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Election Obsession

Last week, despite objections from California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Congress certified the 2004 presidential electoral college results. The Ohio State Supreme Court also dismissed two cases brought by voters seeking to overturn the results. But it's never over until it's over. Green Party candidate David Cobb and Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik have asked a federal judge for a second recount in the case, and Healdsburg attorney Gail Jonas continues to lead a team of California volunteers intent on keeping alleged voter suppression and electoral fraud in Ohio in the limelight. Jonas has been working on election issues since September, when she organized a local effort that succeeded in calling over 7,000 registered and potential voters in Nevada and Oregon.

Keen for Dean

Is there any chance at all that the Democratic Party as a whole might once again find its backbone? Marin County mother of three Megan Matson, director of Main Street Moms Operation Blue (MMOB), thinks replacing Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Terry McAuliffe with former Vermont governor Dr. Howard Dean would be a good place to start. "His achievements expanding healthcare to virtually every child in Vermont would be enough to make him a hero to moms everywhere," Matson says. "But the MMOB especially shares Howard Dean's mandate for all citizens to get involved locally and promote positive political changes year round." The DNC selects new governing officials, including a new chair, Feb. 10-12. For more info on MMOB's write-in campaign for Dean, go to www.themmob.com.

Napa Gay Party

After successfully rallying voters in the battleground state of Nevada last October, the Silicon Valley LGBT Democratic Club has now set its sights on the March 8 race for the Napa City Council, where businessman Chris Edwards hopes to become the city's first openly gay elected official. To that end, the club is calling on progressive activists and friends of the LGBT community throughout northern California and Nevada to join Edwards on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9:30am for what they predict will be "a fun-filled day of precinct walking and phone banking." A special dinner for volunteers will be held afterward at the Depot Restaurant, owned by Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club co-founder Russell Kassman. For more info, go to www.lgbtdems.org.

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From the January 19-25, 2005 issue of the North Bay Bohemian.

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