Here’s a look at a number of other key working-family races and ballot issues from yesterday’s elections.
In several U.S. Senate races where Republican, corporate and super PAC cash looked like it would make the difference, union members’ get-out-the-vote activism and votes helped push working-family candidates to victory. Democrats now have 55 senate seats. Elizabeth Warren defeated Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Tim Kaine beat George Allen in Virginia. Rep. Tammy Baldwin overcame Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, Sen. Jon Tester defeated challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg in Montana and Sen. Sherrod Brown won over Josh Mandel in Ohio. Other Senate wins include Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).
Resist focusing on the shiny object, urged speakers at one of this morning’s panels at the start of Netroots Nation 2012 conference in Providence, R.I., where thousands of progressive activists, political junkies and new media nerds from across the country are gathering..
Moderated by Jordan Kupersmith, political targeting analyst at the AFL-CIO, panelists on “Taking the Offense in State Elections” urged folks in the room to keep their eyes on state elections and legislatures where many key issues are decided – voting rights, reproductive health, education reform, marriage equality and more – especially as attention shifts towards the presidential race, the bright and shiny object that captures the media's frenzy and activists' energy.