Thursday, November 16, 2006

Consolidating our gains

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

Republicans have spent the last week so frantically delivering their talking points that you'd think that it was still election season.

They're desperate to convince pundits, reporters and the public that the 2006 elections are anything but what they were: a complete rejection of the Republican ideology, incompetence and corruption.

Americans asked for change in the Congress and in state capitals across the country, and sent a crystal clear message about what kind of change they wanted: every single incumbent Democrat running for the House, the Senate or Governor was re-elected, and we made historic gains everywhere.

All of this happened by trying something new. After years of running the same kinds of campaign, our 50-state strategy helped expand the playing field and provide the foundation for victories up and down the ballot.

Now we'll be moving quickly onto another chapter of new tactics. That's why I'm writing you today.

For the first time in decades, we're keeping our operation alive after the election. Our successful 50-State Turnout staff and volunteer networks will be put right back to work building the party in preparation for 2008 and beyond.

What's your role in this?

You've already registered an account on Democrats.org with this email address, so you're ready to start using PartyBuilder. (If you don't remember you password, don't worry -- you can get a new one sent to you quickly and easily.)

PartyBuilder is a suite of online tools that put you in the driver's seat. You can create your own events, write your own blog, create and lead your own group (or join someone else's), and much more. But most importantly you can create and sustain connection with people in your area -- capturing the work of this election and laying the groundwork for elections to come.

Will you set up your profile and make some PartyBuilder connections? Just click here to get started:

http://www.democrats.org/partybuilder/profile

We just proved that by organizing early and building from the ground up, Democrats can win elections -- and win decisively.

If we're going to win in 2008 we've got to start now. We need to support the new Democratic majority in Congress by organizing everywhere, and in doing so we will be laying the groundwork for the presidential race.

If we get to work now, we will repeat our success -- expanding the playing field and keeping the Republicans back on their heels, scrambling to keep up.

Right now we have the opportunity to show people what amazing things can happen when the party in power is beholden to no one but the people.

It's going to be a great time, and I hope you'll join in.

Thank you,
Tom

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee




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Friday, November 10, 2006

How did this happen?

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

This year will be remembered as another moment when Americans started another historic process -- one that will usher in a new sense of community and demands for a government that focuses on the common good.

That's the thing about America. Whenever our leaders have failed to meet the challenges of the day, whenever our government's priorities have narrowed to represent the few at the expense of the many, the American people have risen up as one and corrected our course.

It will also be remembered as the rebirth of a political party devoted to ensuring that ordinary people not only have a voice, but real power at all levels of government.

Just 21 months ago we began the long process of breathing new life into our party with a 50-state strategy. After years of watching the playing field of "competitive" races dwindle and our operation disappear in many parts of the country, ordinary Democrats across the country demanded a truly national party.

Since then we've built the field organizing, communications, technological and financial infrastructure of a party that can and will compete everywhere. We've done it by growing our operation from the ground-up and empowering Democrats to take our party and our democracy into their own hands.

Here are just a few examples of how that work impacted this election:

Kansas: Our 50-state strategy organizers helped transform the Democratic Party in Kansas under the leadership of Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Strong leadership from the Democratic Party created a wave of party-switchers -- moderate Republicans fed-up with the right-wing stranglehold on their party. The reinvigorated state party knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors and elected Democrats up and down the ballot, including new Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Boyda in the 2nd Congressional district and new Attorney General Paul Morrison, who beat his opponent by over 134,000 votes.

Minnesota: Four DNC field organizers in Minnesota have created an unprecedented field program. Republican Mark Kennedy was supposed to have a lock on the open Senate seat, but with new technology by the DNC and 1.6 million voters contacted, Amy Klobuchar defied expectations and handily won the race after thousands of unlikely voters came to the polls. We're not stopping here -- this work will continue apace as we position our party to take back a Senate seat in 2008.

Ohio: Our field organizers in Ohio expanded the state party's infrastructure, making inroads deep into what has long been considered "Bush Country." A DNC-funded field director, four field organizers, and a voter database manager all helped run voter contact operations in parts of the state that hadn't heard from the Democratic Party in years. Take Butler county, for example, where Democratic performance improved by nearly 50% on our 2004 results as we elected a new Democratic Senator, Democratic Governor, Democratic Secretary of State, and more Democrats up and down the ballot.

South Dakota: The Democratic Party in South Dakota is now a powerful political operation. In 2002, Democrats recruited only 66 legislative candidates. This year we recruited 90. Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth was re-elected, and South Dakotans rejected a radical measure that denies the basic right of women, in consultation with their families and doctors, to make their own decisions about their reproductive health.

New Hampshire: In this crucial state we re-elected our Democratic governor and picked up House seats. In the course of our work we laid a permanent foundation for the party -- including a research and tracking operation that helped elect Democrats this cycle and will be the foundation of a tracking operation to hold Republican presidential candidates accountable as they crisscross the state.

Indiana: Over a year ago, Democrats in Indiana started planning for Election Day. They focused on a strategy that initiated a new media campaign to hold Republicans accountable for their actions, and worked to drive the Democratic message using grassroots support. The state party was able to hire a communications director, and because the executive director no longer had to focus on working with the media, he was able to concentrate on fundraising - raising enough money to hire an organizer to work in the 2nd congressional district, another Democratic pickup, where Democrat Joe Donnelly gained more than 17,000 votes than the Democrat had in 2002.

And in other states, Democrats gained new majorities in eight state legislative chambers. We now have majorities in 55 state chambers - the largest shift since 1994.

Next week will mark one year of organizing for 2006 -- we began in earnest just a week after 2005 elections that yielded new Democratic governors in Virginia and New Jersey. Across the country, at over 1,000 venues in all 50 states, ordinary Democrats came together to organize for elections nearly a year away.

Those nationwide events built over time -- the 50-State Canvass, the Democratic Reunion, the 50-State Turnout Kickoff -- bringing more and more ordinary people into the Democratic operation in every state across the country.

That process will continue, and soon you're going to have more opportunities to participate meaningfully than ever before.

For the first time in a generation, after a national election our party operation will not disintegrate. Our growing party operation in the states will support newly elected Democrats and educate the public about the common sense solutions we'll be pursuing, and hold Republicans accountable for their corruption and continued failures of leadership.

A special group of people make that possible. Nearly 35,000 Americans have been invested in this victory for months -- many for over a year. They give a small amount every month in the form of a Democracy Bond. Democracy Bond holders are a community of people committed to providing the long-term financial backbone necessary to pursue this kind of 50-state operation.

You can commemorate these historic wins and lay the groundwork for a generation of victories ahead of us by joining the Democracy Bond community now:

http://www.democrats.org/2006victorybonds

It's been a big Election Day, and every Democrat has earned the right to celebrate today. We won elections up and down the ballot tonight because Democrats are ready to lead.

There's one more thing anyone watching the Democratic Party should know today:

We're only getting started.

Thank you.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.




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Thursday, November 09, 2006

It's time

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

There's one thing everyone who wants Democrats to win tomorrow needs to remember: be prepared for anything. We offer a fresh start and a new direction, but each and every Democrat must get to the polls to make our vision a reality.

Reports of voter suppression and potentially illegal tactics have already begun surfacing in districts where Republicans seem to be heading for defeat. That's why it's so important that you vote. From repeatedly harassing phone calls to disgusting flyers sent to Hispanic voters, they're trying everything they can to keep Democrats from voting.

No matter what the other side does to try to keep Democrats at home, we have to continue our person-to-person outreach for this final stretch. Our democracy can withstand these tactics if every one of us lives up to our responsibility to engage our neighbors in this movement to take America in a new direction.

We've put together the resources you need to spread the Democratic message and reach as many people as possible. Here are just a few of those resources:

Find Your Polling Place
In addition to allowing people to report election irregularities, the 1-888-DEM-VOTE number also provides your polling place. You can call, or find your state's polling information here: http://www.democrats.org/pollingplace

Last-Minute Volunteers
The best way to volunteer at the last minute is to call your local Democratic Party: http://www.democrats.org/volunteer/call

Print Your Own Flyers
The Democratic Agenda: http://www.democrats.org/agenda/vision
Voter Protection Info: http://www.democrats.org/voterprotection/materials

One look at those flyers will remind you what we're fighting for in this election.

What do the Republicans offer us? Spiraling costs in both human and monetary terms with no accountability and no plan in sight for Iraq, more people working full-time just to live in poverty because the minimum wage hasn't changed in a decade, and more people suffering in silence because, just like 45 million others, they don't have health insurance.

The vast majority of Americans have had enough. That's why the Republicans have resorted to doing anything they can to distract or deceive voters.

But we Democrats have our own plans, which couldn't be clearer:

Honest Leadership & Open Government
We will end the Republican culture of corruption and restore a government as good as the people it serves.

Real Security & A New Direction in Iraq
We will protect Americans at home and lead the world by telling the truth to our troops, our citizens and our allies, and we will heed the advice of our commanders on the ground and force a change in the failed Republican strategy in Iraq.

Energy Independence & Lower Gas Prices
We will create a cleaner, greener and stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, eliminating billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies and developing energy alternatives.

More Jobs, Better Pay & College Access for Everyone
We will create jobs that stay in America, raise the minimum wage, and open the doors to college for every American.

Healthcare that Works for Everyone & Life-Saving Cures
We will join 36 other industrialized nations in making sure everyone has access to affordable health care, and we will make decisions to invest in stem cell and other medical research based on science, not politics.

Retirement Security
We will ensure that a retirement with dignity is the right and expectation of every single American, starting with protecting workers' pensions expanding saving incentives and preventing the privatization of social security.

I can't stress enough how important these final hours are -- and because of the Republican voter suppression tactics, every one of us will need to do even more.

If you or someone you know has any trouble voting or is harassed in any way, please take down as many details as possible and report it. You can report any voter suppression or election irregularities by calling 1-888-DEM-VOTE. You can also report problems online here:

http://www.democrats.org/voterprotection/report

You'll hear a lot of predictions over the next day or so, but ignore both the good ones and the bad ones. We're got to work, work and work some more until this election is over. There is no other option -- we've all done too much for too long to let this slip away.

The only poll that matters will be on Election Day and it will signal a new direction for America.

Thank you.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.




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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Vote

Dear automat,

Today most people will simply vote and go home.

That's not enough. Whether you're voting today or you've voted early or absentee already, what you do today could determine the outcome of this election The power is in your hands -- by getting as many people to vote as you can, you'll bring a change to our country and end Republican rule.

The conversations you have today, the extra few minutes you take to bring someone who might not otherwise vote with you to the polls, the follow-up with your friends, family and neighbors to make sure they have voted -- all of it will multiply the power of your single vote.

To help you get to the polls -- and to help you get others to the polls you can find your states polling information online:

http://www.democrats.org/pollingplace

We've also put together the resources you need to spread the Democratic message and reach as many people as possible. Here are just a few a couple of those resources:

Last-Minute Volunteers

The best way to volunteer at the last minute is to call your local Democratic Party: http://www.democrats.org/volunteer/call

Print Your Own Flyers

The Democratic Agenda: http://www.democrats.org/agenda
Voter Protection Info: http://www.democrats.org/voterprotection

There's another thing I want you to be aware of as your and your neighbors head to the polls today.

There have already been widespread reports of voter suppression by Republican operatives, ranging from apparently legal harassment of Democratic voters to potentially illegal efforts to keep voters away from the voting booth.

This isn't new for Republicans. It's a cynical art that the Republican machine has refined for years, and each election brings new variations on oldtactics that target minorities and minority-heavy areas.

Here's what you need to know:

1) If you're a registered voter, do not leave your polling location without voting. Every registered voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.

2) If you're in line before the poll's closing time, you are entitled to vote.

3) You're entitled to view a sample ballot at the polling place before voting.

4) If you experience any problems voting or observe any irregularities, immediately call 1-888-DEM-VOTE to report the incident. In addition to providing your polling place information, by calling 1-888-DEM-VOTE you can record a complaint or speak with an election protection monitor. The line is available in English and Spanish.

You can also report any voting irregularities or problems online:

http://www.democrats.org/voterprotection/report

Democrats are committed to ensuring that every rightful voter has the freedom to cast his or her ballot free from intimidation or undue burden, and we've deployed voter protection teams across the country to make sure that's possible today.

There's one more thing I want to tell you.

Today is not the end of anything. All the Democrats we elect, from city council to Congress to governor, will still have a lot of work to do after they take the oath of office in January.

And so will we, the committed Democrats who have promised to build a new kind of political party that doesn't evaporate after each election.

For the first time in our party's history, we're prepared to take the investments we made to win an election and turn them into permanent investments in our party.

We've spent millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to turn a year and a half of work on our 50-state strategy into an unprecedented 50-State Turnout operation.

We've seen in the last few weeks the dramatic impact we can have when we fight in places the Republicans take for granted. We've made a demonstrable difference in this election and laid the groundwork for future gains in even the most "red" parts of the country. When the final results are in, we'll report to you on the impact it's impact.

But right now you still have the opportunity to do something about this election.

Please take that opportunity while you can.

Thank you.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

P.S. -- If anyone who hasn't been paying attention to this election until today asks you what Democrats stand for, point them right here: http://www.democrats.org/agenda



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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Call for Change: It's too close not to call


JohnKerry.com

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We're in a dead heat, with more races up for grabs than anyone thought possible. But there are millions of people out there -- people who share our concerns about the war in Iraq and the Republicans' failures here at home -- who aren't yet planning to vote.

Our friends at MoveOn.org Political Action have a plan to make sure that everyone who's hungry for change gets to the polls. They've taken the voter lists from the most important races in the country and found infrequent voters who are likely to vote for Democrats if we can get them to the polls. It's all online with a simple tool that makes it easy to call these key voters. They're aiming to make over a million of these turnout calls in the next 5 days -- and with races being decided by as little as a hundred votes, your participation could make all the difference.

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And there's something else important going on here. For decades, politics has been dominated by big money and lots of ads. But thanks to folks like you, all that is changing. And this year, the winning margin could come from real, person-to-person contact -- not some Swift Boat-style smear campaign.

One week from now, we will have a historic opportunity to make change -- to finally hold this administration accountable and turn this country around. But to do it, we'll all need to pitch in. Can you join MoveOn's "Call for Change" effort and help make it happen?

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Two years ago, an unprecedented number of Americans voted for my campaign for change. Next week, if we can help get those folks out to vote again, we'll win. Thank you for joining this important effort.

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The difference between the two parties

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

Here's how the Republicans are trying to win this election:

  • President Bush himself is trying to scare voters with ridiculous claims, saying that "terrorists win and America loses" if Democrats were to take control of Congress.
  • In Missouri, Michael J. Fox recently appeared in a heartfelt ad for Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, criticizing the Republican incumbent's opposition to stem cell research. The GOP smear machine immediately attacked Fox and McCaskill, with Rush Limbaugh even suggesting Fox was faking his symptoms of Parkinson's disease in the ad.
  • In Tennessee, the Republican Party ran racist ads aimed at dredging up some of the worst racial prejudices imaginable. The ads attacking Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford, who is African-American, show a scantily clad white woman beckoning to him. The ad is so bad that some TV stations are refusing to run it, and non-political companies have fired the Republican consultants who made it. The RNC refused to denounce the disgusting ad, despite a public outcry.
  • In California, one Republican campaign took a page from the national GOP playbook, which calls for suppressing minority voters at every opportunity. The campaign sent a false and deliberately misleading mailing to Hispanics in the district that threatened jail time for any immigrant -- legal or not -- who tried to vote.

What do we have in response? You -- and millions of other people who want change just like you do. We're running the broadest get-out-the-vote operation our party has attempted in a generation. It's called the 50-State Turnout -- and it's working.

Threats, smears and insults from the Republicans are being met with phone calls, person-to-person outreach and an Election Day operation that will bring more people into the political process than ever before.

We have urgent needs for printed materials, rental vans, and all the other things our staff and volunteers are using to get more people participating on Election Day.

If you make a donation right now, it will be matched by a real person -- you'll see that person's name and hometown, and you can exchange messages if you'd like.

Our unprecedented grassroots matching program has brought in over 10,000 new people who now own a piece of the Democratic Party. Will you be a part of it?

http://www.democrats.org/match

Democrats are doing things differently this year -- and we're going to win in places we haven't won in a long time because of it.

In this election environment, the national infrastructure we've built is a Republican strategist's nightmare. The GOP cannot take any race at any level of office for granted anymore.

We've transformed our operation into a 50-State Turnout machine that has made races competitive not just in so-called "swing" states like Ohio or Pennsylvania, but also in states where Republicans haven't had to fight before: Nebraska, Indiana, Virginia.

Across the country, we've funded GOTV programs to counter Republican efforts to keep voters home on Election Day. Literature drops, transportation arrangements, and technological development -- the dollars we raise are fueling these field efforts.

We've put the Democratic Party in a position to succeed everywhere, and it's time to close the deal. We're firing up the Grassroots Match program for the last time this cycle -- I hope you'll be part of it:

http://www.democrats.org/match

We must stay focused and ignore the polls or pundits who tell us we have the election locked up. This election is less than a week away, but there's plenty of time left for a Republican comeback.

The Republican's infamous "72-Hour" operation will crank up in the coming days. Make no mistake -- the Republican operation has endless amounts of money available from shadowy special interest groups determined to do whatever it takes to maintain their grip on power.

The Grassroots Match is a way to connect with another Democrat and bond together for the final stretch. Please participate now if you can:

http://www.democrats.org/match

The future of our country will depend on what you do for the next five days.

Please make them count.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

P.S. - You can always get connected to activities on the ground by calling your local campaign, state party, or by signing up to volunteer at: http://www.democrats.org/volunteer.




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