Legislation of the Democratic Party & Pres Obama

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  1. WH

    Saturday Oct. 23, 2010

    All Times Eastern

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    Pres Obama departs Las Vegas, Nevada en route Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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    Pres Obama arrives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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    Pres Obama delivers remarks at a rally.
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    Pres Obama delivers remarks at a dinner for the DCCC.
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    Pres Obama departs Minneapolis, Minnesota en route Andrews Air Force Base.
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    Pres Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base.
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    Pres Obama arrives at the White House.
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    • CR, this is a really great thread topic. A list of Democratic legislative achievements is like a Power Point presentation of America’s core values. I am proud to be a Democrat.

  2. President Barack Obama’s Domestic policy

    The first bill signed into law by Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, relaxing the statute of limitations for equal-pay lawsuits.

    Five days later, he signed the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional 4 million children currently uninsured.

    In March 2009, Obama reversed a Bush-era policy which had limited funding of embryonic stem cell research. Obama stated that he believed “sound science and moral values…are not inconsistent” and pledged to develop “strict guidelines” on the research.

    Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by Obama on May 26, 2009, to replace retiring Associate Justice David Souter, was confirmed on August 6, 2009, becoming the first Hispanic to be a Supreme Court Justice.

    Elena Kagan, nominated by Obama on May 10, 2010, to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, was confirmed on August 5, 2010.

    On September 30, 2009, the Obama administration proposed new regulations on power plants, factories and oil refineries in an attempt to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to curb global warming.

    Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a measure that expands the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, on October 8, 2009.

    On March 30, 2010, Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, a reconciliation bill which ends the process of the federal government giving subsidies to private banks to give out federally insured loans, increases the Pell Grant scholarship award, and makes changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Obama changed direction at U.S. space agency NASA. He ended plans for a return of manned spaceflight to the moon and ended development of the Ares I rocket, Ares V rocket and Constellation program. He is focusing funding (which is expected to rise modestly) on Earth science projects and a new rocket type. Missions to the International Space Station are expected to continue until 2020.

      East Room

      January 29, 2009
      10:20 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: All right. Everybody please have a seat. Well, this is a wonderful day. (Applause.) First of all, it is fitting that the very first bill that I sign — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act — (applause) — that it is upholding one of this nation’s founding principles: that we are all created equal, and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness.
      It’s also fitting that we’re joined today by the woman after whom this bill is named — someone who Michelle and I have had the privilege to get to know ourselves. And it is fitting that we are joined this morning by the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) It’s appropriate that this is the first bill we do together. We could not have done it without her. Madam Speaker, thank you for your extraordinary work. And to all the sponsors and members of Congress and leadership who helped to make this day possible.
      Lilly Ledbetter did not set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job — and she did it well — for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the very same work. Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits — losses that she still feels today.
      Now, Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle and the harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved. But instead, she decided that there was a principle at stake, something worth fighting for. So she set out on a journey that would take more than ten years, take her all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, and lead to this day and this bill which will help others get the justice that she was denied.
      Because while this bill bears her name, Lilly knows that this story isn’t just about her. It’s the story of women across this country still earning just 78 cents for every dollar men earn — women of color even less — which means that today, in the year 2009, countless women are still losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime.
      Equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue — it’s a family issue. It’s about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition and child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves; that’s the difference between affording the mortgage — or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor bills — or not. And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month’s paycheck to simple and plain discrimination.
      So signing this bill today is to send a clear message: that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody; that there are no second-class citizens in our workplaces; and that it’s not just unfair and illegal, it’s bad for business to pay somebody less because of their gender or their age or their race or their ethnicity, religion or disability; and that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory, or footnote in a casebook. It’s about how our laws affect the daily lives and the daily realities of people: their ability to make a living and care for their families and achieve their goals.

      For the entire transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-upon-signing-lilly-ledbetter-bill

    • October 28, 2009

      Remarks by the President at Reception Commemorating the Enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
      East Room

      5:45 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody. Thank you so much, and welcome to the White House.

      There are several people here that I want to just make mention of because they helped to make today possible. We’ve got Attorney General Eric Holder. (Applause.) A champion of this legislation, and a great Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.) My dear friend, senior Senator from the great state of Illinois, Dick Durbin. (Applause.) The outstanding Chairman of Armed Services, Carl Levin. (Applause.) Senator Arlen Specter. (Applause.) Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the House, Representative John Conyers. (Applause.) Representative Barney Frank. (Applause.) Representative Tammy Baldwin. (Applause.) Representative Jerry Nadler. (Applause.) Representative Jared Polis. (Applause.) All the members of Congress who are here today, we thank you.

      Mr. David Bohnett and Mr. Tom Gregory and the David Bohnett Foundation — they are partners for this reception. Thank you so much, guys, for helping to host this. (Applause.)

      And finally, and most importantly, because these were really the spearheads of this effort — Denis, Judy, and Logan Shepard. (Applause.) As well as Betty Byrd Boatner and Louvon Harris — sisters of James Byrd, Jr. (Applause.)

      To all the activists, all the organizers, all the people who helped make this day happen, thank you for your years of advocacy and activism, pushing and protesting that made this victory possible.

      You know, as a nation we’ve come far on the journey towards a more perfect union. And today, we’ve taken another step forward. This afternoon, I signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. (Applause.)

      This is the culmination of a struggle that has lasted more than a decade. Time and again, we faced opposition. Time and again, the measure was defeated or delayed. Time and again we’ve been reminded of the difficulty of building a nation in which we’re all free to live and love as we see fit. But the cause endured and the struggle continued, waged by the family of Matthew Shepard, by the family of James Byrd, by folks who held vigils and led marches, by those who rallied and organized and refused to give up, by the late Senator Ted Kennedy who fought so hard for this legislation — (applause) — and all who toiled for years to reach this day.

      You understood that we must stand against crimes that are meant not only to break bones, but to break spirits — not only to inflict harm, but to instill fear. You understand that the rights afforded every citizen under our Constitution mean nothing if we do not protect those rights — both from unjust laws and violent acts. And you understand how necessary this law continues to be.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-reception-commemorating-enactment-matthew-shepard-and-james-byrd-

    • May 22, 2009


      Rose Garden 3:08 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Please, have a seat — I’m sorry. It is a great pleasure to have all of you here at the White House on this gorgeous, sunny day. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Change is in the air. (Laughter.)
      This has been a historic week; a week in which we’ve cast aside some old divisions and put in place new reforms that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, prevent fraud against homeowners, and save taxpayers money by preventing wasteful government contracts; a week that marks significant progress in the difficult work of changing our policies and transforming our politics.
      But the real test of change ultimately is whether it makes a difference in the lives of the American people. That’s what matters to me. That’s what matters to my administration. That’s what matters to the extraordinary collection of members of Congress that are standing with me here, but also who are in the audience. And we’re here today because of a bill that will make a big difference: the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act.
      I want to thank all the members of Congress who were involved in this historic legislation, but I want to give a special shout-out to Chris Dodd, who has been a relentless fighter to get this done. (Applause.) Chris wouldn’t give up until he got this legislation passed. He’s spent an entire career fighting against special interests and fighting for ordinary people, and this is just the latest example.
      I want to thank his partner in crime, Senator Richard Shelby. (Applause.) On the House side, Representatives Barney Frank, Carolyn Maloney, and Luis Gutierrez, for their outstanding work. (Applause.) And I want to also thank all the consumer advocates who are here today who fought long and hard for these kinds of reforms.
      You know, most Americans use credit cards all the time. In the majority of cases, this is a convenience or a temporary, occasional crutch: a means to make life a little easier; to make the rare, large, or unexpected purchase that’s paid off as quickly as possible.
      We’ve also seen credit cards become, for a minority of customers, part of an uneasy, unstable dependence. Some end up in trouble because of reckless spending or wishful thinking. Some get in over their heads by not using their heads. And I want to be clear: We do not excuse or condone folks who’ve acted irresponsibly. We don’t excuse irresponsibility.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-signing-credit-card-accountability-responsibility-and-disclosure-

  3. President Barack Obama’s Economic policy

    On February 17, 2009, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion economic stimulus package aimed at helping the economy recover from the deepening worldwide recession.The act includes increased federal spending for health care, infrastructure, education, various tax breaks and incentives, and direct assistance to individuals,which is being distributed over the course of several years.

    President Barack Obama signs the ARRA into law on February 17, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Vice President Joe Biden stands behind him.

    In March, Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, took further steps to manage the financial crisis, including introducing the Public-Private Investment Program for Legacy Assets, which contains provisions for buying up to $2 trillion in depreciated real estate assets.

    Obama intervened in the troubled automotive industry in March 2009, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms’ bankruptcies, including the sale of Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat and a reorganization of GM giving the U.S. government a temporary 60% equity stake in the company, with the Canadian government shouldering a 12% stake. In June 2009, dissatisfied with the pace of economic stimulus, Obama called on his cabinet to accelerate the investment. He signed into law the successful Car Allowance Rebate System, known colloquially as “Cash for Clunkers”, running from July to August 2009, which not only reduced inventories but set off increased production runs at GM, Ford and Toyota, resulting in the rehiring of laid-off workers.

    Although total spending and loan guarantees from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department authorized by the Bush and Obama administrations was about $11.5 trillion, only $3 trillion had actually been spent by the end of November 2009. However, Obama and the Congressional Budget Office predict that the 2010 budget deficit will be $1.5 trillion or 10.6% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) compared to the 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion or 9.9% of GDP. In 2011, the administration also predicted the 2011 deficit will slightly shrink to $1.34 while the 10-year deficit will increase to $8.53 trillion or 80% of GDP.

    Unemployment numbers rose briefly to as high as 10.1% in October 2009 (the highest since 1983) before decreasing to 9.5% in June 2010. In the first quarter of 2010, the U.S. economy expanded at a 2.7% pace after growing at its fastest rate in six years in the fourth quarter, 5.7%. In July 2010, the Federal Reserve expressed that although economic activity continued to increase, its pace had slowed and its Chairman, Ben Bernanke stated that the economic outlook was “unusually uncertain.”

    The Congressional Budget Office and a broad range of economists credit Obama’s stimulus plan for economic growth. The CBO released a report stating that the stimulus bill increased employment by 1–2.1 million, while conceding that “It is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package.” Although an April 2010 survey of members of the National Association for Business Economics showed an increase in job creation (over a similar January survey) for the first time in two years, 73% of the 68 respondents believed that the stimulus bill has had no impact on employment.

  4. Health care reform

    Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House

    March 23, 2010

    Obama called for Congress to pass legislation reforming health care in the United States, a key campaign promise and a top legislative goal. He proposed an expansion of health insurance coverage to cover the uninsured, to cap premium increases, and to allow people to retain their coverage when they leave or change jobs. His proposal was to spend $900 billion over 10 years and include a government insurance plan, also known as the public option, to compete with the corporate insurance sector as a main component to lowering costs and improving quality of health care. It would also make it illegal for insurers to drop sick people or deny them coverage for pre-existing conditions, and require every American carry health coverage. The plan also includes medical spending cuts and taxes on insurance companies that offer expensive plans.

    On July 14, 2009, House Democratic leaders introduced a 1,017-page plan for overhauling the U.S. health care system, which Obama wanted Congress to approve by the end of 2009. After much public debate during the Congressional summer recess of 2009, Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 9 where he addressed concerns over his administration’s proposals.

    On November 7, 2009, a health care bill featuring the public option was passed in the House. On December 24, 2009, the Senate passed its own bill—without a public option—on a party-line vote of 60–39. On March 21, 2010, the health care bill passed by the Senate in December was passed in the House by a vote of 219 to 212. Obama signed the bill into law on March 23, 2010.

    • The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111-152, 124 Stat. 1029) is a law that was enacted by the 111th United States Congress, by means of the reconciliation process, in order to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub.L. 111-148). It was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2010.

      The law also includes the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which was attached as a rider. However, small technical parts of the bill relating to Pell Grants were removed during the reconciliation process.

      The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 was passed by the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 220–211, and on March 25, after having two minor provisions stricken under the Byrd Rule, passed the Senate by a vote of 56-43. A few hours later, the amended bill was passed by the House 220-207. President Obama signed the health care reconciliation bill into law on Tuesday, March 30, at Northern Virginia Community College.


    • In March 2010, Congress passed and the President signed into law the
      Affordable Care Act

      The comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010. The law was enacted in two parts: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and was amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act on March 30, 2010. The name “Affordable Care Act” is used to refer to the final, amended version of the law.

      , which puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.

      Whether you get health benefits through work, buy insurance yourself, have a small business and desire to provide health coverage to your employees, are on Medicare.

      A Federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older and certain younger people with disabilities. It also covers people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

      , or don’t currently have insurance, the Affordable Care Act gives you better control of your own decisions about your health coverage.

      It makes insurance more affordable right away by providing small businesses with a tax credit to provide coverage, and in 2014, by providing tax credits to those who need help in buying insurance — representing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history.

      The Affordable Care Act is projected to reduce premium costs for millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This could help as many as 32 million Americans who have no health care today receive coverage.

      Once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, Americans will have access to affordable health coverage.

      To help lower costs, the Affordable Care Act:

      * sets up a new competitive private health insurance market – through state Exchanges — giving millions of Americans and small businesses access to affordable coverage, and the same choices of insurance that members of Congress will have.
      * holds insurance companies accountable by keeping premiums down and preventing many types of insurance industry abuses and denials of care, and ending discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
      * puts our budget and economy on a more stable path, since it is expected to reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next ten years – and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

      Starting this year and continuing through 2014, the Affordable Care Act will be implemented, increasing access to affordable health care for individuals, families, seniors, and businesses.

      Many important benefits begin as early as this year, including bans on the worst insurance company abuses; cost savings for seniors, families and small and large businesses; and coverage options for many Americans who have been locked out of the insurance market because of a preexisting condition.


      SUBJECT: State Children’s Health Insurance Program

      The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) encourages States to provide health coverage for uninsured children in families whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private insurance. Since 1997, when SCHIP was enacted, States have had the authority to set their SCHIP income eligibility levels, subject to available funding. In recent years, as the cost of private insurance has increased, States have raised eligibility levels to offer health care coverage to more families, with families paying a share of the cost based on their income.
      On August 17, 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to State health officials limiting the flexibility of States to set income eligibility standards for their SCHIP programs. On May 7, 2008, CMS issued a subsequent letter restating the policy set forth in the August 17, 2007, letter.

      The August 17, 2007, letter imposes additional requirements that States must meet in order to cover children under SCHIP plans, including plans that CMS had previously approved. These requirements have limited coverage under several State plans that otherwise would have covered additional, uninsured children. As a result, tens of thousands of children have been denied health care coverage. Unless the August 17, 2007, letter is withdrawn, many more children will be denied coverage.

      By this memorandum, I request that you immediately withdraw the August 17, 2007, and May 7, 2008, letters to State health officials and implement SCHIP without the requirements imposed by those letters.

      This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

      You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


  5. whitehouse | October 22, 2010 –

    Backyard Discussion on Women and the Economy

    President Obama holds a discussion on ensuring economic stability and opportunity for women in the backyard of the Foss family in Seattle, WA. October 21, 2010.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, October 21, 2010:

      Remarks by the President in a Discussion on Women and the Economy in Seattle, Washington

      …. But what’s interesting is that the economy has changed where women have made such enormous strides that they now constitute fully half of the workforce. They actually constitute probably more than half of the money that’s coming in to middle-class families. And business — small business owners are now a much higher proportion women than they used to be.

      And so when you talk about what’s happened to the middle class, part of what you’re talking about is what’s happening to women in the workforce….

      And so as I travel around the country and I talk to families, what they’re concerned about is not just the immediate recovery from the recession but also what does the future hold in terms of middle-class families being able to grow, being able to afford health care, being able to pay the bills, being able to send their kids to college. Those are the challenges that I think we’re going to have to continue to confront.

      And we can’t confront those unless we understand that our economy works only when everybody is participating, and that means that things like equal pay for equal work aren’t just women’s issues, those are middle-class family issues, because how well women do will help determine how well our families are doing as a whole. It means that everybody has got to have access to financing for small businesses. And one of the things we’re very proud of over the last couple of years, with the help of people like Patty and Jim, is that we’ve massively expanded lending to small businesses so that they can help create the kind of opportunities not only for themselves but also for their workers that ends up being the driver of our economy.

      It means that we’ve got to make sure that our girls are getting as good of an education as our boys, particularly in math and science, where traditionally they’ve lagged. And as the father of two daughters, this is something that I spend a lot of time thinking about….


  6. StartLoving3 | October 22, 2010 –

    The President at Los Angeles “Moving America Forward” Rally, Part 1

    • In USC speech, Obama urges 37,500 Democratic voters to ‘fight on’

      With 11 days to go before the tightly contested midterm elections, the president gives a pep talk to college students, union members and other supporters in California.
      Obama at USC

      10/23/10 By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

      President Barack Obama rallied thousands of loyal supporters at the USC campus Friday, urging them to defy skeptics who have predicted losses for Democrats and turn out in force on election day to give his administration more time to turn around the nation’s flailing economy and deliver the change he promised in the 2008 election.

      “We need all of you to fight on. We need all of you fired up,” the president told the roaring crowd of students and admirers — 37,500 of them, by USC officials’ estimates — who spilled out across the sun-soaked lawn of Alumni Park and the streets beyond. “We need all of you ready to go, because in just 11 days … you have the chance to set the direction of this state and of this country, not just for the next two years but for the next five years, the next 10 years, the next 20 years.”

      “Just like you did in 2008,” the president said, “you can defy the conventional wisdom that says young people are apathetic, the conventional wisdom that says you can’t beat the cynicism in politics.”

      For the entire article: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/la-me-1023-obama-20101023,0,143634.story?track=rss

  7. Office of the Press Secretary, October 22, 2010:

    Remarks by the President at Los Angeles “Moving America Forward” Rally

    …. But don’t let anybody tell you that our fight hasn’t been worth it. Don’t let them tell you that we’re not making a difference. Because of you, there are people right here in California who don’t have to choose between getting treatment for their cancer or going bankrupt. (Applause.) Because of you, there are parents who are able to look their children in the eye and say, yes, you will go to college. We can afford it, we’re getting some help. (Applause.) Because of you, there are small businesses who are able to keep their doors open, even in the midst of recession. Because of you, we have brought home nearly 100,000 brave men and women from Iraq. (Applause.)

    Because of you, we are going to continue to fight to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Because of you, we are going to make sure that we’ve got an energy policy for the future of America. (Applause.)

    Because of you. So don’t tell — don’t let them tell you that change isn’t possible. Because here’s what I know. Change is always hard. And if our parents, if our grandparents, if our great-grandparents, if they have listened to the cynics 50 years ago, 100 years ago, 200 years ago, we wouldn’t be here today.

    Think about it. This country was founded on 13 colonies coming together to do what had never been done before — declaring a revolution, throwing off the yoke of tyranny, battling the biggest, baddest empire on Earth. And then, they decided, you know, we’re going to try to form a new type of government. And they wrote on paper, they said in their declaration, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal” — (applause) — “that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (Applause.)

    The cynics didn’t believe it. And then, when we had to perfect that union and fight a civil war, the cynics didn’t believe it. They didn’t think we could free the slaves. If our ancestors had given up, if they had given up to the cynics, we couldn’t have gotten through war; we couldn’t have gotten through depression; we would not have been able to battle and finally achieve civil rights and women’s rights and workers’ rights. (Applause.)

    That is the spirit we have to summon today. The journey we began together was not just about putting a President in the White House. It was about building a movement for change. (Applause.) It was about realizing the promise of the United States of America, and understanding that if we’re willing to work for it, there’s nothing we cannot achieve. (Applause.) ….


  8. CNN | October 22, 2010 –

    Obama: GOP banking voters have amnesia

    President Obama stopped in Nevada to campaign for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    • Reuters.com, Oct. 22, 2010:

      Obama accuses Republicans of peddling “snake oil”

      By Caren Bohan

      President Barack Obama, fighting to keep Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate, accused Republicans on Friday of peddling discredited “snake oil ideas” about the U.S. economy.

      On a five-day sprint through western states, he also entered the highest profile race of the Nov. 2 congressional elections — a contest between Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.

      Obama portrayed the embattled Reid as a champion for the middle class who stays awake at night worrying about people whose houses have been foreclosed.

      “You know, Harry’s not the flashiest guy, let’s face it,” Obama told a crowd of about 9,000 people in Las Vegas. “Harry kind of speaks in a very soft voice. He doesn’t move real quick. He doesn’t get up and make big stem-winding speeches. But Harry Reid does the right thing.”….

      In another important race, California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is facing a tough challenge from Republican Carly Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina has shown strength in the state despite its strongly Democratic leanings.

      At a rally at the University of Southern California that drew more 37,000 people, Obama portrayed the election as a “choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that will get us out.”

      He acknowledged that economic woes made for a tough election climate for Democrats, but said Republicans seeking control of Congress did not have the answer.

      “They are clinging to the same worn-out, tired snake oil ideas that they were peddling before,” Obama said, referring to Bush-era policies he blames for putting the economy in a deep hole that it is still struggling to climb out of.


  9. leahMFbaby | October 22, 2010 –

    Las Vegas crowd cheers as the President and Sen. Reid are introduced

  10. Steve Benen says:

    …. Eleven days before Election Day, high-profile Republicans want Americans to know that a vote for the GOP is a vote against compromise, against bipartisan agreements, and against powerful officials working together with a sense of common purpose.

    Is this the sort of message that resonates with voters?


  11. StartLoving3 | October 22, 2010 –

    The President and Senator Reid rally in Las Vegas, Part 1

  12. ThinkProgress.org, Oct.22, 2010:

    Support For Veterans Shows Sharp Partisan Divide

    By Brad Johnson

    According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Action Fund, Republicans in Congress have dramatically failed to support our troops after they come home. IAVA’s 2010 Veteran Report Card, based on the key veterans’ legislation that came to a vote during the 111th Congress, exposed a sharp partisan divide on the level of support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tabulated yesterday. Of the 94 elected officials that earned an A or A+ rating from IAVA, 91 were Democrats. Of the 154 officials who received a D or F, 142 were Republicans…


    • Obama: Consumers lose if financial law repealed

      10/23/10 By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP

      WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says consumers would lose if Republicans regain power in Congress and try to roll back his hard-won Wall Street overhaul.

      He says the GOP’s promised repeal of the law would mean the return of a financial system whose near-collapse led to the worst recession since the Depression.

      “Without sound oversight and commonsense protections for consumers, the whole economy is put in jeopardy,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. “That doesn’t serve Main Street. That doesn’t serve Wall Street. That doesn’t serve anyone.”

      The law passed despite nearly unanimous Republican opposition. It sought to rein in a financial system that had sped ahead of outdated rules, allowing banks, traders and others to take increased risks.

      It limits bank overdraft fees and ends abuses such as retroactive interest rate increases on credit card balances. It came in the wake of a $700 billion bank rescue passed in the final months of George W. Bush’s presidency. While the bailout is credited with providing stability, it’s deeply unpopular with voters angry of taxpayer money being used to help prop up huge banks.

      Obama promised that the measure ensures that taxpayers will “never again be on the hook for a bailout.”

      For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/bzqz1p

  13. Good Morning everyone! What a great week we’ve had. The networks are scrambling to get the story right. Newsweek surprised everybody with a favorable poll 🙂

    I’m off to a job interview today, wish me luck.

    Today is also my daughter’s 18th Birthday. I will try to pop in through out the day.
    Have a great day everybody.

    • Sandy! Good luck on the interview and have a beautiful day with your daughter. Many happy returns to her.

    • Very, very best of luck, Sandy, and happy birthday to your daughter. May the day be great for you both.

    • Sandy – Happy day and happy birthday to your daughter! What a special time.

      Today I spent the afternoon at my first granddaughter’s baby shower! I must be really, really old because I’m going to welcome my first greatgrandson (hopefully, a future Democrat!) in January. What a wonderful, happy day.

      Go, Democrats! Go, Obama/Biden!

  14. Remarks of President Barack Obama

    Saturday, October 23, 2010
    Weekly Address
    Washington, DC

    Over the past two years, we’ve won a number of battles to defend the interests of the middle class. One of the most important victories we achieved was the passage of Wall Street Reform.

    This was a bill designed to rein in the secret deals and reckless gambling that nearly brought down the financial system. It set new rules so that taxpayers would never again be on the hook for a bailout if a big financial company went under. And reform included the strongest consumer protections in history – to put an end to a lot of the hidden fees, deceptive mortgages, and other abusive practices used to tilt the tables against ordinary people in their financial dealings.

    It was a tough fight. The special interests poured millions into a lobbying campaign to prevent us from reforming the system – a system that worked a lot better for them than for middle class families. Some in the financial industry were eager to protect a status quo that basically allowed them to play by their own rules. And these interests held common cause with Republican leaders in Washington who were looking to score a political victory in an election year.

    But their efforts failed. And we succeeded in passing reform in the hopes of ensuring that we never again face a crisis like the one we’ve been through – a crisis that unleashed an economic downturn as deep as any since the Great Depression. Even today, we are still digging out of the damage it unleashed on the economy. Millions of people are still out of work. Millions of families are still hurting.

    We’re also seeing the reverberations of this crisis with the rise in foreclosures. And recently, we’ve seen problems in foreclosure proceedings – mistakes that have led to disruptions in the housing markets. This is only one more piece of evidence as to why Wall Street Reform is so necessary. In fact, as part of reform, a new consumer watchdog is now standing up. It will have just one job: looking out for ordinary consumers in the financial system. And this watchdog will have the authority to guard against unfair practices in mortgage transactions and foreclosures.

    Yet despite the importance of this law – and despite the terrible economic dislocation caused by the failures in our financial system under the old rules – top Republicans in Congress are now beating the drum to repeal all of these reforms and consumer protections. Recently, one of the Republican leaders in the Senate said that if Republicans take charge of Congress, repeal would be one of the first orders of business. And he joins the top Republican in the House who actually called for the law to be repealed even before it passed.

    I think that would be a terrible mistake. Our economy depends on a financial system in which everyone competes on a level playing field, and everyone is held to the same rules – whether you’re a big bank, a small business owner, or a family looking to buy a house or open a credit card. And as we saw, without sound oversight and common-sense protections for consumers, the whole economy is put in jeopardy. That doesn’t serve Main Street. That doesn’t serve Wall Street. That doesn’t serve anyone. And that’s why I think it’s so important that we not take this country backward – that we don’t go back to the broken system we had before. We’ve got to keep moving forward.


    Weekly Address: Letting Wall Street Run Wild Again

  15. Hi everyone. Am at a health conference in Lake Louise, Alberta. It is gorgeous here. Check it out on the net. Have still been able to burn the midnight oil to check the blog. Looks pretty favourable for our PBO & the Dems.

    • Wow Barb, you’re in a gorgous place! May you be right about the election!

    • CanandaBarb, I once hiked 150 miles of the Great Divide Trail in the Canadian Rockies. We started in Banff and spent 30 days in the most dramatic wilderness I’ve even seen. It was a huge effort and we faced some pretty scary situations but the experience was incredible. I especially remember Mount Assiniboine and the Eisenhower range and so many moments of sheer wonder. You must be in heaven! Savor every moment.

  16. Good morning, OTeam.

    10 DAYS UNTIL THE ELECTION! I will be so relieved to be rid of these incessant Meg Whitman ads. And to be able to truly celebrate our victories, because I have a feeling they will come.

    CR, I hope you’re feeling better and better with each new day.

    • Good morning Meta!


    • Meta, I understand completely. Arizona has been hit hard on these incessant “failure of stimulus, Obamacare and Medicare benefits cuts.” They have Pelosi, Obama, Harry Mitchell, and Gabrielle Giffords and big spenders. I cannot stand it much longer. Palin showed up yesterday for Quayle.

      • OOOooof! That’s harsh.

        On the other hand, I’ve gotten emails from Donna Brazile, Madeleine Albright, Al Gore, Rahm Emmanuel – they are pulling out all the big guns for the Dems. We are in the fight of our lives right now.

    • LAtimes.com, Oct. 23, 2010:

      In USC speech, Obama urges 37,500 Democratic voters to ‘fight on’

      By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta

      President Barack Obama rallied thousands of loyal supporters at the USC campus Friday, urging them to defy skeptics who have predicted losses for Democrats and turn out in force on election day to give his administration more time to turn around the nation’s flailing economy and deliver the change he promised in the 2008 election.

      “We need all of you to fight on. We need all of you fired up,” the president told the roaring crowd of students and admirers — 37,500 of them, by USC officials’ estimates — who spilled out across the sun-soaked lawn of Alumni Park and the streets beyond. “We need all of you ready to go, because in just 11 days … you have the chance to set the direction of this state and of this country, not just for the next two years but for the next five years, the next 10 years, the next 20 years.”

      “Just like you did in 2008,” the president said, “you can defy the conventional wisdom that says young people are apathetic, the conventional wisdom that says you can’t beat the cynicism in politics.”

      In the combative tone that has defined his remarks in recent days, Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican agenda, accusing the opposition party of embracing a strategy of “amnesia” after sitting on the sidelines saying “no to everything” while blaming him for the nation’s troubles.

      “They figured that y’all would forget that they caused the mess in the first place,” he said. “…But Los Angeles, as I look out on this crowd, this tells me you haven’t forgotten.”….


  17. Middle Class Task Force Blog, Oct. 22, 2010:

    New Report Highlights Administration’s Support for Women and Families

    Maureen Tracey-Mooney is Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Vice President

    At the beginning of this Administration, the President tasked Vice President Biden with chairing the Middle Class Task Force to identify and push through measures to help get middle-class families back on their feet.

    From day one, the Middle Class Task Force has focused on supporting women in all of the work they do – as caregivers to our nation’s children and the elderly, as leaders in business and increasingly as co-breadwinners in households across the country. With more women entering and remaining in the workforce and more households than ever dependent on two incomes, this work is critical to helping middle-class families regain and maintain their financial security.

    Yesterday the National Economic Council released a report, Jobs and Economic Security for America’s Women, which provided even more evidence for why this work is critically important.

    The report lays out that in almost two-thirds of families women are either the primary or co-breadwinner in their household. Many women are sole breadwinners. As of December 2009, 2.1 million women whose husbands were unemployed were working as the sole breadwinners for their families. An additional 6.1 million women are single mothers and the sole breadwinners for their families.

    As women’s income and employment gains increasing importance in family budgets, their other roles do not disappear. Women are still playing substantial roles as caregivers to their children, parents and family members with disabilities. That means it is more important than ever to support women as they seek to balance these responsibilities.

    The report highlights some of the initiatives the Middle Class Task Force championed in the 2011 Budget to provide families with more options as they try to navigate this increasingly delicate juggling act. These aren’t just women’s issues; they are issues of vital importance to every family’s economic security.

    Some of our 2011 Budget Proposals:

    • A near-doubling of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle-class families. This would result in a $900 increase in the maximum credit available to many middle class families.

    • $100 million for the Caregiver Initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services, which would help an additional 200,000 caregivers better balance their responsibilities and support one million additional hours of adult day care and three million rides to critical daily activities, taking the strain off women and their families.

    • $50 million for the State Paid Leave Fund at the Department of Labor, which will provide competitive grants to help cover start-up costs for states that choose to launch paid leave programs.

    These are just some of the Administration’s efforts to support women and the middle-class families they support as they seek to regain their footing. To read the report and learn more about the Administration’s efforts to support women and middle-class families, click here: http://bit.ly/bspAqc


  18. Office of the Press Secretary, October 21, 2010:

    Partnership for Sustainable Communities Awards Grants to Build Infrastructure Nationwide; HUD, DOT and EPA Work Together Through Coordinated Grant Program

    [On Oct. 21] Today at the National Press Club, administration officials highlighted recent grants released by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. The Partnership – which consists of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – builds economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, transportation, and more. Last week, agencies began releasing local grants to support sustainable living nationwide. The combined sum of the agencies’ grants is $409.5 million.

    “We’re working to change the way government works, and that means investing tax dollars wisely and well,” President Obama said in a statement. “We want to make sure that when we’re building infrastructure, we’re considering how housing, transportation, and the environment all impact each other. These grants are designed to get the biggest bang for our tax dollar buck.” ….

    “These grants will help boost economic development with the goal that all Americans can afford to live in communities with access to employment, schools and transportation options,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Communities across the country offered bold, unique proposals to plan and build sustainably based on their own local resources, landscape, culture and ingenuity. With this partnership we can lay the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity for generations to come by helping communities that share problems start sharing solutions.”

    Coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent. The Partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.

    “These investments represent an unprecedented new way of working together. And they set a powerful example for how we can reward true excellence, effective partnerships, and the good stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Americans can rebuild their communities – not just in spite of enormous economic challenges, but as the means for overcoming them.”….

    “President Obama has made clear that sustainable communities with affordable housing and access to a broad range of transportation options are vital to rebuilding the foundation for prosperity in this country,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “This Partnership is bringing our efforts together, allowing our resources to have more impact, and ensuring that we are collaborating on the housing, transportation and environmental needs that are essential to the success of every community. Our work has already helped to create healthier communities and open up better opportunities to attract new jobs and investments.”

    For more information, click HERE to read the Partnership for Sustainable Communities fact sheet: http://bit.ly/cbNZNj


  19. usdotgov | October 13, 2010 –

    Voices of the Recovery Act: Josh Littleton

    Carpenter Josh Littleton and his coworkers at Bell & Associates Construction are “pretty grateful for the Recovery Act” – it’s provided them with 40 hour week jobs and steady paychecks. They are currently working on the I-40/Briley Parkway/White Bridge Road interchange improvement project in Nashville, which received $32 million in Recovery Act funds, making it the second largest Recovery Act-funded project in Tennessee.

  20. EPA.gov:

    Tribal Air Quality in Alaska

    Tribes in Alaska face unique challenges to protecting air quality and reducing health risks in their communities:

    • Most Tribes do not have a reservation or defined lands where they can assert jurisdiction to address air quality issues.

    • Frozen ground prevents burying waste in landfills, and many communities resort to burning trash which creates air pollution.

    • Electricity primarily comes from diesel generators which produce particulate and other air pollutants.

    • The cold climate means people spend a lot of time indoors in air tight homes and buildings where indoor air pollution and humidity can rise to unhealthy levels.

    • Many homes have older wood stoves which can be inefficient and create air pollution.

    • Dust from unpaved roads may contain pollutants that can be inhaled or deposited on subsistence food sources.

    “Clean Air, Healthy Villages” Video and Fact Sheet Series

    This video and fact sheet series looks at some of the major air quality issues facing Alaska Native Villages and explores solutions to help Tribal communities address those challenges….


    USEPAgov | October 22, 2010 –

    Clean Air, Healthy Villages: Wood Smoke

    Many people in rural Alaska use wood stoves to heat their homes and bath houses. This video summarizes the health impacts from wood smoke and provides step-by-step instructions for how to burn “small, dry, and hot” to save fuel and keep the air clean.

  21. New White House Recipe: Kitchen Garden Pickles

    October 22, 2010 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Fall Harvest pickling class with Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, from the White House to your house…

    On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the second Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest, joined by students from Tubman Elementary School and Bancroft Elementary School, as well as Chef Daniel Boulud. In keeping with the White House idea that cooking skills are crucial to healthy living, the White House chefs gave the kids garden-side cooking lessons. At long prep tables, the kids made salad with the veggies they’d just harvested, and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses led a rapid-fire class in pickling.

    Yosses’ pickles have now traveled the globe: A jar of White House Kitchen Garden Pickles was included in the basket of special gifts Mrs. Obama presented to each of the 31 UN spouses who joined her at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture last month, for a special luncheon and farm tour.

    For the entire article and recipe: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/10/kitchen-garden-fall-harvest-recipe.html

  22. The White House & The James Beard Foundation
    New Leadership Award series from America’s foremost culinary organization reflects best aspects of Obama administration food initiatives, honoring work in child obesity, farming, food policy, food literacy, social responsibility…

    October 22, 2010 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Chefs who have been honored with the annual awards from the James Beard Foundation, known as the Oscars of the food world, are the best in America, if not the world. So it’s not a coincidence that many of the guest chefs who have been invited to the White House in the last two years are Beard Award winners and nominees (a list, below). On Thursday, Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass was once again up close and personal with Beard Award winners, when he spoke at The System on Our Plates, JBF’s first annual national food conference, held in Washington, DC. (Kass, above, at Wednesday’s Kitchen Garden Harvest)

    The invitation-only event was attended by individuals who are working on sustainability initiatives in the food system in all areas, from farming through product transport and urban design, to what is served at restaurants. Kass ostensibly spoke about First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and other Obama administration food policy initiatives; but his remarks, like the rest of the conference, were closed to press.

    The (new) envelope please…
    But one thing that happened at the conference was made public: Foundation president Susan Ungaro announced a new award series, The James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, which is a pathbreaker among high-profile awards. It will launch in Fall of 2011, and is designed to recognize “visionaries” who are working on health, sustainability, policy and education initiatives with food. The ten award categories have many cross-hatchings with the most progressive elements of Obama administration food initiatives, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, and USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food project.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/10/white-house-james-beard-foundation.html

  23. Behind The Scenes At Chef Daniel Boulud’s Visit To The White House

    October 22, 2010 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    The superstar chef extends a special invitation during the Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest…
    Chef Daniel Boulud seemed like he was having a terrific time when he visited the White House on Wednesday, as the acclaimed chef du jour invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama for the Fall Harvest of the Kitchen Garden. Born in France and based in New York, Boulud is a superstar in the culinary world who trots the globe for food festivals, and he was all smiles and enthusiasm during the Harvest. Just like the First Lady, he was right down in the dirt with the school kids he was paired with for the veggie pulling. (Above: As he sampled newly-plucked baby white radishes with the First Lady and the kids, Boulud commented that they’d be swell in a sauce)

    Before the Harvest event officially started, Boulud chatted with all the White House chefs, and he had his own digital camera out, and was snapping photos. He was overheard inviting Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass and the other White House chefs to visit him in New York so they could cook together; Boulud has five different restaurants in Manhattan.

    “You come to New York, yes?” Boulud said to Kass, as they stood beside a picnic table where Kass was laying out newly-made Kitchen Garden salad and napkins. “It will be great.” (Above: Kass and Boulud, mid-confab)

    Boulud also spoke briefly with reporters on the sidelines of the garden, recalling his own childhood on his father’s farm in Lyon, France, where they not only grew vegetables, but raised livestock, and had a dairy and cheesemaking operation for cow and goat milk. They also made charcuterie (Bouloud’s “Bar Boulud” in New York is devoted to charcuterie).

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/10/behind-scenes-daniel-bouluds-white.html

  24. Good Day O’Team

    I’ve early voted. My local OFA office was empty this morning. Not sure what to make of that. I’ll make some calls from home today and pester all of my family to go early vote.

    Great picture diary on Chipsticks:


    • Crowds Gather at U Ahead of Obama Visit

      10/23/10 kstp.com

      Thousands of Minnesota voters lined up early Saturday to see President Barack Obama as he campaigns for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

      The decidedly younger crowd snaked several blocks across the University of Minnesota campus already before noon for the 2:30 p.m. event.

      The rally was moved indoors away from the spacious campus mall because of concerns of rain.

      The president has campaigned for candidates in multiple states in recent days as he tries to help Democrats head off Republican gains in the election a week from Tuesday. In Minnesota, Dayton is in a tight race against Republican Tom Emmer and the Independence Party’s Tom Horner.

      It’s the first time a sitting president will visit the campus since William Howard Taft paid a visit in 1911.

    • Thousands show up for Obama

      10/23/10 AP

      MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of Minnesotans crammed a university field house Saturday to hear President Barack Obama campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, who could help his party flip a Republican-held seat.

      The president was concluding a tour of states where his party has the opportunity to head off a Republican surge in the Nov. 2 election. In Minnesota, Dayton is running against Republican Tom Emmer and the Independence Party’s Tom Horner.

      “They talk about an enthusiasm gap. Look at this room,” said St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, surveying a crowd of several thousand. “Does this look like an enthusiasm gap?”

      Obama’s visit made for a busy day at the University of Minnesota. University officials said the line to see the president was nearly a mile long. Two blocks from the Field House where he was to speak, the Gophers football team lost to Penn State. Obama’s address was to be aired on the screen at TCF Bank Stadium for people who wanted to stay after the game to see it.

      Those who couldn’t get into the Field House could watch him from the Sports Pavilion across the street, or from the stadium.

      Obama has been encouraging Democrats not to be complacent. Waiting to get into the rally, Nduba Namoonde, 48, was thinking the same thing.

      The financial compliance officer had poured himself into the 2008 campaign, knocking on doors and making calls for Obama in Minnesota and Iowa.

      “I don’t see how someone who voted for Obama sits home two years later and doesn’t vote,” he said.

      His friend, Delta Air Lines ground worker Gladstone Natala, 50, said he thinks the mood is shifting as the election nears.

      “People underestimate his ability to excite people,” he said of Obama.

      University of Minnesota student Mark Brandwein and other students wore T-shirts reading “Obama 4 Coach” and “Better than Brewster,” the Minnesota Gophers coach fired six days earlier after a bad start to the season.

      “I’m more engaged since 2008. I’ve seen things progress. I’ve seen things changing,” Brandwein said. “You can’t give up now.”

      Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty released a video in which he welcomed Obama to Minnesota with a tongue-in-cheek vocabulary lesson, introducing him to local expressions like “uffdah” and “yikes.”

      For the entire article: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=878482

      • Obama Campaigns at U of M

        10/23/10 AP

        President Barack Obama is speaking at the University of Minnesota on a campaign stop for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

        The university says about 7,000 people packed the Field House on Saturday. Another 4,000 watched from the Sports Pavilion across the street.

        Obama’s visit made for a busy day at the university. Officials said the line to see the president was nearly a mile long. Two blocks from the Field House where he was to speak, the Gophers football team lost to Penn State.

        Dayton is running against the Independence Party’s Tom Horner and Republican Tom Emmer. Emmer appeared at a rally in Woodbury on Saturday with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

    • Oh my gosh, that looks fantastic. I don’t have cable but maybe there will be an online version.

      The other day I was thinking about why TV doesn’t do programming that is about the American spirit in a very positive way. It’s such a powerful medium and I think a show where people who have big hearts and want to share their talents are portrayed would be successful.

  25. In Washington, illegal immigrants canvassing for votes

    10/22/10 By MANUEL VALDES, AP

    SEATTLE – When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters’ doors, she’s not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it’s a risk to advertise to strangers that she’s here illegally — but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election.

    The 42-year-old is one of dozens of volunteers — many of them illegal immigrants — canvassing neighborhoods in the Seattle area trying to get naturalized citizens to cast a ballot for candidates like Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is in a neck-to-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi.

    Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can’t vote.

    “Immigrants really do matter,” Jayapal said. “If we can’t vote ourselves, we’re gonna knock on doors, or get family members to vote.”

    So far the illegal immigrants going door-to-door aren’t meeting opposition. Craig Keller, an organizer for Respect WA, a group pushing for stricter immigration law in the Washington, said he doesn’t mind illegal immigrants volunteering for vote drives, he just wants to make sure mistakes on the voter rolls don’t allow them to vote.

    “Anybody can go out and wave a sign, but when it comes to who’s making the choices, there’s no question they need to be citizens,” Keller said.

    In close elections across the country, the immigrant and minority vote is considered key for candidates, especially Democrats.


    • OneAmerica Votes


      OneAmerica Votes advocates for policies and works to elect candidates that promote democracy and justice in immigrant communities at the local, state and federal levels.


      1. OneAmerica Votes involves immigrant* communities in public policy issues and advocacy and engages immigrant communities in the electoral process
      2. OneAmerica Votes recruits, trains and develops immigrant candidates to run for office and supports the election of qualified candidates with immigrant backgrounds and/or a demonstrated commitment to immigrant communities and pro-immigrant policy positions
      3. OneAmerica Votes provides immigrant voters with access to information about the policy positions of elected officials and candidates and the impact of those positions and other policy proposals on their communities
      4. OneAmerica Votes makes endorsements with the goal of increasing the power and voice of immigrant communities in government
      5. OneAmerica Votes holds elected officials and candidates in Washington State accountable for their positions on issues that impact immigrant communities

      * includes refugee communities

  26. Poll offers some good news for incumbents

    10/22/10 By Michael Muskal – Los Angeles Times

    LOS ANGELES — It may be hard for most media consumers to believe, but there is some good news for incumbents running in this year’s midterm elections. According to a Gallup poll released Friday, slightly more than half of all registered voters said their congressional representative deserves to be re-elected.

    To be sure, that good news comes with some big caveats. The 51 percent who back their local member of Congress is the lowest midterm figure in the past 16 years. The poll also found that just 33 percent of those surveyed said that most members of Congress collectively deserve re-election, a number that is below 1994 and 2006, when there were significant changes in the composition of Congress.

    The poll is likely to fuel this year’s favorite electoral narrative that Republicans have benefited from a strong anti-incumbent movement among voters, upset at a government run by Democrats, who have not moved fast enough to deal with a poor economy. The GOP also has capitalized on voter unhappiness with such Democratic programs as the health care insurance overhaul and financial reform.

    But the poll also shows some of the deeper structural secrets of the U.S. political system. First, despite the stresses and cracks, Americans historically like their representatives and tend to re-elect them even at times when voters believe the governmental institutions have failed to meet their needs. This year will likely be no different. Republicans need a net 39 seats to win the House and a change of 10 to control the Senate — about 10 percent of the total seats at stake.

    Secondly and unsurprisingly, those out of power are likely to be more critical of those in charge and hence more enthusiastic about voting. In the Gallup poll, Republicans and independents are substantially less likely than Democrats to say most members of Congress deserve re-election. Republicans and independents are those that other polls show are more eager to vote this year.

    As Election Day on Nov. 2 approaches, the party in power, in this case the Democrats, increasingly says members deserve re-election, a common reassertion as voters go home to their party choices.

    The poll is based on telephone interviews with 935 voters from Oct. 14 to 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

  27. Insurers’ new reality: More for care, less profit

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Insurers were dealt a blow Thursday as state regulators endorsed a tough new law that boosts the amount of premium money they’ll have to pay for patient care.

    Beginning on Jan. 1, insurance companies will have to spend 80% to 85% of the premiums they collect on medical care instead of toward their own profits and overhead costs.


  28. Biden hits 100th stop for ’10

    10/22/10 By MIKE ALLEN

    Vice President Joe Biden, who has been a cheerful and prolific midterm campaigner, next week will hit his 100th stop of this cycle.

    Biden will hit the century mark on Monday, with an event for New Hampshire congressional candidate Ann Kuster, in Nashua, N.H.

    • Thank you Vice President Biden for attending 100 Democratic campaigns this election cycle to get Democrats into office so that they can vote in more laws that will help America Move Forward!!!!

    • CNN | October 20, 2010 –

      CNN: Joe Biden ‘Not your father’s GOP’

      Vice President Joe Biden stumps for Sen. Harry Reid in Reno, NV.

  29. UpTakeVideo | October 23, 2010 –

    Obama Stumps In Minneapolis For Dayton – Full Video

    President Obama campaigns in Minneapolis, Minnesota for former Senator Mark Dayton (DFL). Dayton is leading in the polls in a three-way race for Governor of Minnesota.

    • LAtimes.com, Oct. 23, 2010:

      Obama in Minnesota: ‘I need you fired up’

      President Obama campaigned in Minnesota on Saturday, his fifth state in four days, as he tried to build enthusiasm among the traditional elements of the Democratic Party for a midterm election that polls showed had become tighter in its final days.

      “I need you fired up,” Obama said, “because in just 10 days you have the chance to change not just the direction of the state, but also help determine the direction of this country, not just for the next two years, but for the next five years, next 10 years, next 20 years.”….


  30. WashingtonMonthly.com, Oct. 22, 2010:


    By Steve Benen

    One of this week’s most talked about television ads is a 63-second spot from a far-right group called Citizens Against Government Waste….

    This is so blisteringly dumb, it’s hard to even know where to start.

    …. Putting aside the fact that Recovery Act really did help the economy enormously, James Fallows added that the ad is “hilariously wrong” given the Chinese context: “The ad has the Chinese official saying that America collapsed because, in the midst of a recession, it relied on (a) government stimulus spending, (b) big changes in its health care systems, and (c) public intervention in major industries — all of which of course, have been crucial parts of China’s (successful) anti-recession policy.”….

    What’s more, if this right-wing group that created the ad were so concerned about debt and deficits, why complain about a health care reform package that reduces budget shortfalls? Indeed, why hasn’t this group gone after Republicans for adding $5 trillion to the debt in just eight years, refusing to pay for wars and a Medicare expansion?

    For that matter, literally right now Republicans are demanding an additional $4 trillion in tax cuts, all of which would be paid for by borrowing, largely through the Chinese….


  31. ThinkProgress.org, oct. 23, 2010:

    GOP House Candidate Jesse Kelly Says ‘It’s Our Job To Protect Ourselves’ From Salmonella Outbreaks

    By Zaid Jilani

    Although there are a diverse set of political beliefs in the United States, there are currently two major political philosophies clashing for control of the American body politic. One, the progressive view, believes in a society where a democratically elected government plays an active role in helping all people achieve the American Dream, no matter who they are. The other, the conservative vision, believes in the on-your-own-society that favors the wealthy, big corporations, and other privileged sectors of society.

    GOP House candidate Jesse Kelly, who is running in Arizona’s 8th congressional district, championed this second vision a week ago at a campaign rally hosted by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots. During a question-and-answer period, a voter asked Kelly about the recent salmonella outbreak, which led to recall of more than half a billion eggs….

    KELLY: That’s the thing, ma’am, it’s our job to protect ourselves. Because no one else is going to look out for your best interests except for you. […]

    QUESTIONER: Am I supposed to go to a chicken farmer and say I’d like you to close down because all of your birds are half dead?….


  32. ThinkProgress.org, Oct. 23, 2010:

    Local Connecticut Chamber Weighing Whether To Break With ‘U.S.’ Chamber

    By Faiz Shakir

    The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce in southern Connecticut is currently in discussions about whether to break from the ‘U.S.’ Chamber over disagreements about the national Chamber’s involvement in politics.

    Chamber Executive Director Tricia Cunningham said her organization, which currently pays dues to the national Chamber, has disagreements over the U.S. Chamber’s use of millions of corporate dollars this election season to lobby and advertise on national issues….


  33. UofWMilwaukee | October 21, 2010 –

    Middle Class Task Force With Vice President Joe Biden

    Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner were on the UWM campus for a Middle Class Task Force meeting to speak about the administration’s plans for financial regulatory reform.

  34. Happy Saturday evening to everybody who signed in throughout the day — Donna, Tigerfists and COS!

    And to all friends.


          • Hi Jackie. All is well. Cold and overcast and drizzly right now, which makes the pumpkins on the porch look really good.

          • Hi COS, how’s it going. I’m just digging around online for interesting things right now. Hoping some more video will surface.

            • You have posted some good videos as usual Kat. CR you and my other O friends have posted good articles also. OFA and this blog are my lifelines for the news. I shudder when I try to watch the nightly news and I usually end up not watching because there is no positive news ever for Democrats. it is interesting and refreshing to see the kind of love, hugs and all given to our dear president on the campaign trail the last few days.

              • COS, I can’t stand the bogus “news.” Like that DK diary said today, the TV commenters sit there saying PBO isn’t connecting with people at the very moment he’s at a rally or something connecting with people!

  35. CNN | October 22, 2010 –

    CNN: Michelle Obama, students harvest garden

    First Lady Michelle Obama harvested the White House garden alongside several acclaimed chefs and a dozen 5th graders.

    • LetsMove.gov, Oct. 22, 2010:

      The First Lady’s Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden Harvest

      Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of the Let’s Move! Initiative

      The rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for the First Lady’s Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden Harvest. Joined by more than 25 students from Washington, DC’s Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools, the First Lady and several world-renowned chefs spent the afternoon in the White House garden digging up sweet potatoes, clipping herbs, picking tomatoes, and admiring the pumpkins before sitting down to enjoy a fresh salad from the garden.

      The school-children were paired with chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and James Kent as well as several White House chefs. Armed with large baskets and wheelbarrows, they scoured the garden for peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce and other fall vegetables. The First Lady joined them, rolling up her sleeves, to dig up enormous sweet potatoes, including a near record-breaking four pounder, and to pick deep purple egg plants. The children and the First Lady also admired the two pumpkins growing in the garden – just in time for Halloween.

      In less than an hour, the children and chefs brought baskets brimming with vegetables and overflowing wheelbarrows to weigh- stations where several hundred pounds of food was collected and washed.

      The festivities continued when the children joined the famous chefs to slice and dice vegetables for a garden salad meal.

      The White House garden is part of the Let’s Move! Initiative which seeks to end childhood obesity within a generation through improved nutrition and increased physical activity. In the spring of 2009, the First Lady and students from the DC area broke ground for the garden and since then nearly 1,600 pounds of food has been harvested. The produce is used in the White House but is also donated to local area food banks. The White House Garden has inspired communities across the country to plant similar gardens at schools, in abandoned lots, and in community spaces.

      Connecting chefs, gardens, and schools has been a critical component of the Let’s Move initiative. Through the Chef’s Move to Schools program and the Healthier US Schools Challenge hundreds of schools and communities are improving the health of America’s children. What are you waiting for? Plant a garden at your school or in your community and have a harvest yourself.


  36. jcdflowers | October 22, 2010 –

    CHOICES 2010 Children’s Expo & Call To Action Against Childhood Obesity

    On Saturday, March 27th the 5th Annual Children’s Nutrition Education & Physical Activity Expo included lots of fun fitness activities, mini workshops, free health screenings, vendor exhibits and healthy food!

    The event included remarks from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilman C.T. Martin, as well as a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama!

  37. MercuryNews.com, Oct. 20, 2010:

    Vice president makes surprise appearance at Redwood City school

    By Diana Samuels, Daily News Staff Writer

    On Tuesday afternoon, the third-graders in an after-school program at Taft School in Redwood City weren’t sure who the vice president of the United States was. However, by the time they went home they could say they had met him.

    Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., visited the school before heading to a fundraiser in San Francisco for Boxer’s re-election bid. The school district knew that Boxer was coming but Biden’s visit was a surprise, even to the superintendent.

    “I was so proud of our children here at Taft,” said Redwood City Superintendent Jan Christensen. “It’s just an amazing experience for our children to have.”….

    Biden spent roughly 20 minutes with the students, asking them their age, what sports they played and what they wanted to do for a living. He also fielded questions about the president; students asked him how old the president is and whether Biden had met Michelle Obama.

    “What is Barack Obama’s last name?” one boy asked.

    “Obama!” Biden said, to laughs.

    He also told them he stuttered as a child and struggled with reading.

    “I tell you, you guys are so much smarter than I was,” Biden said. “I could barely speak one language when I was in third grade.”

    After Biden’s limo left, children excitedly told their parents they had met the vice president.

    “What did he say to you?” Ruby Fenroy asked her 8-year-old daughter Deja.

    “That my drawing was beautiful,” Deja replied.


  38. Some clips from the VPOTUS’s and Senator Boxer’s visit to Taft School:

    nmacavoy | October 19, 2010 –

    Vice President Biden asking about college at Taft School

  39. Sunday Shows

    10/23/10 TheHill.com

    Some of the election’s key figures will appear on different networks to discuss their efforts…..Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine, will discuss his party’s efforts on ABC’s “This Week.”

    Focusing more specifically on the House, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) will explain on CBS’ “Face the Nation” how he plans to stave off enough losses for his party in the House to allow Democrats to keep a majority……

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/125519-sunday-shows-campaign-leaders-sound-off

  40. Good morning, OTeam. We are getting some more details about the President’s schedule for the final days heading into the election. We also have news about our First Lady and the Vice President.

    President Obama will go on a four-city blitz right before election day over the final campaign weekend. He will hold major rallies in three of the cities — Bridgeport, Cleveland and Chicago — and do a canvassing event in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Vice President Biden will accompany him to Cleveland.

    On Nov. 1, the Monday before election day, First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Las Vegas and Philadelphia, officials said.

    President Obama is also expected to make additional stops for specific candidates.

    Upcoming events are:

    Saturday, Oct. 30

    President Obama:
    Philadelphia, PA: Moving America Forward GOTV Canvass Kickoff Event Bridgeport, CT: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally
    Chicago, IL: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally

    Sunday, Oct. 31

    President Obama and Vice President Biden:
    Cleveland, OH: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally

    Monday, Nov. 1

    First Lady Michelle Obama (AKA THE CLOSER):
    Philadelphia, PA
    Las Vegas, NV

    • Good morning and thank you Meta!

      POTUS, FLOTUS & VPPOTUS realize how very important getting Democrats elected into Congress is to passing more laws to HELP AMERICANS MOVE FORWARD from the hard economic times!!!!

  41. The Tortoise and the Hare:

    Democrat Jerry Brown more than doubled his advantage over Republican Meg Whitman in a poll for governor of California, the most populous U.S. state.
    Brown led Whitman 52 percent to 39 percent among likely voters, as he gained support among Latinos, according to a poll released today by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times. Brown was ahead 49 percent to 44 percent in a USC/Times survey last month.


    Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer led Republican Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., by 50 percent to 42 percent among likely voters, statistically unchanged from last month, the L.A. Times said.


    The USC/L.A. Times survey of 922 likely voters was conducted Oct. 13-20 and has a margin for error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


    • Not to get too complacent (even this close), but these numbers are wonderful.

      Good morning, meta, and the O’family!

      • Good morning, JO’B.

        We won’t get complacent. It’s been good canvassing. People are paying more attention and are pretty revved up to vote.

        • Good morning, CR!

          meta – Agree that the on-the-ground stuff has been superb. I’m just afraid to jinx anything by being too personally confident (it’s the Irish in me). But, still, I couldn’t be happier!

    • That ad he ran with Schwartzenegger and Whitman side by side had an impact on me and I was already for Brown. Imagine that helped to. Of course, our President kicked some a** at the rally. We need to clone him and put him in every state.

  42. How could the race in Colorado possibly be tied with someone like Tancredo as a candidate? This is really crazy.

    • Good morning Meta, CR and all my O friends. I just logged in and woke up to this good news for Jerry Brown and Boxer. Meta here’s a more detailed article from the LA Times where some people are saying why they are not voting for Whitman.

      Snip …

      Paula Bennett, a schoolteacher in the Sacramento-area town of Acampo, said she was drawn to Brown in part by the blizzard of cash Whitman has thrown at the race.

      “I like the little guy; he didn’t have the money behind him like she did,” she said in a follow-up interview, adding that she sided with Brown for the same reason that she favors a mom-and-pop establishment over a retail behemoth.

      “We don’t shop at Walmart. We shop at the local store. He just seemed like more of a down-home candidate.”

      Although she is Republican, Bennett is also siding with Boxer. She said she was offended by both Whitman’s and Fiorina’s infusions of personal cash into their races.

      “That message that they’re sending to people is a very bad choice,” she said. “We’re looking to people to act their values rather than throw money at causes. People are holding their money really closely and those candidates are really splurging.”

      Read more:

      • Good morning COS!

        Yeah for Ms Bennett! I don’t like the way Fiorina and Whitman think that they can buy the CA election!

      • Meta, slap me for hijacking your comment about Tancredo. BTW, I cannot see Bigot Tancredo winning.

        I was so excited to post the good info re Brown. 🙂 I have a feeling that all of this money being poured in the elections by the COC and Karl Rove is going to backfire, especially at a time like this when so many people are struggling.

        • I agree with you about “at a time like this when so many people are struggling”

          Money like that should be donated to Food Banks, Red Cross, etc to help people in this time of desperate need!!!!!

          • Also agree with that, CR. This kind of stuff gets turned upside down – when the dollars could be helping so many people.

      • This is excellent COS. I wish people thought like that here in Arizona. McCain spent $21M of his own money in his primary this year and didn’t even have to sell one of his houses.

  43. Hey guys! Just saying what’s up. Hope everyone had and is having a good weekend. All of the traveling and hanging out this weekend I did, with a cold, has me feeling worse! Oh well, I think a good night of sleep and a lot of tea and soup will do me some good.

    Anyway, I promised myself I’d get on the dreaded phone and make calls this last week, so starting tomorrow, I’m going to aim for 5 calls a day. Wish me luck. Ur all such inspirations for me to do more, so off i will go! Since I missed all of the president’s rallies from this weekend, I will be busy catching up. I’m also glad to read about the tightening polls. It’s a little depressing, though, to read Nate Silver’s latest House prediction. How many seats can we lose in the House without losing control?

      • You too CR! My mom went thru a similar procedure and though the recovery was rough, her quality of life was so much better when all was said and done.

  44. UpTakeVideo | October 23, 2010 –

    Senator Amy Klobuchar at Rally with the President and Mark Dayton: “Minneosta can’t be bought!”

  45. UpTakeVideo | October 23, 2010 –

    Senator Al Franken at Rally with the President and Mark Dayton

  46. Cicilline.com:

    President Barack Obama is coming to Rhode Island to support David Cicilline’s campaign for Congress on Monday, October 25th.

    Event Details:

    The President has been campaigning in cities and towns around the country for candidates who are committed to moving our country forward. David is committed to creating jobs in Rhode Island and protecting Social Security for our seniors, and he will get more done for Rhode Island. Sign up for your tickets below to join President Obama and David and show your support for job creation and protecting Social Security this November….


    Jobs Now – Cicilline for Congress

    • ProJo.com (Providence Journal), Ot. 24, 2010:

      Editorial: Cicilline for 1st District

      We endorse Providence Mayor David Cicilline in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District to succeed the retiring Patrick Kennedy. His main rival is Republican state Rep. John Loughlin, a pleasant and generally thoughtful conservative and successful businessman.

      Mr. Cicilline has been an honest, energetic and often innovative mayor of Providence’s largest city. He has cleansed city government of much of its reputation for corruption and hired capable people, most notably Police Chief Dean Esserman. He has looked for ideas on better governance from cities all over the world. And he has brought a level of fiscal discipline (including in relations with the city’s far too powerful public-employee unions) that has not been seen in the city for many decades.

      The mayor agrees with us that, while flawed (as is pretty much anything created by a large group of people), the national health-care law is much needed to expand coverage, improve public health and bring some fiscal discipline to key sectors of the chaotic and wasteful health-care “system” that we have now. And, remember, the bill’s flaws can be gradually fixed. Further, he agrees that the much maligned federal bailout and stimulus programs were needed to help prevent the nation’s financial panic and recession from becoming an all-out depression.

      Representative Loughlin, for his part, opposes the health-care reform act and the stimulus. He also, unfortunately, has reacted generally favorably to the collection of fiscal contradictions known as the House Republicans’ “Pledge to America,” which promises more tax cuts and federal spending reductions via assorted vague and implausible ways….


  47. The Decision of the DNC to hold all of these rallys at Universities and make PBO the keynote speaker, IMO has been the highlight of this entire election season and the best thing for the party. I watch how young people response to PBO. He definitely is an inspiration to all of us.

  48. WPRI.com, Oct. 24, 2010:

    President Obama in RI Monday

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – President Obama will be in Rhode Island Monday, campaigning for Democratic Congressional candidate David Cicilline.

    The president is also scheduled to tour American Cord & Webbing Co., Inc in Woonsocket as part of his visit.

    The White House says he’ll speak with workers and tour the factory.

    He will later attend fundraising events in Providence.

    One group is planning to picket outside the fundraiser.

    “The Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation” is organizing the protest.

    Some high profile Republicans will also be in Rhode Island.

    Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will help rally support for Cicilline’s opponent, GOP candidate John Loughlin.

    That event is scheduled Monday afternoon in Lincoln.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will also appear at a separate rally in Warwick Monday morning.

    WPRI | October 24, 2010 –

    President Obama in Rhode Island

  49. USAToday, Oct. 24, 2010:

    Obama echoes Einstein on the stump

    Posted by David Jackson

    President Obama is reaching back to one of the great minds of the 20th century for a new riff on the 2010 congressional elections.

    Albert Einstein, legendary physicist and Time magazine’s Person of the Century, is reported to have said that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” — good advice when considering whether Republicans should regain control of Congress, in Obama’s view.

    “We tried it for eight years, and it didn’t work,” Obama said Saturday in Minneapolis, referring to the economic problems he inherited. “And you know the true sign of madness is if you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. We’ve tried what they’re doing and it didn’t work.”….


  50. Reuters.com, Oct. 24, 2010:

    Key Democrat says outlook more optimistic for party

    The Democratic Party chief said on Sunday he was feeling more optimistic that Democrats would retain control of Congress with just days left before the November 2 election.

    “We still have some work to do, but what Democrats tend to specialize in is the ground game, the turnout,” Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    “The more people turn out, the better we do, and we are seeing strong trends at the presidential rallies and early voting,” he said….


    • I saw Tim Kaine this morning, Kat, and he did a good job.

      Watching Christiane Amanpour’s show, I was reminded how Jon Stewart now calls it “This Week without George Stephanopolous”! Since I’m still upset about how ol’ George acted in that one debate during the general, it’s okay with me that he’s moved on.

  51. FrankCaprio.com, Oct. 24, 2010:

    Providence Journal Endorses Frank Caprio For Governor; Calls Caprio “both a realist and a reformer”

    The Providence Journal today endorsed Democrat Frank Caprio for Governor, calling him “both a realist and a reformer.”

    “His experience, energy, realism, and ideas make it more likely that he would be a strong and successful governor than his estimable opponents,” states the Providence Journal Editorial Board.

    The nation’s oldest daily newspaper pointed to Caprio’s accomplishments as a state legislator, General Treasurer, and his ideas for improving the state’s economy and education system as the rationale behind the endorsement.

    The editorial acknowledges Caprio’s prudent decisions to protect the state’s pension fund as Treasurer, his willingness to take on the insiders when necessary as a state legislator, and his support for bold, innovative education reform.

    By contrast, his chief rival, Lincoln Chafee, “has gotten too friendly with the teachers unions at a time when education reform is much needed”, the editorial board astutely points out.

    The editorial also rebukes Chafee for his plan to balance our state’s budget on the backs of those who can least afford an added tax burden, stating “Consider [Chafee’s] support of widening the state sales tax to necessities, not a good thing when so many of the less affluent are suffering.”


    frankcaprio | October 19, 2010 –


    Frank Caprio discusses returning his state car upon taking elected office.

  52. WashingtonMonthly.com, Oct. 24, 2010:

    Quote of the day

    By Steve Benen

    ….But it was E.J. Dionne, appearing on “Meet the Press,” whose words seemed especially relevant this morning: “NPR is quite simply one of the best news organizations in the world… Fox News, on the other hand, is a Republican propaganda network.”….

    ….there was no pushback when he made the observation…. But here was a respected member of the D.C. political establishment, stating plainly on one of the leading Sunday shows — where such talk is uncommon — what we all know to be true about Fox News.

    Good for him. Here’s hoping others also drop the “some have accused” and “many Democrats believe” pretenses, and just start describing the network the same way.


  53. Way to go FLOTUS. She has certainly influenced some of the piece in my wadrobe. 🙂

    Michelle Obama turns designs into ‘gold’
    Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:45
    BARACK Obama is the most powerful man in world politics. Now, it seems, Michelle Obama is the most powerful person in fashion.
    Forget Anna Wintour or Kate Moss. According to financial analysts, the United States First Lady has boosted the economic value of the brands she chooses to wear by US$2,7 billion.
    The Stern School of Business in New York, which conducted a study into Michelle’s impact on fashion, found that a company’s stock rocketed after she was pictured wearing its designs.
    The research, which was published in the Harvard Business Review last week, showed that brands worn by Michelle rose in value by 2,3%, while the rest of the market dropped by 0,4%.
    Stern’s Professor David Yermack, who conducted the study, looked at the impact of 189 public appearances between November 2008 and December 2009 in which the US First Lady wore pieces by 29 listed companies.
    He cited both High Street and designer brands including Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Gap and J Crew, and estimated that just a single appearance could generate up to US$14 million for a brand or its stockist.
    He said that Michelle’s fashion influence was due to a number of factors: “Her personal interest in fashion, recognised by consumers as authentic; her position as First Lady and the intangible value it confers; and the power of the social internet and e-commerce.”


    • I like the analysis of how FLOTUS differs in both style and impact from other women in the public eye — mixing designer items with stuff anybody can buy, she gets people into the stores where they might purchase other things. Consumers identify with her as with no other.

      • I agree Kat.

        Everyone watches First Lady Michelle as they did First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis but I think that the difference is that people feel that they can identify much more personally with First Lady Michelle.

  54. DailyKos.com, Oct. 24, 2010:

    Take it from me — every vote matters

    by Al Franken

    I think most of you know me. I’m the poster boy for close elections.

    As you may remember, I won my 2008 Senate campaign after a long recount by just 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast….

    And every vote in Congress counts, too. I’m proud of the vote I cast for health care reform that expands access to medical care while reducing the deficit. That’s right: health care reform will reduce the national debt by over a hundred billion dollars over the next ten years, and by 1.5 trillion dollars over the following ten.

    But, voters wouldn’t know that health care reform reduces the deficit from the campaign ads the conservatives are airing….

    Those ads tell you that the stimulus package has been a total failure. That’s interesting. Because none other than John McCain’s presidential campaign economic adviser, Mark Zandi, has done a comprehensive study of the recovery package and determined that it has created or saved three million jobs and, get this, averted a depression. Averted a depression.

    …. When the President took office, not only had the car gone into a ditch, the car had flipped over and was rolling down a steep embankment. We, the American people, were in the back seat, and the Bush Administration had removed all the seat belts, so we were all flying around the interior of this car as it was rolling and flipping and careening down this steep embankment, headed to a 2,000 foot cliff. And at the bottom of that cliff were jagged rocks. And alligators.

    Now, at noon on January 20th, 2009, as the car was careening toward the cliff, George W. Bush jumped out of the car.

    President Obama somehow managed to dive in through the window, take the wheel and get control of the thing just inches before it went over the precipice. Then, he and Congress starting pushing this wreck back up the embankment. Now you can’t push a car up an embankment as fast as it careens down the embankment, especially if some people are trying to push against you. But we got it going in the right direction. And slowly we’ve gotten ourselves up the embankment, out of the ditch and onto the shoulder of the road.

    There. That’s what happened….


    • OMG Kat, I love this diary!!!! Al enhances the ditch story. He is right on point. Al still has that sense of humor and I am dying laughing but he is telling the truth.

        • Our beloved President doesn’t go about “tootin’ his own horn” as my mother used to say. I love Al’s embellished story.

          When the President took office, not only had the car gone into a ditch, the car had flipped over and was rolling down a steep embankment. We, the American people, were in the back seat, and the Bush Administration had removed all the seat belts, so we were all flying around the interior of this car as it was rolling and flipping and careening down this steep embankment, headed to a 2,000 foot cliff. And at the bottom of that cliff were jagged rocks. And alligators. Now, at noon on January 20th, 2009, as the car was careening toward the cliff, George W. Bush jumped out of the car. President Obama somehow managed to dive in through the window, take the wheel and get control of the thing just inches before it went over the precipice. Then, he and Congress starting pushing this wreck back up the embankment. Now you can’t push a car up an embankment as fast as it careens down the embankment, especially if some people are trying to push against you. But we got it going in the right direction. And slowly we’ve gotten ourselves up the embankment, out of the ditch and onto the shoulder of the road.

          I love it!!

    • Oh. They are using the magic numbers, where high Democratic turnout means the GOP is ahead.

      • Yes, alert the media. News at 11.

        Or the truth as we know it: an all-around Democratic victory!

  55. Good evening everyone. It was a busy day with family. I did get 10 GOTV calls in. I promised 100 calls by this Friday. 60 down and 40 to go. YES I CAN 🙂

    My candle is lit and I have hope that we can pull this off.

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