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  •  All politics is local (1+ / 0-)
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    The reason given for the shitty situation in the house is gerrymandered districts. Voter surpression efforts, R governors and SOSes. So when and how can the statehouse level races become a focus?

    Just askin'

    To reduce crime, make fewer things against the law.

    by Bruce The Moose on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:48:16 PM PST

    •  That is where I put my efforts. (2+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho, vivian darkbloom

      And she won.

      I wrote about this race a few weeks ago. If the Iowa Senate had become one seat less Democratic, we would spend the next two years being Wisconsin. For that reason, and because I really like Mary Jo and what she believes in, I signed up with her field director last summer.  

      We had a combined campaign here, which is helpful in developing lists, but even combined campaigns tend to have varying emphases depending on who is in charge and why the volunteers are motivated.  The OFA people were at the doors talking about Obama.  I was talking about Mary Jo Wilhelm, and about Christie Vilsack, who lost to Steve King. Anyone who voted for them was probably going to vote for the President too.

      2014 is not too soon to start trying to replace Republican state reps and senators with Democrats.  We cannot expect to build a bench for redistricting in 2020 if we start worrying about it in 2018.  This site could be helpful with that.  I would have liked to see more focus on state races instead of umpty-thousand diaries about Obama/Romney. Elizabeth Warren is important, too, and I donated to her, but state legislatures are where we have had so many rights summarily taken away.  These races do not attract as much money from our side (although the evidence is that Rove et al dumped a lot of money here) and they are not seen as important.  I think we should change that.

      The state races are more consequential for our daily lives than the presidential race. GOTV

      by 2laneIA on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:11:57 PM PST

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