Never Too Early: Q&A on the 2014 Elections and Lessons from 2012
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Jun. 22 3:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, Jun. 22 4:15 PM
Room: 210 AE
The 2014 mid-terms might seem like a long way off, but as noted political strategist Yogi Berra famously said, “It gets late early around here!” And so, because it’s never too soon to look ahead, the editors of Daily Kos Elections invite you to join them for an in-depth Q&A about the 2014 elections, as well as a look back at 2012. What lessons can we learn from last year? Which themes and issues—like the War on Women, marriage equality and gerrymandering—will once again play an important role? Will Democrats hold the Senate? And do they have a chance to retake the House? We’ll take questions on all these topics and any individual race you care to ask about. If you want to know more about what’s going to happen next November, and what it will mean for Democrats, Republicans and the entire country, stop in!
David Nir is Political Director of Daily Kos. David is responsible for the site’s elections coverage, polling operations, race ratings, and candidate endorsements. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Daily Kos in 2011, David ran the Swing State Project, a blog focused on elections, under the pseudonym DavidNYC. He also practiced patent litigation. David, born in 1977, is a lifelong New Yorker, Democrat, and Mets fan.
Kaili Joy Gray is a progressive blogger and California native, born into a die-hard Democratic family where she was raised to eat, sleep, and breathe politics. She worked on her first campaign at the age of six, as a doorknocker for her father’s bid for City Council. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in women’s studies, she was associate editor at Daily Kos for two years, where she was among the first to start writing about the Republican War on Women. Kaili also covered the 2012 election extensively, focusing on the central role the War on Women played in the presidential race and many down-ballot contests, ultimately leading to a historic proportion of women supporting Democratic candidates. She now writes at Wonkette, where she continues to cover Republican chicanery with plenty of snark and sass. Like any good blogger, she lives with her cat.
Arjun Jaikumar has been a Contributing Editor at Daily Kos since December 2007, focusing primarily on electoral politics. From 2009 to 2010 he worked as Netroots Outreach Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a J.D. at Columbia Law School. Having lived in the districts of Barney Frank, Jan Schakowsky, Bob Menendez, Carolyn Maloney, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Michael Capuano, Ed Markey, and Charles Rangel, Arjun has never been represented by a Republican in the House.
David Jarman was an editor at the Swing State Project (under the nom de blog Crisitunity), and is now an editor of Daily Kos Elections. He is a close poll-watcher but is especially interested in the intersection of politics, geography, and demography. In his spare time, he is co-author of several textbooks on real estate law and developer of related online courses. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Jeffmd is a soon-to-be law student, but also, more relevantly here, an Editor of Daily Kos Elections. Jeff focuses on quantitative analysis and data presentation, much as he did for its predecessor, Swing State Project. Redistricting, specifically, holds a special place in his heart, after being saddled with a particularly odious Representative after the 2002 remap in his home state of Maryland (to which the ‘md’ in his nom de blog refers). When not pondering the subtleties of the placement of a given set of precincts, Jeff can usually be found reading about, watching TV about, or thinking about the Washington Nationals, his fantasy football team, or food.
Steve Singiser has been a contributing editor at Daily Kos since 2009. Though most of his work can be found at Daily Kos Elections, he also can be read from time to time at Daily Kos Labor. Steve has been a teacher and coach in the Los Angeles area since 1997, and he makes his home there with his wife Kristina and their children Cody and Makenzie. After losing nearly 100 pounds, he developed a love for distance running, and will break into the sub-21 minute bracket in the 5K, or collapse heading in that direction.