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  •  I live in Seattle (3+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, mcjoan, Picot verde

    in McDermott's 7th, right across the lake from the 8th. I can't really donate much, but is there anything specific that I can do to help? Are they in major need of volunteers at campaign headquarters, or is there anything they need done on this side of the lake (since many people from the 8th commute to work here)?

    I've never worked on a campaign before so I have no idea where to begin, other than, of course, contacting her campaign. Thanks.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 09:15:41 PM PDT

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    •  Contact her campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV, kovie

      first off. There's probably some phone calling you could do from home, since it wouldn't be long-distance. Be here at 1:00 on Saturday to live blog with her, and ask!

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 09:19:04 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)

        And since the LD isn't an issue as I only have a cell phone and it's got more minutes than I'll ever use including free LD, do you think that other national campaigns could use me for phone calls and other work that can be done by phone and internet?

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 09:33:26 PM PDT

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        •  Yes! (3+ / 0-)

          That's a great way to help.

          "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

          by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 09:37:29 PM PDT

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          •  Here's one way to do this (0+ / 0-)

            You're probably already familiar with this program, but MoveOn.org has set up an online program where volunteers can sign up to call voters in their or other districts, at times and for periods of their own choosing. I'm going to sign up for it and do what I can to help.

            I have some telemarketing and phone sales and service experience (which I hate, like most people), which will hopefully come in handy (although I kind of dread the inevitable irate and especially wingnut voters--but the cause is worth the pain in this case, obviously).

            Here is the link:

            http://domorethanvote.org/

            I'm also going to look into doing some in-person volunteering, e.g. putting up signs, door to door canvassing, reminding people to vote at malls and such, and maybe doing some poll watching (although in Washington, where most people mail in their ballots, some of this might be moot). Darcy hasn't quite caught up to Reichert in the polls and every little effort could help make the difference.

            Looking forward to your online blogging with her on Saturday!

            "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

            by kovie on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 09:30:50 PM PDT

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    •  Kovie (1+ / 0-)
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      kovie

      I have already volunteered, and went and canvassed for her. I also have an actblue page, and have raised over $500 for her by asking my friends to help. There are a lot of things you can do besides give money. I have helped McDermott too.

      Darcy could only hope to be as good of congressman as straight talking Jim.

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        RainyDay

        I will look into these options. With so many nationalized and internationalized issues to obsess and worry over these days, it's easy to forget that ultimately all politics is local (or at least begins at and filters up from the local level).

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 09:46:55 PM PDT

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