You are browsing the archive for Mat-Su Democrats.

My Annual Tax Day Wasilla Tea Party Poll – With Interesting Results

1:34 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Mat-Su Democrats voting for Obama - April 14, 2012

Saturday April 14th brought the intersection of two seemingly irreconcilable groups of political activists in the hometown of Sarah Palin (it is also my hometown, since 1985).  On Saturday morning, the Mat-Su Democrats, easily the most progressive area Democratic Party organization, held their presidential choice caucus, and met in their legislative district groups (for the last time, as statewide redistricting will fragment them by the end of June).  Saturday afternoon, the Conservative Patriots Group Tea Party of Wasilla, easily the most regressive area Tea Party organization, held their annual tax day protest less than a mile from where the Democrats were winding down their caucus.

I attended the Mat-Su Democrats’ caucus as a party member (and past district and area officer).  I was questioned by the State Central Committee Treasurer – a dear friend of mine – as soon as I came in.

“You’re not going to object to the nomination of Obama, are you, Phil?”

I hadn’t thought of what I might do when motions were presented.  I asked, “Why?”

“Every other area caucus has endorsed the President by acclamation, and by unanimous consent.  If you object, we would be the only group that didn’t do that.”

“Do you want me to STFU?”

“What does ‘STFU’ mean?”

A friend interjected, “It means ‘abstain,” I think.”

“In that case, yes,” replied the statewide treasurer.

I decided to not make waves on the issue and said “Sure.”

I brought a poll with me.  I had four questions I wanted to ask both the Wasilla Democrats and Wasilla Tea Party Patriots.  I polled 18 of the 78 or 79 people there.  I attended my district caucus of 22 people, voted on resolutions for the upcoming state convention in Fairbanks, and signed up to be a delegate.

After the scheduled events were over, I drove over to Wasilla Lake, where the Tea Party event was about to start.  I had polled this annual tax day protest in 2009 and 2010.  I missed 2011 because of a work schedule conflict.  I polled 20 of the 350 people there with the same questions I’d posed to the local Dems.  The poll results for both groups are below the fold. [cont'd] Read the rest of this entry →

Watching “Game Change” with Katie Hurley and Friends in Wasilla

1:53 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Wasilla 4th of July 2009 – Katie Hurley Grand Marshall – image by PA

More like watching the movie near Hatcher Pass.

Saturday late evening, Judy and I went to a potluck-movie showing of Game Change held by the Mat-Su Democrats.  There were enough people to keep two big screens in big rooms full of long-time progressives.

Many attending have known Palin far longer than me.  I’ve known her for over 20 years.  One of her high school teachers was there.  A woman who had taught in the same school as Palin’s dad.  And so on.

Katie Hurley, one of the very few players in the formation of the Alaska Constitution still among us, was  animated.  Hurley was the first highly successful woman in Mat-Su Valley politics.  The comprehensive story of her relationship with Palin hasn’t been written yet.  Hopefully, it will be.

Katie was LOL about fifteen times in the flick.  She caught some of the inner campaign operation jokes in the movie more quickly than any of us, some a third her age.

Overall, the audience thought the movie to be fair.  The portrayal of John McCain was thought to be too sympathetic.  Harrelson’s portrayal beat Moore’s in a hand count I held in the room I was in.  The inaccuracy of the accent was what did Moore in in Wasilla, by people who have had to put up with Palin’s antics and statements for a long, long time.

The movie’s portrayal of the Palins as a family struck me as deft.  If the Palins complain about what appears to be an earnest effort to explain them, it won’t surprise me, but they don’t really have a case.

Scott McAdams Campaign Taking on the Aura of the Rebel Alliance

9:26 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

I met briefly with Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Scott McAdams last Thursday, in Anchorage. Today, he’ll be out in the Mat-Su Valley, the Alaska heart of the Darth Vaderesque Koch Brothers’ astroturf organization, known as the Tea Party Express. Out here, the day before our late September primary election, dozens of 3/4-ton diesel pickup trucks and Humvees raced around with 4′ X 8′ Jim Miller signs on top. Two of them sported large Confederate flags. One sported a huge Israeli flag, next to a much smaller American one.

Scott will be spending today – Saturday of Labor Day weekend – out in the lair of Sarah Palin’s rise. Inside the unfinished Death Star.

This morning, he’s meeting with the executive committee of the Mat-Su Democrats (a body from which I resigned early in the summer). Then he will be meeting people at the very wet, rainy Alaska Fair. After that, local fundraisers for other candidates.

All this is good. His campaign was sort of taken over at the beginning of this past week by members of Sen. Mark Begich’s staff, a few of whom have taken leaves of absence until Scott’s team is in place. Mark’s staff have gone from vaguely open to me and my blog to fairly hostile as I was the first of the Alaska progressive bloggers to challenge WTF Mark was doing in DC. Soon afterward, Shannyn Moore and The Mudflats started to openly question many of Begich’s actions in the Senate. I’ve been told his staff hold me responsible for that. Others think Begich’s staff hoped to get us alienated, so as not to be vulnerable to being labelled liberal or progressive.

Scott wants to run a campaign aimed at the huge bloc of non-aligned voters here who already prefer him by a substantial 22% margin over Joe The Teabagger Miller. But Scott is far more progressive in his thinking than is Sen. Begich. Though he’s genuinely grateful for the help the Begich staffers and statewide Democratic Party organization is giving his campaign, he doesn’t want to lose his own ability to maneuver by being locked into how they might want him to perform over the next 58 days.

One of my main fears is that the DSCC is going to take over aspects of the public image of McAdams’ campaign the way the DCCC took over issues ads related to Ethan Berkowitz’ AK-AL U.S. House race in 2008. Their on-air ads were so bad, they may have cost Ethan 10,000 votes and the election. Scott’s race against Miller will be very tight.

Scott might be in better hands with progressive on-line fundraising, local guerrilla ads and spontaneous youtubes like this one, than with DC-oriented crap: