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Democrats won two formerly Republican state seats tonight: Florida State Senate 40 and New Hampshire Rockingham 4. That makes EIGHT flipped special election seats since the November election -- while the Republicans have yet to flip a single contested seat.

I want to give a shout out to Postcards to Voters, a grassroots organization that sends hand-written postcards to potential progressive voters in competitive districts like these. I was part of the postcard campaign for both of these candidates, and I'm thrilled to see our GOTV efforts pay off.

GO TEAM BLUE!!
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There was a special election today for Fairfax County School Board in Virginia, and it was awesome!

This seat was only open because a local Republican member retired -- and if she'd waited ten days to turn in her resignation, this election would've been in November, with Virginia's regular election. Instead, she retired early in the hopes that a special election would depress Democratic turnout and keep the seat conservative.

But we ran an amazing candidate, brought turnout *up* from projections, and won 64% of the vote!

GO TEAM BLUE!!

(read more at DailyKos)

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Feb. 7th, 2017 10:28 am
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Run to Win, a national recruitment campaign aimed at recruiting and helping thousands of pro-choice Democratic women around the country run for office and win.

Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate youngsters who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
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A friend linked to this article in the Detroit Free Press, and I thought it was worth reposting here:


Nation can't survive system that distorts the majority's will



Even as Republicans strengthen their grip on the legislative process, America’s electoral majority continues moving steadily to the left.

What if the same anomaly becomes commonplace, not just in presidential balloting, but in congressional and state legislative elections? How will voters react if their preference for one party’s candidates are routinely expressed as electoral victories for the opposing party?

Michigan has already witnessed the normalization of this disconnect
between the voters’ electoral preferences and those of their elected representatives.



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