Archive for June, 2005

What Are You Waiting For?

June 22, 2005

One of the missions of Democracy for Pittsburgh is to encourage members of our grassroots to run for office and offer them tools to succeed.

Here’s a workshop in our area that’s designed specifically for women who want to run for office:

Run, Baby, Run is a workshop that’ll give you the information you need to run for office. Elected Officials & campaign managers will share their knowledge + experience with you.

For years we’ve talked about our region’s lack of women in elected office….

…the time for talk is over, it’s time to RUN, BABY, RUN.©

If you’re considering running for office, the Run, Baby, Run workshop will give you the information you need. In this one day session, elected officials and campaign managers will share their knowledge and experience with you.

This workshop is designed for women only.

Saturday, September 17, 2005
from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh

Registration: $15 (includes lunch)

A limited number of scholarships are available.


Website (with downloadable registration form):


June 13, 2005

June 13, 2005 WASHINGTON – Howard Dean is “over the top,” Vice President Dick Cheney said, calling the Democrats’ chairman “not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party.”

“I’ve never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I’ve never met anybody who does. He’s never won anything, as best I can tell,” Cheney said in an interview to be aired today on Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes.

Yep, Dean is getting it from all sides. The current GOP Talking Points:

1. Democratic National Committee (DNC) fund raising under the chairmanship of Howard Dean has been “disappointing”.

2. He says crazy, mean things and is bad fro the party!

First. let’s quickly debunk the first claim. As notes:

Media echoed baseless claim that Dean is a fund-raising failure

In recent days, media figures have repeated the baseless claim that Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Howard Dean is not an effective fund-raiser. These claims echo an assertion in a June 6 Business Week article that misleadingly compared DNC fund-raising with money that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has raised this year. But a more relevant metric of fund-raising by the Dean-led DNC — a comparison of this year’s receipts with receipts in 2003 and 2001, the most recent election off-years — proves that Dean’s fund-raising efforts have surpassed those of his predecessor.


In fact, Dean raised $14.8 million between February and April 2005 (the latest data available), compared with the DNC’s $8.5 million during that period in 2003, the previous non-election year, and compared with the DNC’s $13.7 million in so-called “hard money” raised in the first six months of 2001. (It should be noted that since 2001, the contribution limits to national parties have increased as a result of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.)

Moreover, the DNC has raised more in comparison to the RNC over the past three months than it did during 2003. The RNC raised $32.4 million between February and April, about 2.2 times the rate of the Democrats, as Media Matters for America noted; over the same period in 2003, the RNC raised $25.7 million, more than three times the rate of the DNC. Media Matters compiled statistics from February through April, rather than the first-quarter statistics that BusinessWeek used, because Dean did not assume leadership of the DNC until February 12.

Now, as to the second charge:

“Crazy” and “mean” is the Vice President of the United States saying in September 2004 that a November win by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would put the United States at risk of another “devastating” terrorist attack.

“Crazy” and “mean” is when the Republican Majority Leader threatens judges by saying “The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior…” at a time when judges are under threat of real violence.

“Crazy” and “mean” and IRONIC is the Republican Senate Majority Leader participates in a rally subtitled “Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith” that is overwhelmingly Christian and White and then the Republicans cry that Dean says that the Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.”

Need we remind any one of what their leadership looks like?

(Another great picture — courtesy of Exit Stage Left — is available here.)
The real shame is when other “Democrats” pile on providing grist for the Repug propaganda mill like Democratic Sen. Joe Biden saying that, “He doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats.” That statement was gleefully quoted at NewsMax and Free Republic.

However, as this article notes:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic National Committee leaders embraced feisty party boss Howard Dean on Saturday and urged him to keep fighting despite a flap over his blunt comments on Republicans.

After a meeting of the DNC’s 40-member executive committee at a downtown hotel, members said Dean was doing exactly what they elected him to do — build the party in all states and aggressively challenge Republicans.

“I hope Governor Dean will remember that he didn’t get elected to be a wimp,” said DNC member Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a South Carolina state representative. “We have been waiting a long time for someone to stand up for Democrats.”

Furthermore, Biden’s own mail is running is running heavily against him and for Howard Dean as this screen capture shows:

So what can you do to support Howard Dean? Here’s a start:

1. Sign the petition that tells everyone that HOWARD DEAN SPEAKS FOR ME

2. Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ in the…err…cash box. Make a contribution to the DNC. This link to Act Blue will tell the DNC that “We’ve Got Howard’s Back.” And, don’t forget that adding a penny to the amount that you’re giving anytime that you make a contribution to the DNC, PA Dem party, etc., let’s them know that you’re a Dean Democrat.

3. Call/Email Democratic Elected Officials (Why not start with Biden?)

4. Write Letters to the Editor

The Fine Art of Voter Registration

June 4, 2005

As they did in 2004, the Three Rivers Arts Festival (Festival Dates: June 3-19, 2005) has graciously offered a free tent for voter registration.

Members of Democracy for Pittsburgh and Progressive Action Pittsburgh have been tapped to man the booth June 3 – June 5.

Drop on by!

June Meetup Tonight!

June 1, 2005

Meet the group who told Senator Santorum, and the world, “Santorum doesn’t live here anymore” (not for homestead tax purposes, anyway).

The Pittsburgh DFA meetup is the home meetup of Democracy for Pittsburgh. Stop by, there’s plenty of good stuff on the agenda!

What: The Democracy for Pittsburgh June Meetup
When: Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00PM
Where: Mario’s South Side Saloon
1514 E Carson St
Pittsburgh PA 15203

You do not have to RSVP online, but you can if you like HERE


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