Thursday, March 30, 2006 

Maybe we should do this :-) Unprecedented 50 State Canvass

Unless you think Ohio is in the bag :-) Thanks for the inspiration GrandpaBoy!
Dear Fellow Democrat,

Are you ready to make history?

Thanks to the overwhelming support from thousands of Democrats, who donated to get the literature for the canvass printed and shipped, we're on schedule and gearing up for the unprecedented Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day on April 29th.

On that Saturday, thousands of volunteers will recruit hundreds of thousands more Americans committed to changing the status quo this year during door-knocking events in communities across America.

Democrats have a clear vision for America, and we're going to get the word out by making personal contact with our neighbors. And along the way we will build new relationships among volunteers on the ground, a network that will have an impact beyond a single day.

Whether you've never volunteered or you're a seasoned door-knocking veteran, it is crucial that you take part in this historic organizing push.

Please RSVP for an event near you:

In many states, Democratic Party staff on the ground have already put together staging areas for massive voter contact events on the 29th. Thanks to donations from people like you, hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature are being printed and shipping in bulk to those locations right now.

If there isn't an event near you, don't worry. Some state parties will have canvassing events on alternate dates, or have other important events that planned for that weekend.

You can still plan your own canvass in your community. Our online tool makes the planning process easy, and if you create your event before April 10th, we will get doorhangers to you in time for your canvass on the 29th.

You can create your own event here:

Whether you're attending an event or hosting your own, we have also put together materials on the web to help you make your canvass as effective as possible.

The online package includes tips on canvassing, a suggested script for when you get to the door, and the doorhanger itself in various formats for you to print extras on your own.

Here is the online resource center:

Two-thirds of Americans reject this president and the Republican leadership -- and they are waiting to hear from us.

We are all members of one American community and it's up to us to make sure that our country has a government as good as its people.

Democrats have a big task in November. We will only win if every one of us takes responsibility for the outcome of the election now -- while there is still time to build our operation.

Thank you for being a part of this extraordinary grassroots push.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Okay - I signed up to host an event. Cleveland Highlanders please join me. For those interested: I'll try to get some Subodh Chandra and Julian Rogers info too. If you have any other ideas I am open to suggestions.

What I'd really like to see is an event in Medina and other outlying counties. (Hear that MDAC!) :-)

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs. What a wonderful spring day after you are done reading these great diaries go out for a walk and enjoy yourself!

PeanutButterKnife - Urban Coyotes in Akron and a little sidenote on
PeopleHaveThePower - The House Race to get behind: Kilroy v. Pryce
Truth,ForAChange - Conservative Christians: We’re taking the “Christ” out of ChristianityWP.
Pho - The Summit in Summit pt5: Chris Redfern speaks. Pho comments on the difficulties of the 88 county strategy.
DispassionateLiberal - Jill Carrolls release offer the administration some "free" good news to spread as opposed to the 1.62 Billion being spent on propaganda campaigns and Al Franken on immigration: Careful Al.
LICOPAC - The diary "Wallis bets on Youth" is a summary of the Wallis speech at OSU. It offers some great quotes and thoughts on Christianity and Politics including:
and a link to President Carters op/ed in the
...Wallis made it clear that he finds any reasonable reading of the Good Book reveals the Christian message is all about peace and justice and reducing hunger and poverty.

UAPA - Audio of the Wallis/Johnson debate: a dialogue between a leader of Christian conservatives in Ohio, and a national leader of evangelicals who take more liberal view of things.
AthiestMama - No politics but a nice diary that lets you see inside the recent life happenings of Cassandra.
MedinaDAC - The increasing cost of tuition at public colleges in Ohio.
StubbornLiberal - Rice turns up the rhetoric on Iran
Openers - ODP hires statewide coordinater, a position they didn't even have 4 years ago! (Well, at least we are moving in the right direction, Best of Luck Richard)

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 

Jennifer Martinez Atzberger running as an independent

Way to go Jennifer!

The Court of Appeals has denied candidate Jennifer Martinez’ request to order the Board of Elections to place her name back on the ballot as a candidate in the democratic primary election for Juvenile Court Judge. The Court of Appeals held that despite the fact that it was undisputed that the protest was time-stamped after the deadline there was not clear and convincing evidence that the Board’s decision to hear the protest was a clear disregard of the applicable law. In its opinion the court reasoned that although, “[c]learly, the Board lacks the authority to uphold an untimely protest,” that neither the parties nor the court had been able to identify what the definition of “filing” meant in the context of a filing with the Board of Elections. The Court further held that despite the fact that fifteen out of the nineteen exhibits presented regarding the use of Ms. Martinez’ name contained the name Martinez, or were solely under the name Martinez, that Ms. Martinez had abandoned the sole use of her maiden name upon marriage. The Court failed to comment on the second part of the McLaughlin test which required proof that the use of such name was to gain a political advantage

Ms Martinez and the Committee to Elect Jennifer Martinez for Judge have decided to begin seeking signatures to file as an independent candidate in the same race, running using both her maiden and married name of Jennifer Martinez Atzberger.

Ms. Martinez states that, “As an attorney I have to respect the Court of Appeals decision and the legal process. However, I strongly disagree with the ruling, and I think it should be challenged. All women, regardless of their marital status, should be allowed to run for office using their maiden name; the current rules are archaic and sexist. My primary goal right now though, is to find a way to be part of the election process, and if that means running as an independent candidate under the name Martinez Atzberger, then that is what I intend to do. I am the same person, with the same qualifications, regardless of whether I use one last name or two, and I would like to let the voters of Cuyahoga County decide whether or not I should be a Juvenile Court Judge.”

Ms. Martinez Atzberger and her committee are currently in the process of getting the required signatures for petitions to place her name on the ballot as an independent candidate in the November 2006 election. The required number of signatures is almost 4000 for an independent candidate, compared to the required 50 signatures for primary party candidates. If successful, she will be challenging the Democratic and Republican candidates for the Juvenile Court open seat, term commencing January 3, 2007.

More info here.

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

GrandpaBoy - Catching up with an old book, an interesting diary about an Iranian author who lives in 1950's Germany with some insights on todays politics. Also, Bush and the Reds.
TheChiefSource - When Morons Speak! Rumsfeld gives Iraq a D or D-, The new Memo that reveals Bush fierce determination on invading Iraq, and dumb comments from Tom Delay plus a little about the Andy Card resignation.
Openers - Schmidt stretches the truth on her resume and gets caught and Voinovich teams up with Petro against Blackwell and TEL.
LICOPAC - Zack Space reception info and an interesting first hand account of the 18th District race.
PsychobillyDem - A Hazardous Few Days to be a Republican
Pho - The Summit in Summit: a 4 part diary on the Cindy Sheehan, PDA event in Akron also Pho promises to further explain his Iraq position in a diary.
StubbornLiberal - Why does Limbaugh hate women and minorities? and a nice link diary of recent news stories of interest to Progressives.
AndrewWarner - Smitherman is In!
TruthForAChange - Bring us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses… ‘cause Corporate America needs cheap labor.
LawDork - McCain losing respect
UAPA - Abusive Priests Get Legal Break From Republican House plus a screening of the Peak Oil movie "The End of Suburbia"

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 

More Opportunities to Meet Candidates in Cleveland

Primary season is upon us and we can not emphasize how important this election is to our state, our country, and our world. We all know the road to the White House goes through Ohio.

To that end we have two big events coming up over the next week. First this Saturday at 9:30 AM at the AFL-CIO hall (3250 Euclid Avenue) DFA is co-sponsoring a candidates forum featuring Gubernatorial Candidate Ted Strickland (who has been endorsed by DFA), Auditor Candidate Barbara Sykes, and Attorney General Candidates Subodh Chandra and Mark Dann.

The second event is our Meetup on April 4th at 7PM at Trinity Commons, where we will decide our endorsements for candidates in contested races. In the last meeting we endorsed Ted Strickland, Sherrod Brown, and Jennifer Brunner. At this meeting we will have State Rep. candidates Julian Rogers and Mike Foley, Renee Cafaro (sister of Congressional Candidate Capri Cafaro), and representatives of Congressional Candidate Lou Katz and Supreme Court Candidate Bill O'Neill. We are also working on getting Supreme Court Candidate Peter Sikora. So come on down, meet the candidates, and weigh in on who DFA should endorse.

Can't make the meetings?

Feel free to signup for the campaigns we have endorsed:

Both campaigns have events coming up and need volunteers.

Hope to see you all Saturday and Tuesday!

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Friends don't let friends vote Republican!

Funny little email I recieved:

Things you must believe to be a Republican today:

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals, non-Christians and Hillary Clinton.

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony and free trade.

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iran.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without interference or regulation of product safety to the consumer.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

Rebuilding Iraq is humanitarian but rebuilding New Orleans and its levee system is a stupid waste of taxpayer money.

Giving the super-rich tax breaks is good for working people but providing child care to a single mother so she can work is government handouts.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages, eavesdropping on citizens, and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George & Laura Bush's driving record is none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

You support states' rights, but the Attorney General can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the 1980s is completely irrelevant.

It's wrong to be a "tax-and-spend" Democrat but OK to be a "cut-taxes-and-spend-big" Republican.

Feel free to pass this on. If you don't send it to at least 10 other people, we're likely to be stuck with more Republicans in '06 and '08.

Friends don't let friends vote Republican!

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

TruthForAChange - Be careful what you say: A great diary about NSA technologies and how they effect us, includes a great quote from Sen Frank Church of the Church committee.
ClevelandHomeless - Enters into a debate with Anthony Fossaceca (Ohio City Dev. Corp)Homeless and Ohio City.
Pho - Weighing in on Iraq as a progressive on domestic policy who is not a pacifist on foreign policy.
LawDork - On religious tolerance: LawDork attended the Jim Wallis - Russell Johnson debate
LiberalCommonSense - On the Illegal Immigration Issue: Is it all a matter of money?
PeopleHaveThePower - Consequences of stupidity and bigotry, the rightwing has legalized the abuse of women.
PrissyPatriot - NeoRepublicans...Are They All Crooks?
DemocraticVeteran - Death Squads as Foreign Policy.
TheChiefSource ->Who needs a bomb? On Iran.
Openers - DeWine votes 92% of the time with the President and tries to portray himself as an independent
"They may not have been able to afford the $10,000 price of admission, but with the click of a mouse, the hardworking men and women of Ohio can finally see what voting with the President 92% of the time got Mike DeWine... lots and lots of money," said DSCC spokesman Karl Frisch
GrandpaBoy - Central Ohio Leads the Charge on Congress (Bob Shamansky Meets The Bloggers)
Ohio2006 - Chandra endorsements, plus campaign news and polling results
UAPA - Ohio's Bob Ney Wins House Bracket In "Filthy Four" (Worth the click for the graphic alone)
StubbornLiberal - Republicans Are At It Again! On sweaters, illegal immigration, Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell
PeanutButterKnife - 7 Blunders of Cleveland: Part 1, Attitude & Indentity

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Monday, March 27, 2006 

They want my money

Between the emails, phone calls and letters - I get a lot of requests for donations. I don't know how some of these organizations even found me. Did I get on some kind of sucker list? I really don't mind them asking, I guess that is their job but it does irk me occasionally. (to get back at them I use thier address labels without even thinking about sending them money :-) !)

I suspect they have found me from online organizations reselling my info. When I signed up to start recieving updates from The Family Research Council, I wanted to know exactly who they sold my name to so - I used my folks address and a different name. What happened? Well, they sold my name to lots of psychics and chain mail type folks. Amazing. They don't think very highly of thier supporters do they? And you'd think that psychics would go against their belief system but - who knows?

Anyways, for the new year I have pledged to only give to candidates. I have limited funds and need to be mindful about where my money is going. When the issue oriented groups call, I tell them about my pledge and they don't disagree that perhaps my money might be better used helping more Progressive Candidates win. Of course, they'd like me to have enough for both issue and candidate but I don't. I think supporting candidates that have a history of working for progressive causes will have a greater impact than giving the money to the issue groups themselves (at least I am hoping). It may seem safer to give to NARAL if you want to be assured your money will work to protect womens reproductive rights but it just seems safe - I don't think it actually is. Of course, no candidate is perfect on all issues but if my tiny donation could help get more Progressive Dems elected my pet issues will do better in the long run and I suspect the country will do better immediately if enough of them get elected.

I just want a country that is run effectively by people who appreciate the importance of government and work for citizens not corporations.

So - Who am I giving money too?
Subodh Chandra
Sherrod Brown

I am also a Democracy Bonds holder. I give them a very small monthly amount and it goes to help enact Howard Deans 50 State Strategy. (Which I am a great believer in)

Who do you donate to?

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

MDAC - Republican Efforts to Cut Off Democratic Funding (It always comes down to the money with the GOP)
Pho - Blackwell's stealth campaign
LiberalCommonSense - Lisa is shaking her head over recent polling results, plus scientizing prayer and Blackwell refusing to debate.
PrissyPatriot - Draft rumors, soldiers going without food or water in Iraq and some great graphics.
AStraightShotofPolitics - No politics today -just a great fashion lesson.
Openers - Blackwells staff laughing at BSB, Kuncinich to endorse Subodh Chandra and Stricklands new TV ad.
UAPA - Moral Values of Religious Right in Ohio Questioned in Debate
TruthforaChange - The Unitary Executive (an idea from the Nixon era that all executive authority in the government is centralized to the President, and the Executive branch has the authority, at its discretion, to bypass the checks and balances of the other two branches of government) and how this President interprets it.
PeoplehavethePower - Wait, I thought they hated lawyers? On Lawyers, Montgomery, Petro and millions of dollars.
WorkingWithWords - From First George W to Current George W: A Study in the Decline of Presidential Vision
AndrewWarner - The house always wins, Casinos in Ohio
TheChiefSource - 2 Weeks Later: Bush Family Still a Bunch of Scumbags
DispassionateLiberal - Buckham's Bucks Flowchart, DeLay/Abramoff/Ellis scandal in flowchart ease and a diary on the Ben Domenech's fall from grace.
StubbornLiberal - 5 examples of Stupid, but True
AtheistMama - Oglala Sioux Tribe may come to the rescue of SD women

If I am missing your Ohio blog please feel free to email me at (Delete the word "remove" from the email address)

Thank you.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006 

Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay
an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus

We liberals need to make a distinction between attacking politicians
who see their faith as a necessary part of them and those who want
to see that their faith becomes a necessary part of us.
-- Andrew Hammond

Don't call everyone you don't like, Hitler. Bush is not Hitler. For
one thing, Hitler was a decorated frontline combat veteran. Also, in
the election that brought him to power in 1933, Hitler got more
votes than the other candidates.
-- Bill Maher

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.