2020 Democratic candidates onstage at televised debates.
Image: New York Times, June 28, 2019

Kamala Harris:
→ 5,265,653 [2016, US Senate, California] (latest and best)

Elizabeth Warren:
→ 1,633,371 [2018, US Senate, Massachusetts] (latest)
→ 1,696,346 [2012, US Senate, Massachusetts] (best)

Amy Klobuchar:
→ 1,566,174 [2018, US Senate, Minnesota] (latest)
→ 1,854,595 [2012, US Senate, Minnesota] (best)

Michael Bennet:
→ 1,370,710 [2016, US…


OMG, it’s the last week of the campaign! After two excruciating, dispiriting, enraging, nauseating, depressing, sleepless years of Republican dumpster fire, it’s almost our chance to vote out the spineless toadies — and vote in a blue wave of incredibly talented, capable, experienced, energetic Democrats to Congress, governorships, AGships, and…


Or, The Importance of Overton Defenestration

So I’m speaking today at The Economist’s Open Future Festival, on a panel with Anil Dash and Monika Bickert to debate whether technology is still a force for progress. Normally, this wouldn’t merit a Medium post, but one of the other individuals on the program turns out to be a…


We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Higher Ground Labs accelerator cohort! These 13 start-ups address a broad range of challenges in politics, ranging from polling solutions to psychographic mapping to persuasion testing to volunteer engagement. …


(Not This Crowd)

The video from a fun Internet policy event at New America this week is now online. Yes, we had keynotes from Senator Amy Klobuchar, focusing on her legislative effort to advance transparency and accountability in online political ads, and Rep. Ted Lieu, outlining Constitutional and other interests as we examine…


Or: “Next time, let’s bring a battle droid to the knife fight.”

As we launch Higher Ground Labs, we figured it might be useful to set out our thesis. …


As this dyspeptic campaign year lurches across the finish line, the national mood seems to be one of misery. If you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter (like me), your confidence in her victory remains strong, but your enthusiasm may have been dampened by the inescapable media cacophony about EMAILS!, a.k.a., …


When people write on Medium, a big part of the reason is because the Medium platform delivers interested and engaged readers. While the act of writing can often be lonely, the payoff is a kind of communion with one’s readers, often embodied in the active dialog that a thoughtful piece…


Sure, Bernie Sanders has some valuable things to say about the often-ignored structural forces that are accelerating longstanding negative trends in the United States: the shrinking of our middle class, the hardening of barriers to economic and social mobility, the growing chasm of income inequality, the slow evaporation of educational…


Red Alert: It’s Time to Mobilize, Brasileiros

In recent years, Brazil has gotten enormous respect worldwide for its pioneering Civil Rights Framework for the Internet, commonly known as the Marco Civil. Even with some arguable imperfections, the Marco Civil is globally viewed as a concrete and history-making advance for freedom, privacy, and openness on the Internet, praised…

Andrew McLaughlin

Partner/co-founder: Higher Ground Labs. Venture fellow: betaworks. Board: Access Now, Public Knowledge. Nerd, really. <http://andrew.mclaughl.in>

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