Thomas Edsall regularly writes columns in the New York Times on statistical evaluations of political issues. Sometimes I find him too much on the “both sides do it” fence for my tastes, but he links to a wealth of polls and other data that you don’t always see elsewhere.
Today’s column is on the increasing participation by Democrats in local politics, both running for office and donating money. Balloon Juice readers are not alone in seeing the danger Donald Trump and the Republicans pose to our country and in being willing to do something about it.
The number of Democratic candidates filing for office at all levels of government has surged; the trickle of money into liberal grass-roots programs has become a flood; and turnout in post-2016 Democratic primaries has reached record levels.
This is why we must do something about it:
In 2009, according to the National Council of State Legislatures, there were 4,082 Democrats serving in state legislatures and 3,223 Republicans. By 2016, the numbers had reversed: 3,135 Democrats and 4,177 Republicans.
In 2009, Democrats controlled both the state senate and house in 27 states, the Republicans 14. After the 2016 elections, Republicans controlled both branches of the legislatures in 32 states to 14 for the Democrats.
He links to a number of organizations working on developing candidates. A useful resource.
And open thread.
Update: From valued commenter DeliciousGuac:
The DLCC (Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee) has a newish and easy to use website to highlight local/state races that are coming up.