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Friday, August 22, 2003


Our donation dollars at work

posted by annatopia at Friday, August 22, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Well, I suppose I can fill in the details of what I hinted at the other day. Dean for America has generously offered to let me tag along for part of the Sleepless Summer Tour. I'll be cross-posting both here and over on the O-blog with reports from Seattle, Spokane, Austin, and San Antonio. I've got my flights booked, my car rented, my digicam batteries charged, and my accomodations arranged (thanks Daniel - you rock!).
I'm really looking forward to getting out of Texas even if only for a day. The Seattle weather will be a welcome respite from the 100+ degree heat we've been tolerating for the past month. Plus, I hear Seattle has some great vegetarian restaraunts (don't get me started on how hard it is to find a vegan meal down here in steak country) and microbrews.
Most of all, I'm excited about meeting Dean supporters from across the country. The community that we are collectively building continues to inspire me. When I put out the call for a place to stay, several people from Seattle for Dean stepped up right away. Supporters in San Antonio have helped me arrange for a trip to pick up my rental car Monday night as well. And all this for a stranger! It's really incredible and I want to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped me finalise these plans (including the amazing Julie D. at DFA-HQ for arranging my flights). I'll make sure to file some good reports and pictures from the road. If you spot me on tour (scroll down about 1/3) feel free to say hello. I can't wait to meet everyone - see you on Sunday and Monday!


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.