Is is Democracy in Action or Democrats in Action

Did anyone read the Mt. Blogmore post about Democracy in Action? Apparently there was some fuss over the group being referred to as a bunch of Democrats:

The local group Democracy in Action, which bills itself as “Women working for a better world,” now has it’s own blog, “DIA-Log.” DIA is liberal and Democratic, with a capital “D.” The DIA Website is ambitious. It includes a voter’s guide, questions candidates should answer, a “how to” if you want to get involved.

Alert Blogmorites will recognize some Blogmore regulars on the site.

BTW, the DIA Evening Group meets tonight, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Rapid City Public Library.

*See the comment from Deb. She objects to me calling DIA a Democratic group with a capital “D.” She says the group is “Progressive.” I perused the endorsement list and didn’t find a single Republican. Or even an independent. But it’s entirely possible that I missed one. Deb points out that the group has Republican and Independent members. Point taken.

And Deb raises an interesting question: What’s the difference between a Democrat and a “Progressive” (with a capital “P”)?

Read it here. And if someone coule tell me of the Republicans in the group, please let me know. If one looks at it's group of endorsees, it seems pretty Democratic oriented:

Candidates Endorsed by DIA

Governor / Lt. Governor

Republican - Mike Rounds & Dennis Daugaard
Constitution - Steven Willis & Larry Johnsen
Democratic - Jack Billion & Eric Abrahamson www.billionforgovernor.com
Libertarian - Gerber, Tom & Ryan, Bette Rose

Public Utilities Commission

Republican - John Koskan
Democratic - Steve Kolbeck www.kolbeckforpuc.com
Libertarian - Sutter, Ben

STATE LEGISLATURE

District 30 House

Republican - Gordon Howie & Gordon Pederson
Democratic - Jerry Bloomer & Rick Hanson

District 30 Senate

Republican - Jim Lintz
Democratic - Catherine Ratliff www.ratliffcforsenate.org

District 31 House

Republican - Tom Hills & Charles Turbiville
Democratic - Dinah Paris & Deb Phillips www.debphillipsforhouse.com, www.dinahforhouse.com
Libertarian - Andre Ager

District 31 Senate

Republican - Jerry Apa
Independent - Karen Ballert

District 32 House

Republican - Brian Dreyer & Alan Hanks
Democratic - Pam Hemmingsen & Suzan Nolan www.pamhemmingsen.com

District 32 Senate

Republican - Elli Schwiesow
Democratic - Tom Katus

District 33 House

Republican - Mike Buckingham & Don Van Etten
Democratic - Paula Long Fox & Jeff Nelsen

District 33 Senate

Democratic - Dennis Finch
Republican - Dennis Schmidt

District 34 House

Republican - David Lust & Ed McLaughlin
Democratic - Suzy Dennis & Justin Lena

District 34 Senate (UNOPPOSED)

Republican - Mac McCracken

District 35 House

Republican - Jeff Haverly & Mark Kirkeby
Democratic - Laurie Wudtke
Independent affiliated w/Democratic Party - John Buxcel

District 35 Senate

Republican - Bill Napoli
Democratic - Theresa Spry
The one Republican in the group they endorsed is the unopposed one. Imagine that.

Otherwise, The website does also boast a blog, but you won't see it here. Why? One of the things you will note that they don't have is an RSS feed. No RSS Feed, no left links.

Comments

Anonymous said…
To be fair, maybe they chose not to endorse in some races, such as the Congressional because they thought Herseth wasn't "Progressive" enough.

The difference is like saying all Republicans are "Conservative." I can't imagine a ton of Conservative groups would have endorsed Sen. Adelstein, right?
Anonymous said…
Why don't they just call themselves "liberal"? Are they afraid of to?
nonnie said…
Sure they are! Liberal has a negative connotation to it nowadays to many people, whereas "progressive" is much more palatable. However, it's the same person, just in a different dress!
Debbo said…
We have also endorsed Ed McLaughlin, but didn't get his name bolded like it should have been.

We have topic up now about language, including the words "progressive" and Liberal". Also look for variations on "conservative."
righteousbabe13 said…
I'm not sure why being "liberal", or a "Democrat", or goddess forbid a "feminist" is so wrong. I'm all of the above - but I am also a progressive thinker. Unlike some who seem to be so stuck in thier old ways - and blinded by their faith.
Melanie said…
I am a republican part of DIA. It is an omni-partisan group. For those who believe we are all "liberal" has never attended a meeting. Please join us, maybe you will be more accepting towards us if you understand what our issues are.
Anonymous said…
I have a friend who finished high school last year and went to Harvard this year.

She campaigned for Herseth and Daschle.

She registered Republican--when I asked her why she said something about an effect on the primary elections.

So Melanie--how many of the endorsed candidates do you actually intend to vote for? Maybe you registered with the wrong party.
Anonymous said…
I have a friend who finished high school last year and went to Harvard this year.

She campaigned for Herseth and Daschle.

She registered Republican--when I asked her why she said something about an effect on the primary elections.

So Melanie--how many of the endorsed candidates do you actually intend to vote for? Maybe you registered with the wrong party.
Anonymous said…
I would like to hear from DIA itself why there is no endorsement in the congressional race. Specifics, please. Be honest.
Already_have_my_1st_Gentleman said…
I am a Republican supporting the DIA group! I believe that more women should enter politics, especially if there is going to be increasing desicions made on women's issues by men - even well-intentioned ones. If women make up 51% of the population, there should be a likewise ratio of women holding offices.

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