Inspired by this Kos post on the effect of early money in some netroots-supported races of late, a Kos diarist named New Sweden wrote this piece about Shane Sklar in CD14. The comment thread is also worthwhile - see here for some election analysis of the district (to which I'll add that the other statewides - Carillo, Keasler, and Brister - got 60, 62, and 64%, respectively, in 2004) and here for an elaboration on where Sklar stands on the issues. Like all candidates, Sklar is hoping to make his quarterly numbers look good, so if you like what you see, give him a hand.
David Harris had a pretty good day yesterday, between making a guest post on Wampum and picking up an endorsement from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Political Action Committee (IAVA PAC), one of seven Democratic candidates to be so honored. Anna has the full list of endorsees. Here's a clip from the press release:
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Political Action Committee (IAVA PAC) is today announcing seven endorsements for the 2006 Congressional election cycle - all of whom served in the current wars, and promise to bring the credibility needed in Washington to challenge the course the Bush Administration has put America on in Iraq.
"These candidates are truly the 'A-Team,'" said Iraq War Veteran and Executive Director of IAVA PAC Jon Soltz. "Every single one of them are in a position to win their races if given the proper support, which we promise to deliver to them. They have the personal experience in the current warzones to understand what our Troops need, and they will fight for our Troops and Veterans in Washington, unlike their opponents."
"The candidates we are endorsing are patriots," said retired General Wesley Clark, who serves on the Board of Advisors of the PAC. "The voters in their districts can cast votes for them with pride, knowing that they will serve their communities in Washington as honorably as they served their nation in war."
"Not too long ago, I was in the same place these candidates are in," said Paul Hackett, who also serves on the Board of Advisors of IAVA PAC. "I know what they need to win their races, and IAVA PAC is the only organization out there which will get that help to these candidates. Washington needs Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in positions of power, as does our nation."