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Priorities USA digital ad for Annette Taddeo in the FL state Senate special election. Photo courtesy of: Priorities USA

Priorities USA quietly worked with the Florida Democratic Party to help a Democrat win a state Senate seat previously held by a Republican. It was the first time the national progressive advocacy group got involved in a state legislature race.

Why it matters: Democrats want to regain some of the nearly 1,000 state legislature seats they have lost in recent years, and progressive groups are focusing on digital campaigns as a strategy for Dems hoping to win more seats at every level. And this is another example of the sophisticated campaigns popping up to help Dems in these elections, which the advocacy groups think will create a pipeline for Democratic candidates to regain majorities overall.

Priorities USA coordinated a nearly $200,000 digital campaign in support of Annette Taddeo — who won with 51% of the vote. "Republicans certainly did a better job in 2016; they spent more money on it and it showed," said a Priorities USA spokesperson. Taddeo is the 8th Dem to flip a Republican seat since Trump's inauguration so far.

  • Hurricane Irma affected the campaign and the election, so the group focused more on mobile ads than desktop.
  • Priorities USA worked as a digital team for the Florida Democratic Party, deploying three types of ads: "positive" messages about Taddeo's platform; "Trump" that said things like "A vote against Diaz is a vote against Trump"; and "vote early" ads.
  • The ads were bilingual, which targeted voters who selected Spanish as their primary language for the internet browser.
  • Battle lines: The National Republican Senate Committee "wanted their candidates to spend 30% of their budget on [digital campaigns]," the Priorities USA spokesperson said, noting Dems "have, by any measure, fallen behind on that, so this is a step toward getting it done."
  • Counterpoint: Dems haven't won a special Congressional election since Trump and strategists have warned that these local wins are not necessarily indicative of national trends.

What's next: Priorities USA is using their digital model from Florida, which they consider a successful start, to model the work they do in 2018. They're largely known as running TV ads, but the spokesperson said they're pivoting to invest more in digital campaigns and deploy them at every level in 2018 — including House and Senate races. And they're assisting with a $2 million digital campaign for the Virginia governor's race and they have already run digital ads in competitive Senate races on health care.

Go deeper: Dems keep winning in Trump country as Republicans resign, which is an uplifting sign for the party, especially as state legislatures will be in charge of congressional redistricting ahead of 2022 elections. Forward Majority, a new Dem super PAC, is expanding its state legislature campaign to 12 states to further help Dems win more seats. And a recent survey conducted for Priorities USA suggested Democrats should focus campaign messages on the economy to win over voters in 2018.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.

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