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On behalf of Team Courage, and from the bottom of my own heart, I want to say THANK YOU to the blogosphere, the Netroots, and all of the voters who helped me win another online victory yesterday. At 7:01 p.m. EST, we learned that we were one of the three winners in John Kerry's PAC's "3 at the Buzzer" poll. Along with my fine Democratic colleagues, Senate candidate Jim Webb and congressional candidate Dan Seals, we are honored to have garnered the most online votes in the field of 17 Netroots candidates, terrific challengers all.

The prize is to be featured in Sen. Kerry's final fundraising email of this election season. With more than 3 million email recipients in his list, Sen. Kerry can give us a major boost at this critical point in the campaign.

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Today, Labor Day 2006, American working families are struggling because the Bush White House and the most corrupt Congress in history have failed to keep their promises to the American people. They have broken their "Contract with America," and the basic promises of the American dream, the values we all share, are not being honored: honesty and integrity in our government, economic prosperity, a health care system that works for everyone, fiscal responsibility, and a strong public education system. I am totally committed to taking the bold steps necessary so that Texas working families can live the dream and see the promises fulfilled that are the heart of our democracy. Together we can stand for honesty, hard work, respect, and opportunity for all Americans. Together, working families in Texas can do better.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 08:33 AM PDT

I'm No Chicken Little!

by John Courage for TX 21

When you can keep your head while all around you are losing theirs, that takes courage. When all these redistricting plans keep falling from upon high on our campaign you might expect that we would be running around saying "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" ---Well I'm no Chicken Little!

We entered this race to restore honesty, integrity and common sense back to Congress, and to restore the checks and balances provided by our Constitution, so sorely missing in Washington. I committed to defeating an incumbent rubberstamp Republican and that commitment has not changed. I will chase Lamar Smith all over Texas if I have to....

We remain as committed, even more so, than we were a year ago when we began this campaign, and I'm not quitting until the last vote is counted! Democratically yours,  John C."

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Crossposted at MyDD , SquareState, Burnt Orange Report, and TexasKos (If you agree with our message of unity, please consider recommending this diary. Thanks! We will be liveblogging here at DailyKos at 10:30 a.m. CST/9:30 a.m. MST. We hope you will join us! --John and Bill)

Dear Governor Warner,

We were both very honored and excited to be a part of your Mapchangers contest throughout the past several weeks. The netroots community and all of the campaigns involved have appreciated your support of the grassroots--giving candidates a chance to be seen on the national picture, bringing attention to our respective fights against Lamar Smith and Tom Tancredo, and overall just giving us a boost in general.

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Should Governor Warner visit both states?

95%305 votes
4%14 votes

| 319 votes | Vote | Results

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(Crossposted at MyDD)

I am overwhelmed by the amount of support that our campaign has been shown by you, the netroots. We were very honored to be named the newest netroots endorsed candidate, but we couldn't have imagined that in one day (with hours still left to go) we would have received over 230 individual contributions from this community.

It is also very exciting to be able to bring attention to a part of the country that a lot of Americans assume does not have many Democrats fighting, and I can assure you that we have plenty of dedicated individuals ready and willing to do what it takes to retake the United States House.

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Are you with me?

100%19 votes

| 19 votes | Vote | Results

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(Crossposted at MyDD, Burnt Orange Report, and Texas Kos--please recommend if you like what you read. Thanks.)

It's been an exciting last few months. I have been working very hard to get support in my bid to defeat Lamar Smith and bring a real voice for positive change to Texas Congressional District 21. Thanks to you, the netroots, I have been honored by becoming your Democracy for America Grassroots All-Star and your Senator Feingold Progressive Patriot.

Now I am on the threshold of getting into the final round of Governor Mark Warner's Mapchanger contest, with just a few hours left to vote, and I wanted to let you know about our campaign and what we have been up to down here in Central Texas.

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Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 10:25 AM PDT

A Texas 'Triple Crown'

by John Courage for TX 21

It has been 9 months since I was honored by DFA members around the country and was elected as DFA's first Grassroots All-Star.

It was gratifying to know that thousands of DFA members, friends, and supporters from all over the country were interested in and committed to helping us win this campaign.

Several months later, I became Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriot and you helped catapult me to becoming the netroots candidate of Texas. This victory helped with thousands of dollars--money that has been helpful in telling my district that there are other options besides Tom DeLay's shadow.

The commitment of our campaign in the 21st District of Texas is to restore honesty and integrity to government; to preserve and protect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our civil liberties and privacy. We continue to fight for services and investments in our children, our seniors, our working families and our veterans. We, like many other campaigns, are committed to a better America and a better world free of fear, hunger, poverty, strife and war.

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 at 09:20 AM PDT

Make Me a Mapchanger

by John Courage for TX 21

Your votes and hard work helped me become Democracy for America's first Grassroots All-Star, as well as Russ Feingold's first Progressive Patriot, and now I need your support one more time. 

You can help me advance to the next phase of Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC Mapchangers competition.

Our work is not finished.  In this stage of the contest, the top 5 vote-getters in a field of 20 receive $5,000 per campaign, and then go on to compete for the grand prize of a fundraiser with Governor Mark Warner.

Right now, I am on the cusp of earning $5,000. Voting for me as your first-choice candidate will push me over the edge and double the amount of money Texas campaigns take home. By voting "Straight Ticket Texan" with me as your first choice, you can help bring not only $5,000 to Team Courage, but you can also send $25,000 to Texas, which in turn help candidates on the statewide level due to money being spent locally. 

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Monday morning, the Team Courage Truth Squad gathered outside City Hall in Austin, TX as Lamar Smith held a press conference touting himself as an environmentalist.

The truth is that Smith has never supported the environment, and has been to the right of his party.  In 2005, Smith received ratings of "zero" from the League of Conservation Voters, The Texas Environmental Watch Alliance, and The Sierra Club.  Now, with a tough challenger who is clearly dedicated to working for the environment, Smith is trying to fool Austin voters into believing he supports the environment as well.  Not only is Smith's act dishonest, but it's degrading to Austin voters.  

The Truth Squad stole the story on Austin's local KVUE TV, with their message setting the frame for the entire piece.  The story highlighted Smith's poor environmental record, and even included an interview with campaign director Nick Lawrie, who commented that Smith's pandering was "too little, too late."

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Now is the time for all good bloggers to come to the aid of their party!

It's Primary Election eve in Texas and several of us Democratic Vets Campaigning for Congress have been beating the bushes (The BUSH's) the last few days getting the Democrats excited for the election. I'm excited particularly for my friend Ciro Rodriguez. I hope this will be a new beginning for the Democrats in TX-28. Also yesterday I had the privilege of campaigning with Rick Bolanos one of the original Band of Brothers that campaigned so vigorously for John Kerry in '04. Rick is a real Patriot, not a Chicken-Hawk like his opponent Henry Bonilla. We need to get Rick into Congress along with Ciro and myself of course and then together with Charlie Gonzales the citizens of San Antonio and Bexar County will have true representation in Congress. And our Veterans from Austin to El Paso to the Valley can count on Congress keeping it's pledge to our brave service men and women!

John Courage TX-21

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