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One of the things I'm dis-satisfied with on this site is the ratio of anti-Republican to pro-Democrat focus. We spend way more time tearing down Republicans then we do building up Democrats. And that is a mistake in my opinion.
This is just one comment from one of my past posts. However, it is a complaint I have seen expressed here at Dailykos on more than one occasion.

Well, here is an opportunity to prove them wrong.

Introducing: The Progressive Ticket

Also, is it possible to embed google spreadsheets?
The Progressive Ticket is a crowdsourced list of political candidates who the Dailykos Community at large support for their respective elections. The candidates will be chosen largely from community-wide debate and consensus. The goal is to have a Progressive option for every election in November, write-in or otherwise.

In my last post, I explained why I thought this project would be beneficial:

Building a deeper Progressive Bench

One of the problems Progressives have is finding candidates who truly represent our values. For every Elizabeth Warren, there's ten other Progressive candidates out there, struggling just to make it onto the ballot in some backwoods somewhere. This is an opportunity to build their exposure and name recognition, align them with other Progressives, and perhaps even discover the next Warren. And overall, identify and enumerate the Progressive candidates that are out there.

Unifying the base of the Democratic Party

The more Progressive options we identify, the more options we have to support, to campaign for and phone bank for and donate to, or even if it's just supporting them at the polls.

One of the greatest problems Democrats face, especially in midterms such as 2014, is getting our base to turn out. First and foremost, if we want them to turn out, they need strong candidates that they will be energized to turn out for. And better yet, having more than one to vote for.

Taking the power back from the oligarchs and returning it to the masses

Let's face it, most of us feel left behind by the Democratic Party's leadership, who kowtow to their corporate masters about as much as one would expect from the GOP.

This would be one way to take some of that power back. If we do not like the candidate that the Party is putting forth, now we can identify and rally around one we do.

This is my first version of The Progressive Ticket. Which, admittedly, does not include much crowdsourcing (if three's a crowd, I guess I need input from two more people).

One thing you will notice is that there are a lot of blanks spots on the ticket. This is not because there aren't any Democratic candidates in the election. Rather, there is more than one Democratic option, or the filing deadline hasn't passed yet, so there is potential for more to still enter the race.

And frankly, I don't know enough about most of these races to determine the best Progressive options out there on my own.

And so I need your help.

See a name missing from the ticket that deserves to be there? Write it in the comments, with a brief explanation. (Just a reminder, Dailykos is explicitly for supporting Democrats)

See a name on the ticket that most surely does not deserve to be there? Write that in the comments, too.

Think there is an election with more than one deserving candidate, and is worth a more involved debate? Put it in the comments, including who the options are and what makes them worthy. In future posts, we'll put it up to a vote, and the winner will make it on the ticket.

Or maybe you want to write the post yourself. Just be sure to include "Progressive Ticket" in the tags, so it gets seen by the group.

There are so many elections this cycle where I think Progressives like us need to make our voices heard. The Pennsylvania and New York gubernatorials are some examples. Should Cuomo really be the Democratic option just because he's the incumbent?

The Montana Senate race is another example. Should we aim for a really Progressive candidate to replace the infamous Max Baucus? Even though the state went for Romney in 2012 55%-42%? Let's put it to a vote.

Here is the chance to put in your two cents on these issues.

Do you really think the Dailykos community doesn't spend enough time building up Democrats? Here is your chance to rectify that.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:28:56 AM PDT

  •  Looking at my home state... (4+ / 0-)

    ...of New Jersey, I see you've got two candidate listed. Frank Pallone, I  think, is a good choice, and is pretty popular among progressives.  The other, Cory Booker, is a bit more of a controversial choice.  He's certainly not known as a progressive.  He's still going to win, of course, and I doubt a primary challenge would be successful, but don't expect him to be championing reform.

    •  Booker is unopposed in the primary (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd say he's also quite progressive as far as the NJ Democratic Party goes.  Just because someone isn't ideologically "pure" doesn't mean they aren't progressive.  I consider myself progressive, but I certainly don't agree with everything progressives in general support.

      I take issue with Booker's stance on education, but other than that, I think he was a fantastic Mayor and is doing a good job as a Senator so far.  I'd like to know what "reforms" Pallone supports that Booker doesn't?  I don't mean that in a snarky way, I'm really curious whether or not there are any examples.

  •  Progressives need to lean forward. (0+ / 0-)

    Your effort offers that opportunity.

  •  I can help with NJ (1+ / 0-)
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    The full list of candidates for House is here; Booker is unopposed in the Democratic Senate primary.

    In NJ-01, Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor is easily the progressive pick.  Donald Norcross is part of the South Jersey Norcross political machine, and Frank Broomell is a Some Dude.

    In NJ-02, Bill Hughes Jr. is associated with the aforementioned machine, but I'm not sure I'd call him a part of it.  What I can tell you is that David Cole is a Some Dude, and Hughes will make this race competitive for Democrats.  Take that how you will for the purposes of this exercise.

    In NJ-03, we have a similar situation.  I'm not sure who's more progressive between Aimee Belgard and Howard Kleinhendler, but I can tell you that Belgard has been enthusiastically supported by NJ's progressive community.  Bruce Todd is a LaRoche follower.

    In NJ-05, Roy Cho is the clear choice.  Diane Sare is another LaRouche follower.

    No Democrats filed in NJ-07 because Janice Kovach, the Mayor of Clinton, didn't get her petitions in on time.  In a state like New Jersey, where getting on the ballot is a piece of cake, that's inexcusable.  I'd rather see this one uncontested and have any resources poured into the other two North Jersey Republican districts.

    In NJ-08 (Hispanic-majority), useless Rep. Albio Sires is the only Democratic candidate.  There should be no endorsement; not sure who I'd go for as a write-in.

    In NJ-10 (black-majority), Rep. Don Payne has three primary challengers.  I'll have to get back to you on which one is the most progressive, but all are Some Dudes.

    In NJ-11, businessman Mark Dunec is running on the party line against two Some Dudes.  I don't know anything about their positions, but Dunec seems progressive enough to be listed in this red district.

    NJ-12 has the only competitive Democratic primary.  State Senator Linda Greenstein, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and scientist Andrew Zwicker are all running as progressives to replace Rep. Rush Holt.  This is one that should be up for discussion; anyone who picks one of these candidates definitively has no idea what they're talking about.

    The primaries in NJ-04, NJ-06 and NJ-09 are unopposed.

    •  According to election calendar, (0+ / 0-)

      NJ's filing deadline is April 11th? So wouldn't Kovach still have a chance? As well as finding a Dem to run in the 4th?

      In any case, thank you for the info. Will definitely be using it to update the Ticket.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 02:58:05 PM PDT

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  •  The deadline was March 31 (1+ / 0-)
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    Politics1 is wrong; April 11 is the day that ballot positions will be drawn.

    Kovach can get on the ballot if her appeal goes through, but I don't see how it will.  Even she admitted that her staff screwed up.  She'll probably run a write-in campaign for the primary and get on the general election ballot regardless.

    There is a Dem in the 4th if you check the link; I didn't bother talking about him since I know nothing about him and he's unopposed in the primary.  But his name is Ruben Scolavino.  Not sure what his political stances are.

    •  I see (0+ / 0-)

      I will take your word for it. But yes, even with NJ politics being what it is, at least Rush Holt's seat deserves a true Progressive to represent it. Let's see what we can find out.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:50:47 PM PDT

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