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Good morning, my hard-working, hope-filled fellows! I'd rather hang out with y'all than work, but I'm going to go donate again to Tom Suozzi because sending the magats to that great slab of carrion in the sky is my raison d'être! But then, back to my job!

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Sure wish I was in the DC area to join this event. I just learned that Wiley Nickel is (was) my congressman but was gerrymandered out of his seat and has declined to run because it is now a "safe" R district. For those of us unable to join you, can you please discuss how we can change this? Not sure if a grassroots effort could do it but I am more than willing to help!!! (Will also be donating at your link)

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Is there any aggressive FBI or local activity to stop the threats to our elected officials and judicial people and their family? This is right out of the Nazi playbook. I think it’s worth a guest speaker on your program.

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Jan 24·edited Jan 24

Significant data point from last night's NH Democratic primary (and thanks to Kyle Griffin from MSNBC for highlighting): President Biden won more votes as a write-in candidate than Barack Obama did when he ran for re-election in the 2012 NH primary. And in 2012, Obama ran unopposed and his name was actually on the ballot! Hard to fathom how the media can turn such a blind eye to the strength of Biden and the Democratic Party's grassroots support.

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Jan 24·edited Jan 24

As always, the polls/media will overestimate Trump's strength and underestimate ours. And that's just fine. It makes it all the more satisfying when we crush them at the ballot box. We vote, we win!

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No matter what the media pundits are saying about the "horse race", we can be confident that a Biden-Trump rematch is very good for Democrats and a tragedy for what was the GOP.

First, Biden is starting this race with an 81 million to 74 million voter lead over Trump. The click bait media can spin the race and spin the polls however it likes. The key question is which candidate will pick up votes and which will shed votes? Biden with a truly American policy agenda or Trump with a personal revenge agenda and no articulated policies? Biden with four years of solid gains for the American people or Trump with four years of chaos, a tax cut for the wealthy and clownish behavior? I'd sure bet on Biden.

Second, as Simon continues to point out, which candidate has a super energized and growing grassroots movement behind them? Trump surprised the world in 2016 with the fervor of his unrecognized grassroots supporters. But it's looking more and more like that fever has passed, especially among independent voters. Biden's grassroots supporters are just starting to flex their muscle. The 2022/23 interim elections wins are the leading indicator of what the majority of Americans believe. The current Trump/MAGA GOP is on the minority side of so many key issues like gun rights, women's reproductive choices, affordable health care and so on that it will become increasingly clear where the energy driving victory in 2024 is coming from. Us!

Third, if we need an another presidential election as an analog, in which good policies for the American people ran against a narrow minded, mean spirited GOP agenda, consider the 1964: Johnson-Goldwater election. Goldwater ran on restraining the Federal government, cutting New Deal benefits, using American power, including nuclear weapons, to protect the country from innumerable enemies. Johnson ran on an American agenda of expanding voting rights, improving infrastructure and national anti-poverty programs. The result? Johnson won in a 60-40 landslide!

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Hi Y'all- In a gerrymandered district in GA there is a special election to replace a R state Rep Barry Flemming. Kay Turner https://kayturnercampaign.com/

is the only Democrat running against 3 R's . Hopefully the R's split the vote and D's show up and she can steal this 34%-64% D/R seat.

If she gets to be in the top two with no one getting 50 % there is a run-off

CJ Pearson- young black MAGA celeb is running as well. It would be nice to defeat him

Thanks for all you do - Best, Bob Herndon Chair Peach Power PAC

https://peachpowerpac.com/

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I was listening to the coverage of the NH primary on NPR this morning. They interviewed one voter who supported Trump because "things were better 4 years ago". This voter did not sound like a rabid MAGA cult member, but instead they struck me as someone who should be reachable.

What stuck me about this voter's sentiment is that 4 years ago in Jan 2020, Covid was still pretty much confined to "over there" in China and we didn't have a clue what we would be going through in a few short months. That voter didn't actually mention Covid, but I think a lot a people (including me) use Covid as a marker in their lives because things changed so much.

I hold Trump responsible for the botched Covid response and applaud Biden for helping us through it. But I know a lot of people aren't that logical and never think of how much worse it could have been had Trump won in 2020. I'd love to hear your perspective on messaging to address this issue.

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Jan 24·edited Jan 24

I hope we can get to 55%. We need to crush MAGA at all levels of government. Those Republicans who are taking the knee for him are so weak. It's like your house is burning down and they still stick with guy who started the fire and now many are running into the burning building.

This quote from the German President commenting recently when massive numbers of Germans showed up to protest against the far right resonated with me. They lived through Hitler. They have not forgotten and kids in Germany are taught about their dark history.

“The future of our democracy does not depend on the volume of its opponents, but on the strength of those who defend democracy,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier"

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Simon, I have a question and do not know who else to ask. Since you know campaigns, can campaign attendees be screened? The disruption in Virginia at what was an excellent full throated speech by Biden is what I saw in the headlines. I know that this is who the media is, but Biden’s words were powerful and well delivered.

Is there a more effective way for the campaign to screen or other methods for dissent to be heard and respected without an event being hijacked

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I feel confident we'll keep the presidency and take back the House (with a bigger majority than Nancy Pelosi had). But the Senate worries me. The map is not on our side. What am I missing?

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Really amazingly encouraging article. Thank you.

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I'm a monthly donor to the Biden campaign but as suggested will also donate to NC monthly. Small donations each month but every little bit counts. I think there is a good chance that we can turn NC.

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Donated to Joe and to Tom. Let's Go!

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I am curious to hear your thoughts on a bit of a conundrum we face here in FL. We’ve been told that we need good and new people to run for office at the local, state, and federal levels so that we can get the state back on the right track. I have a friend who recently stepped up to the plate (Kari Lerner for Florida, FL-19). She will be running for Byron Donalds seat. I’m glad she is running not just because of the larger issues on policy but also so that Donald’s will have to expend some resources this election cycle. So here is something meeting the need on new candidates.

Now we are faced with getting support. Early efforts to reach beyond states lines have yielded no positive response since our area is a “lost cause” and organizations want to target the “critical” areas.

So on one hand, we hear Run for Office We Need You! Then on the other hand, we hear No We Cannot Help You Because Your Area Doesn’t Matter.

Anyways, her campaign is just getting off the ground and I’m hoping we can break through this mindset.

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