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Morning Digest: Illinois House candidate releases powerful ad telling her own #MeToo story

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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IL-04: Wow. It’s rare we ever say this, so you know we mean it when we tell you that this new TV ad from nonprofit director Sol Flores is a must-watch. The spot starts off prosaically enough: Flores, who narrates the ad herself, begins by saying, “My art teacher asked me why I was building a chest. I was 11.” Footage recreating the scene (“1984 Chicago”) rolls by, and at this point, perhaps, you might expect the box to be a metaphor for Flores’ hopes, or maybe you’re anticipating that the teacher said something dismissive.​

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​Just keep watching. Flores goes on: “And I didn’t tell anyone that a man living with us would come into my bedroom when I was asleep and lift my nightgown. Well, I filled that chest with the heaviest things I could find, and I put it against that door”—here, we see Flores herself in her actual childhood bedroom, pointing to the door—”to wake me up so I could fight him off.” Just wow. She concludes, “I’m Sol Flores, and I’ve dedicated my life to youth who need help. I approve this message, because I’ll fight as hard for you in Congress as I did to protect myself.” Flores has also posted a web video with a longer version of her story.

Flores is running in the Democratic primary for Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, an open and safely blue seat in Chicago. She’s a heavy underdog to Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia, who has a big edge in polling, fundraising, and endorsements.

A group of industry insiders are putting Russian election meddling up for ad awards

 A small group of advertising industry insiders have developed a novel campaign for this years’ ad awards season — nominating Russia’s misinformation and manipulation efforts for an award. According to a report in The New Yorker, these ad insiders have already put the case study they made for Russia’s election interference  — “ProjectMeddle.com” —… Read More

Conor Lamb has the ad every Democrat should use to talk about Social Security

Conor Lamb, the Daily Kos endorsed candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, is showing why Republicans are really sweating this race. They shouldn’t be—it’s a heavily gerrymandered district that Trump won 58-39.

But Lamb has made this a real race, and it’s because he’s running a smart, progressive campaign. Case in point, this ad called “Entitlements.” He singles out the villain—Paul Ryan—and tells the simple truth about Americans and what having a secure retirement means to them.

“Paul Ryan will use the term “entitlement reform” to talk about Social Security and Medicare as if it’s undeserved, or it’s some form of welfare, but it’s not any of those things.

“People paid for it. They worked hard for it, and they expect us to keep our promises to them. A lot of these people are even taking care of other members of their family. I met a guy the other day who is 65 and he’s taking care of his 14-year old niece because there’s nobody else to do it. If you mess with his Social Security, he won’t be able to take care of her anymore.

That’s all people want to do.”

That’s the most perfect description and illustration of Social Security and Medicare you can get in 30 seconds. It’s the template every Democrat should use this—and every—cycle. Republicans have made their intentions to take on “entitlements” absolutely clear. But we can stop them.

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