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Why Future901?

One hot summer day two years ago, my neighbor Robert Donati and I sat on my front porch, talking politics. With so many local, state and Congressional elections coming up in 2018 and 2019, we agreed it was important to start to gather a group of politically like minded people and work to recruit, support and elect strong candidates with progressive values in these upcoming local elections. 

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Robert Donati
Why Voter Suppression Proves Your Vote Matters

Voter suppression is a real issue for our community. The State Legislature has already made it more difficult to vote by requiring a state or federal issue ID be presented in order to vote.  Now, the Shelby County Election Commission is piling on by only opening early voting sites at three sites for the first four days of early voting.  Two of those three sites are in the district in which I am running – TN House District 83.

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Robert Donati
The Perspective Women like Katrina Robinson Have to Offer

Katrina Robinson is a 37 year old single mother, entrepreneur, nurse and advocate who's stepping up to the plate in State Senate District 33, running against 12-year incumbent and conservative "Democrat" Reginald Tate. Robinson got in the race to bring her voice to Nashville and represent working people, and working women especially, in a political climate that often ignores them.

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Robert Donati
Is Democratic Election 'Improbable'?

Lately, it seems like a lot of people are counting us out.

In the last few days after the primary election, one writer after another in the Commercial Appeal, our daily paper, has offered up an analysis that, more or less, says Lee Harris's campaign can’t win.


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Robert Donati
Rebuilding the Shelby County Democratic Party

The Shelby County Democratic Party ceased to exist in the summer of 2016.  Despite intense efforts, it had become dysfunctional and no longer served the needs of Democrats in Shelby County.  At the request of many, Mary Mancini (chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party) pulled the charter and dissolved the SCDP.  It fell to individual Democrats and Democratic organizations (such as Democratic Women, Germantown Democratic Club, and Young Democrats) to step up and ensure Democrats had a presence during the 2016 election. 

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Robert Donati
Why Your Vote Matters

Voting is one of the most important tools to our democracy. It enables all of us regardless of gender or race to participate in choosing who we want to represent us in government. Therefore, it is paramount that we utilize our voices through our voting so we can ensure we are electing qualified men and women who truly care about the needs of us all.

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Robert Donati
2018: The Year Shelby County Reshaped State & National Politics

Long neglected by the national parties and misunderstood as an “unwinnable red state,” Tennessee now finds itself as an important battleground for the 2018 elections, including the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Senator Bob Corker. Crucial to winning in Tennessee will be the ability of progressives to rebuild a grassroots infrastructure and get out the vote effort in Shelby County.  If we succeed, progressives will be able to regain the Governorship and a U.S. Senate seat.  However, of equal importance, we will have positioned ourselves to reverse some of the nation’s worst gerrymandering and begin to return the Democratic party to parity in state politics for the coming decade. 

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Robert Donati
Danielle Schonbaum - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Danielle moved to Memphis as a child when her father took a position at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His example instilled in her a greater sense of community service. Danielle is a product of Memphis City Schools having graduated from Craigmont High School, and is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis (Go Tigers Go!).

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Robert Donati
A Guide to Voting in Shelby County

While voting is constantly encouraged, sometimes actually getting out and voting can seem a little more daunting and confusing than it should. With early voting for County Primaries coming up as soon as April 11, it’s time to figure out what’s happening. If you feel completely lost when it comes to voting, don’t worry. This article will walk you through everything you need to know. 

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Robert Donati
2018 Election Cycle

This year Shelby County has four elections with three different Election Days in May, August, and November. There are important elections and issues on each one of these ballots. We have an amazing group of progressive candidates this cycle, and it is important that voters turn out for each election to flip districts in Shelby County!

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Robert Donati