Wednesday, November 03, 2004

How is everybody today?

I am reeling.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day

Hey Everyone!

Today is election day....(well, really the night before)... and I'm just wondering what everyone/anyone is doing in their area. I'm really nervous and excited about the election, but I'm also anxious for this to be over so I can get some sleep at night and temporarily remove the words "likely voter polls", "spin" and "swing state" from my vocabulary. I personally am skipping all of my classes tomorrow and working at the polls here in Blacksburg. Is anyone else going to be at the polls? Whatever you are doing, good luck and remember to post any war stories from the day on C101 after you are done celebrating (hopefully) tomorrow. Some interesting things can happen out there...and are especially likely to in this election above all others. Hope to hear from some of you.

Monday, November 01, 2004

The Video They Don't Want You To See

picture of Eminem with text 'Click here to watch the video'

Have you seen Eminem's video for Mosh yet? What do you think of it? Are people you know talking about it? Do you think it will get people to the polls?

MSNBC - pitch your election story

Matt Stoller of BOP News is going to be at MSNBC all day Monday and Tuesday blogging and pitching stories for the TV teams. Email him at if you have a good story that you think should be on air.

MSNBC also has a new program called 'Citizen journalism':

Matt writes:

Please do report - if it's good it can get on MSNBC. And please spread this info around the blogosphere.
You heard the man. Do your part to get the country real news coverage for a change. And pass it on.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

GOTV Plans for Anyone

Via Zephyr Teachout at BOP News:
Here's what I'm pushing to all my lists -- personalize and send to yours. 34 hours till the polls open. - Zephyr Teachout

One last, critical plea:

This election will be won and lost in the next 2 days. So please,
peer-to-peer, friend-to-father, mother-to-mother-in-law, do whatever you
can for the future of this country – for our role in the world, for
our safety, for honesty, to end the fiscal chaos Bush has created, for
our democratic traditions.

Whatever you do, do something more than voting. Here are four options:

(1) Volunteer with a voter mobilization group. One of the best is
American Coming Together. Go to to learn more. As a
volunteer, you'll have opportunities to canvass, phone bank, and pass
out literature.*

(2) Print out posters from and pass them out.

(3) Take a sheet of paper and spend 20 minutes writing down names of all the people you know in swing states. Call them. Tell them to find their polling place here:

(4) Create your own 8 hour GOTV plan for the last 48 hours.

Here's how you do it:

a. On Monday, spend two hours making plans. Call and email people you
know who might want to work with you, and sign them up for these
responsibilities for your dorm or street:
i. Literature drop captain(s) (to pass out information at doorsteps)

ii. Polling place captain(s) (to pass out information near polling places)

iii. Visibility captain(s) (to put up signs)
b. On Tuesday, meet first thing (in person or on the phone) with all the people who have agreed to help
i. 8 A.M. Literature drop. Go to every dorm room and house where yourfriends live and drop off a reminder to vote for change, with accurate polling location info and a partisan candidate comparison. Include a map with written directions on the back. Use posters at The literature drop captain will be responsible for making copies and getting others to help distribute.

ii. 10 AM – 11 AM Call 10 people you know to remind them to vote.

iii. 12 PM Email everyone you know (text message and IM are good, too!). Include a reminder to vote, where to vote, and who to contact in case of a problem: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

iv. Throughout the Day. Find people willing to stand near the polls and pass out literature. More is always better, so don't worry if others are there too – you can coordinate when you meet them!

v. Throughout the Day. Find people willing to poster signs about where the polls are, when and where and why they should vote.

*If are having trouble finding an organization in your area, leave a comment that includes your location, and I will help you find one.