Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Taking Back the States

As I was reading John Nichols' article, "Repainting Statehouses Blue" in this week's issue of The Nation, the following paragraph stuck out in my mind:
Governors are not merely potential presidential contenders, however. They also have a hand in determining how federal electoral contests turn out. Control of statehouses gives a party organizational and structural advantages in everything from the drawing of district lines for Congressional seats to presidential politics, as was illustrated to the dismay of Democrats by Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2000 and Ohio Governor Bob Taft in 2004. That's one of the reasons Democrats have been frustrated by their relatively weak position in the states in recent years.
The greater our Democratic majority in state legislatures and the more Gubernatorial seats we pick up, the greater the opportunity for Democrats to gain organizational and structural control of our democracy.

That's why the work that Democratic Governors Association Chairman, Governor Bill Richardson, is doing is so important. This year, Governor Richardson has been traveling far and wide across our country, stumping for Democratic candidates for governor and incumbent Democratic governors. These steps are necessary to ensure that the next Democratic nominee for President of the United States has the infrastructure in place to not only make a run, but to win the Presidency.

That's why it's so important that you go to Governor Richardson's ActBlue page and donate to one or more of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates. The future is at stake.

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