Information about the state blogs for McCain follows.
There will be 20 state blogs for John McCain. New Mexico for John McCain and Pennsylvania for John McCain (this one) are up now, and all 50 should be Sunday evening. It's necessary to have 50 people to run the state blogs -- and in some cases more than one person will do so. We've got PA, OK, and NM now, and we hope to have all 50-plus volunteers by the end of February (one of whom can be YOU. If you live overseas, we can also use your help.
The following is the post I made on my primary blog: http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com. I write regularly (an average of more than once-a-day) on that blog and will from time to time repost on this site. Cindy Reidhead of The Pink Flamingo is assisting in this effort, as is Sharon Caliendo of Rudy Supporters for McCain (a group that switched over to McCain on the same day Rudy Giuliani endorsed him). http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RudySupportersforMcCain/
The state blogs will be independent sites. They are not in competition with any other sites for McCain. In fact, we all encourage every blog to join the main campaign site for volunteers, which is: http://mccainvictory08.com. The state sites will be "state-specific." The main purpose will be grassroots efforts to generate volunteers, handle logistics (at the county and state levels), and to raise funds.
If you can send $200, that's great. If you can send $25, that's great also. You can contribute by going here -- and use either a bank card or credit card. If you want to send a check by mail, you can do so at:
You will need to list your address and your employer (unless you're retired or not otherwise employed).
The point is this: If activists who back McCain wait for "instructions from headquarters, they -- and that means "us" -- will wait in vain. Activists act -- on their own, in behalf of their candidate. They disseminate information and seek out support. That's what we're asking you to do. McCain will need 3,000,000 active volunteers to win this election. There is no way that number of individuals can be guided from above. We need vast numbers of people to function as leaders.
Obama, the presumptive nominee of the Democrats, generates funds at a truly amazing rate, and a lot of the money comes from the farthest-Left segment of American society, including multi-billionaire GOP-hater George Soros. If you have any extra cash this week, please donate it at John McCain's home site. You can do through through a credit or bank card.
Right now, we need volunteers from every state. If you have the time (not that much required) and the inclination (a lot required), please volunteer to host your state blog. It will already have been set up -- each in the same general format. If you have questions, please send them to me at: TalkTop65@aol.com or to Cindy at: SJReidhead@mac.com You can also ask by leaving comments at my main site: http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com.
John McCain needs your help. God bless you for providing it.
The following is a repost of my column on http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com.
This is an INDEPENDENT effort focused on bringing together you and other bloggers in your state to work together to ensure the election of John McCain. I hope you and others like you throughout the country will join, either as managers of each state blog or as participants to be listed on the blogroll.
The “AM” Blogroll (a.m. for McCain's "morning in America") on the state blogs is designed to be a networking tool for the supporters of John McCain It is not to supplant any other group. Indeed, the AM Blogroll will also concentrate on grass-roots logistics, fund-raising, and eventually will become a ‘get out the vote’ tool for local communities.It's early, but there are now two model blogs up (and will be more soon). Please visit them at: (1) http://newmexicoforjohnmccain.blogspot.com/ -- and(2) http://americanforjohnmccain.blogspot.com/.
http://pennsylvaniaforjohnmccain.blogspot.com/ is up now and has information that you will find useful.
The blogs will enable people in each state to communicate with each other. The blog manager's role will be to make it easier for people to share ideas and to communicate what's going on in each state. The blogs can help ensure that McCain is competitive in every state, one of his stated goals.
Of course, no one but Senator McCain and his paid staff (a very small group compared to Obama's huge staff) can speak FOR the Senator. However, it is our first amendment right to speak ABOUT the Senator and his opponent.We very much need volunteers to manage state blogs.
Such people should be committed to the election of John McCain and willing to devote perhaps one hour per day to their particular state blog. (As the election nears, particularly in September and October of this year, the blogs will take on a tremendous importance in getting out the vote for Senator McCain.)
If you might not have the individual time to spend on the blog, please consider being a co-manager. There's reason why 2-3-4 people can't be co-managers. Such people won't be receiving instruction from anyone else, since each blog will be an individual enterprise.
That said, the state blogs should look alike (see the examples) and be as user-friendly as possible. That's why Blogger (blogspot.com) will be used. It's simple to set up and attract participants.The goal would be for each state blog to have representatives from all (or nearly all) counties. Bloggers then can share information and suggestions in order to make certain each state is as well-organized as possible for the election. Also, we can learn from each other about successful tactics at winning supporters and getting out the vote.
The state blogs should play a critical role. However, you're encouraged to join other organizations devoted to Senator McCain. You can find out how to do so by going to: http://mccainvictory2008.com/. MV08 will always be an important element in the McCain effort.
If you'd like more information, please direct your questions either to me (TalkTop65@aol.com) or to SJReidhead@mac.com. You can also leave comments at our blogs.Every state is going to be critical, but some may be more critical than others. They include: New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida. Your efforts can be crucial in such battleground states -- and others. If John McCain wins most of those states (esp. Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio), he will be the next President of the U.S. With enough effort, each state is winnable.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. At the Pennsylvania for McCain site (http://pennsylvaniaforjohnmccain/ (up and running on Saturday), I'll be sharing information provided by political superstar Sharon Caliendo of Oklahoma. She's an expert on individuals leveraging their efforts to elect candidates.Also, don't forget to visit the models from New Mexico and America generally.Your suggestions are always welcome.
NOTE: THIS BLOG RECEIVES MANY VISITORS FROM OUTSIDE THE U.S. -- BRAZIL, CANADA, MEXICO, FRANCE, AUSTRALIA, AND ELSEWHERE. IF YOU'RE NOT A U.S. CITIZEN, YOU CAN'T CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN. HOWEVER, YOU CAN HELP GREATLY BY COMMUNICATING YOUR SUPPORT FOR MCCAIN TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN THE U.S. PLEASE START DOING SO TODAY! IF YOU ARE A U.S. CITIZEN OVERSEAS, THIS BLOG (AND OTHERS) WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION.