Category Archives: Politics 3.0
We’re less than two weeks away from June 4, which marks the start of petitioning for candidates for elected office to get on the ballot in Democratic primaries this September. It’s also when our Open Seat candidates will start hitting the streets to get signatures as part of the process to gain seats on New York County Democratic Committee. If you’re registered to vote in Manhattan and want to run for New York County Committee, it’s not too late – head over www.openseatproject.org and fill out the form to sign up! For more on what County Committee and MYD’s Open Seat Project are all about, check out the Open Seat FAQ or email John at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may … More >>
With so many people interested in being part of Open Seat 2013, we decided to put together a FAQ to address many of the questions surrounding the Project and to explain what the New York County Democratic Committee is all about. Remember, it’s never too late to become a candidate – click here to sign up. About the Open Seat Project In 2009, MYD launched the Open Seat Project with the goal of electing young progressive New Yorkers to vacant County Committee seats in Manhattan. We like to think we’re building the future leadership of the Democratic Party in New York City and beyond, one County Committee seat at a time. There are currently around 700 vacant Democratic County Committee … More >>
From MYD’s Political Director Dillon: Anytime there is an election, we are always bombarded with messages about how close a race is, how much the candidate needs donations, and how truly valuable your time would be if you could just stop by and help out a bit. Now, I don’t want to put down helping your favorite candidate during election season, but we get asked by many different causes on a regular basis to donate our time, our money, or to reach out to our contacts and eventually we get tired of hearing the same song and dance. With the Internet and cell phone plans offering unlimited long distance calling on nights and weekends, now we are asked to take … More >>
Long Island, NY – On Saturday, March 26th, a bus of over fifty progressive New Yorkers went to Nassau County to hold newly elected Republican State Senator Jack Martins accountable for his unfortunate (but predictable) flip flop on independent redistricting reform. The rally took place outside of his office in Garden City, where passionate speeches were given, bombastic chants were made, and a clear and unequivocal message was delivered: keep the promise that you made to the voters during your campaign last year and support independent redistricting reform of our state. For videos of the event, click here. To see pictures, stay tuned. To check out some of the press we garnered, click here.
-From Jon Reznick: Though I will always extol the glory of being able to move about freely, even climbing right on some stage when shooting public events, it is very nice sometimes to roll out to a special event *without* my camera, so I can just stand back and take part. Because of my connection to the illustrious network maintained and operated by the Manhattan Young Democrats, I was able to walk into an exclusive reception with the President of the United States. It’s actually not how I figured I’d be spending my Tuesday until a few days ago. On March 29, the Democratic Party held a reception at the Studio Museum in Harlem to thank the biggest financial supporters … More >>
Some good news from a new Democracy Corps poll released yesterday. They surveyed 50 of the most competitive House districts for 2012 and found some interesting results: The Republican incumbents in these districts, 35 of them freshmen, remain largely unknown and appear very vulnerable in 2012 (depending on redistricting). In fact, these incumbents are in a weaker position than Democratic incumbents were even in late 2009, or Republican incumbents were in 2007 in comparable surveys conducted by Democracy Corps. Of course there is a note of caution: …a lot can happen to change the political dynamic over the next 19 months, but right now, the playing field that Republicans must defend looks larger than it did for either Democrats in … More >>