URGENT WEEKEND UPDATE ON THE KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNGreat New Kucinich Commercial
http://www.usalone.com/kucinich_tv.phpKucinich Contests Debate Exclusion by ABC News
Seattle Times Newshttp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004108723_campdig05.htmlKucinich Forges Ahead
James Ridgeway, Guardian Unlimitedhttp://blogs.guardian.co.uk/usa/2008/01/kucinich_forges_ahead.htmlGreen Democratic Alliance Endorses Kucinich
Burlington Free Presshttp://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20080107&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=80107015&SectionCat=&Template=printartWelcome to the United States of Disney – Why Was Dennis Kucinich Left Out of the ABC Democratic Debate
Best Syndicationhttp://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=010708_dennis_kucinich_democrat_debate.htmRep Mike Michaud Writes Strong Letter to Conyers Calling for Cheney Impeachment Hearings
Let’s Try Democracy, by David Swansonhttp://www.davidswanson.org/?q=node/1041Kucinich Protests Absence from Debate
Bryan Bender, Globe Staffhttp://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/kucinich_protes.htmlKucinich Campaign: ABC is violating public interest and endorsing 'chosen' candidates
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=48054Commentary from Doug Biviano [NY State Kucinich Coordinator] on Recent EventsI just heard Dennis on C-Span and he was asked this question. Dennis reiterated that his recommendation to his supporters caucusing in Iowa to go to Obama's table as a SECOND CHOICE ONLY IF THE 15 PERCENT THRESHOLD WAS NOT MET and was NOT AN ENDORSEMENT of Obama. He also said outright he was not competing in Iowa
. He was shutout of the debates in Iowa.
He said instead, he was competing hard and fast in New Hampshire. Given his limited campaigning in Iowa and what he has said, I believe that his recommendation was nothing more than a strategic response to a requirement of the Iowa caucus process itself. If any candidate's caucus goers do not meet 15 percent of the total number of caucus goers in the meeting hall for that district at the end of the first round, the candidate's caucus supporters are ordered by the caucus chair to move to a different candidate's table. They must move to a different table.
Now I want to make this clear that it is my analysis that this was a strategy and a rather good one. I will explain why. Recently, I listened to Dennis speak on Air America Radio and incidentally I was also given a short segment after Dennis spoke. Richard Greene invited Dennis to a lengthy segment on his show "Clout" (which, by the way, is one of the best Air America Shows). Dennis was genuine and dynamic as usual. More specifically, Dennis was asked what does it mean that Obama won Iowa. Dennis responded that it simply meant that the race was wide open. Dennis also provided a little more insight on this today on C-Span saying that he did not believe that any Democratic candidate would obtain a majority of delegates by the time of the convention. Therefore, the race would remain wide open and the delegates that he wins as we move through each state would keep him very viable and significant.
Now if you think about this it makes a whole lot of sense. Obama needed to score near home and he did. Edwards is going to continue to pull well, especially in the south. Clinton is going to win some too. Therefore, the pot will be split many ways. Imagine if Dennis didn't send his supporters to Obama's table and Clinton won. Would she have headed for a Kerry 2004 style sweep of the primaries as Obama fell from grace? God forbid. My guess is that Dennis understands the politics as much as policy. I do not know this for sure but this is how I see it. And as the other candidates knock each other down, have inconvenient details of their policies exposed and lose momentum, Dennis will breakthrough and gain momentum.
Lets give Dennis the benefit of the doubt this time. And after the inexcusable exclusion of Dennis from the debates by ABC harping on his recommendation seems small potatoes. The decisions of ABC executives are what undermined and belittled the hard work of Dennis Kucinich supporters in their participation.A Real Democrat Keeps Fighting – Message from the Kucinich Campaign Staff
We want to keep you updated with everything that is happening with the ABC situation. As you know, they have excluded Dennis from Saturday night’s debate. On Friday, the Kucinich for President Campaign filed an emergency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission claiming that the ABC television network is violating its obligation to operate in the public interest by excluding Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich from Saturday’s scheduled debate in Manchester, NH. The filing points out that Kucinich is the only Democratic presidential candidate who has qualified for Federal matching funds who is being excluded by
ABC. Further, the complaint charges, the televised event is not a true presidential primary debate without including all credible candidates, but instead is effectively an endorsement of the candidates selected by ABC.
Besides fighting this in court, we are fighting on the airwaves by purchasing TV and radio time.
Supporters gathered outside the location of the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire Saturday to hear Dennis speak. But he should have been inside at the debate. Mainstream America needs to hear about the one real Democrat - Dennis Kucinich. We need your support to get the word out that Dennis has the platform that America needs and wants. The mainstream media won't tell you. Did you know Dennis just won another straw poll? It was held by the Washington State Democratic Party, but you will have to look hard to find it!
Please contribute $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can so we can get our message to more Americans ...http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2423514:2457073074:m:3:155700169:4F967333FB1367CDDD8F8DC6D0DE4DAELocked Out: Kucinich Excluded from NH Debate – Brilliant Protest in Manchester, NH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQo5ZrYbSMGreat Message from NYC Kucinich Team Member – Thomas Gallagher – "The Times Square ABC Protest was GREAT!"
We had 5 REALLY LOUD and ENTHUSIASTIC people with Kucinich signs in front of the dark ABC studio. Amazing what a small group of voices can do to a cloak of silence. We got a lot of attention (people taking pictures from all over the square, people chiming in, giving the thumbs up, etc) chanting:
ABC can't stop the debate - Dennis Kucinich 2008!
ABC don't pick the President - You do! We do!
It's your vote's gonna pick the President - Dennis! Kucinich!I led a chant calling out our platform with Phoebe, Charlene [Duchess], Barbara, and Aaron enthusiastically responding each time with - "You gotta vote Kucinich!"
You want real change? (You gotta vote Kucinich!)
You wanna end war?
You want health care?
Not for profit health care?
An end to Nafta?
You want Peace?
Impeach Dick Cheney?
And George Bush too?
You gotta make some noise!
You gotta get out and vote!
On February five!
It was great! I feel sooooooooo much better. Thanks for coming out and Being the Change.
P.S. The police were friendly, asking only how long we would be there (I told them until the Democratic Debate began at 8:45pm), and for us to stay close to the building (I told him we would not block the sidewalk). Two officers jokingly asked later, "You're not voting for Giuliani?" and then professed that they liked Kucinich.
In case you missed it here are two links to Dennis and supporters raising hell in New Hampshire ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQo5ZrYbSM
OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB3JgbsddrQAn Open Letter to ABC News
Kathryn Smith, OpEdNews.comhttp://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_kathryn__080106_an_open_letter_to_ab.htmThe Dennis Kucinich Interview
Rachel Dowd, The Advocatehttp://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?2008/01/03/1Dennis Kucinich: Strength Through Peace, A New National Security Doctrine
Hosted at 92nd Street Y in NYC & Interviewed by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T%2DLC5SE25[Note: All tickets are $26]
[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda, Thomas, and other NYC Kucinich Team members in contributing the above info and articles. People have the power! If you see some links or articles you wish to share with like-minded friends and family, please share the wealth. As Americans we must vote our ideas and conscious. We must vote for candidates that best represent our values and not those of the Corporate Mainstream Media. Listen to what your heart and soul tell you and make your choices based on knowledge, not fear. Strength through peace and justice.]"THE POLICE" REUNION TOUR UPDATE
Got 'em Covered, says Police Man
The Australianhttp://theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,23018249-16947,00.html?from=public_rssWhen his band begins the Australian leg of its hugely reunion tour, Andy Summers will be exhibiting more than his guitar skills.Meet Jeff Ament: Pearl Jam’s Ament Plays for Love of Game
John Heaney, The Missoulianhttp://www.missoulian.com/articles/2008/01/07/sports/sports05.txt