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I've had an interesting experience with the Affordable Care Act today. I don't post here often so I'm not sure how to set up the intro and the body of the post - read below the orange squiggle for the rest of the story.

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Please excuse the short diary.  I don't diary here often, although I do lurk, comment, recommend, and read, read, read! Right now I am sickened, disheartened, and pretty much outraged over how these CEOs from Papa John's, Denny's, Darden, and Applebee's are behaving about having to extend health insurance to all full time employees.  But instead of boycotting, let's make a list of where we should spend our money instead.  What companies have been responsible - at least as far as providing benefits are concerned?

My list below the squiggle - not sure if it's accurate, but it's a start. Please add to it in the comments so we can reward the companies that do provide insurance with our business.

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So I am a woman living in Ohio and I am what I guess they call a "swing voter".  I have voted Republican in the past, but I am currently a completely committed supporter of Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown.  I have been too busy to volunteer for the the campaigns as much as I'd like to this year. My job is out of control busy, but I have made financial donations to the Obama campaign and will definitely take some time off work for Get Out the Vote.

Being a swing state voter, particularly in Ohio, means my phone rings a lot and my mailbox is usually full of fliers and campaign materials.  The Obama campaign doesn't call or mail much - they know they have my vote.  But the Romney campaign?  It's a never-ending cycle of calls and mail and I think they are starting to run out of money.

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Yesterday began as a pretty sad day.  I found myself on the verge of tears as I watched the news coverage of President Obama releasing his "long form" birth certificate to the public.  I love my country for many reasons and I'm proud to be an American. But yesterday morning I was ashamed - ashamed of our media, ashamed of those who find this story amusing, and ashamed of how so many people have latched onto this ridiculous and offensive subject as a way to win political points.

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I've made the decision to go the One Nation Working Together March on Washington on October 2nd, 2010.  I've never been to political march before and I never thought I would ever go to one.  But it's time.

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Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 03:40 AM PST

A Poem For the Times

by Heidiho610

I'm starting to recover from four long days of Get Out The Vote.  I ran a staging location for the Obama campaign out of my home in a suburb of Cleveland.  Although it was stressful at times, there were some special moments along the way.  

There were two volunteers in particular that made a real difference in our efforts.  John and Julius came in on Monday night to hang door hangers.  They had never met before, but they agreed to go out into the night together to get the job done.  When it reached 11 pm and they hadn't returned, I was concerned.  John is in his 70s and it was dark and rainy and many of the volunteers couldn't finish their packets.

In the end, my concern was unwarranted.  They returned around midnight with their packets completed.  They were tired and wet, but they had become good friends and the chemistry between them was clear.  Along the way, these two strangers from different backgrounds had inspired each other.  My husband took a picture of us, and as we spoke of our hopes and dreams, I knew this was about more than electing a President.

Julius sent me a poem that he wrote in honor of John.  I thought it was appropriate to post it here.

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I haven't kept up with these canvass diaries as I had planned, but I have been canvassing.  The last diary I wrote was in the 10th week.  I've now completed weeks 11, 12, and 13.  This is probably the last opportunity I'll have to write a canvass diary.  We started Get Out the Vote and final persuasion efforts this weekend and for the next 3 days, I will be completely focused on helping Barack Obama win Ohio.  

Before this election, I never would have imagined myself knocking on the doors of strangers to share my political views.  As it comes to a close, I am feeling pretty reflective.

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Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 02:38 PM PDT

Obama Canvass Diary - Week 10

by Heidiho610

Well, it's been two weeks since I've written a canvass diary.  My Mother-In-Law passed away unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago so I took some time away from the campaign.  I did some phonebanking and a little canvassing during that time, but went back to a long day of canvassing yesterday.

My experiences after the jump.

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Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:17 AM PDT

Obama Canvass Diary - Week 8

by Heidiho610

I can't believe it's been eight weeks - I think I might even be getting good at this.  My experiences canvassing a pretty republican, southwest suburb of Cleveland, Ohio after the jump.

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Well, I'm changing these to Canvass/Phonebank diaries because I'm starting to phonebank a few nights a week as well.  I'm in Ohio and we are all aware that the country is watching us.  The polls may not show it yet, but I'm starting to have conversations with people that tell me this state is starting to turn towards Obama.

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Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 07:10 AM PDT

Barack Obama - The Good Samaritan

by Heidiho610

Most of us who support Barack Obama recognize that race is an issue in this election.  The campaign can't address it without being taggd with playing the race card and it's a delicate issue to address as a supporter.  As a canvasser, the issue comes up a lot.  Sometimes people are outwardly and blatantly racist. I don't think there is any way to reach someone consumed with that kind of blind hate, so I typically document their response and move on.   But a voters struggle with race is not always expressed in an outwardly racist or angry tone, but as a question or as an expression of some kind of internal conflict.  People may say "I like his ideas, but I just can't see a black man as our President" or "I don't think a black person can make the change he's talking about" or "I just can't see myself voting for a black person".  I truly believe that the people who make these types of comments should not be written off as racist people who will never vote for Obama.  But I've struggled with a way to reach them.

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Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 03:48 AM PDT

Obama Canvass Diary - Week 6

by Heidiho610

I was going to skip this diary this week, but if nothing else, I think it's important to keep a record of the progress we are making on the Canvass - particularly in Ohio.

This weekend was spent canvassing "sporadic voters".  For a political junkie like myself, it was a bit like visiting a 3rd world country.

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