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(cross-posted from my blog Pollitics Today)

We have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list, please click here.

Yes, its time to dust off our Taking Back The House series as I prepare for graduation and the country prepares for 2013 to turn to 2014.  I know we have been a bit inactive over the past few months, but its time for the official relaunch of Pollitics Today.  Before we get into our latest Republican target; here’s another little plea.

Please share our website when you can.  It would mean a tremendous amount to me if you would either follow the Twitter account, like the Facebook page or just be a routine reader/commenter.  I feel like we can build something special here.

But enough with the pity, you guys are here for one reason.  To find out another potential pickup opportunity for the Democrats in November 2014.

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This is cross posted from my non-political site, but I wanted to share this story here as well.  I've been taking a mini break from talking about vulnerable Republican House members to focus on graduating college in less than four weeks.  So no more chugging Keystone Lights and listening to Young Americans For Liberty folks for me!  But I took some time to reflect on how I felt right before I came to college and how fearful I was and also frankly, how depressed I was.  This stems back from the dog I had for most of my life passing away and I realized I never got a chance to write about him.  I am one of those people that believes everyone should get a moment in the spotlight, including our animal friends and I thought this would be a place to share it.  I want Kramer to have his own post.  Apologies for those who are against that, but I'll make up for that by saying uh how about we stop propping up Rob Ford in the Charlie Sheen manner where he gets incidental praise for being outlandish?

It has been about four years now since my dog, Kramer, died.  I'€™m "€œover"€ it in the sense that I'€™ve come to grips with the fact that he is never coming back but it still tends to hurt.  Since animals aren'€™t humans, its not as easy to talk to others about the death of a pet because many people just don't get it.  Which baffles me because animals are the cutest thing ever, way cuter than those annoying AT&T commercials with Kindergartners.  Damn BuzzFeed generation.

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Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 03:52 PM PDT

Tips On Taking Back The House

by RVKU

Cross Posted From My Blog PolliticsToday

I knew I was onto something when I started my Taking Back The House series in the beginning of the calendar year.  While I have been able to carve out a small niche for those who are excited about elections, its been hard to be able to muster that much excitement.

However, I had faith in one thing.  It was the basic belief that the Republican Party would do anything to sabotage its electoral prospects for future cycles.  Thanks to the rabid obsession of right-wing practices by the “non-establishment” Republicans, the country now sees the party for what it truly is.  A party hijacked by extremists, ideologues, faux-reformers and Ted Cruz.

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Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM PDT

Taking Back The House 2014: Tom Reed

by RVKU

As always these are cross posted from my blog Pollitics Today

We have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list, please click here.

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Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 02:40 PM PDT

NJ-SEN: The Final Countdown

by RVKU

This article has been cross posted from my personal blog PolliticsToday, I figured there would be some interest in the race so I thought it would be worth posting.

Well this is it.  This is set to be our last update in our coverage of the New Jersey Senate race, at least before the Democratic and Republican primaries that are set to take place on August 13th.  We will at least do something next week that will look at the numbers, what they mean and all of that jazz but right now; this is it.

Let’s take a look at the candidates and what they’ve been doing.

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These are crossposted from my personal blog, which is linked in this post.

I have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list of races I have covered, please click here.
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Hello everybody, I hope everyone is doing better as over here in the Northeast the weather has calmed down a tad.  Instead of it being boiling, we are just casually stewing now!

But you know what’s still heating up, that is correct; our Taking Back The House series! In light of a surge of Facebook likes (we have had over 100+ since Thursday) and an explosion of new readers, I figured that this would be the best prize for our new audience.

Nonetheless, as we add more and more districts to our series (note, you can expect 5-to-10 more), we are starting to get into some slightly Republican areas.  I have a spreadsheet of races to keep tabs on and oddly enough today’s chapter is a race that I have slightly overlooked as of late.  It took the entrance of a Democratic challenger for me to realize that our odds in this race might be better than our odds in some of our previously covered ones.

Our last chapter involved Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek and you know what, let’s stay in the state and take a look at Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District!

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Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 06:48 PM PDT

Taking Back The House 2014: Dan Benishek

by RVKU

These are crossposted from my personal blog, which is linked in this post.

We have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list, please click here.

Hopefully everyone is staying out of the heat and attempting to stay as cool and hydrated as possible.  I’ve had a lot of trouble running in this heat and I can’t wait until in four months I can complain about how cold its getting.  But you know what else is heating up?

Why of course, our next edition of Taking Back The House!  In fact this seat has been in the news recently as the Democrats are actively pursuing a potential challenger to the incumbent.

So let’s meet that prospect and also take a look at Michigan’s 1st congressional district and meet Rep. Dan Benishek and what we can do to inch our way back to a majority in the House of Representatives.

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 01:07 PM PDT

Taking Back The House 2014: Joe Heck

by RVKU

(This is cross-posted from own personal blog)

For an explanation of this feature, please click here.

I have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list, please click here.

As always, I believe in social media and by following some of these candidates, we can create more exposure for them.  

It has been about a week or so since our latest edition of Taking Back The House and since its the beginning of a new month, I thought it was perfect timing for a newest chapter in our exclusive series.  This time we will not be going to California or New York and instead going into a state that is quickly trending blue and with future demographics; this seat may very well be ours by the end of the decade.  So let’s take a trip down to Nevada’s Third Congressional District and meet incumbent Republican Joe Heck.

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Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 02:26 PM PDT

Taking Back The House 2014: Jeff Denham

by RVKU

(This is cross-posted from own personal blog)

For an explanation of this feature, please click here.

I have made continuous updates to our Taking Back The House series and I have created a master database of all the races we have highlighted and links to all the prospective Democratic candidates.  We continue to edit it as news on races emerge and we hope you follow it.  For the master list, please click here.

As always, I believe in social media and by following some of these candidates, we can create more exposure for them.  

Welcome back to another edition of Taking Back The House.  For this latest edition, we go back to California (where we have gone twice already) for another seat that Democrats will aim to turn blue in 2014.  Remember, as we get deeper into the series; the harder it will be.  That is not to say it will be impossible but keep in mind THIS IS a midterm and midterms are notorious for either being a letdown for the party that occupies the Presidency OR one that’s hard to flip seats period.

Of course, I’m not saying that the Democrats won’t flip any seats; in fact I think they should at least get three (Gary Miller, Mike Coffman and Steve Southerland’s seats are the ones I believe will be flipped blue with Rodney Davis and Chris Gibson’s very possible) but anything can happen in politics.  Still, this is mostly a reference of winnable seats whether its in 2014 or 2016.

With that being said, let’s take a look at Rep. Jeff Denham of California’s 10th congressional district.

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I know that this race is kind of controversial given Cory Booker's polarization, granted part of that was because of one of my diaries, but let's try to keep this civil.  This is mostly focused on issues and speculation, I mean; air out your support if needed but try to keep it cool.

Let’s take an official look at the New Jersey Senate race.  The filing deadline has come and gone for prospective candidates to turn in their signatures to get ballot access meaning that the race is now officially underway.  Given how poor the Republican Party is in New Jersey, especially with Steve Lonegan (a Tea Party-esque dude) as its frontrunner; we don’t have to worry too much about them.

Also remember, not everything is Massachusetts ’10.  Scott Brown wasn’t just “some guy”, he was well-connected in a state that had no problems electing some “moderate” Republicans as Governors.  Just because we have a contested primary in New Jersey doesn’t equal that we’ll have a Democratic nominee that references Curt Schilling as a “New York Yankee”.  Don’t sweat it too much.

Poll

Who would you vote for in a Democratic primary?

23%16 votes
65%44 votes
8%6 votes
1%1 votes

| 67 votes | Vote | Results

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(I cross-posted this from my own blog but I wanted to share it still)

Maybe its due to the fact that I am a New Jersey resident but there are times that I have to scratch my head and admire the blatant disdain my state’s Democratic Party has for each other.  With the possible exception of Louisiana (well from the Long family to the reign of Edwin Edwards) and Illinois, it’s harder to find a state that is riddled with more party infighting and “color” than New Jersey.

Describing the infighting in New Jersey in a succinct manner is something that I am grossly incapable of.  I’m not talented nor intelligent enough to give an apt summary and it might be just as hard to simply scratch the surface.  However, I will do my absolute best to introduce you to some of the movers & shakers in New Jersey politics as well as some of the major bankrollers.

First things first, I will try to explain the state geographically using the biggest cliches I can possibly incorporate.  If you ask any New Jersey resident where they are from, they will likely say “North Jersey” or “South Jersey”; which represent two different worlds.

I’m a “South Jersey” resident for example.  The line usually is somewhere around Trenton and the more northern you go, the more “industrial” it gets to speak.  South Jersey is, surprisingly to those people whose only exposure to the state is Jersey Shore, more rural once you get past the area surrounding Trenton, Camden and Burlington.  Most of us are Philadelphia sports fans who love Wawa and Acme.

When you climb through Central Jersey (basically Hunterdon and Monmouth Counties), that’s where you see some of your “Jersey Boy/Girl” stereotypes and also the “rich” people of the state.  If there had to be a section of New Jersey that would quantify as “elitist” its Central Jersey and its home to Princeton, Lawrenceville, Toms River, Yankee fans and plenty of White Castles.

But then after the brief foray into Central Jersey, you head off into North Jersey which is the “industrial” section of New Jersey (though it has its own fair share of rurality in the Northwest tip of the state) where you see the home of the true population centers of the state.  Cities, actual cities, such as Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Hackensack are up there too.

There are also stereotypes amongst the people between the state as North Jersey is considered “dirty” while South Jersey is considered “redneck”, both of which are of course gross myths but they have stuck for awhile.

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 07:49 AM PDT

Taking Back The House 2014: Chris Gibson

by RVKU

Yup, it is time for another edition of Taking Back The House.  I have made some casual tweaks to the system and instead of just listing all the editions here, I have one big recap of all the seats we have highlighted thus far.

If you are curious about updates on some of the major races; please click here.

After a minor (planned) hiatus in our series and with the summer about to start revving up, its time to revive our Taking Back The House series!  This is already our ninth chapter (for previous installments and updates towards them, click on the links above) and we are approaching what I believe is one of our more winnable seats.  Outside of seats held by Gary Miller, Mike Coffman and Steve Southerland; this might be one of our best gets.

The incumbent in this district is uncontroversial but is in the midst of his second term representing the great state of New York's 19th congressional district.  Without further introductions, please meet Rep. Chris Gibson.

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