Thank you to Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, for supporting the DVC at our July 28 event. Congressman Schiff discussed America’s role in the world, immigration, the Mueller investigation, Congressional oversight, and the 2018 midterms. It is critical, he exhorted, to galvanize the base to vote! He pointed out that there is an incredible slate of candidates to support this year — “The best field, ever.” The GOP may have more money and gerrymandering on their side, but we can have the passion, the purpose, and the ideas to mount a powerful grassroots effort to win back the house.
If you were one of the 280 supporters who attended the fundraiser we thank you! A shout out as well to those who donated so generously during the event itself. We still need all the support we can get in order to continue our operations through November, so please consider donating to the DVC. We also have a full calendar of events in the coming months, so look for ways to get involved today. Bring your neighbors, bring your friends, and be part of history!
“[A]re handwritten notes effective? Is this explosion of activity the polite flipside of the post-Trump female primal scream – or does it actually get results? Two studies conducted during the Virginia 2017 election cycle indicate that handwritten personal notes and postcards are powerful – both for getting out the vote and for volunteer engagement.
In the first study, the Analyst Institute found a measurable increase in voter turnout among infrequent voters who received a handwritten note…. The study’s ultimate finding: Personal notes and postcard writing has an as good or better effect on voter turnout than the tactic most commonly used by political campaigns [door-to-door canvassing].
Research published in the journal Behavioral Scientist also found that postcard writing had a positive effect on the people writing the postcards because they enjoyed connecting with voters through writing (rather than knocking on doors or making phone calls) and they appreciated the social interaction of writing with friends and neighbors.”
Read more: The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon
Josh Harder, Democratic candidate for California’s 10th Congressional District, spoke at the Democratic Volunteer Center this Saturday. California’s 10th is the closest swing district to Silicon Valley, and a key part of our effort to take back Congress. The Santa Clara County Democratic party brought Josh to the DVC, and Swing Left Peninsula/Swing Left South Bay hosted him at a fundraiser later that same evening at The Foster, a hidden treasure art gallery in Palo Alto. The DVC is a partner for Swing Left, providing logistical support and a meeting location for their swing district campaigns.
It was a highly anticipated primary night in California last night, as numerous Democratic candidates vied for one of the top two spots in critical House races across the state. The top-two primary system means no party is guaranteed a candidate in the general election, but pending a couple of very close races, it appears that at least one Democrat will advance in every competitive district in the state. Gavin Newsom will be the Democratic candidate for Governor, and California will decide between two Democrats — incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein and California State Senator Kevin de León — in November’s senatorial race.
Many local activists and DVC volunteers gathered at our headquarters last night for food, drinks, and early returns on the big screen. Environmental activists who phone banked for Proposition 68 from the DVC were able to celebrate the passage of this investment in conservation and water management.
Eitan Fenson addresses the crowd as DVC volunteers and supporters join local Democrats on primary night, June 5th.
Andrew Janz, running to replace Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd District, came to the DVC on Thursday evening and spoke about his effort to unseat Trump’s top enabler in Congress. He also answered questions from the audience about his desire to ensure adequate water supplies for this critical agricultural district, the effectiveness of phone banking and precinct walking, and his pledge to hold at lease four town halls each cycle.
Andrew Kim, Field Director of Flip the 14, got the crowd warmed up with his data-driven presentation on how we can ensure Democratic victories through outreach.
We encourage everyone to support the Janz campaign and the work of Flip the 14 as we work to take back Congress and restore sanity to government!
Join Barney Frank and Anna Eshoo at this critical fundraising event to support the DVC
Saturday, May 19
11:30am — 1:30pm
1121 Harriet St, Palo Alto
The DVC is pulling out all the stops to take back our country — and your generous support will help us continue our work. Donation levels for this event start at $100:
- Activist Contributor: $100 – $250
- Donor: $500
- Benefactor: $1000
- Patron: $2500
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May 5th was a Day of Action for Democrats across America, and the DVC was no exception. We had phone bankers and post card writers (who wrote about 800 post cards in one day!), a Skype call from Congressional candidate TJ Cox, and a visit from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.
Congressional candidate TJ Cox (CA-21) says hello via Skype as DVC volunteers write post cards in support of Cox and Andrew Janz (candidate, CA-22).
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo spends time with a young Democrat at the DVC’s 2018 Day of Action.
Dr. Hiral Tipirneni didn’t with the 8th Congressional District in Arizona — but her campaign was still good news for Democrats. She lost by only 5 points in a district that went for Trump by 20. She was a remarkable candidate who the DVC was honored and motivated to work for. We phoned, texted and wrote postcards. Some of us were fortunate to meet her when she visited the DVC several weeks ago. Big thanks to all the DVC volunteers who supported her!
Republicans won in Arizona last night. But the margin should scare them. (NBC News)
GOP Holds House Seat in Deep Red Arizona, But It’s Way Too Close for Comfort (New York Magazine)
A Republican Victory in Arizona Sets Off Alarms in the GOP (The Atlantic)
The Democratic Volunteer Center was a phone-banking hub for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet in the final stages of the race prior to the election on April 3rd. Judge Dallet is the latest in a wave of Democratic and Democratic-supported candidates to outperform historical election returns, winning by an impressive 12 percentage points.
Read more about Judge Dallet’s election and what it means for Democrats:
‘Blue Wave Builds’ In Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Election (Wisconsin Public Radio)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court election shows the blueprint for a Democratic wave (Vox)
It was a full house as we celebrated the 2018 opening of the Democratic Volunteer Center with an open house Friday evening. Supporters, donors, volunteers, and local elected officials filled the building to meet, mingle, and discuss the current and future plans of the DVC.
To join our all-volunteer community and help elect more Democrats, complete our volunteer survey and we’ll get in touch.