Take the State was formed to fight for progressive policies in every state. We are…
Recruiting strong progressive candidates in Republican held districts
Our goal is to have strong candidates run in Republican held State House and Senate seats to flip states from Republican to Progressive control. Are you that candidate?
Building winning campaigns
We work with candidates to provide them with everything they need to build a strong winning campaign. Join our team if you want to work with one of our campaigns.
Connecting candidates with volunteers
For a fight this big, local support is not enough. We coordinate with partner organizations and volunteers to support our candidates as they take back their state.
Why We Do It
Republicans in Congress are taking away federal protections and placing them in the hands of the states. Whether it be maintaining our national parks, having access to affordable health care, giving people equal access to vote, or protecting our LGBTQ children at school, Republicans in the federal government continue with the rhetoric that the STATE is the best authority to handle these issues.
Why? Because it is easy to push their agenda when Republicans have steadily gained state assembly majorities in 32 states. With these majorities, Republicans can further strip away the protections and values we hold dearly. That is why we are coming together to take back control of the states!
Take the State is committed to driving progressive change throughout our country by winning state elections that put progressive leaders into office. We will:
Be Boldly Progressive
Take the State believes in action and not on rhetoric. We are forward thinkers who are trying to help solve complex problems like Universal Health Care, Tuition Free Public Education, Environmental Protection and Energy Innovation by electing legislators to the state offices. We listen to the issues that the American people deeply care about.
Be Enthusiastically Diverse
Take the State counts Diversity & Inclusion as a key goal of our organization — our candidates, board of advisers and staff. We are committed to creating an organization where people are valued regardless of sex, age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, national origin or religious affiliation. We support the importance of the diverse geographic, economic and family perspectives that are so very necessary in creating a fully progressive movement.
Be Excited About Innovation
Take the State focuses on ensuring that we are doing everything possible to reach every American. If one American town is left behind our country suffers. That is why we are excited to use and develop new technologies and systems to help our candidates win.
Be Fearless in our Efforts
Take the State leads without fear when it comes to pushing for progressive change at the state level. When the status quo does not get the message from the grassroots, we step in to make sure that it is the people that are being heard. We do not waver when it comes to critical issues like climate change, economic equity, health care, the environment and education. To advance our country, we need to ensure we make the right choices.
Why We Need To Win
Progressive policies are not getting reviewed because there is a lack of progressive state legislative representation.
Republicans have gained majorities because they have invested heavily in state races and they have not faced strong Democratic opposition.
There are not as many groups investing in state elections as in federal elections.
Democrats have lost state legislative chambers: Democrats hold only 30 of 99 chambers, and Democrats have complete control of the state government in only 6 states, while Republicans hold 25.
Republican agendas are being pushed through the states without enough progressive opposition to stop them.
The Impact of State Legislators
Local representation working for your beliefs and values of your community.
Redistrict in a way that ensures equal representation.
Supreme court decisions are based primarily on rulings over state laws.
Precedent making laws begin at the state level.
Build a progressive bench that will have the experience to run in future federal elections.