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News Round-Up

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Kirsten Suhr is the Associate Director of Communications for Online Strategies at NARAL Pro-Choice America.

I was disappointed to see the results of the Georgia senate race. But thanks to everyone who campaigned and voted for Jim Martin. Let's not forget we still made some terrific gains this year!

A whole slew of interesting choice-related articles and blog posts have come up in the past few days. Here are some of my favorites.

Have you seen any good ones I missed? Feel free to leave a link in the comments. Enjoy!

GA Senate Election Tomorrow!

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Kirsten Suhr is the Associate Director of Communications for Online Strategies at NARAL Pro-Choice America

Just a quick reminder that Georgia's senate runoff election between pro-choice Jim Martin and anti-choice Sen. Saxby Chambliss is tomorrow. Tomorrow!

Voter turnout is going to be essential in this race. So if you live in Georgia, PLEASE go vote for Jim Martin tomorrow (find your polling place). For all the rest of you, if you have friends or family in Georgia, remind them to vote for Martin tomorrow.

Are you feeling down now that the election excitement has passed? Do you miss the gut-wrenching suspense we experienced before November 4? Well, you're not alone, and the Liberty Lowdown is here to help.

Check out our uplifting (albeit slightly creepy) post-election Liberty Lowdown pick-me-up.

See, don't you feel better as you remember all our fabulous pro-choice victories? This election, we:

-Elected Barack Obama as our next pro-choice prez
-Picked up 20 pro-choice seats in the House and 5 in the Senate
-Made over 635,000 calls
-Defeated another attempted abortion ban in SD
-Sent over a million pieces of mail
-Helped Obama win all the states where NARAL Pro-Choice America volunteers knocked on doors and made calls
-Defeated anti-choice ballot measures in CO and CA

And if that hasn't quite brought you out of your post-election funk, you're in luck! There's still two undecided races: MN and GA.

The recount is still underway for the Franken-Coleman race in MN, so that should keep you on the edge of your seat for a bit.

And tomorrow is the runoff election between pro-choice Jim Martin and anti-Choice Saxby Chambliss for Georgia Senate. So if you live in GA, set the oreos aside and get out to vote for Martin! 

So chin up, all you crazy-for-choicers - sit back and be proud of everything we accomplished this election. Then get right back up and help us reverse eight years of anti-choice policies. We've got a lot of work to do.   

So that leaves Georgia and Minnesota

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Since Begich was declared the winner in the AK Senate race, and Stevens released his concession statement, the only two U.S. Senate races we're waiting to hear about are those in Georgia and Minnesota.

Today's update comes from Hotline's Last Call:

• The RNC has transferred $2M earmarked for the GA SEN runoff to the NRSC, which was $4M in debt after Election Day (The Hill). And Rudy Giuliani will hold a fundraiser for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on 11/25 ("Political Insider").

• A judge granted MN SEN challenger Al Franken's (D) request for the "rosters of disqualified absentee voters," though "a key elections board" has yet to rule on whether any wrongly rejected ballots can be counted (AP).

and from MSNBC's First Read:

*** Don't (re)-count your chickens before they hatch: That, of course, brings us to Minnesota, where the recount in the Coleman-Franken race begins today. Coleman declared victory Tuesday with the certification of the initial results. But law mandates a recount, so nothing is in stone. The reason why Coleman is trying to look the part of the winner is to call into question any lead taken by Franken in the recount. Of course, that PR strategy didn't work for Dino Rossi during the controversial recount in Washington State in 2004. Also consider this: We're going to know the outcome in Georgia (December 2) before the one in Minnesota (mid-December). Go figure. By the way, Bill Clinton stumps in Georgia today for Jim Martin.

Finally, the Associated Press had a story today which talked about groups that are working to elect (pro-choice) Jim Martin:

Ask Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss or Democratic challenger Jim Martin about all the national attention their U.S. Senate runoff is attracting and they say that Georgians will ultimately decide the contest.

But that hasn't stopped the outside dollars from rolling in to try to have some sway.

Campaign finance records show that in the two weeks since Election Day groups from NARAL-Pro Choice America to the National Cotton Council have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Georgia race.

And that doesn't count the $1.4 million the national parties in Washington have so far poured into the state to flood the airwaves with blistering runoff attack ads.

Chambliss and Martin are each raking in donations for the Dec. 2 runoff. The hotly contested race could end up being among Georgia's most expensive. New financial filings from the candidate are due later this week...

NARAL-Pro Choice America spent close to $20,000 on printing and telemarketing opposing Chambliss.

... then look no further than Georgia Politics Unfiltered:

I'm here on the campus of Clark Atlanta University where former President Bill Clinton will join Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jim Martin to rally supporters for the upcoming December 2nd run-off election.

The lines are already forming on The Quad which is basically a large open air section of the Clark Atlanta campus surrounding by various buildings.

More details as they come...

Your Daily AK, GA and MN Senate race update

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Again, via the First Read team:

*** The remaining races: In Alaska, election workers will count approximately 24,000 ballots today, which could give us a clearer picture in a race where challenger Mark Begich (D) currently leads incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens by 1,022 votes. After today, overseas ballots will remain to be counted, and the process, according to the Anchorage Daily News, will last through the week of December 1... In Georgia, early voting began yesterday for the Chambliss-Martin Senate run-off, and there were reports of some lines (the turnout of the youth and black vote in this runoff, by the way, will be the ultimate test of Obama's base; have they become permanently engaged in the overall political process or only engaged in Obama individually?)... And in Minnesota, the five-member state canvassing board meets today to officially certify the original results in the Coleman-Franken race, with the manual recount beginning tomorrow. 
 
Countdown to Georgia Senate run-off: 14 days
Countdown to Electoral Vote Count: 51 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 63 days

The AFL-CIO is also making news with their game-plan for GA (via Hotline On Call with a h/t to Jonathan Martin):

A union spokesman argues that In a low-turnout election, the union vote looms large. There are about 325K union voters in GA.

The AFL-CIO's GA game plan:

-- Deliver 550,000 worksite flyers
-- Make 600,000 phone calls
-- Send 610,000 pieces union mail
-- Knock on 225,000 doors

This should really help Jim Martin.

How long again to Inauguration Day, 2009? 63 days!

I love it when pro-choice senators, especially those that have just been elected, know when it's important to have their supporters... um, support fellow pro-choice candidates. Last Friday, many of us who are on the Jeff Merkley email list received this email message on behalf of Jim Martin:

Thank you again for all the support you gave me during my campaign.  Thanks to all of you, we accomplished what many thought would be impossible.  Before November 4th, it had been 40 years since an incumbent senator from Oregon was defeated.  But because of your hard work, we did it again and took a major step forward in getting our nation back on track.

While the election is over in Oregon, it continues in Georgia. Jim Martin is locked in a tough runoff with Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. We currently hold 57 seats in the U.S. Senate - just three shy of having enough votes to end the Republican obstructionism that has paralyzed the Senate over the past two years.  We need to have Jim Martin in the Senate to work with President-elect Obama and me to fix our economy and make Washington work for working Americans.

Help Jim Martin so he can join me in the U.S. Senate --  donate $25, $50, or $100 to his campaign right now. 

Let me tell you a little more about Jim Martin: Jim is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 18 years.  He has been a leader on the issue of health care and has paid particular attention to expanding access to health care for Georgia's children.  Jim Martin has never backed down from a tough fight and we need someone with his courage and compassion in the U.S. Senate. 

I urge each and every one of you to join me in supporting Jim Martin's campaign.

Donate $25, $50, or $100 to Jim's campaign so he can join me and President-Elect Barack Obama in Washington in putting our nation back on track.

One of the best parts? Merkley signs it "Onward for change." It may be only me, but I still get goose bumps when I read stuff like that... 

Update on AK, GA and MN U.S. Senate Races

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Via MSNBC's First Read:

ALASKA: Per the Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is in grave danger of losing re-election after Mark Begich widened his lead to 1,022 votes Friday. More than 90 percent of the votes are now counted, and Friday's count of absentee and questioned ballots could have been Stevens' best chance to make a comeback. That's because it included all the ballots left from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where Stevens has enjoyed his most unwavering support." 

"There are about 24,000 ballots left to be counted, coming from Anchorage, Southeast Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. The state will tally them all Tuesday." 

GEORGIA: "Georgia supporters of the fair tax turned out en masse Sunday to cheer the idea of a national sales tax, which has become a thorny issue in the state's high-profile Dec. 2 U.S. Senate runoff. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won Georgia's GOP presidential primary in February, joined about 2,000 people Sunday afternoon at the Gwinnett Civic Center in what became not just fair-tax rally, but a major campaign stop for Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie. Chambliss backs the fair tax, which would abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the federal income tax and most other federal taxes. Democratic challenger Jim Martin of Atlanta opposes it." 

According to the Martin campaign, Bill Clinton will rally for Martin in Atlanta on Wednesday.

MINNESOTA: "Although he doesn't have a seat, Al Franken will have the floor Tuesday when he meets with Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate," the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Franken, who is locked in a mandatory recount of the Nov. 4 balloting with Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, will update Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others on the recount process, said his spokeswoman, Colleen Murray. The Senate leaders and the candidate also will talk about upcoming legislation, she said. 'If he should win this election, it would be irresponsible for him not to get ready to take office,' she said. 'Minnesota deserves a senator who is ready to take office on Day One.'"

"Franken, who was last in Washington in September, will skip a scheduled orientation for new senators also scheduled for this week. Attending that, Murray said, would be 'presumptuous.'Coleman's communications director, Mark Drake, upped that ante, calling it 'highly presumptuous for Mr. Franken to undertake such a visit when his real purpose appears to be fundraising and gaining partisan advantage from non-Minnesotans.'"

It probably goes without saying, but Begich, Martin and Franken are all NARAL Pro-Choice America-endorsed candidates which means they are fully pro-choice and you should help them in any way you can... blog about their races, donate, volunteer or talk to friends and family that live in the states of Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota.

Georgia U.S. Senate race round-up

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Secretary of State Karen Handel Certifies General Election Results: The certified results of state and federal races can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

This means that... Georgia, you officially have a run-off election on December 2!: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check out the site for lots of good informaiton on mail-in/absentee ballot rules and what to bring to the polls when you vote.

Via Hotline's Last Call:

In GA yesterday, McCain "rallied the GOP faithful" for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), saying Chambliss "is doing what we Republicans should have done for eight years and that's restrain spending" (AP).

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Meanwhile, DSCC chair Chuck Schumer yesterday launched a new ad in the GA SEN runoff which highlights "Chambliss' obstruction of important middle class priorities" (release).

Also via Hotline (what would we do without Hotline?):

A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of GA LVs, conducted 11/10-12, shows Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) leading '06 LG nominee/atty/ex-state Rep. Jim Martin (D) 49-46%, with 5% undec (release).

Finally, the DSCC produced this ad, "He said No":

 

 

Visit Jim Martin's website to find out how you can help - Georgia resident or simply a pro-choice American - get Martin elected to the U.S. Seante!

GA SEN run-off election: Jim Martin

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Remember our Seabiscuit, Jim Martin? Well, he's still in full campaign mode because both parties failed to carry a majority... thus a Dec. 2nd SEN run-off election.

And you thought you could take a breather, didn't you?

So, how does the Martin campaign kick-off this next phase of his campaign? With a brilliant ad, in which he vows to "work with Barack Obama to get our economy moving again." Take a look:

 

America is back, folks. Click here to volunteer, donate, and support Jim Martin for U.S. Senate.

The "Seabiscuit" of Georgia: Jim Martin

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Elizabeth Shipp is political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Okay, so I'm a sucker for movies that feature come-from-behind victories against incredible odds. One of my favorites? Seabiscuit. I mean, come on...who doesn't love it when the underdog (under-horse?) is counted out and then proves everyone wrong on the big day by winning the race? Everyone cries...some tears of joy...some tears of disbelief...and some because an injustice has finally been corrected and goodness triumphs over evil.

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(Jim with supporters. Photo source.)

Well, with apologies to my friend Tom Matzzie who used this description first in '06, I'd like to introduce you to my "Seabiscuit" race in 2008 and ask pro-choice Americans and particularly those of you who live in Georgia to do everything they can to help elect Jim Martin to the U.S. Senate. Jim is running for U.S. Senate against anti-choice Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Even if you don't live in Georgia, you may remember the despicable way that Chambliss won his race in 2002 -- by denigrating disabled war-hero and true American patriot, pro-choice Sen. Max Cleland. If anyone deserves to lose solely for being a slimy, disgusting politician who will stoop to depths lower than the gutter to win, it's Saxby Chambliss.

In '02, Chambliss threw the book of dirty, underhanded attacks at Max -- including last minute distortions about Max's pro-choice voting record and values. Chambliss won that race but karma has a way of sneaking up on these kind of politicians and paying them back for their previous sins.

This year, Georgians have a chance to right the terrible wrong perpetrated upon them in 2002 by voting for former state Rep. Jim Martin for U.S. Senate. In return, the good people of Georgia will get a U.S. Senator who actually puts principle above politics and has been a leader when it comes to the values of freedom and privacy, and a woman's right to choose.

I first met Jim in 2006, when he was running for Lieutenant Governor. What struck me about Jim -- beyond him being probably one of the nicest guys I've ever met -- was that he really cares about the people of Georgia and wants to do right by them. He was so genuine and honest and low-key, I really wondered if he was serious about running. That year was a tough one for Democrats in Georgia and Jim ultimately lost that race, but he gave it everything he had and came up just a little bit short.

What a difference two years make. Now, Jim is within striking distance of Chambliss and what a great day it would be for Georgians and the country as a whole to have someone like Jim Martin in the United States Senate come January, 2009. Polling indicates that the race in Georgia (yeah, I'm shocked just typing this) is tightening up and Jim is closing the gap between himself and Chambliss:

  • A SurveyUSA poll of 547 likely voters conducted October 11 - 12, 2008 showed Chambliss narrowly leading Martin 46% to 43% with 6% voting for Libertarian Allen Buckley and 5% undecided. The poll had a margin of error was +/- 4.3%.
  • In a Research 2000 poll of 600 likely voters conducted October 14 - 15, 2008 Chambliss lead Martin by an even narrower margin, 47% to 45% with 5% for Buckley. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4%.
  • "Martin and Chambliss, who participated in debates aired on two networks in the state on Sunday, continue to run neck and neck in polling, including a new Democracy Corps poll released Monday. The poll, conducted Oct. 15-19, showed Chambliss narrowly ahead of the Democratic upstart, 48 percent to 44 percent, just within the poll's 4-point margin of error. Those findings are consistent with a string of recent polls in the state that have shown a marked tightening of the race in recent weeks." (Roll Call, 10/21/08)

So, take heart...Jim Martin can win this race, but he needs our help to do it.

Here at NARAL Pro-Choice America we have a saying that we take very seriously: We stand with those who stand with us.

Jim Martin has stood on the side of women and now it's our turn to stand with him. Throughout his entire legislative career, Jim was fighting against anti-choice politicians who threatened Roe v. Wade; who undermined a woman's right to choose at every turn; who thought that they knew better than women and their doctors what was best for women and their families. Jim stood with us even when his family was threatened...even when it wasn't popular...even when he constantly had to face down anti-choice politicians in the legislature.

Jim signed amicus briefs in support of Roe v. Wade and always voted in support of the landmark Supreme Court decision that recognized that women and their doctors -- not politicians -- should decide what's best for women's health. When Jim was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the Georgia legislature, he stood up against an anti-choice abortion ban that came for his committee -- more than once -- because it didn't include an exception for women's health.

So, Georgia women, stand with those who've stood with you. Support Jim Martin for U.S. Senate. There are very few people who I feel this strongly about, but Jim Martin is one. He deserves your help, your backing, and most of all, your vote.

Visit his website: Get involved and help put someone in the U.S. Senate who will fight for you: Jim Martin.

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