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By Ann Wright
I got a call today from Gold Star Mom Becky Lourey from Minnesota whom many of us met for the first time at Camp Casey in August, 2005. Becky's son Matt was killed in Iraq on May 26, 2005. Lourey, one of the most liberal state senators in Minnesota, had been one of the most outspoken critics of the war in Iraq. She circulated a petition opposing the U.S. decision to go to war unilaterally. She publicly sparred with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld during her trip to Washington for the funeral ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery.
From Kansas to South Carolina, Republican moderates are turning their backs on the neocons and defecting to the enemy
By Paul Harris, THE OBSERVER , TOPEKA, KANSAS
The squat, bunker-like building in a south Topeka suburb does not look like a place to turn US politics on its head. Nor does Mark Parkinson, a tall, affable man, look too much like a revolutionary. But here, deep in the American heartland, are the warning signs of a political earthquake.
Hillary Clinton has Rupert Murdoch, the pro-war media mogul, and Tom O'Gara, a fundraiser for George Bush, hosting fundraisers for her in the coming days. We only have you: the people who want to take back the Democratic Party from those who lead us into immoral wars and turn our government over to the lobbyists and their powerful clients.
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The Maryland 4th District is one of the most liberal in the country. Yet their Representative voted with Bush on Iraq and the bankruptcy bill, sided with the phone and cable companies, and -- for good measure -- supported Wal-Mart instead of its workers. Donna Edwards is a savvy, experienced, progressive leader, fighting for health care, the environment, social justice and net neutrality.
One really cool thing about blogging is that we bloggers are free to pontificate on any subject we want, regardless of whether we have the slightest clue as to what we’re talking about. This expertise-neutral attribute is, of course, particularly valuable to certain conservative bloggers, who, obviously, would otherwise be condemned to eternal silence.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) enthusiastically endorses Jonathan Tasini for U.S. Senate in New York. Tasini, former President of the National Writers Union, is running on a platform supporting immediate withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, universal health care ("Medicare for All"), a Fair Trade policy that ensures environmental protections and workers' rights, and a massive national effort to invest in alternative energy.
ImpeachPAC, a federal PAC funding pro-impeachment candidates for Congress, endorsed Dr. Bill Durston in his race for California's 3rd Congressional District against rightwing Republican Dan Lungren.
Dr. Durston served in Vietnam with the Marines 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, and he received the Navy Commendation medal for bravery under combat. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has practiced in Sacramento for over 20 years. He was President of the Sacramento chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 2003 until this year.
By Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers
WASHINGTON - When are the Democrats going to get their act together?
Surely, they are not going to let President Bush's political guru, Karl Rove, snooker them in the mid-term November election campaign as he did in the last two presidential elections.
What is he going to pull out of the hat? Soft on terrorism? Gay marriage? Flag burning? 9-11?
By Joshua Holland
It's troubling when big-'D' Dems stand against small-'d' democracy -- but they seem to be trying to keep a peace candidate off the ballot.
The last thing Melissa Bean, the freshman Rep from Illinois' 8th CD, wants to see leading up to November's election is Bill Scheurer.
Scheurer, whom Bean defeated in the 2004 primary en route to becoming the first Democrat to take the seat since the New Deal era, is running as an independent this time around. His platform is simple: get out of Iraq, balance the budget and provide universal health coverage -- in that order.
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You've heard about our victory at the convention, you've read about our expanded campaign team, but what you probably didn't know is that today is John's 40th birthday!! Helping to get John more visibility in front of as many voters as possible is just one way we can show our appreciation and celebrate John's big day.
"Today, Hillary Clinton voted to prolong the violence and killing in Iraq. By voting against an amendment co-sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer and Patrick Leahy, my opponent clearly showed that she is out of step with the views of Democratic primary voters in New York. More American men and women will die, as will thousands of Iraqis, because of this vote and the Senate's failure to agree to bring this war to a quick end."
In the past week or so, as people are in the streets all across the state petitioning to get Jonathan on the ballot, we have seen the power and influence of our campaign. As Jonathan's campaign grows, the popularity of the incumbent sinks.
Jonathan has just been endorsed by the New York State Peace Action and Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats. More important, people everywhere are eagerly signing our petitions because they want a Senator with principles who will represent the majority of Democrats in the state.
By Rob Prince
Colorado Democrats meeting in Greeley in late May came up with an elaborate platform, most of which makes for interesting reading even if the candidates hardly take their own party’s resolutions seriously.
The platform begins with a ringing condemnation of the US invasion of Iraq stating that our troops should be safely pulled out as soon as possible with full concern for their welfare and that of the Iraqi people’. It goes on to note, quite aptly, that `the current administration has violated our constitutional rights’. It calls for the `censure and impeachment of both George Bush and Dick Cheney for having `abused their power and appear to have repeatedly violated the constitution’. Support for both `quality universal healthcare for all’ as a basic right and supports `legal and safe abortions’ follow.
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/
The Democrats in Congress are having trouble coming up with a position on the War in Iraq because they are so afraid of Republican charges that they are the "cut and run" party.
It's a pathetic spectacle, and they should give it up. The way I see it "cut and run" is the slogan the Democrats should adopt as their own for the 2006 election year.
By Robert Scheer, www.tompaine.com
Robert Scheer is a contributing editor to The Nation, and editor of Truthdig.com, from which this is reprinted.
Editor's Note: The Senate began debate Wednesday on an amendment to the 2007 defense authorization bill by Sens. John Kerry and Russ Feingold that would set a deadline of July 1, 2007 for troop withdrawl from Iraq. The amendment is opposed by Sens. Carl Levin and Jack Reed, who have backed a competing resolution supported by Democratic leadership that does not specify a deadline.
Centrist Democrats, Progressives Scrutinize Lieberman-Lamont
By DAVID LIGHTMAN, http://www.courant.com
WASHINGTON -- For Democratic activists around the country, Connecticut's U.S. Senate primary is not just a local contest between a veteran political figure and an aggressive newcomer; it's a crucial test of whether the left or the center has more influence in the national party.
"This is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party," said Marshall Wittmann, political analyst at the Democratic Leadership Council, a group of party moderates.
AFT Connecticut, the state’s second largest AFL-CIO union representing more than 26,000 professionals, including teachers, healthcare, higher education, and public employees, has endorsed Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
“This endorsement came down to the issues of education and healthcare and the draining of resources from our state in order to fund the war in Iraq,” said Sharon Palmer, president of AFT Connecticut. “Ned Lamont understands these issues and agrees with our positions.”
By Missy Comley Beattie, http://www.opednews.com
Every Congressperson who rejected a timetable for withdrawing US troops from Iraq should have to personally replace a soldier who is serving now. Every Congressperson who rejected this withdrawal should have to suit up, wearing the uniform of one of the branches of the US military. Every Congressperson who because of partisan politics uttered inanities linking 9/11 and Iraq with “we are fighting terrorists and we won’t cut and run” and “achieving victory is our only option” should be deployed or have their children deploy to Iraq immediately. Each one should be boarding a military transport aircraft for Baghdad today.
By David Sirota
Call me crazy, but I just do not understand how the Washington Democratic Party establishment can publicly say that in advance of the 2006 elections, there needs to be no Democratic Party unity on the Iraq War - the most pressing national security issue of the day. To make such a claim, you have to be either dumb; totally out of touch with the majority of Americans who want an exit strategy; deliberately dishonest because you are embarrassed you supported the war in the first place; disdainful of voters' intellect; or all of the above. But, incredibly, that's what Democrats in Washington are telling the media, and consequently, broadcasting to the American people.
Carl Sheeler for U.S. Senate
Rhode Island – 2006
Contact: Sara Pearson (401) 397-4618 office
Carl Sheeler for U.S. Senate
Providence, RI – Marine veteran and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Carl Sheeler offered his apology to Senator Kerry following his appearance at Lt. Governor Charlie Fogarty's campaign headquarters’ grand opening this evening on Atwells Avenue.
Senator gets a rousing reception from liberals at D.C. conference
By CRAIG GILBERT, http://www.jsonline.com
Washington - Speaking to a cheering crowd of liberal activists Wednesday, Sen. Russ Feingold took a shot at some of the other Democrats who might run for president in 2008, saying his opposition to the war in Iraq is clear-cut and longstanding.
"I didn't just write an op-ed about this," Feingold said at the annual Take Back America conference. "I didn't after the fact say, 'Gee, you know that was kind of a mistake.' I just plain voted against it because I thought it would be a terrible mistake in the fight against terrorism."
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. - Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, warily watching his primary challenger advance in the polls, must soon decide whether to start collecting signatures for a possible independent bid this November.
Lieberman's campaign contends that it's focused only on winning the Aug. 8 primary, but the Democrat has not ruled out petitioning his way onto the November ballot as part of a backup plan to secure a fourth term in the Senate.
Jules Witcover, The Examiner
BALTIMORE - At this week’s conference of the progressive Campaign for America’s Future, prospective Democratic presidential candidates presented their credentials in a testimony of how the organization’s influence and clout have grown in the party.
The headliners included the current frontrunner in the polls, Sen. Hillary Clinton, 2004 nominee Sen. John Kerry and the emotional favorite on the Democratic left, Sen. Russ Feingold, as well as a who’s who of the progressive activist community.
McCotter only one of 5 “present” votes
Dearborn Heights, MI – On Friday, after lengthy debate on the War in Iraq in the House of Representatives, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter was one of only 5 Congressional members to vote “present” instead of voting yes or no on supporting our troops. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to keep armed forces in Iraq without any timetable for their removal.
Carl Sheeler for U.S. Senate
Rhode Island – 2006
Contact: Sara Pearson, (401) 397-4618, email@example.com
Providence, RI - Marine Veteran and progressive Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Carl Sheeler has condemned D.C. lawmakers for their political rhetoric and posturing while risking the lives of U.S. troops in Iraq and using fear of terrorist acts upon American soil.
"On the issue of troop withdrawal, establishment D.C. Democrats need the courage of their convictions. The majority of the public will consider them patriotic and strong, if they fight for an earlier withdrawal. Level with the public and show the courage of your convictions.
By Norman Solomon, http://www.alternet.org/story/37634
Two years from now, Hillary Clinton might be pleased to hear the kind of boos and antiwar chants that greeted her days ago when she spoke at the annual Take Back America conference of Democratic activists and argued against a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. But so much of politics is about timing. And right now, Clinton is facing a serious problem of premature triangulation.
By PETER URBAN, http://www.connpost.com
WASHINGTON — Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont slammed the Bush administration and his political opponent, Sen. Joe Lieberman, on Wednesday, saying they pushed America into an ill-fated war in Iraq.
"George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman rushed us into this war, got our 132,000 troops stuck in a bloody civil war, and they should be held accountable," Lamont said.
"I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign."
Last March, the ever-outspoken Molly Ivins wrote that she was fed up with "every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch" in Washington DC. Denouncing the sparseness of antiwar candidates, she proclaimed, "This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one. It is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass."
By DAVID LIGHTMAN, http://www.courant.com
WASHINGTON -- It's one thing to be the darling of the liberal bloggers; it's another to pull bodies into a room.
Ned Lamont did that Wednesday as 350 progressive activists crammed a hotel meeting room to witness the Senate challenger's first big national appearance.
After basking in three standing ovations before, during and after his nine-minute speech Wednesday, Lamont was asked by his new-found fans to pose for pictures.