If we in Massachusetts want to affect the composition of the US House, we will have to do it in other states. I’ve blogged here about Paul Hodes’ race in NH-02 — the best overall source for information on this race I’ve found is this blog. There is canvassing from the Cheshire County Democrats going on this afternoon, and presumably also in the near future.
I now know of two groups that are organizing Massachusetts people to wok in nearby US House races. I canvassed with Swing The Vote in 2004 — they are an anti-GOP rather than pro-Democratic group targeting Cheshire County, NH (which contains Keene). I just learned today about Change Congress ’06, which is targetting four nearby races: NH-02 (Paul Hodes vs. Charlie “Catch and Release” Bass), CT-02 (Joe Courtney vs. Rob “Not Gene” Simmons), CT-05 (Chris Murphy vs. Nancy Johnson (R-Insurance Industry)), and NY-20 (Kirsten Gillebrand vs. John “Fratboy” Sweeney). I urge anybody in western MA to sign up to get on their mailing list, which will soon have canvassing opportunities.
You can also support these worthy campaigns through the BMG ActBlue page. So far there is $220 showing there,
all mostly [there’s one to Phil Dunkelbarger –ed.] to out-of-state races (though you can give to MA candidates there as well). Let’s try to boost that! In particular, Hodes has an FEC reporting deadline coming up on Tuesday, and he is very close to getting $10K total from all ActBlue pages. Even $5 and $10 contributions from BMG can help put him over the top. ( Gillebrand is not yet listed on the New England-centric BMG page, but you can give to her through ActBlue here [I just put Gillibrand on our page. Fine candidate, awful, awful opponent. — Charley]).