America Votes

Three years later, there is no evidence of GOP participation expanding beyond their base - even in states where their total
Something interesting has emerged in voting patterns on both sides of the Atlantic: Young people are voting in ways that are markedly different from their elders. A great divide appears to have opened up, based not so much on income, education or gender as on the voters' generation.
In the current 114th Congress, there are 20 women who serve as senators and 84 women who serve as representatives. That's only 19.4 per cent of the total 535 seats in Congress. And of course, to top it all off, the U.S. has never had a female Head of State.
But while election modernization has helped break down barriers, it won't fix the gap in protections for minority voters. We can't have a truly modern voting system if our voting rights laws lack the power to stop states from enacting 21st Century equivalents of poll taxes the VRA was intended to prevent.
Psychology matters in elections. Throughout my career I've seen how having confidence from start to finish impacts campaigns. Understanding your strengths puts the wind at your back. It emboldens candidates and allies, and energizes volunteers, donors and supporters. And it can set the stage for sweeping victories.
When partisan dominance can defy the popular vote and lock down years of control, it's clear this is no longer just a problem for progressives -- it's a problem for our democracy as a whole. How do progressives begin to turn the tables in this climate?
"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day." This well-worn campaign cliché is taking on new meaning in this midterm election. Polls this year are differing sharply based on various assumptions of who will actually turn out.
What if this means that to some extent, as the old adage goes, all politics are once again local in 2014? Will this year be determined more by state and local dynamics, issues, and candidate qualities than the two previous midterms?
Justin Bieber is currently set to bring his swaggy moves to "So You Think You Can Dance" this season to introduce a new element
This year, America Votes aims to raise more than $8.5 million, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon
Speed has served on the board of several of those groups -- Priorities USA, America’s Families First and ProgressNow –- and
A top liberal SuperPAC in the 2012 election had undisclosed financial ties to the private equity firm Bain Capital — something
But while organizing may be a cheaper alternative to television advertising, it does end up costing money, too. Soros' involvement
Erica Payne's book, The Practical Progressive: How to Build a Twenty-First Century Political Movement, is the essential guide to what's happening, who's who, and how to get involved in the new progressive "infrastructure."