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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
7:01 pm
Decode the debate
Tomorrow night’s presidential debate will focus on such key working family issues as good jobs, overtime pay, health care and education. The president may repeat some claims of accomplishments we’re just not feeling in our pockets and that don’t square with the realities working families face every day.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a guide for separating fact from fantasy tomorrow night. Click on the link below to check it out (you may need to register quickly before viewing), or keep reading:

Take a look at some of the claims and facts about the issues working families care most.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
3:30 pm
Very cool...


Put in your address, see what candidates people around you donated money to.

Interesting to put in famous names and see if they've donated, too.
Friday, February 20th, 2004
8:47 pm
A Role for Dean?
I've been having this conversation a lot with people lately, that while I wasn't supporting Dean in the Primary election (not that I was opposed to him, I just warmed up to Kucinich, Sharpton and Edwards more). I think that Dean really energizes people, and I felt horrible for the relentless "process" stories the press seemed to cycle for the last few months, losing perspective and limiting his ability to re-engage on issues. It's a problem with the relationship of media and politics, but I digress.

Speaking as a Green-Democrat, I think Dean would make a wonderful Democratic Party Chairperson, far better than he would make the man who is currently just spinning wheels. Governor Dean would not only help raise money for Democratic candidates (as much as I dislike the necessity of it), but he would introduce a lot of what both he and Ralph Nader have been talking about for the last couple of years, a truly inclusive and participatory democracy. He and Nader have both been talking about proportional representation, which I think is interesting because it's not the standard Democratic Party rap, it invites more opportunities for third parties, especially on local and statew levels where our lives are effected significantly.

Dean would help invigorate interest in state-to-state elections where we truly need to focus on the horrible redistricting many republican held legislatures have made. He would help us regain momentum for Congressional and Senate races so that when and if we actually could retake the White House, we wouldn't have a President who is constantly unfocused by despicable and wasteful efforts like White Water investigations that cost dozens of millions of dollars with no aim other than to distract Clinton from accomplishing goals.

Call me crazy, but I think Dean would serve incredibly well in that role and possibly be more effective than serving as President in this next term. I'm not saying he's going to be a bad one if he runs and becomes elected, but I feel so energized when I think of what he really could do on an ever grander scale with helping reshape, refocus and redefine the Democratic Party, which is in much need of a deep strategic planning effort. Dean is probably the best-qualified person I've seen in a long time (aside from maybe Clinton) to do this. If he spent time helping us really build a stronger, inclusive and energized Party, I think people would be incredibly energized at future prospects of a Dean Presidency.

Think about it Dean needs a project to place all his energy, and the Democratic Party needs true leadership. Regardless of winning the White House or not, I'm not sure that anti-Bush sentiment translates into pro-Democratic Party. I see that Dean could help bring some youth, vitality, optimism and diversity to the Democratic Party.

The prospect of this fills my heart with hope.

What are your thoughts?
11:21 am
Dear Howard Dean.
Hey everybody.

Howard Dean is truly a man of the people. Check out this e-mail correspondence between him and one of his loyal supporters and you'll see what I mean.

Howard Dean, My Pen Pal
Wednesday, February 18th, 2004
11:24 pm
What to do now?
Depressed because the Dean campaign is over? Think Kerry's Komatose? Finding Edwards Evasive?

Still desperate to take your country back?

It's not over folks, not by a long-shot. Here's five things that you can do to help take your country back:

  1. Keep your local Howard Dean campaign contacts alive.
  2. Run for a local office, such as city council, water commission, school board, state legislature, whatever.
  3. Get involved with your local Party, including running for precint committees.
  4. Vote for whoever the nominee is. Even a potted plant is better than Bush.
  5. Support progressive Congressional candidates in hotly disputed districts, by giving them money and/or volunteer support.

Together we can drag this party kicking and screaming to the left, and bring our nation back to sanity. Sure, it's not the smooth sailing we expected a few months ago, but nobody said this was going to be a cake walk.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2004
4:42 pm
Petition to the DNC
I have just read and signed the following online petition along with more than 800 other Dean supporters.

"Complaint to DNC for Compliance with Charter and Full and Fair Representation"


I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing it yourself.

I believe that it has been stated in comments on blogforamerica that the petition may be reported on the evening news by ABC and FOX, so please consider signing the petition as soon as possible.

(I am crossposting to howard_dean, dean_team, dean_in_2004, dean_democrats, and dean4america. My apologies if you see this more than once, and thanks for your time.)
Friday, February 13th, 2004
6:52 pm
Everyone please post something supportive on cityofmilwaukee. Its a community for the city of Milwaukee. I was reading this community and there are alot of Dean supporters. We need to keep them motivated to vote this weekend.

Ask yourself if there is something you can do for the Dean campaign. I live in Montgomery, Alabama and here is not the place Dean can win. Alot of us will vote for him and the Democrats will back him if something changes...but if Kerry comes down to the Deep South, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi...Dean won't have a chance...

Livejournal can be an effective tool, thie Campaign started on the Internet and we have to push where Joe Trippi left off...
Monday, February 9th, 2004
1:16 am
Ask Feingold to endorse Dean
I saw this idea on the Blog for America site, and a quick search here didn't turn it up, so I thought I'd post it just to make sure it gets the most exposure it can. Sorry if you've seen it before, but it seems like a good idea, even if it might be a longshot.

If you're a Wisconsin resident or know people in Wisconsin who support Dean, email or call Senator Russ Feingold and ask him to support Dean, or even write a letter if you have time or think it will reach him or his staff in time. Contact info is below.

Email: Russ_Feingold [at] feingold.senate.gov
Phone: 202-224-5323

Again, sorry if you've seen it before.

PS - If you're from a state coming up, or even a month away, consider doing the same. Even if they don't endorse him right away, they might think about it again if he wins Wisconsin. If they did endorse him right away, well, it would be some extra good press.

Current Mood: awake
Friday, February 6th, 2004
2:59 pm
"Burn for Dean" action alert
I'm just forwarding this along... cross-posted to howard_dean and dean_in_2004...


Announcing "Burn For Dean," a grassroots mobilization effort designed to deliver the truth about Howard Dean to Wisconsin voters through the medium America knows best: television!

To win Wisconsin for Dean, we NEED:

-- YOU to forward this message to all your groups.

-- A volunteer army to burn DVDs and copy VHS tapes and ship them to Wisconsin's grassroots who will carry them to the doors of voters throughout Wisconsin.

-- Volunteers to telephone voters in Wisconsin identifying those who would like a video sent to them.

-- An elite group of wealthy individuals who can make independent expenditures to pay for bulk burns of DVDs to supplement our efforts.


All you need to do to join the Burn Brigade is send a blank email to Burn4Dean-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You will receive an automatic reply, and all you have to do is hit "reply" and "send."

We will send you the URL for downloading the material as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, go get some blank dvds! Look for download instructions, mailing address, and phone numbers to appear in your mailbox.

Thanks in advance for your help as part of the National Grassroots for Dean.

Geri Weis-Corbley,
National Grassroots for Dean Project Coordinator

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, February 5th, 2004
9:13 pm
Howard Dean's Last Stand
Here's the scoop: Dean has determined that it all comes down to Wisconsin. If we win Wisconsin then we break the "unelectible" myth. If we don't win Wisconsin, then that's it .. the campaign is over.

The campaign's supporters responded today by donating $726,000 (as of now) for television ads. That's in one day. Dean has cancelled all his Michigan appearances and has moved his entire campaign staff to Wisconsin. The organization is focusing nearly every resource they have on this one state.

The message is clear. If this is our last stand, then we're going to win or go down fighting.

So listen up folks: if you ever thought of helping Howard Dean out, if you ever thought he said the right thing, if you ever believed that he would make a good President, then this is the time to do something about it.

Here's what you can do:

So this is it folks: the final battle. If you feel discouraged or betrayed or pissed off, this is the time to put all those feelings aside. Now is the time to act. Now is the time to act on everything we believe, everything that we hope for, everything that we've dreamed about. Now is the time to join together to fight like hell for the America that we grew up believing in. The odds are against us, but so it has been for many a righteous cause. If we win then we will have a tale to tell our grandchildren. If we lose then we go down fighting.

I ask you now to fight beside me. Do it for your country.


(x-posted to howard_dean)
7:24 pm
LJ Dean Team is up and running!
Hello folks! The portal to LJ Dean Team is ready and waiting for you to come by and take a look. Let's make this an effort we cal all be proud of. You can get to it through dean_team.

Join and spread the word! This does not take the place of any communities, but is an effort to bring them all together through the LJ Portal.

Current Mood: excited
3:06 pm
Coordination of Efforts: Blogging Deaniacs, Unite!
Hey there, fellow Deansters!

I'm writing to let everyone know that I'm starting a Dean Team of my own, and now we've got a Community for it, dean_team. My goal is to coordinate the efforts of all Dean Troops to whoop them all with a Shock and Awe Campaign of our own! Let's try to get everyone from the various (pro-) Dean communities together and work toward a win for Wisconsin and beyond. Spread the word!!!

Current Mood: determined
12:25 pm
Howard Dean's campaign is trying to raise $700,000 by Sunday for advertising in Wisconsin. Dean just announced that if he doesn't win Wisconsin, he's dropping out of the race. So if you're a Dean supporter, and you've got $5 (or $1) to spare, you can donate on their website.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2004
3:18 pm
Dean on ABC Tonight
Dean and his wife will be interviewed tonight by Diane Sawyer on ABC. See http://www.livejournal.com/users/channeldean/18482.html on channeldean.
Friday, January 16th, 2004
1:05 pm
Hey guys, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you that I created a community, willworkfordean, for those of us who will be on the ground in Iowa to post what we're up to. It's also for anyone who's doing any kind of campaign volunteering (canvassing, parades, hosting meetups, etc) to discuss what works and share ideas.
Thursday, January 8th, 2004
2:36 am
Excellent Dean Meetup at Bakers Square in Pasadena, CA!
I've typed up a first-impressions report, and posted both to my LJ and to the San Gabriel Valley For Dean blog.

What in incredible, wonderful evening!!

Current Mood: busy
Monday, December 15th, 2003
1:23 pm
While some of us are concerned over the future of our democratic candidates, I have found something to bring a bit of sense of humor to you. I am sure I am not the only one to create a community as soon as I found out codes were no longer necessary, but I find that this one is one of a kind, and sure to make you laugh.

Welcome to sexydemocrats, a place where you can either seriously or jokingly gush about democrats in the United States Government. That includes the entire bicameral legislature, the supreme court, presidential candidates, and even democrats on your local level! You can even jokingly post pictures of old men/women to say they're hot, for a laugh or two. Doesn't matter to me, lol, as long as the atmosphere of the community and the atmosphere of member interaction constantly remains friendly and jovial. Even if you have no sexy democrats to gush over, it might be fun to watch the community and check back every now and then, considering who knows what crazy things are in store there lol! I just created the thing a few hours ago and it has 8 members and counting...so don't be afraid! Enjoy the aspect good-heartedly that we tend to over look in our times of trouble---a politician's good looks!!

Hope to see you there!
(sorry for the cross-posting!!)

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
9:29 pm
Don't forget to keep voting for Dean in the POTUS poll:

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
4:42 pm
MeetUp voting
I'm hosting a new meetup in Southborough MA, and if anyone here happens to be in the area, please vote for my venue so it will become official. :) It's at Mauro's Village Cafe in the heart of beautiful downtown Southborough. I just got my meetup pack from Burlington, I'm very excited.

BUT, I need 6 more votes for my venue to make it official... so please go here and vote for Mauro's in Southborough MA. Thanks!

(x-posted everywhere Dean-related)
Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
9:02 pm
The CCC bozos
I was amused to find out that the guys in the Council For Conservative Citizens actually invited Dean to their Board Meeting. Wouldn't it be ironic if they helped to vote him in, taking votes away from Bush in St Louis?


My favorite lines:

"Dean is currently thrashing about in a fetid bog of liberal doggerel, the natural habitat of baleful trolls like Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, some petrified Dems gather dust on the campaign trail....Of course he went limp on his flag comments. What else could he do? He risked alienating the black lesbian Vermont vote."

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