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270 Strategies’ Jeremy Bird to Present on 50-State Strategy at Netroots Nation Panel

CHICAGO - 270 Strategies’ founding partner and former National Field Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign Jeremy Bird will speak at a Netroots Nation panel this Thursday, June 20, about the fifty-state strategy - an approach that aims to focus on every state in an election rather than ignoring “unwinnable” states. This strategy was a key piece of the winning 2012 Obama effort.

The panel, “The New 50-State Strategy: Keeping our Edge in the Ground Game,” will focus on how Democrats can maintain the ground game advantage they experienced in 2008 and 2012. The fifty-state strategy was first introduced by Democratic National Committee Chair Gov. Howard Dean in 2004.

“Democratic campaigns need to be on the offensive everywhere, recruiting strong candidates, and promoting voter registration and civic participation to take advantage of changing demographics across the country,” said Bird. “That’s why we helped launch Battleground Texas, a grassroots movement that aims to make Texas electorally competitive by expanding the electorate and training a new generation of grassroots organizers.”

Among the Netroots Nation conference events, 270 Strategies and the Burnt Orange Report are hosting a Battleground Texas fundraiser on June 21 featuring Bird and Katherine Haenschen. Doors will open at 4:30 and the event will start at 5:15.

Netroots Nation, a political convention for progressive activists, will hold its eighth gathering June 20-23 in San Jose, California. It will include 80 panels, 40 training sessions, keynote speeches and film screenings.

The New York Times has called the Netroots Nation “as much a part of the Democratic political circuit as the Iowa State Fair.”

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