Powerful mandate for progressive policies clearly shown in state, national results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: As election returns rolled in indicating a decisive victory for President Barack Obama, the retaking of the Colorado House of Representatives by progressives, and victory for progressive candidates and issues across the state of Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, celebrated after the longest and most arduous election season any of us can remember.

“It’s a great victory, but it’s only the first step,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “Tonight, American voters rejected the lies and false promises of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and delivered a resounding mandate for President Barack Obama’s plan for the country. In federal and state races across the nation, and especially in Colorado, voters turned out in droves to say ‘no’ to the right wing’s obstruction, open threats to institutions like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that the middle class and working families rely on, as well as so many shameless attempts to divide the people of this country.”

Here are some of the victories being celebrated in Colorado tonight:

 

    • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden carried the state of Colorado comfortably and won reelection with room to spare all across the nation.

 

    • After narrowly losing control of the Colorado House of Representatives by a single seat in 2010, progressives retook the House, establishing a decisive majority. Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty and Majority Leader Amy Stephens chose to kill good jobs bills throughout the session, hold the chamber hostage, halt debate, and prevent passage of civil unions legislation that had majority support.  Their actions led directly to the loss of the Republican House majority.

 

    • Progressives in the state senate led on legislation to improve our economy and blocked damaging bills.  Their leadership was rewarded today as they held the Colorado Senate despite a new wave of dark money pouring into Colorado, once again reclaiming control of both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly in addition to the Governor’s office.

 

    • Passage of Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in the state of Colorado, places our state at the vanguard of the progressive commitment to ending the failed “war on drugs” and promoting criminal justice reform.

 

    • Passage of Amendment 65, the initiative directing federal office holders to seek the constitutional overturning of the reviled Citizens United decision on campaign finance, sends a powerful message that the people of Colorado are tired of the harmful role of unaccountable corporate special interest money in our elections.

 

    • Across Colorado, including the largest school districts of Jefferson County and Denver, citizens chose to wisely invest in our public schools.  Colorado has fallen far behind in investment in public education and the willingness of voters to once again approve sensible funding measures gives all advocates for a strong public school system hope for the future.

 

    • ProgressNow Colorado tracked and helped ensure completion of over 60,000 mail and early-vote ballots in Colorado, playing a key role in the outcome of races across the state.

 

 

“Today begins a new chapter in American politics,” said Schwartz. “Immediately after these elections, Congress will begin a critical Congressional session with major decisions that must be made on the nation’s fiscal future. Here in Colorado a new legislative session will begin in January, free of the roadblocks created by a right-wing controlled House devoted to obstruction. With that power comes great responsibility, and ProgressNow Colorado’s members will play a big part in making sure the mandate we won tonight results in the actual progress the voters are demanding.”

“Every Coloradan, and every American, can be proud of what happened tonight,” said Schwartz. “Our democratic process works, the voters are smarter than all the money the fat cats can spend trying to mislead them. Thanks to Colorado progressives—and millions of voters like them across America—our common future is very bright.”

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