Kentucky: DMKY's Terri Whitehouse highlights the Louisville Courier-Journal pointing out that, while Mitch McConnell brags about the funding he brings home to Kentucky, the oil companies Mitch secures tax credits for are enjoying massive record profits while Kentucky families are holding the bag for high gas prices. Thanks a lot Mitch!
GURU: Both in defying the odds to win enough seats to put Democrats back in the majority in the Oregon House and in passing legislation that made the 2007 Oregon legislative session the most progressive in three decades, what role did grassroots outreach play? How effectively in both the elections and in the fight to pass legislation did community organizations and legislators/candidates work together?
MERKLEY: Our success in taking seven seats in two cycles to end sixteen years of GOP control was completely the product of grassroots activity.
We built the best grassroots canvassing/door knocking/telephoning operation that Oregon has ever seen. In five key seats we had enormous success in coordinating volunteers from many partner organizations. From unions, from education advocacy groups and from other progressive organizations.
During the session we succeeded in passing our entire Roadmap for Oregon and Opportunity because the plan was rooted in the issues that we heard on the doorsteps. We kept in touch with the public during the legislative process.
Our philosphy is captured by the phrase, "Run. Govern. Run." That is, campaign on the things you believe in and then legislate to make the things you believe in happen.
Merkley doesn't make idle promises on the campaign trail - he has a record of turning campaign ideals into legislative realities.
Idaho: This weekend, Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke in Boise. Event planners expected 8,000 attendees. 14,000 showed up. It demonstrates not only the potential of Senator Obama but also Idaho Democrats and Larry LaRocco's Senate campaign.
Who I'm supporting for President has gone through a very long and winding path - a very long one - but, on Super Tuesday, I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama. Maybe I'm just jealous that I never got to vote for John F. Kennedy. Maybe I'm brushing away the scars of cynicism just long enough to embrace, just for a moment while in the voting booth, the transformative politics of hope. Maybe I just think he matches up better against the Republican candidates or provides longer coattails for downballot Democrats for Congress. But, whatever the reason, I'm voting Obama.