Are Don't Ask, Don't Tell's days numbered?

How about some good news for a change? Representative Patrick Murphy (PA-08) told the Huffington Post yesterday that a bill repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will reach President Obama's desk soon:

"This policy is going to be repealed in a short matter of time," Murphy said. As for service members who are being discharged because of their sexuality, Murphy said "If they can hold on, help is on the way. And help is going to come [from] the Congress and be signed into law by the president."

Murphy has 168 co-sponsors for legislation that would repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", as well as several commitments from party leadership that the bill will come to a vote.

Murphy became the lead sponsor for H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, last month after Representative Ellen Tauscher (CA-10) resigned to take a State Department position. Murphy announced plans to meet with every member of the House to discuss this issue and launched the Let Them Serve website. You can view the list of 168 House co-sponsors here.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to hold hearings on repealing DADT sometime this fall. Roll Call reported last month, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has also signaled support for addressing the issue -- if the House sends over legislation first." I'll believe that when I see it, but getting a bill through the House would be a significant step in the right direction.

Speaking of DADT, this week blogger Lane Hudson challenged Bill Clinton at Netroots Nation, and Clinton defended his record on LGBT issues. You can read or watch the exchange here.

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Congressman Patrick Murphy's New Book

I wanted to let everyone know that you can get Congressman Patrick Murphy's book on Amazon.com via a pre-order. I already ordered mine and I can't wait to get it in the mail. The link is http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Hill-Philly -Baghdad-Congress/dp/0805086951/ref=pd_b bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202 313991&sr=8-1

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Patrick Murphy, Congressman, Endorses Obama

This is a good endorsement.  Murphy is the only congressman who fought in Iraq.  He also was the main character in Hillary Clinton's speech to the VFW National Convention.

When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention here yesterday, she told the story of how she met a "bright, young captain" in the 82nd Airborne Division named Patrick Murphy in 2003 during her first trip to Baghdad.

This is an endorsement that both camps have been working on, but Murphy decided to endorse Senator Obama.  This will come one houre before Obama addresses the VFW in Kansas City.

Today, Mr. Murphy is announcing his support for Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential race. The endorsement, which has been in the works for a while, comes one hour before Mr. Obama speaks to hundreds of war veterans gathered here.

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IL-14 Assessment: Don't Let the NRCC Spin You

The following is a memo regarding the real political story in IL-14.  The mainstream media has decided that the spin coming from the NRCC that this seat is red should be reported as fact.  

The truth is, this seat is very vulnerable to a Democrat with Bill Foster's background and experience.  

Full memo after the jump.  Learn more about Foster here

-- TOM
Campaign Manager

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A Scientist with the Formula to Turn IL-14 Blue

Hello, I'm Bill Foster.  Actually, my legal name is George William Foster, but running for office as George W. anything isn't a very good idea these days.  I'm a scientist and businessman who is very concerned about where our country is heading.  I want to tell the netroots a little about myself, what I plan to do in Congress and that I'm proud to be attending Yearly Kos where I hope to get a chance to meet some of you. I also encourage you to check out my campaign website, www.foster08.com.

When I was younger, my little brother and I started a business from scratch in our basement.  With $500 from our parents and a lot of help from our friends we built a company that now manufactures about 70% of all the theatre lighting equipment in the United States.  Our company provides hundreds of good jobs here in the Midwest.  

I'm also a scientist with a PhD in particle physics from Harvard University.  I've spent the past 22 years at Fermilab doing advanced research and leading teams of people building Fermilab's giant accelerators.  I loved it.  Along the way I built electronics, superconducting magnets, and helped discover the Top Quark - plus a whole lot of other things that would probably bore you to tears.

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