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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Advocate From Where You Stand: MILF Edition



This Peruvian anti-harassment PSA is pretty cool. As I've pointed out before, women deserve respect because they are people not just because of their relationship to men, in this case their mothers. However, I would argue that this ad makes that point potently by "humanizing" these targets of harassment in the most intimate way possible. You can read more about the campaign here.

Koch Party!

Okay. The title of this New York Times article really sums it up. "Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending"

They are spending like they are their own political party! Are you KIDDING? Are you KIDDING? How is this democracy?

As the three senators addressed the audience of rich donors — effectively an audition for the 2016 primary — they dismissed a question about whether the wealthy had too much influence in politics. At times they seemed to be addressing an audience of two: the Kochs themselves, now among the country’s most influential conservative power brokers.

Mr. Cruz gave an impassioned defense of his hosts as job creators and the victims of unfair attacks by Democrats, while Mr. Rubio suggested that only liberals supported campaign finance restrictions, so as to empower what he said were their allies in Hollywood and the news media.

Wow. God bless America.

NOI Turnover


Big news about which I have no insider knowledge. Very sad. I have a lot of love for NOI's work and many of the people associated with it. You can read about it here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Missouri State Rep Mike Moon Gets Honorable Mention In Worst Person Contest


This human mustache display case is State Representative Mike Moon. He introduced a resolution in the Missouri House to "insist that each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation endeavor with ‘manly firmness’ and resolve to totally and completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, settling for no less than a full repeal.”

I don't even know where to go with this. Do I make a sex joke? Do get I feminist ragey? Do I talk about how heartless is it that Republicans want to deny people healthcare to serve a political agenda? Oh, look I just did all three.

In response to criticism Moon offered, It is just like going to war," Moon said. "You want a soldier to fight like a man. If a woman is in the trenches, you want them to fight like a man, too.” As my friend Natalie quipped, "I didn't mean to offend women, what I MEANT was that women are not as good as men." Dude, you're making it worse.

Moon also pointed out that the phrase "manly firmness" is taken from the Declaration of Independence describing the founding fathers' opposition to King George. Much respect to the men who risked their lives for our bold experiment in democracy, but when it comes to gender equality I hope we've evolved since then. (*Cough, cough Thomas Jefferson was a rapist.*)

US Senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill pretty much nailed it. "He's referring to a point in time when women were chattels and didn't have the right to vote. I think we can update our vocabulary...I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage and once again letting insurance companies discriminate against women and sick people."

I'll take Senator McCaskill's common sense feminism over Rep Moon's "many firmness" any day.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Organizer Store: It's Too Fucking Cold Edition




1) Graze Box

Full disclosure, I had a graze subscription and canceled it, but I think if I were on the campaign trail it would be awesome. Graze is a weekly subscription box (and I love a good subscription box) with four creative healthy snacks for about $5. You can even get their calorie counter box if you want to be extra health conscious. Past snacks have included "rosemary breadsticks with smokey chipotle dip" and "tropical daquiri" dried fruit mix which includes green mango, lime raisins and pineapple and was one of my favorites. What's nice about graze is that you subscribe and it gets delivered to your office (you can get it delivered at home but they are meant to be for your work day) and then it's just there so when you are feeling pecking or let's face it, bored the easiest thing to reach for is not a donut or chips or whatever is on the volunteer table, it's a nutritious and already portioned snack. It's also a fun little treat to unbox it and see what arrives every week. Like I said, I unsubscribed because I am in a position where I can actually bring snacks from home and am less sleep deprived so that I have enough willpower to do things like make my own trail mix and not eat candy bars (sometimes), but were on the campaign trail I would be all about it. If you subscribe please use my coworker, Michael's code, M9ZMCTTLB. You get free boxes, he gets free boxes. Free boxes for everybody! I have also heard of Nature Box, which is similar and I will try and put in the next Organizer Store if I like it!


2) Tide To Go Pen

I spill stuff on myself all and I mean all the time. It's a hidden burden of being large chested that when you drop salsa from a chip or your ice coffee overflows when you stick the straw in, there's only one place for that sucker to go. Tide pen to the rescue! These things can come in extremely handy from bumpy-road-eating-fast-food-in-the-car incidents to candidate dipped-his-cuff-in-mustard-shaking-hands incidents. And, best of all, they work. Stick one in your purse or whatever dudes carry or desk drawer and become an office hero! Only $3.29 at drugstore.com.



3) Pocket

Pocket is a free app that allows you to save websites or articles to read later. It's my new go to for keeping interesting election news that I see and want to blog about but can't attend to in the middle of the day. So much comes across the desk of a busy organizer that you can easily forget things whether you saw a dress you liked, a blog you want to save, or a bar you want to check out. After signing up simply email the link you want to save to "add@getpocket.com" and keep a running "to come back to" list conveniently on your smartphone. Get pocket here.

That's it for now! Is there something you can't live without that other campaign people should know about? Email me at campaignsick@gmail.com!


Campaign Love and Mine,



Nancy



Rep. Randy Weber for Worst Person


2015 is off to a great (terrible) start in the political race for worst person. Many contenders have passed us by while I was out of the country and unable able to blog about them but I wanted to flag one that was so egregious it deserved special recognition. CampaignSick Nation, meet Randy Weber. Texas Representative and all around illiterate a-hole who tweeted the above tweet in response to President Obama's failure to travel to France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. Weber later fauxpologized stating, “I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.” Because yeah, how could you have predicted that?

Full disclosure, I was the GOTV director for Weber's opponent when the race was an open seat in 2012. Congratulations, people of Southeast Texas. Solid choice.