Sunday, August 26, 2007

Presidential Candidate Forum

Five presidential candidates confirmed they will take part in discussions of key domestic issues before more than 600 representatives of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on August 27 and 28 at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, FL.

The schedule for the IAM Conversation with the Candidates is as follows:

  • Monday, 08/27/2007, 3:30 pm -- New York Sen. Hillary Clinton
  • Monday. 08/27/2007, 7:30 pm -- California Rep. Duncan Hunter and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
  • Tuesday, 08/28/2007, 7:30 pm -- Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Erin Moriarty of CBS News will moderate the candidate conversations. USTREAM.TV will stream the event live from the web site.

Tune in!

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Joe McMenamin Challenges John Shimkus for IL-19 in 2008

Joe McMenamin is the Democratic candidate for IL-19. He has begun circulating petitions for the February 05, 2008, Illinois Primary.

He has been in the U. S. Army for 26 years. He is a graduate of the Defense Strategy Course U. S. Army War College, served 12 months in a combat zone in Afghanistan, and is currently a lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois National Guard. He received his juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1979.

Joe is 54 years old. He is a fourth generation Illinoisan descended from New Deal Democrats. His father grew up on a farm during the Depression. His father-in-law, Cy Cawley of Eureka, Illinois was a prisoner of war (POW) in World War II. He had been captured at the Battle of Bulge; earlier he had jumped on D Day over Normandy with the 101st Airborne. Joe's paternal uncle, Vic McMenamin, was also a POW for two years after getting shot down on a B24 bombing mission over Europe; earlier he participated as tail gunner in the famed Ploesti Oil Field bombing mission over Romania.

Given a realistic alternative, voters will drive John Shimkus from office. He failed to perform his duty as a Member of Congress by not exercising checks and balances prior to and throughout the disastrous Iraq war, said Joe. He reminds his constituency that Rep. Shimkus consistently puts party above his country and reneged on his promise. By giving President Bush a blank check to fight a war in Iraq, Rep. Shimkus has succeeded in the following:

  • Spending a half a trillion dollars with little to show for it.
  • Shipped billions of dollars of American wealth abroad to import oil at triple the old price.
  • Avoided any real push towards energy independence.
  • Ignored the effects of global warming.
  • Delayed any viable solution to national health insurance.
  • Increased income disparity while oil companies and war profiteers grow wealthier.
Joe offers voters a better alternative to the Republican incumbent's questionable ethics. To help him collect signatures on the petitions contact The Philosophe Forum!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Future Democratic Precinct Committeeman

Michael Ziri, Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority (SMEAA), District 1 Member, is running for Democratic precinct committeeman in Springfield's Capital Precinct 26. He has plans to acquire more Democratic votes than the Republican candidate receives from his party through contributions from his generous supporters.

In the short time that Mr. Ziri has been a member of SMEAA, he has been quite busy cleaning house. Never one afraid to speak his mind, he tiredlessly works to ensure that officials work honestly in the interests of the public trust. Since the creation of SMEAA, board members preferred benefitting their personal interests:

  • Mr. Ziri initiated the clean-up of a ballot habitually stacked with experienced political insiders violating Illinois election code.
  • He challenged SMEAA's legal counsel's practice of a paid contract to represent candidates for the Board.
I feel that the Democratic Party must be held to its historical legacy of serving the working people, the grassroots, and other groups disenfranchised from the American Dream, said Mr. Ziri. He likes to remind people of two renowned state governors: John Peter Altgeld and Henry Horner. Both men had a sense of community and social justice, dedication to the working people, and commitment to decency and justice. In the 21st Century, they are but footnotes in Illinois history. It is time to return to those rather non-existent values.

The first step begins with Mr. Ziri, a grassroots man on the ground for the Democratic Party. Contact
him with your donation today!

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