South Carolina Democratic Party Convention - Saturday, May 24, 2010




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The YouTube Congress

The leaders of both the Senate and the House announce that Congress is now in session, on YouTube. You can now find your Representatives and Senators' YouTube channels on two new special platforms:

The House Hub

The Senate Hub

Here's a sample of what's available on the Senate channel of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: an exchange between Senator Sanders and Thomas Daschle at the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Hearing.

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Why YOU should make Roy Carter Democracy for America's Grassroots All-Star

Vote Roy Carter on

Far too often Washington politicians use fear and divisiveness to distract the electorate and avoid talking about the real issues. In this critical election, I believe the American people will discover more that unites rather than divides our communities. A single mother living in a rural community and a college student in a small town are united by their struggle to afford a quality education. A factory worker and a small business owner share the same concern about the outrageously high cost of healthcare. I am running for Congress in the North Carolina 5th District and, when elected, I will work to bring our district and our country together while we tackle the tough issues.  I will always be truthful about where I stand.

The Roy Carter for Congress campaign slogan, "People Above Politics," is not just a marketing phrase. It is a principle that has guided my life and a belief that drives my passion for public service. I believe that the measure of a good member of Congress must be more than just an accounting of votes cast. What matters most is what those votes stand for and whether or not they were used to better the lives of people.

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Show Shadegg the Door in 2008

Democrat Bob Lord has drawn national attention by challenging Republican incumbent John Shadegg in Arizona CD-3 and beating the second-term Congressman at fundraising in the first quarter by an amazing amount. Now that the Lord campaign has captured the attention and support of Democrats nationally, it's critical that this momentum continue if Lord is to defeat an incumbent Republican.

A group of large donors have agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, every dollar that the Lord campaign raises in the next week up to $10,000. If they can raise $10,000 from the public at large, the effect will be to raise $20,000 for the campaign.  Please visit Bob Lord's website and contribute what you can.

A 2nd strong quarter of fundraising will demonstrate that this campaign is for real and that Democrats have a realistic chance at picking up another seat in the Arizona Congressional delegation.  Last election Democrats picked up two seats from Republicans with Harry Mitchell defeating Republican incumbent J.D. Hayworth and Gabby Giffords winning the seat vacated by Republican John Kolbe.  Let's turn Arizona blue! 

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Rating the Fifty States

This is an "off the top of my head" look at each of the fifty states, mostly looking at how possible it is for a Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state:


These states haven't gone Democrat since I was old enough to vote (1972) and have a preponderance of Republican representing them and sitting in the Governor's chair.

1)  Idaho:  LBJ carried Idaho in '64.  No Democrat has been close since.  Both Congressmen and both Senators are Republicans, the Governor-elect is Republican.  I haven't checked, but I am pretty sure the legislatures in the state are solidly red.  It has been a long time since Frank Church and Cecil Andrus.  

2)  Mississippi:  In the solid red category, I am going to switch back and forth between the deep South and the inner-Mountain West.  Mississippi has two Democratic representatives, but clearly the national Democratic party is not looked on with favor.  Jimmy Carter carried Mississippi in '76, but another "son of the South", Bill Clinton, couldn't carry the state in his two successful elections.  

3)  Utah:  While the state has one Democratic representative, the numbers look daunting for any Democrat to carry the state.  Even W is popular here.  Two Republican US Senators.  LBJ carried Utah in '64, it hasn't really been close since.

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