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debsianben Donating Member (200 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:47 PM
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Green Out-Fundraises Dems in Michigan's 7th Congressional District
Extract: "In 2004, even with an open seat and a massive backlash against George W. Bush and the Republican Party's corporatist agenda, the best the Democratic Party can do is a triumvirate of candidates unable to out-raise the district's first-ever Green? What happened to the Michigan Democratic Party having a "laser beam" focused on this race? I guess the Democratic Party's star wars weaponry got misplaced along with Saddam's WMDs. "

Full Article at: http://www.jasonseagraves.com/campaign_journal/040718.h...
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:07 PM
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1. I would
LOVE to see Seagraves win this seat.
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-20-04 11:56 PM
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2. Pathetic
Wow. The Democratic party apparatus in that district sounds pretty pathetic. I would have no bones with voting Green in this race. Although I think that for most elections, especially the presidential election, I buy Howard Dean's logic about not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. I really believe that while far from perfect, a vote for John Kerry might actually save people's lives by blocking the very worst of the Republican agenda. An executive order to restore federal funding for stem cell research could pay off in developing treatments to save people's lives sooner rather than later. It's not inconceivable that the Bush administration might start yet another war in a second term, while setting Kerry's unfortunate attempts at hawkish posturing aside, it is much much less likely with Kerry. While he might have been spineless in his vote to authorize an what was an inevitable war with Bush in charge, there's no way Kerry would have launched this current war were he President. And Bush will be sure to do more little things in a second term like taking away heating assistance from low income people, something Molly Ivins traced to the deaths of poor elderly people in Bushwhacked. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that a couple Scalia clones appointed in a second Bush term might bring back the days of deadly back alley abortions in some states. Shit, it's not unimaginable to me that Bush might drop a tactical nuclear weapon on some country in a second term. Does that "scare" me into voting for Kerry? You're goddamn right it does.

I found this article about Maine's Progressive Caucus interesting. http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/789829...
Michigan Democrats need something like a progressive caucus. Maybe there already is one. The Dean campaign proved progressives can raise money. A progressive caucus could help liberal Democratic candidates like Seagraves (was) and maybe lessen the need for them to court complacent party hacks who don't care about anything than keeping their own power. It's understandable why this guy bolted for the Greens.



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Ruby Romaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 10:33 AM
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3. it's not too late to run for precinct delegate in August.
you need to go to local elections office to sign papers to be an official write-in candidate-
(this is to avoid people writing in Mickey Mouse etc)
you tell your friends & neighbors to write your name in & you just might win.
You can then do get out the vote activities in your precinct
& attend & vote in state & county conventions & help set policy & direction.
it's a 2 yr term
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 12:36 PM
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4. Already on the ballot
Edited on Wed Jul-21-04 12:37 PM by pse517
And guaranteed to get a spot (I think) since we can vote for two and only me and some other guy are on there.
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Ruby Romaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-21-04 01:17 PM
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5. there are there are plenty of precincts where there are more seats than
people running
- if you live in one of those & you get 1-3 write in votes -you could win!
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