, building infrastructure, and stood up for LGBTQ rights at a time when they were under attack in the state.

Adams also has name recognition in the district, which spans parts of 11 North Carolina counties (the state is heavily gerrymandered) and while Trump won the state, it also elected a Democratic governor in Roy Cooper. She’s also really active on Twitter, which is cool.

Adams’ opponent is incumbent Virginia Foxx, who wants to destroy public education across the country. She must be stopped.

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Round 1: Conor Lamb and Stacey Evans

Republicans are in denial over the Roy Moore fiasco, and are trying to pin this loss on Steve Bannon. And while Bannon deserves to be buried under a landslide of criticism (yelled at him in Spanish, preferably), the Alabama loss isn’t just his fault, and Republicans clearly don’t yet understand what it means.

The GOP is hurrying to pass a tax bill that is so nakedly regressive that it almost qualifies as trolling. Republicans don’t get that there are going to be consequences to their looting of America, so let’s make them pay for it as soon as possible.

National Candidate: Conor Lamb for Congress in PA-18

There’s going to be a whole lot of special elections in 2018 at this rate, and the first big one will be in March, in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, outside of Pittsburgh. The long-time incumbent, Tim Murphy, resigned in October after it came out that he urged his mistress to have an abortion — despite his being a vocally “pro-life” lawmaker.

Running for Democrats is a young candidate with an incredibly impressive resume. Conor Lamb attended the University of Pennsylvania, joined the Navy, and prosecuted sexual assault cases in the military. Since 2014, he’s been an assistant US attorney, working on fighting the opioid crisis.

Remarkably, Lamb is just 33-years-old, and is the kind of bright young Democrat the party needs as it looks to energize, connect with young voters, and build its base. Democrats haven’t even run candidates in this district the last two cycles, and Trump won it by 19 points in 2016. That makes Lamb’s candidacy extra important, as it’ll help re-establish the party in a working-class district that is filled with union voters.

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State Candidate: Stacey Abrams, for Governor of Georgia

The Alabama upset proved that women and minorities are now the backbone of the Democratic Party. And in Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia General Assembly Minority Leader, they have an incredible candidate who is vying to become the first black woman governor in US history.

Abrams has an amazing resume: she got a job as a political speechwriter at 17, went to Yale Law School, got hired as Atlanta’s Deputy City Attorney at the age of 29, has won a gaggle of local and national awards (including from the Kennedy Center), writes romance novels under a pen name (really!), and has an unapologetically progressive and inclusive vision for Georgia. She’s also been endorsed by the big national progressive groups, including MoveOn and the Working Families Party.

The Alabama race changes everything. Democrats should no longer be afraid of the south — but they have to run smart and activate the base. Black women drove Jones to victory, and Abrams represents a perfect candidate for the time and place, and a new era in American politics.

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