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  •  welcome back - Bold Blue (31+ / 0-)

    looks really interesting.

    Nurturing and supporting new women in politics is what I'll be talking about later today  - I'd like to hear more!

    Thanks for posting this.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:01:58 AM PDT

    •  Thanks Deo. I could'nt be more excited (21+ / 0-)

      about actually. Conceived of it in 2009 and just couldn't figure a way to make it work. About two months ago I was do doing something odd and BAM an idea hit me how we could do it. These state and local candidates have, like, so little money - but we're dying at the state level. Schools, women's issues, unions - being disintegrated at the STATE level mostly. That has to change and I think, just maybe, the time is right.

      I'll check you out today. :) I think no other issue has taken a harder hit at the state and local levels than women's issues and women's health.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      •  yup- 100% in agreement (12+ / 0-)

        for me - politics is local.  Sure I read national stuff here - but the political work I do in real life is on my local Democratic committee, and paying attention to local candidates and issues.

        State houses make the difference - and given that we already know the devastation of ALEC - we need to push even harder to take control of state elections.  But new candidates going up against republican incumbents are going to need help.  

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        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:55:19 AM PDT

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        •  Yep. Lots of it. I hope BBM will be a force for (12+ / 0-)

          change in that regard.

          Thanks. I hope more people are starting to "get it". When I worked federal elections in my local district the number of people who ignored state and local election (or even down ballot federal) was discouraging. That's really what sparked this passion in me after Obama won in 2008. I thought this up in 2009 but couldn't figure out how to make it work.

          And then 2010 happened.

          I think I've got the solution now. And it happened after a series of just "living my life" experiences that are all seeming to come together to inform this direction now.

          We've go work to do and we must be vigilant. The GOP is killing itself as a national party just fine. But if we don't pay more attention to what's happening in state houses and county commissions, it won't matter.

        •  ^^^^This!!!! (11+ / 0-)

          I have too many friends and acquaintances who consider themselves politically engaged, but if I bring up anything more local than the mayoralty, their eyes glaze over. State Senate or City Council = not sexy. Community Board = what's that?

          Most of what I do is local, too - member of my County Committee (which is a challenge in itself in Brooklyn!), as everyone on this site should be, as well as the exec board of my Dem Club.

          Looking forward to seeing your post later, DEO. And your new beginnings look great, mdmselle! Nice to see you!

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 07:00:17 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks Sidnora. Yep. I think it's time. (7+ / 0-)

            One of my old posts (I'm the admin of the state and local action group here at DK) used the word "sexy" in the title. Nope, its not sexy but it's damned necessary we pay attention to it. In a state like VA women almost had to be subject to wand rape. This is not a joke anymore and I think the time is right. I think people are starting to "get it". The GOP may well be sunk at the national level for some time. But if we don;t start getting those 70 million people who show up to vote for a democrat for president to also vote downticket and in state and local races, we are fucked.

            •  Preach it! (2+ / 0-)
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              Look at what they are doing in South Dakota and Mississippi.  Look all around and see what the thugs in the state legislatures have in mind for us.

              So BRAVO to you and everyone who is taking the fight local.  

              It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

              by Radiowalla on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:08:41 AM PDT

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            •  At least people here (3+ / 0-)

              seem to have finally figured out that the real debacle in 2010 wasn't losing the House, it was losing statehouses all over the country. Now if only we can all wake our non-Kossack friends up...

              You may think it strange that I care about this in a blue county, city and state, but we're a poster child for the problems that one-party rule and complacency breed: corruption, laziness, and insider backscratching. One notable embarrassment is that we have much lower turnout for state and national elections (where every Democratic vote counts) than we should. The local electeds don't bother doing real GOTV, because it's easier for them to hold onto their jobs if no one votes in local elections but their friends.

              We've just started making a change in the last 5-6 years, and it's being spearheaded by a tiny group of activists and a few allied low-level elected officials. We're making progress, but cleaning it all up will not happen overnight.

              "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

              by sidnora on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:14:43 AM PDT

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              •  Yep. I own a home in a red district (3+ / 0-)
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                In central Florida but have been in my childhood home for since 2011 and here in metro DC, I can definitely see what you're talking about. Whole different dynamic.

                That's why I'm glad about the TV series being locally produced because each community's issues are different.

                Thanks for all you're doing.

        •  Both our Senators are Dems, my Rep. is a Dem-but (6+ / 0-)

          The State Legislature is majority republican, and the governor is a republican.  

          And that has been a Regressive's Dream come true.  At the end of the last legislative session: MI's Lame Duck Legislature Rams Through Bills and the winners and losers are:  


          MI Business Community
          Abortion Opponents
          Gun Rights Advocates....
          Etc. Etc.  


          Elected Officials in Failing Cities...
          ...Gov. Rick Snyder: Succeeded in getting many of his priorities passed, including the repeal of the personal property tax on businesses...he also became the national face for right-to-work legislation, including an unenviable leading position on Jon Stewart's parody news program, "The Daily Show," which aired a biting commentary on the law and his signature on the bill...
          Snyder also succeeded in shifting the state tax burden from the rich and corporations to the poor and working class.
          ...Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion...

          (and)...51% of all Michigan tax payer will pay MORE in personal income taxes in 2012 and beyond...

          While the election of Democrats (better yet, progressive Democrats) at the Federal level is extremely important, it's the lawmakers and executives at the local levels: City, County, and State--that make the laws that impact our lives on a daily basis.


          •  THIS^^^. And I think people are starting to get it (4+ / 0-)

            The television series will be the BBMA division that really localizes (or brings home) the federal state and local issues. Our show hosts/producers will be regular people who live in those communities and can localize these issues. We'll be providing only format and branding guidance from the corporate level. We're entrusting our local host/producers to know their communities best. Sort of the way OFA did it in 2008, especially.

            When people can actually see the negative impact in their own community, they get mad and they vote.

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