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We flew past $20,000! Our new goal is $25,000. Thanks to all and keep sending the links to friends.
We have free Black Lives Matter signs. Just send us an email if you want one.
Our letter-writers have now prepared 680 letters. Email me if you want letters printed or want to learn how to print your own or if you need addresses for postcards.
Quick Andy update: Trump folds on Arizona, Gross pulls even in Alaska (in one poll) and Alan Cohn reported that they have a very active Get-Out-The Vote campaign. Finally: The postmaster’s address will change after January–probably will be behind bars!
We are a bit slow posting these since yesterday was Andy’s birthday. Here goes
The bulk of the meeting was devoted to Andy’s analysis of the keys races for a minimum Biden win. The maps and the analysis is posted below so everyone can scroll down to review all the info. Bottom line: we are focusing on the electoral college and what Biden needs to win– this means North Carolina (we added a House race to our two down-ballot races), Florida (we added House race FL 15), Arizona ( we are already supporting Evans there) and Nebraska (Nebraska?! Yes–one electoral college vote is within reach, so we added Eastman there). To add these we dropped T.J. Cox (we’ve done lots for him) and Rita Hart from Iowa (everyone is free to send support directly to her).
Bill gave a great overview of our North Carolina races (he since posted several links which can be found below). Phone banks and postcards available for all.
Judy updated us on the VITAL VINNIE race. Support links posted below.
I went over some action items to support these four states. Lots of good Florida letters available with Vote Forward (votefwd.org). Unlike, postcards, these letters (and voters) are tracked so we get info back from each one. Anyone who wants to level up to new actions, please send me an email and I’ll get you a buddy or set you up with letters, etc. We have postcards on our porch. And our stamp hint is: try the Orinda postoffice!
Nice to see Babette again and congrats on the huge stack of postcards she and Bruce are sending off for Reclaim Our Vote (Bruce has info on this group if anyone want it).
Finally, Andy and I will match new donations on our website up to $10,000 so send around the link and have your friends donate.
All California voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot this year. If you want to track your ballot, Where’s My Ballot? is a new service in California to track your ballot. Register online and opt in for email, phone, or text notifications. https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/.
Bill has some phone-banking opportunities for this weekend.
1. Andy is working on a chart of our group goals. Thanks to those of you who emailed your goals to me–if you want yours included, email me by the weekend when Andy will post his new handy-dandy visual aid of just how ambitious we all are. Goals can include how many postcards you plan to write, how many letters, how many texts or phone calls or specific campaigns or outreach activities you want to be involved in.
2. I have ten weather-proof Black Lives Matter signs for anyone in our group who wants one. Just drop me an email.
3. Our fund-raising is off to a great start! We blew past $2,500 and are now heading to $5,000.
4. Need help with moving forward with letters, postcards, texts? Drop me an email and I’ll get you a buddy or help you myself.
A full set of minutes from our meeting today will be posted tomorrow (thanks to everyone for a great meeting!). Remember to send me an email (when you are ready) with your 100 Days Goals. How many postcards, letters, texts and phone calls will you try to make before election day? Andy will set up a goal chart which is an anonymous total so everyone gets credit for everything we do!
Meanwhile I want to respond to Judy’s questions about our donation strategies. Please take from this what is useful to you and discard the rest.
For the lowest tier on local state and house races, $100 is fabulous and less is very, very helpful. For the next tier, we will give a big chunk to our two main House races (Cox and Hart) since their expenses are on a different scale. In addition, smaller donations to (hard to turn them down when they call): Galvin (Alaska) (she plays bridge!)
Mucarsel-Powell (FL) Brzozowski (IL) Kunkel (WV) (slightly less hopeless than Swearingen) Swearingen (WV) (hopeless but a left candidate) Vazquez (FL) Imam (TX) (software engineer so Andy had to donate) Torres-Small (NM) (this is important race) Lombard (KS) Driskell (MI) Hoadley (MI) Tipernini (AZ) (out of nostalgia) Stevens (MI) Dirksen Londrigan (IL) Hicks (KY) Goroff (NY)
(early in the cycle we gave small donations to Underwood and Ortiz-Jones but they are well-funded now, same with Harder)
Senate: Main donations to our candidates Gross and Ossoff, token donations to Jordan in Idaho since she is a Native American, Bullock, Greenfield and Bollier.
Big event! Today we will decide on the Elmwood Invisible Slate, combining Sister District recommendations and Andy’s analysis to figure out which are the races that we can have the most impact on and how (from local house races up through Senate) . Bring your ideas and we’ll hash this out together. Our past record is really good—let’s see if we can help some just under-the-radar elections to win on our way to White House and then win them. Also on the agenda, some reports of works in progress and resources.