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Matheson Forced into Primary With Claudia Wright, Utah Citizens Candidate

Congratulations to Claudia Wright, Tim DeChristopher, Ashley Anderson, Julianne Waters, Jordan, Loren and so many others from Peaceful Uprising for the amazing win!

Claudia got 45% of the delegate vote to Matheson’s 55% at today’s Democratic State Convention.

My take on the story. Tim DeChristopher raised a bunch o’ money for his legal defense, more than was needed, so he and Julie and Michael Mielke decided to for PeacefulUprising.org (original site) to inspire others to acts of civil disobedience.

Among PeacefulUprising’s many actions over the past year was to meet with Jim Matheson to help him understand the critical nature of the climate energy problem. Jim of course refused to acknowledge them and kind of pissed them off basically.

At first, they did try to work within the State Democratic Party structure to find a candidate. For obvious reasons to anyone who understands the party system, challenging Jim from within the system wasn’t going to happen.

Having little other choice, they ran a Craig’s List ad to recruit someone to run against him.
The next day, DeChristopher anonymously posted a want ad on Craig’s List seeking a progressive candidate with “a strong commitment to defending fundamental human rights over corporate profits.” The ad listed qualifications for Congress and the annual wage of $174,000. Links to the ad floated around Facebook and Twitter, although most interpreted it as a joke. “[The ad] was put up there partly out of frustration,” DeChristopher says. Lafon adds, “This was after we tried to get as many people as we could to run against Rep. Matheson.”

GOP and Democrat conventions are Saturday – Deseret News, May 7, 2010

Democrats have a race, too – Salt Lake Tribune, May 6 2010

McEntee: Challenging Matheson and raising hell – Salt Lake Tribune, May 3 2010

Challenger Claudia Wright expects to take Rep. Jim Matheson to a primary – May 3 2010

County Dems hold Convention – St. George Spectrum, April 20, 2010

Matheson Challenger Campaigns in St. George – St. George Spectrum, April 19, 2010

Jim Matheson vs. Democrats – Salt Lake City Weekly, March 3, 2010

More later gotta go.

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Capitol Switchboard Used to Pitch ObamaCare?

The tax payer funded Congress and Senate switchboard is being illegally used to push ObamaCare. If you call your Congressman or Senator via the Capitol switchboard you will be given a pitch to urge your Congressman to vote for Obama’s health-care plan.

Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.

Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.

Try it yourself at 1-800-828-0498 while it lasts.

I tried it myself just to make sure and this is absolutely true.

Here is the audio:

This is not the first time government resources have been used to promote ObamaCare. As we know the administration set up a snitch email, the now defunct, flag@whitehouse.gov.

Whether you approve of Obama’s health care plan or not you should be outraged that tax-payer funded resources are being used to push anyone’s political agenda. When you call your Congressman you should not be subjected to any kind of pitch prior to being connected.

Call your Congressman and alert them to put a stop to this, and hold those responsible for this miss-allocation of government resources.

Imagine the outcry if George W Bush tried this?

******UPDATE*******

After some investigating this 800 number may actually be run by liberal lobbying groups duping people into calling that number instead of the regular Capitol switchboard, then they give you the pitch and forward you to the real one.

If this is the case then we need to find out the organization(s) behind this and expose them. It would be interesting to discover the legality of this. What we may need to do is call this number repeatedly because every call costs the 800 number owners money. Just make sure you don’t let the call forward to the switchboard so no tax money will be used. This is what happened after flag@whitehouse.gov was exposed. So many people spammed it that it forced them to take it down.

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Karl Rove subpoenaed before Congress, again

roveGetting subpeonaed and actually testifying are worlds apart, as we’ve seen in the past. However, things are different this time since a federal judge rejected Rove’s excuse for not testifying the last time. This is one slimy guy I’d like to see squirm under questioning. He seems to have a reason for not wanting to talk. Let’s hear it.

The New York Times:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify about the Bush administration’s firing of U.S. attorneys.

The subpoena Monday by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers continues a long-running legal battle. Rove previously refused to appear before the panel, contending that former presidential advisers cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

Rove was asked to appear for a deposition on Feb. 2. Conyers also wants him to testify on whether politics played a role in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, a Democrat.

Rove’s former boss, ex-President George W. Bush, upheld Rove’s legal position but it has been rejected by a federal judge.

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Collapse of Congress (Part three – fixing the problem)

Just as banking is too important to be left to bankers, democracy is too important to be left to politicians . . .

For an interesting example, let’s look at New Zealand. From their official government website:

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The Collapse of Congress (part two)

In part one, I argued that Congress has become a deeply dysfunctional institution and that dysfunction threatens the fabric of American democracy. Spend an afternoon watching C-Span and what you see is not meaningful, deliberative debate on the part of our elected representatives, what you see is a series of endlessly obscure hearings, questions, continual dodging and weaving, posturing and speechifying. One sees little actual debate.

Congress’ dysfunction is in part rooted in the rise of the Imperial Presidency. The Cold War served to increase the President’s stature and authority and sustained that change for decades. The threat of danger from overseas – foreign affairs, within the executive’s realm of authority – allowed presidents to claim greater authority within the government (what Andrew Bacevich called the National Security State.

As the imperial presidency has accrued power, surrounding the imperial presidency has come to be this group of institutions called the National Security State. The CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the other intelligence agencies. Now, these have grown since the end of World War Two into this mammoth enterprise.
But the National Security State doesn’t work. The National Security State was not able to identify the 9/11 conspiracy. Was not able to deflect the attackers on 9/11. The National Security State was not able to plan intelligently for the Iraq War. Even if you think that the Iraq War was necessary. They were not able to put together an intelligent workable plan for that war.

The second paragraph points us to the real problem – the National Security State doesn’t work and Congress has failed to rein it in.

The Bush administration has aggressively used its PR construct – the War On Terror – to further expand Presidential power – with the full and willing collaboration of many members of Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Collapse of Congress

This is part one of a three part series on Congress.

The Current State of Affairs

Last week, Barney Frank said something stunning – he said that Barack Obama needed to take more assertive leadership in the current economic crisis.

At first blush, Frank’s statement might not seem troubling. On further reflection, Frank is admitting that Congress is unable to provide leadership for the nation. Frank’s comment is especially revealing when you consider that Barney Frank has a history as one of the House’s more outspoken members – he’s no fading violet but he’s still asking for the President-elect to offer Congress leadership.

A few months ago, on Bill Moyers, Andrew Bacevich described Congress as a dysfunctional institution, one incapable of ending an unpopular war being waged by an even more unpopular President. Over the last decade as Congress has become an increasingly and distressingly incapable institution – incapable of carrying out its Constitutional duties, an isolated backwater whose members are focused narrowly winning re-election that they have little ability or interest in actually governing. Congress, in other words, has utterly collapsed as a functioning branch of government. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Legacy of a Bigot (Jesse Helms): a Stubborn Stain

Former Senator Jesse Helms, the notorious author of dozens of measures attacking GLBT and HIV-positive people during his years in the Senate, died on July 4. Unfortunately, the legacy of discrimination against HIV-positive people he helped to create lives on in a law that bars nearly every foreign person with HIV from entering the United States. That’s right – with very few exceptions, an HIV-positive individual cannot come to the United States for any reason, be it to visit, work, study or become a legal resident.

It’s an embarrassment and an outrage. And at long last, we have a chance to bring it to an end.

Ask your Senator to stand up against bias and ensure that the ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants is repealed.

Earlier this year, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Smith (R-OR) added language to repeal this discriminatory law that was included in legislation reauthorizing efforts to fight HIV across the globe, commonly known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). We thought we were close to finally ending the discriminatory ban which prevents HIV positive individuals from entering the country or obtaining legal U.S. citizenship.

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