Why Turning Virginia "Blue" Matters to All of Us

Bumped -- local blogs like Raising Kaine are the frontlines for the netroots.

This year is an "off year" for elections in the United States. Still, there are important elections out there, several of which have potential national implications. Basically, we've got three states (Kentucky, Lousiana, and Mississippi) holding gubernatorial elections, and four states (Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia) electing state legislatures. Of these, I want to spend a few minutes focusing on my state, Virginia.  Specifically, I want to discuss why I believe Virginia is important, both in its own right as well as in the context of national politics for 2008 and beyond.  I also want to highlight our netroots success in raising over $11,000 for Virginia Democratic candidates - with the fantastic help of the great people at ActBlue - in just under 4 weeks.

Please join me after the "jump."

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Early Money Is Like Yeast, It Rises

Note, cross posted at Daily Kos and GOTV

If you have ever wondered where the Emily in Emily's list came from, it is an acronym for Early Money Is Like Yeast. The money that comes in early gives a candidate credibility and makes it easier to raise additional funds and attract additional support. Successful fundraising gives a campaign credibility in the eyes of editors and helps generate positive coverage. Ten dollars in March is worth a hundred dollars in October. Therefore small donors are well advised to give early in the season.

This is doubly true in race for Virginia's 34th Senate District. Giving money to Chap Petersen now will be included in his quarterly filing. The current incumbent will have a pile of money, so it is critical that Chap raise as much money as possible for the first filing.

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The 2004 Fox Debates Targeted Dean and Clark: Stats

Does Fox News go into a Democratic debate with a plan to be objective?


Then do they go in with a plan to smear all candidates equally?

The answer to that lies in looking at the questions they asked in previous Democratic presidential debates.  Like the one they co-sponsored in Detroit, October 26, 2003.

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Time to Act Blue in Virginia!

Raising Kaine and ActBlue are joining forces!  Thanks to the powerful fundraising tools brought to the netroots by ActBlue, RK is launching its first coordinated fundraising campaign for our progressive Virginia candidates.  The first slate of candidates: Chap Petersen, Janet Oleszek, Bruce Roemmelt, Carlos del Toro, and Troy Farlow.  We'll be adding more great candidates soon, but we're excited to have this first great round of candidates in important '07 races.

Let's show the Virginia GOP the power of our progressive community and raise a combined $1,000 (or more!) in 15 days for these candidates and RK.

As you all know, this is an important year for progressives in Virginia.  Every single seat in the Virginia General Assembly - 40 in the State Senate and 100 in the House of Delegates - is up for election.  And Democrats have a real chance at capturing the Senate and making serious gains in the House.  Such success is especially important, as this is the last chance before redistricting in 2011.  And, given the fiasco of a transportation "compromise" the Republicans just passed, Gov. Tim Kaine (D) could use some more allies to help pass a REAL transportation plan next session.

So please click here to make your donation to your favorite candidate(s) in Raising Kaine's new ActBlue coordinated fundraising page!  Or you can spread your donation out to them all!

Thanks for all your support over the years.  And let's "Raise Kaine" for Tim Kaine and Virginia progressives!

(For more on these individual candidates, click through to the extended entry.)

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There is no such thing as an unimportant election

That may be one of my favorite Howard Dean sayings. Here in Virginia we are having new proof of that, our entire General Assembly is up for reelection this year.

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