Sunday, April 24, 2016

still here

hello, my friends.

i am still here. i spend a lot of time typing and stuff, which is what mb is now calling "sandersing".

it is so cool, and the thing that kills me is that i can't tell you most of it. wow, we have cool tools.

some are custom-made, but some are right off the shelf. the bottom line is that thousands and thousands of us can organize our efforts and keep each other company.

here's an article.

and the campaign guy is right. we do have good tools and we are tech savvy. we are also true believers. we have passion and we have love.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

foreclosure relief mobile command center

yesterday i went door-to-door canvassing for senator sanders in plattsburgh, NY.

we say this vehicle outside of city hall.

it is a


the simple fact that such a vehicle exists is proof that our economy has so much failed us. our government has sold us out to banks and left us out to dry.

we need better. we deserve better.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

open letter to the registrars of ridgefield, CT

hey, hi.

it's not important whose campaign i'm volunteering for.  my task today (and some other days) is to comb websites and talk to town clerks and registrars to verify current polling places.

i've seen a lot of town and county websites these days.

you guys win my prize for today. out of the dozens of connecticut towns i looked up today, you have the clearest and most accessible information about state voting laws and requirements, and the best and clearest information about how to locally access the necessary forms.

in some towns they seem to treat elections like a secret club.

i believe in good governance, and in free and fair elections, with information for all people who wish to exercise their franchise whether they are established voters, new to town or new to voting.

it's important not just at a local level, but as part of our national integrity.

so thanks. i'm just one middle aged lady from another state, but i appreciate your website and your work.

i hope voting in your town goes smoothly. may you have high turnout and few challenges, full ballot boxes, short voting lines, and sound sleep.

all best.

(my name)
west bolton, vermont

Friday, April 01, 2016

secretary clinton and effective leadership.

if you support secretary clinton because you like wall street banks, or because you like the TPP, or the keystone XL pipeline, or you really, really like wall street banks, fine. you like this candidate.
but if you are spouting the nonsense that she is the only democratic candidate who gets things done, let’s look at her actual record, shall we? i think this is important because the clinton campaign makes it a point to say that senator sanders will be ineffective and that secretary clinton is the only one of the two of them who can DO THE WORK.
so, on sponsored bills that passed, we have clintonS.3145S.3163, and S.1241. that’s a renamed highway, a renamed post office, and the establishment of a historic site.
sanders has also sponsored three bills that were made law, H.R.4255,  S.855, andS.893. that’s two renamed post offices and the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013.
we could maybe also look at the number of bills that each candidate ushered through committees to become law, or the number of amendments to bills that each one passed. clinton was never chair of any committees so maybe she MIGHT have helped bills get through there if she’d had enough experience, but when she makes herself out to be the only one with experience and ability to get things passed, sanders leads there, too.
clinton: 74       sanders: 203
you can talk all you want about how ineffective sanders will be, but maybe you should check out his record.
remember: just because hillary says it doesn’t make it true.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

marathon county, wisconsin

part of what i'm doing for my work on the sanders campaign is verifying polling locations in our database. this is a YUUUUUGE database of every honking polling place in every state and it is useful data for our phonebankers and for our canvassers and for our result reporters and checkers and all manner of things related to voting precints.

but somebody has to compare lists to current state and county publications and it can be stunningly mind-bendingly boring work. some rural towns pretty much don't bother to list their polling location, because the hundred or so people who live in town already know where the town office is.

last week in some other wisconsin county i had a given address for a polling place that didn't match up at all with the database and three different sources gave it as three different addresses, so i had a look at the addresses in google earth just to see what was what.

the most authoritative source gave an address that had nothing there but two mailboxes and a cornfield, so we speculated that perhaps this is the address the town gives for mail. somewhere buried on a town website in among the town hall minutes were directions to get to the town office, which appears to be in an outbuilding on a farm.

i understand this. a lot of my state is rural.

anyway, this morning i was working on marathon county, which is somewhat easier to verify because they have taken the trouble to put all of this information on their website, organized and formatted, and they don't seem to take for granted that everybody knows how to get to everything.

so i wrote them this note:

dear marathon county,

i'm working on polling place databases for a political campaign, so i see a lot of county websites.

yours is the nicest one i have yet seen. your information is beautifully formatted and easy to read and understand, and you have given your polling locations very specifically, which helps people a lot if they're new to town or new to voting.

particularly lovely is your inclusion of directions to get there. if i were a voter in your county, i would be pleased that you have taken the time to make my polling places easy to find.

i know this is not all information you are required to give, but it represents a dedication to serving the voters of your community and i just want to say well done, and thanks.

have a lovely day.

Monday, March 28, 2016

very important election TODAY

hey, guys?

the herpetological society of ireland is inviting the internet to NAME THEIR LIZARD.

aside from the obvious comedic value, we are very excited because our friend rapunsell thought up the name herp mcderp  and another friend of ours submitted it and IT'S ON THE BALLOT!!!

so go vote!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

open letter to senator bernard sanders

dear senator sanders,

i know you're busy these days. i just wanted to say i have been proud of you since i started voting for you in 1990 and i am prouder every day of you and your accomplishments and this crazy long-shot election.

i am STILL finding out things i did not know about you, how decent and hardworking you have been, supporting issues i care about since i was a baby. i only recently found out about your work in florida with immigrant workers when you were elected to the house.

i am so proud of you for being a representative for all people and not just the people who vote for you. you are a hero, senator sanders, and my second biggest wish right now is to shake your hand.

my first biggest wish is to see you president.

so i work the phones, knock the doors, give probably more money than i should because you don't get this kind of opportunity that often.

i don't know if this will reach you, but maybe if you're having a hard day, one of your staffers can forward it to you. i talk to a lot of vermont volunteers out here, senator sanders. when we work the phonebanks, we are proud to say to voters in other states "i am from vermont. bernie is my senator. we love him here, and we think you will love him, too." it's a little off script, but they like hearing that we voted for you already and would again. they ask us about your record and we tell them firsthand how fiercely you fight for all of us to have a voice in government and a chance in life.

normally i would close a letter to a senator i have never personally met  "with respect" or, if i really like them "with respect and affection" but this morning, senator sanders, i'll say


(my given name and address)


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