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3 of 5 GOP incumbent congressman are running unopposed as of right now, and the filing deadline is at 5:00 central time. We need candidates to run against these thugs. Sorry, for the short diary. If you or anyone else is able follow the link below for more info

Alabama Democratic Party

We need to fight everywhere. We can't let gerrymandering cause us to back down. Not this year, and never again.

UPDATE (From Comments): We are currently running candidates in Al-01 and AL-02 against GOP incumbents. We still have three more to oppose.

UPDATE: The candidates will also need a $3242 filing fee. I'd lik to think the DCCC, or the netroots through an ActBlue page would be able to raise this amount back to the candidate. There actually already are ActBlue funds for these eventual candidates.

UPDATE:Looking ahead the New Jersey filing deadline is April 10. We still need candidates for NJ-02, NJ-04, and NJ-11. Let's not let that one pass us by. I'll diary one sooner. After that the next open spots are in VA-04, VA-06, and VA-11. That deadline is on April 19.

Originally posted to Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 12:30 PM PDT.

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  •  I know it's short. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mooncat, ipsos

    But, if we can even add additional name in the races that would be awesome.

    We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

    by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 12:32:37 PM PDT

  •  I believe someone is running (2+ / 0-)
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    Jawis, ipsos

    in AL-1 (and as a bonus, they've held elective office before). We really should have a candidate in AL-3 (it was supposed to be designed to be a Democratic seat, but Mike Rogers narrowly beat Joe Turnham in 2002, and won easily in 2004, so he's still pretty safe).
    AL-4 and AL-6 are less than 10% black, so I don't think a Democrat could break 40% in either of those districts.

    Don't take my bluntness and attitude personally-the best weapon for the Democrats is the unvarnished truth, and the truth usually hurts.

    by DemocraticLuntz on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 12:33:47 PM PDT

  •  REC UP (1+ / 0-)
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    Jawis

    We could make a difference here. Even a protest candidacy gives something for people to build an organization around.

  •  What are the residency requirements? (2+ / 0-)
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    miholo, citizenx

    I know that in some states, you only have to be a resident of the State on election day to qualify.

    So perhaps I, Brownsox, will run for a seat.

    Northeast liberals from Massachusetts go over well down there, don't they? Especially Indian ones?

    -8.38, -8.08, if you're curious. And I'm a Red Sox fan, too.

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 12:39:15 PM PDT

  •  My Support To Those Who Run (0+ / 0-)

    I can't do it, since I'm leaving the state this summer... but you've got my support!

  •  Link to website (2+ / 0-)
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    corncam, Jawis

    According to the Alabama Democratic Party website, candidates have filed in Districts 1 and 2.  I believe they are hoping for at least one more before qualification closes at 5 pm.

  •  I live in AL-06 (2+ / 0-)
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    Mooncat, Jawis

    I would have run if not for my job. It would have been a quixotic effort because this district is the reddest in Alabama.

    But sometimes you just have to tilt at windmills.

    And besides, I haven't been able to vote for a Democrat for Congress in six years. Spencer Bachus has been unopposed the last two times.

    •  Could you contact (1+ / 0-)
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      bosdcla14

      others in the district, or state? Just carpet email anyone who might have an outside chance of interest or knowing someone with interest.

      We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

      by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:24:27 PM PDT

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      •  I wrote a diary about this (3+ / 0-)
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        bosdcla14, Carnacki, Jawis

        lack of candidates a week ago over at SwingState Project and was told not to worry because there were folks looking at each race.

        They still have an hour and a half to look.

        On the positive side, Jim Folsom qualified to run for lieutenant governor. Otherwise that race would have gone without a Democrat running.

    •  Just sign up (3+ / 0-)

      and be a name on the ballot.  Without a Democrat it's not Democracy.

      Visit RemoveRepublicans.com and follow every 2006 Senate race.

      by AnthonySF on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  Tough luck! (2+ / 0-)
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      bosdcla14, Jawis

      Even if he gets by unopposed this year, someone (the state party or the Democrats who live in that district, if the state won't do it) needs to start raising money for an opposition candidate.  Over the next 2 years you should be able to raise enough to pay the filing fee, even if you can't get any large donors, and I'll bet you can find one or two yellow dog Democrats who would kick in quite a bit to be able to cast a ballot for a Democrat.  Then you just have to find a candidate who is willing to tilt at that windmill and the filing fee is already available.

      •  The filing fee is not the biggest obstacle (1+ / 0-)
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        Carnacki

        This district covers the southern suburbs of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Shelby County, Chilton County, etc. It has the smallest percentage of black voters in Alabama because most of the black voters in this area were scooped up to make the 7th District black-majority.  

        When I first moved here 20 years ago this district had a Democratic congressman. The redistricting that created the black-majority 7th ended that.

        The 6th is so Republican that Shelby County has only one Democratic officeholder in the entire county -- a black county commissioner whose district resembles a snake crawling across a map of the county as it grabs every pocket of black residents in the county.

        •  Run in AL-03 then. (2+ / 0-)
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          Carnacki, AnthonySF

          We need to run in every race, and give people a choice. Also, it was commented above than you can run in any district in Alabama from anywhere.

          At least contact any Dem you may know with a bit of a spontaneous streak, or anyone who may know one.

          We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

          by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:49:27 PM PDT

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        •  White voters can be Democrats, too. (4+ / 0-)
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          Carnacki, herding cats, AnthonySF, Jawis

          I know that black people are automatically assumed to be Democratic voters, and as a bloc they have been very loyal.  But one of the message problems Democrats have in the South is that white voters have the impression we only care about minorities.  We need to get back to being (and sounding like) the party of prosperity, justice, and good government for everyone.  And everyone has to include white people, especially poor and middle class white people.  The South has a lot of those.

          Howard Dean had the right idea about this in 2004, but he was castigated for the way he expressed it.  I suspect he would have been attacked even if he had used a more tactful expression because the GOP can't afford to lose middle class white voters in the South and they know it.

          •  True (1+ / 0-)
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            Mooncat

            But in Alabama, Bush carried something like 75 percent of the white vote statewide in 2004.

            •  No argument (1+ / 0-)
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              herding cats

              But almost 326,000 white people in Alabama lived below the poverty level in 2000 according to the Alabama Poverty Project. Every one of those people should be a Democratic voter. The GOP offers them nothing but contempt.  In fact, even poor whites who earn 150% of the poverty level should vote Democratic.

              The fact that they do not indicates that we have failed to communicate what we stand for, or we have been standing for the wrong things. Democrats cannot blame the voters for losing. We have to examine why we have lost and change the way we do things.  

              Conservatism was pronounced dead after 1964.  Some determined individuals decided to fight back, made a plan and stuck to it.  Look where we are now.  Progressives and liberals need to unite as Democrats, take an honest look at where we can do better, then do it.  We are on the right side, but our message has been garbled for too long.

        •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

          I was just looking at National Atlas.gov, and the 7th and the 6th look like pieces of work. The 6th excludes the city of Birminghan and Tuscalossa, while all but surrounding it. Meanwhile the 7th extends like an octopus right next to the 6th. I assume that if both of these seats looked more normal, you could probably make the 6th more competetive than it is now while making the 7th slight less heavily Democratic?

    •  Even if you couldn't really campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      AnthonySF, Jawis

      Running would be huge.  We need to at least have people see that some of their neighbors support Democrats---that it isn't just the party of the eastern elite.

      Or do you mean that you might get fired from your job if you put yourself down as a Democrat?  In that case, don't run, its not worth losing your job just to prove a point.  

      Feingold/Slaughter '08. Hey, I can dream.

      by bosdcla14 on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:33:59 PM PDT

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    •  You already have... (0+ / 0-)

      a following. Look at the buzz you've created by just considering a run. Take the plunge!

      Call Here to tell them you're interested, Congressman:

      Toll Free: (800) 995-3386

      We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

      by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:40:40 PM PDT

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      •  It would be too late (0+ / 0-)

        for anyone who has not already started the qualifying process. You have to form a committee, etc.

      •  I'll tell you what's really sad (6+ / 0-)

        A more realistic race would have been the 48th District for the state Legislature. It's an open seat and there is no Democrat running. There are four or five Republicans running, including a neighbor of mine whose son goes to school with my daughter.

        The filing fee for that is only $500.

        What is really needed in Alabama is a stronger bench. We need to start electing more Democrats and challenging more Republicans at the municipal and county and state legislative level.

        •  Hear, Hear! (3+ / 0-)

          That's true in a lot of places. That's why we need the 50 state strategy. We need a bench to pull future congressman, senators, and governors from. We've neglected our red states for too long in that sense, and we are really feeling that now.

          53 minutes left.

          We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

          by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 02:07:22 PM PDT

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        •  One source of involved Democrats (0+ / 0-)

          is the State Democratic Executive Committee. Here is a link to the current members.  I'm sure the state party has been talking to these people and others in the districts about running, and probably doing a little arm twisting.

          Another problem is that the 'challenge every race' philosophy has not entirely permeated Alabama political culture.  There is a fair amount of 'if I run and lose my political career is finished' philosophy left.

    •  Wasn't this seat made lilly white (0+ / 0-)

      so that AL-7 could be dark black?

    •  I also live in AL-06 (0+ / 0-)

      But I'm not a citizen so I can't run.

      I agree with you that this district is crazy red, but I have noticed some significant changes in the last few months....

      Many more anti-Bush stickers, my students starting to show agreement with me when I go on tirade (I steer clear of Hitler), and less Bush stickers.

      Maybe there's hope.

  •  Spaces in diary? (0+ / 0-)

    How do I add spaces between the updates or handle formatting in a diary? It's not a huge deal, but I'd like to be able to do it.

    We also can realize the dream of a world without war, but only by stubborn persistence, only by a refusal to surrender that dream -Howard Zinn

    by Jawis on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:35:48 PM PDT

  •  On the bright side... (1+ / 0-)
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    Jawis

    even if we leave Bachus, Rogers, and Aderholt unopposed, they may leave Cramer unopposed; and that would be a kick since his seat is widely expected to go Republican as soon as he retires and Repubs usually like to at least put up nominal opposition in those kinds of seats.

    I'm not worried about either Cramer or Davis being reelected as Cramer is fairly conservative and very popular, and Davis' district is safely Democratic, being the only black-majority seat in the state. But it would be hilarious to see them both get free passes, especially Cramer.

  •  filings (0+ / 0-)

    Ok so we have 6 out of 7 in Alabama. Kewl. Pity about the 6th.

    As for the other states we have confirmed candidates in NJ 11 and VA 11.

    The candidate in NJ 4 will be Gary Schiavone.

    NJ 2- Jeff Van Drew is not running so the NJ Dems need to scramble quickly.

    This site is sorta accurate but out of date.

    This diary (mine) is accurate pre alabama too: http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Why the hell address Today?? (0+ / 0-)

    Am I missing something here?

    It's the "anti-fear-propaganda" solution: positive news: HeroicStories, free

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 01:28:37 AM PDT

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