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August 31, 2004

62 days to 2004 Election

Dear Friend -

For a view of what clearly separates the creative, pragmatic thinking of Democrats like John Kerry and Howard Dean from the right, you should have heard Dean yesterday evening at the Environmental Victory fund-raiser.

On security and the environment: He described how to “connect the dots” for people about the importance of environmental stewardship and security, pointing out that when we buy $1B in oil from the Saudis, some of the profits of that go to support fundamentalist schools that teach intolerance for moderate Islam as well as anti-Americanism and thus supports terrorism.

On jobs: Every $1B in energy expenses purchased from out of state that is replaced with in-state renewable sources, generates 15,000 - 20,000 in-state jobs.
Environmental Victory Project
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Environment 2004

Today's topics:
- Republicans for Kerry update:
- Bush's divides America, Kerry unites

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August 30, 2004

Fwd: No on 37 Campaign Update

If you haven't had a chance to catch up on one the more important measures to defeat this fall, here's an update on the No on 37 campaign, which opposes measure 37 which would undermine of Oregon's land-use planning system statewide.

Begin forwarded message:

From: No on 37 - Take a Closer Look Committee
Date: August 24, 2004 12:53:15 PM PDT
Subject: No on 37 Campaign Update

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NO ON 37

Too Complex, Too Costly
Campaign Update - August 24, 2004
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This Week:
1. State determines Measure 37 costly for taxpayers.
2. No on 37 Campaign launches statewide grassroots organizing network.
3. Contribute today to help defeat Measure 37.

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Re: "Revenge of the Nerdmobiles" (LA Times)

(LA Times - Unpublished)

"Revenge of the Nerdmobiles" noted that hybrids are more expensive than "regular" cars.  But there is a current federal tax incentive, which is being phased out, to make it more affordable.

An overlooked point is that no matter what fuel you use, hybrids reduce fuel consumption (and thus consumer cost) and emissions.  Therefore they are a key element of any future energy strategy for both environmental and energy independence reasons.

For that reason, the tax incentive should be enlarged to $5 billion to put over 1 million hybrids on the road.  This gets to economies of scale fast which will: reduce their price due to production efficiencies, increase their mileage due to increased engineering investments, create jobs because we develop skills and know-how faster than other countries.

August 28, 2004

Finally the media stepping up to the plate

Even in the Watergate era, some Republican Senators and Congressmen placed a higher priority on their constitutional oath than the “11th Republican Commandment: don't criticize a fellow party member”, recognizing you have to investigate, if only to put to rest untrue allegations.

A Failure of Accountability

ONLY A FEW years ago, it seemed the slightest suggestion of malfeasance by a presidential administration -- allegations of tampering with a minor administrative office, say, or indications that a cabinet secretary might have understated the amount of money given to a former girlfriend -- could trigger a formidable response from the other two branches of government: grand juries, special prosecutors, endless congressional hearings, even impeachment proceedings. Some of that auditing, especially during the Clinton administration, went too far. Yet now the country faces a frightening inversion of the problem. Though there is strong evidence of faulty and even criminal behavior by senior military commanders and members of President Bush's cabinet in the handling of foreign detainees, neither Congress nor the justice system is taking adequate steps to hold those officials accountable.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42711-2004Aug28.html

Fwd: Republican Convention Agenda ;-)

Party time in NYC!

Begin forwarded message:

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AGENDA
6:00 PM Opening Prayer led by the Reverend Jerry Falwell
6:30 PM Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Ceremonial Burning of Bill of Rights (exc. 2nd Amendment)
6:45 PM Salute to the Coalition of the Willing
6:46 PM Seminar #1: K. Harris on “Are Elections Really Necessary?”
7:30 PM Announcement: Lincoln Memorial Renamed for Ronald Reagan
7:35 PM Trent Lott - “Re-segregation in the 21st Century”
7:40 PM EPA Address #1: Mercury: It's What's for Dinner
8:00 PM Vote on which country to invade next
8:10 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh
8:15 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos Are After Your Children
8:30 PM Round table discussion on reproductive rights (men only)
8:50 PM Seminar #2: Corporations: The Government of the Future
9:00 PM Condi Rice sings “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man”
9:05 PM Phyllis Schlafly speaks on “Why Women Shouldn't Be Leaders”
9:10 PM EPA Address #2: Trees: The Real Cause of Forest Fires
9:30 PM break for secret meetings
10:00 PM Second Prayer led by Cal Thomas
10:15 PM Carl Rove Lecture: Doublespeak Made Simple When You Feel Squishy Inside
10:35 PM Bush demonstration of trademark “deer in headlights” stare
10:40 PM John Ashcroft: New Mandatory Kevlar Chastity Belt
10:45 PM GOP's Tribute to Tokenism, Colin Powell & Condi Rice
10:46 PM Ann Coulter's Tribute “Joe McCarthy, Great American Patriot”
10:50 PM Seminar #3: Education: A Drain on Our Nation's Economy
11:10 PM Hilary Clinton Pinata
11:20 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: Evolutionists: A Dangerous New Cult
11:30 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again
11:35 PM Blame Clinton
11:40 PM Newt Gingrich speaks on “The Sanctity of Marriage”
11:41 PM Announcement: Ronald Reagan to be added to Mt. Rushmore
11:50 PM Closing Prayer led by Jesus Himself
12:00 PM Nomination of GW Bush as Holy Supreme Planetary Overlord

August 27, 2004

To Barnes & Nobel re: “Unfit to Command”

I understand that on Saturday, August 28, booksellers Barnes & Noble and Borders will host appearances by Jerome R. Corsi, co-author with John E. O'Neill of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, in the Akron, Ohio, area.

Barnes and Nobel are hosting the authors, Corsi and O'Neil, of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a book documented to be full of lies and heresay contradicted by evidence and eyewitnesses.

I find Barnes and Nobel further promotion of the authors, their book and thus their lies offensive in the extreme.  Have the courage to stand up for honesty and fairness.  Put an end to Republican divisiveness in America: Stop supporting libel.

To Borders Books re: “Unfit for Command”

I understand that on Saturday, August 28, booksellers Barnes & Noble and Borders will host appearances by Jerome R. Corsi, co-author with John E. O'Neill of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, in the Akron, Ohio, area.

Border's are hosting the authors, Corsi and O'Neil, of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a book documented to be full of lies and heresay contradicted by evidence and eyewitnesses.

I find Border's Books further promotion of the authors, their book and thus their lies offensive in the extreme.  Have the courage to stand up for honesty and fairness.  Put an end to Republican divisiveness in America: Stop supporting libel.

August 25, 2004

Ties (Oregonian)

(Oregonian - Unpublished)

So let me see if I have this straight.

A representative of Al Queda met with Saddam who refused to provide assistance to Al Queda.  And those “ties” were important enough to help justify using $144 billion and 140,000 soldiers to attack Iraq.

But when the Bush campaign's lead lawyer, a member of Bush's veteran's support group, one of Bush's top donors who is a featured VIP at a GOP convention reception for Bush's campaign manager Karl Rove, and other people that manufactured this kind of campaign against previous Bush opponents all help create a smear campaign of lies that Bush refuses to denounce, those activities aren't tied to Bush?

Hypocrisy rules in court of King George the “W”.

Re: Campaign 2004 (NYT)

(NYT - Unpublished)

So let me see if I have this straight.  If you [Kerry] are a decorated war veteran that  dedicated your life to public service, then you are not a patriot and unfit for command.  But if a wheelchair-bound veteran [McClellan] who lost three limbs defending this country comes to you [Bush] with a petition for redress of a grievance and you hide from him behind barricades at your ranch while you golf and put the finishing touches on your big speech, then you are what? showing admirable moral values and are displaying strong command leadership?

If George Orwell could see us now.

August 20, 2004

73 days to 2004 Election

Dear Friend -

I think we have a great opportunity, by acting now, to move Oregon OUT of the swing/battleground state category and over to the Kerry column.  If we can do that in the next few weeks, then Kerry can concentrate his resources on the states with larger electoral college counts.  Current electoral count:
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/election-test-fl,0,1851284.flash

With so few “undecided” voters left, I think Kerry's big opportunity lies in giving the courage of their convictions to moderate Republicans many, many of whom are already uncomfortable with Bush ... you can help by showing them Bush isn't a conservative like them (deficits, unneeeded war, religion in everything) and Kerry is the safe choice for conservatives - deficit reduction, education, individual liberties over government intrusion, war only when we must, etc.  I've been very impressed by a self-proclaimed, life-long “Barry Goldwater Republican” who is not just not voting for Bush, but working hard for Kerry and other Democrats as his way to retake his party from the right-wing radicals.
http://archive.salon.com/news/feature/2004/03/26/moderates/index_np.html
http://www.republicansforkerry04.com/
http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=38&story_id=8137
http://www.republicansforkerry04.com/whykerry1.html
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4106.shtml

VOTE, VOTE, HELP GET OUT THE VOTE!

Environmental Victory Project has been working hard, has already visited over 100,000 households in the Portland metro area and has added the Salem area to it's plans.  Help them get out the vote!
http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/

America Coming Together (ACT) for America has started work in Oregon, and is upping its profile and fund-raising to support its work here and across the country.  Ellen R. Malcolm, President of ACT, is the founder and president of EMILY’s List.
http://actforvictory.org/

ACT is having a training day tomorrow, Aug 21 in Portland:
http://acthere.com/eventSearch.php?start_month=8&start_day=21&start_year=2004&end_month=8&end_day=22&end_year=2004&distance=100&zipCode=97148

If you haven't seen ACT's get-out-the-vote ad, with Will Ferrel as “W”, check it out right now, it is hilarious!
http://whitehousewest.com/

Here' what ACT has to say: “The #1 reason people don't vote is because they've never been asked to.  It's our job to reach these people.  This is what Election Action Day is all about.”  Help get out the vote!

If we turn out the vote for Kerry, we can help make sure we have the “coattails” to carry a lot of our other issues and candidates to victory!

To make sure every vote gets counted, scroll to Aug 13 article at:
http://www.thenation.com/edcut/index.mhtml?bid=7
and support
http://www.afuvote.net/voter_protection_program.cfm
why worry?
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/17/opinion/17krugman.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/16/opinion/16herbert.html
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50F17FC38590C7B8EDDAE0894DC404482
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0614F93E590C748EDDAE0894DC404482

KERRY'S HUGE PORTLAND RALLY

As you all probably know, Kerry had a very successful visit to Oregon last Friday capped with a rally estimated at 50,000 people by the fire marshall.  Apparenty the shear size left the Bush team “rattled”.

Bush had been stalking Kerry across the country, or being the follower in a game of “follow the leader” as a friend said, and Portland was classic: Bush waited until Kerry's schedule was firmed up, then scheduled his own mini event at the same time in order to try and steal media attention away.  This led to Theresa Heinz having to draw out her introductory speech while Bush finished up so that the media could cover Kerry live.  Sheesh.

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION COMING

The Republican convention is coming up, and with no special knowledge, I can't believe that Bush will leave the domestic agenda alone for Kerry.  In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he drops some bombshell designed to suck all the air out of the media for the next month or so while they talk it up and down with per-canned Republican talking points to put Kerry's campaign off balance until we're almost on top of the election.

Could it be a restructuring of the tax system around a national sales tax?  Treasury secretary Snow says Bush hasn't “decided” yet to make it a centerpiece ... but hey, it isn't the convention yet, and these sure sound like trial balloons to me.
http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2004/0813/p03s01-uspo.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61078-2004Aug12.html
http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=6031212

RE-ELECT DAVID WU - WE NEED EVERY DEMOCRATIC SEAT IN THE HOUSE

I was at a great get-togthether for David Wu last night in Yamhill county.  What a fired up group.  David's speech about voting rights and issues like civil rights got a rousing reception.  His opponent, Goli Ameri has already had several national Republicans help raise money as they think they have a shot a getting the seat back.  We need to keep every seat in Democrat hands, so please lend David's campaign a hand.
http://www.wuforcongress.com/

DEFEAT MEASURE 37

For me, one of the big issues this fall is defeating Measure 37 (Son of 7), which would destroy land-use in Oregon ... there's just no way to mince words on this one, it would be a disaster if passed.  Many county farm bureaus, Oregon Business Association, etc. are on the record opposing it already.  It will be expensive (over $300M/year) and complicated to implment and produce grossly unfair rules where neighbors all have different rules applying to their property depending on when they bought it and when they asked for exemptions to the rule (ask early in the year when there's budget money and you might get money, but ask late in the year when budget is drained and the land-use law is waived).  Sheesh.
http://www.takeacloserlookoregon.org/
http://www.takeacloserlookoregon.org/endorsements.html

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Where I stand on a few issues:
http://www.newsregister.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=183321
http://www.capitalpress.info/Main.asp?SectionID=75&SubSectionID=816&ArticleID=11641

FUND-RAISING

Oregon election fund-raising:
http://www.opensecrets.org/states/county.asp?State=OR&Year=2004
http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.asp?cycle=2004&id=OR01

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