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President John Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke those words on a blustery day in January 1961. In his inaugural address to the Nation, he spoke of the greatness which lives within each of us, and how together we could work towards that "more perfect Union" the Constitution built the framework for.

That phrase ends with "Ask what you can do, for your Country."

Why not join me this coming Sunday afternoon, for a diary aimed at US House races, and ask the greater Daily Kos community what they can do for their Country...

As the campaign manager for a US House race, I find that I am constantly thinking of ways to find volunteers and donations, I imagine you are, too.

SO, no matter which State or Congressional District, please send me a DKos message with the details of your candidate or race, by 9 pm on Friday evening.

I plan to post around 11 am Pacific Standard Time on Sunday May 6.

Below the Fleur-de-Kos for more...

I'll format the entries in alphabetical order, to ensure it's easy to search for what race you are interested.

After that, they will start at CD-01, and progress down the page.

This is early still, for US House races, but we are facing a veritable tsunami of Koch and Addelson money via the 'Citizens United' decision; with no way to amass the fortunes necessary to compete with dollars, our campaigns are going to have to use another strategy...

Which I am going to be using in our race in the WA-03 district.

We cannot raise the level of money that Jaime Hererra Beutler (R) has now, much less the amount she'll have come September or October.

But what we can do, what all of us in every race across the nation can do, is find enough volunteers to organize a massive Democratic Summer 2012 Canvassing Event.

Imagine in 1964, getting all those newly enfranchised voters to register. It must have been an undertaking nearly as labor-intensive as the movement which ended with the signature of President Johnson on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964).

We need to what they did, and more.

Since most Democratic candidates in open races or one-term Republican races will not have any deep pockets, and see no way to find any (like my candidate, Jon Haugen), then the options for fighting back are limited.

Luckily for all of us, the one thing the Middle Class and Poor Democrats have more of than the Republicans and their wealthy Base? Voters.

At least according to Wiki Answers:

There are roughly 55 million registered Republicans. There are roughly 72 million Democrats. And there are roughly 42 million registered independents.
That's about 162 million registered voters out of the 300 million or so people in the US, or just a smidge over 1/2.

About 75% of those who are eligible to vote are registered:
As of the 2010 Census, there are 305,186,613 people living in the United States, 24.6% of which are children. That means that approximately 228,889,960 persons over 18 live in the United States.

We can do better.

I have a new slogan. I believe in it. I think it will work nicely with my strategy:

The 99% = 99% of the Voters
We Win when Everyone Votes

So, if you are a candidate, a campaign manager, a campaign volunteer or just someone who wants a Democrat instead of a Republican representing you in the US House starting in January of 2013...

send me the information about the race, the candidate, links to the candidate's website and Act Blue page (if they have one) and whatever else you have to me here via DKos messaging - NO LATER than 9 pm Pacific Standard Time Friday May 4th.

Then come on back on Sunday morning, May 6th @ 11 am Pacific time, and let's see what we can do to start organizing for the 2012 Democratic Summer Canvassing Event!

Please note: I'm publishing this via the Publication Manager for mid-morning on Wednesday, May 2nd. I may or may not be available for commenting at the time the diary comes out, but will check in as soon as I am able... I'm here now.

I look forward to finding out about a whole passel of US House races, I hope you do, too.

Originally posted to My .02¢ from The Other Washington on Wed May 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and Income Inequality Kos.

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  •  We Win when Everyone Votes Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Because we do.

    2012 Democratic Super Summer Canvassing Event

    Be there - or start getting used to your conservative Overlords...


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    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
    -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
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    "A Better World is Possible"
    -- #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Tue May 01, 2012 at 09:49:38 PM PDT

  •  I wish Dems had someone in IN 2 (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    There is literally nothing and no one being advertised for Indiana 2, a district that seriously could still go Dem even if it damn near tied with Jackie W. in 2010.

    Rec and hotlisted though, you are correct in that it's game time. Time to get off our asses and take the fight to the front lines.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:29:19 AM PDT

    •  have you checked with your local County (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic Central Committee?

      They will have all the information about any candidate who has publicly announced (and sometimes, even before, if the candidate is an active member of the CC there will be CC officers on the planning committee for the candidate).

      If you don't know how to find your County Central Committee:

      Go to

      Mouseover the top menu item "ABOUT"

      choose the link on that menu "Dems in your State"

      Top right corner of page that opens, choose your State from the drop-down menu, and you'll see something like this:
      p. 206-583-0664
      f. 206-583-0301
      615 Second Avenue, Ste. 580
      Seattle, WA 98104
      So now you have your State Democratic Party info...

      Go to their website, you will find on the front page, a link to locating your local Party Central Committee. Every state party site is different, but they all have similar information and links.

      Let me know what you find out.

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      I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
      -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
      * * *
      "A Better World is Possible"
      -- #Occupy

      by Angie in WA State on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:43:16 AM PDT

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    •  and I just did yours, for fun, here it is: (0+ / 0-)


      There are two Democratic Candidates in the IN-02 race.

      Dan Morrison
      Dan's campaign website is here: Dan Morrison for Congress

      Brendan Mullen
      Brendan's campaign website is here: Mullen for Indiana

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      I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
      -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
      * * *
      "A Better World is Possible"
      -- #Occupy

      by Angie in WA State on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:52:37 AM PDT

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  •  What do you make of WA01 and WA02? (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    A big primary field in 01 with Jay Inslee running for Governor (Go Jay!).  I like Darcy Burner.

    As for 02, Larsen (D Incumbent) is incredibly noninspiring.

    Have good fortune defeating the deep pockets in 03,

    •  I think Darcy Burner is the right person in WA-01 (1+ / 0-)
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      James Wells

      She's the sort of US House Rep that will make the citizens of WA proud, and who will truly represent The People and not just some of the people.

      I'm not familiar with all the House races here in WA State yet, but the year is still young for a candidate running a "shoestring" campaign like my guy is... and like a lot of younger candidates of modest means will be.

      It's part of why I wrote this diary, and will write another like it on Friday, because I'm certain that using the power of the Voters in the precincts throughout the nation, speaking personally to their closest neighbors in their precincts, we can beat the money-laden Citizens's United campaigns of the Right.

      They can only buy so many television ads, and let's be honest, everyone is sick of campaign advertising, I know I am, and this season has barely gotten started!

      On the other hand, five minutes at your front door talking with someone who lives nearby? That just might stick in peoples minds...

      and what if the same person came back twice more before Election day?

      I think this might be a winning formula for House races across the country.

      Watch for my diary on Sunday, and we'll see if anyone around here is listening yet.

      If not, I'll try again next week.

      Sometimes ya have to repeat yourself a few times before people really hear you.

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      I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
      -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
      * * *
      "A Better World is Possible"
      -- #Occupy

      by Angie in WA State on Wed May 02, 2012 at 10:54:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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