The Log Cabin Republicans have filed with SCOTUS, seeking to vacate the Ninth Circuit Court order staying Judge Phillips’s injunction pending appeal. Translation: The gay GOP group thinks the stay stinks, so they want it go the way midwestern Democrats did on Tuesday night:
“If the Court vacates the stay order, DADT is dead pending the appeal, and we have for all intents and purposes won. If it doesn’t, we will next move in the Ninth Circuit to expedite the Judge Phillips’s decision.”
The following post comes from Regional Field Director Sultan Shakir. Sultan is just one of 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:
Last weekend, I joined our Field Intern Alex Conlan and friends for some canvassing around local restaurants in Philadelphia to remind the LGBT community that our vote is key this year. Many of the targeted races are extremely close and turning out the progressive vote will be a key part of ensuring that fair-minded candidates return to Congress.
All this week, Alex has been out to canvass for Patrick Murphy, one of the leading advocates for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Voters are still making up their mind in this race and Alex is doing his part to inform voters of Murphy’s record of standing up for all Americans. HRC will be working hard throughout the state all the way up to Election Day, talking to our membership and getting out the vote for pro-equality candidates like Murphy.
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The following comes from HRC Regional Field Director Sultan Shakir:
Today, I met with staff from Congressman Patrick Murphy’s re-election campaign to go over our efforts to turn out our members in this critically close election. As we move to the Get Out the Vote stage of this campaign, we’re shifting our focus from persuading voters to turning out voters. Recent polling has Patrick Murphy holding a three-point lead over his opponent, 46 percent to 43, with 10 percent of likely voters undecided in The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll; this race may be won by whichever side can get their voters to the polls.
In addition to engaging our members, we’re also adding to our support for Patrick Murphy by sending a staffer to his campaign. With repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the line, we want to make sure that Patrick, one of the repeal movement’s strongest supporters, gets back to Congress to help finish the job. Our members are excited to be a part of this effort and getting ready for Election Day!
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The chat with Rep. Patrick Murphy begins at 1:30 PM. The Iraq vet was the House sponsor of the DADT repeal bill — and has been a tireless advocate. Now, he needs our help. The chat is co-hosted by Open Left, Good As You, Pam’s House Blend, Bilerico and AMERICAblog.
For this one, we’ve got an ActBlue page set up. On Murphy’s ActBlue page, the top fundraiser so far is by Stonewall Democrats with 99 contributors. I bet our combined blogs can top that this afternoon. We want 100. Help Patrick Murphy today.
Please join us tomorrow, Thursday October 21st at 1:30 PM EST, for a live chat with Rep. Patrick Murphy
One of the more interesting races to watch has been that of Rep. Patrick Murphy, Democrat of Pennsylvania. The Hill poll out today has him up 46-43 over former Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a remarkable swing from a poll that had him down double-digits just a few weeks ago. Murphy has always been of interest to me because he was the original co-sponsor and leader on the successful effort to pass repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the House- something stand-up for this straight veteran to do from a challenging district with a strong challenger lining up (despite the numbers on DADT, everyone was telling him to focus solely on jobs, jobs, jobs and stay away from those gay issues. Needless to say, he ignored them). He counted the votes and worked hard on the inside.
Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed him, and tomorrow morning will be final two debates. Afterwards, we’re having him here on OpenLeft simultaneously with AMERICABlog, Pam’s House Blend, The Bilerico Project, and Good As You for a live chat about his campaign, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and whatever else is on your mind.
Please join us tomorrow, Thursday October 21st at 1:30 PM EST, for a live chat with Rep. Patrick Murphy.