Archive | October 2008

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-10-30

  • Check for reasons why “regular” people are voting for @barackobama #
  • @maddow is doing an interview [on her own show] talking about her Barack Obama interview. She’s reminding me why I respect her so much. #
  • @maddow on @barackobama: “I have no reason to believe that Barack Obama is more liberal than he says he is.” #
  • @maddow on @barackobama being moderate to get elected: “I don’t think there is deeper truth to candidates beyond how they act politically.” #
  • @maddow on @barackobama & his political ideology: “A candidate is his/her positions.” #
  • @maddow on @barackobama not being a Progressive: If you only talk abt your opponent & not abt ideology, you are not a progressive movement. #
  • @maddow I can’t wait to see/hear the interview! #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-10-29

  • Why don’t voting machines ever flip votes from Republican to Democrat? #
  • VERY Moving Video: Charles meets Barack #
  • Many of the Taxi Cab companies in King County (Seattle-area) are teaming up to help get Democrats out to the polls. #gotv #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-10-28

  • Still writing that new post called Would You Tell Me Who You Voted For?… #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: Would You Tell Me Who You Voted For? ( ) #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: Dealing with race on the doors ( ) #

Dealing with race on the doors

What’s up fam,

I wrote this letter (see below) to a number of c(3) organizations in Michigan that do civic engagement. Some of us in Michigan were concerned about the potential for race-based violence inflicted on our canvassers. I have received some interesting feedback so I wanted to share it with my SuperSpade family. Enjoy.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.


I wanted to follow up from our conversation at Friday’s meeting regarding the increasing negative tenor of this year’s presidential campaign and how that may feed into issues of election protection and to be frank, violence. To be sure, the scope of the conversation is not about how any Presidential candidate handles race issues, but about how our work (especially when we are canvassing) is impacted by racist and xenophobic rhetoric. Our staff and volunteers are at the vanguard of connecting with voters in Michigan who have been racially primed (due to the recent debates surrounding affirmative action) in ways that many other states have not.

From my conversations with most of you, there appears to be a common theme in our canvassing philosophy that says when you encounter any contact that is belligerent or otherwise not receptive, the canvasser should promptly remove themselves from the situation. I believe this measure is very responsible as it maximizes the safety of our volunteers and ensures efficient use of our time. Read More…

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-10-27

  • The easiest way to GOTV is to ask people if they’re going to vote: The Truth is Always Simple. #
  • Side-by-side comparison of VP candidates’ environmental records, courtesy of Plenty Mag: #
  • NY Times Mag piece by Micahel Pollan about how the next Pres. can & should change America’s food policy & eating habits. #

Would You Tell Me Who You Voted For?

My girlfriend and I have been doing a pretty large amount of volunteering for local political efforts here in Seattle, including Barack Obama and the Mass Transit Now Campaign. This has included lit dropping, my own work managing the Social Media and Text Message Strategy for WA Obama campaign, and phone banking for Obama and Mass Transit Now. It’s been a great experience.

While making calls, I’ve noticed an interesting trend: people ardently refusing to share how they voted in a particular race or on a particular issue.

Do most people feel this way?

I don’t understand the harm in sharing the way that you voted with another person after you’ve already voted. The vote is cast, the deal is done, so why not talk about it?

At first I thought that the people were just annoyed by the phone call, but that wasn’t the case, as most of them were quite talkative. Then I thought, maybe they’re ashamed or embarrassed by their vote, not wanting to tell me because they voted against the cause I was pedaling. Could be. Then I thought, maybe it’s generational, with older voters holding their votes more private & sacred, but this was dispelled when an 18 year-old people told me he wouldn’t share.

I guess I’ll just put this in the “things other people do that I’d never do” pile.

One Love. One II.

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-10-24

  • At a DTV transition info mtg in Seattle w/ FCC Comm. Adlestein, Rep. Jim McDermott, @susangleason,@jonathanlawson. Info @ #
  • Plenty Magazine rates the Pres. & VP candidates side-by-side on Environmental Issues: #
  • Know How To Vote parnership with NAACP is official. Check to get Early voting info: #
  • Still writing that new post called Know How to Vote NAACP = Empowered Voters… #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: Know How to Vote NAACP = Empowered Voters ( ) #
  • List of Presidential A-List Donors h/t to @eddiegriffin #
  • A graphical comparison of Newspaper Endorsements in 2008 & 2004 Does this give evidence of a media bias? #