Netroots Platform

The Netroots Platform is moving along well. Check it out, see what you can add.

Update [2008-7-28 14:21:53 by Jerome Armstrong]: Nancy Scola, over at techPresident, has an overview of the project.

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Sean Tevis Kicks Ass, and You Win! [UPDATED]

"Toto, I don't think we're in Creationist Kansas anymore!"

Sean Tevis is an Information Architect and fellow netroots geek who decided to run against Arlen Siegfreid, the current State Representative.  

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You supported Sean Tevis, and you won.

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OH-16: Small Donors Back Record-Breaking Boccieri Quarter

Cross-posted from OH-16: John Boccieri for U.S. Congress:

Schuring Bought by Big Oil, Corporate Executives that Slash 16th District Jobs

Canton, OH - 16th Congressional District Candidate John Boccieri raised $391,237.61 in the second fundraising quarter of 2008, bringing his total raised this cycle to $1,081,509.40 and his current cash on hand to $531,015.15.

Boccieri has a broad base of small donors. More than half of his contributions this quarter were $100 or less, and three in five of those small donations came from within the 16th District.

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Running for Office: Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll

Cross-posted at Daily Kos, Digg, and Reddit

Progressive Dem Sean Tevis is an Information Architect in Kansas running for the state legislature. He's decided to retire Arlen Siegfreid, his current anti-science, pro-domestic-spying Republican state representative. Sean started with door-knocking and signatures to get on the ballot, and now he's appealing to the netroots for support. He's chronicled his political journey in webcomic format as a fundraising pitch, which drew attention from BoingBoing, Reddit, and Digg.

Progressive geek looking for 3,000 people to help him win Kansas election against dinosauric anti-science/pro-surveillance dude

Sean Tevis is a geeky geek from Kansas who's fed up with his state rep, an anti-abortion, anti-evolution, pro-censorship, pro-surveillance, anti-gay incumbent. Tevis -- an unknown -- is polling within three points of his opponent, and is looking to raise some Internet dough to kick this guy's (extremely tight) ass, and to promote his cause, he's made a fantastic, XKCD-style toon called "It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner." Specifically, he's looking to raise $8.34 from 3,000 people (no state rep in Kansas history has ever had more than 644 donors). I'm in. Who's with me?

Sean is actually a Reddit user himself, and it was online activism that partly inspired him to run:

I credit Reddit with getting me pissed off enough to run for State Representative this year. I live in Kansas and had had enough of the Intelligent Design jokes I've seen posted here about my state so I decided to "retire" my current rep - an anti-gay, religion in schools, conservative.

Sean was told he'd need $26,000 to be competitive in this race, and since he's not going to find 50 wealthy donors to give $500 dollars a pop, he's hoping 3,000 people will chip in 8 bucks a piece instead.  He's since shattered the 644-donor record for Kansas state legislature candidates, but he's aiming to reach 3,000 individuals.  He'd be one more strong voice behind Governor Sebelius, but this is also a great opportunity to send "one of our own" in to public service.  Breaking fundraising records is also a guaranteed way to secure some netroots media coverage.

Will you Digg Sean's XKCD comic homage?  The "Digg effect" could help him reach the 3,000 milestone.

And here's the direct link to the "3,000"fundraising comic that's drawn so many donors already.

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The audacity of Advani

L.K. Advani, of India's BJP party, is better known for fiery, nationalist, partisan rhetoric than he is for unity and change. At 80 years old, he's more McCain than Obama. However, as he makes his bid to be India's Prime Minister, he's trying to poach from the Obama playbook:

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