Knowledge Democrats

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This is the wiki homepage for the Knowledge Democrats project.

Objectives

Primary objectives

Secondary objectives

Ongoing campaigns

Taxpayer-Funded Pension Disclosure Act

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Community

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Polls

Essential polls (you can vote and add new options to each poll as you feel appropriate while the polls are running. You can change your mind and update your vote at any time:

* What qualities must a Knowledge Democrat candidate have?
* Which candidates should the Knowledge Democrats project support?
* What are the goals and strategies of the Knowledge Democrats movement?

Introduction

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TODO:
- brief introduction of the project.
- move objectives listed on project front page to own page.

Daily Kos Group

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The Knowledge Democrats project has a dedicated group at Daily kos: Knowledge Democrats Daily Kos group.

If you wish to join, you may send a message to the group asking to be sent an official invitation.

Group membership

We get a lot of questions regarding the implications and responsibilities of being a member of the Knowledge Democrats group at Daily Kos. Here are some answers:

Obligations

None! Being a member of the group does not engage you to anything. That's it! :)

Convenience

Joining the group can make a few little things more convenient to you:

  • You have a convenient link on the right hand side of the Daily Kos home page, leading straight to the group home page. Thus, you can easily check for the latest development at any time.
  • You can easily submit either your own diaries or diaries by other authors to the group. See below for details.
  • It is a demonstration of moral support.
  • You can participate as much or as little as you want, depending on your time available and inclination.

Diaries

Diary formatting

Note: diary requirements: It is important that you follow some simple guidelines for your diaries. There are two simple rules that we established for practical reasons:

1) Keep the Intro short: When you create a new diary, there are two parts: first the Intro, then the Extended (Optional) part. Keep the Intro short: no more than one paragraph or two and no more than one picture. Thus, people who follow the Knowledge Democrats group will be able to quickly and conveniently browse the group for all the latest diaries, picking out those that interest them the most.

2) Do not embed videos in the intro: again, this rule is for practical reasons. When there are too many videos embedded in a page, many users experience an unacceptable slow-down, with their systems sometimes crawling to a halt. When each diaries embed many videos and they are all in the intro section, it means that all the videos from all the diaries will be embedded in the group home page, compounding the problem. So, please, do not embed videos in the intro section of your diaries. Thus all the group members will have a much better browsing experience. Thanks!

For example, here are two groups publishing diaries which generally follow the above rules:

Note how their group front page is easily browsable so that people can easily pick out the diaries that they are interested in.

Collectively edited diaries

One of the biggest advantages of having a group at Daily Kos is that group members can help collectively edit diaries. Some diaries may be queued for review by other members: the author can ask other group members for their input on how to improve a diary, etc. (See below the rule about not publishing a queued diary unless authorized to do so!)

Note: when two editors are working on the same diary at the same time, the second one to save the draft may erase the changes saved by the first one. Thus, it is a good idea to leave a note in the title or somewhere saying: "Do not edit now. xxx is currently editing this diary.". Remove the note when you are done.

Submiting diaries by other authors

You can easily submit diaries by other Daily Kos members. If you stumble upon an interesting diary which you think is a good fit to the group, you can submit it following the same simple steps as below.

However: do not publish queued diaries unless authorized to do so. Basically, you can publish all the diaries that you have queued yourself. Sometimes, other authors will queue diaries for a specific reason, for example: queued diaries can be collectively edited and review by other group members. Let them take the responsibility to schedule the diary for publication. On the other hand, it may happen that a member has queued a diary but does not have the rights to publish it. You may contact that member by private message and see with her/him when to schedule it for publication. (Diary about this rule.)

Queuing diaries without publishing

It is sometimes convenient to queue diaries without actually publishing them. It is useful for example to allow a review of the diary by other members, allowing for edits to be made before actually publishing it. However, sometimes diaries get published accidentally or by people with good intentions who publish a diary which shouldn't be.

In order to prevent this problem, here is what you can do:

  • Remove tags: add tags when you create your diary, but remove them after you have queued the diary which will prevent the diary from being published. Cut and paste the tags onto the bottom of the diary so that they can be pasted in back again when it's time to publish the diary.
  • Add "Do NOT PUBLISH" in all caps in the title.
  • Add a "Queue note", explaining the reason the diary is queued and giving publishing instructions.

See this diary.

Submitting your diaries

Note: diary requirements: see diary formatting section, above.

Once you have joined the group, you can submit any of your current or past diary to the group following the simple steps below.

For a new diary that has not yet published yet, follow these steps:

Or, for a diary that has already been published, follow these steps:

To do

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What follows is a rough list of item to do. You may help the project by picking up one item and take 20~30 minutes of your time to help us get things done.

General TODO list

- Complete the list of issues that we wish to promote.
- Add to the list of Knowledgeable Democrats, especially those in red districts and who may not enjoy much if any media exposure. Add candidates to the poll, and use the poll's blogging feature to discuss the merits of each candidates.

Congressional districts

For each congressional district wiki page, here is the list of information that we'd like to gather:

- Complete each congressional district page with the names of potential and official candidates, as soon as they are known.
- list of local issues.
- list of links to youtube videos related to the district or its representative.
- locally active progressive groups.
- list of local organizations or local branches of national organizations involved in voter registration efforts.

Issues

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Sincerity Index

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Judging politicians by their speeches is the equivalent of judging cars by their salesmen.

Among preachers and orators of all kinds, we can differentiate four types:

Cunning: we are all too familiar with this type of politicians and sales people. They will try to promote and sell products, ideas or candidates using argumentations that they know not to be true or at least a sufficiently distorted version of reality in order to make it palatable to a gullible public. We live in a society where lying has been elevated to an art form. The lying is so constant that it has stopped being shocking and is now often being accepted, especially in commercial advertising.

Mistaken: they are sincere and really believe in what they say... but ultimately, they are wrong!

Interested: those are the sales people and the motivational speakers who may very well believe in the vaunted qualities of their products and ideas but who also have to directly gain from their public also believing the same, in terms of product sales, book sales, or votes gained.

Hypocritical: also known as the people who say: "Don't do as I do but do as I say!". They are good-natured, well-intentioned people who are unable to live the message that they preach but who expect other people to ("for their own good" or "for the good of the society"). They have nothing to gain from you but they basically want you to change the world for them, by doing things that they themselves cannot do.

Knowledgeable: those are the people who do not limit themselves to regurgitating talking points. They know the issue, studied the details, have an in-depth knowledge of the facts.

Inspiring: those are the people who intimately believe in what they say and actually live according to their beliefs. They are living examples, truly inspiring role models that we can look up to.

In life, it helps to remain aware of which category the people we meet and listen to belong to, whether we see them on our TV screens or at our kitchen tables.

Notes. 1

Knowledge Democrats candidates and personalities

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What follows is a list of all the candidates and personalities currently being considered for support by the Knowledge Democrats movement.

See also the related poll: Which candidates should the Knowledge Democrats project support?

Definitions

Knowledge Democratic Personalities aren't necessarily candidates but people who have either at some point been been elected to political office, become candidates for political office or at some level of academic or discussion have been influential. These figures are people who are big in critical thinking, decision making and also challenging limitations of normal debates while being progressive and apart of the Democratic Party at the same time. Jerry Tetalman and Pete Ashdown fit that bill. Other figures include Howard Dean and linguist George Lakoff, who has been very influential in liberal and progressive circles.

Knowledge Democratic candidates are those who aren't necessarily Knowledge Democrats themselves but Democrats who have been verified as genuine Democrats as according to the inclusive view Knowledge Democrats have on welcoming any Democrat to the discussion, regardless of where they are on issues. So long as any candidate, regardless of how much attention he/she has, has proof they are a Democrat because of what they stand for, we endorse them. Arguably, we prefer progressive candidates but we also emphasize we don't hold litmus tests unless the Democrats are not fighting for causes Democrats care for. So long as there's at least one issue which a Knowledge Democrat-endorsed candidate fights for that they're most passionate about (i.e. Social Security or net neutrality) that all Democrats can relate to, then they've got our support.

Listing per election

California

49th Congressional District

Jerry Tetalman

Utah

US Senator

Pete Ashdown

Ashley Judd

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Women's rights

Videos

Discussion

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Ashley Judd wikipedia article.

Jerry Tetalman

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Jerry Tetalman (who is based in Carlsbad, CA) ran in California's 49th Congressional District against Rep. Darrell Issa.

Discussion

pipsorcle says of him:

His demeanor and motives are very much being a straight shooter, direct, knowledge-based and progressive at the same time. Also, he can be practical and has an extensive background that can be a good choice of guidance for those who want to be apart of the Knowledge Democrats movement. The point being is that Tetalman, while being an activist, has also had a successful business career and has worked in more than one industry and is active as a motivational speaker and the Toastmasters group in his area.

Join the discussion about Jerry Tetalman.

Official web sites

2012 Congressional campaign web sites

Jerry Tetalman for Congress via Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JerryTetalman
Jerry Tetalman for Congress Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/JerryTetalmanforCongress
Jerry Tetalman for Congress You Tube Page:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jerryforcongress2012
His campaign web site (jerryforcongress2012.com) has been taken off line shortly after the 2012 elections.

Other

Jerry & Kathy Tetalman professional web site:
http://www.tetalman.com/

Pete Ashdown

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Pete Ashdown is a progressive Democrat based in Utah. He ran against Senator Orrin Hatch in 2006 and ran in the Democratic Primary in 2012.

Ashdown's campaign web site was a wiki that interested electorate could use to exchange ideas on policies.

Video of Pete Ashdown discussing money and politics, among other important topics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyHlj7LhUyg

Pete Ashdown is the CEO and founder of XMission, the largest web provider in the state of Utah.

pipsorcle says of him:

but got shut off due to the lack of openness in the Utah Democratic Party (which should be shaken up). Ashdown is a successful businessman, very knowledgeable in the IT/Tech landscape, knows Utah issues and the Utah Democratic Party but is completely an independent-minded Democrat. He is also very transparent.

Discuss Pete Ashdown.

Pete Ashdown's web sites:
His blog: http://pashdown.org/
Campaign wiki: http://peteashdown.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
2006 campaign web site: http://peteashdown.org/archive/2006/
2012 campaign web site: http://peteashdown.org/archive/2012/

Wikipedia article: Pete Ashdown.

Partners

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The Knowledge Democrats movement is very happy to be able to network with individuals, groups and organisations which have very similar goals.

Take action

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Phone Banking

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Why phonebanking?

A simple way to help spread a progressive message in red district is to help progressive candidates who have the courage to take on mightier and well-established Republican opponents. Such candidates, some of which are true Knowledge Democrats, are the spokespeople for our common progressive cause in district generally neglected by the media, by the blogosphere and by the Democratic hierarchy.

Set some time aside to help those candidates with phonebanking.

How?

This is a wiki page. You can help by extending this page and add some information and tips about phonebanking in general. Also, help us complete the list of candidates who organize phonebanking events.

Campaigns

List of progressive candidates whose campaigns organize phonebanking events:

US Electoral map

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As the Knowledge Democrats movement develops, we'll complete the US electoral map for each state and electoral district for elections at every levels.

Alabama

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Alabama's 2nd congressional district

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Discussion

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
(TODO)

External resources

* Wikipedia article: Alabama's 2nd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AL-02.

Alaska

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This section serves as information about Alaska's at-large single Congressional District and the Senatorial seats that are being represented in the state.

Alaska's at-large Congressional District

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This section of the state of Alaska focuses on the at-large Congressional district, which represents the entire state of Alaska. Information on the Congressional district is as follows:

Location of District: Entire state of Alaska (including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau)
Size of District: The largest Congressional district in the U.S.
Current U.S. Congress Representative: Don Young, from the Republican Party
Population: Based on 2010 information, population is at 710,231.
Median Income: $57,341
Community Range: 65.7% Urban, 34.3% Rural
Ethnicity: Predominately Caucasian as in 64.1% but there are certain sects of other races. The largest minority race is Native American, which is 14.4%, more than Black, Asian, Hispanic and other races.
Political affiliation: 27% Republican, 14.6% Democratic, 53% Independent or Unaffiliated, 5.2% Third Parties
Last time a Democrat represented the Congressional District: Nick Begich (U.S. Senator Mark Begich's father) in 1972.
Information on State: First achieved statehood in January 3, 1959.

2014 elections

Matt Moore is a Democratic candidate for the 2014 elections for Alaska's at-large Congressional District.

Discussion

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See also

External resources

* Wikipedia article: Alaska's at-large congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AK.

Arizona

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Arizona's 2nd congressional district

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Issues

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arizona's 2nd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AZ-02.

Arizona's 6th congressional district

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arizona's 6th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AZ-06.

Arkansas

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Arkansas' 1st congressional district

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Issues

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arkansas's 1st congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AR-01.

Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

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Issues

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arkansas's 2nd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AR-02.

Arkansas's 3rd Congressional District

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Issues

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arkansas's 3rd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AR-03.

Arkansas's 4th Congressional District

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This section covers the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas.

Discussion

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Issues

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: Arkansas's 4th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for AR-04.

California

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Official resources

California's 1st Congressional District

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This section pertaining to the state of California covers California's 1st Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Northeastern Part of California
Regions: Butt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Portions of Glenn, Nevada and Placer counties are included as well.
Ethnicity of Residents: 79% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic, 3.1% Asian, 1.7% Black, 4% others
Current Representative in Congress: Doug LaMalfa, from the Republican Party.
Notable Attractions: Mt. Shasta is known for attracting skiers because of its high patches of snow during the winters.
Other Information of 1st Congressional District: Redistricted to include previous Congressman Wally Herger, who announced he was retiring.

[PDF] Full map of CA-1.

Discussion

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 1st congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-01.

California's 4th Congressional District

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This section represents the 4th Congressional District of California. Information on the district is as follows:

Location of District: Northeastern California
Areas and Regions: Sierras, Truckee, Sequoia National Forest. Counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Tuolume counties and portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties.
Ethnicity of Residents: 78% Caucasian, 12.4% Black, 5.2% Asian
Political Affiliation of Residents: District trends conservative although the number of Independents/Decline-to-State voters outweigh Republicans by 12% (per Wikipedia)

[PDF] Full map of CA-4.

Discussion

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 4th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-04.

California's 8th Congressional District

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This section covers the 8th Congressional District of California. Information on the district is as follows:

Location of District: Eastern Desert regions of California, Mono Lake to Twentynine Palms. Counties include Inyo and Mono, as well as most of San Bernardino County.
Largest City: Victorville
Ethnicity: 50% Caucasian, 35% Hispanic, 8% Black, 3.9% Asian
Current Representative: Congressman Paul Cook, from the Republican Party

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California's 10th Congressional District

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Discussion

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
(TODO)

External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 10th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-10.

California's 22nd Congressional District

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This section covers California's 22nd Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Central Valley of California
Cities Included: Clovis, Tulare, Visalia
Representative of District: Devin Nunes, from the Republican Party
Notable Restaurant: Lucy's Lair, http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/56/1423221/restaurant/Woodward-Park/Lucys-La...

[PDF] Full map of CA-22.

California's 31st Congressional District

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This section covers California's 31st Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Inland Empire, San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga.
Current Representative: Gary Miller, from the Republican Party
Ethnicity of Residents: Predominately Hispanic (49%), 30% White, 11% Black, 7% Asian
Political Affiliation of Residents: Cook PVI rates this district as D+2, meaning voters are mostly moderate or at least growing to vote more Democratic in the coming years.

[PDF] Full map of CA-31.

Discussion

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External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 31st congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-31.

California's 39th congressional district

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Discussion

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
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External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 39th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-39.

California's 42nd congressional district

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Discussion

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
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External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 42nd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-42.

California's 49th congressional district

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The US house representative for California's 49th congressional district is Darrell Issa. He defeated Democratic candidate Jerry Tetalman.

[PDF] Full map of CA-49.

San Diego Democratic Party

Chairwoman of the Sand Diego Democratic Party: Francine Busby. Ms. Busby has been a very vocal supporter of Jerry Tetalman, the 2012 Democratic congressional candidate for the 49th district. Ms. Busby knows the 49th district very well. She actually ran in 2010 for Congress in California's 50th district, in North San Diego County, but was defeated by Republican Brian Bilbray in the general election.

Wikipedia article: Francine Busby.

Discussion

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Issues

List of issues that affect the district.

Water

Clean water and droughts. Droughts are especially a concern over the longer term.

immigration

Unemployment

Unemployment continues to be high in the Inland Empire of which the 49th district is part.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

The Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is completely (?) within the 49th district boundaries. Camp Pendleton is one of the largest U.S. military bases in the U.S.

Strategy

Various strategies have been offered in order for Democrats to win this district: appeal to small businesses, focus on the economy, etc.

External resources

* Wikipedia article: California's 49th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for CA-49.

History

Old map for CA-49 (2003~2012).

California's 50th Congressional District

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This section provides insight into California's 50th Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Northern Coastal Region of San Diego County. Suburbs of San Marcos, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Escondido.
Ethnicity: 58.6% White, 30% Hispanic, less than 6% for other races.
Current Congressman: Duncan D. Hunter, from the Republican Party

[PDF] Full map of CA-50.

Colorado

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This section covers races in the state of Colorado.

Colorado's 3rd Congressional District

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This page covers information in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

Colorado's 4th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Colorado's 4th Congressional District.

Colorado's 6th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

Florida

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This section covers political information and races in Florida.

Florida's 10th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 10th Congressional District.

Florida's 11th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 11th Congressional District.

Florida's 12th Congressional District

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The section covers information on Florida's 12th Congressional District.

Florida's 13th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 13th Congressional District.

Florida's 15th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 15th Congressional District.

Florida's 16th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 16th Congressional District.

Florida's 17th Congressional District

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This section covers information about Florida's 17th Congressional District.

Florida's 19th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 19th Congressional District.

Florida's 1st Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 1st Congressional District.

Florida's 25th Congressional District

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This section covers Florida's 25th Congressional District.

Florida's 27th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 27th Congressional District.

Florida's 2nd Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 2nd Congressional District.

Notable cities include: Tallahassee and Panama City
Current U.S. Representative: Steve Southerland, from the Republican Party

Florida's 3rd Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 3rd Congressional District.

Florida's 4th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 4th Congressional District.

-Cities include Southwest Jacksonville and Southeast Jacksonville.
-Current U.S. Representative is Ander Brenshaw, from the Republican Party.

Florida's 6th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 6th Congressional District

During the 115th Congress, on July 12th 2017, Ron DeSantis, the district's representative to the US House, introduced the Taxpayer-Funded Pension Disclosure Act, a bill which would make available to anyone through the freedom of information act the amount of the retiree's pension, the date it started, what job they had in the federal government when they retired, when they retired.

External resources

Florida's 7th Congressional District

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This section covers information on Florida's 7th Congressional District

Florida's 8th Congressional District

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Bill Posey (R) is the representative for Florida's 8th district.

The Democratic challengers are:
Gabriel Rothblatt http://gabrielrothblattforcongress.us/
Corry Westbrook http://www.corrywestbrookforcongress.com/

Issues

List of issues that affect the district.
(TODO: we need your help to complete this section.)

Discussion

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External resources

Georgia

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This section covers Congressional districts, Senatorial races and other political activity in the state of Georgia.

Progressive groups in Georgia:

The Redneck Party.

Georgia's 1st congressional district

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1st Congressional District Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia: Ms. Jeana Brown.

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* Wikipedia article: Georgia's 1st congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for GA-01.

Georgia's 6th Congressional District

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This section covers Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Northern suburbs of Atlanta, portions of eastern Cobb County, northern Fulton County, and northern Dekalb County.
All or portions of cities included: Roswell, Johns Creek, Tucker, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody
Current Representative: Congressman Tom Price, from the Republican Party
Population: 691,975
Ethnicity: Predominately Caucasian, 13.4% Black, 13.3% Hispanic

Idaho

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Idaho's 1st congressional district

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The current representative of the district is Raul Labrador.

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* Wikipedia article: Idaho's 1st congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for ID-01.

Iowa

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Iowa's 4th congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Iowa's 4th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for IA-04.

Kansas

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This page covers information on Congressional districts and other related political information on the state of Kansas.

Kansas' 1st Congressional District

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Kansas' 2nd Congressional District

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Kansas' 3rd Congressional District

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Kansas' 4th Congressional District

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Kentucky

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This section covers Congressional Districts and other issues in Kentucky.

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District

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Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District

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Minnesota

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Minnesota's 6th congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Minnesota's 6th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for MN-06.

Mississippi

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Mississippi's 3rd congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Mississippi's 3rd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for MS-03.

Mississippi's 1st congressional district

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Montana

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Montana at-large Congressional district

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Nevada

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Nevada's 2nd congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Nevada's 2nd congressional district.
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Nevada's 3rd congressional district

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New York

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New York's 11th congressional district

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The congressman for the 11th district is Michael Grimm (R).

The 2014 Democratic challenger is Domenic Recchia, a current City Councilman.

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* Wikipedia article: New York's 11h congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for NY-11.

North Carolina

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This section covers the Congressional districts and Senatorial races in the state of North Carolina

North Carolina 10th Congressional District

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This section covers information on North Carolina's 10th Congressional District. Information on the district is as follows:

Location of District: In Central and Western North Carolina
Countries: All of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties, and part of Catawba, Iredell, and Buncombe counties
Politics of District: This district is considered to be the most conservative of all North Carolina.

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* Wikipedia article: North Carolina's 10th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for NC-10.

Ohio

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* District Maps from the Ohio Secretary of State web site. 1
* Ohio Redistricting Competition:

Our citizen competition resulted in 53 congressional maps and a dozen state legislative maps, each prepared – using the same population and election data used by public officials.

Plans were scored by objective criteria: preserving county boundaries; compactness; competitiveness; and representational fairness. And guess what? The citizen maps outscored the official maps by a wide margin. In fact, the lowest scoring map of all, was the map which the Governor approved on Sept. 26 to establish our new congressional districts for the next decade!

Ohio's 8th congressional district

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Region in Ohio: West side, bordering Indiana
Cities Apart of Ohio's 8th Congressional District: Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown, Springfield, Eaton, Greenville, Piqua, Troy, parts of Dayton, Riverside, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Last Time a Democratic represented this district: Thomas B. Fletcher from 1933-1939.

[PDF] Full map of OH-8 (with district limits).
Small scale image of the above (may be useful to embed in blog entries).

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* Wikipedia article: Ohio's 8th congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for OH-8.

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Old map for OH-8 (2003~2012).

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for OK-02.

Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

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* Wikipedia article: Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district.
* Govtrack.us page for OK-03.

Pennsylvania

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* Oil industry drilling and fracking are an issue, especially with regard to regulations and State tax revenues. 1

* Congressional districts boundaries (redistricting). 2

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Tennessee

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Tennessee's 6th Congressional District

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Texas

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This section of the US Electoral Map focuses on the state of Texas and all the Congressional districts, as well as Senate seats.

Political Groups in Texas

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Annie's List

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Annie's List is a Texas Political Action Committee dedicated to empowering progressive women in Texas politics.
From their "about us" page:

Founded in 2003, Annie’s List was named for Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, the first woman elected to statewide office in Texas in her own right.

Who we are:
Annie’s List is a diverse coalition of political professionals, non-profit executives, policy experts, former candidates and elected officials, major donors, attorneys and more, all dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas politics – and thereby combating the assault on issues of most importance to women and their families – by recruiting, training and supporting women candidates across the state.

What we do:
• Map out opportunities years in advance
• Recruit women to run in winnable districts
• Train candidates and campaign staff
• Empower the next generation of progressives
• Financially support viable candidates
• Engage and activate women voters

Why we do it:
Either by unfair redistricting, institutional bias or self-imposed limitations, women have been severely underrepresented in the Texas Legislature. In fact, over 6,000 men have been elected statewide compared to just 143 women. Annie’s List works to proactively recruit talented women to run for office, to level the playing field in the campaigns and to help women move up the leadership pipeline as public servants. We see this as the only way to bring a balanced perspective back to Texas government.

In January 2013, Grace Garcia was selected by Annie's List Board as the organization's new Executive Director. 1 She replaced Robert E. Jones who went on to become Be One Texas' Chief Executive Officer. 2

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Battleground Texas

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Battleground Texas is a Texas Political Action Committee created in 2013 by a former Obama campaign operative and aiming to turn Texas into a swing state.

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Be One Texas

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Be One Texas is a Texas Political Action Committee that directs investment in groups doing civic engagement, voter registration, and Get Out the Vote among under-represented populations in Texas.

During the 2012 election cycle, they made "over 1.1 million voter contact attempts and registered nearly 90,000 voters". 1

Alexa Wesner is Founder and Chair of Be One Texas2 and Robert E. Jones is its CEO.3

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Lone Star Project

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The Lone Star Project is a Texas Political Action Committee. From their "about us" page:

The Lone Star Project was founded in 2005 and is now widely recognized as one of the most aggressive and effective political research and strategic communications organizations in Texas. The Lone Star Project provides fact based political and issue analysis designed to help individuals, organizations and the press see beyond the rhetoric and misinformation typically provided by the current Republican State Leadership in Texas and Texas Republicans in Washington.

Claims made and positions adopted by the Lone Star Project are supported with specific citations, credible sources and professional research.

The Lone Star Project is organized as both a federal political action committee registered with the Federal Elections Commission and a General-Purpose political action committee registered with the Texas Ethics Commission. The Lone Star Fund is a non-ideological PAC and is not affiliated with the National Democratic Party or the Texas Democratic Party.

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One Texas

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One Texas is a Texas Political Action Committee targetting progressive Latino voters and leaders. From their "about us" page:

Leadership is about making hard choices, smart investments and asking Texans to share in the sacrifice. That is the Texas way. The mission of One Texas is to change politics in our state engaging Latino voters and electing a new generation of Latino leaders who are willing to think big and lead responsibly.

Today’s Latino leaders are prepared to confront our biggest challenges with practical solutions to these complex problems. One Texas will drive the way we talk about politics and public policy.

And unlike traditional political action committees, One Texas will participate in voter engagement and play a pivotal role on matters of public policy, demography and mobilizing Texas’ largest demographic. One Texas is uniquely positioned to impact public policy accountability in Austin to voter sentiment throughout the state.

With more than one in three Texans now of Hispanic decent, Latinos have a greater voice and are disproportionately responsible for solving critical issues of our state. There is no greater priority than addressing our deteriorating human and resource infrastructure. The single most important policy challenge we face is ensuring a healthy and educated workforce that is prepared to confront the increasing energy, water and transportation demands of a rapidly growing state.

Texas needs leaders that will step up to solve the big challenges in our state. One Texas and its forward-thinking Latino leaders are ready and together we will lead the conversation in Austin and change our state. It’s time we become One Texas for Texas.

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Texas Congressional districts

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Texas 1st Congressional District

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Details of Texas's 1st Congressional District are as follows:

Location of District: Northeastern portion of Texas.
Approximate population: Based on 2000 Census, 651,619 people.
Regions of District: East Texas metropolitan areas such as Lufkin-Nacogdoches, in the south, Longview-Marshall, and Tyler.
Current Representative: Louie Gohmert, from the Republican Party.
Electorate History: District was traditionally in the past more friendly to Democrats. Previous Representative was Max Sandlin, from the Democratic Party, who was defeated for re-election in 2004 by then-challenger Louie Gohmert. Re-districting process orchestrated by Tom DeLay ended up pushing more urban conservative voters into the district and therefore silencing voices of rural voters in then-Congressman Sandlin's district. Sandlin was one of the Texas Five Democrats who got defeated for re-election in 2004.

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* Govtrack.us page for TX-01.

Texas's 7th congressional district

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John Culberson is the representative for this district.

The two Democratic challengers are:
James Cargas: http://www.jamescargas.com/
Lissa Squirres: http://www.lissaforcongress.com/.

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Utah

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This section of the US Electoral Map focuses on the state of Texas and all the Congressional districts, as well as Senate seats.

Utah's 1st Congressional District

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This section provides information on Utah's 1st Congressional District.

Utah's 2nd Congressional District

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Utah's 3rd Congressional District

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This section of Utah covers the state's 3rd Congressional District. Details of the district are as follows:

Location of District: Eastern Side of Utah
Electoral Information: President George W. Bush won this district in 2004, receiving 77% of the vote.
Current Representative: Jason Chaffetz, from the Republican Party.

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* Govtrack.us page for UT-03.

Virginia

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This section focuses on the state of Virginia, with particular emphasis on the Congressional districts and Senatorial races.

Virginia's 7th Congressional District

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This section covers Virginia's 7th Congressional District. Information on the district is as follows:

Location of District: Stretches from the West End of Richmond, its suburbs in Henrico and portions of Chesterfield Counties, through Orange, Culpepper and northward to Page and Rappahannock Counties
Current Representative: Eric Cantor, from the Republican Party
Population: 757,917 (according to 2010 U.S. Census?)
Median Income: $64,751
Ethnicity: Predominately Caucasian although there is a higher concentration of Blacks and African-Americans (17.1%) in the district. Hispanics make up of 5.0% of the population, followed by 4.0% Asian.
Living Situation: High level of home ownership in district, approximately 72% of residents

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Washington

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This section covers all the Congressional districts, Senatorial races and other political information in the state of Washington.

Washington's 3rd Congressional District

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Washington's 5th Congressional District

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Location of District: Eastern Washington
Counties Represented: Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin
Largest City Represented: Spokane
Population: 654,904
Ethnicity: 89.7% Caucasian, 4.5% Hispanic, 2.4% Native American

West Virginia

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This section is for the state of West Virginia. Information pertains to Congressional districts, as well as Senatorial races.

West Virginia 1st Congressional District

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This section covers West Virginia's 1st Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Northern part of West Virginia. Includes Rust Belt area of state's northern panhandle which includes Wheeling, the district's third largest city, as well as Fairmont, Clarksburg, and the college town of Morgantown.
Largest City in District: Parkersburg
Industries: Rural farm, timber production
Notably Universities: West Virginia University, located in the city of Morgantown
Current Representative in Congress: David McKinley, from the Republican Party
Ethnic Demographics: 96% White, 1.8% Black, less than 1% for remainder of minority races of residents in the district
Political demographics: Democratic strongholds are mainly in the cities whereas rural communities tread more Republican or conservative. Strong union base but union workers (and even West Virginia Democrats in general) can be socially conservative, making it more difficult for the national Democratic Party to do outreach. However, the Democratic Party held this district from 1969 - 2011 so it hasn't always been in Republican territory.

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* Govtrack.us page for WV-01.

Wyoming

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This section covers the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District

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This section covers Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District. Information is as follows:

Location of District: Entire state of Wyoming
Size of District: Fourth Largest Congressional District in the U.S.
Current Representative: Congressman Cynthia Lummis, from the Republican Party