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Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:32 PM PST

Fighting Karl's army, one voter at a time

by xian

I don't usually write diaries (I usually post my stuff to edgewise, a political blog I write along with cecil vortex - who does post diaries here more often - and a few other folks, but I thought a little update on my weekend GOTV efforts might be welcome.

All weekend I've been volunteering time for the local Oakland Call for Change phone banking effort sponsored and managed by MoveOn.org. What I've seen so far is a brilliant experiment in managed chaos, as the volunteers take shifts calling other callers to get them to commit and then confirm their commitment to call from home using the awesome web interface or go to house parties to make their calls in a more social setting.

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The Democrats are going to gain how many seats in the House?

22%2 votes
0%0 votes
22%2 votes
33%3 votes
22%2 votes

| 9 votes | Vote | Results

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Sat Nov 06, 2004 at 06:46 PM PST

What do Democrats stand for?

by xian

I suspect that we (Democrats) don't have an organizing principle but instead a motley set of strongly felt ideals. Because of this, we are rarely able or willing to sacrifice specific issues because we don't have a common goal (aside from opposing Republicans) that we are all willing to sacrifice to achieve.

What is the organizing principle of the party? Social justice? Economic fairness? Liberty? Peace? I'm not sure we'd all agree.

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What most unites Democrats?

0%0 votes
9%2 votes
33%7 votes
9%2 votes
0%0 votes
14%3 votes
9%2 votes
4%1 votes
0%0 votes
4%1 votes
9%2 votes
4%1 votes

| 21 votes | Vote | Results

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Tue Nov 02, 2004 at 04:18 PM PST

Personal Democracy blogging election day

by xian

Over at Personal Democracy Forum we're keeping an eye on election day, particularly aspects of the story that have to do with blogs, technology, collaborative media, community sites (I'm on the Kos beat of course), and so on.

Please drop by and comment if you've got the time and want to look at the day's news from a slightly different frame from your usual news site.

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Tue Nov 02, 2004 at 10:28 AM PST

Large turnout in California (East Bay)

by xian

Here in one of the bluest congressional districts (Barbara Lee's) in the bluest region (the Bay Area) of one of the bluest states (California) the poll worker at my voting location told me that the early morning pre-work hours the crowds waiting to vote were huge, with long lines and a lot of patience to go around.

I think this is telling. We know we aren't swinging this election but we are all fired up to be counted. In a day of anecdotal evidence about voter turnout, I thought I'd add my two cents here.

Let's win this for Kerry.

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Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 02:11 PM PDT

Kos profiled at Personal Democracy Forum

by xian

Personal Democracy Forum (disclosure: a site for which I am a contributing editor) has just published a feature that profiles Markos as a sort of cyber- political boss. The article also describes how this site works and quotes a number of old-school political operatives who are uncomfortable with Kos's power and what they see as his unaccountability.

The article is linked with a teaser on the main PDF page and the permalink for the whole article below the fold is The Daily Kos: Political Machine 2.0

Apologies if this has already been diaried here. I didn't see it in the recent or recommended diaries and I think it's worth reading and discussing, either (or both) here or at the PDF site (which requires free registration, as it runs on Drupal).

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Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 08:16 PM PDT

Freep this poll!

by xian

Wow, Bush is winning the LGF poll! I wonder who would win the same poll if it were posted here? Bring 'em on.
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Who won the third debate?

1%1 votes
96%52 votes
1%1 votes

| 54 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Oct 08, 2004 at 07:12 PM PDT

I'm liveblogging this debate too

by xian

Posting my comments and those from a couple of online chats over at Edgewise.
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Tue Oct 05, 2004 at 07:04 PM PDT

I'm liveblogging Cheney/Edwards

by xian

I was worried Cheney was doing too good, but Edwards has been getting in some good zingers in the last few rounds.

Did you know Cheney voted to starve old people and keep Nelson Mandela imprisoned?

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Mon Jul 26, 2004 at 05:49 PM PDT

I'm blogging the convention

by xian

Figured I should post the link here. You can find my view of the convention (from inside the hall) mostly at The Power of Many (with some geek stuff at Radio Free Blogistan and overt political opinions at Edgewise).
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Thu Feb 12, 2004 at 07:31 PM PST

Who will drop out next?

by xian

After Lieberman dropped, on Feb 4th I asked a simple question and the poll results were reasonably prescient. 146 Kossacks voted, and it came out like this:

Sharpton 3%
Kucinich 8%
Clark 55%
Dean 25%
Edwards 3%
Kerry 3%

Have it once again. It's still a simple question, right?

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Who will drop out next?

10%14 votes
2%4 votes
40%54 votes
21%29 votes
25%34 votes

| 135 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Feb 11, 2004 at 12:51 PM PST

Kerry fundraiser behind Osama ad

by xian

Apologies if fthis link is a repeat, but it appears that Robert Toricelli, among others, funded the Osama ads against Dean, according to this Washington Post article.
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Tue Feb 10, 2004 at 01:50 PM PST

Who ran the Osama ad against Dean?

by xian

I seem to recall that we were supposed to have access to financial disclosure statements from Q4 2003 as of February 2 that promised to reveal the secret backers of the Osama ad that was run on TV against Dean last fall.

At the time there was rampant speculation, based partly on the presence of ex-Gephardt and ex-Kerry staffers at the nonprofit entity running the ads.

Has anyone done the legwork to track this down? Now that Gephardt has embraced Kerry, if those two really were behind the ad, I'd like to see that info come out. If not, it would be good to clear the air.

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