Ten House Seats

11.07.2004

Website Content / Format

Use this post to jump in the discussion on the content & format for the Ten House Seats website.

8 Comments:

At November 7, 2004 at 5:08 PM, Blogger Steve said...

I would identify the 10-20 closest races we lost this time out and look at those first. Then I would go with some type of working committee.

 
At November 9, 2004 at 5:50 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

This whole discussion started off with this email list from Andrea:
Georgia Congressional Seats that are vulnerable, 1 blue & 1 red.
11: 57% Phil Gingrey (R) re-elected. West Georgia, Chattoga to Talbot counties (Chattooga, Floyd, Polk, Harrolson, western Carroll, Heard, west strip of Troup, Harris & Muscogee).
12: 52% John Barrow (D) defeated incumbant. Savannah, Athens, Augusta-Richmond and the counties between.

Georgia State House Races that were close ... a list of Democrats winning by 50-57% & Republicans winning by 50-60% (Bush's popularity in Georgia probably impacted local elections).
Total of 25 vulnerable seats, many close to us, of which 12 went to Republicans & 13 to Democrats in 2004. Democrats need to take at least 4 in 2006 to re-take the House. I starred the six races where a Republican won with 55% or less (3 of which are in metro Atlanta). There were three metro Atlanta races where the D won with 51%, including young Mike Jacobs, but these were all open seats and so with some name recognition they should be easily re-elected.

1: 54% R replaces D. (Jay Neal) (NW Walker)
28: 54% D re-elected. (Jeanette Jamieson) (NE Banks Stephens)
34: 58% R re-elected (Rich Golick) (East Cobb)
37: 51% D open seat (Terry Johnson) (1 precinct still out, 363 votes between, so could go to Cyndie Coates) (Central Cobb) ###
38: 52% R replaces D. (Steve Tumlin) (North Central Cobb) ***
48: 55% R open seat (Harry Geisinger) (southern part of N Fulton) ***
80: 51% D open seat (Mike Jacobs) (Dekalb City of Atlanta?)
81: 55% R re-elected (Jill Chambers) (Dekalb NE) ***
82: 51% D open seat (Kevin Levitas) (Dekalb NE)
96: 56% D re-elected (Pete Marin) (Gwinnett Duluth)
104: 60% R re-elected (John Heard) (Gwinnett Snellville?)
112: 59% R open seat (Douglas Holt) (Central Newton & Morgan)
115: 56% D open seat (Jane Kidd) (Athens)
116: 57% D re-elected (Mickey Channell) (East Putnam, Green, Oglethorpe, Wilkes)
125: 53% R replaces D (Jim Cole) (Central Jasper Monroe Jones) ***
126: 54% R replaces D (David Knight) (Central Spalding Butts Lamar) ***
134: 52% D open seat (Mike Cheokas) (South Central Marion Schley & S___)
136: 56% D re-elected (Robert Ray) (Central Crawford Monroe)
140: 51% D re-elected (Joan Dixon) (Central Twiggs Wilkinson)
154: 58% R re-elected (Jay Roberts) (SXSE Telfair Ben Hill Irwin Wheeler)
155: 53% D re-elected (Greg Morris) (SXSE) Montgomery Treutien Toombs Wheeler)
172: 51% R replaces D (Gene Maddox) (SW Decatur Grady) ***
174: 53% D re-elected (Ellis Black) (South Thomas Brooks Lowndes Echols)
177: 58% R open seat (Mark Hatfield) (Southeast Ware & _____)
178: 51% D re-elected (Hinson Mosley) (Southeast Pierce Brantley Wayne)

 
At November 10, 2004 at 11:57 AM, Blogger the lawmom said...

Here is a list of questions forwarded to me by Kay Lee:

1. Is there a way to get a copy of the "awful legislation" mentioned below? I would like to see it.

2. Since the current legislation won't wait for elections in 2 years, is there anything that can be done now to stop the "cakewalk"?

3. How does one access the data that demonstrates how donations were distributed and from what sources? I would like to take a look at it. Is there a website?

4. What are your thoughts about why Red Clay turned over the their contribution to the Democratic Party as opposed to particular candidates?

5. Upon which 10 races will this PAC focus?

6. What are the hurdles required to create a PAC?

 
At November 10, 2004 at 1:55 PM, Blogger Andrea Knight said...

1. Legislation is being dropped "in the hopper" currently, and will be accessible once the session starts. What I'm hearing should be expected are anti-abortion bills, bills banning adoptions by two persons of the same sex, extreme tort reform, bills making divorce more difficult to obtain, and bills undercutting public schools in favor of private schools and homeschooling. Bills like this have been proposed in the past. We won't know what's moving until the session starts.

2. Can we do anything to stop it? My guess is it depends on the bill. I'm trying to make sure I've signed up for action alerts for state groups lobbying on issues important to me, even though I'm pretty certain my state representatives will always vote the way I want.

3. I looked at the Secretary of State campaign disclosure forms, which can be found on their elections section of their website. I looked for myself, & originally only sent the email about funding out to my friends, so it was not the most comprehensive research ever, but that's what I saw, & it matched what I remembered from when I was more active in state politics.

4. I was wrong to say that Red Clay gives their money to the Democrats. They only did that when they first started. Now they do direct contribution to close campaigns, with a focus on younger candidates.

5. Our (steering committee? board? executive committee? any volunteers?) will do research, review the races, and review past election results to identify 10 races we believe will be close calls and where we think we can make an impact. Just from this year's results, there are 20-odd races that were reasonably close and we'll start there. While there seems to be more interest in helping challengers unseat Republicans, I would assume a few of our 10 races will be focused on supporting a Democratic incumbant.

 
At November 11, 2004 at 8:20 AM, Blogger rusty said...

Since I didn't see any discussion about website organization in this thread, I thought I'd repost what I submitted on David's site:

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... The first thing we need to do on a site is decide how we want to structure information. I like the idea of keeping tabs on individual bills. My only question is would a blog be better for that or should we start a wiki? Maybe we could have a collaborative blog that describes the effects and happenings of the Legislature in more accessible terms that would draw on more complex explanations from our wiki. So, I'm thinking:

1) General Info site - our ten districts/candidates and why they should be elected, platform, event calendar, etc. in bite-sized terms

2) Blog - up-to-the-minute, meshes talking about our candidates' campaign activities and specific legislation (we would want a narrower focus than Blog for Democracy, sticking more strictly to in-state activities)

3) Wiki - for all the details we can come up with on both general platform and specific legislation... the mistake Kos made with its Kospedia is the language used didn't sound objective enough, so it was hard to take the information seriously (I don't read Kos much in general anymore because they're too pie-in-the-sky, as I think you put it)

Both the blog and the wiki would be accessible as subsections of the regular site. Georgia for Democracy is a good example to follow from an information flow standpoint.

Further, I think we should design the site software as a drop-in solution we could farm out to groups in other states who would like to organize in the same way. ...

 
At November 11, 2004 at 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russell - I agree with you on the sections. I am a late convert to the power of wikis. One thing to keep in mind is that we do not want to have anything on the site that might reflect poorly on a candidate, so I do think we will need some editorial control.

What wiki packages do you recommend?

I also agree on developing the software for the site so that it can be used for other states.

I've started working on the site and I've got the blog functionality and the news sections pretty much down. I'll need a lot of help with look and feel of the site as well as usability. I'm implementing using java/tomcat/postgres on linux. Any thoughts?

Raj

 
At November 20, 2004 at 7:57 PM, Blogger Scotty said...

I was going to say I could do a free hosting account, but my servers don't support Java/tomcat, nor do they have postgres. unfortunately, i'm plain old cgi/PHP/etc. and mySQL. If porting is an option, then you're welcome to it. Otherwise...

 
At November 21, 2004 at 7:34 AM, Blogger rusty said...

Raj,
Sorry it took me this long to respond to your comment.

Just out of curiosity, why write blog software from the ground up when there are already two highly-customizable drop-in solutions available (Wordpress, which I prefer, and Moveable Type, which other people are more likely to be familiar with)? The main reason I prefer Wordpress is it's GPL versus a proprietary license. They're both about equal on features, with each doing some things better than the other.

I haven't ever implemented a Wiki, and the number of pre-built choices available is pretty staggering. Check this list:

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiEnginesIt'd be good to share user authentication between the blog and wiki (since we apparently don't want an open wiki). Both Wordpress and MT have wiki plug-ins, though I'm not sure how well they work. That'd make our authentication mechanism easier to deal with, but we need to determine whether those wiki features are powerful enough for our needs or whether we'd want to look at some of the separate software in the list above.

My understanding is the other person on the web committee has some graphic design skill. I know enough PERL, PHP and HTML to write dynamic pages that connect to back-end stuff like you're writing, and am pretty good with graphics, though not quite at a professional level. Where I'll likely be useful is in patching your work and hers together.

 

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