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  •  I would hope progressives have learned a... (45+ / 0-)

    valuable lesson in concentrating on local elections (including judicial and school boards) instead of on just statewide and national elections.

    I know it's easy to just skip over the locals to get to the candidates with name recognition. And I'm just as guilty as the next guy in doing this. But not anymore. From now on, I plan on both researching each and every candidate from dog catcher to president and reading each initiative before I vote, and I would hope other progressives do the same.

    EVERY single local election, referendum, and ballot initiative is important.

    It's time to take this country back from those who would destroy it -- one local municipality or school district at a time.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:51:57 PM PST

    •  Good stuff, markthshark. (14+ / 0-)

      So is this diary. Rick Perry was a very dangerous man. If the GOP had managed to hide his intellect a little better, we coulda been in a world of hurt. To me, he was the scariest of all the Republicans. (Neither Bachmann nor Paul ever had a chance.) Now, I don't think he can overcome his gaffes on the national stage. That doesn't mean he can't still be harmful to Texas....

      I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

      by Tortmaster on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:49:13 AM PST

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    •  so true! (8+ / 0-)

      The smaller, incremental changes in the lives of everyday people add up to massive change in the long term.  We will only see the true results of education board policies when kids have graduated from school, perhaps 18 years from now.

      I hope there are enough Texas moderates and progressives to at least slow the tide of hard right state politics. For all the talk of demographic shift, the hard right controls states politics with total dominance right now...

    •  I have found that my interest and will to research (3+ / 0-)
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      started with the national political candidates eventually including US House and Senate, cabinet, SCOTUS, and federal issues of all sorts.  Because I moved outside my native US region I find its very difficult to relate to the thinking in my area and get excited about state and local elections since I don't relate very well to the Dem party authoritarianism, Dixiecrat mentality and learned helplessness the party and candidates seem to have acquired.

      However, I agree with your own resolutions.  I think no matter what I feel toward the people now in charge in our state of Dem candidates and platforms, it cannot change unless there is a new kind of empowerment, self awareness and level of education on the issues.  Time to plunge in and do whatever can be done with education and organization.

    •  I agree... (2+ / 0-)
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      It is of the utmost importance that we give every election the highest priority from President of the United States down to local dogcatcher if it is an elected position...

      The other side is a relentless force of hate, evil, greed, bigotry, and a poison pill to the future of our country and future generations...

      If we allow them a foot in the door at any level of government they will be relentless in their attempts to push their agenda into any place they can. Our laws, education system, and public infrastructure will suffer, and will be rotten to the core for years to come if they are allowed to push their minority views on the majority.

      They will use any means possible including gerrymandering, scheduling legislative body votes to occur during known scheduling conflicts of their opponents, obstructionism, and any other means possible.

      We must be equally relentless and maintain our guard against them while we remove them from any position of power within our Federal, State, County, and Local Governments. This force of evil needs to be neutered!

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~


      by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:57:50 AM PST

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    •  Amen brother. (4+ / 0-)

      I vote in every election. Those low turnout primaries when maybe 8% of the electorate shows up? I’m there. Those are the elections where the nutjobs try to gain a foothold because not many people are watching.

      Example #1: Michelle Bachmann got her start in politics running for school board. She didn’t win that one but it got her enough visibility to make a run for State Senate viable, which she did win, which she parlayed into her current House seat.  

      You are also wise to mention keeping an eye on are judicial elections. They are just as much a magnet for religious wackos as the school board elections. If anything, the wacko judicial candidates are even farther out there.

      Average people have an awareness of their school board, so it’s harder to infiltrate by the nuts. People don’t have the same contact with the State Court of Appeals, district judge, or what have you. Thankfully, I live in a state where extremist judicial candidates have not had any success. Nonetheless, it’s pretty frightening to see someone who is basically a right-wing Christian ayatollah get 35% or 40% of the vote.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:53:08 AM PST

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      •  That was the MO of the Religious Reich (4+ / 0-)

        in the 1970s and 1980s -- run their people for school board, city councils, county supervisors...not only did they get the experience in running for office, they built the connections necessary for higher office. So by the 1990s-2000s, we're stuck with them in state legislatures and in Congress.

        The key is looking for the code words and "dog whistles" that can reveal a candidate's true leanings.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:45:07 AM PST

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