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Somehow I got on the RNC email list. Which is kind of creepy...I mean I feel somewhat contaminated every time I get an email from them. On the other hand, it is an insight into their goals and fears.

Today I got an email. Here is what it said:

2014 can be a very good year for Republicans.

Our major victories in the Florida-13 congressional election, San Diego mayoral election and New Jersey gubernatorial election prove that elections aren’t just won in a day. Those victories were won through months of hard work, and major investments in infrastructure and on the ground voter contact.

The RNC is investing in cutting-edge data, innovative ground game strategies and tactics for engaging key demographics.

“There has been a lot of structural improvement in field staff, data, and digital that will support Republican victories this fall.” – The Daily Beast

“Their investments are beginning to pay dividends.” – NBC News

“The party appears to have made the most tangible progress on voter turnout, where a multimillion-dollar overhaul has given the RNC capabilities to gather and analyze data in innovative ways it could only dream about in the 2012 election cycle.” – The Washington Examiner

“They seek the disenchanted, the disengaged, the leaners, the undecided and the ambivalent. They seek to convince a wide audience that maybe they’re Republicans — but just don’t know it. This campaign is off to a very good start.” – The Washington Times

We’re building to victory by making the necessary investments and by starting voter contact efforts earlier than ever before. The fight to win back the Senate and stop the Obama agenda is happening now, and we are winning, but we have a long way to go.

Because this effort is so important, and because of the strong results we have already produced, for a limited time, a group of our donors have agreed to match every online donation.

Donate $14 today to help the GOP take back the Senate—and your gift will be doubled.

Now we can quibble about just how significant their winning the NJ gov race is (I mean, they are hanging their hopes on Chris Christie here). And of course they leave out their TOTAL ROUT in Virginia. And San Diego and FL-13 are largely home turf for them where we have made some minor inroads. So they are kind of damning themselves with faint praise while ignoring the simultaneous complete failure of the Greedy Oil Party in Virginia this year.

But that is neither here nor there. I want to respond to them. And I responded by donating to Democrats in races that are critical in states with close Senate races. Can you help me raise some cash for candidates they are most targeting? I recommend donating $14 (or $28 if you want to cover their "double your donation" thing). Let's turn THEIR fundraising plea into something of a fundraising coup for our candidates.

Below I highlight some key Senate races and some House races in the same states that I recommend donating to. But if you want to cut to the chase, you can donate to these campaigns on my Closest Races 2014 ActBlue Site. I have raised over $500...can we make it $1000?

For those who want more info on some of the races on that Act Blue site, follow me below.

KENTUCKY: Taking the fight to their turf.

Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate!!!

The one big chance to pick up a Senate seat from the Repubs. Take the fight to their turf. Defeating Mitch McConnell would symbolically erase most of the gains they may make this year.


Elisabeth Jensen KY-06

A long shot House race, but bringing up Dem turnout in this district can be critical for the KY-Sen race. And targeting right wing extremist Andy Barr is well worth the effort.

“Kentucky has never had a Democratic woman in Congress. It is time we had strong advocate who will fight for women’s healthcare and economic fairness.”
--Elisabeth Jensen

I would love to see a women's healthcare and economic fairness advocate representing KY-6!

Elisabeth Jensen has been endorsed by the Kentucky AFL-CIO, United Autoworkers, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 (UFCW 227), Teamsters Local 651 and the Kentucky Building and Trades Council.


ALASKA: Defending the far North

Re-elect Senator Mark Begich

One of this year's key tossup Senate races. The Greedy Oil Party is so desperate to win this one that they put money and effort into a fraudulent website trying to fool Begich supporters into donating to the Repubs. They are desperate to get rid of Senator Begich, but the race remains a tossup.

Senator Mark Begich is well worth supporting. He supports overturning Citizen's United, voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and defends Social Security and Medicare.


ARKANSAS AND NORTH CAROLINA: Defending the Southern Flank

Re-elect Senator Kay Hagan (NC)

Another key Senate seat we need to defend.

The first bill Kay Hagan co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. You can see why the Greedy Oil Party is so eager to defeat her. The Koch brothers are POURING money into this race, yet it remains a solid tossup.


Clay Aiken NC-02

This is a long shot for us, but Clay Aiken is running a surprisingly strong campaign and I think this could be an upset by the end. In addition, high Dem turnout in this district will help us hold the Senate seat and Clay Aiken could help turnout quite a bit if he has the funding to do it.


Jonathan Barfield NC-07

We are defending this seat against a strong Repub effort to flip it from blue to red. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is running to keep this seat from being taken over by the Koch brothers.


Re-elect Senator Mark Pryor (AR)

This race is another toss up and the Greedy Oil Party are desperate to win it. But it isn't just about keeping a Senate seat. It is about fighting for a state that is trending from being a swing state to a more solid red state. I was born in Arkansas...I don't want to cede it to the right wing fanatics.

This is another case where the Repubs are so desperate to win they have put up a fake website to fool voters.


Patrick Henry Hays AR-02

Another red district we have a shot of winning...and another district where a strong Dem showing could help us in Senate and Governor races. Swinging both the House and holding the Senate depend a great deal on this one district. Former Mayor of North Little Rock is a good candidate for this district and we need to have his back.


James Lee Witt for Congress AR-04

A long shot but worth fighting for, and increasing Dem turnout here will help us in the Senate and Governor races.  Former FEMA director James Lee Witt was recruited by Bill Clinton and Joe Biden to make a strong run in this red district. I believe in fighting the Greedy Oil Party on their own turf and this is a good fight to take on.



Re-Elect Senator Mark Udall (CO)

We are probably going to win this one, but even as I like to take the fight onto the Repub's turf, I also like to shore up our own positions. This is one that could use some shoring up. Particularly since the right wing is making this a fight between a pro-Choice Democrat and an anti-Choice right wing extremist.


Andrew Romanoff CO-06

This is a dead heat and one of our best chances to flip a seat. Colorado also has somewhat close races for Senate and Governor this year, so pushing hard in this seat helps state wide candidates as well. This seat was formerly held by Tom Tancredo and would be particularly sweet to flip.


Elect Congressman Gary Peters to MI-Sen!

We need to defend this seat and polls show this a close race. Congressman Gary Peters has a good shot at winning it, but I still think it worth putting some effort into defense here.


Jerry Cannon MI-01

This is a red leaning district we have a shot to turn blue. It is also a district that could be important for winning the Senate and Governor races since a strong Dem showing here would help swing statewide races. If we want ANY chance of winning back the House, this is a must win district.

A marine in Vietnam, Major General in the Michigan Army National Guard, and Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Jerry Cannon is a strong candidate for this seat.


Please chip in $14 (or $28...or more!) to at least one of these candidates and let's turn this year's momentum back to the blue.

Originally posted to mole333 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 07:20 AM PDT.

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  •  i get those emails all the time (1+ / 0-)
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    I just want to keep up with what they are telling people.  

    you responded in just the right way, by getting involved in helping to elect D candidates

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:52:57 AM PDT

  •  You could remind them that they lost the NJ (1+ / 0-)
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    senate seat resoundingly to Cory Booker, and the 'winner' of the governorship is rapidly outing corrupt GOPer's not just in NJ, but across several states in the area. That ought to cheer them right up.... Oh, wait, that's us. Sorry. ;-)

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
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    by FarWestGirl on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 10:19:24 AM PDT

  •  2 Senate Races & 3 Governor Races (0+ / 0-)

    That are missing from your list are those of Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Natalie Tennant in WV.  Also for Governor, Charlie Crist in Florida, Mary Burke in Wisconsin and Wendy Davis in Texas.  We also need to look at House Races so we can work to take back the House.  With Gerrymandering this is going to be difficult but if we can chip away at the Republicons in the House and if not get our 17 members in 2014 come closer to doing so and retake the House in 2016.  Additionally, there are State Legislatures that we need to win back and, again, with Gerrymandering this is going to be difficult.

    Our GOTV has got to be better than that of the Republicons.  We have to work on this because if you don't get people to the polls, no amount of money is going to win you the office.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 10:59:42 AM PDT

    •  Working with those polling closest (0+ / 0-)

      Most polls basically show GA and WV aren't as close as we'd like them to be. WI and TX are almost impossible (could change!) and FL is looking pretty good for Charlie Christ.

      State legislatures are absolutely critical! But hard enough getting people donating to the closest House and Senate races.

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      by mole333 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:52:12 AM PDT

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      •  In Texas (0+ / 0-)

        I've heard that Wendy has picket up some steam and is now only about 7% behind Abbott.  With Abbott's recent showings with Ted Nugent he's lost luster and hopefully that luster will turn into votes for Wendy in November.  Nunn's win will depend on the showing of Jason Carter and what Nathan Deal does next to lose voters.  I know Tennant is a long haul but if she gets more PR it could help her.  As for Wi, people who didn't vote for the Walker recall just because they don't believe in recalling a duly elected Governor, maybe more in line to vote Democratic for Governor and with the "John Doe" investigations we'll have to see how that goes.  I know Fl is looking good for Charlie Crist but Scott's deep pockets can change that so we have to watch that race.

        The reason why I mentioned state races is because they are just as important as federal ones are.  Lets face it, all those voter laws, war on women, etc., started in the states so we have to work on these also, even if not financially then with GOTV campaigns.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 01:02:11 PM PDT

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        •  Current polling (0+ / 0-)

          GA-SEN: lean R to likely R with one outlier suggesting a tossup. Maybe a chance but KY is much more likely.

          WV is lean R to likely R as well but with outliers indicating safe R.

          Re: Gov...truth is I haven't been following them as closely. From what little I have been paying attention, Pennsylvania, Maine, Arizona and Michigan seem are best chances at pick ups. Arkansas, Illinois and Connecticut seem where we are on the most defensive, and I find it hard to believe Connecticut will go red this election.

          FL Gov may be closer than I am giving credit.

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          by mole333 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 01:14:41 PM PDT

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  •  Tell them (2+ / 0-)
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    mole333, sajiocity

    that you seldom get to read your e-mail and would appreciate  their sending you materials by ordinary mail (you could even say that you're old fashioned and like to hold things).  That way you'd have the satisfaction of putting them in the recycling bin unread knowing they'd had to pay printing and postage.

    I receive their garbage thru the mail rather than electronically presumably because they lack my e-mail address.  Despite my irritation, I enjoy the fact that it costs them.

  •  email response (3+ / 0-)
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    Rosalie907, mole333, sajiocity

    I received a "special survey" from John Boehner.  One of the questions was "What do you want out of the Senate?" - my response "Republicans!"  

    •  That's a good one (2+ / 0-)
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      mole333, sajiocity

      And one I'll use if I get any mail from Republicons.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:17:49 AM PDT

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