Friday, August 29, 2008

Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech for Involved Voters

The Democratic Convention featured many great speeches, but if you only have time to read the full text of one, let it be Barack Obama's. Here's a link to the entire speech.

To watch it online, try the Obama campaign site for a continuous version of the full speech or see it in segments on YouTube.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Follow the Democratic Convention online

Whether you want to watch the Convention in real time or just review the highlights, a good place to start is the special Democratic Convention web site.

One thing that draws me to this site is that I consider the absence of network and cable talking heads to be a big plus. On the downside, you might need to download and install a couple of new media player gadgets for your browser.

Get to know Joe Biden, Obama's VP pick

Barack Obama's selection of Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware as his running mate shows that Obama is serious about strengthening the middle class and ensuring a secure America. Biden's working class roots, ability to overcome adversity, devotion to his family, knowledge of foreign policy, and personal qualities such as sense of humor and friendliness make him a strong choice for VP.

Involved voters can learn more about Joe Biden at his US Senate web site.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Real McCain

Most working families today do not have homes that have anywhere near 10 rooms. John McCain has 10 houses. Many working people in America have to work two and three jobs to provide for their families and pay their car loans. John McCain hops on a private jet. Is it any wonder why McCain champions a George Bush agenda of cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy, helping oil companies turn record profits, and leaving working families to fend for themselves? McCain's velvet world leaves him utterly unprepared to make the tough choices we need to restore the middle class and ensure that everyone in America has quality, affordable health insurance.

-Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

"John McCain is soaring to new heights of hypocrisy on his wife's personal jet. He flies around the country bent on duping the public into believing he's "one of them," a regular guy who can empathize with Americans facing an overwhelming economic crush. What's more, he disparages those who oppose his ridiculous policy proposals as "elitist." But who's the real elitist? The REAL McCain is a multimillionaire who owns ten luxurious homes. (My note: Purchases made possible by his wife's wealth.) The REAL McCain backs President Bush's tax cuts for big corporations. The REAL McCain empathizes only with the interests of our nation's wealthy minority, not its money-strapped majority. But far too many are buying into McCain's deceit because the corporate press won't present the whole picture."
- Bob Greenwald of Brave New Films (an alternative media outlet)

Here's a link to The Real McCain videos.

We need Mark Schauer for the 7th District

Mark Schauer is our antidote for two years of Tim Walberg.

Walberg has shown dogged devotion to the policies of "The Club for Growth" and the Bush Administration for the past two years - he's served them well at our expense! Mark Schauer has been a public servant with an excellent reputation among his Michigan constituents for a dozen years. Mark "gets it" - he's a leader who believes in investing in Michigan and its citizens and works to make our government serve us well.

If you don't know Mark yet, I encourage you to find out more about him by visiting the Mark Schauer for Congress web site.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The book "Obama Nation" is an Abomination!

Jerome Corsi, the guy who wrote the "Swiftboat Veterans" book, is back again. This time with a book full of lies about Barack Obama. The Obama campaign has issued a 40 page rebuttal. You can find it on the Obama '08 website. It's hard to believe that the book is listed as non-fiction! But, I guess that's how they list books that are "opinion" pieces written as hatchet jobs by people with not-so-hidden agendas.

It's my sincerest hope that Involved Voters will spread the word that the kind of campaigning we saw from the Republicans in the 2004 election will not be tolerated this time - and that the average voter is ready to say, "We won't be fooled again!"

Friday, August 8, 2008

Image versus Reality: John McCain - Update

While reading posts on one of my favorite political blogs, Talking Points Memo, I came across an article by an Arizona reporter who has been following John McCain since before his "Keating Five" days. Please ask everyone you know who is considering voting for John McCain to read this. It's more evidence that he fails the test when it comes to the character traits most Americans want to see in their president.

Here's the link:

Update: John McCain's reaction to Russia's invasion of Georgian territory is an example of some traits of his that make me extremely uncomfortable about his suitability in the areas of national security and foreign policy.

Please take a look at this post from the Democracy Arsenal blog for details.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Results of August 5 Primary

Lima Township's Involved Voters (314 out of 2381 registered voters) turned out for the August 5 primary. The unofficial results for Lima Township are available at the Washtenaw County Elections web site.

A big "Thanks!" to everyone who took the time to find the Democratic Precinct Delegate section of the ballot and cast a vote for me.

You can find the results for all of Washtenaw County by using this index link.

Today marks the beginning of the General Election campaign. So please send email to limatowndem (email address at the top right of this page) to let me know what information about candidates, issues, etc, you would like to see posted on this blog.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, is Primary Day

Primary elections provide important opportunities for Involved Voters to make their voices heard.

To find Primary information for your city or township in Washtenaw County, just go to WashtenawVotes and type in your address.

Attention, Lima Township residents:
* "When you vote in the Primary Election you will be nominating a United States Senator, Representative in Congress 7th District, and Representative in the State Legislature 52nd District.
* Washtenaw County Offices will include Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk/Register of Deeds, Treasurer, Drain Commissioner and County Commissioner.
* For Lima Township you will be nominating the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, two Trustees (there are candidates in the Republican section only), and Precinct Delegates (both Democratic and Republican). Remember you may vote in one partisan section only, you cannot “split your ticket”."
* For more information about the primary, go to the Lima Township Election Information web page.

I am on the Lima Township ballot, Democratic Party section, as a candidate for Precinct Delegate. The position is one that serves to connect Democratic voters in Lima Township with the Washtenaw County Democratic Party. The first official duty of the Precinct Delegate will be to participate in the August 16 County Convention. The purpose of this Convention will be to 1) elect Washtenaw County's representatives and alternates by Congressional District to the State Convention Committees; and 2) consider resolutions for forwarding to the State Convention Platform Committee.

Join other Involved Voters who will be making time on Tuesday, August 5, between 7 AM and 8 PM to vote in the Primary.