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Darcy Burner
Darcy Burner is the co-author of the Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq. She grew up in a blue collar military family in rural towns across America. She started with next to nothing and - through her own hard work, smarts and never-give-up determination - earned a prestigious college degree and climbed the ladder to a successful life as a Microsoft manager and happily married mom.

Darcy eventually left Microsoft and ran in 2006 for the United States Congress in the 8th District of Washington State. From a standing start, Darcy won solid local and national support, only to finish just short against a conservative Republican opponent with massive financial backing from George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay and other inside the Beltway power players in the Bush administration.

David Goldstein
David Goldstein is an accidental activist who stumbled into politics in 2003 with a satirical statewide initiative to officially proclaim WA’s serial anti-tax initiative sponsor, Tim Eyman, “a horse’s ass.”

A year later Goldstein transformed his campaign website into a local, political blog. A mix of snark, satire, muckraking, and surprisingly thoughtful analysis, HorsesAss.org quickly became the most influential blog in WA state, and one of the most widely read local political blogs in the nation. Goldstein also blogs at Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

Goldstein has been published in The Nation and The Stranger, and can occasionally be heard pontificating about politics as a fill-in host on News/Talk 710-KIRO.

Joan McCarter
Joan McCarter is the daughter of Joe McCarter, former state chair of the Idaho Democratic Party. Growing up in a political household, Joan's first political experience was going door-to-door with her mom, Mercedes, for Senator Frank Church (her one and only political hero to this day) when she was four.

Joan has broad campaign experience and has been deeply involved in Democratic politics since childhood. She worked in both the district and Capitol Hill offices of then Congressman and now Senator Ron Wyden from 1987 until 1993. Since earning a master's degree in international studies she has worked as a writer, editor, and instructional designer, before becoming a full-time writer as well as contributing to Daily Kos.

Matt Stoller
Matt Stoller is a political consultant and blogger. He was a leading contributor to MyDD, until he helped co-found OpenLeft in July 2007.

He has worked in liberal internet politics for five years in a variety of institutional and outsider roles, including blogging for Jon Corzine for Governor in 2005, working in communications and blog outreach for the Democratic National Convention in 2004 where he started the first blog for a national political convention, and embedded himself in the campaigns of Ned Lamont in 2006 and Donna Edwards from 2006-2008.

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