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by Toby Sackton


This year my 60th birthday is a few weeks before the 2006 election (I guess it is before and election every couple of years). No better present could please me or most of this country than an end to corrupt Republican rule in Washington. I know that Democrats are not the perfect solution-- but all the things I care about -- ending the War, supporting families economically, creating a culture of community- start with putting Democrats back in power. Today we hope to win back the House and Senate. Tomorrow .... we'll see.

I am an active participant in the blogging community on, which has helped push Democrats into more progressive stands. One of the ways we gain some power and authority is by bundling our fundraising. So please use the link below to contribute to these fine Netroots candidates.


I have also reproduced the list of these candidates below

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Paul Hodes


Paul Hodes’ campaign fits the “Northeast Strategy” to a T. An aggressive former prosecutor who has sent environmental criminals to jail, Hodes is taking on an out-of-touch Republican incumbent in this blue-leaning district. (NH-02 voted for Kerry over Bush by a 52-47 margin.) Hodes’ strong progressive values are the perfect antidote to Republican corruption both in Washington and in New Hampshire.

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Gary Trauner


This might be the sleeper race of the year. Incumbent Barbara Cubin is deeply unpopular in her home state. She took just 55% of the vote in 2004, far, far behind George Bush’s 69%. On the fundraising front, Trauner actually had more cash-on-hand than Cubin at the end of the second quarter. And he’s been an extremely aggressive candidate, knocking on literally TEN THOUSAND doors at the most recent count. Keep your eye on this race – we just might shock the country right here in Wyoming.

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Tim Walz


Tim Walz is a Fighting Dem with strong netroots support. He’s running in a swing district that was held by a Democrat until 1994. Now it’s time to return that favor and make this district blue once more.

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Larry Grant


arry Grant is courageously running in one of the deepest-red districts in the nation. But he’s got a lot going for him. For one, Idaho is an incredibly cheap place to do business, so your dollars go along way here. For another, this is an open seat, and, in fact, a Democrat held this district until 1994. Then there’s Grant’s opponent, Bill Sali, one of the most despised Republicans in the state, including by members of his own party. Indeed, prominent disaffected GOPers have gotten behind the Democrat with a group called “Republicans for Grant.” And, finally, the local netroots scene is positively on fire. See below for more.

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Dan Seals


Seals has lit the local scene on fire and is one of those rare candidates that has widespread local grassroots support as well as great respect from the DCCC. Whether they pour money into this district remains to be seen, but we can help raise the profile of this race and give dedicated, hard-working folks running and volunteering for this campaign a friendly assist.

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John Courage


Courage is a married father of four, an Air Force veteran, a teacher, and an honest guy who had, well, the courage to run against the odds. And now the odds are running in his favor. He’s facing a very vulnerable Lamar Smith, the leader of the House Ethics Committee who sought to change the rules to protect Tom Delay. Courage is truly beloved by the Texas netroots.

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Jay Fawcett


Jay Fawcett is an Air Force (and Gulf War) vet right in the heart of Air Force territory (the Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs). This is deep-red Focus on the Family’s James Dobson territory, and Fawcett is vastly outperforming expectations as he pursues this open-seat run.

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Ned Lamont


Businessman and progressive Ned Lamont, who defeated Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary, is facing him again in the general election this fall. It’s time to let the Republican-backed Lieberman and DLC Democrats all over the country hear that their politics is the politics of the past, and progressive politics is the politics of the future.

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Linda Stender


Linda Stender is running as a strong progressive against right-wing rich kid Mike Ferguson. NJ-07 is a north-central district that is an economic satellite of New York City and is trending blue. If Stender wins, she’ll be the only woman in the New Jersey delegation, and she’ll also be an outspoken and effective legislator in Congress.

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Larry Kissell


Larry Kissell is a social studies teacher running as a strong progressive in a district hit hard by unfair trade agreements. His opponent, Robin Hayes, is disliked for promising to vote against CAFTA and then caving in to Republican pressure to vote for it. Kissell is loved by local netroots and progressive activists; he even makes cynical political insiders take a second look.

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Eric Massa


Eric Massa is a fighting Democrat in the 29th district in New York facing freshman Congressman Randy Kuhl. After the first term is when most new Congressmen are defeated, so this is a good time to go after Kuhl. Massa’s military background and whip-smart common sense leadership style make him perfect for this rural district.

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Darcy Burner


Darcy Burner is a strong Democrat running in a district that is trending blue. She is a former Microsoft employee, a graduate of Camp Wellstone, and an exceptionally gifted new politician. The online community in Washington State is strong, and has helped propel her to make this district competitive.

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Joseph Sestak Jr


Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak is running to unseat unhinged Republican incumbent Curt Weldon. This is a huge strategic pressure point, a very winnable race, a reality-based fighting Dem, and a bonafide crazy, corrupt Republican incumbent.

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Jon Tester


Jon Tester beat DLC-favorite John Morrison in a lopsided primary win. He is now facing a very vulnerable Conrad Burns. Burns is embroiled in scandal, but he is an excellent campaigner. Montana is a cheap media market, so dollars here go a long way.

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James Webb


James Webb ran the ultimate people-powered primary campaign, winning his primary against his institutionally-backed opponent despite huge disadvantages in fundraising. Virginia bloggers have led the way showing the power of the netroots to create buzz and organization for good candidates, and Webb has not disappointed, quickly catapulting the Virginia Senate race – seen as sleepy just a few months ago – to one of the most interesting and seriously contested in the nation.

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Jerry McNerney


Jerry McNerney is not just the next netroots candidate – he is also the next progressive movement candidate. Already, he has won the Democracy for America Grassroots All-Star voting, and earlier this cycle, his people-powered campaign comfortably defeated the DCCC backed candidate in a contested primary. He entered politics as part of the 50-state strategy, and because his son joined the Air Force after September 11th. Eschewing the politics of triangulation in favor of

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Sherrod Brown


I added Sherrod Brown because he is in a tighter race than Sheldon Whitehouse-- who seems to be doing okay verses Chafee. Sherrod Brown is part of the democrative wave in Ohio, which will sweep governor, senate race, and many house districts if we stick behind them.

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Sheldon Whitehouse


Sheldon Whitehouse is the democrat who can defeat Chafee in RI. While its true Chafee is a "moderate" republican and pro-choice, he is an enabler of supreme court justices like Alito, and he has voted to sustain the worst Republican environmental appointments even while proclaiming himself pro-environment. Sheldon Whitehouse wll reverse this, and give real support to our efforts on choice and the environment.

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