So, if you’re a typical American, you’re feeling pretty anxious about the election right now. You might be waiting to vote on election day, or you might already have cast your ballot. In either case, you’re probably sitting around at home in quarantine, your anxiety building, but convinced that you’ve done or will do the only thing that you can. But here’s the good news; there is more you can do - especially if you live in a state with a Senate election this November.
But before we talk about that, let’s set the stage.
Right now, there’s a global pandemic that’s killed over two hundred thousand Americans; the nation is currently in the middle of the worst economic recession since 1929; climate change-induced wildfires are rampaging across the West Coast; our traditional allies have begun to abandon us; and, to top it all off, the man who is supposed to be leading the nation is incapable of doing anything other than rage-tweeting about his political opponents and refusing to accept even a shred of responsibility for the disaster he created.
I know that the present looks dark, folks. But there are reasons to be hopeful. Because Joe Biden’s running for President, and he’s got a plan to build back better. He’s got a plan to fix our crumbling infrastructure; he’s got a plan to stop climate change; he’s got a plan to fix our broken economy; and he’s got a plan to end this pandemic and end the perilous division that has wracked our nation for the past four years.
But Joe can’t do it alone.
When Barack Obama was inaugurated, way back in 2008, Mitch pledged not to work with the new President, and not to govern like a responsible statesman but to obstruct him at every turn. And, even though Obama is no longer in the White House, Mitch has continued this obstructionist strategy. In 2019, the House passed almost four hundred bills aimed at helping everyday Americans. Some of the stockpiled bills would reduce the price of prescription drugs, raising the minimum wage, and protecting people with preexisting conditions. All of them are aimed at helping the American people. But McConnell has refused even to bring these bills to a vote on the Senate floor. This is how he operates, America, and if Republicans hold the Senate this fall, they will do everything in their power to block Biden’s vision.
So we need to make sure that we flip the Senate this fall.
If Republicans loose their Senate majority, Joe Biden will be able to enact his vision for America. And we’re already at work on that front; in Colorado, John Hickenlooper is busy showing Republican Corey Gardner the door, while Mark Kelly is trouncing incumbent Martha McSally in Arizona. But flipping the Senate won’t be easy, and we’ll need every single seat we can get. Here’s the races where you can chip in this fall. You can donate money, you can make phone calls, or, if you live in one of the following states, you can simply tell your friends to make sure they vote this fall.
Let’s get to work, America.
Georgia: Kelly Loeffler vs. Raphael Warnock
After “winning” a widely-contested election, one of the first things Georgia Governor Brian Kemp did was appoint GOP megadonor Kelly Loeffler to fill a vacant Senate seat. Loeffler, who bills herself as “more conservative than Atilla the Hun,” has since become nothing more than a yes-woman for Trump, and has voted with the President 100% of the time. She has accused the Black Lives Matter movement of being a “Marxist” organization that is out to “destroy” America. And she has also trumpeted an endorsement from conspiracy theorist and Qanon enthusiast Marjorie Taylor Greene. Oh, and she may have used her position to commit insider trading.
Fortunately, Loeffler may have met her match.
The Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in public housing in Savannah, Georgia. His father was a veteran, and his mother picked cotton and tobacco. But he didn’t let his humble beginnings stop him from aspiring to greater things. He got a PhD in theology, and soon became the senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church - the same church where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. started his career. And now, he’s running for Georgia Senate. He’s going to help fix our broken healthcare system, save our deteriorating environment, and so much more. And with your help, he’ll become Georgia’s next senator this November.
Also Georgia: David Perdue vs. John Ossoff
Also up for re-election this year is Georgia Senator David Perdue. Perdue, just like his colleague, Loeffler, has come under scrutiny for insider trading. Despite calling himself pro-life, he told people to pray for Obama’s death. He’s been a Trump toady who votes with the President almost 95% of the time, and, just last week, he made a racist jab at our Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. But his bigoted dog whistles don’t stop there; he’s also deployed anti-Semitic tropes against his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff.
Ossoff is a former investigative journalist who made his bones exposing the widespread atrocities committed by ISIS. Ossoff, unlike his opponent, supports protections for people with preexisting conditions, and will vote to make sure that every Georgian has access to affordable, high quality health insurance. He’ll fight for Georgia; but we need to fight for him first.
Maine: Susan Collins vs. Sara Gideon
Susan Collins has long called herself a moderate independent. But, over the last four years, she’s become nothing more than a stooge for President Trump’s radical, right wing agenda. She also voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, even after watching him perjure himself under oath. And, despite Trump’s repeated displays of lawlessness and bad behavior, she has done nothing more than meekly insist that she is, indeed, concerned by the administration’s pattern of norm-breaking. Maine deserves a senator who will actually fight for the state’s residents. Fortunately, there’s an actual leader running for the Maine Senate seat this fall.
Sara Gideon has long been a voice for everyday people in Maine. She’ll help Joe rebuild our economy after the pandemic, and, unlike Collins, she’ll actually vote to protect a woman’s right to choose. She’s going to help protect our environment and our seniors. And, with your help, she’ll kick Collins to the curb this November.
Iowa: Joni Ernst vs. Theresa Greenfield
Joni Ernst has been in the Senate for just six years, but during that time, she’s accumulated quite a track record. She’s been a firm ally of Iowa Representative Steve King, who is best known for endorsing Neo Nazis and promoting white nationalism. And she’s so anti-Obamacare that she said that officials who attempted to implement the program should be arrested. But Ernst isn’t only opposed to providing Americans with affordable healthcare; she also wants to deny them access to education and clean air, saying that she wants to eliminate both the Department of Education and the EPA. Ernst likes to say that she’s opposed to these agencies because they represent wasteful government spending. However, her record shows that she’s done virtually nothing to actually curb the ballooning federal deficit. She’s also opposed one of Joe Biden’s signature accomplishments, the Violence Against Women Act.
Fortunately, Theresa Greenfield is standing up to Joni Ernst.
Unlike her opponent, Greenfield knows that healthcare is a right for all, not a privilege for the few. She grew up on her father’s farm in Iowa during the 1980s farm crisis, so she understands the plight of the millions of Americans who have fallen upon hard times during this pandemic. As Iowa’s future senator, she has pledged to pass another stimulus package that will ease the burden of the pandemic and help get America back on its feet. And, unlike Ernst, Greenfield knows that it’s Democrats, not Republicans, who know how to balance a government checkbook.
Texas: John Cornyn vs. M. J. Hegar.
Texas has long been stereotyped as a “red state” where Democrats shouldn’t even bother trying to win. Fortunately, M. J. Hegar is used to breaking down barriers. She joined the Air Force and elbowed her way into the male-dominated Air National Guard, where she became a combat helicopter pilot. She was then deployed to Afghanistan, where she flew multiple combat operations and was shot down by the Taliban. But that wasn’t her last battle; far from it. In 2012, she sued the Department of Defense to end its policy against allowing women to serve in combat roles - and won. And now she’s ready to fight for Texas and all its residents as the Lone Star State’s next senator.
Her opponent is Senator John Cornyn, a three-term Republican incumbent. In the past, he’s supported Trump’s misuse of military resources to build his border wall, only to suddenly claim that he’d never supported the wasteful endeavour at all. He claims to support protections for preexisting conditions, but his voting record shows the exact opposite. After years of deriding the ACA, he admitted earlier this year that the legislation was, in fact, a good thing. Cornyn can’t be trusted to look out for Texans; so let’s show up for Hegar.
Alabama: Tommy Tuberville vs. Doug Jones
Alabama is another so-called “Red State” where Democrats aren’t supposed to be able to win elections. But Doug Jones changed all that in 2017 when he ran for Senate - and won. Jones is a lifelong public servant. In 2001, he successfully prosecuted the Klansman who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. During his Senate career, he’s been committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality education and healthcare. And he’s been a staunch advocate of LGBT rights - something that he says is partly because of his openly gay son, Carson.
His opponent, meanwhile, is former football coach Tommy Tuberville, whose qualifications for the US Senate include involvement in not one, not two, but three Ponzi schemes. Tuberville also seems to know very little about the office he wants to hold. So far, he’s refused to even debate Jones, and has steadfastly refused to answer even the most basic questions about his campaign.
Jones has won once, and with your help, he can do it again.
North Carolina: Thom Tillis vs. Cal Cunningham
Thom Tillis is known for a lot of things — most recently, for taking his mask off and catching COVID at one of Donald Trump’s superspreader events. Now, Tillis has since admitted that he was wrong to do so, but it’s not the first time he’s stumbled on public health; just recently, he made the bizarre and racist claim that Hispanics were driving North Carolina’s COVID numbers. And he’s previously said that he opposes forcing restaurant employees to wash their hands.
Cal Cunningham, by contrast, understands the serious risk that Covid-19 poses — especially for those without health insurance. Cal’s always been about serving his country; at age 27, he became the youngest state senator in North Carolina’s history, but enlisted in the army after 9/11. He was deployed three times, and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Cal’s gonna fight to make sure that people are protected during these trying times; but he needs your help to do it.
South Carolina: Lindsey Graham v. Jaime Harrison
For a long time, Lindsey Graham was viewed as a principled conservative, who was known for his friendship with the maverick Senator John McCain. Back in 2016, he called Donald Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religous bigot.” But as time went on, his tune changed. Nowadays, he’s Trump’s very own lapdog. Despite the fact that Trump has repeatedly insulted McCain, and denigrated the deceased Senator’s war-hero status, Lindsey has stuck by Trump, his earlier criticisms forgotten. And now Graham, who previously insisted that he would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, has changed his mind once again. He’s voting to confirm Trump’s disastrous nominee Amy Coney Barrett - a judge with ties to right wing extremist groups who would likely vote to repeal Obamacare.
His opponent, Jaime Harrison, is a different sort of man. He knows a thing or two about keeping his word. And that’s exactly what he’ll do if he’s elected to the US Senate this fall. If he becomes South Carolina’s next Senator, he’s pledged to fight for paid family leave, so that parents won’t have to miss out on a much-needed paycheck if their child is sick at home. He’s pledged to protect and grow the middle class, so that every American can have access to a good paying job. And, unlike Lindsey, he’ll fight for the criminal justice reform that this nation so sorely needs. Jaime already has quite a bit of support, but he needs all the help he can get if he’s going to defeat Graham this fall.
Alaska: Dan Sullivan vs. Al Gross
Way back in 2016, Dan Sullivan was one of a few Republican senators who was willing to condemn Trump from time to time. That’s all changed now; he’s blatantly refused to even comment on Trump’s non-denials of white supremacy, but he always finds time to praise the President. And when Trump diverted federal funds from Alaska to pay for his fantasy border wall, Sullivan backed him up. But flip-flopping is par for the course with Dan; in 2016, he said that the American people should have a choice in their next Supreme Court justice; but that principle has quickly become a thing of the past. However, there are a few people who still trust Dan. Pebble Partnership executives seem pretty certain that he’ll vote to open up a new mine in Bristol Bay — a project which would surely destroy the local fisheries.
But voters can trust his opponent.
Dr. Al Gross, an Alaska native, is running for Sullivan’s seat. As a former orthopedic surgeon, he knows just how important and expensive healthcare is. As a commercial fisherman, he knows just how important and vulnerable Alaska’s fisheries are. And, unlike his opponent, he understands that sex education is far better at preventing abortions than a ban. Dr. Al might be an independent, but he’s our kind of guy. Help make sure he unseats Sullivan this fall!
Montana: Steve Daines vs. Steve Bullock
Now, I know what you’re thinking; Montana’s a red state where Democrats have no business trying to win. But Steve Bullock’s done it before; twice. And now, the two-term governor is taking on Senator Steve Daines this fall. Unlike Daines, Bullock understands what it means to be a leader, and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic proves it. Bullock acted early and swiftly to close down schools and bars, and managed to save his state from the worst of the pandemic.
Daines, meanwhile, has been little more than Trump’s own little footsoldier, refusing to call out the President for his egregious behavior. And if his constituents ever try to ask him about his positions, he’ll always be conveniently out of town. Montana deserves a Senator who will actually serve his constituents; it deserves Steve Bullock.
Michigan: John James vs. Gary Peters
John James doesn’t like to talk about himself all that much. In fact, he won’t even tell the people of Michigan what party he’s from. But make no mistake, James is a Republican who supports Trump “2000%” — but he won’t tell you about that either. And, despite his stated position that Obamacare is a “monstrous” law that needs to be replaced, he won’t tell you what he would replace it with. And he certainly won’t tell you about his close ties to Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
When it comes to his opponent, Gary Peters, you don’t need to wonder. Peters is a proud supporter of the Affordable Care Act, and wants to help strengthen the law even more. He’s also committed to protecting the Great Lakes from further environmental damage. He’s proved that he can fight for Michigan, but now we need to fight for him.
Kansas: Roger Marshall vs. Barbara Bollier
Barbara Bollier hasn’t been a Democrat for very long, but she’s had some very good reasons to switch sides. She watched as the Kansas GOP instituted disastrous policies that ran the state into the ground. And, like many Americans, she’s watched with mounting horror as the Republican party has wholeheartedly embraced Trump.
As a doctor, she’s an ardent supporter of Medicaid expansion. And, she takes this pandemic seriously - as opposed to her opponent, Roger Marshall, who takes hydroxychloroquine to protect himself from coronavirus.
Marshall is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Trump tax code, which is based on the same disastrous policy that sent Kansas into a nosedive. Marshall bills himself as fiscally responsible, but his record shows that he is anything but. If elected to the Senate, he’ll continue voting for the same policies that have utterly destroyed his own state. Make sure that doesn’t happen, and vote him out this November!
Mississippi: Cindy Hyde-Smith vs. Mike Espy
Mississippi is another state where Democrats - and especially black Democrats - aren’t supposed to be able to win elections. But Mike Espy has defied those odds. In 1986, he became the first African-American congressman from Mississippi since Reconstruction. In 2018, he ran for Senate and lost by single digits to Cindy Hyde-Smith. And now, he’s trying again.
Since that race in 2018, Mississippi has started to rise above its past, voting to remove the confederate battle emblem from its flag earlier this year. But Cindy has remained rooted in the past. She has said that Confederate soldiers should be valorized for “defending their homeland,” and, in a state with a history of lynchings, has said that she’d like “front-row” seats to public hangings.
In a state that regularly feels the wrath of climate-change fed hurricanes, Hyde-Smith has voted to repeal environmental regulations designed to lessen global warming. Epsy, who was the Secretary of Agriculture during the Clinton administration, understands the threat that climate change poses. With your help, he can beat Cindy this november.
That’s all for now, America. Remember, with your help, we can flip the Senate, and send Mitch packing this fall. With him out of the way, Joe will be able to enact his bold vision for America.
So let’s get to work.