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Low blows put Bush back in contention 10/29/2006 Sunday Times
Emanuel's War Plan for Democrats - The Book of Rahm 10/24/2006 Counterpunch: "In 2006, no matter which party controls the House, a majority will be committed to pursuing the war on Iraq--despite the fact that the Democratic rank and file and the general voting public oppose the war by large margins. (I hasten to add that this state of affairs can be reversed even after the sham election between the two War Parties.)"
There is something afoot, in a very Shakespearean way, in the White House 10/24/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: last entry for October 24, 2006 - "Preparing for a post-election massacre of the GOP and the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, two factions are emerging within the White House. One is the neo-con faction surrounding potential scapegoat Vice President Dick Cheney. This faction includes Cheney's own staffers and his and Rumsfeld's sympathizers in the Pentagon, National Security Council, State Department, and media and think tanks. The other is the faction coalescing around the other potential scapegoat -- George W. Bush. This is the most interesting faction as it consists of George H. W. Bush and his closest friends -- James Baker III, Lee Hamilton, former CIA Director Robert Gates, Alan Simpson, Sandra Day O'Connor, and other past luminaries of the George H. W. Bush administration. George W. Bush has had to admit that his presidency has been a failure and now must have his father and his father's friends bail him out. The Iraq Study Group of Baker and Hamilton, which is negotiating with the Iraqi Resistance, Iran, and Syria against the wishes of Cheney's faction, was a step in the direction of bailing out Junior."
Unlikely Virginia Pol Could Win Dems the Senate 10/22/2006 The Nation: "When they get there -- if they get there -- Senator Barack Obama will be there, too, making his first pitch for a former member of Ronald Reagan's Cabinet. It will also, no doubt, be Obama's first endorsement of a formerly bitter critic of Vietnam War protesters, civil rights activists, 1960s liberals, affirmative action policies and women in combat -- just a few of Webb's targets through the years.
From a cranky Republican traditionalist, Webb has transformed into one of the unlikeliest protest candidates ever. And now, thanks to the spiral of controversy set off by Allen's now-legendary "macaca moment" in mid-August, Webb has also become the unlikeliest of this year's Democratic challengers to have a genuine shot at toppling a Republican incumbent and giving his new party a majority in the next Senate."
Weldon Faces Tough Opponent, FBI Probe 10/21/2006 AP
Blackwell's attacks on foe getting personal; Strickland's sexual orientation questioned 10/21/2006 Toledo Blade: "Three months ago, merely referencing a Web page that questioned whether the Democratic nominee for governor was gay cost an Ohio Republican Party staffer his job.
This week, Republican nominee Ken Blackwell sent reporters an e-mail that quoted Fox News commentators accusing Democrat Ted Strickland of vacationing in Italy with a “boy toy.”"
Dean Campaigns for Lamont in Conn 10/20/2006 AP: "The campaign event at a downtown Hartford sport bar came as a new poll showed three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman leading Lamont 52 percent to 35 percent among likely voters. Lieberman is running as an independent after Lamont rode a wave of anti-war sentiment to an Aug. 8 Democratic primary victory… The poll released Friday was the first since Lieberman and Lamont faced off Monday in a debate. Among those who watched the debate or read or heard about it, only 3 percent said it changed their mind about whom they will vote for.
"We've never been driven by polls in the race," said Lamont campaign manager Tom Swan. "It is a much closer race than what the Quinnipiac Poll came up with. We are confident we will win on Nov. 7."
In the survey, Republican Alan Schlesinger trailed with 6 percent, and 7 percent were undecided.
The poll of 881 likely Connecticut voters was conducted from Oct. 17-19. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."
Racists on the Ballot: Hard-Right Radicals Run in 2006 10/20/2006 Intelligence Report: "What follows are snapshots of 2006 political races featuring candidates that have espoused extremist views or are allied with hate groups."
Snatching Defeat From Victory's Jaws 10/19/2006 AntiWar: "A Republican Party on the ropes, bloodied by a mid-second-term scandal; a resurrected Democratic opposition, sure it can capitalize on public outrage to prove that it is still, in the American heart of hearts, the majority party.
But before House Democrats start divvying up committee assignments and convening special investigations, they should consider that they've been here before, and things didn't turn out exactly the way they hoped.
It was 20 years ago this Nov. 3 – exactly one day after the Democrats regained control of the Senate after six years in the minority – that the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reported on the Reagan administration's secret, high-tech missile sale to Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, which violated an arms embargo against that country and contradicted President Ronald Reagan's personal pledge never to deal with governments that sponsored terrorism."
Lieberman's mob connections 10/19/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll to last entry for October 19, 2006 - "Independent (pro-GOP) senate candidate Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut has been financed by mob money ever since his first run for his US Senate seat in 1988. That was the year Lieberman, who was broke, became awash in campaign money from the late Miami-based Cuban right-wing leader Jorge Mas Canosa. The funding for Lieberman was arranged by his primary GOP backer, William F. Buckley, Jr. Buckley was so incensed that the Republican incumbent Lowell Weicker had opposed the nomination of Buckley's brother, James Buckley, for a federal judgeship, he pulled out all his markers with the Cuban exile community to fund Lieberman's campaign.
With the Cuban money flow turned on, Lieberman soon began attracting mob money tied to the Cuban gambling interests of mob financier Meyer Lansky and the Genovese crime family. Much of that money was laundered through dubious Wall Street hedge funds."
Iraq Dominates Senate Races in Connecticut and Rhode Island 10/18/2006 Alternet
Rove foresees GOP victory 10/18/2006 Washington Times: "White House political strategist Karl Rove yesterday confidently predicted that the Republican Party would hold the House and the Senate in next month's elections, dismissing fallout from the sex scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley.
At a luncheon with editors and reporters at The Washington Times, Mr. Rove -- who is widely credited as the architect of the party's historic 2002 midterm election gains -- said Republicans are beginning to make significant headway in defining their party's differences from congressional Democrats, especially on national security."
JOB APPROVAL / PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH (Released 10/17/06) 10/17/2006 surveyusa.com: only 4 state approve of Bush by more than 50% -- Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
The House Page Board, which oversees the page program, has some interesting members 10/16/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to 5th story for October 16, 2006 - "Karen Lehman Haas, the House Clerk, also serves on the Page Board. She is a former executive legislative assistant to House Minority Leader Robert Michel, from Dennis Hastert's and House Page Board Chairman John Shimkus' home state of Illinois. From 1995 to 1998, Haas worked as the Director for Government Relations for ABC Television and from 1998 to 1999 as legislative analyst for the Walt Disney Company. ABC News' special investigations reporter Brian Ross was the first to report the story about Mark Foley and the House pages. More interestingly, Haas was at ABC/Disney during the 20/20 special investigation by Ross of Disney's practice of hiring pedophiles at its Florida theme parks. In September 1998, Disney and ABC killed Ross's 20/20's special on pedophiles at Disney World on orders from ABC News President David Westin and Disney's then-CEO Michael Eisner. Ross discovered that Disney routinely refused to conduct criminal background investigations on its employees, refused to cooperate with law enforcement investigations of child molestation incidents on Disney property, and was the only theme park to refuse to work with the Central Florida Child Exploitation Task Force upon its establishment in 1995."
How Rahm Emmanuel Has Rigged a Pro-War Democratic Congress - Election 2006: The Fix is Already In 10/15/2006 Counterpunch
GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Charlie Crist 10/13/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to October 13/14/15, 2006 - "For the past year, as Crist’s quest to be governor developed, Charlie has supposedly been 'dating' Kathryn 'Katie' Pemble, executive vice-president of the Bank of St. Petersburg. Pemble is 41 years of age, divorced, and has a 7-year old daughter. As to possible marriage with Pemble, Crist says 'I haven’t thought about it.' In mid-September, 2006, 'millionaire Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Max Linn '… 'insist(ed) that Charlie Crist is gay” … 'on Orlando radio station WFLA-AM 540' … to talk show 'host Bud Hedlinger ….' Linn said 'he would ‘put my hand on a stack of Bibles’ to say Crist is gay.' His sexual preference is not to women ….’(See www.blogd.tampabay.com/buzz.)
As to Crist’s being gay, 'Linn claimed to know this because he and Crist were in the same 1985 class of Leadership St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce program. ‘We discussed it,’ Linn said. Linn … said if Crist were to win, he would be subject to extortion and blackmail. In the next breath, Linn said he would avoid mudslinging but that Crist’s personal life is a special case because it’s about integrity.” (See www.sptimes.com/2006/09/23)."
Sex scandal involving underage male congressional pages and ex-Rep. Mark Foley is reverberating in Florida's hotly-contested gubernatorial election 10/13/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to October 13/14/15, 2006 - "WMR has received information from our Florida sources that Crist and Florida Governor Jeb Bush were well aware of Foley's "problems" in 2001 and possibly much earlier. In another sign that these concerns were passed by Tallahassee to the White House, the Orlando Sentinel reported yesterday that Foley complained in a Sept. 19, 2004 e-mail to Jeb Bush that the president was ignoring Foley during presidential post-hurricane visits to Florida. Foley wrote to Jeb Bush, ""I can't quite figure what I have done, but this is a continuing pattern of slights . . . Sorry to trouble you ... and I wouldn't if this wasn't so frequent . . . Have I done something to offend the White House? I am always getting the shaft." It was also revealed yesterday by The New Republic that Foley got the "shaft" more than once from the White House. After expressing a desire to retire from Congress and set up a lobbying firm on K Street, George W. Bush's chief adviser Karl Rove told Foley that if he did not run again for Congress, Rove would ensure that Foley's lobbying business failed."
Americans for Honesty on Issues 10/12/2006 Americans for Honesty on Issues: anti-Democrat group - "Americans for Honesty on Issues is organized to engage in political issue communications in compliance with Federal and state laws."
Grim days for the GOP 10/11/2006 MSNBC
Is PageGate the Midterm Clincher? Not Exactly 10/10/2006 CJR Daily
HRH Extra: Whack-A-Mole 10/10/2006 Hotline: "Competitive races are popping up in some very surprising places."
Why is the man who stole Ohio campaigning with a white supremacist? 10/9/2006 Columbus Free Press
Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Tom Reynolds was involved in the cover up of the Mark Foley Pagegate 10/8/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to first entry for October 6/7/8, 2006 - "WMR's Capitol Hill sources report that chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Tom Reynolds was involved in the cover up of the Mark Foley Pagegate scandal since at least October 4, 2005. That was the day Reynolds hired Foley's chief of staff Kirk Fordham as his own chief of staff. Our Hill sources report that Fordham was hired by Reynolds to provide Fordham "safe harbor" from the scandal that was enveloping Foley's office."
Israel Lobby Initiates Hispanic Strategy: "Invadimos a Iran" 10/4/2006 Mideast Council: "The Israel lobby has recently begun strategizing how to influence the Hispanic vote in the United States. Already a $760 billion[i] powerhouse consumer market, the Hispanic share of US voters will reach 8.6% in 2006 according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Hispanics accounted for 50% of the US population between 2000 and 2004 but only 10% of the increase in the total votes cast.[ii] In the event of amnesty or other citizenship initiatives for undocumented immigrants, this segment of voters will become even more significant as population gains translate into voting power. Understanding and influencing the Hispanic vote will soon attract additional resources from many special interest groups. The Israel lobby clearly sees Hispanic voters as a new and largely untapped force in American politics in need of leadership harnessed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) foreign policy issue framework."
Tester holds 7-point lead on Burns, poll says 10/1/2006 Billings Gazette, Montana: "Democratic challenger Jon Tester is leading Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns by a 47 percent to 40 percent margin, a new Gazette State Poll shows.
Ten percent of the voters are undecided, while 3 percent said they would vote for Libertarian candidate Stan Jones if the election, set for Nov. 7, were held today.
The telephone poll, taken by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C., Tuesday through Thursday, surveyed 625 registered Montana voters who said they regularly vote in state elections. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points."
Now, Even Allen's Apologies Are Getting Him in Trouble - Sons of Confederate Veterans Is the Most Recent Group Offended by Senator's Comments 9/29/2006 Washington Post: ""He's apologizing to others, certainly he should apologize to us as well," said B. Frank Earnest Sr., the Virginia commander of the confederate group at a news conference. "We're all aware, ourselves included, of the statements that got him into this. The infamous macaca statement. He's using our flag to wipe the muck from his shoes that he's now stepped in."
Over the years, Allen has been a darling of the confederate group. As governor, he designated April as Confederate History Month. He has displayed the battle flag in his home as part of what he said is a flag collection. And his high school yearbook picture shows him wearing a Confederate flag pin.
But the senator has been distancing himself from those symbols as he pursues reelection and considers a bid for the presidency in 2008.
In the past several years, he has co-sponsored legislation condemning the lynching of blacks and has promised to work on similar legislation apologizing for slavery. He recently said of the Confederate flag that "the symbols you use matter because of how others may take them.""
VoteVets campaigns against Republican Senators who denied the troops body armor 9/28/2006 VoteVets.org
Poll: Terrified Sheeple Rally to Bush, GOP 9/21/2006 Pensito Review
Nov. Election Is Next Gulf of Tonkin 9/13/2006 Consortium News
Primaries Held in Nine States 9/13/2006 Democracy Now: "Nine states held primaries on Tuesday, the last day of primary battles before the November elections. Among the results, Rhode Island Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee fended off a challenge from Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey and Minnesota state legislator Keith Ellison won the Democratic Congressional nomination in the state's fifth district putting him on a path to become the first Muslim member of Congress. We discuss some of the races with John Nichols of The Nation."
War turns southern women away from GOP 9/7/2006 AP
Arrested Democracy - Letter from the Baltimore County Jail 9/2/2006 Counterpunch: "I am a Democratic candidate for U. S. Senate in Maryland and a University professor, teaching for 33 years. Yet I write to you from a Baltimore County jail. I write from memory because the jailer allows no paper, no pen or pencil in his cell.
I am in jail because I put my body on the line to uphold the right of the people to choose their United States Senator from Maryland, not have their Senator chosen for them by media chieftains or organization heads. I am in jail because I protested the arbitrary and restrictive decisions made by the Maryland League of Women Voters (MLWV), Maryland Public Television (MPT), and public radio station WAMU to exclude from the most important televised debate of the campaign, significant candidates with fresh ideas for the voters to hear and weigh: myself, Josh Rales, and Dennis Rasmussen."
Who Killed Cong. Cynthia McKinney politically? 8/20/2006 Amsterdam News: Blacks are still hallucinating about enjoying legal and political representation. No one is able to connect the dots. This year, we demanded the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 even though it has only permitted Blacks to enjoy political presence and political rhetoric. Powell’s type is a political dinosaur. Most of the problems that beset descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States like reparations, for example, are rooted in the First Amendment. We enjoy no protections under the First Amendment, however. Accordingly, we are barred from participating in the political marketplace of ideas. Similarly, Cong. Gus Savage was gerrymandered out of office for expressing his own views despite the Speech and Debate Clause. Democrats were co-conspirators. Both Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Malcolm X were assassinated for expressing their dissenting views. Marcus Garvey was persecuted and deported for expressing his nationalist views.
Democrats to revamp '08 primary calendar 8/19/2006 AP: The Democratic National Committee on Saturday is expected to add Nevada and South Carolina to the early presidential voting states, a detour into gambling glitz and Southern gentility from the traditional cold winds and snow of Iowa and New Hampshire. The change is designed to address a nagging problem for Democrats: How to give a greater voice in selecting a presidential nominee to minorities who are among the party's most loyal supporters. Nevada has a sizable Latino population; South Carolina has a high concentration of black voters. What's more, by campaigning in both states, Democrats would have a greater presence in the Southeast and the Southwest — regions that tend to support Republicans.
Steven Hill: Fidel Decides U.S. Presidential Elections 8/18/2006 Buzzflash: Yet as we saw in the last two presidential elections, two battleground states were most important -- Ohio and Florida. Florida, our fourth largest state with 27 electoral votes -- one-tenth of the number needed for victory -- is the biggest of prizes in the presidential sweepstakes. Voters in Florida are much more important to who wins the presidential election than voters in any other state except Ohio. The extremely close presidential race in Florida is heavily influenced by a particular group of voters: Cuban Americans. They are a well-financed and vocal minority with a leadership of Cuban exiles that for decades has loved to hate Fidel. Both Democrats and Republicans fall all over themselves to court the Cuban vote, which comprises only one half of 1% of the U.S. population. This special interest group has much greater influence than their size should warrant for no other reason than the crucial role that Florida plays in our presidential election.
Kerry slams Lieberman by name 8/17/2006 Chicago Tribune: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove should know better, but it's no surprise they don't. For almost five years now, every time they've got their backs to the wall politically, they play the fear card." The latest example: Dick Cheney claiming that Democratic candidates who dare to challenge the Bush White House on Iraq are "emboldening terrorists." What's worse, and startling, is that in Connecticut Joe Lieberman is now echoing their intolerable rhetoric attacking the Democratic Senate nominee."
Allen on Damage Control After Remarks to Webb Aide 8/16/2006 Washington Post: Sen. George Allen on Tuesday sought to contain the political damage from remarks he made to a Fairfax County man that dredged up charges of racial insensitivity -- allegations that have dogged him for years as governor, senator and now presidential hopeful. Despite a quick apology Monday, criticism poured in about Allen's use of the word Macaca" to address a volunteer for the campaign of his Democratic opponent, James Webb, and also about another Allen comment, "Welcome to America." Democrats, left-wing bloggers and civil rights groups called him "insensitive" and "racist," while some conservatives called him "foolish" and "mean." ...Meanwhile, Allen's past -- which includes a youthful admiration of the Confederate flag and an office that once displayed a noose -- lurched back into the public spotlight during the Republican's senatorial battle against Webb, a Navy secretary during the Reagan administration. During the past two years, as Allen has flirted with the idea of running for president in 2008, he has introduced symbolic anti-lynching legislation in the Senate and promised to lead the charge for an official apology for slavery. Political pundits who follow Allen closely said the new comments threaten that well-planned effort."
2006 Election Guide - Senate, House and Governors' Races 8/11/2006 New York Times: click on a state to find out more…
Lieberman Wins Kerrey's Backing, Plans First Ad 8/11/2006 TPM Café: In 12/02, the Forward quoted Joe Lieberman as saying that Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is the best-kept secret in the United States". Rabbi Eckstein refers to Lieberman as a "long time friend". Nice. Rabbi Eckstein raised more than $260 milllion from Evangelical Christians in the last eight years to assist "needy" Israeli Jews. His last big campaign was a joint effort with Ralph Reed. Now Gary Bauer contributes to the IFCJ website. Between 2002 and 2003, the IFCJ paid $8 million to an ad agency that was not even a registered company until February 2004. The owner of the "Bigham Agency", E. Paul Bigham, is a major right wnger and a member of the Council for National Policy. Lieberman's choice of friends is suspect. I'm going to do a little digging to try to find out how close Rabbi Eckstein and Lieberman are. As far as I can tell, Rabbi Eckstein's been laundering money for the right wing and I'd like to know if the rabbi laundered any for Lieberman."
McKinney ousted; Martin to face Cagle for Georgia's No. 2 job 8/9/2006 AP
Did bloggers cost Joe Lieberman an election? 8/8/2006 CNET
Here Comes the New Wave of Barack Obamas 8/7/2006 Time: Harold Ford may be in one of the most closely watched electoral contests this year, but he's far from the only African-American candidate running in a major race. An unprecedented six blacks are in close races for either Senator or Governor, the top political posts in the country outside the Oval Office. Never have that many black candidates with sufficient money, party support and appeal across racial lines run for those senior offices. In terms of viable candidates, this is probably the best year," said David Bositis, who studies African-American politics at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington think tank. And in an even more surprising twist, three of them are Republicans, although only about 7% of American blacks identify with the party."
Ned Lamont a true Democrat 7/28/2006 Miami Herald: by Wayne Madsen - "In 1988, Lieberman welcomed the support of William F. Buckley Jr. and other staunch conservatives in his first Senate race against progressive Republican Lowell Weicker. With their aid, Lieberman barely edged the popular Weicker. Mindful of the debt owed his hard-right benefactors, Lieberman often embraced conservative positions -- irking much of Connecticut's traditionally liberal voting base. Lamont has emerged as the Democratic left's champion by fashioning a powerful coalition of Democrats, independents and even a few Republicans who are tired of Lieberman's unbridled support for the Bush administration. Lamont's supporters number some of the Nutmeg State's most famous political names, including Weicker and Jim Dean, brother of Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean." [Lieberman also won initially thanks to an infusion of cash from Miami Cubans]
Bay Area Media Targets Ron Dellums - Smear by Caricature 6/1/2006 Counterpunch
Pulling the Lever or Pulling Our Leg? The Real Reason Rock the Vote is Falling Apart 5/30/2006 Counterpunch: Rock the Vote is in shambles. According to a February 7 LA Times article by Charles Duhigg, the organization is $700,000 in debt and has cut its staff from twenty people in 2004 to two today. Rock the Vote hasn't had a chief operating officer since the last Presidential election. Duhigg attributes the crisis to overspending in non-election years and to the opportunism of the music industry executives who dominate the group's board and use Rock the Vote primarily to promote their own artists. Rock the Vote has a more fundamental problem: It has hitched its star to politicians who are completely hostile to the needs and desires of the American people. For example, check out the political hacks it has chosen to bestow its Rock the Nation Award upon. There's Bill Clinton, who presided over the 1996 Democratic Party convention which removed universal health care from the party platform even though more than 70 per cent of Americans are in favor of it. There's Hilary Rosen, who was head of the RIAA at the time she was honored. Rosen rocked the nation by launching the war against file-sharing. Sharing music on-line is, to say the least, wildly popular. There's Hillary Clinton, who, despite the unpopularity of the war in Iraq, has called for sending 80,000 more of our sons and daughters to the slaughter. In June 2005, the Rock the Nation Award went to John McCain, one month after the Arizona Senator was part of the 100-0 Senate vote to approve Bush's war funding bill. In his acceptance speech, McCain introduced himself as Funk Master McCain." Since then, Funk Master McCain has kept busy campaigning for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose November ballot initiatives to cripple unions and give himself unsupervised power to gut social programs were soundly defeated by California voters."
Impeachment is Coming, Whether the Dem Leaders Like It or Not - Pelosi is in for a November Surprise 5/9/2006 Counterpunch: "Several polls have made it clear that a majority of Americans, and even a fair number of Republicans, think that President Bush should face impeachment if he lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq (as he indeed did) or if he broke the law in ordering the National Security Agency to spy on Americans (which he admits he did).
Most Democrats, and I dare say most independents, aren't in a mood for conciliation with this president. They certainly aren't going to be electing Democrats in hopes that a new Democratic Congress will start compromising with Bush."
Ohio voters down on GOP - Blackwell leads Petro, but Democrats hold edge in governor's race 4/30/2006 Plain Dealer: [Sec of State Blackwell lead the Republican dirty tricks campaign in 04 to suppress the Democratic vote.]
Vote for Mayor Points to Change in New Orleans 4/24/2006 NYT: a delicate title for ethnic cleansing - "Black residents, whose neighborhoods were the most devastated by the storm, voted in much smaller numbers than whites did on Saturday, even more so than usual. White turnout is usually higher than black turnout, but the gap was about double what it is normally, analysts said Sunday.
As a result, most of the votes here were cast against Mr. Nagin, who is black, even though he came out on top in a crowded field, with 38 percent of the vote. If that trend holds, New Orleans will elect its first white mayor in nearly 30 years on May 20, when Mr. Nagin will face Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, who got 29 percent, in a runoff.
If Mr. Landrieu receives two-thirds of the 30 percent received by the white candidates who finished behind him, Mr. Nagin's days as mayor will be over. Adding to his difficulties, Mr. Nagin must mobilize the citizens who were displaced from the city by Hurricane Katrina and who failed to turn out for Saturday's voting."
McKinney under fire - Character assassination attempts continue 4/19/2006 SF Bay View: Evidence that racism and racial profiling exists within the Capitol Police ranks can be seen, for those willing to look, in the 2001 and 2003 lawsuits filed by the Capitol Black Police Association against the Capitol Police Department. These facts have not surfaced in the mainstream media reports relative to McKinney, even though it would add credence to her pronouncement that she is a victim of racial profiling by the Capitol Police. However, journalists with The Final Call Newspaper and the NNPA, the Black press association, reported extensively on the legal actions. Hazel Trice Edney, Washington correspondent for the NNPA, documented the lawsuits in two stories, Black Police Discrimination Complaint Gives Capitol Hill 'Black Eye' - Use Of KKK, 'N-Word' Reveals Level of American Racism, Black Officers Charge" and "Capitol Hill Police Group Files Discrimination Suit - 'Let's go get a rope?': Black Officer Says He Was Abused by White Subordinate." In "Black Capitol police suit back in court," Askia Muhammad, White House correspondent for the Final Call Newspaper, wrote, "Attorneys representing more than 350 Black U.S. Capitol Police officers headed back to court Dec. 5 (2003), pursuing their two-year-old discrimination lawsuit after 11 months of fruitless settlement negotiations. "The force has 1,200 members, of whom 357 (or 29 percent) are Black, according to the complaint. In the higher ranks - detective and above - Blacks hold 32 of 244 slots (or 13 percent), which is down from 16 percent of those slots held by Blacks in 1993.""
GOP Trashed in Special Elections 3/17/2006 In These Times: "A drumbeat of corruption, deficits and war dead has begun to haunt Republican candidates as they hit the campaign trail. The macabre cadence is playing more widely than just federal races: Since November, it has become the background music in a series of state special elections."
Rhode Island to start Impeachment of Bush? 2/19/2006 Daily Kos: "The House Rules for the US Congress allow impeachment proceedings to begin upon charges submitted by a State Legislature. Since Rhode Island is one of a handful of states in the US with a veto-proof Democratic majority and a super-majority of Rhode Islanders have a high disapproval rating of Bush-Cheney, US Senate candidate Carl Sheeler is calling on the Rhode Island legislature to initiate impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush. This is an important debate to have in our legislature. Rhode Island has always led the way in fighting for independence and freedom. Why not continue our leadership and begin the debate on impeachment?
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and West Greenwich resident Carl Sheeler made a call out to Rhode Island Congressmen James R. Langevin (D-02) and Patrick J. Kennedy (D-01) to assist U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to initiate impeachment hearings for President George W. Bush."
Immigration Issue Threatens GOP's Fla. Stronghold 2/17/2006 Washington Post
Why Cynthia McKinney Lost Her Seniority and Didn’t Get It Back 2/16/2006 Black Commentator: ""After all, it is exactly what happened with returning Republicans who came back in the class of 2005, who were sworn in with me. There was Dan Lungren of California, who had been out of Congress 15 years or so, and he returned to Congress as if he had not missed one day. That's because the Republican leadership saw fit to restore his seniority because they valued his experience.
"There was also Bob English from South Carolina, a Republican, who returned after one term out of Congress, just like me. He also was restored his seniority by the Republican leadership. That was not accorded to me and to the legions of people that supported me by Nancy Pelosi."
Regaining her seniority was not just a matter of image. According to a former Washington congressional staffer, "The big advantage is not only committee assignments but moving up the ladder to becoming chairman of the committee itself, and getting chairs of subcommittees. That means more and more staff." "
Democratic Leaders 'Betray' Hackett 2/15/2006 Consortium News: "Hackett, who returned from Iraq angry at George W. Bush for risking the lives of U.S. soldiers over the hyped threat from Saddam Hussein, ran a strong but losing race in 2005 for a House seat in an overwhelmingly Republican district in southern Ohio.
That performance made Hackett immensely popular with rank-and-file Democrats and prompted Democratic leaders to encourage him to undertake an uphill fight to unseat Republican Sen. Mike DeWine.
Over the past several months, however, the Ohio Republican Party has suffered a series of damaging scandals, making DeWine an endangered incumbent. Meanwhile, Hackett has offended Republicans – and some non-Republicans – by talking bluntly.
Earlier this year, Hackett came under criticism for saying that the Republican Party had been hijacked by religious extremists who “aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden.” Instead of apologizing, Hackett declared, “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.”
Suddenly, the state and national Democratic leaders were changing their calculations, favoring a more traditional and experienced Democrat, someone like Rep. Brown, a longtime fixture in Ohio politics."
Warner's Star in Presidential Politics Rises on Virginia Vote 11/10/2005 Bloomberg: "The Democratic Party has a model for success in presidential politics: a business-friendly Southern governor able to appeal to moderate and conservative voters who have been flocking to the Republicans.
The Nov. 8 elections may have provided a candidate in the flesh: former venture capitalist and soon-to-be ex-Virginia Governor Mark Warner.
Warner, who was ineligible to succeed himself under Virginia law, had long enough coattails to help elect his lieutenant governor, Tim Kaine, as his successor. That puts another Democrat in the governor's seat of a state that has voted for the Republican candidate in 13 of the last 14 presidential elections."
Cincinnati Popularly Elects Black Mayor 11/9/2005 AP: "Four years after riots tore this city apart, Cincinnati voters elected a black mayor for the first time.
State Sen. Mark Mallory defeated Councilman David Pepper, both Democrats, in a nonpartisan mayoral runoff Tuesday to lead Ohio's third-largest city.
Rioting broke out in 2001 after an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a white police officer trying to make an arrest. While racial tensions have calmed, crime, safety and revitalizing downtown remain leading issues."
Bush Suffers a Trifecta of Defeat in Off-Year Election 11/9/2005 Buzzflash: "It is worthy of note that in St. Paul Minnesota, "Voters punished Mayor Randy Kelly on Tuesday for standing with President Bush a year ago, denying the Democrat a second term in Minnesota's capital city." So even turncoat Dems got swept away in the anti-Republican tide.
And in San Francisco, voters approved a measure to ban handguns and another one making it municipal policy to oppose military recruiting in high schools."
Bellamy wins: Asheville elects first African-American mayor 11/9/2005 Citizen Times, NC: "Asheville’s 12,129 African-American residents represent 17 percent of the total population, according to U.S. Census data."
Voters Reject Schwarzenegger's Bid to Remake State Government 11/9/2005 LA Times
LI Dems have banner night 11/9/2005 Newsday: "With a wave of victories across Long Island, Democrats last night claimed control of the Nassau district attorney's office, the Suffolk Legislature and Brookhaven Town Hall.
Kathleen Rice, a former federal prosecutor, claimed victory over Nassau District Attorney Denis Dillon, ushering him out after 30 years in office.
Democrat Rice, 40, a Garden City native who had worked as a prosecutor in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, attacked Republican Dillon saying his anti-abortion views interfered with his job performance, and accusing him of plea-bargaining too many felony charges to misdemeanors."
Pennsylvania: Evolution Slate Outpolls Rivals 11/9/2005 NYT: "All eight members up for re-election to the Pennsylvania school board that had been sued for introducing the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office yesterday by a slate of challengers who campaigned against the intelligent design policy."
Democrat wins signal trouble for Bush 11/9/2005 Reuters: "The loss in Virginia was a personal setback for Bush, who put his declining political capital on the line with an election-eve visit on behalf of Republican former attorney general Jerry Kilgore -- only to see him soundly defeated by Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine."
Speculation of candidates seeking Nagin's job grows 10/31/2005 Louisiana Weekly: "As last week's article noted, the changing racial dynamics of the Crescent City point to a white candidate having an advantage in February. The recent post-Katrina survey done by the Red Cross shows, however, that at best 40% of the population of Orleans Parish will be Black by February. With the continued refusal of FEMA to fund a plan to help displaced New Orleanians participate in local elections or give state leaders access to the agency's database containing temporary addresses of evacuated residents, African-American turnout may even be lower."
Ohio players - Large turnout of Christian evangelical voters in November 2004 sets the stage for the Rev. Russell Johnson and televangelist Rod Parsley to launch the Ohio Restoration Project 10/21/2005 Working for Change
An Interview with Elaine Brown - A Former Panther's Georgia Campaign 10/15/2005 Counterpunch: "More than half of the residents of Brunswick, with a population of 16,000, are Black. Yet if Brown wins, she will be the first Black mayor of Brunswick. She's running against Republican Mayor Bradford Brown, who takes pride in being a lieutenant colonel in the Sons of Confederate Veterans."
Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget 9/18/2005 AFP
Democrats' anti-Bush petition also seeks political contributions 9/8/2005 AP
New Orleans and the Demise of the Democrats 9/8/2005 Black Commentator: "The entire country is facing the plight of the people of New Orleans, coping with the dangers of Republican hell and Democratic high water. One party is proud of its viciousness while the other claims not to be vicious but proudly proclaims its willingness to shoot desperate refugees."
Storm brews around Bush leadership 9/3/2005 New Zeland Herald
Some in GOP Hope Rice Runs for President 7/19/2005 AP
Is Mfume Fighting an Uphill Battle for Senate? The Answer’s Yes and No 7/18/2005 Black America Web: "Mfume, a former U.S. congressman from his home state of Maryland, finds himself in an uphill battle as he fights for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 2006 U.S. Senate race. Although he announced his intention to vie for the seat to be vacated by longtime senator Paul Sarbanes last January -- nearly 18 months before the election -- Mfume is being called a long shot, not just against the probable Republican nominee, Md. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, but also against his potential primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Baltimore)."
Embattled Detroit Mayor Trails in Poll 7/11/2005 AP: "Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick trailed former Deputy Mayor Freman Hendrix in a new poll, although the incumbent was gaining ground somewhat in a potential two-way race.
Detroit's nonpartisan mayoral primary is Aug. 2. The top two candidates face off in the Nov. 8 general election."
Detroit’s Mayor Kilpatrick Says He’s Running Again – and Predicts Victory 6/8/2005 Black America Web
New pope intervened against Kerry in US 2004 election campaign 4/19/2005 AFP
November 2008: the Democrats Lose 4/14/2005 Black Commentator
Former NAACP Leader Kweisi Mfume Announces Bid For U.S. Senate 3/27/2005 AP
2004 Election Results 2/25/2005 Princeton: a bit more blue than the usual republican propaganda
Mondo Washington - Dean Takes Over 2/8/2005 Village Voice
Donna Brazile 2/1/2005 Daily Kos
Dean Seeking Democratic Chairmanship 1/12/2005 LA Times
THE DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANTS WHOSE BAD ADVICE HANDED BUSH THE VICTORY 1/11/2005 Doug Ireland