Monday, January 27, 2020

We're now going to have to go state by state to protect people's voting rights. -- Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Last June, when the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts could not put limits on partisan gerrymandering, they failed to stand up for democracy. In effect, their decision allowed rampant map manipulation by Republican legislatures to continue. As the Washington Post explained:
"[The Supreme Court's decision gives] new urgency to [Democrats'] efforts to win back state legislatures"
What does this mean for the NDRC? It means that our fight has gotten even tougher -- but it doesn't mean we're any less committed to securing fair maps for every American. Sula, can you make a donation to help us take our fight for fair maps to target states all over the country?
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As A.G. Holder said, since we can't rely on federal courts to stop partisan gerrymandering, we're going to have to go state by state.

That means we need more folks on the ground and more investments in electing fair-map candidates at the state level.

We told you after the Supreme Court ruled last year that we wouldn't give up -- and we won't, not until we've secured fair maps all over the country. Can we count on your donation to help us invest in state-level strategies to fight gerrymandering?

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 You have two choices, Sula.
Choice 1: You make a donation right now to help us win our 2020 elections, which start in five days. Because of you, we’re able to scale up our investments in our target states and Democrats win toss-up races, flip legislative chambers and governor’s offices, and secure a seat at the table for redistricting -- setting us up for a decade of fairness in our elections.

Choice 2: You focus only on the presidential race and assume someone else will think about state and local elections. Unfortunately, everyone else assumes the same thing. We aren’t able to invest in key races. Democrats lose in places like Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina. In 2021, Republicans manipulate the maps once again, pushing Congress and state legislatures to the right.
It’s your choice, Sula -- and I hope you’ll choose to invest in the down-ballot races that will make an enormous difference to the future of our country. Many of our 2020 races are balanced on a knife’s edge, which means every cent you give will make a difference.

Will you make the first choice? Make a donation now to give Democrats the best shot of getting fair maps.
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January 26, 2020
Ecommerce in the UK Surpassed 25% of Retail Sales During the 2019 Holiday Season, Brick-and-Mortar Took a Hit
2020 Outlook: Mcommerce to surpass 50% of full-year ecommerce sales
Strong growth in online sales over the 2019 holiday season propelled the UK retail sector past a milestone. Ecommerce represented 28.2% of all holiday retail sales, surpassing the 25% mark for the first time. Total retail sales for the season amounted to £99.26 billion ($132.33 billion).
“Store closures are a big reason for shopper frustration and the subsequent shift to online as their preferred option,” eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart said.
Ecommerce sales came partly at the expense of brick-and-mortar, which dropped 3.8% to £71.27 billion ($95.02 billion) during the 2019 holiday season. That’s the largest percentage drop since we began tracking UK retail spending in 2010.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Get our hard-hitting ads online! Chip in to our Fair Maps Ad Fund
Good news and bad news, Sula.

The good news: After Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bill to create an independent redistricting commission in New Hampshire (a heavily gerrymandered state), we were determined to hold him accountable. So we created a hard-hitting football-themed ad to educate voters about how he undermined democracy.

The bad news: Our Fair Maps Ad Fund, which funds ads in all of our target states, is running on empty -- and if we don't get an infusion of donations, we can't air game-changing ads... which means we could end up LOSING critical elections.
An impactful ad can make or break an election, and it's one of the most cost-effective ways to let voters know what their elected officials are doing. Help us win 2020 elections everywhere from New Hampshire to Wisconsin to Texas by giving to our Fair Maps Ad Fund!
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All On The Line
I wanted to reach out at the beginning of the year to give you a look at the road ahead.

It's 2020, and that means it's a census year -- this process will determine so much for our country's future, including the next decade's electoral maps.

Historically, minority and underprivileged communities have been undercounted in the census. If this happens again, it could help politicians repeat the kind of gerrymandering we saw in 2011 -- gerrymandering that leads to politicians who don't always feel as responsive to the concerns of their constituents as they could be. So, it's up to us to make sure that every single American is counted in the census.

That's why I'm asking you to fight for fair maps and a fair census -- because this issue will impact the next decade of progress and beyond. Will you chip in to this fight?

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At this moment in our country, the All On The Line community is in a unique position to make a difference. We have the chance to restore democracy and put power back into the hands of people. Change is always within our reach -- but it's going to take the involvement of people like you holding politicians accountable to ensure an accurate census in 2020 and fair maps in 2021.

In Virginia, we've seen how fixing gerrymandering leads to progress. Last year, after a lawsuit forced the Commonwealth's racially gerrymandered districts to be redrawn, voters finally had the chance to elect politicians who represented their voices and listened to their concerns. And now, after years of inaction, the newly elected legislature is debating common-sense measures that could prevent gun violence.

We have the opportunity to create this kind of change all across the country. But to do it, we need your help.


Thank you for being engaged in this fight,
Barack Obama

All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund. 

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