Hi folks, I am so sorry I haven't updated this blog in so long. The pandemic and then the election of 2020 just...subsumed me. I will try to keep up better going forward. With that said...

There are Primary elections tomorrow (Jun 8) in New Jersey and Virginia. The Dems currently have control of those state legislatures and governorships and we want to keep it that way! So it's very important to pick good candidates if you are in a Red or Flippable district, and it's important to pick a good progressive person if you are in a safe-Blue district.

Let's start with VA cause that's more exciting.

Governor: This is a biggie! VA only lets governors do one-term, so there is a primary every year. Terry McAuliffe is the big name running again, but there are several people running against him, most notably Jennifer Carroll Foy. She seems pretty great and is endorsed by Emily's List. Jennifer McClellan also has a number of great endorsements, including NARAL VA. Both are women of color who would be amazing firsts.

We have other statewide offices like Lt Governor, where there are several candidates, Emily's List has endorsed Hala Ayala. Attorney General, we have two candidates, both with a lot of various endorsements, I lean toward Jerrauld Jones.

Finally we have the House of Delegates. Not all districts have a competitive primary, but many do!

Now to NJ, less action here. Phil Murphy is running mostly unopposed for Governor, and there are only a few competitive primaries in the State Senate and House. But still, you might have one, so check it out!

Go be a voter!

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Hi folks! I needed a long hiatus from blogging after the midterms, but now I am ready to get going again. And despite it being an odd year, there are elections to look out for this year.

First up: Virginia! The State Senate and House are up for grabs, and we could grab them!

In the Senate, we just need to flip 1 seat to tie, 2 seats to control the chamber. The districts up for grabs are:

S7 (VA Beach and Norfolk) Cheryl Turpin

S8 (VA Beach) Missy Cotter Smasal

S10 (Richmond) Ghazala Hashmi

S12 (Northern suburbs of Richmond) Debra Rodman

S13 (DC suburbs) John Bell

S17 (Fredericksburg) Amy Laufer

S39 (Alexandria) This is a Dem in potential danger, George Barker

And so many great woman candidates here too!!

And in the House, same thing, need to flip 2! There are a TON of flippable districts all over the state so I won't go into them all, but there is no reason we can't do this. Whoever wins this election controls redistricting, so if we don't win here then Republicans will undoubtedly try to redraw things to lock us out for another decade. We need to elect people who will draw FAIR districts. (Note I am not saying to gerrymander in favor of Democrats, but frankly I think only Dems are currently interested in drawing districts in a fair non-partisan designed manner.)

Coming soon, KY, LA, MS, and the NYC elections!

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  • Parody in Blue

Hello dear readers. I have to start out this entry with an apology. I had hoped to cover everything happening in all 50 states before election day, and its just not going to happen, I only got through 24. So instead of trying to blaze through 26 states in 3 days, I am focusing on the most competitive races, at all levels. As the Pod Save guys say, EVERY state is a SWING state!

So if you have any friends who say, my vote doesn't matter, I'm in a Blue state, or a Red state, or a safe House district or whatever, here is a list of the competitive things in each state. It could be Governor, it could be control of a state legislature, it could be a House seat, it could be a ballot measure. Everyone has a reason to vote!

Alabama – abortion ballot measure

Alaska – Governor, 1 House seat, State House

Arizona – Governor, Senate, 4 House seats, State Senate, Attorney General, Secretary of State

Arkansas – 1 House seat, voter ID ballot measure, minimum wage measure

California – 13 House seats, 12 ballot measures

Colorado – Governor, 2 House seats, State House and Senate, redistricting ballot measure, Attorney General, Secretary of State

Connecticut – Governor, State House and Senate, Attorney General

Delaware – State Senate

Florida – Senate, Governor, 8 House seats, State Senate, voting restoration ballot measure, Attorney General

Georgia – Governor, 2 House seats, Secretary of State

Hawaii – Constitutional Convention ballot measure

Idaho – Medicaid Expansion

Illinois – Governor, 4 House seats, Attorney General

Indiana – Senate, 1 House seat

Iowa – Governor, 3 House seats, State House

Kansas – Governor, 2 House seats

Kentucky – 1 House seat

Louisiana – Unanimous jury verdict ballot measure

Maine – Governor, 1 House seat, State House and Senate

Maryland – Governor, Same-day registration ballot measure

Massachusetts – Gender-identity Non-discrimination ballot measure

Michigan – Governor, Senate, 6 House seats, State House and Senate, redistricting ballot measure, better voting ballot measure, marijuana legalization, Attorney General, Secretary of State

Minnesota – Senate, Governor, 5 House seats, State House, Attorney General

Mississippi – Senate

Missouri – Senate, 1 House seat, redistricting ballot measure, medical marijuana, minimum wage measure

Montana – Senate, 1 House seat, absentee voting ballot measure, Medicaid expansion

Nebraska – 1 House seat, Medicaid expansion

Nevada – Senate, Governor, 2 House seats, State Senate, voter registration ballot measure, Attorney General, Secretary of State

New Hampshire – Governor, 1 House seat, State House and Senate

New Jersey – Senate, 5 House seats

New Mexico – Governor, 1 House seat, State House

New York – 9 House seats, State Senate

North Carolina – 4 House seats, voter ID ballot measure

North Dakota – Senate, marijuana legalization

Ohio – Senate, Governor, 4 House seats, Attorney General, Secretary of State

Oklahoma – Governor, 1 House seat

Oregon – Governor, abortion ballot measure

Pennsylvania – Governor, Senate, 9 House seats

Rhode Island – Governor

South Carolina – Governor, 1 House seat

South Dakota – Governor

Tennessee – Governor, Senate

Texas – Senate, 8 House seats

Utah – 1 House, redistricting ballot measure, medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion

Vermont – Governor

Virginia – 4 House seats

Washington – 4 House seats, State House and Senate

West Virginia – Senate, 1 House seat, abortion ballot measure

Wisconsin – Senate, Governor, 2 House seat, State Senate, Attorney General

Wyoming – um, showing there are any Democrats in Wyoming at all? :) Party building has to start somewhere!

Almost everyone has a very important race to vote in, so don't throw away your shot!!!