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  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: THE FINAL PUSH - DCCC’s “Red Alert” House Races!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThis is our final installment of The Midterms Minute. We hope you’ve found value in these segments, even if hearing/reading them simply kept the 2018 Midterms at the top of your mind for the last four months.

    There are just a few more days to go before the election. You may be thinking that there isn’t much you can do at this point to make a difference, but…you’d be wrong. There’s still plenty of time to donate, phone bank, volunteer, and talk to your friends and family about voting and getting engaged. Check out our previous segment for a list of “4 things you can do to make a difference” and links to resources.

    This week, the DCCC announced it’s 6 “red alert” House races that need a big final show of support to finish strong. Four of these races are currently rated as toss ups by Cook Political Report.

    FL-15: Kristen Carlson is running in Florida’s 15th district,which encompasses two incredibly expensive media markets. This race is down to a 1-point, toss up race.

    IL-06: Sean Casten is running in Illinois’ 6th district and is tied in a head-to-head contest despite a $2 million dollar effort by Paul Ryan’s Super PAC and even more from the Koch brothers to drag him down.

    IL-12: Brendan Kelly is running in Illinois’ 12th district, which is a traditional swing district where Obama and Tammy Duckworth both won, but the race is leaning Republican at the moment.

    NJ-03: Andy Kim is running in New Jersey’s 3rd district against the wealthiest member of the New Jersey delegation who is injecting massive personal money into his campaign to try to win this toss up race.

    TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher is running in Texas’ 7th district,where the NRCC and Paul Ryan’s Super PAC have already spent over $1 million for her opponent in the one of the top ten most expensive media markets in the country. This is a toss up race.

    TX-32: Colin Allred is running in Texas’ 32nd district,where more Republican money has been spent than almost every other House race this year. It’s still a toss up.

    You can donate or learn other ways to help these candidates by going to Red to Blue dot DCCC dot org. Of course, information for ALL of the battleground races and ways to get involved can be found at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    And to close out our last Midterms Minute of 2018, we’re leaving you with a passage from progressive pastor John Pavlovitz’ article entitled “You Can’t Change Hatred—But You Can Outvote It.

    “If their consciences and compassion and reason have not been accessed and unearthed by now, I’m concerned those things will never be forthcoming.

    And since these people will not be moved, the rest of us need to move together.

    Democrat, Republican, and Independent, the deeply devout and the passionately irreligious, people of every pigmentation and persuasion—we need to move in concert, to affirm our shared regard for one another, and to vote to restore balance in something we all love that is teetering wildly.

    This isn’t a battle to change the minds of the few who refuse to be changed. That horse is dead.

    It also isn’t a test to see if we can manufacture the same hatred and vitriol for them as they dispense toward us.

    This is a golden moment for the vast, sprawling army of good people who believe in the beauty of diversity and in a fully accessible America to speak unequivocally—on our social media profiles, at family gatherings, in our church meetings—and most of all, in the voting booth.

    We don’t need to convince or coddle or win over hatred, and we don’t need to outdo it either.

    We need to outnumber it.
    We need to outlast it.
    We need to outlove it.
    We need to outvote it.”

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - FINAL PUSH!

    All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    "RED ALERT" HOUSE RACES:

    FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

    IL-06: Sean Casten

    IL-12: Brendan Kelly 

    NJ-03: Andy Kim 

    TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

    TX-32: Colin Allred 

    4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

    1. Donate

    House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

    Senate: DSCC.org

    Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

    2. Virtual Phone Banking

    Indivisible Phone Banking (Sen/House/Gov)

    Swing Left Phone Banking (House)

    Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

    3. Volunteer to GOTV

    National Indivisible Chapters Events List

    DNC State Parties

    Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

    4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

    Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

    Use OutVote to text friends and encourage them to vote

    Passage: "You Can't Change Hate, But You Can Outvote It" (By John Pavlovitz)

     

    Posted November 2, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1224: Fixing the underlying mechanism of our democracy (Election Integrity)

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: 4 Things You Can Do Before Election Day & Toss Up Gubernatorial Races!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th. (Quick links at bottom of page)

    As of the release date of episode #1223, we are exactly 1 week out from election day.

    So, let’s do a little visualization exercise for a moment: Imagine that it’s next Tuesday night and the election returns are coming in. Now imagine that Democrats don’t pick up enough seats to take control of the Senate or lose seats they had. Now imagine that Democrats don’t pick up enough seats to take control of the House. Now imagine waking up the next morning to Trump proclaiming ultimate victory and an unequivocal mandate for his horrific, hate-filled agenda that most Republicans support.

    Now, how do you feel? Do you feel like you did enough? Do you wish you had done more? How do you think the most vulnerable and disenfranchised among us will be feeling at that moment? Remember those feelings and keep them with you in this final week because this is quite literally the last chance to make a difference before election day.

    And because of that, today we’re going to tell you four things that you can do to make that difference over the next seven days.

    Don’t forget to scroll down for info and links for the ten toss up gubernatorial races across the country - six of which are open seat races previously held by Republicans. Of course, information for ALL of the battleground races and ways to get involved can be found at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    And now, without further ado, here are the top four things you can do this week to make a difference on election day.

    1: Donate. This last week is going to require many, many hours of campaign workers’ time and those people need to be paid….and given lots of coffee and pizza. Ads need to be run. Signs need to be printed. Canvassing and phone banking materials need to be at the ready. Volunteers need to be trained and managed. Your donations can help candidates run a strong get out the vote effort in these final days. If you don’t know where to start, check out the DCCC Red to Blue Program and donate to a few candidates or easily support all candidates listed with one donation. To help Senate candidates, visit DSCC.org and contribute. If you’re only interested in donating to toss up races, check out the links in our previous segments which can be found at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    2: Phone Bank. If you have even an hour to give, virtual phone banking is for you. Both Indivisible and Swing Left have selected races where candidates can benefit the most from phone banking and you can sign up for a shift and get started in seconds. Indivisible is hosting phone banking for a mix of House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates, so if that’s what you’re looking for go to Indivisible Phone Banking to get started. If you’re interested in focusing on tight races for the House, go to Swing Left Phone Banking. Never phone banked before? No problem. Swing Left offers plenty of resources for newbies.

    3: Volunteer. Yes, this requires more of your time, but it is so impactful and it can even be fun. Grab a friend and sign up to canvass a neighborhood for a candidate near you. Or go to a phone banking event organized by the local DNC party office, a candidate’s campaign or a political action group. When you see other people actively engaged, you’re going to feel better and you might meet some new friends along the way. One way to quickly find an event near you is by going to National Indivisible Chapters Events List for a national list of local Indivisible group volunteer events. Otherwise, check out your local DNC website or specific candidate’s websites for more volunteer opportunities.

    4: Talk to your friends and family. The current political climate has strained many a relationship, but if you know someone who is undecided or someone who will vote but isn’t engaged, talk to them.…in person. Have a discussion about civic action and all the personal reasons you have for getting involved. Lead them to resources invite them to volunteer with you. These conversations can be game changers for those who may feel disillusioned or don’t feel like politics really affects them. Additionally, you can use the OutVote app to find and send text messages to people in your network that may need some extra encouragement. 

    TOSS UP GUBERNATORIAL RACES:

    Connecticut (Open Seat (D))

    Ned Lamont (D) (vs. Bob Stefanowski (R))

    Georgia (Open Seat (R))

    State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) (vs. GA Sec of State Brian Kemp (R))

    Iowa (R Incumbent)

    Fred Hubbell (D) (vs. Incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds (R))

    Maine (Open Seat (R))

    State Attorney General Janet Mills (D) (vs. Shawn Moody (R))

    Nevada (Open Seat (R))

    Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D) (vs. NV Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R))

    Ohio (Open Seat (R))

    Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D) (vs. OH Attorney General Mike DeWine (R))

    Oregon (D incumbent)

    Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D) (vs. OR Rep. Knute Buehler (R))

    South Dakota (Open Seat (R))

    SD Sen. Billie Sutton (D) (vs. Rep. Kristi Noem (R))

    Wisconsin (R incumbent)

    WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers (D) (vs. Incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R))

    Kansas (Open Seat (R))

    KS Sen. Laura Kelly (D) (vs. KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R))

    As a reminder, voter purging is happening across the country so we urge you to confirm your voter registration ASAP. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP. If your registration is okay, help someone else confirm theirs or obtain the necessary ID they need to ensure there are no surprise problems on election day.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick links)

    4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

    1. Donate

    House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

    Senate: DSCC.org

    Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

    2. Virtual Phone Banking

    Indivisible Phone Banking (Sen/House/Gov)

    Swing Left Phone Banking (House)

    Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

    3. Volunteer 

    National Indivisible Chapters Events List

    DNC State Parties

    Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

    4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

    Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

    Use OutVote to text friends and encourage them to vote

    TOSS UP GUBERNATORIAL RACES!

    Connecticut (Open Seat (D))

    Ned Lamont (D) (vs. Bob Stefanowski (R))

    Georgia (Open Seat (R))

    State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) (vs. GA Sec of State Brian Kemp (R))

    Iowa (R Incumbent)

    Fred Hubbell (D) (vs. Incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds (R))

    Maine (Open Seat (R))

    State Attorney General Janet Mills (D) (vs. Shawn Moody (R))

    Nevada (Open Seat (R))

    Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D) (vs. NV Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R))

    Ohio (Open Seat (R))

    Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D) (vs. OH Attorney General Mike DeWine (R))

    Oregon (D incumbent)

    Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D) (vs. OR Rep. Knute Buehler (R))

    South Dakota (Open Seat (R))

    SD Sen. Billie Sutton (D) (vs. Rep. Kristi Noem (R))

    Wisconsin (R incumbent)

    WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers (D) (vs. Incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R))

    Kansas (Open Seat (R))

    KS Sen. Laura Kelly (D) (vs. KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R))

     

     

    Posted October 30th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1223: How and why conspiracy theories infiltrate our politics

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in OH, UT, WA!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    As of the release date of episode #1222, we are exactly 12 days out from election day. Time is running out to make a difference. No one wants to wake up on November 7th wishing they had done more, so, do it for yourselves, do it for your family, do it for the most vulnerable among us. Get out there and canvas, get out the vote, email and text friends, donate - whatever you can do, do it. These elections will effect us, and the world, for decades to come. According to the latest early voting reports, Republicans are outpacing Democratic voters in key states. Do not take the “blue wave” hype for granted.

    Early voting is now open many states, so check out all early voting information by state, including the three vote by mail states. Information for ALL of the battleground races and how to get involved can be found at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    Today we’re wrapping up the toss up battleground races for the House that we haven’t covered yet. As a reminder, to take the House, Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats.

    Let’s dive in….

    OH-01: In Ohio’s first district, Democratic attorney Aftab Pureval is challenging Republican incumbent Steve Chabot. Chabot lost this seat to a Democrat in 2008, but got it back in 2010 and has held it since. Trump won here by 6 points, but it was his narrowest margin of victory in Ohio’s congressional districts. Chabot was one of those no-shows when constituents demanded a town hall on healthcare last year and then voted for Trumpcare. Healthcare is at the core of Pureval’s campaign, along with protecting social security, but he is currently behind in the polls.

    UT-04: In Utah’s 4th district, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is challenging Republican incumbent Mia Love, the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus. This district was only created in 2010, but was held by a Democrat until Love took the open seat in 2014. The latest polls have the candidates tied at 46 percent each with 8 percent undecided. Love is following the GOP playbook by trying to align McAdams with the Clintons and Nancy Pelosi. McAdams has said he won’t support Pelosi as Speaker and has expressed support for anti-corruption legislation to restrict the influence of lobbyists.

    WA-08: And finally, Washington’s 8th district is another open seat race. Democratic pediatrician with a degree in Astrophysics Kim Schrier is challenging Republican former state senator Dino Rossi. The last incumbent won reelection by 20 points, but the district has voted Democratic in the last three presidential elections by 2 to 5 points. Rossi calls himself a “fiscal conservative with a social conscience,” but his record doesn’t back that up. Schrier is calling for a Medicare buy in on a sliding scale, pointing to the outrageous overheads of private insurance and the minuscule overheads of Medicare. Rossi has lost his campaign for governor and both campaigns for U.S. Senate. He got to the state house by appointment.

    As a reminder, voter purging is happening across the country so we urge you to confirm your voter registration ASAP. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP. If your registration is okay, help someone else confirm theirs or obtain the necessary ID they need to ensure there are no surprise problems on election day.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links)

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    Early Voting Information by State

    TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 3)

    Ohio

    OH-01: Aftab Pureval

    Red to Blue OH-01

    Utah

    UT-04: Ben McAdams

    Red to Blue UT-04

    Washington

    WA-08: Kim Schrier

    Red to Blue WA-08

     

    Posted October 26th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1222: A crisis of illegitimacy of our institutions

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in NC, TX, & VA!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    This is it, folks. As of the release date of episode #1221, we are exactly 2 weeks out from election day. If you have been slacking on donating or volunteering, there is absolutely no time to lose. Early voting is now open many states, so check out all early voting information by state, including the three vote by mail states. Information for ALL of the battleground races and how to get involved can be found at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    We continue today with our focus on toss up battleground races for the House that we haven’t covered yet. Specifically, we’re talking about states with more than one of these races. As a reminder, Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats to take the house.

    Let’s dive in….

    NC-09: North Carolina has two toss up battleground races. The state’s 9th district is an open seat race because, in a rare occurrence, the incumbent lost his primary. Now Democratic businessman and veteran Dan McCready is challenging Republican pastor Mark Harris, who led the fight against gay marriage in the state. Trump won the district by 11 points and the Republican primary was fought over who loved and supported Trump the most. However, McCready appears to have a slight lead in the polls even though a Democrat hasn’t held this seat in 56 years.

    NC-13: In North Carolina’s 13th district, Democrat and lawyer Kathy Manning is challenging Republican incumbent Ted Budd, who is adamantly anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. Though Budd has already served a term in congress, he is still calling himself a “political outsider,” while Manning has never held political office. Manning has made standing up to the insurance industry a pinnacle of her campaign and says she will not vote for Nancy Pelosi as House leader, but she is slightly behind in the polls.

    TX-07: Now, moving on to Texas, which has two toss up battleground races. In Texas’ 7th district, which includes Houston, Democratic attorney and reproductive rights activist Lizzie Pannill Fletcher is challenging Republican incumbent John Culberson. Culberson is best known for co-sponsoring birther legislation, as well as denying climate change and opposing abortion and gay marriage. Culberson serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the subcommittee on commerce, justice, science, and related agencies. If it’s concerning to you that a climate denying, oil and gas politician who didn’t mention climate change or zoning laws once after hurricane Harvey flooded Houston is sitting on these committees, that concern would be justified. Fletcher has pointed out that warnings about Houston’s flood risk came as long ago as 1996 but politicians ignored them. Clinton won this district by 1 percentage point and this race is neck and neck.

    TX-32: In Texas’ 32nd district, Democratic civil rights attorney Colin Allred is challenging Republican incumbent Pete Sessions, former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Although Sessions won his last re-election by 26 points, Clinton won this district. The fact that End Citizens United has heavily invested in targeting Sessions with negative ads might tell you a bit about who he is. Sessions, of course, is trying to link Allred with Nancy Pelosi, who is once again the Republican embodiment of scary liberalism. The candidates are within a point of each other in the latest New York Times poll.

    VA-02: Virginia also has two toss up battlegrounds. In Virginia’s 2nd district, Democratic businesswoman and Navy veteran Elaine Luria is challenging Republican incumbent and former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor. Taylor won in 2016 by 23 points, however Trump only took the district by 3 points. The latest polls have Taylor leading Luria in this district that includes the world’s largest navy base and one of the highest concentration of veterans. Taylor, who wants more military spending but hates taxes and Obamacare, is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. It’d be nice to see him go.

    VA-07: In Virginia’s 7th district, Democratic former CIA operations officer Abigail Spanberger is challenging Republican incumbent David Brat, who won this seat in 2014 by beating then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. This district has been held by Republicans since 1971. The district’s counties were split in the presidential election, but both voted Democratic in the 2017 governors race. As Brat has been calling Spanberger “Nancy Pelosi” every chance he gets instead of using her real name, a video of her forceful response to his idiocy during a recent debate has gone viral. She was inspired to run after Brat voted for an Obamacare repeal measure that passed the House and has called out Brat for avoiding town halls with constituents.

    As a reminder, voter purging is happening across the country so we urge you to confirm your voter registration ASAP. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links)

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    Early Voting Information by State

    TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 2)

    North Carolina

    NC-09: Dan McCready

    Red to Blue NC-09

    NC-13: Kathy Manning

    Red to Blue NC-13

    Texas

    TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

    Red to Blue TX-07

    TX-32: Colin Allred

    Red to Blue TX-32

    Virginia

    VA-02: Elaine Luria

    Red to Blue VA-02

    VA-07: Abigail Spanberger

    Red to Blue VA-07

     

    Posted October 23rd, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1221: Strategies to take back power for the left

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in IA, KS, KY, ME, MI & NM!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    As of the release date of episode #1220, we are 18 days out from election day. That’s less than 3 weeks of volunteering left. Early voting is now open many states, so check out all early voting information by state, including the three vote by mail states. 

    Because we’re running out of time, we’re only highlighting battleground races that are considered toss ups from now on. However, information for ALL of the battleground races in the show notes at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    For the next two segments, we’re going to focus on toss up battleground races for the House that we haven’t covered yet. Republicans are defending the vast majority of seats in the battleground races across the country, but the so-called “red exodus” of Republican incumbents leaving office is in Democrats favor this year. Thirty seven Republican held seats are now open and, therefore, more likely to flip. To take the House, Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats.

    Now, let’s dive into some toss ups….

    IA-03: In Iowa’s 3rd district, Democratic small business owner Cindy Axne is challenging Republican incumbent Representative Rep. David Young. Obama won by four points here in 2012, but Trump won by 3 points. Young pissed off his constituents last year when, after saying he was opposed to Trumpcare, he voted for it at the last minute. He is now running unbelievably misleading ads that claim he “stood up to his party” to protect people with pre-existing conditions. Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Early voting in Iowa began October 8th.

    KS-02: Kansas’ 2nd district is an open seat race. Former Democratic state house Minority Leader Paul Davis is facing Republican army veteran and engineer Steve Watkins. Trump won here by 19 points, but Davis, the Democrat, was recently endorsed by 36 Kansas state Republicans. One can only assume these are the Republicans that woke up to the severe damage extreme conservatism inflicted on their state. Early voting in Kansas began October 17th.

    KY-06: In Kentucky’s 6th district, Democratic Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath is challenging three-term Republican incumbent Rep. Andy Barr. Although Barr won his re-election in 2016 by more than 20 points, McGrath is a strong, nationally-admired challenger and is only behind in this deep red district by 2 points - within the margin of error. Of course, Barr is trying to paint McGrath as a “radical” on abortion, climate and healthcare. McGrath supports a public option and a medicare buy-in option, but falls short of backing single-payer. Early voting is not available in Kentucky.

    ME-02: In Maine’s 2nd district, Democratic former Marine and state Rep. Jared Golden is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin. No incumbent has lost an election here since 1916, but before Poloquin won in 2014, Democrats held this seat for 20 years. Obama won here by 9 points in 2012 and Trump won by 10 points. I know you’ll be shocked to hear, but Poloquin is also wildly waving around the term “radical” to make Golden sound scary… you know, for wanting to work toward Medicare-for-All and expanding Medicaid. Early voting in Maine begins November 1st.

    MI-08: In Michigan’s 8th district, former Democratic Obama administration official Elissa Slotkin is challenging Republican incumbent Mike Bishop. Trump won here by 7 points. Slotkin, who grew up in Michigan and moved back to start a business after working for the CIA under both Bush and Obama, is being called an “outsider recruited by Nancy Pelosi” by Bishop’s campaign. Slotkin has said she will not support Pelosi as House leader and is not accepting corporate contributions to her campaign. Early voting is not available in Michigan.

    NM-02: And finally, New Mexico’s 2nd district is another open seat race because the Republican Steve Pearce is running for Governor. Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small is facing Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell to take this seat. Trump, Romney and McCain all won this district. Herrell is focusing on defunding Planned Parenthood, informing immigration laws and shrinking the government. Meanwhile, Small is focusing on affordable healthcare, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and fixing the VA. Small has raised three times as much as Herrell in a race where Latino turnout is critical. Early voting in New Mexico starts October 20th.

    As a reminder, voter purging is happening across the country so we urge you to confirm your voter registration ASAP. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    Early Voting Information by State

    TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 1)

    IA-03: Cindy Axne

    KS-02: Paul Davis

    KY-06: Amy McGrath

    ME-02: Jared Golden

    MI-08: Elissa Slotkin

    NM-02: Xochitl Torres Small

     

    Posted October 18th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1220: Fighting the Dark Money Machine

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: FL, IN, MO, MT, ND: Help Democrats Retain These Toss Up Battleground Senate Seats!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    As of the release date of this episode, we are 21 days out from election day. That’s exactly 3 weeks away, leaving just 3 weekends of volunteering left. State voter registration deadlines are quickly passing, so if you are still not registered, or know someone who is putting it off, make that your first priority.

    Because we’re running short on time, for the next few weeks we are only going to highlight on air the battleground races that are considered toss ups. However, we will still provide information for ALL of the battleground races in the show notes and at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    Last time, we told you about the toss up Senate races where Democrats could pick up seats. Today, we’re going to focus on the vulnerable Democratic incumbents in toss up battleground Senate races who must retain their seats. These races are, of course, all taking place in states which Trump won in 2016. Every one of these Democrats is a moderate at best, but they all voted against Kavanaugh and the GOP tax bill. As a reminder, 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up this November, including two special elections. Democrats are defending 26 seats, 10 of which are in states Trump won. They must retain all 10 of those Senate seats and pick up at least 2 more to take the Senate.

    FLORIDA: We already covered Democratic incumbent Senator Bill Nelson’s toss up race in a previous segment on Florida’s battlegrounds. But just a quick update that Nelson is only ahead of Governor Rick Scott by one to two percent in most polls. It is going to be very, very close.

    INDIANA: In Indiana, where Trump won by 19%, Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly is facing Republican State Rep Mike Braun. Braun is a businessman and NRA member who is vehemently anti-abortion and wants to replace Obamacare with…oh, right, he doesn’t have any idea. Donnelly has a slight lead on Braun in most polls, but Politico has listed this race as the GOP’s best opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.

    MISSOURI: In Missouri, where Trump won by 19%, Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill is facing Republican State Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley is trying to paint himself as a legal champion of the people, but he is part of the multi-state GOP lead law suit that would completely invalidate the Affordable Care Act law if they win. Hawley has a slight lead in most of the polls and he is now using McCaskill’s vote against Kavanaugh to claim she only cares about her party. When McCaskill won her re-election in 2012, it was the last time a Democrat won a statewide election in Missouri.

    MONTANA: In Montana, where Trump won by 20%, Democratic incumbent Senator Jon Tester is facing Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale. Tester won re-election in 2012 by less than 4 points. Trump publicly battled with Tester after he released allegations that the White House physician Ronny Jackson, Trump’s nominee for the next US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, engaged in professional misconduct, including a DUI and mistreating an employee. Rosendale is a big Trump supporter and real estate developer from Maryland who calls himself a “rancher” every chance he gets even though he doesn’t own any cattle. His ads bend over backwards to call moderate Tester a “radical leftist career ruiner.” Tester currently has a slim lead in the majority of polls.

    NORTH DAKOTA: And finally, in North Dakota, where Trump won by 36%, Democratic incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp is facing Republican Representative Kevin Cramer. Heitkamp won re-election in 2012 by only 1% and Trump’s margin of victory in Montana was the largest of any Republican presidential candidate in the last five elections. Though Heitkamp has tried to show her independence by saying she has voted with Trump 50% of the time, she voted against Kavanaugh. Cramer, an anti-abortion, anti-Obamacare candidate heartily endorsed by Trump, is pouncing on Heitkamp’s votes against Kavanaugh and last year’s tax bill as evidence that she is voting along party lines. And of course, he’s doing everything he can to make voters associate Heitkamp with Hillary Clinton, including - and I wish I was kidding - literally merging their faces in a TV ad and calling them “Heidary Clintkamp.” Yea…someone paid money for that creativity.

    Finally, for anyone who is already registered to vote or thinks they are, please, please, please take a few seconds today to confirm your registration. Voter purging is happening across the country and the sooner you know there is an issue, the better your chance of getting it corrected before election day. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

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    TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATIC SENATE SEATS 

    FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) 

    IN-Sen: Joe Donnelly (D)

    MO-Sen: Claire McCaskill (D)

    MT-Sen: Jon Tester (D)

    ND-Sen: Heidi Heitkamp (D)

     

    Posted October 16th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1219: How the GOP became the most destructive force in the world

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: AZ, NV, TN & TX: Flip These Toss Up Battleground Senate Seats!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    As of the release date of episode #1218, we are 25 days out from election day. That’s less than 4 weeks to help candidates campaign. That’s just 4 weekends of volunteering. It’s October and state voter registration deadlines are quickly passing, so if you are still not registered, or know someone who is putting it off, make that your first priority.

    Because we’re running short on time, for the next few weeks we are only going to highlight on air the battleground races that are considered toss ups. However, we will still provide information for ALL of the battleground races in the show notes and at The Midterms Minute H.Q..

    Today, we’re just going to focus on the flippable, toss up, battleground races for the Senate that we haven’t covered yet. As a quick overview, 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up this November, including two special elections. Democrats are defending 26 seats, 10 of which are in states Trump won. They must retain all 10 of those Senate seats and pick up at least 2 more to take the Senate and though do-able, it’s not going to be easy.

    ARIZONA: We’ll start with Arizona, where Republican Jeff Flake’s Senate seat is open and entirely in play for Democrats. In fact, it might be Democrat’s best shot at picking up a seat. Since Flake decided to screw over the entire country for decades by voting for Kavanaugh before leaving congress, it’ll feel extra good to flip his vacated Senate seat. Arizona’s ninth district Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema is facing Arizona’s 2nd district Republican Representative Martha McSally. McSally is trying to paint Sinema as anti-military because she participated in anti-war protests after nine eleven. As of early September, Sinema has a slight lead in the majority of polls, but this race is still a toss up and a win requires Democratic latino voters to turn out in full force.

    NEVADA: Next-door in Nevada, Republican incumbent Senator Dean Heller is facing a challenge from Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen. This seat is in play because Nevada has the one Senate seat Republicans are trying to defend in a state Clinton won. The polls currently show Heller and Rosen tied, with Rosen leading within the margin of error. Trump is backing Heller and even held a rally for him last month in Las Vegas, while Heller tries to frame himself as very bipartisan. Rosen has nicknamed Heller “Senator Spineless” and called him out for cracking under GOP party pressure and voting for the Obamacare repeal bill. Heller also voted for Kavanaugh, and Rosen - a woman - is not about to let any voter forget that. The race is rated a toss up.

    TENNESSEE: After voting for Kavanaugh and pretty much everything else on Trump’s agenda, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is finally going away. In this open seat race, former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen is facing horror show Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn. The outside money flowing in has been gigantic, with Blackburn getting the majority. We don’t have time to highlight all the terrible things Blackburn has said and done while in the House, so I think all we have to say is that she is aligned with Trump on absolutely every thing and might like the idea of a border wall even more than he does. Bredesen is down in about half the polls and The Cook Political Report has rated this race a toss up.

    TEXAS: Moving on now to Texas, where we finally have a real shot at not having to look at or listen to Ted Cruz anymore. Wouldn’t that be nice? Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke is a strong challenger who has been able to raise significant money and grab the national spotlight. Despite that though, O’Rourke is down in the latest polls by 5 to 9 percentage points. Cruz has been grasping at straws to try to damage O’Rourke’s image. His latest attempt was twisting O’Rourke’s completely valid criticisms of our criminal justice system to call him “divisive and dangerous.” But this is still a toss up race.

    Finally, for anyone who is already registered to vote or thinks they are, please, please, please take a few seconds today to confirm your registration. Voter purging is happening across the country and the sooner you know there is an issue, the better your chance of getting it corrected before election day. Visit HeadCount.org to quickly be directed to your state’s specific website to confirm your voter registration. If there is a problem, contact 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem and get guidance ASAP.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    FLIPPABLE TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND SENATE SEATS

    AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) 

    NV-Sen: Jacky Rosen (D)

    TN-Sen: Phil Bredesen (D)

    TX-Sen: Beto O'Rourke (D)

     

    Posted October 12th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1218: Kavanaugh forced upon America (Supreme Court)

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: New York’s Battleground Races!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    We want to remind you that we’ve set up The Midterms Minute H.Q., where you can view every spotlight segment we produce, every battleground race in the country, all of the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress and Our Revolution candidates running in November, volunteer resources, and more. We hope you’ll take a moment to visit best of the left dot com midterms and dive in.

    Today, we’re going to talk about the battleground races in New York, which is one of five states that political wonks say will determine the majority in the House. Many of these districts are up state, an area that polling shows doesn’t seem to be responding to “blue wave” fever. Senator Gillibrand and Governor Andrew Cuomo are both all but locked in for her re-elections, so we’ll jump right into the House races.

    HOUSE:

    NY-11: In New York’s 11th district, which includes Staten Island, Democrat Max Rose is challenging Republican incumbent Daniel Donavan. Donovan actually voted against Trump’s healthcare and tax bills in 2017, but is a big Trump supporter and was endorsed by the president during the primary. Rose, a former nonprofit healthcare executive, is running on a ‘burn the house down’ campaign that calls out establishment Republicans and Democrats for failing the people, saying “they all gotta go.” This race is rated by the Cook Political Report as likely Republican. HELP FLIP NY-11!

    NY-19: In New York’s 19th district, Democratic attorney Antonio Delgado is challenging Republican incumbent John Faso. Delgado’s campaign is focused on establishing a universal healthcare coverage through a public option, while Faso voted for the Trumpcare bill and didn’t bother to show up to the town halls his constituents demanded. Faso has also been called out for racial dog-whistling for using lyrics from Delgado’s old rap songs in attack ads to call him an outsider with different values. But Faso is now behind in the polls in a district where Trump surged and is being outraised by Delgado. This race is considered a toss up. HELP FLIP NY-19!

    NY-22: In New York’s 22nd district, Democratic assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is challenging Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney, who has received at least $100,000 dollars from health insurance companies and falsely stated that “so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.” Although Trump surged here with a 16 point win, Brindisi significantly outraised Tenney in the first quarter and had a 4 point lead in the polls at the end of August. The race is currently rated as a toss upHELP FLIP NY-22!

    NY-27: New York’s 27th district was almost an open seat race after Trump-allied Republican incumbent Chris Collins announced he was suspending his campaign. Then, days later, he was arrested and indicted by the FBI for insider trading. This put the seat in play, but Republicans were having trouble finding a new candidate. However, a few weeks ago, Collins resurfaced saying he’s back in the race because “the stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in congress.” Democrat Nate McMurry is challenging Collins, but it is still an uphill climb in one of the reddest districts in the state and the Democrats haven’t officially promised funding support. The National Republican Congressional Committee chairman has said he won’t spend a dime in this race because he’s confident, despite the FBI indictment, Collins will win. The race is currently rated as leaning Republican. HELP FLIP NY-27!

    IMPORTANT DATES: To vote in the Midterm Elections in New York, you must be registered, have your application postmarked, or have made an in-person request by October 12th. Absentee ballot options and deadlines are complex, so we recommend taking a thorough look at elections dot NY dot gov website for that information.

    It’s never too early to check registration cut off dates and absentee ballot request and submission dates in your own state. We highly suggest reviewing your state’s important dates and voter ID laws at rock the vote dot org as soon as possible to ensure you will be able to vote in the general election.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    NEW YORK BATTLEGROUNDS: 

    New York Democratic Party

    NY Important Dates: Register, have your application postmarked, or have made an in-person request by October 12th. Absentee ballot options and deadlines are complex, visit elections.ny.gov website for that information.

    U.S. HOUSE

    NY-11: Max Rose

    Swing Left NY-11 | Red to Blue NY-11

    NY-19: Antonio Delgado

    Swing Left NY-19 | Red to Blue NY-19

    NY-22: Anthony Brindisi

    Swing Left NY-22 | Red to Blue NY-22

    NY-27: Nate McMurry

     

    Posted October 5th, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1216: Taking a closer look at Columbus Day

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Illinois’ Battleground Races!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th. (Quick links at bottom of the page)

    Check out The Midterms Minute H.Q. at bestoftheleft.com/midterms to view every battleground spotlight segment we've produced, every battleground race in the country, all of the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress and Our Revolution candidates running in November, volunteer resources, and more. 

    Today, we’re going to talk about the battleground races in Illinois, where all of the competitive seats are currently held by Republicans. Illinois has been identified by the political wonks as one of the five states that will help determine the House majority. Clinton won the state in 2016 with 55.8 percent of the vote to Trump’s 38.8.

    IL-06: In Illinois’ 6th district, which includes Chicago suburbs, Democratic energy executive Sean Casten is challenging Republican incumbent Peter Roskam. Though Casten comes from the energy sector, he says he wants to use that experience to create clean energy jobs for the economy and the environment. And he has some cred to back that up, as the co-founder of Recycled Energy Development, a company aiming to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This district is competitive this year because of Trump’s unpopularity in the Chicago suburbs and the fact that Trump lost here by 7 points. The race is currently rated by The Cook Political Report as a toss upHELP FLIP IL-06!

    IL-12: In Illinois’ 12th district, Democrat and St. Clair County state's attorney Brendan Kelly is challenging Republican incumbent Mike Bost. Kelly’s campaign message is focused on reducing the role of money in politics to restore faith in democracy in southern Illinois. Until Bost’s win in 2015, this district had voted for a Democrat consistently since 1993. Trump surged here, but the race is competitive because of its Democratic history and because Democrats have put up a strong candidate this year. The latest polling has Kelly tied with Bost and the race is currently considered a toss up. HELP FLIP IL-12!

    IL-13: In Illinois’ 13th district, Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is challenging Republican incumbent Rodney Davis, who was first elected in 2012. Rodney is apparently still proud that he voted for the inhumane Trumpcare bill of 2017 and seems to think his wife - who had cancer - would still have been able to get coverage. Sure, maybe the Davis family could afford the astronomical Trumpcare premiums with their Congressional subsidy, but millions of other cancer patients would’ve been shit out of luck. Trump only squeaked by with a win in this district and the surge of engaged college students in the area could flip this seat for Democrats. However, right now, the race is leaning republicanHELP FLIP IL-13!

    IL-14: In Illinois’ 14th district, Democrat Lauren Underwood is challenging Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren, one of the more than 100 Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Underwood is a registered nurse who served as a senior policy advisor to HHS under Obama. She is the first woman to have the Democratic nomination for her district and, at 32, she is the youngest black woman running for congress this year. If Democrats look like they are going to win this race on election night, that could be a sign that they are going to have a good night elsewhere. Trump won this district, but it’s a district with an urban-rural divide. Underwood is only down by 4 percent in the polls, but the race is currently rated as leaning republican. HELP FLIP IL-14!

    GOVERNOR: Illinois’ race for governor is on track to break a spending record set by the 2010 California gubernatorial race. Democratic philanthropist J.B. Pritzker is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. Both candidates have self-funded campaigns. Rauner is using the upcoming 2020 redistricting process to try to inspire Republican voters, promising a state-wide Democratic takeover if they don’t show up for him. The race is currently leaning DemocraticHELP ELECT GOV. PRITZKER!

    IMPORTANT DATES: To vote in the Midterm Elections in Illinois you must be registered by October 9th, or have registered online by October 21st. There are also registration grace periods in Illinois, but if you don’t have to wait, don’t.

    It’s never too early to check registration cut off dates and absentee ballot request and submission dates in your own state. We highly suggest reviewing your state’s important dates and voter ID laws at rockthevote.org as soon as possible to ensure you will be able to vote in the general election.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links)

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    ILLINOIS BATTLEGROUNDS:

    Illinois Democratic Party

    IL Important Dates: Registered by October 9th, or have registered online by October 21st. There are also registration grace periods, but if you don’t have to wait, don’t. *More IL voting details

    U.S. HOUSE

    IL-06: Sean Casten

    Swing Left IL-06 | Red to Blue IL-06

    IL-12: Brendan Kelly

    Swing Left IL-12 | Red to Blue IL-12

    IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

    Red to Blue IL-13

    IL-14: Lauren Underwood

    Swing Left IL-14 | Red to Blue IL-14

    GOV & LT GOV

    J.B. Pritzker & Juliana Stratton

     

    Posted October 2nd, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1215: Demonizing welfare to divide and conquer 

     

  • THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: New Jersey’s Battleground Races!

    MIDTERMS_MINUTE_IMAGE_FINAL.pngThe Midterms Minute is a look at the candidates and races in battleground districts that you need to know about, shout about and support to make the biggest impact possible in the election on November 6th.

    We’ve also set up The Midterms Minute H.Q., where you can view every spotlight segment we produce, every battleground race in the country, all of the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress and Our Revolution candidates running in November, volunteer resources, and more. We hope you’ll take a moment to visit best of the left dot com midterms and dive in.

    Today, we’re going to talk about the battleground races in New Jersey, where Clinton won by 14 points.

    U.S. SENATE: In the Senate race, incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Menendez is up for re-election. As you may know, New Jersey is a Big Pharma state and so it’s no surprise that Menendez is facing a former biopharmaceutical executive and Republican, Bob Hugin. Hugin is attempting to distance himself from Trump, even though he was a Trump delegate who donated the maximum to Trump’s campaign and gave over $200,000 dollars to the Republican National Committee in 2016. Hugin has also been accused of paying lobbyists to keep competing drugs off the market while profiting off overpriced cancer medication. The race is tightening and is currently rated as likely Democratic. As a reminder, the Democrats must retain all ten battleground Senate seats and pick up two additional seats from Republicans to take the Senate. 

    Now, we move on to the House.

    NJ-02: New Jersey’s second district is an open race seat, after the long term Republican incumbent decided not to run for re-election. Now, Democrat and state senator Jeff Van Drew faces Republican and attorney Seth Grossman in the general, along with one Libertarian and three Independents. Grossman, the Republican, lost the support of the National Republican Congressional Committee and was asked to step aside this summer when Media Matters reported that Grossman shared an opinion piece from a white nationalist linked website disparaging black people as “a threat to all who cross their paths.” Trump won this district by 4.4%, but Obama won here twice. The race is currently rated as likely going to the Democrat. HELP FLIP NJ-02!

    NJ-03: In New Jersey’s third district, former Obama national security adviser and Democrat Andy Kim is running to unseat Republican incumbent Tom MacArthur. Trump just squeaked by with a win in this district, but polls now show Kim with a small lead over MacArthur. MacArthur was one of the all male group of congressional architects behind the horrifying Trumpcare bill which was thankfully defeated in 2017. Kim has said the Trumpcare bill is what motivated him to run for office and he has vowed not to accept corporate money. This race has recently moved from leaning Republican to a toss up. HELP FLIP NJ-03!

    NJ-07: In New Jersey’s seventh district, Obama state Department Official and Democrat, Tom Malinowski, is facing Republican incumbent and self-proclaimed moderate, Leonard Lance, along with a Green Party Candidate and an Independent. Lance and the GOP machine are trying to paint Malinowski as an out of touch, DC-insider and are warping his human rights and anti-torture work by saying he “fought for terrorists’ rights.” Clinton won this district by just 1 percentage point and this race is currently rated a toss up. HELP FLIP NJ-07!

    NJ-11: New Jersey’s eleventh district is another open seat race. Democrat and former federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill faces Republican and Assemblyman Jay Webber in November. Trump barely won this district by less than a percentage point, though McCain and Romney each won here by five. In his ads, Webber is actually attempting to both defend Medicare as a great program while simultaneously calling Medicare for All a “dangerous socialized medicine scheme” that would destroy Medicare. Meanwhile, Republicans are actively trying to gut the program to pay for their corporate tax cuts. Don’t try these political acrobatics at home, folks. This race is currently rated as leaning Democratic. HELP FLIP NJ-11!

    IMPORTANT DATES: If you want to vote in the New Jersey Midterm Elections you must be registered by October 16th. Absentee ballot requests must be made IN-PERSON by Monday, November 5th at 3pm and completed ballots must be received by Tuesday, November 6th at 8pm. Please note that early voting is NOT available in New Jersey.

    It’s never too early to check registration cut off dates and absentee ballot request and submission dates in your own state. We highly suggest reviewing your state’s important dates and voter ID laws at rockthevote.org as soon as possible to ensure you will be able to vote in the general election.

    So, if making the Blue Wave a reality in November is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about supporting Democrats in battleground races across the country via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

     

     

    THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

    REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

    CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

    CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

    VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

    Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

    NEW JERSEY BATTLEGROUNDS:

    New Jersey Democratic State Committee

    NJ Important Dates: Registered by October 16th. Absentee ballot requests: IN-PERSON by Mon, Nov. 5th at 3pm. Ballots received by Tues., Nov. 6th at 8pm. Early voting NOT available in New Jersey. *More NJ voting details*

    U.S. SENATE 

    Must Retain Seat: Bob Menendez (D - incumbent)

    U.S. HOUSE

    NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew

    Swing Left NJ-02 | Red to Blue NJ-02

    NJ-03: Andy Kim

    Swing Left NJ-03 | Red to Blue NJ-03

    NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

    Swing Left NJ-07 | Red to Blue NJ-07

    NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill 

    Swing Left NJ-11 | Red to Blue NJ-11

     

    Posted September 28, 2018; Researched & Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

    Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1214: The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement