Support Your State level House and Senate Candidates

It doesn't matter how many seats we win in congress if we don't have control of the state Legislatures, since the republicans can now redistrict at will based on a resent supreme court rulings. The only way to protect these seats is to have control of the state legislatures and the only way to do that is if you donate to State candidates, which sadly no one seems to be doing, protect the Gains we are going to make in congress this year Donate to your state candidate they need the money as much as the congressional canidates now more than ever

But no one on Act Blue seems to be listening to this I get nothing out of this I'm just trying to get Democrats elected on the state level of my own accord but they need help. I don't care who you give to just give to someone because the state parties don't seem to give a care if they aren't incumbents or in "targeted districts" (and a good race in the eye of the beholder and they don't know a good candidate is till it's too late to do anything about it)

So I put together these group of people from other lists of active actblue candidates
Montana
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic angerrymanderingmt
Iowa
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic angerrymanderingiowa
Indiana
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic ansfromgerrymanderingin
Texas
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic angerrrymanderingtexas
California
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic angerrymanderingca
Utah
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublci ansfromgerrymanderingutah
Pennsylvania
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic ansfromredistrictingpa
Wisconsin
http://www.actblue.com/page/stoprepublic angerrymanderwisconsin

Tags: Gerrymandering, Redistricting, state (all tags)

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17 Comments

Re: Pennsylvania slate

Thanks for your hard work!

Olivia Brady looks like a great candidate. She's got endorsements from labor, OutFront, and Planned Parenthood.
Her website's not linking properly from the ActBlue roster. I'll notify them. It's at:

http://www.bradyforpa.org/

For some more Pennsylvania suggestions, visit:

http://www.actblue.com/page/pavotethemou t?refcode=myddredist

I think I'm gonna cherry-pick from your list, too. I'm sure you won't mind!

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Montana slate

I agree absolutely, positively with your selection of Kendall van Dyk as the outstanding young hope of the Democratic bench in Montana.

Other candidates you might want to investigate:

MT state senate D-05 (open, red-held) Montana Conservation Voters endorse Ric Smith (Dem) contesting a GOP candidate weakened by a contested primary

MT state senate D-32 (open) Dem vet state rep Larry Jent runs to protect Michael Wheat's seat from GOP candidate Art Wittich

MT State house D-13 (open) firefighter Nick Lawyer, age 24, backed by Big Sky (Young) Dems to hold Clark's seat against GOP Pat Ingraham

MT state house D-63 Emily's List backs Jennifer "JP" Pomnichowski (pro-choice) for a GOP-held seat

MT state house D-91 Dem vet Kevin Furey vs Republican Tom Opre, arrested for spouse abuse in August

Montana races are complicated this cycle because the Constitution Party is running candidates in many districts, most of them to the right of the Republican in the race if there is one.

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Montana slate

explain to how the Constitution party makes live more complicated they are good tool for siphoning votes from the republicans

by orin76 2006-08-19 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Montana slate

Oh, I didn't mean to imply that many Democrats would be tempted to vote Constitution - at least, if there's a Democrat running in their district!

I meant in some districts a three-way race may make it a bit harder to figure the odds, especially in districts where a Republican incumbent might normally be thought of as "safe."

Thanks for checking for clarification - and thanks again for all this work!!!

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Montana slate

from my experience with the constitution party candidate they get between 5-15% in pa races in conservative districts depending on how well you use them. Democrats tend to be too nice and unwilling to take advantage of every opportunity the republicans use the green party against us they are the same

by orin76 2006-08-19 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Montana slate

I meant to say the constitution party can be used the same way against them

by orin76 2006-08-19 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Iowa slate

Thanks for starting an Iowa page!

Some more candidates you may want to investigate:

Iowa house district 17 Alek Wipperman vs Grassley's (grand?)son for seat opened by GOP incumbent Bill Dix's Congressional run

Iowa house district 18 Edwards protégé Andrew Wenthe, running against David Lalk (GOP incumbent)

Iowa house district 23 web-savvy Dem Pete McRoberts, connected w/Harkin & Vilsack, vs GOP incumbent Dan Rasmussen

Iowa house district 84, Elesha Gayman (DFA endorsed) vs van Fossen Sr, GOP incumbent (there are two van Fossens in the state legislature; they look like father and son, but I don't know that for sure)

Iowa house district 89 youthful Dem Mark Nolte vs GOP incumbent Sandy Greiner

Iowa senate district 5 (open, red-held) Russ Feingold backs realtor Rick Olive vs GOP Kurtlenbach, recruited late to hold seat vacated by retiring Iverson

Iowa senate district 9 (open - red-held) Russ Feingold backs financial advisor Heckroth vs GOP Hoogestraat

Iowa senate district 13 Visiting presidential hopefuls Evan Bayh, Mark Warner back incumbent Dem Roger Stewart, facing mayor Wynn in a real race

Iowa senate district 19 Russ Feingold backs Robert Hogg, Dem state Rep D-38, vs GOP incumbent Charles Larson Jr. As Hogg already represents much of the Senate district, this is probablly our best chance at a flip in the upper chamber for cycle 2006.

Iowa senate district 35 (open GOP-held) Russ Feingold backs Dem Merle Johnson vs GOP primary winner Larry Noble

Iowa senate district 37 Russ Feingold backs accountant Staci Appel, Dem vs Julian Garrett, winner of tight GOP primary

Iowa senate district 45 Feingold backs Becky Schmitz vs GOP incumbent David Miller

Hogg, Gayman, and Wenthe are on my ActBlue page at

http://www.actblue.com/page/06act-local- think-global?refcode=mydd

but you should duplicate them on your page, if you decide you like what you see on their web pages.

Great work. As I guess you can gather, I share your interest in state legislative races.

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Iowa slate

which of these are the candidates that aren't getting support from the state party or are being passed over in places that are viable?

by orin76 2006-08-19 03:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Texas slate

I'll have to look over these candidates. Thanks for identifying them.

You may also want to investigate:

TX state house district 47 Valinda Bolton is backed by Emily's List vs GOP incumbent Bill Welch

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 02:15PM | 0 recs
Re: California slate

You've sold me on Rob Haswell, though he's an extreme long shot, running against the so-called Dean of the Legislature. When you get a chance, you should fill in some text to explain why you're picking your choices.

I note from Haswell's web site that he's endorsed by the Sierra Club, Stonewall Dems, and labor groups. The GOP incumbent Tim Leslie is anti-gay, and is responsible for founding a "faith-based initiatives" office within state government. Just what we need.  

You may want to look at CA state house D-17, where Democrat Cathleen Gagliani will defend a vulnerable open blue seat. She's got backing from Emily's List, but it's not clear that that means "money", in state legislative races.

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Utah slate

You've done a terrific job of posting information on your Utah slate. The prospect of beating the Speaker of the state house is exhiliarating.

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-19 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Support Your State level House and Senate Cand

Most state level candidates in "red" or "purple" states get little state level support. I am working on the campaign of Anna Lord in Colorado Springs. She was recruited to run, told the party needed her but was explicitly told "don't expect a dime from the state or local party organizations". She is a progressive candidate pulling crossover support from moderate Republicans but support is still solely self-generated.The reality is that state level campaigns are all about the R/U/D ratios and that's where it lies. I personally think Anna has a chance to pull a surprise by defeating the former Republican chair here in Fort Dobson but she will do it purely on the strength of her organization - not the party.

by tjlord 2006-08-19 03:35PM | 0 recs
I can't help feeling...

...that all that's holding the Dem party up is will power.

So, we're told that Dems are running in a record number of Congressional races. Which is great 50 State Strategy work.

But then, if you look down to precinct level, what organization exactly is there to sustain many of those campaigns?

And - in a good many states, lege races are vital this year and in 08 and 10 for setting up the 2010 redistricting.

(Not to mention that, when it comes to reform, state action is usually the only way to make progress.)

by skeptic06 2006-08-20 08:15AM | 0 recs
general problem

very simply the big problem is no one wants to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to state candidates. Everyone things it's a good idea like on the last 12 sites i've put this up on but no one has donated.

by orin76 2006-08-19 04:59PM | 0 recs
Re: general problem

Orin - I have come to the conclusion that national level blogs are an incredibly inefficient way to gain support for a state level candidate. The perceived "bang for the buck" is too low - if people were REALLY concerned about elections and process, the national blogs would be pouring money into qualified Secretary of State candidates - after all, if the votes aren't counted fairly, don't matter how well you campaign. But they don't support them. The focus is on that national navel - DC. So, go to your state level blogs, work there and then go out and knock on doors. In the end, face to face is where NEW Democratic votes come from.

by tjlord 2006-08-19 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: raising some buzz

I'm reaching a similar conclusion, but very reluctantly. Some of the most important races are far from the state where I live, and it's so frustrating not to be able to help.

There are a couple of progressive organizations, though, that do seem to be able to marshall up support for state legislative races, so I still hope it can be done.

One is the Victory Fund. They funnel national donations to openly gay candidates across the country. Gay candidates aren't always progressives, of course (look at David Dreier) but openly gay ones nearly always are. I check their recommendations.

The other is DemBench.org. They fund young up-and-comers.

All that said, and acknowledging that experience so far is discouraging, I remain stymied to understand why at least a few such races cannot pull money from the national blogs. One would think these were examples:

1) Iowa, where a flip of three seats would flip BOTH houses in the state legislature, and we happen to have some dynamite candidates;

2) Montana, where a flip of ONE seat would break the stalemate in the lower chamber, and the netroots was just given a major reminder that this is the breeding ground for progressive Democratic congressmen. The Netroots can't get enough of Jon Tester; where the fuck do they think he CAME FROM? Mars?

3) I'm stupefied to understand why I can't raise a solitary dime for Theresa Spry, the woman who's running against the principal sponsor of the South Dakota anti-abortion bill. Over a thousand people have followed links to come stare at the page, but they have dropped not one solitary dime in her cup.

My ActBlue page for these races is at

http://www.actblue.com/page/06act-local- think-global?refcode=mydespair

by Christopher Walker 2006-08-20 03:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Support Your State level House and Senate

Yeah so far i've had a total of 3k hits on all the pages i put up and about 15 "started contributions" that were never completed

by orin76 2006-08-20 08:46AM | 0 recs

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