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Paul Ryan Of ECU’s Big Money 20 Retiring

Though we may never know the exact combination of reasons why Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan ultimately made his decision to retire, the fact that he had a spirited challenge from Randy Bryce (backed by End Citizens United) and a place on End Citizens United’s Big Money 20 list certainly had a role as a catalyst to speed up his retirement. To be sure, there is plenty of work ahead for Democrats to deliver on the so called “Blue Wave” coming in 2018, but the retirement of the most powerful Congressman in the face of his first real campaign in decades is certainly a promising sign for the Democrats and aligned groups around the country.

End Citizens United in particular has had a role in some of the larger Democratic upsets so far in this cycle, and are likely to become more and more of a household name as we get closer to November. A group founded to rid the political process of the dark money of special interest groups, End Citizens United can play a huge support position for progressive candidates who refuse Super PAC money and actually listen to the wills of their constituents. In the Wisconsin district that Ryan represented, End Citizens United has endorsed Randy Bryce who has certainly had quite a bit of viral fame and has really made a name for himself as an ironworker, cancer survivor and veteran. But in addition to those impressive feats he has also has been advocate for completely and totally overhauling our thoroughly broken campaign finance system. This position is widely popular amongst Americans, and the fact that Ryan has relied so heavily on Super PAC dollars was sure to be a lightning rod issue in the upcoming election. With Ryan gone, the race becomes even more wide open for an honest candidate like Randy Bryce — this is some of the best news for Democrats in recent memory.

Read more: Beto O’Rourke Earns the Support of End Citizen’s United

While Paul Ryan is just one of many politicians who place the will of special interests over the will of the working-class it is still refreshing that he will soon be gone from the hallowed halls of Congress. In his place, if End Citizens United and their grassroots support can help push Bryce over the finish line, we could have a Congressman who truly understands the plight of the working-class and will work to clean up our elections rather than further muddy them.

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Pennsylvania’s Governor Race-The New Test Ground

As a new year begins in the Trump administration, Republicans are finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of defending and building up candidates in traditionally solid red states. Since the Inauguration, Democrats have picked up 34 legislative seats, 1 governor and 1 U.S. Senate seat. Republicans have only gained 4 State Legislative seats. Trump and other prominent Republican leaders are scrambling to protect their majority.

Pennsylvania is becoming another important showdown for the two parties. The incumbent Governor Murphy stepped down from a long string of wins that date back to 2003, because of rumors of an extramarital affair and his request for his mistress to get an abortion. The vacant seat is a new test to see if Trump can maintain his dominance in Pennsylvania which he led by 20 percentage points in the 2016 elections.

A young Democrat, Conor Lamb, is hoping to change Pennsylvania to blue with a win in the race for Governor. Lamb, 33, is a former Federal Prosecutor and a Marine veteran. His opponent, Rick Saccone is a 59-year-old State Representative and a former Military Intelligence officer. Lamb is a strong candidate supported by the DNC because he is more centrist in many of his views. He has strong roots in the district and is running on creating decent paying jobs through strengthening the infrastructure and promising to protect Social Security and Medicare.

Lamb also points out that his opponent, Saccone voted to cut 10 million in funding for the overdose drug, Naloxone. This drug has saved countless lives in the Opioid epidemic and Lamb suggests that for a right to lifer, Saccone is virtually sealing the death of many with this vote. Conversely, Lamb supports a healthcare approach to solving the drug problem in Pennsylvania and he is calling for more rehab centers, as well as medical treatments available after rehab.

The Republican Party has already thrown excessive amounts of money toward the governor race that will be decided in March. Paul Ryan has sponsored the opening of a Republican field office in Pennsylvania from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP SuperPac. This group will provide unlimited funding and 50 full time on the ground workers that promise to make contact with over 250,000 voters. Saccone also has the assistance of SuperPac billionaire Rickets family, who have already spent over $1 million dollars for ads and manpower.

Democrats, on the other hand, have relied on verbal support for Lamb and they point to their $10,000 monthly contribution to the Pennsylvania State Democrat Fund. The DNR and groups like End Citizens United, a pac group that works for the elimination of unfair funding in the election process, prefer to use influence and the strength of Lamb’s reputation to win the race.