Primaries are over in most states and now comes the real challenge for progressives to see the Senate stay in Democratic hands. I have to say it's not like I am always thrilled with Dems but when I look at the alternative, it's just plain scary. I was pleased that Mitch McConnell will face a real challenge from Alison Grimes for the Kentucky Senate. Wouldn't that be a good day if he got unseated! I will be donating to her campaign. Same with Michelle Nunn in Georgia. Being Sam Nunn's daughter gives her a good chance to take that seat for the Left.
In Oregon we had the usual choices and I will be donating where I always have like for John Kitzhaber for Governor; Jeff Merkley for US Senate; and Pete DeFazio for Representative. If it looks close for Kurt Schrader in my own district, I'd donate there too but Defazio faces the same right wing nutjob that he did previously and the guy has the money to fund himself. In fact when I look at who any of the Democrats are running against, it's obvious that the Tea Party has won in terms of driving all Republicans to the right. They might have not had any candidates who won with the Tea Party label but to beat them the others went farther right than they ever have. Even the left is farther right than it used to be.
So for those who care about schools, infrastructure, fair taxation, avoiding needless wars, reasonable policies on climate change, and pretty much anything the government does, find out who you like out there and vote with your donations before it's too late. The big bucks are already out for ads that can often turn a race. If enough small donors give, it's an equalizer.
For anybody who thinks it doesn't matter, all you have to do is look at states controlled by the right for how the people end up on things like abortion. They couldn't make it illegal-- yet; but they sure have made it impossible to get safe procedures. If that's what you want, then I guess you know who to vote for-- otherwise look to Democrats to at least stop the craziness of war over Benghazi or the Ukraine (has John McCain ever seen a possible war he didn't love?). There is time later to put pressure on them to be reasonable on economics. Right now it's all about stopping social policies that most Americans do not agree with and getting a Congress who wants to do more than impeach a sitting president!
And if you have a candidate who you think needs donations, please post their state and name so I can look at where they stand on the issues that matter most to me. It's not just abortion but I have to say when men don't think a woman can make a sensible decision regarding her own body, then they definitely often have some other odd ideas about women, minorities and anybody but the rich!