Only 5/7 Our Revolution endorsed, small donation, progressive, underdog candidates won their primaries tonight. When is Bernie’s failing organization going to throw in the towel? /s

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Recommendations for progressive candidates in the primaries in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia

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The primary elections take place Tuesday June 12th in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia. Here are BKAS-recommended progressive candidates in those states. In general, these candidates are Berniecrats, with positions similar to Bernie. But not every candidate supports every position Bernie has, so check their linked webpage to be sure about supporting them. You may need to scroll down to find your state. Finally, scroll down all the way to the comments on this post, because sometimes people leave comments about other good progressives running in downballot races.


Maine

Note that Maine has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means if you are not registered with any party, then you can choose which ballot to vote on. However, if you are registered, then you must vote in that party’s primary.


Governor:

Betsy Sweet

US Senator:

Zak Ringelstein.

US Representatives:

ME-01: Chellie Pingree

ME-02: Jonathan Fulford or Craig Olson

Secretary of State:

This is not an elected position in Maine. Instead, the Maine Constitution says “The Secretary of State shall be chosen biennially at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention”.

State Senate Candidates:

Here is a list of candidates running for Maine State Senate races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.

State House Candidates:

Here is a list of candidates running for Maine State House races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.


Nevada

Note that Nevada has closed primaries, which means you can only vote in a particular primary if you are already registered with that party.


Governor:

Chris Giunchigliani or David Jones

US Senator:

Jesse Sbaih or Drew Knight or Barry Michaels (Independent candidate)

US Representatives:

NV-01: Reuben D’Silva

NV-02: Patrick Fogarty or Rick Shepherd

NV-03: John “Jack” Love, Michael Weiss or Richard Hart

NV-04: Amy Vilela (Justice Democrat and Brand New Congress Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution)

Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, Nelson Araujo, who is currently a State Assemblyman. He supports allowing same-day and automatic voter registration.

State Senate:

Here is a list of candidates running for Nevada State Senate races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.

State Assembly:

Here is a list of candidates running for Nevada State Assembly races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.


North Dakota

North Dakota has open primaries, which means you can choose which ballot you want to vote on when you get to the polling place.


Governor:

There is no Governor’s race in North Dakota in 2018.

US Senator and US House of Representatives:

BKAS is not making any recommendations for either the US Senate or the US House race in North Dakota this year, since there are no Berniecrats running.

Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate Josh Boschee, who says he wants to “modernize the office to reduce wasteful spending, eliminate duplicative regulations and increase efficiencies to support our state's small business owners, nonprofit leaders and family farmers”.

State Senate:

Here is a list of candidates running for North Dakota State Senate races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.

State House:

Here is a list of candidates running for North Dakota State House races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.


South Carolina

Note that South Carolina has open primaries, which means you can choose which ballot you want to vote on when you get to the polling place.


Governor:

Marguerite Willis seems the most progressive option.

US Representatives:

SC-01: Dimitri Cherny (note that he is a Republican – if you want to vote for him, you must take a Republican ballot)

SC-02: Sean Carrigan

SC-03: Mary Smith Geren (endorsed by Our Revolution, though she doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All on her website)

SC-04: The incumbent Trey Gowdy resigned, so this is an open seat; Recommendations include Will Morin or possibly Doris Lee Turner, though her website is rather skimpy and it is hard to determine if she supports Medicare-for-All or other progressive policies

SC-05: Steve Lough

SC-06: Bryan Pugh (Green Party Candidate)

SC-07: Bruce Fischer or Mal Hyman (endorsed by Our Revolution)

Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, Melvin Whittenburg, who says he will “build a team that will work collectively to serve all South Carolinians with the utmost respect, dignity, and integrity”. His website is mainly focused on the business aspects of being Secretary of State with nothing about elections. However, the elections in South Carolina are not overseen by the Secretary of State, but by the South Carolina Election Commission, a five member board appointed by the Governor.

State Senate:

There is no State Senate election in South Carolina this year. The next one will take place in 2020.

State House:

Here is a list of candidates running for South Carolina State House races. I have not had time to research them, so you will need to click on their linked webpages and see which ones you want to support.


Virginia

Note that Virginia has open primaries, which means you do not need to be associated with any particular party to vote in their primary.


US Senator:

Tim Kaine is a very conservative Democrat and is up for re-election. Unfortunately, there are no Democrats primarying him, so you won’t be able to vote for an alternate candidate.

US Representatives:

VA-01: Edwin Santana or John Suddarth

VA-02: Karen Mallard or Shaun Brown (independent candidate)

VA-03: The incumbent Bobby Scott is unopposed. He supports HR 676 (Medicare-for-all)

VA-04: The incumbent Donald McEachin is unopposed. He is a moderate Democrat and does not support Medicare-for-All.

VA-05: This district used a convention to nominate candidates, rather than a primary. They have already nominated Leslie Cockburn

VA-06: Jennifer Lewis (Endorsed by Our Revolution)

VA-07: Helen Alli, running under the Whig party has the most progressive stances.

VA-08: No recommendation

VA-09: Justin Santopietro or Anthony Flaccavento (Endorsed by Our Revolution) – my favorite candidate in this race is Santopietro, but Flaccavento is also quite good and endorsed by Our Revolution

VA-10: Julia Biggins (endorsed by the northern VA chapter of Our Revolution) h/t to /u/bippycup

VA-11: Unfortunately, the most progressive candidate (Jonathan Park) seems to have dropped out. The incumbent Gerald Connolly is unopposed. He is quite conservative and does not support Medicare-for-All.

Secretary of State: Virginia’s elections are not overseen by a Secretary of State. Instead, they have a 3-member Board of Elections that is appointed by the Governor and headed by a Commissioner. You won’t be able to vote on this position.

Virginia State Senate:

There is no election for the State Senate this year. Next elections will be in 2019.

Virginia State House of Delegates:

There is no election for the House of Delegates this year. Next elections will be in 2019.


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So my Primary (Virginia) is Tomorrow, but I’m Completely Uneducated About Candidates

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Are there any Berniecrats? Or any other advice for the primary? I'm certainly willing to go vote but there haven't been any election materials or anything. According to the local registrar's sample ballets:

Dem Primary: 9th District House of Representives Anthony Flaccavento vs. Justin D. Santopietro.

Rep Primary: Senate E.W. Stewart, E.W. Jackson, Nick J. Frietas

…I don't even understand why there are different races on each of these ballets, what's going on?

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Recommendations for progressive candidates in the primaries in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota

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This will be big voting day!! The primary elections take place Tuesday June 5th in Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota and it’s the last day to vote in California. Here are BKAS-recommended progressive candidates in those states. In general, these candidates are Berniecrats, with positions similar to Bernie. But not every candidate supports every position Bernie has, so check their linked webpage to be sure about supporting them. You may need to scroll down to find your state. Finally, scroll down all the way to the comments on this post, because sometimes people leave comments about other good progressives running in downballot races.


Alabama

Note that Alabama has open primaries, which means you do not need to be registered in a certain party to vote in their primary (although you do need to be registered to vote). Alabama also has runoff elections if no candidate in a particular primary race gains at least 50% of the vote. However, most of the races have only 1 or 2 Dem candidates (ensuring that one of them must hit the 50% mark), the only race where there may be a runoff (on the Dem side) is the Governor’s race.


Only one candidate in the races described below in Alabama overtly supports for Medicare-for-All, Audri Scott Williams. However, quite a few others support expanding Medicaid. Since there are few so few Berniecrats in Alabama, I’ve tried to list the most progressive candidate (as far as I can tell) for each race, but check out their platforms to determine if you’re comfortable voting for them.


Governor:

Christopher Countryman

US Representatives:

AL-01: Lizetta McConnell is the most progressive, though she does not mention healthcare or Medicare-for-All on her website.

AL-02: Audri Scott Williams

AL-03: Mallory Hagan seems the most progressive, though she does not mention Medicare-for-All on her website

AL-04: Lee Auman seems the most progressive, but he also does not mention Medicare-for-All on his website.

AL-05: There’s only one Democrat running Peter Joffrion. He supports expanding Medicaid, but doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All

AL-06: There’s only one Democrat running Danner Kline. He mentions affordable, universal healthcare, but doesn’t specifically mention Medicare-for-All

AL-07: No recommendation


Secretary of State: There are two candidates Heather Milam and Lula Albert (no website). Neither has any information available online about their political positions, so it's difficult to know whether to support them.

State-level races endorsed by Our Revolution:

State Rep District 4 – Jerome Dees

State Rep District 55 – Quang Do


California

Note that California has top-two primaries, which means all candidates of every party are listed on one common ballot and the top two vote getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election.

Note that due to the top-two primary system in California, races with multiple progressives will probably split the vote and may result in no progressive making it into the top two. To address this problem, I am recommending a candidate for each such race. This recommendation is based solely on my personal preference amongst the progressives. You might have an alternate preference. So, don’t feel obligated to vote for the candidate I’ve suggested. However, if you don’t have a preference, perhaps you can vote for my suggestion. If enough people do this, then we can potentially get some of these progressives into the top two.


Governor:

John Chiang, Delaine Eastin, Veronika Fimbres (Green Party, write-in), Josh Jones (Green Party), Amanda Renterria, Klement Tinaj or if you prefer a more Socialist outlook then Gloria La Riva of the Peace and Freedom Party

There are many good candidates here and it was difficult for me to pick one to suggest. I decided to recommend Delaine Eastin, because of her record and strong platform.

Lt. Governor: Gayle McLaughlin (endorsed by Our Revolution)


US Senate:

Adrienne Edwards, Eugene Pat Harris, Alison Hartson (Justice Democrat Candidate) or David Hildebrand or if you prefer a more Socialist outlook then John Parker of the Peace and Freedom Party

Again, there are many good candidates here and it was another difficult decision for me. I decided to recommend David Hildebrand, because of his strong policy background and excellent platform.


US Representatives:

CA-01: Audrey Denney (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution), Jessica Holcombe or Lewis Elbinger (Green Party Candidate)

Audrey Denney is endorsed by Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, but I find her education platform to be less progressive than some (no mention of free college tuition) and she talks about raising minimum wage incrementally (which doesn’t sound like she’s very committed to a substantial raise). Also, her page on infrastructure seems to suggest she may support public-private partnerships for infrastructure spending. Therefore, I am recommending Jessica Holcombe, who appeals to me because of her positions on fighting corruption and dark money in politics (plus she has other good progressive positions)


CA-02: Jared Huffman or Andy Caffrey

I’ve chosen to recommend Jared Huffman, because of his strong progressive voting record and for being an original cosponsor of the Medicare-for-all legislation (HR676) in Congress. Although Andy Caffrey has good positions too, he does not have the seniority in Congress that Huffman has and that seniority comes with assignments to influential committees.


CA-03: The incumbent John Garamendi is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), though he is overall not as progressive as some of the candidates listed here.


CA-04: Roza Calderon (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress Candidate) or Robert Lawton

I recommend Roza Calderon, because I slightly prefer her positions (Lawton seems a bit hawkish in thinking that we should go into other countries to stop human rights abuses).


CA-05: The incumbent Mike Thompson is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise very conservative for a Democrat. Jason Kishineff or Nils Palsson are much more progressive options

I recommend Nils Palsson, because he has a better laid out and more detailed policy positions page than Kishineff.


CA-06: The incumbent Doris Matsui is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although she is otherwise not very progressive; Jrmar Jefferson is a more progressive option

I recommend Jrmar Jefferson.


CA-07: Chris Richardson (Green Party Candidate)


CA-08: Marjorie ‘Marge’ Doyle


CA-09: Jerry McNerney


CA-10: Mike Barkley, Josh Harder or Virginia Madueño

I recommend Virginia Madueño, because she seems a bit more committed to Medicare-for-All.


CA-11: Mark DeSaulnier


CA-12: Stephen Jaffe, Barry Hermanson (Green Party Candidate) or Ryan Khojasteh (Brand New Congress Candidate)

Another race with many strong candidates. I decided to recommend Stephen Jaffe, because he had a more detailed policy page than Hermanson or Khostajeh (who are both also excellent candidates).


CA-13: Barbara Lee


CA-14: The incumbent Jackie Speier is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), though overall she is not very progressive


CA-15: The incumbent Eric Swalwell is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise quite conservative for a Democrat


CA-16: No recommendation


CA-17: Ro Khanna (Justice Democrat Candidate)


CA-18: The incumbent Anna Eshoo supports HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill). Another progressive alternative is John Fredrich

I’m recommending Anna Eshoo, because she is an incumbent and has seniority in the party and because Fredrich’s webpage is so skimpy and lacks details on his background or stance on a number of issues


CA-19: The incumbent Zoe Lofgren is one of the original cosponsors of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-20: The incumbent Jimmy Panetta is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise very conservative for a Democrat. There are two other candidates running, but information about them is skimpy and it’s hard to know what positions they support


CA-21: No recommendation


CA-22: Ricardo ‘Rico’ Franco is probably the most progressive option, though he is not as progressive as candidates in some other districts


CA-23: No recommendation (note that Wendy Davis was previously a Justice Democrat candidate and the Justice Democrats withdrew their support from her – link). No strong progressive is running in this race


CA-24: No recommendation


CA-25: Bryan Caforio (Justice Democrat Candidate) or Katie Hill or Mary Pallant or Jess Phoenix (endorsed by Our Revolution)

I am recommending Bryan Caforio, because he has more detailed policy positions (and progressive stances)


CA-26: John Robert Nelson (endorsed by Our Revolution)


CA-27: The incumbent Judy Chu is quite progressive and is one of the original cosponsors of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill); her challenger Bryan Witt is also very progressive and supports Medicare-for-All

I recommend Judy Chu, because she is a strong progressive, but also an incumbent who has seniority and important committee assignments (though Witt is also very good)


CA-28: The incumbent Adam Schiff is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise quite conservative for a Democrat. There is no more progressive candidate running


CA-29: Angelica Dueñas (endorsed by Our Revolution), Juan Rey or Joe Shammas

I recommend Angelica Dueñas, because of her detailed and progressive stances on many issues not covered by Rey or Shammas (though they are both good candidates too)


CA-30: The incumbent Brad Sherman is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise quite conservative for a Democrat; a much better progressive in this race is Jon Pelzer

I recommend Jon Pelzer.


CA-31: Kaisar Ahmed


CA-32: The incumbent Grace Napolitano is an original cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill) and quite progressive.


CA-33: The incumbent Ted Lieu supports HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-34: The incumbent Jimmy Gomez is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill) or Kenneth Mejia (Green Party Candidate)

This was another difficult recommendation. I chose to recommend Jimmy Gomez, since he’s an incumbent with a strong progressive voting record and assignments to important committees. Mejia is also quite good.


CA-35: No recommendation


CA-36: No recommendation


CA-37: The incumbent Karen Bass is pretty progressive and is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-38: The incumbent Linda Sanchez is progressive and is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-39: Andy Thorburn (Our Revolution Candidate), Stephan ‘Steve’ Cox or Sam Jammal

I recommend Andy Thorburn, because he’s endorsed by Our Revolution and has a very progressive platform.


CA-40: The incumbent Lucille Roybal-Allard is quite progressive and supports HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill); The Green Party candidate Rodolfo Barragan is another progressive option

This is another difficult decision. Lucille Roybal-Allard has a pretty progressive voting record and is one of the original cosponsors of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill). Barragan is also quite good. I decided to recommend Roybal-Allard, since she’s an incumbent with seniority in the House and committee memberships.


CA-41: The incumbent Mark Takano is quite progressive and supports HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-42: Julia Peacock


CA-43: The incumbent Maxine Waters is fairly progressive and is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill); another option is Green Party Candidate (and former Bernie delegate) Miguel Zuniga

I decided to recommend Miguel Zuniga, because he seems more committed to Bernie’s agenda. Though Maxine Waters did support Medicare-for-All, she only did so in late April of 2017 (when the bill was first introduced in January 2017.


CA-44: The incumbent Nannette Barragan is quite progressive and a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-45: Brian Forde


CA-46: The incumbent Luis Correa is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill), although he is otherwise exceptionally conservative for a Democrat. A much more progressive option is William Johnson

I recommend William Johnson, who is much more progressive than Lou Correa (one of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats in Congress)


CA-47: The incumbent Alan Lowenthal is quite progressive and is a cosponsor of HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill)


CA-48: Note that several candidates (Michael Kotick, Laura Oatman, Stelian Onufrei and Rachel Payne) have dropped out, but are still on the ballot. Voting for one of them will not be counted. Among the remaining candidates, only Tony Zarkades is a progressive who supports Medicare-for-All


CA-49: Doug Applegate (Justice Democrat Candidate) or Paul Kerr or Mike Levin or Jordan Mills (Peace and Freedom Party); also Danielle St. John is a Green Party Candidate, who is pretty progressive. But she doesn’t think Medicare-for-All can work long-term due to government corruption (though she doesn’t really have an alternative plan for healthcare)

This was another race with quite a few good candidates. I recommend Doug Applegate, because of his detailed and progressive policy stances and the fact that he is endorsed by Justice Democrats.


CA-50: Ammar Campa-Najjar (Justice Democrat Candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution) or Patrick Malloy

I recommend Patrick Malloy. I think he has a stronger progressive platform, despite the fact that Campa-Najjar is endorsed by Justice Democrats.


CA-51: Juan Carlos Mercado or for a more socialist outlook Kevin Mitchell (Socialist Equality Party)

I recommend Juan Mercado, since I’m not sure most Americans are ready yet to vote for a Socialist candidate (some voters may be ready for that; others maybe not).


CA-52: No recommendation


CA-53: Brian Kim


Secretary of State Ruben Major

State-level races endorsed by Our Revolution:

Assembly District 15 – Jovanka Beckles

Assembly District 45 – Ankur Patel

State Representative District 71 – James Elia

Check out this link for some additional recommendations by the LA chapter of Our Revolution

AND if you live in Assembly District 63 and want to get rid of Anthony Rendon (who is the Speaker of the California Assembly who was responsible for tabling SB562 (the bill to bring universal healthcare to California)), vote for Maria Estrada


Iowa

Iowa has semi-open primaries. You must be a registered party member to vote in their associated primary, but you may switch your party affiliation at the polling place when you arrive to vote.

Iowa does not have runoff elections. If no candidate gets at least 35% of the vote, the nominee will be chosen by their party’s State Convention. Should this happen in a race in your precinct, communicate with your delegate(s) to the Convention to ensure your voice is heard regarding your choice of candidate.


US Senate:

There is no US Senator race in Iowa in 2018.

US Representatives:

IA-01: Courtney Rowe (Justice Democrat Candidate)

IA-02: No recommendation

IA-03: Pete D’Alessandro. Endorsed by Bernie and Our Revolution and a Justice Democrat candidate!

IA-04: JD Scholten (endorsed by Our Revolution)

Governor: Cathy Glasson She’s Bernie-certified and endorsed by Our Revolution!

Secretary of State: Deirdre DeJear – endorsed by Our Revolution


Mississippi

Note that Mississippi has open primaries, which you can vote for any party on election day and don’t have to be registered with a particular party (though you do need to be registered to vote).

There are not a lot of Berniecrats running in Mississippi, so I’ve tried to list the most progressive choice for these races. There are runoff elections in Mississippi if no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote, although for the races discussed below, this will only apply to the US Senate race on the Dem side.


US Senate:

Jensen Bohren


US Representatives:

MS-01: Randy Wadkins

MS-02: Bennie Thompson is the only Democrat running. He does not mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage, but he would protect the current funding of Medicare and Medicaid and the ACA.

MS-03: Kevin Aycox supports free college tuition and government paid healthcare.

MS-04: Jeramey Anderson is the only Democrat running. He does not mention Medicare-for-All, free college tuition or raising the minimum wage, but he would protect the current funding of Medicare and Medicaid and the ACA.

Secretary of State: There is only one candidate on the Dem side, Jim Hood, who is currently the Attorney General.


Montana

Note that Montana has open primaries, which means that you do not need to be a registered party member to vote for that party. However, you do have to choose a particular party’s ballot.


US Senate:

Steve Kelly (Green Party candidate)

US Representatives:

MT-AL: John Heenan (Justice Democrat and BrandNew Congress candidate and endorsed by Our Revolution)

State-level races endorsed by Our Revolution:

State Senate District 22 – Jennifer Merecki


New Jersey

Note that New Jersey has primaries that are open for unaffiliated voters, which means that if you are not registered with a party, you can vote in either primary. However, if you are registered with a party, you must vote in their primary.


Governor:

There is no governor’s election in New Jersey this year.

US Senate:

Lisa McCormick is a candidate whose focus is on universal child care, expanding social security, and getting big money out of politics. She doesn’t really have a formal campaign website and it is unclear what her positions are on other issues such as Medicare-for-All or raising the minimum wage. However, at least she doesn’t have the baggage that Bob Menendez has from his corruption trial.

US Representatives:

NJ-01: No recommendation

NJ-02: Nathan Kleinman – Note that Tanzie Youngblood is endorsed by Justice Democrats, but I didn’t find her platform to be outspokenly progressive like Kleinman’s is. She does not mention free college tuition and on healthcare says only that she will “develop a path to universal, affordable, comprehensive healthcare”

NJ-03: No recommendation

NJ-04: Jim Keady (Our Revolution candidate). Note that Josh Welle also supports progressive positions, like Medicare-for-All, but he has what seem like rather worrisome ties to the military and security establishment that could make many progressives uncomfortable (military – he is a current Navy Commander; foreign policy organizations – he is a member of the Truman National Security Project and former member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for New American Security)

NJ-05: No recommendation

NJ-06: Javahn Walker

NJ-07: Peter Jacob (Justice Democrat, Brand New Congress and Our Revolution candidate) or Diane Moxley (Green Party candidate)

NJ-08: The incumbent Albio Sires is a fairly conservative Democrat, but he has co-sponsored HR 676 (the Medicare-for-All bill).

NJ-09: No recommendation

NJ-10: The incumbent Donald Payne is fairly progressive and is co-sponsoring HR 676 (Medicare-for-All)

NJ-11: There are many Dem candidates in this race, but only one of them Mark Washburne mentions Medicare-for-All on his website. Washburne says “I would be in favor of gradually – not tomorrow but over time – moving our country towards a Medicare for all type system”.

NJ-12: The incumbent Bonnie Coleman is quite progressive and supports Medicare-for-All.

Secretary of State: This position is not elected, but appointed by the Governor of New Jersey


New Mexico

Note that New Mexico has closed primaries, which means you have to be registered in the party whose primary you want to vote in.


Governor:

No recommendation

US Senator:

The incumbent Martin Heinrich is fairly progressive, although he did vote against Bernie’s amendment to import cheaper drugs from Canada.

US Representatives:

NM-01: There are many progressive candidates in this race, so you’ll have to choose: Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (Justice Democrat Candidate) or Pat Davis or Deb Haaland or Damian Lara

NM-02: Madeline Hildebrandt

NM-03: No recommendation


South Dakota

There are technically runoff elections in South Dakota if no candidate receives at least 35% of the vote, but there is only 1 Democratic candidate in each of the races covered here, so there will be no runoffs on the Dem side.

Note that South Dakota has partially closed primaries, which means that the party can decide whether or not to let non-party members vote in the primary. The Democratic party is allowing voters who are either registered Democrats or unaffiliated with any party to vote in their primary. But registered Republicans can’t vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. If you’re still not sure about how this partially closed primary works, check out this link.


Governor:

Billie Sutton is the only Democrat running for governor. His website doesn’t have a lot of information about himself, but as a State Senator he supported affordable housing, government ethics and transparency, and increased spending on education (student scholarships and teacher pay). He opposed “top down” corporate welfare that only benefits those who need it the least.

US Representative:

SD-AL: Timothy Bjorkman

Secretary of State: Candidates for this office are nominated at the state conventions of each political party. The Dem convention in South Dakota will be held on June 15 to June 16 in Sioux Falls. Delegates to the convention can vote for candidates (delegates have already been chosen for this year’s convention, so if you want to influence their choices, you'll need to directly contact them and let them know your preferences).

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2020 – why Joe Biden is not the right choice to be President, compared to candidates like Bernie Sanders.

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Joe Biden is not the right guy to be president.


Don't get me wrong, as a human being, Joe Biden's a nice person to be around. He’s a real down-to-earth man. I respect all that and would happily hang out with him any day. But in terms of policy, he's not the right choice to lead the country.

Patriot Act and Technology

Biden was one of the key figures in drafting parts of the Patriot Act, through the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995 introduced prior to 9/11. This bill was controversial even at the time – a New York Times article revealed that the ACLU, for instance, was opposed to the bill. Despite what we know know were the negative consequences of the bill, Biden has even repeatedly taken credit for writing the Patriot Act itself. The bill allowed secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, permitted the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowed permanent detection of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review, among other "war-on-terror" policies.

On other technology issues, Biden has been disappointing. A previous war on terror bill he introduced in 1991 was so serious in eroding civil liberties that it spurred Phil Zimmerman to create the encryption program PGP, in fear that encryption as a whole was about to be outlawed by the bill. He's been opposed to net neutrality legislation and has advocated for taxing violent video games.

Bankruptcy Reform and Ties to Shady Figures

Joe Biden helped pass a "bankruptcy reform" law in 2005 that was harmful to working class families, while benefitting the same financial institutions that Donald Trump has decided to embrace in his time as President. At the time, many unions, consumer advocacy groups, and womens' organizations opposed the bill, yet Biden supported the bill for years, right through its signing. The bill was also criticized by prominent figures such as Elizabeth Warren. In terms of effects? A Fed study found that the bill increased rates of insolvency and foreclosure. It concluded that the greatest effects were felt by those with lower incomes, and that the bill took away a key form of financial relief for those in debt by making it harder to file bankruptcy. Biden also voted down a proposal to restrict corporate judge-shopping(going directly to a court of their choice instead of having to pursue the case in their local area). With these effects having been predicted by many advocacy groups, it is inexplicable that Biden championed it.

We do have some clues as to why he supported it; it was a major boon to his funders. An especially significant backer was located in his home state of Delaware: the credit-card conglomerate MBNA. MBNA has donated over $ 214,000 to Biden over the course of his career.

Aid Programs for the Poor

Joe Biden played a major role in 1990s "welfare reform", an effort to gut New Deal social programs and replace them with the fragile layer we currently have today. He voted Yes on replacing FDR's AFDC program, which granted cash to poor families, with a block-grant welfare system, meaning the federal government would give states money to administer welfare systems. This was similar to the modern-day GOP proposal to change Medicaid into a block-grant system that many Democrats oppose. This change was also paired with a more restrictive basis for receiving grants, a system currently known as TANF. Research shows that replacing aid programs with block grants results in large funding decreases over time, and indeed, the current state of welfare is poor.

In fact, the effects may be worse than that, because money given to states for welfare can be used for other purposes, thanks to nonexistent oversight measures. Only a quarter of welfare money is paid as cash assistance to the poor, with less than a quarter being spent on "help finding jobs", and the rest being diverted to far-flung things like scholarships for the wealthy and marriage counseling. The state-centric approach, along with overleniency in terms of what can be cut, resulted in disastrous outcomes. In Arizona, for example, just 6% of poor families with children recieve assistance, compared to the 42% who recieved aid before the Biden/GOP welfare reform. As with bankruptcy reform, these effects were predicted beforehand, so it is concerning that Biden pushed so hard to pass them.

Foreign Policy

Biden is known as a person with lots of foreign policy expertise; while he has experience, this time is also filled with missteps, most of which are confusing even in context. The most well known position is his vote for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which brought forth plenty of criticism in 2008 when he was chosen as VP. This vote left people disappointed even at the time: while 26 Senate Dems voted for the war, a significant portion of this vote was composed of Blue Dogs with conservative foreign policy, while the 23 Senate Dems who voted against the war were composed of liberals such as Ted Kennedy. There was lots of criticism, even at the time, for this vote.

More concerning are his lesser known positions. He supported the US government taking an official position on the separation of Kosovo from Serbia, risking bringing the country into an unnecessary war. He was one of those sounding the alarm of WMDs as justification for the Iraq war, claims that were repeated by the Bush administration and later proven to be fabricated, based on unreliable evidence. Biden helped quash a push by Russ Feingold to stop taxpayer dollars from being used to train Indonesian death squads. Biden, confusingly, voted no on an amendment to ensure that US-sold cluster bombs would not be used on civilians.

War on Drugs

Joe Biden, an avid supporter of the War on Drugs, was a key figure behind crafting the legislation that caused the increase in incarceration, and prosecution of drugs such as marijuana. One of his first moves was to support legalization of civil forfeiture, allowing "policing for profit" with officers able to confiscate anything suspected of being associated with drug money(in practice, this has meant absolutely anything). He helped author an act that created a 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Under this bill, 5 grams of crack carried the same sentence as 500 grams of powder. The bill was intended to target minorities, who used crack more due to its lower cost. In 2003, he supported an anti-ecstasy bill which backfired, causing businesses to stop offering safety measures as doing so would risk prosecution. Even today, activist organizations continue to try repealing the bill as it has caused a few deaths.

His most-well known anti-drug measure, creating the basis for strict policing of drugs like marijuana, was the Crime Bill which he supported heartily. While others who backed the law, like Bill Clinton, have apologized for its negative consequences, Biden has continued to defend himself and stand by its passage. The crime bill included funding to build many more prisons and foster an aggressive policing strategy, which was then expanded by local governments. Today, there are about twice as many people behind bars as there were before the crime bill, giving the US one of the highest incarceration rates in the developed world. Lots of these inmates are there for drug-related crimes that wouldn't be prosecuted in many other countries. It is disappointing that Biden played a role in one of the worst policies of our generation.


Based on all this, it's reasonable to say that Joe Biden's policy positions on some issues are quite lackluster, and pale in comparison to those of other prospective Democratic nominees for 2020. Despite this, I am willing to say I will vote for him if he ends up being the person facing Donald Trump. His policies are indisputably better than those of a Republican. However, we should not actively seek to put him in that position. In the Democratic primary, there will be many other candidates who have experience, better policy, and the capability to defeat Donald Trump. Instead of allowing Biden a free run to become nominee, we should support these other candidates, as they remain popular with the American public.

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