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Books close tonight at midnight EDT for the FEC’s second fiscal quarter. As the third quarter is traditionally the weakest for fundraising, this is our last best shot to show progressive strength before November. That’s why MyDD features eight candidates who are Going On Offense at ActBlue. We’ve got four Senatorial candidates, two Gubernatorial candidates, and two House candidates. 5 of the 8 are running for open seats and one is challenging a Repub incumbent. Please help by donating $5 or more to at least two of them - and if that's too much to ask, you can still share this post on Facebook and Twitter with the gadgets below!

If you’re a fan of MyDD on Facebook, you’ve seen our recent fundraising appeals for Alan Grayson, Jack Conway, Matt Dunne, and Bill White. I've also featured White (TX-GOV) and Paul Hodes (NH-Sen) in full posts of their own. While I have personal affinities for Hodes and Dunne, my two favorite races are KY-Sen and TX-Gov. These races hold both symbolic and practical importance. Winning in KY-Sen would keep Rand Paul out of office (not to mention that Conway was my favorite primary candidate), and winning in TX-Gov would allow us to undo the corrupt redistricting legacy of Tom DeLay once the 2010 census is complete. Plus, think about the message progressive victories in Texas and Kentucky in an allegedly anti-Democratic year would send!

Other Going On Offense candidates include Robin Carnahan in MO-Sen, Russ Feingold in WI-Sen, and Tom White in NE-02. For descriptions of these candidates, visit the ActBlue page, and please pick at least two to support. Even just $5 each means a +1 in the contributor list, and that goes a long way. Please give before tonight’s deadline.

Bill White (TX-Gov) $
Matt Dunne (VT-Gov) $
Jack Conway (KY-Sen) $
Robin Carnahan (MO-Sen) $
Paul Hodes (NH-Sen) $
Russ Feingold (WI-Sen) $
Alan Grayson (FL-08) $
Tom White (NE-02) $

What Would a Repub Congress Investigate?

The DCCC sent out a fundraising e-mail earlier this week in Speaker Pelosi’s name trying to use GOP subpoena power as a rallying cry for Democrats. With the subject line “Endless Investigations,” Pelosi said, “They will bring back the days of Ken Starr and the politics of personal destruction, including endless investigations against President Obama, while continuing to put corporate special interests first.”

I rolled my eyes when I saw this on Wednesday, remembering 2006 when we liked the idea of Congress investigating the White House. Granted, Obama is no Bush and Axelrod is no Rove, but it still struck me as hypocritical to call the very thing we campaigned on in 2006 the end of the world. Until just now when I saw this – Bill Randall, Repub candidate in NC-13, suggested that BP and the government teamed up to cause the oil spill on purpose, and that subpoenas should be issued: "Now, I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, and I do not think enough investigation has been done on this… Personally I feel there's a possibility that there was some sort of collusion... I'm not saying there necessarily is, but I think that there are enough facts on the table for people that are really need to do so to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that and subpoenaing, getting a subpoena of records and everything else.”

Granted, this happened June 16, an eternity in blog time - my bad for missing it at the time (blame travel). But it's gained new life since then given than Randall won his June 22 runoff and is now the GOP's official nominee.

This is what the Repub Party stands for now? And I thought Rand Paul was crazy. CNN’s Carl Sanchez aptly compares this to the 9/11 “Truthers.” All the more reason to support progressive candidates and avoid a GOP takeover. Randall's oponent, btw, is Rep. Brad Miller. Charlie Cook rates this race as a "solid D", thank God, but Randall's kooky ilk do stand chances to win in places like KY-SEN and NV-SEN.

Support Progressive Candidates Now

The end of the second fiscal quarter is rapidly approaching – less than a week to go. This is an important deadline for showing the strength of progressive candidates, especially since the next quarter is traditionally the weakest. Things are already off to a good start this year – for example, the Democratic nominee for Idaho Governor, Keith Allred, is outraising and underspending Repub incumbent Butch Otter – but we have to keep that momentum going.

Here are the 8 candidates from MyDD’s Going on Offense Act Blue page. I hope you’ll consider supporting at least two of them.

For Governor

Bill White (Texas) - Incumbent Texas Governor Rick Perry has a 35% approval rating. Former Houston Mayor Bill White is well known for his excellent handling of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, greening Houston, and cutting taxes. The next Governor's term will include both census-based redistricting and a presidential election. The race is a toss-up. What more incentive to give do you need?

Matt Dunne (Vermont) - Spend just ten minutes with Matt Dunne and you'll realize that he has one of the deepest commitments to service and firmest grasps on public policy of anyone you’ve ever met. Matt, an executive at Google, is the former director of Americorps-VISTA and a former state senator. His resume and his values are the right choice for Vermont and for the Democratic Party as we seek to take this statehouse back.

For Senate

Jack Conway (Kentucky) – As state Attorney General, Jack Conway has taken over 40,000 images of child pornography out of circulation, helped take 90,000 child predators off MySpace, and led the largest drug bust in state history. As a candidate, he focuses on job creation, high school drop-out rates, Wall Street reform, and repealing DADT. Oh, and his opponent? That would be one Rand Paul, who has repeatedly said he doesn't support the 1964 Civil Rights Act and considers criticism of BP "un-American."

Robin Carnahan (Missouri) – They say that as Missouri goes, so goes the nation, and in 2010, this might be the closest thing to a true toss-up anywhere on the Senate map. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Missouri resident who still runs her family's farm in Rolla, has cracked down on financial predators and helped guide her office into the 21 Century. Her opponent, Roy Blount, was one of Tom DeLay's top lieutenants during the Bush administration. The choice is clear.

Paul Hodes (New Hampshire) – Paul Hodes has been an outspoken, aggressive and unwavering proponent of real health care reform since his recent election to Congress. A true progressive advocate, Hodes refused to give up when things were at their darkest after Scott Brown won the MA-Sen seat, writing on the Huffington Post, “The Washington Republican Party and their tea-party allies would take us back to the Bush years… Now is not the time for Democrats to shy away from a fight, to back down or run away from who we are. There is too much at stake.”

Russ Feingold (Wisconsin) – Though not running for an open seat, no progressive movement would be complete with Senator Russ Feingold. Feingold was the lone vote against the now-notorious Patriot Act in 2001 and has been one of the most outspoken advocates for peace and justice in Iraq and beyond.

For House

Alan Grayson (Florida Eighth) – Congressman Grayson emerged as a true progressive hero in 2009 when he led the fight for a health care public option and debunked Republican lies on the House floor. He has since turned his attention to Wall Street reform and accountability, but is a top conservative target. Only the second Democrat to ever represent this district and still new enough to be a reformer, he needs our help.

Tom White (Nebraska 2nd) – For the first time in history, a state split its Electoral College vote when NE-02, which includes Omaha, cast its vote for Barack Obama. Let’s keep this district blue and send Lee Terry packing. Help state Sen. Tom White take his record of success on education, civil rights, and workplace discrimination to Congress. White is one of the DCCC’s 13 “red to blue” candidates.

Give now! Because seriously, is there any reason to wait?

Toss Up In TX-GOV

I’ve made this point before, but it bears repeating: This is not an anti-Democratic year, it is an anti-incumbent year. And that means Democrats can blunt our losses by winning in places where Repubs are still in charge.

Case in point, a new PPP poll shows the TX-GOV race tied at 43. Even better, incumbent Repub Rick Perry’s approval spread has dropped to 36-49 while Democrat and former Houston Mayor Bill White is at 37-25. This is a race we can win and a candidate we should get behind.

Perry’s approval rating briefly surged when his secessionist talk gave him new-found popularity among Tea Party types, but I’m not surprised it didn’t last. Let’s remember, this is the guy who won re-election in 2006 with just 39% of the vote. More importantly, Governor Good Hair is no small government libertarian. Constitutionally and historically, the Governor of Texas is a weak figure, but Perry changed that, grabbing power the same way his predecessor did at the national level: taking it despite the law and against the peoples’ wishes. In his first two terms, he tried to ram through a corrupt and untransparent $145 billion highway project that no one wanted, including land owners, environmentalists, and yes, the 2006 state GOP platform. In 2007, he circumvented both families and the state legislature by issuing an executive order requiring all girls to receive HPV vaccinations before 6th grade.

Last December, Texas Monthly explained why White might be the dream candidate Texas Democrats have been looking for for the past 16 years. He has no true political enemies – a rare thing for a mayor – and is widely known for his adept handling of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Additionally:

He banned, for all practical purposes, lobbyists from city hall and from any involvement in city contracts, thereby cleaning up what many had come to call "the trough." He took on the city's legendary traffic jams and, in a series of programs, untangled some of them and sped up commuting times. He reduced the city's property tax rate five years out of six; shored up the city's wobbly pension system; reduced the City of Houston's energy consumption by 6 percent, making Houston one of the greenest cities in the country; took on petrochemical companies over air pollution; added parks and libraries; cleaned up decaying neighborhoods and built affordable housing; revamped a badly managed police department, resulting in the city's lowest crime level in decades; and signed new contracts with firefighters giving them 38 percent raises, the first salary increase in six years.

An inept and unpopular incumbent? Shifting demographics? A great Democratic candidate? This is the best chance we’ve had to win in Texas in over a decade and might be the best chance we’ll get for the next one. It’s the perfect year to have this shot, too, since the 2010 census will give us the chance to fix Tom Delay’s corrupt Congressional redistricting.

The end of another fiscal quarter is rapidly approaching, so I’m going to start pushing our Going on Offense Act Blue page again. With the Arkansas primary over, I’ve replaced Bill Halter with Bill White. Please give to White today, and to any of the other stellar progressive candidates who represent our best chances to win this November.

Rand Paul To Break Primary Promise in KY-SEN

So far Rand Paul’s problems have been about his ideas and words, not his behavior. That changed this month. Paul’s upcoming fundraiser with Senate Repub Leader Mitch McConnell may not seem like a big deal, except last September, he pledged not to accept any campaign contributions from Senators who supported the bank bailouts. The Northern Kentucky Enquirer reported at the time:

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has pledged to not accept campaign contributions from any U.S. Senator who voted in favor of bailing out the nation's banks last fall. Paul's pledge comes as one of his opponents in May's GOP Senate primary, Boone County Republican Trey Grayson, prepares to raise money at a Sept. 23 Washington fundraiser hosted by about 20 Republican members of the Senate…

"A primary focus of my campaign is that we need Republicans in office who will have the courage to say no to federal bailouts of big business. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the government to pick winners and losers in the private sector and the Republican Party platform specifically condemns bailouts," Paul said.

Yet here’s this, from Politico:

Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul railed against the Washington establishment in his primary campaign, but the Tea Party’s favorite Kentucky candidate will benefit from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s fundraising gravitas in Washington later this month.

McConnell will host a fundraising reception and dinner for Paul on June 24 at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by POLITICO and confirmed by a GOP official. Tickets to the McConnell-Paul event are pricey: Guests must pay a minimum of $1,000 to attend the reception and $4,000 to attend the dinner...

A request for comment to the Paul campaign was not immediately returned.

McConnell, of course, voted for the bailout. Small wonder, then, that in its latest rankings out today, First Read said that this seat is the 2nd best chance for a Democratic pick-up, ahead of the once-hyped contests in Missouri and New Hampshire. The Democrat in this race is state Attorney General Jack Conway.

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