Sunday, July 31, 2005

Barbara Radnofsky in Austin

Barbara Ann Radnofsky of Houston, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate seat now held by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex) will be in Austin August 3rd and 4th.

On August 3rd and 4th Barbara will be in Austin and in Bastrop County. She
will be speaking at the Monthly Austin DFA meetup at Mother Egan's on Wednesday August 3rd at 7:00 On Thursday she will tour the new facility for Hillel at the University of Texas and meet with students and members of the Austin Jewish community. She also will participate in the University Baptist Church weekly meal for the Austin homeless community along with members of the UT chapter of Hillel, which is involved with UBC in this ministry beginning at 4:45. This event is part of Barbara's ongoing dialogue with the critical mainstream religious community across Texas as the campaign progresses. After the meal she will be speaking to the Bastrop County Democrats at 7 in Smithville at the First National Bank Community Room, 312 Main Street, Smithville, before returning with her husband to Houston.

Thursday morning Barbara is meeting Burnt Orange Reporter Damon McCullar who will join her for a run on Town Lake and an interview, along with a brief but healthy breakfast.

Barbara will also be meeting with Cody Garret of Austin La Prensa for an interview with this important Spanish language newspaper, and to follow up on ideas articulated by Cody at DemFest.

Please join Barbara at Mother Egan's and help make this visit to Austin a success.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Campaign for a National Majority

I went to an interesting presentation last night at the Cedar Door for the Campaign for a National Majority.

They have a long term strategy that meshes with the 'build the farm team' concept Dean has pushed. It is well documented that governors are the most likely candidates to become president, so CNM wants to work towards having as many strong Democratic governors as possible, so that we have lots of good presidential candidates and not just blowhards like Joe Biden.

Rather than focus on governor races, CNM wants to find lower level candidates that will be strong candidates for governor in the future. They have done extensive research into what offices produce strong candidates for governor, and are focusing on candidates for those offices. A little money goes a long way at this level, so there's a bang-for-the-buck aspect to the plan.

They have also done extensive research into traits of candidates that succeed in progressively higher races, and have prepared a model and an intensive vetting process to identify these candidates. They did a trial in 2004 on two candidates in longshot districts. Both won narrow victories, despite Bush winning in the same areas. In one location, Bush took 65% to Kerry's 35%, but the downrace Dem still won.

They are looking for two things - volunteers to help vet candidates and pledges to donate to the vetted candidates of your choosing. Money goes directly to candidates, never through CNM. They do not screen on issues beyond a core belief that 'The Democratic Party is the party of responsibility,' and they do no campaigning beyond fundraising. Think of them as investment analysts screening to find low-risk/high-gain choices to invest your Democratic donations. You still choose the ones that reflect your values, but your money is more likely to have long term gains.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Austin Kos meets Sunday, July 17

Now that the awesome Democracy Fest has come and gone, we've recovered and are ready for some unadulterated socializing... well, we probably won't be able to keep ourselves from doing some plotting and scheming for progressive goals, but we always have fun doing that too. Plus lots of new people have expressed an interest in Austin Kos, so here's your chance to meet the people behind the usernames. If you're in Austin or nearby, please join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at the Texas Chili Parlor, 1409 Lavaca. We'll be there at least a couple of hours and possibly longer, so stop in later if you can't be there at 3 p.m.

Here are a few photos from our June 5 and June 12 meetings. All photos by adastra ~ DemFest diaries featuring more adastra photos coming soon!

Good food; cold beer; good company! See you Sunday.

Monday, July 04, 2005

This is what blogging is about...

The internet gives people like you and me the voice to match the voice of the mainstream media. In effect, the cost of publishing has gone way way down. Kind of like the Gutenburg Bible opening the world to the actual words in the bible...

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Left Flank, March!

Left Flank, March! is a new group that seeks to provide care packages for deployed members of the Librul blogosphere. The group is just starting up, founded by 'Hyperbolic Pants Explosion'.

I would like to suggest that our group sign up and support a troop or two.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Introduction and hello

Hi y'all. I probably met most (but I think not all) of you at Austin DemFest the other weekend. I just wanted to say something by way of introducing myself, before I leave for nearly 3 weeks. We're off to Hawaii tomorrow, and then 2 days home and off again, this time to Utah. Which, unfortunately, means I won't get to meet y'all on the 17th, but I hope there will be another pot-luck later on. In the meantime, have a great 4th, try not to worry too much about anything (these words are actually directed at myself), and don't forget to breathe.

Description: Singer/songwriter from around here (though not originally), 3 daughters, 3 grandsons (I don't know which gives me more joy, and I don't know which worries me more in these times). Been a liberal, feminist, Democrat since I was capable of connected thought. Learned it from my folks. My dad is, if anything, further left than me. Ready to work on change.

Happy July 4th Weekend, 2005!

For your reading pleasure...Declaration of Independence

Interesting blog survey by MIT

You can compare your answers to other people who have done the survey. It is great that so many women have taken the survey.

I have attached a link to the MIT survey on the Austin Kos blog.

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Friday, July 01, 2005

Using Technology to win elections...

Austin Kos has been publizing the technology that helped Mark Strama win in a Republican district.

!! UPDATE !!

Response has very strong to the transcript. People have email requesting copies from Arizona, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Washington DC and other states!