Who’s up , who’s down Raul Alvillar, Democrats.org

  • PA Governor: Tom Wolf (D) 56%, Tom Corbett (R) 25%
  • GA Senate: Michelle Nunn (D) 45%, David Perdue (R) 43%
  • MI Governor: Mark Schauer (D) 45%, Rick Snyder (R) 43%
  • NC Senate: Kay Hagan (D) 45%, Thom Tillis (R) 43%

There are 57 binders on a shelf outside my office — one for each state and territory, D.C., and Democrats abroad — so that we can keep track of the latest data on every race we’re watching in this election. Because there are only 62 days until Election Day, we have to know at a glance whether we’re up or we’re down, where we have the resources to win or where we need a big infusion of organizers. Those details can be the difference between victory and defeat.

So what do all these numbers mean for you and me? The big races this year range from blowouts (see you later, Tom Corbett!) to nail-biters — and most are somewhere in between. You can absolutely guarantee that Republicans like David Perdue in Georgia and Rick Snyder in Michigan are going to be doing everything they can to make up the two or three or four points that will put them ahead in the polls and into the winner’s circle on November 4th — and we have to be ready to fight back.

America’s Best Parks


Celebrating 50 Years Of The Land and Water Conservation Fund

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law what has gone on to be the nation’s most effective program for creating and protecting our treasured national parks and wildlife refuges, public lands and state and local parks and recreation projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, has supported more than 40,000 outdoor recreation projects and helped protect more than 7 million acres of land. Every dollar invested in land conservation through the LWCF creates $4 in economic value. And it is funded not by taxpayer dollars but by revenues from offshore oil and gas development.

The fund is set to expire in 2015. We need action by Congress to make sure it continues beyond then to be the great parks program it has been.

See how it works — courtesy of our colleagues at the Center for American Progress — below: