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Dear Democrats: Please All and You'll Please None

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

It's deeply fitting that the animal in Aesop's "Please All, Please None" fable was a donkey. This kind of, let's meet people where they are and actually say nothing, approach is the best summation of current Democratic strategy.

Right or Wrong, 'Likely Voter' Polls Show Importance of Turnout

Greg Speed | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Greg Speed

"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day." This well-worn campaign cliché is taking on new meaning in this midterm election. Polls this year are differing sharply based on various assumptions of who will actually turn out.

Election Day Countdown -- Get Out the Vote Boot Camp Checklist

Christine Pelosi | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Your goal is to wake up the day after the election with no regrets. So rather than asking "what if?" 51 days from now, candidates, ask these 30 questions today.

Samantha Lachman

Here's How Progressives Plan To Beat Back The GOP Tide | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the problems for progressive groups this election cycle is that there isn't an Elizabeth Warren or a Tammy Baldwin on the ballot....

Chicana GOTV Memorandum: I Am Joaquin, Joaquin, Joaquin

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 06.14.2014 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

Most Mexican-Americans who are involved in the political arena are familiar with this poem, because the poem says things that some people are afraid to say publicly. It is no wonder Corky was able to state these bold truths while staring his activism demons in the face -- he was a trained fighter.

GOP's Post-Mortem Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's tempting for Democrats to dismiss the post-mortem of the post-mortem as nothing short of celebrating abject failure. But before we get to that, it is worth examining the structural changes happening in the Republican Party, because Democrats really can't afford to ignore such things.

Hey Citizen, Can You Spare $1,000? How About $10 Million?

Blair Bowie | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of the money they raised from individuals in contributions of at least $1,000 -- from just four one-hundredths of one percent of the population.

Paul Blumenthal

How A Costly Failure Can Reap Big Wins | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove's Crossroads groups have come under heavy criticism since the Nov. 6 elections, from which they walked away with little to sho...

Community Superheroes Assemble -- Get Out the Vote This Election Day!

Mac Grambauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mac Grambauer

November 6 is about more than one candidate or one ballot measure or even one outcome. It's about every eligible citizen taking responsibility for the power they've been given and using it. It's about making our voices heard. It's about more than ourselves.

The Voter Suppression We Ignore at Democracy's Peril

Ben Jealous | Posted 01.05.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

To date, nearly six million formerly-incarcerated Americans are disenfranchised. This is a massive injustice, to be sure, but the real story is that these felony disenfranchisement laws that target former offenders are being enforced in 2012 in key states where they were not in 2008.

Each One Reach One: Social Media GOTV

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 01.05.2013 | Technology
Morra Aarons-Mele

If you volunteer on a field operation for a political campaign, you'll hear the mantra "each one reach one." Turns out, we can use our social media networks to influence friends and followers to vote.

Distorted Democracy: Big Money and Secret Spending in the 2012 Elections

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

While the results of next tomorrow's contests are up in the air, one thing is clear: big donors and secret spenders have been drowning out the rest of our voices for months.

Dave Jamieson

Obama's Plan For 'Middle-Class Security' Omits Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In recent days many Democrats have received a mailer from the Obama campaign entitled "A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security." Union m...

Final Push: Obama Focuses On Turnout, Romney Eyes Pennsylvania

AP | DAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Two days from judgment by the voters, President Barack Obama raced through four far-flung battleground states on Sunday while ...

Elise Foley

Romney, Ryan Stoke Ohio Volunteers | Elise Foley | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan delivered remarks on Friday at something of a mini-Republican...

Amanda Terkel

Romney Campaign Plans Massive, State-Of-The-Art Poll Monitoring Effort | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been quietly assembling a massive, technologically sophisticated poll monitoring program that st...

Star Jones, and Other Celebs Unite to Get Out the Vote

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 12.29.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

In the weeks before Election Day, voters are again being targeted with intimidation tactics and deceptive practices to confuse or scare them out of casting a ballot. In Ohio and Wisconsin, for example, billboards popped up in primarily African-American neighborhoods with messages such as "Voter Fraud is a Felony! Up to 3½ YRS and a $10,000 Fine," designed to alarm and confuse residents.

Dave Jamieson

CEO Rips Obamacare In Election Email To Employees | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Farmer, CEO of the massive uniform company Cintas Corp., sent a get-out-the-vote email to employees last week suggesting the Affor...

Who's Got a Bigger Operation?

Donnie Fowler | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Donnie Fowler

Sounds vaguely pornographic, huh? I did some research on the Romney & Obama field operation for my regular appearance with Jennifer Granholm's War Ro...

Reshaping the Politics of the Golden State

Dolores Huerta | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Dolores Huerta

Voter mobilization can create a vital tipping point in this election. It's another step towards our long-term vision -- restoring the California Dream by bringing a greater spectrum of voices into the policy debate. California calls us to do so.

GPS for the Political Soul: HALT in the Home Stretch

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

In our 24/7 world we are all moving to get in front of the curve -- not to halt lest the others rush by. Why in the world with early voting starting and decisions being made should anyone slow down, much less halt?

Sam Stein

Progressive Groups Form 'Major' Alliance To Reelect Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the top progressive groups in politics are teaming up for what their leaders say is a historic effort to aid President Barack Oba...

Could Voter Suppression Laws Suppress Republican Votes?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The targets of these Republican voter ID laws are two large demographics which have been voting overwhelmingly Democratic: minorities and young people. But there's another massive group of people who will also be affected by the new laws: the elderly.

Free America From GOP Hostage Takers in Wisconsin

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

What happens in Wisconsin will not stay in Wisconsin -- it will spread across the country as a shining example or cautionary tale for President Obama.

Can The DNC and Our President Break Their Establishment Ties?

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For the DNC to become relevant again, it needs to truly embrace that spirit of "change" from 2008 and support some real Progressives for Congress in 2012.