Also published on The Huffington Post
The dominant mood at Netroots Nation a couple of weeks ago? Determination — the activists, bloggers and campaign staff who attended were united in the desire to help Democrats win as many races as possible this November.
Much of the discussion centered on campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate, but state races came up constantly as well, and for good reason: the state legislators and governors elected in three short months will oversee the single most important political act in our system of government, the redrawing of state and congressional district lines based on the results of the census. State races matter in 2010, so if you really want to make a difference in national politics this year, start locally. And the best part is, the smaller the race, the bigger the effect you can have as an individual activist or donor.