Finding The Progressives

This page is one of  the few  REALM experiments we occasionally post  in hopes that something useful comes out of the endervor.

For  better or worse this election cycle is set-if we’re lucky Bernie can  beat the odds and get the Democratic party nomination ,if he doesn’t we end-up with YET another status quo presidency.

The one striking element about this election is that a realization has taken over; for a large sector of the electorate an awareness has taken over that says, voting for the “lesser of two evils” is futile and is playing by the establishment politicians rules. The more we reward them with our votes, yes–even the “hold your nose” kind, the less they feel obliged to honor the “consent of the governed”. 

We need to send a clear message to the counterfeit entity that calls itself the Democratic party. The next stage is to look ahead to the midterm elections and regain control of both houses, to do so we need REAL progressive minded Representatives.

This page serves to identify the representatives in the Democratic party that best embody the PROGRESSIVE agenda–the goal is to support them and to encourage local and state individuals that could be approached  to challenge moderate incumbents….People  that have been part of the problem for too long.


33 Responses to Finding The Progressives

  1. Jack says:

    This page is just a directory, all non-topic comments are moved to the main page—Thanks.

  2. Classical Gas says:

    Thanks for the page, Jack.

    So far I have three links to sites listing Berniecrats:

    As stated in one or more comments, these candidates may or may not have been thoroughly vetted. There are fakers trying to get in on the action, so check out your local and State aspirants. I’d recommend giving them a call and playing twenty questions until you’re comfortable with supporting any of them.

  3. Classical Gas says:

    These people are worth watching – they have the right idea!

  4. Classical Gas says:

    Bernie just endorsed 8 candidates. From an email I just rec’d:

    “No president, not Bernie Sanders, not the greatest president you could possibly imagine, can take on the billionaire class alone. And that’s because change never happens from the top down, it always occurs from the bottom up.

    That’s why today I am announcing my support for eight progressive state legislative candidates who embody the spirit of our political revolution.

    Today, they are state representatives running for re-election or challenging to win their first race. Tomorrow, they’ll be progressives running for Congress and maybe even the presidency. And in 2020, they’ll help determine how congressional districts are drawn for the remainder of the next decade — a key to Democrats taking back and holding the House of Representatives for the decade to come.

    Justin Bamberg is a state representative from South Carolina who was an early endorser of Hillary Clinton’s campaign but switched his endorsement before the primary because of Bernie’s work for “racial, social, and economic justice.” Justin won his last election by ONLY 113 votes and needs our support in what’s sure to be another close race this November.

    David Bowen is the son of Jamaican immigrants who is running for his second term in the Wisconsin State Legislature. He fought for and won a living wage for Milwaukee city employees and is a progressive champion Wisconsin needs.

    Clara Hart is a refugee from Mozambique whose family fled from violence when she was just 8 years old. Now she’s running for the South Dakota House, where she hopes to continue her work for immigrant families.

    Terry Alexander is a representative in the South Carolina legislature who supports raising the minimum wage, expanding health care, and protecting the right to vote. He is a courageous legislator who I’m proud to support.

    Carol Ammons became the first African-American woman to win election in her district of the Illinois State Legislature, scoring an upset election victory against a well-funded establishment opponent. She’s fighting for progressive issues and candidates and deserves our support.

    Chris Pearson is running for the Vermont State Senate after spending four terms in the Vermont House of Representatives. He is a champion on the issues of livable wages, strong labor union advocacy, climate change, and voting rights. This year he was able to pass a bill into law for automatic voter registration. Chris is a good friend of working people and of mine.

    Jane Kim is the first Korean American to win election in San Francisco, and she’s running to become a California state senator. The daughter of immigrants, Jane is a civil rights attorney who’s fought for affordable housing and fair wages in her city.

    Joe Salazar is a representative to Colorado’s state house who is a tireless advocate for stopping fracking, protecting civil rights, and advancing criminal justice reform. He won his last election by just 221 votes, and your support will go a long way to helping him win this year.”

  5. ALOE VERA says:

    From Democracy for America email:
    “Each of these four candidates is a proven leader and a perfect fit for the political revolution:

    Tim Canova: He is the law professor who is running against DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida's 23rd Congressional District. Tim Canova has been challenging Wall Street banks and political corruption for most of his adult life, and fought to stop the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999. Tim has endorsed Bernie Sanders, and Bernie has endorsed Tim.
    Nanette Barragán: She is running in California's 44th Congressional District, taking on one of the biggest recipients of oil and tobacco money in the entire state. On the Hermosa Beach City Council, she fearlessly took on Big Oil and won, and now she's running to raise the minimum wage, fight for good, local jobs, and guarantee equal pay for equal work.
    Eric Kingson: Eric founded Social Security Works to defend that program from attack -- and to expand Social Security benefits for generations to come. Now he's running in New York's 24th Congressional District to continue the fight to save and expand Social Security from inside the Capitol. Eric has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
    Susannah Randolph: From her student organizer days to serving as Executive Director of Florida Watch Action, Susannah has dedicated her life to grassroots organizing for working families. She led statewide efforts to fight Rick Scott's anti-middle class agenda, and helped lead the fight against the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal -- now she's running in Florida's 9th Congressional District to expand Social Security, fight climate change, and get money out of politics."
  6. Jack says:

    Almost forgot about Tulsi, she more than anyone understands DNC THUGGERY!

  7. Classical Gas says:

    Rec’d today in an email from Bernie:

    “That’s why today I’m endorsing 2 new progressives – Eric Kingson in New York, and Paul Clements in Michigan – and asking you to again support Lucy Flores, Zephyr Teachout, Pramila Jayapal, and Tim Canova in their races for Congress.”

    • Classical Gas says:

      “I’m endorsing Eric Kingson for Congress in New York because he led the fight to protect Social Security, and I’m endorsing Paul Clements in Michigan because he can help unseat the leading climate change denier in Congress.”

  8. Classical Gas says:

    Rec’d today in an email from Bernie:

    “Congressman Rick Nolan (Minnesota) represents one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country. Normally when that happens, the elected official moves to the “right” to protect their seat. Not Rick. His election is a great opportunity to prove one can serve as a progressive and still win a difficult race.

    Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) is a leading voice to adopt fair trade policies which not only raise wages in this country, but lift living standards throughout the world. She has been fighting for a fair trade policy from the day she came to Congress.

    I know that if you stand with them, as we have stood together throughout this campaign, we are almost certainly going to transform the Democratic Party, and we are going to transform this country.”

  9. Classical Gas says:

    Sanders Democrats
    1 hr ·
    We’ve got an awesome line up of excellent, progressive candidates up today! Please share our list far and wide ‪#‎TeamRevolution‬!!

    ‪#‎Maine‬: Jeff McCabe

    Rick Shepherd
    Alex Singer
    Jesse Sabaih
    Lucy Flores
    Dan Rolle
    Owen Carver
    Garrett LeDuff

    ‪#‎NorthDakota‬: Cory McGarvey

    Dimitri Cherny
    Arik Bjorn

    Bill Bunch
    Michael Futrell

    ‪#‎SandersDemocrats‬ ‪#‎BrandNewCongress‬

  10. Classical Gas says:

    Here’s a group to watch:

    And a bonus video…

  11. waverly says:

    As of July 2016 the two Senators from Florida are Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R).

  12. ALOE VERA says:

    Members of U.S. Congress, searchable by state, district, etc.

  13. Classical Gas says:

    “Sanders Democrats Questionnaire

    Dear Candidate,
    Thank you for taking the time to fill out this brief questionnaire. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

    The goal of Sanders Democrats is to support candidates who are running for public office and are in alignment with Senator Bernie Sanders. If you qualify, your candidate information will be shared on our active Google Doc as well as Facebook and Twitter feeds. It is imperative that you provide us with precise information about yourself, so we can copy your information directly into our doc.

    Please note that by filling out this form, you are requesting to be placed on our Sanders Democrats Google Doc. It is not, however, a guarantee that you will be added. You will have the opportunity to make a personal statement at the end of the form to clarify any of your positions or add additional comments. ”

    Send this to any candidate you think may be a good fit.

  14. Classical Gas says:

    From a FB site:

    “Sanders Democrats

    GOOD NEWS family! Yesterday’s primary was a HUGE win for Sanders Democrats, Berniecrats and Brand New Congress. Thank you to our supporters and the brave voters!

    Lon Johnson
    Douglas Smith
    Paul Clements

    Bill Otto for Congress
    Brandon Ellington
    Michael J Dorwart for Missouri
    Curtis Wylde for State Representative MO District 107
    Genevieve Williams for Congress

    Pramila Jayapal
    Jason Ritchie for Washington
    Marcus Riccelli
    People to Elect Shar Lichty
    Jennifer Goulet for Washington
    Noel Frame
    Kaitlyn Beck for the 49th LD Pos 1

    ‪#‎SandersDemocrats‬ ‪#‎Berniecrats‬ ‪#‎BrandNewCongress‬ ‪#‎EverIntrepid‬”

  15. Classical Gas says:

    Don’t forget to check the current standings here:

    Colorado Berniecrats won 2/3 of their primaries – how did your State do?

  16. Classical Gas says:

    From Sanders Democrats…
    These are the candidates in today’s primaries:

    Lennie Clark – Federal Senate
    Aaron Baumann – Dist. 2, Bernie Endorsed
    Raúl Grijalva – Dist. 3, Bernie Endorsed
    Mikel Weisser – Dist. 4
    Talia Fuentes – Dist. 5
    Mark Cardenas – Dist. 19
    Ken Clark For Arizona – Dist. 24
    Juan Mendez – Dist. 26, Bernie Endorsed
    Rep. Reginald Bolding – Dist. 27
    Martin Quezada, Dist. 29, Bernie Endorsed
    Richard Andrade, Dist. 29
    Adrian Fontes for Maricopa County Recorder, Bernie Endorsed

    Alan Grayson – Federal Senate (Superdelegate)
    Sean Patrick Guthrie for U.S. Senate – Federal Senate
    Amanda Kondrat’yey – Dist. 1
    Robert Tager For Congress – Dist. 12
    John “Juan” Xuna for US Congress -Florida,CD 18.- Dist. 18
    Michael Mike Trout Campaign for Good Government – Dist. 21
    Tim Canova for Congress – Dist. 23, Bernie endorsed, running against DWS
    Alina Valdes for Congress – Dist. 25
    Emmanuel Morel – Dist. 27
    Raymond Guillory for Florida House District 2 – Dist. 2
    Dwight Bullard – Dist. 40, Bernie Endorsed
    David Kearns for Florida House District 53 – Dist. 53
    Doug Oberman for State Representative – Dist. 93

    #SandersDemocrats #AZprimary #FLprimary #GOTV

    • Classical Gas says:

      From Sanders Democrats – the results of the two primaries:

      H U G E congratulations to yesterday’s primary winners:

      Arizona – Raúl Grijalva, Mikel Weisser, Talia Fuentes, Mark Cardenas, Ken Clark For Arizona, Juan Mendez, Rep. Reginald Bolding, Martin Quezada, Richard Andrade & Adrian Fontes for Maricopa County Recorder

      Florida – Robert Tager For Congress, Mike Trout Campaign for Good Government, Alina Valdes for Congress, Raymond Guillory for Florida House District 2, Dwight Bullard & David Kearns for Florida House District 53

      We would like to sincerely thank all of our brave candidates who ran in this election. We particularly thank Tim Canova for Congress who challenged corporate owned, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with only 7% of the population turning out to vote.

      • Classical Gas says:

        60% of the Sanders Dems won in Florida, and 90% won in Arizona. With spectacularly low turnouts for the primaries, as usual, this is how to get Progressives on the ballot.

        • ALOE VERA says:

          I thought Grayson is an abuser?

          • Jack Wonka says:

            That is actually not clear there is footage of the victim fabricating an attack—-he is still hiding money in offshore accounts so there’s that.

            • ALOE VERA says:

              Ah, ok. Well, I’d bend if it was a false accusation, those bitches make it more difficult for the rest of us. However I don’t think $ in offshore accounts qualifies one as progressive.

              • Classical Gas says:

                There’s that. I’m not sure why they continue to list him as a Progressive. I suppose there’s some criteria that he fits.

  17. Classical Gas says:

    From Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest


    ● RI State Legislature: The Ocean State lacked high profile primaries for governor or Congress, but it made up for it with some exciting showdowns in the state legislature. Democrats have controlled both legislative chambers since 1958 and currently dominate with over 80 percent of seats. But despite their super-majorities, many centrist and even conservative Democrats hold key positions of power, like state House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

    That started to change dramatically on Tuesday, when a coterie of Bernie Sanders-inspired progressive challengers defeated several longtime centrist incumbents, including a key Mattiello ally, state House Majority Leader John DeSimone. Overall, two state senators and four state representatives lost their primaries, for of whom were unseated by candidates endorsed by the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats; liberals challengers came up just short in two other House races. It’s a good sign that progressives are increasingly starting to appreciate the importance of downballot primaries for improving policy in blue states.

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