If you're anything like me, you've about had it. The government shutdown was painful, the wait to see if the debt ceiling was going to be raised was excruciating, the disappointment about the problems with the ACA site is palpable, and the goings on in Maine, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia are unsettling. (Yes, I'll get back to them.)
People like to call and write me with their frustration. They want to know what to do besides calling and writing their reps, which is only marginally satisfying (although really important overall, so don't stop doing that.) But there actually are things to do that will make you feel better and will help move things forward. So first I'll give you the list, and then I'll get back to Maine, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia.
- Commit to voting on Tuesday, 5 November 2013. Yes, there's an election, and it's a general. Republicans win off year elections in a lot of places not because they run good candidates, but because the Democratic Party in purple and red areas sucks at getting our voters out. Commit to voting and bringing 2 people who don't generally vote in odd-numbered years. In most cases, these are local elections: AND LOCAL ELECTIONS ARE WHERE THE FARM TEAMS COME FROM!!!! (Apologies for ending a sentence in a preposition.)
Don't know where to vote? Drop me a note at doc jess at dem con watch blog dot com with your street address and your 9-digit zip and I'll let you know. Need a sample ballot and information on who is running? Again, drop me a note. If you're on Facebook, you can also ask to be contacted on our page. Please do NOT leave personal information in the DCW comments or on our Facebook page!
This is the election to send the message that you've had it with obstructionism.
- Work the election. Call your local party and offer to drive people to the polls, do a lit drop, walk your neighborhood with candidate info, join a phone bank. They'll hook you up.
- Read your local newspaper or online Patch. When they write something patently untrue: COMMENT. SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!
That's the deal. The election is 10 days out, and your vote DOES MATTER! Now, for the states...
Paul LePage, crazy governor of Maine, said:
“About 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work,” said LePage.
Yes, really. Watch the video.
You always knew there was something wrong there, didn't you?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday that a secret investigation has been launched into possible campaign violations. The Wisconsin governor, who has survived a recall election and a previous probe relating to his conduct while serving as Milwaukee County executive, may be under investigation in connection to activity that has occurred since he was elected governor in 2010, particularly during the 2012 recall election.
Full details here. The investigation has been going on for over a year, but they're not big on transparency there.
We all know that Chris Christie is going to win the election next week. He might even beat the spread (currently between 30 and 40, depending on who you ask). But if you've heard the ads, they are twisted propaganda raised to a new level. If I lived in Jersey, and hadn't paid any attention to anything over the last 4 years, I would think Christie was doing a good job from those ads. Sadly, they miss the larger point. The only silver lining is that those ads will come back to haunt him when he's out in Iowa trying to play to the teabag crowd.
On the upside, it appears that Terry McAuliffe will win the gubernatorial election, Ralph Northam will beat EW Jackson, and some seats in the state chambers may switch to Democratic hands. BUT. Cuccinelli had a whole bunch of voters purged from the rolls over the last few weeks. So it may be that a lot of people will show up at the polls and not be allowed to vote. There's no rhyme or reason to his purge: he even is purging very red counties. Still, my guess is that in the end, people will get wise to the outlaw sodomy thing, Cuccinelli's lying, cheating, and basically being a criminal, and he'll lose. If you've got the time, you might want to make some calls for Terry.
So that's it for today. Remember: YOUR VOTE COUNTS!