If next year's election were held today, it's likely Republicans would lose the House of Representatives and fail to win the Senate. I say "likely" because of gerrymandering. In fair elections, it would be game over. The Republican party is a damaged brand, and there's no sign anyone is working to repair it. But because of gerrymandering, the GOP has a built-in structural advantage that gives them a huge cushion. Throw in a raft of voter intimidation tactics, and whatever momentum we're seeing on the left could be dashed.
How do we make it from here to next November without losing steam? It's not rocket science.
Never forget. Wake up every day, like I do, dedicated to kicking Art Pope's ass in November. Join the new round of Moral Mondays that is ongoing now. Be prepared for a full-court press when the legislature is back in session. Challenge the GOP agenda at every turn and in every way, including litigation.
Use the primary election as a test run for November. Get people registered and get them to the polls. At the same time, figure out how to master the use of absentee ballots. If your group is doing this work, add a comment below so we can learn how to support you.
Bet on women. the war on women is being waged with a vengeance by Republican men and the women who fear them. To fight back, we need women candidates at every level, including governor in 2016. And we need to mobilize women voters with the same zeal we use to mobilize any other group. Abortion rights are on the chopping block. Support Lillian's List.
Continue to document the damage. The GOP agenda is a fast-speeding train wreck that produces nothing good unless you're a special interest. They're bribing companies to move here as fast as they can, but we all know that bribes are short-lived motivators. Teacher pay? DHHS? DENR? The sad saga is there for anyone who wants to look. NC Policy Watch is doing the best job documenting the damage.
To win, we have to turn out two voters for every one Republican who shows up. Yes it's unfair and probably illegal, but until a sane court somewhere overturns our legislative and Congressional districts, they are what they are.