James Dawkins is a Candidate for the People (North Carolina HD-17)

DemCast Exclusive Interview North Carolina is shifting. Donald Trump won the state's 15 electoral votes by 3.6 percent during the 2016 Presidential election.   “With a statistical tie, these results indicate what should be no surprise — North Carolina will be a key battleground state in 2020,” said Civitas Institute President Donald Bryson. “There are very … Continue reading James Dawkins is a Candidate for the People (North Carolina HD-17)

What Democrats Can Learn From Ken Mejia-Beal

Ken is young, charismatic, charming, and pragmatic. He’s got a historically winning combination for Democratic candidates facing off against Republican incumbents. He’s readying his ground game and gearing up to fight 200 days before the primary election and over a year before the general election. He’s shaking hands, making public appearances, releasing policy proposals, and garnering endorsements from political heavyweights such as CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti. This is something that Democrats should remember going into 2020 and beyond.

California Dems Check Out the Contenders, Find a Lot to Like

The California Democratic Party convention hosted 14 presidential candidates, providing a pre-debate glimpse of the evolving nomination battle. If there were such a thing as a candy shop for Democratic activists, it would look a lot like the California Democratic Party state convention, where 14 of the party’s 23 declared presidential candidates arrived to peddle … Continue reading California Dems Check Out the Contenders, Find a Lot to Like

Newman Primaries Conservative ‘Democrat’ Lipinski in IL-03

Illinois' Marie Newman & grassroots supporters take the fight to incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in this Blue-Trending District. Ordinarily, I’m one of those Democrats bothered by primary challengers to sitting Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate. Most of the time, I’d prefer we spend our time, money and political energy electing additional Democrats … Continue reading Newman Primaries Conservative ‘Democrat’ Lipinski in IL-03

With the ERA Hanging in the Balance, Virginia Women Are Taking Charge

Virginia's Network NoVA is putting together its 3rd annual Women's Summit to ensure that VA women flip the House of Delegates in 2019. The next time someone tries to laugh off the January 21, 2017 Women’s March as just an ineffective, self-indulgent demonstration by pink pussy-hatted women, just share Network NoVA’s story with them. Because … Continue reading With the ERA Hanging in the Balance, Virginia Women Are Taking Charge

What Makes Trump So Dangerous (And How to Beat Him at His Own Game)

I address this not just to the twenty million Democrats running for President, but Bill Weld, who is challenging Trump in the Republican primary. Y’All have a problem. What makes Trump so effective- and dangerous- is that he is first rate at branding. He spews catchphrases and soundbites like “Make America Great Again” and “Build … Continue reading What Makes Trump So Dangerous (And How to Beat Him at His Own Game)

2020 Candidate Spotlight: Kamala Harris

DemWords: Columnist L. Renee' Chubb digs in and assesses the strength of Kamala Harris' candidacy for President of the United States. In light of Kamala releasing her tax returns for the past 15 years, I feel it’s important we take a look at her more seriously as a heavy contender in this packed democratic race … Continue reading 2020 Candidate Spotlight: Kamala Harris

PODCAST: Marc Friedenberg (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 195)

Download | iTunes | Spotify Kelly talks to Marc Friedenberg, a Penn State professor, lawyer, father, and Democratic nominee for the special election for US Congress in the Pennsylvania 12th District. This election, on May 21. is the first chance for Democrats to flip a Congressional seat in 2019.

“Who Gets My Money?” A Small Donor’s Dilemma

We have a wealth of riches today in the Democratic party. In terms of candidates, we are in double digits and still counting. (Biden?) There are some who lament that there are simply too many candidates and our energies will be scattered. Others are looking forward to a lively debate where candidates will be tested … Continue reading “Who Gets My Money?” A Small Donor’s Dilemma

PODCAST: Vote Mama with Liuba Grechen Shirley (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 184)

Download | iTunes | Spotify  Kelly talks to Liuba Grechen Shirley, Founder & CEO of the Vote Mama PAC, the first PAC focused solely on electing moms. They discuss Liuba's run for Congress, the challenges she faced in running as the mother of two young children, and Vote Mama's plans to mentor and support Democratic mothers as they run … Continue reading PODCAST: Vote Mama with Liuba Grechen Shirley (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 184)

On National Emergencies and Abuse of Power

Friday, we saw our president appear on national television and declare a state of emergency for an artificial border crisis. At the same time, he admitted himself that not only was it unnecessary, but that he knew it was an abuse of his power as he asked the supreme court to support his decision anyway. … Continue reading On National Emergencies and Abuse of Power

Beware the Pendulum Swinging Too Far Left: It’s What Our Adversaries Want

As the government shutdown drags on, more evidence emerges that President Trump’s inner circle indeed collaborated with Russians, and attacks on our institutions and media have become commonplace - it’s no question democracy is being tested. The midterm elections offered a sigh of relief for many Americans, and a glimmer of hope that Congress will … Continue reading Beware the Pendulum Swinging Too Far Left: It’s What Our Adversaries Want

Pro-Voter Policies Boosted Big Blue Wins in California’s Midterms

We have witnessed the dawn of a new era for California elections - one that caused “shocks for California Republicans … watching Democrats flip a whopping seven House districts” in 2018. The most astounding win occurred in California's Congressional District 21 (CA-21) where “weeks after Election Day, absentee and provisional ballots boosted Democrat TJ Cox … Continue reading Pro-Voter Policies Boosted Big Blue Wins in California’s Midterms

On Her 4th Day in Office, Katie Hill Flies Home, Hosts a Town Hall

Updating constituents about the shutdown, the new House Rep in CA-25 moves quickly to connect and communicate. While most freshman House members stayed in Washington, D.C. for additional orientation and education sessions last weekend, CA-25’s newly-inaugurated Rep. Katie Hill caught a red-eye flight back to her Southern California district to brief constituents on the status … Continue reading On Her 4th Day in Office, Katie Hill Flies Home, Hosts a Town Hall

2020: Using Reagan’s Tactics to Rally the Democratic Base

It seems prudent to put our current political trajectory into a broader historical context, but how can we do this considering that we are in the midst of such an unusual political atmosphere? Indeed, the 2016 election cycle has demonstrated that we need to revisit our conventional mores and standards for Presidential elections. In anticipating … Continue reading 2020: Using Reagan’s Tactics to Rally the Democratic Base

PODCAST: Lessons for 2020 (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 158)

Download | iTunes | Spotify In the first segment Kelly speaks with former state legislative candidate Brett Pransky and with Sara Ridley from Action Together Lakewood about why the Blue Wave skipped Ohio in 2018 (or whether it really did) and what that means for 2020 (00:30-32:00). In the second segment Kelly chats with digital campaign strategist David Yankovich … Continue reading PODCAST: Lessons for 2020 (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 158)

Think Like A Black Woman…Too

An Opinion on How to Save American Democracy In 4 Days #BallotsNOTBullets Let me start off by saying, that I'm not discrediting any other race here, I'm only stating what I know from personal experience, as a black woman in America.  I'm 42 years old, I am educated with a degree from Franklin University in … Continue reading Think Like A Black Woman…Too

PODCAST: The Politics of New Mexico (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 133)

Download | iTunes | Spotify Sophy and Kelly talk the Politics of New Mexico with Marg Elliston, the Chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party (00:56-10:14) and with candidates Deb Haaland, who is running for US Congress in the 1st District (10:31-24:10), and Melanie Stansbury, who is running for the NM House in District 28 (24:28-50:25).

PODCAST: Jessica Karjala, Kathleen James, Daryl Boling & Don Allan (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 131)

Download | iTunes | Spotify Kelly and Sophy speak with 4 Democratic nominees for state legislative seats: Jessica Karjala, the current representative in Montana House District 48, who is running for re-election (00:38-20:42); Kathleen James, running in Vermont House District Bennington-4 (21:00-36:01); Daryl Boling, running in Pennsylvania House District 152 (36:18-51:55); and Don Allan, running in Delaware House District … Continue reading PODCAST: Jessica Karjala, Kathleen James, Daryl Boling & Don Allan (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 131)

PODCAST: Jan McDowell, Jeramey Anderson & Paul Theobald (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 130)

Download | iTunes | Spotify Kelly and Sophy speak with three Democratic nominees for US Congress in districts that aren't getting as much attention as they should be: Jan McDowell in Texas-24 (00:29-21:19); Jeramey Anderson in Mississippi-4 (21:50-37:02); and Paul Theobald in Nebraska-3 (37:38-57:09).