Friday, October 26, 2007

Coming together

The Democratic Party
Dear automat,

The Santa Ana winds may be calming down, but the victims of this week's wildfires still need our help. Thousands of people have lost their homes, and the danger of further fires and impending winter mudslides still threaten the people of California.

As Democrats and as Americans, we all know the importance of standing united in times of tragedy. It's up to each of us to be there for our family, friends and neighbors in Southern California during this national disaster.

The California Democratic Party, San Diego Democratic Party and Democrats Work are teaming up to help the families devastated by the fires in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Orange counties. Now you can do your part.

You can donate goods or money to the San Diego Food Bank, an organization that provides essential resources for those in need. Please make a contribution now:

http://vad.aidmatrix.org/vfd.cfm?driveid=95
 


You can also sign up to volunteer as opportunities become available.

http://democratswork.org/index.php?page=display&id=117  

You can also drop off food and household goods, or send giftcards from major grocery chains (like Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons), to the San Diego County Democratic Party at 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92111.

The thoughts and prayers of Democrats across the country are with the people of Southern California, as well as the firefighters, rescue workers, National Guard, and volunteers who answered the call to help.

Thank you for coming together to help one another during this time of need.

Sincerely,

Howard Dean

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Are you on this map?

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

Democrats are kicking off the one-year mark until the 2008 election with hundreds of grassroots organizing events across the country on November 3rd.

We're doing it to build a nationwide grassroots organization to empower millions of volunteers to reach out to their neighbors about next year's elections.

This 2008 grassroots field program is the next step of Governor Dean's 50 State Strategy. The campaign has already started.

Just take a look at this map:

map

There are hundreds of events like these all over the country on November 3rd to help brief and organize people just like you.

Is there a November 3rd event in your area? Click here to find one and RSVP:

http://www.democrats.org/OneYearOut

Ruth in Sorrento, Maine is hosting a party "to get together with... friends and neighbors, share some good food and conversation and hear about some of the plans for next year."

Rob and Caroline in Anchorage, Alaska are hosting a party to "do something to clean up the mess that corruption, bribery & extortion have left the citizens of Alaska to clean up."

Matt in Columbus, Ohio is hosting a party because "we need your help to Get Out The Vote for Columbus candidates and show that we are preparing to win in 2008." He also promises that it's well before an Ohio State football game, saying "1:30 on Saturday is plenty late and the game isn't until 8:00."

And Sandra in Wichita, Kansas is hosting a party "for a day of organizing, a message from Howard Dean, some Democratic camaraderie, and some good ol' door knocking."

Everyone who attends a "One Year Out" event will hear Governor Dean's plans to turn the 50 State Strategy into a winning presidential strategy - and kick it off by knocking on doors and introducing folks to the new face of the Democratic Party: you.

Find an event in your hometown - or plan your own:

http://www.democrats.org/OneYearOut

Electing a government you can be proud of one year from now depends entirely on what you're willing to do now. Please sign up for - or host - an event on November 3rd.

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon




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Thursday, October 18, 2007

This is why elections matter...

The Democratic Party
Elections matter

Dear automat,

If there's ever a been day that shows how important victory in 2008 has become, it is today.

Despite a broad, bi-partisan effort in Congress, George Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program remains in place. This president and his loyalists in Congress have done the unthinkable, cutting millions of American kids from the basic health care services they need.

You stood up and fought, the Democrats in Congress stood up and fought, but we just didn't have the numbers to overturn the veto.

You may be angry right now -- I sure am -- but that won't win any elections. While the stakes are so clear, think about how important our victory in 2008 is to you, and help us get there. Every one of the Republican candidates for president supports this veto. We'll make them feel the pain for this at the ballot box, but we have work to do.

Here are some numbers to consider:

  • 2,000 people giving $50 helps pay for a two-day training retreat for our organizers
  • 1,000 giving $30 funds an organizer for a year
  • 500 donations of just $10 funds a phone banking session that targets voters in a key district

Dollar by dollar, we're building a machine to turn out the vote and end Republican control of the White House in 2008.

Contribute today:

http://www.democrats.org/ElectionsMatter

Forget about "swing voters" -- even die hard Republicans are running away from their party. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that over a third of President Bush's largest fundraisers have yet to support a candidate in their party's primary. As one Bush Pioneer put it, "I'm just not happy with the direction of our party. I think we have a huge credibility problem, which I have not seen any of the candidates show the ability to rise above."

Everyday Republicans are sick of their party making choices they wouldn't make -- can you blame them?

While the Republican Party is coming apart, our Party is investing in infrastructure and grassroots development. We're not going to miss a single chance to cement a strong position and reach areas that Democrats ignored for decades.

Our innovative voter contact system will give Democratic organizers on the ground the tools they need to target key areas and get out the vote on Election Day. And our field organizers are meeting with election officials in every state to prevent any attempted voter disenfranchisement before it happens.

Come Election Day, we cannot leave anything out there on the field. Step up and do your part by donating $15, $25, $50 or more:

http://www.democrats.org/ElectionsMatter

George Bush may be gloating today, but we're not falling for it. The Republican Party is alienating more and more Americans who can't stand its narrowing, cruel agenda.

We're building a party today, and I need your help. The Democratic Party is reaching more and more Americans who are ready to fight -- and vote -- for something better.

Please do what you can to help.

Thank you.

Tom McMahon
Executive Director

P.S. Below is a copy of the message sent by Governor Dean yesterday:


From: Howard Dean
Subject: Reality check

Get ready

I've been traveling quite a bit lately, and I can tell you one thing: Democrats across the country feel good about our Party -- and even better about our chances for victory in 2008.

Not so fast.

I know all too well how quickly things can change in politics.

You might feel optimistic right now, but consider this a wake up call. The primaries aren't even over and anyone could win at this point. On top of that, we have no idea what Republican candidates and operatives have in store for our nominee.

The only sure bet you've got this election cycle -- and for years beyond -- is that the Democratic Party will be there on Election Day, no matter who the nominee is.

No matter what happens in our primary, or what the Republicans throw at us, we need to be ready. From cutting-edge voter databases to a robust field infrastructure, we'll provide resources our presidential campaign will need to fight in every state.

We can't wait until after the primary to prepare for the election. Help us get ready by making a contribution now:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Here's a sample of what we've been working on lately:

Ground-breaking technology: We're testing a brand new voter contact system that will give state parties, campaigns and individual activists the critical tools they need to get out the vote on Election Day. We're in a position to innovate because of the years of advance work we've done.

Organizers in the field: We're making great progress on the voter protection project. Our 50-State Strategy organizers are meeting every elections official in the country to know about any "voting irregularities" now -- not next November. More than that, these organizers have been building the relationships with volunteers, activists and other allies that will pay off in races up and down the ballot in 2008.

Holding the Republicans accountable: Last week, Democrats like you sent almost 200,000 letters to Congress in support of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Bit by bit, we are changing the culture in Washington that says it's OK to spend $100 billion each year in Iraq, but balks at spending $7 billion to give American kids health care.

With your support, we'll continue to empower organizers and campaigns with the best technology out there. We will make sure every vote counts. We will continue to change the culture of Washington.

Working together, Democrats will take back the White House in 2008.

Help make it happen:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Let's not lose sight of the big picture here. We aren't trying to win for the sake of winning. There are real world consequences when campaigns come up short.

The past few weeks have shown us just how much of a roadblock the wrong president can be. Even with strong, bipartisan support in Congress, the White House shot down funding for children's health care. And every Republican candidate for President would do the same thing.

This White House continues to avoid an honest assessment of Iraq and a plan to bring our troops home. The top Republican candidates wouldn't be any different -- just look at their records.

When the dust settles on the 2008 election, we should all ask ourselves a simple question: "Did I do everything possible to support Democrats and change the direction of our country?"

What's your answer going to be?

Feel good about our chances -- but we can't be complacent. Every day is one step closer to Election Day, and one more opportunity to strengthen our Party. Contribute today:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Let's get to work.

Sincerely,

Howard Dean




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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Reality check

The Democratic Party
Get ready

Dear automat,

I've been traveling quite a bit lately, and I can tell you one thing: Democrats across the country feel good about our Party -- and even better about our chances for victory in 2008.

Not so fast.

I know all too well how quickly things can change in politics.

You might feel optimistic right now, but consider this a wake up call. The primaries aren't even over and anyone could win at this point. On top of that, we have no idea what Republican candidates and operatives have in store for our nominee.

The only sure bet you've got this election cycle -- and for years beyond -- is that the Democratic Party will be there on Election Day, no matter who the nominee is.

No matter what happens in our primary, or what the Republicans throw at us, we need to be ready. From cutting-edge voter databases to a robust field infrastructure, we'll provide resources our presidential campaign will need to fight in every state.

We can't wait until after the primary to prepare for the election. Help us get ready by making a contribution now:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Here's a sample of what we've been working on lately:

Ground-breaking technology: We're testing a brand new voter contact system that will give state parties, campaigns and individual activists the critical tools they need to get out the vote on Election Day. We're in a position to innovate because of the years of advance work we've done.

Organizers in the field: We're making great progress on the voter protection project. Our 50-State Strategy organizers are meeting every elections official in the country to know about any "voting irregularities" now -- not next November. More than that, these organizers have been building the relationships with volunteers, activists and other allies that will pay off in races up and down the ballot in 2008.

Holding the Republicans accountable: Last week, Democrats like you sent almost 200,000 letters to Congress in support of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Bit by bit, we are changing the culture in Washington that says it's OK to spend $100 billion each year in Iraq, but balks at spending $7 billion to give American kids health care.

With your support, we'll continue to empower organizers and campaigns with the best technology out there. We will make sure every vote counts. We will continue to change the culture of Washington.

Working together, Democrats will take back the White House in 2008.

Help make it happen:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Let's not lose sight of the big picture here. We aren't trying to win for the sake of winning. There are real world consequences when campaigns come up short.

The past few weeks have shown us just how much of a roadblock the wrong president can be. Even with strong, bipartisan support in Congress, the White House shot down funding for children's health care. And every Republican candidate for President would do the same thing.

This White House continues to avoid an honest assessment of Iraq and a plan to bring our troops home. The top Republican candidates wouldn't be any different -- just look at their records.

When the dust settles on the 2008 election, we should all ask ourselves a simple question: "Did I do everything possible to support Democrats and change the direction of our country?"

What's your answer going to be?

Feel good about our chances -- but we can't be complacent. Every day is one step closer to Election Day, and one more opportunity to strengthen our Party. Contribute today:

http://www.democrats.org/getready

Let's get to work.

Sincerely,

Howard Dean




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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ground game

The Democratic Party
One year out

Dear automat,

Our organizing plan for 2008 has one critical component: you.

Next month, we're asking you -- and we're relying on you -- to stand up and take ownership of your own neighborhood. It's a key part of our 50-State Strategy, and the cornerstone of our plan for Democratic victory in 2008.

On Saturday, November 3rd we need you to host your friends and neighbors for the first national organizing event of the Presidential race -- months ahead of the Republicans, and a year before we elect a Democratic president.

You'll get together, learn the plan, pledge your leadership, and then get started.

We aren't going to play catch-up in 2008. We can't afford to.

Our organizers have already set up hundreds of events across the country. You can see if there's one in your neighborhood or plan your own right here:

http://www.democrats.org/OneYearOut

We're ready to get our ground game moving, but we have a small problem: we don't have a name for the event yet.

We've had meetings, sent emails, had passing conversations about it, but we're still stuck.

We've had the "National Organizing Kickoff" and the "50 State Canvass." We've also had a couple of "Democratic Reunion" events. Right now we're just generically calling it the "year out event."

If you're the cornerstone of our 2008 ground game, we figured we'd ask for your ideas on a name for the kickoff event. After all, campaigns and organizations are already asking you for everything from a campaign theme song to a bumper sticker slogan.

So, any ideas?

Find an event in your neighborhood -- or plan your own -- and let us know what they should be called:

http://www.democrats.org/OneYearOut

You may be supporting a presidential candidate already, but by helping the Democratic Party now, you've got a sure guarantee that you'll be helping the Democratic nominee win in 2008.

Can you take the lead in your neighborhood?

http://www.democrats.org/OneYearOut

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director

PS: Last Thursday I sent you an email, asking for you to send a letter to Congress in support of children's health insurance. I asked for 125,000 letters to stand up to President Bush's veto -- and by the end of the day, you sent more than 175,000 letters.

Over the weekend, you topped 196,000 letters.

Congress hasn't voted yet, so we still need to keep this phenomenal pressure up. Please ask your friends to send a letter today:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids




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Thursday, October 04, 2007

RE: Unbelievable

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

Yesterday, Governor Dean emailed you asking you to tell Congress to stand up to President Bush and override his veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Many of you did -- and over 90,000 letters were sent, with every single member of Congress getting at least one.

We've got the momentum, so let's send an even bigger message -- let's get to 125,000 letters by the end of the day. Congress can't ignore 125,000 letters from ordinary Americans demanding health care coverage for children.

Can you write a letter right now?

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

George Bush vetoed health care for sick kids -- and he did it while he continues to pour money into the war in Iraq...some of it going to companies like Halliburton and Blackwater.

Fortunately, this disgusting act of political calculation can be overturned.

Send a letter to Congress right now:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

Thanks for all that you do,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director


From: Dr. Howard Dean
Subject: Unbelievable

Fight for kids

Dear automat,

This morning, President Bush rejected health care for children. Now it's time for Democrats to reject President Bush.

If we can get 2/3 of Congress to stand up to President Bush, we can overturn his veto on the State Children's Health Insurance Program -- a program that provides health insurance for millions of kids.

We need your help to get those votes.

We've set up a simple tool that will allow you to write a letter and send it to your members of Congress instantly. Send your Senators and Representative a message telling them to stand up to George Bush:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

George Bush made a cold political calculation this morning. He could have signed this bi-partisan bill into law, or he could have pandered to conservatives who didn't want to see the Children's Health Insurance Program get the funding it needs.

He decided to pander -- and millions of kids will suffer for it.

What makes this veto worse is that George Bush will spend billions of dollars in Iraq, some of it on contractors like Blackwater and Halliburton, while denying millions of children needed doctors' visits or medicine here at home.

On top of that, all of the Republican candidates for president support his veto.

Democrats are in the majority for a reason. Send a message to your Senators and Representative and let them know why that is:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

This past week, Graeme Frost, a 12 year old from Baltimore, Maryland, delivered this week's Democratic Radio Address.

Graeme is a brave young man. Three years ago, his family was in a serious car accident. Graeme was in a coma for a week, suffered severe brain trauma, and had to re-learn how to eat and walk.

Graeme is alive today because of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. As he said last weekend:

"My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program.

"I don't know why President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP. All I know is I have some really good doctors. They took great care of me when I was sick, and I'm glad I could see them because of the Children's Health Program."

Families like the Frosts need your help. You can hear Graeme talk about his experience and send a message to your Senators and Representative right here:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

As a doctor, I've seen our country's health care crisis first-hand.

I've seen parents that have to wait for their kids to get dangerously sick before they could take them to a doctor. I've seen parents struggle over important medical care decisions because they didn't know how to pay for it. And I've seen parents left in poverty because they had no other choice.

But you don't have to be a doctor to understand the importance of health insurance for our nation's kids. Just ask any mother or father whose child has been sick, and they'll all tell you the same thing: that there's nothing more important to them than making sure their kids are healthy.

As governor of Vermont, 96% of the children in my state had health insurance. That's the sort of commitment our country needs -- and the sort of commitment President Bush doesn't have.

The American people elected a Democratic majority last fall to stand up to President Bush's misguided priorities. Remind your Senators and Representative just what the American people stand for.

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

Sincerely,

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.




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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Unbelievable

The Democratic Party
Fight for kids

Dear automat,

This morning, President Bush rejected health care for children. Now it's time for Democrats to reject President Bush.

If we can get 2/3 of Congress to stand up to President Bush, we can overturn his veto on the State Children's Health Insurance Program -- a program that provides health insurance for millions of kids.

We need your help to get those votes.

We've set up a simple tool that will allow you to write a letter and send it to your members of Congress instantly. Send your Senators and Representative a message telling them to stand up to George Bush:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

George Bush made a cold political calculation this morning. He could have signed this bi-partisan bill into law, or he could have pandered to conservatives who didn't want to see the Children's Health Insurance Program get the funding it needs.

He decided to pander -- and millions of kids will suffer for it.

What makes this veto worse is that George Bush will spend billions of dollars in Iraq, some of it on contractors like Blackwater and Halliburton, while denying millions of children needed doctors' visits or medicine here at home.

On top of that, all of the Republican candidates for president support his veto.

Democrats are in the majority for a reason. Send a message to your Senators and Representative and let them know why that is:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

This past week, Graeme Frost, a 12 year old from Baltimore, Maryland, delivered this week's Democratic Radio Address.

Graeme is a brave young man. Three years ago, his family was in a serious car accident. Graeme was in a coma for a week, suffered severe brain trauma, and had to re-learn how to eat and walk.

Graeme is alive today because of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. As he said last weekend:

"My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program.

"I don't know why President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP. All I know is I have some really good doctors. They took great care of me when I was sick, and I'm glad I could see them because of the Children's Health Program."

Families like the Frosts need your help. You can hear Graeme talk about his experience and send a message to your Senators and Representative right here:

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

As a doctor, I've seen our country's health care crisis first-hand.

I've seen parents that have to wait for their kids to get dangerously sick before they could take them to a doctor. I've seen parents struggle over important medical care decisions because they didn't know how to pay for it. And I've seen parents left in poverty because they had no other choice.

But you don't have to be a doctor to understand the importance of health insurance for our nation's kids. Just ask any mother or father whose child has been sick, and they'll all tell you the same thing: that there's nothing more important to them than making sure their kids are healthy.

As governor of Vermont, 96% of the children in my state had health insurance. That's the sort of commitment our country needs -- and the sort of commitment President Bush doesn't have.

The American people elected a Democratic majority last fall to stand up to President Bush's misguided priorities. Remind your Senators and Representative just what the American people stand for.

http://www.democrats.org/FightForKids

Sincerely,

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.




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