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July 13, 2018Action Fund Research
Democratic Generic Gains In GOP-Held Cook Districts Millennials and African Americans Turnout Concerns For Midterm

The Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – are frustrated with the economy and health care costs under Donald Trump and, as a result, are more motivated to vote in the midterm elections, according to the latest groundbreaking research from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) and Democracy Corps. Democrats are up five points in the 33 GOP-held Cook competitive House races.

July 9, 2018
Page Gardner, president and founder of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, released the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:

“In Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has nominated a potential Supreme Court judge who will destroy voting rights, criminalize abortion, and end health care protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

July 9, 2018

By Page S. Gardner

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last week means that the court could become even more of a rubber stamp for rolling back important voting rights protections that prevent discrimination and weaken Americans’ ability to have their voices heard in our democracy.

Although Justice Kennedy was a swing vote for some of the court’s most high-profile cases that expanded marriage equality and protected a woman’s right to choose, he was on the wrong side of history when he joined with conservative justices to weaken the Civil Rights Act.

May 18, 2018


With approval ratings of 42 percent for President Trump and a dismal 18 percent for the Republican Congress, Democrats could be poised to win landslide victories in this year’s elections — from the U.S. House and Senate to governorships and state legislatures.

May 3, 2018
Democrats need to refocus on the economic and health care challenges their voters face, the pollster said.


By Kevin Robillard, May 3, 2018

A top Democratic pollster is warning his party’s candidates not to buy into the GOP’s rosy messaging on the economy and tax cuts, arguing they need to spotlight the economic headwinds and rising health care costs their base voters still face heading into the midterm elections.

The advice stems from new polling provided exclusively to HuffPost from Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, Greenberg Research, and Democracy Corps.

May 3, 2018Action Fund Research

Groundbreaking new research from WVWVAF and Democracy Corps’ Stan Greenberg shows the Rising American Electorate is poised to reverse this trend and deliver their midterm votes as a referendum on the economy, gun safety, and health care.

May 3, 2018
Millennial Enthusiasm Shows Promise After Hearing Messages on Gun Safety and the Economy

The Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – is the group of 2016 voters who are most likely to drop-off and not vote in the 2018 midterms.

March 27, 2018

Page Gardner, president of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced they will include a question about citizenship to the U.S. Census:

“The Trump Administration is playing dangerous political games with people’s lives and the country by adding a question about citizenship to the U.S.
March 22, 2018

By Alexander Burns and Julie Turkewitz

On Saturday, Rebecca Schneid plans to pull on her sneakers, sling a camera over her shoulder and march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington with thousands of other students demanding an end to the gun violence that has cut through so many American communities.

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February 10, 2018

By David Brady, Ryan M. Finnigan, and Sabine Hubgen

No group is as linked to poverty in the American mind as single mothers. For decades, politicians, journalists and scholars have scrutinized the reasons poor couples fail to use contraception, have children out of wedlock and do not marry.

When the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution formed a bipartisan panel of prominent poverty scholars to write a “Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty” in 2015, its first recommendation was to “promote a new cultural norm surrounding parenthood and marriage.”

The reality, however, is that single motherhood is not the reason we have unusually high poverty in the United States, compared with other rich democracies.


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