Thursday, May 31, 2012
Pension-cutting House Bill 1447 has been moved to the Senate floor and could be voted on any time. This bill affects active and retired state employees and legislators (SERS and GARS members). Call NOW to 888-412-6570, say NO to HB 1447 in the Senate and SB 1673 in the House
I've been riding on Chicago's scenic waterfront highway Lake Shore Drive (LSD) for fifty years now but never perched on a bicycle and peddling along with 25,000 other folks. The scene was Chicago's annual Bike the Drive Fest when LSD is turned over solely to cyclists the Sunday before Memorial Day. At 5:30 AM I steered my trusty 24 speed onto the Drive at Jackson Blvd to an amazing view of a swarm of cyclists in both directions where only two ton stinkpots usually tred. Never having biked that far in my life, the 30 mile route appeared daunting as I headed south toward Hyde Park. Circling the Museum of Science and Industry to head back north, this aging pre-baby boomer, born in the waning days of FDR's presidency, was lifted by a biker's high and thousands of fellow cyclists of all ages, sizes and backgrounds, to go the distance. An hour later I hit the northern turnaround at Hollywood for a tough, uphill push back to the starting line. It was satisfying to realize that we were traveling nearly 750,000 miles without a single carbon emission being expelled to poke holes in our decaying ozone layer.
Bike the Drive is sponsored by the Chicagoland non-profit Active Transportation Alliance, whose mission is to: make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. You can learn more about their programs at www.activetrans.org.
Walt Zlotow is a precinct coordinator in Milton Township and an active blogger and Letter to the Editor writer. You can find him at Heartland Progressive
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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The first $5,000 of a contribution to OVF 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America (with the first $2,500 designated for the primary election, and the next $2,500 for the general election). The next $30,800 of a contribution will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amounts from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $10,000 per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: FL (17%); OH (16%); PA (13%); CO (11%); NC (11%); VA (11%); NV (6%); WI (6%); IA (5%); and NH (4%). A contributor may designate his or her contribution for a particular participant. The allocation formula above may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election.
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Certainly many of you reading this know that I came to politics through my activism against our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. And, like me, many others amongst us stuck their necks out (especially dicey as support for Bush's wars increased in DuPage)and risked accusations of disloyalty. It takes courage to stand in that line of fire as well.
As we begin this new summer season and head into the election run-up, I hope we can remember that, though our Democratic colleagues may do honorable service in myriad ways, we are all on the same team. I feel we best honor our veterans, our servicemen/women who will not be returning and our citizens serving now both overseas and here at home by being respectful to one another and aiming for the highest integrity in all of our public interactions. We are always remembered by the last act someone witnesses...what kind of impression do you, especially as a DuPage Demo rat,wish to leave in your wake? Amy Rohrer Opinions expressed in personally signed blogposts are solely those of the author and not necessarily a reflection of the policies of the DPDC.
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Friday, May 25, 2012
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The reason is the policies of Barack Obama and he needs our help so that he can take his last term and continue the work he has begun. We will love everything he does? Probably not. Do we want this positive economic and social trajectory to be radically blasted backward...NO!
If you agree, please, we need you. We need you to work your block, your neighborhood or your whole precinct. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org today and give us your contact info so we can determine where you live and how to get you on board today.
Executive Director, DPDC
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I was really stunned by the admissions of utter incompetence by Jamie Dimon on the talk shows last week. It is a perfect example of what Robert Reich is discussing in this quick little video contrasting Public vs Private morality. Take a LOOK
Executive Director, DPDC
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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And, frankly, it only comes down to this relatively small challenge. Pay it forward in your own precinct, block or neighborhood. Show the stewardship we yearn to reclaim in the places you influence. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, don't pass on stories of negativity about government, listen to others complaints kindly and quietly and then change the subject to something positive that is happening in the world or in your life. Start building these kinds of relationships in your world and you will be an ambassador with continued influence moving folks to the voting booth, or into a volunteer position or even just into a better frame of mind.
Executive Director, Democratic Party of DuPage County
Friday, May 18, 2012
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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I'm Obama for America's new Illinois State Director. I'm thrilled to be here, joining this team of supporters. I spent 2008 organizing for then-Senator Obama across the Midwest, and I am fired up for 2012.
We've got less than six months to go before November 6th. That means we've got to do everything we can to deliver a win for President Obama here at home, and pitch in to help our friends in neighboring states like Iowa and Wisconsin. They've been doing some great organizing, and we can support that work.
To help map out our efforts for the next six months, please join me and other supporters for a State of the State conference call at 7:00 p.m on Wednesday, May 16th.
On the call, we'll get an update about the organizing we've done so far, including recaps of last Saturday's day of action in Iowa and Wisconsin. In case you missed it, volunteer teams from Illinois traveled to our neighbor states to help register voters and talk with people about the President's accomplishments. It was a great weekend, and we're looking forward to many more like it!
We'll also talk about our broader national strategy, and how Illinois will help President Obama get the 270 electoral votes needed in November. There are new opportunities to get involved all the time, and we'll cover some of the most important ways you can help the campaign.
Sign up here to RSVP for Wednesday's call:
I'm looking forwarding to meeting you on the call this Wednesday, and working with you for the next six months as we organize to re-elect President Obama.
Talk to you soon,
Illinois State Director
Obama for America
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Monday, May 14, 2012
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Check it out! http://www.standard.net/stories/2012/05/11/governor-backs-gay-marriage-illinois
Way to go Governor Quinn!
Oh! I am SO surprised!
From: "Adam Green, BoldProgressives.org" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 11, 2012 8:17 AM
Subject: Wisconsin bombshell
To: "Daniel Stafford" <email@example.com>
BREAKING: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just dropped a bombshell:
A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying [in early 2011] he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions.
Walker made the comments to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, who has since given $510,000 to the governor's campaign...
Walker told the public his actions were not about union busting, but this reveals the truth. It's shaking up the recall election today.
We're running ads right now in Madison urging voters to recall Walker. We're aiming to expand to Green Bay and other media markets next week.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
-- Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor, James Ploeser, Neil Sroka, Amanda Johnson, and the PCCC team
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