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New York's Capitol Building in Albany. Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee are teaming up in the battle for state legislature seats across the country — with the DNC set to invest an additional $500,000 in 11 state parties.

Why it matters: Democrats lost around 1,000 state legislative seats under Barack Obama. Control of state chambers grants control over map redistricting, which is currently favorable to Republicans. And this last-minute investment adds to the collective $35 million both groups have already put into the 2018 cycle.

The big picture: A lot of the midterms focus has been on House and Senate races, but the two groups believe "the first line of resistance against Republicans’ extremist policies starts in the states," according to a joint memo.

By the numbers: There are more than 6,000 state legislative seats up for election this cycle.

  • Per the memo, Democrats are 17 seats away from flipping eight state chambers in New York, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire and Florida.
  • The DNC has also invested $20 million in state parties across the country to elect Democrats at all levels.
  • The DNC and DLCC’s efforts have helped Democrats flip more than 40 state legislative seats so far.

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Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

Big Tech's post-riot reckoning

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.