Maybe this would be better handled with bullet points ...
* Les Merritt is worse than Screech on Celebrity Fit Club.
* I left for DC at 12:30 am this morning; got back at 6:00 pm. A friend of mine was staffing Rep. Kucinich at the Take Back America conference today, and I experienced the supreme pleasure of being backstage with Murtha, H. Clinton, Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Kucinich, and more. Speaking of Moore, Michael Moore was supposed to show, but was held up by weather. Still, it was cool to chill with our leaders (Capitol Police security detail included).
* SDR passed. But I should have an exclamation mark after that, right? I'll let YDNC Vice President Melissa Price explain:
Although our SDR bill passed today out of the Senate, Republican Senator Phil Berger tacked on an amendment that requires all voter registration forms to be in English. Besides the obvious that this is racist and exclusionary, I'm still trying to research and see if this possibly violates election law.
The bill's original sponsor-Democrat Rep. Deborah Ross dislikes this amendment. I've been told she will ask the House to not concur with the Senate's version, thus throwing our bill to joint session. Let's hope joint session happens. I for one, want this amendment to disappear.
Contact your House members and tell them not to concur with the Senate bill and to put it in joint session and take out the amendment.
* On the way back from DC, I made a few business calls, but at 3:30 (interesting choice of time, no?) we had the D-Trip/Kissell conference call. Maybe that would be better explained in the comments? Long story short, polling paints a rosy picture for 2008 (no alarms and no surprises), there was no discussion of other Democratic candidates in the 8th (DCCC has its man), there are at least three fundraisers during the next ten days (go to one), and I'm not going to be the one to go into detail so that you put up the money to join the K-Trip (Kissell Conference Call Club).
I need to go to sleep ... but what happened during your day?
As you may have figured out, the Voting Rights Act makes the move by Sen. Berger sound illegal. His unfriendly rider may kill the bill. Rep. Ross stood up to amendments like this in the House ... but now we need the House to add a savings clause that will keep SDR intact if the Berger Amendment is struck down in court ... or we need the Joint Session to ratify the House version ... either way, we do not want the House to concur ... especially to an illegal version of the bill. That's all for now.