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Archive for May 2nd, 2008

Flush Democrats May Expand Majority

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Flush Democrats May Expand Majority
Nine of the 10 most cash-rich challengers to House incumbents are Democrats, according to a new CQ Politics analysis of updated campaign finance reports.

DNC Chairs Favor Obama
For those keeping score, The Hotline notes that of the 11 living Democratic National Committee chairs between 1981 and 2005, six have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama and four have backed Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Only former Colorado Gov. Gov. Roy Romer has remained neutral.


Color of Change on Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Color of Change on Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes
James Rucker and Color of Change have been tireless advocates when it comes to combating voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Rucker released this statement on the Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes issue: “There have been clear errors in planning and execution on the part of Women’s Voices Women’s Votes, and those errors have led to a situation where Black voters in North Carolina may be dissuaded from voting in a hotly contested and important primary election. This is a major problem and point of concern. …”

James Rucker and Color of Change have been tireless advocates when it comes to combating voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Rucker released this statement on the Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes issue:

There have been clear errors in planning and execution on the part of Women’s Voices Women’s Votes, and those errors have led to a situation where Black voters in North Carolina may be dissuaded from voting in a hotly contested and important primary election. This is a major problem and point of concern. To continue in the important role they’ve played in past elections, Women’s Voices Women’s Votes must fix the damage done and prevent it from happening in the future–working to restore the faith of the community protecting access to the vote by all people. It is essential that groups doing voter registration operate within the law and that they ensure that they do not confuse voters in to the process of doing their work.

At the same time, the accusations that the errors made by Women’s Voices Women’s Votes are part of a conspiracy to help Senator Clinton, appear to be false and reckless. Women’s Voices Women’s Votes has a history of registering voters of color, and the facts as we understand them, simply don’t point to such a conspiracy. As Women’s Voices Women’s Votes takes deserved heat for whatever damage they’ve caused, it’s not productive for them to be unfairly maligned as working to harm or help one of the presidential primary candidates.

As an organization that is tirelessly fighting voter suppression in the Black community where a history of disenfranchisement necessitates a raised level of scrutiny, we must take any accusations seriously, but in doing so rely on the facts.

There were 20 million single women who were not registered to vote during the 2004 election. They are reliable Democratic voters and had they been registered, it could have changed the outcome of the election. WVWV has taken on the task of trying to reach them. There were certainly mistakes made here and WVWV need to provide answers about how and why they happened. But feeding them (and anyone associated with them) through the wood chipper of candidate advocacy right now will have bad consequences for all of us down the road.

There are real, serious concerted efforts to disenfranchise voters, as with the recent Indiana Voter ID act that was waved through the Supreme Court. There is no evidence at this time that what happened in North Carolina falls into that category.

Come November, we’re going to need every vote we can get.


Understanding the Second Chance Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Understanding the Second Chance Act

A radio segment I taped a few weeks ago on the newly passed Second Chance Act will air tonight at 6:00 pm ET on XM Satellite Radio Channel 169 — the Power –it's also available now online at (The Urban Journal with Keith Murphy).

The channel is described as “Conversation about social, political, and economic issues from the African American perspective.”

The actual audio of the segment is here. It starts about one minute in (after the intro music.)

Mr. Murphy is an excellent host and asked terrific questions.


Evening Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Evening Thread
Baseball for me, if the rain stays mainly on the plains.

It’s A Complete Mystery
Apparently these people who are on the teevee night after night find it impossible to rectify the problem they identify.

GREGORY: Let’s move on to another email, Terri in Maryland, who writes the following: “Now that Barack Obama has categorically separated himself from Reverend Wright, when can we expect John McCain to reject and denounce Pastor Hagee? If some people can’t see that there is a blatant double standard going on here, I’m afraid that America will never be able to bridge the racial divide that still haunts our country.”

Richard Wolffe, that’s Pastor Hagee, who has endorsed John McCain and has been very critical of the Catholic Church and has been called out on that.

WOLFFE: Absolutely. And look, we’ve all heard evangelical ministers, white ministers, condemn America and damn America for abortions. And so, yeah, I don’t think there’s an equal balance of criticism and focus here. In some ways, John McCain is getting a free ride. But of course, that doesn’t take away from the offensive nature and the outrageousness of what Reverend Wright has said. But at some point, that scrutiny will come.

None of them seem to know how this state of affairs came to be.


Immigration: Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Immigration: Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?
Interestingly, the proposed border fence skirts the properties of wealthy and well-connected individuals.

Does It Take a Rocket Scientist to Raise a Child These Days?
Protecting your child from harmful consumer products has become almost as time-consuming as raising them.


Pro-Hillary 527’s Spending On Anti-Obama Indiana Ad Now Tops $1 Million

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Pro-Hillary 527’s Spending On Anti-Obama Indiana Ad Now Tops $1 Million
The American Leadership Project — the 527 put together by big Hillary-backing unions and major donors — sank another $200,000 today into the ad they’re running in Indiana attacking Obama on the economy, ALP spokesperson Jason Kinney just confirmed to…


Conyers Threatens Rove with Subpoena for Testimony on Siegelman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Conyers Threatens Rove with Subpoena for Testimony on Siegelman
It’s deja vu all over again. House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers (D-MI) says that if Karl Rove won’t agree to testify before his committee about his involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D), then he’ll…


Two Ads

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Two Ads

It’s very possible that both of Tuesday’s primary contests will turn on Clinton and Obama’s opposing positions on a temporary gas tax cut, instead of the recent media attention on Obama’s former pastor.

Both have ads up on the gas tax. Clinton’s is a traditional “contrast” ad:

Obama responds with a less traditional ad, featuring him in a recent town hall, mocking the proposed gas tax cut as typical Washington politics that sound good but never actually help anyone:

I noted before that Obama’s best moments in the campaign have been his “adult” moments, when he is seen as “a regular voter disgusted by a system mired in pathetic childish politics.”

He has employed that approach to effectively defuse negative attacks not about real issues.

This is different: an attempt to puncture stale Washington tactics regarding policy, in opposition to a populist-sounding tax cut no less.

If it works, it’s a big deal.


MoveOn hits ‘100 years’ McCain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:31 am by HL

MoveOn hits ‘100 years’ McCain
MoveOn hits ‘100 years’ McCain


Schwarzenegger: People from ?little towns? should see worldly things like ?an airport.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 2nd, 2008 4:30 am by HL

Schwarzenegger: People from ?little towns? should see worldly things like ?an airport.?
Speaking at “an infrastructure conference” hosted by a billionaire yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said “it’s good for state legislators from ‘little towns’” to see “worldly things”: “And that’s why I always encourage the legislators in Sacramento, because some of them come from those little towns,” Schwarzenegger said. “You know what I’m saying? They come […]

Speaking at “an infrastructure conference” hosted by a billionaire yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said “it’s good for state legislators from ‘little towns’” to see “worldly things”:

arnoldcigar.jpg“And that’s why I always encourage the legislators in Sacramento, because some of them come from those little towns,” Schwarzenegger said. “You know what I’m saying? They come from those little towns, and they don’t have that vision yet of an airport or of a highway that maybe has 10 lanes. Or of putting a highway on top of a highway. They look at you and say, ‘Well, we don’t have that in my town, what are you talking about?’ So they are kind of shocked when you say certain things.”

Schwarzenegger’s comments, which “drew laughs and applause” from the audience, were called “insulting” by State Sen. Dean Florez, (D), whose “hometown has only about 14,000 residents.”