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Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 01:21 AM PST

F the CW

by azpoljunkie

Look, here's what happened in Massachusetts: a lot of Republicans voted, a lot of Democrats didn't.  Why did this happen?  There are myriad reasons, and I'll explore them below the fold.  Before you all start accusing me of "circular firing squad" or playing the "blame game", I want to state that nobody is blameless here, but we need to look back and see what the causes are so we can move forward with a plan that addresses these causes and prevents future losses.

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 01:04 AM PDT

Why I'm Joining ACORN

by azpoljunkie

I have two degrees from the University of Arizona (Political Science and Entrepreneurship).  This isn't to toot my own horn, it's to say that had I wanted to, I could've gone any number of ways after college (graduated in 1998).  As it is, I thrashed around for a bit working part time jobs and cobbling together a meager income before getting very active in politics just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  As the plans for war were being rolled out, my girlfriend and I were rolling out a plan of our own to walk to D.C. in protest of the invasion.  We returned in the chaos of the nascent occupation, amongst the vile defiling of Iraq's, nay, the world's, historic national treasures to the chaos of a presidential campaign, a Peace Movement in shock and awe, and a world reeling from the disaster in Iraq.  This is the environment in which I began my relationship with ACORN.

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Today the New York Times has a story titled Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners.  It highlights that Chairman Martin plans to bring a further consolidation plan to a vote by the end of the year.  As I said here, this is to avoid election season.  And though the dates are not officially set yet, I've been hearing that the last of the Localism hearings will be on Oct 31 in Washington DC and the last of the Consolidation hearings will be on Nov 2 in Seattle.  These dates are tentative until we get official word from the FCC.

These new rules would allow one company in a market like Portland, OR. to own the daily newspaper, 3 television stations, 8 radio stations, the cable provider and the largest internet provider.  You think we've got "Fair and Balanced" now?!  Action and explanation below.

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The FCC chairman is planning to announce a new media consolidation proposal soon.  This will not be as sweeping as the previous one that was beat back in congress, but it will try to allow consolidation of newspaper and radio ownership.  There will be a short (3 week?) period for comment.  There is an FCC public hearing in Seattle on November 2, so time to come out and show our power again.  Write your Senators and Members of Congress AND the FCC commissioners and tell them that media consolidation is hurting the quality of information you get.  If you're in Seattle or within a drive, plan to head up to the hearing on November 2 to voice your displeasure.

How do I know?  I was in the room with a source very very high up at the FCC.

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Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 09:20 PM PDT

They're not scared. Yet.

by azpoljunkie

Scared?  Are you kidding me?  There are a few thousand of us, maybe a few hundred thousand...so?  Why should they be so scared of the "unwashed masses" of us when there are so many more of the "brainwashed masses" to rely on?  If there are 300,000 of us (I'm not sure what the figure is), that's a huge amount, but we're really less then 1% of the population.  There are still 25% of the population support Bush and probably more than a few who would love to pick up a gun and shoot you and I.  Why would they be scared of us when we type our little manifestos on our computers in the comfort of our homes or offices?  What are we doing to actually scare them?

Yeah, we're starting to have some impact on elections, bully for us!  What impact are we having?  We've gotten more Dems elected and that's a start, but how many of us are willing to actually do something?  Scared...please.

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Is it time to make a D-Kos Action site?

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Dear Cindy Sheehan,

In February 2003 my girlfriend and I left Tucson, Arizona and led a war protest/peace march to Washington DC.  As we trekked through America spreading our message of non-voilence, we came up against exactly what you have voiced here.  We hoped to prevent the war, then stop the war, then end the occupation...none of which happened.  We hoped to attract media attention to our cause; that turned out to be a joke.  We hoped to grow our march and end in DC with a large group demanding that we not go to/end this war/occupation; I was foolish and idealistic.

This experience has left us both radicalized and somewhat bitter.  It has transformed our lives with the knowledge we gained.  It has opened our eyes and our mind to the atrocities that are committed in our names every day around the world.  For a while it was horribly deflating upon the evaluation that we had done all this work (such a drop in the bucket by comparison to you) and changed nothing.

When all was said and done, after much reflection and conversation, we came to realize that if we do not continue the struggle, if we just run away, we lose.  The odds are insurmountable, but what other option do we have?

It is why I organize.

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Just a question.  Who ever said that it was necessary to pass an Iraq supplemental?  It seems all this talk of timelines and deadlines and the like is only creating more dead people on a quick timeline.  If congress has the power of the purse, why not just REFUSE to pass a bill?

Mr. President, you've had your opportunity and you chose to veto the bill.  We've done our part, we support the troops, we passed a funding bill, you chose to abandon our troops by vetoing their funding.  Well, now we need to call for their rapid redeployment from Iraq as there will be no funding for the continued occupation in Iraq.

Isn't this what Dems were elected for?  Didn't we, the people, call for a little backbone?  Didn't we ask those running to stand up to the bullies in the White House and have resolve to end this occupation?

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Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 09:38 PM PST

Speaking of Redistricting...

by azpoljunkie

Although the next census won't be until 2010, and the next redistricting (unless your in Texas) won't be until 2012, I thought it would be nice to know what's going on in our state houses.  Does anyone know?

I've don't the tallying in AZ and the Dems have picked up a few seats in both the Senate and the House.  We have successfully prevented the Republicans from getting a 2/3rds majority that could override Governor Napalitano's veto.  We're at 12 seats of 30 in the Senate and 26 seats of 60 in the house.

In AZ we've got an "independent redistricting" commission, though I'm not sure how it works.  Anyhow, imput from others is definately welcome.  Thanks!

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I got back earlier today from a week long vacation in Northern Arizona to find a ton of mail in my mailbox.  Amongst the bills and junk mail (a lot of political junk mail), there were two interesting pieces.  One was then invitation to my brother's wedding.  The other was a square shaped piece from the Jeff Latas for Congress campaign.

It was clearly a DVD, so I opened it and popped it in to find a killer video!  The packaging was slick and attention grabbing.  This could be the impetus for an upset here in S. AZ.  More below the fold.

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Do you think the DVD mailer will swing the election?

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Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 01:00 PM PDT

Ideas + Backbone = Victory

by azpoljunkie

Have you ever thought about what policies you would like to see implemented in America?  What you would do if you were in Congress?  What you would do if you could be a voice for change within the system?

Of course you have, that's why you're here!

I learned early in this election season that the establishment darling in AZ-08 hasn't.

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Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 02:56 PM PDT

A View from On the Border

by azpoljunkie

Here I sit in Tucson, 60 miles from Mexico, +100 degrees with chance of showers building later in the day.  It is monsoon season in the old pueblo and as our streets and riverbeds fill up with water, a flood of unknown immigrants enter our southern border each day.  Hundreds die each year, thousands survive the trek and make it into our cities. They have pooled into an hidden underclass of cheap labor.

I hear it every day with varying degrees of concern for and racism against these immigrants from Mexico and Latin America; the usual cry to build a wall and send them home. You out there in the Kos community would probably think I'm kidding when I tell you that it comes from all sides, Republicans and Democrats...even those calling themselves 'progressive'.

I've heard a lot about the problem.  We in Southern Arizona live with it every day. Now it is time to think about real solutions.

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With his recent National PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) and DFATucson (Democracy for America) endorsements, it is time for the netroots to step up and back this Fighting Dem!  From my view on the ground, this race is a three way and Jeff Latas is the most progressive of the bunch, leading the opinions and ideas of this race.  All the other Democrats have followed his lead on every issue from Iraq to Iran to firing Rumsfeld to Immigration Policy to Healthcare and on and on.  It is time for us to make a difference and support a candidate with the backbone, integrity and fight to beat back any Republican in the general election.

This race is of national significance and it is one in which the netroots can make the difference between a nominal `conservative' Democrat and a true progressive.  It is one in which we can push for our values and get someone who will support those things we truly care about, Single Payer Universal Health Care, Ending the Occupation of Iraq and Promoting Clean Energy.  Lets get on board and make the difference.  

Why we should below the fold...

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Should we support this Fighting Dem?

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