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  •  ACTION!!! ACTION!!! ACTION (4.00)
    So, Kos, a front-page should go a long way for something like this, but it seems that DailyKos should be able to create a mobilization with guidance on how to fight last minute battles like this.  What are legal issues that can be raised?  What are press outlets that can handle this at last minute?  What are legal challenges that might be issued?  (Would it be a news item, perhaps, to have a formal complaint file with the U.S. Post Office for mail fraud?)  I am far from an expert in the legal particulars, but it seems certain to me that there are reasonable grounds for creating noise about 'illegal' election tactics.

    This was my post in MLK's diary, which was not front-paged but did make recommended late yesterday into Sunday morning:

    MLK --

    Thank you very much for calling attention to this. It was not until this morning that I realized that I had this dirty trick sitting in my recycling bin.  As I am aware exactly who I'm voting for, when it comes to "Democratic" mailings, I'm mainly annoyed at the wasted dollars targeting a household where both voters are actively involved in campaigns.  Minor complaint.  So, I had not read this until this morning.

    Now, I am OUTRAGED and angered at perhaps such a clear DIRTY TRICK sent into my household.

    NOW -- PLEASE ADD "ACTION ALERT" to your title along with a suggestion:

    *  Please pass this information to all Virginians you know and, if possible, anyone involved with the press who might report on this clear example of Republican efforts to (again) win via dirty tricks rather than honest engagement with the politicians.

    This was sent to arrive in VA Democrats mailboxes Saturday or Monday ... in part, I am sure, that there would be a media delay in potential reporting on this dirty trick.  For example, I was published related to the campaign in three local papers.  None of these, however, will be able to publish this information prior to election day. I have, however, already passed this information to roughly 25 journalists in a variety of venues. Hopefully, this could be the lead news item the evening before the elections and on the front page of newspapers Tuesday morning ...

    In addition, what would be fantastic if some prosecutor somewhere in the Commonwealth or a Fed (doubtful under this Admin) would announce a Grand Jury investigation of this postal fraud tomorrow.  Anyone know a Prosecutor in the Commonwealth?

    •  There are a number of options (none)
      Even at this late date, there are a few options for getting the word out.

      1. Calling and email trees -- just about all Democratic voters know other Democratic voters.  The Kaine campaign can call a number of campaign workers and voters, and have them spread the word to neighbors.  Blogs can play a part in getting this ball rolling, of course, as people who read the notice here and who know others in Virginia can call and/or email those people.

      2. Direct email notification -- if the Kaine campaign has a substantial email list, they can get the word out very, very quickly.  This is a big reason for campaigns to amass email lists, by the way.

      3. Robocalls -- if the Kain campaign either has a calling center of access to robocalling firms, they can have calls made to large numbers of Democratic and Independent voters to notify them of the flyer.

      4. Press outlets -- there are still a couple of press cycles to get the word out.

      5. GOTV/Grassroots/Boots on the ground -- spread the word via door-to-door get-out-the-vote efforts (campaign workers and outside groups) and word of mouth from neighbor-to-neighbor

      6. If we were Republicans who didn't have scruples, we could also use Church pulpits on Sunday to spread the word.  However, this of course would be unethical and probably illegal, so we'll leave that to the Kilgore campaign to pull crap like that.
      •  A number for volunteers (none)
        especially for NOVA folks or out of staters:

        703-720-2600 Northern Virginia Volunteers

        Got this from our county's rep from the campaign, who is setting up phone banks in Fredricksburg, south of DC.

        BTW, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties are some of the only places Jerry is doing better than dead even.

        Please call now.

        Cumberland Virginia

        •  Know what ... (none)
          while squeeking out a win would be a nice result, what would make me thrilled is not a "Bush mandate" with the political capital of a fraudelent 51%, but a real Democratic mandate and sign of change with a 55 (or 60) percent win Tuesday.

          I am on break from walking neighborhoods with my six-year old who is convinced that the nation will be on the right track as soon as "George Bush is sent behind bars for a long time out ..."  From her mouth to G-d's ears ...

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