Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Get Ready, Get Set, Get out the Vote!

The Smith Dems have kicked it into high gear for the Mid-Terms with ONE WEEK left. After an informative panel of election predictions from Monday's meeting, we are ready to make the final push into November 2nd.

If you have time to give over the next week please let us know. We will be conducting the following GOTV efforts including:
  • canvassing on Saturday and Sunday,
  • literature drop Monday night,
  • canvassing on Election Day,
  • rides to the polls all day
We will also be having a phone bank for Robin Carnahan tonight at 7pm in Seelye 304! We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Candiates, Canvassing and Kennedys, Oh My!

This past weekend, the Smith Dems sent 11 members on the College Democrats of Massachusetts' Campaign Invasion in the 10th Congressional District. We canvassed, called and talked with candidates about the importance of making this district blue on November 2nd. Along with college Dems from across the state, we made 3,700 phone calls and knocked on over 2,000 doors! Special guests of the weekend included Steve Grossman, Joe Kennedy III, Susan Bump, Chairman Walsh, Bill Keating, and State Senator Terry Murray.

The Smith Dems with Joe Kennedy III

On Sunday, the Smith Dems hustled back to Northampton to attend a rally for Congressman Richie Neal, with special guest, Vicki Kennedy, husband of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and an advocate for the Democratic Party. She gave an inspirational speech about the importance of keeping health care reform alive, especially for women, and how re-electing Congressman Neal is how we can do that. We were honored to make her acquaintance and look forward to supporting her and her husband's work at the polls!

The Smith Dems with Vicki Kennedy

We are now in the final push toward election day. Please make sure you get to the polls! Also, the Smith Dems will be working on canvasses and phone banks throughout these next two weeks. Send us an email at to get more information about how to get involved.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Meet the Candidates: It's All in the Family in Missouri

Russ Carnahan is running for the Missouri 3rd District on the Democratic ticket. This is the former seat of Speaker Dick Gephart and Rep. Carnahan has been fighting for this district since his election in 2004. He is a Senior Minority Whip in the House as well a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Subcommittee and is Chair of the Subcommittee on International Organization, Human Rights & Oversight. Before heading to Washington, Rep. Carnahan was the state representative for the 59th district (which is located within the 3rd district). He graduated from the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri Law school, where he met his wife Debra, who is a retired judge in the St. Louis Municipal Court system. He has two sons and is the son of the late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and former Missouri First Lady and U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan. Russ’ grandfather, A.S.J. Carnahan, was a member of Congress who also represented Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve Counties.

On the issues, Rep. Carnahan:

  • supports alternative energy sources and opposes the drill in the Alaska Wildlife Reserve,
  • ensuring that First Responders in Missouri have the proper equipment and training should a terrorist event occur here at home
  • commitment to strengthen the US economy through support of fair trade policies,
  • invests in positive learning environments throughout the state and country,
  • committed to making sure health care is affordable and available to all.
To find out more information about Rep. Carnahan, visit his website, Facebook (under Russ Carnahan), or follow him on Twitter.

Running for Kit Bond's seat in the U.S. Senate, Robin Carnahan (Russ' little sister) has run what is proving to be a tough and thorough campaign for her opponent to beat. The current Secretary of State for Missouri, Ms. Carnahan has fought to protect consumers, cracking down on financial fraud, cutting costs and red-tape for businesses, and ensuring fair elections. She has previously done work with the National Democratic Institute, and is currently a co-chair of the Elections Committee for the National Association of State Secretaries. A graduate of William Jewel College and University of Virginia Law School, Ms. Carnahan lives in Rolla with her husband.

On the issues, Secretary Carnahan:
  • seeks to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to government,
  • protecting and honoring seniors by protecting and enhancing benefits,
  • building a strong national security plan,
  • securing quality and affordable health care for Missourians
More information about Secreatary Carhanahan can be found on her website at, her Facebook page (under Robin Carnahan), and Twitter.

Also, the Smith Democrats will be hosting a phone bank (and West Wing Wednesday Watching) tomorrow at 6:30 in Seelye 102 for fellow Smithie Niki Tsongas. We hope to see you there!
And most importantly, don't forget to vote on Nov. 2nd!