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Campaign 2001

Bush Follows in Nixon's Bloody Footsteps, Plans Illegal Bombing of Iraq for Christmas
13-Nov-02
Campaign 2001

In 1969, Richard Nixon, at the urging of Henry Kissinger, ordered the unprovoked bombing of Cambodia right in the middle of the Christmas holidays. The long-term consequences of that illegal act are now well known - the "Killing Fields" of Khmer Rouge Cambodia left over one million dead. Now Bush plans to follow in Nixon's bloody footsteps and says he will likely start raining death on Iraq during the Christmas season. His motive, no doubt just like Nixon's, is that people will pay less attention during the holidays to what is going on. But what kind of a "compassionate" Christian contemplates an unprovoked assault on an downtrodden nation, much less during the most holy of Christian seasons?

Democratic Sweep in 2001: A Side-by-Side Comparison
08-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

To truly appreciate the magnitude of the Democratic sweep on Tuesday, you have to line up Democratic and Republican victories side by side. It was a slam-dunk!

Many 'Firsts' for Democratic Mayors
08-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

In Austin, former councilman Gus Garcia was voted in as Austin's first Latino mayor. In Atlanta, former city administrator Shirley Franklin becomes Atlanta's first woman mayor. Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jane Campbell was elected as Cleveland's first woman mayor. Other new mayors include civic activist R.T. Rybak in Minneapolis and state legislator Kwame Kilpatrick in Detroit. Several other races await final counts and runoffs.

McAuliffe: 'This is Truly a Great Day for the Democratic Party'
08-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

The media has been obsessed with Mike Bloomberg's $55 million purchase of the NYC mayorship. But on Wednesday, DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe presented the truth that the media refuses to report - Democrats won big in 2001. "This morning, we have Governor-Elect Mark Warner of Virginia and Governor-Elect Jim McGreevey of New Jersey. We took back City Hall from Republican incumbents in Dayton, as well as Raleigh, Durham and Winston-Salem, completing a North Carolina trifecta. Earlier this year, in addition to Los Angeles, we took back El Paso, San Antonio, Omaha and Jersey City, New Jersey. Meanwhile, the number of major elections where Republicans supplanted Democrats? Zero. We overwhelmingly reelected Democratic mayors in Boston, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. And Democrats remain at the helm in Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Seattle. There are 28 American cities with populations of more than half a million, and Democrats now control City Hall in 22 of the 28."

Democrats Crush Corrupt Nassau County (NY) Republican Machine
07-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

In the important New York suburb of Nassau County (Long Island), which has been GOP-controlled since 1917, "voters yesterday delivered a historic rebuke to a generation of Republican leadership by electing Democrat Thomas Suozzi as their new county executive... In the Nassau County Legislature, all of the Democratic incumbents won re-election. That gave the party control of both the executive and legislative branches of county government for the first time since 1917…it gives Democrats the clout to take strong measures against fiscal problems that have plagued the county under long-time County Executive Thomas Gulotta, a Republican. 'Tonight is a great victory,' Suozzi said in a victory speech before a cheering crowd. 'Thousands of people, thousands of Republicans, for the first time in their lives pulled the lever for a Democrat....At this moment, we begin to break the back of machine politics in Nassau County.'"

DEMOCRATS WIN BIG!
06-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

Despite Bush's supposed "popularity," his right-wing followers went down to crushing defeats. In Republican-leaning Virginia - home to GOP National Chair Jim Gilmore - Democrat Mark Warner clobbered Republican Mark Earley 52%-47% in the Governor's race, while Democrat Timothy Kaine beat Jay Katzen 50%-48% for the Lt. Governor's seat. In New Jersey's race for governor, Democrat Jim McGreevey trounced Republican Bret Schundler 56%-42%, despite worshipful support for Schundler from the GOP's right-wing ideologues. In New York City, liberal Democrat Mike Bloomberg beat liberal Democrat Mark Green 50%-47%, although Bloomberg had to buy himself the Republican endorsement to do so.

Exit Polls Point to Democratic Sweep: McGreevey by 9, Green by 2, Warner Ahead Too!
06-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

Democrats.com has learned that the early exit polls show New Jersey's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim McGreevey leading Republican Bret Schundler by 53-44, putting the race beyond doubt. In New York City, Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Green leads Republican billionaire Michael Bloomberg 49%-47%, with Bloomberg preparing to demand a manual recount. In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Early's final tracking polls showed Mark Warner in the lead. Stay tuned for a Democratic sweep - but if you haven't voted yet, go NOW - and tell EVERYONE you know!!!

It's Election Day - Did you Vote?
06-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

It's election day! Did you vote? Did you get others to vote? Are Democrats going to win? Join the discussion (registration required).

Tuesday is Election Day - Vote Like our Democracy Depends On It, Because it Does!
02-Nov-01
Campaign 2001

It's that time of year again - time for Democratic voters to head to the polls, wondering whether Republican election officials - backed by Republican Supreme Court Justices - will count our votes, or throw them away. Even before September 11, Republicans refused to spend any money on election reform, and municipalities including New York City and Fairfax VA are already experiencing serious problems. Here's a list of all the races in the country - let's vote in such OVERWHELMING numbers that the Republicans can't POSSIBLY steal these elections!!

Key Republicans Admit Schundler Will Lose in New Jersey
30-Oct-01
Campaign 2001

"Key state and national Republicans are beginning to concede privately that Bret Schundler, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, will" lose in New Jersey, according to E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post. "The Nov. 6 elections here and in Virginia are the first tests of the public's political leanings in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The current outlook suggests that Democrats are poised to win both governor's mansions." Schundler is losing because of his conservative positions on abortion, gun control, and school vouchers. As Al Gore's victory in 2000 proved, the majority of Americans OPPOSE conservative Republican policies.

Rudy, No
28-Sep-01
Campaign 2001

"Mayor Rudolph Giuliani wants to extend his current term of office into 2002, postponing the inauguration of a new mayor for several months. This is a terrible idea. Neither New York City nor the nation has ever postponed the transfer of power because the public was convinced it could not get along without the current incumbent. The very concept goes against the most basic of American convictions, that we live in a nation governed by rule of law. To suggest that the city would be incapable of getting along without Mr. Giuliani after the end of the year undermines New York's sense of self-sufficiency and normality, which the mayor himself has worked so hard to restore. While Mr. Giuliani has been a great leader during this crisis, the truth is that no one is indispensable. George Washington understood that when he rejected repeated attempts to keep him in office indefinitely." So writes the NY Times.

Ferrer Leads Mayoral Race Following Subdued New York City Primary
26-Sep-01
Campaign 2001

When the terrorists attacked New York City on Sept. 11, New York City's primary elections had been underway for nearly 3 hours. The election was quickly cancelled and rescheduled for Sept. 25. The campaign, which had been very positive and polite, became even more so as the city mourned its losses. Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer, who was last in the early polls, won a surprising 35%-31% victory over Public Advocate Mark Green, and could become New York's first Latino mayor. The Democratic runoff is October 11, and the winner will face billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a liberal who enrolled as a Republican to get on the ballot, and easily beat Herman Badillo in the Republican primary.

Right-wing NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Bret Schundler is 'Bushwinking' the Media
29-Jul-01
Campaign 2001

If you were the Mayor of a city whose financial position was so precarious the state was overseeing its budgetary process... who was sued by private citizens over a illegal tax lien sale... who gave twenty year tax abatements to developers in a state where five years was the norm... whose hiring of a private company to manage its library was overturned by the courts due to illegal secret meetings and whose school system was taken over by the state... would you think you could run for governor on a message of telling the people you would do to the state what you had done for the city? Well, if you are Bret Schundler, and the state is New Jersey and we are living in the year of our media 2001, it not only can happen - it IS happening.

Schundler Calls McGreevey an 'Ayatollah'
07-Jul-01
Campaign 2001

Gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler (R-NJ) likens Democratic candidate Jim McGreevey to an Iranian ayatollah because he is pro-choice! Gee, we guess a Party that supports tearing down the wall of separation of Church and State that actually PROTECTS freedom of religion, attempts to put the Ten Commandments on the wall of every classroom, and pushes at every turn to make fundamentalist Christianity into a state-sponsored national religion means that one is as All-American as apple-pie! How long before the GOP renames us "The Republic of Gilead"?

Tuesday's Crucial Virginia Special Election Hinges On Race
18-Jun-01
Campaign 2001

In the special election to replace Rep. Norm Sisisky (D-VA-4), who died earlier this year, moderate Democrat Louise Lucas is taking on right-wing Republican Randy Forbes. Lucas, a ten-year state Senate veteran, was the first woman shipfitter in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where she worked for 18 years. But Lucas is black, and the conventional wisdom is that white voters in this Christian Coalition part of southern Virginia will not vote for a black. That means black turnout will have to be exceptionally strong - similar to the record black turnout in Florida last year - and every vote must be counted. Stay tuned - and if you know any voters in the Tidewater area, urge them to vote!

Tony Blair's Sweeping Victory Gives Democrats a Model
17-Jun-01
Campaign 2001

"To politicians and pundits who have always detected signs of ideological synchronicity between the United States and the United Kingdom - as they did during the Tory era - the crushing defeat of the right over there is bad news for conservatives here. Those who once took comfort from the rise of Margaret Thatcher probably took a drink that was more gin than tonic as they observed the ruin of William Hague. The British election was an inauspicious prelude to George W. Bush's first tour of Europe, and the reaction of the White House has once more revealed that his 'grown-up' advisers are as incompetent and confused as their boss. Suddenly Mr. Bush is in retreat from the arrogant posturing that characterized his first months in office on almost every policy question, from relations with North Korea and Russia to arms control and the global environment." So writes Joe Conason in the NY Observer.

Ed Garza Sweeps San Antonio Mayoral Race
08-May-01
Campaign 2001

This weekend San Antonio voters elected Democratic candidate Ed Garza to be mayor of San Antonio, Texas, the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest city in Texas. Garza defeated Republican Tim Bannwolf by a large margin. This is a pick-up for Democrats, as the former mayor was also Republican. "The Democratic Party is on a roll -- and in George W. Bush's back yard," Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe said. Last month in another Democratic pick-up, two Democrats advanced to the Los Angeles mayoral run-off, guaranteeing a Democratic win in the nation's second-largest city. Democrats will focus on several upcoming mayoral elections this year including those in New York, Seattle, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland and Miami.

DiFrancesco Quits the Race for NJ Governor
26-Apr-01
Campaign 2001

Acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco abruptly quit the New Jersey governor's race, citing weeks of what he called devastating media coverage of his past business and legal dealings. "I've had it," Mr. DiFrancesco told reporters, only three days after he formally announced his candidacy. DiFrancesco was forced out of the race by Republican leaders who feared he would sink the entire Republican ticket. These leaders persuaded former Rep. Bob Franks to run as the "mainstream" Republican candidate against Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler, who is running as the conservative candidate.

Mark Warner Has Virginia Republicans Scared
26-Apr-01
Campaign 2001

Mark Warner is waging a formidable campaign for Governor of Virginia, emphasizing technology investments to spur economic growth. Warner, whose net worth is $200 million, has used his own funds to encourage investment in the state's rural areas, and to provide computer training in houses of worship. Virginia's Republicans are in disarray, because Governor James Gilmore is feuding with state senate Republicans.

 


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