After the event in Bethany earlier today, I rushed back to the homestead, slopped the hogs, threw on my Sunday finest overalls, and fired up the tractor and aimed it in the direction of Wheeling to hit the second northern panhandle event Kendra Fershee held today. It was at West Virginia Northern Community College, and there was a pretty good crowd considering it is football Friday and the Ohio Valley is football crazy:
Another solid event, and this is on top of the event she held in Bethany and down in Parkersburg this morning, so a full day on the trail. I don’t know how these guys do it because I am officially peopled out til at least Monday.
At any rate, I can not stress how much every dollar helps, so if you are so inclined, please pitch in:
If we reach $5k, I will pitch in another 50 bucks, which in the annals of matching funds is some of the weakest shit ever, but hey, I’m trying here.
And the Illini are playing Penn State.
In for $25. Seems like a good use of my money.
So the hogs were in the wallow by the willow?
@Doug R: Well, until the williwaw whistled and whomped em.
It’s really uplifting to have someone you’re excited about. That’s how I feel about Beto.
Speaking of firing up the tractor, here’s the Dem candidate for NY 147.
@WaterGirl: I’m that way about our state senate candidate, Manka Dhingra. She won a special election last year, in our blue district that has had a Republican representing us in Olympia since forever. Her election last year allowed a bunch of legislation to pass with bipartisan support. She was the one vote that gave Democrats the majority in the state senate. Not sure how her single vote tipped the bipartisan votes on hold for years.
She’s wonderfully qualified, her opponent is a typical Republican not-too-bright nasty piece of work, using racist themes; past head of the King County Republican Party.
He said: “She ran as a moderate Democrat and voted like a downtown Seattle Sawant Socialist Democrat.”
I had to ask what a Sawant Socialist Democrat was. Sawant is a city council person, and Indian. It was a racist comment, but we don’t live in the city of Seattle so we had no idea who that was.
We gave her a chunk of money.
Mr Cole, how do you see her chances?
@opiejeanne: It’s sort of interesting/cool how Seattle/King County/Washington is quickly getting South-Asian-American representation. Yeah, there’s Sawant representing the Socialists on the Seattle City Council. Our Congresswoman from WA-7 is Pramila Jayapal (Indian-American; 1st generation – came to the US at 16 to attend Georgetown.)
You talked me into it. I hope my little bit helps.
@Wapiti: It is really cool and I know about Jayapal. She made history when she was elected to Seattle’s city council as a Socialist. I have been so distracted by other things that I’ve lost track of what Seattle is doing these days.
The racism was in the implication that since she was Indian she is the same; all Indians are all the same. Manka Dhingra was a King County prosecuting attorney, and she founded Chaya, a non-profit organization to combat domestic violence against South Asian women.
@opiejeanne: And Manka Dhingra is the first Sikh in the country to be elected to any state legislature in the US..
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I couldn’t resist the chance to cost Cole 50 bucks. I’m in for a little. Come on, jackals, make him pay up.
And Kendra is awesome. I live in Pelosi’s district (Yay! Nancy SMASH!), so there’s limited value to donating locally, but I want to see lots more tough, smart women following her up the ladder.
@Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: I forgot about John matching. Cool. I am srsly thrilled to see someone like Kendra running in WV. And that’s not a diss – I’d be thrilled to see her running anywhere.
I’m doing my best to spread the sadly small $ I have around – and I like BJ featuring so many worthy candidates. Doug as always, and John, and many commenters pointing out races all over the country.
Gotta say, I really like the interface with ActBlue John posted to, because I’ve had some not so great hijacks to “monthly” when I just making a one-time donation. I was a couple of levels deep in complaining with one campaign, and ActBlue tried to blame it on the candidate. Sorry, BS. It got fixed fairly fast, but someone else who wasn’t a yellow rotting banana peel Democrat (it used to be just Yellow Dog, but I like dogs, so yeah) could have been rather put off by that episode.
On a happier note, I love that way over half of the fundraising emails I get from Kamala are on behalf of other candidates. Other candidates, all over the country. Yes! That’s the way we do it!
My mom was from West Virginia, so this one is for her.