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It really belongs in her hands.

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Nancy Pelosi's road back to the speaker's chair goes through 25 congressional districts. The House has 435 members, and right now Republicans hold 242 seats and the Democrats have 193, with the magic number for a majority being 215. Daily Kos has endorsed 15 House candidates who we want to constitute the majority of those 25 new seats, because getting our people, all of whom vow to never join the Blue Dogs and to support the most critical progressive goals, means not just a Democratic majority, but a better House.

We add two more to that list today. I'll echo what Markos said when introducing the last group brought on board: With 17 House candidates and seven Senate candidates, it's a big list. Adopt the candidates who speak to you, those races you think are most compelling. Maybe it's your district or state. Maybe the Republican opponent is incredibly odious. Contribute if you can, volunteer if you can, and help us get the gavel back to Speaker Pelosi.

Here are two more seats that will help accomplish that goal. It's now not all offense on Orange to Blue, we have to play some defense, too, to keep the good people we've got. So in addition to a challenger who's also a former congressman, today's endorsements include a newly redistricted Democratic incumbent.

Betty Sutton head shot
Betty Sutton OH-16
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Ohio Republicans thought they were playing a fast one by redistricting three-term Rep. Betty Sutton from OH-13, Sherrod Brown's former seat, into a Republican leaning OH-16. That pits her against another incumbent, tea party freshman Rep. Jim Renacci, who also just happens to be a millionaire. Check out this contrast in their bios.

Sutton comes from a quintessential Democratic mold. Raised in the backdrop of working class suburban Akron, she is the daughter of a union boilermaker and a library clerk. She worked her way through public university and law school, and has been a practicing labor attorney. Her allegiance lies squarely with wage earners over what she tags as special interests and millionaires—as she told a group of police and firefighters in August.

“Right now in Washington we have a controlling force that doesn’t fight for you the way you deserve,”says Sutton.”We have a Congress that would rather take the resources you need to buy new equipment and training, and sometimes save your jobs, and give to that multimillionaire or CEO, to that person that won’t play by the rules."

Renacci, by contrast, owns a chain of nursing homes, In addition, as well as "auto dealerships, sports teams and other businesses. He’s a millionaire many times over—the 11th richest person in Congress—and his pro-business, anti-regulation stance is reflected in his top campaign donor list of PACs and corporations."

There hasn't been any publicly released polling on the race in a little over a month, but internal polling showed her with a slight lead, as did polls done by outside groups for her. Here's what our own Steve Singiser had to say about this one: "Meanwhile, the GOP has offered not a single counterpunch. Again, barring some kind of absurdly clever political jiujitsu, the only rational explanation for the silence on their end is because their numbers mirror those of Sutton's advocates, or they are worse than those of Sutton's advocates."

Here's a chance not just to keep a good Democrat in the House, but to knock off a GOP incumbent. Which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

Rick Nolan headshot
Rick Nolan MN-08
O2B Questionnaire

Former Rep. Rick Nolan represented MN-08 from 1975 to 1981, when he decided to leave Congress. He re-entered politics to take on the predictably odious freshman Republican, Chip Cravaack. Hypocrite? Check. He voted for Paul Ryan's budget, including slashing veterans' benefits, benefits he himself has received. War on Women? Check. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Actually double-check. He also called the Obama administration's new birth control rule "an act of federal aggression." Medicare? Of course, he voted with almost every other Republican to end it.

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This is a very competitive seat for Democrats. The last polling, at the end of August, had Nolan with a slim lead, 47-44. Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar held the seat for 36 years before the teabagger onslaught ousted him with Cravaack in 2010. And President Obama carried the district with 53 percent in 2008. Which is undoubtedly why the National Republican Congressional Committee is spending more than $200,000 in ads a week against Nolan.

These two seats are as critical as the other 15 we've got on our list. All of them would help win the House back for Democrats, and all of them would make the progressive wing of the caucus stronger.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM PDT.

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  •  House Candidates (10+ / 0-)

    Considering how the 'pubs have run the House since they took over in '09, there is no reason whatsoever to vote for any 'pub; wouldn't a blanket endorsement of all Democrats running for the House be a better idea?

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:02:22 PM PDT

    •  I may actually hold my nose and vote for (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JamieG from Md, Desert Scientist

      Blue dog Boswell in Iowa.  At least that would let the Democrats set the agenda.

      I've voted against him (3rd party) the last two elections.  Still thinking, but at least it is possible this time.

      I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

      by prodigal on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:09:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We've got a Blue Dog here in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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        Charlie Wilson in Oh-06 trying to make a comeback against the teabagger who defeated him. This race isn't at the top of my priority list, like Betty's or Angela Zimmann's or Joyce Healy-Abrams' or Sharen Neuhardt's. But I hope he wins.

        I live in Ohio's most Democratic district which doesn't even have a Republican running, so I never face this problem.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

        by anastasia p on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:27:08 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Vote against the Blue Dogs in the Primary (2+ / 0-)
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        Woody, ER Doc

        but now is the time to hold your nose and support them in the General.

    •  Didn't they take over in 2011? (1+ / 0-)
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      Joan McCarter

      Or am I confused? Anyway, we gotta keep Betty; she's absolutely terrific.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:24:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

      a lot of 'em don't need us. And a bunch of them wouldn't want to be associated. So we're winnowing here.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:26:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  My belief (1+ / 0-)
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      "I am a Democrat without prefix, suffix, or apology."  --Sam Rayburn

      I have voted for two Republicans in my entire adult lifetime and I will NEVER make that mistake again.

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by jg6544 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:40:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mitt just gave the House & Senate to the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, immigradvocate, brn2bwild

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !

    by Churchill on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:03:25 PM PDT

    •  One hopes. But check out Maddow's reality check (3+ / 0-)
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      Churchill, Joan McCarter, mconvente

      from yesterday's show to temper excitement about the video expose.  

      Also, Romney shored up his base with the video, even though his base comprise most of the 47%.  Rush was thrilled with the footage.  

      For Democrats, this election needs to be about taking back Congress.   Every vote will make a big difference this time, because without Congress, Obama in the White House means very little in economic terms.

      Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich

      by keeplaughing on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:14:11 PM PDT

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      •  I doubt Romney "shored up" (1+ / 0-)
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        much of anyone with that video, maybe a hardcore 15 or 20 percent. Remember that part of the GOP base isn't looking for contemptuous ordinary-people bashing but for indications of Jesus-lovin' and abortion- and gay-hatin'.

        I'd say Romney probably lost two or three people for every one he "shored up."

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

        by anastasia p on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:29:12 PM PDT

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  •  will DailyKos be endorsing Julia Brownley (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    in CA-26? This is a nationally competitive open seat featuring a true progressive against one of Paul Ryan's "young guns."

    Ice and certainty dissolve as we watch. Nothing else in politics matters. @RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:08:32 PM PDT

  •  So now that Dick Durbin said we (0+ / 0-)

    couldn't win the House today, just how important is this?  And more important, just what are our chances?  And why did Dems always say things like that?  I mean what's wrong with saying, "These battles are tough but worth fighting."  

  •  Still no love for Colorado? eom (0+ / 0-)

    Why is Mitt Rmoney so happy that an American embassy was attacked? Why does he hate America?

    by RichM on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:10:44 PM PDT

  •  I have a nomination... (1+ / 0-)
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    I nominate Jamie Wall for Congress

    Guy is working very hard to turn a district blue.  And he's a Rhodes Scholar.

  •  I propose we add Kim Gillan (0+ / 0-)

    She has been selected by the DCCC "Red to Blue" program;

    And according to PPP on Montana Cowgirl's blog she has a chance;

    “The race for Montana’s open House seat looks like a toss up. Republican Steve Daines has a narrow edge over Democratic opponent Kim Gillan, 40-37, with Libertarian Dave Kaiser at 9%. Gillan has gained 3 points on Daines since our last poll of the race in the spring. Both candidates are still pretty unknown- 59% of votersaren’t familiar enough with Gillan to have an opinion about her and the same is true when it comes to 56% of voters with Daines. Gillan’s favorability rating is 22/19 and Daines’ is 22/22. This race could go either way as the candidates become better known in the final eight weeks.”

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:11:56 PM PDT

  •  I say we better get (1+ / 0-)
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    218. 215 falls just short, unless I'm missing something.

    Paul Ryan = Ebenezer Scrooge

    by Van Buren on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:16:28 PM PDT

  •  Polite Suggestion about ActBlue (1+ / 0-)
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    As a regular and enthusiastic donor via DailyKos, I suggest having another ActBlue website that ONLY has the NEWLY ADDED candidates.

    Otherwise, it will take people like me a certain amount of work to go back in our records to see how much we already donated to existing candidates already.

    Last time I checked, for example, I had donated 'too much' to a couple of candidates compared to others.

    Thank you.

  •  Where's Alan Grayson? (3+ / 0-)

    Alan Grayson is not on that list, but he's probably the toughest progressive running for office this year. He's running for re-election to the Florida seat in the House of Representatives that he held until Republicans bought it back in 2010. He's my favorite example of not just more, but better Democrats.

    He should be on this DKos list. If not, Kos should explain why not. Meanwhile, help him win.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:23:31 PM PDT

  •  Seriously ... (3+ / 0-)

    "Maybe the Republican opponent is incredibly odious."

    How does this narrow our choices?

    So many odious Republicans ...

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:25:00 PM PDT

  •  Rick Nolan is a great add to the list! (0+ / 0-)

    He really has a shot (especially since Cravaack and his wife bought a house in New Hampsihire (so she could live close to her new job).

    Full - disclosure: Rick Nolan is my cousin!

  •  Betty Sutton is a good one, and needs our help (0+ / 0-)

    I've followed Betty since blogging her first run for Congress and she is exactly who we need to be sure to elect. She sent out an email today indicating that Stuart Rothenberg calls her race even:

    Dear Jeff,

    “A pure toss-up.”

    Those are the words describing our race from the highly respected, non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

    The report goes on to say that when it comes to beating millionaire Republican Congressman Jim Renacci, turnout will be key.

    Can you please help us turn out the vote by getting involved with our campaign today?

    Whether you’re willing to make phone calls, put up a yard sign, or canvass door-to-door, we have countless ways you can volunteer, and help drive voter turnout, so we can win a victory for middle class Ohioans.

    Millionaire Republican Congressman Jim Renacci is counting on his deep pockets and billionaire special interest friends to buy him this election with a never-ending campaign of negative advertising.  I’m counting on you to help me win this election for Ohio’s workers, seniors, women, and veterans.

    Please sign up as a volunteer today.

    Today our race may be a “pure toss-up” but I know with your help, we’ll win on Election Day!

  •  Christie Vilsack IA -04 (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, cooper888

    IIRC Iowa has never elected a female to national office.  This is totally not what Iowa stands for.  The race is close, and her opponent is the vile Steve King.

  •  Good list and I'll see what I can do with... (1+ / 0-)
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    ..."Split it". :)

    One addition I would like to see is Christie Vilsack running in IA-04 against the horrendous Steve King. I think this race can be won. She has great name recognition and a redrawn district making it much more blue than before.

  •  We HAVE TO focus als on friendly Repugs (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope the Democrats win back the House.  But if we don't we also have to think about a House that functions the way that historically it has -- namely that if legislation is good, folks on both sides of the aisle will vote for it.

    Plan B must be to break the insane clown posse approach of the Repugs that they won't vote for good legislation soley because the Democrats propose it.

    Getting 25+ seats to change hands is Plan A

    Changing the culture of the House back to its historical norm such that 25+ Republicans or more will vote for Democratic legislation is Plan B,

  •  I donate (1+ / 0-)
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    to the Democratic challenger in my district. I donate to a Democratic challenger in a nearby district in my state. I donate to Elizabeth Warren. I donate to Planned Parenthood Action Committee. I donate to Paul R'yan's opponent. I like the illusion of control.  I have not donated directly to the DNC or to Obama and probably will not.

    If you don't want to be kept in the dark and lathered with horse dung, stop acting like a mushroom.

    by nomorerepukes on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:47:59 PM PDT

  •  And Shelley Adler, Jon Runyan's opponent in NJ-3? (1+ / 0-)
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    Why is she not on the list?

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:50:34 PM PDT

  •  $250 (2+ / 0-)
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    mconvente, Cecile

    I donated $250 to this list and split it.  I've been trying to get people (other than me, since I'm getting maxed) to give to Jamie Wall for Congress in Wisconsin.  I'm in Texas, but I met the guy because he knows a friend of mine.  He's a Rhodes Scholar, grew up a dairy farmer, first in his family to go to college.  Super nice guy...the kinda guy that SHOULD be a Democratic Congressman.

    Would be great if someone matched my KOS endorsement donation and gave money to Jamie Wall.


    Let me know in a comment here if you do it...


    •  I just made other donations (2+ / 0-)
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      TexasDemocrat, Woody

      I live in TX now, but used to live in Wisconsin on the other side of the state from where Wall is running. As a former Wisconsinite I appreciate your donation. I plan to give to Tammy Baldwin and I will keep Wall on my list for my next trip to Act Blue.

      If you have more than you need but don't have empathy you must be a republican.

      by Cecile on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 06:40:33 PM PDT

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  •  Wayne Powell (0+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't you just love to see Eric Cantor go?

    Shop Liberally this holiday season at Kos Katalog

    by JamieG from Md on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 03:33:54 PM PDT

    •  2nd that nomination (2+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md, Woody

      Saw him again this morning on the Stephanie Miller show, what a hero!  30 year army Colonel retired, now attorney who represented pro-bono the ladies who were arrested when Gov Vaginal probe mcdonnel was ramming thru his bill in VA and they were arrested for protesting.  Actually believes in the constitution and wants to fight for "We the people".  Holds Town Hall meetings and actually shows up.  Going to debate Cantor on Oct. 6th.  He needs to unseat that arrogant idiot.  

      You can also go to

      How do you know Mittens R-money is lying? His lips are moving!

      by Chacesnana1 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:29:12 PM PDT

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  •  Rick Nolan (1+ / 0-)
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    Rick Nolan used to represent MN-06 from 1975 to 1981.  He is now running for MN-08.

  •  Lance Enderle (0+ / 0-)

    Already endorsed by:


    United Auto Workers
    The National Organization for Women
    American Federation of Teachers Michigan
    Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
    Teamsters and Chauffeurs Local 580
    U.A of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333
    Pipefitters Local 636
    Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9
    Michigan Nurses Association
    Greater Lansing Labor Council
    Ingham County Democratic Party
    North Oakland County Democratic Club
    Lansing Association for Human Rights
    The Occupation Party

    I think this is a serious candidacy.

    Shop Liberally this holiday season at Kos Katalog

    by JamieG from Md on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 03:37:40 PM PDT

  •  I know that Evelyn Madrid Erhard ... (0+ / 0-)

    is probably considered a long shot, but she stands for almost all of the principles that progressives say they are for - one payer health care, environmental and worker protection, proper treatment of veterans, LGBT rights, education (getting rid of "No Child Left Behind"), the right to collectively bargain, etc.  It would be a pity not to support her over one of the worst of the conservatives in the house - Steve Pearce.  Evelyn's is a truly grassroots campaign.  Support Evelyn for NM District 2!

    Tom Udall and Jeff Bingamin have endorsed her, as has the AFL-CIO and NEA.  

  •  PA-07! (1+ / 0-)
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    George Badey made the red-to-blue list; would love to see him added to Orange to Blue!

    Badey for Congress PA-07

    by aepm on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:17:32 PM PDT

  •  Rick Nolan can win this but he needs money! (0+ / 0-)

    Nolan is a great candidate who can defeat Cravaack. But he's fighting false and misleading ads by Norm Coleman and other republican PACS who are pumping millions into the race. In short, he needs money now to capitalize on the huge weaknesses of the Cravaack campaign. I am begging you to help us get rid of this Michele Bachmann clone. $5, $50, $100 , whatever you can afford. It'll be the best money you spend this cycle!

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