Public budget hearings gave City Council members and citizens an opportunity to push back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, W.Va. Secretary of State Natalie Tenant and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin refused to budge from their association with Republican austerity politics.
Today, it is said the Democratic Party is the major hope for Americans hoping to get jobs and keep or extend life-saving benefits such as health care and Social Security.
Although he held onto his seat, Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker lost control of the state Senate.
Tthe Republican-dominated Statehouse redistricted Texas so that, in spite of a gigantic population gain by Democratic-leaning Latinos, Republicans could be sure of taking three of the new congressional seats.
Perhaps the nation's most Democratic and liberal state, Massachusetts has experienced months of declining unemployment rates.
So much for the Republican and establishment media effort to concoct a fight.
"The dominoes continue to fall," said James Ploeser, Pennsylvania's state organizing director for the Progressive Change Committee.
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness."
"My job is to elect 25 Democrats so we can stop these union-bashing, Medicare-privatizing, Social Security-destroying House Republicans," said Rep. Steve Israel.