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  •  I'll take a stab at this, but I am NO expert. (10+ / 0-)

    Yes, we are screwed for a while. And yes that is because of gerrymandering in many states. And no, we can't do anything about THAT until after the next 2020 census.

    In the meantime, it will be important to mitigate the state problems by supporting dems for governors. People overlook these races often, but they are very important in a lot of ways, including the ability of a dem governor to stay republican state house shenanigans. If you have a dem governor, support them. If you don't, work to get and keep them.

    The good news, if limited, is that there are limited districts that are SO close or are in fact blue though held by a republican that we must work, in the meantime, to change these.

    The only one near me right now is CA-31. It's a blue district in adjacent San Bernardino County, but because of the top two primary changes in CA (and THAT is a holy f'n mess in a lunch bag if you ask me and should be repealed), they voted in a dem... in fact my former (and horrid) Congressman, Gary Miller who ran against another republican. In the primary, a dem came in third. Go figure.

    My intentions are to work to change that by volunteering, BUT the San Bernardino Dems had damn well better get their house in order or this rightfully blue seat WILL stay red.

    This district went Obama in both 2008 and 2012. There is NO excuse, in my mind, for having lost this seat.

    Miller was, however, VERY well financed by both local, state and national realtor associations which no doubt tells you where he stands.

    I'm sure there are close districts elsewise in CA and throughout the nation and they need to be found and we need to challenge them vigorously in 2014. And that homework needs to start now. We absolutely cannot wait until the last minute to plan. We have to find good solid people to run, find them early and work the hell out of these races.

    Not very optimistic, I know.  But this is also the reason we MUST hold every blue office nationwide AND the White House.

    And we HAVE to hold the Senate. HAVE. TO.

    Thus my new motto: Never Again Two Thousand And Ten.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:37:52 PM PST

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      The only one near me right now is CA-31. It's a blue district in adjacent San Bernardino County, but because of the top two primary changes in CA (and THAT is a holy f'n mess in a lunch bag if you ask me and should be repealed), they voted in a republican ...

      not

      ...they voted in a dem.

      So, in essence, the top to winners in CA's screwed up top-two primary resulted in two republicans running against one another for the seat. In the primary, the dem came in third. In other districts, it was the reverse with Berman/Sherman (both dems) running against one another.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:47:36 PM PST

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