Thursday, July 31, 2008
Something I hope all Democratic candidates will do with more forethought is to change the issues language of the campaign. Democrats are sometimes too quick to respond to Republican rhetoric with a negative, rather than a thoughtfully crafted positively worded position statement.
I know it works -- remember in the 1970s when the "pro-life" movement tried to co-opt Americans into believing that if liberals were for abortions and family planning it meant liberals were "anti-life?" Thoughtful Democrats successfully coined the phrase "pro-choice" and since that phrase coinage progressives have been able to accurately refer to Republicans as "anti-choice." Consider the difference in the images brought to mind.
Words do matter! Consider a recent report from the nonpartisan Rand Corp. political think tank that flatly states, "The U.S. Should Rethink 'War On Terrorism' Strategy to Deal with Resurgent Al Qaida."
In looking at how other terrorist groups have ended, the RAND study found that most terrorist groups end either because they join the political process, or because local police and intelligence efforts arrest or kill key members. Police and intelligence agencies, rather than the military, should be the tip of the spear against al Qaida in most of the world, and the United States should abandon the use of the phrase "war on terrorism," the RAND researchers concluded.
"The United States also should avoid the use of the term, 'war on terror,' and replace it with the term 'counter terrorism.' Nearly every U.S. ally, including the United Kingdom and Australia, has stopped using 'war on terror,' and it's more than a mere matter of semantics," says Seth Jones, the RAND study lead author and a political scientist at RAND.
The study contends the Bush Administration committed a fundamental error in strategic thinking by portraying the conflict with al-Qaeda as a "war on terrorism." The phrase falsely suggests that there can be a battlefield solution to terrorists, and symbolically conveys warrior status on terrorists.
"The term we use to describe our strategy toward terrorists is important, because it affects what kinds of forces you use," Jones said. "Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors, and our analysis suggests that there is no battlefield solution to terrorism."
"The United States has the necessary instruments to defeat al Qaida, it just needs to shift its strategy [and policy phrasing] and keep in mind that terrorist groups are not eradicated overnight," Jones said.
The RAND study, "How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qaida," can be found at www.rand.org. The report was prepared by the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center that does research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands and other defense agencies.If Democrats want some lessons on crafting the correct political messages, read George Lakoff's book, Don't Think of an Elephant.
McCain Charge Against Obama Lacks Evidence (Washington Post) - For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.
The McCain Campaign then launched additional attack ads mocking Senator Obama as a self-important celebrity along the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. From The Huffington Post, "In the end, the ad may tell voters as much about McCain as it does the Illinois Democrat. It was not too long ago that McCain's campaign released a memo -- authored by Rick Davis -- saying it was "critical" to "run a respectful campaign focused on the issues," no matter which the Democratic nominee emerged. Since then, the presumptive Republican nominee has launched attacks on Obama's patriotism, has blamed his opponent for high gas prices, and has accused him of willfully snubbing the troops."
Senator Obama has directly responded to McCain's multiple attack ads saying, "You know, I don't pay attention to John McCain's ads, although I do notice he doesn't seem to have anything to say very positive about himself. He seems to only be talking about me... You need to ask John McCain what he's for and not just what he's against."
Here is Senator Obama's video response to the McCain Campaign's "Low Road" political attacks:
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index dropped by 15.8 percent in May compared with a year ago, a record decline since its inception in 2000. The 10-city index plunged 16.9 percent, its biggest decline in its 21-year history.
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Standard & Poor’s Press Release PDF
Obama Would Order Review Of Bush's Executive Orders (Huffington Post) - "Barack Obama told House Democrats on Tuesday that as president he would order his attorney general to scour White House executive orders and expunge any that 'trample on liberty,' several lawmakers said."
Senator Barack Obama has raised more money than any political campaign in US history, has drawn record-breaking crowds in the US and abroad and has been ahead of John McCain since widespread general election polling began four months ago. Yet the McCain campaign is pushing talking points that Obama is at risk of looking "presumptuous" for his recent trip abroad and for doing what Americans expect of a competent Presidential candidate.
These Republican talking points, which seem to be too often echoed by the traditional media, say that Obama is presumptuous for taking the prudent steps of getting to know the leaders of America's allies around the world, his potential counterparts should he become President of the United States, and for visiting Iraq and Afghanistan where our courageous American troops are serving their second, third and some even their fourth back-to-back tour of duty. Just who is "presumptuous" for calling Senator Obama presumptuous? Read more at Huffington Post...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Obama's Campaign To Help Local Democrats Win In TX (The Houston Chronicle)
When Barack Obama's presidential campaign and national Democratic officials talk about putting resources into Texas this year, they're not necessarily focused on beating Republican John McCain. Then again, maybe they are...
The Obama campaign has promised to put 15 coordinators in the state to help Texas down ballot Democratic Candidates win the five seats the party needs for a State House majority and to win in Harris County. Gaining and holding a Democratic majority in the Texas House would help control the redistricting process in 2011 when Texas is expected to gain 3 more seats in the U.S House of Representatives.
Obama's campaign currently projects that the state's 34 electoral votes likely will go to McCain. Then again, McCain's lead over Obama in Texas is likely giving Republicans in the state some concern. Republican pollster Mike Baselice is reported by The Houston Chronicle to have said that the problem for Republicans is not what Obama is going to do [in Texas] but a belief by GOP voters that the nation is on the wrong track. "Half, if not more than half, the Republicans think the country is off-track. That is more concern to me than Obama sending 15 people to the state," Baselice said.
According to a July 2008 Reuters/Zogby national poll of likely voters, 73% of those polled believe the nation is on the wrong track. Democrats have the most negative view of the country’s direction, with 84% saying the U.S. is on the wrong track, a slight decrease from 86% who said the same in June. The vast majority of independents take a similar view, with 82% who said the country is on the wrong track, falling from 86% who said the same last month. More than half of Republicans now believe the nation is headed on the wrong track (55%), up from 51% in June.
The dour mood among many Republicans, who now feel their party leaders have lead the country in the wrong direction, could explain McCain's not so strong 43.3 to 38.9 point lead over Obama in Texas, according to Pollster.com. With McCain polling under 50 percent on top of his not so strong 4.4 percent lead over Obama in Texas, the 15 organizers that the Obama campaign is sending to Texas seems like a prudent investment. Polling numbers showing unhappy Texas Republicans combined with strongly motivated Democrats across all of Texas, including here in Collin County, suggests that, just possibly, Texas Democrats will yet play a prominent roll in setting the nation on a new road on election day!
The public opinion experts who publish at Pollster.com suggest that states totaling 284 electoral college votes (14 more than the 270 needed to win) lean toward or firmly support Senator Barack Obama, whereas only 147 electoral college votes tally from states that lean toward or firmly support Senator John McCain. Ten states with an additional 107 electoral votes are tossups. The Pollster.com electoral map, as show below, is a fully interactive map that gives polling results for each state simply by mousing over any given state image. Click on the map image to go to the fully interactive map:
Afghanistan surpasses Iraq as deadliest spot for U.S. troops (McClatchy Newspapers) - The American military is debating shifting more troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that the military can't send more troops to Afghanistan, despite the surge of violence around Kabul and southern Afghanistan. "I don't have troops I can reach for, brigades I can reach, to send into Afghanistan until I have a reduced requirement in Iraq," Mullen said earlier this month at a briefing at the Pentagon. Read More
Today's myth -- that all bloggers are young, inexperienced, and have no business weighing in on these important political issues - Posted at burntorangereport.com
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Deregulation Is Out Of Style: Saying Goodbye To The Revolution (Huffington Post) - Regulation Is In Again - Even With Republicans!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Join a large gathering of fellow Collin County Democrats at the Prince Bistro on Thursday August 28 to watch Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech of the Democratic Party's Presidential Nomination.
The Prince Bistro Grill has large screen TVs to watch Senator Obama's speech, tasty food and good drinks in addition to the excellent comaradary of fellow democrats.
Again, join us at 7PM on Thursday August 28 at the Prince Bistro at 1201 E. Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX 75074 - Google Map
Insurers talk health care: Physicians, advocates doubt sincerity of national campaign - Columbus Dispatch: With reform seemingly inevitable, the health-insurance industry launched a national campaign yesterday to craft a solution to soaring health-care costs and coverage rates. Read More
From Health Care for America Now, the coalition of doctors fighting for universal health care coverage.
An Outrageous Attempt by the Bush Administration to Undermine Women's Rights - By Sen. Hillary Clinton (Huffington Post) "The Bush administration is up to its old tricks again, quietly putting ideology before science and women's health."
Sen. Chuck Hagel: Quit Talking About the Surge! (Huffington Post) - Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, fresh from an Iraq trip with Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, said the Presidential Candidates should focus on the war's future and stop arguing over the success of last year's troop surge.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped 34,000 last week, government data on Thursday showed, reflecting seasonal volatility typical at this time of year.
Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 406,000 in the week ended July 19, from a revised 372,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said. It was the highest reading since late March.
There’s a new religious political action committee, the Matthew 25 Network, that may very well have an impact on the political scene this year, far more than any religious progressives have had in quite a while. Keep in mind, the ads aren’t coming from Barack Obama's campaign organization or anyone associated with his campaign or the Democratic Party — this is an independent Christian PAC, targeting Christian voters, on Christian radio, with a Christian message.
'Generation Gap' Widens In 2008 Electorate (WSJ Online) - Democrat Barack Obama has a strong lead among younger voters, and Republican John McCain is solidly in front among older voters. That divide has grown in the past month, according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes - The national survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center, showed that 66 percent of Hispanic registered voters supported Obama, compared to 23 percent for Republican John McCain. The other 11 percent were undecided.
More than three-quarters of Latinos who had voted for Clinton now say they are for Obama. Clinton carried the Hispanic vote, an important Democratic constituency, by about a 2-1 margin in the primaries.
Democrats Dominate Internet Reporting (Politico.com) - Reported in political.com, "While conservatives are devoting much of their Internet energy to analysis, their counterparts on the left are taking advantage of the rise of new media to create new institutions devoted to unearthing stories, putting new information into circulation and generally crowding the space traditionally taken by traditional media. And it almost always comes at the expense of GOP politicians."
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The TDWCC has an exciting program planned for July! Dot Pitts and Judy Gasser will speak on issues related to the State Board of Education and the need to get more Democrats on the Board. To learn about SBOE, the current issues and actions taken by the board, go to the Action Alerts link from any TDWCC web page.
This meeting will also be an excellent opportunity to meet/speak to several of our candidates. In our June meeting members voted to make donations totalling $6,000 to our 8 endorsed candidates. We have invited the candidates to attend this meeting to have their check formally presented to them.
Candidates Committed to Attend Are:
- Tom Daley, candidate for US Representative, District 3
- Glenn Melancon, candidate for US Representative, District 4
- Eric Roberson, candidate for US Representative, District 32
- Judge Jim Jordan, candidate for Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice
- Judge Don B. Chae, candidate for 5th Court of Criminal Appeals Justice, Place 3
- Victor Manuel, candidate for Collin County Commissioner, Precinct 3
# 10 – Network with Democratic activists as we turn Collin County BLUE
# 9 – Learn ways to become active with TDWCC, the Obama Campaign, and the campaigns of state and local candidates
# 8 – Sign up to participate in events – Election Worker Training, YD Concert, Balloon Festival, Acceptance Speech Party, Annual Fundraiser Dinner … and more!
# 7 – Sign up for the Acceptance Speech Party at Prince Bistro on 8/28 (in lieu of our Aug meeting)
# 6 – GOTV! Sign up for Phone Banks in July and August!
# 5 – GOTV! Sign up to be trained as an Activity Supervisor!
# 4 – GOTV! Recruit others to help
# 3 – Learn about our super-duper fundraiser dinner – and be eligible for a prize!
# 2 – Listen to our guest speakers, educators Dottie Pitts and Judy Gasser, explaining the issues of the State Board of Education and actions we can take
And the #1 reason to attend: meet your candidates as the TDWCC presents donations to their campaigns.
When: Texas Democratic Women of Collin County Monthly Meeting on July 28th at 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Location - Map
Collin County Community College
Founders Hall, Room 149, Shawnee Room
Preston Ridge, 9700 Wade Blvd, Frisco TX 75035
CCCC campus East of Preston on Wade
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This week The Frisco Democratic Party Meetup Group is meeting in Frisco at the Starbucks on 423 at Lebanon Road, also called Boyd Road. The goal of the voter registration team is register voters in all parts of the county and have at least one voter registration drive from now, until the last day that we can register in order to be able to vote in the upcoming election.
|Time:||Sunday, July 27 at 4:00 PM|
Starbucks (Frisco, TX)
5605 Fm Road 423
Frisco, TX 75034
|Directions:||From Hwy 380, go south on 423 through Frisco. From 121, go north on Main Street through The Colony. |
Click here to view the invitation and submit your response
Monday, July 21, 2008
Please contact the Democratic Party Of Collin County for details about becoming a Precinct Chairperson before the Democratic Party’s Executive Board meeting on 7/23/08. Phone the Democratic Party Office at 972-578-1483 - Today!
Precinct Chairperson Positions Are Open In The Following Collin County Precincts:
3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 18, 22, 30, 37, 38, 41, 42, 46, 56, 65, 73, 74, 75, 78, 87, 92, 93, 95, 96, 98, 99, 100, 105, 111, 112, 113, 114, 118, 120, 122, 123, 129, 130, 137, 138, 140, 142, 143, 145, 147, 148, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155
The next Democratic Party Of Collin County Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 PM at Collin County Community College, Spring Creek Campus.
Collin County Community College
Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX 75074
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Lt. Col. Rick Noriega
Reception & Dinner
Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
VFW 1707 Baker Rd., Sherman TX
Featured: Guest Speaker Rick Noriega, Candidate for U.S. Senate
Texas State Representative, Military Veteran Iraq War
Lieutenant Colonel - Army National Guard
Reception from 5:30pm to 7:15pm Reception & Dinner - $50 Dinner from 7: 15pm to 9:15pm Dinner Only - $25 At the door: $30 for dinner; $55 for dinner & reception
Reception from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Reception & Dinner - $50
Dinner from 7: 15pm to 9:15pm
Dinner Only - $25
At the door: $30 for dinner; $55 for dinner & reception
For reservations call 903-891-3063 (Dem HQ) or 903-786-4424
Please RSVP BY: July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Heritage Ranch Country Club
(465 Scenic Ranch Cir., McKinney, TX 75069)
Reserve your table now before the August 1 deadline!
$50 per Plate
Table of 10 Plates for $500
Event Sponsorship (Suggested levels $1000, $2500, $5000)
Plan to join Democrats from Collin County
Rick Noriega, Democratic Candidate for the U.S Senate
John Sharp, Ann Richard's former State Comptroller
Senator Royce West, Col.
and other invited guests
The Democratic Party of Collin County
2504 K Avenue
Plano, Texas 75074
Calling all Democrats - -we need you to work the polls on Election Day, Nov. 4. If you can't commit to a whole day, can you be a poll watcher or poll greeter for a few hours?
To learn what election workers and poll watchers do, attend the next DPCC Meeting on Sat. July 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus. Experienced Election Judges will provide an overview of the election day process and announce when more classes will be conducted.
Collin County Community College
Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Democratic Party of Collin County must have your help!
Democratic Party of Collin County needs Election Clerks, Poll Greeters and Poll Watchers to work on Election Day, November 4, 2008. If you can work all day, half a day or even just a few hours, please call to volunteer!
Volunteer Poll Workers Help Ensure the Integrity of U.S. Elections - PLEASE volunteer to serve your country on Election Day!
To volunteer - phone the Democratic Party Of Collin County Office at 972-578-1483.
You are eligible to serve as an election day poll worker if you:
- Are registered to vote in Collin County
- Fluent in English (second language desirable)
- Do not hold an elected office
- Are not a family member of an elected official on the ballot
- Are not the employee of an elected official
- Enjoy interaction with the public
- Able to take direction well and not easily distracted
- Have dependable transportation to the Election Polls
- Can work variable or long hours on election day
- Are 18 years or older
- Presiding Judge: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., depending on voter turnout and time it takes to deliver supplies to the Election Administration office when the polls close.
- Alternate Judge: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., depending on voter turnout. Dismissed by Presiding Judge
- Clerks: Hours designated by Presiding Judge
- Qualifying the voter
- Assisting the voters with the election equipment
- Opening and closing the election polls
- Presiding Judge: arrange and set up voting area, complete paperwork, return materials to Election Administration at the end of voting, assign duties to clerks, contact Elections Administration for voter verifications or equipment questions, manage the polling location.
- Alternate Judge: work as directed by Presiding Judge, stand in as Presiding Judge if they are called away from the polling location.
- Clerks: qualify voters and assist the voters as they cast their ballot.
To volunteer - phone the Democratic Party Of Collin County Office at 972-578-1483.
Schedule of Election Worker Training Given by the Collin County Elections Office
|Election Day Law Seminar for New Judges/Alternates||Plano||Mon, Sept 29, 2-4PM||Collin Co. Sub-Courthouse, 920 East Park Blvd, Plano. Limited seating available - call Patty (972-547-1901) at the Collin Co. Elections Office to schedule attendance.|
|Election Day Law Seminar for New Judges/Alternates||Plano||Tues, Sept 30, 9-11AM and 2-4PM||Collin Co. Sub-Courthouse, 920 East Park Blvd, Plano. Limited seating available - call Patty (972-547-1901) at the Collin Co. Elections Office to schedule attendance.|
|Early Voting Equip Training||McKinney||Thurs, Oct 2, 10-12PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Law Seminar||McKinney||Sat, Oct 4, 9-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||Plano||Mon, Oct 6, 9-11AM and 2-4PM||Collin Co. Sub-Courthouse, 920 East Park Blvd, Plano. Limited seating available - call Patty (972-547-1901) at the Collin Co. Elections Office to schedule attendance.|
|Election Day Equip Training||Plano||Tues Oct 7, 9-11AM and 2-4PM|
|Election Day Equip Training||McKinney||Wed, Oct 8, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||McKinney||Wed, Oct 9, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||McKinney||Wed, Oct 10, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||Plano||Tues, Oct 14, 2-4PM|
|Election Day Law Class||Frisco||Tues, Oct 14, 6:30-8:30PM||Preston Ridge Campus 9700 Wade Blvd, Frisco|
|Early Voting Law Class||McKinney||Wed, Oct 15, 2-5PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||Plano||Thurs, Oct 16, 9-11AM|
|Election Day Law Class||McKinney||Thurs, Oct 16, 6:30-8:30PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||McKinney||Fri, Oct 17, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equip Training||Plano||Tues, Oct 21, 9-11AM|
|Election Day Law Class||McKinney||Wed, Oct 22, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equipment Training||McKinney||Thurs, Oct 23 9-11AM and 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equipment Training||McKinney||Sat, Oct 25 9-11AM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equipment Training||Plano||Tues, Oct 28, 9-11AM and 2-4PM|
|Election Day Law Class||McKinney||Wed, Oct 29, 2-4PM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equipment Training||McKinney||Thurs, Oct 30, 9-11 AM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day Equipment Training||McKinney||Fri, Oct 31, 9-11AM||University Drive Courts Facility, Central Jury Rm, 1800 North Graves St, McKinney|
|Election Day|| ||Tues, Nov 4, 7AM to 7PM||Your Precinct’s Polling Place|
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Early Voting Locations, Dates and Hours
Early Voting Locations, Dates and Hours
Important Note: Eligible Collin County registered voters (with an effective date of registration on or before November 4, 2008) may vote at any of the above early voting locations.
This is the current information about Election Day Voting Locations from the Collin County Elections Office. It is possible that some revisions may be made to this list of 126 polling locations as Election Day approaches. Collin County Calendar.
Election Day Polling Locations