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Site of the Day

Congratulations to jimesch.org! The Esch for Congress website was picked as "Site of the Day" by politics1.com.

Winning websites are selected for effectively using the internet as a political tool and are judged on things like good content, sharp design, clever humor, creativity, and innovation in organizing. I personally dig the volunteer banner with the rotating silhouettes. Very catchy.

Check out his site and tell us what you like about it.

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Mail Call, Jeff!

Tom Dorsch of Beatrice recently wrote a letter blasting Rep. Jeff Fortenberry for not returning Tom DeLay's dirty money.

Why is Fortenberry blind to his ethical obligations and unable or unwilling to do the right thing?

Maybe we can't compete with the special interests when it comes to the money we pay. But we can decide whether our elected officials deserve to keep their government job.

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Weekend Open Thread

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A New Face

Hello Nebraska! This is my first Blog post since I started working for the NDP. With one busy week behind me in this position as Field Organizer, I thought now would be the best time to introduce myself and let all of you know where we are headed in our journey for the 2006 Elections.

I was born and raised in Falls City, Nebraska. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Public and Political Speech Communications. After graduation, I interned for U.S. Senator E. Benjamin Nelson's Omaha District Office, as well as, for the Douglas County Election and Jury Commission. I am currently residing in Omaha.

I want to get to know you, your community and your ideas on how to make our Party effective in the 2006 Elections. With positive and open communication between our office and your community, we can only grow and be more effective as a Party.

As the 2006 Election gets closer, we need Nebraskans like you to get involved to elect strong, democratic candidates. Click here for opportunities to volunteer.

Your "virtual" and "social" involvement with the Party is important over the next few months to getting our candidates into elected offices. Get your family, friends, and co-workers to volunteer and we will achieve our goal.

Feel free to email me or call me with any ideas.

Thanks for everything you have done and continue to do in Nebraska's efforts to rebuild the Democratic Party and win back our state.

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Moul Coming to a Town Near You.

I just finished posting Maxine Moul's Kick-off events on the Event Center.

Next week, she will be visiting Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Auburn, Falls City, Beatrice, Syracuse, Fremont, Oakland, South Sioux City, Norfolk, and wrap it up with a rally in Lincoln on her birthday on the 26th. Again, you can find all those events posted in the Event Center. If you are anywhere near those towns, you should come out and show your support.

Also, check out these stories about her candidacy in the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Sioux City Journal.

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Moul set to take on Fortenberry

Maxine Moul filed to run for Congress for the 1st District today. Read about it here.

Check back tomorrow for a list of events Moul will be holding around the district next week.

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NDP's New Home

If any of you have tried to get a hold of NDP staffers over the last week, than you are well aware that we are in the process of moving into a new home. Our office is now located at 1327 H Street. It is directly to the east of Billy's and right across from the Capitol.

We spent the end of last week packing up, and the beginning of this week settling in. We still have a few boxes left to unpack, but as you can see, our signature picture of Senator Exon made the trip safely and is now hanging proudly in our new conference room.

Monie has been a great deal of help over the entire weekend. Here she is with the kitchen area that she generously organized.

I will add more pictures tomorrow to show off our new home.

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How far have we come since 1968?

When I heard on TV last night that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 77 years old today, I thought "wow, he would have been that young?" I had never internalized how young King was when he died. 39. My mind reels with all the possibilities, all the additional opportunities he could have created had he not been assassinated.

How far do you think American has come since Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream of racial equality? That was the question an AP-Ipsos poll asked respondents last week. The results showed the over all, 75% thought significant progress has been made towards his dream. However, only 66% of blacks agreed.

I personally believe that America still has a long way to go towards racial equality, and I am not just talking about whites and blacks, but about all the races that make up our richly diverse nation. But this is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I want to share a story that reflects his dream. Keep in mind that people of my generation were born at least 10 years after Dr. King died, and have no idea what it would have been like to live in a time of blatant segregation.

Last week, I was visiting the Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. with a close friend of mine who happens to be black. I don't remember which exhibit we were in, but we were going through a section about segregation and the civil rights movement. At one point, you are forced to walk through one of two side-by-side doorways. As we were looking around at the memorabilia, we didn't notice until the last second that I was walking through the doorway labeled "colored" and she was walking through the doorway labeled "white." We both chuckled as we took those steps, more out of irony than poignancy. But looking back, I feel incredibly grateful that she and I live in 2006 instead of 1966.

Being in a museum really puts things into perspective. It reminds you of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Slow progress was made from the slavery of the 1860's to the segregation of the 1960's…where will we be as a nation in the 2060's? Dr. King knew that a permanent change in the social consciousness of a nation is a long-term work in progress. "The arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," King said. Dr. King would not be satisfied with today's status quo. Neither should we. But I think we can still find hope in knowing we have moved a little farther on the arch towards justice.

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On the Road - Dawson County

This past Friday I joined the Dawson County Democrats for a meal and their monthly meeting held this month in Sumner at Tub's Pub. I'd been told the food was excellent, and it was. During dinner I talked with several Democrats at my table who express frustration with the direction the Republicans are taking our state and country and optimism that the November 2006 election would take the country in a new direction with the Democrats at the helm. Democrats in Dawson County aren't content to just talk about change, they are ready to go out and make it happen.

I spoke about taking the energy of those at the meeting and focusing it to reach out to new voters and elect Democrats to office. Scott Kleeb, our Third Congressional District candidate, spoke about why he was campaigning and how he wants to get government to reinvest in people like it did in the 1930s and 1940s with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.

The Democratic Community in Dawson County is alive and well and I'm sure great things are going to happen in Dawson County during the 2006 election cycle. I thank Mary for inviting me to the meeting and I look forward to returning to Dawson County.

Written by Zach Nelson.

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Sign up to Volunteer!

The Nebraska Democratic Party depends on the strength of our volunteers to carry the Democratic message. Please take a few minutes to give us some information about you here. We'll be in touch with you throughout this election cycle to best use your talents to get our candidates elected across our state.

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