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In Allen West Loss, Progressive Groups See a Model for Victory

BY Matt Taylor | Tuesday, November 20 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Having decided early on to target Rep. Allen West with special attention, progressive groups, including a super PAC fueled by small-dollar donors rather than billionaires, are declaring victory in the wake of his concession Tuesday. They knocked on tens of thousands of doors in the district and secured pledges from hundreds of sympathetic voters, leaving them confident that extensive field and online efforts made all the difference in this ideologically charged bloodbath of a House race, which was the most expensive in America. Read More

Further Down the Ballot, Little Love for a "Social Voting" Tool

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 5 2012

Rachel Norton, a vice president of the San Francisco Board of Education, says Votizen's interface "leaves a lot to desired."

The idea that new tools could make voting social has taken off among high-level campaigns that understand the power of one-to-one connections online. But at the grassroots, where Votizen's co-founders hope to grow most of their clients, this seed of an idea has yet to sprout. Read More

How Much Anger Can One Email Cause?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 21 2011

The ongoing kerfuffle over freshman Republican Florida congressman Allen West's Tuesday email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee — the one where, after a disagreement on ... Read More