They Must Think We're Stupid

Sometimes when I read the news, I have to wonder if I'm really supposed to fall for this. What's the this? Here's a sample:
  1. Paris Hilton saying she doesn't do drugs and hardly drinks, after being released from jail for drunk driving.
  2. Dick Cheney claiming he's not part of the Executive Branch, and so he can do whatever he wants with classified documents. The story unfolds here, here and here.
  3. Ann Coulter saying she hadn't said anything about John Edwards, the day after saying she wished terrorists would kill him.
Have I missed any? Which do you think is most ridiculous? Vote in the poll, or leave your nominations in the comments.

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Hold Democrats' Feet to the Fire

Iraq is in utter chaos. It's a civil war, with American troops caught in the crossfire. The Bush Doctrine of "preemptive war" was morally and strategically stupid, and the dead and wounded are the visible result of his hubris. It's past time for the Democrats running Congress to force Bush to change strategy and bring the troops home.

Last month, the House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution opposing George Bush's plan to escalate American involvement in Iraq. Next up: A vote on funding for the war. Democrats want to take a baby step forward, so the Working Families Party is pushing them to do better and do the right thing for our troops.

Tell your U.S. Representative to limit the use of funds to protecting our troops' safety and bringing them home now.

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An Invitation to NYC Mayor Bloomberg - and You!

(crossposted at Daily Kos and The Albany Project)

(updates at the Working Families Blog, pictures from the event on flickr)

It's time for the public's voice to be heard again in our public schools. The Working Families Party is among the groups organizing a rally tonight at 6:30pm, at St. Vartan's Cathedral on 2nd Ave, where parents, teachers and students will tell Chancellor Klein to stop the proposed school reorganization and listen to the community.

At issue is the latest New York City Department of Education proposal to reorganize our schools, which was put out without consulting the public or accepting public input. That's three major reorganizations in five years, and the public has NEVER been consulted about ANY of these reorganizations, even though each reorganization is chaotic and destabilizing for parents and teachers and for our kids. This from a Chancellor who repeatedly claims to want to bring stability to the system.

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NY-SD7 Post-Election Numbers With Maps

From the Working Families Party department of targeting, here are maps of turnout percentage (pdf) and Craig Johnson's percentage of the vote (pdf) in the recent State Senate special election on Long Island.

Serious number junkies will want to look at the pdf versions, but the basic breakdown is blue means a high percentage on both maps, green is a medium percentage and yellow is a low percentage.

Turnout first:


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Super Sunday: Spitzer, Sen Schumer campaign for open NYS Senate seat

Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senator Chuck Schumer are coming out to Long Island to campaign with Craig Johnson (D-WFP) today as Craig launches his "Moving New York Forward - 33 Stops in 33 Hours" tour.  Craig Johnson (D-WFP) is running in the Feb 6 special election for an open State Senate seat in New York's Seventh District on Long Island.

Starting this morning and going until the voting starts, Craig is campaigning in every one of the 33 villages in the Seventh District, leaving no stone unturned to Get Out the Vote.  The tour will take Craig to morning bagel stops and popular lunch spots, religious services and Super Bowl parties.

Come out and meet Craig and help the campaign Get Out The Vote!

Can't make it out? Help with a donation.

The Johnson campaign Sunday schedule is after the jump.

2 days until Election Day!

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NY-SD7: 3rd Craig Johnson for NY State Senate TV Ad Is Up

The third Craig Johnson (D-WFP) for State Senate TV commercial is up on the air.

Craig is running in a Feb 6 special election for an open New York State Senate seat in northwestern Nassau County.

Eliot Spitzer's ad man Jimmy Siegel directed the ad; you can see Siegel's first two ads for the Johnson campaign here and here.

In the ad, titled "How to Save," five accountants from the Seventh Senate District take Craig's opponent Maureen O'Connell to task for her record of raising taxes.

Watch the ad on YouTube: tM

Be sure to read about the O'Connell audit scandal and sign up to be part of the Johnson campaign GOTV push!

6 days until Election Day!

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NY-SD7: New York Times Endorses Johnson for Open Senate Seat

Craig Johnson (D-WFP) has the momentum in the Feb 6 special election for an open New York State Senate seat in the Seventh Senate District in northwestern Nassau County.  Adding to his momentum, the New York Times has just endorsed Craig for State Senate:

The New York Times
Sunday, January 28, 2007
A State Senate Endorsement

The sudden vacancy in the 7th State Senate District has caused both parties to leap in with guns blazing.  When the Republican incumbent, Michael Balboni, quit to join the Spitzer administration as chief of homeland security, the race to succeed him became instantly negative and hugely expensive.

That's because so much is at stake beyond just control of a single seat in northwest Nassau County - control of the Senate, for instance, where the Republican majority has been nearing the vanishing point, as well as the reform agenda of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who broke with a tradition of gubernatorial nonaggression in such races to appear in an ad hailing the Democratic candidate, Craig Johnson, as an ally in the crusade to fix Albany.

Mr. Johnson, who was elected to the Nassau Legislature in 2000 after the death of the incumbent - his mother, Barbara - is challenging Maureen O'Connell, who became the Nassau County clerk a little over a year ago and now wants to return to Albany, where she served as an assemblywoman since 1998.  With very little time to campaign - the special election in Feb 6 - both sides are running at a frantic pace.

Their ads are studies in negativity, with Mr. Johnson's campaign accusing Ms. O'Connell of being as anti-choice extremist on reproductive issues, and Ms. O'Connell running a preposterous spot showing a woman tied to railroad tracks about to mowed down by a train.  The train represents taxes, taxes, taxes, specifically the 19-percent increase that County Executive Thomas Suozzi pushed through the Legislature in his first term as part of his utterly sensible - and successful - effort to rescue Nassau's finances from decades of Republican misrule.

Of the charges being burled back and forth over the airwaves, we find Mr. Johnson's the more persuasive. Ms. O'Connell does have a troubling record on choice, having taken stands in Albany - like voting against as emergency contraception bill when it was in committee - that infringed on women's reproductive rights.

Ms. O'Connell's claims that Mr. Johnson's taxing madman are, by contrast, unfounded.  The Suozzi tax plan he voted for was a prudent and responsible response to a fiscal mess. He has also assembled a credible record on other issues, including open space preservation.

The race is, though, about something larger - which is the reason the eyes of the whole state are on it.  Governor Spitzer will need the cooperation of the Republican-dominated State Senate if he is going to make progress on the ambitious reform agenda that he has laid out.  Mr. Johnson has vowed to be his ally in the coming battles, while Ms. O'Connell is likely to give reinforcement to the Albany status quo.

For voters who have hopes that Mr. Spitzer will succeed in fixing Albany, as we do, Mr. Johnson is the obvious choice.  We enthusiastically endorse him.

We can't let up.  You can help.

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The WFP is running the door-to-door and election day GOTV operation for the Johnson campaign.  Make a donation to help pay for the GOTV program.

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NY-SD7: Johnson Picks Up Steam for Open NY Senate Seat

Craig Johnson (D-WFP) is running in a February 6th special election for an open New York State Senate Seat in northwestern Nassau County.

The Johnson campaign has the momentum and has gotten a slew of new endorsements in the last few days.  Adding to the efforts of groups like the Communications Workers of America (more on that further down) are the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, which has over 2,000 members and is the largest law enforcement union on Long Island, and SEIU Local 32BJ, which has 60,000 members in New York and is the largest private sector union in New York and the largest property service workers union in the United States.

Details on the endorsements, a TV ad and a way to help after the break.

12 days until Election Day!

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NY-SD7: WFP Knocks on 23,427 Doors to Win a New York State Senate Seat

The Working Families Party door-to-door operation is hitting the doors every day to elect Craig Johnson to the State Senate. In 12 days we've already knocked on 23,427 doors, including a one-night high of 2,501 doors this weekend.

You can join in too. This weekend kicked off with State Senator Liz Krueger meeting volunteers at the Mineola LIRR Train Station and sending them out canvassing. Sign up now and find out about more volunteer opportunities.

If it's to cold or wet for you to canvass outside then you can still help.  A massive door-to-door operation like this is an expensive undertaking.  Make a donation to support the door-to-door operation.

More after the jump.

15 days until Election Day!

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NY-SD7: Joe Mondello Can't Count

Joe Mondello, Chair of the New York state GOP and of the Nassau County GOP, has a lot riding on the Feb 6 special election for an open New York State Senate seat in the Seventh Senate District.  It's the first election under his watch as chair of the state GOP, it's happening in his backyard, and it's a test of how the state GOP will respond to their drubbing in the 2006 Governor's race.

So maybe that's why Joe chose to be a little, shall we say, extravagant with the truth.  From a New York Times article on the race:

The campaign is off to a quick start. "We had 500 people going door to door last weekend, and we hope to have 700 this weekend," Mr. Mondello said. Democrats say they have an equally ambitious field operation. Their county chairman, Jay S. Jacobs, said that with an expected 10 to 15 percent voter turnout, "the ground game is the decider."
Yeah right.

Details after the jump.

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