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Thu Dec 12, 2019, 02:51 PM

Liberal groups to spend $7 million to flip state houses

Source: Politico

After watching Republicans quietly build power in school boards and state Houses across the country for years, progressive Democrats are ready to take a lesson from their rivals.

Two groups, Arena and Future Now Fund, are planning to spend $7 million to try to flip GOP-controlled state legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina.

“If you look at where the important states are, the places most people are watching are the Electoral College to secure the White House,” said Daniel Squadron, co-founder of the Future Now Fund. “But the truth is that when you talk about the impact of 2020, electoral control of the state legislatures is critical.”

The organizations said their funding represents “the largest coordinated-side commitments to date in North Carolina, Michigan and Florida for the 2020 cycle.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/12/liberal-groups-to-spend-7-million-to-flip-state-houses-083535



So, I met with the heads of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee this week, and they have largely the same targets. My concern is that they may all be duplicating efforts rather than spreading their resources.

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brooklynite Dec 12 OP
Bleacher Creature Dec 12 #1
RandySF Dec 12 #2
LeftTurn3623 Dec 12 #3
DeminPennswoods Dec 12 #4
steventh Dec 12 #5
Greybnk48 Dec 12 #6
BlueWI Dec 13 #9
ffr Dec 12 #7
pat_k Dec 12 #8
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JCMach1 Dec 16 #11

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 02:58 PM

1. This really puts the $150+ million wasted by Bloomberg and Steyer into perspective.

If properly managed and distributed, that money could be a game changer at the state and local level.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:00 PM

2. There's also Flippable, DLCC, Swing Left and Sister District

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:02 PM

3. I wish they would help in PA also

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Response to LeftTurn3623 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 05:13 PM

4. I know, Dems have a real chance to re-take the state house

after picking up 10 seats in 2018.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 05:28 PM

5. So glad to see NC on that list of those to be helped.

I hope they succeed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 05:45 PM

6. I wonder why Wisconsin is not on the list?

It's like we're on our own, and has been for a while now.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 03:11 AM

9. We're so gerrymandered in the Assembly.

But the Senate is potentially within reach.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 05:49 PM

7. Kicking!



Great to hear. I hope Dems organize a volunteer army to dig deep, carve the rePuticans out of every office across our land!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 11:54 PM

8. We need to do better than that to counter....

... the Republicans' lengthy, concerted, and effective, effort to take over state legislatures and secretary of state offices.

For example, in just the past 10 years:


2009
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Republicans had full control in 14 state legislatures.

Democrats had full control in 27 state legislatures.

Today
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Republicans have full control in 29 state legislatures

Democrats have full control of 19 state legislatures

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Response to pat_k (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 03:13 AM

10. THIS.

These offices have been too low a priority for too long. After Howard Dean and the 50 state strategy, we've clearly lost ground.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 09:30 AM

11. Drop in the bucket of what is needed...

My Incumbent Republican opponent for the Florida Legislature in 2002 spent nearly 1M for a Florida House seat...

That was JUST one small seat...

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