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Young Progressives Firing Up Grassroots Campaigns Across the Country

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The Candidate Project is the first of its kind to bring potential progressive candidates in touch with local party offices, funders, and organizations that can help drive their campaigns. He said he took a page from the tea party playbook and built from the bottom up, creating a decentralized network.
The Candidate Project doesn't dictate candidates' platforms, but it hopes they will be aligned with generally progressive principles, he said.
Proponents of the Dream Act are now running a similar network. Carlos Saavedra is the national coordinator of the United We Dream Network, which ties together a group of activists who once had their sights set on a national law to grant citizenship to children of illegal immigrants through college education and service in the military. Unlike Odio, Saavedra didn't have energy to harness after the bill was blocked in December 2010...

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