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/Dan Kovats

About Dan Kovats

Dan has been involved in campaigns for the last 10 years starting out in organizing and grassroots efforts, which are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. During his last campaign he served as Campaign Manager to Rianne Hawkins for Springfield City Clerk and prior to that, Dan was the Downstate Regional Field Director for US Senator Dick Durbin’s reelection campaign. Dan also served for 11 months as an Outreach Assistant to State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

Social Media, A Necessary Evil

2018-04-09T12:05:14+00:00

Social Media, A Necessary Evil by Jessica Ellison Thomas, @ActionMetroEast On April 5th, Southern Illinois Representative John Shimkus announced on Twitter that he was leaving the platform. Of the 32 comments that tweet received, all but two were negative. Some examples: "Yet another tactic to avoid communicating with your constituents. Your lack of accountability is shameful." - @AntoinePapadap "Are you going to be like Rodney Davis & turn your FB comments off too?" - @suzee_Q These comments make clear that people are upset and concerned at the lack of access to their elected officials. In this day and age of [...]

Social Media, A Necessary Evil 2018-04-09T12:05:14+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message – April 2018

2018-04-09T11:29:04+00:00

IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Project Blue Wave: You Can’t Replace Something with Nothing. Day-by-day the Republican Party is growing more and more disconnected with needs of ordinary people. In Washington, Republicans in Congress sit on their hands and hold their tongues in fear of being the subject of a lunatic Twitter message from Donald Trump. Here at home, Bruce Rauner has bullied the GOP into making state government unresponsive to Illinoisan’s most pressing challenges. Even rank-and-file Republicans know their party is failing. In the General Assembly alone, multiple GOP legislators aren’t seeking re-election. They [...]

IDCCA President’s Message – April 2018 2018-04-09T11:29:04+00:00

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained

2018-04-09T11:21:30+00:00

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Every campaign is looking to save money. You may have a friend who will cater your events for free or a supporter who wants to donate t-shirts for all of your volunteers. Maybe a local car dealer wants to lend you a car for use on the campaign trail. These are all wonderful, but each is an in-kind contribution and can be a fundraising pitfall if not handled correctly. When someone gives you a contribution (something of value) that isn’t cash or sells your campaign something [...]

How to Run for Office: In-Kind Contributions Explained 2018-04-09T11:21:30+00:00

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind

2018-04-09T11:15:12+00:00

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind by Will Attig, Union Veterans Council, Executive Director, @UnionVeterans It was mid-march, I found myself in a pavilion in southwestern Pennsylvania. The building was filled with retired coal miners, steelworkers, and enough media that you would have thought the President himself was coming. We were all there for the same reason, a young veteran running for Congress in a district that Democrats had lost by over twenty points in the recent Presidential Election. What made this candidate different from the others? For one, he dressed differently than what [...]

Veterans & The Democratic Party: The Fight to Leave No One Behind 2018-04-09T11:15:12+00:00

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois

2018-04-09T11:10:28+00:00

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois by Josh “SKI” Witowski, ABATE of Illinois, State Legislative Coordinator, joshua.witkowski@gmail.com ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) of Illinois is the State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) for all of Illinois. We work with other SMROs throughout the country, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation in Washington DC to address the concerns of the motorcycling community and educate the public on our issues.  ABATE has thousands of members throughout Illinois. Our members are very passionate and active in politics, volunteering on many campaigns on both sides of the aisle. ABATE is mainly known as an [...]

Motorcycle Issues in the State of Illinois 2018-04-09T11:10:28+00:00

It’s The Corruption, Stupid!

2018-04-09T11:04:57+00:00

It's The Corruption, Stupid! By Art Friedson, @artfri Most of us remember or have been told about the time in 1992 when James Carville hung a sign at the Bill Clinton campaign headquarters that read, "It's the economy, Stupid!" It was designed to keep everyone up and down the campaign focused on one message. Many pundits are giving that some thought as we approach 2018 and 2020, and a clear consensus seems to be emerging about the next Democratic mantra:  It's the corruption, Stupid! The thought seems to be that the Russian scandal is difficult to describe and hasn't caught [...]

It’s The Corruption, Stupid! 2018-04-09T11:04:57+00:00

The Training You Need to Win

2018-04-09T11:00:45+00:00

The Training You Need to Win by Ben Head, Jan Schakowsky Campaign Academy, @RepSchakowsky Whether you’re an experienced campaign veteran looking to refresh your skills or a newcomer looking to start making change, there are great options to get a variety of professional political training for little or no cost right here in Illinois.  Below you’ll find trusted training programs and organizations that can give you the tools and experience to be an effective advocate for our shared values. IWIL Training Academy: The Illinois Women’s Institute of Leadership Training Academy selects twelve women each year to participate in an eight-month [...]

The Training You Need to Win 2018-04-09T11:00:45+00:00

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018!

2018-04-09T10:52:56+00:00

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018! by Jes Klass, New Founders Conference, @newfoundersHQ We’re proud and happy to announce that this year we will be hosting not only another NewFounders Conference, but a fundraiser, as well! Last November we hosted over 700 new leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, movers, and shakers for the ultimate meeting of the minds. We set out with a mission to bring together the new progressive ecosystem with tools to win elections, and that’s what we’re doing. So, what is a NewFounders Conference? It’s the opportunity to learn, grow, listen, and make a difference in a room of your [...]

A New NewFounders Conference, #fortheWIN2018! 2018-04-09T10:52:56+00:00

2018 Democratic Statewide & Congressional Ticket

2018-04-09T10:44:29+00:00

Meet the 2018 Statewide & Congressional Democratic Ticket Governor and Lieutenant Governor JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton Attorney General Kwame Raoul Secretary of State Jesse White Comptroller Susana Mendoza Treasurer Mike Frerichs Congressional District 1 Bobby Rush Congressional District 2 Robin Kelly Congressional District 3 Dan Lipinski Congressional District 4 Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Congressional District 5 Mike Quigley Congressional District 6 Sean Casten Congressional District 7 Danny Davis Congressional District 8 Raja Krishnamoorthi Congressional District 9 Jan Schakowsky Congressional District 10 Brad Schneider Congressional District 11 Bill Foster Congressional District 12 Brendan Kelly Congressional District 13 Betsy Dirksen Londrigan Congressional [...]

2018 Democratic Statewide & Congressional Ticket 2018-04-09T10:44:29+00:00