Two weeks ago we wrote to you about our Save the Iowa Senate Project. Today we can report victory. With Progressive Kick’s help, progressive Democrat Liz Mathis won Tuesday night in Cedar Rapids — stopping the complete GOP takeover of Iowa government!
How did we make the difference? As Bleeding Heartland (an Iowa political blog) puts it, “Without a doubt, the superlative early voting effort by Democrats and allied groups is largely responsible for Democrat Liz Mathis’ landslide victory over Republican Cindy Golding.”1 In a district of roughly 50,000 voters we (with Working Families Win) made over 12,000 calls and door knocks to key voters directly persuading more than 600 to vote early and directly contacting another 3000 Democrats to vote on Election Day — which was more than Liz Mathis’ margin of victory!2
2011 has been a great year for Progressive Kick. In April we teamed up with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on a donation-matching program to raise over $20,000 for signature gathering expenses for the Wisconsin Senate Recall.3 Thanks to your support, 6 Republicans faced recall elections. Our success supporting the petition drive led to our second Wisconsin project, teaming up with EMILY’s List on a donation-matching program which raised over $60,000 for the Wisconsin recall candidates.4 Five of the six Democratic challengers running in the Wisconsin recall elections were progressive women — and two won their elections with your help.
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UPDATE 11/9: Victory in Iowa! Together we raised over $10,000 for the Iowa Senate special election. Progressive Democrat Liz Mathis won her race with 56% of the vote, allowing Democrats to retain control of the Iowa Senate and preventing a complete GOP takeover of Iowa government.
The Republicans have mounted a sneak attack – trying to send Iowa down the same terrible road as Wisconsin and Ohio. Progressive Kick is partnering with our Iowa friends Working Families Win to fight back. Iowa’s future is hanging in the balance and YOU can tip the scales! 100% of funds raised by Progressive Kick Iowa Fund will be used in Iowa.
Democrats were clinging to a 26-24 majority in the State Senate, but the Governor appointed a Democratic senator to a statewide board, just so he could call a special election that could allow Republicans to take control of the State Senate and the entire Iowa state government. If Republicans win, there’ll be a 25-25 tie, which would be broken by the Republican Lieutenant Governor. This snap special election will be held next week on November 8. The super-thin Dem majority in the State Senate is our only finger in the dike against all kinds of evil Republican schemes.
The Republican governor and State House want to kill HAWK-I, Iowa’s health insurance program for low- and middle-class children. They want to kill universal pre-school.
They want to kill collective bargaining rights for hard working teachers, nurses, firefighters and other community heroes.
They want to discriminate by taking away the rights of some Iowans to get married.
$50 from you gets a matching $50 from our major contributors. All of our administrative costs are covered already – so that $100 translates directly into 10 extra completed and submitted absentee ballots. Together we can do this but time is running short. Please give generously now and tell your friends and family. In a district of 50,000 voters, there are 193 more Republicans than Democrats. The Democrat Liz Mathis is a passionate advocate for children. The Republican campaigns against unions on her web site. Your $50 donation could well prove to be the difference in winning the election!
Time to ensure Iowa doesn’t become another Wisconsin or Ohio.
Iowa Senate Race Could Reveal Political Trends Heading Into 2012 Elections, B.A. Morelli, Iowa City Patch, 9/26/11.