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Mayor Turns U.S. Inquiry to Campaign Advantage 10/31/03 NYT: "Now, however, in the extraordinary final days of his tumultuous re-election campaign, Mr. Street has morphed from embattled politician into a folk hero of sorts, and his canned opening line is rolling off his tongue with renewed zeal.
With an eye on black voters, he and his allies have deftly used the investigation to energize supporters and stir debate over issues like the racial divide in the city and the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.
"The same forces that stopped the counting in Florida and disenfranchised voters," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said at a rally of municipal union workers on Tuesday. "Those same forces are entering into, in the same ugly way, this election in Pennsylvania." "
Howard Dean: A Hawk in a Dove's Cloak 10/30/03 Counterpunch
Bush blamed for terror 10/29/03 Scotsman: ""There is no way this administration can walk away from its responsibility for 9-11," Mr Clark told the New American Strategies for Security and Peace conference. "You can’t blame something like this on lower level intelligence officers, however badly they communicated memos with each other. The buck rests with the commander-in-chief, right on George Bush’s desk.""
Sharpton Calls Dean's Agenda 'Anti-Black' 10/29/03 Washington Post: "Howard Dean's opposition to affirmative action, his current support for the death penalty and historic support of the NRA's [National Rifle Association's] agenda amounts to an anti-black agenda that will not sell in communities of color in this country," Sharpton said in a statement.
He said his comments were in response to a news report yesterday that Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) plans to endorse Dean, the former Vermont governor and presumed front-runner for the 2004 Democratic nomination. Sharpton has had a long-standing rivalry with the congressman's father, Jesse L. Jackson, who twice ran for president."
Second CBC Debate Still Comes Up Short 10/27/03 NNPA: "If Detroit’s two Black members of Congress had wanted to watch the Congressional Black Caucus’ last Democratic presidential debate on FOX Cable News Network in their district office, they would have been out of luck. That’s because Detroit, with its 82.8 percent Black population, does not want the conservative broadcast network in their community, according to Comcast officials."
Tom Delay Ambushes Texas -- And America 10/24/03 Znet: "Led by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Bush political mastermind Karl Rove, Texas Republicans have completed their ambush of congressional Democrats. After Delay spent three days huddled in private conferences with bickering Republican legislators, they gerrymandered U.S. House districts in order to knock off as many as seven Democratic incumbents -- and help secure Republican dominance of the House of Representatives for a decade… Just as perniciously, the GOP plan is designed to wipe out nearly every moderate and white Democrat from the Texas congressional delegation. For instance, long-time Democratic House leader Martin Frost has been drawn out of a seat that is now 63 percent Republican. Richard Murray, a professor of political science at the University of Houston, predicted that the GOP plan eventually will leave Texas without a single white majority district represented by a Democrat.
"This plan basically envisions all Democrats elected to Congress being either from Hispanic-majority or African-American-majority districts," Professor Murray said."
Dean Soars into Huge Lead in New Hampshire Now Leads Kerry 40-17 Among Likely Voters; Clark and Edwards in Distant 3rd --New Zogby Poll 10/24/03 Zogby
Philly Politics: FBI Inquiry Puts Race Factor at Campaign's Forefront 10/23/03 Black Commentator
Shaprton on Media: "They are going to wake up shocked." 10/23/03 Black Commentator
Kucinich targets homelessness, Bush, Clark and Lieberman 10/22/03 Politics NH
Denouncing Bush and war, Sharpton again brings presidential bid to county 10/22/03 Times & Democrat, SC: "Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak has called the Rev. Al Sharpton a "professional troublemaker." That begs the question: Who finds him so troubling? Certainly not the hundreds of Claflin University students, faculty and visitors who began applauding the Democratic presidential candidate the moment he appeared -- unintroduced and unannounced -- in the Daniel C. Moss Auditorium in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center.
It was Sharpton's second visit to Orangeburg, and his third visit to the county, in the run-up to South Carolina's first-in-the-South Democratic presidential primary next February."
Inside Joe Lieberman's Kamikaze Campaign - Day of the Spoiler 10/22/03 Village Voice
Dean Leads Kerry by 14 in N.H. Poll 10/21/03 AP
Presidential Candidate Sharpton is in First and Last Place 10/21/03 NNPA: "Al Sharpton is the Democrat most favored to win the White House in 2004 or he is the candidate who will probably come in last – and it all depends on the race of the person viewing his campaign to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
Black woman confident of Mississippi Lt. Gov. victory 10/20/03 Final Call
CAMPAIGN TIMES 10/20/03 PBS: "The first head-to-head competition between the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination will go uncontested by two top contenders. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark both decided to forgo the January Iowa caucus and instead focus their campaigns on the early primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Gwen Ifill talks to New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney about this development."
Interviewing Sharpton 10/20/03 Znet
Walker, Bush & the Nazis 10/18/03 AfroCubaWeb: compendium of articles on the Bush family support of Nazis prior to and during World War II.
DELAYED REACTION 10/18/03 Counterspin: "The well-known to Bush critics story about how Dubyah's Grandfather, Prescott Bush, had a connection to the Nazis has busted out into the mainstream media...thanks to the recent declassification of government documents."
The Awful Truth About General Wesley Clark 10/18/03 Dissident Voices
Bush Ancestor's Bank Seized by Gov't 10/17/03 AP: "President Bush's grandfather was a director of a bank seized by the federal government because of its ties to a German industrialist who helped bankroll Adolf Hitler's rise to power, government documents show."
Candidates woo Arab-Americans - Conference in Detroit suburb draws attention 10/17/03 Atlanta Journal Constitution: but an NAACP conference in NC draws only 6 democratic candidates: "Eight of the nine Democratic candidates are scheduled to speak at "Vote 2004: An Agenda for Peace and Justice." Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, national chairman of Bush-Cheney '04, also is expected to speak, as is Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee."
Hillary Stumps For Street 10/17/03 CBS: "Mayor John Street wiped away tears Friday as he listened to supporters, including U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, defend his character and decry the FBI's inquiries into his administration as an unwarranted personal attack.
"In this life, all you have is your reputation," Street said, dabbing at his eyes following a fiery speech by his wife, Naomi Post."
Dean blasts Kerry on Vietnam - Senator retorts that combat gives him executive gravitas 10/15/03 The Hill
Sharpton begins voter registration tour 10/15/03 The State, SC: "The Rev. Al Sharpton cited support from Jay-Z and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs as he claimed to be the only presidential candidate who can "mobilize young voters" for the state's first-in-the-South primary Feb. 3.
Speaking to about 125 people at historically black Claflin University, Sharpton said young voters will provide the swing vote in 2004 as he pushed voter registration."
Bush Breaks Own Campaign Fund-Raising Records 10/14/03 Reuters
Kucinich Hits His Stride 10/14/03 The Progressive
Redistricting Map Sent to Texas Governor 10/13/03 AP: "After six months, two walkouts and three special legislative sessions, lawmakers have signed off on a new congressional redistricting map that likely will send more Texas Republicans to Washington."
Growing Pains in Clark's Campaign 10/10/03 Alternet
War for Jewish Vote Seen in Philly Mayoral Race 10/10/03 Forward
Bush - Nazi Link Confirmed 10/10/03 New Hampshire Gazette: "The documents also show that Bush and his colleagues, according to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FBI, tried to conceal their financial alliance with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, a steel and coal baron who, beginning in the mid-1920s, personally funded Adolf Hitler's rise to power by the subversion of democratic principle and German law.
Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush's maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial baron for nearly eight months after the U.S. entered the war."
Dishonest to the Core and Probably Nuts: Wesley Clark 10/9/03 Black Commentator
Two Civilized Men Among the Barbarians 10/9/03 Black Commentator: "Measured by the most minimal standards of the modern, industrial world, only two of 10 Democratic candidates for President passed civilized muster at a recent debate in New York City: Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rev. Al Sharpton. The rest of the field, to varying degrees, fail to even comprehend modern assumptions of what it is to be human, living among other humans."
Solicitor General - Why Clark could be the candidate who wins over black voters 10/8/03 American Prospect: "After Rush Limbaugh's comments about race and football sparked controversy last week, presidential candidates Howard Dean and Wesley Clark were quick to jump on the anti-Limbaugh bandwagon. Dean called Limbaugh's remarks "unacceptable" (though his campaign also made a gaffe in referring to Donovan McNabb as the quarterback of the "Philadelphia Jets") while Clark derided the comments as "hateful and ignorant speech."
The speedy responses of both campaigns could well suggest just how eager Democratic candidates are to burnish their credentials with black voters."
Many Democrats Vote Against Davis 10/8/03 Newsday: "About 25% to 30% of liberals and moderates abandon the governor. Schwarzenegger has a strong showing across the political spectrum… Bustamante had the most diverse pool of supporters among the top candidates to replace Davis. One in 10 of his voters were black, 20% Latino and 5% Asian. Schwarzenegger and McClintock, on the other hand, had predominantly white supporters.
Though the lieutenant governor focused much of his campaign on Latinos, about 3 in 10 Latino voters threw their support to Schwarzenegger."
Six Democratic presidential hopefuls to attend S.C. NAACP forum 10/7/03 NY Beacon: "Six Democratic presidential hopefuls plan to attend a South Carolina NAACP forum after the civil rights group's leaders expressed frustration over initial acceptances from just two candidates."
Fourth Reich? The Bush-Rove-Schwarzenegger Nazi Nexus 10/6/03 Counterpunch: "George W. Bush's grandfather helped finance the Nazi Party. Karl Rove's grandfather allegedly helped run the Nazi Party, and helped build the Birkenau Death Camp. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian father volunteered for the infamous Nazi SA and became a ranking officer.
Together, they have destabilized California and are on the brink of bringing it a new Reich. With the Schwarzenegger candidacy they have laid siege to America's largest state, lining it up for the 2004 election."
Dean seeks black vote 10/6/03 Kaleo: "Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean criticized President Bush for his policies on affirmative action during a speech kicking off his tour of colleges at Howard University."
Unresolved redistricting may delay Texas primary 10/5/03 AP
Sharpton built his career on speaking loud, proud 10/5/03 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Reshaping the Black political agenda in L.A. 10/5/03 Final Call: "In Los Angeles, the report said, the Black population is 11 percent, but the percentage of Black voters at the polls was 17 percent. Additionally, from the period leading up to the November 2002 elections through the March 2003 polling, the AAVREP reports registering more than 30,000 new voters in the county—85 percent of whom are African American."
Clark leads field 8 months prior to state primary 10/5/03 Mobile Register
Few 2004 candidates coming to South Carolina NAACP convention 10/3/03 AP
Arnold Unplugged - It's hasta la vista to $9 billion if
the Governator is selected 10/3/03 Greg Palast: "The wannabe governor has yet to deny that on May 17, 2001,
at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he had consensual political
intercourse with Enron chieftain Kenneth Lay. Also frolicking with Arnold
and Ken was convicted stock swindler Mike Milken."
Dennis Kucinich & Al Sharpton 10/2/03 Black Commentator: "The character of much of what passes for debate in the United States signals that the nation has become the moral equivalent of Tobacco Road, a backwater of civilization."
John Kerry: Fence Sitting on the War and Race 10/2/03 Challenge Group: "Kerry may be concerned that he could suffer the same fate – that is, to win or place second in the Northeast primaries and then come South and fall flat on his face. So, he is trying to make nice in South Carolina, hoping that he can build a beachhead to other areas in the South.
All of this says that the Black vote, especially in South Carolina, is key. It constituted 25 percent of the entire electorate in 2002 and in a Democratic primary, probably constitutes up to 50 percent of the vote. So why would you suppose that Kerry's speech would include just one line about civil rights and his prepared text didn't even mention African-Americans. He extemporaneously offered that discrimination should be ended with respect to African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans."
Voter Registration Office Opens Locally 10/2/03 Sacramento Observer: "In an effort to defeat Proposition 54 and to register more African American voters in the state, the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of its first Northern California office."
LA: Residents’ opinions on recall follow party battle lines 10/2/03 WAVE
Wall St. and Business Wednesdays: E-Letter To Reverend Al Sharpton Re: Economic Advice And The Resignation Of Your Campaign Manager 10/1/03 Black Electorate
California Ballot Initiative Could Count Us Out 10/1/03 WAVE: by George Curry - "If Ward Connerly’s ballot initiative passes on Tuesday and if it is extended to other states and the federal government, there would be no way for us to know any of the information cited above because such collection would be illegal. And that’s the fallacy in Connerly’s approach. He wrongfully argues that in order to create his version of a colorblind utopia, we should simply stop collecting any information that identifies a person by race or national origin. What Connerly fails to see is that statistics, however unpleasant, allow us to identify problems that need to be addressed."
AL SHARPTON HAS BET'S SUPPORT: Network will also help kick off million dollar drive campaign 9/30/03 EURWeb
Sharpton Loses 2 Pivotal Aides; New Hurdle for Campaign 9/30/03 NYT: "Mr. Sharpton's campaign manager, Frank Watkins, and Kevin Gray, his coordinator in South Carolina, a critical state, resigned, aides said. They were longtime supporters of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, having worked on his two presidential races. Their departures suggest a deepening rift between Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson's camp, a gap that could complicate Mr. Sharpton's efforts to win the support of people from the civil rights movement."
You Go, Lady Candidates! 9/29/03 Washington Post
10 rivals sounded Clintonian themes 9/26/03 Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe: "IN THE 2000 campaign, Bill Clinton was the embarrassing sinner the Democrats tried to stuff in the basement. In yesterday's presidential candidates debate, he was back in the living room. Democrats all across the stage praised the Clinton years."
Rangel Carries Clark's Water for Clinton 9/25/03 Black Commentator
Braun announces her bid 9/23/03 Chicago Sun Times
Gov. Davis Pleads His Case to L.A.’s Black Community 9/23/03 NNPA
The Awful Truth About General Wesley Clark - A Dissident Voice News Service Compilation 9/18/03 Dissident Voice
Democrats Question Cheney's Halliburton Payments 9/16/03 Reuters
Campaign 2004: Kerry campaign aide quits over strategy conflict 9/16/03 Seattle Post Intelligencer
How Bush rangers earn their badge 9/14/03 Observer, UK
Black Caucus Picks Right-wing Fox TV Over Black Networks for Presidential Debate 9/10/03 NNPA: "Many people were surprised that Tuesday night’s presidential debate, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), was aired on a Right-wing network that frequently opposes everything that the organization stands for. “Fox has their record of being Right-wing and even racist where Blacks are concerned. And so, the contradiction is that they [CBC] would choose Fox to do this. But the other thing is that Fox saw a moment of opportunity themselves to cover their behinds. They can always say, ‘Well, we hosted the Congressional Black Caucus,’” says Ronald Walters, a political science professor at the University of Maryland-College Park. “So it’s on both sides, as far as I’m concerned, a negative.” "
Keep Cuba sanctions, Democratic presidential candidate Kerry says 9/1/03 Miami Herald
Democrats eye Cuban-American vote 8/30/03 Sun Sentinel, FL
Democratic contender Dean alters Cuba stand 8/26/03 Miami Herald: ''If you would have asked me six months ago, I would have said we should begin to ease the embargo in return for human-rights concessions,'' he said, responding to a question from a Herald reporter at a dinner Sunday night in Seattle. ``But you can't do it now because Castro has just locked up a huge number of human-rights activists and put them in prison and [held] show trials. You can't reward that kind of behavior if what you want to do is link human-rights behavior with foreign trade.''
Cuban-Americans warn Bush of possible loss of support in 2004 8/15/03 AP
BAMPAC 2003 Summer Bulletin 8/15/03 BAMPAC
Arianna Jumps in the Fray 8/6/03 Alternet
Engaging the Young to Vote 7/27/03 Radio Progresso, Miami
Dean's anti-war stance galvanises Democrats 7/27/03 Scotsman
Lieberman Losing Ground in N.H. Poll 7/25/03 AP: "The latest poll from New Hampshire showed the Connecticut senator losing ground over the past month, slipping from 11 percent in June to 6 percent, according to the poll by American Research Group of Manchester, N.H. The campaign also said Lieberman's Iowa campaign manager is stepping down, citing family reasons and a desire to return to his native Wisconsin."
Andrew Young weighs '04 Senate bid 7/25/03 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SHARPTON CANCELS TRIP TO LIBERIA 7/22/03 NY Post
Sharpton: African Americans should help decide whether United States sends peacekeepers to Liberia 7/20/03 AP
Green Party faction wants McKinney for president in 2004 7/20/03 Atlanta Journal Constitution
Bush Job Performance Slips to 53% Positive, 46% Negative; More Voters (47%) Say It's Time for Someone New Than Say He Deserves Re-election; Two-in-Three Say it Makes No Difference if WMDs Are Never Found, According to Newest Zogby America Poll 7/18/03 Zogby: "President George W. Bush's job performance rating has slipped to 53% positive, his lowest since the terrorist attacks in 2001, according to a poll of 1,004 likely U.S. voters by Zogby International. His negative rating reached 46%, just under his pre-9/11 unfavorable of 49%"
Reverend Al Sharpton to visit Ghana 7/16/03 GNA
Read His Lips: President Bush Deceives the American People 7/13/03 Democratic National Committee
The Democrats' brewing civil war 7/12/03 Salon: "Deans, Greens and liberals say the party needs to scream the anti-Bush truth at the American people. New-Democratic centrists say Americans just aren't that left-leaning. The schism is wide, and it's going to get wider."
Bush's Approval Rating Drops Sharply - Public Increasingly Concerned About Casualties in Iraq 7/11/03 Washington Post: "Bush's overall job approval rating dropped to 59 percent, down nine points in the past 18 days. That decline exactly mirrored the slide in public support for Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq, which now stands at 58 percent.
And for the first time, slightly more than half the country--52 percent--believes there has been an "unacceptable" level of U.S. casualties in Iraq, up eight points in less than three weeks.
Still, only 26 percent said there had been more casualties than they had expected. Three in four say they expect "significantly more" American dead and wounded."
Kerry Raps Bush Policy on Postwar Iraq - Failure to Win Peace Could Undercut War on Terrorism, Candidate Says 7/11/03 Washington Post: "Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) sharply criticized the Bush administration's postwar policy in Iraq yesterday, accusing the United States of arrogance in not creating an international force to secure the country and warning that failure in Iraq will undermine the global war on terrorism.
The Democratic presidential candidate questioned whether the administration has a strategy for postwar Iraq. He urged President Bush to move quickly to augment U.S. forces by recruiting other nations to send troops, accelerate efforts to train an Iraqi police force and bring the United Nations and others more directly into the process of rebuilding the country and setting up a new government."
Mound Bayou gearing up for Sharpton visit 7/10/03 Clarion Ledger, MS
Row over weapons allegations threatens to turn the Iraq conflict into liability for Bush 7/10/03 Independent, UK
'CRIMES OF HISTORY' 7/10/03 NY Post: "It's a shame that the continuing chaos in Liberia diverted attention from the impassioned speech President Bush gave on his arrival in Africa Tuesday denouncing the U.S. slave trade as "one of the greatest crimes of history."
It's also regrettable that many of the president's critics dismissed his emotional remarks as an obvious bid for black votes - though he doubtless would have been criticized just as much had he not addressed the issue of slavery."
How important is African oil? 7/9/03 BBC: "The US imports two thirds of its oil needs. About 15% of that amount comes from West Africa and that figure is projected to rise to 25% in the next 10 years.
The oil sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest growing in the world."
Tonyaa Weathersbee: Did Bush see all of Africa? 7/9/03 Black America Web
African sceptics unmoved by Bush's slavery speech 7/9/03 Guardian, UK: "Bush must convince us that this trip has not been planned with an eye on the 2004 presidential elections," the Kenyan People Daily said, echoing other commentators."
Six Democratic presidential hopefuls court Latino vote 7/9/03 Vida en el Valle
Democratic presidential hopefuls continue to pad campaign coffers 7/8/03 AP
Local black leaders respond to president's sentiments 7/8/03 San Bernadino News
Sharpton, Other Dems Bash Bush for 'Macho' Taunts to Iraqi Militants 7/7/03 BET
Minorities say Bush is falling short 7/6/03 Boston Globe: "By putting together one of the most racially diverse administrations in US history, President Bush has met a challenge that Colin Powell issued to the Republican Party at its 2000 convention, but critics say the president has failed to live up to other expectations that his policies would benefit minorities."
Al Sharpton 7/6/03 LA Times
Joe Pulls in Cash, But Howard Dean Hits the Jackpot 7/4/03 Forward: "Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is hanging on to his presidential candidacy by the threads of his tzitzit after posting a second-quarter contributions filing that appears to have put him further back in the pack of Democratic contenders.
Lieberman brought in "about $5 million and still counting" in the quarter that closed June 30, according to his campaign — more than many expected, and much more than the $3 million his campaign made in the first quarter, but less than the amount raised by one of the hopefuls who trailed him in the first round.
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who brought in $2.6 million in the first quarter, surged to rake in $7.5 million in the second, largely on the strength of contributions solicited over the Internet. Dean's momentum could serve to knock Lieberman out of what the inside-the-Beltway political class calls the "top tier" of the nine Democratic contenders, pundits said, and highlights Lieberman's persistent weaknesses."
In 2004 Warm-Up, Democrats Hit Bush on Jobless 7/3/03 Reuters
In The Northwest: Vietnam vet Kerry braves fire on White House trail 7/3/03 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
RACE OBSESSED 7/2/03 NY Post: "The argument is that Thompson, who is black, and Ferrer, a Latino, would split the minority vote in the primary and so let a white challenger - say, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller - emerge as Mayor Bloomberg's Democratic challenger."
Lieberman Paddles Against Dean Flow 7/2/03 Washington Post: "The tectonic plate has shifted even from Clinton," he said. "The DLC may be out of sync with the rest of the country by the time this [election] rolls around. I think the barriers to third-way politics are palpable now. People are looking for clarity, and the DLC's argument is a defensive one."
Howard Dean's Star Rises 7/1/03 CBS