Young or old, black or brown, unemployed or barely hanging on...you may feel abandoned. But you're not. Hang in there. As I’ve been thinking about the coming 2018 Election and potential blue wave, I haven’t been able to shake the image of a strong, brave polar bear on an ice floe, in the middle of … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
For decades, Republicans have been trying to re-label the Democratic Party. It seems like they're finally winning. From our series on The GOP Con. Plutocrat. Kleptocrat. Bureaucrat. There aren't many words that end in "-crat" that have a positive connotation. This is one key reason that Republicans have been on a decades-long quest to relabel the … Continue reading It’s the “Democratic Party”, not the “Democrat Party”
On Twitter, users have historically been able to go through a process to get "verified" by submitting a request to Twitter support. If granted, users get a nifty blue check mark next to their name that is meant to prove that they are indeed who they purport to be. This has helped guard against attempts … Continue reading How Political Candidates Can Get Verified on Twitter
May 22nd is a pivotal primary that could help determine Democrats' chances of taking the House in November, and could also spell out the fate for Senator Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger, Beto O'Rourke - a race in Texas that has huge implications for Democrats' chances of winning a majority in the Senate. Up- and down-ballot … Continue reading Pivotal 5/22 Primary: Races to Watch
Virginia Madueño has a busy life as a mother and community leader. Even with her punishing schedule, Virginia made time to Skype with me from her son's high school gym, where she was supporting him at a volleyball game. The former Riverbank, CA mayor & business owner discusses growing up the child of immigrants in … Continue reading PODCAST: Avalanche of Resistance w/ guest Virginia Madueño (CA-10)
“We’re tribal — we evolved for tribalism. It’s how we created society. We’re not doomed to always be fighting each other, but we’ll never have world peace.” -- Jonathan Haidt. One constant throughout history is war. When one tribe competes with another for resources, conflict is the inevitable result. Most Americans my age have been … Continue reading Tribalism is here to stay. So let’s focus on growing the ‘American Tribe.’
Overall, 28 Congressional Districts have primaries on Tuesday the 15th. Of these, 13 could be competitive in November. DemWritePress offers a primer on which races to track. Four states (Idaho, Nebraska, Pennsylvania & Oregon) have primaries on Tuesday. Roughly half of the US House districts in play on the 15th are considered "competitive" by … Continue reading Primary Races to Watch on Tuesday 5/15
As the election season heats up, a look at the Democratic nominees for critical House races that are integral to flipping Congress this November.Because there is so much attention on the 2018 midterm elections, social media streams are filled with candidate information, from the local to the state to the federal level. The information can … Continue reading Rising Tide: The Blue Wave is Building
Katie Hill is a bright, young community leader & CEO of PATH (People Assisting The Homeless). She knows California's 25th Congressional District, because she & her family have lived there most of her life. Katie joined me on Avalanche of Resistance to discuss issues important to her district: homelessness, veterans, climate change, providing children with … Continue reading PODCAST: Avalanche of Resistance w/guest Katie Hill (CA-25)
The North Carolina Primary is Tuesday, May 8th. Here is everything you need to know to cast your vote! For the first time in a LONG time, almost all 170 state legislative races have both a Republican and Democratic candidate in North Carolina. This is HUGE because right now the GOP holds the majority in … Continue reading North Carolina Primary: Voting Toolkit
Overall, 41 Congressional Districts have primaries on 5/8. Over half could be competitive in November. DemWritePress offers a primer on which races to track. Thus far this election season, only two states have held primary elections: Illinois and Texas. Things are about to change. On Tuesday, May 8th, four states (all of which went for … Continue reading Analysis: Which Primary Races to Watch on Tuesday (05/08/18)
Meet Regina Bateson, Roseville Native & #BlueWave Democrat seeking to defeat Tom McClintock in November. In this Interview, Dr. Bateson & I discuss issues important in her Central California district: women's rights, healthcare, veterans, mass shootings & rural broadband. We also delve into Regina's consular experience with the State Department. Key to winning California's 4th … Continue reading PODCAST: Avalanche Of Resistance w/ guest Regina Bateson (CA-04)
Democrat David Wilson Brown shares why he's running in North Carolina's 10th District: to fight for the people in his community, and to provide a check on the excesses of incumbent Patrick McHenry, this administration, and the GOP. I am a son of the middle class who has lived in North Carolina for over three … Continue reading I’m Running for Congress to Build a Better Road Forward
There are lots of insults you can hurl at politicians that get at the core of their character. "Old" should not be one of them. These days on social media, you might find yourself liking, sharing or even writing an angry post or tweet that refers to Trump as an “evil, bombastic old xenophobic, misogynistic, … Continue reading Grandma Says: Watch Your Language, Kids…It’s getting “Old”
Jess Phoenix, Katie Hill and Bryan Caforio address the issues & attack Steve Knight's empty podium in the final debate for the "nation's most flippable seat". The stakes were high as three Democratic candidates running to unseat incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Knight in California’s 25th Congressional District squared off at a debate last Saturday night … Continue reading A Mostly Friendly, Sometimes Fiery Debate in CA-25
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is the Democratic nominee in the IL-13 swing district. Support this November Democrat! This race is featured as a competitive swing district by the DCCC, Democrats Work for America and the Cook Political Report. Betsy Londrigan won her party's nomination in March, and will face Rodney Davis this fall. She is a November Democrat. … Continue reading Help Democrat Betsy Londrigan Defeat Rodney Davis in IL-13
Democrats Ricky Shirah and Javier Fernandez are vying for open seats in the Florida state legislature. Democrats need to gain 20 seats in 2018 to take control of the Florida House, and winning two of them in the special elections that are scheduled on May 1st would go a long way toward achieving that goal. … Continue reading Attention Florida: Special Elections Tuesday, 5/1!
“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.” -- Teddy Roosevelt, 1910A century ago, America was led by a Republican President. Though he was born into New York wealth, at a young age he developed a … Continue reading ‘Conservative’ and ‘Conservationist’ Are Now Antonyms, Thanks to the GOP
How Trump and the GOP are setting back the clock on women’s healthcare. Part of our series, The GOP Con. As campaign promises go, it was pretty spectacular. Throughout 2016, Donald told American voters that he had the answer to the nation’s healthcare crisis – and if he were elected, every single American would soon … Continue reading Trump Promised “The Best” Healthcare…but Women Are Losing. Bigly.
Here is everything AZ-08 residents need to know to cast their ballots for Hiral Tipirneni! Polls show the race is neck and neck between Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni and Republican Debbie Lesko. In this close election, every vote counts. Make a plan to vote! Our FAQ on casting your ballot on Tuesday: How do I … Continue reading Please Share: The Arizona CD-08 Voting Toolkit
What do history & data tell us about the likelihood they’ll turn out? Four million American teens will turn 18 before November 6 this year, which makes them eligible to vote in the nation’s upcoming high-stakes midterm elections. To hear them tell it, “post-millennial” high schoolers are joining forces with millennials to become the demographic … Continue reading Teens Say They’re Ready to Rock the Vote. Will They?
On Tax Day, Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D - Ore.) released a Senate Finance Committee Report to show the GOP's fleecing of America.13 million Americans are expected to lose their health coverage due to the Trump Tax Law's repeal of the ACA individual mandate, while everyone else's premiums are expected to rise dramatically. Meanwhile, health … Continue reading New Report: Big Pharma and Health Co.’s Benefiting Bigly from Tax Scam
Born in India & raised in working class Ohio, this Arizona ER Doctor is now a leading contender to be AZ-08's Congresswoman. Early voting has started in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District special election to fill Trent Franks’ empty seat. Election Day is fast approaching: next Tuesday, April 24th. As voters in this conservative district cast … Continue reading The Quintessentially American Story of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni
Democrat Hiral Tipirneni is running a tight race against career politician Debbie Lesko in Arizona’s Congressional District 8 special election. Dr. Tipirneni’s surging candidacy has the Republican Party worried, so much so that they’ve now dropped over $1 million into the deeply red district. Why? Because Dr. Tipirneni is an exceptional candidate who has deep … Continue reading The Top Ten Reasons Debbie Lesko is Bad for Arizona
A navy veteran and State's Attorney, Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly can flip this Illinois swing district in 2018. This race is featured as a critical swing district by the DCCC, Swing Left, and Democrats Work for America. Brendan Kelly won his party's nomination in March, and will face Mike Bost this fall. He is a November … Continue reading Help Brendan Kelly Defeat Republican Mike Bost in IL-12!
A swing district nominee, Casten is a respected scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and clean energy leader. This is the latest installment of our "November Democrats" series, which highlights Democrats from critical districts who have already won their primaries, and will face Republicans in November. The Race: Illinois' 6th Congressional District (Ballotpedia Link) is labeled a "competitive … Continue reading Dem Nominee Sean Casten Seeks to Flip IL-06 and Defeat (R) Roskam
With so many women running for Congress, 2018 will bring interesting and unfamiliar tensions.For lots of American women, Election 2018 is starting to make us feel like we’re sugar-deprived kids walking into a gigantic candy story for the first time. Long resigned to choosing from a dreary array of navy blue suckers – or at … Continue reading Voting in the Year of the Woman
She may be headed to Congress after the AZ-08 Special Election on 4/24. But can the folks who vote for her pronounce "Hiral" correctly?Before you view the video, say her name out loud to yourself. Then watch and see how close you were: This ER Doctor, Cancer Research Advocate and mother of three also apparently … Continue reading Watch Hiral Tipirneni’s Endearing Video: How to Say Her Name
Democracy is under attack. Our ship of state is sinking. Only the American people can save it. A Metaphor America is a majestic ship, constructed in the late 1700s ― worn-in, but still seaworthy. We (the passengers) co-own the vessel and hire the crew. For the most part, we agree on certain things: people … Continue reading Voters Must Unite in Non-Partisan Rejection of Despotism & Corruption
Women aren’t breaking records as they run for an unprecedented number of seats. They’re shattering them. A look inside the numbers. 1992 was the original “Year of the Woman” for Congressional races, when a then-record 11 women waged major party races for the U.S. Senate, and six of them won. Another 106 women ran for … Continue reading Women on the Run: Behind the Explosion in Female Candidates
An in-depth look at the highly complex CA-48, CA-49 and CA-45 races, and all of the interacting variables that could sink or boost Democrats in these districts. by Rachel Murphy Azzara and Sudha Mohan Anxiety over California's jungle primaries is mounting - and for good reason. Also known as a non-partisan blanket primary, a jungle … Continue reading Navigating California’s Jungle Primaries
Aren't political parties bad for democracy? Shouldn't smart voters stay away from parties altogether? No and no. Lots of smart people have pointed out the problems that political parties can create. James Madison, for example, worried that factions would cause officials to decide important questions based on narrow interests rather than the public good. George Washington (whose cabinet … Continue reading Why We Need Political Parties
by Rachel Murphy Azzara and Sudha Mohan To win, you need to play chess, not checkers. Most would accept this as a political truth. "Winning", in our political game, is having the ability to affect policy. To change things. This isn't an abstract concept: the legislative process is clearly defined. And the legislative power to … Continue reading Nominating a Primary Candidate to Beat the GOP
The Iowa Senate must vote NO on Joint Resolution 8, calling for the Koch Brothers' "Convention of States" to amend the US Constitution. Here's how to help.This is an urgent Call To Action for voters in Iowa. The Iowa House has passed Joint Resolution 8, calling for an Article V Convention of States to amend … Continue reading Iowa: America Needs You To Act & Protect the Constitution.
This swing district nominee - a nurse and former HHS Senior Advisor - is primed to unseat Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren in her Illinois district. This is the inaugural installment of our "November Democrats" series (additional info below). The Race: The Illinois 14th Congressional District (Ballotpedia Link) has been featured by the DCCC and Democrats … Continue reading Support Democratic Nominee Lauren Underwood & Help Flip IL-14!
First, Doug Jones. Then, Conor Lamb. Now: Hiral Tipirneni. Early voting has started, so it's time to ramp up GOTV efforts. On April 24th, residents of the Northwest Phoenix Metro Area will elect a temporary replacement to fill the seat of (another) disgraced Republican Trent Franks, who had to leave office due to a sex … Continue reading How to Help Arizona Democrat Hiral Tipirneni Win on 4/24
On March 27th, if you live in Huntsville, Hazel Green, Meridianville or Moores Mill in the Madison County area, you have a unique opportunity to elect an ethical leader to the Alabama State House. Terry Jones has been involved in the public education system for 30 years. He knows that to build tomorrow's thriving economy, … Continue reading Alabama District 21: Vote Terry Jones on 3/27!
I am very pleased to finally bring this long-term vision to fruition. This site will be dedicated to sharing real-time, critical information that is vital to preserving American democracy. Over time, I intend to add knowledgeable contributors in four key topical areas: Blue Wave, Election Integrity, Anti-Corruption & Civic Education. Please subscribe to the site … Continue reading Launch of DemWrite Press