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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-27-10 07:45 AM
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We're down to the wire... so everyone please volunteer!
These last few days could make all the difference, so please everyone, donate and volunteer as much as you can.

I signed up for phone banking Saturday Sunday Monday and I'm taking Tuesday off.

I signed up for 2 four hour shifts of getting out the vote - there are thousands of votes for Democrats here in Madison and we're not going to miss any of them because somebody forgot or didn't know where to go or how to register or didn't have a ride!

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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 11:59 AM
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1. Dems bank on strength getting voters to polls
MADISON Republicans within sight of major victories in Wisconsin are confronting what has historically been the weakest part of their system: getting their voters to the polls. For months, Republican candidates have worked to convert the volatile political climate in the state into a groundswell of support for nominees promising to change government. Polls indicate the effort, honed by a sophisticated media campaign, has made a lot of headway. But now organizers are focusing on the disparity between the large and well-tested Democratic turnout machine and the lesser operation theyve been trying to improve.

I think we may still be outperformed by the Democrats because theyre masters at it, said Bill Wendle, 60, an unemployed former executive whos volunteering to get-out-the-vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker. Theyve done a good job. You have to admire them for that. One question revolves around how much help tea party supporters provide. Tim Dake, organizer of the Milwaukee-based tea party group the GrandSons of Liberty, said about 20 volunteers started making phone calls Sunday off a list provided by American Majority, a Virginia-based group that trains conservative activists and candidates.

Dake said he hoped to contact thousands of voters before the election, but hes being realistic about how effective it will be. I dont know how big of an impact it will be, Dake said. Frankly, for us this is a learning experience for 2012. The turnout battle will be the last stage of a midterm campaign that already seems to be momentous, and may help determine whether one side takes full advantage of an opportunity, and another averts disaster.

Polls show Republican candidates including Scott Walker for governor and Ron Johnson for Senate leading democratic challengers Tom Barrett and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. Republicans also hope to pick up seats in congressional races and possibly take control of the Legislature. Republican leaders have said they plan to make about 3 million telephone calls to voters before the election and their efforts to get-out-the-vote have already surpassed what was done in 2008.

Last weekend more than 2,200 Democratic volunteers contacted more than 100,000 voters in Wisconsin, said state party chairman Mike Tate. The weekend before the election Democrats plan to have more than 4,000 volunteers on the streets to knock on 900,000 doors and place more than 1 million phone calls, Tate said. Speaking to the strength and breadth of their operations, Democrats have 50 field offices, 12 on college campuses, and 194 paid field operators, Tate said.

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/a...

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I just voted. Nice sized crowd, and in Madison you know that's good for our side :patriot:
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-31-10 09:14 AM
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3. "unemployed executive" at 60 years old. And he thinks this economy/party
will give him a job? Whatever. If even the media will print this story, then we must be doing something right.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-10 05:31 PM
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2. Pounded pavement today. More tomorrow with family in tow
And I just realized I don't work on Monday...more?
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-31-10 10:17 AM
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4. There are volunteer shifts now through Tuesday 8pm
except no calls during the Packer game. I'm making a work day of the election on Tuesday. Wouldn't be able to focus if I were at work anyway!
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