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Flip The 14

Our First Campaign Training a Huge Success

 

Group Photo at Flip the 14's Modesto Campaign Training

In late August, Flip the 14 held its first activist training. It was a resounding success. More than 50 activists from at least nine Resistance groups in CA-10 showed up to a union hall in Modesto for a full debrief on volunteer recruitment strategies, messaging, neighbor-to-neighbor persuasion, and more. Some even drove more than 30 minutes away to attend. We committed to ten campaign canvasses over the next six weeks, and we’re fired up and ready to flip the 10th. With the help of Flip the 14 and the CA10 Progressive Coalition, we now have a coordinated plan of action to make us all greater than the sum of our parts. One Resistance; many resistors. Jeff Denham doesn’t know what’s coming.My name is Juan Vazquez, and I’m proud to say that I’m Flip the 14’s first hire. I’m an organizer who lives in CA-10 and has been working with Resistance groups in the district for months. I didn’t find Flip the 14. Flip the 14 found me. I’m glad they found you too.

 

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Charlotte Observer: Revoking DACA hurts Dreamers like me

Most importantly, DACA has allowed me to keep dreaming about my future, invest in my community and even pursue a graduate degree.

This week, 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children are waiting in fear and anticipation to find out whether President Trump will force them back into the shadows or worse, deport them, by revoking the policy that grants them legal status in the only home many have ever known.

Read all of Yazmin's story: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article170297002.html


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Orange County Register: What business exodus? California tops in U.S. for company creation

Now you might argue that because of California’s size — it is the nation’s largest economy — such leadership in company growth isn’t unexpected. But even if you rank states on percentage growth, California still looks pretty good in this period: It ranked 10th best for small business creation; No. 17 for mid-size; 23rd for giant companies and 13th in overall growth.

California’s economy benefits from its sheer size and a strong entrepreneurial spirit that’s boosted by a diverse, talented workforce, said Geri Stengel, a research advisor to American Express.

Read more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/28/what-business-exodus-california-tops-in-u-s-for-company-creation/

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LA Times: There was a cardboard cutout at Duncan Hunter's 'empty chair' town hall, but no Duncan Hunter

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine wasn't there, but a picture of his face pasted on a cardboard cutout of President Trump's body was.

More than 150 people gathered at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon on Saturday for an event billed by liberal activist groups as an "empty chair" town hall when Hunter didn't respond to their invite.

The event featured a mock trial of Hunter on allegations that he misused campaign funds, as well as speeches about healthcare, climate change and immigration.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-san-diego-town-hall-of-rep-hunter-s-1503792877-htmlstory.html

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Politifact: Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix

President Donald Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., during a campaign rally in Phoenix, on Aug. 22, blaming the media for distorting or omitting his full comments.

"The media can attack me, but where I draw the line is when they attack you," Trump said. "It’s time to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions. And yes by the way they are trying to take away our history and our heritage, you see that?"

We fact-checked several of Trump’s claims.

Read the full analysis: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/aug/22/fact-checking-president-donald-trumps-campaign-ral/

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Daily Kos: Democrats have filed to run in 191 GOP-held House seats. Republicans? In just 66 Democratic seats

We’ve all felt it: the burgeoning resistance to Donald Trump and his Republican Party. We’ve seen it in the mass protests that have stiffened the spines of Democrats in Congress; we’ve seen it in the ceaseless waves of phone calls to senators that have helped thwart Trump’s agenda; and we’ve seen it in special elections across the country, where Democrats have outperformed historical voting patterns again and again.

But what about the 2018 midterms? Is there a way we can quantify this enthusiasm?

Indeed there is.

Read more: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/10/1688288/-Democrats-have-filed-to-run-in-191-GOP-held-House-seats-Republicans-In-just-62-Dem-seats

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