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Linda Stender on RNN TV live – 8pm

UPDATE: As two readers already note here, Stender hit it out of the park. From calling for implementation of 9/11 Commission provisions, to saying how fed up Americans are with the direction of this administration, how they’ve “mismanaged and misled this country,” Stender was dead-on.

A few weeks ago, Mike Ferguson was a guest on Real Politics Live on RNN (Regional News Network). The host tried to nail him down on his support of Bush’s failed Iraq War. But Ferguson dodged and weaved, preferring to trot out his easily-memorized (and mind-numbingly stupid) mantra Linda Stender is a spender.

Well, tonight it’s Stender’s turn. She recorded her interview earlier today and she gets very specific on Iraq and on other matters. How to stream it LIVE after the jump…

Stender Fundraising Surges – Netroots Midnight Deadline!

UPDATE: With 5 minutes to go before the midnight deadline, can you help get Stender up over $16,000 total raised from Netroots? Toteboard’s at $15,964.54… right… this… second…

Midnight + 2 minutes: Banged that right out: $16,000.10! VERY pretty. Didn’t get in on the action in time? Blue Jersey’s $5 Friday is just 2 days away…

If you’re up late tonight, you can help Linda Stender pay for a few more radio spots to fight back against Mike Ferguson’s mind-numbingly stupid Stender is a Spender ads.

MyDD, Daily Kos and Swing State Project are clocking down the last few minutes of a wild pre-Labor Day fundraising drive for all their Netroots-endorsed candidates. And that includes Stender. She’s picked up an amazing $6,432.82 raised, 354 new donors. That was at the 9:10pm update. The number jumped $40 just since I started writing this.

Toteboard says $15,683.39 at 10:38pm with 82 minutes till midnight

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The Netroots fundraiser ends at midnight tonight.  There’s still time to get in it, my sleepless political junkies.

Things I Saw Last Night in Connecticut

1. Two black men and a black lady in a killer suit helped a rich white business dude from Greenwich win a Primary. Like it was the most normal thing in the world.

The point was driven home all week that while Lieberman’s supporters did quickie drive-by visits with little one-on-one voter contact (example Hillary Clinton), Lamont’s cheerleaders came, stayed  for days and did retail politics on their feet for hours. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton talked to voters outside polling places all day. Maxine Waters went door-to-door with Lamont; the woman’s a rock star.

2. Reaction in the bloggers’ room to Lieberman’s concession was much bigger than in the press area. Go figure.

3. If the victory is big enough, somebody will jump into the pool with all their clothes on. And that will be awesome.

4. Alan Colmes got taunted on TV last night by a guy who walked behind him live, carrying a sign: Hannity is an assh**le

5. A packed room of Lamont supporters chanting Bring them home! Bring them home! when Ned Lamont began to talk about the war. I did not imagine I would see anything like that in 2006.

Report from the Ned Lamont Road Trip

I’m in the Bridgeport, CT HQ of Lamont for Senate. It’s a storefront print shop and we’ve been putting out canvass crews and phone banking for hours in a tight, wild space, dodging vast reams of paper, machinery with pointy things and styrofoam cups all over the floor. There are cookies and voter lists on every table surface. All the land lines are in use (it’s really loud in here). And at least two dozen people are standing outside where the cell reception is better.

Ned Lamont just walked in the door, to thank everybody:

Watch Stender call Ann Coulter out, and other good stuff in Stender’s new website

Linda Stender’s website has a nice redesign that’s just being rolled out now. If you missed it the first time around, you can see video on the front page there of Linda Stender on CNN’s Larry King, taking Ann Coulter out to the woodshed for her disgraceful recent slurs on New Jersey’s 9/11 widows. A slam-dunk.

Also there’s a nice video clip of Ellen Malcolm, the EMILY’s List President, about why Stender was a candidate worth endorsing.

Blue Jersey raised some solid on-line campaign contributions for Stender just before the March 31 FEC filing deadline. Thank you to all who helped that effort. We’ll be making that ask again this week as the 2nd Quarter FEC filing deadline approaches. And you can always help fuel the Stender campaign – she deserves it – by contributing to her campaign through Blue Jersey’s Act Blue page.

BREAKING NEWS – Emily’s List Endorses Linda Stender

EMILY’s List, America’s largest grassroots political network and financial resource for women running for elective office just, minutes ago, endorsed Linda Stender who is running for Congress in the 7th Congressional District.

EMILY’s List = Early Money Is Like Yeast. It raises the dough!

Hey, this is just HUGE news. Assemblywoman Stender is widely seen as New Jersey’s best opportunity both to send a woman from here to Congress – and – the best opportunity to snatch a congressional seat in NJ from the Republicans.

Jump here…. or just do the happy dance like me

And How Was YOUR Day?

Wearing a bright yellow button saying UNION YES – WAR NO, Carol Gay stepped to the podium at a Candidate Forum in Beechwood last night to make her first speech as a candidate for United States Congress. Gulp.

Yeah, well. You might have a bemused look on your face too if you just found out you were running for Congress 8 hours ago. She handled herself just fine.

Gay is challenging the mighty Chris Smith in the 4th CD, who’s been there so long he’s got his name scratched into the door (I jest of course, he was sworn in in 1981 at just 27). The 4th spans Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties.

Buzz and Breaking News over at Stender HQ

UPDATE: As of 3:15 PM, they are only $12,875 $10,975 short of their goal.

So far, our Act Blue fundraising page has 9 contributions totalling $1275.18.

There’s suddenly a lot of buzz coming out of the Linda
Stender for Congress
office. She’s having a really great week and her fundraising, which has always been solid, is suddenly just…taking off. A huge goal is suddenly in reach. And she needs our help.

Incredibly, with just 48 hours left before the filing, Stender is just $15,000 from crossing the March 31 Viability Threshold; that’s the number (and it’s big) set by national organizations like DCCC and Emily’s List to consider you viable for funding on a national level. This is huge; we need 15 seats to Take Back Congress, and one of them could be the first woman in the NJ Congressional Delegation in years.

If you’ve been thinking about giving to Stender, this is the moment. Every dollar you give now is effectively multiplied if Stender’s growing national-profile results in added resouces from national groups pouring into New Jersey to turn the reddish 7th CD bright blue.

Stender needs to raise $15,000 by Friday. Blue Jersey has set up a netroots ActBlue page to track how much the netroots can raise. You can contribute directly through this form:

Linda Stender (NJ-07) $



Stender’s got the stuff: She’s already raised $300,000, more than the 2004 & 2002 Dem candidates combined raised by March 31. And the lady can win an election: She’s been a Mayor, a Freeholder and is now Deputy Speaker in the Assembly. This candidate is worth your bucks.
Help the netroots effort to launch Linda Stender national.

It’s not just Penguins in those Tuxedos

If you’re watching the Academy Awards right now, you might not know that there’s a movie about New Jersey politics up for an Oscar.

Yep – Street Fight is up for an Oscar for Best Documentary. It’s about the 2002 slugfest between incumbent Newark mayor Sharpe James and his insurgent, meteoric Rhodes Scholar challenger Cory Booker. It’s a matchup we may indeed see again this year, and this time it may be Booker who has the last laugh.

First-time director Marshall Curry is there right now, at his first Oscars, waiting for the docs to be announced. Good luck Marshall!

I should mention Street Fight iis up against March of the Penguins…um…. one of the most successful docs in history.