[UPDATE: Standings posted!] MyDD'ers: You can help me "pay it forward"

First off, I just want to say what a great time I had at the YearlyKos fundraiser in Washington, DC, on Tuesday night. It was a blast to meet a lot of folks I've only heard about online. You can see some of the pictures from that event, including a photo of me with Dengre, in NYBri's recommended diary.

As many of you know, I defeated Richard Pombo, a seven-term Republican incumbent, and was elected to Congress in 2006 on a wave of grassroots and netroots support. But, what many of you may not know is that I ran in 2004 and lost.

Sometimes, it takes more than one election cycle for voters to realize it's time for a change. That's why I am proud to post the following request of MyDD'ers today.

Come over to the other side of this diary for the rest of the story.

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The Big Picture: Big Corporate Money vs the Working People of America

Before I present my editorial for our traditional Sunday round up I wanted to mention two things:

1).  Good luck to all of us in the northeast - the next 48 hours look to be a real "hold on to your hat" weather maker.  We are forecast to get five inches of wet heavy snow and this in mid spring!!!

2).  My only statement on Don Imus.  While the entire nation was focused on an incredibly insulting and stupid shock jock who is no different than Savage on the so called Savage Nation or Ann Coulter, who called for the "fragging" of Congressman Murtha, the following articles about US and Iraqi deaths were published, usually on page two.  By my count over 30 US KIA - this while the Nation debated Don Imus.  You want to hear an obscene statement?  Here it is:  35 US Soldiers killed in a civil war in Iraq while President Bush sees progress.

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Fundraising Realities: People-Powered Politics vs. the Fat Cats

Senator Obama's recent fundraising success shows the potential for presidential candidates to rely on a lot of smaller individual donors rather than only the monied interests that currently have undue influence in the political process. I believe any of the Democratic candidates for President in 2008 would be better than the current president or any of the Republican candidates, but I do take Senator Obama's fundraising as a hopeful sign for people-powered politics. And I agree with Markos (link) that it is better to build a movement and focus on people than to constantly ask for money and constantly treat donors like an ATM. But, as Senator Obama and/or his staff pointed out to Markos, even those who focus on people have to talk about fundraising sometimes.

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FDR and Reforging Democratic Identity Part 2: Ending Free Trade and beginning Fair Trade

Crossposted from dKos

Last week in a diary titled Building a Majority Party: Reforging Democratic Identity I suggested that we go back to a 1944 speech by FDR to reforge Democratic identity and build a lasting majority party.  Here is the list of rights I quoted from the speech:

   *   the right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries, or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
    *  the right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
    *  the right of every farmer to raise and sell his produce at return which will give him and his family a decent living;
    *  the right of every businessman, large or small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair completion and domination by monopolies at home and abroad;
    *  the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
    *  the right to adequate protection form the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
    *  the right to a good education.

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Building a Majority Party: Reforging Democratic Identity

Crossposted from dKos

In November of last year the Democratic Party regained majority status in both houses of Congress.  Opposition to the Iraq War was by far the main issue of the election and the strength of the new Democratic majority status in the House was tested this week with a vote on funding and timetables for the Iraq War.  Simply put, ending the Iraq War is what the American people expected from the Democratic congress it sent to Washington. The American people have realized that the War was started based on lies, that it has been poorly executed, and that our soldiers are stuck in the middle of a Civil War.  And so they want out. They voted for the Democratic Party to get us out of Iraq and we need to show we are trying to do just that.  

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