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Our next major District Invasion trip will be Saturday, February 18, where we will be lending a hand to Democrat Steve Losey. Losey is running as a state representative in a special election to fill the seat Paul Scott vacated in the Michigan 51st state house district when he was recalled in November. We are VERY excited to help Steve out, as with his academic experience and role as a board member in the Linden Board of Education, he will be in a great position to fight vigorously for progressive education reform in Lansing.
The canvass trip will include:
+ A free brunch!
+ A rally and canvass training
+ Real experience in the field to get a taste of what democracy in action looks like!
Please sign up using our spiffy Google Doc if you are able to help out! We will leave The Cube by the Michigan Union at 9:15 AM, and will return by 5:30 PM, however we will attempt to arrange a ride for those that need to return after 4:00 PM.
If there questions or concerns you may have, you can either ask using the Google Doc or contact myself or Amanda.
According to the New York Times Caucus Section, 92% of campaign ads in the Florida primary have been negative.
It does not come as a surprise that these candidates have nothing positive to say about their own campaigns.
However I suggest that instead of wasting millions on negative ads, these republican candidates should simply shut up.
Original Source: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/92-percent-of-ads-in-florida-were-negative/?ref=politics
On February 19th, EnviroDems and the Michigan Sustainable Foods Initiative are hosting the Know Your Foodshed conference, which will focus specifically on local food. By attending the day-long event, students will understand food’s centrality to environmental issues and social justice. Today, a preview of one of our guests, the Fair Food Network:
The Fair Food Network is a national nonprofit dedicated to fostering a more sustainable and just food system. Their work is rooted in transforming America’s ‘broken’ food system, which has the following effects on society:
- limits access to healthy, locally-grown food to low-income families
- allows for under-served communities to become more susceptible to diet-related illnesses
- increases the number of people reliant upon government food assistance
- normalizes unsustainable agricultural practices
This current food system is both unethical and unjust.
What is the Fair Food Network doing to reverse it? (more…)
Time to test the whole reinvention thing…
Today the US Census bureau announced the happy news that Michigan suffered a .06% drop in population over the past decade and will, therefore, lose a Congressional seat. We can thank a poor economy, old people, old-people-in-Florida, and young-affluent-couples-not-having-children for causing Michigan to be the ONLY state to have a population decrease in a country that saw a 9.7% national increase since 2000.
Bloggers and political nerds will now respond with craftily drawn maps slicing and dicing Michigan into odd shapes that either greatly benefit the GOP or the Democratic Party, either way the only map that matters is the one the Republican DOMINATED Michigan House and Senate send to Governor-elect Rick Snyder’s desk.
Rick Snyder, a man who ran on both reinvention of the economy and government, must now decide how much a champion of reform he wishes to be. Both California and Florida have are examples of reinvention and innovation in reform efforts that demand districts be drawn without consideration of incumbency or party, and are contiguous and intact. Additionally, Snyder ran as “not a politician,” while partisan redistricting is one of the most political undertakings our country undergoes.
The question remains, will Governor-elect Snyder bend to the pressure of his party and sign a highly partisan redistricting plan that would easily pave the way for future Republican victories, or will he demand a bold plan based on a set of ethical principles that reinvent redistricting in reMichigan.
Weatherproof: Just like the Democratic Party.
After eating too much chocolate and staring dolefully at my bedroom ceiling for the last few days, I have finally dragged myself to the computer to write this post. None of us — especially those of us who invested countless hours into campaigning — want to acknowledge the Republicans’ sweep on Tuesday. While a GOP majority in the House doesn’t bode well for substantive policy over the next two years, it’s critical for us, as progressives, to recognize some of the positive things that came out of November 2, 2010.
Legalizing weed got more votes than Meg Whitman: Yes, you read that right. While Proposition 19 — the legalization of marijuana — failed to pass in California, the measure still received 321,439 more votes than GOP gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman. The corporate candidate shattered campaign spending records with a cool $160 million, including $141.5 million of her own funds. (That could pay my college tuition a couple times over, you know.) And despite her general election flip-flopping and heavy investment in wooing Latino voters, her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown cruised to victory with support of 64 percent of Hispanic voters.
People still have to be born in Colorado: In Colorado, Amendment 62 would have “would have outlawed abortion at every stage of gestation, would have outlawed all forms of hormonal contraception, and would have made it difficult if not impossible for pregnant women to receive medical treatment if there was any chance of harming the pregnancy.” Such legislation, which values the survival of a fertilized egg over a living woman’s, is part of the supposed “personhood” movement. It’s genuinely crazypants legislation, so as a whole-hearted pro-choice advocate, I am relieved that the Amendment failed (for the second time around!) by 72 percent to 28 percent, at last count.
But don’t worry, they’re going to try a third time in 2012.
Democrats did win — some tough races too: We don’t have to go very far to find one competitive race that Democrats won — just look at MI-09, where Gary Peters beat Rocky Ralksjdfa;ksdf-something despite the Republican party throwing thousands of dollars in negative everything. In Colorado, Democrat John Hickenlooper won the governorship over Palin-backed Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican Dan Maes. Moreover, Michael Bennet won the Colorado Senate seat over Republican Ken Buck — man who said he should be elected over his primary opponent because he “doesn’t wear heels.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed to a victory over Sharron Angle. Pat Quinn in Illinois won the governor’s race over Bill Brady, despite series of polls leading to the election indicating otherwise.
Proposition 23 fails resoundingly in California: Delivering a decisive victory to environmental activists and the state’s clean energy economy, Prop 23 failed by an overwhelming 61 percent to 39 percent. Prop 23 — naturally filed by the oil industry — would suspend provisions of California’s greenhouse gas law until until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or below for four consecutive quarters. (As the current rate is 12.4%, the wording seemed to trick voters and many worried that it would freeze California’s regulations cutting carbon emissions indefinitely.)
It’s hard to look for the good in the post-election drudgery, but it is nonetheless important for us to keep our heads up. There’s a lot of good happening in lots of places, and 2012 is just around the corner.
Michael Steele knows what’s up.
While this may not be a surprise to you or me, the Republican National Committee (RNC) fell a cool $4 million short of it’s $13.5 million fundraising goal for September. This is the second month in a row that the RNC has failed meet its fundraising goals. (They were $1.7 million short last month. It’s really reassuring to see that the RNC is really upping the ante!) Moreover, reports The Hill, this fundraising fail has led RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen to open a $5 million line of credit to hopefully make up for the shortfall and placate the panic:
“As Treasurer, I greatly appreciate the authorization to add $5 million. We will need it,” he wrote in the private email. “I say this because fundraising in August and September was less than planned in the revised budget you approved in August.”
Just for a little contrast, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pulled in $16 million in September — more than 80 percent of which came from online and direct-mail donors. Needless to say, this is a strong showing just a few short weeks before the November midterms. While this is may just be an indication of the Democrat’s base finally showing up, I’d like to think it’s more a result of the Republican Party’s out of touch rhetoric and political fumbles.
Earlier this week on MSNBC, the RNC’s lackluster leader Michael Steele couldn’t even name the minimum wage. And only the week before, a former housekeeper for Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, “alleged in a press conference with a high-profile lawyer that she was subject to financial and emotional abuse for the nine years she was employed” because she was an illegal immigrant. Of course, we can’t forget Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell who — despite her entrenched evangelical views — admitted to dabbling in witchcraft.
But hey! If this is the future of the Republican Party, I think we’re in a pretty good place. A combination of renewed Democratic enthusiasm and out-of-touch Republican rhetoric gives me hope for a happier November.
I saw this picture (click to enlarge) over the summer during casual browsings of the internet. It frankly illustrates ‘a’ big root of the world’s current problems, and more accessibly, why our economy is having a little trouble getting kick started again.
This November, we need to sustain our Democratic majorities who are most inclined to push for alternative energy legislation, and policies that guide society into a more sustainable way of living, as there is no real permanent future with our current petroleum based way of life and economy (fuels cars, fertilizes industrially grown food, transports said food, there’s more).
So, get out there, and push for the Democrats, on the streets, in the phone banks, and if you cannot there (i.e. you’ve got critical work to do), the web is another place to push. Tweet, Facebook, blog, write editorials, etc. Whatever little helps, especially if canvassers knock on a door of or phone bankers call someone recently convinced online that they should vote Dem again, as it makes their job a lot easier and gives them time to call more people/knock more doors.
Best of luck to all Democratic candidates. Let’s do it again in 2010!
Equality is the prime rib of America.
-Lady Gaga, at a Maine rally calling for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Tribal women in line to vote.
Today concluded the first of five phases of the Indian election, where 60% of voters turned out to the polls. (Refer to my earlier post for the basics of the Indian political system.) The states where voting began were Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Lakshwadeep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Â Thousands of troops have been deployed to the states to
With month-long elections in the world’s biggest democracy, it can’t be expected for the process to without a few kinks — or violence. Maoist insurgents in central and eastern India, with landmines and rocket bombs, killed 17 people in 14 attacks at poll stations across India. The Naxalites, the Maoist insurgents, have been battling with the Indian government forever and a day.Â One would think with so many troops deployed, even localized events like this could be avoided.
Currently, it seems as though the current Congress (I) Party and the Bharataya Janata Party will get the majority of votes, while some smaller ethnic and minority parties will take a smaller piece of the pie. Regardless, after the election, new coalitions will have to be stitched together to keep the Indian government in functioning order. The Congress Party, as a reminder, is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s party and India’s explosive economic growth is attributed to them. On another note, the Congress Party has often been criticized for its handling of the 11/26 terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year. BJP, on the other hand, tends to take hardline stances on terrorism, while inciting friction between Indian Muslims and Christians.
With this only being the beginning, it will be interesting to see the elections pan out. (A whole month of election day coverage? Yes! I know you’re pumped!) Have any questions? Field them here! I’ll definitely do some research and incorporate it into any future blog posts.
Join the College Democrats for the 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast with special guests Congressman John Dingell and Debbie Dingell THIS SATURDAY from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Arbor Brewing Company.Â Tickets are available for purchase HERE.
For more information about the event, read the press release after the jump.Â We hope to see you there! (more…)