Broadcasting a path to victory in Virginia: Gubernatorial ad spending

Published:  Sep 23, 2013

Virginia politics is full of election-related rituals, including the Shad Planking, as well as the Buena Vista Labor Day parade that historically marks the unofficial kickoff of campaign season. Another historic mainstay of state elections is a lull in television advertising during the summer months that lead up to the fall campaign season. In the 2005  and 2009 gubernatorial elections, the Republican and Democratic campaigns and affiliated groups “went dark” from late June/early July through late August. In 2013, the campaigns and affiliated groups have rejected this norm, and save for a brief stretch from late June through early July, have maintained a consistent presence on broadcast television throughout the summer.

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The Friday Five — September 20, 2013

Published:  Sep 20, 2013

The Atlas Project political team combs through the news every day to bring the latest relevant headlines to progressive activists in the field. Now, we bring you five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

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The Friday Five — September 13, 2013

Published:  Sep 13, 2013

The Atlas Project political team combs through the news every day to bring the latest relevant headlines to progressive activists in the field. Now, we bring you five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

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Atlas Analysis: Explaining Colorado

Published:  Sep 11, 2013

Last night Democrats lost two highly targeted legislative recall elections in Colorado. Targeted for their support of Colorado’s comprehensive gun safety laws, state Senator Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse became the first Colorado legislators ever recalled from office. The defeats represent a hollow victory for the Colorado GOP and anti-gun safety advocates, since Democrats retain majority control of the state Senate and the state’s landmark gun violence prevention bills remain on the books.

Still, the loss of both Senate seats came as something of a surprise. So what happened?

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A Crash Course On The Colorado Recalls

Published:  Sep 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, the Centennial State becomes the epicenter of the gun safety debate as voters in two state Senate districts decide whether to recall Democrats John Morse and Angela Giron. These senators’ support for comprehensive gun safety legislation has placed them squarely in the crosshairs of Colorado GOP activists.

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