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Antiwar Stance Helps Dean Gain Support and Funds 3/31/03 Republicons
Clyburn's blessing give Gephardt boost 3/30/03 The
State, South Carolina: "Most veteran observers saw it as an
endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt. The occasion
was an ecumenical prayer breakfast last Monday with Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim
Clyburn of Columbia. The guest speaker was Gephardt. An estimated 200 black
leaders, many of them Columbia-area ministers, were present."
Michigan Republicans considering canceling 2004 presidential primary 3/29/03 Detroit
News: "Michigan Republicans are considering canceling next
February's presidential primary because they say President Bush is likely to
be unopposed and it would save local clerks millions of dollars."
Speaking Out on Bush - Sharpton stirs 1,300 with a mix of war views, politics and Scripture 3/29/03 Journal
Now, North Carolina: "Bush has silenced many people and made them
afraid to question him, like they're hurting the troops," Sharpton told
an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,300 during a sermon at Union Baptist Church
last night. "Don't act like we don't love the troops," he said.
"Why send troops where they may not have had to go?"
House speaker calls for increase in minority staff 3/29/03 Michigan
Daily: "In an effort to garner minority support for future
congressional endeavors, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) called for
fellow Republican House members to increase the number of minorities on their
staff earlier this week… "He met with several African American
conservative leaders, and this is all part of an effort to expand our
base," Hastert spokesman John Feehery said. "(The African American
leaders) said if you want to get a few more African American votes, you
should have a few more African Americans on your staff, and the speaker liked
the suggestion." "
State's Presidential Primaries May Change Dates 3/29/03 News2,
Nashville: "State lawmakers want to make your vote count in the
presidential primaries. To do that, the lawmakers might move the state's
presidential primary from March 9th to February 10th. This follows talk of
abolishing it to save money."
Moseley-Braun Says Her Potential Presidential Bid Won’t Divide Blacks 3/29/03 NNPA: "Moseley-Braun
has her supporters as well. Among them is C. Delores Tucker, chairwoman of
the non-partisan National Congress of Black Women. Tucker and Moseley-Braun
were among 250 women who formed the Future Political Action Committee last
September to support Black women candidates for public office. Tucker says
that if Moseley-Braun does not get the top slot and ends up as the party’s
vice presidential nominee, it will be considered a victory. “She has skills
that some candidates don’t bring to the table and certainly it would be
nice to have a woman there,” says Tucker."
Gephardt Visits Black Leaders in Columbia, Talks About Campaign and War in Iraq 3/28/03 South
Carolina Black Media
Antiwar Stance Buoys Howard Dean in Iowa 3/27/03 NYT: "Dr.
Dean, the former Vermont governor who spent the winter methodically
positioning himself as the antiwar candidate for president, has emerged at
the start of the Iraq conflict as one of the few Democratic contenders who
can show up in this state, with its sizable contingent of antiwar Democrats,
and have no fear of being shouted down. As other candidates steer clear of
Iowa, at least in the first weeks of war, he is making the most of his moment
alone on the stage."
Sharpton causes stir at A.C. Council meeting 3/27/03 Press
of Atlantic City
Sharpton Hits South Carolina Looking for Votes 3/26/03 Loris
Scene, South Carolina: "In an appearance in the Palmetto State,
Sharpton criticized members of his own party for failing to speak out against
the Iraqi war and for being afraid to raise issues and fight for them.
"They're not true believers," he charged. "They only want to
be Republicans in Democratic clothing, and we already have too many donkeys
running around here who are really elephants with donkey clothes on."
Brazile says her party must support troops 3/26/03 Washington
Times: "She said she has not decided whom she will endorse among
her party's presidential contenders. But she came close to revealing her
first preferences Monday, saying she could support Rep. Richard A. Gephardt
of Missouri and possibly Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut.
"Gephardt is a personal friend. I worked for him on the Hill. Dick would
put America first," she said, but then she added: "I could also
support Lieberman. Gephardt or Lieberman," she repeated."
Sharpton takes aim at Bush 3/24/03 BlackAmericaWeb: ""Don't
be too cowardly to speak out now," he said in a speech that repeatedly
brought the packed audience of low-income voters to its feet. "If you
can't open your mouth now, you don't deserve to run for president."
Sharpton said instead of spending billions on the war, the Bush
administration should focus on funding education, housing and prescription
drugs for military families and other low-income Americans."
Sharpton: Bush Ignoring Domestic Issues 3/24/03 Guardian
Sharpton says Bush neglecting domestic problems 3/24/03 Newsday
Kerry Eyes Revival of Idealism - Confident in presidential bid 3/23/03 Newsday: "The
race is really about who he is," said Donna Brazile, a top Democratic
adviser. "John Kerry, if he is to succeed, must become a lot more
comfortable with who he is. He is very confident, but confidence is one
thing, comfortable another."
Alabama's presidential primaries could be moved to March 3/20/03 Crimson
White, AL: "Alabama may receive significantly more attention during
presidential primaries this year if a bill backed by the state Democratic
Party passes through the Legislature. House Bill 80, sponsored by House
Majority Leader Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, received unanimous approval on March
12 from the Alabama House Constitution and Elections Committee. It would move
the state's presidential primaries from June to the second Tuesday in
February, giving Alabama more priority on the nation's primary campaign
Primary Pains: Respect The Calendar Now, Fix It for 2008 Race 3/20/03 Roll
Call: by Donna Brazile, requires subscription
Cattle Call - The Democratic presidential candidates talk war in California. 3/20/03 The
American Prospect: "As the imminence of war in Iraq has increased
-- and even as American public opinion has become more supportive of that war
-- opposition emerged as the central theme of a California Democratic Party
convention last weekend that was visited by a half-dozen Democratic
presidential hopefuls. In the first major campaign "cattle call"
outside Washington, the opponents of war with Iraq, most notably former Gov.
Howard Dean (D-Vt.), were rapturously received. The supporters of war, widely
regarded as the leading candidates in the nascent campaign, were not."
Braun asks Bush to change course 3/20/03 Tir-Valley
Herald, CA: "Hours before the first cruise missiles hit Baghdad,
Democratic presidential contender Carol Moseley Braun was urging President
Bush to "call off this war" before it further erodes America's
moral authority and standing in the international community. "
Tight times spell end for some primaries 3/17/03 Baltimore
Sun: "At $4.98 a vote, democracy can get pretty expensive. At least
that's how it looks to some people in Missouri, where the budget is in such
dire straits that state maintenance workers have unscrewed every third light
bulb in government buildings."
Doves sway state's Demos 3/16/03 San
Mateo COUnty Times: "Whether Democratic presidential candidates
addressed state convention delegates or spoke outside to antiwar protesters
from the Bay Area on Saturday, the crowds cheered the doves and booed the
hawks. The liberal-leaning party delegates were sharply different in their
responses to two leading contenders on the issue of Iraq, wildly applauding
former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean but roundly booing U.S. Sen. John Edwards of
North Carolina. Slipping away from the pack of six hopefuls expected at the
convention center in Sacramento, one candidate -- former Illinois U.S. Sen.
Carol Moseley Braun -- drew cheers while addressing a rally of several
hundred peace activists at the nearby state Capitol."
Kerry courts California boosted by polls, minus computer 3/15/03 AP: "The
others at the convention are North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, former Vermont
Gov. Howard Dean, former Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, civil
rights leader Al Sharpton, and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Three other
contenders - Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Florida Sen. Bob Graham and
Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri - are not attending."
Sharpton Leads Demonstration At Downtown Bank 3/14/03 NewsNet5,
Putting the Democrats through changes 3/13/03 Black
Commentator: "The national Democrats ponder the polls and wonder
why they can't touch Rev. Al Sharpton's core of Black support. The answer
should be obvious: you can't hold Black people at arms length and move them
from place to place at the same time."
State Republicans Look to Scrap Primaries - Republicans in Five States Look to Scrap Presidential Primaries to Ease Budget Crunch 3/12/03 AP: "Republican-led
legislatures in five states believe they've found a way to ease the budget
crunch eliminate the costly 2004 presidential primaries."
Barden to Oversee Finances for Presidential Bid 3/12/03 Black
Enterprise: "Don H. Barden, CEO of Barden Companies Inc., has been
named national finance co-chair for Rep. Dick Gephardt's race for Democratic
nomination for president of the United States. As Gephardt makes his second
bid for president, he says he is confident that Barden, one of the largest
African American donors to the Democratic National Committee, will play a
significant role. “Don will help provide me with the resources necessary to
effectively argue for bold, new ideas that will return this country to
economic prosperity,” he says."
Moving the Party Primaries 3/12/03 CS
Monitor: "The Democratic and Republican national conventions of
August 2004, seem a long way off, but voters should take note: The Iowa party
caucuses are set for January 19, just about nine months away. The New
Hampshire primary is in Jan. 27 - not in February. And a half dozen states
are considering moving their primaries to early February."
Democrats on the stump plot their war rhetoric 3/11/03 Boston
Globe: "Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio and former
senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois plan to maintain their staunch
antiwar rhetoric, even if fighting breaks out between the United States and
Democrats shift primaries for early decision in 2004 3/10/03 Washington
Times: "The more front-loaded primary schedule will save the party
money, Democrats say, and give their candidate more time to make a case
against President Bush's bid for re-election. Party strategists, however, say
the accelerated nominating process could edge out lesser-known candidates who
need more time to raise money and build support. With the Democrats' emerging
primary schedule, the nominating contest could be all but over by late
February or early March."
Dems Deploy Blacks To Block Sharpton 3/9/03 Black
World Today: By Ron Daniels - "The specter of the charismatic Rev.
Al Sharpton, delivering brilliant and incisive orations on the stump and
pointedly outshining a dull cast of candidates in the debates, is sending
seismic shockwaves through the leadership of the Democratic Party. With a
growing field of candidates (Richard Gephardt is the most recent to
announce), the prospect of Sharpton breaking through to win some primaries,
especially in the South, is looming as a distinct possibility."
For House, Democrats Need Discontent - A Weak Economy and a Messy War Could Help Party Rebound on the Hill 3/9/03 Washington
Post: "One Democrat at the recent retreat, according to
participants, raised the prospect of challenging nine-term GOP Rep. Jim
McCrery of Louisiana. Bill Clinton twice carried the district, which has a
significant African American population, and President Bush won it in 2000
with a modest 53 percent margin. But McCrery, who sits on the influential
Ways and Means Committee, noted he won reelection last November with 72
percent of the vote, and got roughly half of the black vote. "If they
have to go down on the list to me [for potential targets], then they're in
pretty poor shape for the '04 cycle," McCrery said. "I've been in
there a long time and have been able to get a foothold in the African
American community and some pretty Democratic areas, like the rural areas. I
would hope they spend lots of money on me." "
Presidential Preference Poll  3/7/03 Dogon
Lieberman and Sharpton may make or break 2004 race 3/7/03 Jewish
Bulletin: ""The relationship between Lieberman and his
backers, and Sharpton and his backers, may well determine whether the
Democratic party remains united for the fall '04 campaign or suffers grievous
wounds that make its victory impossible," said University of Virginia
political scientist Larry Sabato."
Unnamed Democrat Edges Bush In '04, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Most Americans Are Not Satisfied With Life Today 3/6/03 Quinnipiac
University: "By a 48 -- 44 percent margin, American voters say they
would vote for the as yet unnamed Democratic party candidate for President
over Republican incumbent George W. Bush, according to a Quinnipiac
University poll released today."
Obama a worthy heir to Washington legacy 3/5/03 Chicago
Sun Times: "On the 20th anniversary of Harold Washington's election
as the first African-American mayor of Chicago, state Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Chicago) is forging a coalition that could make him the only black U.S.
senator. Obama, 40, is coming on strong in the wake of former Sen. Carol
Moseley Braun's decision to pass up next year's Democratic primary to win
back her old job. If Braun had made this race, polls indicated that she would
have been a solid favorite over the Democratic field."
District Insists On Early Primary - City Seeks to Highlight Its Struggle for Rights 3/5/03 Washington
Post: "A unanimous D.C. Council voted yesterday to move next year's
presidential primary to Jan. 13 -- ahead of every state -- in what members
characterized as a bid to highlight the city's long struggle for home rule
and congressional voting rights."
Sharpton Leads In New York! Well, Sort Of 3/5/03 Washington
Post: "Sharpton was ranked first among New York City Democrats.
That he could pull 13 percent of likely Democratic voters in his own city
should not come as a surprise to anyone. But the bigger point is, the
campaign's use of the NewsMax.com story demonstrates how campaigns use polls:
When a poll looks good for a candidate, they're important. When the poll
looks bad for a candidate, polls don't matter. For instance, in a January
interview with Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press, the host noted that one
recent poll that showed "even amongst black Democratic voters, look at
this, Joe Lieberman, 24 percent; Sharpton, 16; Gephardt, 10; Edwards 10.
Black Democrats prefer a white Jewish Democrat over a black Democrat like Al
Sharpton Image - He's a Long Shot Who Made Mistakes, but He's Not a Candidate the Media Can Ignore 3/5/03 Wqashington
Post: "We cannot be tricked into using diversity to cover up the
nomination of reactionary judges," he says. "During the
abolitionist movement, we didn't fight to have more diversified slave
masters." Slamming trickle-down economics, he says: "We never got
the trickle, we got the down." Griping about the military's failure to
find Osama bin Laden, he cracks: "A man who comes out every two months
with a new video! Bin Laden has out more videos than any rock star in
Hollywood!" And he brings down the house with this line about George W.
Bush: "He's the ultimate recipient of a set-aside program. The Supreme
Court set aside a whole election."
Moseley-Braun says her potential bid won't divide Blacks 3/4/03 Final
Call: "Not everyone is excited about the prospect of Ms.
Moseley-Braun entering the race. She failed to get re-elected to the Senate
five years ago. "Many were disappointed that she hadn’t performed as
strongly as we’d hoped one would. She lost based on a deflationary feeling
about her performance," says Dianne Pinderhughes, a political science
professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham-paign. "[The
Black vote] didn’t defect to [her Republican opponent]. It just didn’t
have the turnout." Ms. Pinderhughes says that Ms. Moseley-Braun’s
legislative record left a lot to be desired in the Black community. Early in
her tenure, she earned two C’s on the NAACP civil rights report card."
Carol Moseley Braun Drops the Hyphen 3/4/03 Guardian,
MEET THE CANDIDATES: AL SHARPTON 3/4/03 News
Hour: "Well, first of all, I think that there are many people who
hold elective office that have no foreign policy experience. I've engaged in
foreign policy for the last 20 years, whether it was fights around
democratizing Africa or the Caribbean, dealing with various causes of world
peace and world hunger in Europe and around the world or slavery in the
Sudan. I have far more experience than many elected officials. I don't think
that you can make holding elective office and foreign policy experience the
same thing. I have traveled more extensively and dealt more extensively
around the world than Pres. Bush did before he ran for president. So let us
not mislead people into thinking that just because you hold elective office
that you know anything beyond the maybe narrow district you may hold an
Sharpton Has Twice the Support Among Blacks as Other Candidates 3/4/03 NNPA: "Presidential
candidate Al Sharpton has twice as much support among African-Americans as
his closest Democratic rival, ties North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for
fourth-place among all registered Democratic voters and is ahead of former
Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Florida Sen. Bob
Graham and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a new Time-CNN poll shows… Among
Blacks, Sharpton led the field with 20 percent, ahead of Gephardt and
Lieberman, who were tied with 9 percent. The other Black candidates in the
race, Moseley-Braun, received support from 6 percent of African-Americans,
followed by Edwards with 5 percent, Kerry at 4 percent, Graham with 4
percent, Dean at 3 percent and Kucinich in last place with 1 percent. Other
candidates received 7 percent of the Black vote and 32 percent were
undecided. There was a margin of error of 6.5 percent."
MEET THE CANDIDATES: CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN 3/4/03 PBS
Many Big Democratic Donors Uncommitted 3/3/03 AP: "Despite
aggressive courting, many big Democratic fund-raisers and donors from
Hollywood to New York are waiting for presidential hopefuls to begin emerging
from the pack before committing to a candidate. Among reasons cited are a
desire to see the nine candidates distinguish themselves and prove their
campaigns viable; misgivings that the Democratic donor base might be unable
to sustain so many national campaigns; and the thinking that even if
candidates are campaigning this early, party activists do not have to."
With BC-Democrats-2004-Money 3/3/03 AP: "Some
of the Democratic presidential hopefuls' fund-raising strengths and
'It's time to take the men-only sign off the White House door' 3/3/03 Guardian,
UK: "Moseley-Bruan represents a crucial demographic, both within
the Democratic party and the anti-war movement. More than 80% of
African-Americans vote for the Democrats. Among them black women are the most
loyal, with more than 90% backing the party. On the anti-war front, women are
less hawkish than men (63% to 73%), while African-Americans remain the racial
group least likely to back military action. Only 44% of black Americans
support a war, compared with 73% of whites and 67% of hispanics. The other
two identifiable groups most likely to oppose the war are Democrats and those
with a college education."
Sharpton Hits Bush Policies & Soft Dems 3/3/03 Ny
Daily News: "Sharpton was particularly critical of Democrats who
have not questioned the administration's erosion of civil liberties at home
and plans for wider war abroad. "The Democratic Party that Ithink should
be leading the opposition has come down with a bad case of political
laryngitis," Sharpton said."
Anti-War Candidates Revive 1968 Memories 3/1/03 Guardian
Al Sharpton's Battle to Transform the Democrats 2/28/03 Black
Comentator: "Black loyalty to Democratic Party structures has been
misinterpreted as inertia - a racist conclusion that implies laziness of
thought and action. This false reading of African American motives and
intelligence has led whites in the Party - and some Black operatives - to
miscalculate the cumulative effects of the savage compromises that have been
foisted on Black Democrats since Jimmy Carter's "New South" term in
the White House. Assuming that Blacks will "stay" simply because
they have nowhere else to "go," national Democrats refuse to
understand that Rev. Al Sharpton's support derives from deep anger and
heartfelt disappointment, not with Trent Lott and the White Man's Party, but
with them. Sharpton is dismissed as a mere showman, in effect relegating
Black voters to the status of an Apollo Theater crowd on amateur night."
Al Sharpton's Battle to Transform the Democrats 2/27/03 Black
Commentator: "Forget about the smoke and fog spewed by corporate
media and chattering consultants of all colors. Let us begin with a stark
forecast: The Democratic Party primaries must result in a national ticket
that is fit for Black participation. If the party cannot loosen the fatal
grip of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) - the Republican wing of the
party - it will die. Black voters and their allies will either purge the DLC
from national influence this primary season, or leave the Democrats to spiral
into deserved oblivion. That is what the polling data actually foretell - not
an incipient Black conservatism, but levels of frustration with the national
Democratic Party so high among Blacks that one more betrayal will likely
spark a massive exit, even if the destination is... nowhere, the negative
alternative that has already been chosen by a huge chuck of younger African
Support for Bush's re-election falls below 50 percent 2/27/03 CNN: "The
percentage of registered voters who say they would support President Bush in
2004 fell below 50 percent for the first time, according to a new CNN/USA
TODAY/Gallup poll, which finds more Americans concerned about the
Saudi Link to LI Start-Up - Unnamed investors take over voting Web site 2/27/03 Newsday: "Election.com,
a struggling Garden City start-up scheduled to provide online absentee
ballots for U.S. military personnel in the 2004 federal election, has quietly
sold controlling power to an investment group with ties to unnamed Saudi
nationals, according to company correspondence."
A Possible Strategy for Two Black Presidential Candidates 2/26/03 Black
Press USA: "Nevertheless, it is also clear from my interviews with
the media on her campaign that Moseley-Braun may have some vulnerabilities.
Reporters will be asking her some tough questions about other issues in her
past. One of the highest-profile issues was a former boyfriend’s personal
use of campaign funds and, although the figure amounted to little more than
$311.00, questions about it hounded her throughout her Senate career. The
reason was not tied to any proof of her having done anything was not
relatively commonplace, but the fact that it was kept alive in Illinois as an
issue to use against her in 1998—and it worked. There also was the matter
of her public support Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha, who was highly
Black caucus playing it cool to 2004 hopefuls 2/26/03 The
Hill: "There have never been two black Democratic presidential
hopefuls competing at the same time in the party’s presidential primaries.
But the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is not rushing to support
Black Candidates: We Can Do Better 2/26/03 Washington
Hispanic Vote: A Key Battleground In 2004 Election 2/25/03 Hispanic
Business: "The high-profile political showdown in the Senate over
President Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal appeals court in
Washington, D.C., gives Republicans a perfect opportunity to showcase their
differences with Democrats and to make inroads into the U.S. Hispanic
community. At 35.3 million and growing (about 13.5 percent of total
population), the U.S. Hispanic population will be a high-stakes battleground
between the parties over the next two years."
Illinois Black Turnout Key 2/24/03 Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee: "Currently two black Democrats,
state Sen. Barack Obama and health care activist Joyce Washington, are among
a crowded field vying for the Senate nomination, with Obama considered a
top-tier contender. While most political observers believe that the presence
of Moseley-Braun and the Rev. Al Sharpton on the Democratic presidential
ballot is likely to boost black turnout in Illinois, there are mixed opinions
on whether the increase would give state Democrats a black Senate nominee for
the third time in 12 years."
Black, female: Both impair Moseley-Braun's chances 2/24/03 USA
ABC 2004: The Invisible Primary 2/21/03 ABC
News: rating candidates electability.
Democrats seem bent on suicide 2/21/03 Detroit
Free Press: "What happened was simple: Gov. Jennifer Granholm chose
Detroit attorney Butch Hollowell, an African-American activist who could have
been secretary of state if the Democratic Party had worked harder for it, to
be the new state party chair. The UAW opted for Mark Brewer. The party named
both. One is the face of the party and doesn't get paid. One is the brains of
the party and draws the same salary he has for years. Guess which is
If Democrats lay low on war, Bush will defeat himself 2/18/03 USA
Black Republicans Coming Home? 1/23/03 Challenge
Group: "Just as this moment, created by the racial thuggery of
Trent Lott, is an opportunity to fashion a more progressive governing agenda
on civil rights issues for the majority of Blacks and even Black Republicans
who are not Conservative, it is also an opportunity for Black Republican
spokespersons to move beyond the stock-and-trade vilification of mainstream
Black leaders and to accept some real responsibility of their own, given the
strategic power position they now occupy. The acquisition of the control of
the entire governmental apparatus by the Republican Party also places Black
Republicans in an historic position of accountability to the Black community.
How will they exercise this accountability?"
Bush's Snake Dance on Race 1/23/03 New
California Media: "President Bush appears genuinely discomfited by
overt racism. But he is above all a consummate politician, writes PNS
commentator Andrew Reding, and his Supreme Court challenge to college
affirmative action shows he is not above capitalizing on racial resentments
for votes from his white, male supporters."
What About Those End Times, Mr. President? Sen. Joe Lieberman announces his candidacy, but not his association with lunatic fringe of Biblical prophecy 1/16/03 Hartford
Advocate: "The image is jarring: Sen. Joseph Lieberman,
presidential candidate, appears on an infomercial asking Evangelical
Christians to donate money to "rescue a Jew.""'On Wings of
Eagles' is a modern-day fulfillment of Biblical prophesy," the voiceover
in the infomercial says, over images of huddled Russian Jews at the airport,
smiling as they presumably wait to leave Russia for Israel. The half-hour
appeal aired on the afternoon of Jan. 2 on Paxson Broadcasting (PAX) stations
across the nation (locally on WHPX, channel 26), according to the
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), the Chicago-based
nonprofit that paid for the spot. Alongside Lieberman, testimonials come from
stars of the Christian Right, including convicted Watergate felon Charles
Colson, Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, and Moral Majority head