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Joe Lieberman Links

Joe Lieberman - "Seasonal Memory Lapses" by Paul Bass (Hartford Courant)
Joe Lieberman - "Truth About Joe"
Joe Lieberman - "Lieberman Wins Republican Friends, Democratic Enemies... (WaPo)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman is a Big Oil Republican" (LamontBlog)
Joe Lieberman - "Kerry Calls Lieberman the New Cheney" (ABC)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman Doesn't Care About Handicapped People" (Wonkette)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman is Running With a Bad Crowd" (Firedoglake)
Joe Lieberman - "116 Reasons Not to Vote for Joe Lieberman"
Joe Lieberman - "How Joe Lieberman Tried to Kill Rock 'N Roll (Huffington Post)"

Ned Lamont Links

Ned Lamont - Official Campaign Website
Ned Lamont - Ned Lamont, the Political Entrepreneur
Ned Lamont - "Democrats Back Lamont; Lieberman Files Independent Run" (F0x)
Ned Lamont - Unofficial Ned Lamont Resource
Ned Lamont - Unofficial Lamont Blog
Ned Lamont - "The Democrats Mean Business" (WSJ)
Ned Lamont - "Ned Lamont vs. Joe Lieberman" (The Nation)
Ned Lamont - "Lieberman Loses Debate With Challenger Ned Lamont"
Ned Lamont - "Lamont: Lieberman Sounded Like Cheney"
Ned Lamont - "Lamont Fires Up Naples" (New Haven Independent)

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The Other Story

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Charley from the MTA, from BlueMassGroup (diary here) and I were asked to come and meet briefly with Sen. Kerry after a campaign event on Tuesday. The meeting itself has been reported on several blogs and commented on extensively. This is the story that the newspapers didn't report. I don't know about the TV news as I was no where near a TV Tuesday night.

I arrived early and found myself in a packed auditorium. People were everywhere. Wheelchairs of all types, people with a multitude of disabilities and people with none. The faculty and staff at the Perkins School for the Blind were there. Personal Care Attendants were there. Members of SEIU were there. The crowd was electric. On stage was a trio of students playing violin, drums and accordian enthusiastically playing Stars and Stripes Forever, among other things to the great pleasure of the crowd. I watched from the front corner of the balcony where I stood as all the seats were filled.

I watched as a screen flashed in yellow letters on a blue background the words that were spoken almost as quickly as they were uttered. I saw no one typing them but I did see the laptop that was plugged into the projector. Two different women were on the stage to sign for the hearing impaired. I watched as two Personal Care Assistants in the front two rows were tactilely signed the entire program with both of their hands enfolded by the hands of their clients. I saw a myriad of devices used for communication, the kind of communication that most of us take for granted—spoken words.

This event was FOR the disability community. I felt like I was crashing someone else's party in a way. But I also felt privileged to be there. The Perkins community gave me a gift of a glimpse into their lives. They didn't know it, I was irrelevant to the event which was as it should be.

What I saw in the two politicians, Sen. Kerry, and soon-to-be Gov. Patrick was a connection, a deep connection with the people in this community. They both have been involved in one way or another with the Americans With Disabilities Act. They showed a compassionate understanding of the issues, the multiple issues, faced by the people they were surrounded by. They spoke briefly from the stage with no script, Deval only minimally referring to a list of issues on the podium next to him.

Then they went onto the floor and took questions. They engaged with people face to face, wherever that face happened to be, in a chair or standing. They listened. They answered what they could. They heard what they were there to hear. It was obvious to me that this was no ordinary campaign event. I heard Deval say some of the same things I have heard him say before, but it was different here.
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This was not about the donors, the debate "issues" the commercials, the necessary part of politics that wear away at candidates day after day. This was about listening, about paying attention to a community that needs the state and the government to be on their "team." This was about politics in its truest sense as the "work of the people." It was about hope. My estimation of both men kicked up a notch. I am glad I was given the gift of a glimpse of this world.

There is a reason that the motto of the Perkins School is "All We See is Possibility."

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Met with Sen. Kerry today

Sen. Kerry was in Watertown, MA today with Deval Patrick at the Perkins School for the Blind. I had been asked to meet with him for a short (10 minutes) face to face along with Charley from the MTA from BlueMassGroup. I will post more about it tomorrow, but meanwhile, go to BlueMassGroup where you can listen to the "interview." Someone also typed up a full transcript. One comment on that—the "John" referred to towards the end was actually "Jon," not the Senator.

I'm at a ministers' retreat and don't have my usual tools with me, but there will be more on it when I get home tomorrow night.
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Information on Republican Candidates

Chris Bowers from MyDD thought you might be interested in the following:

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

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Moral Values

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All of the ongoing media circus and feeding frenzy that is focussed on the Mark Foley scandal is about moral values. Not the moral values that the Radical RIght has been pushing on the unthinking American public for lo these many years. The party of so-called "traditional values" has used their "values voters" for at least two decades now. Yes, USED them. And though we on the progressive side of the scale would like to think that finally, FINALLY, the people who have been blindly following the republican leadership like sheep have been awakened by the blinding light of the truth—the truth that they have been used by greedy, power-hungry fascists, I think we are going to be disappointed.

One thing that I learned from George Lakoff through is books, Moral Politics, and Don't think of an Elephant, and from John Dean's Conservatives Without Conscience is that people will hear what fits their world view. If facts come out that don't, those facts, no matter the truth, will just not enter their consciousness, they will be filtered out. That is the bad news. The good news is that the Foley episode, like none other has gotten through the filters enough to sow some seeds of doubt. That is big. Hopefully big enough to keep a lot of those new doubters home on election day.

But let's talk about moral values, the moral values that we progressives care about.

Justice
Fairness and Equity
Empathy
Responsibility
Honesty
Respect for Differences
Community

Those are a few, boiled down into teeny tiny soundbites. It is time for the party of real moral values, the party that stands for the above to start shouting them from the rooftops and remind the people in this country what it once stood for and can again, if we change the cast of characters who have tried to flush all that is good about this country down the toilet. We can only do that if we work for the candidates who have pledged to do just that. And this year there are plenty of them.

Start here and go from there! Much to do and time is running out.
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