The NewDEAL congratulates long-time member Eric Johnson on becoming the next mayor of Dallas!
An innovative leader who has championed polices to support entrepreneurship, early childhood education, clean water, and so much more as a state representative, Johnson campaigned on his ability to collaborate and get things done.
That message from NewDEALers has resonated from coast to coast and across the heartland, as Johnson joins more than 15 results-driven NewDEAL Leaders rising to higher offices since last fall -- pro-growth progressives who have been elected to Congress, Governor, City Hall, and more. In just the past few months, Kate Gallego and Leirion Gaylor Baird have won mayoral elections in Phoenix, AZ and Lincoln, NE.
For the other latest highlights of NewDEAL Leaders' accomplishments and legislative work, see below for the monthly top five policy and political stories about our members.
Thank you for all of your support to advance the work of the 170 state and local elected officials in the NewDEAL network. We look forward to continuing to share stories about the kind of leadership you promote by giving to the NewDEAL.
Top 5 Policy Issues
1. Campaign Finance/Transparency: Senator Troy Singleton was the sponsor of disclosure legislation that passed the New Jersey legislature to shed light on the activities of independent expenditure committees; however, he is now battling with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy over a conditional veto of the bill, which Singleton says has “become a pawn in personal and political gamesmanship.” In other transparency news, the New York House and Senate passed Assemblyman David Buchwald’s bill to allow sharing of state tax returns of political officials (including the President) with congressional committees.
2. Climate Change: Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Norfolk Councilwoman Andria McClellan launched the NewDEAL Forum’s Climate Change Policy Group to identify the most effective solutions and strategies deployed on the local level to date and spread them across the country.
3. Education - College Cost: Seeking to ease the burden of student loan debt, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is championing a Student Loan Borrowers Bill of Rights in Rhode Island to provide borrowers with effective defenses against harmful student loan servicing practices. His efforts follow a similar push in Massachusetts by fellow NewDEALer Senator Eric Lesser.
In Michigan, Representative Darrin Camilleri has introduced legislation to make filling out a FAFSA mandatory for public school graduation, hoping to boost the number of students who receive federal aid.
4. Future of Work: Mayor Randall Woodfin’s Birmingham Promise program would strengthen the school to workforce pipeline in the city, using tools like apprenticeships and scholarships to provide more demand-driven opportunities for students while in school and address the City’s talent and skills gap. Another innovative effort created by Mayor Lovely Warren -- the ReJob program in Rochester, NY -- matches city residents with open local jobs in the environmental construction field and has a 100% job placement rate.
5. Health Care: Cost transparency will increase in Colorado after Governor Jared Polis (a NewDEAL Vice Chair) signed legislation sponsored by Senator Brittany Pettersen that tackles surprise billing by requiring medical providers to disclose potential costs of services from out-of-network providers. Meanwhile, Connecticut Representative Sean Scanlon led passage of legislation to protect residents with pre-existing conditions from discrimination regardless of actions by the Trump Administration.
Top Political Stories about NewDEAL Leaders
1. PRESIDENTIAL: Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign continues to be among the frontrunners as he works to cement his claim among the top tier candidates, including through support from older voters, while NewDEAL Vice-Chairs John Hickenlooper and Cory Booker are among those competing with him for that status in the Democratic primary. Mayor Pete says there is “no question” President Trump falsified disability status to avoid military service, and called it “an assault on the honor of this country.”
2. COLORADO: Kerry Donovan continues to consider joining the race to unseat U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.
3. IDAHO: Lauren McLean launched an insurgent campaign to unseat the longest-serving Mayor in Boise history, aiming to become the first woman elected to the position.
4. IOWA: Stacey Walker, who is considering a challenge to U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, talked about how, ahead of next year’s caucuses, it has been a long time since he has seen so much energy among black activists and officeholders in Iowa.
5. NEBRASKA: Leirion Gaylor Baird won the runoff election to become the Mayor of Lincoln in an election in which voter turnout was the highest in 16 years and more votes came from Republicans than Democrats.
Finally, the latest episode of our podcast, “An Honorable Profession,” features Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, a rising star who, at 32 years old, became the first African American Lieutenant Governor of his state. He spoke to host Ryan Coonerty about the importance of politicians making authentic connections with a wide variety of communities as well as his work advocating for equity in environmental policy, education, criminal justice, and other areas. That interview, as well as past episodes featuring Leaders like Mayor Pete Buttigieg, can be heard on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.