WHY ARE THE STATES SUCH A BIG FLIPPIN' DEAL?
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States write the rules of national elections.
We can’t flip Congress without the states.
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States pass policies that affect our lives.
From healthcare to racial justice, the laws that impact our lives the most are often passed by states—not by the federal government.
States chip away at access to reproductive health care and LGBTQIA rights.

  • From 2010 to 2016, states passed 338 laws restricting the right to choose.
  • In 2016 alone, GOP state politicians introduced 200+ anti-LGBTQIA bills.
States are leading—or standing in the way—of efforts to fight climate change.

  • Scientists have found that air pollution is a whole lot worse in states with GOP governors.
  • In 2008, nine northeastern states pledged to cut their emissions by 40%—and they followed through. Now they’re working to cut another 30%.

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States build a progressive bench.
Serving at the state level gets inspiring progressive Dems ready to run for national office.

  • Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Maxine Waters all made their way to the national stage via state governments. 
  • State offices are a great way for young people, women and people of color, and non-wealthy people to get involved.

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States are the best value for your time and money.
Compared to national races, state races are cheap.

Investing in these races is an extremely effective use of our dollars—that’s one big reason the GOP has been doing it for years.