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It's about time. I just read Joan McCarter's Front Page post Seriously, Florida. WTF and my outrage meter went off the chart. Just as I was getting angry that we aren't doing more to counter this pathetic indignity, I discovered this article announcing MoveOn Launches Campaign Targeting Republicans Over Obamacare Medicaid Expansion. Yes, it's about time. If we can not absolutely clobber the GOP in the 2014 elections on this we will need to turn in secret decoder rings as "dogs of political war."

MoveON has launched an ad campaign, today, targeting Republican governors who have yet to adopt the ACA, or "Obamacare's" Medicaid expansion.

The group plans to use billboards, petitions and rallies to ramp up pressure on GOP-controlled legislatures in six holdout states: Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Virginia. With 2014 legislative sessions underway, state lawmakers face a renewed debate around the Medicaid expansion. Democrats and allied groups have been laboring to highlight the impact on states where the expansion has been rejected.

MoveOn's billboard campaign, which begins on March 3, will detail how many local residents have been denied health care coverage without the expansion. The Texas billboard, for example, takes aim at Republican Gov. Rick Perry and reads: "Welcome to Texas! Where Gov. Perry has denied 1,046,000 Texans health care and now all Texans are paying for it. It’s like a whole other country."

A similar billboard in Florida knocks Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who endorsed the Medicaid expansion but went silent after the state's GOP-led legislature rejected it. "Welcome to Florida! Where 763,000 people are denied health care because Gov. Scott won’t fight to expand Medicaid," the sign reads.

MoveOn has also "collected 190,000 petition signatures, made nearly 8,000 phone calls to elected officials, and contributed $120,000 toward the nationwide effort."  

Hurrah for MoveOn. This is exactly the kind of good ole fashion political action we need a lot more of as we move towards the 2014 elections.

I have to be honest, fellow Kossacks, I find it sort of discouraging to read these dire predictions about how we can not realistically regain the House, or perhaps even save the Senate.

What if we pull all the stops and defy expectations?

What if we create such a groundswell of liberal, progressive, and Democratic outrage at the Republicans betrayal of the common good of our people?

Let's all send money to MoveOn, and any other group that starts taking real action steps to turn back this "red-tide" of cruel stupidity. Or, maybe I should be kinder and say instead, "lack the full level of compassion and wisdom possible," with regard to the health care needs of our poorest fellow citizens.  

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How much indignation and outrage do you feel about Governor Rick Scott's pathetic, cruel, and unwise denial of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion benefits for the poorest citizens of Florida?

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  •  Looks like GA is not on the list. Guess they (7+ / 0-)

    think we're a lost cause :)  Although this year we have a really good candidate, Jason Carter, running for Gov.  

    “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”-Brandi Snyder (in memory of my Nick)

    by YellowDogInGA on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:50:50 PM PST

    •  Well, let's write in and let them know. All of (3+ / 0-)

      these kinds of progressive actions are done by regular people who can make innocent mistakes in the rush to action. I remember I once made a spelling mistake in a title of a post, and didn't discover it until two weeks later after it had some 300 recs and been on the rec board.  But, no one told me.

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:01:40 PM PST

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      •  I promise to report your spelling mistatkes! (1+ / 0-)
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        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:36:32 PM PST

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        •  Thanks occupystephanie. You should help me on (1+ / 0-)
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          punctuation too. I've been reading a cool set of articles on how to use commas, and other punctuation rules.  There are about 19 rules just on commas and I've memorized about half of them now.

          Plus, I've noticed a lot of professional writers sometimes leave out commas in order to achieve strong forward motion through the sentence. Often, a well written sentence can make sense even without "excess" punctuation.  

          I'm tired of people not taking me seriously around here, just because I'm a engineer-mathematician and a dog, and not an English major.

          Even some of friends recommend improvements. Last night, Timeaus said he really like my ideas, but I was "long-winded." I had to agree.

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

          by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:05:29 PM PST

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          •  The fact that you missed my above joke makes (1+ / 0-)
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            me wish I had said "smelling mistatkes". Maybe you really do need me.

            I can pass by a full fast food menu and immediately my eyes are drawn to mistakes against my will. It's a curse. I try to rein myself in.

            I once worked for a prof on a compendium of scientific articles about climate change. My real gift was in cutting word count without altering meaning, so I was able to help her cut her own contribution to leave room for other's work.

            Have you read "Eats Shoots and Leaves" or "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves"? It is customary not to include the final comma in a series; however, it is the correct usage. Commas are rather up in the air but not as up in the air as apostrophes.

            We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

            by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:27:22 PM PST

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            •  Auuughhhh! See, there something about my (1+ / 0-)
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              brain that corrects spelling somewhere between when the photons hit my retinae and the ideas are formed in my brain.

              So I didn't even see you "mistatkes." This happens to me all the time, as so many of my jokes are missed I've recently been putting (humor alert!) labels on them.

              But, in my case, Stephanie, you might have to add (HD, this means you! Wake up chowderhead!"

              lol

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

              by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:52:53 PM PST

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              •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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                See, you got the "correcting gene". Spelling is really innate.

                This all reminds me of a great quote by Mark Twain. Upon receiving back a work where all his lovely vernacular dialogue had been translated into correct English, he wrote the editor asking him to take the proofreader out and...

                Have him shot without giving him time to pray

                We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

                by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:01:28 PM PST

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                •  Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. Part of (0+ / 0-)

                  his genius was being able to capture subtle patterns of speech of real people, especially of the slaves and people of color.

                  He sometimes would take notes on the woman who cooked for his family as practice.

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

                  by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:23:36 PM PST

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          •  Most publications have their own style books, (0+ / 0-)

            as do companies and societies that publish peer reviewed journals.  Rules of grammar and punctuation are more flexible than you might imagine.

    •  I was sad to see Alaska not on the list (0+ / 0-)

      Not a lot of people in Alaska understand that the governor could change this with the stroke of his powerful pen. The numbers may be smaller, but include the percent of the population, and it would be impactful here!

      I moved here from Oregon,  and frankly I am appalled at how little national progressive organizations engage with the people of  Alaska, outside of Internet campaigns and requests for donations for non-Alaskan candidates. I hear a lot of people say that the candidates from outside Alaska want money from Alaska sent to them, but very few have any physical presence in Alaska, and most things that happen in Alaska don't make it into conversations in the Lower 48.  

      I'm told that it is usually even less and only the Begich campaign is bringing any progressive orgs to the state. Yes I know progressives here need to step up,  but if national campaigns don't raise the profile of issues here, but do in other places, it just adds to people feeling like the DNC, MoveOn, etc., have written the entire state off.

  •  Need some thinking outside the Conventional Wisdom (5+ / 0-)

    coffin, er, box. Frankly, I cannot comprehend how it's even possible that Republicans have any serious measure of power in the Congress, even a lot of states. given their oft-proven, inarguable, track record of craziness and hatred of humanity and nature.

    Well, if I forget that Dems have not taken the hammer to them 24/7 in the last long long time. Then it's incomprehensible. Otherwise...

    Well, good for MoveOn. Somebody needs to show the Conventional Wisdoomers some real reality.

    ...to read these dire predictions about how we can not realistically regain the House, or perhaps even save the Senate


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:59:49 PM PST

  •  I said this months ago HD..maybe years ago (4+ / 0-)
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    we need people from everywhere to decend on these states and give em hell.  Thank You.    These old people in Florida can't hear ..can't remember and the ones who can ...can afford good healthcare.  In florida 1 in  4 children are homeless and hungry.  This is not a 3rd world country but for the poor.. not far from it.  

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    by Vetwife on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:03:37 PM PST

    •  They're more afraid (1+ / 0-)
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      Of that black guy in the White House and, unfortunately lots of them vote on wedge issues like guns rather than voting for the a Party that will help you with your health care or give you access to buy food for yourself and your family, etc.  Sad isn't it how these people have been brainwashed into voting against their own best interests.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:20:30 PM PST

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      •  'guns rather than.. your health care.. buy food' (0+ / 0-)

        tea: Let them eat lead!

        but seriously, guns are a wedge issue?

        ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

        by in on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 04:50:01 AM PDT

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  •  We need fight'n money here in South Dakota (2+ / 0-)
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    as well.  Move on and the left should not forget that this is not such a dyed in the wool red state.  We have sent George McGovern, Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson and Stephanie Herseth to Washington.  Our governor here is a dick that has the power to install Medicaid without the legislature.  He just needs to be shown that others know that as well.

    •  Thanks Jasan. We need to get Howard Dean (3+ / 0-)
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      to remind us of the Dean 50 state strategy.

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:13:34 PM PST

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    •  My Aunt was very active in the SD democratic (2+ / 0-)
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      party. She was a corker! She knew George McGovern and worked on his campaign.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:38:39 PM PST

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      •  May I presume "a corker" is something I could (1+ / 0-)
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        inquire as to the meaning without ending up being embarrassed? :-)

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

        by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:06:56 PM PST

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        •  She was a wonderful woman, full of spirit. (3+ / 0-)
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          Her family moved her against her will to a nursing home near them in Nebraska. She hated it there--said she hated the newspaper! She got a friend to move her back to Bonesteel (quite a name, eh?) to an assisted living place where she could walk to the PO every day to get her mail.

          When Medicare first rolled out, the Gov tapped her to go around the state and explain it to people. Something we do not have with ACA,

          Corker is good!

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:18:43 PM PST

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          •  Great. After missing your previous joke I was (1+ / 0-)
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            being extra vigilant. Being a corker must be genetic cuz you seem to have it too. Thanks for commenting.  

            Sorry, I tried to share with you my 19 rules of punctuation, rather than getting your funny joke about "mistahkes."  

            But, it is probably good to know about me that this danger always lurks just below the surface with everything I do.

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

            by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:56:13 PM PST

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            •  I'll keep a vigilant eye out on you.., (1+ / 0-)
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              Corker that I am.

              I am really interested in your 19 rules of punctuation. Really.

              I had a fault concerning prepositions so am extra vigilant about them. I will often just do an editing review just for them. Not to say it is my only fault as I am not a Retired English Major either.

              (nudge nudge there is one joke up there.)

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:20:53 PM PST

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              •  If you'd have given me a Rubic's cube puzzle it (1+ / 0-)
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                would have been easier.

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

                by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:55:52 PM PST

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                •  Retired English Major (1+ / 0-)
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                  It was lame but still in the genre. Play on words. I'll try to play it broader next time!

                  As in retired from British military. My minor was writing.

                  We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

                  by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:10:51 PM PST

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                  •  LOL. You've got more talent than I do. (1+ / 0-)
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                    Writing is fun. Thanks for commenting.

                    I just watched Bates Motel with my s.o. Now we're watching a new show that comes on afterwards, about a pychopath. It's visually quite vivid, but I haven't figured out the plot yet.

                    I have trouble focusing just on TV without writing or reading at the same time. It's more like background music for me.

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

                    by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:19:25 PM PST

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          •  '(quite a name, eh?)' (0+ / 0-)

            'The Bonesteel Corker' looks like somebody's p0Яn name...

            ♥ Repeal the Capital Gains, Carried Interest & Dividends Entitlements bequeathed to 'more special' taxpayers.

            by in on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 04:58:32 AM PDT

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  •  Hey fast readers, the "surf's up!" I just put of a (1+ / 0-)
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    poll so that we can better assess, and calibrate, our collective level of outrage and indignation.  

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

    by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:35:35 PM PST

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:15:21 PM PST

    •  Thanks a2nite. (1+ / 0-)
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      I have to go buy some groceries.

      Last night Gina and I started watching the second season on Dexter on NetFlix and got addicted. She fell asleep and missed the last four episodes. So I think I'll surprise her with a special dinner so she can see the last four episodes.

      Plus, the season Bates Hotel is supposed to start up again, maybe even this week.

      We love watching movies about psychopaths for some odd reason. Maybe I should be worried about this?

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:29:36 PM PST

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      •  Bates Motel alert! Season premier of Season 2 (0+ / 0-)

        tonight at 9:00 EST.

        Wouldn't if be great if we had a secret place we could live blog it without he rest of the community thinking we've lost our marbles or need blogging rehab? Or both?

        I've been keeping a low profiles as I know many suspect this already. (humor alert!)

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

        by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:10:13 PM PST

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      •  Hound Dog you must be (0+ / 0-)

        One of the only people in the Country who wasn't watching the Oscars.  

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:25:00 PM PST

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  •  Pie & Rick Scott sucks nt (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:13:30 PM PST

  •  disappointed... (2+ / 0-)
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    in six states (Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Virginia).
    SC needs attention, too.

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:18:15 PM PST

    •  My girlfriend and I are ready to leave snow bound (1+ / 0-)
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      Massachusetts and almost chose SC, NC or VA but their rejection of Obamacare could affect Gina. We're hoping Florida is closer to shaping up and turns out to be warmer. Seeing those massive snowstorms in VA and NC opened our eyes.

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:13:45 PM PST

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  •  I love MoveOn (3+ / 0-)
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    Have been petitioning there for three years. They have new leadership and have made some really good changes to make it more about campaigns. And, if you have some success, they help you out.

    My Senator Jeff Merkley uses them for petitions.

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:43:18 PM PST

    •  Great to hear. I've always appreciated their (0+ / 0-)

      efforts and did not understand why they seemed to pull back a while ago.

      BTW, do you have a shorter nickname I could use when talking to you? like Stehp, Stephanie, Occupy? OS doesn't seem as poetic as you name, but spelling out your full name, is adding to my letter count just when I'm trying to practice being succinct in case I get a twitter account.

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:16:48 PM PST

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  •  In Virginia, McAuliffe is trying to expand (2+ / 0-)
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    Medicaid.  Is MoveOn targeting just the Virginia state legislators who are refusing to go along?  The diary title suggests they are going after governors only so I was a little confused at first.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:21:24 PM PST

    •  A great question that I don't know the answer too, (1+ / 0-)
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      Radiowalla.

      Its would seem like they/we should customize our strategy to each state as we become more knowledgeable about the unique circumstances.

      Focusing on the obstacle state legislators in VA would make much more sense.

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

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:58:48 PM PST

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  •  Why? (1+ / 0-)
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    What I want to know is what is the real reason that theses Republican Governors and legislators are refusing Medicaid expansion? Everyone here knows that the excuse that Medicaid expansion would cost too much doesn't wash because nearly all of the money comes from the federal government. So what is it? You might say that these Republicans are doing the bidding of big-money donors like the Koch brothers, but if that's the case why did the Chris Christie accept Medicaid expansion? Christie was darling of the plutocrats until he blocked a few E-ZPass lanes. It’s possible that some Republicans, especially in the South, are pandering to the Tea Partiers, but if that's the case, it’s an expensive way to appease a few crazy racist voters. The only other possibility I can come up with is that they think that giving health care coverage to more poor people might produce a few more Democratic voters.

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." --Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Blue Silent Majority on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:25:21 PM PST

    •  The reason is because (2+ / 0-)
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      They don't want to do anything that would help Obama and his legacy.  

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:29:58 PM PST

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  •  Surprised Pa isn't on the list, then again, they (2+ / 0-)
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    might be so optimistic about saying goodbye to Corbett that they figured they wouldn't spend the $ here.

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:36:24 PM PST

  •  ... (0+ / 0-)
    "What if we pull all the stops and defy expectations?

    What if we create such a groundswell of liberal, progressive, and Democratic outrage at the Republicans betrayal of the common good of our people?"


    We would win it all, if we all did this.

    I MISS CACTUSGAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by rubyr on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:56:43 PM PST

  •  I hope they're not targeting the Gov. of Virginia (0+ / 0-)

    He's made it very clear he wants Medicaid expansion.

    They need to target the Virginia House of Delegates. Just the republicans. The rest will vote to expand it.

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    by JamieG from Md on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:24:57 PM PST

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