Submitted By Kenneth:
According to an Insider Advantage/Majority Report poll, Clinton now
leads Obama in .
Insider Advantage, Democratic Primary
571 Likely Democratic Primary Voters
29 APR 2008
Margin of Error +/- 3.8%
Our efforts will hopefully convince the large number of undecided
voters to support Clinton on 6 MAY. Be sure to participate in one of the
events published at Hillary's website, as we have the chance to deliver
this state to .
Message from Kenneth:
Tiffany asked me to relay the following information about the walk
on Saturday, 3 MAY, at Atrium Village at :
"Participants are asked to sign in around 8:00 am. Brad and Nate will
be there to greet group members. Wear Hillary gear and be ready to
walk. The event should be over by 11:00 am.
"The website provides a lot of useful information:
"Everyone is invited to join the group. Brad Davidson
is organizing this effort, and he can be reached at ."
Information on this event is available at Hillary's website.
A Map is provided at Hillary's website for your convenience.
According to one source, and a certain Sophie Hawkins
will attend the event.
article submitted by Kenneth
Yahoo News Fact Check:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Democraticaccuses his presidential rivals of pandering to voters by supporting the "gimmick" of temporarily lifting federal taxes on gasoline, despite his own past support for a similar tax holiday.
Most experts criticize the idea of a federal tax suspension, but Obama's political opponents accuse him of flip-flopping and ignoring the financial pain caused by today's rising gas prices.
Obama argues that Democraticand Republican — he calls them "the two Washington candidates" — are pandering to voters by proposing to suspend the of 18.4 cents a gallon for three months. He says a tax holiday would provide consumers little real relief, ignore the country's energy problems and take money from road and bridge repairs.
"This is the problem with Washington. We are facing a situation where oil prices could hit $200 a barrel. Oil companies like Shell and BP just reported record profits for the quarter. And we're arguing over a gimmick that would save you half a tank of gas over the course of the entire summer so that everyone in Washington can pat themselves on the back and say that they did something," Obama says.
Clinton says Obama is turning his back on people who need relief from rising gas prices. Republicans, including the campaign of rival, question his switch.
In 2000, gasoline prices were climbing quickly, reaching $2 a gallon in the Chicago area — a remarkable price back then.scrambled to offer some election-year relief to angry motorists.
Obama voted three times for a tax holiday.
The version that ended up becoming law required a six-month suspension of the state's share of the sales tax on gasoline, a 5 percent tax paid directly by consumers rather than gas stations. It also required gas stations to post signs on their pumps saying that thehad lowered taxes and the price should reflect that cut.
The impact of the tax holiday was never clear.
A government study could not determine how much of the savings was actually passed along to motorists. Many lawmakers said their constituents didn't seem to have benefited. They also worried the tax break was pushing the state budget out of balance.
At the end of, there was a failed push to eliminate the sales tax permanently. Obama was among those voting against eliminating the tax.
Obama's presidential campaign says the lessons of thatinfluenced his decision to oppose a national tax holiday. The lack of clear results then make him dubious about suspending the national tax now.
In addition, the Illinois tax was paid directly by consumers and increased as gas prices increased. Obama's campaign points out the national tax is a flat 18.4 cents (24.4 cents a gallon for diesel) and, therefore, isn't climbing as gas prices climb. It's also paid by producers, raising more questions about whether they'd pass the full savings along to customers.
During a three-month suspension, the average driver would save only about $28, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
"That assumes the oil companies are going to give it to you. That's probably not a likely outcome," said Jack Basso, the association's director of management and business development.
If oil companies did pass along the savings, tax experts say, the lower prices would increase demand. Since refineries are already at maximum production levels, the increased demand probably would drive prices back up.
The association also estimates that suspending the tax would divert about $8.5 billion from the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for road and bridge repairs and already faces a shortfall of $3.2 billion. Taking that tax money from the trust fund could endanger hundreds of thousands of jobs — every $1 billion in highway money supports 33,000 jobs, by one estimate — and would push more maintenance and construction costs onto the states.
"Theis a piddly little 18 cents. If that is eliminated, it isn't going to make an iota of difference to the average gasoline purchaser, yet it's going to hasten the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund," said Rod Diridon, head of the at .
McCain suggests avoiding that problem by replacing the lost money with unspecified funds from elsewhere in the budget. Clinton wants to impose a new tax onto make up for lifting the gasoline tax.
By Christopher Wills
April 30, 2008 6:40 PM
ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: Barack Obama's recent woes may be having an effect in the polls.
A new CBS/New York Times poll released on Wednesday shows Sen. Obama, D-Ill., and presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tied in a hypothetical general election match-up, while Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., edges out McCain by a five-point margin.
Here are raw CBS/New York Times numbers now (among registered voters):
If the candidates were Obama and McCain, who would you vote for?
Undecided/Don't Know: 6%
If the candidates were Clinton and McCain, who would you vote for?
Undecided/Don't Know: 5%
"Barack Obama's problems over the last few weeks, including his Pennsylvania primary loss and the continuing media coverage of his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, may have contributed to his weaker position compared to two weeks ago," read an analysis released by CBS and the New York Times.
Since their last poll four weeks ago, unfavorable views of Obama have risen 10% -- from 24% a month ago to 34% at present. Obama's woes also appear to know few demographic bounds -- unfavorable views of Obama have risen among women, whites, independents and Democrats, according to CBS News and the New York Times.
Here are the raw CBS/New York Times numbers as of their last poll on April 3, 2008 (among registered voters):
If the candidates were Obama and McCain, who would you vote for?
Undecided/Don't Know: 7%
If the candidates were Clinton and McCain, who would you vote for?
Undecided/Don't Know: 5%
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Monday found similar results.
In that poll, Clinton leads McCain by 9-points, 50-41, in a hypothetical general election match-up. Obama, on the other hand, is "virtually tied" with McCain, at 46-44 percent.
Obama strongly condemned recent comments made by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, on Tuesday, a move that many political pundits consider high-stakes but necessary gamble by his campaign to control a spreading political firestorm.
Reacting to what he called the "spectacle" of his former pastor at the National Press Club, Obama denounced Wright saying, "What Rev. Wright said yesterday directly contradicts everything I have ever done or said in my life."
"Whatever relationship I had with Rev Wright has changed as a result of this," Obama said.
The candidate went considerably further than he has in the past in distancing himself from Wright, accusing him of "insensitivity and outrageousness" in his Monday appearance at the National Press Club in Washington.
"The person I saw (on Monday) was not the person I met 20 years ago," Obama said.
So, let's focus on Barack Obama and his campaign and see where things stand in aftermath of latest Rev. Wright events.
In his exclusive blog on ABCNews.com, former Bush campaign strategist and ABC News political contributor Matthew Dowd opined that "Obama's statements in last 24 hours of being passionately critical of Wright and saying he was out of step with America were the only choice he had left. It was his only option and he seized it well."
Dowd laid out four points he views as critical to an Obama comeback emphasizing, "The biggest damage to him is that he held a brand of being an unconventional candidate in a time America wants a shift from the conduct of politics as usual. But he and his campaign have seemed very conventional of late."
April 30, 2008 3:54 PM
News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Back on the campaign trail, Barack Obama
reitereated his disappointment in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, defending
his denoucement of his former pastor in a press conference on Tuesday.
"Frankly, what he said over the last few days and in some of the sermons that have been excerpted were unacceptable and weren't things that we believed in or cared about or cared to believe in," Sen. Obama, D-Ill., said in response to a voter's question at a campaign event in Indianapolis, Ind., "I've made a statement (on Tuesday) that was hard to make but it was I believed."
The questioner had asked about "turning his back on someone who had been a good friend" but Obama, with his wife Michelle by his side, did not take issue with the tone.
"I mean, it is true that part of the job when you're running for president is that anybody who is tangentially, you know, even remotely associated with you is somehow fair game and that's unfortunate because most of us in our lives –- we meet people, we know people, some people we work with or we sit on a board with -- we don't really go vet them and find out all the terrible things they might have done because, you know, we don't know or what they said to see if it's politically correct," Obama continued.
Obama changed the subject rather quickly to talking about how he and Michelle came from modest backgrounds, but when wrapping up, the candidate looked at his wife seated on a picnic table next to him and asked, "So Michelle, do you have anything to add to that?"
Mrs. Obama shook her head indicating no.
"You do but," the Senator said, trailing off, leaving the incomplete thought in the air before adding, "Remember there are a lot of reporters around though."
Ask John and Elizabeth Edwards to endorse Hillary. Fran did!
Dear Mr. & Mrs.,
> The NC primary is next week and we need your support for Hillary
Clinton for President.
> I want to commend you and Mrs. Edwards for all you have done for
and the vision you portrayed in all the debates throughout
the campaign on the future of this country.
> Your vision is very close to Hillary's. Both you and Hillary have
similar roots, realize Universal Health Care should be for everyone,
eliminate poverty, jobs for middle America, the foreclosure crisis and
> With you and Mrs. Edwards support for Hillary's campaign the world
will know that the United States is truly a country united.
> Thank you.
Remember to thank Gov. Easley: Fran also wrote:
This is the comment I made on Governor Easley's website.
> Dear Governor Easley,
> I want to thank you for supporting Hillary Clinton for President.
> Your endorsement will have a major impact on the future of this
country and the path the government will follow.
Great News On Polling Data from Kenneth!
According to Survey USA, the most accurate pollster this primary cycle,
Clinton and Obama are locked in a statistical
dead heat in .
Survey USA, North Carolina Democratic Primary
26 - 28 APRIL 2008
727 Likely Democratic Primary Voters
Margin of Error +/- 3.7%
Obama's advantage has evaporated, which may explain why his campaign
has asked all of its supporters to swarm the state. But even worse for
Obama, this poll does not measure the effects of the Easley endorsement
or the seemingly endless press coverage of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Continue to volunteer, and participate in our events, as we can deliver
this state to Hillary, even if thousands of Chicagoans invade the state
before the 6 MAY primary.
Clinton, by the way, enjoys a statistically significant lead in
. Perhaps those Chicagoans should cancel their plane tickets and ride
the South Shore train into northwest Indiana, where Clinton is
appealing to voters in the Chicago media market.
Survey USA, Democratic Primary
25 - 27 APRIL 2008
628 Likely Democratic Primary Voters
Margin of Error +/- 4%
My Letter to the Governor.
Governor Mike Easley,
The leadership of great Democrats such as yourself are what continues
to give me great hope for our State and the Nation. Thank you for your
endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton for President. While many may
equally complain about your endorsemet, rest assured, there are many
reasonable, engaged, informed voters here in the great state of North Carolina
who remember who our friends are, and that includes the great
friendship of Sen. Clinton.
I have been dismayed by the endorsements of the candidates seeking
higher office in the Primary Elections in North Carolina, who see Mr. Obama
as a coattail candidate and are ignoring the great history and
leadership of Sen. Clinton. We call this pandering, and that is not the way
Democrats are supposed to behave.
We are better than that. I have long said that the Party is not being
"torn apart" as some in the media, and especially supporters of Mr.
Obama, have portrayed our Party. The Party will be united, if the best
candidate is finally endorsed by great leaders such as yourself, who will
put aside their bias and make a wise, intelligent decision about the
future of our country. Thank you for making such a decision.
Precinct Member, Precinct 19, Mecklenburg County
Delegate to the District Convention
Poll Data submitted by Kenneth
Survey USA, Indiana Democratic Primary
25 - 27 APRIL 2008
628 Likely Democratic Primary Voters
Margin of Error +/- 4%
Survey USA, Indiana Poll April 25-27
"In a Democratic Primary in Indiana today, 04/28/08, 8 days until votes
are counted, Hillary Clinton finishes ahead of Barack Obama, according
to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WHAS-TV in Louisville and WCPO-TV in
Cincinnati. The results are identical to a SurveyUSA TV poll released
4 weeks ago, on 04/01/08. Clinton led then 52% to 43%, leads now 52% to
43%. Other polls show the contest closer; some polls show Obama ahead.
SurveyUSA tracking graphs show movement toward Clinton in the middle
of April but offsetting movement to Obama at the end of April. This
back-and-forth can be seen clearly on the interactive tracking graphs for
males, for Democrats, for pro-choice voters, and for residents of
greater Indianapolis. Clinton's advantage is steady among women, steady among
voters age 50+, and steady in Southern Indiana, which borders
Kentucky. Obama is gaining ground among voters under 50, where he leads for the
first time; among liberals, where he leads for the first time; in
Northern Indiana, where he is tied for the first time; and in Central
Indiana, where he has cut Clinton's lead in half. Clinton, by contrast, is
making steady inroads among Independent voters."
contributed by Kenneth, ...
By Chuck Neubauer and Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
April 27, 2008
WASHINGTON -- After an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in 2000, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama faced serious financial pressure: numerous debts, limited cash and a law practice he had neglected for a year. Help arrived in early 2001 from a significant new legal client -- a longtime political supporter.
Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. paid Obama an $8,000-a-month retainer to give legal advice to his growing technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange. It allowed Obama to supplement his $58,000 part-time state Senate salary for over a year with regular payments from Blackwell's firm that eventually totaled $112,000.
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
American Research Polls
April 25, 2008 - Indiana Democratic Primary Preference
Clinton 53% 50%
Obama 44% 45%
Undecided 3% 5%
Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton 51% to 43% among men (43% of likely Democratic primary voters). Among women, Clinton leads 56% to 40%.
Clinton leads 55% to 39% among white voters (85% of likely Democratic primary voters). Obama leads 91% to 7% among African American voters (11% of likely Democratic primary voters).
Obama leads 55% to 41% among voters age 18 to 49 (51% of likely Democratic primary voters) and Clinton leads 59% to 35% among voters age 50 and older.
25% of likely Democratic primary voters say they would never vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary and 34% of likely Democratic primary voters say they would never vote for Barack Obama in the primary.
It would seem that by now the chief strategists of the Obama campaign would understand that spending more money on advertising that does not work will not increase the effectiveness of that advertising with targeted voters.
But with advice like this to keep spending the money, perhaps not.
Our group has been a driving force in the Charlotte Headquarters. They
still need our help. There are plenty of ways to get involved this
week, and we all need to make ourselves available as much as possible.
Five donors stepped forward this week with money to help place a
Charlotte4Hillary advertisement and print Charlotte4Hillary flyers
which the Campaign could not make happen in time for Get-Out-The-Vote
Canvassing at Local Bars on Friday Nite. We printed 1,000 flyers and
are looking to print 3,000 more this week. If you want to help with
donations of printing or you want to help distribute flyers at bars
and events this week, call Nathan: 704-606-7268. For about $48 we can
print 1,000 flyers.
G.O.P. Now Sees Obama as Liability for Ticket
By CARL HULSE APR. 26, 2008
Jeff Zeleny contributed reporting.
Sunday, NYT, Politics
WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama is starring in a growing number of campaign commercials, but the latest batch is being underwritten by Republicans.
In a sign that the racial, class and values issues simmering in the presidential campaign could spread into the larger political arena, Republican groups are turning recent bumps in Mr. Obama’s road — notably his comment that small-town Americans “cling” to guns and religion out of bitterness and a fiery speech by his former minister in which he condemned the United States — into attacks against Democrats down the ticket.
“The public, week by week, is becoming more familiar with his big-government, far-left vision for America,” said Ed Patru, a spokesman for Freedom’s Watch, an advocacy organization that is portraying Mr. Obama as ultraliberal in an advertisement running in Louisiana before a special election for a House seat.
Republicans say the new focus on Mr. Obama reflects their view that he remains the more likely Democratic presidential nominee since he continues to lead Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in convention delegates. It also shows that Republicans, who have for months characterized Mrs. Clinton as the contender who would most energize Republican voters, now see vulnerabilities in Mr. Obama that could be liabilities for other Democrats on the ballot.
“There were times when Republicans reacted with just horror that he would lead the ticket,” said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan political analyst. “Now there is not the sense of him being invulnerable, the magic bullet. I think there has been a major change.”
The growing Republican emphasis on Mr. Obama could also help Mrs. Clinton plead her case that she is more electable, bolstering her argument to superdelegates that Republicans are poised to pounce on her relatively untested opponent. Her advisers have been frustrated that some top Democrats rate Mrs. Clinton a greater liability for the party’s candidates in conservative parts of the country — a view still held by some strategists — even though she has shown a capacity to withstand Republican attacks.
At the same time, some Democrats privately said the new Republican push could be a backdoor effort to buoy Mrs. Clinton, the candidate Republicans initially saw as the Democrat who would most rally Republicans and spur fund-raising. It has not been lost on Republican strategists that they can give pause to superdelegates leaning toward endorsing Mr. Obama.
Clinton continues to reduce Obama's lead in North Carolina. According
to Survey USA, Obama's lead in NC lies 1.6 points outside the poll's
margin of error of 3.7%.
Survey USA, North Carolina Democratic Primary
19 APR-21 APR 2008
734 Likely Democratic Primary Voters
Margin of Error +/- 3.7%
Polling Page Survey USA
Clinton leads Obama by 5 points in Charlotte metro, which I believe
includes the western portions of the state, while Obama performs well in
the Research Triangle and Raleigh. The eastern and southern portions of
North Carolina are competitive: both candidates garner 44% of the vote
in those areas of the state.
Turnout will ultimately determine the outcome of the North Carolina
Democratic Primary. Visit the office and place telephone calls, and
continue to distribute tickets for the Club 44 event to take place on
Monday, 28 April, at 4pm at BOBCATS ARENA. Yes, the location has changed.
Be sure to alert your friends and colleagues.
There are many other events in Charlotte in which all of us should
participate. Visit Hillary's website in order to locate and plan events in
Also feel free to telephone the office in Charlotte if you have any
questions. The telephone number is 704.364.3448. And you are always
welcome to write me if you have any suggestions for Hillary events in
Charlotte. We are committed to Hillary, and we will engage in any activity
that will secure a victory in NC.
...submitted by Carmina
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..submitted by Bitdog
If you look at Obama's vote in Pennsylvania, you begin to see the
outlines of the old George McGovern coalition that haunted the Democrats
during the '70s and '80s, led by college students and minorities....Its
ideology is very liberal. Whereas in the first primaries and caucuses,
Obama benefited from being seen as middle-of-the-road or even
conservative, he is now receiving his strongest support from voters who see
themselves as 'very liberal.'...[H]e is going to have trouble in Indiana,
Kentucky, and West Virginia, where he will once again be faced by a large
white working class vote. He can still win the nomination and lose
these primaries. Pennsylvania was the last big delegate prize. But if Obama
doesn't find a way now to speak to these voters, he is going to have
trouble winning that large swath of states from Pennsylvania through
Missouri in which a Democrat must do well to gain the presidency."
and Bitdog wrote:
I think it's fairly significant that the OP-ED page cartoon guy for the
Observer would pen the above 'toon. North Carolina, Charlotte and this
paper are pretty much in the O'bama tank if you know what I mean.
by Carlos from NoQuarterUSA
"Obama Delegate Behind Texas Polygamy Hoax?"
The hits keep coming in the media meltdown at the Barack Obama campaign. As local police, the Texas Rangers and the FBI investigate the hoax phone call that lead to the massive raid on the Texas polygamist compound, word emerges that the woman arrested for the hoax is … a pledged delegate to the Obama campaign?
Watch slide show and read article from Charlotte Observer
Senator Clinton has shown she's committed to hearing voters across the Tar Heel State.
That's why she accepted a North Carolina debate.
I signed a petition calling on Senate Obama to participate in a debate on the issues in North Carolina. Go to the link below and add your name to make your voice heard.
>primary race, and finally decided to drop you a note.
>I'm Pat Kirby, and I was your student in the Fall of 1999 during the
>stolen Bush election, and have fond memories of spending in class as
>you tried to convey to my much younger classmates that they were
>witnessing history. I'm the woman who was in the class and you kind
>of used me as your touchstone that what you were teaching about the
>second women's movement really did happen. I enjoyed the class
>tremendously, but boy do I wish I was in a class of yours right NOW!
>Hope that you are doing well and I assume that you have already
>begun to write a book about this incredible primary race! We all
>now know that Hillary was born with an abundance of the suffragist
>gene, and I certainly hope that she will go all the way.
>I have moved to Charlotte, NC, and as you know we are about to have
>our chance at bat although it will be a tought fight in this
>Republican haven. I have volunteered for the campaign here because
>I have to be a part of this her story making event and I am
>enjoying doing phone calls, Honk for Hillary events and any thing
>else. If you get a minute, check out our website at
>charlotte4hillary.com. I did a brief women's history timeline for
>the website and it has pictures of all of our activities as well as
>local articles here in Charlotte.
>I'm glad to finally find your email address on the UCLA website, and
>I will continue to think of you throughout the remainder or the
>race, and I look forward to reading your book on Hillary. Who else
>should write it but a former Wellesley woman!
>Gotta run - I am actually going to early vote today...........never
>thought I would get to vote for a woman in my lifetime. It is
>thrilling! Take care.
response:Thank you so much Pat. I think its time for you to call me
Ellen. yes, I am working hard for HIllary and have new hope. Your
email really made my day, week, even month! It is wonderful to learn
that your work as a teacher continues to affect people as they move
through their lives. You will have a tough job in North Carolina but
I am cheered to know you are at it there. if I can do anything,
please let me know. Here are a few contributions I made with my pen.
* Ellen Dubois was a classmate of Hillary Clinton when both attended Wellesley College
Thanks, Pat for being so selfless and sharing!
HILLARY'S VISION: Hillary has been a longtime friend of the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She has fought for policies that
promote equality, while taking a strong stand against those aimed at marginalizing
the LGBT community.
As President, Hillary will replace the divisive leadership of the past six years. She will
work with the LGBT community and allies in Congress to change laws. She knows
that by working together, we can continue to work against hate and stand united for
· Supports Civil Unions
Hillary will work to ensure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal
benefits -- from health insurance to life insurance, property rights, and more.
· Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
It is inconceivable to Hillary that people who work hard and do a good job every day
can still be fired because of who they are or who they love. It's unfair, it's un-
American, and she will put a stop to it.
· Pass Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
Hillary believes that hate crimes undermine the fundamental principle upon which
our nation was founded, that all men and women are equal. She will strengthen law
enforcement and prosecution against discriminatory acts of violence against gays,
lesbians, and transgender individuals by signing the Matthew Shepard Local Law
Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
· End Don't Ask Don't Tell
Hillary knows that courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice – the traits that define our
men and women in uniform – have nothing to do with sexual orientation. She's
concerned that the military is discharging people with critical skills, including
desperately needed Arabic language skills. Hillary believes that this is a matter of
national security and as president, she will address it.
HILLARY CLINTON for President
“We just have to make this more fair!”- Hillary Clinton
Hillary's Record on
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contribute to this important effort. The LGBT community has supported
Clinton by 67-33 margins in other states. A large LGBT turnout in NC
will help offset Obama's advantages with other constituencies....Kenneth
Once Again: Donate Now, and Thanks!
from Politico, Jonathon Martin's Blog
April 23, 2008
NC GOP defies RNC and McCain, will air ad
The North Carolina GOP will still run an ad featuring Barack Obama's pastor despite the pleas of the RNC and John McCain himself, according to a spokesman for the state party.
"Yes, the ad will air," said Brent Woodcox, communications director for the North Carolina GOP.
RNC chairman Mike Duncan has been in contact with the state party asking them to not run it and McCain sent an unequivocal email to the North Carolina GOP chairwoman urging the same.
Also, Woodcox sent over a defense of the spot, which I've updated in the original post with the ad down below.
Senator responds Wednesday to a North Carolina GOP ad that uses footage of the Rev. Wright to criticize two Tar Heel Democrats for endorsing Obama. Watch it above.
Tells TIME’s Michael Scherer: “We asked them not to run it… There is no place for that kind of campaigning.”
Also sends letter to state GOP chairwoman deploring “offensive” commercial.
Update: North Carolina GOP says it will go ahead with the ad.
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tomorrow! Earn an upgraded PREMIUM TICKET by volunteering this week!
Call now to Hillary Clinton Charlotte Office, 704-364-3448, ask for
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talks with the Editor have led to a guest editorial in support of Hillary
by one of our members in the upcoming May 3rd issue, which is
distributed just before the NC Primary!
We have also reserved space for an LARGE advertisement in Q-Notes. But
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Hillary needs every single vote to show a strong POPULAR VOTE TOTAL
when it comes time to make the nomination. SO, LITERALLY EVERY VOTE
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In today's Charlotte Observer:
Clinton, Obama won't debate in NC
Please send in 2 or 3 sentences on why Obama is afraid to debate Hillary after the Penn debate. Feel free to include references to his inappropriate (un-presidential) performance in Raleigh after the Penn debate - here's one of the better urls in case you missed it:
Once again, send letters to email@example.com
Here's my letter to the editor:
Sen. Obama is afraid to face Sen. Clinton in a NC debate. After being asked the kinds of difficult and awkward questions she has endured for years, he proved he couldn't take the heat in the Pennsylvania debate. We all watched the tantrum he threw the next morning in Raleigh. The venue, the network and the date had all been set for weeks, and the NC Democratic Party is making excuses for him. This is machine politics at its worst.
*****Please be prepared to respond to the Charlotte Observer tomorrow when they report the results of the PA primary*****
Some good points to include:
- He outspent her by $12million to $3million - with unlimited funds he still couldn't close the deal
- His performance in Raleigh after Penn debate - how much did his inappropriate behavior influence the PA primary?
- Even with the outrageous media bias for him, the people saw through it
- NC voters are also the type who "cling" to their guns and their religion
Here's a link to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's unlikely endorsement of Hillary. The owner is the guy who led the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against Bill Clinton. This piece has great lines to use in support of her - very plain-spoken and hits all the right notes.
!!!!!!THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING - ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO - WE'RE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!!!!
Nathan received this letter from The North Carolina Democratic Party:
We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential
Debate scheduled for April 27 has been cancelled due to time constraints and
logistical issues associated with such a large, national event.
You have shown tremendous passion and interest in being a part of
history as Democrats are poised this year to elect the first female or
African-American President. However, there were also growing concerns about
what another debate would do to party unity.
We hope your interest in the North Carolina Democratic Party will not
end with the cancellation of the debate.
We will keep your e-mail addresses for a random drawing to attend a
special event in the fall featuring the nominee.
Senators Clinton and Obama have offered additional opportunities to be
seen and heard across the state in the coming weeks and months.
Both candidates have committed to attending our Jefferson-Jackson
Dinner on Friday, May 2 in Raleigh.
Tickets are available by signing up online at www.ncdp.org.
Again, the Party thanks you for your interest in the Democratic
Presidential primary. We hope you will continue to be involved in local and
Your voice, your vote does make a difference.
"I completely disagree with the North Carolina Democratic Party
assessment of why the debate was cancelled. It is no wonder to me that it was
cancelled since Raleigh is heavily leaning toward Obama and Obama has
hinted in the past week that he was against any further debates, largely
due to the fact that he does so poorly in them.
Your claim of "...growing concerns about what another debate would do
to party unity," is ridiculous. Political debates and public discourse
are the ways to inform our North Carolina Democratic Electorate. The
North Carolina Democratic Party should be ashamed of giving in to the
Obama Campaign wishes by cancelling this debate. The party will not be
united until one of the candidates has enough votes for the nomination. And
neither cadidate has enough votes, contrary to the opinion of Mr.
Apparently Mr. Obama does not consider our North Carolina Democratic
constituency important enough to debate the issues here. Senator Clinton
has not offered any so-called "time constraints and logistical issues."
Senator Obama is more concerned with gaining Independent and
Republican voters, and this is not the purpose of our DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. Our
Democratic Primary is for the will of the Democratic electorate to voice
its vote for its choice for the nominee.
Shame on the NCDP for allowing our North Carolina Primary to be
relegated to second-class status at the behest of Senator Obama."
From ABC: submitted by Kenneth
Democrats' Pennsylvania Brawl Intensifies
Accuses Clinton of 'Slash and Burn'; She Says He's Flash Over Substance
By DAVID WRIGHT
SCRANTON, Pa., April 20, 2008—
In the final push before the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday, the Democratic candidates traded some of their sharpest jabs yet, again raising concerns that when the brawl is over, the party will not be able to unite for the fight for the presidency.
Barack Obama accused Hillary Clinton of "slash and burn politics." Clinton countered that he is all flash and no substance, and she claimed he is now throwing the kitchen sink at her.
Obama conceded that Clinton would be a better president than George Bush. "But that's not saying very much," he quickly added.
Obama said all three candidates -- including presumptive Republican nominee John McCain -- would be better than Bush.
Clinton took issue with Obama's apparent olive branch for the Arizona senator.
"We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer on John McCain," she said.
Obama also launched a new ad, responding to Clinton's previous attacks and accusing her of "11th-hour smears, paid for by lobbyists."
Clinton's campaign countered with another attack ad of its own, charging, "He couldn't answer tough questions in the debate, so Barack Obama is making false charges about Hillary's health plan."
Supporters of both campaigns have gone even further.
A retired major general who supports Obama raised Clinton's claims that she dodged sniper fire during her 1996 trip to Bosnia. Walter Stewart called that a "dishonor," and said it should disqualify her from laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A Clinton supporter is circulating a mailer raising the issue of Obama's acquaintance with Bill Ayers, a Chicago professor who was once a member of the violent Weather Underground.
The mailer, created by union activist Rick Sloan of the International Association of Machinists, claims Republicans will "channel Joe McCarthy" in the fall, turning Obama's "change we can believe in" into "change no patriotic American could stomach."
Both campaigns have disavowed those particular statements.
But Democratic Party activists in Pennsylvania said they worry the bitterness could make it difficult to mend fences once the dust settles.
"This has gotten so bad this year, I'm not sure people can forget about it and put it behind themselves after Tuesday," said Joe Morgan, a Democratic committeeman for Berks County.
He said the supporters are worse than the candidates when it comes to vindictive attacks.
"The bitterness and anger they have toward people who are not supporting their candidate is something I have never seen before," he said.
Morgan has been writing his own blog on the race, so at first he decided to remain neutral. He said Obama fans in particular were incensed with him for doing so. His tires were slashed and a complaint was lodged with the Internet service provider for his blog. Morgan is now supporting Clinton.
But as the candidates criss-crossed the state this weekend making their closing arguments to the voters, there was one sign that even the most bitter divisions could be healed.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review endorsed Hillary Clinton. The endorsement itself is no surprise, except that the owner and publisher of the paper is Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon fortune whom Clinton once accused of masterminding the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her and her husband.
Apparently all of that is now water under the bridge. No hard feelings at all.
Copyright © 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures
In Pennsylvania's Democrat primary for president: Vote for Clinton
Sunday, April 20, 2008
For decades, the two major parties have chosen their presidential candidates long before Pennsylvania holds its primary.
Not this year.
Ron Paul's maverick candidacy aside, Republicans have settled on John McCain, whom we previously endorsed. Democrats, however, are still deciding.
For once, the Keystone State might well determine a party's nominee.
f Barack Obama does well here or pulls an upset, the Democrats' leader in states, delegates and popular votes could be propelled to de facto victory.
For Pennsylvania Democrats, the smart choice Tuesday is Mrs. Clinton.
American Research Group
accurately predicted the outcomes of the Texas and Ohio Primaries.
Here are the results of ARG's recent poll of Pennsylvania Democratic
Pennsylvania Democratic Primary
American Research Group
17-19 APR, 600 Likely Voters
Margin of Error +/- 4.0%
Clinton 54 (+13)
Ignore the polls cited and touted by the media, for they necessarily
fabricate close races with questionable polling data in order to create a
narrative of suspense whose sole purpose is to increase ratings and
advertising revenue. Continue to volunteer, and do not allow the media
to demoralize you with their false infotainment.
A large win in Pennsylvania will buoy Clinton into a competitive race
with Obama in North Carolina. According to ARG, Clinton has reduced the
margin separating her and Obama by two points since their last poll on
North Carolina Democratic Primary
American Research Group
14-15 APR, 600 Likely Voters
Margin of Error +/- 4.0%
Obama 52 (+11)
Imagine how this margin will shrink when Clinton emerges the decisive
victor of the Pennsylvania Primary Tuesday night.
Continue to volunteer, and continue to believe in Hillary, who
according to the credible pollsters still remains a formidable candidate for
the Democratic nomination. It is now or never, Hillary fans. Let us
deliver NC to Hillary on 6 MAY.
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) was awesome as she addressed the delegates
to the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party's County Convention on
Saturday, April 19. Acknowledging an overwhelming support among
African-American voters, she called on those in attendance to remember the support
of the community that the Clintons have long given to the Black
Community, a point which brought many cheers from the audience.
Her endorsement of Hillary Clinton continued as she inserted biblical
references in calling the audience of Democrats to a commitment of unity
to the Party. Her inspirational call to action brought the audience to
their feet in applause, regardless of affection for either
Nathan will have some video uploaded soon for those who missed the speech.
submitted by Kenneth
'April 19, 2008
Gallup Daily: Clinton 46%, Obama 45%
General election races remain tight
PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows that Hillary Clinton now receives 46% of the support of Democrats nationally, compared to 45% for Barack Obama, marking the first time Obama has not led in Gallup's daily tracking since March 18-20.
Having Fun "Honking4Hillary" and "Debate Watch"
April 18, 2008, 6:14 pm
Clinton Gets 3 New Superdelegates
By Ariel Alexovich, NYT Politics, The Caucus
Hillary Rodham Clinton added a new trio of superdelegates to her tally on Friday.
Two former New Jersey governors, Jim Florio and Brendan Byrne, endorsed Mrs. Clinton last year, but they were only selected to be their state’s add-on delegates Thursday. As such, they have the same voting rights as superdelegates and don’t have to vote with the popular vote winner of their state (although Mrs. Clinton won New Jersey anyway).
Representative Betty Sutton of Ohio also came out in support of Mrs. Clinton. The district she represents is in northeastern Ohio.
“I have had the opportunity to engage in significant discussions with Senator Clinton about the concerns and hopes of the people I am so honored to represent,” Ms. Sutton said in a news release. “She has demonstrated a keen understanding of the pressing issues, such as the need to create economic opportunity for working families right here in Northeast Ohio.”
“I am grateful for the support of both former New Jersey governors Byrne and Florio, as well as Rep. Sutton,” Mrs. Clinton said in a statement. “Together, with their support and millions of others, we will deliver health care to every American, jump-start the economy, and turn our great country around. Our campaign is experiencing great momentum.”
Kenneth sent two articles from Carmina in a letter today that need your written response to the editor.
Here is the first article link:Read and Respond
The other article can be opened in PDF format:Download obama_on_defensive_charobs_4_17.pdf
Once again, here is a summary of Kenneth's letter and helpful instructions. Let's all cooperate.
Explain to the Observer why you believe Obama is unelectable. Outline
why you may not vote for him if he is the Democratic nominee. Why are
you opposed to his candidacy? What qualifications does he lack? How has
he conducted himself during this primary campaign? What do you find
objectionable about his past? Why are you unable to cast a vote for Barack
Obama? Limit your response to 150 words, and submit it to
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and telephone
number. Also remember to place the title of the article and the date on
which it was published in the subject heading of your email. Responses
that refer to a particular passage or knowledge claim in the article are
more likely to be published. And feel free to write me or Carmina
(email@example.com) if you require any help with your letter.
Because the second article to which we must respond is only available
in the print version of the 17 APR edition of the Charlotte Observer, I
attach a reproduction of it to this letter in the form of a pdf
document. Entitled "Obama put on defensive," this article discussed the many
controversies surrounding Obama the ABC moderators cited during the
debate we viewed on Wednesday: it mentions the "bitter" comments Obama made
at the Getty mansion in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San
Francisco; it mentions Obama's relationship of twenty years with Reverend
Jeremiah Wright; and it mentions Obama's friendship and professional
relationship with terrorist William Ayers, a former member of the Weather
Underground. Feel free to assess Obama's response to the ABC moderators'
questions in your letter to the editor. Did you find his answers
convincing? Do you believe Obama has the right to complain about the
questions the ABC moderators asked during the debate? Or do you believe these
are questions the media should have asked long ago? And what is your
opinion of Obama's relationships with William Ayers and Reverend Jeremiah
Wright? Do you believe Obama refuses to debate Clinton in North
Carolina as a result of his inability to answer questions about his past?
Limit your response to 150 words, and submit it
firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and telephone
Here is an example of a response from Nathan:
I have seen Barack Obama's type before, his name is Joe Lieberman. An
Independent in Democrat's clothing. Going after Independents and
Republicans is not the way to win the hearts and minds of DEMOCRATIC VOTERS in
a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, for the DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION. Have we as
Democrats forsaken our own ideals in allowing Independents to run our Party?
Are we so afraid of not being able to turn out the vote of Democrats in
a General Election that we would rather have a candidate who "could
possibly" get Independents and Republicans to "switch sides" in the
General Election? This Democrat says NO. I believe that the Democrat on the
ticket is one who has a longstanding history as a Democrat: Hillary
Rodham Clinton. If Barack Obama becomes the Nominee, he will not be the
Democratic Nominee as he is an Independent. And as such, I feel NO
LOYALTY to the INDEPENDENT NOMINEE. Therefore, I will be of free conscience
to vote for John McCain or another third party candidate, and will NOT
VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA.
YES, HE DID!!! Read Post Below!
From The Swamp Washington Bureau, Chicago Tribune
by Mark Silva
Sen. Barack Obama was on the stump today in Raleigh, N.C., the day after his debate in Philadelphia with Sen. Hillary Clinton. Have a look at his body language when he spoke of the sort of debate it was -- a "gotcha'' fest -- and about Clinton being "in her element.''
"Last night, Sen. Clinton and I had our 21st debate of the year,'' Obama said today. "Last night, I think we set a new record, because it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people.
"I don't blame Washington for this, because that's just how Washington is,'' he said. "They like stirring up controversy. They like playing gotcha games...
.. and I would say Sen. Clinton was in her element.''
And that's the part of the videotape, courtesy of Fox News, where viewers need to pay some attention to the hand that Obama raised to his face, and the finger with which he scratched it.
read article on Ayers and Obama below after viewing video.
Photo: Wm. Ayers
Obama was asked about Ayers as part of a discussion of his patriotism in a presidential debate Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Obama responded that Ayers, now a professor at the University of Illinois, is “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” but hasn’t endorsed him and doesn’t regularly exchange ideas with him.
“And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense,” Obama said.
Clinton seized on Ayers as “an issue that certainly the Republicans will be raising.” She pointed out that Obama and Ayers served on a charity board together and brought the 9-11 terrorist attacks into the mix by noting that an interview in which Ayers denied any regret for the radical group’s bomb-making happened to appear on the day of the attacks.
Ayers was part of the Weather Underground when a bomb the group was making exploded at a New York townhouse. Three people were killed. He fled and spent years as a fugitive. He met and married fellow fugitive Bernadine Dohrn during that period.
The two surrendered in 1980 and were never prosecuted. They now teach at Chicago universities.
Ayers and Obama both served on the board of directors of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity that focuses on developing community groups to assist the poor. A variety of business executives, journalists and academics serve on the board.
When Obama was organizing his first race for the state legislature, the incumbent lawmaker he hoped to replace introduced him to her supporters and urged them to back Obama. One introductory event took place at the home of Ayers and Dohrn, according to published reports.