Category Archives: Clutch State Update

A Balanced Viable Plan to Create Opportunity for All

  This is a multi-entry blog about the American Rising Electorate, authored by a Sr. Advisor, Analyst, and Strategist (#PoppingTheCLUTCH). By Kirk Clay Evidence based civic engagement is a fairly nascent field. In fact, up until 20 years ago what people now think of as civic engagement for “people of color” was characterized naively as …

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Opportunities to Effect Change

Opportunities to Effect Change This is a multi-entry blog about the American Rising Electorate, authored by a Sr. Advisor, Analyst, and Strategist (#PoppingTheCLUTCH). In the end, this is a blog about opportunities, as well as strategies for engaging “communities that share the same interests” and ways to encourage them to become a part of the …

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Expanding Outreach To Alleviate Poverty in America #EP123Vote

By Kirk Clay   Have we spent too many years overlooking the real challenges of our economy? Are there still too many of us living from paycheck to paycheck? After years of cautious and prudent federal spending, the economy is finally turning the corner yet many of America’s families are more financially insecure now than …

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#GA123: Politicians Should Be About More Than Impeachment –  Freedom Summer ‘64 to Freedom Fall ‘14

By Kirk Clay If you read the most popular headlines today, you would think that these are unequivocally the worst of times in America. They say that Congress wants to impeach the President of the United States. They say that the economy has stalled and Americans who work hard and play by the rules don’t …

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The Children of Freedom Summer 1964 Will Soon Be Leaders of Freedom Fall 2014 #GA123

By Kirk Clay The seeds planted 50 years ago in Mississippi during Freedom Summer are in full bloom. The children of 1964 — who are now leaders — are positioned to energize this generation of young voters of color and progressive voters for a historic turnout in the midterm election. By taking advantage of 21st …

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Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

By Kirk Clay “Voting Rights Groups Using Social Media To Amplify Their Political Voice #GA123”   Last week, I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the Southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, …

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Election 2014: Governor Christie, McDonnell, and Scott – What Do They All Have In Common?

By Kirk Clay 3 Things You May Not Know About Voters of Color in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida What does Governors Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, and Rick Scott all have in common? They’re all from states rocked by scandal? No. They’re all from states that President Obama won twice? Nope. Medicaid expansion is a …

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Election 2014: Democrats Can Win Back the House, By Fixing It

By Kirk Clay The best part of my Thanksgiving weekend was sitting around the table with family debating the upcoming NCAA national championship game. I have to admit, I love talking with my brother — a lifelong Buckeye – who is always optimistic that Ohio State can go all the way. Then there’s my father …

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By Kirk Clay This Campaign Was  Not About “Blue State” Voter Mobilization Pundits across the country are in full speculation mode that Chris Christie’s re-election may illuminate the path for Republicans to recapture the White House in 2016.  Having been deeply involved in New Jersey elections for the past year, we talked to our colleagues …

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Boston Will Yet Have a Mayor of Color

By Kirk Clay   Huge Step Toward Empowering Boston’s Rising Electorate   Boston is in the middle of its first open mayoral election in twenty years, and many thought that this was the opportunity to elect the city’s first mayor of color.  With the results of last week’s election, however, the top two candidates advancing …

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