Thursday, June 28, 2007

It's time.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mike Arcuri surges ahead in the polls.

Via Daily Kos:

Constituent Dynamics
(PDF). 8/27-29. MoE 3.1%


Also from The Cornell Daily Sun's David Wittenberg:
“I get a real good sense that people want change,” Arcuri said. “They’ve had enough.” Addressing Republican critics of his support for increased spending on social programs, Arcuri said, “Where’s the money coming from for the war?”

Arcuri said he supports bringing the National Guard home from Iraq by the end of 2006 and the troops home by 2007.
(H/T) Take Back New York's 24th

-Things are looking up--up about 8 points! Not bad in the pocketbook either.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Act by Wednesday!

GOP's Financial Edge Shrinks
Challengers Gain On Incumbents
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, August 20, 2006; Page A01

...Joe Sestak, a 31-year Navy veteran whose candidacy in Pennsylvania's 7th District in suburban Philadelphia is being driven in large measure by his opposition to the Iraq war. His opponent, 10-term Republican Rep. Curt Weldon, has never faced a competitive challenger, even though the Democratic presidential nominee won the district in the last three elections.

Fueled by financial success in the most recent quarter, Sestak has raised $1.1 million to Weldon's $1.4 million.

Sestak is getting support from traditional sources such as labor unions and newer ones such as the "Net roots" -- online activists who are channeling significant sums to antiwar Democrats. He has raised $230,000 online this cycle, including thousands through blogs.

"We really hit a vein," he said.

"At its peak, I think those numbers really signify the enthusiasm of the Democratic donor base," said Amy Walter, who tracks House races for the Cook Political Report.

Democrats need to win 15 seats to regain control of the House for the first time since being evicted from the majority in the 1994 elections.

Walter and other political analysts said achieving strict equality in fundraising is not a necessity for a challenger. The key, they said, is having enough money to get a message out in advertising and to respond to an opponent's message.

Much of the money raised by Republicans in competitive races, Walter said, will probably buy negative ads against challengers. "The Democratic ability to respond to attacks will be critical, and that relates directly to money," she said.
...And the attacks are already underway in the Arcuri race (of course they never seem to mention Texas Governor Rick Perry's involvement). Having overcome the disadvantages of having 40,000 fewer registered Democrats in the district, and competing for a seat vacated by a relatively popular moderate Republican, Acuri has managed to raise $455,000 to his opponent Meier's $497,000 and take a slim 4 point lead in the polls. That is why this Wednesday is so critical.

Wednesday, the 23rd of August is the deadline for you to vote in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Candidate for Change" contest. The top three vote getters will receive additional funds for their campaigns. In addition to
Mike Arcuri (NY-24), I also choose Zack Space (OH-18) & Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20), but you can choose who ever may need support in your state.

On top of that you can contribute at ActBlue or, as Finding Ulysses notes, "
sign up as a telephone volunteer with MoveOn."

Additional reads/sources:

New Poll Out Shows Arcuri Edging Meier in 24th Congressional Race

For GOP, Bad Gets Worse in Northeast

Race in 24th begins drawing national attention

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Cross-posted at Mccs1977:
-This just in!!!

Cheney Visits Upstate NY

Posted by: Elizabeth Vetrano,
Assignment Editor
Created: 7/8/2006 10:54:46 AM
Updated: 7/9/2006 11:25:22 AM

Vice President Dick Cheney is heading to upstate New York next week to stump for a fellow Republican.

Cheney is scheduled to attend a fundraising event July 14th for state Senator Raymond Meier in the race for the 24th Congressional District now held by Representative Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert, a New Hartford Republican who has held the seat since 1982, announced his decision not to seek re-election in March.

Another possible GOP candidate is Robert Camera of Geneva. The Democratic candidate is Michael Arcuri, the Oneida County district attorney.

The 24th Congressional District covers parts of 11 counties in central New York. The U-shaped district runs from the Utica area in the east, south to the Binghamton area and then northwest to the Auburn-Seneca Falls area.

-Call out the Hounds!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Do You Know How Your Vote Will Be Counted?

ELECTION 2006/ Washington Spectator:

Do You Know How Your Vote Will Be Counted?
By Warren Stewart | March 1, 2006 (page 1/3)

New York Sued by DOJ on Delay of Vote System

New York Is Sued by U.S. on Delay of Vote System
Published: March 2, 2006, NYT

ALBANY, March 1 — The Justice Department sued New York State on Wednesday for failing to overhaul its election system and replace its aging voting machines. It is the first lawsuit the federal government has filed to force a state to comply with the voting guidelines enacted by Congress after the 2000 election debacle.

The new federal guidelines were designed to prevent the kind of electoral chaos that marred the 2000 presidential election in Florida, and to make casting ballots easier for disabled voters. But New York State's efforts to modernize its election system have fallen far behind the rest of the nation, delayed by Albany's chronic gridlock and partisan bickering.

New York was supposed to create a statewide database of registered voters by Jan. 1 to make it easier to register and to detect fraud. It has not even come close to doing so, the lawsuit contends.

And while New York has accepted more than $49 million in federal aid to replace its creaky mechanical voting machines by this fall's elections, it has yet to tell localities what kinds of new voting machines will be acceptable. So most counties say it will be impossible to buy new machines and train poll workers in time.

The lawsuit calls on the court to give the state 30 days to develop a plan for fully complying with the law in time for the fall elections. At this late date, though, it is doubtful that the state will be able to do so. State officials, who do not dispute that they have failed to comply, say that they hope to reach a settlement that sets out several stopgap compliance measures.

New York — which has received more than $221 million in federal funds so far to overhaul its voting system — could stand to lose some or all of the $49 million it has received for new voting machines, according to the lawsuit, which was filed here Wednesday in United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Other states — including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California and Ohio — have struggled to carry out some provisions of the federal law, the Help America Vote Act. But election-reform advocates and the Justice Department say New York ranks dead last when it comes to complying with it.

In January, Wan J. Kim, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the state that "it is clear that New York is not close to approaching full H.A.V.A. compliance and, in our view, is further behind in that regard than any other state in the country."

Civic groups have long warned that New York's aging election machines are an accident waiting to happen. During the last three mayoral elections in New York City, there has been confusion over the vote tallies in either primaries or runoff elections.

The suit was a stinging rebuke to the state and once again highlighted Albany's failure to address pressing state issues, like its two-decade-long failure to pass a state budget on time or its unwillingness to comply with a court decision ordering more state aid to New York City schools.

The Justice Department noted in a news release on Wednesday that "states had nearly three years to comply with the provisions enforced under today's lawsuit" and said that New York "was not close to compliance" with the federal law. No other state has been sued for failing to comply with the law, but Justice Department officials say that they are having discussions with some other states about their voting plans.

The state and the Justice Department have been negotiating for weeks to try to avoid a lawsuit, and state officials said that they expect those talks to continue. "We've engaged in extensive negotiations and, despite the lawsuit, we are hopeful an agreement can be reached to resolve this matter," said Christine Pritchard, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, which is defending the state.

Recent negotiations have centered on settling the suit with a consent decree that would create a stopgap measure for this fall's elections, when New Yorkers will choose a United States senator, a governor, an attorney general, a comptroller and all 212 state lawmakers.

The measure, which elections officials call "Plan B," would allow the old mechanical voting machines to be used again this fall, while making options available for disabled voters at each polling site. The alternatives could involve machines that would print ballots, which could then be marked, and a system for disabled people to cast votes by phone.

The efforts to modernize the system have proceeded at a glacial pace, even with the infusion of federal money. The State Legislature dragged its feet on passing a state law to overhaul the election system because the issue became tied up with a partisan squabble over appointments at the state's Board of Elections.

The law that it passed and that Gov. George E. Pataki finally signed last summer left many of the biggest issues unresolved. It was left to the counties to decide what brand of voting machines to buy, and to the State Board of Elections to set the standards telling them which types of voting machines will be acceptable.

The board has yet to set the standards, and localities, including New York City, have complained that the most recent proposals are unacceptable.

Election officials say that they plan to model their statewide voter database — which was supposed to be set up by Jan. 1 — on a system used by the State of Washington.

The lawsuit notes that the state has yet to publish the rules governing how the database should be compiled. Nor has it begun seeking contractors to create the list, or established the technical requirements for the list.

Robert Brehm, a spokesman for the Board of Elections, said that the board believes it can have an interim voter database up and running by July or August, and have the final database ready in the beginning of 2007.

Civic groups, which have complained for years that New York was moving too slowly, are now concerned that the federal lawsuit will rush the state into adopting a flawed voting system. "The rotten H.A.V.A. implementation process on the state level shouldn't be mirrored by a rotten judicial enforcement process at the federal level trying to impose a solution on New York," said Neal Rosenstein, the government coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group.

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