MoveOn Straw Poll Results and Link
MoveOn members who took the straw poll last week said climate, justice, health care, pro-choice were the most important issues. Members’ top three qualities they want in a candidate are:
MoveOn members cited climate justice, health care, and reproductive freedom as the three most important issues to them. And in addition to voting for first and second choices, members said the top three qualities they want in a candidate are:
Inspires the public with deep progressive values and will move us towards a more progressive future where everyone can thrive.
Makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice, and commits to platform positions to see these connections through.
Prioritizes reversing Trump’s hate-fueled, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and racist policies that put communities—including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, among others—at risk.
Thanks for all you do.
—Allison, Dan, Rahna, Nick, and the rest of the team
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Micth McConnell and the Republicans are in deep trouble
Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Last week, I got an email from my friends at MoveOn about a problem—and an opportunity.
Polls show that Mitch McConnell is the least popular senator in the country, with an approval rating in the low 30s. More than 60% of Kentucky voters say “it’s time for someone new,” and multiple strong Democratic candidates are looking to get into the race.1
Clearly, this is an opportunity that we simply can’t afford to pass up. But McConnell is up for re-election at the same time as Donald Trump, and Kentucky isn’t going to be one of the key swing states that MoveOn and other progressive groups planned to focus on during the 2020 election.
So MoveOn asked me if I thought we could raise enough money to fund a whole additional campaign to take on McConnell, while ALSO fully funding MoveOn’s plan to beat Trump in presidential battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida.
Without hesitation, I told them, “Let’s go for it.” And now I’m asking you to help us make it happen. Will you chip in $5 a month to help take on McConnell AND Trump at the same time?
When I was secretary of labor in the 1990s, McConnell was a young Republican senator from Kentucky.
Even then, it was clear that he was different from other Republicans.
He was more cunning and devious. He seemed to relish the role of the cynical Washington, D.C. insider, teaming up with lobbyists to shamelessly manipulate the rules of the Senate to push his agenda. (And for Putin’s Agenda)
But what really made McConnell stand out was his single-minded thirst for power—and his willingness to do anything to get it.
When Senator John McCain built a bipartisan coalition in favor of campaign finance reform, McConnell gleefully led the opposition, calling himself the “Darth Vader” of campaign finance reform.2 Because to McConnell, money is power, and he will fight anything that cuts into his power.
Now, 25 years later, McConnell is majority leader of the Senate, using his power to rig the system more brazenly than ever before.
When in his final year in office President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia as a Supreme Court justice, McConnell said that there’s a rule against that. Now he says that if there’s an opening on the Supreme Court in Trump’s last year, the rule no longer applies.
McConnell rammed through Trump’s tax giveaway. He came within one vote of killing the Affordable Care Act and taking health care away from 20 million Americans.
And after Democrats took back the House of Representatives, he gave himself a new nickname. He used to be the Darth Vader of campaign finance reform—but now he calls himself the “Grim Reaper” of EVERY bill that passes the House.
The good news is that Kentuckians are as fed up with McConnell’s cynical hypocrisy as most other Americans. Even McConnell knows he’s in trouble: He’s already started running TV ads, even though his election is a year and a half away.3
But MoveOn needs to know that it will have the resources it will take to beat Trump AND McConnell at the same time.
I’m on board to ditch Mitch. Are you with me? Will you chip in $5 a month to help out?
Thanks for all you do.
1. “Poll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell,” The Hill, February 21, 2019
2. “The Unabashed and Unalterable Foe of the Campaign Finance Bill,” The New York Times, October 2, 1997
3. “Kentucky Leads,” Mitch McConnell For Senate, April 17, 2019
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