Democrats have momentum with a lead in the polls in Virginia, but the race is tight despite Republicans running with a radical Tea Party ticket for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General led by anti-Women, anti-LGBT GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Ken Cuccinelli:
2009′s 18-point loss in the Virginia governor’s race was a pre-cursor to the 2010 Mid-Term debacle that set back our Movement so it is time to get engaged so we can officially turn the tide on the Tea Party cause of obstructing progress in America!
VIDEO: NBC 4 DEBATE
WATCH: DNC shares Ken’s own words http://bit.ly/1dPWjAZ
Ken Cuccinelli Issues Briefs
Cuccinelli said Homosexuality “Brings Nothing But Self-Destruction, Not Only Physically But Of Their Soul.”
and tried to prevent universities from banning anti-gay discrimination
Cuccinelli is against abortion even in cases of Rape and Incest and bullied the
Virginia Board Of Health into shutting down the state’s abortion clinics:
47 Attorney Generals urged Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but Ken Cuccinelli refused
Cuccinelli’s Tax Plan Would “Starve The State Of The Resources It Needs.” (Washington Post)
Over 389,100 Daily Metro Passengers Would Benefit From The Silver Line…Cuccinelli wants to “KILL IT”
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9/15: Arlington Young Democrats’
Meet-and-Greet with Dorothy McAuliffe
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9/16: Affordable Care Act Forum with Rep. Jim Moran (Alexandria)
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9/17: Montgomery County Young Democrats’ Membership Meeting
“Why The Virginia Elections Matter”
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9/18: “Men For Choice (and the women who love them)”
hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice America
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9/18: “Cards Against Humanity FOR Habitat For Humanity” @ Board Room
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with Planning Meeting & Resume Swap
1pm-9pm Monday, September 16th
(5pm Resume Swap, 7pm N4P Planning Meeting)
MLK Library’s Dream Lab
Digital Commons (Conference Room 5)
901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
@ Metro Center or Gallery Place
Job Seekers, Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Organizers and Volunteers are all welcome to get out of their pajamas at home or take a break from their latte addiction at Starbucks to join us….just RSVP in advance if possible.
If you want to get involved in the political/civic grassroots or professional scene OR connect with others who do, then stop by and we will plug you into various opportunities you can work on immediately….and crowdsource new ones.
As you may know, the new “Digital Commons” (http://www.dclibrary.org/digitalcommons) will soon become home to a Dream Lab coworking community and is a great space for using free computers and wifi-enabled meeting rooms. So, feel free to come by with a charged laptop or smart phone…and even if you don’t!
At 5pm, we will do a Resume Swap and Career Discussion with anyone interested in improving their job search.
At 7pm, we will break for a Planning Meeting to discuss our ideas for Network For Progress (Generation Obama 2.0) and Progress Office now that Jim’s summer hiatus is over, including advocacy for the Affordable Care Act launch (10/1) and Virginia Gubernatorial Election (11/5) as well events such as meetups and fundraisers like our annual date auction in October! Movement-building categories include Community(Events, Outreach), Engagement (Communications, Technology), Development (Careers, Organizing, Leadership), Action (Campaign, Advocacy, Service) & Operations (finance, management).
There is plenty of space in the Digital Commons so these sessions will be separate from anyone co-working or co-organizing on their own.
At 9pm, anyone interested in continuing the coworking party is welcome to join us as we walk over to 1776, the amazing entrepreneurial/startup campaign and event space in McPherson Square, for the DC Night Owls Meetup – an after hours coworking community of self-starters turning big ideas into exciting projects! RSVP (space is limited): http://www.meetup.com/dcnightowls/events/135398802/
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Besides already having a Democratic President to support while her condoned Super PAC is over-zealously asking for money from random people on facebook, I think Hillary Clinton’s fatal flaw is that I don’t think I have seen her fight for anything that wasn’t a slam dunk….since Health Care Reform in 1993 at least.
I’m not sure if that experience was a good learning experience or not. Did it make her gun shy, and regardless, will she be a better collaborator in the future on a big issue?
I feel like Hillary is partly a victim of the more difficult struggles her generation faced to break the “Glass Ceiling” and her style of leadership reflects it as her main focus has been being as tough as a Man and what seems to work is by thinking like a Man to not buck the system much.
Other than supporting generic “women’s rights” I think the reality remains that Hillary hasn’t stepped out of her comfort zone lately, and therefore, her compatriots have been better at her prior roles then she was.
First, despite the polls that probably are caused by the GOP Congress dragging him down with them, you can still see Obama’s ability to engage the public as a Presidential figure that won in 2008 and he still uses today despite the obstacles to his agenda: http://www.whitehouse.gov/a-better-bargain
Now, it could be easy to write off that comparison, but look at her successors and you realize its a pattern:
“For now, Middle East peace push is John Kerry’s show”
“Gillibrand: Military commanders are ‘failing’ on sexual assault”
Over the last couple of years, I went along with the Pro-Hillary Conventional Wisdom as she served admirably as Secretary of State after her bitter primary defeat, but the fact remains, her leadership is locked in the past and might be more about Hillary than anything else.
In light of the talk this week about the rumored “Business Arrangement” that is the marriage of Hillary’s top aide Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, which reminds us of some similarities in their story with the Clintons, you’ve got to wonder what the priorities are.
Despite Bill’s great talent for engagement and work with the Clinton Global Initiative, I think Hillary in particular might have more of a Passion for Politics than a Passion for People.
So, despite the adoration right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if a “Not Hillary” candidate emerges again in 2012…unless that Passion for People truly emerges.
Otherwise, she risks the downfall of Tracy Flick in “Election” who forgot that elections ARE popularity contests…and some people do have inherited advantages but you don’t become as popular as them by simply working hard and playing it safe with who you talk to and what you say:
“You see, I believe in the voters. They understand that elections aren’t just popularity contests. They know this country was built by people just like me who work very hard and don’t have everything handed to them on a silver spoon.”
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As you probably have heard or seen, first-ever U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra left the Obama administration to run for Lt. Governor of Virginia with a strong pro-innovation message to make government work better for everyone regardless of party ideology. He is in a tight Democratic Primary right now with a more old school candidate so if you want to continue to see Virginia moving forward then get engaged and share with friends who can vote or want to help!
WATCH & RESPOND: “VIRTUAL DOOR KNOCK” FOR
LT GOV CANDIDATE & FORMER U.S. CTO ANEESH CHOPRA!
(see Jim deliver his “social” canvassing message to Virginia voters and friends who can spread the word about tomorrow’s Democratic Primary and share your feedback)
RSVP & SHARE: 6/11 “Vote for Aneesh” & Rosslyn Victory Party event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/147203885472184
(Official Registration: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/7077969764366155776?midqs=-2082633352682143744)
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(every Virginia Registered Voter is ELIGIBLE for the Open Primary)
ALSO: N4P’s FWDPROGRESS PRIMARY ENDORSEMENT POST!
LEARN ABOUT THE NOVEMBER MATCHUP & GET INVOLVED:
The Segregator: VA GOP Lt. Gov Nominee E.W. Jackson
The Innovator: Aneesh Chopra
http://www.teamchopra.org – www.facebook.com/apchopra – www.twitter.com/aneeshchopra
Watch: Aneesh on why it is important to welcome Immigrants who are helping our economy!
Watch: NBC RIchmond interviews with the candidates
Watch: Arlington Lieutenant Governor’s Debate
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WATCH: Aneesh @ N4P’s 3/6/12 Comm Tech 4 Progress Meetup!
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VOTE: 6/11 *OPEN Primary Day
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PREVIEW: Lt. Governor & Attorney General Primary Election http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/candidates
WATCH: 6/5 Arlington Lieutenant Governor’s Debate
I’m going to start by sharing the honest analysis of two of the most prominent grassroots voices in Virginia: Blue Virginia’s Lowell Feld & NLS’ Ben Tribbett, then share my thoughts on why I support these candidates as well mostly based on one key element that Democrats must address to win without President Obama on the ballot: ELECTABILITY
The only poll shows many undecideds:
…but there is lots of information we can consider before choosing our candidates for November.
Aneesh Chopra for Lt. Governor:
My FWDPROGRESS Commentary: Aside from leading in a poll and his legit support from progressive Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran, Gerry Connelly and Tom Perriello (2009-2011), the fact is Aneesh’s skills as the first-ever U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama are essential to attracting young, minority and other Federal voters so we can win in November. And not because he’s a young Northern Virginian who is a charismatic speaker that might interest Obama voters….it is because he is a better organizer who can actually help turn them out.
CASE STUDY: This past week i tried out Aneesh’s Digital Grassroots platform that he has been promoting and i matched 333 facebook friends with the campaign’s voter list and have been empowered to use an online tool to call them and otherwise i now know who i should encourage to vote for Aneesh this weekend. Meanwhile, I finally decided to try Ralph Northam’s email list and he is sending me emails to ask for $50.
Ralph is being very bold on some issues right now and was even endorsed by the Washington Post, but as someone who seems to have considered switching parties as recently as 2009 (see Ben’s endorsement) and who began his campaign by using a Crab in his logo, which is a regional symbol of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland(!) to most Virginians, it seems we would be going in a “Creigh Deeds” direction with a tone-deaf campaign on the ballot.
N4P POST: Learn More & Get Involved with Aneesh Chopra!
Mark Herring for Attorney General:
My FWDPROGRESS Commentary: I have learned over the years why experience matters and this is one of those reasons. Although Mark’s campaign has been pretty traditional and has had trouble winning local Democratic straw polls but the statewide primary electorate is more important. Ben Tribbett has reported that Justin Fairfax has not purchased the voter file, which is essential to targeting voters by mail, phone or canvassing, and to get on the ballot he needed to spend $100,000 to gather over 10,000 signatures (well-above the going rate).
Mark has been a State Senator in “Battleground” Loudon County since 2006 who has a legislative track record and is speaking out on several key issues, so despite having a rising star potential and being endorsed by the Washington Post, the fact is Justin has never run for office before and hasn’t learn how quite yet. In the general election the statewide Coordinated Campaign will pool field operations but this is a test of running for public office that we can’t ignore if we want to win the Attorney General’s job back for the first time in decades.
The poll shows the race is tight, but this dynamic probably will be the deciding factor.
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