Progressives and the Midterms: Making Smart Investments to Build Progressive Power in 2014 and Beyond

Progressives and the Midterms: Making Smart Investments to Build Progressive Power in 2014 and Beyond

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 17 9:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 17 10:15 AM (Eastern)

Room: 140 AB

What are the smartest plays that progressives can make in the upcoming mid-term elections? What are they key issues that progressives should be talking about? Join us for a lively discussion on building progressive power on Election Day and beyond.


Amanda Terkel


Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of

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Shenna Bellows


Shenna Bellows is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine running against 18-year incumbent Republican Susan Collins. Shenna is best known for her tenure as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has called her “the Elizabeth Warren of civil liberties.”

Shenna has a long track record of building innovative left-right coalitions to pass groundbreaking civil rights laws. She was a leader of the 2012 Mainers United for Marriage campaign, which was one of the country’s first successful marriage equality ballot initiatives. She and her husband married in 2013, having waited until same-sex Maine couples could do the same.

When Maine Republicans worked to strip voting rights, Shenna co-chaired the successful 2011 Protect Maine Votes campaign to restore same-day voter registration. Shenna has been a vocal supporter of legalizing marijuana use and raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Nick Berning


Nick Berning is communications director at, a community of millions of Americans from all walks of life working together to run and and win powerful campaigns for progressive change. Nick leads MoveOn’s media relations work, social media presence, message strategy, and advertising, and contributes to broader campaign strategy. He previously directed communications at Friends of the Earth, was a member of the communications team People For the American Way, and has served as a spokesperson on congressional and presidential campaigns.

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Stephanie Taylor


Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) has spent the last 15 years working on labor, electoral and advocacy campaigns throughout the country. She is a former union organizer and a pioneer in the area of scalable field, using technology and field to achieve results. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia, and is a PhD candidate in American history at Georgetown. Her campaigns have been covered widely, and her political commentary has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieTaylor.

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Annie Weinberg


As the Electoral Director for Democracy for America, the million-member grassroots organization founded in 2004 by former DNC Chairman, Governor Howard Dean, Annie leads a team dedicated to electing strong progressives in critical races nationwide. She comes to DFA with over a decade of experience in organizing, campaigning and issue advocacy – as Chief of Staff for the advocacy foundation of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; as the Campaign Manager for Ilya Sheyman’s top-tier 2012 Illinois Congressional run; and in a host of leadership roles at, where she most recently spearheaded a new initiative to recruit talented leaders to run for office. As former National Organizer for Food and Water Watch, she built a fellowship program dedicated to fighting water privatization. She’s a graduate of Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied Dance and Environmental Policy.