by paul spencer
Thu Oct 11th, 2012 at 12:16:41 PM EST
I'm going to publish the diary that I described in an ET diary (September 7) in the Daily Kos on this coming Monday at 14:00 GMT (07:00, my time - PDT). I'd appreciate it if everyone here with a DKos log-in would 'recommend' it. I'm just leaving in a part of the original diary below to remind you of the basic points raised.
Four of our group of five now have donations tabs; 3 on ActBlue, 1 on his campaign web-site. I can't wait any longer for the fifth.
Excerpts from the September ET diary are below:
Since I'm more serious about my state legislative campaign this time, I'm looking for money to help advertise myself, plus the other Democratic Party candidates in our region. We are currently reviewing the draft 'diary' below, and I would like to get ETers' comments, too. Plus, when we launch it on Dailykos, I would also like to enlist y'all to hit the Rec button to try to keep it up for awhile. Here's the current text:
"Most rural areas have become the homeground of Republican office-holders over the last 20 years. It's a remarkable feat considering that it only took one generation for folks to forget the role of the Democratic Party in delivering rural electrification, rural telephony, public irrigation systems, Social Security, and many more social goods. Some of the reasons for this change were based on an essentially cynical capture by Republican Party operatives of certain 'social issues'. Another part was a racist response to Democratic Party inclusiveness.
"We can recapture the rural electorate with Roosevelt-type programs - and a lot of patient groundwork. The essential programs are the manufacture and deployment of renewable-energy devices and systems; local and quasi-organic food production; basic, decent, affordable housing projects; and sustainable natural-resource management. Beyond those particularly rural issues are the common national issues of healthcare costs and quality, immigration reform, Fair Trade, 'defense' spending and foreign military aid, financial 'industry' regulation, etc. - our usual progressive litany. The cap is tax reform to pay for government support of the social 'safety net' and of investment/subsidy (stimulus): remove the income cap on Social Security tax, Capital Gains as ordinary income, higher marginal tax rates for the higher income brackets, and elimination of tax 'loopholes'.
"Here in south-central and southwestern Washington state, we have such a group of candidates: Mary Baechler in the 4th Congressional District (vs. Doc Hastings), Jon Haugen in the 3rd C.D. (vs. Jamie Herrera-Beutler), Pablo Gonzales in the 15th Legislative District (state legislature), Matt Tomaskin in the 14th L.D. (Position 2), and Paul Spencer in the 14th (Position 1). In case you don't get the picture, we are a diverse group: a businesswoman, a working pilot, a Hispanic college student, a Yakama Indian, and an old white guy, respectively. More importantly, we share values of sustainability, empathy, and honesty.
"This diary is a request for your support.... At a rough estimate, we're looking at about $10,000 for a series of ¼ page ads. We would like some help."
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