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Presidential elections by their nature dominate our attention, and we need to continue working as hard as we can even though our changes of re-electing President Obama seem to be improving. But, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warns us, in order for us to be able to move our country Forward we also need take back the House. And, I would add win as many state and local level elections as possible as well.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the partisan gridlock in Washington won't change if President Barack Obama gets reelected and the House and Senate retain their current party majorities.

"You'll see more of the same," Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's really important for the public to know that the Republican obstruction of President Obama's jobs bills and whatever he was advancing, is their -- obstruction is their agenda."

Pressed again on whether anything would be different if the current power balance in Washington stays the same after November, she said, "No. It doesn't change."

We all need to make sure we devote a certain fraction of our Democratic energies to help down ticket races. After spending most of my last three decades in Massachusetts before just recently returning to Pennsylvania, I need to put my own registration status in order, but I'm enthusiastic about supporting the election of future Massachusetts Senate Elizabeth Warren who we just learned is now, finally leading Senator Scott Brown in the polls, even if I end up voting in Pennsylvania, which now seems likely.

But, can you imagine how embarrassing it will be if I fluff up my registration status and miss this election, because my residency status is up for grabs after writing so many posts and comments encouraging everyone else to vote, volunteer, and donate? I've been waiting to see if my former significant other of ten years and I get back together before knowing what state to vote in, and setting up a new residence. I no longer live at my old address.    

So my post here suggesting you all work harder to elect more and better Democrts is probably my own way of getting myself organized. I find it easier to externalize my problems onto others, rather than holding myself accountable, at least to get started. "Cuz that's how I roll!" Hey, I wonder if this could be why I keep getting distressed by the reports that 15% of our Colorado Latino voters are not properly registered where they now live, due to higher than average mobility rates?

Let's all we make sure we get out every Democratic voters we can, and make sure we fully support our local races as well. Including me.


Are you properly registered to vote at your current address? Do you have proper identification? Do your know the location of you voting place!

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  •  BUT DCCC... too dumb to have PA candidates... (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, bumbi

    I see. Dems lost 5 there in 2010 and DCCC didn't get good candidates back!
    YEP. We GOTTA GO DEM! so back anyone close near you all you can. Real door knocks and phone calls work best VOLUNTEER if you want it to happen!

    DEMOCRACY is a Relay Race... and you pass the baton by VOTING! VOTE for MEDICARE and MIDDLECLASS

    by LOrion on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:20:22 PM PDT

  •  RE POLL.... but we vote abseentee.. (3+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, bythesea, atana

    So we can to it by mail. Another good good cause would be forced BY MAIL ONLY voting! Turnout is so much higher.

    DEMOCRACY is a Relay Race... and you pass the baton by VOTING! VOTE for MEDICARE and MIDDLECLASS

    by LOrion on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:21:49 PM PDT

  •  Where do homeless people vote? (5+ / 0-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:27:58 PM PDT

    •  Not sure how it works everywhere (4+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, Mary Mike, phonatic, qofdisks

      but in some states at least they can register based on where they "stay" (say the nearest intersection) and then vote at the same place as everyone else in that precinct.

    •  That's a very good question! (0+ / 0-)

      I still use the address where I was foreclosed on, and I have not been denied or turned away.  And I have remained in the general area, so my voting is appropriate to my actual, physical experience.  But I did place an anonymous call to my county registrar's office here in San Diego, CA 2 years ago to find out how I would register my address if I re-registered.  The clerk who took the phone call was unsure and put me on hold to get an answer.  While she did not sound confident of the information when she came back, she told me the following: I could list the nearest intersection where I essentially "live" since voter registration in California requires listing a residential address.  Because she did not sound confident, I did not pursue that course of action.

      I am interested in any information that others have, whether for California or for any other state.

    •  Btw... (1+ / 0-)
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      I used the links in a couple of different dKos postings today to verify that I am registered.  The link for San Diego County, CA, requires entering a street number (but not street name!), my birthdate, and the zipcode for my original street address.  I tried it without entering the street number, but it is definitely required.  So online verification of voter registration may not work for homeless people whose residential address is listed as an intersection.  (They don't accept P.O. Boxes as I recall.)

  •  And Nancy (1+ / 0-)
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    Knows that the numbers in the Senate will obstruct what can be done in the House, like it was, trouble is she also knows the Dems gave it all back after only a few years of almost cleaning up, in the mid terms, and to sweeten the deal they gave away states from governor seats straight through the legislatures!!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:33:08 PM PDT

  •  It's fun to bash Willard Thurston Howell (4+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, jan4insight, HoundDog, eXtina

    but we had better work really hard down-ticket, too. We have to give this President a freakin' Congress that will work with him!

    Which reminds me--my newly-redistricted red backyard needs all the damn help it can get...please send Heather Beaven some love if you can!

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:35:14 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for supporting your local candidate. (1+ / 0-)
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      I need to get into gear in this regard.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:51:43 PM PDT

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      •  Looking local has really helped (1+ / 0-)
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        it helps you keep your focus, particularly if you live in a "red zone", like I do. Man, I can't stand all the freakin' Rmoney signs around here, it's sickening--so it makes me want to work that much harder!

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 12:53:34 PM PDT

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        •  I'm in central Pennsylvania now. The old (0+ / 0-)

          political joke is that central PA is like Alabama draped between the two big modern Democratic cities between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  

          But, oddly, unlike the past I haven't seen any political signs at all.

          I think maybe the right-wing has pushed the image so far tot he extreme that it is no longer socially acceptable to publicize your affiliation.

          I went to high school here, and back then, after we moved from California when I was 13 and it was a major culture shock.  My parents wanted the best school system in the upscale, suburban neighborhood may families house was in.
          But it turned out, the dominant ethos of the exclusively white township tacitly assumed  there are the "good people" and the... "not as good people" and many just presumed that as good people they went to church on Sunday, bought girl scout cookies, donated blood, kept their yards landscaped and immaculately mowed, and voted for Republicans, without really thinking about it. So when the local leaders of the woman's club, Kiwanas Club, or supporters of the Mayor came by asking to put Republican political signs on their lawns, or business they said sure.

          I think this mindset has been shattered in the last 8 years, after realizing that there are actually other people in the same community thinking this is despicable they are shocked and don't want to be involved in controversies where they may lose social standing, business, or the possibility of being invited to the Country Club.  

          The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

          by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 03:45:49 PM PDT

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  •  I like this headline better (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, qofdisks


    Pelosi says Ryan pick makes it easier for Dems to take House
    Posted by

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 01:01:46 PM PDT

    •  Good one. Where were you a few hours ago, where (0+ / 0-)

      I titled the Nancy Pelosi post something like she was concerned about if we don't take back the House the White House will be held back?  And, it only received like 8 recs and 2 comments?

      I'm starting to learn your tricks of choosing the articles and posts that evoke oppositional dynamics with Republicans to boost ratings, eXtina.

      If we could find an article that could possible be titled "Pelosi Says Put A Bag On Romney's Head Too!" we could probably get 600 Recs on that one.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 03:52:41 PM PDT

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      •  Oooops. lol that's this post. I can't even (0+ / 0-)

        remember where I am.  

        i must have come back to check this one, because I just wrote a post that is getting a lot more attention.  I was just in.

        But, I should reassure readers that I'm not senile, or in intoxicated states but watching the one of the King Kong movies with one of my brothers who is a film buff, and he is explaining to me the complete history of the technological advances of how film makers put people into the super animations both before and after computers.

        I've been doing so much blogging for this election, that I sometimes wake up and discover I'm blogging in my sleep.  

        Yesterday, I was reading this real cool and funny post, and was thinking, "who is this writer? And, why haven't I read any of his/her  stuff before?"  Then I looked up and it turned out to be me.

        Maybe I better cut back on the multi-processing and sleep-blogging before I get myself into deeper trouble?

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:00:15 PM PDT

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  •  I got my voter info in the mail with a recommend- (1+ / 0-)
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    ation to check my voting location because it might have changed. it turns out it did, because of NYS redistricting. NOw it is back to where it used to be before we moved, a grand total of ONE block away. I have no excuse!

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 01:03:47 PM PDT

  •  No kidding, really? Gosh, too bad Obama and the (0+ / 0-)

    Dems weren't able to foresee the consequences of blowing their House majority by the most seats (63!) ever in a midterm election. (FDR lost 81 seats in 1938, but, Dems retained a 262 to 169 majority; Harding lost 77 seats in 1922, but the Republicans kept their majority.).
    Who could have imagined that Republicans wouldn't put aside partisan politics and work for the good of the country to help accelerate the recovery?

    The 2010 election was one of the worst blow jobs in the history of party politics. It was political malpractice by Obama and the Democrats, and Obama particularly was shortsighted in not realizing that the 2010 election would determine the success or failure of his presidency. As it is, the best we can hope for is at least 2 more years like the last two.

    Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

    by LongTom on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 01:04:33 PM PDT

    •  we can get pelosi back (0+ / 0-)

      And obama is so sincere in wanting to create jobs such that he will make the filibuster go away.

      there is no sugarcoating they did some mistakes that had bad consequences but I also feel they are capable of learning from their mistakes and are not heartless people.

      The house is in play. A princeton review article said so. Even boehner says the house is in play and democrats are increasing their lead on generic ballot.

  •  Unfortunately, "divided gummint....good" is a (1+ / 0-)
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    mantra for many low information voters. It has the double advantage of allowing them to feel like responsible citizens without the hard parts like thinking, or learning anything about candidates' positions, and its short enough to fit on a bumper sticker. Which is about all the heavy mental lifting most "undecided voters" are capable of. Lets face it, what kind of ignoramus is 'undecided' or ' not sure' at this point?
    I expect even my cat has made up his mind, tho he prefers not to declare a preference.

  •  Stay in the swing state to vote! (1+ / 0-)
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    unless you can help get Warren elected.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 01:05:52 PM PDT

  •  Great idea but you need some links! (3+ / 0-)

    You are telling people to vote which is great!   I have a few links that might be helpful.

    If they are registered, ask them to check to make sure they are still registered.

    You might not have to volunteer for OFA. In Indiana I can print out the registration form online and get friends and relatives to register.  I know someone who asks people at work and in her apartment building.  

    OFA has a great online workshop on registering voters in your state.  Go to this link:

    OFA Volunteer

    Upper left "State" drop down, pick your state
    You will get a blog and on the right can put in your zip code for events
    the online voter registration workshop is one of the events

    There is a huge amount of information on the OFA site:

    Organizing for America

    OFA: Volunteer

    OFA: Find your state, events, blog, information

    OFA: Get the Facts, Issues, Truth Team, Latest news and videos, and more

    Customize your own page, set up your own fundraising. If they seem open to it, see if you can get them to make a donation.  Giving makes them be more engaged in the process = voting!

    Your personal OFA Fundraising, Getting Started

    Follow Barack Obama on Twitter

    Barack Obama on YouTube

    The Daily Snapshot from the WH which has a video or picture, the President's schedule for the day and usually links to three WH blog articles of the day.  

    Here's the sign-up link for the WH Daily Snapshot.

    Check out the DCCC's grassroots Rapid Response Network and sign-up for news and action alerts:

    The Republicans hate the DCCC Rapid Response and have been complaining about it.

    All of us working together can make a HUGE difference.

    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

    by ParkRanger on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:13:30 PM PDT

    •  If you want the HTML for all of this, just send me (1+ / 0-)
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      a message, you can edit for text/links that you want.  

      Obama/Biden 2012!!

      Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

      by ParkRanger on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:15:26 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, I would thanks ParkRanger. Three weeks ago I (1+ / 0-)
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        copies the OFA - Act Blue Fund-Raising code from the ONN posts and had copied it into bottom of this post.

        But, then when I was proof-reading it I realized the thermometer icon must have been from when they just started because only had 54 donations, and it was all about OFA, and then I worried people would realize I'm a complete idiot for putting up the Obama  Fund Raising Box for the down-ticket races.

        But, are they coordinating everything?

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:04:18 PM PDT

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        •  I don't know who is coordinating, I visit (0+ / 0-)

          DKos about once a day so I'm hit and miss.  I know there have been some good links to check if you are registered to vote, but haven't put it in my list.  And there is a tweeter group started.  I'm getting into that a little bit, it's overwhelming! But it seems to be very effective in getting information out there quickly.

          Anyway, I will message you the html I have and you can edit for your own use.  

          Your diaries are great! Always excellent information.

          Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

          by ParkRanger on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 04:51:22 PM PDT

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  •  Since I'm Dutch, I chose other (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm making sure that every American or every Dutch person with a double US nationality over here is registered in their respective states.

    I sent them the web links to register.. and I make sure that they fill in the voting forms and send them back.. just like I did in 2008. :)

  •  That's why we MUST get Paul Ryan out of the House! (0+ / 0-)

    Contribute to Rob Zerban's campaign:

    Volunteer for Rob Zerban's campaign

    DO IT!

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