Gov. Dean Announces Half Million Dollar Investment in State Parties

Apr 8, 2005
Gov. Dean Announces Half Million Dollar Investment in State Parties

Dean Fulfills Pledge to Provide Personnel, Funds to all 50 State Parties: Effort Begins With MO, ND, NC, & WV

Little Rock, AR -- Speaking before the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) today, Gov. Howard Dean announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) invest nearly half a million dollars to strengthen the state Democratic Parties in Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, and West Virginia. The announcement comes as the ASDC meets for the first time since Gov. Dean was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party.

The $465,000 investment was agreed upon while working with the state parties on their specific needs, and will fund a variety of positions and programs. The investment marks the beginning of a broader effort to make the Democratic Party competitive in all 50 states by strengthening state Democratic Parties.

"This is just the beginning," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Governor Howard Dean during the announcement, "today we are launching our plan, but as our team continues to work with the state parties we will announce additional investments in the weeks ahead. We have to show up if we're going to win, and we have to rebuild and empower our state parties."

Responding to the announcement, West Virginia Democratic Party State Chair Nick Casey said that, "Governor Dean pledged to take the Party back to the grassroots, and we needed this investment to accomplish exactly that. He asked us what we needed at the grassroots level and he listened."

Governor Dean, whose outreach to the grassroots has taken him to 14 states in only two months as Chair, will follow up his visit to the ASDC by joining the the Arkansas Democratic Party and the chairs of Arkansas county Democratic Party committees on Saturday for a "Grassroots and Grits" breakfast meeting.

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The Daily Show wins a Peabody

Eat your heart out Bill O'Lielly!!!!

CBS News won a Peabody Award on Thursday for its report on abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a story anchored by Dan Rather and produced by Mary Mapes, who was later fired by CBS for her role in the story about President Bush's military service.

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart won his second Peabody Award, for his satiric take on the 2004 election campaign, while a radio documentary on musician Leonard Bernstein produced by WFMT in Chicago also won an award.

The George Foster Peabody Awards, for broadcasting excellence in both news and entertainment, are given by the University of Georgia. Thirty-two awards will be handed out at the ceremony May 16 in New York.

The controversy over CBS' discredited story about Bush's National Guard service played no part in the judges' determination that the Abu Ghraib report on "60 Minutes II" deserved honor, said Horace Newcomb, Peabody Awards director.

"We feel that this story stood on its own merit," Newcomb said. "It was really an important moment in television this year."

US Style of Democracy Triumphs in Zimbabwe

Black people in long voting lines at polling station... yeah...whaddya 'bout it?

"Given everything that's gone on during (the) whole election process, including some of the reports we're getting now, it would be very hard to say that these are free and fair," said U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.

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Zimbabwe's ruling party won parliamentary elections Friday but a furious opposition accused President Robert Mugabe of rigging the vote to extend his 25-year grip on power.

Citing official information that as many as 10 percent of voters were turned away at the polls and anecdotal reports that many of these were in districts believed to lean toward the opposition, Boucher told reporters: "This is just another sign that this whole process has been seriously tainted.

"The election process all along has been tilted in favor of the government. And there are many aspects to this, whether it's the muzzling of the press or the intimidation of voters or the restrictions on opposition candidates." he added.

...hmmmm, this sounds kinda familiar

"The United States calls on the government of Zimbabwe to recognize the legitimacy of the opposition and abandon policies designed to repress, crush and otherwise stifle expressions of differences,"Rice said in her statement.

Pot calling kettle...pot calling kettle...come in kettle...do you copy...over..

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Ann Coulter really does have an Adam's Apple

I thought people were just joking...but it is as clear as day in this video clip of Ann showing what a complete ignorant woman/man she/he is.

STICKS AND STONES

Watch the entire documentary online  (runs appox 42:30)

One of the most talked-about exchanges in Sticks and Stones occurred between reporter Bob McKeown and Ann Coulter and concerned Canada's role in the Vietnam War.  Watch the McKeown/Coulter exchange... (runs appox 3 min)

Is this just a wives tale that only men have Adam's apples? I really have no clue about the medical facts.

Are the Democrats giving in on SS???

Democratic senators on the Finance Committee this week quietly floated a document titled "Savings Options," which sources say is designed as a counter to Bush's plan for personal accounts in Social Security. The document, obtained by The Hill, details several legislative possibilities, including a mandate on employers to provide payroll-deduction savings options for all employees.

It also tackles low-income incentives for saving by setting up accounts at birth in which the government would deposit $500 for each newborn and $1,000 for families with below-average incomes. The accounts would allow parents to contribute more money until the child turns 18, "with a government match for contributions from lower-income parents."

Democratic aides on the Senate Finance Committee would not return phone calls yesterday, and a spokesperson for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the committee's ranking member and a key figure in the Democrats' strategy, could not be reached by press time.

It is unclear who crafted the document, but senior Democratic staffers have reviewed it and sources believe it originated from Democrats on the committee.

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Doctor, Doctor ...Gimme the news I gotta bad case of...

Diagnose me,  Dr. Frist...

Are you sick? Injured? Worried about a medical problem, but can't afford a physician? Well, worry no longer! Because Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, doesn't even need to see you to make a diagnosis and prescribe care.

Speaking on the Senate floor "more as a physician than as a U.S. senator

He didn't even need to examine the tragic Florida woman who has been fed artificially since she was brain damaged in 1990 -- he just looked at her on videotape.

Now, the LA Times reports that "critics say the majority leader...overstepped in giving an opinion on Terri Schiavo's condition." Apparently it's a bio-ethical no-no to diagnosis a patient you've never seen. And some people say it's arrogant for Dr. Frist to involve the U.S. Congress in the personal medical decisions of one family just to suck up to the religious right before the 2008 presidential primaries.

But we say, think of the opportunity!

Take a digital picture or video of your medical problem - tennis elbow, acne, runny nose, gout, or whatever ails you - and send it to the Doctor in charge of the US Senate and your health care.

Tell Dr. Frist you want him to diagnose it and get Congress to pass a law prescribing treatment.

We couldn't find Dr. Frist's email address, but we're sure his Health Policy Director, Dean Rosen, (Dean_rosen@frist.senate.gov) would be happy to pass along your pictures and videos. Health Policy Director? Is that like his nurse?

You can also try his Legislative Director, andrea_becker@frist.senate.gov, the Communications Director in the Majority Leader's office, bob_stevens@frist.senate.gov, his press secretary, nick_smith@frist.senate.gov, or one of his Legislative Counsels, jim_hippe@frist.senate.gov or andy_olson@frist.senate.gov.

Or feel free to mail to 509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510, or fax to 202-228-1264.

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Time to pull Joe LIEbermans feeding tube...

MR. RUSSERT:  Senator Lieberman, your Republican colleague from Connecticut in the House, Christopher Shays, had this to say.  "This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy.  ...  There are going to be repercussions from this vote [on Schiavo's constitutional rights].  There are a number of people who feel that the government is getting involved in their personal lives in a way that scares them."

You agree with that?

SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN, (D-CT):  I don't.  But that's a very credible and respectable opinion for Chris to take.  See, I think--and Chris was there on the floor of the House, so maybe he heard in the debate some things that I didn't hear following it from a distance.  The fact is that, though I know a lot of people's attitude toward the Schiavo case and other matters is affected by their faith and their sense of what religion tells them about morality, ultimately as members of Congress, as judges, as members of the Florida state Legislature, this is a matter of law.  And the law exists to express our values.

I have been saying this in speeches to students about why getting involved in government is so important, I always say the law is where we define the beginning of life and the end of life, and that's exactly what was going on here.  And I think as a matter of law, if you go--particularly to the 14th Amendment, can't be denied due process, have your life or liberty taken without due process of law, that though the Congress' involvement here was awkward, unconventional, it was justified to give this woman, more than her parents or husband, the opportunity for one more chance before her life was terminated by an act which was sanctioned by a court, by the state.

These are very difficult decisions, but--of course, if you ask me what I would do if I was the Florida Legislature or any state legislature, I'd say that if somebody doesn't have a living will and the next of kin disagree on whether the person should be kept alive or that is whether food and water should be taken away and her life ended that really the benefit of the doubt ought to be given to life.  And the family member who wants to sustain her life ought to have that right because the judge really doesn't know, though he heard the facts, one judge, what Terri Schiavo wanted.  He made a best guess based on the evidence before him.  That's not enough when you're talking about aggressively removing food and water to end someone's life.

MR. RUSSERT:  You would have kept the tube in?

SEN. LIEBERMAN:  I would have kept the tube in.

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Nigger, nigger, lib'rul, nigger...

If all of these talking heads were villifying and demonizing Blacks the same way that they are demonizing "libr'uls" their asses would be hauled in front of a judge before they could say ni...

Why in the hell are we tolerating this "Hate Media" shit?

Can't we RICO 'Hate Media'?

"Hate Media" is a detriment to Democracy and is aiding and abbetting home grown terrorist.

This media thing is way out of hand and I for one am getting sick of that anorexic blond bitch calling me a 'Baby Killer' and an 'Elistist Scumbag' and everyone sitting there like... it is fucking OKAY.

Has any noticed that when Republicans are in charge the first thing they do is try to hurt people who are not like them. Whereas, when Democrats are in charge they uplift EVERYONE.

Republicans are hateful people and there is nothing 'Christian' about them and bigotry is not a "value" I want instilled into legistation.

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Oklahoma, Rwanda and now Florida?

It is interesting to note that the catalyst for both of these tragedies were spurred on by the media.

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What the hell is up with Montana...

Amazing what Democrats can do, even in a red state, when given a chance--Chris

....don't they know that they are a red state?

Montana Bill Would Use Tax on Big-Box Stores to Offset Welfare Expenses Paid to Low-Wage, Part-Time Employees

Montana taxpayers are tired of subsidies for big-box stores, whose low prices and big profits depend on their low wages and public assistance for their workers, says state Democratic Senator Ken Toole, sponsor of a bill that would offset these welfare costs by charging Wal-Mart, Target, Costco and similar stores a 1 percent tax on more than $20 million in sales, 1.5 percent on more than $30 million and 2 percent on more than $40 million.

The tax, reports Reuters from Montana, would apply to stores more than 25 percent of whose employees work part time and whose full-time employees make less than $22,000 a year. Citing research that found state taxpayers spend about $421,000 a year for every Wal-Mart store with 200 employees, Senator Toole estimates that the tax would affect 160 stores -- about half of Montana retail -- and raise some $20 million annually.

HEEEELLLLLLOOOOOOO knock ...knock...knock... earth to Montana...you are a red state you are not suppose to care about your citizens.

Geeesh  some people just don't get it.

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