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      Conventional political wisdom suggest that a political candidate should be cautious and play things close to the vest. Well, as a guy who spent 10 years with the Navy and Marine Corps, caution is not my most obvious attribute. You may have heard that Marines tend to charge in where even angels fear to tread, and that's certainly true about me. Were it not so I wouldn't even be running for Congress in Colorado against Tom Tancredo.

    And so, my diary today is an open challenge to the netroots, and my question is this: What value do you offer to a progressive candidate like me? So far I have to say the consultants have been right, and standing up and showing courage about what I believe hasn't done much for my campaign. Why should I believe you and not them?

    Ultimately, a campaign needs three things: ideas that resonate with voters, outreach to those voters to share those ideas, and the money to accomplish that outreach in an effective way. So let me ask my question again in a slightly different way: If the netroots can't reach my potential voters, and if the netroots can't help me raise the money to reach them, then what value do the netroots offer me as a progressive candidate?

    I am running for Congress in what is supposed to be one of the most conservative districts in America, against a guy who is a rubber stamp for the Washington culture of corruption and cronyism, and guess what?  I can win!  But where is my help?  I'm not getting it from the DNC or the DCCC. I'm not getting it from the netroots. I'm not getting it from the big money donors in Colorado or around the Country. And yet, I've already raised $200,000 from over 1200 different donors! Truth be told, I'm riding into battle with a grassroots army, already thousands strong, and thus far, everyone else is standing on the sidelines asking one of two questions. The first is "How can you win in that district?" The second is "How can you prove to me that you are a proud, strong, aggressive, progressive Democrat?" Okay, let's take those questions on!

    I know there are those out there who say "You can't win that seat, so why try, and why donate money to you for a lost cause?" The first response I have to people who say that is to quote Teddy Roosevelt:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

    I've read Markos and Jerome's book, and it seems to me that part of what they are saying is to go out and stand strong for what we believe in, and fight on all fronts. I believe in that, and I believe that by fighting in my district we will draw republican resources away from other districts. I also believe we have to fight for another reason. As Ghandi once said, "I fight today, even if I cannot win, so that some other person, on some other day in the future CAN win."

    But you know what? We can win this race and we can take back a seat that the republican side thinks is completely safe, and when we do, ask yourself what it will mean to America and to the progressive movement! We can win because my opponent's vote totals have decreased every time he has run because every time more people realize that he does not represent our district. We can win because this district is changing every month and changing in our favor. We can win because my opponent is neck deep in the culture of corruption in Washington and people want a change. We can win because the people in CO-06 are not interested in the narrow politics of hate and division any more. They want the same things we all want--a stronger America, health care for all of us, real national security, a rational energy policy, a stronger economy, environmental protections, and yes, an end to the Iraq War that makes America safer. And we can win because I am the right person at the right time in the right place!

    And yet many of you want to know how I can prove my progressive and Democratic bona fides, and I understand that. You deserve to know what I stand for, and yet when I stand up for all that you profess to believe in, what will you offer me in terms of support? As other Democrat candidates race each other to the middle and struggle to see who can be more cautious, I stand up for what we believe in.

    I stand up for 100%---100%---equality for women in all aspects of their lives. I stand up for the right of women to make their own decisions about what happens to their bodies. I stand up for absolute equality for the GLBT community because I didn't give ten years to serving America only to stand by and do nothing while people are discriminated against simply because they are gay or lesbian. I stand up for health care for ALL Americans and not just wealthy Americans, and I know what I'm fighting for because I don't have any health coverage myself. I stand up for an end to our dependence on oil and alternative energy sources and environmental protection because I know that we are standing on the brink of environmental disaster. I stand up for the Constitution and civil liberties and the idea that the President IS bound by the laws and the Constitution, and may NOT spy on Americans or detain people whenever he chooses. And I stand up for an end to the war in Iraq and an end to the meaningless deaths of our troops to support a failed policy.

    I stand for all of these things for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest one is that I recognize that the deck is stacked against most of us in America anymore. I was an orphan, born with a heart problem, and I needed heart surgery before I could be adopted. Babies with those kinds of health problems don't get adopted usually. I got lucky. I got adopted by wonderful parents who gave me a home, a family, a different life. But what about the ones who don't get lucky? What about the ones who die quietly and unlamented? What about the sick and the starving? What about the families struggling to make ends meet? What about the parents who can no longer offer the American dream to their children? What about the widows and the parents who have lost their children in Iraq or in New Orleans or on the mean streets of America?  Who speaks for them?

    I'll give you at least one answer---I do! Which brings me back to my original question, which I suppose I could rephrase as "If I stand for all this, then who will stand for me and who will stand with me?" And I guess that's my question this morning for the netroots. I'm going into battle for the future of America with a grassroots army at my side and I'm proud to do it and proud of all of them. My question to you is, what will you do to help us, or is it not your problem perhaps? We are going to fight the good fight. I invite you to join us and I look forward to hearing how you can help.
Sincerely,

Bill G. Winter
Candidate for Congress, Colorado CD6
http://winterforcongress.com/

Originally posted to Bill Winter on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 07:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Will we see you in Denver tonight? (0+ / 0-)

    I just posted a diary a few above that quickly summarizes the Boulder events last night.

  •  Winter's the Real McCoy!!! (6+ / 0-)

    He's posted very directly and honestly here, and I personally believe he's the real deal.  Plus---and don't forget this--he's running against one of the most evil, sick, hateful people on the planet.  I say this guy deserves our love.  Is there a second to the motion???

  •  I stand with you, Bill. (2+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, Luam

    Tell Nuni (sp?), your volunteer coordinator, not to be shy with the marching orders. Your army awaits.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:02:55 AM PDT

    •  Thank you too! (4+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, bumblebums, exNYinTX, jen

      Nuri--I won't tell him about missing his name if you don't!--works Monday and Friday until next month, when he graduates law school, then he will be full time.

      We will have so much to do. We are going to do regular phone banks to call every registered Democrat and Unaffiliated in the District, for one thing.  

      We are also planning a big grand opening celebration for our new HQ on Sunday, May 21st, with donkeys and booths and fun for the whole family---wanna be on the planning committee?  Call Jenn at 303-946-3549. Anyone out there who has an organization and wants a booth at the celebration, let us know!

      Bill
      http://winterforcongress.com/

  •  Issues? I went to web page (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, plymouth

    and did not see a link for issues or policy

    Did I miss it?

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:12:00 AM PDT

    •  How much time (0+ / 0-)

      did you spend at the website, Ken?  It's all there in radio interviews and multi-media.  It's all there in my post above. There is also a blog at my website where I have posted on many issues.

      I've also blogged live on Kos and MyDD and other blogs many times and responded to whatever questions were asked. Search the archives or by google.  I haven't exactly been shy about what I believe in.

      We will get an issues page on the website eventually, but we are working on other things first.

      I also want to give people incentive to come hear me speak in person and ask their questions and get real answers.

      Bill Winter
      http://winterforcongress.com/

      •  I wan't being flip (5+ / 0-)
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        OLinda, Luam, exNYinTX, FlyLeft, plymouth

        itmay be there,  but it is not immediately visible.   I will be happy to go back and look in detail, but my point is that I shouldn't have to look for it.

        If I want to know what you think on education (my main policy focus, and one on which I am willing to help anyone, and they don't have to agree with me), I should not have to try to figure out where it is.

        Just a suggestion, but most campaign related websites have one page / tab to which you can go to get easy access to all policy statements.  If you want to cross-link between those and other things that's great, but you really need to have that.

        I'm not being critical per se, just offering a suggestion.   Someone looking to see if s/he agrees with you enough to offer support does not need barriers to overcome to get the info.   Just my $.02

        and after I do review what is there, if I have specific suggestions or questions I will pass them on.   Do with them whatever you want.  No obligation to listen to me.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:44:15 AM PDT

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        •  If You Weren't Being Flip (0+ / 0-)

          The end of the interview that ubikkibu posted (the e pluribus media interview) directly below this discusses the views of Mr. Winter on education issues.  Turns out Mr. Winter was a high school science teacher!

          •  I knew that already but was raising diff. point (5+ / 0-)
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            roonie, ubikkibu, OLinda, exNYinTX, plymouth

            which I did after his first response to me, that one could go to the web page and not see any immediate evidence of issues positions.  I think that is an unnecessary stumbling block .

            I am between periods, with one more to go, and then I will have some time to explore.   But when I go to a candidate's website I'd like to EASILY be able to find where s/he stands on the issues.

            Sorry if it came across as critical, was not intended as such, more as a nudge.  Writing quickly probably did not phrase all that well.

            Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

            by teacherken on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:04:00 AM PDT

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            •  No, you made a good point. (2+ / 0-)
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              OLinda, plymouth

              Ideally, your goal on a website should never be more than one click away.  I always look for the "Issues" link first too.  Bill's views are under "Welcome" and at blog.winterforcongress.com, and he's never shy about telling you where he stands, but having a central Issues page might help.

              Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

              by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:15:27 AM PDT

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              •  Unfortunately, that isn't intuitive (0+ / 0-)

                I figured that he might put his views in his bio, but not everyone would go there first.  Also, if someone just wants to get a quick rundown, without the rhetoric, that isn't the best vehicle.

                It would be great to have a bullet-point list under "ISSUES" or something that is intuitively titled.  I think most people see 'welcome from the candidate' and figure it for a sales pitch, not so much hard facts.

              •  and now I cannot get into website or blog (0+ / 0-)

                when I have time to explore in more depth

                I wanted to see beyond the inverview,which I had read casually before, and have now read in more depth.  But for whatever reason now I get a message, in both Safari and Explorer, that I cannot connect to the server.

                I will try again later.

                I will post one thing of which I think he should be aware but do it in response to him so that he will see it

                Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

                by teacherken on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 02:12:45 PM PDT

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        •  I'm with you on this one (1+ / 0-)
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          OLinda

          The very FIRST thing I look for when I go to any candidate's website is an "issues" link. I want a top level very brief rundown of what they think is most important in the region and in the country (if it is for a national office) and where they stand on it. If I agree with them on all or most of the top level issues then I will look for more detail, biography, appearances, and eventually the "contribute" button.

          conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

          by plymouth on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:47:18 AM PDT

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      •  Here's a detailed interview with Bill (0+ / 0-)

        that should clarify his positions on many issues.  Read it here at Daily Kos.

        Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

        by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:55:18 AM PDT

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    •  For that matter... (1+ / 0-)
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      ubikkibu

      ...I responded to darn near every issue there is in an interview at E Pluribus Media---here's a link:

      http://www.epluribusmedia.org/...

      Let it not be said that I don't stand up for what I believe in!

      Bill Winter
      http://winterforcongress.com/

      •  Issues (1+ / 0-)
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        OLinda

        Let it not be said that I don't stand up for what I believe in!

        I don't think anyone is saying that! We're trying to offer a constructive criticism, not knock you down. We know what things we look for on a candidate's website and we're assuming other people will be looking for those things too. For those of us who follow and donate to races all over the country it can be pretty overwhelming figuring out who to support. And if you want the support of people like that you should try to make it a little easier for us to make that decision. Am I making sense?

        conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

        by plymouth on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:52:45 AM PDT

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        •  Are you making sense? (2+ / 0-)
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          ubikkibu, brownsox

          Absolutely Plymouth, and I wasn't being defensive or flip in my comment. I forget that humor and other emotions often don't come across well in a computer screen.

          I appreciate all suggestions and input. I haven't run before and I certainly don't think I have all the answers about how best to do it.

          I will tell you this--I get constant pressure to NOT put an issues page on the website. Many people believe it is just a vehicle for people to find things they don't like and for repubs to find things to attack.  Just a couple rebuttals to the idea of an issues page.

          Bill Winter
          http://winterforcongress.com/

          •  since you are still here (0+ / 0-)
            1. I hope you understand that I was not being dismissive in raising what I did.  If you choose to go a different direction, it is your campaign, and I can respect a choice with which I disagree
            1.  I had read the interview previously but without that much attention to detail  I have reread it carefully now that school is done for the day and I am home with a little "free" time
            1. I cannot get into your webpage -- apparently the server is down
            1. I wanted to pass on one thing, because it is relevant to the issue of education.   Rep. Lynn Woolsey has floated a proposed change to NCLB and is asking fellow dems to sign on.   I can post a link and some commentary someone offered about it here, or if you want I can email it to you or whomever you want to see it offline  -- you can post your response here or email me at     kber at earthlink dot net   (phrased that way so the address does not get grabbed by a mail bot).

            Let me know    --  besides being a fighting dem, you fall in another category, which includes some of the fighting dems but also includes Nick Lampson (former hs biology teacher) and Francine Busby (school board member) -- current Dem candidates for Congress who have worked in or with public schools, and hence understand the real stakes.

            Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

            by teacherken on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 02:17:58 PM PDT

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          •  Bill is right. It gives the baddies ammo. (0+ / 0-)

            There is no way to give the issues justice in small soundbites, or even paragraphs.  But what you CAN do is give your opponents a nice, fat target.  I think the best compromise is to place your VALUES on display on your website.  Your issue stands are based on your values.  As long as someone shares your values, they won't mind too much if you differ on an issue or two.  But when you post an extremely specific policy on an issue you can immediately lose the votes of all the folks who "want to do it a bit differently."  It is a frustrating process to find balance in all of this "positioning."

      •  But to offer some positive feedback as well... (1+ / 0-)
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        ubikkibu

        ...the one really GREAT thing you're doing is sticking around to answer questions and engage people in comments. I can tell you that I greatly appreciate that and I'm sure others do as well. Welcome.

        conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

        by plymouth on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:54:51 AM PDT

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  •  Hallelujah! (0+ / 0-)

    Stand up for what you believe in...damn the consultants and focus groups.

    If I lived in your district, you'd get my vote for sure.

    Good luck, Bill

    "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."....Molly Ivins

    by pelican on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:31:54 AM PDT

  •  For one thing... (2+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, AndyT

    I see on the right panel of this site a list of Netroots endorsed candidates.  My friend Bill Winter isn't on it.  Why?

    Bill is the quntissential citizen-soldier/sailor and citizen-Congressman.  I know from where he came.  I know who he is.  I know that his heart is as big as all the great outdoors.  I know that he's a guy who gets things done.  I know that he turns audiences into blubbering putty when he speaks.  I know the depth and passion of his beliefs.  I've seen him cry at the stories of the downtrodden and rage at what's going on in the country.  

    What can the netroots do?  Beyond money, that is.  

    Folks, you probably know someone in Colorado.  Or you know someone who knows someone in Colorado.  Use the "Six Degrees of Sepration" theory.  That's the "net" part of the Netroots.  Network like hell.  Tell everyone in your address book about Bill Winter.

    And "give up a Happy Meal" a week for Bill.  Click here and set up your monthly donation.

    Stan Davis
    Lakewood, CO

    If not us, who? If not now, when?
    BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world. [Gandhi}

    by Stan81747 on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:55:31 AM PDT

    •  $20/month for 6 more months, (1+ / 0-)
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      exNYinTX

      it's not much to ask when you look at it that way.

      That's what I signed up for.  It's the least I can do.  I'd be pounding the pavement for Bill, too, but I'm way up here in Paccione territory.

      Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

      by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 09:08:12 AM PDT

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      •  That's the spirit! (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not in Bill's district either, but I'm in Bill's camp...and Angie's and Ed's as well.  I actually live in CO-07.

        Folks, Colorado can make history this year!

        Stan Davis
        Lakewood, CO

        If not us, who? If not now, when?
        BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world. [Gandhi}

        by Stan81747 on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 09:17:18 AM PDT

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  •  Fantastic, Bill!! (2+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, jen

    What a wonderful and inspiring diary.  And...I'm already standing with you!  ;)

    "They will come with us." - General Wes

  •  Bill (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, grayslady

    Just one suggestion.  Your diaries might stand out more if the diarist name was something like
    'Winter for Congress' or 'Bill Winter for CO-06.

    I did not realize when I chose to click on this diary that the diary writer was the candidate himself.  It may help draw more attention to your diaries.  

    I find that I tend to pay more attention to diaries that are obviously posted by candidates when I only have a short amount of time available to skim the recent diaries list.


  •  Will Do Research (2+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, exNYinTX

    Bill, if you ever need a hand with research, I can help.  I have LEXIS/NEXIS and can use it.

    And I can, and will, send another contribution.

    If you are having a fundraiser in Washington, DC, please let me know.

  •  Incredible attitude (4+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu, Luam, jen, BGW1964

    This is the spirit of message I want to hear from Democratic candidates!

    Bill, I know you can win CO-06.  Coloradoans can help spread your message far and wide.  Your message is orders of magnitude better than what Tancredo has ever come up with.  Make noise about health care - it resonates across party lines.

    "Real conservatives are intolerant, warmongering and irresponsible." Chris Bowers

    by WeatherDem on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 09:55:01 AM PDT

  •  What would it take (4+ / 0-)
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    jen, kamarvt, serrano, BGW1964

    to get Bill Winter listed on the "netroots-endorsed" section of Daily Kos?

    If ever there was a proud, grassroots candidate who needed some help from the blogosphere to defeat a really, really bad guy, this is it.

    Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

    by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:04:32 AM PDT

    •  Pretty sure Atrios is the arbiter of that (0+ / 0-)

      Go post in an open thread over there. I'm SURE he'll notice. :-P

      To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals. - Mark Twain

      by Windowdog on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:28:49 AM PDT

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  •  on the recommended list! (0+ / 0-)

    way to go!

  •  Tancredo Watch (1+ / 0-)
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    serrano

    If ever you doubt that Tom Tancredo is a man who does not deserve to hold public office, visit TancredoWatch for a wakeup call.

    Then visit Winter for Congress to put a smile back on your face.

    Angie and Bill: Colorado's bright future!

    by ubikkibu on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:08:44 AM PDT

  •  Pretty blatant emotional manipulation (2+ / 0-)
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    Luam, exNYinTX

    The only thing it was missing was the triple dog dare you to contribute!

    Having said that I'll kick him $50 just for creativity and his skill in combining rhetoric with blogging. But I can just see the parade of candidates lining up to call us all pussies if he makes a mint off this. :-P

    One question Bill, you said you were with the Navy and Marines for ten years, were you a corpsman or what?

    To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals. - Mark Twain

    by Windowdog on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:19:13 AM PDT

    •  To be perfectly honest... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I had no intention to manipulate at all. Frankly I was/am frustrated and wondering how to get the attention of the netroots. That was my only purpose. I can't make you believe it, but I will tell you right now that anything you ever hear me say or see me write comes directly from my heart. My passions burn with white hot intensity, and I'm not one to keep my feelings to myself.  So that's the root of my diary today--trying to find a way to get people to pay attention to this race!

      Believe it or not, I was in artillery--8 inch self propelled howitzers--in the Marines, and worked on avionics systems in F-14 fighters (think the movie TOPGUN) in the Navy--no connection between the two.

      Bill Winter
      http://winterforcongress.com/

      •  M110's then on to F-14's.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ubikkibu

        Do you have a personal vendetta against your ear drums or somthing?

        Anyways, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and I really did kick you some cash over on Act Blue. Wish you well, also wish this had stayed on the recommended list longer. Oh well.

        To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals. - Mark Twain

        by Windowdog on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 02:03:07 PM PDT

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  •  Oddly enough (7+ / 0-)

    One of the best ways to get money Bill would be to fish outside your pond of CO-6.  I live in CO-2 with Udall as my rep, he's nice and blue for Boulder.  I plan on giving him money, but really he's going to win anyway.

    But the other candidate(s) I have been thinking about sending money to are YOU and whomever eventually runs for Gov. in CO for the Dems.

    The point being there is a lot of blue money sloshing around in CO-1 (Denver) and CO-2 (Boulder) that wants to go somewhere.  Our candidates are pretty safe, but if you could tap into that resource you could have quite a warchest.  Even though we don't live in CO-6, there are many, many of us that would dearly love to see Tancredo hit the bricks and put a true blue in that seat for the better of all.

    Just something to consider.  As the democrats have a 50 state strategy, so too should we think about having a CO statewide support system.

    Best...

  •  If you lose this race (0+ / 0-)

    come on down to Alabama and run in AL-06. We sorely need a Democrat with guts. This will be the third election without a Democrat on the ballot.

    •  AL-06 (0+ / 0-)

      That's a shame! Where in Alabama?

      •  The doughnut around Birmingham (0+ / 0-)

        They gerrymandered the district to suck just about every available Democrat into the neighboring 7th and 3rd, and made the 6th into THE most Republican district in America outside of Texas.  Coincidentally, it's also the only one in Alabama without a Democrat even running, and one of about six in the whole US with no Democrat after the filing deadline.  

        I subscribe to the 50-state, run someone in all 435 theory. But if we have to miss a few this year(dammit), it might as well be AL-6. CO-6 is much, much more winnable.  

        "Hit a man with a fish, and he'll have a headache for a day. Teach him to hit himself with a fish, and he'll have headaches all his life!"--Karl Rove

        by AdmiralNaismith on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 11:56:36 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

      and best of luck finding a good candidate, but I'm home in Colorado to stay this time. (except for my new job in Washington next year, of course!)

      Bill Winter
      http://winterforcongress.com/

    •  Bill has nothing if he doesn't have guts. (0+ / 0-)

      Stan Davis
      Lakewood, CO

      If not us, who? If not now, when?
      BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world. [Gandhi}

      by Stan81747 on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 02:18:10 PM PDT

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  •  Making it work (1+ / 0-)
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    serrano

    This diary is a great start from making an impression on the netroots.

    Sadly I can't afford to give anything more than a recommend at this point, but you are working your way up the recommended list and I am sure that you will see a significant jump in donations today and tomorrow.

    It is good to hear that you are fighting the good fight, and getting grassroots support.  If you stand for what you believe in, and stand for Americans, then Americans will stand for you.

    ...in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent
    -G.W. Bush
    -7.00 -7.74

    by Luam on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 10:47:44 AM PDT

  •  change username (1+ / 0-)
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    plymouth

    Bill Winter is an excellent candidate, and he's posted here before, but didn't draw much attention because of his username. If it were "Bill Winter for Congress", his previous posts would have drawn far more attention. This is a textbook case for letting us change our username, at least on a very limited basis.

  •  Wish you were running in my district (0+ / 0-)

    But we have another guy running Dan Dodd. He is a really great guy please help him put some of your fire in his belly.

    Its going to be a long hard road back to fixing this country. I don't think we have all the answers yet but I am encouraged that people like you are asking these questions.

    Netroots biggest contribution so far is generating free media for candidates and cash. Less successful at the GOTV which at the end of the day is the deciding factor. Use the rage, embrace it,  the immigration protests got alot of people on the streets. Thats my 2 cents

  •  If you want the seat (0+ / 0-)

    then join the Republican party, cup the balls of some powerful corporate interests, fall lockstep into the talking point machine parroting lies and verbally abusing dissent, make policy decisions based on back scratching and soon you'll have the automatic vote of the majority of republicans.

    But that doesn't sound like your style.  I like your style.  Rather than simply a seat, it is obvious that you are running because our country, and particularly the people in your district, need someone that will fight for the principles that make our American democracy something to be proud of.

    From what I've seen, and I'm not speaking for everyone, the netroots offers people-driven criticism of your platforms, word-of-mouth notoriety, research, volunteer recruitment, phone banking and contributions.  I'm sure I'm missing a number of things.  How does that sound to your consultants?

    I would think that the netroots would offer you something of value that it has offered me: inspiration and a affirmation that we still are a people that believe in the democratic values upon which this country was founded.  

    "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by Five of Diamonds on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 11:07:22 AM PDT

  •  some practical ideas (3+ / 0-)
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    plymouth, saodl, Five of Diamonds
    1.  Use netrooters as eyes and ears for good public opportunities -- which churches should you speak at?  Which block parties should you attend?  Who are the opinion leaders you need to meet, and enroll as letter writers, etc?  And who do YOU need to write to -- which returning vet do you contact, or honor student do you recognize?  These warm fuzzies go farther than you might imagine, if the occasion is appropriate.
    1.  Use netrooters as immediate action responders; send out the call to beseige newspapers, airwaves, etc., when responses are needed (consider it your proxy, multiplied).  And the netrooters are the folks to help you read all those media sources, especially the very local ones, so you'll have a better sense of the issues you need to address at any given house party.
    1.  Go on Jay Marvin's show, if you haven't already, to get your ideas out there.
    1.  All the campaign paraphanalia is OK, too-- lots of free netroots yard, window, bumper sticker, etc. space.  I don't think this stuff actually sways a vote, but it can help build a critical mass, of course.
    1.  Enlist a tech-savvy netrooter to closely analyze the district.  Pinpoint exactly where you need your votes to come from, and how many.  Be realistic, today, with your assessment - that will help you target your forces later.

    regards, and best wishes from Brooklyn,

  •  I just called your office (6+ / 0-)

    and I'm sending you this week's paycheck.

    Bill, so many women in Colorado are frustrated over Ritter and Salazar's anti-women actions that we are positively too pissed off to do the work we normally do for the dems.  You are the first one to come out for us- and I will give you my all.

    Your receptionist has my number.

    •  What are (0+ / 0-)

      Salazar's anti-women actions? I really don't know.

      -8.38, -8.08. I'm not a Democrat because I wish the country could do better. I'm a Democrat because I know we can.

      by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 11:53:20 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you very much... (2+ / 0-)
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      ubikkibu, brownsox

      ...Sandblaster. I really appreciate that and your support.

      I have to say that Bill Ritter and Ken Salazar have both been wonderful to me and I truly deeply appreciate them for that, but I understand your frustration.

      I don't hold them to my views of things but I come to support women because I grew up in a family of strong women and I KNOW to the core of my bones that a woman can do anything a man can do and usually better. My mom went through medical school as a single mom in the early 60's. My grandmother went through medical school in the 30's!

      We've come a long way, but don't try telling me women have equality in America because it just ain't true!  And as I said above, I didn't serve for ten years just to stand by and watch half our population be treated unfairly.

      I do hope you will support Bill Ritter though. I know about the problems with his stand on abortion, but I've spent a lot of time with Bill and I know this--he's a GOOD man and he has the potential to be a GREAT Governor for Colorado!  (and the alternative, Bob Beauprez, is too hideous to even contemplate!)

      Bill Winter
      http://winterforcongress.com/

  •  beating Tancredo (1+ / 0-)
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    ubikkibu

    Bill, there's probably nothing I could tell you about Tommy T that you don't already know, but I thought I'd share my own personal Tancredo story with you and DKos just the same. Early last year I attended the Social Security dog-and-pony show he hosted out at Grandview. I listened to the presentation, which was nothing but the usual privatization boilerplate, and then got myself up to the mike for Q&A. When my turn came, I laid out the following:

    1. The projected average annual deficit for Social Security is around $45 billion
    2. Because of the income cap, currently at $94,200/year, there is roughly $900 billion in income, going to the wealthiest taxpayers, of course, that is untouched by the Social Security tax every year, which helps make it a horribly regressive tax
    3. Applying just the employer's share of FICA to that income would wipe out the SS deficit and start us on the road toward making that tax less regressive


    I asked Tancredo if he would support a bill that enacted item 3 in that list. As expected, he danced around the question and never did answer it. I was disappointed that I had no chance for a follow-up, but proud that several people commented to me afterward that they were glad I asked that question. In fact, I got a nice, healthy round of applause from the assembled crowd. I think you may find you have more support in Arapahoe County than most people would expect.

    So, Bill, how about you? Would you support such a measure? Regardless of your answer, I stand ready to help your campaign in any way I can. I think Tancredo is eminently beatable.

    Vote. Scream. Rant. Rave. Organize. Vote. -8.75, -7.03

    by nbcouch on Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:46:10 PM PDT

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