State Party Blogs: Who has one & Who will soon

I'm building IKEA stuff. For now, really good diaries will have to do--Chris

Did you know that 3/4 of Democratic state party webpages do not have blogs on their sites? Of course you do, it's been blogged about on MyDD. 

Those results were uncovered by Bob Brigham after the fallout between bloggers and the Association of State Democratic Chairs this weekend in Orlando.

Bob's results got us thinking about implenting some change within the state parties themselves by convincing them to put blogs on their webpages.

So last night, I emailed every state party without a blog, explaining the benefits and offering my help to get them off the ground.

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State Party Blog Project: Day 2

First and foremost, thank you for the terrific response to my initial report on the project yesterday.

For those that missed it, Bob Brigham and I over at Swing State Project are attempting to get all 50 state Democratic parties to put blogs on their web pages.  The idea was born when Bob discovered that 3/4 of the state parties do not currently have one up.  

So, Tuesday night I sent out an email to each of the state parties explaining how blogs can be an effective way to communicate, inform, get great ideas, recruit volunteers, and solicit for funds when necessary.

The implementation of the existing technology is even more prescient in light of the complaints by state parties that they are often left with the crumbs and devoid of volunteers for their races because the national party focuses solely on "swing states."

If we are to contest elections at all levels, and in all 50 states, a state party blog is a great place to start.

On Wednesday I received several responses.  Today, there is even more to report...

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Florida 2006 Run-Down

After a recent post on MyDD about the current players considering bids for the Florida Senate & Governor race in 2006, I was inspired to do a bit of reading up on the issue.

There is a big target on Senator Bill Nelson's back in a bid to retain his U.S. Senate seat in 2006.  With the election of Mel Martinez last month, Nelson is the only statewide seat held by a Democrat in Florida.  That's the main reason Republicans are salivating at the prospect of running the table.

It's not that Nelson is a weak candidate, quite the contrary.  But in a state trending decidedly red, and a slew of "quality" Republican candidates, GOPers certainly see this seat as a high-profile pick-up chance in 2006.  This is what is meant when you hear Kos talk about a "deep bench."

In 2000, Nelson claimed his first term as a U.S. Senator garnering an uninspiring 52% of the vote against U.S. Representative Bill McCollum.  

As we all know, George Bush carried Florida in 2004 with 52% as well.

The sharks circle below the jump...

For more in-depth info on 2005/2006 races check out Swing State Project

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Howard Dean vs. Anybody But Howard Dean

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Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has joined the Howard Dean pile-on.  Democrats are practically encouraging everyone to run for DNC chair.  From Roll Call

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is encouraging Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), among others, to seek the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt to help the party rebuild its image with heartland voters.

That's funny, "among others." Has everyone but me been asked to run for DNC Chairman by anti-Dean activists?  Jerome - Chris?  Are you guys holding out on the cattle calls?

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(Cross-post from the venerable Swing State Project)

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Strom Thurmond Fitness Center?

As a big-time Chicago Cubs fan, recent stories about steroid use have left me contemplating the irrational role baseball plays in my life.

And just when I thought all hope was lost for sport and fitness, I stumbled upon this nugget.

A list of some objectionable pork projects compiled by Davis' office staff includes such things as $50,000 for feral hog control in Missouri, $167,000 for "horn fly research" in Alabama, $5 million for a Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center at the University of South Carolina, and $1.5 million for a Missouri Historical Society for Richard Gephardt Archive.

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Louisiana Run-Offs Today: One Stop for Info & Results

One stop shopping for the last two 2004 Congressional races before we can focus our full attention on the 2005 & 2006 slate of elections.

LA-3: Charles Melancon (Dem.) v. Billy Tauzin III (Rep.) - In-depth Review HERE

LA-7: Willie Mount (Dem.) v. Charles Boustany (Rep.) - In-depth Review HERE

Get the results live as the votes are tabulated by the Louisiana Sec. of State: HERE

(Cross-posted from Swing State Project) where I do some guest blogging.

Funny Story: Did you know that Republican challenger Charles Boustany paid $50,000 to buy himself the title, "Lord Boustany?" The purchase was supposed to allow him access to Royal Family functions, hobnobbing with the Queen of England and Prince Charles.

One problem.  It was a fraud.  As a millionaire, you might let this go to save embarrassment, but not Boustany.  He sued and now suit he filed is available to the public.

Disturbing Story: Did you know that "Little Billy" Tauzin III was arrested and sentenced to probation, in lieu of 6 months in prison, for a DWI?  He has since had his share of legal problems that range from possession of a fur bearing animal without a license to trespassing.  Both would seem to violate the conditions of his probation.  Which begs the question, are Republican politicians pre-disposed to breaking the law?

Science Friday: New DoE Cold Fusion Research (for dummies)

If you can add to this, please do.  For my part, this diary will amount to "cold fusion for dummies." I am learning as I write (one of my favorite things about blogging).

In its simplest explanation, cold fusion is the process by which energy is generated by running an electrical current through a heavy form of water that replaces hydrogen with deuterium.

The Department of Energy has another way of describing it.

In 1987 Pons and Fleischman first reported the production of "excess" heat in a Pd electrochemical cell, and postulated that this was due to D-D fusion (D=deuterium), sometimes referred to as "cold fusion."

...Since 1989, research programs in cold fusion have been supported by various universities, private industry, and government agencies in several countries.

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Tauzin III Violates Probation: More Republican Law Breaking

(Cross post from swing state project where I do some guest blogging)

Chris Bowers just asked a question quite appropriate for this diary.

DeLay, Santorum and now Frist--is there a congressional Republican holding a leadership position who is not breaking the law?

While I am sure there are a few who have managed to stay away from the long arm of the law, others are rushing to join the club.  Maybe its a form of Washington, D.C. street cred?

What's next, a L.W.A. (Legislators With Attitude) rap album featuring DeLay, Santorum, Frist, and now Billy Tauzin III?  The first single could be called, "Straight out of prep school." Follow that up with "F&@# the ethics committee."

With two days before the Louisiana run-offs, Billy Tauzin III (Rep. LA-3) has legal troubles to worry about.  Tauzin  III is squaring off against Democratic challenger Charles Melancon.  Tauzin's father currently occupies the Republican held seat.  The Stakeholder has the details.

Undermining claims he has learned from his DWI arrest and put his legal troubles behind him, public documents reveal that congressional candidate Billy Tauzin III has been charged with a spate of new offenses this year.

...The conditions of his DWI probation required Tauzin to "refrain from criminal conduct, specifically the violation of any State, Federal, Local or Municipal law." According to 22nd Judicial District Court documents, failure to comply with these conditions could result in the revocation of Tauzin's probation and the six-month jail term to which he was originally sentenced.

The real irony comes on the heels of Dick Cheney flying down to campaign for Tauzin III.  The veep had this to say:

"All of you know Billy very well," Cheney said. "He has deep roots in this district, a close connection to the people who live here, and one of the most trusted names in Louisiana politics. He's supported by both Democrats and Republicans, he's an active member of the community, and he shares your values."

After all, Dick Cheney is in a unique position to make the claim that DWI convictions and probation violations are shared Louisiana values.  The real question here is, how difficult is it for Republicans that hold office, or are running for office to stay afoul of the law?

Take Up Your Pallet and Walk - Stem Cell Miracle

I realize I might be taking liberties publishing another diary after having one "mainpaged", but here goes nothing.

If we needed any more evidence that stem cell research promises unimaginable breakthroughs in human health, I offer you this article from from AFP.

A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood.

Hwang Mi-Soon, 37, had been bedridden since damaging her back in an accident two decades ago.

Last week her eyes glistened with tears as she walked again with the help of a walking frame at a press conference where South Korea researchers went public for the first time with the results of their stem-cell therapy.

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In Depth: Mount vs. Boustany (LA-7) Run Off

With the Lousiana General Elections right around the corner (December 4), I wanted to follow up my in-depth review of Melancon vs. Tauzin with some information about the Congressional race in the 7th District of Louisiana.

Willie Landry Mount (Democrat) vs. Charles Boustany (Republican)

Once again, if you are interested in heading the Bayou on a DCCC sponsored trip to help out either of the candidates featured, you can find information on that HERE

If you are interested in contributing the Mount Campaign, you can do so HERE

These last two races are a chance to rebuff the Republican gains made in the House of Representatives.

Finally, this is a cross-post from David NYC's Swing State Project where David has allowed me to do some guest blogging.

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