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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:42 AM

2014.

I see a lot of threads talking about 2016, which is great. However, I'm already focused on 2014. Who are we going to run for congress? What is DFA or whatever it's called doing? I know they work on identifying and developing candidates. I hope each one of you is thinking about 2014 as well. We need to build on the gains we have made. Are any of you ready? Are you willing to throw your hat in the ring? I am posting in Politics 2012 because some candidates may be running in 2014, some campaign workers may be ready to run in 2014, and because maybe, just maybe a DU'er or two may be ready. 2014, here we come!

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silvershadow Nov 2012 OP
KansDem Nov 2012 #1
oswaldactedalone Nov 2012 #2
silvershadow Nov 2012 #5
UCmeNdc Nov 2012 #3
Awsi Dooger Nov 2012 #4
Pryderi Nov 2012 #6
Nerdette Nov 2012 #7
Pryderi Nov 2012 #10
silvershadow Nov 2012 #8
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #11
mucifer Nov 2012 #9
musiclawyer Nov 2012 #12
silvershadow Nov 2012 #14
DemocratSinceBirth Nov 2012 #13

Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:53 AM

1. I wondered the same thing...

I live in the 3rd district of Kansas. Republican Kevin Yoder ran unopposed this election. Oh, there was a Libertarian, but no Democrat. Yoder won.

Yoder was elected with the 2010 wave of TeaBaggers and right-wing nutjobs. Before that, Democrat Dennis Moore held the seat, having been elected in 1998. He retired in 2010 due to health.

With the 2012 landslide, I think Kansas Dems are poised to run a candidate against Yoder in 2014. I wonder who they'll put up.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:04 AM

2. The question is

will you work as hard or harder to GOTV in '14? In NC, we have to defend Kay Hagan's Senate seat which will make it easier to stay motivated. I definitely plan to help out however I can to see that she's re-elected. However, it's more difficult to work hard in the off-year elections when your state doesn't have a Senate seat or Governorship on the line.

How do you find the motivation to work as hard in those states to GOTV when House races are the most important ones on the ballot? Most of them aren't competitive so where does the motivation to vote and GOTV come in those situations?

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Response to oswaldactedalone (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:29 PM

5. I will. We need to start educating those voters we might lose in mid-terms right now so they will

be motivated to go to the polls again. Every 2, not every 4! Good candidates can help. Can you toss your hat in the ring? Who do you know that might? Who do you know that would be good? I realize we aren't going to competitive in many, many races, but there are many more where we can make a difference. I still believe in Dean's 50-state strategy. The work goes on.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:49 PM

3. You are 100% correct. The Democratic Party has to learn to GOTV in midterm elections.

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Response to UCmeNdc (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:56 PM

4. Single women don't show up in midterms

Consequently the female vote drops to 51% of the vote as opposed to 53% in general elections, and that's all the difference in how we fare.

The 51/53 change is standard, not merely a comparison of two recent cycles.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:33 PM

6. We need to mobilize during off-year elections. See below:

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Response to Pryderi (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:29 PM

7. Awesome picture!

Awesome picture! I'm gonna make a bumper sticker out of it and put it on my car!

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Response to Nerdette (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:00 PM

10. I'll buy a dozen! n/t

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Response to Pryderi (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:31 PM

8. that works! :)

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Response to Pryderi (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:27 PM

11. Sharing everywhere....

thanks!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:33 PM

9. Affordable Care Act fully kicks in Jan 2014. If it is successful it should help the race!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:31 PM

12. The plan should be

Leave gotv machine in place

Identify 25 vulnerable house districts

Recruit the right dems

Get to work within the first quarter of 2013

Not doing so is malpractice

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Response to musiclawyer (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:20 AM

14. ^This. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:32 PM

13. A Lot Of What Happens In 014 Is A Function Of What Happens In The Economy/nt

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