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Christopher Reeves

Connect! Unite! Act! The beauty in our own backyards

Welcome back to Connect! Unite! Act! When I started writing Connect! Unite! Act! again last year, I wanted to take time to highlight the ways Daily Kos users interact with each other, build communities, and form strong relationships. During COVID, we’ve had a lot of strain put on our systems. It is easy to feel out of touch, or to miss relationships that transcend the digital.

Connect! Unite! Act! Tributes for democracy

We all feel a bit grumpy lately. The Supreme Court. Donald Trump. State courts. Out-of-control state legislatures. Governors who want to take away rights and hold onto power however they can. It can seem a bit daunting, can’t it? 

This week on Connect! Unite! Act!, I thought maybe we could sit back and think about times when things looked bleak and the good guys managed to come through and get things done in the end.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: Precinct committee races

How often have you heard Harry S. Truman’s phrase: “The most important job I ever held was that of precinct committeeman”? If you are involved in local and state politics, you may have heard this phrase quite often. Depending on who you ask within the Democratic establishment, precinct committee persons can be incredibly important or of very little consequence.

Connect! Unite! Act! The Supreme Court and Republicans want to make voting pointless

Every election I attend, I leave the office with a nice sticker that says “I Voted!”, a reminder that I participated in the process. There were a few years when I didn’t get a sticker—instead I received a lollipop (not kidding), or a pen. The pens were nice, the lollipops were decent. All of them were meant as a reminder that participating in the American experiment truly meant something.

Connect! Unite! Act! Building your local resistance

Welcome back to Connect! Unite! Act! With the conclusion of Obi Wan this last week, there are a lot of us looking back over the various Star Wars series and what made them work. I look back at the films and I think about which ones I enjoy most and which I had the hardest time with. Honestly, it is easy for me to say that seeing The Phantom Menace in a movie theater after a long, long break between the last film was an experience unlike anything else.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: When the past won’t move out of the way

This week in Nuts & Bolts, we get to tackle a subject that has left decent candidates facing a double-edged attack: What happens when party members, former incumbents, turn on Democratic candidates and refuse to support them? More importantly, what happens if these same party members go on to endorse Republicans or denounce Democrats?

Oregon residents are currently facing this with Democratic Rep.

Our environment matters: Thousands of Kansas cattle died due to heat and humidity changes

I’ve taken time to enjoy some of the farm life over the last few months, at least off and on. We take time to care for horses, our chickens, and a few other animals. In more rural Kansas, the horses are at a point where thanks to the heat and high humidity, they need aggressive water planning as well as more frequent “spray downs” because trees that would traditionally provide cover aren’t doing as well in the last year.

Connect! Unite! Act! Okay. I want to talk about chickens

Welcome back to Connect! Unite! Act! There have been a ton of stories written about Republicans defending the AR-15. One of the most frequent stories has centered around gun lovers’ defense of the assault-style weapon by pointing out it is frequently used against feral hogs, raccoons, prairie dogs, and whatever else comes to mind. I know you’ve seen the video.

“An AR-15 is a gun of choice for killing raccoons before they get to our chickens.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: Don’t let others redefine you

Welcome back! Every week here on Nuts & Bolts I take time to look at issues surrounding big and small campaigns, and with the help of campaign staff, candidates, and organizations nationally I try to come up with a picture of what goes into a successful campaign, what we learn from the most recent elections, and the trends we think are emerging in the way we communicate our message to voters.

I can’t rant about religion because that’s a generalization

Over the last few days, we’ve had some diaries about religion and the impact of religion on the world and on politics. I understand the frustration with religious leaders who offer viewpoints that are damaging, not based in science, and harmful to the rights of others. Graphics, comments, quotes—they can all add up to a set of conclusions in novapsyche’s diary. Comments showed others putting forward their own thoughts, and I find everyone’s experiences meaningful.

Right-wing trolls accusing science fiction of being ‘woke’ are messing with my childhood

Sometimes, I fall into a rabbit hole I didn’t even know was going to happen. I was following along with a YouTube thread regarding Stargate SG-1 when it was pointed out a reboot was possible. I, having followed the series, thought, “Cool, cool, I might really enjoy this so tell me more.” I sat down to watch and learned a few things, but within the first three minutes, something interesting came about.

Nuts & Bolts a guide to Democratic campaigns: Choice is an issue on every single ballot

Welcome back to the Nuts & Bolts guide to campaigns. This week I want to talk about issues, and why steering away from some out of fear is just bad, bad campaigning. If you haven’t guessed, I want to talk about the importance of being willing to discuss, and own, pro-choice positions in your campaign. Too often, candidates get trapped into the idea that they need to “hold back” because Republicans will tag them or that it will hurt their campaign.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside the Democratic party: The decreasing importance of experience

Welcome back! Every week here on Nuts & Bolts I take time to look at issues surrounding big and small campaigns, and with the help of campaign staff, candidates, and organizations nationally I try to come up with a picture of what goes into a successful campaign, what we learn from the most recent elections, and the trends we think are emerging in the way we communicate our message to voters.

This week, we get to cover a topic that should get a lot more attention.

Connect! Unite! Act! Profiteering is absolutely real

Imagine being part of an industry bringing in record profits—nearly $174 billion in profits in 2021. You receive incentives to grow through taxes, you have benefits thrown at you through state incentives, you are able to work with people to split their surface and mineral property rights to grow when you need to if you want to find more places that can handle your business. Every indicator is coming up roses for you.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside the Democratic party: Stop counting on young people to bail out the party

This week in the Nuts & Bolts Guide to the Democratic party, we should take some time to discuss why the Democratic party should not count on young people bailing out the party when election time comes. 

There are several significant problems with this analysis, but some of the conclusions are also incorrect. Many conclusions revolve around voter registration efforts, turnout efforts, and making sure we motivate young people to get out there and work in campaigns.

I am so lost. Republican rabbit-hole logic needs decoder rings to make any sense

Every time I read the news, I find myself completely baffled by Republicans. Sometimes, I wonder if just being exposed to the winding logic is making us lose our grasp on reality, because I am absolutely lost on how anyone can make sense of these conclusions.

Republicans are supposedly concerned with little girls being violated in bathrooms, trans books, and any teaching of history that involves members of the Black and brown communities.

Connect! Unite! Act! Cheers and jeers to 20 years!

The moment you walk into a liquor store anywhere near us and they see your birthdate begins with a “1” instead of a “2” they instantly know you’re eligible to drink. The lifespan of Daily Kos isn’t quite there yet, but knowing that the top song in 2002 was Nickelback’s “You Remind Me” is definitely an interesting way to see where we are in a good way, in a bad way, and in a cringeworthy way all at the exact same time.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: There are some days you do not campaign

Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns! Midterm elections are stressful. Democratic Party candidates and infrastructure feel the stress of holding on to majorities in the U.S. Senate and House in order to keep Joe Biden’s agenda moving forward and especially to make sure that President Biden’s court and administration nominations are successfully approved.

Peter Thiel lashes out, seems to indicate we need massive taxes and regulations on wealthy investors

Oh, Peter. You petty billionaire who created a Hulk Hogan conspiracy lawsuit to change laws for your own ends; donated millions to pro-Trump groups; backed conservative candidates like Josh Hawley; and rails in favor of libertarian causes. What on Earth have you gotten yourself into now?  Thiel’s newest claim about what is stopping Crypto-currency is a jaw-dropping one, considering the implications.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside the Democratic Campaign: Talking about Trump will not win elections

Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns! The old saying is that Republican voters fall in line and Democratic voters fall in love. There is a lot of truth to that statement. Along with that statement, we need to include something else. Voters in general like to hear some positives about your candidate’s accomplishments and reasons why they deserve to be elected. 

Occasionally, you can run against the scandal of your opponent.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside the Democratic Campaign: The No. 1 rule in all campaigns

Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns. Over the course of more than a decade, I’ve taken time to speak with campaign managers, field directors, communications directors, finance directors, and, of course, been a part of as many campaigns as I could. As election season gets close, there are always questions we ask of candidates who are considering running for office.

Nuts & Bolts—Inside the Democratic Party: Are we at the end of the Iowa Caucus being first?

Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns. Over the course of more than a decade, I’ve taken time to speak with campaign managers, field directors, communications directors, finance directors, and, of course, be a part of as many campaigns as I can. Through the feedback I receive, I try to build out Nuts & Bolts to better inform Democratic voters and donors how a campaign can and does work.

Connect! Unite! Act! 20 years of history together

Connect! Unite! Act! is a weekly series that seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups meet regularly to socialize, get out the vote, support candidates, and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers that be. Visit us every week to see how you can get involved!

It was the year 2002. The top movie of the year would be Spiderman starring Toby McGuire.

Connect! Unite! Act! Remembering 20 years

Connect! Unite! Act! is a weekly series that seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups meet regularly to socialize, get out the vote, support candidates, and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers that be.