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It was a cold, rainy day in Illinois' 14th district and I was on the road with John Laesch, Democratic candidate for Congress for Illinois' 14th district, visiting with residents.  

This diary includes a first for a jdl06 podcast.  Myself and others will start to write diaries from 14th CD as we campaign with John.


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Laesch for Congress joined 4 of the "50 State" Canvasses in the Illinois' 14th CD.  

Kendall County
In Kendall County, Illinois, we met at a Panera Bread in Yorkville with Democratic Party Chairman Jim Birch, IL state Senate candidate Frank Craig, and county board candidate Arden Plocher.  While Craig and Plocher took volunteers to a new subdivision, John and I met with farmers in the rural parts of Kendall.  We met one farmer who described the grip of fear that Hastert has on residents of Kendall County, particularly on its farmers.  While he was supportive of John, he was afraid to put a yard sign on his property.  John pointed out to them, "we can't be afraid to speak out about what's wrong."  This is just one way that John is showing the residents of Illinois' 14th district that he is not afraid to go up against the current Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert.  The grip of fear that plagues the 14th district must end and John is the man to stop this "dastardly Hastert" culture of fear.  John had no qualms about walking up to the homes of known Republicans and discussing with them whether they thought our country was going in the right direction.  Including this house that had a Hastert sign in the front yard.

Aurora, IL,
In Aurora, Steve Aldrich put together one of the fifty state canvasses in Illinois' 14th district.  Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois and is predominantly Democratic.  Many enthusiastic volunteers showed up at the Aurora Panera Bread and, together, they walked 2 precincts and reached 250 voters.  Republicans were equally interested in what John Laesch's campaign had to say about the issues that matter most to them.  In fact, based on volunteer feedback, at least 6 or 7 Republicans converted to Democrats.  Steve Aldrich will be joining this blog with more feedback.

Elgin, IL
Team Laesch also canvassed in Elgin.  The event was coordinated by Janice Bennet; however, there is no report in as of yet.

St. Charles, IL

In St. Charles, Carolyn Shannon, Kane County Precinct Committee Person, organized the largest canvass effort in the district and will be on here to blog later. John Laesch, fellow volunteer Jared Lash, and I also visited St. Charles, Illinois, where we met with both Republicans and Democrats and talked about what issues matter most to Illinois' 14th district.  Most residents we asked stated honest/open government, the war in Iraq, and the environment as top issues.  Denton Morris, a St. Charles resident, found it difficult to name just one issue that should be at the top of the government's priority, when there are so many problems in so many areas (MP3 audio, Ogg Vorbis audio of interview).  One Republican voiced to us his concern for a more honest government and how even members of his own party are guilty of failing America in this respect.  John assured him that, as a person running for elected office for the first time, he will be a fresh face in Washington helping to foster in a new age of government integrity.  We then went to the home of Carolyn Shannon, where we debriefed with County Sheriff candidate Pat Perez.  

What "dastardly Hastert" actions has Denny made in your neighborhood to
incite fear in the hearts of conscientious voters?  How far does Hastert's
grip of fear extend?

How high is the "Dastardly Hastert Fear Factor" in your neighborhood?

rff88

Originally posted to rff88 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:11 PM PDT.

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  •  The rain.... (11+ / 0-)

    It was a pretty rainy day today while canvassing.  

    The encouraging things that I found were that people who were unhappy were more than willing to share why, and those who were too staunchly Republicans to want to hear any discourse were kind enough to just shut the door. ;-)

    (-10.00, -9.54) Volunteer for John Laesch for Congress (IL-14)

    by Jared Lash on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:15:48 PM PDT

  •  Aurora (8+ / 0-)

    I was out in Aurora today and the canvassing went great.  Responses were phenomenal people in general are irritated with the current Bush crime family which includes Dennis Hastert.

    •  Hey Joe (3+ / 0-)
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      Ed in Montana, ek hornbeck, SAldrich

      Any new faces in Aurora?

      Sorry I couldn't make it.

      jdl

      Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

      by John Laesch on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:36:03 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, a number of fresh faces (1+ / 0-)
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        73rd virgin

        Today there were 4 new folks who joined the Aurora canvass, all eager and energized.

        In fact, one gent who I just met at last week's Drinking Liberally-Aurora get together showed up and is still planning to do more canvassing from today's list.

        Great to see Joe again, Frank Craig and Earl.

        Two of the new faces brought their baby along and hit the streets.

        All the new folks reported having a great time and very positive experiences.

  •  yay! (4+ / 0-)

    go john!  have you guys seen the pictures of hastert pretending to ride in a hybrid car and then ducking into an SUV once he was around the corner?

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:17:56 PM PDT

    •  yeah, we've seen it (4+ / 0-)
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      unfortunately, it's not surprising.

      The good thing about it, though, is that it shows he's scared. This isn't the first event he's been to in the district. He was recently in the paper for the opening of a new post office. It opened on Monday the 24th, when congress should have been in session. Yet, there was Hastert. Either he skipped out on congress, or he arranged a photo-op. He's actually campaigning, something he hasn't had to do in a very long time.

      Kristen Hart
      Web/Blog Team Coordinator for John Laesch for Congress (http://john06.com)
      political compass: -9.75,-8.46

      by flautist on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:23:35 PM PDT

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      •  home district day (0+ / 0-)

        Hi Kristen,

        Actually, it's not uncommon for congresspeople to spend Mondays in district. Thursdays and Fridays are also flexible district days. I think you're point on this particular Monday is valid; however, since Congress just had a long break.

        W - breeding terrorists faster than he can kill them.

        by Grenadia on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 09:13:19 PM PDT

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    •  Yes! (5+ / 0-)

      I am going to do a press conference on this and release our energy policy this week.

      Does anyone know how to get a larger photo that I can use for the press conference?

      Oh yeah... I plan on driving a Bio-Diesel vehicle and then driving away in my Jeep Wrangler.  The BioDiesel is a Jeep Liberty - think they will notice?

      Respectfully,
      John Laesch

      Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

      by John Laesch on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:34:07 PM PDT

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  •  Did anyone mention (3+ / 0-)
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    Hastert's vehicle switcharoo? ;)

    Kristen Hart
    Web/Blog Team Coordinator for John Laesch for Congress (http://john06.com)
    political compass: -9.75,-8.46

    by flautist on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:19:16 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for getting this up (6+ / 0-)

    I just wanted to let Kossacks know that I will be here for a few hours to answer questions.

    It was a phenomenal day today.  As many of you know, this is a vast district that spans over eight counties.  We worked to get four canvass locations in four of our top targeted areas.

    We talked to both Democrats and Republicans.  "First time" volunteers took lists of only Democratic voters.  We take   The response was positive overall with a few "Hastert lovers."

    Our new Blog Reporter, Ryan Friebele, will be traveling with me and others as we campaign throughout the district.  He came up with the term, Dasterdly Hastert.  I liked it and I wanted to get feedback from other Kossacks.

    If we do this again, I think that we will do several things differently.  

    1. I really liked organizing and coordinating with other organizers in different areas to make it convenient for local teams to start working together but I need to attend only one canvass.  I need to depend on the rest our team to cover the rest of the district.
    1. I think that praying for sun would also be good:)  It was a rainy day and I am betting that several volunteers stayed home.
    1. We should have started a bit earlier (10-2:00) and we should have set up some evening canvass efforts (4:30-8:00).  We typically canvass during the week and we start between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.
    1. We never called the media!  Next time - more media!

    Other ideas out there?

    Respectfully,
    John Laesch

    Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

    by John Laesch on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:30:19 PM PDT

    •  4. (4+ / 0-)

      Never forget the media again.  Seriously, weekly newspapers want content and you can provide it.  Ditto the 5 - 6:30 news crowd.  Work your free outlets to the max.

      If there is anything positive happening in the district make it a point to be there, get your picture taken (bring your own photographer), write it up and shove it out there.

      Not all spaghetti sticks, but if you keep throwing it...

      And be positive.

    •  'If we do this again' (4+ / 0-)

      concerns me John. I am a constituent in your district and you need to do this exact sort of thing everyday. What you did today is only the start of the grassroots upheaval of Mr. Hastert.

      We are really tired of his antics and policies. Especially since he became speaker of the house it is easy to see whom he has represented during his term in office. It wasn't anyone who ever voted for him and I will admit I did vote for him once.

      John maybe your tired from your day out there but what you did today you have to continue doing and also expand on to reach more people.

      I really think Hastert can been beaten but it will take superhuman efforts.

      You exhibited that effort today. Please don't stop and above all ratchet it up a notch each week.

      Thank you for your hard work and effort,

      Tom Michalik

      West Chicago,Illinois

      •  Thanks for the note (2+ / 0-)
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        Hey Tom!

        Thanks for following the campaign!

        We do something every single day until 2:00 A.M. (and I work at 6:00 A.M. every day).

        I didn't do most of the work for today's efforts.  Carolyn Shannon organized St. Charles, Steve Aldrich organized Aurora, Janice Bennett organized Elgin and Arden Plocher worked with the Democratic Party in Kendall to organize that canvass effort.

        Organizing is my strength, but unfortunately, the part about running for Congress that keeps me from this stength is the demand for fundraising time.

        We ARE going to be in DuPage County next weekend.  Would you like to join us?

        Are you getting our e-mail updates?  You can go to www.john06.com and sign up.

        Thanks and stay involved!  We need you!

        Respectfully,
        John Laesch

        Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

        by John Laesch on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 06:58:20 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed.... (2+ / 0-)
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        We need to maintain these efforts, which is why we need to 'share the luv' and get more folks to start their own or join with others in their neighborhoods.

        Trust me, if I can pull one of these off, anyone can...I'm not the sharpest bowling ball in the bag ;p

        We should at least target doing a major local event once a month and smaller targeted canvass efforts in between. Pooling talents, resources, volunteer bases and promoting them works well.

        Even if folks only knock on 25-50 doors, it all adds up.

    •  Post Event Assessments (0+ / 0-)

      I agree, there's always a few value-added take aways and lessons learned from doing these. Planning to do my own to figure out what worked well, what 'low hanging fruit' got left on the trees and those aspects that need to be better covered or included for the next rounds.

      Felt it went well, not major glitches I'm aware of and met/exceeded my preliminary objectives. Didn't want to stretch things too far, next time will be able to cover a few areas that need coverage or inclusions.

      Sharing and comparing notes, as a team at the grassroots and from the trenches, makes it easier for all of us down stream.

  •  Aurora: Wet 'n Wonderfully Fun (5+ / 0-)

    Ryan,

    Great Blog and nice way to capture the nuances and take-aways from today's efforts around the Fox Valley regions.

    It was indeed a bit damp, grey and nippy here in Aurora, but everyone showed up and we picked up at least 2 add'l volunteers.

    WE covered the 2 targeted Precints, plus parts of 2 others today.

    Afterwards we hooked up at a local pub to unwind, compare notes, collect the signups, etc.

    Everyone reported great results, enthusicastic recpetions, eager voters hungering for an alternative to the 'Nightmare on K-Street' and current Administrations "Selling Out of the American Dream"

    In fact, 3 of the volunteers will continue to canvass in their areas in the next few days.

    My daughter walked with me today, her 1st (of many future) canvass efforts. She's been enthusiastic and eager to do the grunt work, help candidates and join the 2006 'Tea Party' within the 14th Dist.

    Can't wait to do this again, soon...and am soo greatful to everyone who came out today (rain,shine or otherwise) to particiapte in the local canvass.

    I oew a debt of gratitude to several individuals who worked together for these 'Neighbor-to-Neighbor' events in the FOx Valley area. WE made it a joint effot, collaborated and pooled our resources/talents.

    Am sure we'll be seeing a bountiful harvest on the fall from 'working the fertile ground' today.

    We have a great local slate of candidates across the boards in Kane County and Aurora. And John leading the pack across the 14th Dist.

    Glad to be a small part of this major historic event  and join with others at the grassroots to 'jump in the boat, grab an oar and pull togetehr as a team'

    •  Want to do the press Conf. next week in Aurora? (1+ / 0-)
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      Steve,

      Here in the office we are planning on doing a press conference next weekend - how does Aurora look to capture the Beacon News?

      jdl

      Democratic Congressional Candidate (IL CD 14) www.john06.com Why yes, yes I am running against the Speaker of the House :)

      by John Laesch on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:02:47 PM PDT

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      •  Beacon: Seems likely (1+ / 0-)
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        ek hornbeck

        John,

        I'd say the Beacon would be a good choice, they've given yoru campaign some great coverage already in the past 8 months. Let's 'make a pitch' and see if they swing for it ;p

        Keep me posted on this, if I can make it down for the Press Conf, will be happy to do so.

        SA

    •  Thanks Steve! (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      This was a great event to blog about, thanks to people like Carolyn Shannon, Janice Bennett, Arden Plocher and the Kendall County Democratic Party, and, of course, yourself!

    •  Great Example! (1+ / 0-)
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      SAldrich

      "My daughter walked with me today..."

      That's great.  Last week was 'Take Our Kids to Work Day' but it seems it's far more valuable to have a 'Take Our Kids to Canvass Day'!

      Independent Illinois Grassroots: IllinoisDemNet.com

      by patachon on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 08:56:35 PM PDT

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      •  Youth Participation (0+ / 0-)

        I concur with you, and should also mention both my daughters were eager to help me prepare the materials, assemble the info pkgs/lit materials, labels and other behind the scenes grunt work.

        They've both helped on numerous occassions before and are still eager to do more.

        My daughter who canvassed with me today, in fact, walked the local "St Patrick's Day Parade" and brought two of her classmates along to march with the Kane Dems group last month.

        Last fall she also tagged along for the 'Pumpkin Fest" parade out in DeKalb county.

        We have a number of exceptional, talented and energetic 'Young Dems' in the hinterlands..Thanks Be & Praises to each 'n every one of them (and their folks for allowing them to participate in making a difference to 'change the course'.

        Oftimes I feel their contributions and talents are oftimes overlooked, they may not be "fat cats" with a large stash of $$ to offer, but they can stuff envelopes, do spreadsheet/data entry work, participate in canvass or parade events, and a host of other value-added contributions.

        Just a few observations and side comments from the peanut gallery for considerations.

  •  For next time: (2+ / 0-)
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    I have some great ammo for you to use. In this diary, Dennis Hastert does a photo-op promoting renewable fuels and hybrid cars -- and then sneaks off to a huge gas-guzzling SUV when he thinks nobody else is watching.

    Just minutes after giving a speech yesterday about the horrendously high gas prices that "average" Americans have to pay -- you know, all that B.S. about bribing voters to go GOP with $100 rebates...with ANWR drilling tacked on, of course -- Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert drove off in an energy-efficient hydrogen car.

    But once he was around the corner and, theoretically, out of the sight of photographers, he screeched to a halt, got out, and jumped in his gas-guzzling SUV to finish the trip to the Capitol.

    This is not some anti-SUV rant or anything, but it's a perfect example of the "do as I say, not as I do" and "it's okay if you're a Republican" ethos of these crooks in Washington.

    If someone talks about the environment or renewable fuels, this would be a perfect story to share. This is solid proof that Hastert is running scared.

  •  best of luck to mr leasch in the election (2+ / 0-)
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    and to the rest with your dedicated work.

    warm, dry thoughts are being sent from delaware!!

    "A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection."~Crystal Eastman

    by 73rd virgin on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:09:38 PM PDT

  •  honest and open government (3+ / 0-)
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    Weather did affect turnout here, but we had a great walk nonetheless and a number of people volunteered to help.  Many are closely watching both local and larger national races.

    I was delighted to get to know several newly-active volunteers today including a neighbor down my street.    

    Voters are very interested in honest and open government - this was consistently the top issue I heard.  They definitely think they're not getting that with the current administration.  

    Impeachment begins in the House.

    by raisin on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:10:44 PM PDT

    •  Hi Raisin ;p (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      Glad you could make it here tonight...

      Had a number of similar comments and observations from our canvassing down river in Aurora today.

      And indeed, 'Impeachment DOES Begin in the House', in fact it's already moving in the IL State House with HJR0125 which was introduced on April 22nd.

      If the US Congress won't 'do it's duty', it may well be left to the individual states to get the ball rolling.

    •  re: honest and open government (2+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for your comments.  Integrity among members of Congress is far too lacking.  

      •  Hastert's idea of fuel economy (2+ / 0-)
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        Haster't idea of fuel economy, epitomized in the above-mentioned gas-guzzling switcherooo, is just the latest case in point of the lack of honest and open government for which Hastert has, embarrassingly, become the poster boy.  We deserve better.

        Another blogger summed up Denny's cynical manipulations better than I could:

        It's like the hybrid was poison and every passing second sapped Denny's strength to take checks from the oil lobby.

        We live in a photo-op world nowadays, and this was just a photo-op gone awry. But as a statement as to where the real priorities of the GOP are on energy policy, to see the Speaker of the House sneak into his gas guzzler when he thinks nobody's looking has powerful metaphorical value.

        Impeachment begins in the House.

        by raisin on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:32:47 PM PDT

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    •  Great Job in StChas! (0+ / 0-)

      Know you did a suprb job and made 'lemon-aide outta lemons' today, (rainy weather putting a damper on things).

      Let me know when I can paddle up river and hit the streets with you, Raisin. Always a pleasure collaborating with you.

      Hoping we see a good 'up tick' locally for our Township and County Dem orgs, along with pullign on more folks in our neighborhoods who've felt isolated, disconnected or 'out of touch'.

      Always good to know we're 'not the only Dem, Liberal, Progressive' in the (neighborhood/town/county).

      Far too many folks (long term residents and new folks moving in) seem to not make the connections or find out where the rest of us 'hang our hats'.

      Why these neighborhood grassroots efforts are crucial, IMO.

      Even a casual social gathering or talking over the fence to your neighbors can be a great way to make new friends, find others we share 'common cause(s)' with and enjoy some like minded company.

  •  Thank you so much for posting this. (3+ / 0-)
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    As a resident of the district, it warms me heart :)

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Well, come on, doesn't anybody know!?!?

    by Erik the Red on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 07:25:20 PM PDT

  •  'GOP Auction House' Resources (0+ / 0-)

    Would highly commend this resource from teh DCCC for future canvass, LTE, GOTV and related efforts.

    GOP Autcion House

    Also good to stay on track of all the 'Three Card Monte' scams being perpetuated on in the US House and the rest of the current adminstration's 'drum beating cabal'

    I made good use of it as part of my info packets today in Aurora, will be using it frequently in the future as well.

    Basically a 'one-stop-shop'...and covers all the major players and 'backroom dbl-dealings'

  •  Downtown Chicago Group Hands Out 2k Pieces of Lit (1+ / 0-)
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    (from my idn diary - leo)

    Downtown Chicago Group - 50-State Canvass.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our Downtown Chicago Canvass! With over a dozen people doing shifts of two hours or more, we managed to distribute almost 2,000 pieces of literature in less than optimal circumstances -- it was drizzling the whole day.  We passed out lit both for the DNC and Gov. Blagojevich. Our base of operations started from the Tribune Tower and extended northward to the Water Tower.  We got a special assist and wonderful collaboration from the local NARAL Pro-Choice America Team.

    Independent Illinois Grassroots: IllinoisDemNet.com

    by patachon on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 08:27:07 PM PDT

    •  After Lugging all those Boxes... (1+ / 0-)
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      After lugging all those boxes full of lit and then handing it out in the drizzle for 4 hours with everyone else, I feel like a truck ran over me.

      But you know, I'd rather feel like a truck ran over me -- if it's for a good cause -- than all rested and chipper after having done nothing!!!

      In any case, handing stuff out in the center of town is always an interesting experience.  First, the demographic has a high concentration of out-of-towners -- quite a few of which are far more conservative (even Republican) than your standard issue blue Chicagoan.

      That said, our goal was to hit up as many people as we could.  The way I approached this was more of a visibility event than a true canvass.  I thought we did extremely well.  The perseverance of the people who came and volunteered was amazing!  Most lasted more than two hours and quite a few when the whole 4 hours just like me.

      Since the DNC came though with their doorhangers, we've still got maybe 2k of the "low-budget" ones we printed as a precaution ourselves (reformatted, B&W, 2-to-a-page handbill-style).  So, although it hurts me to think of this at the moment, we're looking for maybe another event in a week or two.

      Independent Illinois Grassroots: IllinoisDemNet.com

      by patachon on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 08:45:41 PM PDT

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      •  Ditto! (0+ / 0-)

        GREAT JOB Chicago!

        Will be making further use of the 'extra materials' that I and others 'self produced' for this. Here in Aurora we did our best to make it both a canvass and visibility event.

        Planning to do more of these in the coming months, on our own initiatives and as a coordinated effort with other grassroots voters and local campaign teams.

        Now it's time to ramp it up here in Aurora and surrounding regions to 'paint the maps blue®' between now and November.

        The deomgraphics in the far-western 'burbs have shifted significantly over the past 5-6 years, there's a huge influx of new voters, folks who are not familar with the local scene and are eager to have a neighbor stop in to 'get acquainted and make them feel welcome'.

        We also need to be focusing on Voter Registration drives, social events and related GOTV efforts here locally.

      •  you are awesome (0+ / 0-)

        I like the idea of it being a "visibility" event - that was part of our message as well.  At least one woman I talked with didn't vote in a prior election because she didn't have enough information.  We aim to change that.

        We have great candidates running, and we are already planning another walk in St Chuck as well to finish distributing the hangers we got.

        Impeachment begins in the House.

        by raisin on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 05:15:17 AM PDT

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        •  Count Me In (0+ / 0-)

          Set the date(s) and I'll be there with bells on to walk around 'St. Chuck' with ya, Raisin.

          Always a pleasure to combine our efforts and share your company. If the weather's good will fetch along the 'pucksters' to help and participate.

          Just glad our canvass day was yesterday and not today, it's gonna be an 'amphibian heaven' day here weather wise, plus it's a tad more than 'blustery'.

          As my grandma use to remark when I was a youngster...
          "that's not rain, it's just 'skeeter pee'" during the drizzly weather days. ;p

  •  'Thank You' from the DNC (0+ / 0-)

    Just received this (along with all the other event organizers who particiapted today) from Jason Leon at the DNC.

    I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for taking the time to join the Neighbor-to-Neighbor National Organizing Day today. Your unprescedented effort resulted in over 1,000 events and 1 million conversations with people in all fifty states. Never before has the Democratic Party started organizing this far before Election Day, but those who took to the streets today quickly changed that.

    We've heard from many of you already, and the canvass was an overwhelming success. Today, Democrats reached out and started a conversation about the future of our country with those voters who matter most -- their neighbors.

    Be sure to send your stories and photos from the 50-State Canvass to April29@dnc.org. If you're a Flickr user, we've set up a group where you can also post your photos (tag them "50 State Canvass" so everyone can sort them out):

    http://www.democrats.org/...

    As photos and stories come in, we're posting them here:

    http://www.democrats.org/...

    If everyone continues the discussion they started with their neighbors today in the coming weeks and months, we'll only get better and more effective at delivering the Democratic vision and getting more people out to vote.

    We'll be in touch more in the next few days, but I wanted to thank you for your leadership and participation.

    --Jason

    Jason León
    Deputy Political Director
    Grassroots Organizing
    Democratic National Committee

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