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If you are talking politics with your friends and neighbours or if you are canvassing door to door, it's time to focus on the down ticket races.

Please learn all you can about the local policies and bigger picture positions of the local democrats in your area. Lets start talking about the local politicians instead of the Obama/Romney non-race.

We need to win governors, congressional seats and federal senate seats but we also need to build for the future. State houses and state senates, AG's, Judges (in states that vote for them), local Mayors, councillors etc. Now is the time to be talking local within the framework of this presidential race. If Obama had a house and senate he could work with, he'd get a lot done. Contrary to common belief, Obama never had both a house majority and a filibuster-proof senate super-majority.

He had 59 or 60 (for a brief moment) in the senate before 2011 but with 4-5 blue dogs, that meant that every piece of legislation was held hostage in one way or another. Hopefully, if Harry Reid makes good on his statements about reforming the senate filibuster rules we'll have a chance to reshape policy for the next 4 years and beyond.

Thinking longer term, we want more and BETTER democrats and that starts with the farm team. The farm team is local.

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