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
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
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
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.
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
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.
According to the Census Bureau, for the fourth year in a row, the nation’s poverty rate has increased, rising to 12.7 percent of the population last year. The percentage of people without health insurance did not change. Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty, up 1.1 million people from 2003. Asians were the only ethnic group to show a decline in poverty — from 11.8 percent in 2003 to 9.8 percent last year. The poverty rate among the elderly declined as well, from 10.2 percent in 2003 to 9.8 percent last year. The last decline in overall poverty was in 2000, when 31.1 million people lived under the threshold — 11.3 percent of the population. Since then, the … Continue reading
The full measure of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina may not be known for days. AP News has a list of the effects known to date, here. Rescue efforts are still underway in most areas. Los Angeles County Fire Department’s swift-water rescue team left L.A. early this morning to join the rescue efforts, as worn out National Guard units “strained by long overseas deployments” and volunteers from across the country scramble to get to the hurricane ravaged area. Last night I posted, Katrina’s Real Name — Global Warming, about an OP/ED by Global Warming author Ross Gelbspan. A reader pointed me to Salon’s, Katrina’s destructive waves, noting that Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, … Continue reading