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  •  Dems need to find ways to exploit this further (24+ / 0-)

    Not just voter registration, but getting some targeted initiatives  on the ballot to increase turnout in the 2014 midterms: Same-sex marriage, Marijuana legalization, Internet privacy.

    •  I honestly believe... (10+ / 0-)

      Amendment 64 (legalize marijuana) in Colorado, pushed Obama's total in CO a percent or two.

      Hillary Rodham Clinton/Julian Castro - 2016

      by RichM on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:13:44 AM PST

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    •  I joined Daily Kos when I was 16 (7+ / 0-)

      I am 24 now, and getting my PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Demography. Check my UID, I have been here a long time. I phone banked for Kerry when I couldn't even vote.

      I wanted to come here and both add to, but temper, the excitement over the youth vote. We may skew heavily Democratic right now, but there are some things that will absolutely destroy both youth turnout and youth support.

      Youth voters overwhelmingly support legalization of marijuana. So do black voters and hispanic voters. Young, and minority are the greatest demographics getting crushed in the war on drugs. Quite simply, many our age can't go a week or two without finding out that one of our friends lives may have potentially been ruined because of an arrest for possession of, growing, or selling marijuana.

      Colorado is now a swing state... and make no doubt about it, the youth turnout there was heavily driven by a GOTV effort on behalf of legalization. If the federal government makes an attempt to step in and overturn these popularly voted initiatives, or bust people using federal agents that are abidin-g by the law they passed, Democrats WILL see a very significant reduction in the youth vote and AA vote and hispanic vote in these states. It will severely damage my generations view of what a we see as a progressive party.

      On the other hand, if these states are left be, and the party picks up the issue... you will have the youth vote for years to come.

      Please, everyone, keep this in mind.

      •  I agree. (4+ / 0-)

        I'm totally for legalization. The pot thing has thrown trillions down the drain and people into prison for no good reason. Pot is as ubiquitous as it ever was, doesn't affect society on the end user spectrum, but provides a boon for cartels and the DEA Prison Industrial complex.

        I also want hemp legalized and I will plant my whole yard in it and schlep it down to the co-op to be made into plastic or cardboard or whatever is in demand.....just legalizing hemp would raise the GDP and lower the UE rate significantly.

      •  Agreed, (1+ / 0-)
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        but they also need to start talking more about other so-called "youth" and young adult issues, like true student loan debt relief, affordable higher education, paid maternity leave, and affordable childcare.  These are all big issues in my age cohort right now (late 20's to early 30's) and NO ONE during this election cycle addressed them in any meaningful way.  While I'm glad I now have the option of getting legally stoned in WA to help drown out my student loan sorrows, I still wake up the next morning drowning in debt.  Addressing immigration reform and legalizing marijuana is a big start, but the Dems have a lot of other things they need to support, too, if they want to keep young and youngish voters engaged.  

    •  pot legalization on the ballot in CA in 2010 (2+ / 0-)
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      was probably a significant factor in why CA did not see the red wave that hit the rest of the nation in that election cycle.

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