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The orange pinpoints are the location of each organized group of Kossacks.
If you'd like to join a group, click on a point and a box will pop up showing contact links.
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Have You Visited Colorado Springs?
Do You Live In or Near There?
What Do You Know? I Command You To Be Nice!

Something we all have to remember as Kossacks is that we are everywhere. Including the reddest of areas. My goal is to connect as many of those Kossacks as possible In Real Life. And the reddest regions need the camaraderie the most, especially where we have the chances of turning states blue such as Texas. But we, as Daily Kos readers, should not write-off the deeply entrenched red cities like Colorado Springs.

Recently, I was delighted to read a diary by Village Vet from Nebraska wherein he details meeting his first Kossack IRL. It was thanatokephaloides (Greek Deadhead) who lives in Colorado Springs. Village Vet's wife knew thanato back in the day when she lived there. Village Vet wrote that thanato lamented how hard it's been to find other Kossacks there. Well, Meteor Blades spotted the diary and told me I needed to get in there and do my thing. I did. I recruited both Village Vet and thanato to begin groups where they live. Then thanato wrote a diary a few days ago calling for members to join his new group, the Pikes Peak Region Kossacks. To my joy, his party of one turned into five in a week's time.

There have to be more Kossacks there and in neighboring towns. Let's find 'em! Let's connect them.

You can help thanatokephaloides by directing commenters to the Pikes Peak Region Kossacks when you see them in the various threads.

I've visited Colorado Springs three times, all to attend the National Track Cycling Championships held at the Olympic Training Center velodrome there. I was a coach. (Well, not really. But that's the mantle I wanted to assume at the time. Kina' like the mantle I've assumed here, Diva. Wannabee.) I've toured the local sites like Garden of the Gods, the Cliff Dwelling Museum in adjacent Manitou Springs and the Military Academy. We drove by the obscenely-massive-freeway-side-shrine-house for Focus on the Family and I urge all readers to drive by also in the comments. We've heard it all before along the lines of damning red areas and shrugging them off, telling them to secede.

It's lazy and selfish to taunt our fellow Kossacks about where they live. ...don't do it.

Please join me in being positive about the red areas. Only good can come from connecting our Kossacks in those regions.

I love Colorado. Many beautiful places there. It's my pleasure to promote it.






My personal photos. Enjoy! Clicking on any thumbnail takes you to a larger photo and the rest of-the hundreds of-photos of-mine of-beautiful Colorado Springs.

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Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report


by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

The Los Angeles Kossacks ranks have increased by 40% in the last few months. New members attended the latest recreational field trip to see the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles.

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Back Row L-R: Vyan, Chiwere, susans, Otoelbc, mommyp00ka, Ducktape
Front Row L-R: Robin, 714day, Little Loner, Moody Loner, jakedog42 and grandaughter, SanFernandoValleyMom

Please visit susans's diary for details on the Space Shuttle. You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

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Seattle's Summer Solstice Meet up


by John Crapper  ♥ for Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks

Organizer John Crapper completed another meet-up, from his agenda:

Next, I updated the group on our efforts to identify campaigns we would like to assist in the upcoming elections.  There are three that have been under active discussion but nothing has been firmly decided. We all agreed it was important to pick races that would help Washington Democrats regain control of the Senate.  

Next, I asked for ideas, suggestions and assistance identifying future guest speakers.  In connection with that I urged all to invite their friends to become Kossacks and join us to enhance our clout.

Longtime Kossack LarisaW, President of Progressive Radio Northwest (PRNW), was in attendance. She is leading an effort to bring back progressive radio to the NW.

All photos courtesy of mlharges:

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L-R: John Crapper - John Crapper, his SO & momomia - TBoneApollo - Piren
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L-R: EagleKeeper - Flamingogrrl - doingbusinessas - momomia

Please visit John Crapper's diary for MORE photos and commentary! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to John Crapper.

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NJ Meetup - Photo Recap


by Avilynfor New Jersey Kossacks

The New Jersey Kossacks held their inaugural meet-up on June 14, 2014. Thanks so much to Avilyn for taking up the reins and leading this important group. She noticed in all of the Christy diaries that many New Jersey folk came out of lurking or signed up to comment. She was motivated by this to start this group. I'm glad because there's a lot of work to do in New Jersey. I also noticed in her start-up diaries that many people couldn't attend this event but wanted to be invited to the next event. She had 18 Kossacks sign up with her first announcement of the new group. This is excellent and I'm sure there are more New Jersey Kossacks out there.

Here's the group photo:

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L-R: Christin, Mr. Christin, belinda ridgewood, zitherhamster

Please visit Avilyn's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join New Jersey Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Avilyn.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!
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Tuesday, July 15th

Nashville Kossacks Meet-up at a Music Venue

The Players featuring Brent Mason, John Hobbs, Paul Franklin, Eddie Bayers, and Michael Rhodes

Price: $10.00 [Tickets]

DINNER TIME: 6:00 PM?
SHOW TIME: 9:30 PM
LOCATION: 3rd and Lindsley Music Venue, Bar & Grill (menu)
818 3rd Ave. S • Nashville

ORGANIZER: Send ZenTrainer a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. ZenTrainer
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Nashville KosKats Meet-Up July 15th
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Wednesday, July 16th

Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St • Detroit
A 0.6 mile walk from the host hotel, the Marriott

The blue dots represent the walking-on-foot route. The grey lines are the People Mover routes.
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ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Shockwave
10. a gilas girl
11. susans
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
14. sidnora
15. Mr. sidnora
16. thankgodforairamerica
17. brillig
18. mik
19. K1
20. loggersbrat
21. Dave in Northridge
22. 714day
23. NormAl1792
24. winifred3
25. texasdad
26. texasmom
27. peregrine kate
28. provokingmeaning
29. justiceputnam
30. tmservo433
31. Mark E Andersen
32. Son of Mark E Andersen
33. winkk
34. theRoaringGirl
35. shermanesq
36. Doggie269
37. shanikka
38. jakedog42
39. ramara
40. skohayes
41. DebtorsPrison
42. gmats
43. Adam Blomeke
44. LuLu
45. Chicklette
46. PerfectStormer
47. 4Freedom
48. DemSign
49. vicki
50. Cedwyn
Daily Kos Staff:
1. Markos Moulitsas
2. Susan Gardner
3. Will Rockafellow
4. Meteor Blades
5. Joan McCarter
6. Faith Gardner
7. Laura Clawson
8. Chris Bowers
9. navajo
10. Jen Hayden
11. Elisa Batista
12. Denise Oliver-Velez

51. jotter
52. aha aha
53. Dennis Shreefer
54. ohmydem
55. Brainwrap
56. Mrs. Brainwrap
57. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
58. Anne Savage
59. BlueBarnStormer
60. sandiegodem
61. Pam Miles
62. TexMex
63. linkage
64. 2thanks
65. bunnygirl60
66. binkaroni
67. zenbassoon
68. nomandates
69. thepegster
70. Ooooh
71. figbash
72. TrueBlueMajority
73. tgypsy
74. slowbutsure
75. cooper888
76. gotmooned
77. Muskegon Critic
78. belinda's dad
79. ericlewis0
80. mideedah
81. sherman54
82. Larry Kestenbaum
83. ChemBob
84. Shenna Bellows (ME-Sen)
85. MI Sooner
86. Hope Despite All
87. Puddytat
88. pucklady
89. Ann Porter
+ Ten scholarship recipients
Maybees: Turbonerd



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Thursday, July 17th

Daily Kos Caucus

TIME: 1:00 - 2:15 PM Please note this time change to accommodate Vice President Biden's Keynote at 3:30
LOCATION: Cobo Center, Room 353
Caucus lead by Markos Moulitsas and staff



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Plenary Session Tables during the rest of the Convention

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to have a seat reserved for you in the main ballroom of the convention center for the big events. These tables will be there so we can all find each other as a group. The seating is not assigned. You can float from table to table. I'm only counting to see how many tables I need to reserve.

Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. provokingmeaning
3. ChemBob
4. Brainwrap
5. Mrs. Brainwrap
6. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
7. 2thanks
8. Sydneyluv
9. DoReMI
10. Mideedah
Motor City Kossacks:
1. GwenM
2. dkmich
3. NormAl1792
4. tgypsy [Honorary]
5. gregsullmich
6. SharonRB
7. SharonRB's friend
8. Muskegon Critic
9. ICanDoThis
10. Mr. ICanDoThis
SFKossacks Table:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. Tim Delaney [Honorary]
8. maggiejean
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl [Honorary]
2. justiceputnam
3. Dragon5616 [Honorary]
4. DebtorsPrison [Honorary]
5. tmservo433 [Honorary]
6. shanikka
7. aha aha
8. jotter
9. norm
10. figbash [Honorary]
Los Angeles Table:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Dave in Northridge
4. gmats
5. 714day
6. jakedog42
7. slowbutsure
8. cooper888 [Honorary]
9. gotmooned [Honorary]
10. zenbassoon [Honorary]
New York Table:
1. sidnora
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
4. thankgodforairamerica
5. Denise Oliver-Velez
6. hayden
7. TrueBlueMajority [Honorary]
8. belinda's dad
9. MBNYC
10. ericlewis0
Seattle, Portland & Texas Table:
1. Lefty Coaster
2. Sara R
3. loggersbrat
4. Albanius [Honorary]
5. linkage
6. nomandates
7. texasmom
8. texasdad
9. TexMex
10. 4Freedom [Honorary]
Cheers & Jeers Table:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. brillig
4. mik
5. K1
6. vicki
7. Cedwyn
8. Pam Miles
9. shermanesque and  
10. doggie269
Maybees:
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,



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Friday, July 18th

Daily Kos Detroit VA Hospital Service Project

Sara R delivers 65 quilts, hand knit scarves and hats, books, 65 teddy bears, hand made greeting cards, and phone cards from the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, the Readers & Book Lovers, IGTNT and individual Kossacks to the nursing home at the Detroit VA Hospital. This is a wonderful project that many people can be involved with even if they don't attend the convention. If you care about veterans in a nursing home this is your project. Please volunteer to help.

DELIVERY TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Volunteer Office of the Detroit VA Hospital
4646 John R St. • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a Kosmail to participate in making the gifts and/or deliver them.

RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
2. NormAl1792
3. Winifred
4. linkage (videographer)
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?



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Friday, July 18th

Rally from Netroots Nation to Sound Call: ‘Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street’

Nurses, Activists, Cite Public Health Emergency Demand Moratorium End to Water Shutoffs

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Cobo Center, Washington & W. Congress St
RALLY: 1:45 PM Hart Plaza

Latest diary: New Protest re: Detroit Water Shutoffs--Fri. 7/18, 12:30 PM @ Cobo Center (NN14 site)

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Sunday, July 20th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Meet-up with Lyon County Democrats & Governor Candidate Paul Davis
Paul Davis (D-KS) who is running against Sam Brownback will be present. Potluck Dinner format and short meeting for Kossacks/Democrats afterwards. There will also be several other candidates and a full meeting of the county party.

POTLUCK!
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Emporia Senior Center
603 E 12th Ave • Emporia, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Tim Huelskamp Asserts Benghazi is a Bipartisan Conspiracy.. And the Man who Could Beat him this year
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Saturday, July 26th

Meet the Candidates in Hutchinson, Kansas!
• Jean Shodorf (Candidate for Secretary of State)
• Brian E Davis (Candidate for State House of Representatives)
• Jim Sherow (Candidate for 1st District US House of Representatives)
• Jill Docking (Candidate, Lt. Governor)
• Various County Party Leadership

TIME: 11:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyle Park
100 E. Ave. B • Hutchinson
BBQ, watermelon and other food provided. Bring a lawn chair.

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Sunday, July 27th

Phoenix Kossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for navajo

Event will be potluck, so please sign up here with food, beverages or booze
TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Mother Mag's Rooftop Terrace
(address given privately to RSVPs) • Downtown Phoenix

ORGANIZER: Send Mother Mags a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Mother Mags
2. navajo
3. Azazello
4. Mrs. Azazello
5. arizonablue
6. Mr. arizonablue
7. Kane in CA
8. puzzled
9. Late Again
10. Mr. Late Again
11. rasbobbo
12. DaNang65
13. Stripe
14. Sun Tzu
15. threegoal
Maybees:
dewey of the desert
Mr. dewey of the desert
PSzymeczek
Skippah
Latest diary: Arizona meet-up: Summer potluck with Navajo!
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Saturday, August 9th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Saturday, August 9th

LA Kossacks Meet-up
With guest speaker Bill Zimmerman

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Guild Restaurant
611 W. 7th St • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send susans a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. susans
2. Shockwave
3. navajo
4. Meteor Blades
5. Knucklehead
6. SanFernandoValleyMom
7. Otoelbc
8. Chiwere
9. Vyan
10. 714day
11. Ducktape
12. Mugwump Blues
13. Just Saying
14. Just Saying's friend
15. Panorama City Chick
16. jakedog42
Maybees:
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report
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