50 State Strategy: Leges Too!

I see that, for the US House,  Dems have so far failed to field a candidate in only two districts for which filing has closed, and folks here and elsewhere in the lefty 'sphere are monitoring states as they roll towards their final filing dates.

Of course, this is great, and hats off to all concerned.

But I wonder whether the same ought not to be being done by someone for races for the various state lege seats that are up this year.

The potential benefits are several:

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Blue Catapult Chooses its Dem Challengers -- Thanks MyDD Community

Thanks to the MyDD Community, Blue Catapult PAC has chosen three Democratic Challengers to support at our Launch Event next week, Wednesday, March 8th in Washington, DC (go to http://www.bluecatapult.com for more info about the event or Blue Catapult PAC in general.)  Remember, our goal is to support Democrats who are challenging incumbent Republicans, especially those who could be competitive if they just got some more cash on hand.

The Candidates are:

DARCY BURNER running against incumbent Republican Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District in Washington State.

ERIC MASSA running against Republican incumbent John Kuhl in New York's 29th Congressional District.

CHRIS CARNEY running against Republican Don Sherwood in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District.

We got so many great suggestions either through the comment section of my entry last week, or via email (launch@bluecatapult.com) so that is was very difficult to choose the the first Dem candidates to support.  If we are successful with our first fundraiser, we will then be able to support many of the other Democrats challenging incumbent Republicans that were nominated through the MyDD community.  I want to thank everybody for their input, nominations and comments.  Even if your suggested candidate was not chosen this time we very well may be able to support them in the future.

We should have more about each chosen candidate on our website on Friday.  We will donate most of the funds we receive at the Launch Party to these Dem campaigns.

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OH-18: Rothenberg calls Ney most vulnerable incumbents, make a pick for Democratic Primary

In today's edition of "Roll Call", Stuart Rothenberg listed OH-18 Congressman Bob Ney as the most vulnerable incumbent on his top 10 list.

Rothenberg says, and this is a direct quote from Rothenberg, "I'll be surprised if Ney hasn't been indicted by the time Election Day rolls around, and if he has any chance of surviving it's only because the Democrats may nominate Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer, who is a walking political time bomb with his own political and personal baggage." Rothenberg continues to say, "Any nomral Democrat (attotney Zack Space might meet that test) should beat Ney."

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/51_85/rothenberg/12213-1.html

MyDD Poll: Investigation, Impeachment and Extremism

This is a long post, but I truly hope you'll stay with it to the end. In my view, there's plenty of gems in here and we're getting ready to `go at throttle up' on the Analytical Rocket. This post helps you strap into the rocket, I hope.

First, for fun: an observation and conclusion. You know it's going to be a wild political year when all the politicos want briefings `on what's happening out there'. Now, yesterday. Eight months out. Uh-huh. Are we a bit on edge these days, folks? A bit concern-ed? A bit unsure-ed? Natch on that and there you go on my recent and upcoming sched. Briefings, briefings, briefings, at the end of which comes the world-renowned "Hmm. Really? Hmm." That's the take on the current state of blue campaign strategery in this neck of the woods: noodlin', ponderin', chin-rubbin'. Lots of "hmm."

I am sure you get the picture. It's TBD which frame is more apropos for the year, though: a refrain from Country Joe McDonald's Fixin' to Die Rag ("open up the Pearly Gates, there ain't no time to wonder why, whoopee, we're all gonna die!") or from Public Image Ltd.'s Warrior ("I take no quarter. This is my land. I'll never surrender. I am. A Warrior.").

Strategically, from what I've seen, I'd say the Talking Heads' Once in a Lifetime has the point locally and nationally so far in 2006: "same as it ever was" for political communications, folks. Politicos are simply more fidgety this time. Nervous tics, that sort of thing. The poor dumb bastards. I'll definitely return to this issue when we get to the recommendations section of the research, given what we know now and also what I think we'll find in the extended analysis (which I plan to conduct and then present next).  And those recommendations are most likely include relentlessly slapping `em all silly. Just so you know. Tough love, you see. Especially since the national blues have that killer-diller Silver Bullet thematic going against the reds: "We can do better." (Sigh.) Jeebus. Jiminy Freaking Christmas, that'll catch fire with voters, don't ya think? Riiiiight.

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Campaigns - New Political Simulator on the Web

What Is Campaigns?

There are many pristine government simulators on the web. USG, AGS, CGS and many others have already established a foothold on a full-functioning simulation of the U.S. and Canadian governments. Simply, there is no need to clutter the web with anymore doomed sims. The problem with many of these games is that it requires constant effort to progress throughout the game and severly limits the playing ability of people who don't have time to log on every single day and make sure they interact in every part of the game.

Campaigns is purely a simulator which takes candidates, puts them in the field and then has an election. There is no House or Senate to work in, only elections. While the system is sometimes complicated, there is no doubt that it will take less time to play than other sims.

But mostly, it's a unique and interesting idea which can provide people someone cool to occupy their time with. And you don't have to be a political genius to play! Just register, read the rules and you'll be all set!

Play now!

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