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Hump Day Recommended Reading

Six weeks before election day political strategy articles are multiplying like guppies. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner addresses an important and frequently overlooked topic of interest to Dems -- increasing the turnout of unmarried women voters (Executive Summary here and PDF Memo here)...Alternet has a pair of political strategy must-reads: George Lakoff's "12 Traps That Keep Progressives from Winning" and Iara Peng's "How Progressives Can Win in the Long Run," a precription for correcting the left's comparatively weak efforts for youth leadership development...Chris Bowers has a very encouraging wrap-up of House races at MyDD showing 40 seats "in serious play"...NYT's Adam Nagourney reports on the escalating use of nasty attack ads in congressional campaigns, while Janet Hook focuses on GOP attack ads in the L.A. Times...WaPo's Amit R. Paley reports on two polls -- one by the U.S. State Department -- that show a large majority of Iraqis want U.S. forces to leave pronto...Harold Meyerson's WaPo op-ed shreds the "moderate Republican" myth...In These Times contributing editor Hans Johnson reports on the rapidly rising tide of GOP politicos switching to the Democratic party...As the focus sharpens on congressional races, don't forget that there are many important ballot initiatives across the nation. Swing State Project references 194 ballot propositions in 32 states (Summary here) and R. Neal takes a look at some of them in his Facing South article "Ballot Initiatives around the South."...Arthur I. Blaustein's Mother Jones call-to-arms "Campaign 2006: The Issues, the Stakes, the Prospects" provides a shot of political adrenalin for progressives.