O'Rourke in TX Senate race
Election is November 6, 2018
Beto O’Rourke has a chance to beat Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race. He used to be a punk rock bassist and is now a Congressman [source].
He sees a connection. “There’s very much a DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic in punk rock. You write your own songs. You record your own records. You start your own label to put the record out. You book your own tour. It is very honest; it is very direct; and it is very powerful. I think there’s something like that happening in Texas right now. [Our campaign] doesn’t have the consultants, the pollsters, the PACs, the special interests. It is an incredibly honest, direct connection with the people I want to serve and represent. Outside of family, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever been lucky enough to be part of. I feel so grateful. I have to pinch myself every day to make sure we are really getting to do this [source].”
O’Rourke is in Congress, where he is on the veterans’ affairs committee working on economic opportunity and health. Many veterans are disabled. O’Rourke is also on the Armed Services committee — trying to make sure that lives and funds are not wasted.
He has worked with ADAPT nationally and in Texas, which have been on the front lines of protecting rights to community-based supports and opposition to relegating people with disabilities to institutional settings [source].
He has worked on trying to expand access to health care for working families with disabled children, noting that in Texas, if they earn over $36,450, they can’t get help from the Medicaid buy-in program, and some “solve” this problem by divorcing so their children can get the help they need [source].
It’s important to note that Beto is also a cosponsor of Disability Integration Act - DIA in the House (HR 2472).
Virginia governor’s race
Election is November 7, 2017
Support Ralph Northam (D)
Opponent is Ed Gillespie (R)
Ralph Northam is a pediatric neurologist who has personal experience with barriers to adequate health care for people with disabilities. In his political career, he has worked with some success to expand access. Ed Gillespie opposes Medicaid expansion, which the Virginia legislature has blocked under the current Democratic governor. The legislature is far more Republican than the electorate, because of gerrymandering that reduces the impact of minority voters and allows incumbent politicians to choose their voters. On other issues of special concern to people with disabilities, Northam’s positions are “moderate” rather than excellent. But Gillespie would defund public education, cut taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals, and otherwise attack public services on which all people depend. Support Ralph Northam here.
New Jersey governor’s race
Election is November 7, 2017
Support Phil Murphy (D)
Opponent is Kim Guadagno (R)
Disability Voters supports Phil Murphy for New Jersey governor. This race is tightening. New Jersey may continue to be governed by Republicans who advocate health and education cuts. Support Phil Murphy here.
Alabama Senate race
Election is December 12, 2017
Support Doug Jones (D)
Opponent is Roy Moore (R)
Trump policies are hitting Alabama hard and Alabama has few people rich enough to benefit from GOP tax proposals. Disability Voters supports Doug Jones, an honest, capable fighter for health care for all, and opposes Roy Moore, who fiercely opposes the Affordable Care Act and has made clear his disrespect for laws with which he disagrees. Support Doug Jones here.