Sunday, August 24, 2008

Gallup Poll - The Biden pick

Did no harm, may help with some Democrats.

Unrelated links

Obama's church lesson for Sunday - don't be cocky.

Homeland Security splits Vermont town.

The Democratic Party has grown strong during the Bush presidency.

Maureen Dowd: McCain is a long-tailed rat with a POW get-out-of-jail-free card.

Another poll - Obama steady with 6 point lead before the convention bounce.

Big Business Goes After Unions to Defeat Democrats and Workers.

Neocon whacko Bill Kristol doesn't watch the GOP debates, attacks Democrats for a "female glass ceiling."

Ideas - new NYT blog.

NYT: Housing Bust - California's Ground Zero.

New school mandates to correctly teach evolution as the organizing basis for life science has teachers on the front lines

Democratic office in Clear Lake Houston opens with talk about Biden. The 11 news web site has terrible ads.

McClatchy Media: Liberal Positions Make Strong Gains in Popularity as Democrats Lean Left.
"Government SHOULD do more, especially when you're spending tens of billions of dollars in Iraq protecting the interests of millionaires," said Rebecca Washington, a Democrat and an accountant from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

"We've got to revoke the tax cuts for the wealthy," said Vicki Balzer, a Democrat and retired teacher from the Cleveland suburb of Berea. "We definitely need to do something more for the economically disadvantaged. . . . We've allowed big corporations to take millions for corporate leaders while workers get nothing."

Nationally, 40 percent of Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections called themselves liberal, the highest since the American National Election Studies program started asking in 1972.

At the same time, the number of Democrats who support a government safety net for the poor — such as guaranteeing food and shelter for the needy and spending to help them even if it means more debt — jumped by 14 percentage points from 1994 to 2007, according to the Pew Research Center.

Support for that safety net also rose by 15 points among independents and 9 points among Republicans.
Biden - a safe moderate choice. Link from Carl Whitmarsh.

Biden will help in Florida.

Clinton delegates are unhappy, but ready to move on

Senator John Cornyn professed to a group in Houston that Texas is a national model for improving access to health care, adding that he wants to make health care in America more like it is here in Texas. Among the 50 states, Texas has the highest rate of residents (one in four) without health insurance. 5.5 million Texans have no health insurance, three million more than voted for Cornyn in 2002

"John Cornyn's health care model is a system that has left over 5 million Texans without health care coverage," said Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Hector Nieto. "The only thing big and bad about John Cornyn is the fact that his health care ideal serves only the big insurance companies and that's bad for Texans who see their insurance premiums rising and health care coverage shrinking."

Last year alone, Senator Cornyn voted six times against health insurance for Texas children. [Vote 307, 8/2/07; Vote 352, 9/27/07; Vote 353, 9/27/07; Vote 401, 10/31/07; Vote 402, 11/1/07; Vote 403, 11/1/07] At the time, Texas had over 1.4 million uninsured children - the highest number of any state. The legislation he voted against would have enabled insurance coverage for 584,000 uninsured children [Families USA Report 09/07; CRS and CMS data].

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