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That video above of Explainer-in-Chief Bill Clinton is a product of the Democratic National Committee, which is holding its Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., over the next three days. The good news: It's offense instead of defense, which had been party's m.o. on this front.

The committee plans to establish a permanent team and put staff in battleground states to push back against Republican efforts to suppress the vote of people in certain demographic groups. The DNC campaign will include efforts to increase early voting, registering to vote online and continued opposition to requiring photo IDs be shown to cast a ballot. Part of Republican election strategy has long been to make it tougher to vote for people more likely to cast their ballots for Democrats, and the party has pushed that even harder in the past few years:

The former president said such moves are "designed to make it harder for working people, especially people of color, the elderly, those with disabilities, and young college students, to get to the polls. To form that more perfect union we have to expand rights, not take them away."

"It's not enough anymore just to be against these new voting restrictions. We need to get back on the road forward and work for more and easier voting," Clinton added.

Facing a tough midterm election this year—having to defend 21 of 36 Senate seats in the sixth year of a presidency would be difficult under almost any circumstances—the DNC seeks to use voter data and election tools that the Obama team built in 2008 and honed in 2012 in an effort to avoid the disaster of 2010 when Republicans gained 63 House seats, the biggest midterm turnaround since the midterms of 1938:
Earlier this week the party committee said it will make accessible to Democratic campaigns nationwide this year a voter file with constantly updated data from past elections in an effort to coordinate voter information as well as help those campaigns better strategize and manage volunteers. At a meeting with reporters Tuesday at their Capitol Hill headquarters, a DNC official added that they are bringing on an additional dozen digital staffers to bolster the party committee's efforts.
While battleground states are of necessity going to be the DNC's focus, one question is whether the new support will be provided to all Democratic candidates in the general election, including those engaged in longshot campaigns. Those campaigns could be less of longshots with stronger assistance. And they could help build party strength for the long haul even in districts where Democratic candidates don't win this year.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Oh that's nice. (1+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64

    How about telling us whether you'll abolish the NSA and GCHQ?

    I need to know if you're for real.

    •  Let's focus here (11+ / 0-)

      I for one am happy with this focus, it is about time Dems of national stature focused on this issue.  I see no need to muddy the waters with other issues, important though they are.  Voting rights is under massive assault.
      And besides Mr Clinton does not have the authority to abolish anything.

    •  Try to stay on topic. Not slighting NSA issue, but (2+ / 0-)
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      bahaba, tekno2600

      the DailyKos equivalent to Bengasi, Bengasi, Bengasi, is NSA, NSA, NSA.

      •  NSA's real; Benghazi's paranoid fiction (0+ / 0-)

        It's not that far off target; after all, what were the inner circle Dems doing when the voter suppression laws were being debated & passed:  out making the world safe for democracy?

        •  Voter supression laws were passed at the state (0+ / 0-)

          level, usually in places with huge Rethuglican majorities, and even red states that have de facto one party rule. Come to think of it, the laws enabling NSA eavesdropping were also passed as part of the Hateriot Act, by Rethugs and conservadems who were cowed into doing so by fear of terrrrists after 9/11. Obama at least was on record before all of this repeatedly saying the Hateriot Act should be repealed. But, if lawmakers continue to authorize it and say they want it, no President is going to simply refuse to enforce the law. All big agencies like the NSA basically operate on autopilot until some problem is found. Bush set most of these policies in motion, but now that they have come to public attention under Obama, they are blaming him for what they themselves started...and the more-liberal-than-thou crowd is happily joining in to attack Obama and all Democrats who didn't proactively burrow into every detail of what the NSA was doing and stop every abuse before it happened. As usual, Obama will also get ZERO credit even if he were to reform every NSA policy overnight. We'd still hear a constant chorus of criticism from the right and left about how it should have been sooner and better.

          Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

          by tekno2600 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:33:12 AM PST

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  •  Release the Kracken!! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  That video would be perfect in Ohio; Nina Turner.. (6+ / 0-)

    ..is running against John Housted for Ohio Secretary of State:

    Why This Woman Should Be Ohio’s Next Secretary of State - Katrina vanden Heuvel on February 27, 2014 - 9:51 AM ET

    On Tuesday, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State John Husted moved to restrict early-voting hoursin the Buckeye State, eliminating early voting on Sundays and weekday nights. The goal, according to Husted, is “to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the voting process no matter which method they choose.”
    This: building and keeping the fire from the bottom up:
    The committee plans to establish a permanent team and put staff in battleground states to push back against Republican efforts to suppress the vote of people in certain demographic groups.
    Yes & Yes:
    ..help build party strength for the long haul even in districts where Democratic candidates don't win this year.
    I heard Nina Turner on MSNBC yesterday say this about the republican campaign of voter suppression:
    "voters should not have to jump over hurdles and road blocks just to be able to vote. Voting is designed to determine their will not how high they can jump"
    Nina Turner is on my list of candidates to support. Here is a way to help out too and to tell your own voting story  
  •  A day late & a dollar short (1+ / 0-)
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    Leave to the Dems to be a dozen or so steps behind the people whose votes they need.  Where were they when these onerous bills were being passed in state legislatures?  Clinton's the one who pushed the Democrats over the center line to the right & pissed off the then-conservatives by putting their programs into play (remember "welfare reform").  Now they want us to get out the vote for Ms. Clinton, who's yet to meet a war she didn't like!  They all should go & hunker down in Crawford with the other has-been.

    •  There is plenty to criticize in Bill Clinton... (3+ / 0-)
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      navajo, eagleray, Cadillac64

      ...and other Democratic leaders, but revising the history of the voter suppression laws isn't one of them. You seem to have missed that many of these laws were only put on the books, or attempted to be, in the past three or four years, and there were huge fights to stop them, some of which were successful, some of which were not.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:54:58 PM PST

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  •  In other words . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    While battleground states are of necessity going to be the DNC's focus, one question is whether the new support will be provided to all Democratic candidates in the general election, including those engaged in longshot campaigns. Those campaigns could be less of longshots with stronger assistance. And they could help build party strength for the long haul even in districts where Democratic candidates don't win this year.
    In other words, whether they'll go back to the Fifty State Strategy, a strategy I think they never should have backed away from.

    So this West Virginian walks into a bar and says, "Fix me a Green River."

    by Omir the Storyteller on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:43:13 PM PST

  •  I know you'll shoot me but... (0+ / 0-)

    I still love the Big Dog.  

  •  "Vote or Die hard" the theme for 2014 midterms (1+ / 0-)
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    The roll of the dice. The Democrats need to find a way to focus their party core message for midterms. I suggested they start hosting big midterms convention.  The GOP have talk radio to focus their message.  The Democrats are still trying to make up their minds on what to run on this midterms but, what's sad is the GOP have no message, just no and hate. Can you image if the Dems would have a convention plan with a big theme like "We are Family" with the media, voters and weak knee Democrats all focusing on that big three day convention leading into the midterms. The DNC have to change their game plan for midterms it just can't be a word of mouth and hope they show up at the polls and vote. It time to move the Democrats midterms into the 21 ST century.

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