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What is the most important political issue currently for you?

So, this Sunday, January 13th at 1PM there is a local meeting in Chico, CA to determine which 6 women and which 6 men will become delegates for the Democratic Party of Assembly District 3 in California.  As you all probably know, I'm going for it.

The reason I decided to is because the idea was brought to me by Shockwave.  In my life I've learned this ---> if I wait for things to come to me, and I then decide to act, it works out great in most cases.  If I reach out and grab for something, it rarely works out great or struggles ensue.  Once Shockwave put the idea to Kossacks, I decided to do it. If I do succeed, I know I'll be a great delegate.

My desire is to move Progressive ideas forward within the Democratic Party.  There are several things I want to see promoted in reality and not just with rhetoric.

First is pushing for serious climate change mitigation.  I know we've passed the 350ppm of CO2 that is the tipping point.  But that makes it more important to do intrinsic things that will slow things down by making renewable sources of energy more and more the reality rather than escalating our oil consumption.

Second is gun safety.  It is undeniable that since the so-called "assault weapons ban" ended in 2004, there has been an increase in the frequency of massacres by semi-automatic weapons that have been fitted with clips that hold more than 10 bullets. The people that have done these horrendous acts are young men.  There is simply NO reason anyone needs these types of weapons or clips that hold more than 10 bullets. These things are made for only one reason ---> to kill people as rapidly as possible. Hunters carry guns that have few bullets or shells.  

In California, when hunters go to places to hunt ducks, for instance, they are allowed a maximum amounts of shells for the entire day.  And their shotguns hold two shells at a time.  Rifles used to hunt deer or elk carry just a few bullets...often they are single shot rifles.

Third, the status quo now is for money that we all pay in taxes to be siphoned off and NOT come back for the benefit of us all, which it primarily used to prior to 1980. Since then, the trend has been for public money to pay for private for-profit companies. This is occurring in nearly all areas...private profit taking from our communal pool of money which continually erodes the ability to pay for the needs of our entire society.

I want to reverse this!

In Arizona they are trying to make all prisons private for-profit entities that then will be getting their profits from tax payers.  Of course this is the real reason for the "papers please" law.  To make private profit paid for by tax payers, these prisons need to be full.

There are all sorts of private for-profit schools showing up from AI Art Institute (which is owned by Olympia Snowe's husband) to all the "Technical Institutes" that are springing up.  Again our communal tax payer money is paying these private individuals and their investors from money that was intended to go to public higher education colleges and universities.  The result is tuition is skyrocketing at public schools while classes and whole departments are cut.  

Another example is farm subsidies.  Originally they were created to help real family farmers who were devastated by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930's. Now the majority of these subsidies go to corporations or very wealthy farmers who don't need the tax payers paying their way.  Locally, in our last election for the US House, Doug LaMalfa (R), when attacked for having received over $5,000,000 in farm subsidies, joked that it didn't even pay 100% of his costs of running his business.  That is repugnant!  We, the tax payers, are footing the cost of his risk and Doug keeps all the profits.  That is simply wrong.

OK, those are just three things I want to work to change (there are many more, but I'm limiting myself to writing about just these three).

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Central Ohio Kossacks have a new event organizing diary up. Please leave an opinion comment on the next meet-up. Central Ohio Kossacks Meetup Planning Diary

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Monday, January 21st
Motor City Kossacks Inauguration Watch Party
Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks: Want to Meet on Mon. 1/21, (public) Inauguration Day?
See RSVP list below.

Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold
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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meat-space community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.

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:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Area:  Kosmail: GenXangster

Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Indianapolis Kossacks: Kosmail CityLightsLover

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy, 23 members

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
GreenMountainBoy02 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont), 116 members

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove, 20 members

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano, 8 members

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl, 16 members

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: kj in missouri

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash, 23 members

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231,
Current diary: After a "Brief Delay" Pgh. Area Kossacks Gets Rolling

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error, 19 members

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking
Current diary: Twin Cities Kossacks-when should we meet? Poll included!

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Organizer:  chancew
Current diary: Dallas Kossacks, I need suggestions!

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Shockwave

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005, More than 80 members

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011, More than 54 members

New York City Founded by Eddie C, More than 58 members - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks Event Organizer: Azazello, 90 members

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011, 46 members

Nashville KosKats Founded by ZenTrainer, Formed: Jan 30, 2012, 28 members

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011, 85 members

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 18 members

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 25 members

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude, 13 members

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente, Formed: Aug 29, 2011, 15 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail asterkitty to sign up

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, 33 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 12 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.
Okla-homies, let's get together (new regional organizing group)

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Heal Utah Rally January 10, 2013 1230PM Salt Palace
Thursday, January 10th

Salt Lake City Kossacks' Attend UTAH CITIZENS DEMANDING CLEAN AIR Rally

TIME: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Outside the Salt Palace Convention Center
Corner of 200 South and West Temple • Salt Lake City

ORGANIZER: Send War on Error a kosmail for details on connecting there.

RSVPs:
1. War on Error
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: SLC Action Item - CLEAN AIR RALLY Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:30 PM
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Friday, January 11th

KOSCADIA hosts Ojibwa as he blesses quilts for the Community Quilt Project

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Sara R and winglion's home
Address given upon RSVP • Portland, OR

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a kosmail for details on connecting there.

RSVPs:
1. Sara R
2. winglion
3. Ojibwa
4. Ojibwa's wife
5. kaminpdx
6. kaminpdx's spouse
Maybees:
 BlueJessamine
Oregon Gal
Cedwyn
Latest diary: Quilt Blessing with Ojibwa on Friday
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Sunday, January 13th]

KOSCADIA Meet-up

TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Caps and Corks
1000 Northwest 17th Avenue • Portland, OR

ORGANIZER: Send Horace Boothroyd III a kosmail for details on connecting there.

RSVPs:
1. ?
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: PDX Meetup Sunday+Quilt Blessing Friday
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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Saturday, January 12th
New England Kossacks MEET-UP

TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Fire and Ice
One Providence Place • Providence, RI

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2. Knockbally
3. CTLiberal
4.
5.
Maybees:
aaraujo
gchaucer2
annieli
Moody Loner
mommyp00ka
Littlep00ka
RubDMC
bjedward
dlcmassage
dlcmassage's partner
dopper0189
rugbymom
Latest diary: New England Kossacks: January meet up NEXT Saturday
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Saturday, January 12th
Los Angeles Kossacks MEET-UP

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
 613 South Grand Avenue  • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Shockwave a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. Dave in Northridge
3. occams hatchet
4. equern
5. delphine
6. Neither Nor
7. Gay CA Democrat
8. SanFernandoValleyMom
9. susans
10. Joe Bacon
11. jakedog42
12. BruinKid
13. navajo
14. navajo's guest
15. Flowingone
16. pucklady
17. dannyinla
18. Zack from the SFV
19. homogenius
20. gmats
21. Ducktape
22. jared the bassplayer
23. mooremusings
24. nyceve
25. Jeff Lieber

Maybees:
1. Dretutz
2. Floja Roja
3. eztempo
4. RLMiller
5. joemarkowitz
6. byzantium
7. PDX
8. cynfowler

Latest diary: It's happening! LA Kossacks meet next Saturday at 2PM downtown
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Saturday, January 19th
Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks MEET-UP
TIME: 12:00 Noon
LOCATION: The Old Spaghetti Factory
3191 Mission Inn Avenue  • Riverside

ORGANIZER: Send SoCaliana a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. SoCaliana
2. jakedog42
3. pucklady
4. RedlandsDem
5. OjaiValleyCali
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Maybees:

Latest diary: Inland Empire Kossacks
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Saturday, January 19th
Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Cafe Adobe
2111 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. Crabby Abbey
3. doraphasia
4. suesue
5. suesue husband
6. Delilah
7. nomandates
8. cosette
9. PDiddie
10. PDiddie wife
11. Texdude50
12. icelus
13. Kellybee
14. krwheaton
15. htowngenie
16. Tacey (Honorary Kossack)

Maybees:
VinaMist
Chrislove's BF
miscanthus

Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, January 19!
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Saturday, January 19th

Salt Lake City Kossacks' Meet-up

TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Oasis Cafe
151 South 500 East • Salt Lake City

ORGANIZER: Send War on Error a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. War on Error
2. jlms qkw
3. MT Spaces
4. Patate
5. middleagedhousewife
6. rmonroe
7. BoiseBlue

Maybees:
TAH from SLC

Latest diary: SLC Kossack Meet up - January 19, 2013
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Saturday, January 19th

Dinner & Karaoke with Dave in Northridge

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION I: Chow Church
215 Church St. (Market) • San Francisco
LOCATION II: After dinner, The Mint, for karaoke!
1942 Market Street (Buchanan) • San Francisco

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. Dave in Northridge
3. Steveningen
4. scaboni
5. Lusty
6. side pocket
7. lineatus
8. norm
9. FogCityJohn
10. cooper888
11. gotmooned
12. sfbob
13. Cali Scribe
14. Mr. Cali Scribe

Maybees:
Lorikeet
slksfca

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Sunday, January 20th
New York City Kossacks Welcome Onomastic & Yasuragi!

TIME:  Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
         101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Sidnora
2. Onomastic
3. Yasuragi
4. belinda ridgewood
5. plf515
6. joanbrooker
7. rubyr
8. blue jersey mom
9. ask
10. Design the Future
11. kishik

Maybees:
mconvente
matt129
Ian Reifowitz +kidlet
Its the Supreme Court Stupid

Latest diary: NYC Meetup 1/20: Ono? Oh yeah!
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PRESIDENT'S
Monday, January 21st
Watching the 2013 Inauguration - Swearing-In, Inaugural Address, and Parade

TIME: 8:00 or 9:00 AM - Noon (TBD)
LOCATION:  Kestrel's place in Sacramento
Directions will be provided by private email to those who RSVP

ORGANIZER: Send tgypsy a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Kestrel
2. tgypsy
3. cooper888
4. gotmooned
5. paradise50
6. norm
7.
Maybees:
mrsgoo
Latest diary: Central Valley Kossacks: Two Meet Ups in One Diary
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Monday, January 21st

Motor City Kossacks Inauguration Watch Party

TIME: 11:00 AM - ?
LOCATION: Pasquale's Restaurant
31555 Woodward Ave • Royal Oak

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. surelyujest
2. surelyujest's guest
3. BFSkinner
4. judyms9
5. judyms9's guest
6. peregrine kate
7. ProvokingMeaning
8. Brainwrap
9. Neon Vincent
10. Inspired by Nature

Maybees:
MsTribble
MsTribble's guest
cheerio2

Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks: Want to Meet on Mon. 1/21, (public) Inauguration Day?
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Tuesday, January 29th
Watching the 2013 State of the Union Address

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION:  cooper888 and gotmooned's place in Sacramento (Natomas)
Directions will be provided by private email to those who RSVP.
ORGANIZER: Send tgypsy a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Kestrel
2. tgypsy
3. cooper888
4. gotmooned
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Central Valley Kossacks: Two Meet Ups in One Diary
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Saturday, February 9th

First Time Ever DKos Florida Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fort Cooper State Park
Recreation Hall
3100 South Old Floral City Road • Inverness
$3.00 per car entry fee
Pets welcome but not inside hall
NO alcoholic beverage allowed in state park
Food for event will be covered potluck

ORGANIZER: Send Vetwife a kosmail to attend and volunteer for potluck.

RSVPs:
1. Vetwife
2. JaxDem
3. ObamOcala
4. FloridaSNMOM
5. whatgodmade
6. gulfgal98
7. PHScott
8. puzzled
9. Subo03
10. lady blair
11. taxmancometh
12. Russ Jarmusch
13. Brian1066
14. Ricochet67
15. pamelabrown
16. KayeB in Florida
17. OleHippieChick
18. YaNevaNo

Maybees:
 just bob

Latest diary: Saturday Feb 9th? OK? Fl Meetup
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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Saturday, February 16th
Northern New England Meetup in Portsmouth, NH

TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION:  Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road  • Portsmouth

ORGANIZER: Send GreenMountainBoy02 a Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. GreenMountainBoy02
2.
3.
4.
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Northern New England Meetups in Portsmouth, NH
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Saturday, March 2nd or 9th
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin

TIME: TBD
LOCATION:  TBD • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send nomandates Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. anotherdemocrat
 9. Odysseus
10. suesue
11. blue armadillo
12. texasmom
13. texasdad
14. htowngenie
15. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
16. afisher
17. manoffire
18. Wino
19. Mrs. Wino
20. VinaMist
21. doraphasia
22. Urban Owl
23. Texdude50
24. icelus
25. mr pea
26. entrelac
27. Mr. entrelac
28. JayRaye
29.
30.

Maybees:
 1. Mosquito Pilot
 2. Over the Edge

Latest diary: Turning Texas Blue: Lone Star Spring Meet-Up
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