Waiting for a Leader

This N.Y. Times editorial says it all… Once again, our leader is a day late, more than a few dollars short and shows the compassion and understanding of a ______ (well, you fill in the blank)… Waiting for a Leader Published: September 1, 2005 George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed. He then read an address of a quality more appropriate for an Arbor Day celebration: a long laundry list of pounds of ice, generators and blankets delivered … Continue reading

John Kerry Appeals for Help for Katrina Victims

John Kerry sent out an email to the members of JohnKerry.com appealing for help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here’s the text: Dear Friend, This is a time for all Americans to pull together and do everything we can to assist people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. If you haven’t acted already, I urge you to join in delivering immediate help to the people who need it most. One way to do that is to support the relief and recovery efforts of the Red Cross with a personal donation. Donate to the Red Cross.

The Gulf Coast Needs Help and Hope

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the two most precious needs are HELP and HOPE. Now, two days after Katrina ravaged through the Gulf Coast, it appears America is once again in the midst of her darkest hours. Those still remaining in the city of New Orleans are preparing for final evacuation. Such a forced complete evacuation is unprecedented in American history. The thousands who took refuge in the Superdome since before the storm, will be evacuated to Houston’s Astrodome. Last night the DNC sent out an email to members asking that they donate to the American Red Cross. The LCV also sent out a plea today for donations to various organizations including the American Red Cross. The American Red … Continue reading

How to Win Back the House

Say Hello to Speaker Pelosi and good-bye to Tom “Delay my prosecution as long as possible.” If you have money and or time, here’s where to go… Another item of interest from Ruy Teixiera and Donkey Rising (January 5, 2005 ). (We need to refer back to these great references to gear towards the future): Where to Show Them the Money: More on Taking Back the House By Alan Abramowitz Based on the findings of the Abramowitz, Alexander and Gunning paper (see yesterday’s post), in 2006 Democrats would be wise to target Republicans representing high-risk districts: districts that lean Democratic in presidential elections. Such districts account for a disproprtionate share of incumbent defeats and party turnover in House elections. For … Continue reading

Claire McCaskill to Challenge Jim Talent in Missouri

AP News reports that Missouri Democratic state auditor Claire McCaskill plans to challenge Republican Sen. Jim Talent. McCaskill has been state auditor since 1999 and faced re-election next year. She ran unsuccessfully for governor last year against Republican Matt Blunt, losing by about 3 percentage points, after knocking out incumbent Democratic Gov. Bob Holden to reach the November election. Some Democrats have been encouraging McCaskill to run, seeing her as the party’s best hope to unseat an incumbent with a major financial advantage. From the DSCC: Biography of Claire McCaskill 10 Step Roadmap for Taking Back the Senate

Senate Democrats Have Huge Cash On Hand Advantage

From the DSCC: DEMOCRATS ARE OUTRAISING REPUBLICANS, HAVE A HUGE CASH-ON-HAND ADVANTAGE: Senate Democrats have almost twice as much cash on hand as the Senate GOP does. Last month, the DSCC continued to outraise the NRSC, bringing its total cash on hand to $16.2 million compared to the $8.7 million in its GOP counterpart’s coffers. [www.tray.com] Keep up the momentum: Donate to the DSCC. More news from the DSCC, here.

Pelosi: Census Report Shows Republicans Have Turned Deaf Ear to Middle Class and Working Families

Earlier today, I reported on the release of the U.S. Census Report today, citing that the nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Census Bureau’s report that the nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, for the fourth year in a row; the number of uninsured increased; and median household income failed to grow. “Since President Bush took office, 5.4 million more Americans are living in poverty, 6 million more are without health insurance, and families are stretched too thin as household incomes have declined by almost $1,700 in the last four years. Every segment of American society … Continue reading

Hurricane Relief, The Big Easy Style

Heartwarming stories are few and far between in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, however, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, The Oceana Grill just off Bourbon Street was serving up Gumbo and Cajun barbecued Shrimp today… Just off fabled Bourbon Street, The Oceana Grill beat the blackout with candles on tables and a makeshift, but mouthwatering, menu of gumbo, price 10 dollars, and Cajun-style barbecued shrimp, a steal at 15 bucks. For diners who sweated through a grim day-and-a-half dodging rising floodwaters and terrifying winds, the sight of shrimps doused in a luscious, thick, red sauce, was too good to resist.