DC Area Events inc. Obama, E & C Kennedy, D. Edwards, Masssa, Schulman

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(note: this may be my last DC Events newsletter until after the holidays - Howard Park)

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It's Time to Stop fighting Rush, O'Reilly & MoveOn!

Senate Majority Leader Reid:

"Freedom of speech is one of our country's most cherished values.  Nothing sets us further apart than the countries and regimes we oppose than our belief that everyone's opinion matters, and everyone has the right to express it.  That is why, when we hear things on the radio that are offensive, by and large, we tolerate them.

But last week, Rush Limbaugh went way over the line - and while we respect his right to say anything he likes, his unpatriotic comments cannot be ignored.

I'm sorry Senator, but your dead wrong -- we cannot spend a single minute of time more on useless letters or legislation about what conservative talk show hosts or what 527s put in newspapers.

I disagree with Kos, It is not time to score 'cheap political points' -- what it is time for is action and purposeful legislation.
More quotes, links, info below.

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"Phony Soldier" Risks His Life to Save His Country, Other Soldiers

Though he is trying to deny it (link), Rush Limbaugh clearly said that veterans who are opposed to the way President Bush is running the Iraq War are "Phony Soldiers." Well, I have a dear friend who is a 24 year Navy Veteran and who has loudly and incessantly criticized President Bush's handling of Iraq.  And there isn't anything phony about him.  In fact, my friend, who is a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor running for congress, has been warned by his doctor that the stress on his body could literally kill him.  I was taken aback when I found this out while reading a profile Esquire Magazine did on him here.

Here is the quote that almost knocked me out of my chair when I read it:

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Thank you for making us the #1 Congressional race on Actblue!

Friends,

As you already know, today is the last day of the all important 3rd quarter filing deadline for campaigns and I'm sure your inbox has been filled up with requests for donations and support. I want to take a moment to first thank everyone at DailyKos, Openleft, MyDD, and the Swing State Project for deciding to add my race to their Blue Majority page as well those of you who have decided to support my race and the other Blue Majority candidates. The support of bloggers is incredibly valuable and we simply cannot win without your help. Today, I want to take a moment to address you in video which is something I haven't been able to do as often as I like (though your contributions are helping us build out our staff and increase our capabilities):

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Blue Majority: Eric Massa For Congress, NY-29

The next addition to the Blue Majority page is a candidate returning from 2006: Eric Massa, who is running against Shotgun Randy Kuhl in the NY-29.. Please, give to Eric Massa today.

Eric is a true netroots favorite, evidenced by the tags NY-29 and Eric Massa being the most common tags for a congressional race and congressional candidate respectively, on MyDD. Eric is extremely energetic and hard working, as I have seen upclose in my visits to the district on several occasions. His energy rubs off on his grassroots supporters, who were able to close off a corporate Democratic primary challenger this past summer through relentless blog pressure, securing the support of virtually every local precinct captain in the district (including two family members of mine who joined the silent revolution in Update New York), and lots of small-donor, in-district fundraising. Now, he is set to take on Randy Kuhl who, separate occasions, has threatened both his ex-wife and his constituents with firearms, even though he claims he was just joking about the later. But he seriously doesn't like his constituents:

That is, he doesn't like his constituents unless they are Republican donors trying to build new bowling alleys in the district.

This is the "reddest" district in New York, which Bush won with about 56% of the vote in 2004. However, is it turning blue, like the rest of New York state. But Eric Massa is not your typical red-district Democrat who will let you down. As a progressive, he will fight for you, pledging to oppose FISA and watered-down withdrawal from Iraq, something few Democrats from a district this "red" have done. After losing by only 4% in 2006 despite no help from national committees, Massa is well poised to take the seat in 2008.

Support Eric Massa for Congress on Blue Majority. He is another example of more and better Democrats.

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