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  •  Republicans care about state and local (5+ / 0-)

    Democrats don't.

    That needs to change.

    We really need to focus resources on Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, NC and Florida.

    We won most of these big swing states at the presidential level, but we're getting killed below the top line.  There is no reason swing states like these should have such radically rightwing state governments, other than Democratic inertia and Republican money.  

    R control is also dangerous for us at the national level, because of the influence that state leaders have on national elections.

    We need to make majority control of state legislatures a priority, like the R's have done for the last two decades.

    •  Amen to that! (2+ / 0-)
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      shanesnana, blueoasis

      we're screwed in very blue PA. Because our government is in some little burg in the middle of the state where the media pays no attention to it, our Republican governor smartly keeps his mouth closed and looks cherubic while gutting the Programs for the poor, and the voters have no idea who runs state government, how it is run and how much impact it has on their lives.  The Republican-controlled legislature is intent on ALEC's agenda, voter suppression and gerrymandering.
      One quick example -- the gov, Tom Corbett, laid off most of the state workers whose job it was to process unemployment benefits (generously allowing those workers to process their own applications before walKing out the door.) Now we have people eligible for UI for more than six months still trying to sign up to get the benefits. Can't get through on the phone, can't get though online. Our major newspapers try to keep us informed but TV news is AWOL.

      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please -- Mark Twain

      by OnePingOnly on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:54:45 PM PST

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    •  It's the Democratic Party that is (1+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis

      becoming the Whigs, not the Republicans, as so many want(ed) to believe in 2008. The Whigs did/could not stir up enthusiasm at any level below that of federal, and only during Presidential years did they really flex their muscles at all. Sound familiar?

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 08:27:52 AM PST

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