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The Real McCain

Posted by Annie on September 12, 2008

The Real McCain…courtesty of Brave New Films:

Part 2:

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Rock’n’Register is Saturday!

Posted by Annie on September 9, 2008

If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, September 13th between the hours of 2:00 and 10:00, check out Rock’n’Register at Harford Community College.  It’s an all-ages battle of the bands show, costs $6 in advance and $8 at the door (all money after cost goes to a local non-profit), and you’ll get to hear some good local music.  Plus you can vote for your favorite band, as well as for the non-profit that should receive the money, on a voting machine from the Harford County Board of Elections.  There will be political organizations, candidates, and an opportunity to register to vote.  Click here for more information.

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The conservative media

Posted by Annie on September 5, 2008

Ever feel like you’re the only person noticing the double talk coming from the mouths of Karl Rove, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Dick Morris and the like?  You’re not…John Stewart notices!  This clip shows statements by all of the above and how wildly they change when they’re talking about a Republican candidate or issue.  It’s incredible…sadly it’s something the mainstream “liberal” media would never call them out on. 

You can read an article about this and watch the Daily Show clip here courtesy of the Huffington Post.  Or click here to view the official Comedy Central clip (with commercial).

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Obama event on Saturday, August 23rd

Posted by Annie on August 21, 2008

Also, from the Harford for Obama campaign:

“There is a registration drive planned for Edgewood, Woodbridge Center, 1400 block Pulaski Hwy (Rte 40) for Saturday August 23rd. As you know voter’s registration is very important to a successful outcome during an election and this is a crucial time and there is much at stake. Therefore, we must make every effort to increase the number of registered voters and thereby increase voter turnout. You will be canvassing with the New Harford Democratic Club and Young Democrats and should assemble at 9:30am. Look for the truck with the Obama Signs.”

***Please meet in the parking lot at ADVANCE AUTO, 1401 Pulaski Hwy.

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Obama office in Bel Air

Posted by Annie on August 21, 2008

From the Harford for Obama campaign:

“An office will open in Bel Air on Saturday (August 17th) at the location of 137B, 2nd floor of Alice Anne Steet & Hays. If you are in the area and have a few minutes, please stop by to visit, have some refreshments and get the latest campaign news.  The office will be open on Saturday between the hours of 11-2.
 
During the campaign, the office will serve as a location for phone banking and other campaign activities and will be open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9-5.  If you would like to volunteer to provide office coverage, please sign up with our volunteer coordinator.”

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OCS Oil Drilling: The WRONG Approach

Posted by piperj3cub on July 15, 2008

The Democrats in Congress can go a long way at this point in time towards renewing my personal faith in the party… by NOT responding to Bush’s obnoxious tactic to try and open vast regions of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to oil drilling.  Drilling in the regions of the OCS currently off-limits will have NO short-term impact on fuel prices (it could be argued that the speculation of future supplies may reduce the price of oil by a small amount, but in reality over the past 50 years any increase in domestic production has had little to no impact on the price of gasoline; these data are available from multiple government and industry sources).  Expanding regions of the OCS open for future drilling WILL however allow many cronies of the president to make millions of dollars, if not billions, by domestic exploration alone, much less actual drilling (remember that much of both Bush’s and Cheney’s stock portfolios are involved with corporations that specialize in oil exploration and extraction).

 

Still… the entire reasoning behind the president’s decision to ‘open’ the OCS for expanded research and drilling is the reduction of gasoline prices.  I say again that this legislation will have NO IMPACT on fuel prices.  So, why will the Democrats in congress support it?  It is getting increasingly bothersome to me that the Democratic Party is so willing to legislate rather than educate; our party’s position over the past decades on this issue has been the correct one!  We need to be telling America why we are correct, not change our policy because we think this will work against Obama in the presidential campaign.  The position of environmental protection is not a bad one.  In addition, if we want to truly impact fuel prices, we would be supporting increased economy standards for automobiles, and an overall energy-efficient economy.  The slight increase in future supply of oil will have a minimal impact on fuel prices compared to the almost instantaneous impact that higher fuel efficiency standards would have on demand.  Wake up Democratic Party… DO THE CORRECT THING!

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Our Progressive Agenda

Posted by piperj3cub on September 30, 2007

Why are we interested and involved in politics?  For me it is first and foremost a strong desire to see our country become more progressive; to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all people in our country and the world.  This is accomplished through universal healthcare, fair wages, a fully-funded education system, and laws that protect the natural world around us and promote conservation of resources and the wildlife surrounding them.  Why am I a Democrat?  I know that the Democratic Party offers the BEST chance of moving the country towards those goals!

 

In a recent heated discussion, it was suggested that the Green Party is much more in-line with my values and beliefs, and as such I am “selling myself out” by being a dedicated member of the Democratic Party.  I could not disagree with this sentiment further.  In fact, I cannot help but feel that in America today, the presence of a third party is only a major detriment to progressive legislation.  It can be fairly argued that the obnoxious war in Iraq, the pitifully unfair tax system under which we currently labor, poor environmental laws and regulations, and the biased influence of corporations in crafting environmental, educational, and healthcare focused legislation is a result of the more “progressive” Green Party’s position in the 2000 general election.  It is abundantly clear that Al Gore would have been President had Ralph Nader not garnered 2% of the popular vote.  As a result of that election the progressive agenda has been sent back by decades.  Heck, our environmental protection was stronger under Nixon than it is now!

 

If the people of the Green Party really wanted to make a difference, if they really wanted to push forward a progressive agenda, they could do so much more effectively if they were part of the Democratic Party than they can separately!  Think about it.  If the most progressive and liberal Democrats boycott the party in favor of another, what happens to the Democratic Party as a whole?  We become more conservative.  If all of the true progressives in this country were active in the Democratic Party, our party would be considerably more in line with a truly populist agenda, and it is likely that so much of what we have been fighting for during the Bush administration’s rule would already have been achieved.  With these ‘progressives’ on our side, the left wing of the Democratic Party would have considerably more power, and the progressive agenda would be able to gain serious momentum.

 

If our governmental system was such that congress was parliamentary; if we apportioned seats by party voting percentages in the general elections, then I could see using 3rd parties to steer legislation.  But that is not the way it works in America!  We are not Britain!  So, the question is why are we in politics?  If the goal is to be a dissenter, to always have something or someone to fight against, then I can see being a member of the Green Party (or the Libertarian or other “3rd party”).  But if the goal is to effect legislation, then for crying out loud do what will get that legislation passed!  If the goal is to pass progressive legislation for the good of all Americans and world citizens, then it stands to reason that members of the Green Party must recognize their role in the Democratic Party if they came aboard!  They would steer DEMs towards our shared progressive goal.  As it stands right now, the 3rd party system, particularly with respect to the Green Party, will only continue to hurt the progressive agenda on a national level as their presence increases the likelihood of a Republican victory (something that must be avoided at all costs IMHO).  A friend once referred to the Green Party as standing for “Get Republicans Elected Every November”.  Unfortunately for us, for them, and for all that our progressive agenda would benefit, I fear that friend is correct.

 

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Democratic Party Candidate Forums

Posted by Annie on September 6, 2007

Come visit the Young Democrats of Harford County this fall for one of our monthly meet-ups!  Our next four meetings will focus on the candidates vying for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.  There will be presentations by representatives of each candidate, and then the floor will be open for debate and discussion of that candidate’s political platform.  All are encouraged to attend and participate.  Is your mind already made up?  Then please come and let us know why!  Frank and open discussion is always welcome (and is preferrable!).   Meet-ups are at 7:00 p.m. at Sean Bolans in Bel Air, and the upcoming dates are:

September 19th: Spotlight on Barack Obama

October 17th: Spotlight on Hillary Clinton

November 14th: Spotlight on John Edwards

January 16th: Mock debate between all candidates…one month before Maryland’s Democratic primary!

We would prefer the opportunity to give ALL of the Democratic candidates an equal chance to make their beliefs and platform known, but due to the relatively short amount of time remaining before the primary, this schedule seems to work best.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the candidate forums!  Please comment here if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Harford County Council vs. General Assembly Delegation?

Posted by Annie on June 3, 2007

Here’s an interesting article from the Baltimore Sun, June 3rd:

“Lawmakers seek accord” 

Often at odds, County Council and state delegation to meet   

They have sparred in the local press and traded jabs from their respective offices.

Now members of Harford’s County Council and General Assembly delegation are looking to a series of joint work sessions to air their differences and perhaps find a better way to address issues facing the county.

“We are all working for the same county,” said Councilman Dion F. Guthrie, an Edgewood Democrat.

The sessions, which will begin July 24 at the council offices in Bel Air, are a first, said council President Billy Boniface, who arranged the meetings. If officials can discuss legislative priorities and what they would like to accomplish in Annapolis before the 2008 legislative session, maybe they can avoid the acrimony and disappointment that have occurred in the past, he said.

…You can read the rest of the article by clicking on the title, which is a link to the article in its entirety.  It also states that there will be a public hearing on June 12th about the elected school board issue, which is a hot topic right now.  So even though the Generel Assembly isn’t in session right now, keep writing letters to your state delegates and senators; it’s always important to let them know what you think, especially when it comes to county issues. 

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Upcoming events

Posted by Annie on April 29, 2007

There are two events coming up that people of the Democratic persuasion in Harford County should be aware of…

The first is A Salute to Maryland & Harford County Democratic Leaders on Sunday, May 6th, 2:00 to 5:00.  The New Harford Democratic Club is holding this gala in recognition of the Democratic victories in this past election.  It will be at the Bel Air Armory, at 37 N. Main Street, and many notable Maryland Democratic politicians will be there.  Tickets are $40 and there will be a cash bar, staffed by (and a fundraiser for) the Harford County Young Democrats! 

The second event is the monthly Harford County Young Democrats Meetup on Wednesday, May 16th.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 on the second floor of Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant,
12 S. Main Street in Bel Air.  Our meetings are always on the third Wednesday of the month, and it is a great group of people…come join us!

 Please comment to this post if you have any questions.

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