The Senate has a constitutional duty to advise and consent on the President’s nominees to serve as judges on our Nation’s federal courts. Going into the 2014 lame duck period, there are 64 current judicial vacancies and 34 nominees pending in the Senate. It is vital for the Senate to stay in session until every judicial nominee on the floor gets a yes-or-no vote. If these judges are not confirmed, our federal courts will not be able handle the issues – from marriage equality to voting rights to health care to immigration – that affect all of us.
As progressives, we can do better. In the coming years, we need to figure out how to take back important state government offices like secretary of state, treasurer, and attorney general that the right has held even as the state has elected progressive governors and legislators. We need to hold our own elected leaders accountable, as we’ve had to do a few times in Gov. Hickenlooper’s first term. And we need to make sure that when we lead on a critical issue like gun safety, we are ready to defend our actions from the right wing.
What happened here in Colorado last night is nothing short of astonishing. It may not exactly feel like it, but we won.
According to the latest news reports from FOX 31 and the New York Times, the right wing's GOTV efforts are losing steam--and progressives are gaining ground rapidly. In 2010 and 2012, progressives in Colorado went into Election Day behind in both returned ballots and public polling. Both times, we won the election. If the Colorado voters who turned out in 2012 turn out this time, we're going to win again.