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This is all good, and I hope it's true that Americans aren't as down on the economy as some surveys seem to show. But as we start to gear up the 2024 campaign, I'd love to hear more about how to actually approach voters - what should the message be?

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Here's one add'l economic indicator you can add to the list:

The price of regular gas is now $2.95-$3.05/gal on at stations on the stateline between Massachusettes and Rhode Island.. Go Joe...This should be a feel good story in the press..

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Yay! for another good jobs report. And here's another piece of good news. "Americans are increasingly feeling better about inflation." https://finance.yahoo.com/news/inflation-expectations-hit-lowest-level-in-more-than-two-years-160047827.html

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Any postcard writers out there? Activate America (www.activateamerica.vote) has launched their campaign for the special election to replace George Santos. Postcard instructions are to mail as you go, but no later than Feb. 2.

The special election is Feb 13th and the Dems have selected Tom Suozzi as their candidate. (He held this seat for 6 years before launching a campaign for Goveror which he lost to Kathy Hochul). Early voting will be Feb 3 - 11th.

PSA: USPS is raising the prices of stamps again in mid- January by 2 cents for 1st class and postcard stamps.

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If you want to work or have a productive economy, vote blue.

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I will use this information in support of Biden, but I know I will get vociferous push back. Does anyone have ideas as to what the pushback might be, so I am prepared to address it with facts? This comes to mind because I know a lot of people are upset about food prices for example. If one is having trouble buying enough food, it doesn't matter how many jobs were created.

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WaPo headline about this good news is the rather negative: "US adds jobs in November as labor market remains slow but steady." However , two hours earlier the headline was positive: "Labor Market is Slowing But Healthy with Strength in a Few Key Sectors." (This according to a commenter in the comments section.) WaPo got hammered in the comment section as reader after reader pointed out how the latest headline, unlike the former, muddies the story with a negative comment that isn't supported by the story itself. And several commenters said they would likely drop their subscription.

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New commenter here just wanting to say thank you!

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Yes, thank you. This positive information is so important for us to know and share!

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Simon, a friend stopped by today, bearing gifts and a question. He is deeply concerned about the deeply red district his family in NY lives in, and wanted to know if I had any suggestions on how he could help in the congressional elections there. So I sat down with him in front of the computer, and together we explored the NY political landscape, using some of the various data sources available- many of which I've learned from you. We looked at which party held which districts, and now long those districts had been held by that party. We looked at the candidates in the various places and what they brought with them. And I showed him how to analyze the potential in those districts. I started him off with the data, and worked our way through the kind of gentle messaging that reaches people.

He picked up on the process very quickly, and when I explained that at this point, how we vote and how we use our energies is a strategic matter, he really got it. By the time he left, he had aligned his expectations not with trying to elect an unknown blue candidate in a solidly red district. Instead he had found two districts for which he could contribute his energies to encourage a solid blue candidate who had a chance, thereby increasing the number of Dem reps in the Congress. If they succeed, there would be more people in Congress who could help further the interests of the blue voters in his family's district. He was excited- he had not thought of things in that way before! Now has a plan for actions he can do that can, with others, help turn our Congress into the kind of working institution we deserve.

This is one of the most satisfying things I've done this season.

I'm reconsidering the role I should be playing in this election. My town is resistant to change. I feel like I'm spinning my wheels. I set in motion a process for building a vibrant town meeting, but believe I need to step back from the cliques and the tender egos. There is a lot of potential here, but I have come to feel that I am giving up the best of what I can do just to get people to get out of their silos. My state will be fine.

So I'm giving a lot of thought about moving forward with the things I am strongest at, and reclaiming myself while I am at it. I haven't made up my mind yet. County meeting coming up, and then I'll decide. For me, this is a spiritual journey of sorts, though not the kind that many of the far-right "christians" are trying to define. It's simply being true to the core of myself, and my community, all the way to the Constitution, with the skills that I am best at.

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WOW! Too bad it's South Texas..The politics in your neck of the American woods seems pretty off the charts..I hope the woman in desperate need of an emergency abortion is allowed to get it in Texas..

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More good economic news reported in Bloomberg..when will this start showing up in Biden's polls?

US consumer sentiment rebounded sharply in early December, topping all forecasts as households dialed back their year-ahead inflation expectations by the most in 22 years.

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index jumped 8.1 points to a four-month high of 69.4, the preliminary December reading showed. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the gauge to edge up to 62.

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Ken Paxton is a felonious abomination. He should have been thrown in jail for 99 years.

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I have found this site useful in dispelling the notion that Republicans are better than Democrats for the economy. I know the stock market does not reflect entire economy but this has been useful.

https://www.macrotrends.net/2481/stock-market-performance-by-president

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