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Geek_Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:26 PM
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I think Democrats a have a great opportunity to take back Congress in 2006
Looking at the numbers from this poll and other polls from
PollingReport.com The democrats are in a very good position to take back the congress in '06. They are gaining public support and I believe, Americans are starting to pay attention because democrats are taking a stronger stand.


Republican Democrat Other (vol.) Unsure

7/19-25/05 41 48 2 9
6/20-26/05 43 48 1 8
5/17-23/05 43 48 1 8
4/13-19/05 42 47 1 10
3/15-21/05 45 46 1 9
2/13-17/05 44 46 1 10
1/16-20/05 43 48 2 8

The liberal/progressive community certainly has a lot of work to do to make this happen. So today I'm writing an LTE to point out that the republican controlled congress and the republican representatives overwhelmingly supported CAFTA which is not in the American middle class best interest. I urge everyone to write at least one LTE today and express your views.


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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:27 PM
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1. Well, the 15 Democratic senators and the defectors in the House
mean that CAFTA won't be a campaign issue. Thanks guys.
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Geek_Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:34 PM
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8. I disagree
But I suppose it would depend on whether or not your Representative voted for it.

I think the fact that only 15 dems voted for it shows that our party is still overwhelming pro-labor. We need to make sure that Americans know this and we need to encourage them to vote their own interest.
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safi0 Donating Member (993 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:44 PM
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14. I agree
One senate race where CAFTA could be a huge issue is Ohio. Ohio has lost a lot of manufacturing jobs and Dewine voted for CAFTA. Of Schumer and the DSCC is successful and Sherrod Brown enters that race I wouldn't be surprised to see him make CAFTA the cornerstone of his campaign, because like I said Dewine voted for it and Brown practically lead the opposition to it in the house
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:41 PM
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10. make it a campaign issue anyway
Blow those retards away with "You voted for CAFTA. FOAD. Next Democrat!" in the primaries. The ones you can't convince to resign immediately, anyway.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:43 PM
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13. I agree. The Democrats that supported this need to be held accountable.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:27 PM
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2. 2006 elections
NOT if we still have electronic voting machines

We MUST get rid of them.....all of them
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:28 PM
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3. As usual - those dam undecideds!
They could change the outcome either way.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:28 PM
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4. Don't forget we are up against Diebold.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:43 PM
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12. Exactly. We need to watch the results in the Diebols states very
carefully. And we need to fight this atrocious "voting system" that has been foisted on us.

http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm
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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:29 PM
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5. Doesn't help when the only democrat from our state
votes FOR Cafta. We can't change the idea that a democrat is just a republican that won't fight to end abortion and wants gay rights. And hey, what can I say, that looks like the truth to me lately.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:42 PM
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11. call for immediate resignation, kick them out in the primaries
No excuses for CAFTA. If they voted for it, make it clear you want them gone.
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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:49 PM
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16. I wrote him a nasty letter
I said I would never vote for him again and told him exactly why. If you won't help me, I won't help you.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:56 PM
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18. I'd have thrown in a demand for immediate resignation
That is, in addition to the obvious harangue.
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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:29 PM
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6. How about LTTE about "Dr" Frist blocking the stem cell vote?
I think REAL stem cell research is an issue most Americans support.
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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:32 PM
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7. I don't think people will vote on that
OK, maybe Michael J. Fox's wife . . . . . . . .
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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:39 PM
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9. Really? In my corner of the world....
Anti-science/anti-medicine voting raises the hackles of Republicans and Democrats alike. The illogical and unscientific rhetoric surrounding the Schiavo circus was/is a BIG issue. And because I'm in PA, there is a huge contrast between Specter (major supporter of the stem cell bill) and Santorum (take a guess where he stands :eyes: )
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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:47 PM
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15. If you want to expand it to paint them as anti-science
then yes, I agree that can be a good issue. I think it makes them look foolish. Right to die, stem cells and teaching science instead of Genesis in schools, I think these can be good issues if you tie them all together. Taken alone they probably are not enough to tip the scales one way or another.
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BurgherHoldtheLies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 12:54 PM
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17. Yes, I mean it in the broader context of anti-science
I think it is easy for the Democrats to make that case based on the actions taken under the Republican "trifecta". The legislation passed under this Republican POTUS with a Republican controlled congress and, soon to be, extreme right-wing SCOTUS, is clearly against advancement in science and medicine.

Left the Age of Reason
Returning to the Age of Superstition.
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pbartch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 01:45 PM
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19. I hope so....the Repuke scandals are making the news
My nephew just got laid off.....my other nephew could NOT get a loan to buy a house.

What has Bush done to help them????
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:06 PM
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20. The power and control of Congress lets the majority
If the Democrats take control of just one house of Congress in 2006, they will gain the powers of Congressional investigation the right to issue subpoenas to witnesses and for essential documents, and the right to require witnesses to testify under oath, which carries with it the threat of criminal conviction for perjury. And be assured, that should the Democrats take charge of congressional investigations, chaired by such prosecutorial hawks as Henry Waxman, John Conyers and Patrick Leahy, the worm-cans would be opened.

To be sure, Congressional Democrats have recently held unofficial hearings on the 2004 voting irregularities in Ohio, on The Downing Street Memos, on media reform, and on the Plame-Wilson-CIA scandal. But these have all been rather toothless affairs, boycotted by the Republicans, with all testimony volunteered and none under oath. Official Congressional investigations would be a whole nother story.

For there is good reason to suspect that the Bush Administration is less a government than it is a crime syndicate, which, thanks to a compliant Congress and Justice Department, has to date done its dirty work without fear of investigation or prosecution. Among the possible crimes that are crying for investigation: war profiteering, Congressional bribery and corruption, election fraud, war crimes, and of course the outing of a covert CIA operation -- and act which Bush's own father described as treasonous.

Accordingly, the loss of either house of Congress would not merely send the Busheviks back into private life: it might send many of them straight to federal prison. And the prospects for the GOP malefactors would be still worse if the Democrats reclaimed the White House in 2008, and with it the criminal investigation and prosecution powers of the Justice Department.

Nor is the threat of criminal prosecution the only concern. In addition, with a Democratic victory, the GOP oligarchs would have to give back the keys to the federal candy store. With a return to fiscal sanity, the super-wealthy might once again be required to pay a fair share of federal taxes. Legislation might be passed to cut back on corporate welfare, to further reform campaign financing, and to reduce the influence of the lobbyists. Furthermore, the corporate foxes would be chased out of the regulatory hen-houses the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, etc.-- thus restoring to these agencies their intended function of protecting the public interest.

In sum, from the point of view of the Republicans, continuing control of the Congress in 2006 and of the White House in 2008 is not simply desirable it is absolutely mandatory.
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From the article:http://www.crisispapers.org/essays-p/certainwin.htm

From the DU link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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What you can do:

If you live in a state or a district that uses paperless voting machines, and if there is statistical or other evidence of voting fraud, contact your state Attorney General or your local District Attorney and demand a criminal investigation.

As the 2006 election approaches, join the determined effort to abolish e-voting and to use paper ballots instead. Failing that, demand paper receipts from the e-voting machines. If, as is likely, e-voting and computer compilation remains in place, it is still possible to institute safeguards e.g., double-balloting, random inspection of touch-screen machines, and parallel compilation of regional votes. (For more details, see my "What Can We The People Do About Election Fraud?).

Insist on exit polling. If the RNC tries to put the exit polling companies out of business, set up alternative exit polls. Same with pre-election polls. It is not unlikely that established organizations such as Gallup will be corrupted and will put out fake figures. In that case, support and publicize the remaining honest polling organizations such as (presumably) Zogby.

A simple majority may not suffice in your district or state. Work relentlessly for a super-majority. If sufficiently large, the fixers might not dare to steal the election. Suppose, for example, that the imminently defeatable Rick Santorum were behind in the late polls by 65% to 35%. How would a surprise Santorum victory go down? Add this to several more surprises, resulting in continuing GOP control of Congress. Might it finally dawn on the US public that their trips to the polls are a waste of time, and that the election results are simply what the GOP want them to be? And might that public finally begin to see the 2002 and 2004 elections in a new light?

In general: Be on the alert for the aforementioned dramatic disruption of events and be prepared to exploit it quickly, decisively and intelligently. Better still, work to create that dramatic disruption.

Above all, remember: if things continue as they are, were cooked. The GOP will not be stopped. They count the votes. Simple as that.

We must see to it that things dont continue as they are.
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Beowulf Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:37 PM
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21. Make Delay a Big Issue
If I'm a Democrat running for congress, I run against Tom Delay. I dismiss any distance my opponent would attempt to create between him/her and Delay by mentioning the only vote that really counts in the House is the one that elects the leadership. Unless my opponent is willing to pledge he/she will not vote for Tom Delay, then none of the rest matters.

The BugMan is toxic. Make every Repub drink from the Bugman's poison.

In the Senate, same thing with Frist and Santorum. The polls show the public has lost faith in the Repubs, we run against that party, not their candidates.
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