September 12, 2013
While he’s putting on a show down in Texas to get GOP support for a potential presidential run, Chris Christie has proven to be out of touch with the state he supposedly governs, and New Jersey deserves better. His extreme policies have consistently favored the wealthy and big businesses, while he continues to ignore the interests and values of the people who elected him to office. Not to mention, he has completely gutted the budgets for education, public services, and health care.
Although he claims to be a moderate, he remains firmly against marriage equality, responsible environmental policies, and women's reproductive rights. Instead, he aligns himself with far-right republicans, slashing critical state aid to institutions he believes to be unnecessary. Clearly, it’s time for a change in New Jersey.
Fortunately, there is a progressive option for governor: Barbara Buono.
New Jersey should support a real leader who will represent real progressive values. Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono is committed to turn New Jersey around. She offers a progressive vision for the state and has delivered before.
Help us elect Barbara Buono and stop Chris Christie.
During her time as Budget Chair, Buono proved that you can cut billions in wasteful government spending without sacrificing critical funding for education, healthcare, and public services across the state. She has worked tirelessly for the rights of LGBT citizens in New Jersey, sponsoring marriage equality legislation in 2008, and expanding the state’s hate crime laws to include protections for the transgender community. Her commitment to women’s rights is unwavering, fighting to keep health clinics like planned parenthood open and firmly supporting the right to choose. Unlike Christie, Buono supports common sense solutions to reduce gun violence, offering a comprehensive plan that includes universal background checks to close the private sale loophole for gun purchases.
Barbara Buono is a clear champion for DFA values in New Jersey, and deserves your support for Governor.
September 9, 2013
This was quite the incredible speech from a true progressive hero, Elizabeth Warren.
It's just a minute long, so we won't ruin it with spoilers. WATCH and let us know what you think in the comments.
Economy and Jobs
September 6, 2013
While he may claim to be an average joe from Herndon the reality is Tom Rust has lost touch with voters in the 86th District of Virginia and isn’t doing his one job, representing the people. Instead of listening to the constituents of the district, Tom Rust has consistently disregarded local needs and voted along with Tea Party Republicans 97% of the time. As if his voting record is not bad enough, Tom has accepted campaign donations from Koch Enterprises, ALEC, and Tea Party Funder. This raises the question, exactly whose interests does Tom Rust represent in Richmond? The 86th District of Virginia has had enough of from Tom Rust. It is time for a progressive change in Richmond.
Luckily we have a simple solution: Jennifer Boysko.
The 86th District deserves a delegate who will stand up for their rights in Richmond and not the will of large impersonal corporations. That delegate is democratic candidate and longtime DFA member Jennifer Boysko.
Help Support Jennifer: Take Back The District From the Extreme Right.
For the past five years Jennifer has been working diligently with elected officials, business owners, and residents of Herndon to find a viable solution to the transportation nightmare. She understands the positive impact expanding the metroline to Herndon would have on both the local businesses and individuals. Jennifers commitment to the Herndon doesn’t stop at transportation.As a mother of two and an active member of the PTA, Jennifer is committed to improving public education in Virginia. Realizing the negative impact teaching to statewide standardized tests has on students critical thinking ability, she advocates legislation aimed at increasing funding for the classroom and restoring teachers autonomy in the classroom. She’ll stand up for women’s rights and follow the law, not try to pass legislation that hurts low income women.
Help one of us in cleaning up Richmond.
When someone tells you to vote for Tom Rust. Just remember:
September 3, 2013
Social Security is a promise made to generations of American workers. It's a program funded by workers, not the government. Below you'll find stories from real people.
Kay Bone - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
I hope to retire when I'm 66 and I will be depending on SS to cover much of my living expense. I support myself and am not greedy - I just need enough money to pay my basic living expenses.
J. Barbara Alvord - Johnston, Iowa
My father died in 1946 at 50; he was a blue collar worker. My mother was left to pay the mortgage and support me (thirteen) and my brother (three). The SS checks were small, but my mother, who had been a stay-at-home mother, was able to find work and keep the family going - even in near poverty. I am 82; I depend on SS and two relatively small pensions to keep going myself. I paid in to SS for 48 years. Expanding it and adding years to its life is the thing to do. Lift the ceiling paid in by income earned.
There are millions of seniors who just want financial security.
Do you have a story? Let us know in the comments!
August 30, 2013
As you know here at DFA we endorse progressive candidates all the way from Senate down to local school board. This fall there are many important elections going on around the country and we will be regularly highlighting our many great progressive candidates.
Politicians in Richmond, VA have created and poured gasoline on many fires -- bad transportation, ignoring the environment, terrible laws that take away retirees benefits, and the list goes on.
We believe in firefighter and paramedic Rob Farinholt, a Virginian with a proven track record of serving the public, and that’s why DFA is proud to support him for Delegate in Virginia’s District 94. Unlike the majority of delegates in office, Rob Farinholt comes from a public safety background with lifelong ties to his community.
Help Rob put out the fires in Newport News and Virginia and elect a man of integrity to office.
As a first responder Rob has a front row seat to happens when priorities are askew in Virginia’s state house. He’s seen what a lack of equipment and funds can do to a fire department. One of the most decorated firemen in his area, Rob earned a Medal of Honor in 2007 and Gold Medal of Valor in 2008 for marine rescues and he’s seen the impact that politician’s poor priorities have on the day-to-day lives our our brave first responders.
A champion of reproductive and LGBTQ rights, Rob is also an advocate for social development measures in Virginia’s 94th district. He is committed to improving industry, and advocates for essential job-creation legislation and increased funding of public services like education and transportation. Rob has seen firsthand the damage that government neglect does to communities and will bring that insight with him to Richmond as a delegate.
In striking contrast, Rob’s opponent, incumbent David Yancey, has aided the passing of a bill that removes purchase limits on handguns and a bill that reduces state employee retirement benefits. His conservatism doesn't stop there -- Delegate Yancey voted for forced vaginial ultrasounds and supported efforts to permit adoption agencies to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. With 5,927 children in foster care and 14,000 same sex couples in Virginia, Yancey’s support for bigotry both denied children access to loving homes and cost Virginia taxpayers at least $2 million.
The progressive choice is clear. Rob Farinholt may not have wealthy 1% donors like Delegate Yancey, but he is ready to put up a fight with a team of dedicated friends and volunteers fueling his people-powered campaign.
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