31st Street Swing Left
Winning State Legislatures, the U.S. House, Senate
and the White House
2020 Strategic Priorities!
Paramount of course is electing a Democratic President and Senate. But thankfully Dems across the country are donating big time to all highly visible races. So 31st St "bottom up" approach has 2 pillars where additional support will make a big difference. 1) Voter registration and 2) Very strategic legislature races in key battleground states like North Carolina.
This provides support up and down the entire Dem ticket!
Our Carolina Blue Super Legislature Candidates
NC HD 1
NC HD 74
Virginia Cox Daugherty
NC HD 12
NC HD 59
NC HD 82
NC HD 51
NC HD 45
NC HD 20
NC SD 1
NC SD 11
NC SD 7
NC SD 24
Digital Ad Support - Growing Prioirity
The coronavirus intensifies the need for digital ads to support candidates on social media. Digital ads are relatively inexpensive and can be well-targeted e.g. low-frequency voters, women voters with children, voters of color. We have a partner who can produce quality ads inexpensively!
NC Phase 1 - Video Production
Ten 30-second “bio” ads, one for each legislature candidate in the slate.
One 30-second ad featuring the entire slate that highlights the implications of Democratic victories at the state and federal level
Later Phases: We see digital outreach as extremely important in the NC Legislature races. As we successfully raise additional support, we anticipate supporting actual strategic deployment of these ads and potentially production and deployment of other ads on specific issues.
Along with a consortium of MD and PA grassroots groups focused on Pennsylvania, 31st St. is also supporting production of digital ads for strategically selected PA statehouse candidates.
Wisconsin’s “Neighbor to Neighbor” Program
Wisconsin is an absolutely crucial swing state to win the Presidency. After Democrats lost the 2016 Presidential race in Wisconsin by a razor-thin 0.7% margin, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin put boots on the ground early. Starting with the midterm elections, DPW built all-volunteer neighborhood teams that canvassed in rural, suburban, and urban areas in 67 of the state’s 72 counties. Over 200 teams cover every corner of Wisconsin, knocking on more than well over a million doors in 2018. That effort was partly responsible for the amazing Democratic sweep in statewide elections in 2018.
The key to Neighbor to Neighbor are paid field organizers, who organize volunteer teams who live in the community. Because the volunteers speak to voters in the communities in which they themselves live, they are viewed as trusted and effective messengers. This model of building neighborhood teams year after year represents a breakthrough in voter contact that could win 2020.
Neighbor to Neighbor needs to hire field organizers for the 2020 election and that is what 31st Street is supporting.
Field Team 6
Field Team 6 is an outstanding voter registration organization working in key battleground states across the country. Uses highly productive partisan approach to voter registration. In the current situation with restricted ability to interact with potential new voters in person, Field Team 6 is shifting toward phone and digital means for outreach.
You Can Vote
You Can Vote is a fabulous voter education, registration and mobilization organization in North Carolina. They are adapting rapidly and effectively to digital approaches to our current "stay at home environment".
Contributions are Tax Deductible!
2020 "Bottom-Up" 2-Pillar Strategy
in Selected Battleground States
Voter registration through support to effective on-the-ground organizations and selective direct boots-on-the-ground efforts by our members.
Selective state legislature races with potential to flip a legislature, where such local efforts can contribute significantly to help statewide US Senate and Presidency efforts in those states through a “reverse coattails” effect.
State priorities are North Carolina and Pennsylvania and others TBD very selectively, as opportunity arises.
Later in the election cycle we will also engage in more traditional voter outreach, especially canvassing, with an emphasis on low-turnout voters.
We will remain alert to opportunities that may arise for races where our support may provide significant leverage.
Voter Registration - Key to 2020. Published in Daily Kos
We are motivated, ordinary people in the DC, MD, VA area who came together in early 2017 to win elections. We believe our efforts were highly effective in the Blue Wave in 2017 Virginia, winning the U.S. House in 2018 and in 2019 in winning control of both the Virginia House and Senate.
We are over 700 members. Join us!
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Next Full Meeting:
May 31, 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom!
1:30 PM - New Member Orientation
2:00 PM - 4 PM - Main Meeting
Following Meeting Dates: June 28, July 26
Successful Funding for Democratic Candidates
2017 $115,000 for VA Legislature
2018 $1,024,000 for US House and Senate
2019 $309,000 for VA Legislature
2020 $460,000 so far!