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There are many critical races that will be decided this November -- races that will determine whether Democrats pick up the 15 seats we need to take back the House in 2006.  

So today I'm inviting you to vote and decide which Democratic House candidates PAC for a Change should support next.  The Democratic incumbent and the Democratic challenger receiving the most online votes will each be featured in a fundraising email to our PAC for a Change community -- which could be worth tens of thousands of dollars to their campaigns.  (A similar fundraising email that we sent last month on behalf of my friend and colleague from Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson, raised more than $68,000 for his campaign.)

More on the flip.

We only need 15 seats to take back the House this November -- 15 seats that will finally allow a Democratic Congress to check this President who is on a runaway train to disaster both abroad and at home and abroad with a raging war and raging deficits.

So we've identified 10 Democratic House incumbents and 16 Democratic challengers in key, competitive races across America.  These are the races where a little extra financial support can really go a long way and help us pickup the 15 seats we need.

Who should we support next?  Cast your vote now:

We'll be collecting online votes for these 10 incumbents and 16 challengers between now and May 12th.  So please vote now -- then invite everyone you know to vote too.

Thanks so much for your help!  Together, we're going to really make a huge difference for two of these fantastic House candidates.  And you're going to decide who that will be.

-- Barbara

P.S.  I've got a couple meetings to run to this afternoon/evening, but I'll try to stop by later this evening to respond to a few of your comments.  Thanks for your help and support!

UPDATE (10:45pm ET): I just got back to my computer -- it's been a long day! But I just wanted you to see my responses to a few of your comments that I phoned in from the road, which my PAC staffer sfbrentb posted under his ID. Thanks again for all of the great feedback!

Originally posted to Barbara Boxer on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:12 PM PDT.

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  •  Thanks for your help (137+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, Sharoney, Malacandra, Ed in Montana, Angie in WA State, Mogolori, Irfo, musing graze, stonedown, laurak, GOTV, Tulip, tikkun, DelRPCV, Delaware Dem, Dem 724, Mullibok, saraswati, juls, R Dub, Lahdee, OLinda, oysterface, willyr, polecat, x, frisco, Luam, bumblebums, bostonjay, Predator Saint, Vitarai, shermanesq, bronte17, Nathaniel Ament Stone, PsiFighter37, journey man, Pithy Cherub, luna, Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots, pixella, peraspera, sgilman, peeder, big dave, Terre, sidnora, Tomtech, Revel, NYC Sophia, Sunqueen212, BarnBabe, Rico, Caldonia, Dale Read, homo neurotic, DriftawayNH, Eddie Haskell, inclusiveheart, AnonymousArmy, ChiGirl88, mattes, MikeInFlorida, OrangeClouds115, edalex, gsbadj, jim bow, Humboldt Jodi, vcmvo2, jonathan94002, joanneleon, Bluesee, whodat527, Skaje, Steve M, blueyedace2, coloradobl, Chinton, timberhoood, clammyc, SoCalLiberal, citizenx, drewfromct, amRadioHed, VirginiaBelle, Bouwerie Boy, majcmb1, Pam from Calif, concerned, Karmafish, eaglecries, BobOak, illyia, JellyPuddin, paxpdx, wardlow, Blue387, Cincinnati News, Shaking the Tree, playtonjr, JanL, hiddengnostic, soyinkafan, Reality Bites Back, zot23, Sanuk, methodishca, Nightprowlkitty, tarheelblue, PatsBard, leo joad, darthstar, buhdydharma, Jordan LFW, js noble, mango, Wary, ejbr, sailmaker, neecie100, reid fan, OneCrankyDom, NOLA Native, imabluemerkin, condoleaser, FireCrow, TPaine, righteousbabe, Dreaming of Better Days, kurt, Brother Love, guachi, DrClayForrester, Lew2006, brown4160, bstotts, dochackenbush

    I'll try to swing by later this evening, after I wrap up my meetings for the day, to respond to some of your comments.

    Please vote!

    -- Barbara

    •  Eric Massa NY-29!!! (11+ / 0-)

      That's the district I was born & raised in, and I would really really love to see a Democrat get a foothold in. My stepdad still lives up there, and he says everyone is pissed off at Bush & the GOP leadership. I think Massa really has a chance in that district!

    •  Support John Laesch (IL-14) (11+ / 0-)

      in his run against Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He's been part of Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund group, but the more help the better! I mean really, what could be a better shot across the bow than to have Denny lose his seat to a former naval military analyst specializing in the Middle East, let alone an Illinois farming background?

      "Its a grave digger's song, Praising God and State. So the Nation can live, So we all can remain as cattle. They demand a sacrifice..." -Flipper

      by Skid on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:53:38 PM PDT

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    •  Please check... (1+ / 0-)
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      -8.75;-5.28. But it don't mean nuttin if you don't put your money where your mouth is

      by ultrageek on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:08:03 PM PDT

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    •  May I just say... (15+ / 0-) cool it is of you to do this, Senator. Thank you for being so accessible.

      You certainly haven't joined the Washington bubble that encompasses so many members of Congress and shields them from reality. You haven't changed at all. Thank you for representing Californians so well.

    •  Before Hurricane Season, Please Count Ohio Votes (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you so much for all you do. Bravery Is Beautiful. I had a longer post for Rep. Slaughter, also Brave and Beautiful, of an email that I sent to Senator John Kerry and as a return of your email on this very topic. Different material, same request:

      Here is the short version:

      Can we please, for the sake of our own families, especially along the coast, ask the Judge (Others too?) in the Ohio trial brought by The Green and Libertarian Parties for which John Kerry had made secure the evidence of Paper Ballots, to move the trial forward before Hurricane Season, to finally count the Ballots?

      Because, if Bush did not win, I want to know now, right now, so that we can get a reality-based person, John Kerry, in charge to help all of us living on the coast survive the upcoming Hurricane season...all, yellow, blue, purple and red. And, to finally start trying to reverse Global Warming.


      If the judge refuses, even though it could save lives, our lives, then what about other ideas to be able to count those ballots quickly?

      Perhaps a drive for affidavits from Ohio voters, registered as having voted, to mail or drop off witnessed signed statements of how they voted. This would amount to open voting, which America used historically and now the U.S. Congress, state assemblies, and even town councils, all vote in public.

      Other Ideas? Because we not only have to win, the hard part seems to be proving it in a system of vanishing proof. Or, once proven, assuming office.

      But, we have to act before Hurricane season, if at all possible for our families. And, I would guess that coastal Republicans are turning more purple and blue the closer Hurricane season gets.

      Because at 425 ppm CO2 and Methane, we have past the Tipping Point. Times Up. Thelma Bush and the Louise GOP could take us all down with them with their Greater-Extinction-Level Job Performance.

      What other ideas are possible for the future, if we do not succeed in getting rid of Non-Evidentiary E-Voting equipment put in place by Abramoff's and Ney's HAVA for Diebold, designed with the purpose of removing Evidence, Paper Ballots.


      Information that John Kerry, Rep. Slaughter, any others may be interested in:

      Parallel Elections at the Grassroots

      from Lynn Landes

      Stand up and be counted!
      (Lynn's original article below)

      The Parallel Election Project is an effort to return local control and meaningful oversight to elections in America.  Our current voting system is completely untrustworthy.  State election officials across the country have privatized and outsourced our elections to a handful of domestic and foreign corporations.  It is an open door to massive vote fraud.

      We want to change that. We have decided to run our own Parallel elections.  We are organizing to place Parallel Election Pollworkers (PEPs) at as many polling stations as possible.  On election day, they'll be there to ask citizens to vote in both the Parallel and the Official elections.  We will have ballots and a ballot box.  We will give voters literature on their way into the polls, and ask voters to mark and sign a PE ballot on their way out of the polls.  We need their signature so that we can use the ballots to challenge election results and ask for a new election, if needed. Recounts are not a solution in that they only occur after election officials have had days if not weeks to tamper with ballots.

      Parallel Elections serve three purposes:

      • Introduces Americans to real voting
      • Provides evidence to challenge election results and request a new election
      • Pressures election officials to ban voting by machine, absentee, or early

      Two major concerns expressed about this project have been - participation and signing the ballot.  First, it is not necessary to have 100% voter participation. If the Parallel Election (PE) vote tally indicates a candidate won over 50% of the votes at your precinct, but the official tally doesn't, then you can challenge the results.  Or, if we count more votes for any candidate, than what the official results show, then we can challenge. This could be particularly helpful for third party candidates. Challenges can be made on the precinct, county, or state level.

      Second, if voters don't want to sign their ballots, they could sign a register or leave their ballot unsigned.  However, their ballot will not constitute direct evidence of how they voted, and therefore, will be less valuable to the project.

      Anyone can organize a Parallel Election. A single person can conduct a Parallel Election at their own polling place on Election Day. Or, people can be more ambitious and organize their town, county, or state.  With every election, more voters will get the idea. If Americans want every vote to count, then Americans must be at their polling place on Election Day to count every vote.  Get Project Details

      Plan B:  Parallel Elections & Signed Ballots
      By Lynn Landes  1/18/05

      Something's got to give.  Another election is just around the corner.  What's it going to be?  Another opportunity to document election "irregularities" and computer “glitches”?  Another chance to analyze mysterious exit polls?  Another exercise in frustration?  Another charade.
      Democrats will need a mighty good reason to go back to the polls.  Many believe that our elections are rigged.  And they have good reason.  Republicans own the voting machine companies that count 80% of the votes.  Congress and the courts are unlikely to change that.  And the Democratic leadership has hardly made it an issue.

      So, let's do something different.  We'll go to Plan B.  We'll organize our own “Parallel Elections”.  
      A Parallel Election would be held in tandem with the official election.  It could be organized on a precinct, county, or statewide basis.  And anyone could do it.  It's simple.  On Election Day, "parallel election pollworkers" (PEPs) would position themselves outside the polls.  They would provide voters with “parallel ballots” to mark and a ballot box in which to cast them.  At the end of the day, PEPs would compare their tallies with the official election returns.  If the tallies don't match, the election can be challenged.

      But, the really big deal is this... voters would be asked to print their names and addresses and sign their ballots.  What's the point?   To provide proof.  Candidates need hard evidence in order to challenge election results.  A signed ballot would act as a voter's affidavit - as direct evidence of the voter's intent.  

      Exit polls and audits provide circumstantial evidence, at best.  We need much more.
      During the 2004 election, tens of thousands of voting rights activists worked the polls.  They documented tens of thousands of election irregularities.  But, all that documentation didn't provide any direct evidence of how people actually voted.  Even when recounts were conducted, as in Ohio, election officials managed to sabotage the process.

      The original goal of the secret ballot was to minimize vote selling and voter intimidation. It seemed like a good idea at the time.  But, that time has passed.  The secret ballot has become the refuge of scoundrels and unscrupulous election officials.  It provides perfect cover for vote fraud and system failure.  

      A signed ballot is not such a farfetched idea.  In the 1700’s and 1800's, "There was no right to a secret ballot; having sworn in as a voter, the voter may have simply called out his choices to the election clerks who sit... behind the judge tallying the vote," writes University of Iowa professor Douglas W. Jones.

      In some parts of Switzerland, citizens still follow the ancient custom of electing their government by an open show of hands on the last Sunday morning of every April.

      Think about it.  The U.S. Congress, state assemblies, and even town councils, all vote in public.  Why should our votes be kept secret?  What are we afraid of?  Are we afraid we'd lose our jobs if our employers knew how we voted?  That ship has sailed - quite literally.  Millions of jobs in America have already been outsourced to foreign countries.  It's only going to get worse if we can't boot these lunatics out of office.  Are we afraid that some voters will sell their votes?  Oh, you mean like our legislators already do?  Listen. I wouldn't make vote selling legal, but I wouldn't get my shorts in a twist over it, either.  Or, are we afraid to disappoint our friends and family?  It's more important not to disappoint yourself.

      A Parallel Election serves three purposes.  First, it introduces authentic voting to American citizens.  Second, it asserts local control over the voting process.  And third, it provides a platform from which to seriously challenge election results.  

      So, what do you think?  Does a Parallel Election make sense?  Does it stand a chance?  Will people respond?  I certainly hope so, because otherwise we're left with some pretty dismal choices, all framed in a negative context.  I think this is a positive project that's worth a try.  I'm game.  If you're interested, send me an e-mail at  

      Let's show our machine-made politicians that we will stand up and be counted.
      Lynn Landes is one of the nation's leading journalists on voting technology and democracy issues. Readers can find her articles at Lynn is a former news reporter for DUTV and commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Contact info: / (215) 629-3553


      And one-on-one consulting with Bev Harris at BBV is a great resource. I miss her information being here. see:

      many green, yellow, blue and now purple dogs are a majority.

      by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:06:28 PM PDT

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    •  Please, please help Texas (5+ / 0-)

      Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-17)
      Nick Lampson (TX-22)

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:28:45 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for showing up! (2+ / 0-)
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      Ja of Anoroc, Sanuk

      Also, has anyone not noticed Barbara is a babe?
      Looking good, keep fighting.

      Impeach and Imprison! -6.63/-6.10

      by FireCrow on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:42:03 PM PDT

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      •  No. (0+ / 0-)

        What I have noticed is that she is a very decent human being who takes her public service seriously and represents her beloved country very well. She is one of the very best people in D.C. Her appearance is irrelevant.

        Let's not be sexist. M'kay?

  •  Judy Feder (7+ / 0-)


    please.  She out raised wolf last quarter and she needs exposure.

  •  Thanks Sen Boxer (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll swing over there and cast a vote now...

  •  Difference (13+ / 0-)

    This is the best example of the difference between Democrats and Republicans. We get to vote. Repubs are told by Rove whom to support.

  •  I think the thing we can do best (2+ / 0-)
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    sc kitty, lgmcp

    is to help out with our local campaign. I'm not sure that many of us know enough about enough congressional candidates to be able to weigh the claims of one against all others. So, sorry, I'm not going to weigh in on this straw poll.

    Inconvenient News Doing my part to afflict the comfortable.

    by smintheus on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:15:27 PM PDT

    •  and that is a good reason for Senator Boxer (10+ / 0-)

      to have posted this dairy. Gives up a place to talk about the candidates, debate them and then pick winners. Seems like a great idea to me, but then again...I loves me my Senator Boxer.

      "The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction." -Gandhi

      by Chamonix on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:21:37 PM PDT

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    •  You should go over and read the write ups (3+ / 0-)
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      sc kitty, leo joad, Wary

      that are provided at the very least.  It is an interesting list.  It is really too bad that one from each group will get funding.

      •  That's not remotely enough info (0+ / 0-)

        to make a choice among so many candidates. Even if you narrow the question to how much you agree with a candidate's positions (excluding entirely such practical questions as electability; how capable the candidate already is as a fundraiser; how great a boost will new donations make; etc.), you would have to investigate each of these candidates in detail to make a meaningful choice. In any case, candidates are about a lot more than just position papers; how are you going to compare one candidate's backbone to another's, for example, without getting to know a lot about them?

        Sorry to be the cynic, but I also have to add that this looks a lot like self-aggrandizement on behalf of the Congresswoman's PAC. I am not a money-machine, and don't want to be put on another fundraising list.

        As I told the last fundraiser to call from the Dems, any money from us this year will go to candidates of our own choosing, like Russ Feingold and John Murtha, who actually take a stand rather than just talking about how they need more money before they can afford to take a stand.

        Inconvenient News Doing my part to afflict the comfortable.

        by smintheus on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:49:12 PM PDT

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  •  i voted! (2+ / 0-)
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    polecat, Wary
    Thanks Sen Boxer!  

    My vote probably won't matter but i voted for Barrow from Ga and Schuler from NC...we need progressive voices here in the south.  

  •  Can Texas get some love? (15+ / 0-)

    It would be nice if some of ya'll would vote for the Texas candidates.  We need all the help we can to take back Texas.  

    Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-17)After a bitter battle in a newly drawn congressional district, Congressman Chet Edwards was the only member of the targeted "Texas Five" to survive Tom Delay's 2003 Texas redistricting scheme. As the representative for President Bush's home district, Chet is now serving his 8th term in the U.S. Congress, and is one of the biggest targets for the GOP this cycle.
    Nick Lampson (TX-22)Former Rep. Nick Lampson was first elected to Congress in 1996 after beating incumbent Congressman Steve Stockman.  After serving four terms, Nick lost his seat last cycle due to DeLay's 2003 redistricting scheme.  Now Nick is campaigning to replace Tom DeLay, who recently resigned in disgrace.

    •  Support Chet Edwards (4+ / 0-)
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      edalex, citizenx, Sanuk, leo joad

      His opponent is an Iraq vet who is playing up his fundy bonafides to the alumni of Baylor and Texas A&M (both in the 17th).  

      Chet survived in 04 because Arlene Wolgemuth is a total nut.  Van Taylor (his opponent) is one of only a handful of Republican Veterans and he will be a greater challenge.

      With every seat up and every seat critical, Chet MUST retain his position.  

      •  Edwards is a great Congressman (2+ / 0-)
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        edalex, Sanuk

        He's not in my district, but I used to work for a disability attorney with an office in Waco, and hardly a week went by without one of Edwards' constituents singing his praises--mostly these were poor, desperate people grateful for the fact that Edwards was willing to light a fire under Social Security's ass.

        He is worthy of support. And I sincerely hope that Edwards touts his longstanding support of the Veterans' healthcare system. It's largely through his and Lamar Smith's efforts (can't stand Smith, but credit where credit is due) that Central Texas, Waco particularly, still have their VA facilities.

        I would love to see Van Edwards answer the question of just what his party has done for the veterans of Central Texas and all across the country.

        "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

        by AustinCynic on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:03:18 PM PDT

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    •  This Floridian voted straight Texas. (5+ / 0-)

      I think if Dems could take back Texas the victories would spread from there like wildfire.

      Eat the rich. Their toes taste like chocolate.

      by rjo on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:41:47 PM PDT

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    •  That's the ticket I chose (1+ / 0-)
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      Don't it make my red state blue...

      Well, okay, I don't live in Texas but I really like Edwards and Lampson, so they got my votes on this one.

      Senator Boxer: Consider John Laesch in IL-14 for your next round of funding! I imagine the beltway conventional wisdom may be that his bid to unseat Hastert is a long-shot, but I think he can win if he is able to raise sufficient funds.

      More here on this impressive Fighting Dem:

      I just hope that people will take a deep breath and allow us to continue to do what we have to do. --Patrick J. Fitzgerald

      by Jennifer Clare on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:08:32 PM PDT

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  •  I voted yesterday (3+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, Ja of Anoroc, reid fan

    DavidNYC has some thoughts on the subject over at SSP.

    This list obviously has most of the excellent races and is also tough to choose from. However, I'm gonna use a somewhat different metric here, which is one you've seen me use before: Marginal effect. That is, where are our dollars likely to go the farthest? For races where challengers have already raised a million dollars, clearly we can have less of an effect. In "cheaper" races, by contrast, we can have a much greater impact.

    I think the lowest-dollar races on this list is Eric Massa in NY-29 - he's raised in the low six-figures. Most of these challengers have actually already raised over a million dollars (Lampson's raised over two). Those who haven't include Harry Mitchell (who got a late start), Joe Sestak (same), Joe Courtney, Heath Shuler, Brad Ellsworth and Peter Welch. Charlie Wilson hasn't, either, but with his primary situation still totally up in the air, I can't advise voting for him. And I'm not sure about Baron Hill - I can't seem to find his totals on the FEC site. Of course, Francine Busby ($1.5M so far), unlike the rest of these folks, faces her next election in little over a month (not counting any primaries).

    I went for Busby, but hey that's me.

    Senator Boxer, what are you planning on doing in the Senate to guarantee the principle of Net Neutrality?

    "He was a pit bull last year, and now after the special elections, he is an old French poodle." Bob Mulholland on Aaahnold

    by juls on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:21:21 PM PDT

  •  My votes (1+ / 0-)
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    Herseth in SD-AL and Lois Murphy in PA-06. Although Bean is probably going to be a closer race, my principles simply won't let me vote for someone like her. On the other hand, Lois Murphy lost by the closest margin last time. She'll need every last penny she can get.

  •  Feingold has been doing this, too... (9+ / 0-)

    ...over at the Progressive Patriots Fund. Thanks to both Boxer and Feingold for showing such leadership in helping us take back the House from the Rethugs.

    Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978. -7.63, -5.64

    by wiscmass on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:26:31 PM PDT

  •  Lampson in TX-22! (7+ / 0-)

    The symbolism of reclaiming the roach's old house seat would be worth its weight in gold!  (And he is a great candidate, btw.)

    Yes, its going to be a tough fight, but I know more than a couple of people in Sugarland (a bugman stronghold) and they are mad...mad mad mad.  Plus their is a lot of jockeying for the R nomination, plus a good likelihood that there will be a libertarian candidate on the ballot.

    Fox News--As fair as a Florida Election, as balanced as Ann Coulter when she forgets her medicine.

    by Dizzy on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:28:14 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, Senator (0+ / 0-)

    And I have cast my votes.  And once again, much love and appreciation for what you do.  I am always glad to get your emails and see your diaries.

    Thanks again!

  •  If we help (6+ / 0-)

    Francine Busby, it will send a tidal wave of a message.

    And of the incumbents, Stephanie Herseth gets my vote.

    Thanks, from a constituent.

    Visit and follow every 2006 Senate race.

    by AnthonySF on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:33:53 PM PDT

  •  Chris Carney PA-10 (1+ / 0-)
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    He's an amazing guy, running in a conservative district, and within striking distance of a real scumbag Republican incumbant.

    I know you can't include everyone, but Chris's race is super important!

    •  Good suggestion (1+ / 0-)
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      My list is not exlusive, it is not exhaustive, and it is certainly not perfect.

      So I hope everyone will listen to all of these comments that the community is making and adopt many more of these candidates!

      What's more, if this vote goes well, we may well be back before Election Day with another list and include your suggestions on it.

      -- Barbara

  •  Thank You Senator! (4+ / 0-)
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    Ed in Montana, Cook, amRadioHed, leo joad

    Senator, is there any chance you might come back and talk with us on policy issues as well as campaign issues?

    We're a pretty big think tank here at DKos, and we have a lot to contribute to the debate.

    Senators Kennedy and Kerry have come here to discuss judicial nominees; Senator Feingold has come here to discuss wiretapping, censure, and the PATRIOT Act.  We always have very productive conversations, and we really don't bite.

    As always, I am blessed, blessed, blessed to have you as my Senator and Mike Thompson as my Congressman.  It makes me never want to move!

    Not a part of the red-neck agenda

    by Humboldt Jodi on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:37:34 PM PDT

    •  Yes (3+ / 0-)
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      Hummingbird, Sanuk, BlueInBoston

      I have stopped by several times to discuss policy issues, and I'll certainly continue to do that.

      Also, I'll be in Las Vegas for YearlyKos in June.  So I hope to see many of you there!

      -- Barbara

      •  Oh now (1+ / 0-)
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        I really wanna go!  I had no idea my Senator was going to be there.  You know what, Sen. Boxer, YOU are COOL.  Going to a Progressive Blog Convention... Who would have thunk it?

        Policy issue #1!!!! This insane President's aspirations to NUKE Iran.  How in God's name do we stop this madness?  This can't happen, this will trigger a nuclear holocaust.  The Chinese and the Russians will flip out as will the rest of the world.    Besidese, what right or reason do we have for using nuclear bunker busters on a country that has done absolutely nothing to us?   Sure, the regime isn't nice, but NUKING THEM? According to the Union of Concerned Scientetists, these bunker busters could cause 3 million people to die from radioactive fallout in Central Asia, because the fallout will extend over Pakistan and India, to say nothing of Iran.  

        This is nothing short of madness, and we need to seriously look at the mental state of this President.  

        We cannot go down this path.  The Senate MUST do something NOW, including insisting that this bombing in Nevada on June 2 of a 700 ton bomb not happen... the site for the explosion is only 90 miles or so from Las Vegas. They CLAIM it's not radioactive, but the dust alone will be bad for Las Vegas.  Isn't this happening at the same time as YearlyKos?  That has me a bit nervous!

        I hope you are aware of this Barbara...  I'm REALLY scared of this administration now.  I really would prefer to die of natural causes, not of the madness of King George.  We may not HAVE a 2006 election.

        In earnest,
        A loyal Boxer voter,

        Joy Williams

        Santa Cruz, CA

        After the Rapture, we'll get all their stuff! Hummingbird's Blog

        by Hummingbird on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:10:02 PM PDT

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  •  Barry Welsh IN-06 (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gram E, joanneleon, The Leaking Bush

    I know he isn't on your list but please consider him for next time.

    "This country is long overdue for a cheesehead President."- Russ Feingold

    by TheJohnny on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:39:31 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. He should be on the list now. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Gram E, TheJohnny, maryru

      Boxer needs to recognize how much Barry comes here and how sophisticated his campaign is wrt the net.

      He just needs to GOTV locally. He's a minister for pete's sake... running against a corrupt slimebag. He can certainly win with money and support from Boxer.

      •  Good point, he should be on the list now. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Gram E, The Leaking Bush

        He is doing a lot of work in the district too. Even going on canvassing operations every weekend and traveling to events throughout the region on a daily basis. Very impressive considering the size of the district.

        "This country is long overdue for a cheesehead President."- Russ Feingold

        by TheJohnny on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:33:55 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with you MPOV (4+ / 0-)

      I hope Calif can get rid of this swarmy Republican.
      He's our version of Delay.

      "A child miseducated is a child lost" John F. Kennedy

      by Pam from Calif on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:01:34 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed. No on POMBO!!! (13+ / 0-)

      Whoever runs against Pombo needs whatever support can be given.

      I live in another state, but the things he's been doing affect us all.  Especially in the West where there a lot of public lands.

      He's a poster boy for the Republican lack of oversight.  Thought there was no "there there" on Abramoff, even though he ended up pleading guilty to fraud charges against tribes he (Pombo) is duty bound to protect.  Nothing on the ugliness in Saipan/Marianas Islands.

      My personal beef:  We united strongly locally, with many people putting aside strong differences to stop a large pit mine a few years ago.  The changes in 1872 he tried to sneak in last fall would have negated the results of our standing up against it (and convincing the company to leave).

      If Pombo had his way, there'd be a mine there now.  And there wouldn't have been any public review on the way to it.  That's what got my attention.

      No on Pombo!  Click here to see a graphic (fake movie poster) I made about Pombo, inspired by old Alfred Hitchcock movie posters.  This being snipped from it:

    •  Pombo has more money than God (2+ / 0-)
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      amRadioHed, Pam from Calif

      I live in his district and I want him out. His Republican primary opponent sent out a nice hit piece though. I wish the Democratic challenger could afford to do the same over and over.

      America: Love it or leave it question it or bend over

      by bobinson on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:05:54 PM PDT

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    •  I hate Pombo as well (3+ / 0-)
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      laurak, amRadioHed, TPaine

      That's why I'm supporting Jerry McNerney.

      Jerry has the support of Democratic Clubs and grassroots groups throughout the district.

      The lead blogger on SayNoToPombo has laid out in detail why McNerney is the best candidate to take on Pombo.

      Check out McNerney's latest dKos diary on Pombo.

      And his petition to Pombo:

    •  Pombo (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      laurak, MyPOV, amRadioHed, TPaine, kurt

      The Pombo race will be at the top of our list on June 7th, as soon as the district has chosen its Democratic candidate.

      So stay tuned!


      •  Really Don't like Pombo's Policies (2+ / 0-)
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        laurak, BlueInBoston

        SF Bay resident - San Rafael, Marin Co.

        Pombo's on the wrong side of environmental issues every day of the week.

        • No more offshore drilling - raise the CAFE standards instead of horse power before we raffle off the pristine beauty of California's coast - limit it in the Gulf as they recover their coastlines with environmental protection zones in mind to elininate future catastrophic loss of life and property.
        • No ANWR drilling, period! It is not good policy to fritter away a pristine natural habitat for short term oil profits.
        • Support alternative fuels.
        • Fund transportation alternatives like rail, bus, ferry.
        • Support local reclaimation efforts - like the Cargill Salt Marsh buyback in the South Bay.
        • Do everything you might to defeat Pombo's sure vote for Big Oil over the public interest.


        "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

        by TPaine on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 09:08:25 PM PDT

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  •  no more Corpocrats (4+ / 0-)

    The Melissa Bean disaster where labor is supporting an independent is just one example where there are Corpocrats running on the Democratic ticket and obviously Labor isn't playing along this time.

    Any candidate who used to be a corporate lobbyist, supports outsourcing, bad trade agreements and generally is more a corporate representative where corporate money is helping them buy the election...

    I'm sorry, Democrats plain need to kick these characters out of the party.

    You'll never win being "the lesser of two evils" and most importantly this constant corporate corruption is destroying the United States.

    by BobOak on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:40:17 PM PDT

  •  David Harris TX-06 (1+ / 0-)
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    Penny Century

    Get Joe Barton out of the congress! Follow me to DC, Harris website.

    •  Seconded -- throw out Smoky Joe Barton! (0+ / 0-)

      Now more than ever we need rid of this bum. Besides being a disaster for the environment, Barton will kill Net neutrality for everyone -- not just Texans -- if his insane giveaway to the telcoms proceeds. Help one of our Fighting Dems show him the door!

      "You with your big words, and your...small, difficult words!" -- Peter Griffin
      ePluribus Media

      by Penny Century on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 04:28:56 AM PDT

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  •  NC 11 and NC 8 (3+ / 0-)

    We're kickin' butt down here and have good momentum. You have Heath Shuler on your list . . . time to add Larry Kissell too.

    We can get you two of the seats you need right here in one state.  

  •  Hi! (5+ / 0-)

    Dear Senator Boxer,

    I am a Connecticut resident, and I am a big fan of yours!

    I just cast my vote on your "PAC for a Change" page, but I was very disappointed not to see listed there the name of Dem challenger Chris Murphy, Connecticut's 5th Congressional District.

    He is challenging the repub incumbent Nancy Johnson, and bush's $3.00 gas can sink Nancy Johnson in this blue-collar district, so let's start working towards her defeat as well!

    So, could you please have Chris Murphy added to your PAC's list of Dem challengers?

    Thanks, and keep on truckin"!

    hartford for lamont

    PS: relevant link -

    4/13/06 - "The Washington Post declares that Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District is "in play" because of "the strength of the Democratic candidate and the national political environment."

    •  more about Chris Murphy! (3+ / 0-)
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      Gram E, drewfromct, DisNoir36

      The following excellent summary was taken from The Northeast House Strategy in 20 House seats, by democraticavenger here on Daily Kos:

      Connecticut 5th

      This district is by far Connecticut's most Republican giving John Kerry just 50% of the vote.  We are however blessed with the right Challenger. State Senator Chris Murphy has stepped up to the plate. In 1996 during the Clinton Landslide, no one gave Democrat Charlotte Koskoff a prayer, but she only ended up losing [to Nancy Johnson] by less than 2000 votes. Her Campaign Manager was State Senator Chris Murphy. He knows what it takes to run against his opponent because he has run a campaign against [ Nancy Johnson] before and has since then made a living out of defeating incumbent Republicans.


      Cash on Hand is $654,000 to Nancy Johnson's $2,471,000

      •  I second Chris Murphy (5+ / 0-)

        We need another 2 years of Nancy in CT-05 like we need a hole in our head which our healthcare won't cover (I wonder if Nancy would foot the bill).

        Nancy is vulnerable this year and she's a high ranking Repub.  It would be a strong statement if the Dems could take out all 3 repubs in CT including the author of the MediScare plan D(isaster).

        -8.50, -7.59 This is your world. These are your people. You can live for yourself today, or help build tomorrow for everyone.

        by DisNoir36 on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:37:35 PM PDT

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        •  Murphy needs our help (2+ / 0-)

          and some good advice. is running expensive tv spots castigating Johnson for her connections to Big Oil and Big Pharma. Naturally, the Johnson campaign is hitting back, hard. So what is Murphy doing? He's distancing himself from MoveOn! WTF?
          This makes MoveOn look bad, and makes Dems in general and Murphy in particular look weak and indecisive. Bad move, Sen. Murphy.

          We need 15 house seats to acheive parity, and three of them are right here in CT, and all of them look to be pretty tight.It's going to get ugly before we're through, and if history is any indication, it does not pay to try and take the "high road" in the face of the Rethug slime machine. But that's precisely what Murphy appears to be doing. Someone needs to toughen that boy up, before it's too late.

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:45:16 PM PDT

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          •  hmmmm.... (1+ / 0-)
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            "It's going to get ugly before we're through, and if history is any indication, it does not pay to try and take the "high road" in the face of the Rethug slime machine. But that's precisely what Murphy appears to be doing. Someone needs to toughen that boy up, before it's too late."

            I think just like you, hit 'em hard where it hurts!

            but perhaps Murphy knows what is best here, and/or perhaps Murphy is playing good cop to MoveOn's bad cop, I dunno, but he should be on Boxer's list, yes?

            man o' man, here in little CT we now have THREE house repub seats in play AND we have Lamont vs. Lieberman!

            •  You may be right (0+ / 0-)

              perhaps Murphy does know best. gut says otherwise. Just think--if Nancy Johnson were having attack ads run against Murphy on her behalf by an independent Rethug equivalent of MoveOn, do you think she'd be backing off? IMHO, Murphy's reaction to this situation makes him look weak, indecisive, and insincere.

              I'll tell you one thing. If I were running against Johnson, I'd get as many articulate seniors as I could on my side, and send them to every pharmacy waiting area in the district to make sure that every drug-buying senior knew about Johnson's part in writing Medicare D, and how it specifically bans the gov't from negotiating for volume discounts with Big Pharma. I'd be tieing her to Pfizer just as securely as she needs to be tied to Bush.

              I don't see it happening.

              Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

              by drewfromct on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:23:11 PM PDT

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              •  I think the seniors (0+ / 0-)

                will be doing that on their own.  We'll see what happens this Saturday.

                -8.50, -7.59 This is your world. These are your people. You can live for yourself today, or help build tomorrow for everyone.

                by DisNoir36 on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 08:38:58 PM PDT

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          •  this may explain.... (0+ / 0-)

            "So what is Murphy doing? He's distancing himself from MoveOn!"

            "The Murphy campaign does not and cannot have anything to do with MoveOn. It is illegal for a federal campaign to coordinate with a PAC. They can't even talk to MoveOn."


            •  Maybe so (0+ / 0-)

              But how many voters really buy that? Levels of cynicism are so high--and for good reason, these days--that I don't think anybody who reads the Courant would beleive that MoveOn is not in touch with the campaign(s). So any move by Murphy to eschew MoveOn's help is seen as calculated insincerity, and is bound to backfire.

              At the very least, Murphy should issue a statement saying something like, "The law prohibits me from co-ordinating with MoveOn, but we applaud their efforts to spread the truth about Johnson's ties to Big Oil, Big Pharma, yadda, yadda, yadda...."

              We should see some unity against the Rethugs. Not a willingness to back down from their counterattacks. That's all I'm sayinn', here...

              Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

              by drewfromct on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 01:01:49 PM PDT

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              •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

                "At the very least, Murphy should issue a statement saying something like, "The law prohibits me from co-ordinating with MoveOn, but we applaud their efforts to spread the truth about Johnson's ties to Big Oil, Big Pharma, yadda, yadda, yadda...."

                yes, that is very reasonable. I agree.

                I wonder if Murphy is trying to avoid being painted by Johnson as a "Michael Moore Liberal".

                Pls note that I myself am a PROUD "Michael Moore Liberal", but you know what I mean here.

                Geesh, you'd think that from the way that Murphy was running away from MoveOn, that they were a chapter of NAMBLA or something!

                but, we have to consider that Nancy Johnson's district is loaded with Catholic blue-collar types (Waterbury) who may think that being a Michael Moore Liberal is a dirty thing.

                I still think that $3.00 gas will trump ANYTHING that Johnson tries to throw at Murphy -

                let's be frank here, the Catholic blue-collar types in Waterbury hate gays and hate hillary, but i'll bet that they hate $3.00 gas a whole lot more!

                •  give murphy a break (0+ / 0-)

                  Look at today's and yesterday's news stories on the MoveOn ads.  Murphy says 527s should stay out, and I think he's right.  (Overall, I think they hurt progressive candidates and undermine the accountability of all campaigns.)  But he is also turning the tables on Nancy and calling on her to actually respond to the MoveOn allegations.  

                  It's going to be interesting to see how Nancy's campaign deals with the ads that conservative 527s will certainly run against Murphy later in the campaign.

                  contribute at

                  by Retire Nancy Johnson NOW on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 01:47:26 PM PDT

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                  •  I'd like to see that! (0+ / 0-)

                    "he is also turning the tables on Nancy and calling on her to actually respond to the MoveOn allegations."

                    I'd really like to see the hard copy link for that -

                    also, who is gonna beat up Nancy Johnson if MoveOn doesn't?

                    the repubs didn't think twice about beating up max cleland and john kerry, did they? and they won! (actually the repubs stole both of these races, but that is another story.)

                    we dems are always supposed to be good angels -

                    we are told:

                    "ooo, ooo, don't be angry!"

                    "ooo, ooo, don't be negative!"

                    I say bullsh*t to that!

              •  I think that's what he said... (0+ / 0-)

                Check the Meriden paper today.  I think Murphy said pretty much exactly that, you know, "I have nothing to do with these ads, but Nancy oughtta answer the claims they make."

                contribute at

                by Retire Nancy Johnson NOW on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 01:48:50 PM PDT

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                •  If that's what (0+ / 0-)

                  he's saying now, then I say "Bravo!" and keep it up!

                  He needs to fight and fight hard! What blue-collar voters want to see is guts and chutzpah by the carload.

                  I also think we know very well that when conservatives from outside the district come running to Nancy's rescue, she will not make the slightest pretense of shooing them away.

                  Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

                  by drewfromct on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 03:53:34 PM PDT

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                •  got a link? (0+ / 0-)

                  "Check the Meriden paper today."

                  got a link?

                  here is all I have seen Murphy say about MoveOn. it is ALL negative about MoveOn. Murphy seems to be treating MoveOn as if they were a chapter of NAMBLA:


                  On the trail with Chris Murphy

                  By Bill Yelenak, Record-Journal staff

                  April 9, 2006

                  The race for the 5th Congressional District is heating up, with television spots by linking incumbent Nancy L. Johnson to Tom DeLay and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and claiming Johnson is soft on oil industry price gouging.

                  Johnson quickly responded with her own TV ad criticizing her challenger, state Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, for negative campaigning.

                  On the campaign trail Thursday, Murphy worked to counteract the early negative campaigning, distancing himself from the ad, and launching what he called his “Purely Positive Tour” around the district.

                  “I woke up on Monday morning to see the first two negative ads of this campaign on the air in April. In April!” Murphy told a class at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. “There’s seven months to the election.”

                  “If you want to talk about what turns people off from politics, the fact that seven months before the election people aren’t even thinking about who they’re going to vote for,” Murphy said. “They now see mudslinging and smear tactics and negativity on the air.”

                  Murphy said he disagreed with any political action committee running advertisements in favor or against either himself or Johnson, but he believes the advertisement Johnson ran in response was unfair to him and misleading. The Johnson ad referred to as “Murphy’s Washington cronies.”

                  “She knows that the people at are not my cronies,” Murphy said. “She knows that I have no connection to that ad. This is a deliberate attempt to mislead voters.”

                  While the negative advertisements were mentioned as Murphy toured the district Thursday, he told residents he wanted to keep things positive.

                  “Our emphasis is on the positive and trying to run a campaign people can be proud of,” he said. At the Southbury Senior Center, Anna Aigotti chatted with Murphy and warned him against going negative.

                  if the above is what drewfromct is complaining about, then he has a valid point.

        •  Yep! (1+ / 0-)
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          You said it, "Nancy is vulnerable this year and she's a high ranking Repub"

          Nancy Johnson was one of the creators of the Medicare prescrip scam, and she can be hammered on that -

          She can also be hammered about Iraq, DeLay, and above all,

          bush's $3.00 gas, which I am sure will resonate like nothing else can with all those blue-collar types in her district.

          wasn't democraticavenger's summary here great?

    •  Murphy jumps to 10-point lead over Johnson! (0+ / 0-)

      Murphy Jumps to 10-Point Lead Following MoveOn Ad

      Poll Conducted by Liberal Group Purports to Show Effect of Televsion Ads

      Chris Murphy may be out to an early lead over incumbent Nancy Johnson, according to two polls comissioned by the liberal activist group The poll showing Murphy in the lead was taken following the release of a controversial MoveOn TV advertisement attacking Johnson.

      The polls were first mentioned in an email sent to supporters, but no source was given. MoveOn communications director Jennifer Lindenauer said today in a phone conversation that the polls were commissioned by MoveOn, and were conducted by Voter Roll Call, a group affiliated with SurveyUSA. The poll does not seem to be publicly available on the web.

      According to MoveOn, two polls were conducted to measure the effect of the ads. The first guaged support for the candidates among 400 likely 5th District voters from 3/26-3/28, and showed Johnson leading Murphy 47%-46%. The second, which also measured support for the candidates among 400 likely 5th District voters, was taken from 4/18-4/19, after the ads ran. In the later poll, Murphy led Johnson 51%-41%.

      Johnson's campaign ran its own ad following the release of the MoveOn ad, and the Johnson campaign has accused Murphy of collaborating with MoveOn. The Murphy campaign denies any involvement with the group.

      Lindenauer suggested that Johnson's tactic backfired. "[Johnson's ad] was so misleading that voters didn't buy it," she said.

      A new round of advertisements from both MoveOn and the Johnson campaign is expected to debut shortly.

      What this means is that here in Connecticut we now have THREE extremely competitive races challenging three repub House incumbents! (Boxer's PAC list already acknowledges the other two competitive House races in CT.)

  •  HELP NED LAMONT FOR U.S. SENATE (CT) -!!!!! (13+ / 0-)

    We need U.S. Senators who are not
    parroting radical, right-wing policy talking-points
    and weakening the Democratic Party message.

    Support Ned Lamont for the U.S. Senate-CT-!!!

  •  Who to support? Why not all? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    shpilk, plymouth, drewfromct

    When I read that there are only 4 states still giving Bush positive ratings, I cannot believe that we should only support 16 or 20 candidates running against incumbants.  The more we support, the more the Republicans need to fragment their support.  I am working to unseat Sam Johnson, considered a 'safe' seat for the R's.  Dan Dodd and I disagree.  Why limit ourselves?  I believe we can realize a veto-proof Congress in 2006 if we support everyone.  No guarantee which ones will and will not win, but we won't ever do it if we give up before we start.

  •  THANKS FOR ASKING! (1+ / 0-)
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    -9.13, -7.79 Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November.

    by L0kI on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 02:53:15 PM PDT

  •  I'm In PA Why is Patrick Murphy not on the list? (4+ / 0-)
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    lost, velvetdays, Luam, joanneleon

    I voted for Joe Sestak who I had the pleasure of speaking with at a DFA fund raiser last night.
    But why is Patrick Murphy not on the last?

    L Nelson
    Wyndmoor PA

    •  Same Question (0+ / 0-)

      You probably wanted to narrow the list down to something manageable, and there are already two Pennsylvanian seats on your list, but I would have liked to see Pat Murphy on the list as well. the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent
      -G.W. Bush
      -7.00 -7.74

      by Luam on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:04:20 PM PDT

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  •  The most vulnerable Dem incumbent... (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, DemocraticLuntz probably Charlie Melancon. Jim Marshall too, but he seems to be very popular. In Melancon's district, we have no idea who will be voting because of Katrina. Much scarier.

    As for challengers, pick any. All running in very important races.

  •  Oh, and I forgot to mention, Senator Boxer... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dem 724, Pam from Calif rock.

    And as a native Californian, I mean it when I say it.

  •  How about Kirsten Gillibrand (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    iCaroline, EricS, Blue387, Sanuk

    running in NY 20?  A lot of the upstate counties are turning blue as people from NYC move further up trying to find a house they can afford.  

    "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." Edward R. Murrow

    by justrock on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:04:28 PM PDT

    •  I agree with justrock (0+ / 0-)

      Senator Boxer, I agree with justrock that Ms. Gilibrand has a shot against Johnny Sweeney in New York with a strong, aggressive campaign and the coattails of the impending Eliot Spitzer/Hillary Clinton blowout. With NY demographics changing with once-GOP strongholds like Long Island swinging Democratic, 2006 is a good opportunity for a local electoral realignment.

      I would also recommend helping out many fine, local progressive candidates such as Sean Maloney, who is running for New York state attorney general. I believe he is the real deal.

      I would also recommend someone from the DCCC help out Steven Harrison running against Republican incumbent Vito Fossella in the NY-13. For one, Harrison needs a good website coder to revamp the website for a snazzy polished look, add a blog, update the logo, have some area meet-ups and fundraise.

      Is anyone around here a decent coder in the NYC area who wants to get out of your career track and possibly end up in DC on this guy's staff?  Submit your resume.

      Conservatives fought the deficit - and the deficit won.

      by Blue387 on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 07:46:12 PM PDT

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  •  Dear Barbara Boxer (4+ / 0-)

    If you think the Republicans are going to allow free and fair elections this November I wish you luck. I doubt they see it that way. Fact is Chimpy is perfectly willing to send hundreds of thousands of Iranians to their deaths so that he will be able to halt the elections or at least muck everything up so bad that they can steal it again even if it's 67 to 33 against'em. I think Reid did the right thing. This government should be shut down every day from now until November. Nothing short of that will work. I'm tired of sitting in the back seat of the car while my crack smokin preznit is driving us all over a cliff.

    •  Fair elections (6+ / 0-)

      I worry about fair elections too.  That's why I held up the Ohio electoral vote back after the 2004 Presidential election.

      Now, we must act and put pressure on Secretaries of State across the country, to demand a secure paper trail with every computer vote.  

      In addition -- and this is important -- every single person within the reach of these words should work overtime to encourage absentee voting, because in that way, we know the votes will be counted.  

      There's much more to say -- see the Clinton/Boxer/Kerry "Count Every Vote Act" and help us pass it.

      -- Barbara

      •  Thanks for pointing out absentee voting (0+ / 0-)

        I'm worried about California, I'm unsure about the status of those machines in California, and I used to work at the election office here in Santa Cruz on election day (doing my duty, Ma'am, to support democracry!).  I had to go with absentee voting to be able to vote that day since I was in the election offices that day, helping others figure out where they should vote :).  I've not changed it, because it's far too important now that I retain my ability to send in an absentee ballot.  

        Everyone, if you can vote absentee then DO so.  Ask your friends and spread the word to EVERYONE.

        I'm glad you are nervous about the integrity of the vote too, Sen.  It shows you are definitely aware of the issues.  It seems that most Senators, especially the Republicans, don't care that our votes are counted. Especially if you commit the crime of "voting while minority".  We fought too hard in the 60's to let this vital right disappear again.

        Don't let   Bush throw away our vote in '07 when the voting right act is due for renewal!

        After the Rapture, we'll get all their stuff! Hummingbird's Blog

        by Hummingbird on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:26:50 PM PDT

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    •  Back seat? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm tired of sitting in the back seat of the car while my crack smokin preznit is driving us all over a cliff.

      Hmph. I feel like I'm strapped to the front bumper with a Bush/Cheney sticker over my mouth.

  •  Another event for FL-13 Christine Jennings! (3+ / 0-)

    Boxer isn't the first big name national Democrat to support Jennings. Political action committees for former presidential candidate John Kerry, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and DCCC Chairman Rahm Emmanuel have all contributed to Jennings campaign.

    Article here.

    Senator Boxer's event:

    SARASOTA COUNTY -- In just over an hour on Tuesday morning, Democrat Christine Jennings raised more than $100,000 in political contributions in her bid to win a seat in Congress.

    That pretty much says it all: Senator Boxer is an all-star fundraiser!

    Here's an earlier comment of mine (yesterday) re: FL-13.

    Cash on hand 3/31/06:

    Vern Buchanan (R):      $736,829    
    Tram Hudson (R):        $559,394
    Christine Jennings (D): $421,854
    Jan Schneider (D):      $ 99,921

    Buchanan will probably win the R primary with his personal fortune, but it will be a nasty and expensive race w/Hudson. Buchanan is a Harris clone and has a very dirty history which won't play well if this election is a referendum on ethics.

    Jennings, to the dismay of some here (but not to me), has support from the DCCC, Emmanuel, Pelosi, Kerry, Hoyer, etc. and can continue to raise the funds needed to expose Buchanan's misdeeds with ad buys in the general. Jennings is also widely regarded by both Dems and "rational" R's in the community.

    Also, Sarasota recently elected a Democratic Mayor and a majority Democratic City Council.

    It's fair to keep FL-13 in the leaning R column, but also fair to keep a close eye on this race - R's here are truly disaffected.

    Thanks for your hard work and thanks for posting here...

    •  Agreed! (1+ / 0-)
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      We've got to fight in the Republican-favored districts if we want to take back the House, and neither Buchanan nor Hudson is a good fit for this district (WAY too far right).

      Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls!

      by JR on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:49:05 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know that Sarasota is that red anymore (1+ / 0-)
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        There are many, many pissed off seniors who vote in Sarasota. IIRC, the Sarasota county commission now leans dem too.  

        •  nope (1+ / 0-)
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          Not a single Dem on the county commission, but the city commission is now Dem (though officially nonpartisan).

          As to the district, it's still Republican-favored, but easily contestable with the right candidate.

          Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls!

          by JR on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:24:48 PM PDT

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          •  Haven't lived there in a long time (1+ / 0-)
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            guess my source (my dad) gave me bad info. Maybe the city commission can then move on to the county commish....

            •  We can only hope (1+ / 0-)
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              the problem is that, for some goddawful reason, the county commission is elected countywide.  Sarasota County, when all is said and done, is only about 1/3rd Dem.  Even though Sarasota the city is blue, the county is red, and it's unlikely the county commission will ever agree to single-member districts because of that.

              Florida Democrats: Learn how to WIN at the polls!

              by JR on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 06:30:32 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad you represent me.  Please continue all of your good work.

    "A child miseducated is a child lost" John F. Kennedy

    by Pam from Calif on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:12:35 PM PDT

  •  Angie Paccione CO-04! (2+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, OLinda

    It's time to get rid of the Great Pink Stain on Democracy, Marilyn Musgrave...

  •  I'm all about Jack Spratt and Tammy Duckworth. (0+ / 0-)
    I don't know a lot about house races, but I do know those are some damn funny names. I mean, if we can get a guy who can eat no fat into the House, I think we might finally have a chance to get the average body fat ratio down to tolerable levels.

    And come on! Duckworth! Life is like a hurricane...

  •  John Salazar? Feh. (1+ / 0-)
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    Unitary Moonbat

    He's got tons of campaign money and he makes his brother Ken look liberal.  Vote for someone else, people.

    Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

    by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:17:15 PM PDT

  •  Barry Welsh in IN-06 (3+ / 0-)
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    TheJohnny, libnewsie, Cook

    He's running in an area of Indiana that really needs a change. It could happen if Barry can get the word out about his campaign to the University nearby and those who just don't vote in that area.

    I live in CA... but I'd love to see Barry get support. He's a minister, and passionately against the Iraq War lies. People in Indiana can relate to him I think... if they just knew about him.


  •  Harry Mitchell in AZ (2+ / 0-)
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    Coldblue Steele, Blue Intrigue

    Even though I voted for Patricia Madrid in NM-1, Harry Mitchell in Arizona is another campaign that deserves more attention than it's gotten. Mitchell is a strong candidate, and the Republican incumbent, JD Hayworth, is an empty suit who's done nothing whatsoever for the people of Arizona. Unfortunately, the dynamics of the district are very favorable to Republicans, but running a strong campaign there might throw the Arizona GOP for a loop.

    •  John Thrasher, too! (0+ / 0-)

      Trent Franks, the do-nothing, Delay and Dobson crony, single issue, rubberstamp, self-proclaimed most conservative Congressman piece o'debris has got to go!

      "The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?" - Confucius

      by Blue Intrigue on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:45:32 PM PDT

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      •  yeah (0+ / 0-)

        I lived in Franks' district for six months in 2003. The guy is an idiot, and his being elected in the district in the first place was a total fluke. Unfortunately, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 2-1 in Franks' district, and I doubt a Democrat will ever be able to win there. But even so, a spirited Democratic challenge could put the GOP on the defensive.

        •  Eisenhower Repubs (0+ / 0-)

          Granted, John has an uphill battle but you have to remember that AZ-2 includes Sun City, Sun City West and Kingman, all heavily populated by retirees, who a) tend to be Eisenhower Repubs and b) were massively screwed by Franks on Medicare. John's strategy is to concentrate heavily on the western part of the district, where Franks has rarely ventured and to take Franks on directly in the megachurches, speaking of how Democratic social programs reflect true Christian values. The district has also experienced huge population growth in the last two years and we hope to identify a lot of potential Dem voters this weekend with the canvass.

          "The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?" - Confucius

          by Blue Intrigue on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 07:28:28 AM PDT

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          •  good for you (0+ / 0-)

            I never considered that kind of strategy before. If your candidate is able to tap into GOP discontent in the west, that could be interesting, and I wish you the best of luck with your efforts. My parents in Glendale certainly won't be voting for Franks this time around.

            Without knowing much about John's background as a candidate, another interesting strategy might be to try to line up endorsements from other Republicans in the district. It's my understanding that Franks is less-than-popular with some of the big business GOP types who regard him as a total weirdo who never does anything of substance. But I've not been in the district for two years, so it's hard to say.

    •  Jeff Latas, AZ-8 (0+ / 0-)

      I wish he was on the list!  He's a fighting Dem, endorsed by PDA and needs MONEY.  He's a great guy.

      After the Rapture, we'll get all their stuff! Hummingbird's Blog

      by Hummingbird on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:29:16 PM PDT

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  •  Senator Boxer, could you please explain... (7+ / 0-)

    ...your endorsement of Jane Harman in CA-36? She voted for the war, continues to support it fully, looked the other way when briefed on the warrantless spying, and refers to herself as "the best Republican in the Democratic Party". Why on earth would you support her? If you get the time, I'd really appreciate a response here. Thank you.

  •  No Darcy Burner? (0+ / 0-)

    Running a great campaign in a very winnable district? Are you kidding me? Rothenberg just moved it to "toss-up" status. Go for the kill!

  •  Peter Welch - Vermont (at large) (1+ / 0-)
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    Bernie Sanders is running for Jim Jeffords's seat, since Jeffords is retiring, leaving Vermont's one congressional seat open.

    Peter Welch is a solid liberal who can represent Vermont's progressive values in D.C.

    The GOP is already putting big bucks into the campaign of an attractive Republican candidate for VT's one house seat (her name is Martha Rainville, she's never held political office, has no record to defend, and will be well financed by dirty money).  

    Welch came within a few thousand votes of becoming governor a few years back, he's Pres. Pro Tempore of the Vt. state senate and a true progressive.  He faces a tough fight to hold this seat in Congress for the Dems.

    This race is critical to Vermont and critical to taking back the House of Reps.

    Thank you Sen. Boxer!



    Religion is like Sodomy: Both may be harmless when practiced between consenting adults but neither should be imposed upon children.

    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:27:35 PM PDT

  •  Thanks... (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks Senator...

    I'm going to read up some more on the races I am less familiar with so my vote is not flippantly cast.

    We love all you do Senator!!!!

    "I got a letter from the Republican Party the other day. I wrote back, 'Go fuck yourself.'" - Bette Midler (Rolling Stone, 9/18/2005)

    by GregNYC on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:30:30 PM PDT

  •  Really, you and Russ Feingold (0+ / 0-)

    gotta form your own party . . . !

    (and let the rest of the rats go down with the ship . . . .  brings to mind the old joke, what's 500 lawyers at the bottom of the sea . . . )

  •  Easy: (4+ / 0-)
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    polecat, drewfromct, willers, bartman

    Identify the ones with Spine, Spirit and Smarts who need some money and some promotion.  Help them.

    Forgive me if I say that, except for the Fighting Dems and those Late Night 30-somethings, the list is likely rather short.


    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:37:38 PM PDT

  •  Easy: (0+ / 0-)

    Identify the ones with Spine, Spirit and Smarts who need some money and some promotion.  Help them.

    Forgive me if I say that, except for the Fighting Dems and those Late Night 30-somethings, the list is likely rather short.


    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:38:22 PM PDT

    •  P.S. Senator Boxer: (2+ / 0-)
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      Ja of Anoroc, willers

      Please don't let my proclivity for the sardonic come across as a lack of appreciation for your efforts.  I, and everyone else here, thank you a thousand times over.  

      P.P.S. - Psst . . . the Republicans are drowning.  Throw 'em an anchor.


      We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

      by BenGoshi on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:42:22 PM PDT

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  •  just a word for Gary Trauner (D-WY) (0+ / 0-)

    It's a real long shot but Barbara Cubin has about as passionate an opposition as any politician I have ever know. CQ recently downgraded Cubin from safe Repub to likely Repub. Trauner has raised nearly as much money as she has and he'll be running with Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D), widely presumed to be coasting to re-election, at the top of the ticket. She only won in 2004 by 53%. She's definitely vulnerable; the question is whether there will be enough of a storm this year to take her out.

    We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

    by kainah on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:39:53 PM PDT

  •  not on the list, but... (5+ / 0-)

    Charlie Brown, CA-04 -- small contributions will mean a lot, and he's using them wisely.  See my tagline, eh?

    The Cook political report recently called this seat "in play" - and Doolittle is the worst of the worst when it comes to corrupt rethugs.  He'll be indicted sooner or later; here's hoping its before this year, because Charlie can win this thing.

    Thanks for all your hard work, Senator Boxer -- I'm proud to have you as my Senator, and to have helped out both your campaign in 2004 and your PAC more recently.

    •  Yes, Where Is Charlie Brown Ca-04? (3+ / 0-)
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      Doolittle's (Repub. incumbent) wife's financial records have been subpoenaed, Doolittle still maintains he did nothing wrong with accepting money from Jack Abramoff, and you don't have him on the list??

      Isn't Doolittle on the House Appropriations Committee? This would be like a two-fer if you can knock him out of there. He's singlehandedly stalled fully funding levee repair for the Sacramento area for years. WE CAN'T AFFORD HIM.

      Do you really want change or the Same Old, Same Old thing?

      Where is Charlie Brown CA-04, fighting Dem, on this list?

      •  Eh... (1+ / 0-)
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        She's got a lot of great people to choose from.  Tough choices, I don't envy her the task.  And officially, Charlie hasn't event won his primary yet (although no doubt in my mind he will).  

        There's time...if you're registered on DFA-link, you can also lobby DFA to add him to their A-list (I have already) by adding him as one of your "campaigns"...

      •  A good man, Charlie Brown (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes there is the primary. If the primary were uncontested, a very connected friend of mine said this recently, "Rahm Emanuel would be personally carrying checks into Roseville ( to Charlie )."

        Word is that the DNC and DCCC take very special interest in CA-04 and they see Charlie as their horse...

        •  If Doolittle is indicted before the primary (0+ / 0-)

          things could get interesting. I am hearing that several prominent Republicans are now disgusted with Doolittle and are switching to Brown. I wonder if Brown will get more attention after the primary?
          I bet if Doolittle is indicted he will do the same as DeLay, he'll quit and keep the campaign cash for his legal defense.

  •  Easy (2+ / 0-)

    Send Democrat HEATH SHULER in NC-11

    Heath will throw out Abramoff bum Charles Taylor who wants to sell our forests and drill in the Outer Banks.

    He will turn NC's congressional delegation blue, and give the national party of what a southern Representative should be!

    "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

    by faithfull on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:43:41 PM PDT

  •  IL-10 Dan Seals (3+ / 0-)

    Please help us get rubber stamper Mark Kirk out of office.  He claims to be a moderate, yet his voting record is 86% with DeLay -- when he was allowed to vote...;-)    

    The 10th district is a mixed bag of economics: affluence (north shore Chicago) & poverty (Zion, Waukegan, etc.) with many immigrants and two military installations (Ft. Sheridan for Army reserves, Great Lakes Naval Station).  

    Mark Kirk claims to provide thoughtful, independent leadership for 10th District residents. Can we believe him? Hardly.  Here are some specifics about how he has voted (from the 10th Congressional District website):

    Against Veteran Health Services.
    Twice in the recent Congress, Mark Kirk voted against health benefits for Veterans wounded in the Iraq war.  (Amendments to HR 1815, 5/25/2005, and HR 2528, 5/26/2005)

    For Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Kirk recently voted for the budget containing language that paves the way for oil drilling in ANWR - a backdoor maneuver that prohibited debate on this controversial issue
    (H Con Res 95, 3/17/2005)

    Against negotiations to lower prescription drug costs.  Kirk voted for a bill that prohibits the Federal government from negotiating with large drug companies to obtain the lowest prices for prescription medications for senior citizens and disabled persons. (HR 1, 6/27/2003)

    For shielding gun manufacturers.  Independent? Bowing to the NRA, Kirk voted to shield gun manufacturers and distributors from lawsuits brought by individuals harmed by gun industry negligence (HR 1036, 04/09.2003). In addition, he failed to extend the assault weapons ban, allowing it to expire on Sept. 13, 2004

    For a staggering national debt.  Kirk has voted for budgets proposed by President Bush that have exploded the national debt and led to devastating cuts in spending on education and health benefits for veterans and senior citizens (H Con Res 95, 3/21/2003, H Con Res 95, 3/17/2005),

    Flip-flop on House Ethics Reform.  Kirk voted with ultra-conservative Republicans to weaken the House ethics rules to protect Tom Delay from investigation for ethics violations (HR 5, 1/4/2005). Subsequently, under pressure, he flip-flopped and voted to reinstate higher ethical standards (H Res 240, 4/27/2005)

    To undermine family privacy and the separation of church and state.   Kirk voted for the Terry Schiavo Emergency Protection Act, a middle of the night, politically charged bill that injected government intervention into a family dispute that had been decided in the courts (HRC 90, 3/21/2005)

    On Tuesday, Tuesday, Kirk reiterated his support of the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act to a group in Waukegan's 7th Ward.  He has also supported security walls separating Israelis and Palestinians rather than helping them work through differences and become at least tolearable neighbors.

    The Tenth District needs a representative that votes in the best interest of the district's consituents (regardless of party or religious affiliation or economic situation) as well as in the best interest of the majority of the people in the US.  

    Please help us elect Dan Seals.  He won the primary with 70% of the vote in March. He's the right person to represent all of us.

    Thank you, Sen. Boxer, for all you do.

    "Overcome anger by love, evil by good, the greedy by generosity, and the liar by truth." - Buddha

    by madame defarge on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:48:36 PM PDT

    •  BTY, local poll shows Kirk is vulernable... (2+ / 0-)
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      Reino, DemDachshund

      Poll Shows That Mark Kirk Can Be Beat  (from the 10th Congressional District Democrats website; please scroll to the bottom of the web page to see the rest of this article RE: poll that was conducted in fall, 2005.)

      A new survey of likely voters indicates that Congressman Mark Kirk is vulnerable in the 2006 midterm elections to a Democratic challenger. After receiving 64% of the vote in the 2004 elections, currently only 50% say they would vote to re-elect Kirk, less then 1 in 5 say they will definitely vote for him in 2006.

      The new poll by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. shows that after Kirk’s record is outlined, Kirk trails a generic Democratic candidate by 8 points. Despite Kirk’s incumbency, a district that voted for John Kerry in 2004 looks like it could be ready to elect a Democrat for Congress in 2006.

      Among the poll’s key findings:

      · Republican President Bush has a 40% approval rating in the 10th District, hurting Mark Kirk’s popularity and chances of re-election.  (Note: current polls by Survey USA has IL with a 67% Disapprove on Bush for April 2006.)

      · The overall mood of the electorate in the 10th District is not favorable to Mark Kirk. At the present time, 59% of the voters in the district believe the country is on the wrong track.

      · Voters in the 10th District state that Iraq is the most important issue facing the nation, and the issue that most affects our area is the economy. Kirk faces real vulnerabilities on each of these topics.

      · Voters do not feel Mark Kirk is representing the views of his constituents. Among other concerns, two-thirds (65%) of Kirk’s district believes Kirk’s stance on the Terry Schiavo case makes them less likely to vote for him.

      · When Mark Kirk is pitted against specific potential Democratic candidate profiles, one candidate came out 2 points ahead of Kirk while the other two are within striking distance from the incumbent.

      Craig Smith, former White House Political Director under President Clinton and principal at Penn, Schoen, and Berland, commented: “These numbers are very bad for an incumbent. When an incumbent is at 50 percent or below for re-elect and only one in five definitely plan to vote for him again, that incumbent is in trouble. Voters already know Mark Kirk, and they are not supporting him. As the election season unfolds, a Democratic challenger will have the chance to make his or her case and peel away even more voters. This is good news for Democrats in Illinois’ 10th district.”

      The poll was taken between September 20 and 25 of 401 voters in the 10th District who are likely to vote in the 2006 congressional election. The margin of error is +/-4.89%.

      The poll was paid for by the Tenth Dems, which has been working with Democrats who may want to challenge Kirk in 2006. Winnetka Parks Board member Zane Smith has announced his intention to run, and several others are looking at entering the race, including Barry Bradford, a Stevenson High School teacher; Jay Footlik, a former aide to President Clinton; Clint Krislov, an attorney; and Angelo Kyle, Lake County Councilman from Waukegan.

      The 10th District takes in most of eastern Lake County and northeastern Cook County. It runs along the Lake Michigan shore from Waukegan to Wilmette, and extends as far west as Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills and Libertyville.

      "Overcome anger by love, evil by good, the greedy by generosity, and the liar by truth." - Buddha

      by madame defarge on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:58:51 PM PDT

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      •  I vote for Seals (1+ / 0-)
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        IL 10th voters are diverse and sensible.  The DCCC needs to rebrand Kirk as something other than a "moderate" Republican, but his voting record shouldn't make that too hard to do with a little financial love.

        And in terms of bang for your national-media buck, this one would be hard to beat.

  •  Ned Lamont MIA... (3+ / 0-)
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    Sally in SF, ubikkibu, iCaroline

    Dear Senator-

    I enjoyed your recent Clarkcast with General Clark!! I also purchased & read "A Time to Run" while traveling in Poland on business last month & really enjoyed it, as did my mom. I wish only that Pennsylvania had such wonderful represenatation as does California!! And that Debra Bowen for Sec. of State- what a great & informed candidate.

    So many worthy people to foster & support! Any special reason why Ned Lamont's name isn't on that list? Perhaps capitol games make it impossible to openly support the ouster of Lieberman, but I often wonder why he is allowed to parade around with a "D" next to his name instead of the "R" he is.

    Thanks for all you do. I truly enjoyed your book & really gained an even huger sense of admiration for you as a well-rounded, passionate human being - a true Renaissance woman!

    Freedom & dignity spring from within the human heart... & inside the human heart is where the impetus for political change must be generated. -Wes Clark

    by velvetdays on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:53:42 PM PDT

  •  John Courage (TX-21) (1+ / 0-)
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    I went to hear John Courage at a "listening session" along with Russ Feingold here at the University of Texas at Austin last week.  John is a veteran of the air force and a former middle school teacher.  He is running against incumbent Lamar Smith in one of Tom DeLay's gerrymandered districts which slices Austin up into several pieces.  

    It would be fantastic to flip this district for the dems and put another "fighting dem" in office in 2006!

    Progressive Patriot - John Courage TX-21

  •  Jeff Lata in Az Tucson area needs help (0+ / 0-)

    one of the fighting Dems  we need the national security aspect...

  •  CA-36: Marcy Winograd (1+ / 0-)
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    Time for us to start supporting the REAL Progressives in our party  - let Uberhawk DINOs like Jane Harman find real work!

    "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

    by Rico on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 03:58:58 PM PDT

  •  Tony Trupiano in MI-11 (3+ / 0-)
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    TaraIst, fgentile, woldoog

    Thaddeus McCotter is a virtual wind-up toy for the K Street Gang. His extreme views (defining life as beginning at conception, impeaching federal judges who cite foreign law in their opinions, building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border) have gone undetected by the slumbering local media. He's thin-skinned, not very personable, and out of step with his constituents. McCotter is a terrible representative, but none of his many shortcomings will come to light without some financial help to offset the special-interest money that McCotter will take in by the wheelbarrow load.

    Link to Trupiano's website:

    "Is incompetence an impeachable offense?"--Carl Bernstein.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:08:09 PM PDT

  •  Richard fucking Pombo (6+ / 0-)

    Boot the sadist.

    •  Radanovich is almost as bad (0+ / 0-)

      He's right next door, CA-19. He has good strong opposition from TJ Cox. I've met TJ and his team and they're FANTASTIC people. Finally someone who's concerned about rural people!

      Radanovich, OTOH, just voted against the internet freedom amendment and is working with Pombo The Clown to fuck up the environment as much as possible so they can pave it all for a buck.

      Help our captive district! Set my people free!!!

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 07:03:40 PM PDT

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  •  Jim Marcinkowski - MI 8th (1+ / 0-)
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    Dump Terry McAuliffe

    Great candidate!
    Outstanding credentials, super resume and great fund-raiser AND he can beat Mike Rogers!

  •  Diane Farrell (3+ / 0-)
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    DemDachshund, shpilk, bartman

    I was a House Page to the 103rd Congress.  A democrat (though young!) none of the democratic congresspeople would sponsor me.  Christopher Shays did, and so I was his page for that summer.  He won my support for a long time.  He persuaded me of the relevance of republican democracy over direct democracy.  At the time I remember thinking that he was a very bright, very sensitive man.  So how he could, in good conscience allow his party to dominate his voting for the last six years--I'll never know ...

    I was fairly young, and impressionable, but he has lost my vote.  Like Lieberman lost it a long time ago.  I think we'll find out in the next twenty years how much strong arming has gone on behind closed congress doors.  How much complicity ...

    Congressman Shays ... how could you?

    I hereby renounce Mr. Shays, and endorse Diane Farrell.  Go Go GO!

    Madness is something rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. --Nietzsche

    by HammClov on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:19:46 PM PDT

    •  Chris Shays vs. Diane Farrell (0+ / 0-)

      I am a nutmegger who also likes the repub Chris Shays, but Shays' support for the Bush Iraq adventure just cannot be tolerated anymore.

      In a local CT blog I asked, "why does Shays support Bush's insane Iraq war?", and it was told to me that General Electric's headquarters is in Shays' district.

      Since Shay's district is itself mostly opposed to the Bush Iraq adventure, I expect him to lose.

      Funny thing, Chris Shays is trying to use Joe Lieberman as his cover, ie, Shays is saying "hey, all I am doing is supporting Bush and Bush's war just like Joe Lieberman does".


      We here in CT are going to make political waves nationally this year!

      here in CT we can retire THREE incumbent House repubs AND retire Lieberman as well!

  •  Thanks for contacting us, Senator Boxer! (0+ / 0-)

    As a Californian, I'm really proud of all you've done and all you're doing to stop the cheats and liars that have taken over our country.  I honestly don't think any of the Democratic incumbents will need to be supported.  The country is sick and tired of absolute power corrupting absolutely.  I think, if the vote is counted honestly and Diebold Fraud Machines are removed from the process, it will be a clean sweep in the House and the Senate - out with the Rethug majority and in with progressive Dems who understand that global warming and never ending war are the problems we must face and fix if we can.  My honest vote and my dollars are going to Busby in OC, though I'm certain she'll win because the corruption of Rethugs is most apparent in her district.  Thanks again for contacting us about this important issue.  Impeach!

  •  Why the link? Why not elicit feedback first? (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Boxer, it's a bit disingenuine to list the link to your fundraising device three times.

    Why not ask for advice here first? This is a blog, not a classifieds page. The ads are on the right -- please consider buying an ad next time instead of posting a boilerplate "diary".

    That said, why is Dan Seals (IL-10) not on the list? Two Illinois candidates already are (Bean and Duckworth) and clearly they are gathering support from the Establishment.

    We ain't the Establishment. We ain't an ATM. We ain't the Kool Kids Consultant Class.

    We're the voters.

    I appreciate your (or your staffer's) effort, but I think you missed the mark a bit. Work with us and we'll be delighted to work with you. Talk down and we'll just get ticked off.

    Please consider discussing a list of candidates who "don't have a snowball's chance in hell" with your colleagues. Those are the candidates we need to support. The ones who are strong candidates but are stuck in districts that aren't "in consideration".

    Dan Seals is one of them. I know there are others.


    > Full disclosure: I'm in the 10th. I met both Dan Seals and Zane Smith before the primary. I voted for Seals in the primary. He's a good guy with a good head on his shoulders, but he needs a catalyst to have even a shot against Mark "I'm a Rubber Stamp Rightie, but I've Fooled Everyone into thinking I'm a Moderate" Kirk. The IL-10th is Democratic; our Rep is not.

  •  But where does the money end up? (0+ / 0-)

    Are we giving money that only winds up in the hands of the owners of consolidated mainstream media?

    Shouldn't we be buying our own radio station(s) and newspapers?

    I'm especially interesting in donating when people like Kos, DavidNYC, etc. point the way.

    •  Is it just me? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm especially interesting in donating when people like Kos, DavidNYC, etc. point the way.

      That sounds pretty dittoheadish to me.

      Don't take my bluntness and attitude personally-the best weapon for the Democrats is the unvarnished truth, and the truth usually hurts.

      by DemocraticLuntz on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:47:32 PM PDT

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      •  Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)

        I look to others for guidance about which races to focus on all the time. I'm flattered that there are people who look to me (and I'd tell `em to get a second - and a third - opinion on anything I say), but it's hardly unreasonable to look to more expert sources of authority for things like this.

        Not everyone has the time to follow all 535 federal seats.

  •  Heath Schuler NC-11 (1+ / 0-)

    Charles Taylor is wounded by scandal.  This is our best chance to pick up Western NC.

    Put this district on the list.

    Happy little moron, lucky little man. I wish I was a moron, my God, perhaps I am! -- Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:37:01 PM PDT

  •  Don't forget your home state! (1+ / 0-)
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    Please please please add TJ Cox, running against Radanovich (Bush clone/puppet) in the 19th-CA (Central Calif. and Sierra foothills).

    Radanovich is voting NO on the amendment for Internet Netrality. He NEVER votes for the common good. He's got to go.

    TJ has great plans for rapid transit, bringing jobs to our community, and so much more.

    TJ Cox

    •  this list is only for competitive races, I think (0+ / 0-)

      I haven't heard anybody put CA-19 on their list of competitive races.

      •  That's the problem! (0+ / 0-)

        I have NO idea why this campaign isn't taking off on DKos! TJ Cox is a FANTASTIC candidate (I've met him) and he's as serious as a heart attack. He can WIN BIG, especially if people would take this race seriously.

        It took me weeks to finally convince people here that there was even a candidate IN the race despite an official announcement, candidate website, etc.

        What does DKos have against TJ COX??

        I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

        by willers on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 07:07:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

        If WE don't make it competitive, it's our fault, isn't it?

        Besides, the idea behind a 50-state strategy is to make the Repubs spend money in districts they were not planning on, right?

        "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

        by Rico on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 09:56:51 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thank You from a Northern Californian (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    reid fan

    I'm very pleased to see you drop by Daily Kos, Senator. I cast my vote for Francine Busby. If CA-50 can't elect a Democrat after the Duke Cunningham debacle, well, corruption must not matter.
    Keep up the great work!

    Ray Keck
    Davis, CA (but I grew up in Marin!)

    Please, if it's not to late, make it a cheeseburger

    by rkex on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:42:18 PM PDT

  •  Replace Doc Hastings in Washington State! (0+ / 0-)

    We'll see you at Yearlykos!!!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:45:55 PM PDT

  •  A write-in vote? (1+ / 0-)
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    I realize the Senator's PAC is looking for races that are already competitive.  Alot of candidates, like Steven Herr (WI-01) are facing the classic campaigning Catch-22.  They are taking on incumbents with money, but don't have alot of money themselves.  Since they don't have money, people don't give them money, even if the district is otherwise competitive.  It would be nice if some high profile PACs would kick in some seed money to campaigns like Steve's so we can expand the playing field.

    Take back Wisconsin's 1st CD - Steven Herr for Congress!

    by CA Pol Junkie on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 04:51:09 PM PDT

    •  I agree... (0+ / 0-)

      Jay Fawcett is working hard to take a seat in a county (CO-5)that has never elected a democrat but for the first time ever, it is possible.   We need to be acknowledged and supported too.  I understand somewhat why Senator Boxer is limiting the choices but I don't like it.
      Why send the message to some parts of the country to just "give up" or that we are not worth the fight.

      Come on ALL OF US should matter.

  •  Francine Busby needs help NOW (5+ / 0-)

    If she wins the upcoming special election for CA-50, it will send a message loud and clear, and hopefully start the avalanch.

    Republicans will become further depressed and Democrats emboldened.

    Do it. NOW!

  •  I don't see (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sally in SF, ajsuited, dirtfarmer

    Nancy Boyda, KS-2, on the list.  We actually stand a chance of beating Ryun, especially with his recently-tainted image.

    Our feet are getting sore.  We need some help.

    -9.25, -7.54

    I have little use for ponies, but much use for beers.

    by Marc in KS on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:10:43 PM PDT

  •  Please add David Roth to the list (0+ / 0-)

    I voted for Busby, but I'd love to see David Roth on that list, unless he's already had his share.

    You were wonderful at the Democrats of the Desert dinner last month, Senator!  Thanks again for your attention to the 45th district.

    Are we still routinely torturing helpless prisoners, and if so, does it feel right that we as American citizens are not outraged by the practice? -Al Gore

    by soyinkafan on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:14:39 PM PDT

  •  Francine Busby! (0+ / 0-)

    This resident of CA-50 urges you to vote for Francine Busby!! We have a chance to win this seat, and OH what a message that will send!!

    Francine Busby for Congress in CA-50!

    by reid fan on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:16:16 PM PDT

  •  CO-6: Bill Winter (0+ / 0-)

    And thanks for taking the time to ask, Senator.

    Bill Winter is up against the truly vile Tom Tancredo.  Tancredo's an ass, and the immigration debate can be made to work against him - if we give a Fighting Dem (Bill Winter is a former Marine) the support he needs.

    "he should bow to no authority and acknowledge no king" - Lucian

    by Unitary Moonbat on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:22:12 PM PDT

  •  I'm sad to see you left out Jim Nelson (0+ / 0-)

    Republican Jack Kingston in Georgia's 1st district is beatable, now that Bush's numbers are in the basement. He's made stupid statements in Congress and made a fool out of himself on several comedy shows. Kerry actually won two of the most important counties in the district in 2004: Chatham (Savannah) and Liberty (Fort Stewart), and he wasn't very well liked by the swing voters at the time.  Bryan County, a Republican stronghold, has some of the worst voting lines in the district, made worse by a two lane bottleneck that runs the length of Richmond Hill. At the very least, make Republicans spend money in this district they think is ironclad. A lot of counties have no people in them, and a low turnout will hurt Kingston.

    John Barrow should be fine. His office once did me a huge favor, and I think he's well liked in Savannah. I met his Republican opponent, Max Burns, once and I immediately tried to get away. Because he didn't recognize me amongst the crowd, he shook my hand three times in the span of a minute. I know he was once a Rep., but I personally think he's toast.

  •  T.J. Cox (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Not only is T. J. Cox a great candidate for the California 19th district, his election would take out one of the true slimeballs of the Congress, George P. Radanovich. Check out T.J at

  •  BARBARA!! (0+ / 0-)

    You should also focus on winning over the senate, send in email out for Claire McCaskill, she has a huge chance to win or Sherrod Brown. Support Patricia Madrid, I would love to get rid of Heather Wilson. Thanks for your work senator Boxer, I am one of your biggest fans, P.S. are you actually reading these?

    Please visit our website! - Donate to the democrats of 2006!

    by FutureDemocrats on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:37:23 PM PDT

    •  she is (0+ / 0-)

      Come on, it's Barbara, you know she's not a liar.  She's one of the most trusted Senators in DC for her integrity.  And she's YOU'RE Senator (and mine!) She's reading these!  She may have someone else logging in and typing but she's standing over the person's shoulder!

      After the Rapture, we'll get all their stuff! Hummingbird's Blog

      by Hummingbird on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:16:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Stephanie Studebaker Ohio - 03 (0+ / 0-)

    Stephanie is the front runner in the Democrats corner. She's a good gal...and yes her great grandfather was the STUDEBAKER AUTOMOTIVE guy. Name recognition. Stephanie's a professional veternarian and mother...wife...
    She's going up against Tom Delay's chosen one Mike Turner who made out like a bandit from the Drug guys on the Medicare deal...

    Some of Mike Turners (R) Biography is Congress from Ohio -03
    Representative Turner has a very cozy relationship with the GOP Leadership.
    Turner received $15,000 from House Majority Leader John Boehner's "Freedom Project" PAC.
    Turner received $11,598 from GOP Whip Roy Blunt's "Rely on Your Beliefs" PAC.
    Turner voted with President Bush 90% of the time.
    Turner voted the GOP party line 94% of the time.
    Why do you think Turner is just rubber stamping the Republican agenda?


    How tied up is Representative Turner with the Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff scandal? Turner has taken:
    $20,000 from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC.
    $1,000 from Bob Ney, the first congressman to be implicated based on the Jack Abramoff guilty plea.
    With all of these ties to the DeLay/Abramoff mess, is it any surprise that Turner has:
    Voted to weaken House ethics rules when DeLay proposed doing so as GOP Majority Leader.
    Voted with Tom DeLay 94% of the time.

    "It's Hard Work!" George Bush..."He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Bejamin Franklin

    by JellyPuddin on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:40:42 PM PDT

  •  Fix election fraud (0+ / 0-)

    and you will restore voters' confidence in the system. If you guys continue to ignore the issue and we see the fraud thing blow up again in '06, I guarantee you will hemorrage votes in 08.

    What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? unknown

    by moon in the house of moe on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 05:45:43 PM PDT

  •  Please support the candidate with the letter D (0+ / 0-)

    next to their name. It is a matter of life and death.

    Thank You,


    •  NOT THAT SIMPLE... (0+ / 0-)

      I will not settle for the lesser of the evil millionaires chosen by the media and the controlling ends of the parties - I will choose a candidate I will BE PROUD OF.

      "...war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."--Daniel Berrigan.

      by Rico on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 09:52:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks Senator (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a native Californian and am proud to have you as my Senator. I only have one question for you. What the hell is the matter with Feinstein? I sure would like to see someone like you challenge her next time up.

  •  Lois Murphy-PA (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Support Lois!  She's a great candidate in the most competitive district in the country(mine, right outside Philly).  Jim Gerlach is a vulnerable crony of Delay's.  He CAN be beaten(he only won by .5% last time, and that was due to gerrymandering)!

  •  I don't know. You should tell us. (0+ / 0-)

    Most of us can't tract these diverse races.  The party needs to tell us where our contributions are needed most.  I live in the deep south and there is going to be no democratic candidate elected in my district.  I'll fight for my country--with contributions--if you lead.

  •  One Name (0+ / 0-)

    Ned Lamont.

    Senator Boxer, I have a question:  if Ned Lamont wins the poll to be the candidate assisted by your PAC, will you honor that poll?  I'm asking because the Dems have circled the wagons for LIEberman and I think you know how must of here feel about Joe.  So, will you be true to your word and help out Lamont if he wins this poll????

    •  Of course, (0+ / 0-)

      Ned Lamont isn't even on your list, now that I review it again.  I'm wondering why?  So, my vote would go to Busby or Lampson.  But, why isn't Lamont on that list?  Because you dems are protecting LIEberman?  Why? Why?  Why?


    •  OK I now see the list is only House candidates... (0+ / 0-)

      I eat all my words...


      •  knock yourself out! (0+ / 0-)

        heh heh, it's ok sally, knock yourself out; "de system" needs its cages rattled!

        When Ned Lamont gets at least the primary-qualifying 15% amount of the delegates at the May 20 CT Dem convention, then he will not need any money from Boxer's PAC, because then Lamont will be a credible progressive challenger in a major nationally followed race meriting the big dollars from the biggest national Dem progressives and the biggest national Dem progressive PACs, and even the Lieberman camp themselves acknowledge that Ned Lamont will get at least the qualifying 15% necessary to challenge Lieberman in an August CT Dem primary.

        In short, you ain't seen nuthin' yet!!

  •  I voted for Harry Mitchell and Chet Edwards (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Why Chet?  Well he's a good guy stuck in the reddest of all districts and he faces an Iraq vet as an opponent.  I think he's the only one in any real danger.  Also he has to represent Bush's home district.  That's what he and my representative, Henry Waxman, have in common.  Waxman had to represent Reagan's district while Reagan was president.  And unlike Waxman's district which voted for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, Edwards's distrct voted strongly for Dubya both times.  

    As for Harry Mitchell, he's got a great chance and I hate J.D. Hayworth.  Hayworth is such a Republican asshole.  I can't stand him.  Here's to Mitchell.

  •  Al Weed - VA-05 - Challenging Virgil Goode (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Here's why you should support Al Weed:

    The incumbent is Virgil "MZM-Scandal" Goode. Goode got elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Elephant party for a spot on appropriations, and he's been a rubber stamp ever since. He's been significantly tainted by the MZM/Cunningham/Harris/Goode scandal and he's a great target if you want to clean up some of that culture of corruption.

    I think you'll find the incumbent advantage Virgil enjoyed since his defection entirely absent after the corruption and the sad state of southside VA's economy. Tim Kaine won this district and that was on state matters -- the Democrats' significant advantage on the federal level didn't even affect that election.

    The district is predominantly rural and the tobacco farms are hurting; Al is a farmer, and he started a thinktank to research and promote biofuels to revitalize the industry and bring new jobs. Issues like Iraq and health care are huge in soutside; Al has been against the war and for single-payer health care since he ran in 2004. His last race and the primary he's just clinched have built name recognition, infrastructure, and fund-raising ability. In Q1 he raised more money than Virgil, and that was before he seized the nomination! Now all those people who were waiting until the primary can give $2,000 before and $2,000 after the May 20 convention.

    He's a great progressive Democrat, a great candidate, fighting against a Republican who badly needs beating!

    I tell you truly, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. -- Matthew 25:40

    by mSnook on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 06:32:14 PM PDT

  •  Please consider Andrew Duck MD-6 (0+ / 0-)

    This past weekend I went to a fundraiser for Andrew Duck.  He's running in a district that covers northern and western Maryland.  However, Andrew has several things going for him that convinced me, just from this one meeting, to work for him and help raise money:

    He's a "Fighting Dem"  Andrew served 20 years in the Army [starting at age 19,so he's only 39].  He served two tours in Bosnia and one in Iraq.  He was in charge of a group of Arabic linguists and tells some hair-raising stories about Administration incompetence.

    His stump speech covers the agenda that the Dems ought to be trumpting: health care, the deficit, the environment, Big Oil, government intrusion and on and on.  His speaking style is forceful, brief and compelling.  I could just imagine undecided or even Republican voters resonating to his message.

    The Dems have given up on this district in the past.  Now, with a good candidate, we ought to get in there and fight.

    You can go to his web site,

    I urge individual Kossaks to support him, and Senator Boxer to consider him for the next "candidates' list."

  •  Peter Welch, Vermont at Large Seat (no incumbent) (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Caoimhin Laochdha

    This seat is currently held by Bernie Sanders, who is running for Jim Jeffords' old Senate seat.  Peter is running neck and neck with the Republican seeking this seat, Gen. Martha Rainville of the VT National Guard,  and he definitely needs some help.  Bernie's race is preoccupying a lot of the progressive support and volunteers in Vermont, and as a result, Peter could lose the House seat.

    Another reason the house seat is at risk is the tendency of Vermonters to have split delegations.  This year their delegation is Jeffords (Ind, former Republican), Leahy (Democrat), and Sanders (Ind) with a Republican governor.  

    Despite the fact that Vermont is a very liberal state, its National Guard contingent is large, and Vermont has lost the highest number of citizens in the Iraq War as a percentage of population of any US state.  Rainville may benefit from her National Guard connection.  Vermonters support their National Guard, even if they don't support the war.

    She originally sought to run as a Democrat, but it was apparently Welch's turn.  Consequently, she is running as a Republican.  She is not viewed as an extremist as a result.

    Fortunately, she has received contributions from some of the principals in the Republican culture of corruption.  This is a definite negative.

    And as a current member of the National Guard, she cannot comment on the Iraq War--and VT as a whole is not in favor of the War.  This is another negative.

    In any case, Welch's race is no cakewalk, and he can definitely use the help.  His website is:

  •  I already voted (0+ / 0-)

    when I received your PAC message.

    I was a bit disappointed in your senatorial selections--no one I could get excited about.

    But I believe Lampson was down in the congressional selections.  If we can't take back De Lay's district from the Repubs, then we've got real problems.  This would not look good for the Dems at all.  It's not enough that De Lay has dropped out, we need to turn it into a Dem district.  

  •  TJ Cox in CA-19, Dammit! (0+ / 0-)

    Why is everyone ignoring TJ Cox, the first serious challenge to George "Voldemort" Radanovich in years and years????


    I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

    by willers on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 06:53:50 PM PDT

  •  Patty Wetterling (MN-6) (0+ / 0-)

    Ok, she has not won the endorsement, yet. However, this is an open seat she almost won 2 years ago against a strong incumbant. I trust your PAC will fund Patty (or Tinklinberg(?)) to beat what ever wingnut the repubs. pick.

    Patty as my rep and Amy Klobachar as Senator will really brighten things up in MN.

  •  I wish my money helped the Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    Because if it did, I would still be giving it.  

    Up until a few months ago, my partner and I were regular donors to the Democratic Party, as well as individual Democrats.  

    But we feel very let down by our Democratic Representatives in the House and especially in the Senate.  I expect complete resistance from the Democrats, or at least loud vocal resistance in a consistant manner.  And votes from you ALL that reflect what I consider to be our values as Democrats.

    I can't in good consious donate at this time.  I would like to. When I start seeing changes, I will again start donating.  

  •  Thanks Senator Boxer! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Olive Oyle


    I voted Eric Massa, although I live in San Rafael, Marin County, I'm originally from Ithaca, NY, which is a very progressive city in New York State's Central Southern Tier, and sits just east of Massa's NY-29 with major towns Watkins Glen and Bath.  It has great wine country, with rolling hills and glacial gorges and lakes.  Workers, artists, academics, professionals, and trades people live in NY-29 and they stand to benefit from a Democratic Congress.  There's even a Watkins Glen Grande Prix for those cross-over racing voters.

    Let's Fix a Broken Congress in '06!

    I hope you, Senator Boxer, and the rest of the DailyKos community will do everything they can in terms of contributions, and support, should Eric Massa not top the DailyKos poll, because I do like Francine Busby (the other candidate to whom I've sent dollars via (thanks, Act Blue!)); but don't overlook NY-29! It's a winnable race, and Bush has visited twice, even recently.  Incumbent neocon Randy Kuhl was no where to be seen as Bush tried to hype his cumbersome Prescription Drug Plan... last time he was in Canadaigua for a Social Security speech... let's help flip this seat for Eric Massa and the people of NY-29!

    Thanks for getting involved, it's so important this time around to halt the destructive policies of a Bush Adminstration run amok without an effective check from Congress. Thanks for all that you do.

    "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777

    by TPaine on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 08:45:35 PM PDT

  •  Marcy Winograd CA-36 (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rico, hartford for lamont

    The picture says it all. But for even more reasons to support Marcy, I urge you to click here. The time has come for change.

    "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players" - Ben Domenech

    by Brownian Motion on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 08:47:05 PM PDT

    •  Marcy Winograd vs. Jane Harman ! (0+ / 0-)

      This CA race looks exactly like what we are doing in CT with our Lamont anti-war progressive Dem primary challenge to Lieberman.

      Jane Harman and Joe Lieberman are two rotten peas in the same pod.

      Cindy Sheehan Endorses Winograd for Congress

      Dear Friends,

      I urge you to support anti-war candidate Marcy Winograd for Congress in the Democratic primary on June 6th. Marcy is running in the 36th congressional district, which stretches from San Pedro to Mar Vista. When elected, Marcy will immediately vote to cut funding for the Iraq war and bring our troops home. In addition, Marcy will do everything in her power to stop US air strikes against Iran and to encourage Congress to embrace the rule of law, not the rule of bombs.

      Marcy is running against Jane Harman, a six-term incumbent who closed her eyes to intelligence analysts' objections to the Iraq war and remains silent in the face of US military activity in Iran. Now is the time to summon all of our friends to work on Marcy's campaign, a referendum on the Bush agenda of eternal war. Here is a chance to work for a candidate who believes that peace is possible.


      Cindy Sheehan

  •  how about (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    any candidate who makes a public pledge that s/he will NEVER join or cooperate with the Democratic Leadership Council.

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 09:30:58 PM PDT

  •  Help Illinois Dems in State Legislature (0+ / 0-)

    They are doing what you won't do: IMPEACH BUSH

  •  Louis Vandenburg (0+ / 0-)

    We need to fight on every race.  If Louis had $50k and a campaign manager that kicked butt he would be real trouble to Ken Calvert.  Louis has grass roots support.  Everyone seems to like him, but they think he doesn't have a chance.  He is bright enough to be a great congressman.  He just needs to learn to make the sell.  It is a hard sell with a 17% deficit in dem vs Repub registrations, but look where Bush is at ... -18%.  Gee, maybe even this one will be close?  Only if Louis gets some support for a change.

  •  bryan kennedy (0+ / 0-)

    Because Sensenbrenner needs to stop embarrassing the rest of Wisconsin and stop harming the country.

  •  Darcy Burner WA-8 (0+ / 0-)

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:45:00 PM PDT

  •  Let's help Busby beat corrupt lobbyist Bilbray (0+ / 0-)

    Senator Boxer, thanks.

    Francine Busby for Congress -- CA-50 -- Runoff Election, June 6

    by socal on Wed Apr 26, 2006 at 11:56:32 PM PDT

  •  Tim Walz, not mentioned... (0+ / 0-)

    He's the fighting Dem working to restore MN 1, I think to the blue column.  He's got a biography you'd cry over, it's so perfect, and has a background in education and Foreign Affairs (CHINA for crying out loud!)  

    I live in Tennessee, but happened upon him a few months back and suggest you run, don't walk, toward this candidate who outraised his multi-term GOPponent this quarter!

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal.

    by Moesse on Thu Apr 27, 2006 at 03:11:15 AM PDT

  •  Please Don't Send Me Email (0+ / 0-)

    I noticed that you made us enter our email, which I hate.  Please don't start flooding my inbox with mass emailers. Please, please, please.

  •  Why Not Support Them All? (0+ / 0-)

    My vote is that they all get checks!  Why just chose one or two???  Am I missing something here?

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