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Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 06:23 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Vote: CA-33

by pierre9045

Who do you, the Daily Kos community, think should represent The Progressive Ticket in the CA 33rd House District elections?

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

Notice a blank in the Ticket that should be filled, or a name that should be erased, or an election you want to see discussed in a future forum? Let us know in the comments.

For more background, see our Group Page

For background info and discussion on this election, see Shockwave's diary. For a full list on candidates including some bios, see Ballotpedia.

This election is to replace the retiring Henry Waxman. It offers the chance to elect a truly Liberal/Progressive candidate. Additionally, due to California's top two primary system, building a consensus early is vital to making sure Progressive candidates make it to the general.

Make your voice heard. One of the best aspects of the Daily Kos community is the willingness of people here to not only voice your own opinions, but to reasonably consider others. Let's leverage this strength that few other communities have, to build up the Democratic Party we care about so much.

Are you here for building up Democrats? Here's your chance to prove it.

After you vote, feel free to mention in the comments why you voted that way.

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Who should Progressives support for CA-33?

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Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:14 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Forum: CA-33

by pierre9045

This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the California 33rd District elections?

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

Notice a blank in the Ticket that should be filled, or a name that should be erased, or an election you want to see discussed in a future forum? Let us know in the comments.

For more background, see our Group Page

I have primarily based the choice to do this district on a fellow kossack, Shockwave's diary. Being focused on the community, I think it is important to highlight the races in which the Daily Kos community is or should be highly interested.

As the diary shows, it offers the chance to elect a truly Liberal/Progressive candidate, being a deep blue district.

In addition, due to California's top two system, there is also need to build consensus for who the Progressive choice should be.

Of course in addition to discussing the subject here, I highly encourage you to go to the original diary and read, comment, and reply there as well.

Of the 18 candidates, the diarist focuses on 5:

Wendy Greuel, who ran for LA mayor last year

Ted Lieu, current California state senator

Matt Miller, a popular radio personality

David Kanuth, an LA public defender

and Marianne Williamson, an author and lecturer who is actually running as an independent. However, as Shockwave demonstrates, you shouldn't necessarily discount her for that.

Make your voice heard. This is your chance to build up Democrats.

Met any of these candidates? Object to any of their positions? Write what you have to say about these candidates in the comments. And read what others have to say as well. Then come back tomorrow, when we will put it to a vote. And the Progressive Ticket will have its representative for CA-33.

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Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:45 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Vote: MD-Gov

by pierre9045

Who do you, the Daily Kos community, think should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Maryland Gubernatorial elections?

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

Notice a blank in the Ticket that should be filled, or a name that should be erased, or an election you want to see discussed in a future forum? Let us know in the comments.

For more background, see our Group Page

According to Ballotpedia, there are 6 registered Democrats for the June 24th Primary. Given that Obama won Maryland in 2012 62%-37% and probably more relevant, Martin O'Malley won for Governor in 2010 56%-42%, this election presents a prime opportunity to elect a true Progressive. Maryland has made great strides recently that should impress any blue state, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

The notable list of candidates, with additional relevant links:

Anthony Brown, Current Lieutenant Governor
MD-Lt. Gov: Democratic Rising Star--Jamaican-American Anthony Brown

Doug Gansler, Current Attorney General
In recent ads, claims that he created a separate court system for domestic violence victims, has taken on polluters and abusive banks.

Heather Mizeur, State Delegate
MD-GOV: Why I'm running...
MD-GOV: an Economy that works for Everyone
MD-Gov: Heather Mizeur (D) Calls On Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

Make your voice heard. One of the best aspects of the Daily Kos community is the willingness of people here to not only voice your own opinions, but to reasonably consider others. Let's leverage this strength that few other communities have, to build up the Democratic Party we care about so much.

Are you here for building up Democrats? Here's your chance to prove it.

After you vote, feel free to mention in the comments why you voted that way.

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Who should Progressives support for Maryland Governor?

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Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:29 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Forum: MD-Gov

by pierre9045

This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Maryland Gubernatorial elections?

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

Notice a blank in the Ticket that should be filled, or a name that should be erased, or an election you want to see discussed in a future forum? Let us know in the comments.

For more background, see our Group Page

According to Ballotpedia, there are 6 registered Democrats for the June 24th Primary. Given that Obama won Maryland in 2012 62%-37% and probably more relevant, Martin O'Malley won for Governor in 2010 56%-42%, this election presents a prime opportunity to elect a true Progressive. Maryland has made great strides recently that should impress any blue state, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

The notable list of candidates, with additional relevant links:

Anthony Brown, Current Lieutenant Governor
MD-Lt. Gov: Democratic Rising Star--Jamaican-American Anthony Brown

Doug Gansler, Current Attorney General
In recent ads, claims that he created a separate court system for domestic violence victims, has taken on polluters and abusive banks.

Heather Mizeur, State Delegate
MD-GOV: Why I'm running...
MD-Gov: Heather Mizeur (D) Calls On Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

The other three are Ralph Jaffe, Charles Smith, and Cindy Walsh, though they do not seem like viable candidates. But if you disagree, let us know in the comments.

Make your voice heard. This is your chance to build up Democrats.

Met any of these candidates? Object to any of their positions? Write what you have to say about these candidates in the comments. And read what others have to say as well. Then come back tomorrow, when we will put it to a vote. And the Progressive Ticket will have its representative for Maryland Governor.

Discuss

Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Vote: PA-Gov

by pierre9045

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

Notice a blank in the Ticket that should be filled, or a name that should be erased, or an election you want to see discussed in a future forum? Let us know in the comments.

For more background, see our Group Page

Today's vote is for who you, the Dailykos community, think should represent the Democratic Party in the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election.

In the forum on the topic, I mentioned why I think this type of discussion is necessary. In general, I see it as a way for Progressives to engage and influence who ultimately represents us in our government. It's not about maintaining party purity, or political pragmatism; it's about stressing thoughtful discussion, building consensus based upon substance, and ultimately, strengthening the Democratic Party. And I think, that's one of the best aspects of this wing, and distinguishes us from the Tea Party wing, where the media might try to portray us in some false equivalence viewpoint.

The current list of candidates are Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty.

Before you vote, I encourage you to read the comments in the previous diary. Additionally, I think some other informative posts are worth perusing:

Allyson Schwartz: PA GOV: One Pennsylvania & an Introduction
117 House Democrats Sign Letter Opposing Chained CPI

Tom Wolf: Americans for Prosperity Pushing New Union Busting Legislation in Pennsylvania
PA voters-Your opinion of Tom Wolf, candidate for Governor...

Rob McCord:
PA-Gov: Treasurer Rob McCord (D) Hires Sen. Casey's (D. PA) Finance Director
Rob McCord leads Dems in PA Governor's primary contest

Katie McGinty:
PA Democratic Gov. Candidate Katie McGinty Takes Questions on Fracking, Marijuana & GMO's [VIDEO]

Let's remember that no candidate is perfect, and once in office, will not keep all their campaign promises. Nevertheless, we can be pragmatic while still putting forward the best possible candidate, one that best exemplifies a Progressive candidate, and offers the best opportunities to uphold true Democratic values and policies.

Are you committed to building up Democrats? Prove it.

After you vote, feel free to mention in the comments why you voted that way.

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Who should Progressives support for Pennsylvania Governor?

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Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 05:18 AM PDT

Progressive Ticket Forum: PA-Gov

by pierre9045

This diary will be used as a forum for the following question: Who should represent The Progressive Ticket in the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial elections?

What is the Progressive Ticket, you ask?

The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.
And what better way to develop this support, that embodies the spirit of the Democratic ideology, than an open forum?

This will hopefully be the first of many such forums this year, as I think it is vital that Progressives have ways to build their influence, within the Democratic Party, as well as the larger US political landscape.

As such, I decided to kick things off with the hottest election of my state, the race for Governor.

This election is extremely important for a number of reasons. First, due to Tom Corbett's dismal popularity, this makes this office one of the most likely party flips this year.

Second, being one of only a few statewide offices up for election, it has the strongest effect on coattails, so having a strong Democratic challenger is important for overall turnout, which could be the key to turning Pennsylvania blue for real.

Third, with Democratic support split among multiple strong contenders in the Primary, this is a real opportunity for Liberals/Progressives to influence who ultimately represents the Party as the state's highest executive. Especially since all the Democratic frontrunners boast competitive numbers vs. Corbett, this is a chance to field a strong Liberal candidate that should not be taken lightly.

The question then, is who is that candidate?

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One of the things I'm dis-satisfied with on this site is the ratio of anti-Republican to pro-Democrat focus. We spend way more time tearing down Republicans then we do building up Democrats. And that is a mistake in my opinion.
This is just one comment from one of my past posts. However, it is a complaint I have seen expressed here at Dailykos on more than one occasion.

Well, here is an opportunity to prove them wrong.

Introducing: The Progressive Ticket

Also, is it possible to embed google spreadsheets?
The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

In my last post, I explained why I thought this project would be beneficial:

Building a deeper Progressive Bench

One of the problems Progressives have is finding candidates who truly represent our values. For every Elizabeth Warren, there's ten other Progressive candidates out there, struggling just to make it onto the ballot in some backwoods somewhere. This is an opportunity to build their exposure and name recognition, align them with other Progressives, and perhaps even discover the next Warren. And overall, identify and enumerate the Progressive candidates that are out there.

Unifying the base of the Democratic Party

The more Progressive options we identify, the more options we have to support, to campaign for and phone bank for and donate to, or even if it's just supporting them at the polls.

One of the greatest problems Democrats face, especially in midterms such as 2014, is getting our base to turn out. First and foremost, if we want them to turn out, they need strong candidates that they will be energized to turn out for. And better yet, having more than one to vote for.

Taking the power back from the oligarchs and returning it to the masses

Let's face it, most of us feel left behind by the Democratic Party's leadership, who kowtow to their corporate masters about as much as one would expect from the GOP.

This would be one way to take some of that power back. If we do not like the candidate that the Party is putting forth, now we can identify and rally around one we do.

This is my first version of The Progressive Ticket. Which, admittedly, does not include much crowdsourcing (if three's a crowd, I guess I need input from two more people).

One thing you will notice is that there are a lot of blanks spots on the ticket. This is not because there aren't any Democratic candidates in the election. Rather, there is more than one Democratic option, or the filing deadline hasn't passed yet, so there is potential for more to still enter the race.

And frankly, I don't know enough about most of these races to determine the best Progressive options out there on my own.

And so I need your help.

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A lot of us are here for the purported goal of electing more and better Democrats.

This is my small contribution towards that endeavor.

I have been inspired by the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Democratic Primary. Here, we have an example of how the Primaries can actually result in a stronger candidate coming out of them. The notable candidates currently: Tom Wolf, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz, from what I have gathered, are all solid Democratic candidates. None of them are perfect by any means, but by and large, they stand for the values that the Democratic Party is meant to represent.

The question is: who should we, the Dailykos community who are the lifeblood of the Left Wing, vote for, and how do we decide?

Here is what I propose: A Crowdsourced Progressive Ticket

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