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Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 10:16 PM PST

Allard's Plans (with poll)

by FlagstaffHank

Rumors that Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) won't run for re-election have been numerous in recent months. Sen. Allard has not raised much money and a goodly number of his staffers have left his employ.

There's a reasonably good chance you'll find out whether the rumors are true next week.

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Can the Republicans hold the Colorado Senate seat up in 2008?

1%1 votes
3%2 votes
55%36 votes
40%26 votes

| 65 votes | Vote | Results

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Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 11:18 PM PST

Some Predictions for Senate 2008

by FlagstaffHank

2008 looks like it can be another good year for Democrats seeking Senate seats.

More GOP seats than Dem seats will be up. Some of those seem like good targets.

I've seen a few other diaries on this, but thought I'd put my own lengthy thoughts here instead of in a comment.

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How many seats will D's pick up in 2008?

2%2 votes
41%39 votes
52%49 votes
4%4 votes

| 94 votes | Vote | Results

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Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 10:44 AM PDT

The Most Important Promises

by FlagstaffHank

As we approach this very important midterm election, it seems to me that our party has yet to find a voice that is likely to truly resonate with those "in the middle" of the electorate. Yes, our party has spoken out against many of the policies of this Administration and this Congress. But I do not think it has yet articulated the most important promises.
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I was once a member of the DLC. I supported, as I'm sure most here did, the Gore-Lieberman ticket in 2000. I have respected Joe Lieberman's views on a number of issues, particularly environmental matters, and I have even agreed with him, for the most part, on national security matters. But I think that Lieberman's "independent" Senate bid is far more an indication of the man's disrespect for the citizens of his home state than a sincere expression of concern about the direction of his party. And I think that the comments by some in the MSM and blogosphere to the effect that Lamont's nomination means that the Democrats are courting disaster this fall are way off base.
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Will Lieberman win?

6%4 votes
6%4 votes
1%1 votes
19%12 votes
65%40 votes

| 61 votes | Vote | Results

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I am disturbed that this site does not place any diaries relating to the Israel-Lebanon war on the front page. More than 900 Lebanese and nearly 100 Israelis have died in this conflict.
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Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 09:59 AM PDT

The Bombing and the Damage Done

by FlagstaffHank

Israel's attacks on Lebanon are obviously a humanitarian disaster. But I think they are also a foreign policy disaster of the first order, perhaps of a magnitude even greater than the Iraq War. Lebanon, you see, is an American ally. From that fact will come many ominous implications . . .
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Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is not likely to get much positive press on this site. But I thought it might be useful, notwithstanding most folks' reasonable disagreement with him on other issues, to quote at length his recent statement about the war in Iraq. I would like to see more Democrats echo this argument, as I think it is surprisingly in tune with what our party appears to believe on these issues. So, without further ado, here goes:
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Will Congress ever reassert its power to declare war again?

21%10 votes
15%7 votes
63%29 votes

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Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 03:50 PM PDT

And a child, too

by FlagstaffHank

Not much noticed in the news of the attack on Zarqawi's safe house is the death of a child, and a woman, and several unidentified men also in the house. The child, who has not been named, cannot be assumed to be a combatant or a terrorist. We don't even know how old he or she was.
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Sun May 14, 2006 at 09:00 PM PDT

Democrats and Debt (with Poll)

by FlagstaffHank

I vividly recall hearing President Bush, in the days after the September 11 attack, telling us all that our civic duty was to go out shopping and to take a vacation. I remember feeling disappointed, even angry, that our government could not bring itself to ask each of us, as Americans, what we "could do for our country."
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When will the annual federal deficit hit $1 trillion?

60%9 votes
6%1 votes
0%0 votes
20%3 votes
13%2 votes

| 15 votes | Vote | Results

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Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 02:52 PM PDT

How Mexico Treats Immigrants

by FlagstaffHank

As Congress debates immigration policy, it might be useful to consider how the Republic of Mexico treats those who emigrate there.
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Our party seems quite happy to have the port fiasco around, as it gives Democrats a way to poke holes in the Administration's claim of national security strength. But I am somewhat alarmed about our party's failure to speak out more loudly against the riots and destruction "provoked" by the Danish cartoons.
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Many Democrats, and certainly many of those who write here, apparently believe that it is not to be doubted that access to abortion is fundamental to the quest for equality among the sexes.

To be sure, this position seems to be held by today's feminist groups. But it has not always been so. I thought it might be helpful to quote some of the feminist movement's early leaders on the subject of abortion:

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