Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsements

Ok, so the last two netroots endorsements were Patrick Murphy and Darcy Burner.  Both were chosen because they have strong netroots support, and because they are in areas that are trending Democratic (the 'Northeastern strategy').

After Yearly Kos, we figured it would be a good time to open up the floor for more nominations.

There's some targeting that goes into these nominations, but the most important qualifying criteria for a netroots endorsement is local blog support.  So if you have a local blog and are following/supporting a candidate, please make your case for the endorsement.

I met these four candidates at Yearly Kos.  There are probably a few more that I met and liked, but the whole experience was a blur.  None of them are netroots-endorsed, and there's no guarantee that any of them will be.  I just figured that you'd want to know that they came to Yearly Kos, since that indicates a certain amount of seriousness when it comes to internet politics.

David Harris (TX-06):  Harris is a young Iraq vet running an extreme longshot race against netroots enemy Joe Barton.  Barton has shades of corruption all around him, taking massive donations from telecom and energy PACs.  He's the prime mover against net neutrality.  The district is extremely red, though Texas is undergoing a progressive takeover of the Democratic Party.  This blog is following the race.  And here's David Harris's MySpace profile.

John Laesch (IL-14) is running against Dennis Hastert.  Laesch is a Navy vet, having served as an intelligence analyst monitoring terrorist activity.  While this is a longshot, Hastert has had ethical problems of late.

Jay Fawcett (CO-05) is running as a longtime Air Force vet in this Republican district, the home of James Dobsen.  He's a presence.

Nancy Skinner (MI-09) is running in the 9th district in Michigan, on a platform of turning the auto industry green.  This district is in play, and she has more institutional support than the other three candidates.  She is a big proponent of media reform, and is a DFA All-Star.

Once again, none of them are netroots-endorsed, and there's no guarantee that any of them will be.  I just figured you should know that they attended Yearly Kos.

The point of the netroots endorsement is to beat Republicans directly, lock down their resources indirectly, and support local infrastructure (including the 50 state strategy).  So please, nominate away.  And include local blog links when you nominate.

Update: I forgot to mention Jack Carter, Senate candidate in Nevada!

Tags: actblue, Blogosphere, netroots (all tags)



Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

I think you guys should support Larry Kissell for the next netroots endorsed candidate, but Kirstin Gillebrand is a good choice, Paul Hodes as well, and any of our three challengers in CT

by Johnny08 2006-06-17 01:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

Matt: Heads up - Hastert's 1st group of ethical problems were investigated on line at DKos. Turns out it's an iceberg. I think you are looking at only the tip.

John Laesch is making terrific headway out in Lee County, Whiteside County (my neck of IL-14)- and in Kendall County, of course [all but a very few Republicans hate him there - and hate is not a word I use loosely].

Laesch is the 1st and only Democratic candidate for Congress to get positive press out of the Sauk Valley Newspaper chain. We now have kids making their own brochures supporting John Laesch.  This campaign has legs - and is people-powered.  John is out there going door to door, appearing at every meeting possible, and is now getting serious press coverage.

This is the impossible campaign that can.  I'm amazed.  Before the primary I worked on behalf of Tammy Duckworth.  Then I met John.  I checked out what he is doing.  And he is doing all the right things.  The Carpenter's union are Republicans - they endorsed him.  The teachers are expected to immediately after labor day. The are Republican.

I have managed a bunch of campaigns before - the last was Illinois manager for Ross Perot (Round 1).  I've been at this for 45 years.  NEVER have a I seen a candidate this good.  He connects with voters the way Sen. Paul Simon did. It's just remarkable.

I strongly urge that you talk with John.  Really explore his campaign strategy.  If you do, you will endorse him. Call it the Miracle Campaign, if you must, but in November everyone will be saying "Jesus, what happended?" And you will have the answer.

by llbear 2006-06-17 07:22PM | 0 recs
This campaign does have legs!

I haven't had the pleasure of meeting John personally like llbear has, but from his diairies and his comments, it's clear that he's as sharp as a tack and really connects with people.  He is humble and not afraid to take criticism.  More importantly, he LISTENS and ponders and doesn't go off half cocked.  Everyone should look at his candidacy and then jump on his band wagon.  If you can't physically help his campaign, then send him money when you can and give him your love.  Get others to send money and get them to get others to send money.  Make it like that old Breck Shampoo ad - tell a friend, who tells  a friend, who tells a friend...that's how netroots campaigns keep growing the legs needed to win.  Besides, we simply have to SHOW HASTERT THE DOOR!  

by sallyinsf 2006-06-17 08:26PM | 0 recs
A Gut Feeling

It's not just a matter of dumping Denny Hastert.

It's a matter of supporting an everyday guy, who we can claim as one of our own. It's just my gut feeling, but John Laesch's campaign feels like having a neighbor running for office, or the guy who coaches your son's baseball team. Of all the candidates who have come to the Democratic blogs seeking support and counsel, he strikes me as the most sincere, most altruistic, and responsive candidate, deserving of full Netroots support.

And it doesn't hurt that he's all about two-way communication and accountability, which (to me) are cornerstones of the Netroots movement.

Back John Laesch.

by wanderindiana 2006-06-18 11:34AM | 0 recs
that's the same way...

i feel about david harris.

these fighting dems are awesome, don't you think?

by annatopia 2006-06-19 07:03AM | 0 recs

I got to meet him at YKos and spoke to him for a few minutes.  He is genuine, really connnects with people and his diaries (he has a real good one up now here) seem to show a growing interest for him out in IL.

Plus, the possibility of ousting Denny would be a huge bonus.

by clammyc 2006-06-18 05:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

John Laesch has worked and earned the fullest endorsements of the grassroots, netroots and committed individuals who are the heart and soul of the 14th District.

John has the background, depths of national and international experiences, integrity we require in a Representative.

The Laesch campaign has proven time an again that it is built on the core principals of Democracy and genuine heartland values.

I encourage everyone working and striving to revive the American Dream for the 21st Century should give serious considerations to John Laesch, along with Netroots backing.

I've been an ardent and full supporter of Laesch since last August.

by SAldrich 2006-06-18 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

i've given to John Laesch and believe he should be netroots endorsed.

by 2liberal 2006-06-18 10:25PM | 0 recs
All your base are belong to Kissell

It's insane here in NC. Insane. Doesn't matter if you're talking to the good ol' boys at the local bait shack, activists from Asheville to Chapel Hill to Charlotte, the netroots, newspapers, veterans, Hotline (which just debuted Kissell at #47 in the top 50 hot races), or apparently Rahm Emanuel himself, Kissell is the real deal.

He's at every festival, every parade, every event, every mill closing, on every blog, in every newspaper, and currently the raison d'etre for the Democratic Party in North Carolina.

Forget the 8th District, Kissell's turning all of NC blue. He's organizing precints 200 miles away via sheer excitement alone. Perhaps telepathy. He's the teflon Andy Griffith, virtual Jesus, the next stage in human evolution and the geographic center of the moderate universe. Kissell has his own gravitational pull. If Kissell were a color, it would be primary. If Kissell were a number, it would be prime. Kissell is the best argument for human cloning we have to date. The Kissell coat-tails won't leave an elected Republican dogcatcher within a 3 state radius of the Uwharrie National forest. I heart Kissell, and apparently coffee. So does this guy. Al Gore stole stole the idea for the Internet from Kissell, but Kissell is just too modest to say anything. In-sane.

Make Kissell the next netroots candidate or I'll set fire to the Internet.

by RANT 2006-06-18 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: All your base are belong to Kissell

I'm a teacher, a conservative, sometimes vote Republican, live in GA and I following this campaign closely.  I wish I could vote for Larry Kissell so bad I can't stand it. I will go up there and volunteer this summer. Send a teacher to Congress!!!!

by Kellygirl 2006-06-18 11:01AM | 0 recs
Kissell IS the comeback Kid!

He started out with no chance of winning and has come out of nowhere to now be one of the National Journal's top 50 races.  He has brought on a top notch staff and consultants.  I live in Cabarrus County home of Robin Hayes and I don't have a doubt in my mind that he is going to win. My Dad was here for Father's Day and has been a Hayes supporter over the years...this year he is voting for Kissell as are his other Vietnam Vet friends because the DAV gave Hayes a ZERO rating and he likes that Kissell is a good Baptist.

Kissell is on fire and Hayes is doing a crash and burn.  I'm sure Hayes feels very confident,but he is going to lose when good rednecks like my Daddy are voting against him.  I hope he gets the netroots endorsement--he has really earned it!

by clintonian 2006-06-18 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Kissell IS the comeback Kid!

Amen. Support Larry Kissell.  

Kissell can beat Hayes and, as a bonus, the NC Congressional delegation will get a real live grassroots NC citizen. If we put Kissell and Shuler in that NC delegation, WOW! Is this the year we make the NC GOP send all it's money to Hayes and Taylor ... only to lose? Oh, Happy Day!

by Leslie H 2006-06-19 09:08AM | 0 recs
Show some love for Kissell


We're bringin out the yellow dogs in NC-8 to put Kissell in Congress and put Robin Hayes back out on the street. Larry Kissell said at our ralley last week "it's not about the money". I hate to disagree with him but it is. Robin Hayes has a huge war chest to use to fearmonger and distort his true position of voting for the rich fat cats. NC-8 is a winnable seat. Hell, Beth Troutman pulled over 35% against Hayes the last election, with little money and having Martin Sheen  and other "Hollywood Liberials" campaign for her.

Show some love netroots and send a real Democrate to the House.

by cutter28001 2006-06-18 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Show some love for Kissell
NC-08 IS a "winnable" seat and with the GOTV effort backed by all "Yellow Dogs" we can put a representative of THE PEOPLE in Congress.  Larry Kissell is the finest candidate the Democrat Party has offered up since the retirement of our beloved Congressman Bill Hefner.
Larry Kissell speaks of the things he believes in and stands for.  He does not make empty promises, will not make decisions based on popularity and truly knows how to relate to all people in the District.  Larry understands WORK and has been working hard to get out his message, whether on internet resource pages (blogs) or walking neighborhood streeets, knocking on doors.  Larry Kissell IS a worthy Netroots candidate and deserves the endorsement. He is the last best hope for the hard-working people of NC-08 and especially all those good folks who lost their jobs to outsourcing.
Please support Larry Kissell and spread the word to everyone you can reach.  DEMOCRATS of the 8th Congressional District:  STOP voting for Hayes the fat-cat Republican.  He's stealing your money.....
by Lady MacDem 2006-06-19 06:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Show some love for Kissell

Actually, didn't Beth Troutman pull 45% against Hayes in a year when she raised $250K and he raised $1.9 million???

She was a 30-something TV aide-de-camp.  Larry is a former textile worker and teacher.  

by Robert P 2006-06-19 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Show some love for Kissell

27 actually. She's 29 now.

I too think if a 27 year old Scientologist from Hollywood can get 45% of the vote against Hayes in this district, an actual grown man should be able to find 6% more.

by RANT 2006-06-19 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Show some love for Kissell

Are you B.T.?

by Robert P 2006-07-10 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Show some love for Kissell

And that was BEFORE Haynes voted for CAFTA!

NC is turing blue right before our eyes.

by NCJim 2006-06-19 11:12AM | 0 recs
Re: All your base are belong to Kissell

Kissell's message resonates well in his district and throughout North Carolina. People are tired of the same old party politics, and he represents something new and unique.

It would be a missed opportunity not to endorse him as soon as possible!

by jcsemistar 2006-06-18 01:35PM | 0 recs
Re: All your base are belong to Kissell

I live in Concord NC.
I can't wait to vote for Larry in Nov.
I will be looking to put signs up along the road this week.

Go Larry Go

by eeff 2006-06-18 02:49PM | 0 recs
Kissell Kissell Kissell

I thought it would be worth mentioning that YearlyKos was during the final week of school for Larry and it's next to impossible for teachers to get time off those last couple of weeks.  Larry has been interacting with the online community in North Carolina well before he formally filed.  He has started writing diaries on DKos as well and may be able to write more now that school is out.

When the poll numbers were released Larry gave BlueNC an exclusive for 24 hours.  

by The Southern Dem 2006-06-18 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

The question is, what is the purpose here?  Party building?  Netroots building?  Blog building? Or electing more middle tier candidates to the House?

Resources are finite, and cannot always be expended on quixotic long shots.  Two of the three races (Hodes and Gillebrand) mentioned above have far better chances than the ones Matt mentioned, and Kissell probably does too.  What about Mary Jo Kilroy against Deborah Pryce?  Get rid of the #4 House Rep in a race where the two parties are near parity.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-18 09:26AM | 0 recs
Awesome point, and thanks for making it, Mimi...

I'm done backing longshots, merely because it'll tweak the other side's nose.

by Rafe Noboa 2006-06-18 10:08AM | 0 recs

The purpose is money. Right? Getting money to winnable elections that need it? Especially for candidates closer to the people than say Lawyer PACS and Fat Cats.

So when respected southern pollster John Anzalone says Kissell with little money is currently trailing Hayes by only 8 points (uninformed vote), and Kissell with money swings 15 points to beat Hayes by 7 points (informed vote), does that not tell the netroots where they can make the most difference?

NC-08 is a value race. Buy low. Win high.

by RANT 2006-06-18 10:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots for Larry Kissell

I would like to vote for Kissell...He has a great chance to win...He just needs the extra push from Netroots.

by philipchang 2006-06-18 07:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

I lost to Larry Kissell in the NC-8 primary, and I urge you to endorse him.

Mark Ortiz

by markortiz 2006-06-18 08:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsements

I too would like to nominate Larry Kissell.  He/we have a good chance of unseating Robin Hayes, and we need to unseat him!

by laadeedaa 2006-06-19 04:47AM | 0 recs
Kissell and local blogs

In my comment below thread I failed to mention the local blogs highlighting Kissell.  I have posted a previous diary including this information and included the link, however this post will make them easier to find.

The Southern Dem


Jim Buie's Blog

NC Rumors

by The Southern Dem 2006-06-19 09:05AM | 0 recs
Senate is ok too right?

Jack Carter for sure.


by neutron 2006-06-17 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate is ok too right?

I am 100% behind Jack Carter as a netroots endorsed candidate.

If Democrats are going to have any kind of shot at retaking the Senate then we need to expand the number of seats in play.  We have seen how the numbers have moved in AZ for the Kyl/Pederson race mainly because Pederson is doing early advertising.  Neveda is a much smaller, less costly, market.

Jack Carter's campaign has been getting attention for his website blog done by Sarah R. Carter and for his efforts to utilize MySpace.  Jack Carter is also working to make inroads in the rural areas of Nevada which could pay large dividends in November. It would be a shame to pass up this opportunity to unseat one of the more useless Senators in the country.

by msstaley 2006-06-17 10:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Senate is ok too right?

I hate to do this but I've said it before and will say it again -- you are sadly mistaken here in supporting Carter as a viable challenge. Carter is "getting attention" where for his blog -- not in NV. The only mention of it online was on, which is a liberal-leaning blog that made fun of the idea. There is no "netroots support" for him locally, only on blogs based elsewhere. I say this not ot put down Carter; I hope he wins and I've donated to him. But he's not captured much support from local progressive activists.

But to say that I find it really condescending that whomever determines these things refuse to take a look at the candidate hwo does have strong support from actually existing Nevada progressive activists, state SEnator Dina Titus who is running a true insurgent campaign.

She's a state Senator who represents a middle class section of Las Vegas and who has been the Democratic leader for 16 years. She's worked the state relentlessly for years, campaigning for Democrats (she's brought us within one seat of a Democratic majority in teh state Senate which we stand a good chance of picking up this fall). She's known across the state as accessible, intelligent and committed to change.

She more or less introduced the concept of smart growth to southern Nevada (those who were here saw the need for it) and is s running on a platform that includes alternative energy, ethics reform, enhanced funding for education, controlling growth (which will have strong appeal in rural areas whose water is being depleted by Las Vegas), and economic diversification towards high-tech.

She's had strong support from local blogs (check out this one and and this one as well. No, she didn't come to YEarly Kos becaues early voting starts in less than 60 days and she was out meeting with voters.

She's also got a real chance to win, leading in all polls in the primary against a self-described "democrat" who is a corporate lawyer who is both socially and economically conservative and who has taken in massive amounts of bundled contributions from corporations and developers. So he's got enough money to run misleading ads trying to claim the mantle of education and environment and in effect has been openly thumbing his nose at Democratic party activists for years.

Then in the fall, she's got a real chance (latest Rasmussen had her ahead 44-40) against a Delay/Pombo clone/clown.

Given how close this election is going to be and how much it would mean for not only a Democrat but a progressive, western-style Democrat (think Brian Schweitzer) to win here -- and how much she has energized a previously miniscule progressive activist base -- this is really the race in NV that on-line donors should care about.

by desmoulins 2006-06-18 11:00PM | 0 recs

My friends/colleagues Patrick Murphy and Jenni Safford are getting married today.

Don't worry about the wedding registry; we'll take care of that.  But how about showing some love to the campaign today?

by Adam B 2006-06-17 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

If you're asking for Senate candidates, too, then I'd like to humbly recommend Jack Carter in Nevada.  I'd like to point out that he was also at Yearly Kos.


by Sarah R Carter 2006-06-17 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Sarah - wish I could vote for your dad.  I'm in Illinois and will urge both Barack Obama and Dick Durbin to do fundraising for him.

BTW: Don't be humble about recommending him.  Be proud.  The two men I admire most for their character are Senator Paul Simon of Illinois and Jimmy Carter.  Hope I live long enough to see make your mark on the world.  If I do, this planet will be a better place.  

by llbear 2006-06-17 07:30PM | 0 recs

The Carter campaign is the little engine that could, and as far as Senate races go, NV is one place where we can most definitely get the most bang for our buck.

I would say, most certainly that Carter and Webb should join Tester in being "netroots endorsed" in the Senate.

But here's the thing, the Democratic establishment has rallied behind Webb, while Carter has been overlooked in favor of other races.


That's why Jack Carter is my #1 candidate choice for netroots endorsement... followed closely by John Laesch.

by neutron 2006-06-18 02:30PM | 0 recs
the next Senator from Nevada

with our help!

(and Sarah's of course)


by neutron 2006-06-18 02:59PM | 0 recs

Nevada is indeed a place to invest in, but see my post above. I know everyone wants to win back the Senate but if you lived here, you'ld know that the Governors race, and Dina Titus is the progressive, insurgent Brian Schweitzer-style candidate with a real chance to turn NV blue that deserves netroots support.

I think its great what Sara Carter has done to generate interest for her dad, but I'm sorry to say that you can't consider a "local blogger" the way that this one is.

I don't mean to put anyone down but shouldn't those of us who live here and have been trying to turn this state blue for years,  get the support of those who want to support a viable 50-state strategy.

by desmoulins 2006-06-18 11:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell is a local NC blog, I forgot to mention that

by Johnny08 2006-06-17 01:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell

Larry Kissell is definitely worthy of endorsement.

He's a teacher and a former textile worker in a majority Dem district.  A distirct where the Rep incumbent promised to vote against CAFTA and then voted for it at the last minute.

by Bear83 2006-06-17 07:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell

I third Larry Kissell.  I have met him, he is the real deal, and NC-08 is a real pickup opportunity.  Kissell starts with a floor of 45% in this district, he doesn't have far to go to win.

by Leyton 2006-06-18 10:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Andrew Duck (MD-6) is another Iraq War veteran in a longshot race against a hard right Republican, Roscoe Bartlett; who, if you'll recall, is the guy who gave the Rev. Sun Myung Moon his robes when he, Moon, crowned himself Messiah in a Congressional office building. Bartlett has had yet to face a credible opponent in his 14 years in office; for that reason, despite the conservative nature of the district, I think his seat is less safe than it seems. And if anyone can unseat him, it's Duck.

by Isaac Smith 2006-06-17 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Nancy Boyda in KS-02

She is running against Jim Ryun, incumbent wingnut.

She held him to 56% in 2004, and that was with the GOP pumping in a million dollars in late October and morphing Nancy into Osama in an ad.

This is not a solid R district and Kathleen Sebelius will be at the top of the ticket in a year KS Rs are demoralized. p

About Nancy

From 1994 to 2003, Nancy Boyda bicycled across Kansas nine times. With each journey, she saw a new snapshot of a growing Kansas--and with each passing year, she became more passionate about helping her state grow even stronger.

Nancy believed that Kansas is best when its citizens have good jobs, affordable health care, and outstanding public education. So in early 2003, she committed herself to turning these ambitions into reality. She began a full-scale, full-time campaign to return a common-sense voice to Congress. But America wasn't ready in 2004.

Now in 2006, Nancy is running again. This time people all across the Kansas's 2nd District are demanding a change in government. Nancy's bold leadership is uniting this grassroots energy into a campaign that will restore the ideals of democracy.

Nancy's determination is not new. She graduated with honors from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, where she received dual degrees in chemistry and education. She began her career in 1978 working as an analytical chemist and field inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the next two decades, she also held management positions in several pharmaceutical companies, including Marion Laboratories.

From these years of hands-on experience, Nancy has developed common-sense ideas about how to boost businesses in Kansas, cut the costs of medical care, and ensure that health insurance is never considered a luxury for any Kansan. She is eager to work with both parties as a moderate, independent voice for the hardworking people of the Second District.

Nancy is married to Steve Boyda, an attorney with a firm in Manhattan. She is the mother of two children and five stepchildren, and a member of Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka.

by jgkojak 2006-06-17 01:48PM | 0 recs
New Jersey 7th

I support Jack Carter and John Leasch as well.  

But I would like to nominate Linda Stender who has been making her race in NJ-7 more and more competitive.  There is a good blog Dump Mike covering the race and bluejersey covers this race and the entire state.   There is also NOT Ferguson for Congress and blue 7th PAC.

by John DE 2006-06-17 01:51PM | 0 recs
Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

The case for Madrid:

1) One of the best takeover opportunities in America. A "must win" if the Dems hope to take back the House.

2) Bush just raised $375K for her opponent, Rep. Wilson, yesterday.

3) Minority and female representation. Now that the Busby and Rodriguez specials are finished,  are no longer on the list, you've got a bunch of white men and one white woman. Let's get some diversity going.

4) Strong blog presence in the district. Here are just a few blogs that have been covering the race:

by imaPROgressive 2006-06-17 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Patricia Madrid (NM-1)

Madrid is a good choice too.  She has a real chance.  Again, what is the point here?  Elect more Dems or build the blogosphere?  Races that might be won or quixotic races?  

BTW, I would not question the choices of Pat Murphy or Burner.  Nor would I suggest already well-funded folks like Lois Murphy (PA-06) or Diane Farrell (CT-04).  But I think you have to take a good, hard look at the registration in each district and figure out your long-term strategy.  A compelling case could be made for supporting Mary Jo Kilroy, as defeating Deborah Pryce in OH-15 is fairly possible.

I'd wait until the next cycle (what, a couple of weeks?) for Laesch and see how the Hastert scandal pans out. The corruption issue will work, if at all, where the incumbent enriches himself, as seems to be the case here.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-18 09:35AM | 0 recs
Jay Fawcett

1) Air Force retired, taught at the Academy, bronze star in Gulf War I. Unimpeachable (well, ahem) military credentials.

2) Willing to go after Dobson. (Click on the "viral ad" on this page.)

3) 6 Republicans are fighting for the seat. They may bloody each other up enough for us to win.

4) 20-year Republican seat. Joel Hefley was on the Armed Services committee - he didn't say squat about body armor, penatagon's lack of plans, PTSD, or WMD. Me must attack on these issues.

5) Club for Growth and Focus on the Family are poised to kick Jay's ass once the [R] fight is over. Let's help him now.

Jay's campaign blog.

PeakDems blog.

He went to YKos and sucked in the info - he sees the strength and benefits netroots can bring - and he needs to use each and every tool to win this race.

Can all of you imagine the kick in the stomach to  Dobson if Jay wins this race? And the next days' headlines? (And oh, by the way, Dobson is 2 to 1 DIS-approval in Jay's internal polling.)

by zappatero 2006-06-17 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Well she's not in the Northeast, but she's part of a solid blue coastal area that is the Democratic analogue to the South.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 02:48PM | 0 recs
Linda Stender (NJ-7)

Linda Stender has continued to shock everybody. She did it last quarter by having a killer fundraising drive that left her with $300,000 cash on hand. The race has been upgraded twice recently; Cook moved it from likely Repub to lean Repub, and Chuck Todd (I think) now lists it in the top 50 most competitive.

Linda Stender unapologetic in her stands; she's determined to run that ever-present Bush/Cheney/DeLay rubber-stamp Mike Ferguson out of town. She's got tremendous grassroots support, and if she continues on her current trajectory, she will win this race. Furthermore, in the context of the Northeast strategy, if we can get a two or three term Democratic incumbent in this seat (and Linda Stender would make a phenomenal one), real realignment might take hold in this district/region.

Her local blog support is strong. It includes Dump Mike, Blue 7th PAC, NOT Mike Ferguson for Congress, and the state blog powerhouse Blue Jersey.

Visit Linda's campaign website here.

by SJBrian 2006-06-17 03:16PM | 0 recs
by SJBrian 2006-06-17 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Linda Stender (NJ-7)

Stender is a good choice as well, as Ferguson is getting more unpopular.  Even though the original "fighting Dem" Steve Brozak didn't unseat him in 2004, this may be the year.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-18 09:36AM | 0 recs
Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

One the netroots should have done some time ago is Jerry McNerney in CA-11 (Northern California's San Joaquin Valley, snaking down east of Oakland). I say should have done because McNerney-- who has a compelling story-- had to use an awful lot of energy and resources to defeat an Inside the Beltway shill that Rahm Emanuel was pushing (despite McNerney's endorsement by the California Democratic Party Convention and most of the district-based Democratic clubs in the area). It was a classic case of a truly progressive, grassroots, independent-minded candidate against a Boss-driven empty suit whose only strong suit would have been, "I'm better than Pombo."

Not that that isn't a strong suit. Pombo is undoubtably one of the very worst of the worst of the Republicrooks infesting Capitol Hill.

There are a wealth of local bloggers all over this race. Start with the comprehensive SAY NO TO POMBO and move out into Pombo Watch, Progressive 11th Blog, CA-11 Blog and half a dozen other California-oriented blogs that cover the race thoroughly.

It's a district that was gerrymandered to protect neighboring (reactionary) Democrats by putting lily-white, upper-income Republican neighborhoods into one odd-shaped central dumping-ground. BUT, Pombo's outrageous, over-the-top behavior is too much even for moderate Republicans, let alone independents. He is very vulnerable because of his public advocacy for selling off the National Parks.

We have a district ripe for change, an egregiously bad and weakened incumbent, and an exceptionally good candidate with a strong local following who has already come closer to beating Pombo than anyone. It's not likely that this will be a DCCC priority because McNerney isn't likely to buy into Emanuel's bullshit consultant-driven advise. This is one the netroots should adopt whole-heartedly. And when he wins, we won't be groaning about him voting with Republicans to screw workers and consumers for the sake of Big Business interests, the way many of us do when we look at some netroots candidates we have helped in the past, like Stephanie Herseth, Melissa Bean and Ben Chandler (all 3 of whom, by the way, were among the 42 Democrats who joined the GOP for the day yesterday to give Bush his moronic Iraq occupation resolution.) After Jerry wins, he'll be there for real Democratic/American/progressive values and principles.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-06-17 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

Jerry McNerney is an excellent choice.

In fact, McNerney just won Russ Feingold's "Progressive Patriot" YearlyKos congressional candidate competition:

Feingold Announces Jerry McNerney as the Choice of the Netroots in "Pick a Progressive Patriot: YearlyKos Event

The Progressive Patriots Fund announced Jerry McNerney as the winner of "Pick a Progressive Patriot: YearlyKos," a special round of its popular online voting event. McNerney is challenging Rep. Richard Pombo in California's 11 District.

"This round of the `Pick a Progressive Patriot' was a huge success," Feingold said. "Over 50 candidates were nominated from 24 states, but in the end McNerney received the most support from a very enthusiastic group of bloggers and online activists. We are happy to send $5000 to the McNerney campaign and we thank everyone who participated in this round of `Pick a Progressive Patriot.'"

Jerry beat out 50 other congressional candidates because the local blogs (especially Say No To Pombo) got out the vote at the Riviera in Vegas.

As the brilliant Kid Oakland said so eloquently many months ago, "We all live in Richard Pombo's district". And now, thousands of Americans are realizing it.

by Fiat Lux 2006-06-17 04:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

Oh, I forgot to mention...

On Monday, click here to see the results from the first round of DFA's Grassroots All-Star online vote: sevote/

DFA is auditing the vote over the weekend. If the preliminary results posted on Friday hold up, Jerry McNerney will finish first (out of 34 candidates) and move on to the second round.

Again, the driving force behind Jerry's netroots success: local blogs like Say No To Pombo, Calitics, Pombo Watch, and Progressive 11th.

by Fiat Lux 2006-06-17 04:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

I'm on board with McNerney.

He's a great candidate, and Pombo is an egregious incumbent... so you got both the carrot and the stick.

The netroots should be slavering love all over McNerney.

by Malacandra 2006-06-17 05:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

I think Jerry McNerney is an excellent choice because he is going up against the baddest of the Bad in the House of Representatives, Richard Pombo. Pombo is hated by people inside and outside of the District. Jerry has a great deal of support from Environmental groups, Bay area DFA and Democratic Clubs, and of course the Blogsphere as already noted. Jerry has lost of Grassroots support but he needs all the cash he can get to go up against Pombo who has over a million dollars already. Helping Jerry will take out an enemy of the Environment, a Tom Delay puppet and take back control of Congress

by jpross 2006-06-17 07:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

I meant to type that Jerry has lots of Grassroots support not lost grassroots supports

by jpross 2006-06-17 07:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

An especially appealing thing about Jerry is his plan to make renewable energy the next dot-com, based in his district but also in benefit to the whole nation, nay, the whole world. This is the antithesis of Pombo, and the best of what being a politician is all about: bringing growth to his district with projects that benefit the country. And he's doing it - so far - with nickels and dimes from within his district. Half of his money is from donations of less than $200. I don't know about you, but I consider this is oppositional to big business buying influence.

by JohnMac 2006-06-17 06:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

If you like that, John Mac, check out Jerry McNerney's MyDD conversation with Jonathan Singer here.

Choice quote:

Singer: Final question. You talked a little bit about posting on Daily Kos and the netroots. If there's one message you'd like to send out to the readers of the progressive blogosphere, what would that be?

McNerney: I think the important thing in this context really is that the internet, the netroots, the blogging... has opened up democracy in a way that wasn't possible before, and I think it really empowers our democracy. So I really challenge people that would be interested to keep participating and to broaden this sphere of influence, because this is how we take America forward as a country of the people rather than a country of the corporations.

For example, this net neutrality issue. To me, it's absurd that that would even be an issue right now. We need to protect the neutrality of the network and let people get into it as individuals at an equal basis. I can tell you when I get to Congress next year, I'm going to be looking at the blogs, because you get a lot of unfiltered information from the blogs and it's very refreshing.

by Fiat Lux 2006-06-17 07:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

Has anyone read the ROLL CALL story from last week that claims anti-grassroots, pro-war head of the DCCC Rahm Emanuel has announced that, since his hand-picked shill for the CA-11 nomination was soundly defeated in the primary, the DCCC will not be participating in the battle to expel Pombo? All the more reason to support Jerry. And after we defeat Pombo, we should make sure the DCCC has a new chairman, one that fights against Republicans not progressives and grassroots Democrats.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-06-17 08:42PM | 0 recs
I hadn't read that.

But I'm not surprised.

Disappointed, but not surprised. I agree with you... this race can be the trifecta:

1) Get rid of Pombo, one of the worst guys in Congress

2) Get Jerry McNerney into the halls of Chgress: we need folks with his understanding of renewable energy to face the challenges of the "Inconvenient Truth" that we have to address within the next decade.

3) Demonstrate the power of the netroots to the Democratic Party... and show good cause why they need our money, grassroots organizing, and locally-grounded political instincts more than they need the DC stratagems of Rahm Emanuel.

This is the win/win/win race for the netroots.

by Malacandra 2006-06-18 11:42AM | 0 recs
McNerney is Great!

Pombo has to go!

by malik5470 2006-06-18 12:27AM | 0 recs
Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20

Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic candidate in New York's 20th Congressional District, endorsed as part of the DFA-List, endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, EMILY's List, SEIU 1199 (Kirsten will be speaking at a rally for Columbia Memorial Hospital Workers, June 24 in Hudson, NY after which DFA and SEIU people will be petitioning together for her), and even our dear, dear (Oh Dear!) friends at the DCCC have added her to their Red to Blue list.

Blog support for Kirsten Gillibrand begins with:


The 10,000 Things

Troy Polloi

Working Families Party blog (she'll have the WFP ballot line this fall)


Saratoga Spirit

Adirondack Musing

Democracy in Albany (which seems to be having technical difficulties as I type this).

Sadly, I was going to add dadablog, but he has ceased to be, he is an ex-blog (probably because he's personally too damn busy as one of the 2 primary volunteer coordinators for the campaign.

And of course, Democracy for the Hudson-Mohawk Region's blog (and group) as well as:

Democracy for Otsego and Delaware Counties

Democracy for Saratoga Springs

Democracy for the Greater Glens Falls Area

DFA: Columbia County

DFA: Greene County

the Mid-Hudson Progressive Alliance

and our friends at Democracy for New York City.

Oh... and one of our own home grown favorite Netroots candidates Brian Keeler.

It would be awesomely cool if she was added to the Netroots list as well.

by Andrew C White 2006-06-17 03:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20

Another good choice.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-18 09:39AM | 0 recs
slightly off topic question for matt

it's on topic if you factor in dave harris's fight against joe barton, who opposes net neutrality.

matt, how can you and mydd justify running the watertower ad when you are taking the lead in the fight against the telco's who want to end equal access for all?

do you guys need the money bad enough to run ads that are in diametric opposition to your stated values, and the values you want your readers to embrace?

you got me all fired up w/your neutrality panel at ykos, then you take money from the enemy.  what's that about?

before you take the atrios stand, that your readers are smart enough to see thru the bs in the ad, i would ask, what about the casual surfer or first time reader who wanders in?

for the record, skippy refused the same ad.

by skippy 2006-06-17 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt


Why should the telcos only fund the bad guys?  It's not like it's influencing the blogging.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt

yeah, i don't really see that as a justification, more of a rationalization.  also, i think it's a bit flip, and my participation and support of you and your blog, and progressive blogging in general for the past four years, i think, deserves a more thoughtful response than that.

you say it's about money, i want to know how you three guys, after being so adamant about net neutrality, help the other side propagate their false information by having their ad on your site?  especially if it's just about money.

how can you guys expect any legitimacy to be ascribed to you by your readers the next time you take a position that the other side is inconsistent?

if you seriously needed money, i could have given you some.  but i don't think it's about money.

i think you guys didn't really think it through.  you now look like hypocrites, you really do, and it saddens me, because i know you guys are working hard to make things better for this country.  but this looks to me to be a serious mis-step.

at least talkleft and atrios and fdl and other blogs who are carrying the ad posted that they still believe otherwise (i don't think that solves the problem, but at least they are making an effort to deal with the apparent conflict of interest).  and steve gilliard and annatopia have pledged to take the money from that ad and donate it to  and i just refused to carry it.

you say "it's not like it's influenced the blogging."  actually, i believe you.  but there is still the appearance of a conflict of interest.  it seriously undermines your credibility when debating the other side's inconsistencies on any other matter.

and, as i've said elsewhere, of all the issues to run an ad from the opposing side for profit, this is the stupidest move possible, taking money from the very people that want to limit your ability to reach your audience.

again, i challenge you to justify, not to me, but to every reader of mydd, your reasons for taking money from a sponsor with whom you espouse a position that is diametrically opposed to that which the ad dictates.

especially after you spoke so passionately and eloquently against this very position at ykos.  it just really leaves a bad taste in the readers' mouths.

by skippy 2006-06-17 11:29PM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt

I did post about the Hands Off ads, but I guess I just don't agree with you.  Keeping a separation between advertising and editorial is a well-known and well-respected principle.  

Your choices about what you want to do with your advertising policies are your choices.  I don't agree with them and I'm not sure you have thought through the ethics of what you're advocating particularly well.  For instance, we complain, and rightfully so, that NBC won't accept Moveon ads for political reasons.  How is what you're advocating any different?  And let me point out that if I did reject the ad, Handsoff could have come back at me and used that politically.  I'm not saying your concerns have no merit, but there are two sides to this.  It's not black and white, and our choice is completely valid.

As for the politics, I wasn't being flippant.  How do you think I pay my rent?  My broadband bill?  My travel to Connecticut to check out Ned Lamont's campaign back in FEBRUARY?  Advertising on MyDD.  It's not very much, and it's not sustainable, but that's all there is.

I would also point out, Skippy, that the blogpac fundraising fell $7000 short last week.  This is not to disparage anyone who did give, as many do see the value of what we're trying to do.  But the fact is that you get what you pay for, and until blog readers are willing to pay directly for a different type of politics, we are going to have to rely on the funding sources of those who do pay.  

I have done a lot of work for progressive politics and Blogpac over the past two years.  I wouldn't trade this experience for anything, but the fact is that I did not get paid for most of the effective work.  I have not taken any payment for the net neutrality fight, and that was a choice that I made because I did not fully understand the ethical choices involved.  I helped put together Yearly Kos and paid my own way.  I do a lot of work for free and I am extremely careful about ethics.

Seriously, though, how much is enough, Skippy?  Should I not have furniture?  Do you want me to be homeless?  At what point am I allowed to take money?  

I'm not being flippant, Skippy, but I think that you aren't being helpful here.  The fact is that the blogs need a funding source.  Advertising is the ONLY funding source available.  It is a well-understand funding source that you concede has NO influence over the blogging work.  Politics is about choices, and I'll make that choice.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-18 07:18AM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt

ok, matt, i am sorry that i thought you were being flip, and your longer answer certainly makes me feel as if you have thought this thru.

your short answer did not, so that is why i responded as i did.

also, i apologize as i did not see your post about the hands off ad.  my mistake, and i am sorry to have assumed you didn't talk about it with your readers first.  i concede that you did and that helps mitigate your position in my, and other readers', minds.

as to why i am so adamant about this:

again, i go back to the very specific issue of the telco's wanting to limit our access.  i have said that it is one thing to accept ads touting a position complete different than yours...talkleft pointed to a hypothetical case of accepting an nra ad.  

fine, one can make the argument about editorial versus advertising.  (i would assert that since none of us bloggers are huge corporations with million dollar payrolls, the line between editorial and advertising gets pretty fine, and in fact, may be the separation between the right and left hemispheres of our brains... in other words, it's hard to say "it's company policy" when the company is just one or two guys is.)

it seems to me that, especially on an individual level, making the editorial/advertising argument is tantamount to "he said/she said" journalism, only with ad revenue involved.  "hey, you gotta run a ad, they've got an opinion, and to be fair everybody's got a right to have their opinion heard!"

however, i could live with any and all of the above rationalizations, and put it off to "well everybody runs their lives differently, and their blogs, too."

but this issue goes to the very heart of our ability to run blogs.  your nbc/moveon analogy doesn't work, because is not trying to limit nbc's access to their audience (or make billions of $$ off of them).

you, and other blogs who accept the ads, in my opinion, are shooting yourselves (and the rest of us) in the, hear me out...because the other side wouldn't run the ads if they didn't work.

especially after all the press that ykos got, there must be thousands of people new to progressive blogging, without the back knowledge of what mydd, talkleft, atrios, or skippy are about on specific issues.

i would bet that there's at least some people reading our blogs for the first time, getting excited about the internet, and then clicking on those ads, and saying "well, hey, i love this blog thing, i don't want the government screwing it up, i'll call my congressman and tell them we don't want a dumb pipe!"

listen, bud, i'm sure not trying to bust your chops here.  i'm not trying to deny you an income.  i'm not saying you aren't working hard enough.  i'm not saying you aren't doing a great job and an important job.

i am saying that, in my opinion, you are making a mistake, a mistake that could have bad ramifications for blogging (and by extension, the country) in the long run, and gosh, i kind of thought that's one of the reasons we're all blogging in the first place, to be able to point out where we think others are making serious mistakes.

and, you have the unfortunate position of being the very guy that got me all excited about this issue in the first place.  it's rather like finding out ghandi like to beat women, or something like that.

you, and the other bloggers who run this ad, disappoint me greatly.  i'm sure you can live with that, and they can, and i will, too.  and i'll still read and participate on mydd, and i would hope you'd do the same with skippy.

but i think you are wrong to the point of danger on this issue.  i can't help it, that's what i think.

thanks for your response and thoughts on the matter.

by skippy 2006-06-18 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt

umm, I'm so sorry about this, but gandhi did beat his wife...

by alivingston 2006-06-20 12:53PM | 0 recs
that's depressing, but...

not as depressing as the fact that matt didn't bother to continue the convesation and acknowledge my concessions or deal with my position.

it's still pretty crappy, short-sighted, and down-right stupid, imo, for blogs to take money to propagate the position which could severely limit blogs.

i'm just sayin....

by skippy 2006-06-21 11:10AM | 0 recs
Re: slightly off topic question for matt

Skippy! I thought Barton might cool off with all the hatred and stuff after God gave him a warning. But it's only emboldened him and now it's going to be up to us to drive this freakish monster out of the political arena.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-06-17 05:06PM | 0 recs
the case for dave

hey matt, first it doesn't look like district sixer has been updated in ages.  i'll shoot them an email and see if they'll post an update.  it might be better to refer peeps to the myspace and the texas bloggers, who are all firmly behind david.  in fact, dave's got at least 40 texas-based blog sites backing him in his race against barton.  he certainly has netroots support in our state.

my case for dave has been posted frequently, but it does include democratic gains in the district for each of the past four cycles (even after the delay gerrymandering!).

we also have two HOT texas house races within dave's congressional district.  HD94 (my house district) just kicked out a 14 year GOP incumbent, and the challenger in HD93 (right next door to my district) is poised to steal the seat from another 10+ year GOP incumbent.  in other words, things are trending our way in the most heavily populated part of the district.

i would also point out that dave is a blogger, he's on the right side of our issues, and he takes this movement seriously.

in addition, down in the rural parts of the district we are making massive headway.  i know this is all anecdotal, but every time we go down there we have people coming up to us and saying things like, "you know, i've been voting for barton for x number of years, and i just don't think i can support him any more.  give me some literature/donor cards/website URL..."

also, dave is the first democratic challenger to be featured on the front page of the ellis county press.  the ECP is a conservative newspaper from barton's home county.  they give us great coverage, and they wouldn't even acknowledge barton's previous opponents.  this is helping increase our name ID in the county that's going to swing this race.

dave is endorsed by vetpac and IAVA, and within the next month or two he is going to be featured - along with three other IAVA candidates - in a national magazine that is well respected across the country (i can't let the cat out of the bag here, but you are welcome to email me for details).

sam seder loves him, too, so that's gotta count for something.  LOL

barton is already running scared, too.  he's changed his website in response to some issues we have raised.  for ex, barton didn't used to have a section on vets/veterans issues.  but dave raised a stink and now barton has a section for that on his website.  barton also did a mailbomb across the district three months ago, which included bumper stickers and some GOP propoganda.  

our gravy train protest against barton got some serious press, too.  the traditional media here seems to be on barton's ass as of late, and that's never really happened before.  usually bad barton press has come from the alt-weeklys. .html .html

i could go on and on about dave and michelle.  they are amazing, dedicated people who have a democratic volunteer and voting history in three states.  they are inspiring, honest, and forthright, and they deserve our support.

by annatopia 2006-06-18 08:41AM | 0 recs
off topic for anna

congrats on donating your income from the watertower add to!

you and steve gilliard are my heros!

by skippy 2006-06-18 12:18PM | 0 recs
it was steve's idea

i just thought that would be a good thing to do with the money.  may as well give it to the guys who are fighting the good fight.

by annatopia 2006-06-19 07:10AM | 0 recs
Re: it was steve's idea

but so far only you and steve are donating your ill-gotten gains to savetheinternet.

most other blogs are ignoring the issue (tho not my left wing and the agonist, they at least put up large disclaimers next to the ad).

by skippy 2006-06-21 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots

Phyllis Busansky in an open seat, FL-9, is worthy of consideration.  I'd also second the nomination of Jay Fawcett in CO-5 (open seat) and Bill Winter in CO-4 (running against Rep. Tom Tancredo).

by howardpark 2006-06-17 04:50PM | 0 recs
Here's five

1.  Jerry McNerney.

2.  Linda Stender

3.  Mary Jo Kilroy

4. Tim Walz

5. Nancy Skinner

And keep an eye whoever emerges to oppose Jim Walsh in NY-25 and don't forget to look at Tessa Hafen in NV-03 if she ends up being the one to take on Jon Porter.

{As a side note I think this process should be, could be and would benefit from being much more open and democratic.}

by kid oakland 2006-06-17 05:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Here's five

I totally agree, K/O.

Open source politics should be just that... open.

BTW -- I like the Jerry McNerney pick vs. Richard Pombo.

by Fiat Lux 2006-06-17 06:52PM | 0 recs
I nominate

John Courage in TX-21

In the Senate, I would suggest Jack Carter.

by texasdemocrat06 2006-06-17 05:55PM | 0 recs
Re: I nominate
Well, he's got my vote too (literally, I'm in the district, lol). John's recently brought on board Meghan G., Paul Hackett's fundraiser. Meredith Adams is the new communications guru who is from DFA-Burlington where she was an intern this spring. She also went to college at one point at St. Edwards University, in the 21st. Last month the campaign did it's first lit drop, getting out over 15,000 pieces in both populations anchors in the district, Austin and San Antonio. The campaign has for the second time in as many months, stolen Lamar Smith's media (MyDD Rec diary on that here. There should be a poll out soon done with Lake Research and there is a free training being done my one of the campaigns media/message advisore a week from today for campaign volunteers. Plus the Courage campaign is making a big buy into the Travis County Coordinated campaign which I've recently been hired by to manage their soon to be launched website as well as e-mail campaign and volunteer management online. It's going to be exciting and now that our State Democratic Convention is over (which sucked a lot of Texas people away from YearlyKos, (I was kinda suprise Harris was there instead)) we've got a few stories in waiting on Courage/Smith. And we'll be able to pick up our conference calls again.
by KTinTX 2006-06-17 08:42PM | 0 recs
I support John Laesch (IL-CD14)

I support John Laesch because he has the virtues I want in my Representative. Someone with ties to the land. Someone who has served his country. Someone who has idea's -  a health care policy for the common good. A man who understands fairness and is outraged by the corruption in Washington. He will serve us far better than Mr. Hastert.

John Laesch His website.

Another Conundrum My blog.

by jimijam 2006-06-17 05:58PM | 0 recs
John Laesch

Please support John Laesch. You mentioned Denny's ethical problems of late, but most of what is not appearing in the papers, but has been blogged about locally, and covered over years in the local press, is that the Prairie Parkway project that the latest scandal is tied to is so roundly hated locally.  

Here, the project is known as "Hastert's Disaster" or the "Prairie Porkway."  Denny has made so very many enemies by shoving this unwanted and locally reviled sprawlway down the region's throat, I'd be surprised if John Laesch's race is the longshot everyone seems to assume it is, even without Denny's scandalous profiteering.  

If you would like proof of that, visit  It's a good site, done by one of the many grass-roots groups in strong opposition to the Prarie Parkway.  But it is partisan, so go instead to the news section, where they have compiled all the local press stories related to the project since 2001.  Start there and read forward and the picture quickly becomes clear.

As for blogging.  Who has time? I used to blog about local events, but currently, in addition to my full time job, I am the volunteer media coordinator for John's campaign.  

I volunteered for John's campaign on-line after reading a diary he posted at DKos.  Right now I am expending every available hour I can squeeze out of my schedule on that effort.  I feel like I've dropped my keyboard and reported to active duty, though, and suspect it will stay that way until the election this November (I have even found myself mulling over whether I could afford to take a leave of abscence if necessary-an insane thought, because the answer is "only if I wish to reside in my car").

Certainly, the more I see of how dedicated John is, the less inclined I am to back down.  That impression he made on YKos?  He makes it here in IL-14 every day, person by person by person.  So John - and Jen, and all his dedicated volunteers -  have succeeded in turning this small piece of the netroots into a hyper-active piece of the grassroots (and I have never actively volunteered for a campaign before!).  

Shouldn't that count for something when you ask the "does John have netroots support?"

by Downtowner 2006-06-17 06:07PM | 0 recs
Re: John Laesch

Right on.  I have yet to hear one negative thing said about John Laesch.  He is playing be your rule book, he is tirelessly working the district, and this is a campaign the has earned  your support.

by llbear 2006-06-17 07:36PM | 0 recs
Re: John Laesch

You're totally correct in your assessments, experiences and capturing the accuracy of what John has accomplished since entering this race.

He's not only energizing and building the progressive base, indies, grassroots and locals who've been dis-enfranchised for decades, he's 'taking the fight' directly to the souce(s).

And also not mentioned often enough, JOhn's also working to get more average citizens fully engaged across the 14th Dist. Supporting other candidates across the 14th CD, geting Precint COmmittee people on the ballots/elected/appointed.

When JOhn and his election team 'walk and knock on every door', they do so for other candidates running in that area and support them with 'sweat equity and boots on the ground' resources.

JOhn's the 'real deal', this is a generational opportunity that has not come our way in far too long. I have given time, $$, efforts and resources to this campaign since last August and will be there all the way to November.

Support John Laesch's nomination for Netroots endorsements, and b all means check him out for yourself and draw your own conclusions. If you contact John you WILL get a detailed and personal response. or for more details, information and contact.

John also was a nominee in March06 for Sen. Feingold's "Pick a Progressive Patriot" election. He's got deep support and endorsements from our local Democracy for America groups as well.

Here's the link to his DFA Candidate page 102

Best regards

by SAldrich 2006-06-20 01:50PM | 0 recs
Bill Winter (CO-6)

This is a winnable race. Moreover, he's running against Tom Tancredo, who's responsible for most of the anti-immigration hysteria that's sweeping the nation. A victory against Tancredo would likely put an end to much of the anti-immigration madness that's out there.

Winter is also a Fighting Democrat, having served in both the Navy and the Marine Corps.

Finally, he's come out in favor of net neutrality.

You can find his website here and his blog here.

by Rafe Noboa 2006-06-17 06:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

Bill's the candidate who stands for all of us, a talented fighting Dem who tells it like it is.

See my local blog for more: Democracy in Progress

by pdt 2006-06-17 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

See also:

Audio interview


by pdt 2006-06-17 07:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

Bill is fantastic.

He has broad local netroots support and involvement, an opponent worth taking down, and a race he will win if he can get on the list.

I am going to be late for work because I stopped to post this, but Bill is worth it.

For over a hundred other reasons he deserves this nomination, please read my posts here...

50+ reasons

and here...

50+ more reasons

I'll comment further after my shift.

by TakeBackTheHouse 2006-06-18 04:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

Ok, my shift is done and time to blog for Bill.

Bill makes it easy. While I was waiting for a chance to put in a good word for the best candidate on the map, he was busy typing his Kos diary for the day.

TRAILER PARKS & TRUST FUNDS--How the DLC got it all wrong!

Read that diary, and all his others, and notice the hundreds of extended replies he has done to nearly every comment anyone has ever posted to his diaries.

There is nobody West of Ned Lamont that is a more obvious choice than Winter for the Netroots endorsement.

by TakeBackTheHouse 2006-06-18 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

I absolutely agree - Bill is fantastic. I've been supporting him (financially) since Feb. in his race against Tancredo, but just last weekend heard him speak for the first time. Halfway through hearing him speak, I sent an email to his campaign asking them to raise my monthly contribution. This man knows how to imspire.

I don't think that I've so moved by a canidate since Howard Dean. Eloquent, straight talking, passionate, and confident. He has the demeanor, build, and carries himself in a (ex-military) manner that shouts leadership.

I believe that he will have a shot at taking out Tancredo. He will appeal to the many Republicans now looking for a reason to vote FOR someone. Dems will get a progressive who they can truely be proud to support.

Support Bill Winter!

by davewolfusa 2006-06-18 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

See his newest post at 42/409.

I've run out of superlatives to describe Bill Winter's posts here and at Kos.  He inspires me in the same way that Wes Clark and Mike Miles have.

(Bill and I met each other in the Mike Miles for U.S. Senate campaign.)

Stan Davis
Lakewood, CO

by stan81747 2006-06-18 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Winter (CO-6)

Dead on! Everytime I hear Bill speak, I am inspired to go out and start knocking on doors. I grew up in CO-6 and am ashamed everytime I remember that's its current representative, Tom Tancredo, is a single-issue loudmouth. Winter makes me believe in my hometown!

by 300spartansgym 2006-06-19 07:23AM | 0 recs

How could you have met a candidate at YearlyKos and not met Charlie Brown?  He is running in CA-04 against John Dolittle.  Dolittle has a ton of ties to Abramoff and is so currupt he hired his wife as a "fundraiser" then funneled all campaign contributions through her, after she took her 15% commission, of course.

Charlie is a real person and if he can shake enough hands in CA-04 he'll win over that district, he's got a real shot but could use all the support he can get.  Oh yeah, and he's a fighting Dem.

by Nolan 2006-06-17 06:29PM | 0 recs

I love Charlie too -- and he was very ubiquitous at YearlyKos!

Surprising that Matt didn't see him. Probably just an oversight. Let's hope he corrects it.

Meanwhile, Nolan, if you support Charlie then I assume you are a fan of the "other" Northern California congressional heavyweight -- Jerry McNerney (going up against Richard Pombo). Right?

by Fiat Lux 2006-06-17 06:57PM | 0 recs

I'm all about Jerry McNerney!  

I think that was a huge victory for the Democratic wing of the Democratic party that McNerney beat the DCCC candidate.

Have you heard of Left on 580?  It's a group of Young Dems in San Francisco that have put together a ride board to organize and win CA-11.

The bottom line is that if we're going to be looking at Speaker Pelosi next January, we're going to have to be looking at Congressmen McNerney and Brown also.

by Nolan 2006-06-17 07:16PM | 0 recs

All these Fighting Dems are awesome. They should be able to shut that fuckwit Rove up for now and ever.

by zappatero 2006-06-18 06:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Nancy Skinner is absolutely worthy of support, and she's in a district which we should be winning (along with the rest of the state of Michigan). While she might be quieter among the national netroots, she's very active at Michigan Liberal, which is rapidly becoming an important resource for Michigan Democrats.

Also worth looking at are MI-07 (my choice, Fred Strack), MI-08 (Jim Marcinkowski), and MI-11 (Tony Trupiano). With enough work, Michigan could be the last little push that puts us in the majority.

by Fitzy 2006-06-17 06:30PM | 0 recs
Stender and Webb

Just putting in a second to the many calls for Linda Stender and advancing a nomination for Jim Webb.  

by Ryan Anderson 2006-06-17 07:08PM | 0 recs
Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsements

Linda Stender enjoys a lot of local blog support, and she recently appeared on Larry King Live, where she denounced Ann Coulter for maligning the 9/11 Widows.  Stender is articulate, brave and progressive.  She should be supported.

Larry Kissel in NC-08 should also be considered.  The incumbent switched his vote on CAFTA, and he could barely beat a nominal candidate during the last election cycle.

Larry KISSEL and Linda STENDER

by illinois062006 2006-06-17 07:11PM | 0 recs
Netroots Candidate Endorsement

John Laesch!  This may be a long shot, but we if approach every what appears to be non-competitive race as unwinnable, we will never win a race.  John has shown he's bright, smart, and that he will fight for the same things we want - an end to the Iraq war, bring our troops home, affordable health care for all, a decent minimum wage, etc.  All those things that the current congress and Dennis Hastert will not address.  

John Laesch is worth supporting.  He'll fight, he won't back down and he won't let the DCCC and/or the DLC turn him Bushlite.  He's got a good netroots following certainly over at DKos and his own home turf.  He listens, he takes advice, and he understands he has to act quickly and respond to lies and all the negative spin the repugs and Hastert will spew forth.  He's worth at least taking a look at and listening to what he has to say.  Oh, he has a great sense of humor that comes through in his diaries and responses.  Please, at least look at him before you say he can't be Hastert.  He can if we give him the support he needs.

by sallyinsf 2006-06-17 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots Candidate Endorsement

So true. Being the at least somewhat cynical political that I am, I have never volunteered to help out in a political campaign before, until I looked into John Laesch's campaign. That's got to tell you something, right? We here in the 14th district of IL, let alone America and the rest of the world, need political change NOW, and replacing Denny the Hutt with a progressive Dem such as John is a damn good place to start.

by Skid 2006-06-18 09:07AM | 0 recs
So true...

it's amazing to me how many of John's volunteers will tell you they've never volunteered for a campaign before - I'm one of them too - but no sooner did he interact with them than he had not just their vote, but their time...he just inspires that kind of dedication.

by Downtowner 2006-06-18 10:17AM | 0 recs
Linda Stender in NJ-7

Just before the 1st Quarter FEC filing, Blue Jersey got word Linda Stender had set herself a high cash-on-hand goal, and was thousands of dollars from it, because she was shooting high. With a short turn-around, we set up an ACTBLUE page for her and raised more than $1700- in just a few hours. She way exceeded her goal.

Stender's a solid progressive running in a CD that Cooks has upgraded from Strong Repub... to Likely Repub... to Leans Repub. Her rise was sudden, with a bullet. We didn't expect it, and now it's what everybody's talking about. She's got solid netroots support - Blue Jersey & Dump Mike included - and is also a veteran of 8 winning elections from Mayor up through state assembly.

Without her even having to ask for it, people are  pounding out opposition research on Rep. Mike Ferguson. NJ-7 is in play.

by Rosi in NJ 2006-06-17 09:56PM | 0 recs
Tim Barnwell - TX 26

Tim Barnwell is running in Texas 26th.  He's out every day working the grass roots.  The incumbent Republican, Michael Burgess, although closely associated with Tom Delay, and traded money with him and Duke Cunningham, is rated as one of the least effective congressmen, and #26 of 32 in Texas.  Burgess is also the one behind the "Flat Tax".

Barnwell's campaign, as well as the antics of his opponent are covered on several blogs - I'll probably miss a few:

North Texas Liberal:



Barnwell's campaign website:

MySpace profile: ss

by whosplayin 2006-06-17 09:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Bill Winter in C0-06.  This man engages the Netroots on an almost daily basis.

This guy IS the American dream.

Born an orphan, and a fighting Dem as a Marine.  This guy gave his own kidney to his sister so she could live.

AND... he's running against Tom Tancredo.

by pacified 2006-06-17 11:05PM | 0 recs
PA-10 and TX-21

I want to nominate both

John Courage (TX-21)


Chris Carney (PA-10)

Fighting Dems' and kick ass guys.

by HubrisSonic 2006-06-18 02:03AM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell in NC-08

We really should be talking about Larry Kissell -- he's the real deal. I am not, by nature, an optimistic person, but I do think that he can unseat Robin Hayes (R) in November. And from the get-go he's been active with the netroots, posting at the national sites and building a standing relationship with BlueNC.

His biggest problem will be money (Hayes is one rich mother), but it's not a problem that can't be overcome. Kissell won't have to outspend Hayes to win. We can put him over the top.

by Lance McCord 2006-06-18 04:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell in NC-08

Given over $13,000 in small on-line donations in a predominantly rural, poor district (think AOL), maybe Kissell is already netroots endorsed and we just didn't get the memo.

by RANT 2006-06-19 04:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell in NC-08

Now it's over $18K. :P

Go Larry, Go!

by RANT 2006-06-25 01:49AM | 0 recs
Bill Winter (CO-6) Redux!

Bill Winter is a man who has earned my respect, and that's saying something tremendous.

He's engaging. He's authentic. He's a fighter

by EMRosa 2006-06-18 05:14AM | 0 recs
Linda Stender in NJ-7
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the bluest state of all? New Jersey! So why is there a problem?

Democrats hold the governorship, both sides of the statehouse and both Senate seats. But we have only a 1-seat majority in the Congressional delegation and don't have even one woman serving in Congress. That last fact alone is shameful.

This year, the 7th district, in the central part of the state, has a great opportunity to change that. Assemblywoman Linda Stender ( is well-known in one of the 4 counties of the district, having served as mayor, freeholder (county exec) and state assembly.

Linda is our best hope yet of unseating a right-wing extremist who serves as a rubber stamp for the Smirking Chimp. Incumbent Mike Ferguson ( is the #1 recipient of drug company money in the House and #3 in Congress overall. He consistently votes in their favor and against patients and consumers. He is also the #1 recipient of Tom DeLay's PAC money, and STILL refuses to return it! Fergie even tries to pass himself off as pro-environment, even though the League of Conservation Voters gave him only a 17% approval rating.

The brewing civil war in the GOP -- hard fiscal conservatives vs. fascist ayatollahs -- is in full swing in central Jersey. This district is primarily Republican, but they tend to be moderate on social issues. Fergie has allied himself with the most vicious extremists. Moderate Republicans, especially pro-choice women, would flock to Stender.....they just have to know she exists, and that's why she needs money.

And she isn't waiting around. In the first quarter of this year, Stender raised more money than our 2004 candidate raised all year -- and he was an investment banker. She has already been endorsed by Democracy for America, Emily's List, Garden State Equality, Blue Jersey and others. I expect the DCCC -- which has long ignored our district -- to endorse her sometime this year.

If we want to overturn one of those 15 seats in the House, there are few opportunities better than in Jersey's 7th district.

For those of you in this district who want a bumper sticker: go to Profits will go to the campaign.

by Tunghoy 2006-06-18 05:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Can I vote twice?  Hey, I did grow up in Chicago.  Here in colorado Jay Fawcett and Bill Winter are both tremendous candidates.  While I hadn't met Fawcett until he came to Yearlykos, he's many times attended Drinking Liberally in Colorado Springs.  And even though there is no DL chapter in Bill's district I've lost count the number of times he's spoken with and listened to folks here in Denver.

In addition, both continue to engage us online as several Coloradans have linked to above.

So, unfortunately, I can't pick just one.  I want them both to win, and each has the polling to show they can win those districts. And winning these districts would really kick the GOP in the shorts.  Come on, retiring Mad Tom Tancredo and putting a Democrat in the middle of SpongeDobson land?

by johne 2006-06-18 05:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

We've done some pretty liberal drinking occasionally in Highlands Ranch. Thinking of starting a DL.

by pdt 2006-06-18 06:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate

I'm a citizen in IL-14 who back in Feb. decided that I was so upset with the current administration that I needed to do something. Since all politics is local I decided to look at who is running against Dennis Hastert. Joh Laesch appears to be the real deal.

Yes it's a David and Goliath type race but David did win!


Tony T

by TonyT 2006-06-18 07:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

A few months ago, Mother Jones named Richard Pombo as the #1 enemy of the world's oceans. He sponsored the most recent bill to drill in ANWR. These are just a few reasons I think Kid Oakland was spot on when he said we all live in Richard Pombo's district.

I saw Al Gore's movie last night. Made a pretty compelling argument for what we're doing to "our only home" and how the actions of the U.S. are impacting the whole world.

I know Jerry McNerney well enough to know that he understands all this and more. He's been a wind engineer for 20 years--long before it was fashionable and everybody was talking about it. Jerry not only gets the energy and environmental issues our world is facing, he has practical, hands-on experience at solving them.

As Gore pointed out, we have the technology right now to start reversing the damage we're causing, we just need the political will.

McNerney not only has the credentials and the knowledge, he has the will.

Jerry McNerney gets my vote!

by cfinnie 2006-06-18 07:49AM | 0 recs
Jerry McNerney (CA-11) gets my vote, too!

Jerry McNerney is the anti-Pombo. Richard Pombo is in the pocket of big business. See Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund's site:

Jerry's work in wind energy contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30,000,000 barrels of oil, or 8,300,000 tons of carbon dioxide as well as other harmful pollutants.

Jerry has incredible netroots and grassoots support, his campaign just defeated the DCCC-backed candidate 52% to 28%,  even though the DCCC candidate had twice as much money--that was all due to the grassroots, the netroots, and an inspiring candidate.

Pombo can be beaten, polling has shown he is too extreme for the area, but Pombo has a huge money advantage, McNerney need the support of the netroots and grassoots--together we can retire Pombo and save the planet!

by shadow11 2006-06-18 10:21AM | 0 recs
John Laesch

I have posted my (rather long) list of reasons here.

Dennis Hastert has amassed a dangerous amount of power, so much he is now able to effectively shut down bills supported by the Senate, president, and House Majority Leader.  I believe he is a real and present threat to the health of our House.  I fear that no matter how much work we do to elect new representation, without a change in Speakership our hard-fought-for representatives will simply end up out in the hallway.

As for his opposition, John Laesch has excellent credentials, and is a thoughtful and diligent candidate.  He will make an excellent representative, and deserves netroots endorsement.

Soapblox/Chicago blogger
my Citizen Kane blog

by raisin 2006-06-18 07:54AM | 0 recs

The diary you just posted, referenced here, is amazingly good.  Please go read it everyone - it's well worth the time.

by Downtowner 2006-06-18 08:58AM | 0 recs
by scurrvydog 2006-06-18 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: John Laesch
I have been watching John campaign since last June when he made his decision to run for congress.  John has worked the grassroots campaign from the beginning. In fact, his first volunteer was a high school sophomore, named Ben Mullenbach and he is still volunteering today.  Wes Morrissey is another from Amboy and is now on his way to ISU with the college dems there. I have watched John go door-to-door and bring people in like no other. Grass roots, door-to-door, netroots, phone banking and through events, parades, and fairs John has the knack and is building the Democractic Party in the 14th District.
I NOMINATE JOHN LAESCH FOR THE NETROOTS ENDORSEMENT!!! If you want a netroots candidate, nominate John Laesch.  He brings alot to the party.
by downard 2006-06-18 08:33AM | 0 recs
purpose of endorsements

The point of the netroots endorsement is to beat Republicans directly, lock down their resources indirectly, and support local infrastructure (including the 50 state strategy)
This statement of purpose doesn't apply very well to Democratic primaries.  In a case like Tester, you could argue that we were supporting the candidate more likely to beat the vulnerable Republican.  But what about Ned Lamont?

I think part of our goal is to reform the Democratic party as well, by supporting grassroots/netroots-friendly reformist Democrats against unsatisfactory Democratic incumbents.  And certainly here in Massachusetts, that's where the majority of the action is - other than Governor, Republicans are irrelevant and most of our important contests are between Democrats.  Yet Massachusetts will never live up to its potential as a showcase of progressive politices for the nation, if we don't shake things up and elect better Democrats.

Would you consider modifying the statement of purpose to define a bit more clearly how netroots endorsement applies to these kinds of races?

by cos 2006-06-18 08:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Netroots cannidate.

You want to pick a leader for this position no one has really paid attention to but, who will have a chance to be a force in the Congress for many years to come......  Then look no further than Peter Welch cannidate for the seat held by Bernie Sanders in Vermont. He's someone who during the 1980's almost singlehandedly organized and prepared a Democratic takeover of the Vermont state legislature.  He's someone who after not being in that state's Senate for a decade was unanimously elected/restored to the position of President Pro Tempore which he had held when he left in 1988!! (Note I'm not even a Vermont resident, but I think that having this man whip the Republican's attempt at installing another idioic "northeastern moderate" women would be very nice as well...)

by strrbr 2006-06-18 09:21AM | 0 recs
Kissell Race

The NC-08 Kissell race is especially important to the Netroots for two reasons:

1.   First, he's a pro-choice candidate.  The race that is receiving the most attention in NC, NC-11, features a pro-life democrat.  This is the progressive issue that most differentiates democrats from republicans.

2.  Second, it is truly winnable.  Unlike many other races we have been interested in, the district is about 50% democrats and only 30% republicans.  It is a whole lot easier to get a democrat to come back to the fold that to get a republican to cross party lines.  

The polls have put Larry Kissell ahead of his opponent, despite the fact that his name recognition is in the teens!  Money really can make a difference in this race.

We should pick candidates the way we pick stocks -- look to the fundamentals that indicate whether or not the candidate can win.

Normally, one would expect a national party to do this, however, the national parties have gotten caught up with the idea of narratives (such as fighting dems, or big tent on choice) which get support from national media, but don't translate to votes at the polls.

by SouthernPhilosopher 2006-06-18 09:36AM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell

Larry Kissell (NC-08) built his campaign from the ground up in a fashion that makes him the perfect candidate for Netroots.

He's never shyed away from the blogosphere either! He respects us, we should return the favor!

by blculbre 2006-06-18 09:51AM | 0 recs
Another Call for Linda Stender

Linda Stender is a straight-talking, no-nonsense Assemblywoman who is ready and determined to take on our Delay/Bush clone, Mike Ferguson.  I just got a piece of literature from Fergie that looks like a campaign piece.  But it's technically not.  And we all paid for it with his franking privilege.  I can't wait for November to get this guy out of Washington.

Linda Stender is perfect for the 7th--as tunghoy and rosi mentioned, she's sensible and moderate fiscally (whereas Fergie loves all of George's tax cuts for the rich) and she's pro-choice.  Just like the majority of the voters in the 7th.  She can win.  In my dreams, she always does!!

by the pollster 2006-06-18 10:04AM | 0 recs
I Nominate John Laesch

There are so many Democrats in our district who think that Dennis Hastert cannot be beaten and that we should simply wait for his retirement, which he claims is set for 2008.  Even the State Party seemed affected by this ennui.

But the worm is turning for "The Coach".  He deserves the comeuppance for his total corruption, but there is a better reason to knock him out of office now.

There are many who say that all of Denny's dirty tricks to change the rules in Congress are directed against the Democrats.  I disagree.  The Republicans have the majority.  Denny doesn't have to do the things he does against the Dems.  In fact, he does it to hold the Republicans in line on behalf of the Administration.  He is not just another Republican in Congress.  He is part of the Bush Administration.  This election in Illinois is not about expanding a Democratic margin in Congress.  It is about the Presidential election of 2008 and the reversal of the things that Denny has done to eliminate Congressional oversite over the Executive branch, whether the investigations start on the Right or on the Left.

The IL-14 race is a national race.  We need to take this seriously as a nation.  Laesch CAN win this one (especially as Coach's corruption gets more and more attention).

Laesch understands this.  This is why he is running.  Support John Laesch.

by unagidon 2006-06-18 10:06AM | 0 recs
Netroots Candidate Endorsements

Larry Kissell

He's progressive and smart.  He will positively represent WE...THE PEOPLE!

Please get behind turning the red states blue

NC can go blue with just a little more education to our republican media influenced citizens

If we want our country back we must send progressives like Larry Kissell to DC

by send dems to DC 2006-06-18 10:08AM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell NC-08
Larry Kissell is running a grassroots campaign, and he deserves the NetRoots endorement. Let's support a teacher from Montgomery County; he's smart, authentic, and progressive.
Go Larry Go!
by fred99 2006-06-18 10:16AM | 0 recs
Netroots Candidate Endorsemnts
I nominate Larry Kissell, the progressive Democratic candidate for NC-08.  Larry calls for disengaging from Iraq, health for all, and strong environmental laws and enforcement.  The race is already tight.  Larry is overtaking his opponent Robin Hayes and can win.
Hank Elkins
by HankElkins 2006-06-18 11:17AM | 0 recs
MI09 Skinner
As the editor/founder of, I vouch for Nancy Skinner. From the very beginning of her campaign Nancy has been an enthusiastic and active member of our online community. As her recent attendance at yKos suggests, Nancy takes the netroots very seriously, and deserves the same treatment in return.

Strategically, I think the possibility of MI09 going Dem is much more within reach than many "all-knowing" pundits would have us believe. The partisan trends have already been turning blue - and with a solid Oakland organization, a guy named Levin running for state Senate, and an incumbent who has a proclivity for giving sweetheart government contracts and taking lobbyist-funded trips to Hawaii as the rest of the nation debates congressional ethics - I think Nancy could do this. On the other hand, our Governor is in a SERIOUS fight for her life against a billionaire and Sen. Stabenow isn't outside of the danger zone either. All the more reason why need every bit of help we can get for candidates further down the ticket.

Matt Ferguson
by michiganliberal 2006-06-18 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: MI09 Skinner


Nancy Skinner also has a campaign blog.

Blogs following the race: Michigan Liberal, The Chopper (Oakland Cty Dem Party), Democracy for Metro Detroit, LJ's Blogorific.  

by lpackard 2006-06-18 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

I'm proud to add my name to the endorsement of Bill Winter in CO-6.  I am a fellow veteran, and believem me you know where Bill stands, and more importantly that he will stand

To quote Molly Ivens, "This is not atimtfor a candidate who will offend ho one.  It is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."

It is a perfect description of Bill Winter.

Ypu can read his blogs on this site.

by Wedges 2006-06-18 11:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Seconded for Bill Winter

by tjlord 2006-06-18 02:42PM | 0 recs
Bill Winter CO-06

He really can beat Tom Tancredo!  Winter storm warning at Tancredo HQ!

by Byron from Denver 2006-06-18 11:57AM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell NC-08

Larry Kissell is exactly what the 8th district, the Democratic Party and this country needs!

He's got great grassroots support, an excellent campaign staff, and is right on the issues.

Kissell can win the 8th district...but he needs your support.   Please endorse Larry Kissell!

by working for change 2006-06-18 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell NC-08

I have been following this race for months now, and it's goign to be a hot one! Larry Kissell is the strongest candidate yet to take on  the incumbant Robin Hayes!

It will be nice to have another commonsense Democratic congressman in that seat again.

Please endorse Larry Kissell (NC-8)

by surveyor 2006-06-18 01:40PM | 0 recs
Larry all the way!

If you don't endorse Larry Kissell the kitty here gets it.

by hudba 2006-06-18 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen


Rich is particularly blog-friendly doing podcasts on BlueJersey, Daily Kos and my little spot ("Lassiter Space")

He's a naval academy grad and sharp as a tack. I especially think a proper military sensibility is crucial for our country right now.

by jay lassiter 2006-06-18 01:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

My vote is for Larry Kissell - NC 8th - although i'm not in his district, it is my pleasure to work on his campaign and to do everything to get him elected.  

Mr. Kissell is running against Robin Hayes who votes strictly the party line....Hayes came out against CAFTA, before he was For it! 4053.html

by momoaizo 2006-06-18 02:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Jack Carter (NV Senate) [ see upthread for more ]
John Laesch
Jerry McNerney
Charlie Brown
Nancy Skinner

And that is just off the top of my head.

BTW, how freaking amazing is it that we have such an embarassment of riches this cycle?
Ye gods, every since one of the candidates mentioned here are totally "A list" and deserve our absolute support.

I'm blown away!

by neutron 2006-06-18 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

Anna Lord - Colorado House District 21. I know this isn't the biggest race in the country but it has a lot of low level tags that work. Anna is a true progressive - ask Jay Fawcett if she has understood the meaning of ticket loyalty. (By the way, I also HEARTILY endorse Jay for netroots - he also REALLY understands and shows down ticket loyalty - working for all of the local campaigns to help them succeed. Thanks, Jay - Zappatero, everything you say is true).

Anna has been blogging for several years in a variety of places. I have posted several of her pieces on Kos and Soapblox Colorado. She understands and enjoys the blogsphere (after she is elected I will have permission to open her other logs to Kos and MyDD). She is fighting against people who have the "I don't want to kill government, I just want to starve it enough that I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it " (actual Colo Spgs Republican quote). An opponent who wrote a resolution for a school district that would have allowed a voucher run on the state education system - even after the Colorado Supreme Court had rejected vouchers. Sound familiar?

But, her opponent has been chair of the local Fort Dobson machine in the early 1990s as the Dobson machine wound up. He has been the conduit for a significant amounts in support for stealth voucher candidates attempting to secure control of one of our local school districts and then levering it into a conduit for vouchers for the entire state. He is the Fort Dobson Karl Rove. Where better to send the netroots message?

Colorado Springs is seen as one of the epicenters of the neo-con machine. Netrooting to those candidates opposing the machine is critical.

And netrooting these candidates is critical for up tickets. Colorado Springs is a focal point for Jay Fawcett and CD-05, a major piece of the Take Back the House campaign. And finally, Anna has managed to raise dollar for dollar with her opponent to date. We know there is the potential that money can get dumped in late so we want to gain a lead to make that dumping of money riskier for the other side and to pull money away from Jay's competitors. Finally, Colorado Springs is a key piece in taking back the Colorado Governorship. If Bill Ritter can just tie in El Paso County, Colorado will be true blue.

by tjlord 2006-06-18 02:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate

Angie Paccione CO-4

Angie is running to defeat Marilyn Musgrave in this Red district.  If any are aware of what an enabler Musgrave has been to Bush policies, it's worth a piece of the action to get involved in this race.  Angie is a fighter who has made her own way in life as a student, athlete and teacher; in the process earning a PhD.  This district has taken on a more bluish tinge in the last several elections.  With the growing realization by the agricultural community that Democratic policies have always been fairer to farmers and ranchers, this could be the year that this district goes blue.  It's doable.

by lobo charlie 2006-06-18 03:16PM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell is the best value out there

In the battle to re-take the House we need to realize Kissell is the best value. The problem with the "Northeast Strategy" is that those races are in VERY expensive media markets where the Dems have to raise $2 to $3 million just to be competitive. NC's 8th district is a MUCH cheaper market. If Kissell raises anywhere close to $1 million it's almost impossible for him to lose.

by cardster 2006-06-18 03:21PM | 0 recs
Larry Kissell all the way...NC-08

If you haven't seen my diaries pro-Kissell and anti-Hayes running on the right side of MyDD the past few months, then you haven't been paying attention!  Instead of repeating what all those Kissell supporters above said, I'll provide links to my diaries for those curious for more information.

Kissell Fundraising Picks Up

Poll Numbers Look Good for Kissell

Robin Hayes Lame attempts to pass legislation

Larry Kissell:  Perfect Netroots Candidate - this was written the last time nominations were open

This one is winnable.  The excitement is spreading in NC in and out of the district.  While the netroots members have been generous each time I post a diary and I'm sure each time others post diaries, this endorsement could provide the resources that put Larry over the top.

by The Southern Dem 2006-06-18 03:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Larry Kissell all the way...NC-08

Did you see Howie Klein's HuffPo piece on Kissell.

And Kissell's Firedoglake session?

by RANT 2006-06-25 02:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Call for Netroots Endorsement
Larry Kissell is true down-home Americana. Native of Montgomery County, came back from college and worked hard in a local textile mill. We all know what's happened to textile jobs. Hey Robin Hayes- promised to vote against CAFTA- until Karl Rove pinned him to the wall.
Larry Kissell, teaching high school in his home town. The guy is a dynamite candidate- We need him for the NC 8th. Support Larry Kissell!!! Put the real people back in charge.
by tommymac70 2006-06-18 03:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Call for Netroots Endorsement

I support Larry Kissell for a Netroots Endorsement.  North Carolina's 8th district needs him!

by BellasGma 2006-06-18 06:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

I disagree.  Its only a pipedream if we treat it as such.  Remember that post-redistricting, Edwards and Vo pulled off victories in their districts with similar dynamics.  The vote has been trending upward for the last 5 elections and Barton won by the smallest margin in 2004 that he ever has to a very left of the left environmental candidate.  In addition to my working on that persons campaign in '04, I believe I can speak to a wider range of issues in this district.  Consistantly, even in Texas, the war in Iraq is at the top of the list in polling and the Repubs get it wrong every time.  

Additionally, netroots candidates have lost primary and special elections...I do not believe those were in vain.  Everyone needs someone to get out and step up but it takes money to do it.  I don't need a million to run ads because Barton can spend ten.  I won't tell you to give me thousands because I can beat him at this or that.  I know what I need to do in a smart way, in conjunction with the party's GOTV efforts to win.  If I had 2000 folks donating $5 a month, it would fund the phone, field and print programs in this race...period.  It doesn't take millions.  I don't pay staff, political consultants have donated their time.  I don't pay for office space, political groups have donated space.  I don't pay walkers, people have volunteered to carry out that part of the plan.

Most of this race is like life, just showing up.  Politics in Texas are different than any where else.  I continue to be in a paper a week, an event a week, and building to several exciting events, all with very little cash but tons of hard work by Michelle and the rest of our volunteers.  Think twice before saying its a pipedream...what we have already started here is amazing!

I promise, you will be hearing more about me, from different venues than most of the others on this board.  The way to reach folks is to find them when they weren't thinking about politics...:)

(Thanks annatopia!)


by FM2DC 2006-06-18 04:44PM | 0 recs
A million thank yous

Thanks so much Matt for including me!  I had entirely too much fun at YK to call it work but learned more and came back more fired up than I thought was possible.  I am looking forward to next year.

by FM2DC 2006-06-18 04:47PM | 0 recs
Re: John Laesch

don't think because he's running against Hastert his campaign is a long shot. it's not. IL-14 is bluer than it used to be. there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the Speaker. and it's growing daily. Hastert's highly profitable and suspect land deal is going to be big trouble for him.

please consider a netroots endorsement for Laesch. it would be so valuable in this race.

by irene adler 2006-06-18 04:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

I'm not generally a big fan of backing long-shot races, but I'd really like to make Dennis Hastert have to fight for re-election.

George W. Bush only won the district by about 10 points, and it's almost certainly trending Democratic (as are the rest of the Chicago suburbs).

Plus, Laesch has been very involved at Daily Kos. Most candidates just post essentially to ask for money. He got us involved by having us research LTE  writers ties to Hastert.

by bobdoleisevil 2006-06-18 04:55PM | 0 recs
Put (John) Courage in Congress!

I have to second the Courage nomination. He has stolen multiple Smith press events.

Courage also has multiple blogs following the race:
Burnt Orange Report
Just Another Blog
Capitol Annex
...and more.

He has won two national netroots campaigns including Democracy for America's Grassroots All-Star and Feingold's Progressive Patriot award. The district is over 50% Austin and the Courage campaign has massive grassroots support.

Making him the Netroots candidate too, would be the tipping point that is needed to win 1 of the 15 seats need to take back the house.

by Just Another Matt 2006-06-18 05:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Put (John) Courage in Congress!

Don't forget the "Where in the World is Lamar Smith" blog which has a specific focus and should be getting updated again.

by KTinTX 2006-06-18 09:29PM | 0 recs

IL-14 candidate John Laesch

by JJCPA 2006-06-18 06:04PM | 0 recs
Al Weed (VA-05) challenging Virgil Goode (R-MZM)

Al Weed is a 42-year military vet, and a farmer running in rural Virginia. He's a second time candidate, who lost in 2004 because he supported the war and stands up for progressive social values. The war won't hurt him this time around, and with Jim Webb at the top of the ticket instead of John Kerry, Al will be in a much better position.

This district is a microcosm of all the national issues that run in favor of the Democrats, and it's itching for change.

  1. The war is hitting southside harder than most places, with Martinsville boasting the highest recruitment rate in the US.
  2. The hollowing out of rural America is obvious from one look at this district, with parts in double-digit unemployment for years, the district hemorrhaging jobs overseas, and farms closing down due to the sickly tobacco market.
  3. The culture of corruption is all over our representative, and hitting home. Virgil Goode got 80k from Mitchell Wade (the Dukestir's briber) to secure a deal which ultimately went sour and may leave the struggling city of Martinsville to foot a $500,000 bill.
  4. The independent backlash will be devastating to Virgil Goode. He was elected as a Democrat, and kept winning elections because he was lovable. He's not so lovable now that he's covered in the stench of corruption, and anyone who shows up to vote for Jim Webb will vote against his republican incumbent while he's in the booth.

This is a cheap district in which to run a campaign, but it is rural and it is poor. We outraised Virgil in Q1, but we're going to need more to cover a district larger than NJ. Netroots money will go farther here than elsewhere, spent on a well-organized ground game (we have Paul Hackett's '04 field organizer!) and pointing out corruption. This election is winnable. Virgil Goode is the first Republican to represent the VA-05 since the Civil War -- help us take it back.

by msnook 2006-06-18 06:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Weed (VA-05) challenging Virgil Goode (R-MZ

I'm not sure if it's a typo or you're actually telling us that you think the reason Weed was defeated in 2004 was because he supported the war. Please explain. I looked into this race some time ago-- mostly because I had noticed that Goode is actually one of the most egregiously bad congressmen anywhere in the country-- and Weed looked like a really good alternative, not just "better than the Republican" and not just "good for that part of the country." Nope, Weed is just plain GOOD-- an independent-minded progressive with all the right instincts to contribute to better governance for our poor shattered country.

by DownWithTyranny 2006-06-18 08:36PM | 0 recs
Angie Paccione

ANGIE PACCIONE is running against Marilyn Musgrave, a former professional basketball player and reelected by a wide margin to the Colorado legislature in a district in which her party was a minority.

by edonyoung 2006-06-18 09:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Angie Paccione

You mean Angie is the professional basketball player and state representative.  Musgrave is the Mother of the Federal Marriage Amendment and a far-right Dobsonite.  Angie is my long-shot pick to support this year, since Musgrave got only 51% of the vote (there weas a 3rd party candidate).

by Mimikatz 2006-06-19 09:48AM | 0 recs
Angie Paccione

ANGIE PACCIONE is running against Marilyn Musgrave. Angie is a former professional basketball player and reelected by a wide margin to the Colorado legislature in a district in which her party was a minority.

by edonyoung 2006-06-18 09:22PM | 0 recs
Pa Dems buzzing for Barr

At the latest Pennsylvania State Democratic committee meeting, this past weekend, delegates from all parts of the Keystone State had one name on their lips; Tony Barr.  The Write-in miracle of the May 16th primary has gone from the grassroots to the Mountain tops.  The energetic challenger to the Shuster PA-9th would-be dynasty shook every hand possible during the latest State party meeting and was among the last to exit the building.   Tony Barr was also well-received at all of the caucus meetings that the Republican Gerrymandering of PA Congressional districts required him to attend.

The write-in campaign that began in a kitchen in Claysburg, is rapidly attracting legions of eager volunteers.  GOP inter-party chaos and voter disillusionment with the failures of the Bush administration make Tony Barr a very attractive alternative.  Those out of town cynics and beltway pundits who think that it will take a tsunami to unseat a Republican in the PA-09th would do well to locate their hip-waders and camcorders and start looking for higher ground.  It's getting mighty moist in the PA-09th CD.

Learn more about the Tony Barr campaign at

by DvilleDem 2006-06-18 09:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate

Larry Kissell-Larry Kissell the right man for the right job. endorse him.

by surveyor 2006-06-19 04:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Endorsements

by surveyor 2006-06-19 04:45AM | 0 recs
Dan Seals IL-10 and John Pavich IL-11

Both have better chance than John Laesch of IL-14. However it is true that the Hastert race in 14 has more media potential.

by Jeff Wegerson 2006-06-19 05:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Dan Seals IL-10 and John Pavich IL-11

Both these guys looked very attractive on their websites, and both districts have more Dems than IL-14.  Do either have a chance?  Weller especially has some weaknesses.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-19 09:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Dan Seals IL-10 and John Pavich IL-11

Jeff, I hope Pavich wins, but when I met him he seemed to be running a very establishment style campaign. And the establishment money is there for Pavich.

I would push for Seals and Laesch to be the top two Illinois priorities for the Netroots.

Illinois competitive races from most likely to win:

  1. IL-17, Phil Hare (Lane Evans vacancy)
  2. IL-08, Melissa Bean
  3. IL-06, Tammy Duckworth
  4. (tie) IL-11, John Pavich
  5. (tie) IL-10, Dan Seals
  6. IL-14, John Laesch
  7. IL-15, David Gill

If the Dems win the House, next cycle might produce a wave of Illinois retirements.

1. Hastert (IL-14) would prob retire before 2008 elections, if he's re-elected.

  1. Shimkus (IL-19) has health probs, IIRC.
  2. LaHood (IL-18) is looking to get out. He started running for gov.
  3. Manzullo (IL-16) just seems like he's been around for too long.
  4. Kirk (IL-10) if he's re-elected by a narrow margin, he might take it as a sign he should run against Durbin.

by Carl Nyberg 2006-06-19 03:15PM | 0 recs
Bill Winter for Congress

I'd really like to see an endorsement of Bill Winter for the CO-6 seat.  Tom Tancredo needs to go.  He's a racist pig who cares nothing for his district.  Mr. Winter, on the other hand, has strong ideas and convictions, far beyond the building of a fence (ahem).  

He stands a strong chance of winning, even in this conservative district.  I believe he deserves as much support as possible.

by spyderkl 2006-06-19 05:17AM | 0 recs
Larry Kissel - NC 8th

I think this seat is ripe to be taken from Robin Hayes this year.  With Hayes being known as a rubber stamp for Bush's foreign and domesic policies, the 8th district, stretching from downtown Charlotte to Fayetteville, is ready for new representation. If Kissel can obtain national support, our chances of having accurate representation here in urban Charlotte might actually be realized.

--if you're wondering who Robin Hayes is.... well, here he is making headlines just LAST YEAR!:

GOP lawmaker: Saddam linked to 9/11

Thank you.....

by 13ben 2006-06-19 06:13AM | 0 recs
Hayes 9 11 Conspiracy Kissell's Great Message

Glad to see that folks are stepping up for Kissell in NC 08 for the netroots endorsement!  Kissell's message for the future, for the environment, for education, for diplomacy is quite the contrast to Hayes and his rubber stamping for Bush up to and including that insane rant he did on CNN about how the rest of us just weren't in the know about Iraq and 9 11.  Let's send him home with a great netroots endorsement and ground surge for Kissell!  

by clintonian 2006-06-19 06:37AM | 0 recs
Kissell Kissell Kissell Kissell

Did I say Kissell?

The momentum is building and this is definitely a race to push push push. Larry is a Fighting Schoolteacher and he can win this thing.  The people of in NC 8 are going to continue to get screwed by Hayes unless Larry puts a stop to it.  

by Anglico 2006-06-19 06:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Kissell Kissell Kissell Kissell

I will jump on the Kissell pile.  He is fits the profile perfectly for the netroots endorsement and for Congress in his district.

by KickinIt 2006-06-19 07:38AM | 0 recs
Jennifer Lawless--RI 2

I think this seat is ready to be represented by a true progressive voice in Washington.  Jennifer Lawless is the perfect candidate to be endorsed by the netroots--she has come out in support of reproductive freedom and medical marijuana and against the Iraq War and the Patriot Act to name just a few.  Most recently, she criticized her opponent, James Langevin, on his failure to support net neutrality.

It's time for Rhode Islanders to have a representative on the Hill who embodies what they need and want.  NOW is the time to demand representation that stands for the true values of the netroots.  To demand nothing less would not only be a tragedy but a disservice to the people like us who deserve consistent progressive representation in Washington.

Jennifer Lawless is just that and she will represent the people from the ground up on the Hill.  Jen is a candidate who will assist in being the progressive advocate for RI and has the leadership and vision to be an accurate representative of the Netroots.  She is a current professor at Brown in political science (she wrote a book) and has been dedicated to the progressive causes that need to be stood up for in RI.  I believe that now more than ever we need a representative of true democratic ideals; not a Trojan horse for the Bush Administration.

by packgirl 2006-06-19 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Jennifer Lawless--RI 2

I agree one hundred percent.  It is absolutely important to be defeating Republicans this cycle, but we also need -- especially in strongly Democrat districts -- to elect true progressives.

by wolfblitzer 2006-06-19 08:19AM | 0 recs
Kissell Cuddle

Please help clear the Hayes from our BlueNC sky.

Please let netroot root for Larry Kissell.

by gregflynn 2006-06-19 07:09AM | 0 recs
Piling On For Larry Kissell

Larry Kissell is a straight-talking, intelligent, schoolteaching citizen who has the cojones to run against one of the wingnuttiest members of Congress.  

Robin Hayes promised the voters of the 8th district that he would vote against CAFTA, which has dealt a huge blow to manufacturing in the area.  Instead of voting the way he'd promised, the way that would have protected his constituents, he towed the party line and screwed his district.

If Larry Kissell can just have enough money to have TV and radio ads repeating Hayes' promise to vote against CAFTA over and over and over, then he's got a great chance of winning this one.

Netroots rise up!

by Screwy Hoolie 2006-06-19 09:12AM | 0 recs
Kissell is the one that can send Hayes home!

The 8th district has been begging for a serious challenger for Robin Hayes. Kissell has come through....As a true representative of the constituents of NC-08, Larry Kissell will be a voice for teachers, textile workers, working parents, and those of us just trying to keep our head above water as we pay escalating gas prices and health insurance premiums. As one of the top 5 richest members of Congress, Hayes has no way of knowing what it is like for those of us who struggle to make ends meet.
NC-08 needs Kissell, not someone who courts big oil, pharmaceutical companies, and the top 2%.

If Kissell continues to forge ahead and garner support across this district, he will win. He needs the money to do it. Support Kissell with your words and your wallet!

Please endorse Larry Kissell!

by cyberdolls 2006-06-19 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Another Call for Netroots Candidate Endorsemen

I've known Larry Kissell my entire life and you would be well advised to support such a great man!

by nubblesgrl 2006-06-19 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Candidate Endorsements

Please support Nancy Skinner.

Michigan's Ninth District has been steadily trending Democratic: Kerry got 49% of the vote, Senator Levin carried the district in 2002 and Governor Granholm also got 50% of the vote.  

by skinnerforcongress 2006-06-19 01:40PM | 0 recs
John Laesch

I've met Laesch a couple times on the campaign trail.

He's a solid candidate; IMO he's better than most Dems running for Congress.

Laesch really sees the big picture on the int'l scene. And he's not a wimp that will go along with conventional wisdom.

I consider Laesch and Seals the most promising candidates in Illinois.

by Carl Nyberg 2006-06-19 02:57PM | 0 recs
Nancy Skinner

Archpundit derided Nancy Skinner who ran for Senate against Obama in the Dem primary.

I met Skinner in the primary and she's OK, but nothing exceptional.

I don't want to say anything about her in a public forum but I would recommend talking to her former campaign staffers before jumping on the Nancy Skinner bandwagon.

A great talk radio host is not necessarily a great candidate.

There's a reason Rush, Hannity, O'Leilly, etc. are staying where they're at. And it's not because they're less popular than Nancy Skinner.

by Carl Nyberg 2006-06-19 03:03PM | 0 recs
Support for Nancy Skinner

I'd like to make a plug for Nancy Skinner. Obviously, she's a media personality, which means she's beautiful and well-spoken and able to think on her feet. But it also means she "gets" media--whether it's radio or blogs.

The first time we met, we talked about how to get more support for Michigan Liberal, Michigan's best local blog (IMO, though I've got no affiliation). She was aware of its recent history, and aware of the importance of local blogs to rejuvenating politics in MI.

Now, I'm not a local blogger, though after YearlyKos, I'm a blogger recognized as such in my local political party, where I serve as Vice Chair. But there is a reason, as a MI resident and someone who works in the auto industry, why I'd like to see Skinner get some support. You see, I've got the privilege of being represented by John Dingell-MI. Which is great, I love Dingell and love working with him. Except that I'm well aware Dingell is as well known as Dingell-Big 3 as he is known as Dingell-MI. Dingell's (and the other MI politicians) past support for the auto industry is one of the many things that has made it flabby. We need politicians who think creatively about ways to force--and help--the auto industry compete. Skinner has committed to doing that. So I'd love to see her get the blogosphere's support!

by emptywheel 2006-06-22 04:14AM | 0 recs
Netroots Candidate Endorsements

Endorse LARRY KISSEL!!!!

by collegeboy2003 2006-06-22 06:23AM | 0 recs


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