First published on: Sep 20, 2023 at 19:30. Reposting for the daytime peeps to have input.
Watch the video; you won’t regret it. Barack Obama is in Virginia, telling the story of the “Fired Up!” lady and how it all got started.
Plus, Barack Obama from 2008 is hot. (I did not just say that.)
Football season started Sept 7. Baseball season starts March 28. Work for my summer client ended on Sept 15. Balloon Juice Fundraising and Political Action starts today. Join the fight!
It shows you what one voice can do. One voice can change a room. And if a voice can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.
We had a pretty big collective voice in 2021-22. I like to think that our strategic approach and amazing fundraising on Balloon Juice had a big impact on outcomes in 2022. I hope we can do it again. Dog knows we are in the fight of our lives.
You guys know that the entire Virginia General Assembly is up for the vote on November 7, 2023 right?
And that early voting starts in two days? On Friday? THIS FRIDAY.
Virginia has become a pretty reliable blue state in the Presidential election cycle, though they totally let themselves and everyone else down when they got complacent and elected the wolf in sheep’s clothing as their governor. But that’s in the past, and there’s no point in rehashing that.
To the surprise of no one: Republicans have more power in the Virginia Statehouse than their raw numbers would warrant. With every seat up for a vote in the Virginia General Assembly (GA) this is a great opportunity to turn that around. Not sure what we can do about all the dark money, but I wonder if the off-year elections could be changed? (Maybe someone knows the answer to to that?)
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Is there a role for us in Virginia? Fundraising? Postcards? Volunteering?
After the last cycle, there seemed to be consensus among BJ peeps that we would continue to focus on electoral access and voter turnout in swing states, particularly among populations that are typically under-represented – black, brown, and native voters, along with former felons. This year, if you guys agree, we want to add a focus on young voters. We are also focused on reproductive rights.
To the extent we target local races, it’s because there is a potential nation-wide impact. And we are only targeting groups and races where our money can make a difference. Do the upcoming Virginia legislative elections fit within these goals?