Tuesday, September 25, 2007

They're already trying to steal the White House

The Democratic Party
Reject the power grab

Dear automat,

If you can't win, cheat.

Apparently that's the Republicans' answer to our work here in California. If they have their way, your reliably "blue" state won't be so blue in 2008.

Faced with a strong Democratic presence, Republicans are campaigning for a new election system instead of their own candidates.

If they get what they're after, it could cost us the White House.

Republican operatives -- including some of the 2004 Swift Boaters -- are working on a proposition for the June ballot that would essentially hand over 20 of the state's electoral votes before the elections even begin next November.

Electoral reform is a good thing -- but this proposition doesn't even come close to an honest effort. It's designed for just one thing: to make California the only big state in the country to break up its electoral votes, handing the White House back over to the Republicans. We need election reform, but let's do it for real -- and let's not pick and choose which states we do it in.

We can't let this proposition get on the ballot. Reject the Republican power grab in California:

http://www.democrats.org/DirtyTricksInCA

California, like 47 other states, awards all of its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes. In the last four elections, all of California's electoral votes have gone to the Democratic nominee.

Republicans want to change the rules to award one electoral vote for each Congressional district a presidential candidate wins. In 2004, that would have given George Bush 19 of John Kerry's 55 votes.

These so-called "reformers" aren't proposing to do this in Texas, or Florida, or Ohio, or any other large state that the Republicans won in 2004.

Only California.

This isn't electoral reform -- it's a blatant power grab. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is against the proposal, saying:

"I feel like, if you're all of a sudden in the middle of the game start changing the rules, it's kind of odd... It almost feels like a loser's mentality, saying, 'I cannot win with those rules. So let me change the rules.'"

Don't let the Republicans cheat to win the election. Make your voice heard now:

http://www.democrats.org/DirtyTricksInCA

As a Californian, you know the way that propositions work. Rich donors and special interest groups spend tens of millions of dollars, paying for signatures, buying TV ads and confusing people with distortions and lies until they don't know what to believe anymore. This time, they're calling it "election reform."

If we don't get rid of this initiative now, you can only imagine the type of campaign the Republican Swift Boaters will run to mislead the people of California into giving up their vote.

For Republicans, it's not Iowa or New Hampshire that matters most in 2008 -- it's California.

The Republicans should know better than to take on the California Democrats. Let's show them why.

Sincerely,

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.

P.S. -- You can also help fight this by telling your friends and family not to sign the petition to get this measure on the ballot.

http://www.democrats.org/NoDirtyTricks




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Thursday, September 20, 2007

What we're doing to win in 2008


The 50-State Strategy Organizers
Support the organizers

Dear automat,

I hope this picture means as much to you as it does to me.

Because if it does -- if you believe in the 50 State Strategy -- you have to ask yourself an important question:

Are you doing everything you can to help these organizers succeed?

An investment in these people means an investment in the frontline of our Party's effort to compete everywhere in 2008. Right now, you can be part of a fundraising effort that demonstrates this commitment to their success. Donate what you can today:

http://www.democrats.org/SupportTheOrganizers

"The 50 State Strategy is dedicated to leaving no county behind, is committed to dedicating resources to getting Democrats elected in parts of the country once thought of as Republican strongholds, and to building an enduring structure to enable grassroots activists to become engaged in the political process to change the direction of the country for the better." -- Jason, an organizer in Virginia

I couldn't have said it better. Jason's work, along with all our organizers, is the sort of work that will pay off on Election Day.

Let me give you four concrete examples of how we're spending your contribution, and how we're going to win back the White House in 2008:

Voter Protection: Organizers are meeting with every election official across the country to make sure that our candidates are prepared. We're building a valuable database that campaigns can use to get out the vote and deal with voter problems now -- not on Election Day.

Rapid Response: Organizers are a key part of our aggressive rapid response program that tracks and researches the Republican presidential candidates everywhere they go -- holding them accountable for everything they say. In addition, we're following the Republican candidates and collecting plenty of material for when we need it.

A National Field Program: Organizers are also building a field program that starts at the grassroots level and works up. Learning from the success of 2006 we're designing a national field effort that will deliver the vote in 2008. While everyone was in Cleveland last month, we worked to consolidate our volunteer databases so that we can set clear benchmarks and goals.

Technology: I mentioned both the voter protection and the volunteer databases, but those are nothing compared to our multi-million dollar voter database. We've had a team working with states for the past three years to assemble the most comprehensive and intelligent voter database the Democratic Party has ever had. It will allow us to run smarter campaigns with less waste.

Here's the bottom line: this sort of operation is what we all want -- but it isn't free. Our organizers are making the most of what we have, but you can help right now with a contribution:

http://www.democrats.org/SupportTheOrganizers

Earlier this week, Governor Dean asked for 2,500 donors to support the organizers across America -- and we're already more than halfway there. Let's show these organizers just how strongly this Party supports them.

Take it from Craig, an organizer in Utah:

"The 50 state strategy is the largest, most comprehensive effort to organize everywhere ever undertaken by a political party in America. I am proud to be a part of it."

If you're as proud as I am, show Craig and the rest of our hard-working organizers in the field that you're behind them:

http://www.democrats.org/SupportTheOrganizers

These folks are busting their tails for our Party -- will you step up and help them?

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director

P.S. I recently asked our organizers to share their feedback on the program. There's more than I could put in this email, but I wanted to share some of the highlights:

Bryce in Montana:

"By simply investing money and time early in a state we can make so much possible that we would have never dreamed of during past elections. We saw how in Montana this investment led us to having a Democratic Governor, legislature, 4 of 5 statewide offices, and just recently two Democratic U.S. Senators, with the addition of Sen. Jon Tester."

Jesse in Oregon:

"I am most proud of the work that I did during the 2006 elections. Capitalizing on the work I had done in the previous 5 months with county parties and their activists we ran a volunteer field campaign across the state on a shoestring budget. The counties hit all our goals and helped re-elect the governor and we took back the state house for the first time in over a decade. Our work proved that this program works and that it can win elections for democrats and turn red counties blue.

"This is a program to bring politics back to the people and empower local activists to create and work for a better community, state, country and government to improve the lives of their family and friends, but we can't do it without you."

Anthony in Texas:

"The proudest and most rewarding moments in my job usually come right after I've finished a training when people will come talk to me while I'm packing up. Having someone come tell me about how they haven't had anyone from the Party come visit their county in years and how thankful they are that I'm there... It makes the long drives across the state a whole lot easier when you see how much people appreciate the work we're doing."

You can fund their work:

http://www.democrats.org/SupportTheOrganizers



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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The best photo you'll see all day


The 50-State Strategy Organizers
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Support organizers

Dear automat,

These are the faces of our 50-state strategy -- and they wouldn't be here without your support.

Take a long look at that photo -- those organizers are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

This was taken last month in Cleveland, Ohio, the first time all of the organizers were in one place. Most of the time you'll find them in the field working grueling campaign hours -- often in places that haven't seen a real Democratic organizing effort in years. They're traveling to every corner of every state, making sure that the Democrats don't give up on a single precinct in the fight for the White House in 2008.

That's why I'm asking you to stand up by Friday and help support these organizers. We need 2,500 people to stand up and show the organizers that ordinary Democrats support their often thankless work.

These men and women are in your state, right now, working to make sure no voter is left behind. Will you help them?

http://www.democrats.org/SupportOrganizers

We all remember what it was like to get out of bed the day after the election in 2004. We wondered what had happened, what we could have done differently, and what we could do to make sure it never happened again.

When I ran for chair of the Democratic Party, I vowed to find a better way. The 50-State Strategy is the answer, and in the years since, we've dedicated ourselves to the idea that the Democratic Party wins when it is powered by ordinary Americans fighting in every corner of this country.

The people in this photo -- and people like you -- are the better way.

In 2006, we showed that a 50-State Strategy helps Democrats win in states like Montana and Virginia. Now we're gearing up for big 2008 wins in states like Nebraska and Colorado -- victories that will only help take back the White House.

It's easier -- and cheaper -- to run a program that takes blue states for granted and writes off red states completely, but that's not the Democratic Party we need. As Craig, an organizer in Nebraska, puts it: "Even if you live in the reddest of states ... the Democratic Party is still going to find you, contact you, and ask you for your vote and support."

Will you be one of the 2,500 people to help fund the organizers that are rebuilding the Party in your state?

http://www.democrats.org/SupportOrganizers

You've gotten plenty of emails from me in the past asking you for money, and you probably already know that ordinary Americans ought to control the political process from the bottom up.

This time, I'm just glad I can show you what happens when they do.

Thank you for making photos like this happen.

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.



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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"Wait till September"

The Democratic Party
Time is up

Dear automat,

President Bush and the Republicans in Congress have been telling us to wait for the so-called "Petraeus Report" for months before we change the course in Iraq. Now with relentless bloodshed and no political solution in sight, President Bush wants more time for his failed war.

Tell Congress that their time is up -- find a new course for Iraq:

http://www.democrats.org/TimeIsUp

All summer, Republicans have used the so-called "Petraeus Report" to delay dealing with growing anti-war sentiment.

In June, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said:

"I think everybody anticipates that there's going to be a new strategy in the fall. I don't think we'll have the same level of troops, in all likelihood, that we have now. The Iraqis will have to step up, not only on the political side, but on the military side, to a greater extent. We're not there forever. I think they understand that, and the time to properly evaluate that, it strikes me, is in September."

And in July, President Bush said,

"I welcome a good, honest debate about the consequences of failure, the consequences of success in this war. But I believe that it's in this nation's interests to give the commander a chance to fully implement his operations. I believe Congress ought to wait for Gen. Petraeus to come back and give his assessment of the strategy that he's putting in place before they make any decisions."

This week, General Petraeus testified before Congress, asking for more time. He wants to wait until March to make recommendations about bringing our troops home.

Tell them that the time to make those decisions is right now -- just as they've been saying all summer.

http://www.democrats.org/TimeIsUp

According to the Washington Post, many experts have questioned data behind the general's optimistic assessment of the war, accusing the Pentagon of "cherry-picking positive indicators." Even in December 2006, the Iraq Study Group reported "significant under-reporting of violence."

In fact, this has been the bloodiest summer for American soldiers since the war began.

And when it comes to the Iraqi government, there's even less progress. The surge was supposed to help give breathing room in the political process, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that two and a half years after the first election, the Iraqi government has met just three of the 18 benchmarks set by Congress.

Kenneth Katzman, author of a report for the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, put it this way:

"My assessment is that because of the number and breadth of parties boycotting the cabinet, the Iraqi government is in essential collapse. That argues against any real prospects for political reconciliation."

Add your name to the list of people telling Congress that this isn't a war that's going to be won with military might, now or six months from now. It's time to change the course and redeploy our troops from Iraq:

http://www.democrats.org/TimeIsUp

President Bush cherry-picked intelligence to make his initial case for war over four years ago. Since then he has stifled dissent and distorted the truth to sell his failing strategy to the rest of us.

The Republicans accuse Democrats of setting arbitrary dates for withdrawal -- but it's the Republicans who set arbitrary dates for delay.

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director




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