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We are covering lots of ground today:

1. Fighting Dems Vets who have previously blogged or have been invited to come back and discuss the topics of the week (or anything else the netroots wants to engage them on) in an OPEN FORUM feature we will have over the next few weeks. In addition, the Kentucky Fighting Dem candidates have been invited to join in since their primary on May 16th is coming up soon.

2. See below the fold for this and the profiles of the Kentucky FDVet candidates.

3. An extra feature at the end of the diary is a rundown on the Fighting Dems record in the primaries to date. Out of 24 candidates who were unopposed or who ran against other candidates, 14 remain to run against Republican incumbents in the GD in November.

1. The star attractions invited to live blog today are as follows.
You can read the profiles of these candidates at Fighting-Dems.com and checking out the Muster Rolls by state:


Ted ANKRUM (TX-10), Mishonda BALDWIN (MD-03), Dave BRUDERLY (FL-06), Bill FALZETT (CA-02), Jay Fawcett (CO-05), David HARRIS (TX-06), John LAESCH (IL-14), Jeff LATAS (AZ-08), Karen Marie OTTER (CA-52), Rick PENBERTHY (FL-05), Gene SCHARER (AZ-02), Carl SHEELER (RI-Senate), Rick SIFERD (OH-04), Terry STULCE (TN-03) and Bill WINTER (CO-06)

And from Kentucky:

Andrew HORNE (KY-03), Ken Lucas (KY-04), Kenneth STEPP (KY-05), Eric STREIT, Mike Weaver (KY-02)


Availability depends on campaign schedules so some who are invited will have to decline, but others may join for all or part of the session.

2. The next Primary is the Kentucky Primary, May 16th, 2006

4 Fighting Dem vet challengers in Kentucky
1 unopposed (ex-Rep Ken Lucas, two terms in the House, for KY-04; returning after a draft Ken Lucas effort)

Mike WEAVER for Congress (KY-02)


Colonel, U.S. Army.
Mike joined the Navy at 17, serving on a Destroyer Escort. Later he served as an enlisted man in the 1st Cav in Korea. Attending OCS he was commissioned and served as an officer in Vietnam with the 1st Cav and the 73rd Airborne Brigade. During his 30 year military journey, Mike rose in rank from a Private to a Staff Sergeant and from a Second Lieutenant to a Colonel. Along the way, Mike received a military scholarship for undergraduate school and another for graduate school.
Webpage :: Contact :: Donate :: Profile: Mike Weaver was born and raised on a farm in southern Davies County, Kentucky. In 1996, four and a half years after retiring from the Army, Mike was elected to fill a vacant seat as State Representative for the 26th District. For eight years, Mike has sponsored, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation that had to meet a simple test: "is it good for family, faith, and freedom, and will it be good for our community?"

Andrew HORNE for Congress (KY-03)


LtCol, U.S. Air Force.
Iraq War vet. Commissioned as a Marine, Col. Horne was deployed to the Mediterranean, the Far East and Northern Europe, entering the Marine Reserve. He was recalled for Operation Desert Storm, and then was once again recalled to duty to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout his legal career, Horne has advanced in the military from his enlistment as a private to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Along the way, Horne was eventually promoted to company commander of the unit in which he first enlisted! Though he was eligible to retire after 20 years of service, Horne continued to serve because the corps needed him. He will mark his 27th anniversary as a Marine in March 2006.
Webpage :: Contact :: Donate :: Profile" After honoring his six-year active duty commitment to the Marines, Horne re-joined the USMC Reserve and entered the Brandeis School of Law at U of L. During school, Horne was awarded a Leon Seidman Memorial Award for demonstrating honesty, integrity and a commitment to community service, and clerked for a prestigious local law firm. He also honed his interest in the environment as a member of the Environmental Moot Court team. Following Desert Storm, Horne returned again to Louisville and to law school, where he met his wife, Stephanie. Horne graduated in 1993 and established a successful legal practice. Today, he and Stephanie are proud parents of two young sons Ty and Nick.

Ken LUCAS for Congress (KY-04)


Major, USAF, USAR.
Served 12 years in the Air Force, later in the Air National Guard, retiring as a Major.
Webpage :: Contact :: Donate :: Profile: Ken Lucas is an ex-Representative from Kentucky, elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1999- January 3, 2005); he was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Ninth Congress in 2004 due to a promise to keep to a term limitation, but is returning now because of the grave situation facing our nation. Ken was born in Kenton County, Ky., August 22, 1933; graduated from University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 1955; M.B.A., Xavier University, 1970; Florence, Ky., city councilman, 1967-1974; Boone County, Ky., commissioner, 1974-1982; Boone County, Ky., judge-executive, 1992-1998, and, of course, ex-Rep from this district and a retired Major in the USAF.

Kenneth STEPP for Congress (KY-05)


Lieutenant, Junior Grade, USN.
Vietnam era veteran. Trained in Naval OCS, in Naval Operations, Weapons, Engineering, and Navigation; Graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California with an M.S. in Management. Kenneth served as Gunnery Assistant and Second Division Officer with supervision over eighteen fighting men who ran the gun mount, the gun fire control system, the anti-aircraft missiles, and the anti-aircraft missile fire control system in addition to the small arms gun locker. Kenneth Stepp was proud to serve alongside such patriots in the United States Navy on the USS Blakely.
Webpage :: Contact :: Donate :: Profile: Born 9/8/1947, Kenneth, his wife Wilma and their two children reside in Barbourville, Kentucky. Ken is a lawyer with Law Offices at Carl A. Short II. He graduated from the University of Georgia, School of Law, juris Doctor, law degree;  M.S. in Management, Clemson University, South Carolina, B.A. in Industrial management with a minor in Economics.

Contribute Now! They are all excellent candidates, not the mix of good and so-so candidates one sometimes finds. And the FDVets have stepped into the breach to oppose GOP incumbents.

3. Where do the Fighting Dem vets stand?

Out of a total of over 90 who have run for office, 73 FDVets remain. Most of these have dropped out for one reason or another. For example, Bryan Lentz in PA dropped out to run for state senator, David Ashe of VA dropped out to accept an offer for a position in upcoming Kaine administration, and Tim Dunn of NC dropped out for personal financial reasons. However, some have lost out in primaries that have occurred to date and these are surveyed below.

For the profiles of these vets visit Fighting-Dems.com and check out the Muster Rolls by state.

Texas Primary - March 3, 2006

10 Texas Fighting Dem Challengers before primary
6 Unopposed
1 Won primary and runoff (Ted Ankrum)
2 Lost in primary (Duane Shaw and David Murff)
1 Lost runoff (Paul Foreman, vet, lost to Ted Ankrum, vet)


Current: Seven (7) Dem Challengers in November: Dan Dodd vs. Sam Johnson (TX-03), Charlie Thompson vs. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05),  David T. Harris vs. Joe L. Barton (TX-06), Ted Ankrum vs. Mike McCaul (TX-10), Roger Waun vs. William M. "Mac" Thornberry (TX-13), John Courage vs. Lamar S. Smith (TX-21), Rick Bolaños vs. Henry Bonilla (TX-23)

Illinois Primary - March 21, 2006

4 Fighting Dem Challengers
2 unopposed
2 winners in primary


Current: Four (4) Fighting Dem Challengers in Illinois in November: Tammy Duckworth vs. Peter J. Roskam (IL-06)  and Jonathan "John" Laesch vs. speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (IL-14), Richard "Dick" Auman vs. Donald A. Manzullo (IL-16), Steve Waterworth vs. Ray Lahood (IL-18).

Indiana Primary - May 2nd, 2006

2 Fighting Dem Challengers
1 won in the primary
1 lost in the primary (Rick Cornstuble)


Current: One (1) Fighting Dem Challenger in Indiana in November: Thomas E. Hayhurst vs. Mark E. Sounder (IN-03).

North Carolina Primary, May 2nd, 2006

2 Fighting Dem Challengers
1 Withdrew (Tim Dunn)
1 unopposed


Current: One (1) Fighting Dem Challenger in North Carolina in November:  Craig Weber vs. Jones Jr. (NC-03).

Ohio Primary, May 2nd, 2006

6 Fighting Dem Candidates
1 unopposed
2 pairs running against each other
Upset was Joe Sulzer, a good candidate who came in a surprising 3rd.


Current: One (1) Fighting Dem Challengers in Ohio in November: Richard Siferd vs. state senator Jim Jordon for open seat left by retiring GOP incumbent Michael G. Oxley (IL-04). This district is very competitive with an excellent Fighting Dem Vet candidate.

Summary:

Out of a total number of twenty-four (24) Fighting Dem vets who have been through primaries and runoffs, fourteen (14) remain to oppose Republican incumbents in the General Election in November. This is a loss of ten (10) of which one (1) was due to the withdrawal of the candidate (Tim Dunn, North Carolina). There was an unusual opposition of three pairs of FDVets running in the same districts so loss was inevitable; but non-vet FDs won in two of these and one of the FDVets won in the other (Ted Ankrum won the runoff against fellow vet Paul Foreman, both of whom had bested the two non-vet candidates).

1 candidate dropped out (NC)
3 lost in Texas (1 running against another vet; one had to lose)
0 lost in Illinois (2 won, 2 unopposed)
1 lost in Indiana (1 out of 2 - 50/50)
5 lost in Ohio (two pairs running against each other, one or both had to go and both lost; Joe Sulzer losing was an unexpected upset as he was a good candidate).
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10 withdrew or lost out of 24 in primaries to date. Considering we need 15 more reps to win back the House, the casualties are not severe (except in Ohio).

Originally posted to Fighting Dem Vets on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:06 AM PDT.

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  •  I am gald to see you all here again and thanks nt (6+ / 0-)

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:08:58 AM PDT

  •  Ted Ankrum, TX 10 here for a while (6+ / 0-)

    Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

    by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:09:44 AM PDT

    •  Hi, Ted! (1+ / 0-)
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      kraant

      How's it going?  What's the #1 thing on your mind today?

      •  MONEY! (1+ / 0-)
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        mikebailey2000

        Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

        by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:16:14 AM PDT

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        •  lol (0+ / 0-)

          That's the #1 thing on all campaign's minds at the moment, isn't it? ;)

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

          by flautist on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:19:26 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, it is. (1+ / 0-)
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            mikebailey2000

            I have a lot of people that want to help with position papers, ideas, etc.  I have to tell them that there are very few "ideas" in a campaign that haven't already been thought of.  The only time you get to actually talk about a developed "position" is in house parties with group of people that are truly interested in a thought that takes more than 30 sec to describe.  Most of the effort of campaigning to the general voting public is being able to reach them in a 15 sec sound bite, ot a visual like a billboard.  Newspaper articles are only useful in building a buzz among political junkies.  The average person doesn't read them.  This is the biggest shocker to me, of all, when it comes to campaigning.

            Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

            by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:26:06 AM PDT

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        •  Here's a little... (0+ / 0-)

          Showing Ted a little "love" at:

          https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049

          Reference #: AB00058713

        •  Speaking of which... (1+ / 0-)
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          Knightrider

          For all you Illinoisans, John is having a fundraiser dinner at which his brother, Pete Laesch, will be a keynote speaker. Pete is currently fighting in Iraq, and will be home on leave the week that we are having the dinner. He will be speaking about his experiences there. It will be held on Thursday. RSVPs are needed by tomorrow. For more information, go to: http://www.john06.com/...

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

          by flautist on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:25:16 AM PDT

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  •  thanks for sharing your time with us Ted (3+ / 0-)
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    kraant, imabluemerkin, mikebailey2000

    we need to get more people to see that all of you fighting dems will be an asset for all of america not just YOUR district as all votes have national repurcussions

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:11:14 AM PDT

  •  A word on Fighting Dem Vet casulties (1+ / 0-)
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    mikebailey2000

    We have over 70 still running. We need 15 additional seats to take back the House. Many of these candidates are running in places long ago ceded to the GOP and they are now building the Dem party from the ground up.

    There is also the fact that about half of the vets are unopposed, so there will be fewer casulties in the primaries than one might think.

    I am tracking the casulties to see what kind of military service attracts candidates. It is clear that the "New Breed" (those who served in Vietnam and since, especially in Kosovo, Lebanon, First Gulf War and Iraq), those with career service, and those with combat experience all are found attractive. "Vintage Vets" (WWII, Korea) are of the type mostly found in Congress now and while their service is honored, it is not as attactive as the New Breed.

  •  John Laesch (1+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778

    He will not be able to be here today... he is doing a lot of travelling around the district today. However, I can stick around for a while if anyone has any questions or comments. :)

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

    by flautist on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:14:24 AM PDT

  •  Ted Ankrum and John Laesch onboard! (1+ / 0-)
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    mikebailey2000

    Great to see you guys.

  •  I have Terry highlighted here and am working on (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.org/

    a  I support these candidates page for those I am supporting Noel  I have a programmer helping me I just started it  lol  Mike

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:19:49 AM PDT

  •  Feedback from the trenches (0+ / 0-)

    I've been to a lot of public events, lately--Chicken fry's, beer bashes, parades, etc.  and I have lost count of the number of people that have said to me "I usually vote Republican, but I'm thinking about it this year."

    Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

    by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:19:53 AM PDT

    •  Here in Hastert's district... (0+ / 0-)

      we've heard that quite a bit.

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

      by flautist on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:21:09 AM PDT

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    •  if they aren;t thinking about voting democratic (0+ / 0-)

      this year they msut like  rich people and helping to support them, and let the neo-cons rule the country, Rove and his ilk need to go, can we let Colbert interview them  I would love to see him and Melman together  lol

      "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

      by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:21:45 AM PDT

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      •  No - they will stay home (0+ / 0-)

        The Gov's race is going by default to Blogovich, so not much reason for Republicans to go vote.

        "Time to clean out the crap in Congress" - Jesus (D) Nazareth

        by llbear on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:35:17 AM PDT

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        •  Not necessarily... (0+ / 0-)

          A lot of people do not like the directions Blagojevich has taken this state in. He's done a lot of good things, but he's messed up a lot, too. Topinka has a real chance... she has TONS of down-state support. I recently moved to DeKalb from the rural areas outside Springfield. My family is still downstate. I can tell you, Topinka is all they can talk about down there. She is going to give Blagojevich a run for his money, that's for sure.

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

          by flautist on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:43:23 AM PDT

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    •  That's what I like to hear (1+ / 0-)
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      imabluemerkin

      The key will be to get enough of them to jump ship.

      "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 Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:22:55 AM PDT

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    •  Music to our ears... (2+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778, imabluemerkin

      And in case a public declaration has not been made on kos, "Congradulations on winning your runoff election and being the official nominee."

    •  A Groundswell of Discontent is what we're hearing (3+ / 0-)

      On behalf of the Horne campaign, this is Jason blogging.

      I'm getting a real feeling of solidarity in this community that Anne Northup has Got to Go!  People from all walks of life are fed up, that's what we keep hearing.  

      From today's Contra Costa Times

      Horne, a lawyer, grew up in Louisville's South End, where some blue-collar Democrats have shown a willingness to cross over and vote Republican.

      "I think a lot of the Democrats that have been leaving the party look to that type of service and they can relate to it," Horne said of his military record.
      ...
      Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Northup is among a few Republicans nationally to hold a Democratic-leaning House seat. He said she is the favorite this November, but added that Bush's low public approval poses a problem for her.

      "If there is a Democratic wave in November, it might show up there," he said. "She has to be concerned about that."

      •  Has she defended/supportedBush's Iraq war policy? (0+ / 0-)

        Has the middle class suffered more with Bush's tax cuts in your district, subsequent to her election to office?

        •  Northup is a Vociferous Bush Supporter (2+ / 0-)
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          mikebailey2000, bentleftliberal

          She wholeheartedly supported the invasion of Iraq and she has an amazingly cavalier attitude toward the expendable nature of human lives.  When I wrote to her about my concerns about the loss of life; that we could not sustain a prolonged invasion, much less a new war on a 3rd front without an impending military draft, she answered thusly:

          I am always impressed with the number of young people who seek out, and excel, in service to our country.

          To quote Jay Leno's TV Commercial for Doritos:  "Keep crunching, we'll make more."

          As for your second question about the local impact of the Bush tax cuts, I can't answer authoritatively, but the anecdotes from the wealthier areas indicate that the discontent is enough to warrant a sacrifice.

          jn;hfc

      •  It's Time! (0+ / 0-)

        To get that RUBBER STAMP out of office!

        Her DeLay-corrupted days in office are numbered.

      •  Great point, Jason. (0+ / 0-)

        When my DFA group, Change for Louisville, walked the precincts of the conservative Dems in the South End of Louisville, we discovered that Democrats who had voted for Bush and Northup could be brought back into the fold with the right candidate.  Horne is that candidate.  The military service is working magic in the South End, where patriotic folks are pledging to vote for Horne in droves.  I am very excited about defeating Northup!  We just need to emerge from this primary, and then Northup is as good as gone...

    •  As long as you avoid the Freedom Fries (1+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778

      I hear that it gets our hands smeared in grease.  Otherwise, it's all good, you're making a difference for us.

      I still can't figure out who the 32% who approve of Bush and his Iraq war policy, really are?  Like his war on terror, it's a total  failure, so what and who are they really supporting?

      Thanks for posting here with us at Kos :)

  •  Thanks to all of you (1+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to answer questions.

    Recommended!

    "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 Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:20:53 AM PDT

  •  Noel, Terry called me again yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    westcott

    now he really needs to get to Capitol Hill, he is good for all of us and he;'s shown that to me.

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:23:28 AM PDT

    •  One of our vets who will be the editor (1+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778

      of our Fighting Dem Vet News Service on Fighting-dems.com thnks we should have the issue as an OpEd piece.

      Before I turn in (2am Taiwan time), I hope everyone who hasn't will go to fighting-dems.com and sign the Petition for Rumsfield's resignation initiated by Eric Massa and Jeff Latas two weeks ago and reinforced by Eric and Terry Stulce last Sunday. News developing on this front this week I believe.

      fighting-dems.com

  •  Tom DeLay said this morning (2+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778, imabluemerkin

    and it seems to be a GOoPer talking point that the polls don't matter, who cares how much the Republicans are hated - the House races are all run on local issues, and the Dems are blowing hot air. I guess that's another way of saying "we got the districts sewn up nice and tight, don't you pay any mind to what those corrupt Democrats say."

    I think pretty soon it'll be strait jacket time for for these jackals. Not that we don't have work to do...

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

    by bumblebums on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:36:02 AM PDT

    •  Yes, that is usually true that people (0+ / 0-)

      in a district fall into habit with their local member and continue to support him/her, no matter the "popularity" of a National Party.  I'm having trouble with the PAC's supporting me because of this.  They look at the Clear Channel Millions that my opponent has and just say he's a rich incumbent and no challenger has a chance, without looking at the particulars of a local race. My incumbent is a first termer that has ignored the District in the belief that he is invincible, and sought Party leadership roles much too early in his tenure.  He is vulnerable because no one in the District knows him, and so the "toss the bums out" sentiment can stick to him.  In an ordinary year, I would not have a chance.  All he has going for him is that he is a Republican, and that is not much of an advantage this year.  But, my campaign will depend on Netroots, and the small contributor; because he has the PAC's bamboozled.  I am also in competition with other, unopposed Democratic incumbents.  When I went to  the Austin AFL/CIO CLC representative to ask for support, I was told that the only Democratic incumbent in the Austin area, who is unopposed, had just been assessed $100,000 by the DCCC; and that he would take precedence for support from the Unions.  So, not only am I not getting any help from the National Party, they are actually taking money away to support incumbents in other States.  Depressing, isn't it?

      Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

      by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:47:38 AM PDT

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  •  I don;t understand why the democrats aren't using (1+ / 0-)
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    imabluemerkin

    the stae of the vetran affairs department, waiting times for appointments, 825,000 appeals awaitijg ajudication lack of dentists for vets, lack of doctors, etc closing emergency rooms, and the republs adore their vets,  sure they do,  use the issue like a hammer and beat them to death with it  A promise made is a promise kept my azz  vets with PTSD can;t get mental health appts  actions speak louder than words

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:38:46 AM PDT

    •  They are... (2+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778, imabluemerkin

      What I can't understand is why there's still a huge portion of the public that thinks a yellow ribbon on the back of their cars supports troops/vets more than adequately funding veterans.  I mean, geez, can't ya just slap a yellow ribbon on that bleeding ulcer and fix it right up?

    •  This has been a winner for me. (1+ / 0-)
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      testvet6778

      My incumbent voted against raising the VA budget last May, before he voted for it.  So, I keep hammering away that he has supported Bush over and over in keeping our troops, there, but has not supported the troops.  I add other similar votes to point out that he is voting the way the leadership wants, not the way his District wants.  Now, I need to get enough money to buy drive time radio spots.

      Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

      by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:53:46 AM PDT

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      •  Ted, I like the way you pinpoint your money... (1+ / 0-)
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        Knightrider

        You told us you needed money for postcard mailouts, now for radio spots.

        I think pinpointing money needs like that helps donors focus on what you are doing and feeling a part of it.

        •  Thanks, Noel. The Runoff was very useful (0+ / 0-)

          to discover what worked, and what didn't.  For instance, the Robocall was a waste.  The postcard worked.  The professional political consultants said that signs didn't matter.  I found out that they were VERY important for an unknown, such as myself.  I try to tell people what their money is going for.  For instance, no one in my campaign gets a salary.  I'd love to be able to hire a campaign manager to take care of the details, but that's $3000 a month.  Until I see institutional support, that's a bridge too far and it's another job for Ted.

          Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

          by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 11:18:24 AM PDT

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  •  IF you're mostly fighting within GOP-leaning CD's (0+ / 0-)

    ...do you know if Bush's near abyssmal, 32% national approval ratings, on par with the voters in your district?

    Since we're looking at IL, TX and KY, I'd be curious what it is in your GOP-leaning districts.

    •  TX is not at 32%, yet (0+ / 0-)

      but it is going down.  Last time I looked, it was in the low 40's, but declining.

      Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

      by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:58:27 AM PDT

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      •  I'm sure you'll help sink your opponent with him (0+ / 0-)

        I believe that most all issues are really framed around "national security." Any GOP'er who supported Bush's economic, health, education and foreign policies has actually undermined our future on this front.

        We'll need you guys/gal to minimize what will be long term consequences that Republicans have proven negligent to address and restore leadership back to our  government.

        Thank you all for running!

  •  I don't understand why democratic politics (0+ / 0-)

    here in south carolina are so bad, no one answers e mails it's like they don't wnat support  and Joe Wilson SC02  sux as a congressman

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

    by testvet6778 on Sun May 07, 2006 at 10:58:35 AM PDT

  •  Leaving--This Diary has dropped off (0+ / 0-)

    the home page roll, which is my signal to pick up other things.  Bye

    Democrat running in TX-10. [Contribute http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/9049/]

    by Ted Ankrum on Sun May 07, 2006 at 11:27:19 AM PDT

  •  RI DEM US Senate Candidate Gives Greetings (3+ / 0-)

    Hello all.  Was officiating a soccer game.  I'm a Marine Desert Storm vet.  Tanker, Intel and Staff positions '82 through '92.  

    Big day is tomorrow with "ultimate insider" and crony Sheldon Whitehouse and I in the Dem Party delegates' endorsement process.

    I have a team of vets who are watching over me, but this is the full 25 mile hump with full combat load.

    Thanks to Noel Scultz and the Fighting Dems for this forum on Daily Kos.  Daily Kos did a nice job covering my impeachment efforts and nationally covered billboard BE PATRIOTIC IMPEACH BUSH.  Next week we have Fund OUR Future, Not BU$H's War going up!

    Semper fi'

    Carl
    Sheeler for US Senate
    www.carlsheeler.com
    carl@carlsheeler.com

  •  Let's Send Andrew Horne Support! (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's help him keep his campaign strong.

    Help Andrew empower people.  Help Andrew create jobs.  Help Andrew help the people of Kentucky's third district sustain their lives.

    8 days to go.

    Show him you care.

    Let Rep. Northup know what a fight she has on her hands.  Tell her the People are awake and they're ready to clean House.

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