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Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM PDT

"Obamacare worked"

by kombiz

This story isn't about me, but like most people here I thought that the passage of health care reform was a big f***** deal. I'm disappointed that its implementation means stories about its impact are going to start trickling out so close to the election but I was doing some post midnight browsing and I came across a post at the top of reddit about health care reform.

I'm positive that there are going to be a million of these stories over the next few years but at the end of the day these stories are why many of us fought for health care legislation. One of a million stories about the impact of health care reform on people who need insurance. Let's hope voters see lots of stories like this in the months ahead.  

"Obamacare" worked today. Help me spread the word.

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I've spent the last few days after Netroots Nation with AFSCME's Highway to Health Care bus tour which is going to cross about 10 states in the month of August. What I've seen is pretty inspiring. During that time I've met a lot of Americans who've come out for rallies, concerts or who happen to walk by press events with elected officials talk about their desire for a public option and health insurance reform. In that time I've met very few people who oppose the public option, and no one that comes to mind who wasn't part of a local tea party group organized to disrupt the tour. And I was just on the bus for three days for the Arkansas and Louisiana legs of the tour.

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As I'm sure many of you saw on Monday Americans United For Change released a new ad going after the health insurance industry. You can watch entire ad below:

The premise of the ad is direct. The health insurance industry is fighting real health care reform, including the public plan, because insurers and the executives are making record profits from the broken health insurance system. They don't want health insurance reform where they would have to lower their prices and compete against a public insurance option.

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The internet department at the DNC is going rogue for this project.

Today is Governor Dean's 60th Birthday and we wanted to do something for Governor Dean that included you, one of the biggest advocates for the 50 state strategy. So here's the deal. If you'd like to send Gov Dean a birthday message leave it as a comment to this post (or if you don't have an account, or want to make it semi-private you can use this form,) and we'll print what your comment and get it to Governor Dean sometime today.

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Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 04:48 PM PST

Dean:  "Don't Blow It"

by kombiz

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On National Television John Boehner minimized the sacrifice of our soldiers in Iraq. House Republican Leader John Boehner said the "investment" in American lives we're making today is a "small price" to pay. Yesterday Governor Dean sent out a statement demanding that Boehner apologize for his deplorable comments. Instead of apologizing for his comments, a spokesman for Boehner tried to cover up the comments saying that Representative Boehner was referring only to the monetary costs of the war in Iraq, but the transcript of the interview proves otherwise.

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Governor Dean responded to Republican leader John Boehner's deplorable comments.

"House Republican Leader John Boehner’s comments yesterday are deplorable and he should apologize immediately. Our brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country and their families have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to say anything less is insulting to their memories and service. Republicans stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that their Iraq policy is a failure, our troops are mired in a civil war and we’re not making the necessary political progress on the ground. Bohener’s comments show how truly out of touch the Republicans are. The loss of a son or daughter is never a small price to pay, especially for a policy which was initiated by Republicans who misled the nation about why we are there. The war in Iraq must end. We need to bring our troops home."

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The FEC just posted millionaire Mitt Romney's financial disclosure form online. For the first time, we'll be able to see exactly where his $250 million dollar fortune is invested. But it's a big job, and we need your help. Please help us comb through the document to look for red flags, conflicts of interest, and other investments that look interesting.

We've started a thread on the Democratic Party' blog where we're asking you to let us know anything interesting that you find in Mitt Romney's financial disclosure forms.

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Governor Dean and the Democratic National Committee is heading to the 2007 YearlyKos Convention in Chicago this week!  Several of our senior staff will be leading workshops on Thursday and Governor Howard Dean will hold a private meeting with Democracy Bond Holders (be sure to RSVP) and then provide the keynote address that evening.  Also be sure to check out the DNC booth in the Exhibitors’ Hall throughout the convention.  Stop by, say hello and meet our internet team!

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Over the last two years, tens of thousands of Democrats have invested in rebuilding the Democratic party and implementing the 50-State Strategy. Block by block, and contribution by contribution Democrats around the country have bought Democracy Bonds to build the foundation for Democratic successes in 2006 and beyond.

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This year, Governor Dean is asking Democrats to get their hands dirty.  We’re dedicating our annual Democratic Reunion to an effort that is critically important-the fight for a cleaner environment.

Each year Democrats come together at Democratic Reunion events to build a stronger party.  Last summer, we knocked on doors in thousands of neighborhoods right before the 2006 elections.  We were supporting the important work of organizers on the ground, putting the 50-State Strategy into action and helping win back Congress in November.

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Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:01 AM PDT

Do charter schools need unions?

by kombiz

This is a post from the Edwize, the blog of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City. (AFT Local 2, AFL-CIO). The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) also has a rundown on their blog on union busting efforts from forces inside the charter school movement.

Do charter schools need unions?

Ask Nichole Byrne Lau. Ask her former students.

A second career teacher with a M.A. from Teachers' College, Nichole taught English for the last two years at the Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn. She received laudatory evaluations and recommendations from the principal, from the school's director of instruction and from the school's director of special needs and academic support. They commended her "hard work and dedication," and described her as "a passionate, high energy teacher" and "a dedicated and caring teacher." They praised her work with "special needs students to help them make great gains in their reading and writing ability."

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