Why States Matter

Over the past 40 years, the radical rightwing has invested millions of dollars to build—and hold—state governing majorities, and we see the terrible impact of that investment every day.

Dismantling free and fair elections in swing states and suppressing the right to vote to silence the voices of those who disagree, especially Black and Brown people. Denying people quality, affordable healthcare, even in the middle of a pandemic. Poisoning clean water by giving big polluters the right to destroy our lakes, rivers, and oceans. 

State legislatures drive every issue that impacts your daily life. If we want to move our country past the tyranny of a radical, self-interested minority, the work begins in the states.

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on improving lives.

Improving Lives

Clean drinking water. Equal opportunity for all. Quality, affordable healthcare. Good state policy improves all of our lives. When we elect state lawmakers who are invested in ensuring a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future for all, we secure the future of our country.

Protecting Democracy

The radical rightwing has launched attack after attack on our democracy through state legislatures. Pressuring state lawmakers to steal the presidential election. Coordinated introductions of hundreds of voter suppression bills in state legislatures around the country. Policies to give themselves unmitigated power to ignore the popular vote. Electing state majorities that believe in democracy is the only way to return power to the people and secure our future.

Responding to Crises

From mitigating climate-driven disasters to policies that save lives — or cost them — during a pandemic,  state lawmakers make life or death decisions during a crisis. Failures in power grids during extreme weather, poisoned water flowing from your tap, and lack of access to testing and treatment during a once a century public health crisis are the result of state lawmakers prioritizing narrow special interests over the lives of their constituents.

Piloting National Policy

States pioneered the recognition of marriage equality. Before Obamacare, they passed Romneycare in Massachusetts, and years before that, Hawaiicare. The most critical issues  spread from state to state until they become national priorities, and federal policy — either good or disastrous.

Launching New Leaders

Stacey Abrams and Barack Obama both got started in state legislatures, but so did David Duke and Matt Gaetz. States are where tomorrow’s leaders emerge.