The Big Progressive Wins on Election Night, Midterms 2018

Democrats were looking forward to a Blue Wave. Progressives were hoping for progressive candidates. Right-of-center? A redder political map.

Well, we can delve into that later on, but here’s what we got for the most part last night.

The Big Progressive Wins

First, a list. Next what we can expect policy-wise from the new Democratic U.S. House of Representatives.

  1. Candidates outside the status quo:
    1. Jared Polis (D-CO) – the country’s first openly gay Governor
    2. Sharice Davids (D-KS) – the country’s first Native American, openly gay Congresswoman
    3. Deb Haaland (D-NM) – the country’s second Native American Congresswoman
    4. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) – the country’s first Somali-American, Muslim Congresswoman, a Somali refugee
    5. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) – the country’s second Muslim Congresswoman
    6. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – the country’s youngest Congresswoman, at 29 years old
    7. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) – the country’s second youngest Congresswoman, also 29
    8. Young Kim (R-CA) – the countries first Korean-American Congresswoman
    9. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) – Massachusetts’ first black Congresswoman
    10. Janet Mills (D-ME) – Maine’s first woman Governor
    11. Letitia James (D-NY) – New York’s first black woman Attorney General
  2. Progressive ballot measures that passed*:
    1. San Francisco, CA – raised taxes on big corporations to fund homeless services
    2. Florida – returns voting rights to over a million people that served time for felony charges
    3. Louisiana – requiring felony convictions to have a unanimous jury conviction ruling
    4. Massachusetts – an affirming transgender bathroom anti-discrimination protection
    5. New Hampshire – affirms freedom from governmental intrusion in private or personal information
    6. Missouri – legalizing medical marijuana.
    7. Michigan
      1. confirming automatic & Election Day registration
      2. confirming an independent redistricting commission
      3. And last but pot least — had to. legalizes recreational marijuana. Making Michigan the tenth state to do so. The others? Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

*Not a complete list

Although there were a lot of wins, there are some big losses to note before we move on. Before we touch on the bad though, let’s do a quick “good wrap.”

Kim Davis (R-KY), lost her election. She was the county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The Neo-Nazi GOP candidate renounced by his party lost to Illinois Democrats.

This is where the positives end here. In races across the country, Republicans made wins, losses for progressives. Electing racists wasn’t their only win on election night. In Alabama, voters stripped rights from pregnant people. They gave those full legal rights to fertilized eggs, instead. Republicans went so far as electing to Congress Steve King (R-IA), denounced by his party as a Nazi.

Moving forward, nonetheless.

What to Expect from the new Democratic U.S. House of Representatives

Eight (8) years since the last time Democrats controlled the House, there’s a new image for Congress. A woman’s image. Over 100 women**, are new and returning to the House of Representatives. About one quarter (1/4) of the 435 seats. These are the Policy Positions shared by those women listed above, as per Vote Smart:

  1. Healthcare to cover pre-existing conditions and protecting the ACA
  2. Pro-choice rights
  3. To balance the budget, income taxes rising, particularly for the wealthy and top 1%
  4. Campaign finance reform
  5. Increasing federal spending to spur economic growth, not cutting corporate taxes
  6. Ensuring education has proper federal standards
  7. Government funding for renewable energy
  8. The federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions
  9. Gun control legislation
  10. Pushing back against “The Wall.” Protecting immigrants and ensuring asylum and an easier path to citizenship
  11. legalizing recreational marijuana use

**A similar look at the Top Priorities of these women at a later date.

***Rashida Tlaib offered the most to Vote Smart. She made very clear her political stances and postions.

**** Notable mention. Kate Brown (D-OR) – the countries first openly bisexual governor is re-elected in Oregon.


No Excuses: The Election Rundown: Now Go Vote!

Colorado, there’s a lot on the ballot, and as is the case for all elections: there’s a lot at stake.

You have the civil right to vote. Regardless of who or what gets in your way, voting was a hard-fought right. It harks back to the European Enlightenment (e.g. Rousseau) and is still a valuable process. Powerful interests (i.e. the Koch Brothers lobbyists, international) would change this. As has been the case ever since the franchise first left the exclusivity of the rich and powerful.

In Colorado, you can vote in-person long in advance of an election.

This article is not for you, Early Voters.

This is for those of you that still are on the fence. Hopefully, this won’t be a push in any specific direction sans a single one: toward the polls.

There are No Excuses, not to vote as theSkimm points out. If not knowing the issues is one of your reasons, well, we got your back. Here’s almost everything you need to know  before the polls close at 7 P.M. today. 

Google it: “How to Vote”

There are a lot of sites and organizations that want to help you vote. Those that do their darndest to give you an idea of your ballot and polling place, follow:

Google, Vote SmartVote.orgBallotpedia, theSkimm, Rock the Vote, Head Count, and Vote 411.

Others, strengthen your right to vote, by offering protection and support. For instance, the Election Protection of Vote.org866 Our Vote, and Common CauseStill more offer support for info. These include Democracy Works, and support for getting to the polls (i.e. Lime, Uber and Lyft, and even Carpool Vote).

In some places, you can vote by text, online, and even in an app. The point is clear: we have the technology, we can vote better, faster, stronger!

No one likes getting stumped. Few enjoy voting per a candidate or party’s stump speech. So, here’s the rundown that you likely opened this article for Coloradans:

The Down ‘n’ Dirty

Follow the elections in Colorado at The Denver Post, and nationally, at Democracy Now! and The Intercept, here. Watch the latter, here.

About the Ballot

Before you get into what is on the ballot be sure to Vote Smart on your representatives. Then, learn the ABC’s and 123’s of why those measures aren’t simply 1-12 or something. 9News breaks the info, which you can find from the Secretary of State’s website, down nicely as follows:

Constitutional amendments that are referred to us by lawmakers require two-thirds vote of the legislature to make the ballot in the first place. If they do, they are given a letter, such as “Amendment Y.” Propositions that are referred to us by lawmakers require a majority vote of the legislature and are given a double letter, such as “Proposition AA,” but we don’t have any of those in 2018.

In 2018, the statewide issues are:

  • Amendments V, U, W, X, Y, Z and A
  • Amendments 73, 74 and 75
  • Propositions 109, 110, 111 and 112

City and county issues on your ballot are numbered and lettered differently.

Ballot issues initiated by the public:

  • 200-299 County issues
  • 300-399 Municipal issues
  • 400-499 School district issues
  • 500-599 Political subdivision greater than a county
  • 600-699 Political subdivision within a county

Ballot issues referred by a governmental body:

  • 1A-1Z County issues
  • 2A-2Z Municipal issues
  • 3A-3Z School district issues
  • 4A-4Z Political subdivision greater than a county
  • 5A-5Z Political subdivision within a county

Now that you read the above, check out these statewide Amendments. Has your judgment on them changed?

Amendment 73

Amendment 112

Now check out the rest of those ballot measure, and go vote!

Find your ballots! Ballotpedia has those measures for you. The Colorado Independent also gives a good breakdown of the ballot.

Just Vote Colorado!

Here’s your link, and your protections.

If you need a ride to the polls today or in the future, visit You can also call the interactive voice response service at 1-804-424-5335

If you have any issues or concerns today or in the future with voting, visit You can also call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).