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Thank you for the data and for your clear-eyed leadership. To paraphrase Winston Zeddemore, we have the tools and we have the talent to win big next year. But despair and apathy is our biggest enemy which is why Putin and MAGA and trying to poison our discourse and create false narratives. Thank you for pushing back against all this misinformation and keeping us motivated.

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My background is in data analytics, so I am thrilled to find a source of fact-based data driven information. I'm taking a breather from most of my activism until after Thanksgiving. (Althought I do have several election wrap-up Zoom calls this week). But then I will gear back up albeit at a slower pace. I will be writing "register to vote" postcards through Field Team 6 (fieldteam6.org) as well as monitoring my favotite GOTV postcard channels (www.postcardstovoters.org, www.activateamerica.vote) for new campaigns like run-offs or special elections. Postcards to Voters has taken on the daunting task of reminding all FL Democratic voters who signed up for Vote by Mail for the 2022 midterms that they need to sign up AGAIN for 2024. PTV will be cycling through various FL counties so there are always be postcards to write.

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To add to Cheryl’s comment, People Power For Florida has phonebanking opportunities for contacting Dems ahead of 2024 and reminding of need to re-request Vote By Mail ballots.

Easy script using an autodialer and excellent training/support provided before and during phonebank session! 🗣️📲

https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/559490/

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Another great post. Love the graphics/data page. Love the CPI is stable. Signed up for all your zooms. Recommend to everyone to listen to you/Tom on DSR pod. Incredible insight there about the ‘polling industrial complex’. Many who sound like check pullers, lacking integrity who choose to Not rise to this unprecedented moment. Thank you both for pushing back on them despite how unpopular it must make you in that community. You two remind me of this scene in National Treasure. Anyone else agree?

https://youtu.be/he2jDZkzgiM?si=HB_X_L4HqFwfH8ne

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“If there is something wrong, those with the ability to take action, have the responsibility to take action”. That is what you & Tom continue to do. Thanks

And thanks to everyone who is their small way are doing the same.

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Here is Rep Moskowitz giving a gut wrenching account from his visit to Israel. It feels like such an important message he brings. Incredible interview that ties together Hamas, foreign social media propaganda, and speaker/R obtuseness.

https://youtu.be/iUoA7vBlUFg?si=8P41JD0iBUSmQ12K

Where is the Hopium..... that D’s have such a convicted (the good kind) and knowledgeable, clear & strongly communicative deep bench of this caliber for today and the future!

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It’s great that the rate of inflation increase has fallen so low. But I think we need to be careful as to how this good news is communicated to the general public. Prices remain high and everyone feels it at the grocery store and at the gas pump. On some level the new high prices are becoming baked in and people are just accepting that as a fact. But that doesn’t necessarily remove the sting when people do their shopping. If the massage put out by the campaign is an enthusiastic, “inflation is down!” People might think, “what the hell are they talking about?” I think it’s very important to really educate people that the rate of increase is down, not prices. Even though wages are rising people tend to focus on the negative and not the positive. So rather than feeling positive about the good news they may feel resentment that the administration is out of touch with the reality of what people are experiencing everyday. I think the message about inflation needs to be carefully nuanced that there is good news about inflation but regular folks are still feeling the pinch about high prices. I don’t really know how to do it and I’ll leave it up to the campaign professionals to figure it out. I just think it’s important so President Biden can continue to legitimately sell his economic successes and help guarantee his reelection.

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Evan, I think we have to start with what is true and build out, and in general, we can never be reticent about sharing what is true with our fellow citizens. We can separate the process of coming to the understanding of truth, of an objective reality, from the process of how these truths are discussed in politics. What I try to do here is to help everyone understand what is true, so that all of you can make the decision on how you want to share that with others. In general I think we are as a family too timid about fighting the right wing noise machine's torrent of lies with truth, and we end up self-censoring and not challenging the bullshit adequately.

I trust that the American people can understand what is happening in their lives. Inflation is down, wages are up, the economy is strong and yes we had the shocks of COVID, of higher prices (due to a great degree Russia and COVID) of war but we are getting to the other side. Inflation has come down, wages are up, grocery price rises are now back to historic norms, our recovery is better than any other in the G7 (growth and inflation) etc. It is critical, essential, that we are truthful about what is happening. The American people deserve to know that America has weathered this storm, come to the other side more successfully than others, and that things are going remarkably well here now. That is all true. Why don't the American people deserve to hear all that? And if we don't tell them, they will never know, will they?

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This is an excellent piece on economy - perception vs. reality and role of partisanship.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2023-11-13/anger-is-what-s-driving-the-us-economy

“ These economists argue that the data showing a strong economy, including outsize consumer spending, imply that people are not being honest about how they feel about the economy. Instead, they are aligning their views with their political preferences. This argument maps on to the large disparity between Republican and Democratic views of the economy, a gap in attitudes that is not matched by a gap in their economic experience.”

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Nov 15, 2023·edited Nov 15, 2023

Yup, Trump is a wannabe fascist dictator, and the GOP has sold its soul to this sociopath. Well, we knew that in January of 2021. All hands on deck for Biden and the Democrats in 2024. We are going to need them!

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