Congressman Empowers Local Vote For Change Netroots Volunteers

Last Saturday was one of the most remarkable days of my life.  I helped to organize a Vote for Changevoter registration drive in Peekskill, NY, which is about 50 miles north of NYC.  We registered an estimated 215 voters in one afternoon.  Among those who participated in the drive was Congressman John Hall's campaign.

Now, when I say that Congressman Hall's campaign participated in the drive, I do not mean that a few staffers who happened to work on on the campaign signed up to volunteer and registered a few voters on the day of the drive.  No, I mean that Congressman Hall's campaign actively participated in every facet of this grassroots volunteer voter registration effort.

More Congressional-Grassroots collaboration below the fold

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The Need for a Passengers' Bill of Rights

We've all heard airline horror stories, and, chances are, you've experienced one yourself.  A lucky minority of us have never had a flight delayed or canceled, been stuck on an airport runway, or spent the night sleeping on a waiting room floor.

As air travel keeps getting more unpleasant and the skies more congested, the passage of a real Passenger's Bill of Rights is becoming more and more necessary.  Yesterday I, along with the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights, participated in a "strand-in" on the National Mall that simulated the cramped, hot conditions of an airplane stuck on the tarmac to make a point about the importance of passing airline passenger-protecting legislation.

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Hall, McNerney Added to 4/17 YKos DC Event w/Feingold & Miller

In addition to early deciders Sen. Russ Feingold & Rep. Brad Miller, Reps. Jerry McNerney and Rep. John Hall will be at the place to be Tuesday night, April 17 in the nation's capitol at a grassroots fundraiser for the Yearly Kos Convention.  Gina Cooper, Executive Director of Yearly Kos will also be at the event and rumor has it that her autograph can be had without an additional donation.  The time is Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 - 9:30 PM.  The place is the Stewart Mott House at 122 Maryland Ave., NE, just up Capitol Hill from Union Station about a block from the Capitol grounds.  A $35.00 minimum donation is requested.  To register online or for more details go to: http://www.yearlykosconvention.org/node/ 89

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John Hall/NY-19 Blog Launches

Cross Posted at Daily Kos

In what is little more than a promotional diary, I just wanted to let NY-19 MyDD readers (and those interested outside the district) know that I've begun penning a blog that follows the new congressional career of John Hall. I'm a twelve year resident of the district and hope to offer some unique insight on Hall's tenure.

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The Myth of Karl versus 'Home Team'

I'm in awe of the GOP GOTV machine.  It's amazing.  The Republicans have a tightly knit and centralized organization.  When Karl Rove speaks, GOPers jump.  The RNC, from their lair in the Virginia suburbs, control every action of every volunteer, in fact every word that comes out of every Republicans' mouth.  This machine is beautiful, it is magnificent, it sweats perfume and gold.  One of my friends had a fight with his wife, and the GOP GOTV machine came by with some pie and good advice.  But it's not just nice.  Don't make the GOP GOTV machine angry or Karl Rove will use his mutant powers to morph into a 1000 foot tall SwiftBoatzilla, and he'll have all the Democratic voters paralyzed on election day by using his control of the Matrix.  

As for us?  Well, there's no way to say this nicely.  Bob Shrum has every Democrat under his spell of incompetence, controlling every single word that any of us utter.  You may think your comments are your own, but they are not.  You are writing them because Shrum planted a chip in your brain and he wants you to write those words.  It's worse than that, actually.  Democrats shackle James Bond a little too loosely, and then leave the scene to cackle.  We kill our volunteers.  We constantly get wedgies from smarter, cooler, bigger kids.  We never use deodorant.  We just hired Saddam as our new spokesperson.  We are the kid that never gets away with it.  We've never kissed a girl.  We get creepy entreaties for threesomes at Match.com and JDate.  Sucks to be us, doesn't it?

Does that help clarify the differences between the two party infrastructures?  I hope so.

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