Elk Grove Resistance turns out to re-activate local, lapsed voters!

IMG_20170813_163018.jpgThe California Away Team's District 07 (CA-07) Midterm Election Project took a big step this weekend with the addition of a focused effort in Elk Grove. CA-07 can be logically divided into three (sorta) distinct population centers: "Sacramento" (Rosemont, Arden, Carmichael, Citrus Heights Fair Oaks, etc), Elk Grove, and Folsom.

With over 12,000 midskippers we're hot to ramp up our efforts, and the nice folks of the Elk Grove Resistance are hot to join us . After attending previous canvassing efforts in Sacramento, they decided to 'bring it on home" to Elk Grove.

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Thank you amazing canvassers!

IMG_20170716_171034.jpgThe weather forecast said it was going to be 105 degrees in Sacramento on July 16th, our much anticipated canvassing day.  Some people cancelled.  Over 20 people refused to bow to Mother Nature (was that wise?  Still not sure) and showed up anyway.

We freaked out about the weather, but we decided that by canvassing in cars with air conditioning, we could keep you safe.  We doubled up people in cars and sent each carload out to knock on 25 doors of midterm skipping registered-to-vote Democrats.  The houses of midterm skipping registered Democrats are usually 2-3 blocks apart so walking isn't really an option anyway.  

 

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How many registered Democrats skip midterms in CA-10?

A good strategy for flipping CA-10 blue is going to require people working on all fronts: those registering new voters (shout out to Register Blue!), those reframing current issues to swing Trump-leaning voters back to Democrats (shout out to Working America's proven Central Valley strategy!) and someone ensuring that our base doesn't skip the election (that's us)!  How important is it to make sure our base doesn't fail to get out and vote?

Important enough to threaten people with plagues of bees.

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Activating midterm skipping Democrats in 2018

In 2012 in CA-07, 280,000 people voted in the race for Congressional seat #7.  Dr. Ami Bera (Democrat) won that seat and Obama won a second term.   In 2014 when there was no Presidential race on the ballot, many people skipped that election.  In 2016 they returned.   How bad is the midterm skipping problem?  This graph makes it clear.

 

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So what are we going to do about it?

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Rob Quist has been added to our special election index fund

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We have a special election on May 25, 2017 for the one, at large Congressional seat in Montana, since the former winner of that seat is the new Secretary of the Interior.  This is a red-to-blue flip opportunity.  Rob Quist is the Democrat from Montana who has won the Democratic primary to run for that seat.  

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Support Jon Ossoff, Democrat running for Georgia's 6th Congressional seat

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Jon Ossoff is running for the vacant seat in Congress (Georgia's 6th district) that was vacated when Rep. Tom Price (R) went on to become President Trump's Secretary for Health and Human Services.  You can read all about Jon here and give to support him in our Special election fund here.

 

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Stephanie Hansen wins special election! Delaware stays blue!

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We did it!  Stephanie Hansen won her special election today and the state of Delaware stays one of six states in the country controlled by Democrats!

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Tshirts for 2016/2012 volunteers

It's time to put in your order for a tshirt if you volunteered this last cycle.  Below the fold you'll see the design I'm setting up for the order.  Volunteer Cheryl McKinney is re-drawing my crude sketch, but it won't look radically different than this.  

If you volunteered while another member of your family (or friend) kept an eye on children or pets, it's certainly ok to order them a shirt as well.  As you have often heard me say, "The revolution needs childcare."   But please do not order shirts for people who didn't volunteer.  You can obtain your ordering link from the Away Team member who was with you.  For Sacramento/Reno/anywhere-else that's Shabbir, or Hope for Arizona that's Shayna, or for New Hampshire that's Michael Rowan.

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Helping to keep the Delaware legislature blue by electing Stephanie Hansen to DE Senate district 10

We said, "Hey, it looks like the Delaware state legislature will be all controlled by Democrats if we can just win this one seat in the state Senate.   Since we can't go to Delaware, let's raise money and send it to the Democratic candidate Stephanie Hansen with an ActBlue page!"

 

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