Tenth Dems December Newsletter: Looking Back and Moving Forward

2014 December Newsletter

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In this issue of Tenth News:

Breaking News: Frerichs Elected, Once Every Vote Counted
It turned out to be one of the closest elections in Illinois history, and State Senator Mike Frerichs emerged victorious to become Illinois’ next State Treasurer. How did that happen?

Congressman-Elect Dold Should Not Get Too Comfortable in His New Seat
by John Hmurovic
Yes, the 10th District congressional seat wound up back in Republican hands, but analysis of the the numbers predicts another highly competitive battle in 2016, when factors will favor a Democratic wave.

At Voter Protection Headquarters….
A photographic look inside Tenth Dems Voter Protection headquarters on Election Day.

Congress Watch: Hold Dold Accountable for His Actions
Bob Dold may have won this time, but he is still clearly out of step with the views of the majority of 10th District voters. Given Dold’s tendency to talk one way and vote another, Congress Watch will be keeping a close eye on everything he does in Congress over the next two years.

Three Volunteers’ First-Hand Accounts:

Experiences at the Door: Reflections of a First-Time Canvasser
by Mark Levy

A First-Time Volunteer Joins Sam Yingling’s Campaign
by Cindy Bauer

Confessions of a Volunteer
by Kathy Rand
The many volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes are the lifeblood of every political campaign. Three writers talk about what it is like to get in the trenches and devote time to a cause they believe in. Mark Levy shares his stories from months of ringing doorbells for Team Brad; Cindy Bauer discusses her experiences with State Rep. Sam Yingling’s reelection campaign; and Kathy Rand talks about the multitude of tasks she performed in support of Tenth Dems’ efforts to elect Brad, Sam, and other Democrats in the 10th District and statewide.

It’s So Simple to Get the Word Out
by Steven Gan
In this report, a little soul-searching after a tough election outcome can lead to renewed purpose and an action plan for the future.   However much we do to support our candidates, there’s always something more.

Just My Opinion…
by Sharon Sanders
A passionate essay about the role of money and corporate power in politics and what Democrats can, and should, do to combat these pernicious influences.

Carol Sente: An Effective Campaign for an Effective Legislator
by Eleonora di Liscia
Some insights into what State Representative Carol Sente stands for and how she serves her constituents not only in the legislature but also by meeting voters at their front doors.

Pepto-Bismol for Democrats: Surviving the 2014 Election
by Eleonora di Liscia
Democrats lost big in 2014. Read one correspondent’s prescription for survival the mornings after.

Annual Holiday Membership Party
Let’s celebrate renewed purpose and one another.  Join Tenth Dems on December 15 in Deerfield for our annual holiday party.

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