I was lucky enough to attend NN'09 as a Democracy for America Scholar, and I'm still learning from the experience!
In addition to making it possible for me to attend Netroots Nation in the first place and getting to meet the people who are Democracy for America, as DFA Scholars we were well taken care of. From the latest information on fun and "extra-curricular" events to a behind-the-scenes look at convention activity, it was a one of a kind opportunity.
I encourage everyone interested in attending NN'10 in Las Vegas to apply.
We're looking to send 40 progressive activists to Netroots Nation with compelling stories, who are active online and offline, and who will thrive from their Netroots Nation experience. Our goal is to find people who will expand the Netroots Nation community with fresh ideas and energy.
DFA members and netroots activists from across the country will have the opportunity to help choose who we send to the convention by voting for those candidates they think offer the most compelling stories. Scholars will be chosen in three rounds and the top three applicants with the most votes in each round will automatically win a scholarship. So, if you're applying, be sure to get out the vote for yourself by asking your family, friends and coworkers to vote for you in this year's competition. All other scholarships will be chosen at the discretion of the selection committee. The selection committee is comprised of the Executive Director of DFA, the Executive Director of Netroots Nation, former DFA Netroots Nation Scholars, and several specifically selected prominent bloggers.
A DFA scholarship covers the cost of one all-access pass to Netroots Nation 2010 and hotel accomodations for one. The deadline is April 30th, so submit your application soon!
Bloggers may make for an effective bogeyman for the administration: people misunderstood enough to be marginalized. But bloggers aren't the biggest problem for Rahm Emanuel's strategy of passing something...anything, in fact they aren't even the biggest problem online.
If anything, progressive blogs have been overly accommodating by creating a discussion-heavy atmosphere over the disagreements between Democrats. The administration should be relived that bloggers opposing the bill have largely taken such an approach. Because the bloggers opposing the bill have by and large shown far more of a willingness to get their hands dirty and fight with every tool available. From fundraising to message to organizing, I can't imagine anyone would rather go into a political fight with the bloggers supporting anything than the bloggers fighting to make the bill better. I mean, Fred Hiatt didn't bring on Ezra Klein because of all he'd done to elect Democrats.
But bloggers aren't the main problem, not even online.
If there is anything keeping up at night administration online folks like Macon Phillips and Jesse Lee, it is email...
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America are running a new television commercial in Maine and Washington, DC, urging Senator Olympia Snowe to support a public health insurance option. The ad features a woman who thought her family had good health insurance until her husband got cancer, and medical bills not covered by the insurance company forced them into bankruptcy. Watch it:
Over at the Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away campaign, Norm Coleman's insistence on being a sore loser has raised over $60,000 to help progressive congressional challengers defeat Republicans in 2010.
And that number gets higher by the hour.
This campaign was launched 2 weeks ago by Howard Dean's Democracy for America and the new Progressive Change Campaign Committee (which I co-founded after leaving MoveOn.org, along with some other great folks).
The goal is to change the incentives for Coleman's DC funders. Before, there was really no downside for those bankrolling Coleman's endless court challenges and denying Al Franken his Senate seat. But as thousands of us sign up to give $1 every day Norm refuses to concede -- to help progressives defeat Republicans -- the equation changes.
There are two things that make this campaign work: scale and buzz.
We've achieved great scale, but I'd like to formally invite anyone who hasn't already signed up to join the cause: NormDollar.com
I'd also like to thank DFA, MoveOn, Darcy Burner, BlogPAC, and countless blogs for sharing news of this campaign with their networks.