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There's a strip mall on Eastern Avenue, near Sunset Park and a short drive away from the back end of Las Vegas' McCarran Airport. It doesn't look all that special at first glance. There's a grocery store. There are a few restaurants. And there are furniture stores.

But take a closer look. There's a new office that just opened there. And that office may very well make an impact on this fall's election results.

Those who have been reading this blog for a while have become quite familiar with the story of how Nevada Democrats win elections. And for those who haven't, here's a helpful hint: It's the field, stupid!

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The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) has become such a potent force in this state's politics because it's spent several election cycles building a reputation on field. And it has no plans to let it slide this cycle. So last Friday, over 300 grassroots Democrats came over to the new NSDP field office on Eastern... And caught a first glance of what lies ahead this year.

And they weren't the only ones taking in the scenery. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-North Las Vegas) took some time out of his busy weekend schedule to stop by the new field office and greet a bunch of soon-to-be campaign volunteers.

So did Assembly Member & Lt. Governor candidate Lucy Flores (D). She came by to fire up the crowd and remind them of what's at stake this fall.

Shortly after, it was NV-03 candidate Erin Bilbray's turn at the podium. She talked about her history HERstory with Eastern Avenue, then made a contrast between her Nevada values and what her opponent, incumbent Rep. Joe Heck (R-Henderson), seems to value.

Her father, Former Rep. James Bilbray (D-Las Vegas), joined her, along with her mother, her husband, her children, other family members... And over 300 local grassroots Democratic activists. It was one large family affair.

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And this probably won't be the last large family affair in this office in the strip mall on Eastern Avenue. In fact, this is only just the beginning. With so much at stake up & down the ballot this fall, Nevada Democrats don't want to leave anything to mere luck. Luck alone doesn't win elections.

So what does? Look above. Look back. And keep an eye going forward. It's the field, stupid.

(For more on the state of the 2014 campaign in Nevada, check out Nevada Progressive.)

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  •  You guys make us Utah Dems jealous (1+ / 0-)
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    atdnext

    We look at you and say "why can't we do that?"

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 07:42:05 AM PDT

    •  You know this didn't happen overnight? (3+ / 0-)
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      Gygaxian, princesspat, TrueBlueDem

      As I mentioned above, NSDP has spent several cycles building a strong field machine. I spoke with a friend yesterday who reminded me of the state of the party a decade ago. It was a very different story then...

      But back in those dark days of 2004, Senator Reid and his inner circle decided that something needed to be done. So they pushed to revamp the party and build a better field operation. It definitely takes $$$ & time, but ultimately the investment is worth it.

      •  Oh, I know. (1+ / 0-)
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        atdnext

        It took years and even decades to build the party up.

        But at the same time, your neighbors to the east have been crumbling as a party, even as we do our best and try to put forward our best candidates. It's hard not to be envious of your success, especially as our failures have happened at the same time. We don't have money, a strong field operation, or even strong candidates, and that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as nobody invests in our campaigns precisely because of our lacking those things.

        It's just disappointing. Though as a Mormon Dem, I'm a big fan of the successes of Harry Reid and Mo Denis.

        Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

        by Gygaxian on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 07:51:36 AM PDT

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        •  Not too long ago... (1+ / 0-)
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          I was kinda sorta in your shoes. While I lived in super blue California, I lived in super red Orange County. The party there often seemed to be a hot mess. And other than a handful of Dem electeds in the urban core, we were mostly devoid of big names & serious operations.

          It took a combination of things, such as the 2011 redistricting & a California Democratic Party that finally started caring about the state of the party throughout the state, to set the ball in motion for the 2012 breakthrough. And yes, one of the things involved was activists pushing hard for more field over the years.

          Big political transformations typically don't happen overnight. Sometimes, "divine intervention" helps. But even then, it also helps to be prepared when that happens. And that means the party needs good infrastructure.

          •  True, but how do we build the infrastructure (0+ / 0-)

            and rebuild the Utah Democratic Party? Whatever we've been doing for the last 30 years hasn't been working, while even though you guys have a relatively similar dynamic, you're doing quite well.

            I don't know what must be done, but I'm just concerned that for whatever reason, Utah Dems aren't able to do the same as Nevada Dems.

            Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

            by Gygaxian on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:51:35 AM PDT

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