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Founded in 2003, BOR is the most widely read progressive blog in Texas, and one of the biggest progressive state-level blogs in the country. Staff members have gone on to work in the Legislature, manage political campaigns, and make an impact across Texas. Any and all interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

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I hate bringing y'all news that just confirms the worst stereotypes of Texans.

Today, Burnt Orange Report received a photo, reproduced below the jump, of an empty chair "lynched" from a tree in a Republican's yard. One can easily interpret the display to represent a racially motivated act of violence against the President.

This was in front of a home in Northwest Austin, usually thought of as a liberal enclave in big red Texas. Now, one could easily argue "it's just a chair, what's the big deal? That's not racist!"

Take a look below the jump, and find out what the homeowner had to say when I called him to ask him about his display.

[Originally posted on Burnt Orange Report]

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This diary is part of a 24-hour blograiser for our Texas State Board of Education Candidates, Judy Jennings and Rebecca Bell-Metereau.

Before I worked full-time on campaigns, I taught undergraduates at the University of Texas as part of my PhD studies. I had attended an excellent public school system in New Jersey, one that worked hard to prepare me for college and career options. So to be confronted with many students that were talented enough on a local level to enroll in their state’s flagship public instutition, students that were mostly in the top 5% or 10% of their graduating class, yet were utterly unprepared to handle the most basic academic pursuits was shocking. Students who were so unprepared by their high schools that the task of bringing them up to speed—enabling them to achieve their full intellectual potential—seemed at best a herculean effort that a Teaching Assistant with a full course load and 60 students a semester could hardly take on.

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From a friend helping the Coakley campaign, there is an URGENT need for canvassers in MA to flush out those last voters tonight. If you are in or near MA, please get to a staging location listed below.

Do you have a car? You are needed to drive voters to the polls.

Can you knock doors? You are needed to knock doors ASAP.

Info is below. If you are in MA, please get out there and help. It's urgent, and with only 4 hours to go, every vote is critical.


So for anyone reading this in MA right now wondering what's going on and looking for the latest update, here is your update:

You are needed to knock on doors!

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Updated 1.18.10 at 10:16 a.m. CST

The biggest need by the Martha Coakley campaign is in-person volunteers in MA helping to knock on doors and make calls from the office.

Right now, we need to put our policy differences and attitudes about Obama aside, and protect Teddy Kennedy's seat.

We can provide the grassroots support so badly needed in Massachusetts right now. So if you can go to Massachusetts in the next three days, this diary is to help you facilitate travel arrangements and logistics once there.

Can you go to Massachusetts for one day before Tuesday? Can you help someone get there? See the diary below.

(I am just a volunteer; I have a lot of experience coordinating out-of-state volunteers.)  

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This is a story about an ordinary person who did an extraordinary thing: beat back a "Guns in Schools" bill here in Texas that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons in college classrooms. It’s also a story about how a personal tragedy was turned into a tremendous call to action, with remarkable results.

It’s kind of long, but I hope y’all will read it, and think about how if someone really cares about an issue, oftentimes the only real solution is to stand up and do something about it.

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As y'all may have heard, we had a bit of a health care rally down here in Austin this past weekend. My most excellent Congressperson, Lloyd Doggett, came out, as did two thousand of our neighbors from across Central Texas. We came to stand up for health care reform, and were rewarded with our Congressperson's unwavering commitment to Obama's three principles of health insurance reform, including a strong public option!

Oh, maybe 50 teabaggers came too. They get a lot of attention--they carry about two signs per person--but as Lloyd Doggett said, "all they're brewing is some pretty weak tea."

Join me for a hot afternoon in Austin, Texas below the jump, and find out how you can do the same in your community!

Want to keep up with events like these? Please join our GoogleGroup Netroots for Healthcare.

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In eight days the Congressional district working period ends and our representatives head back to DC to determine the fate of health care reform. We need to stand up and be counted, get out there and show our support for real reform. We all know that America can't wait another 20 years for reform. This is our chance, and we need to stand up for people, and make sure our voices are louder than the insurance companies and crazy town-hall shriekers.

But we can't just sit around and wait for other people to do it for us.

If you do ONLY ONE THING for health care reform this summer, you need to GET OUT THERE and attend a rally!

Follow me below for events near you and find out how you can stand up and be counted in support of real health care reform!

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With only twelve days left in the Congressional district work period, we all need to stand up and be counted in favor of real health care reform!

Every day until September 4, when our Congresspeople wrap up their work in the district and head back to DC, a group of activisty Kossacks are counting down to the deadline and telling you how to go out there and get involved!

If you do ONLY ONE THING for health care reform this summer, you need to attend a rally.

There are town halls, HCAN rallies, OFA events and more. Click below to find out how you can show up in favor of real reform in your area!

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Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThere are only fourteen days left until the end of the Congressional district work period, when our Representatives visit with constituents, listen to their concerns, and--as of late--get mobbed by anti-health care shriekers. After that, it's back to D.C. for the votes that will determine not only the outcome of health care reform, but whether President Obama will build the momentum to continue with his legislative agenda.

If you do ONLY ONE THING for health care reform this summer, you need to attend a rally.

To help keep track of all of the ongoing events in support of health care reform, some of my fellow DailyKos diarists and activists will be posting a daily listing of events and places to go to show your support for health care reform. We'll also share photos from these events. Join us below for more information!

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The right-wing is at it again, fighting health-insurance reform with a fake robocall designed to dissuade support for President Obama's plan. Health insurance reform is too important for the American people, and we can't let this happen. Luckily, there's something that each of us can do to help.

Here's the story. Last night while making phone calls at the Organizing for America office here in Austin, a volunteer spoke with an area citizen who had received an erroneous robocall against Barack Obama's health insurance reform plan. First, the call asked if the respondent was a registered voter, then if the respondent was pro-life. The call then went on to state that Barack Obama's health plan would spend federal money on abortion. (This is not true: debunked below.)

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Greetings from Pittsburgh!

I'm here at Netroots Nation in Room 301/302 with your fellow Kossacks casperr, femlaw and Populista, along with Sean Quinn of FiveThirtyEight, and Jeremy Bird, Deputy Director of Organizing for America. We're here to discuss the importance of collaboration between blogging and field organizing.

Join us below for information about how YOU can follow along!

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