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Campaign 2002

A Blue Collar Democrat Who Embraced Clinton Wins in a GOP District
09-Dec-02
Campaign 2002

Mark Shields writes "In 2002,Rep.-elect Michael Michaud, D-Maine, was a genuine exception among Democratic House candidates: a blue-collar, dues-paying union member who had worked in the paper mill for 28 years, who is pro-life and who [won a longtime GOP district]. Michaud publicly embraced the Man Republicans Love to Hate, former president Bill Clinton. Here... is what candidate Michaud had to say to Clinton in October before 2,500 Maine citizens in Augusta: 'The country's economy was in the ditch, and you made the hard decisions and turned things around. But the Republicans in Washington could never give you any credit. Oh no. They said it was not Bill Clinton who brought prosperity, it was the House Republicans and Alan Greenspan. Guess what? We still have the House Republicans. We still have Alan Greenspan. And where's the economy? Back in the ditch.' This Michaud fellow is clearly on to something."

'Landslide Landrieu' Shows Bush's Popularity is MisOVERestimated
08-Dec-02
Campaign 2002

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) beat Suzie Terrell 52%-48%, despite hard campaigning by Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the Republican right - and $4 million in attack ads. "Landrieu had been a top GOP target from the moment she won her first term by less than 1% of the vote against Republican Woody Jenkins in 1996, the closest Senate race of that election cycle. Jenkins contested his 5,788-vote loss for almost year." "After running a primary campaign that touted her 74% voting record with Bush, which drew complaints from some of her core supporters, Landrieu did a turnaround in the runoff, stressing local issues" - and firing her consultant. Landrieu said her victory was the result of "an incredible grass-roots" effort - including heavy turnout from black voters thanks to the efforts of Donna Brazile.

How Karl Rove Beat the Democrats in 2002 - and How We Will Win in 2004
08-Dec-02
Campaign 2002

Dean Heagle writes, "The first step of challenging Bush on the issues will be to show whom most clearly benefits and whom most clearly loses from his policies. Clearly the majority of Bush's policies have been the greatest benefit to tax-sheltered corporations, flagrant polluters, de-regulated corporate book cookers, price gouging drug manufacturers, international treaty breakers and unilateralist diplomacy wreckers. The people who lose the most from Bush's policies are the middle and lower classes, anyone who has to breathe the air or drink the water, anyone who needs prescription drugs and anyone with the desire for world peace and cooperation; or in other words, most of the rest of us. Although it may seem obvious... his message has never been brought to the American people in a compelling way that would make these facts both poignant and motivational. If it could be made clear where Bush stands on the issues, it would be hard for the majority of people to continue to support him."

Democrats Lack of Coherent Foreign and Military Policies Contributed to Their Defeat
16-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Heather Hurlburt writes "As the debate over Iraq unfolded, I was dismayed, like most Democrats, to watch the Bush administration hawks nearly destroy the trust of our allies, whom we desperately need in our fight against al Qaeda, by pushing militarily insane plans to overthrow Saddam's regime unilaterally. Nor could I shake the suspicion that the White House timed the drumbeat to influence the November elections. But I was equally dismayed at the feckless, equivocal way in which the Democrats handled the debate...In the end, Bush won plaudits for shifting (apparently) to an approach that emphasized the need for U.N. approval and the involvement of our allies--one more in line with Democratic thinking. But Democrats didn't lead Bush to that position. They were instead dragged to it, and looked weak and craven as a result."

To Win Florida Elections, Democrats Must Nominate REAL Democrats
13-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Robert Steinback writes, "It speaks volumes that Florida's Democratic leaders and purseholders were more comfortable with Bill McBride, an unknown, rich, white male lawyer with no grass-roots connections, than any of his three highly competent rivals: Janet Reno, Daryl Jones and Lois Frankel. You could almost hear the gears of the Democratic lamebrain-trust working: Jones and Frankel would be unelectable because white Floridians wouldn't support a black man or a Jew. And - listening more to polls and GOP pundits than their own party membership - they felt Reno had too much 'baggage.' Hence, McBride. Any top Democratic candidate - regardless of race, gender or religion - must have a broad social vision, grass-roots visibility and a solid reputation to inspire the traditional Democratic voter. McBride didn't. Reno, Jones and Frankel did. ... Democratic leaders showed they didn't trust white Democrats to vote on principle, took black voters for granted and turned a tin ear to Hispanics."

Republicans Used Democratic Get-Out-The-Vote Strategy - Which Was Abandoned by Democratic Leaders
12-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

The Daily Feed writes, "Karl Rove and the gang took [get-out-the-vote] seriously. They registered thousands of new Republican voters in 2001... Republicans have been going on voter registration drives for over a year. Now that's just weird. At the end of the campaign, when close to a dozen races were neck-and-neck, Tom DeLay rented 73 buses and 245 vans to move 8,000 volunteers to targeted districts. The Republicans started to get it in 2000, and they really get it now. Campaigns are not won entirely by money. They're won by getting people involved, and you get them involved through personal contact... What really worries the Feed about this year's elections is getting beat at our own game. That has long-term consequences for every campaign that we face in the upcoming years. Let's not forget the ground game."

Democrats Campaigned for Bush for over a Year through their Misguided Support of the White House
11-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"In their ads, literature and debates...mention of Mr. Bush by [Democrats] was to praise not to challenge, or to expose the hypocrisy, and the damage to American workers and consumers by this [corporate shill]. Listening to the debate from around the country on C-Span radio, I was astonished to see Democratic candidates in tight races eager to show their support for Bush's 2001 tax cut for the wealthy, for the give-a-way war resolution authority on Iraq, and for Bush's federal drive to take over the historical role of the states in personal injury law by restricting Americans' right to their full day in court. And what did Senate Democrat candidates such as Jean Shaheen in New Hampshire and Senator Max Cleland of Georgia get for their support of [George W.] Bush? Why he roared into their states on Air Force One and campaigned against them, as he did against other Democrats who voted with him." - Ralph Nader

Republicans Won by Cross-Dressing as Democrats
10-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Bob Borosage writes, "Republican strategy paid implicit tribute to the existence of a reform majority in this country... Under Reagan and Gingrich, conservatives stood up and argued their case for deregulation, shutting down the Department of Education, rolling back environmental protections, freeing up corporations, repealing affirmative action, banning abortion, tax cuts for the wealthy, etc. Conservatives have learned from Gingrich's fall, however, that a majority of Americans want action on a range of domestic concerns. So instead of arguing their case, conservatives cross dress to blur differences with Democrats. This cross-dressing was effective on education, on corporate accountability, on prescription drugs. In our poll, for example, voters couldn't distinguish the two parties on prescription drugs. The tactic was less successful [on] the privatization of Social Security, where progressives were more aggressive and conservatives more exposed."

So, Class...What Did We Learn on Election Day?
09-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"When election day came, no way, no how, was America going to reward the Democrats by 'rallying round.' And, frankly, why should they? If the slim majority in the Senate had presented a united front over the past several months and made a valiant stand against the Bush agenda, the voters would have been inspired to vote in enough numbers to overcome the GOP's majority. But instead, the party had, for months, behaved as if it was the slightly spastic left arm of the GOP. This left the public in a Catch-22: If they voted Democrat to make a strike against Bush, the clueless Democrats would, without fail, believe that playing ball with Bush had won them votes! And thinking that, they would have continued to play Bush ball, thereby canceling out the very thing voters hoped to gain - a strike against Bush." So writes Cheryl Seal.

Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee?
09-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Jack Nichols writes: "A long-ago 'State of the Union' article by Gore Vidal in Esquire (1974) argued that the Republican and Democratic parties were 'Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.' Vidal's observation has never seemed more relevant than now, in the wake of the seizure by right-wing Republicans of all three branches of the United States government.... Nowhere has the national abandonment of both ammunition and principles among Democratic party hacks been more obvious than here in Florida. A no-nonsense openly-gay gubernatorial candidate, Bob Kunst, had tirelessly traversed the state during a two-year period, calling attention to the stolen presidential election in 2000, a theft that timid Democratic strategists insisted on ignoring." Jack's article includes links to election problems in Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Kansas, South Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Michigan and California.

Meet the Three Progressive Stars of Election 2002
08-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Campaign for America's Future writes, "In the mire of this week's election, a few remarkable stars were elected to Congress. Here are three new progressives whose energy, ideas and leadership will help transform this country in the years to come." Meet Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), who defeated veteran incumbent Connie Morella just outside Washington DC and thus became a national star... Raul Grijalva (AZ-7), who built a powerful grassroots movement in southwest Arizona... and Kendrick Meek (FL-17), whose sit-in at Jeb Bush's office in 2000 galvanized the black community to turn out a huge vote to elect Al Gore - forcing Jeb and Katherine Harris to steal the election.

Lesson for Democrats: If You Vote with Bush, Prepare for Defeat
08-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Joe Conason writes, "If the Democrats intend to mobilize their base again, they will have to resist the extension of Bush's tax breaks to the wealthiest few and his irresponsible Social Security scheme. Having watched the White House crusade against several of the Democratic senators who supported his first tax bill -- including Tim Johnson, Jean Carnahan, Max Cleland and Mary Landrieu -- those who now remain ought to realize that there is no reason for them to support his next one. They should propose an alternative cut in the payroll tax, which would be far more progressive and put money into the pockets of those who need it most and would spend it fastest, stimulating the economy immediately rather than 10 years from now."

Being Prostrate Is Not A Winning Stance
08-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

David Podvin writes: "Agonizing defeat can lead to positive change. After decades of tolerating Congressional setbacks, the Republicans finally got tired of losing. They tossed out the inert Bob Michel and regained control of the House behind someone who desperately wanted to win: Newt Gingrich. Terry McAuliffe and Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt are the Democratic versions of Michel; they are ineffectual little lambs easily led to the slaughter. They could not even hold their own in an off-year election against the party of a blatantly incompetent president [sic] who allowed America to be terrorized, and who was personally involved in corporate scandals, and who presided over a recession, and who turned a massive budget surplus into a massive budget deficit, and who oversaw a rising rate of violent crime. The Democratic Party lost seats when Clinton was succeeding, and it has lost seats while Bush is failing. The agony should now be sufficiently intense to motivate change."

GOP Margin of Victory Boils Down to a Pathetic 49,000 Votes
07-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

As Howard Kurtz of the Post points out, if just 49,000 votes had been cast differently, the White House would now be licking its wounds instead of the Dems. That's less than half the number of people who mustered on Oct. 26 to protest the proposed Bush W-ar. Yet the GOP is preening as if it had been granted some huge mandate, while the media gushes about Bush "charisma." Somehow, a margin that corresponds to a number smaller than a typical NFL game doesn't quite translate into "charisma." Meanwhile, the results, especially in Minnesota, show just how inaccurate polls are.

Only 2 in 10 Voters Made Up the Bogus GOP 'Mandate', While Low Voter Turnout Can Be Chalked Up to Wimpy Democratic Leaders
07-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

The GOP "sweep" was produced by the depressingly low voter turnout. When voter turnout is low, the GOP faithful, as always, can manage a total mobilization on Election Day, which translates into wins. But it's not much to brag about. Average overall turnout on 11/5 was about 39% - which means the GOP's "mandate" consists of roughly 2 of every 10 registered voters. Voters would be more inspired, says political expert Thomas E. Patterson, if "candidates would be less timid -- polls determine too much of what they see. True leadership -- positions taken out of principle rather than expediency -- is increasingly rare in campaigns, yet something that citizens yearn for." In short, the Democrats have been punished for their failure over the past year, to rise to the occasion and offer the courageous leadership Americans needed. Meanwhile, the GOP's core support relies on a fanatical few.

Move Left? Move Right? Dems The Day After
07-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Counterpunch.org quotes Mark Donham: "An interesting article ran in yesterday's USA Today regarding the lack of voting by people in the age group of 18-24. In non-presidential elections, the percentage of this age group that are voting is only about 25%. That is because no one is providing them with a vision that makes sense, and the smaller parties that might be providing that vision, like the Green Party, don't have the resources to reach them in adequate numbers. Therein lies the untapped political resource to revitalize the Democratic Party, but they will not be fooled or interested by milktoast ideas. It's time for Daschle and Gephardt to step down, admit that their strategy failed, and let some new, progressive leadership re-excite the party. If the party leadership looks at this and concludes that they weren't conservative enough and tries to push their positions even more to the right, then I see the Democrats disintegrating into near irrelevancy."

Why the Democrats Lost: Standing for Nothing Will Soon Leave You Lying in the Dust! Time to Follow Democrats.com's Aggressive Progressive Lead!
07-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"The hit comedy 'Seinfeld' was once described as a 'Show about Nothing.' The same can be said of the Democratic Party today, as it reels from a defeat of historic proportions,' writes Lowell Feld. 'Perhaps 'Nothing' can work well in comedy, but 'standing for Nothing' apparently does not get you very far in U.S. politics in the year 2002. What we have here is a party completely adrift...In the weeks and months leading up to yesterday's debacle, we witnessed the pathetic spectacle of the Democrats meekly rolling over and supporting Bush on Iraq in order to 'move on' -- to what, we'll never know." A recent poll in the liberal paper 'Intervention' reveals that 61% of its readers feel the Dems lost due to their failure to stand for anything. It's time to follow Democrats.com's lead! We have taken a stand for over two years and, while our readership has skyrocketed, support of the Daschle Dems has plummeted."

Do the Math: Republicans Have No Mandate!
07-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

While the toupee-loving Trent Lott and the mainstream media continue to gloat that Republican gains in the election can be chalked up to Bush's frenzied campaigning and his alleged popularity, it's important to remember this: only 39% of registered voters even bothered to cast a ballot November 5th. Of that dismal number, more than half voted for either Democrats or Independents. Let's inundate CNN, Fox News and other media outlets with letters informing them of these facts and telling them to stop the pro-Bush propaganda of portraying the election as a referendum on Shrub's popularity!

Time For The Democrats To Clean House
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Stephen Pizzo says he doesn't "believe anyone in the Democratic Party is going to argue this election was anything but a massive defeat. Some will try to rationalize it by saying the races were close, but politics isn't horseshoes and close just doesn't cut it... After a house cleaning the party needs to clearly define what it stands for. To justify its existence, a political party must first articulate a set of principles and policies its candidates are willing to die for, politically speaking. What did Democrats fight for in this election? Well, I can't say; and that's the problem, neither could anyone else... This is not to say that the Democratic party is devoid of strong honorable men and women. They're around but they were muzzled by those within their party who believed they could prevail with real politik -- a cautious strategy of delay, avoidance and harassment rather than direct confrontation."

What Happened? What Should We Democrats Learn From Nov 5, 2002?
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Democrats.com member Steven Leser writes, "We Democrats should have had a banner night on Nov 5th. We are at war, all polling indicates people think things are on the wrong track in the country and the economy is in the dumps and has been that way for the entire two years of this new GOP administration. During that period, the GOP held the Presidency, controlled the Supreme Court (let's be honest) and the House of Representatives. The one vote margin by which the Democrats 'controlled' the senate was tenuous at best. Several Democratic Senators crossed party lines at times to vote for GOP sponsored legislation. In other words, the GOP had the reins and they failed to do anything about the miserable economy, at least, they failed to do anything that worked." Join the discussion!

Inside Karl Rove's Election-Night Diary (Satire)
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"Now, THAT was fun! The liberals never knew what hit 'em. Clueless, those guys. But, based on our polling and focus groups, yours truly knew weeks ago. That's why I could safely send George out on the hustings for that last-minute pick-me-up to the GOP troops. (The Prez wasn't happy about having to work, and disrupting his nap patterns, but he sure appreciates my plan now.) The boy genius rides again. Sure feels good. I needed to redeem myself big time after blowing the Jim Jeffords thing, which threw our whole agenda into disarray. But now it's clear sailing. Thank you, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. We rode those bogeymen into the sunset. I was worried that maybe we were too obvious and the electorate might see through what we were doing. But no worry; by playing up the possibility of new terror attacks and the evil Saddam, the fear factor worked, and the American citizenry marched in lockstep, giving us whatever we wanted." So writes Bernard Weiner.

Republicans Gain Control of Senate; Lincoln Chafee May Cross Aisle - Thus Blocking the Bush Dictatorship
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"Republicans won control of the Senate after ousting Democrats in Georgia and Missouri, giving Bush's legislative agenda a major boost in the next Congress... With at least 47 senators, Democrats will still be able to use filibusters - procedural delays - to kill Republican initiatives because such roadblocks need only 41 votes to succeed....But the final word on Senate control may be delayed because of possible Election Day disputes over paper ballots in Minnesota and other issues. Uncertainty could linger until Dec. 7, when a Louisiana runoff will be held since the front-runner there, Landrieu, failed to win 50 percent of the vote. Furthermore, Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chaffee said he might consider crossing the aisle after the election if the chamber were tied 50-50."

GOP Takes Senate; Now Controls All 3 Branches of Government
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

CBSNews.com reports: "With a victory in Missouri, the GOP retook control of the Senate early Monday, according to CBS News estimates. The Republican majority will allow...Bush to push through his agenda much more easily. Early Tuesday, Democratic incumbent Jean Carnahan conceded defeat to her opponent, Republican Jim Talent. The GOP victory put the Republicans over the top, guaranteeing them a majority in the Senate. By winning their 50th seat with a victory in Missouri, the Republicans were ensured control of the chamber next year because...Dick Cheney will cast tie-breaking votes. The triumph came on a night that began with Democrats clinging to a one-seat margin, and it meant they will have to relinquish the majority they have held since Vermont Sen. James Jeffords abandoned the Republicans in June 2001."

Republican-Lite Democrats Get Clobbered, and the Bush Dictatorship Begins
06-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Harry Truman said, "give the people a choice between a Republican and a Republican and they will vote for the Republican every time." That's the best explanation for Democratic losses in the House and Senate, as voters couldn't see the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democratic leaders refused to challenge Bush's theft of the Presidency, and refused to challenge his mandate-less right-wing policies. Meanwhile, Bush sucked up corporate cash like a vacuum cleaner, selling America out to the greediest and most corrupt special interests, so Republicans could fill the airwaves with vote-killing toxic campaign ads. Now the Bush Dictatorship begins - and American Democracy faces its most profound test since the very founding of the Republic. Will American Democracy survive? The answer is up to us - so where do we begin? Join the discussion.

Dems Win Governorships, but Jeb Hangs On
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Big wins for Janet Napolitano (AZ), Rod Blagojevich (IL), Kathleen Sebelius (KS), John Baldacci (ME), Jennifer Granholm (MI), Bill Richardson (NM), Brad Henry (OK), Ed Rendell (PA), Phil Bredesen (TN), Jim Doyle (WI). But Jeb's re-election is too much to bear...

House is Uphill Fight
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002


Senate Hangs by a Thread
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

The good news - Frank Lautenberg (NJ) won big, Mark Pryor (AR) is leading. The bad news - Max Cleland (GA) lost, while Jean Carnahan (MO) and Tom Strickland (CO) are behind. Tim Johnson (SD) is too close to call. The Minnesota count will take all night, and Louisiana will be decided in December. Take a DEEP breath...

Frank Lautenberg Wins NJ with Double-Digit Lead
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

In NJ, voters turned out in DROVES and elected Lautenberg with a comfortable (to say the least margin) of 54-43%. The message NJ voters sent was clear - dirty tricks don't fly here, Repugs, so don't even think about it in 2004!

Harvey Pitt Resigns
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

On Election night, Harvey Pitt tendered his resignation to Bush, who all too eagerly accepted it. With the heat being turned up on Cheney, Halliburton, Harken and Enron, Bush needed to give the appearance of doing something about Pitt's corrupt oversight. We expect to see all of the blame for the failure of the administration to seriously address corporate abuses - including its own - to be placed on the departing Pitt. Meanwhile, it will be business as usual for the corporate cartel in the White House.

Voter News Service Exit Polls Cancelled
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

ABCNews.com reports: "Its operation riddled with errors, Voter News Service abandoned its state and national exit poll plans for Election Night, depriving media organizations of information to help analyze the vote. The decision did not affect VNS' separate operation for counting the actual vote. VNS also hoped to have limited information from the exit poll surveys to give its members guidance in projecting winners for individual races. Still, it was a major setback for VNS a consortium consisting of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and The Associated Press. VNS had completely rebuilt its system in response to the 2000 election, when television networks twice used its information to make wrong calls in the decisive Florida vote for the presidential election."

Surprise, Surprise! Worst Voting Glitch in Nation Occurs in Texas
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

A staggering 360,000 votes will now have to be recounted in Fort Worth Texas's Tarrant County because of a colossal glitch in which the computerized system failed to recognize a straight party. Now officials will work through the night counting the votes by hand...what we'd like to know is who will be counting those votes...and what sort of assurance the voters of Tarrant County have that the glitch was not aimed at forcing a hand count for less than honorable reasons. This sounds like a job for a squad of Election Protection squads from PFAW!

People for the American Way's Election Protection Squad Confirms Serious Problems with Touch-Screen Machines in Miami-Dade County
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Three cheers and about a million thumbs up - way, way up - for the Election Protection squads of the People for the American Way. These volunteers, in the trenches across the nation today, are helping to mitigate what could have been much worse voting disasters in areas where chronic disenfranchisement of voters is threatening the entire election system. As soon as reports came in that voters were once again having trouble in Miami-Dade County in Florida, the squads were on the site, calling election officials and demanding that improperly working machines - the ones registering Jeb Bush for every Bill McBride vote - be pulled from use.

Predict the Results and Win a Prize!
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Bob Fertik writes, "Here's my fearless prediction. In the Senate, Democrats win 51-48-1. In the House, Republicans win 220-214-1. What's your prediction? Call both outcomes correctly and win a prize!"

If This Image Frightens You - Go Vote!
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"It's summer of 2003, and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott steps up to the microphone. 'We're pleased to have finally broken through the partisan gridlock here in the Senate. Now I'd like to ask the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch, to talk a little more about our newest Supreme Court Justice, who has some pretty big shoes to fill in outgoing Chief Justice Rehnquist.' Orrin Hatch takes the microphone. 'Thank you, Senator Lott. Last year the radical left had a chokehold on the judicial nomination process, keeping good people like Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen off the federal bench. Well, in the new Senate we don't have an abortion litmus test anymore. We're not controlled by labor bosses or radical environmentalists or other special interests. Now we can get all of Bush's judicial nominees through my committee and the Senate. And that's good news for America.'"

Paul Krugman Blasts Pundits Who Tell Voters There's 'No Difference' Between the Parties
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Paul Krugman writes, "Of course, some pundits tell you that not much is at stake in this particular election, that the parties aren't really very different on the issues. I don't know what planet they are living on: in reality, the parties are further apart than they have been since the 1930's. The fact that anyone imagines otherwise is a tribute to the timidity of the Democrats, who are afraid to say what they really think, and the subterfuge of the Republicans, who show a disciplined willingness to pretend to hold positions they actually abhor. Not only are there huge substantive differences between the parties, the background to this election means that it may determine the shape of America for decades to come."

Baltimore Sun Waits Until Last Minute to Endorse Kathleen kennedy Townsend
05-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

The Baltimore Sun's loyalties lie not with the people of Baltimore, but with corporate (and thus GOP) interests. The Sun "serves" a city that is 90% Democrat, yet waited until NOVEMBER 3 to announce it was endorsing the Dem. candidate for governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. And it only did so then because of the embarrassing revelation that Ehrlich's campaign was attempting to defraud black voters right there, within blocks of the Sun office. Notice the lame excuses given for the delay! The gross abdication of duty is described as a long "deliberation" that was "a response to the gravity of the task and to this newspaper's desire to contribute to a political shake-up in Annapolis by supporting a Republican candidate for the top job. But change for the sake of change hardly serves the state's best interests..." If Ehrlich is handed the race thru this dereliction of duty, the Sun's advertisers will gain, but its readers will lose.

Don't Stay Home from the Polls to Watch Your Kids - Take Them Along and Let them Watch YOU Vote!
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Council for Excellence in Government writes, "On Election Day, Take Your Kids to Vote! It's a simple, yet powerful way to help children learn about democracy, civics and the importance of every vote. Studies show that children - toddlers to teens - who go to the polls with their parents are more likely to go to the polls and vote as adults. According to a 2002 Council for Excellence in Government study, parents who take their kids to vote, talk with their kids about politics, and vote in all or most elections raise kids with higher levels of political knowledge and political engagement. A previous study by the National Association of Secretaries of State found that parental voting behavior has a profound effect on whether their children vote. Voter turnout across the country continues to decline. Consider young adults: In 1972 (the year 18-year-olds became eligible to vote) 55% of 18-24 year olds voted. In the 2000 election, only 42% chose to do so. " Break the cycle of apathy!

The 'Election Protection' Teams Stand Ready to Come to the Aid of Voters Across the Nation!!
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Election Protection has hit the ground running! People For the American Way Foundation and our partner organizations are already assembling at offices in six states, ready to protect voters' rights at hundreds of different precincts. Thousands of volunteers have been handing out our "Voters' Bill of Rights," taking time to educate citizens about how the Election Protection program will help make their votes count on Election Day. We are reaching millions of people through advertising and other media outreach. PFAWF (see also http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/prime/1104-130.html) has committed more than $500,000 to purchasing radio time in eight states. Election Protection is the nation's most ambitious nonpartisan program for preventing Election Day disenfranchisement. If you need help or have any problems, call 1-800 OUR-VOTE (687-8683)

Michael Moore Says Skip Work Tuesday to Give Bush the 'Mother of all Shellackings'
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Michael Moore writes, "Well, folks, Tuesday is the day! The day that George W. gets taught a long overdue lesson. The day that we, the MAJORITY - the 52% who never elected him - get our chance to reclaim a bit of our former democracy (back when ALL the votes used to be counted). What if, on Tuesday, all of us, regardless of our political stripe, and just for the fun of it, decided to serve one big-ass eviction notice that said, you have two years to remove yourself from the premises? I think we can give Bush the Mother of all Shellackings on Tuesday. It can happen if you, and the millions of others, who are now reading this letter, will do one simple thing: TAKE THE DAY OFF THIS TUESDAY. Call in sick, skip work, skip school, skip Springer, and then devote the next 12 hours to dragging as many people as you can out of their homes and getting them to the polls. I know a lot of you cannot afford to do this. But, honestly, can we afford NOT to?"

Executive Committee Against Uppity Citizens Urges You NOT to Vote
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"On behalf of Shell, Mobil, and Exxon; Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and GE; all the Enrons, Halliburtons, and Harkens; Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the other CEOs of the Cabinet; and thousands of us who are working for a better life for the wealthiest Americans, we have one simple request: Could you please just stay home tomorrow? See, we have things to do. Nations to invade. Wetlands to destroy. Oil to drill. Courts to pack. Corporate taxes to cut... We don't quite get what it is about our agenda that you people don't like, but it's clear that this time, you may be upset enough to actually do something about it. That's why we're writing this message to you today. Please don't vote. Ask your friends not to vote. What could the harm be in sitting this round out? If you could just stay home on Election Day, we can get back to the important business of running the nation for you, and we won't have to bother you again. The Executive Committee Against Uppity Citizens"

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE...and Did We Mention?...VOTE!!!
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

"This is a critical, critical election. On the one hand, we have in power a murderous pack of thieves and power-hungry corporations who will do anything -- and I mean ANYTHING -- to cement their power in the long term, if given a chance. On the other hand, we have well over 175 million registered voters, half of whom cannot be bothered to vote in any given election. It is a dangerous, dangerous combination. The Bush Reich and all of its minions must GO. And ya know what? That could happen THIS WEEK if enough people cared. THIS WEEK. But if it doesn't, and the final tally reveals that just 50-53% or so of the voting public pulled the lever, pushed the button, punched the chad or scrawled in a write in, then those of you who did none of these things on Tuesday had better not even THINK of whining about the sad state of affairs." - Cheryl Seal

Dems Could Win the House in a Squeaker
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

JB Armstrong writes, "The current House makeup is 223 Republicans, 212 Democrats (includes 1 Independent D voting), so the Democrats need to gain 6 seats in order to takeover the majority. The Republicans start with 190 seats, and the Democrats start with 195 seats that are secure holds, outside the top 50. Overall, this forecast yields a 7 seat gain for the Democrats over the Republicans, resulting in a 219-216 Democratic Majority in the House." It all depends on turnout - so Get Out The Vote!

It's the Year of the Democratic Governor
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Democratic candidates for governor are set to rack up major gains, led by a powerful group of women candidates - Janet Granholm (MI) and Kathleen Sebelius (KS) have solid leads, while Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (MD), Shannon O'Brien (MA), Janet Napolitano (AZ), and Fran Ulmer (AK) are in virtual dead heats. Dems are also expecting pickups in PA (Ed Rendell), TN (Phil Bredesen), WI (Jim Doyle), IL (Rod Blagojevich), NM (Bill Richardson), and ME (John Baldacci). Dems should hold on in CA (Gray Davis), OR (Ted Kulongoski), IA (Tom Vilsack), GA (Roy Barnes), and VT (Doug Racine). Congress will be a squeaker, but it's definitely the Year of the Democratic Governor.

Dems Have Slight Edge in Senate
04-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

DC's Political Report has compiled all of the polls in Senate races. Dem challengers Mark Pryor (AR) and Tom Strickland (CO) are heading towards solid victories, giving Dems a 3-seat margin. Dem upsets are also possible in TX (Ron Kirk) and NH (Jeanne Shaheen), but they could be offset by possible losses in MO (Jean Carnahan) and GA (Max Cleland). Dems should hold their seats in MN (Walter Mondale) and NJ (Frank Lautenberg), as well as SD (Tim Johnson) and LA (Mary Landrieu). Dems still have a chance in SC (Alex Sanders), NC (Erskine Bowles), and TN (Bob Clement). If Dem voters turn out in strength, we could emerge with a 4-seat majority, but if Dems stay home, Repugs could win by 1 - enough to create a Bush Dictatorship. Get Out The Vote!

Our Time is NOW - Or It Will Be Theirs FOREVER
03-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Many of you have written us asking what you can do to join the Democrats.com resistance to the Bush Regime. Apart from our everyday protest notices and occasional activist alerts, we said to stay tuned for an announcement. Over a week ago, we announced what you can do. You can download our flyer, print out copies and plaster them all over your communities. You can gather your friends into teams and have them pass them out. Think about it. Even with just 1% of our 100,000 members -- 1,000 in the streets over the next two days -- we can make a profound impact in getting out the vote. We can warn our countrymen of the danger of a total rightwing takeover of all three branches of Government. (Note: requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. If you don't have it, download it free at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html). If you don't have Adobe, you can simply right click on the link to save the file to a floppy disk, and take it to your local printer.

California Democrats Ready for Statewide Sweep
03-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

SF Chronicle reports, "Democrats could be looking at a historic sweep of statewide offices, according to a Field Poll released today showing the party's candidates gaining momentum -- holding leads in all seven races for constitutional offices... All three Democratic incumbents running for re-election hold solid leads over their GOP challengers -- with Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante favored by a 12- point margin, Attorney General Bill Lockyer enjoying a 14-point spread and Treasurer Phil Angelides ahead by 7 points, the poll showed. All statewide Democratic candidates have opened up larger leads in their races than in the previous Field Poll taken in September...'The chances of Democrats sweeping all the offices is greater than it was six weeks ago,' DiCamillo said. If that happens, it would mark a political milestone -- the first time in recorded state history in which the Republicans are shut out of all statewide constitutional offices." Defeat ALL Republicans!

Republicans are Getting out the Vote - Are You?
03-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Democrats have traditionally clobbered Republicans in grassroots get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts. But "Republicans have vowed they will not be outdone this year. The busloads of volunteers for Mr. Beauprez in Colorado were organized under a program started by Mr. DeLay called Stomp, for Strategic Task Force for Organizing and Mobilizing People. Republican lawmakers with safe seats in many other states are also sending their volunteers to help candidates in tough races in neighboring districts. The Republican National Committee has been working all year on what it calls the 72-Hour Program, a concentrated, state-by-state, district-by-district drive to identify potential voters so they can be contacted over the last weekend and shepherded to the polls on Election Day." Don't sit on your hands - get out the vote!

The Republic Stands Upon the Edge of a Knife
03-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

William Rivers Pitt writes, "The election is a contest for the soul of this democracy. America stands ready to become a rogue nation, dismissive of the rest of the world, prepared to deliver a hard slap to the face of allies who have stood with us for decades. In this global economy, an arrogant America stands to lose far more than the good will of other nations. In this dangerous world, America cannot afford to stand alone. After the attacks of 9-11, the international community wrapped us in a warm embrace. In return, the Bush administration has spit into their collective faces. If this administration controls the entirety of our government, this trend will continue unchecked [and] domestic policy will be further manipulated in favor of corporations and the wealthy. The economy will continue to bleed. The 21st century, at one time looked to with hope and promise, will wind a funeral shroud around what we once believed to be the last, best hope for humanity. Is this what you want?"

An Example of Compassionate Conservatism: Children Go Hungry So Republicans Can Win Elections
02-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Thomas Edsall of the Washington Post reports, "A hunger advocacy group has charged that a special livestock drought-relief program crucial to the Senate campaign of Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.) cannot be financed without cutbacks in school lunch programs and food banks for the poor.... For the past six weeks, Thune and the Bush administration have used the special $752 million program to showcase Thune's ability to provide crucial, election-year assistance to beleaguered cattle ranchers without busting the budget or cutting back on programs." And remember that Bush initially refused to provide any drought relief, until he found out that it was becoming a campaign issue. Then his Secretary of Agriculture staged a photo op with John Thune to announce the Republican candidate for the Senate had persuaded Bush to help the farmers of South Dakota after all.

Wellstone Was Right - Politicians Who Voted against Bush's War Resolution Are Thriving
02-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Salon's Michelle Goldberg reports "Twenty-two senators and 133 congressmen voted against Bush's Iraq resolution in October...And in not a single case, contrary to Washington's conventional wisdom, does it appear to be hurting any of their chances for reelection. [Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL said] 'I've cast thousands of votes, and I would put this as one of the top votes when it comes to what I call street-corner reaction. People who don't know me seek me out and thank me for that vote -- a broad spectrum of people who self-identify as Republicans or veterans...I must have seen 4,000 people, and exactly two came up and disagreed with me on Iraq'...Durbin's Republican opponent, Jim Durkin, has tried to use Iraq against the senator, calling him an 'appeaser.' But a recent poll taken by Research 2000 shows Durbin leading by 18 percent."

Top 10 Things Heard in the White House If Worker-Friendly Candidates Are Defeated on Tuesday
02-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Tuesday's elections will determine control of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and governors' offices and statehouses all across America. You have the power to shape the outcome of the elections...but only if you vote. Read these top 10 and pass them on to family, friends and co-workers.

Dems Poised to Crush GOP in Governors' Races
01-Nov-02
Campaign 2002

Good news: this year's gubernatorial races could overwhelmingly shift the leadership in a majority of states from the Repugnicants to the Dems, a turnabout that would have deep implications for future presidential races. "Republican dominance in state government during the late 1990s played a critical role in policy and politics. In policy, GOP governors had a major hand in reshaping welfare programs and deciding whether to cut taxes or raise spending -or do both-as states enjoyed record surpluses," states the L.A. Times. Yeah, and now nearly every state is suffering from record deficits thanks to the mismanagement of either a Republican (p)Resident or Governor! Republicans have failed on both the state and federal level, and voters recognize that, to paraphrase President Al Gore, "it's time for them to go!"

Only 4 Days to Stop Bush's Dictatorship - Volunteer to Get Out the Vote!
31-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

The Democratic Party needs your help! Wherever you live, you need to volunteer to help the Democrats get out the vote. Make phone calls, knock on doors, drive voters to the polls, or be a poll watcher to deal with fraud. To stop the Bush Dictatorship, we need to make sure EVERY Democratic vote is cast - and counted. Sign up now!

Senate Races are Practically Dead Heats in SC, NH, CO, NC, AR, and TX - Vote Democratic!
30-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Dashpac reports, "In SC, Alex Sanders (D) has made up considerable ground on opponent Lindsey Graham. On Monday, Gannett Broadcasting found that the race to be 'too close to call,' with Graham at 49% and Sanders at 48%. Just one week ago in the same poll, Graham's lead was 9 points. In NH, Jeanne Shaheen (D) has taken the lead over Rep. John Sununu with only a week to go, 48% to 42% according to a Becker Institute poll conducted 10/22-23. In CO, Tom Strickland (D) is dead even with Senator Wayne Allard at 42% apiece, according to Talmey-Drake. In NC, former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (D) is within the margin of error against Elizabeth Dole, whom he trails 45% to 42%, Garin-Hart-Yang, 10/27-28. In AR, Mark Pryor (D) leads his opponent, GOP Senator Tim Hutchinson 48% to 43%, according to an Opinion Research. In TX, the latest KXAS NBC 5 poll, conducted October 21-27, has Ron Kirk trailing Republican nominee John Cornyn by only three, 40% to 43%."

Control of the House and Senate May Not be Decided until well after Election Day
30-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

William Schneider reviews all of the Senate and House elections which will not be resolved on November 5. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) may face a December runoff, as might Senator Max Cleland (D-GA). Oregon may take weeks counting mail-in ballots. Louisiana House races may go to a December runoff, and the late Rep. Patsy Mink's(D-HI) successor will be elected in January. Close elections will be mired in recounts. Liberal Republicans and Conservative Democrats might be persuaded to switch parties. Fasten your seat belts, it's gonna be a wild ride!

Bush's 'Free Fall' in Polls Will Sweep Democrats to Victory
29-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Dick "Toesucker" Morris writes, "Just when control of Congress hangs in the balance, Bush is losing the popularity he so desperately needs to gain control of the Senate and keep power in the House. According to the Fox News survey of Oct. 22-24, Bush's job approval has slipped to 60%, from 66% two weeks ago and 69% in August. His personal favorability has dropped to 62% from 72% in August. For the first time since 9/11, Bush's job-approval ratings have dropped below those Bill Clinton maintained throughout his second term, even in the midst of impeachment proceedings. The last time a mid-term election resulted in a partisan rout, in 1994, the auger of Democratic disaster was a drop in Clinton's job approval in the period immediately before the balloting. Why is Bush in free fall?"

Newt Gingrich Leads 'Pre-emptive' Republican Attack on Walter Mondale
28-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

The "Bush Doctrine" of pre-emptive nuclear attacks on potential rivals is not limited to foreign relations. On Sunday, viewers of "Meet the Press" got a taste for how it is applied to political warfare at home, as Newt Gingrich went on the attack - only two days after Paul Wellstone's sudden tragic death and two days before his funeral. Norm Coleman ran a vicious attack dog campaign against Wellstone, and even HE realizes that would backfire against Mondale. So he'll simply use surrogates instead. "Political operatives said they expect Coleman to use a good-cop, bad-cop strategy, with state and national GOP leaders picking apart Mondale's record while Coleman focuses mostly on a more positive campaign centered on his agenda." This is Republican hate politics at its worst - defeat ALL Republicans!

Volunteer and Vote!
27-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Paul Rogat Loeb writes: "The vote that gave Bush the power to go war with Iraq was timed to help hand the Republicans every branch of national power in this country. And with the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone, unless a good deal more citizens get involved in the upcoming election, the Republican strategy might succeed. Conventional wisdom says Bush pushed through the vote so Republicans could drown out other critical issues-the economy, corporate crime, environmental destruction-and attack Democratic opponents as unpatriotic. They're doing this, with a ruthlessness to be expected from Bush campaign manager Karl Rove and the others calling the shots in recent Republican campaigns. But the greater threat from the vote is that many people who normally volunteer for Democratic candidates and furnish their grassroots financial base will stay home in critical races because they're angry at the Democratic leadership and those Senators and Congressmen who caved on the war powers."

Trent Lott's Agenda Is One HUGE Reason to Defeat ALL Republicans
25-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NY Times reports that Senator Trent "Lott's name is not on any ballot this year, but he is running as hard as anyone - and has much to win or lose. The battle for control of the Senate will determine the reach of Mr. Lott's political power and either fulfill or puncture his dream of presiding over the Senate while Republicans control the White House and the House of Representatives... Should Republicans succeed and complete the trifecta of controlling the House, Senate and White House, Mr. Lott has an ambitious agenda... Confirmation of 50 or more judges nominated by Bush is high on his list. Making permanent the 10-year tax cuts Congress approved last year is another priority. He said he would pass the Republican version of prescription drug coverage for older Americans, bar a form of late-term abortion opponents call partial-birth abortion and protect gun rights." Do we need any more reasons to defeat ALL Republicans?

After a $3,000 Bribe, Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) Fought Urgent Accounting Reform
25-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Denver Post reports, "U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) pushed for a delay in accounting reform days after accepting campaign money from the three big accounting firms that fiercely opposed the new rules. In July 2000, more than two years before his re-election bid, the Republican member of the Senate Banking Committee took $3,000 in contributions from Arthur Andersen, KPMG and Deloitte & Touche. At the time, those companies were leading the fight to block proposed SEC rules restricting accounting firms from consulting for the same corporations they audit. 'Allard is one of the largest recipients from big accounting firms of anyone in the Senate,' [Democratic opponent Tom] Strickland said. 'Sen. Allard carried their water.' Allard ranks ninth out of all 100 U.S. senators in contributions from the accounting industry. He accepted $41,127 as of late June. He has taken $10,000 from Deloitte & Touche, at least $7,000 from KPMG and at least $7,500 from Arthur Andersen."

New Polls Contradict Notion that Iraq Issue Helps Repugnicants
25-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Surprise, surprise - despite Karl Rove and company's belief that hammering ceaselessly on the Iraq issue will help Republicans in the midterm elections, recent Gallup and NPR polls suggest the propaganda machine is doing just the opposite. Finally, polls are showing what we already know to be true-voters don't support the W-ar and want to elect Democrats who oppose it! According to the New Republic, the Gallup poll showed likely voters, who placed primary importance on the Iraq issue, favoring Democrats by 16 PERCENT. That's a huge margin that suggests perhaps Goebbels wanna-be Karl Rove isn't the master of PR he thinks he is and ought to be fired!

Doug Forrester Lied About His Wealth, Thus Shooting Himself in the Head
24-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NY Times reports, "In May, when Douglas Forrester first asserted that his prescription drug insurance company was worth more than $100 million, NJ's Republican primary for the Senate quickly changed from a competitive race into a victory lap for Mr. Forrester. But since Mr. Forrester's reported wealth - and presumed ability to help pay for his Senate race - turned him from an unknown to the Republican candidate, the $100 million estimate has played a very different role. Now, it appears that the company, of which Mr. Forrester owns 51%, is worth far less than $100 million [in reality, only $10 million!] and the original estimate seems to be hindering his campaign, not helping it. By claiming such substantial wealth, Mr. Forrester gave many NJ Republicans an excuse to sit on their checkbooks, and he has raised barely $1 million for the general election. Democrats, meanwhile, have used the $100 million figure to accuse him of gouging his customers." Hey Doug: Bushit only works in Texas!

Top Ten Reasons to vote Republican on November 5 (Satire)
24-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Here's the start of Jackson Thoreau's list: "No. 10: To finally eliminate government so big corporations can run the country, destroy all workers' rights and benefits, and ruin America the way they have ruined the American workplace... No. 9: To keep growing our budget deficit that has wiped out the entire Clinton surplus while passing more tax cuts mainly for the super wealthy in the spirit of trickle-down Reaganomics... No. 8: So Big Agricultural conglomerates can replace family farms and destroy our rural communities, and so our universities can teach courses to American students on the proper way to say, 'Do you want fries with that?'"

The Election Results: Which News Story Would You Prefer to Read on Nov. 6th?
24-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Bernard Weiner writes: "The upcoming midterm election is, at the time of this writing, too close to call. One day, it looks good for the Democrats to retake the House and keep the Senate; the next day, there seems to be a surge for the GOP, with the Republicans set to hang onto the House and retake the Senate. "What's an editor to plan for on Election Night?" See how you react to the following alternative stories about the election results. And act accordingly. Your actions, donations, and volunteer efforts during the next week or so will help determine which version of the post-election stories below you'll be reading on November 6.

If You Can't Get to the Polls on Election Day, VOTE ABSENTEE!
23-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

If you can't get to the polls on November 5, be sure to vote by absentee ballot! In the 2000 election in Florida, George W. Bush's 537-vote margin was entirely due to absentee ballots, because the Florida Republican Party illegally mailed absentee ballot request forms to Republicans. When many of those Republican application forms were returned to county officials without all the required info - rendering them void - Republican operatives sat in county offices and illegally completed those forms. On Election Night, Republicans election officials made copies of 10,000 absentee ballots that were rejected by the machines - a service they adamantly refused to provide for the mostly Democratic voters who cast their ballots at regular voting booths. And when the recount showed Bush barely ahead, Republican officials counted absentee ballots from overseas that were illegally postmarked after Election Day. So vote absentee - it's crucial!

Stop the Bush Dictatorship - Print the Democrats.com GOTV Flyer!
23-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"On November 5, your vote will decide whether George W. Bush realizes his dream - to become America's first dictator. For the past year, the only force stopping Bush from ruling like a dictator has been a bare one-vote majority of Democrats in the Senate. If Republicans gain just one seat in the Senate, there will be nothing to stop George W. Bush from doing whatever he wants - no matter how dictatorial. Will the Supreme Court led by William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas stop Bush? Of course not - they appointed him by stopping the Florida recount! Stop the Bush Dictatorship - Vote DEMOCRATIC!" Print the Democrats.com Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) flyer - and give it to every voter you know! (Note: requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. If you don't have it, download it free at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.)

Bush Pushes for GOP Election Gains, Pursuing Another 'Trifecta:' Control of All Three Branches of Government
23-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NYTimes.com reports: "The White House is mounting an all-out push over the final two weeks of the midterm elections, dispatching (Mr.)...Bush to campaign almost nonstop between now and Election Day,...We believe that Bush's decision to embark on a 14-day, 17-plus-state political tour is going to give Bush his own unwelcome and unexpected `October Surprise' by having the consequence of nationalizing the mid-terms around the issue of the economy,' Mr. Podesta and Joe Lockhart, a Clinton White House press secretary, said in a memorandum to Democratic Party leaders over the weekend. 'Bush's strategy presents Democrats with the opportunity to exploit Republicans' most potent political vulnerability their mismanagement of the economy and poor leadership record on domestic economic issues.'" Call your local Democratic party and volunteer to help stop Bush's next Trifecta! We need YOUR help, NOW!

As Lautenberg Surges to 9% Lead, Forrester Desperately Resorts to Age Attack
23-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NY Times reports, "Quinnipiac University released a public opinion poll today showing that support for Mr. Lautenberg (D) had risen above 50 percent for the first time, and that he led Mr. Forrester (R) among likely voters 52 percent to 43 percent, with women in particular favoring Mr. Lautenberg, and the crucial undecided vote beginning to break for him." In desperation, Forrester accused "Rambling Frank" of "severe confusion," raising "serious quesions about Mr. Lautenberg's fitness to serve." Of course, Lautenberg is 21 years younger than Strom Thurmond, whose "fitness" remains unchallenged by Republicans. Hey Frank, take a tip from the Gipper, when a reporter asked about his age: tell Doug you "won't hold his youth and inexperience against him"!

Vote Democratic - For a Truly Strong Nation
21-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Daily Enron writes, "Which of these two parties, if they control the House and Senate for the next two years, can deliver a truly strong nation? A nation that is capable of not only defending us from those abroad who would do us harm, but from those right here at home - like the folks at Enron, WorldCom, and Global Crossing. The record is about as clear on this as it can be. After Republicans took control of the House in 1994 they did what Republicans always do when they get into power - they began dismantling the federal regulatory apparatus. There are two forces driving this compulsion. First, corporate contributors made it a condition of support. One of the results of the Republicans' 1994 'Contract With America' was regulatory changes that directly led to the current round of corporate scandals. The problem goes beyond just catering to corporate contributors. Republicans really believe that government regulation stifles business [and] businesses will always do the right thing."

People for the American Way TV Ad Warns of Right Wing Control of Government
20-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"There has been almost no attention to the fact that for the first time since 1929, the right wing of the Republican Party might have effective control of all three branches of government. Given the consequences of that dominance, it is urgent that the silence on this issue be broken. People For the American Way is ready to end that silence with a hard-hitting television ad. 'Today the White House and the House of Representatives are controlled by the right wing of the Republican Party. And with just one more vote they'll control the U.S. Senate. Their unchecked political power would be devastating for a woman's right to choose, our environment, social security, and corporate accountability. And could guarantee a Supreme Court controlled by the far right for decades. With your family's future at stake, should one political party have this much power? Your vote for Senator counts on November 5th.'" View the ad.

Uh, Shouldn't We Count the Votes First?
20-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill are so optimistic about winning control of both chambers of Congress in next month's elections that they have begun mapping how they would use their new power," reports the Washington Post. And because a quirk of this year's elections might turn Republicans into the majority party for a lame-duck session, plans are also underway to bring up stalled bills, such as the union-busting Homeland Security Department legislation, and to confirm right-wing Bush nominees to the federal bench....Sen. Patty Murray (WA), head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Republicans' preelection hubris bolsters the argument she is making in key states...'I tell people that a Democratic Senate is the only thing stopping a conservative, right-wing agenda from becoming law.'" She's right! Contribute, volunteer, and vote Democratic. Oh, and memo to WP: It ain't over till the votes are counted, remember?

Outpouring of Support for Anti-war Candidates: $1 Million Donated by 25,000 Citizens in Just 48 Hours!
18-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

The good news is that MoveOnPAC has raised more than $1 million in 48 hours for four Democratic Congressional candidates who opposed the Iraq resolution: Sen. Paul D. Wellstone of Minnesota, Reps. Rick Larsen and Jay Inslee of Washington, and Rep. Rush D. Holt of New Jersey. The downer is the example of propaganda that this article represents! The fund raising success is attributed to an "Internet site," not angry voters (the piece makes sure to point out that MoveOnPAC was created to opposed the Clinton impeachment!) and the four Congressmen are subtly minimized by putting "heroes of the anti-war effort" in quotes. Also, the article is followed immediately by an ultra slanted piece on McKinney. Talk about damning with faint praise! But this is proof the media dogs are starting to howl!

Mistaken Patriots
18-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Mary McGrory writes: "Are Democrats making a major effort to reduce voter turnout in the coming election?... they seemed eager to show there was no difference between them and the Republicans -- a strategy that guarantees voters will ask themselves, when it comes to digging out on a cold November morning, "Why bother?" By way of preparing for the election, Democrats decided to get the war issue "out of the way."...liberals...are outraged by the absence of strong convictions on the part of their leaders....Pollster Peter Hart thinks the economy doesn't need much rhetoric. The ravages are all around and brought home in people's reports about their 401(k)s. And people can recall the Clinton boom to be reminded of how different things can be. At the height of the debate, House Whip Nancy Pelosi implored Democrats to remember that while a show of force in Iraq would surely demonstrate U.S. power, negotiation and diplomacy would show our strength. Her colleagues were not listening."

Desperate Republicans Call For Desperate Measures
18-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"Polls and pundits keep predicting a GOP sweep to control of the House and Senate. Despite media support and their enormous cash advantage, Republicans are extremely nervous. With very good reason. Although the media is loath to report it, top Republican strategists realize their candidates are in trouble all across America for several reasons. What a difference 10 months make! Less than a year ago, Bush was riding 90% approval polls and his party was openly planning to privatize Social Security. The Republicans put a $250,000,000.00 gift to Enron in their 'stimulus package' along with $billions more for the biggest corporations and wealthiest Americans. These political paybacks to Republican contributors sailed through the Republican controlled House. When Senate Democrats removed these boondoggles from the bill, Bush struck back. He accused Democrats of 'obstructionism' and blamed them for his own failed economic policies." So writes Mike Hersh.

If Republicans Win the Senate, Abortion Will Be Outlawed
15-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-SC) retirement has created a hot race for a rare open seat. As Tim Russert made clear on Meet the Press, the choice could not be more clear. After Alex Sanders (D) declared himself pro-choice, Russert asked Lindsay Graham (R) why he was "co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution 40, a constitutional amendment [that says] 'No unborn person shall be deprived of life by any person.' You would ban abortion, period, by a constitutional amendment." Graham tried to lie by saying he would NOT to outlaw all abortion - which is exactly what his amendment would do - but rather turn the issue over to the states. Russert didn't challenge Graham's lie directly, but he did get Graham to admit that doctors could be prosecuted. But the Fetal Four (Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist, and Kennedy) will not even wait for a Constitutional Amendment - with ONE more Bush-appointed Justice, they will simply declare the fetus a person and redefine abortion as murder. DEFEAT ALL REPUBLICANS!

In the 2002 Election, The Issue is Unchecked Power
14-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Harvey Wasserman writes, "Is this the most important election in US history? With his TV talk of war, George W. Bush has blown smoke over what's really at stake today: the future of democracy. Not in Iraq; here in the US. Never in US history have we ever been closer to an unchecked one-man one-party rule than right now... The reality is simple: the right wing of the Republican Party controls three of the four branches of government, and is just a single vote away from taking the fourth. The Executive, the Judiciary, the media and the House of Representatives are all in Republican hands. The Senate teeters on the edge. And the USA Patriot Act, passed in the wake of September 11, has obliterated most of the Constitutional guarantees that made this country a democracy in the first place. Should Congress go Republican in November, there will be no institutional check or balance left to guarantee that the democracy born here two centuries ago will survive."

'Chad & Dimples' Urge Voters to 'Make Your Vote Count'
14-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Is the specter of voting irregularity still haunting your county? Fear not, for Chad and Dimples have arrived. Their entertaining PSA's encourage voters to check their ballots for mispunches and restore voter faith in the balloting process. These ads will be running in Chicago - if you'd like them to run in YOUR county, click the link "Bring Chad & Dimples to Your County."

It's the Senate, Citizen!
13-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Nicholas Confessore writes that Democrats are terrified the Republicans will win the Senate and gain complete control of the government. But "across the country, Democratic politicians don't want to talk about the one thing that every Democratic politician is worrying about. Instead, conventional wisdom holds that "issues" - Social Security, prescription drugs - are the best route to victory. Even this past summer, as metastasizing corporate scandals and Bush's falling poll numbers emboldened the Democrats to launch more attacks on the White House and the GOP, party leaders cautioned that candidates should stick to the policy agenda... [So] even though most Americans - especially swing voters - strongly prefer divided government, most voters aren't really aware that Republicans are one seat away from controlling all three branches of the federal government for the first time in more than 80 years. It's a mistake that could very well cost the Democrats this election - and much more."

It's Crank-It-Up Time! An Urgent Call to Action for November 5th - Election Day
11-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Given the blank war-check given Bush by the Congress, the upcoming election may be the last good chance to stop the imperial juggernaut. Bernard Weiner writes: "At the risk of over-iteration, I hope it's obvious that everything is riding on the outcome this time....The Bush Administration isn't hiding its agenda. It figures it can get everything it wants by manipulating the justified fear of the American people following a horrendous terrorist attack. It is doing this by waging a permanent war, abroad and at home, that aims to defang the Democrat opposition, silence critics, and permit the government to intrude its nose into every aspect of our lives...Even many true conservatives are growing nervous at the growth of Big Brother government, with so much power concentrated in the hands of so few. Even they see that we are inching quickly toward a kind of neo-fascism at home, and imperial militarism abroad."

Senate Republicans: 'If We Win, We'll Pass Bills and Judgeships So Fast That Democrats' Heads Will Spin!'
08-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Emily's List president Ellen Malcolm writes: "Republicans are upping the ante in Sen. Jean Carnahan's race in Missouri. Because this is a special election to fill the late Mel Carnahan's term, Republicans are crowing about the possibility that, if former GOP Rep. Jim Talent wins, he could be sworn in immediately -giving the GOP control of the Senate in November. That means that even if Democrats win enough seats in November to keep control of the Senate, Republicans could have nearly three months of unfettered power to push through all the right-wing legislation passed this year by the House but blocked by Senate Democrats. As one Senate Republican leadership aide put it, "When we take over the majority, we intend to move so fast to pass bills and confirm judges that have been held up by the Senate Democratic leadership that it will make their heads spin (Roll Call, 10/7)."

Forrester's Whining Puts Lautenberg in the Lead by 4-6%
07-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

WashPost reports, "Lautenberg received 49% to Forrester's 45% in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters, with 4% undecided... 'The new Democratic candidate has turned the New Jersey senate race into a whole new ball game that will be decided by independent voters,' said Clay F. Richards of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute. The poll results were similar to a Research 2000 poll published in the Sunday Record of Bergen County, in which Lautenberg had 46% and Forrester received 40%... When asked whether it was fair for Lautenberg to replace Torricelli on the ballot, 54% in the Quinnipiac poll said no, but only 30% said they would not vote for Lautenberg because of the switch. Lautenberg's favorability rating was 46%, while Forrester's was 27%. 'The whole Torricelli mess had made Forrester better known, But his negatives have gone up,' Richards said."

Felonious Five Keep their Filthy Fingers off NJ Senate Race
07-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Without a word, the US Supreme Court decided NOT to consider the Torricelli/Lautenberg case. Someday the story will be told - how Justices Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Souter told the Felonious Five (Scalia, Rehnquist, Thomas, Kennedy, and O'Connor) that there would be blood on the floor if they used their majority muscle to take the case. We will savor that story when it is told. In the meantime, all we can say is hooray!

Why Democrats Should Win in NJ Senate Race
07-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

John Judis and Ruy Teixeira write that Frank Lautenberg should win because "NJ, which voted for Republican presidential candidates from 1968 through 1988, is part of a nationwide swing - particularly strong in the Northeast, Far West and parts of the Midwest toward the Democratic Party... Professionals make up almost a quarter of NJ's work force, compared to 15% nationally. In the 1950's, professionals voted Republican. But since the 1960's they have come to care more about clean air and water, women's rights, gun control and campaign finance reform... And they increasingly vote Democratic... Democrats in NJ, as elsewhere, could also count on votes from women and from minorities... In 2000, Mr. Bush won only 35% of the women's vote, compared to 62% for Mr. Gore. Democrats also gained the support of NJ's minorities, who went to 33% of the population in 2000 from 26% in 1990."

NJ GOP Lawyer Embraced the DEMOCRATIC Argument in April
07-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NY Times reports, "Mr. Forrester's lawyer [wrote a memo] in April, when State Sen. Diane Allen, one of Mr. Forrester's opponents in the Republican primary, was trying to block him from taking the ballot position of James Treffinger. Mr. Treffinger, the Essex County executive, had resigned from the race because of scandal three days earlier, or 40 days before the primary. Senator Allen maintained that moving Mr. Forrester's name to Mr. Treffinger's place on the ballot would come too late under Title 19 of the state election law, which sets a deadline of 51 days before an election for ballot substitutions. It is the same argument that Mr. Forrester's lawyer, Peter G. Sheridan, made before the State Supreme Court on Wednesday, opposing Mr. Lautenberg's placement on the ballot... But Mr. Sheridan said today that the two situations were not analogous because 'no primary ballots had been issued' in April [while] 1,600 absentee ballots with Senator Torricelli's name have been sent out."

NJ Dems tell Felonious Five to Butt Out
05-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

WashPost reports, "NJ Democrats Friday urged the US Supreme Court to stay out of their state's turbulent Senate election, telling the justices that the NJ Supreme Court acted within the Constitution and state election law when it granted the Democrats permission to switch candidates on the ballot 34 days before Election Day, Nov. 5... Lawyers from both sides expect the justices to provide an answer soon, since NJ officials are already printing new ballots and preparing to distribute them to military and overseas voters next week... Noting that US Supreme Court rules for granting emergency stays require Forrester to show that he would suffer 'irreparable harm' if the justices do not block the NJ court's order, the Democrats' brief argued that it is Lautenberg, not Forrester, who is at risk of an irreversible setback if the court does step in. 'To stay the NJ Supreme Court's order would . . . eliminate any possibility of Senator Lautenberg's election,' the brief said." We're watching...

Douglas Forrester's Arguments for Keeping Lautenberg Off the Ballot are Absurd
03-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

One of Douglas Forrester's arguments before the NJ Supreme Court was that having Lautenberg on the ballot would mean that he would have wasted so much money in a campaign strategy and ads and that was not fair to him. Maybe if Forrester's campaign strategy wasn't 100% to bash Torricelli and had focused on some real issues, this wouldn't have been a problem! Hey Douglas, why are you afraid of talking about issues? Maybe you know you are completely out of touch with people from NJ? By the way, we think it is time to change your website where all you have on your front page is attacks on Torricelli. "See Torricelli Duck, As the Torch Burns and Held Hostage." Yes, there are no real issues on your home page. You do not deserve to be a candidate!

NJ Court Rules Unanimously for Lautenberg - GOP Races to Felonious Five, But We're WATCHING
02-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"The NJ Supreme Court ruled that Democrats can replace Sen. Robert Torricelli on the November ballot with former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, even though the deadline under state law for making such a change has passed. The unanimous decision cited previous rulings that said election law should be broadly interpreted to 'allow parties to put their candidates on the ballot, and most importantly, to allow the voters a choice.' 'They tried to take away our rights, tried to smother the competition we have when we go into the voting booth. We're not going to let them take away our rights,' Lautenberg told supporters at a rally minutes after the decision was released... [But] the case isn't over yet: In Washington, Alex Vogel, a lawyer for the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the GOP and Forrester would ask the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stay the NJ high court ruling, in effect freezing Lautenberg's name off the ballot." Warning to the Felonious Five - stay OUT of this fight!

Senator Lautenberg, Try THIS Argument Before the Felonious Five
02-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

Sen. Lautenberg, we are very excited that you are now on the Democrats Senate ticket and we know you will have many more years as one of the nation's best Senators. When the GHP takes you to the Supreme Court (because you know they will do anything to have a dictatorship at any level) here is a great strategy for you to use. Just have Mr. Torricelli tell them that he withdrew his candidacy 3 weeks ago and you are backdating to the proper date, just as Katherine Harris did in Florida when she broke the law by not resigning in time, and should not have been permitted to run in this election. Why aren't GHP lawyers challenging HER?

NJ Dems Choose Frank Lautenberg, While the GOP Seeks to Steal Yet Another Election via the Courts
02-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

When Senator Bob Torricelli dropped out of the NJ senate race under relentless pressure from GOP accusations, the GOP wasted no time trying to once again win an election using the courts. The party is contesting the right of the Dems to put another name on its ballot, citing an archaic deadline technicality (based on the era of non-electronic systems). In other words, the GOP wants the courts to hand them an election in which they run unopposed. But, as legal expert Richard Perr points out, there's one detail the GOP is forgetting, as always: American voters. "The focus is on the voters right to cast a meaningful vote and they can't do that if only one name is on the ballot." Meanwhile, the Dems have chosen former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a proud and principled progressive. A united Democratic Party will NOT let the Republicans use the US Supreme Court to steal the Senate - as they did the White House!

Three New Polls Show Americans Favor Democrats for Congress
02-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

"Three polls released recently show that Democrats are in a strong position to take back the House. The poll conducted for Newsweek showed Dems leading the GOP by seven points - a 47% to 40% margin - when voters were asked if they would vote for the GOP or Democratic candidate in their district. [Newsweek, 9/30/02] The ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Dems leading 46% to 42% over the GOP on the generic ballot question. [ABC News/Washington Post, 9/29/02] The Fox News poll showed the Dems leading the GOP on the generic ballot by a 45% to 42% advantage. [Fox News, 9/29/02] 'These polls affirm what we already knew - Democrats are in a strong position to take back the House this November,' said DCCC spokesperson Kim Rubey. 'Voters want leaders who will listen to their concerns and address them in Washington. The Republicans' failed record on important issues like the economy and Social Security isn't resonating with voters.'" Neither is the Bush W-ar.

In 2001, NJ Republicans Rescheduled the Gubernatorial Primary to Let DiFrancesco Drop Out over Ethics Problems
02-Oct-02
Campaign 2002

NJ Republicans are screaming about efforts by Democrats to replace Senate candidate Bob Torricelli with Frank Lautenberg. What hypocrites!!! As the Star-Ledger reports, "Last year, it was the governorship. The NJ Supreme Court allowed the Republicans who then controlled Trenton to reschedule the primary election so that acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco -- plagued by questions about his ethics -- could drop out of the race and allow Rep. Robert Franks to take his place. Franks lost the Republican primary to Bret Schundler, who in turn lost the general election to Democrat James McGreevey. But Schundler's unsuccessful court battle to keep Franks off the ballot raised the same issues as this newest legal skirmish, pitting strict adherence to the rules against the chance for voters to have a meaningful choice."

To Keep A Democratic Senate, Torricelli Withdraws from the Race
30-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

"I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate," declared Bob Torricelli (D-NJ), as he announced his decision to ask the Supreme Court to remove his name from the ballot, so another Democrat could run for his seat. Torricelli's speech was a ringing endorsement of the principles of the Democratic Party, and a powerful indictment of contemporary attack politics. Watch the speech for yourself!

Houston Chronicle Endorses Democrat Tim Riley over Tom DeLay
23-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

Tom DeLay (R-TX) is the most powerful and feared man in Congress, but he is so dreadful that he even lost the endorsement of his hometown paper - a remarkable feat for a powerful incumbent. "Tom DeLay, who will become House majority leader and puppetmaster if Republicans retain control of the House, is obsessed with winning partisan advantage and husbanding personal power. His machinations make him incapable of working with opponents for the common good and subjugate the interests of Houston-area residents to his unbridled ambition. The Chronicle urges Republicans and Democrats of the 22nd Congressional District to vote for Tim Riley on Nov. 5 and let DeLay know he is on the wrong track. " You go, Tim!

Baltimore Developer Who Heads Faux 'Democrats for (GOP Candidate) Ehrlich' Is Caught in Campaign Finance Scam
19-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

Here's a classic tale of a poser: A Baltimore developer who calls himself a Democrat (yeah, right) yet is the HEAD of an outfit called Democrats for Ehrlich. Robert Ehrlich is a Bushy-style Repug - you know the type - vote like John Ashcroft but claim to be a "moderate" and "uniter" long enough to get elected (or at least try to, anyway). Ehrlich is also known as the "developer's friend" (environment? sustainability? What's that?). So, little wonder that developer Wayne Frazier is a "Democrat for Ehrlich." He throws in the Democrat part as insurance - after all, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ehrlich's opponent, may win, so ya gotta play all the angles. Frazier tried to double his stake in the campaign by funneling money through two companies on paper: Powhatan Associates Development, LLC and Powhatan Development Co. LLC, thereby violating the state's $10,000 limit (Frazier hit over $20,000 before the election board caught the trick). A real Ehrlich/Bush kinda guy.

GOP Candidates Make 'War' a Campaign Slogan
18-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

GOP candidates are doing exactly what their leaders are claiming they're not doing: beating the war drums just to get votes. They're misrepresenting their Democratic opponents' determination to have a full debate on the issue as "do nothing". Do they really think voters will favor the side that wants to shed American blood without establishing the necessity or considering the alternatives?

House Candidate Hank Perritt (IL-10) Says 'My Party Must Say No to War'
17-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

Hank Perritt is on leave as Dean of the Chicago-Kent College of Law to run against Mark Kirk, who barely won this Chicago suburban seat in a district Al Gore won in 2000. Perritt, a former Republican, writes in the Washington Post: "I deplore the failure of my party to raise its voice more clearly on issues of foreign policy and national security... We cannot abandon the foreign policy realm to the right wing of the Republican Party without undermining our claim to be elected to frame national policy... We should have learned from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that America cannot isolate itself from ugliness that arises halfway around the globe, and that emphasis on sophisticated technology in strategic weapons and intelligence systems will not deter those who wish us ill. Unilaterally starting a war to drive Saddam Hussein from power will not win the war against terrorism; it will undermine it." You go, Hank! (www.perrittforcongress.com)

Jeb Spins the 2002 Florida Gubernatorial Primary Fiasco
13-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

"It was a Democrat, President Harry S. Truman, that had a sign on his desk that proclaimed, "The Buck Stops Here". Those simple four words define the ultimate responsibility for an executive in charge of a state, or the nation. Having observed Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris concerning two botched elections in the state, it's clear their motto is, 'Never miss an opportunity to Pass the Buck.' Let there be NO doubt that the supervisors of election in the 13 counties (No, not just Broward and Miami-Dade as the GOP are trying to spin it) that had issues in Florida deserve scrutiny and blame. But, the ultimate responsibility lies with Katherine Harris, who oversaw the changes after the 2000 Presidential election fiasco and was, until six weeks ago, Florida's Secretary of State, and, her boss, Governor Jeb. Harris' job was to ensure that a proper election was conducted in the state" writes Steven Lesar.

Bill Simon (R-CA) Sells Out to Homophobic Right
06-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

CA gubernatorial candidate "Bill Simon was booted Tuesday from a planned fundraiser with Dick Cheney's gay daughter after he repudiated his statements to a gay Republican group and reneged on his promise to declare a gay pride day... Simon was to speak along with Mary Cheney, the VP's daughter. David Hanson, state president of the Log Cabin Republicans, which produced the questionnaire Simon answered last month, accused Simon of 'a complete turnaround to pander to the religious right' and said he couldn't be trusted. On the questionnaire, Simon pledged to declare a gay pride day if elected, said he supported 'domestic partnership' laws if they're not based on sexual orientation and promised to uphold a variety of gay-friendly laws and regulations. On Tuesday, Simon said he never saw the questionnaire, which bore his signature... Simon's new stance appeased a prominent conservative who withdrew his support last week ... Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition."

Is the Florida Gubernatorial Election A Window Into the Future?
04-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

Lance deHaven-Smith writes: "Florida's 2002 gubernatorial election holds national significance, but not for the reasons most people think. The world will be viewing the contest as a follow-up to the disputed 2000 presidential election. Americans will want to see if the flaws in Florida's voting system have been corrected, and if the president's (sic) brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, can win a second term. But the upcoming election's true importance will not be what it says about election reform or the Bush administrations in Tallahassee or Washington. It's important because of what it will reveal about the Republican Party's viability in the face of an aging and increasingly diverse electorate. Demographically, Florida is a picture of America's future. If the Republicans lose Florida's governorship, it will mean that the Republican era initiated by President Eisenhower and solidified by President Reagan is beginning to fade."

The Republican Con Game
04-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

Robert Kuttner writes "With the economy softening and corporate scandals continuing to unfold, November's elections should spell good news for the opposition party. But Democrats are making only marginal headway. One reason is [Republicans are good at stealing Democratic themes, but not the substance. Karl Rove tells the GOP to blur partisan differences, especially where Democrats have more popular positions. Republicans are also running away from privatization of Social Security. Democrats are sitting ducks for this blurring strategy.] Once, Democrats had enough nerve and conviction that you didn't need a magnifying glass to tell the difference between Democratic and Republican positions... Now that the seamier side of corporate America is facing exposure, the Republicans should face severe political embarrassment. But whether they actually will is mainly up to the Democrats."

Screwed by the GOP Big Boys, Pennsylvania's Top Republican Woman Endorses Ed Rendell for Governor
04-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, a Republican, will cross party lines to endorse Democrat Ed Rendell in his race for governor against GOP Attorney General Mike Fisher... One group that will be a particular target for Hafer would be Republicans who, like the treasurer, favor abortion rights. Hafer, a former Allegheny County commissioner, will also be a wedge to pry voters from Fisher in his geographic base. Before being elected attorney general, Fisher represented a state senate district based in the county's South Hills... [Hafer] had been a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. In the face of widespread support for Fisher among the state GOP establishment, she withdrew her candidacy.

Andrew Cuomo Quits NY Governor's Race and Endorses Carl McCall
03-Sep-02
Campaign 2002

In a remarkably classy move, Andrew Cuomo dropped out of the NY governor's race and conceded the Democratic nomination to Carl McCall just a week before the primary. "President Bill Clinton, who is said to have helped convince Cuomo he should concede, and Congressman Charles Rangel, a McCall supporter who has made no secret of his distaste for Cuomo, were involved in the negotiations. They joined Cuomo at the news conference." Meanwhile, Pataki is in a bitter primary fight with billionaire Tom Golisano for the Independent line.

James Carville Lays it On The Line in Arkansas
27-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Doug Thompson writes "Democrats lose elections when they are timid in reacting to Republican criticism... Forget about 'eye for an eye. Take a face for an eye' in reacting to false allegations, Carville said... The Bush administration and its supporters are compliant to powerful interests, he said, but [Arkansas Senator Tim] Hutchinson is particularly obliging. [Arkansas is] 'known for the quality of your senators -- John McClellan, Bill Fulbright, Dale Bumpers, David Pryor. You're a forest of senatorial timber, and now you've got this toothpick representing you'... Bush's administration has squandered a budget surplus, left the economy adrift, had some of its biggest campaign contributors plead guilty to corporate fraud and handled the war on terrorism so ineptly that the United States finds itself with little support in the world despite being horrifically attacked less than a year ago, Carville said."

Is the 107th Congress Turning into the US Version of the Roman Senate?
24-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Wayne Madsen writes: "Historians will one day write that the 107th Congress was the last to stand up to the constitutional encroachment by the military and monarchist policies of the Bush II administration. Just as with the Roman Senate, the Congress of the United States is becoming an elite club of pathetic assenters and global elitists...The United States Congress stands on the same precipice as its Roman ancestor. If Bush pulls another electoral coup in 2004 and we see the presidential election thrown into the House of Representatives, the future for the country appears very dim. The August 20 defeat of two Georgia Representatives, one Democrat, the other Republican, is a bellwether event that bodes ill for this November's elections. Rep. Cynthia McKinney was successfully challenged by a Republican-turned-Democrat for her Fourth District seat."

Wag the Puppy -- The Rove Twist in the Media War
22-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Norman Solomon writes, "Some people are suspicious that Bush will go for a 'wag the dog' strategy -- boosting Republican prospects with a military assault on Iraq shortly before Election Day. But a modified approach now seems to be underway. Let's call it 'wag the puppy'... Before initiating vast new carnage abroad, the White House wants its propaganda siege to take hold at home. Countless hours of airtime and huge vats of ink are needed to do the trick... The more that Iraq dominates [the news, the less space there is for] stories about entanglements that link Bush or Dick Cheney with malodorous corporate firms like Enron, Harken and Halliburton. In August, the 'healthy debate' over Iraq has displaced a range of negative economic stories from the top of the news. Bush's advisers would hardly mind if a similar pattern held through early November."

TV Networks Will Experiment with a New Election Projection System
21-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

CNN reports: "Voter News Service, an elections consortium of six media organizations, is developing and testing a new system to count votes that will be running for November's midterm elections, VNS officials say. The member organizations -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and The Associated Press -- reviewed the changes at a board meeting last week. VNS began work on the new system after its information was used in making wrong calls on the presidential election in 2000. VNS counts votes and conducts election place polling, using the material to help its members project winners... The AP conducts its own vote count, independent of VNS, and for the first time the VNS computer system will have the AP material available as a backup to its own data." VNS members correctly called Florida for Gore before 8 pm on 11-7-2000, but then FOX wrongly called Florida for Bush at 2 am and the other networks followed. In extremely close elections, VNS should say NOTHING until ALL the votes are counted!

Republicans Reluctantly Follow Democratic Lead to Maintain 911 Solemnity
15-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

In another exhibition of its bankrupt philosophy of (G)reed (O)ver (P)eople, "The Republican campaign committees overseeing contests for the Senate and the House announced Wednesday they won't be doing any political ads on September 11, joining their Democratic counterparts who announced a similar decision earlier in the week. 'September 11 is a sacred day,' said Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. 'We will not be engaging in any political activity.' The National Republican Senatorial Committee also plans no political advertising that day." You can just about feel their pain for having to stop lying for a day about Democrats.

Terry McAuliffe Gives Bush Hell -- By Telling The Truth
11-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Adam Nagourney writes that the chairman of the DNC issued a broad assault on George W Bush, "declaring that he had squandered 'an extraordinary opportunity' to take the nation through difficult times. [Terry McAuliffe said] Mr Bush had mismanaged the economy, tilted the White House to help corporate interests and 'cynically made 9/11 the cornerstone of the Republican 2002 election strategy. A White House that even Republicans call the most political ever -- An administration adrift, with polling numbers as their only compass and high approval ratings as their only destination. George Bush squandered our trust, he ignored the mandate and he wasted the opportunity.' Mr McAuliffe's speech was among the toughest any Democrat -- including possible presidential contenders -- has made about Mr Bush since last September."

Bush Scandals Give Democrats a New Lease On Life -- Will They Exploit It?
11-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Todd Gitlin writes: "The Democratic party is coming out of its coma, but the patient is still not walking so well. On 9/11, the Party leadership in Congress collapsed... Democrats feel they must tiptoe around Republican power, as if the Republicans held natural title to the flag. So the Democrats were -- and continue to be -- fearful of making too much of the fact that Bush's team, directly upon coming to office, derailed Bill Clinton's anti-terror programs. [What brought] Democrats back to life was economic distress -- an inauspicious development for an administration proud of its all-business-all-the-time credentials... an administration heavy on corporate top-dogs -- even the chief executive himself -- was a target that targeted itself. Now, a scant three months before the mid-term elections, Democrats don't feel so feeble after all. [But they're waiting] for events to take the initiative they're not taking."

That Giant Sucking Sound is the GOP Going Down the Drain -- But Will Democrats Capitalize in November?
09-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Stephen Pizzo writes that the GOP Contract with America "proved to be nothing more than a Trojan horse filled with corporate lobbyists - whose handiwork is now reflected in scandal and crashing markets. [If Democrats are going to win, they need to pursue] true progressive reforms for both government and corporations... Voters are looking for anything but politics as usual... Between now and November, voters will learn a whole lot more about the nexus between corporate contributions, Republican deregulation and corporate malfeasance. That nexus was the real axis of evil that created the economic mess we now face. By the time voters make their choices this fall, they will be plenty angry and looking for hope and change. Therefore, November races offer Democrats a historic opportunity of a kind that comes around only once in generation - an opportunity to make a difference."

GOP Pollster Frank Luntz Foresees Angry Voters Will Punish Republicans in November
05-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Contract on America mastermind Frank Luntz "sees echoes in the body politic that remind him of the '94 election. 'I remember '94 like it was yesterday,' he says. 'I watched the agitation at government grow and grow, and Democrats bury their heads—and Democratic leaders assure them in meeting after meeting everything was OK while the anger was exploding like a hot-air balloon.' Luntz was one of the few pollsters who foresaw the 'angry white man' vote that was building in '92 and cost the first President Bush his re-election and that crested in '94 with the Republican takeover of the House for the first time in 40 years. 'I see that same kind of voter rising again; it's the irritated voter,' he says. They're the folks who've lost a lot of money; they're older, either close to retirement or retired, and they're mad as hell. You could call them the Winnebago generation, and they vote like crazy in off-year elections." So writes Newsweek's Eleanor Clift.

Boogie-Down Janet Snags Sir Elton for Florida Fundraiser
05-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Former Attorney General Janet Reno, now a Democratic candidate for Florida's Governor, sure can party with the best of them! First, she threw a highly successful, real life fundraiser based on her Saturday Night Live spoof segment "Janet Reno's Dance Party." Now, none other than Sir Elton John will provide a special solo performance at her black-tie private dinner fundraiser at the Signature Grand in Davie on September 18th.

How Can Democrats Beat Bush? The Way Clinton Did It -- By Uniting The Party
02-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Joe Conason writes "The world's oldest political party is naturally the subject of the world's most enduring political joke, which describes the Democrats as inclined to organize themselves (when they can organize at all) into a circular firing squad. After this week, the party's factions seem determined to demonstrate once more the accuracy of that ancient punch line. At a time when Republican vulnerability is rising, amid prospects for a national realignment away from the right, Democratic squabbling about the past is an especially pointless distraction. Yet rather than focus on issues that can unite the party and strategies that will maximize their sudden advantage, Democratic activists insist on sectarian dispute rather than constructive dialogue."

Will Bush-Burned 401(k) Swing Voters Stick the Pitchfork in the GOP? Stay Tuned...
01-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

Ruy Teixeira writes, "The GOP is the party identified in the public mind with big business. And the era where that was an advantage is coming to an end. [Bush's approval ratings in all domestic areas also are going south rapidly and some are now quite negative.] The public now thinks the country is going in the wrong direction, that Bush is doing a lousy job on the issues currently preoccupying the country, and that Bush (and his administration) are on the side of the big corporations, not the average person... The GOP can't count on hiding behind Bush this November -- or afterwards for that matter. Bush has returned to earth and the Republicans are stuck with defending their increasingly unpopular domestic policy positions on budget priorities, health care, and Social Security... Republicans don't want this November's election to be nationalized... But the basis for such an election clearly is there and it may be the bear-market victims who will be calling the tune."

Bill Simon's Company Must Pay $78 Million for Fraud
01-Aug-02
Campaign 2002

As California goes, so goes the nation. And California Republicans are going to get crushed in November, because their gubernatorial candidate - Bill Simon Jr. - just lost a fraud lawsuit and was ordered to pay $78 million in damages. Simon, like George, Jeb, and Neil Bush, is a failed businessman whose only skill is trading on his late father's name. His father was a mastermind of the New Right network, and Jr. replaced him on the board of the Heritage Foundation, sitting next to Richard Mellon Scaife, Holly Coors and Amway's Van Andels. When Simon gets his comeuppance in November, it will send an unmistakable message to Shrub - YOU'RE NEXT!

Will the Democrats Take Advantage of the GOP Axis of Corporate Cronyism?
30-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

EJ Dionne writes, "There they go again. Must Democrats be the party that never takes 'yes' for an answer?.. There can be no disputing the polls that showed that Gore's quasi-populist message at the 2000 Democratic convention helped send his numbers soaring past George Bush's. Where Gore went wrong was in missing the second half of his message, which... was first to use populism to rally core Democrats, mark out real differences with Bush and also take some distance from Bill Clinton's scandals. Then, in the campaign's final month, Gore would embrace the economic successes of the Clinton presidency and ask voters if they wanted to take the risk of putting Bush in the White House. But Gore was so angered by Clinton's very real failures that he never took full advantage of Clinton's successes. There is little to learn here about populism vs. its opposite, but much to learn about the Democrats' self-created demons."

Are Bush Cheney Crimes a Liability on the GOP Balance Sheet? Hill Republicans Think So!
20-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

Mike Allen and James Grimaldi write: "As Cheney travels the country to raise money for Republican candidates, local news coverage has begun to focus on the SEC investigation and Democrats have begun making an issue of Cheney's lucrative stewardship of Halliburton. The result is a new vulnerability for President [sic] Bush as he struggles to persuade markets and investors that his administration is committed to prosecuting corporate fraud. Bush was asked twice about Halliburton during a news conference on Wednesday. House Republicans in tight campaigns are increasingly worried that Democrats will succeed in pinning corporate excesses on them, GOP aides say, and Cheney has become the focus of that concern. Cheney has made no statement about Halliburton's accounting or the SEC investigation, and his counselor, Mary Matalin, said he has no plans to... 'Cheney's silence is deafening,' a senior House Republican aide said."

GOP Rats Desert Ship -- The BushCheney Pirate Scow Is Going DOWN
20-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

Alison Mitchell writes "Less than four months before the midterm elections, nervous rank-and-file Republicans are... fearful about the economy and no longer counting on President [sic] Bush's wartime approval ratings to carry them back into office. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill are lurching and improvising. At times, they are defying the White House, at other times staking out far different ground from the president [sic] -- and even from each other... Only months ago, many Republicans believed that Mr. Bush's extraordinary ratings and the war on terror would help them expand their majority in the House and regain control of the Senate... not only do they not expect Mr. Bush to have coattails, they also worry that some Democratic candidates for governor might. [For many Republicans] the overriding concern has been the president's [sic] inability to shore up confidence in the stock market -- and their fear of what could happen on Election Day if the economy's problems deepen."

The Democrats Find a Theme -- 'We Need These Guys to Watch Those Guys'
19-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

E. J. Dionne writes: "This slogan, one of the cleverest political tag lines to come out of modern media consulting, was coined for Republicans. But the outcome of November's congressional elections depends in large part on whether Democrats can exploit the sentiment behind it this year...In 2002, it's the Democrats' turn to cast themselves as the people's watchdogs at the national level -- not against a corrupt machine but against the more generalized threat of corporate wrongdoing and one-party government."

Falling Stock Market Will Lead to Bush's Defeat
17-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

AP reports, "Bush has been unable to restore confidence in financial markets with two speeches in as many weeks. Nor has Congress' rush to pass the biggest overhaul of accounting standards since the 1930s done much to improve market psychology. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's old magic doesn't seem to be working, either... Despite the ministrations of Bush, Greenspan and congressional leaders, the economy remains in the grips of the worst bear market in 25 years... The market swoon and the corporate scandals contributing to it have become top political fodder, with control of both houses of Congress at stake in November's midterm elections. And, looking toward 2004, both Democrats and Republicans are mindful that no president in more than a century has been re-elected with the stock market in such doldrums... critics suggest Bush and his advisers are making things worse."

Democrats Gaining Momentum Across the Country
13-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

"Democrats are in an increasingly strong position just months before Election Day. In Iowa, Senator Tom Harkin holds a sizable lead over Representative Greg Ganske. A recent poll also shows Senator Jean Carnahan leading by eight points in her race with Jim Talent. In Minnesota, Senator Paul Wellstone leads Norm Coleman in the latest poll, while the most recent South Dakota numbers have Senator Tim Johnson ahead of challenger John Thune. Meanwhile, Representative Bob Clement has gained momentum in Tennessee, where he holds Lamar Alexander under the crucial 50% threshold. In Oklahoma, former Gov. David Walters looks strong in a Tulsa World poll, which shows him closing the gap with Senator James Inhofe." In Texas, Ron Kirk has an 8 point lead over his opponent. This is enough to make Dubya choke on his pretzels!

What Will Democrats Do With Hand of Four Aces?
09-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

Mark Shields writes, "Today in the midst of a veritable tidal wave of white-collar crime -- which some Republicans fear could lead to a political undertow for their party next November -- the Securities and Exchange Commission, created by FDR to police the stock market, has been so passive that, as one local wise-guy cracked, 'If the SEC had been in charge of D-Day, the German army would still be goose-stepping on the Champs Elysees'... By a 2-to-1 ratio, voters believe business has 'too much influence over the decisions made by the Bush administration' and that 76 percent of voters believe business has 'too much influence' or 'excessive power' over Republicans in Congress... This puts Republicans in the minds of voters where they least want to be: in the company of the CEOs of criminal corporations conspicuous either for their arrogant greed or their greedy arrogance, or both."

July 4 Ironies: '125 Days to Save the World'
04-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

Writes William Rivers Pitt: "As Americans gather under vague threats of terrorism to watch controlled explosions spray color across the skies, ordinary people from the village of Kakarak in Afghanistan will gather to bury their dead. The uncontrolled explosion of an American 2,000 bomb at a wedding have sent 250 civilians there, mostly women and children, to the hospital or the morgue. None of them were named Osama bin laden or Mohammad Omar. The War on Terror continues apace without a shred of true justice for the victims, and with a civilian body count that has outpaced the death toll of September 11th. As Americans unfurl their flags and remember the day that birthed the concept of a free and democratic nation, the PATRIOT Anti-Terror Act gnaws grimly at the guts of everything we're supposed to celebrate. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have become almost quaint in their meaninglessness, like a campaign slogan from 100 years ago."

Democrats Could Gain 11 House and 6 Senate Seats
01-Jul-02
Campaign 2002

"Democrats have a reasonable chance of winning at least 11 new House and six Senate seats this November. The Senate seats might be seized in Oregon, Maine, Texas, Tennessee, New Hampshire and North Carolina. They could win the new House seats in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Georgia, California, Colorado and Kentucky. They are also likely to retain the northern Maine House seat being vacated by Rep. John Baldacci, who is running for governor. Such is the outlook from reviewing some of the political landscape for this periodic election forecast. Last February, I suggested that the Democrats would definitely win seven new House seats. The number of sure-winners rose to eight, but so far the total of likely new House seats (not all guaranteed wins, mind you) is up to 11 seats. A few seats which are now impossible to predict could move to the sure-win category long before October, when the final forecast is planned." (Bruce Ticker for the Bush Syndrome)

It's the GREED, Stupid
26-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

The Washington Post reports, "In competitive House races across the country and here in Congress, Democrats are trying to take political advantage of the public's growing distrust of U.S. corporations by bashing drug companies for the skyrocketing cost of medicine and Tyco Int'l, among others, for dodging taxes by relocating to offshore havens. Democrats [hope] voters will punish pro-business Republicans this fall for the rolling wave of corporate transgressions and for any stock market losses left in its wake. They are also trying to make the case that this campaign, like the war on terrorism, is about patriotism -- 'economic patriotism' in the words of Democratic spokeswoman Jenny Backus. House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo), the architect of this strategy, said Republicans, starting with the Republican Revolution of 1995, have 'created an environment' conducive for corporations to break rules and escape penalty by repealing regulations and ridiculing the tax code."

Memo to Democratic Candidates: Are Americans Better Off Than They Were Two Years Ago?
24-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

The Daily Brew offers a simple yet bold strategy for Democrats in the coming campaign. "Point out that the 'GOP government' is a failure. Instead of tripping all over yourself trying to prove your patriotism by promising your undying loyalty to Bush's war on terror, take that as a given. Then point out that for the average taxpaying American... the policies of the GOP controlled government have made things worse... By virtually every measure available, ever since Bush moved into the White House, things have deteriorated. OK, you might have to admit that for the millionaires in the audience, taxes are lower. But other than that, the facts are on your side. The stock market? Down. Job growth? Down. Income growth? Down. Crime? Up. Unemployment? Up. The deficit and national debt? Up. Sure, the GOP will squeal that none of it is there fault, but come November, when the swing voters get in that booth, the buck is going to stop somewhere."

The Texas Dream Team Kicks GOP Butt
21-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Molly Ivins writes, "It was a peppy crowd of Democrats whooping it up in Sun City -- evidence that they think have a shot at the statewide offices this year. [In high school, GOP Senate candidate John Cornyn] headed the student George Wallace for President group... Sanchez went after Gov. Goodhair Perry with both hands on the corruption issue. At the R's convention, Perry had declared -- 'The governor's office is not for sale.' 'It's not for sale because it's already been sold,' replied Sanchez... Perry collected $1.2 million in campaign contributions from special interests [while deciding] whether to sign or veto bills. At the end of it, he unleashed the blizzard of vetoes that wiped out the legislation the interests didn't want. That's fairly astonishing, even by Texas standards... For fans of irony, the Sanchez campaign is heaven -- the exact reverse of the usual D versus R fight in Texas -- a businessman running against 'a professional politician.'"

Why Does Karl Rove Think Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) Will Lose? Ask the Former Mrs. Hutchinson
20-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Arkansas Democratic Senatorial candidate Mark Pryor's "cornball TV ads also serve to emphasize the single biggest issue in the Senate race, the one nobody but rude newspaper columnists wants to talk about: That would be Hutchinson's divorce and re-marriage to a much younger member of his Senate staff soon after voting to impeach Bill Clinton. How can any Arkansas voter watch that Hutchinson TV ad with the cute grandson without wondering where grandma went? A Baptist preacher, Hutchinson didn't merely cast the first stone at Bill Clinton's sin, he and the rest of the GOP Pharisees dragged a whole tote sack of stones onto the floor of the U.S. Senate. 'Let's roll.' Hutchinson urged at a recent campaign rally. A nasty little voice in my ear whispered, 'In the hay, Senator?'"

Pataki Faces $75 Million Challenge from the Right
20-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Pundits have given NY Governor George Pataki (R) the edge because he has worked so hard to hide his conservative agenda. But Pataki left himself open to a challenge from the right, and billionaire Tom Golisano plans to spend $75 million running as "pro-life (moderately), pro-gun, pro-Vieques and very conservative fiscally." Best of all, this is a personal grudge match between Golisano's consultant, Roger Stone, and Pataki. Hello, Governor McCuomo!

Illinois Republicans Expect Electoral Disaster
20-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

The Chicago Sun Times reports, "Some top Republicans say their party, chaired by House Minority Leader Lee Daniels, lacks direction as its slate of candidates heads into a fall campaign where Democrats are predicting a clean sweep of the state's major offices. Their concerns come as Daniels is under fire for allegedly directing his employees to engage in political work at taxpayer expense and as two former associates face federal corruption charges. In an unusual move, five members of the Republican state central committee have asked Daniels to call a state party meeting Friday in Springfield to explain exactly how Republicans will win this fall as the cloud of scandal hovering over Gov. Ryan and other party insiders continues to darken. 'We don't know what direction the party is going,' said Mary Alice Erickson, a state central committee member from Peoria who was among those pushing for a special meeting of the state party."

Download the StraightTalk 2002 Handbook for Activists and Candidates
20-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

STRAIGHTTALK 2002, published by Campaign for America's Future, is a handbook for activists and candidates in an election debate that will be driven by working family issues. Download a copy if you are running for office and want to make a case to the voters that is progressive and effective... If you are a citizen activist trying to get politicians to talk about the issues you and your community care about... If you are working on a campaign and need information and polling data to talk about issues... If you are a reporter covering the 2002 political debate... or if you are a citizen concerned about America's future. Issues include Social Security, health care, education, corporate accountability, energy independence, and jobs and growth.

Civil Rights Leaders Gear Up 'Election Protection' Campaign to Make Sure Every Vote Counts
17-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

"Stung by the Bush administration's decision this month not to pursue further legal action in Florida's 2000 presidential election, civil rights leaders say that getting massive numbers of voters to the polls is not enough. The church folks and the hip-hop crowd must converge to monitor precincts for signs of fraud and improper conduct, they said, because the U.S. Justice Department may not step in. 'We can't wait for Justice to do anything for us,' Earl O'Neal, a political action specialist with the powerful AFL-CIO union, said at a meeting in Jacksonville... 'We have to educate people on the election laws in this country. We have to question local election officials about their procedures. 'The last time we got caught because we didn't know the law,' O'Neal said... The multimillion dollar strategy is called 'election protection,' a nonpartisan campaign devised by the national People for the American Way Foundation after the 2000 election." So reports the Miami Herald.

The Texas Democrats 'Dream Team' is Giving Republicans Nightmares
15-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Texas has been a pretty solid Republican state since 1993, and with Bush squatting in the White House, Republicans assume they can still control Texas politics. But the Senate Democratic candidate, Ron Kirk, is giving the GOP nightmares. A recent poll showed Kirk in a statistical tie with Republican John Cornyn, 46%-44%, thanks to the momentum from Kirk's primary victory. "Kirk has been campaigning energetically ever since, exhibiting the extroverted personality that made him popular as head of a conservative-leaning city that had never before had a black mayor." Of course, Republicans cannot stop themselves from playing the "race card," with Phil Gramm accusing coalition-building Democrats of trying to "divide Texas based on race." Gramm's charge is a Big Lie, and it will backfire on the Republicans Big Time!

View Karl Rove's Secret Powerpoint Presentation on Campaign 2002
14-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Which Republican incumbents is Karl Rove worried about? Which Democrats is Karl trying to defeat? Here is Karl Rove's secret campaign strategy for 2002 - from Karl Rove's computer to yours, thanks to PoliticsPA.com.

Secret White House Political Memo Reveals Vulnerable Republicans
13-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Roll Call reports, "A computer disk containing a private analysis of the 2002 elections prepared by White House Political Director Ken Mehlman, who works in an administration that prides itself on being tight-lipped, somehow was left on a street corner a few blocks from the White House. The disk, which also includes a more detailed Power Point presentation on the political climate for the 2002 and 2004 elections prepared by senior Bush aide Karl Rove, was picked up off the pavement by a Senate Democratic aide, who has been happily passing it on to others. Mehlman's private analysis is explosive because it suggests that the White House thinks that GOP Sens. Tim Hutchinson (Ark.) and Bob Smith (N.H.) are in even deeper trouble than Republican officials have publicly let on... GOP incumbents and candidates in Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas were also probably not thrilled to learn that Mehlman's map lists their states as being 'Possible D Pickup.'" Woohoo!!

To Win Both Houses this Year, Democrats Must Zero in on Local Media
09-Jun-02
Campaign 2002

Writes Bruce Ticker: "Neither Democrats nor Republicans can take Congress this November through pronouncements on CNN. The media war for Congress will be waged on the front pages of newspapers like the Record, The Lewiston Sun Journal in central Maine, The Eugene Register-Guard in Oregon, The New Britain Herald in western Connecticut and The Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky. Those newspapers and other local media outlets will be running all kinds of stories between now and November covering communities represented by Republican senators and representatives who are vulnerable. These are all moderate or somewhat liberal areas in which the Republican incumbents have backed Bush on key votes which likely contradict the wishes of the majority of their constituents. Citizens in those areas will have many opportunities to become familiar with the incumbents' records and what their challengers have to offer through local newspapers and news from local radio and television programs."

Democrats Rally on Capital Steps, Release Fall Campaign Agenda
16-May-02
Campaign 2002

"Democrats held a rally on the U.S. Capitol steps Wednesday and spelled out for voters what they would do if they won control of Congress in elections next November...Democrats hope their agenda -- 'Securing America's future for all our families' -- helps them take back the House and keep the Senate this fall. 'There are profound decisions that have to be made between now and November,' said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, flanked by dozens of lawmakers along with representatives from labor and senior citizen groups." Initiatives include: winning the war on terrorism; protecting Social Security, pension and retirement savings; investing in America to create good jobs; cutting prescription drug costs and providing Medicare drug coverage for every senior; improving education by reducing class size with additional qualified teachers; and, keeping our air and water clean. See the platform at: http://www.securingamericasfuture.gov

Elder Bush Meets Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and Asks: 'Who is this Chickenshit?'
15-May-02
Campaign 2002

No wonder Poppy wanted to know! "Wellstone used his chairmanship of a subcommittee on worker safety to demand that Bush Labor Department officials justify the Administration's rejection of federal ergonomics standards. And Bush aides are still smarting over a Wellstone amendment to the President's tax cut plan that diverted $17 billion to veterans programs… To counter Coleman's claim that a Republican can get more done for Minnesota, Wellstone is showcasing legislative accomplishments and the coalitions he has forged with Republicans to increase funding for teacher training, vocational education and environmental protection… Wellstone's first television ads explain that Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans dry up money needed to educate urban, rural and suburban kids. Scrap the cuts, Wellstone argues, and free up $121 billion for education programs over ten years… His faith that a progressive populist message can reach a new Minnesota--and a new America--is unshaken."

Rothenberg Predicts Big Gains for Democratic Governors
13-May-02
Campaign 2002

Pundit Stuart Rothenberg has a big following in Washington, because he carefully tracks individual races. Although Rothenberg leans Republican, even he can't deny the inevitable: that Democrats will gain important governorships in the fall. "Democrats continue to be particularly well positioned for takeovers in Michigan (where state Attorney General Jennifer Granholm would be unbeatable if she wins the Democratic nomination), New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. In those states, fundamental partisanship, weak GOP candidates or appealing Democratic standard-bearers make the Republicans distinct underdogs... [The] key races [are] in five of the nation's most populous states, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida." We predict Democratic sweeps in all of these large states, plus New York and California.

Begala Declares, 'Speaker Gephardt - Get Used to It!'
13-May-02
Campaign 2002

In an interview with The Hill, Paul Begala was asked if Democrats will take the House in November. "Yes. You heard it here first. The President's popularity is lower today than Clinton's was when he was impeached. He looks (and is) incoherent on the Middle East. He's been caught in lies over shipping dangerous radioactive waste to Nevada (which he promised not to do), raiding the Social Security Trust Fund (which he promised not to do) and fully funding education (which he promised he would do and then reneged). And his top aide and most trusted adviser is quitting. The wheels are coming off the wagons. When Congressional Republicans realize this they're gonna run from W like the devil runs from holy water. Witness the Washington Post story that says Mr. Armey is going to put up a phony-baloney resolution allowing Republicans to pretend they're not for privatizing Social Security. But they are. They can run but they can't hide. Speaker Gephardt. Get used to it." Read the whole chat!

Bush's Texas Trouble: Democrats May Take the Lone Star State
13-May-02
Campaign 2002

Nicholas Confessore writes in TAP, "the best explanation for why [Karen Hughes is] headed home is that the Texas Republicans need her more than Bush does... It's not hard to see why: For the first time in years, the Texas Republicans are starting to sweat... To get a sense of just how big a change this is, consider the last few Texas elections. Four years ago, an incumbent Governor Bush led the Republicans to a sweep of Texas's statewide offices. Two years ago, when Bush was running for president, prospects for a win were so dismal that Democrats didn't even bother to field serious statewide candidates. That the Democrats are actually fielding a full slate this time around is itself a significant development."

Katherine Harris for Congress???
13-May-02
Campaign 2002

The fact that Katherine "Cruella de" Harris would have the audacity to run for public office with her history of stealing elections for others boggles the mind. This is arrogance and lack of conscience on a staggering scale - she's flipping the bird to the American public and figuring they'll still eat up every bit of hogwash she dumps before them! But, alas, Harris has powerful rich friends who can, as Bush's powerful rich friends have proven, buy undeserved offices. But Democrats have the spunk, guts, and spirit and it's time to rally the troops! A good place to start is for Florida voters to get behind Candice Brown McElyea, who is challenging Cruella - but not getting near enough attention. Hey, Candice - Harris may have all the corporate cash on her side, but you're the "good guy" and we're behind ya all the way!

Paul Wellstone - Horatio at the Bridge, Fighting the Bush Barbarians
10-May-02
Campaign 2002

John Nichols writes in the Nation: "Paul Wellstone is a hunted man. Minnesota's senior senator is not just another Democrat on White House political czar Karl Rove's target list... Getting rid of Wellstone is a passion for Rove, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the special-interest lobbies that fund the most sophisticated political operation ever assembled... 'There are people in the White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone,' a senior Republican aide confides. 'This one is political and personal for them.' That has made it political and personal for Wellstone. The man who decided to abandon a self-imposed two-term limit on his Senate service at least in part because of his determination to block Bush's conservative agenda wears the target with pride."

Democrats Plan for Wins in the West
10-May-02
Campaign 2002

Susan Milligan writes in the Boston Globe, "Democrats are looking to the Rocky Mountain West to make gains in this fall's elections, hoping to capitalize on resentment over the Bush administration's decision to locate a nuclear dump in Nevada and demographic changes that might help crack the longtime Republican dominance in the traditionally conservative region. [The Yucca Mountain] dump issue, when combined with a heavy influx of Latino voters in parts of the West, has Democrats plotting a new electoral strategy for this November and beyond. While Republicans scoff at the notion that the Democrats could make substantial gains in the region, Democratic operatives are mapping out a battle plan for New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado."

BUSHIT! 'We've Got Too Much Polling and Focus Groups Going On in Washington Today' – Guess Who Said THAT, George?
10-May-02
Campaign 2002

"White House strategists realize they need to focus on education and other non-war issues to win this election. 'Republicans said it was no accident that Mr. Bush gathered all the major domestic themes of his presidency — from tax cuts, health care, education and welfare — into his 'compassionate conservative' speech in California, or that he spent two days this week reminding voters of his education bill, signed into law in January, that he considers one of the major achievements of his administration.' And Democrats will seize on this blind quote, since it comes perilously close to suggesting the unthinkable — that the president decides what to do based on polling: "'If you look at a lot of the polling data, and you look at public opinion about the economy, people link the issue of education to our future prosperity,' a senior White House official said." So reports ABCNews.

'SteveLargentSucks.com' - That Says it All!
01-May-02
Campaign 2002

Rep. Steve Largent (R-Tora Bora) is running for Governor of Oklahoma. He's counting on a pretty face, Monday Night football fans, and the Christian Right to get elected. But at least one Oklahoman thinks Largent is a big joke. After visiting this site, you will too!

Southern Democratic Governors Lead the Fight against the Confederate GOP
30-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

Will Lester of the AP reports, "Southern Democratic governors have led their party's recent political comeback in the South, but their party's renewed strength in the region will be tested in several tough races for governor and the Senate... Several Southern Democratic governors meeting in Georgia this past weekend said the key to their success is focusing on issues such as education, health care and jobs that affect the daily lives of voters... 'One of the reasons Democrats have been so successful in the last four years is that they've focused on messages people talk about around the dinner table,' South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges said Monday during a conference call with several Democratic governors. 'That's the recipe for success in this election as well.' The governors said Monday that the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, whether Gore or someone else, can win in the South by stressing issues central to people's daily lives."

Voters Plan to Sweep Republican Governors Out of Power - Hooray!!
29-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

Richard Berke reports in the NY Times, "Of the 36 governor's offices at stake this year, 23, or nearly two-thirds, are held by Republicans. Party officials concede that they could lose governorships in Michigan, in Illinois and here in Wisconsin. Polls show that Republicans also face daunting battles in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas and Rhode Island - all states with Republican governors... Some officials expressed fear that voters may have tired of Republicans who arrived in office with heady promises of reform. They also said some voters might question whether Republicans are the best qualified to address budget tribulations."

Senator Reid Suggests Slogans to Republicans
28-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

As the congressional races heat up, Senate Majority Whip Harry M. Reid (D-NV) responded to GOP complaints about Democratic slogans by offering the Republicans a free list of possible campaign slogans: "Securing Prescription Drug Benefits for Almost 6 Percent of American Seniors"; "Securing Unlimited Oil Drilling Rights in Wildlife Refuges and National Parks"; "Securing Crowded Classrooms and Crumbling Schools" and "Securing the Records of Vice President Cheney's Giveaways to the Big Energy Companies." Give 'em hell, Harry!

Bush Defines the Rules for Senate Races
28-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

"The Senate races are very important to me," Bush told reporters last month during a fund-raiser for Rep. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is running against Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga. "I want the Republicans to take control of the Senate and I want Denny Hastert (R-Ill.) to be the speaker of the House. And these are the rules. And that's why I'm going to campaign for like-minded people."

Bush Backs Enron Republican Craig Benson in NH Governor's Race
24-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

In NH's gubernatorial race, Bush is campaigning for multimillionaire businessman Craig Benson. But "Benson, who is running on his record as a businessman who 'created thousands of jobs,' may be in throes of a financial scandal involving a New Hampshire company called Enterasys. Until 1999, Benson was the CEO of Cabletron, which in 2001 morphed into Enterasys. He stepped down when the firm began losing business, but has remained a director of Enterasys and a member of its Audit Committee. This year, the Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating Enterasys. It's not clear why, but three of its top officers have resigned, while its stock value has plummeted. Its future is now in doubt, and so is Benson's as the candidate who, in his ad's words, "will use his real world experience to keep New Hampshire strong." So writes John B. Judis in the New Republic.

Democrats Begin Attack on 'Enron Republicans'
24-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

Roll Call reports, "Several Democratic candidates in competitive House races have begun to evoke Enron in their advertising in an attempt to link the collapse of the energy giant to lingering concerns over retirement security. The effort to connect the Enron employees who lost their retirement savings with potential Republican plans for privatization of Social Security signals a larger Democratic effort to use Enron's demise as a campaign issue in November. 'This is going to be a key issue for us,' said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Howard Wolfson on Friday. Democrats believe that they can use Enron not only to symbolize the potential pitfalls in privatizing Social Security but also on a variety of issues ranging from tax cuts to alleged Republican coziness with special interests."

Reality Check for Repugnicants: Bush Will Hurt - Not Help - in November
22-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

Reality check for Repugnicants expecting to ride on Shrub's coattails in congressional races this year: don't count on it. Shrub's (dubious to begin with) popularity ranking is heading south fast, and Businessweek cites a Gallup poll showing that Democrats have taken a seven-percentage-point lead over Republicans in voter preferences for November's elections. In fact, recent polls show that voters don't feel comfortable with either Shrub's incompetent, unilateralist foreign policies nor his anti-worker, anti-environment domestic policies. That doesn't leave much about Shrub that voters DO feel comfortable with!

Candidates Battle for Women's Support in Michigan Congressional Primary
21-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

The best-kept secret in American politics is that women make up the majority of voters, and an even higher proportion in Democratic primaries. So it is little surprise that the primary between two incumbent Democrats (who were forced into the same district by reapportionment) is becoming a battle over women's votes. Polls show 23-term veteran John Dingell with a 52%- 44% lead over 4-term veteran Lynn Rivers, but Rivers has the powerful EMILY's List machine behind her, which is capable of mobilizing hundreds of thousands of dollars from feminists across the country. So now Dingell is working as hard as he can to prove that he's the best feminist in the race. Stay tuned for a lively race likely to end in a photo finish...

Florida Democrats Are Ready to Beat the Bushes!
15-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

Writing in BuzzFlash, Lisa Ramsay filed this report from the Democratic Convention in Orlando, FL. "Coming from Palm Beach County, I was led to believe by the media that everyone else had 'moved on.' Not so, my fellow Democrats. Lake County Democrats were fired up! St. Lucie County Democrats were fired up! Orange County Democrats were fired up! I could go on and on. And don't get me wrong... this wasn't going to be a weekend moaning about the past, it was quite clear that we all still had a fire in our bellies that we could harness to get rid of one Bush and, as Gore said, then we'd only have one to go!"

Dems Nominate Ron Kirk for Texas Senate Race, Forming 'Dream Team' Ticket
10-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

The Dallas Morning News reports, "Democrats finally got their Dream Team, even if they lost a little sleep in the process. Ron Kirk fended off a stiff challenge by Victor Morales in Tuesday's runoff, creating an ethnically diverse ticket that Democrats hope will energize minority voters in the fall. The outcome sets up a historic contest guaranteed to attract national attention and the interest of the White House. At stake could be which major party dominates Texas politics after GOP gains in the Bush era. Should they win in November, Mr. Kirk would be the only black member of the U.S. Senate and Laredo businessman Tony Sanchez would be the first Hispanic governor in Texas history... 'The question for Democrats is whether this ticket can stimulate turnout, especially among Hispanics and blacks, sufficient to bring Democrats back to victory,' Mr. Black said."

Democrats Lead in Congressional Poll by 50%-43%
10-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

USA Today reports, "A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows that if elections for the House of Representatives were held today, 50% of registered voters would cast ballots for the Democrat in their district; 43% would vote for the Republican. If the numbers hold until November, Democrats stand a good chance of winning back control of the House, now held by the GOP, 222-211, with two independents. Democrats say the latest numbers prove their message on issues such as health care and Social Security is resonating with voters. The party favors prescription drug coverage for all seniors and opposes President Bush's plan to allow private investment of some Social Security taxes. 'When it comes to domestic issues people really care about, they understand that Democrats share their concerns and can be trusted to do something about them,' said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."

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04-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

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Recently Resigned U.S Transportation Department's Liaison to the Bush White House is under Indictment.
03-Apr-02
Campaign 2002

On Tuesday U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced a ten count racketeering indictment against the campaign committee of Illinois Republican Governor, George Ryan. Named in the indictment along with Ryan's campaign committee, are two former Ryan campaign managers, Scott Fawell, and Richard Juliano. Richard Juliano resigned last week from his job as the U.S. Transportation Department's liaison to the Bush White House. Tuesday's indictment is the largest to come out of the federal investigation into a licenses-for-bribes scheme that transpired while George Ryan was still the Illinois Secretary of State. The four year old investigation has resulted in charges against 48 individuals and the conviction of 42. Federal prosecutors have stated they are far from finished with the investigation. Fitzgerald said Juliano is cooperating with investigators and plans to plead guilty to a mail fraud charge. Gov George Ryan has not been charged but has declined to seek re-election.

In Illinois Governor's Race, Rod Blagojevich Has the Issues on His Side
21-Mar-02
Campaign 2002

AP reports, "Rep. Rod Blagojevich will try to become the first Democrat to win the Illinois governor's office in 30 years in part by linking his opponent, Republican Jim Ryan, to a bribery scandal involving the outgoing GOP governor. While Ryan began trying to unify his fractured party Wednesday, Blagojevich referred to the federal investigation of the trading of driver's licenses for bribes during Gov. George Ryan's tenure as secretary of state. Blagojevich (pronounced blah-GOY'-uh-vich) said Jim Ryan, the state attorney general, had evidence of the scandal as early as 1997 but did nothing about it. 'He looked the other way on corruption,' Blagojevich said, calling his opponent 'asleep at the switch.' Federal prosecutors say about $170,000 of bribe money ended up in Gov. Ryan's campaign fund... Blagojevich is a liberal anti-gun crusader who supports abortion rights, while Ryan opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest and would not back additional restrictions on gun owners."

Texas Democrats Nominate Tony Sanchez for Governor While Sending Kirk and Morales into Runoff
13-Mar-02
Campaign 2002

Texas Democrats nominated their first Hispanic gubernatorial candidate, millionaire Tony Sanchez, who solidly beat former Attorney General Dan Morales. Democrats also sent schoolteacher Victor Morales into a primary with Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who could become the state's first black Senate candidate.

Karl Rove Gets Whupped Big-time in California Gubernatorial Primary
07-Mar-02
Campaign 2002

Karl Rove's far-right politics are a guaranteed loser in California, so Rove tried to "fake left" by recruiting former LA mayor Richard Riordan to run as the GOP standard-bearer for Governor. But Governor Gray Davis didn't let Rove get away with it, and helped far-right neophyte Bill Simon Jr. clobber Riordan by 20%. Simon is the son of the late William Simon, Nixon's Treasury Secretary, who was one of the architects of the New Right power structure of think tanks and media outlets headed by the Heritage Foundation. Both father and son sat on the Heritage board next to Richard Mellon Scaife, Joe and Holly Coors and Amway's Van Andels. The Simon candidacy guarantees the California Republican ticket will get hammered in November by women and minorities. Hey Karl - we feel your pain (NOT!).

Linda Sanchez Will Bring 'Sister Act 1' to Congress
06-Mar-02
Campaign 2002

"EMILY's List-supported candidate Linda Sanchez triumphed Tuesday night in a crowded open primary election for the newly drawn 39th congressional district in California. As the congressional district is overwhelmingly Democratic, Sanchez's victory in November is virtually guaranteed. 'Linda Sanchez is a true trailblazer - she was the only Latina to head a county central labor council and will take that experience on the issues that matter to working families to Congress,' said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List. 'Next year she will join the sixteen Democratic women serving in California's congressional delegation.' 'It's a great start to the election year and we anticipate more victories for pro-choice Democratic women,' Malcolm said." Linda's sister Loretta Sanchez beat "B1" Bob Dornan in two historic races; now the Sanchez sisters are making history as the first Sister Act in Congressional history.

Bu$h's Decision on Yucca Mountain Nukes GOP Chances in Nevada
05-Mar-02
Campaign 2002

"Bush's recent decision to make Yucca Mountain the nation's nuclear-waste storehouse is settling across Nevada's political landscape like a mushroom cloud. The move has sparked renewed fears among residents. And there's evidence this is improving Democrats' chances to win control of the US House of Representatives in the fall. Even a mild anti-Republican backlash will boost the Democratic candidate in a close-fought and nationally important House race here. But it's even more likely to hurt Mr. Bush's prospects for winning this crucial swing state in 2004. Dissatisfaction with the president is so strong that, 'If the election were held today, and Bush was on the ballot, almost anyone could beat him,' says Ted Jelen, chairman of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas." So writes the Christian Science Monitor.

Dems Will Gain At Least 2 Seats in the Senate, 7 in the House
21-Feb-02
Campaign 2002

"Some Republican incumbents in Congress may wish to think twice before inviting President Bush to appear in front of their constituents in the coming eight months. No matter what the polls suggest, Bush and other GOP heavyweights could be the political kiss of death for a number of incumbents next November. This quite tentative forecast projects that Democrats will definitely pick up two GOP-held Senate seats, very likely two more Senate seats and have a chance at three other Senate seats. Democrats will add seven House seats now occupied by Republicans and very possibly four others, and eight other seats are slightly or somewhat vulnerable." So predicts Bruce Ticker in The Bush Syndrome.

Desperate GOP Forces 'Horror Flick' on U.S. Communities to Terrorize Voters into Backing their Candidates in 2002
18-Feb-02
Campaign 2002

You know the GOP is desperate when they are resorting to trying to terrorize Americans into voting for them. Now the Republicans are taking their horror show on the road town to town (as in "Please, please watch this and be afraid!"). But this painfully contrived, hysterical bit of rightwingnutdom is more likely to play like "Reefer Madness" than a "60 Minutes" road show! Fortunately for the Dems, the GOP inevitably has the two same big gaping holes in their armor: no originality and no real concept of what the average American is all about. Their traveling "Energy Show" routine flopped some months ago. What makes them think the "All Terror All the Time" rolling horror show will fare any better?

Democrat Liz Krueger Wins Key Manhattan Seat
13-Feb-02
Campaign 2002

Progressive activist Liz Krueger, longtime head of the Community Food Resource Center, won a crushing victory in a special election for a NY State Senate district on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The district had been represented by Republican Roy Goodman for 33 years, and the entire NY Republican establishment - Pataki, Giuliani, and Bloomberg - put their reputations on the line for Republican John Ravitz. Pundits predicted these endorsements - plus a ton of GOP $$$ - would make Ravitz the winner. But Krueger demolished Ravitz 59%-41%. You go, Liz!

Enron's Bankruptcy May Bankrupt the Republican Party
07-Feb-02
Campaign 2002

Here's one GOOD consequence of Enron's bankruptcy - the Republican Party is running out of money! "In the competitive districts likely to determine which party will control the House after November, Democratic candidates began this election year in better financial position than their Republican adversaries. In 22 competitive races in which the nominee of each party is generally agreed upon, Democratic incumbents had a strong financial edge in 10, and Democratic challengers were financially competitive in four, according to reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. GOP incumbents held solid cash advantages in four, and Republican challengers were financially competitive in four, for an overall 14 to 8 Democratic advantage." So reports Thomas Edsall in the Washington Post.

Katherine Harris' New Felon Purge System Is Off to a Bad Start
15-Jan-02
Campaign 2002

Katherine Harris refused to let Florida officials create a system for correctly purging ineligible felons, and instead hired yet another private company. "A preliminary sampling last month of data on 1,328 people from seven counties identified by FDLE as felons found that 5.3 percent were incorrectly tagged as ineligible to vote." Sounds like just enough votes to steal a close election for her hero, Jeb Bush. Democrats will need a massive GOTV effort in 2002 - not just in Florida, but everywhere in the USA.

Interviewed by Meria Heller, Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Kunst Discusses His Near Arrest for Discussing the Stolen Election
15-Nov-01
Campaign 2002

Robert Kunst, Candidate for Governor of Florida, was on the Meria Heller Show this week. Robert talks about what is going on in Florida today, and what Jeb is up to. Robert was at a Voter Reform meeting in Tampa, Florida and was threatened with arrest for speaking about the Stolen Election. Robert said "why are we talking about voter reform, when we can't even get the votes counted?" - he was then threatened with arrest and forced to leave. This type of "McCarthyism" is happening more and more in America, and Mr.Kunst is not one to stand for it. Interestingly, Tampa is the same town where 3 grandmas were arrested in last summer for holding anti-Bush signs. Florida's tourism is drowning and Jeb Bush says he "wants to read about it in the newspapers". Roberts campaign slogan is "we won't steal your vote." This is a great interview archived at www.Meria.net.

Opposition Party Always Gains Seats in Wartime - Run Democrats Run!
05-Oct-01
Campaign 2002

Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. writes, "I am ... astonished by reports that Democrats are having trouble finding candidates for the midterm Congressional elections in 2002. Prospective candidates apparently believe that the national unity produced by the terrorist attack is bound to favor the party in power and reject the party in opposition. Have present-day politicians forgotten their history? During our recent wars the party in opposition has nearly always gained seats in midterm Congressional elections... National unity must not become a means of obliterating democracy. The prospective Democratic candidates who do not choose to run should review American history and reconsider."

Now is the Time for All Good Democrats to Come to the Service of their Country
27-Sep-01
Campaign 2002

The NY Times reports, "Top Democratic officials say the terrorist attacks have severely hampered their recruitment efforts, particularly for candidates for the Senate, and have upended their entire political game plan for the midterm elections next year." Several top Senate candidates have decided not to run: Dan Glickman, the former agriculture secretary, in Kansas; Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, retired, in Virginia; and Gov. John Kitzhaber in Oregon. It would be a terrible victory for terrorists if their attack on America produced a one-party political system. We urge these candidates - and other good Democrats who are contemplating a campaign - to carry the banner of the Democratic Party as a patriotic affirmation of their love of America.

Phil Gramm Will Retire, Creating Another Open Seat for Democrats to Win
05-Sep-01
Campaign 2002

Break out the champagne! Pruneface Phil Gramm (R-TX) is joining Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Strom Thurmond (R-SC) on the list of right-wing zealots who will leave the Senate in 2002. Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) may also drop out. Why are they all quitting? Because they know Bush is a millstone who would sink their re-election chances. Now we need some aggressive progressive Democrats to enter these races!

Bob Kunst's Campaign Terrifies the Florida Media
04-Sep-01
Campaign 2002

Pro-democracy activist Bob Kunst is now a declared candidate for Governor of Florida. His core message is simple - "Kunst will Hold Jeb accountable for Stealing the 2000 Election!" (see www.kunstforgov.com). This simple message is so terrifying to Florida's corporate media that they are doing everything possible to either a) deny that Kunst is a candidate (see the Orlando Sentinel), or b) turn voters against him by misrepresenting him as a "gay-rights candidate" (see the Miami Herald). Jack Nichols at Gay Today is leading the fight for fair and accurate coverage of Kunst's courageous campaign. After all, what do you call a grassroots candidate who takes on the entrenched powers? In Minnesota, they call him "Governor Ventura."

Bob Kunst Declares Candidacy for Governor
28-Aug-01
Campaign 2002

Oral Majority founder Bob Kunst formally announced his candidacy for Governor of Florida. "Kunst said his campaign stands out because he is the only one focused on the Florida presidential election, which he accuses Bush of helping to steal for his brother. 'I believe this is the one issue that defeats Jeb Bush,' Kunst said." Kunst has traveled tirelessly throughout Florida - and the entire country - to call attention to the crimes committed by the Bush brothers. As a candidate for Governor, Kunst will be able to break through the media blackout to demand the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for stealing the Presidency. Kunst joins the field with U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa, House Minority Leader Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, State Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami, Tampa attorney Bill McBride, former Ambassador to Vietnam Pete Peterson, and most likely Janet Reno.

Helms Will Retire
21-Aug-01
Campaign 2002

Jesse Helms' reign of hatred will finally end after 30 years in the Senate, as Helms plans to retire at the end of his term in 2002. Helms was an outspoken racist, misogynist, and homophobe, who used his Senate privileges to block everything he disagreed with, including numerous treaties. Helms championed murderous dictators, deadly tobacco, and toxic polluters, even as he fought for the "Human Life Amendment" to outlaw all abortions. Helms' retirement sets the stage for a bloody primary between Elizabeth Dole and Lauch Faircloth, Helms' protege and former Senator - and the man who engineered the appointment of Clinton-hater Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.

Meria Heller Interviews Bob Kunst
08-Aug-01
Campaign 2002

Robert Kunst of the Oral Majority is taking on Florida by running for Governor against Jeb and his mockery machine of justice. Kunst is interviewed by Meria Heller on his campaign (and the media blackout - what are they so afraid of?), 152 protests since the STOLEN ELECTION, lawsuits against the Tampa Police; the Big Brother attempt of cameras on the streets of Tampa, faith based collusion of church and state, and much more. Where DID Jeb get $175 million? What is Katherine Harris' connection to the supposed Canker disease in Florida's Citrus trees? Is it connected to Enron Corporation or the building of 57 new power plants? How did a German Construction Company "building for the Fuhrer" get the contract on the WW II memorial?

Jesse Helms May Not Run in 2002
12-Jun-01
Campaign 2002

According to Bob Novak, "Sen. Bill Frist, the Senate Republican campaign chairman, is being quoted by political insiders as saying that 79-year-old Sen. Jesse Helms will not seek a sixth term from North Carolina next year. Conservative Rep. Richard Burr is the leading Republican prospect to replace Helms, with moderate liberal Rep. Bob Etheridge topping the Democratic list. Political insiders give the GOP an even chance of keeping the state." Decoding Novak-speak, "even chance" means the Republicans expect to get clobbered. Go Dems!

Energy Crisis Could Sweep Republicans Out of Office
23-May-01
Campaign 2002

"Unless the White House figures out a way to defuse the political aspect of the energy issue over the next 18 months, the Republicans will lose control of both houses of Congress in the 2002 midterm elections. GOP losses could easily fall in the range of 20 to 25 House seats (in a reminder of their 26-seat loss in Ronald Reagan's first midterm election) and two to four Senate seats, leaving President Bush with hostile Democratic majorities for the remainder of his term. If energy prices remain high and supply concerns spread nationally, voters are likely to revisit questions about Bush's competence and be open to the argument that the President is more interested in helping his friends in the energy industry than in protecting consumers." So writes Roll Call columnist Stuart Rothenberg. If you're tempted to challenge a Republican for Congress, read this roadmap to victory!

Democrats Trounce Illinois Governor in Poll
14-May-01
Campaign 2002

Looks like Governor George Ryan (R) of Illinois has about as much chance of getting re-elected in 2002 as Jeb Crow's odds of getting a "Profiles in Courage" Award for his support of Civil Rights. As Gov. George Ryan ponders whether to seek a second term as the state's chief executive, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Illinois voters say he doesn't deserve it. Only 20 percent thinks he deserves another term while a whopping 61 percent thinks he should get the boot. Reflecting Ryan's sagging political status, the poll showed that in head-to-head contests with 8 potential Democratic contenders, the incumbent trails each of them by double-digit margins. Even though the Democrats are much lesser known, Ryan received the support of only about one-fifth of the state's likely voters in the hypothetical matchups. Looks like the Blue team will gain yet another gubernatorial win in the 2001 and 2002 elections!

Women Will Lead Congressional Democrats to Victory in 2002
21-Mar-01
Campaign 2002

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) don't fit the party boss stereotype. Murray is best known for campaigning as "a mom in tennis shoes" in 1992. Lowey wins plaudits from staffers for ordering low-fat moo shu dinners when the House is working late. But both have just been named the first women to head the their chambers' respective campaign committees for the Democrats.

'Our Base is Energized,' Declares Nita Lowey
07-Mar-01
Campaign 2002

According to Roll Call, Rep. Nita Lowey (NY) declared, "Our base is energized." Lowey is the new Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and her job is to put Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives in 2002. Lowey cited the nomination John Ashcroft and the reinstatement of the global gag rule on abortion. "They want us to stand up for what we believe in." Nita, we're behind you 1000%!

Black Voters Will Get Even in 2002
02-Mar-01
Campaign 2002

The Progressive's June Jordan asked Toni Morrison and other black intellectuals their feelings about the 2000 election, and did they ever let loose! Jordan concludes, "What does such disregard, and such indifference to our black presence, our black rage, connote? Well, we're pushing on toward an 84 percent black turnout in 2002. We'll expose the system. We're going to push and push and make it collapse. Whether y'all ready or not!"

Would the Governor of South Carolina Appoint a Republican to Replace Strom Thurmond?
22-Feb-01
Campaign 2002

Strom's still around, and God bless his health, but even aides admit that he's ailing and unlikely to serve out his term. One article is raising the possibility that the Democratic Governor of South Carolina might appoint a Republican State Senator to replace Thurmond, in order to give Democrats a majority in the State Senate. Well, consider the source (CNN), but South Carolina Democrats may want to start sending signals to their Governor that Trent Lott needs to be replaced as Majority Leader by Tom Daschle.

Strom's Wife Wants His Job
22-Feb-01
Campaign 2002

Nancy Thurmond, 54, separated from Senator Strom in 1991 after 22 years of marriage and four children. But Strom is ailing, and she wants his job if he retires or dies. She even videotaped an endorsement from Strom and showed it to Gov. Jim Hodges (D) - and then lied about it. "No deal" said the Governor's spokesman. "You can relatively expect him to name a person of our party." Hey Jim - why don't you appoint a progressive black Democrat like Rep. Jim Clyburn!

We May Be Down, But We Ain't Out
14-Feb-01
Campaign 2002

Regardless of who is currently exercising in the White House, the fact remains that we did win. More of us came out to vote and more of us voted Democratic. It's not too early to begin working on taking back the House and the Senate. Don't take our word for it - you do the math.

 


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