The off-year election calendar is already hurtling full steam ahead and we better get in the trenches.Julian Castro (D) already won re-election in San Antonio last month. Great, but we have got a lot of work to do NOW. Ed Markey needs a helping hand for June 25 senate elections in MA, as does Steve Ortega in the El Paso mayoral election on June 16, 2013.
Bedwetters are gonna wet beds, GG-Grifters gonna grift, Code Pink & the Sturtzes are gonna heckle, but their tantrums don’t translate into political power. In fact, that’s their business model to parasite off Democrats in power. They thrive in the political sewer. For us 99%ers, Voting, Organizing and Long Term strategizing are the ONLY means to power. It is in our economic interest to STOP Republicans at every level from getting power and doing very bad things to us little people. Raining hellfire on the nuisance Greenwalds and Sturtzes or whatever is the GOP/corporate media fauxrage of the week, is cathartic fly-swatting every once in a while, but it doesn’t mean a hill of beans if we liberals do NOT hold power.
President Obama was handily reelected and we have an Agenda to enact for the American people at the national level. But state and Local elections are even more important in off-years. That’s where the most damage is done. Democrats fail to take these bread and butter races seriously, then watch American Taliban elected unopposed to statewide offices.
Koch brothers & ALEC are vampires destroying democratic (with a small ‘d’) governance in devastating ways at the local level. They’ve bought state legislatures at bargain basement prices who are dismantling our commonweal brick by brick as we speak. Democrats should NEVER cede any territory uncontested to Republicans. Not on schoolboards (that’s how we got the odious Texas curriculum change nightmare & Arizona ban of Hispanic Studies), or District Judges, or City Council, or Land/Agric Commissioner, or poisonous Ballot initiatives.
The last category lies at the core of GOP base mobilization tactics. Bush used anti-gay ballot initiatives to drive religious fundamentalists to the polls and won reelection in 2004. We have to be similarly savvy to rally against odious Initiatives and also craft some ourselves to advance our interests and mobilize our base.
So let’s get to it. Bookmark this post. Find a campaign or two to volunteer on THIS year. Heck, consider running for some local races yourself. Why Not? Have you heard the caliber of wingnuts who flood City Hall or school board? If we don’t challenge them, they make decisions that destroy our kids’ education, ruin our tax revenue projections, and sell off our towns and cities to the corporate cabal, democracy be damned (See Michigan and weep!)
Critical Ongoing Need
1) Voter Registration Very Important – Without new voters, our demographic advantage means squat
This is the big kahuna. Democrats weaponize our demographic potential in Texas, and Republicans will never win national elections again. Ever! We know it, they know it. GOP is pulling out their stops to stop us. Led by Obama for America guru Jeremy Byrd, we’ve already put brains, boots & $$$ on the ground. Get involved NOW here , and also Facebook, Twitter @BGTX . Bonus: They are even hiring folks if you need a job
A) National Races
I. US Senate
a) Massachusetts – June 25, 2013 Congressman Ed Markey (Opponent Gabriel Gomez
b) New Jersey – Primaries August 13, 2013, General October 16 – Cory Booker
II. US House of Representatives
a) Alabama 1st District – Open Seat – date & candidates TBA (Alabama Democratic Party )
B) State & Local Races
I. Governorships – November 5th, 2013
a) New Jersey – Dem Candidate – Barbara Buono (opponent Chris Christie)
b) Virginia – Dem Candidate – Terry McAuliffe (opponent Ken Cuccinelli)
III. State Courts
a) New York Supreme Court (No specific info – Contact New York Democratic Party
IV. Municipal Elections:
THIS right is where every decision that affects you, school districts, property taxes, quality of life programs gets done. GOP get free rides. But no more. Get in there!
1. Albuquerque, NM (Oct 8, 2013) – Richard Berry (R) seeking reelection. Won seat for 1st time for GOP after defeating Democratic candidate & 3rd person in 3-way race. Challengers in 2013 are Pete Dinelli (D) & Paul Heh (R). Dinellin is polling at 17% (New Mexico Democratic Party)
2. Atlanta, GA – Kasim Reed (D-incumbent) seeking reelection
3. Boston, MA – Open seat, Menino stepping down – Whoa! there are about 17 candidates declaring intent (MA Democratic Party
4. Fall River, MA – little info available
5. Los Angeles, CA – open seat – Eric Garcetti (D) won primaries
6. San Bernadino, CA – no info – There’s a fight to recall 10 City officials. Orange County political mess
7. Minneapolis, MN – Nov 5, 2013 – (non-partisan) – open seat – 9 candidates declare intent
8. St Paul, MN – No info
9. Cincinnati, OH (non-partisan) – open seat – 2 Democrats intend to run Roxanne Qualls & John Cranley
10. Detroit, MI – Aug 6 primaries, Nov 5th general – (nonpartisan) – Open seat, 15 candidates declared intent
11. Albany, NY – Gerald Jennings (D-incumbent) seeking reelection
12. New York City, NY – Sept 13 primaries, Nov 5 general – open seat – 4 declare intent
13. Buffalo, NY – Nov 5th 2013 – Byron Brown(D-incumbent) seeking reelection will face Democratic challenger Bernard Tolbert in primary, and winner will face Republican in general
14. Pittsburgh, PA – Nov 5th 2013 – Open seat. Bill Peduto (D) who won Dem primaries will face Josh Wander (R)
15. Arlington TX – Nance Chuck (R) incumbent
16. Houston, TX – Annise Parker (D-incumbent) seeking reelection
17. Fort Worth, TX – Betsy Price (R-incumbent) – running UNOPPOSED (this is what infuriates me about Democrats!! Don’t cede any election to Republicans without a fight!)
18. El Paso, TX – June 15 – (non-partisan) – Oscar Leeser & Steve Ortega
19. Kansas City, KS – no info
20. Seattle, WA Aug 6 primaries — non-partisan – Mike McGrinn (D-incumbent) faces 8 challengers
21. Tulsa, OK – no info
c) Schoolboard elections
Check your local election boards
d) Ballot initiatives
(These could increase in number as November approaches)
1. Colorado — Marijuana Excise Tax (2 measures)
• Also Koch-roaches are gathering signatures to recall Democratic legislators who voted for Gun Control bill. Enough signatures have been gathered for one candidate.
3. New Jersey – Nov 5, 2013 – Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
4. Texas – Nov 5, 2013 – There are 9 ballot measures covering issues from healthcare, taxes, budgets, constitutional Amendments, & governance. These measures are where most damage is done. Study them campaign according to your principles.
5. Washington – Nov 5, 2013 – 1) Direct Democracy 2) Business Regulation
If there are any state & local races I have missed or incorrectly referenced please alert me in comments & I’ll update. This is how we win, as PBO often says “inch by inch, block by block, callused hand by callused hand”
So get your fighter gear on!!!