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This excellent rebuttal to Stephen Moore's column in the Wall Street Journal was prepared by Karleen Kos, Publicity and Public Relations Committee, Hillsborough County Democratic Party. Hillsborough County is located in the Tampa Bay area in the I-4 corridor of Florida. We will host the Republican National Convention in August.
(This is very long, but hopefully you'll find the information helpful. I apologize for any formatting errors. I couldn't figure out how to use bullet points!)

DEMOCRATIC REBUTTAL
TO "A FAIRNESS QUIZ FOR THE PRESIDENT"

A couple of days ago, your Hillsborough Democratic Party became aware that the Hillsborough Republicans have been urging their faithful members to read a recent Wall Street Journal article titled, "A Fairness Quiz for the President." The Republicans were suggesting that the facts in this article would help their volunteers counter any Democratic arguments about basic fairness during the upcoming election cycle.  

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To all Florida Kossacks:

Please take action now.

Many of us spent the last 2+ years gathering over 1.6 million signatures to get Amendments 5 and 6 on the 2010 ballot.  These amendments would give the Legislature common-sense guidelines to follow when redrawing the electoral boundaries following the 2010 Census.  

Now the GOP-controlled Florida legislature is trying to weaken those amendments by confusing the voters with their own amendment.

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I know this is a very short diary, but tune in to MSNBC now and watch the hot air balloon flying over Colorado.  There is a 6-year-old boy in it alone.  This is the scariest thing I've seen in a long time.

UPDATE- It's an experimental helium balloon that his father was working on when it dislodged.  The little boy was inside.  I think this has been going on for 2 hours.

UPDATE 2- No little boy.  WTF?

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Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 04:49 AM PDT

A Shameless Plug for Our Panel

by Susan S

I’m getting nervous.  Tomorrow at 3 PM, I’m making my panel debut at Netroots Nation in a session called "Fearless Campaigning, Door to Door and Beyond."  I’m pretty fearless about campaigning, so not sure why I’m nervous about telling my stories!  Perhaps it’s because I feel unworthy in the company of such an impressive moderator and co-panelists!

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But you'd better believe Fox News is available at the Westin.  How can we change this before the official kick-off of the convention?  I made a call to the front desk, but they should hear from others also.  No CSPAN either, BTW.  Please call the hotel and let your voice be heard.  Here's the number:  (412) 281-3700.  

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As a member of the local Democratic Party in Tampa, and a friend of Rep. Betty Reed, I arrived at the event early to help out.  I want to clear up some of the lies and misconceptions being spread by people like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan.

Below the fold you'll see the email I just sent to Morning Joe.

new video outside Tampa town hall

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CORRECTED:  The numbers I saw yesterday showed that Edwards had received $5000 from the Blug Dog PAC.  In checking Open Secrets just now, it looks like the figure was $20,000.

Today's article in the Washington Post spells out exactly the reason voters in Florida's 12th Congressional District need to support Doug Tudor instead of Blue Dog Lori Edwards.  The Blue Dogs are raking in millions from the health-care industry and its lobbyists.  Lori Edwards has not only received the endorsement of the Blue Dog Caucus, she took in $20,000 in donations from the Blue Dog PAC.

According to the article, contributors to the PAC include:

"...drugmakers such as Pfizer and Novartis; insurers such as WellPoint and Northwestern Mutual Life; and industry organizations such as America's Health Insurance Plans. The American Medical Association also has been one of the top contributors to individual Blue Dog members over the past 20 years."

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Doug Tudor is a good progressive Democrat who did well in 2008 against incumbent Republican leader Adam Putnam, despite limited resources.  This time around, Doug has a primary opponent in Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards.  Edwards is a self-proclaimed conservative Democrat who has the endorsement of the Blue Dog Caucus, as well as the DCCC.  

Today on Morning Joe, Chuck Todd reported on a statement by Rep. Maxine Waters that Rahm Emanuel's "chickens had come home to roost."  Waters was referring to Emanuel's recruitment of Blue Dogs in the 2006 cycle and the current Blue Dog obstructionism on healthcare.

If we want a stronger Democratic Party, then we need to elect Democrats who will support the agenda that Americans voted for last November.  We can send no stronger message to conservative obstructionists than by defeating the Blue Dogs in primaries.

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Do you live in a country with national healthcare?  Is socialized medicine as bad as the enemies of reform are telling us?  I don't know about you, but I'm seeing some of my own Democratic friends buy into the fear that is being spread by those who don't want change.  Help us dispell the misinformation.

Here's how:

On Friday, my friend Alison Morano started a new Facebook group so we can invite our international friends to tell their stories.  Please join the group and tell us yours.

See below for a sampling...

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FINAL UPDATE:  Thanks to all who participated in the discussion this morning.  It was fun!

Mike Barnicle (white man), Willie Geist (white man), and Mika Brzezinski (white woman) understand why the police arrested Gates while Carlos Watson (black man) and Harold Ford (black man) don't think it was necessary.  At least Andrea Mitchell has enough sense to realize this is dangerous territory for her to jump into.

I wonder if they were afraid to let Joe on the show today because it was too risky for him to be a part of this.  

Birthers coming up soon...or not!  Maybe it was only in Willie's Week in Review segment.

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Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 05:34 AM PDT

What I learned on Morning Joe

by Susan S

First, I learned that Joe and the gang think we're moving too fast on healthcare (must be the daily talking point from the RNC).

Next, I learned that David Ignatius (who must have attended one too many "salons" at Katherine Weymouth's house) is disingenuously framing the CIA story as an attack on the CIA "middle class" agents who are now demoralized and terrified of prosecution.  Hence, they will be reluctant to do their jobs.  Read his column here

There's a little more...

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Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 07:11 PM PDT

Scandal Brewing for Rep. Bill Young?

by Susan S

From the St. Pete Times web site:

ST. PETERSBURG — Federal agents are raiding a St. Petersburg defense contractor that provides equipment for the U.S. military and NASA.

Conax Florida Corp., which has about 220 employees, is at 2801 75th St. N.

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service is executing a search warrant with the assistance of other agencies including: the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the offices of inspector general with NASA and the Department of Transportation.

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