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Teabillies very worried about African American voters (X-post from GD)

The McHenry County (Illinois) Republican Party has been taken over by the teabaggers, and last week the head bagger in the County sent out an email to her fellow Republicans that copied the article I've linked to below. They're really worried that Democrats are going to GOTV, "in particular, Democrat-leaning African Americans" ... "by playing to African Americans fears that a (Tea Party) victory in the state would risk stepping 'back to the bad old days'".

Oh noes, those awful African American voters are on to the Tea Party! And RINO's are helping them!

And they think this is bad news for Republicans because only teabillies are true conservatives. Or something. They seem to lack any sense of self-reflection, ignoring their racist rants and awful policies. These are the people who sent Joe Walsh to Congress, for crying out loud!

This part is funny. The Tea Party thinks "there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities."

Oh, how I wish this were true. I certainly saw no evidence of it working in two different Wisconsin County Democratic Party offices in 2010 and 2012.


Anyway, here's the article in question.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/210867-why-thad-cochrans-victory-should-worry-republicans

Since 2008, Democratic campaigns across the country have placed a premium on field and GOTV operations. Pioneered by the first Obama campaign, Democratic operatives across the country have honed their skills in field work and developed the technology to go along with it. Nowadays, there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities. The objective of a field program is simple: to build an organization that can effectively identify likely supporters and make sure they turn out to the polls on Election Day. Although the Democrats have become experts at turning out their base, Republicans have always lagged far behind in their technology and organizing strategy. It is rare that we see Republican campaigns with truly effective field programs, and their overall strategy focuses much less on turnout than their Democratic competitors. That is, until Thad Cochran.

...

The Cochran campaign, headed by Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, did something of genius between June 3rd and June 25th. They took a page out of the Democratic playbook and pumped their resources into creating an effective GOTV operation.

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The strategy worked. In Mississippi's 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased an average of 40 percent over the June 3rd primary. In some counties, the increase was close to 100%! (In the other 58 counties with majority white populations, the increase was only 16 percent.) This resulted in thousands of additional votesfor Cochran, most of which were African American. Cochran’s margin of victory was 6,693 votes, and it is safe to say at least 5,000 of those are from African Americans who did not vote in the initial primary.

This election proves that field programs work, especially in African American communities. And when African American communities vote, Democrats overwhelmingly win. Across the country, state Democratic parties have had field staff on the ground prepping for 2014 elections for months. Democratic campaigns are dumping huge amounts of money into organizing and creating robust GOTV plans. The staffers on the ground in battleground states such as Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Kentucky are experienced and professional products of the Obama generation of campaign operative. If it is possible for Cochran, a 76-year-old establishment Republican to turn out African American Democrat voters in droves during an off-season runoff primary, it is possible for any Democratic candidate to make sure the same communities turn out in November by using the resources and expertise Republican operatives simply do not have. GOP, you have been warned.

Teabillies very worried about African American voters

The McHenry County (Illinois) Republican Party has been taken over by the teabaggers, and last week the head bagger in the County sent out an email to her fellow Republicans that copied the article I've linked to below. They're really worried that Democrats are going to GOTV, "in particular, Democrat-leaning African Americans" ... "by playing to African Americans fears that a (Tea Party) victory in the state would risk stepping 'back to the bad old days'".

Oh noes, those awful African American voters are on to the Tea Party! And RINO's are helping them!

And they think this is bad news for Republicans because only teabillies are true conservatives. Or something. They seem to lack any sense of self-reflection, ignoring their racist rants and awful policies. These are the people who sent Joe Walsh to Congress, for crying out loud!

This part is funny. The Tea Party thinks "there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities."

Oh, how I wish this were true. I certainly saw no evidence of it working in two different Wisconsin County Democratic Party offices in 2010 and 2012.


Anyway, here's the article in question.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/210867-why-thad-cochrans-victory-should-worry-republicans

Since 2008, Democratic campaigns across the country have placed a premium on field and GOTV operations. Pioneered by the first Obama campaign, Democratic operatives across the country have honed their skills in field work and developed the technology to go along with it. Nowadays, there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities. The objective of a field program is simple: to build an organization that can effectively identify likely supporters and make sure they turn out to the polls on Election Day. Although the Democrats have become experts at turning out their base, Republicans have always lagged far behind in their technology and organizing strategy. It is rare that we see Republican campaigns with truly effective field programs, and their overall strategy focuses much less on turnout than their Democratic competitors. That is, until Thad Cochran.

...

The Cochran campaign, headed by Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, did something of genius between June 3rd and June 25th. They took a page out of the Democratic playbook and pumped their resources into creating an effective GOTV operation.

...

The strategy worked. In Mississippi's 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased an average of 40 percent over the June 3rd primary. In some counties, the increase was close to 100%! (In the other 58 counties with majority white populations, the increase was only 16 percent.) This resulted in thousands of additional votesfor Cochran, most of which were African American. Cochran’s margin of victory was 6,693 votes, and it is safe to say at least 5,000 of those are from African Americans who did not vote in the initial primary.

This election proves that field programs work, especially in African American communities. And when African American communities vote, Democrats overwhelmingly win. Across the country, state Democratic parties have had field staff on the ground prepping for 2014 elections for months. Democratic campaigns are dumping huge amounts of money into organizing and creating robust GOTV plans. The staffers on the ground in battleground states such as Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Kentucky are experienced and professional products of the Obama generation of campaign operative. If it is possible for Cochran, a 76-year-old establishment Republican to turn out African American Democrat voters in droves during an off-season runoff primary, it is possible for any Democratic candidate to make sure the same communities turn out in November by using the resources and expertise Republican operatives simply do not have. GOP, you have been warned.

Wisconsin: Mary Burke works hard to shore up her conservative credentials

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/mary-burke-campaign-clarifies-iron-mine-stance-b99303955z1-265620411.html


When the news report said that Burke "wants to put on the brakes" on the mine, Zepecki said he asked Burke, "Did you intend to say that you will stop the mine?"

"And she said, 'No, if it's going to go forward, we have to do a better job of protecting the quality of the air and water.'"

Burke was not available to clarify her comments on Wednesday afternoon, Zepecki said.

Zepecki said that Burke, who is heading to the region for a three-day campaign swing beginning Thursday, isn't opposed to iron mining in northern Wisconsin if a mine was reviewed under the state's former iron mining laws.



I'm sure Mary's stance on this will help motivate the Democratic Party base in Wisconsin. Not. Everything this woman says leads me to believe she's throwing the election to Scott Walker.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10849306 (Burke's top political advisor in bed with Scott Walker)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/108411604 (Burke: I'm a "fiscal conservative")

http://www.democraticunderground.com/108411563 (Burke praises Scott Walker's Act 10 budget)

"He took his 11-year-old daughter to the neighborhood pool, gave her a loaded .22 for protection..."

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/07/daniel-zimmerman/irresponsible-gun-owner-day-john-ruiz/#more-327325

Every parent runs into the problem: what to do with your wee bairn if you have to run out unexpectedly. So when John Ruiz of Albuquerque needed an emergency tattoo, he did what he had to do. He took his 11-year-old daughter to the neighborhood pool, gave her a loaded .22 for protection and left her there. A neighborhood mom noticed the girl with the gat and called the local 5-0 . . .

Apparently it was just a momentary lapse on Ruiz’s part, though. As he told a reporter, “You guys don’t know about harassment or anything else. We’re good people, I don’t know what to tell you. I made a mistake, that’s it.” He’s been charged with child endangerment and is currently out on bail.

Maybe next time he feels the need for ink, he’ll let her play by the side of an interstate with his shiny new IGOTD trophy. That should entertain her for a while.



IGOTD = Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.

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Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different From Everyone Else's

http://mic.com/articles/92253/science-reveals-how-the-brains-of-social-justice-activists-are-different-from-everyone-else-s

The news: People who are more sensitive to the ideas of fairness and equity are driven by reason, not just passion, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. For decades, social science researchers have focused on the role of emotion in activist movements. A 1996 study of the 1960s civil rights movement, for example, examined how Freedom Riders used songs and speeches to express anger, sadness and frustration and to encourage others to become involved in the movement on an emotional basis. Similarly, New York University sociologist Jeff Goodwin wrote in his 2001 book on the subject that animal rights supporters "describe their journey into activism in terms of their emotional attachment to animals."

As it turns out, when people who are more responsive to injustice see things happen that they find morally wrong, such as abuse or race-based inequality, their minds respond by accessing the sections of the brain responsible for logic and reasoning. When they view examples of people acting morally just, such as giving equal rights to a marginalized group or protecting animals from harm, their brains respond in the same way.

The details: A team of researchers led by University of Chicago neuroscientist Jean Decety monitored participants' brain activity using an fMRI while they watched videos of people exhibiting morally good or bad behavior. One of the clips showed someone putting money in a beggar's cup, for example, while another showed someone violently kicking the cup away. Those who said they felt more emotionally triggered by the action on the screen also exhibited more action in the areas of their brain associated with planning, organizing and logical thinking.

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Why it matters: The research suggests that human rights and environmentalist organizations could get more public support by appealing to people's sense of logic and reason rather than to their emotions. Efforts to combat global warming, for example, saw a surge in public support after scientists and statisticians began publishing data about how much sea levels and temperatures would rise instead of sad polar bears on a floating iceberg.



I disagree that we could win more people over by appealing to logic and reason rather than to emotions. I believe it has to be both. Drew Weston's "The Political Brain" is an excellent resource for understanding this. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn how to win elections - and why Democratic candidates have lost past elections when failing to make such appeals.

http://www.thepoliticalbrain.com/videos.php

The Political Brain is a ground-breaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation by Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University. Westen shows how politicians can capture the hearts and minds of the electorate through examples of what candidates have said—or could have said—in debates, speeches, and ads.

The Political Brain shows how a different view of the mind and brain leads to a different way of talking with voters about issues that have tied the tongues of Democrats for much of forty years—such as abortion, guns, taxes, and race. You can’t change the structure of the brain. But you can change the way you appeal to it.

“Drew Westen is a must read and must hear for any Democrat… In 2008 we will win the presidency if our candidate reads and acts on this book.”
—Howard Dean, Chairman, Democratic Party

The difference between DU and Discussionist is obvious this week.

No one on DU is arguing that the Hobby Lobby decision is good for women.

No one on DU has used this issue to call Sandra Fluke a man-hater.










I've yet to encounter any blog that allows conservatives to participate that isn't awash in raw sewage.

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7%, Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio




"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more. Its estimated 93% won't forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title '7%'."

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all through our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you want

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Ever hear of a compulsive liar? How about a compulsive cheat? (X-Post from GD)

Past Road’s End, Democrats Dig for Native Votes

Given the sovereign rights of Native Americans, I can see the GOP suing that Native Americans aren't citizens and therefore have no right to vote!



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/us/past-roads-end-democrats-dig-for-native-votes.html?_r=0

Unlikely as it may seem, Democrats consider tiny tribal villages like this one — about 60 miles upriver from the Bering Sea, with a population a little over 400 — so vital to their tenuous majority in the United States Senate that they are building a vast outreach operation here and across rural Alaska. Native populations are one of the most important but least understood constituencies for the Democratic Party, and as Alaska has shown, they do not predictably break for one party or the other.

Six years ago, their support made all the difference for Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat who persuaded the tribes to vote for him over Ted Stevens. Mr. Stevens, the incumbent, was a towering figure among Alaska Natives until his legal troubles proved too much to overcome.

This year, Democrats are redoubling their outreach, knowing that just a few votes in a few small villages could tip the balance of Mr. Begich’s re-election bid, and possibly the entire Senate. The effort, like a similar one aimed at Native Americans in Montana, will involve 130 workers in five new field offices spread out across a land mass roughly twice the size of Texas — from here in the state’s southwest to north of the Arctic Circle.

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Beyond Alaska, Democrats are hitting the ground again in Montana, where Native Americans make up 6.5 percent of the voting-age population, or 50,000 people. A good response there could help improve Senator John Walsh’s tough odds in turning his temporary Senate appointment this year into a full term. (He replaced Max Baucus, who is now the ambassador to China.) Democrats plan to have field offices on or near all seven of Montana’s reservations. The week after Mr. Walsh was sworn in, he visited six of those reservations.
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