Troy Jackson: I’m running for DNC

Posted on January 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Yesterday former Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson announced on Facebook that he is running for the Democratic National Committee opening, created when Phil Bartlett resigned as to take the mantle as Maine Democratic Party Chair:

Troy Jackson speaking at 3rd Annual Rally for Unity on January 8th in Hall of Flags.

Troy Jackson speaking at 3rd Annual Rally for Unity on January 8th in Hall of Flags.

    “This morning I wrote the members of the Maine Democratic State Committee to announce my candidacy for the Democratic National Committee and ask for their support. It is time to go boldly forward and shape our party into one that wins the hearts and minds of working families and the middle class. It is time for the Democratic Party to find electoral prominence by embracing its ideological soul, not running away from it. I will merge the opportunity to serve on the DNC with my activist roots and ask others to do so. We must make our party one that ceases to decry Conservatism without clearly explaining why a future of Progressivism can be a better alternative. Please, join with me – together we can create a party that charges forward for the sake of our values and for the sake of Maine.”

Below is the letter Jackson sent to the party’s state committee members, who will be convening later this month, and photos taken during the last state committee meeting of 2014, where Jackson nominated and spoke eloquently in strong support of Bartlett.

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    The most incredible experience I’ve had has been the opportunity to travel to and spend time in places all over Maine where I met most of you and other like-minded activists. I saw firsthand just how many of you, or how many of us, rather, believe in a progressive vision of our state.

    Maine can be a place of living wages in a creative economy that works in tandem with our traditional economy. Maine can be a place where its citizens aren’t consumed by the cost of healthcare, let alone access to it. Maine can be a place where working families are fairly taxed and corporations finally pay their share. Maine can lead the nation in the “New Food” movement, in renewable energies, and in rural revitalization. We all want these things and we see a path to them. So let’s do it.

    The trouble seems to be that instead of great leaders like Mike Michaud and Shenna Bellows, we have conservative radicals like Paul LePage and Bruce Poliquin in charge right now. How did we Democrats fall from grace as Maine’s natural ruling party? How did people who once voted for George Mitchell and Mike Michaud begin voting for Tea Partiers?

    Troy Jackson nominates Phil Bartlett for Maine Democratic Party Chair.

    Troy Jackson nominates Phil Bartlett for Maine Democratic Party Chair.

    I believe it’s because those Tea Partiers stood for something and they never doubted it. Their policies may be wrong, but they stuck to them. When we questioned how much we should expect as Leftists, they demanded all they could as defenders of the Right. When we laughed, “How could middle class people vote against their own interests?” Republicans were convincing them that they truly ought to. When we told them a future of bipartisan compromise was coming with Democrats, Republicans told them a future without progressive tax policy, without unions, dictated by the Heritage Foundation was what they should vote for.

    And they did. They sided with the Republicans. We cannot expect middle class voters to stand with us if we don’t stand strong ourselves; if it’s not even clear what we stand for. We need to shape our Party into one as bold, as daring, and as endearing to the forgotten middle class as the Republicans are shaping theirs.

    For these reasons, I want to announce I am seeking election to the Democratic National Committee. I want to have a direct hand in steering us to electoral prominence not because we sold our ideological soul, but because we embraced it. I ask for your support because if we don’t use politics as a means of exercising our beliefs it is irrelevant.

    Jackson and Bartlett shake hands at December MDP state committee meeting in Augusta.

    Jackson and Bartlett shake hands at MDP state committee meeting in Augusta.

    As one of Maine’s DNC members, I will not only be an unyielding voice for progressive populism among that body in Washington, D.C. I will also continue to serve here at home by merging this position with my activist roots. As one of the Maine Democratic Party’s ambassadors to the public I will not be afraid to stand for middle class working people and call out those who would hold them back.

    Let us go forward with a new, bold Democratic Party that no longer just says conservative politics are wrong, but truly seeks to convince people progressivism is right. I am from a rural populist tradition and I refuse to cede any corner of our state because of a failure to show locals we do relate to them. We will build our party, we will build our coalition, and we will open a ladder of opportunity to all. Like a Bull Moose that charges forward because of what it knows its nature to be, so will we.

    In Solidarity,

    Troy Jackson

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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of MD Gov. Martin O’Malley (ICYMI Video; Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Well done, but much more of a solid single than the home run many anticipated, especially on a night in Charlotte when the bats were red-hot.

See for yourself:

“Greetings from Maryland, home to the number-one public schools in America for four years in a row!

Since the first days of the American Revolution, Maryland has been called the “Old Line State” because of this true story of a group of soldiers called the Maryland Line: immigrants and native born, black and white, volunteers all. It is August 27th, 1776—two months since our Declaration of Independence. Outnumbered and surrounded, Washington’s army is about to be crushed forever at Brooklyn Heights. The British are closing in.

With America’s future hanging in the balance, word is passed up and down the Maryland Line: “Fix bayonets, we’re moving forward.” And they do. Into the breach. They hold off the British just long enough for Washington’s army to escape and fight another day. Today there is a plaque by the mass graves of those citizen soldiers. It reads, “In honor of the Maryland 400, who on this battlefield saved the American army.”

In times of adversity—for the country we love—Maryland always chooses to move forward. Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we move forward or back: this too is a choice. That is what this election is all about!
Democratic governors, with the support of our president, are leading their states forward—putting job creation first, balancing budgets, protecting priorities, making the tough decisions, right now, to create jobs and expand opportunity. Together with President Obama, we are moving America forward, not back.

With 29 months in a row of private sector job growth, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By making college more affordable for millions of middle-class families, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By securing the guarantee of Medicare for our seniors, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By putting forward a concrete plan to cut waste, ask those at the top to pay a little more, and reduce our deficit, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! And by adding American manufacturing jobs for the first time since the late 1990s, President Obama is moving America forward, not back!

Facts are facts: No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Great Depression inherited a worse economy, bigger job losses or deeper problems from his predecessor. But President Obama is moving America forward, not back.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan now say they want to take America back. And so we ask: Back to what? Back to the failed policies that drove us into a deep recession? Back to the days of record job losses? Back to the days when insurance companies called being a woman a “pre-existing condition”?

No, thank you. I don’t want to go back. Do you? Instead of a balanced, achievable plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit, Mitt Romney says he will cut taxes for millionaires and raise them for the middle class.

Instead of improving public safety and public education like President Obama, Mitt Romney says we need less police officers, firefighters and teachers. Instead of safeguarding our seniors, Romney and Ryan would end the guarantee of Medicare and replace it with a voucher in order to give bigger tax breaks to billionaires. Instead of investing in America, they hide their money in Swiss bank accounts and ship our jobs to China!

Swiss bank accounts never built an American bridge. Swiss bank accounts don’t put cops on the beat or teachers in our classrooms. Swiss bank accounts never created American jobs!

We are Americans. We must act like Americans. We must move forward, not back. My parents, Tom and Barbara O’Malley, like so many of yours, were part of that great generation that won the Second World War. Dad flew 33 missions over Japan in a B-24 Liberator. He was able to go to college only because of the GI Bill.

Our parents taught us to love God, love our family and love our country. Their own grandparents were immigrants. Their first language may not have been English, but the hopes and dreams they had for their children were purely American.
You see, there is a powerful truth at the heart of the American dream: The stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us, to our children and grandchildren. Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed—as we do—that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children’s future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down.

Yes, we live in changing times. The question is: What type of change will we make of it? As we search for common ground and the way forward together, let’s ask one another—let’s ask the leaders in the Republican party—without any anger, meanness or fear: How much less, do you really think, would be good for our country? How much less education would be good for our children? How many hungry American kids can we no longer afford to feed? Governor Romney: How many fewer college degrees would make us more competitive as a nation?

The future we seek is not a future of less opportunity; it is a future of more opportunity for all Americans.
See the faces of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. They did not cross an ocean, settle a continent, do hard, backbreaking work so their children and grandchildren could live in a country of less. They came here because the United States of America is the greatest job-generating, opportunity-expanding country ever created by a free people in the history of civilization! And she still is.

Let us not be the first generation of Americans to give our children a country of less! Let us return to the urgent work of creating more jobs, more security and more opportunity for our people. Together, let’s move forward, not back—by re-electing Barack Obama president of the United States!”

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DNC, NARAL Call on Mitt Romney to Denounce “Human Life Amendment” Inclusion to GOP Platform; RNC Chair Claims “GOP Platform Not Platform of Mitt Romney”

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Earlier today DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and NARAL President Nancy Keenan held a joint phone-in conference call, announcing their intent to demand that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney denounce the GOP’s platform (PDF warning), passed this morning in Tampa.

Republicans have finally hit rock bottom,” Wasserman-Schultz said. “I don’t have to tell anyone how outrageous Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments were this weekend, but unfortunately he’s not alone in his extreme and dangerous views.”

“Mitt Romney has repeatedly endorsed the Republican party platform, including a human life amendment to ban abortion nationwide, without exceptions for rape and incest. This isn’t the kind of leadership that women and their families can afford,” she added. “He should unequivocally denounce the human life amendment and its inclusion in the Republican party platform. That would be a step in the right direction for the GOP.”

“Regardless of their campaign statements, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan represent a party with an extreme anti-choice platform that would deny women access to abortion even in cases of rape or incest,” said (NARAL President Nancy) Keenan. “If they truly believe that the platform ‘shows what the American people can accomplish when government respects their rights,’[1] as stated in the platform preamble, we call on the Romney-Ryan ticket to do just that: respect women’s reproductive rights and denounce the party’s extreme position. Voters are tired of the kind of divisive anti-choice policies that the Republican party has pledged to support. Voters are looking for a leader who respects women’s freedom and privacy. It’s time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to take a real stand on behalf of women.”

The platform states: “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

The amendment would outlaw many forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization, and would criminalize miscarriages. The platform draft also includes support of mandatory ultrasound bills, clinic regulations, and mandatory waiting periods. It needs to be noted that this extreme position is the same as that approved in 2004 and 2008.

Committee Chair Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, aka “Governor Vaginal Probe” congratulated the committee: “I appreciate the good work that that committee did — in past platforms that has been hours of discussion — and I applaud the committee’s work in affirming our respect for human life,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the platform committee. “Well done.”

But RNC Chair Reince Priebus, sensing the language will be very problematic with women voters this year, has already started to try to spin the approved platform language away from Romney:

“I think as far as the details of some of these things, like an exception for rape or life of the mother, these are not uncommon differences that candidates have and don’t share some of the detail on some of those exceptions,” Priebus said on MSNBC. “This is the platform of the Republican Party; it’s not the platform of Mitt Romney.

So by the RNC Chair’s own admission, their presidential candidate’s platform does not conform with that of his own party. Got it.

Priebus will have to do more than just spinning, flip-flopping and Olympic worthy verbal contortionism to convince unmarried women voters in November, easily one of Romney’s weakest voting blocks.

What is definitely NOT helping the GOP nationally currently is Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s refusal to quit his Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin and his extreme stance represent a significant portion of the GOP’s platform, and the “top of the ticket” is taking some serious heat from this.

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(New DNC Video) Mitt Romney: Little to Like

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

From the accompanying letter:

In honor of Mitt Romney securing the delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination for President – after six years of trying and millions of dollars spent – we’re releasing a new video of our version of Mitt Romney’s Facebook time line for the last year. In that time we’ve learned that Mitt Romney and his brand of Romney Economics is wrong for the middle class.

From declaring “corporations are people” and we should let the foreclosure process hit bottom to saying he isn’t concerned about the poor and likes firing people Mitt Romney’s time line shows he would return to the same failed policies of the past and is out of touch with the needs of the middle class. And Mitt’s time line, in the words of his fellow Republicans, shows that Romney Economics – whether his time as a corporate raider dismantling companies and jobs for profit or his abysmal record as Governor of Massachusetts where he finished 47th out of 50 in jobs – would be a disaster for the American people.

And of course, there’s Donald Trump – liking an article on Mitt’s time line… about himself, naturally.

Yep, when it comes to Mitt Romney’s time line and what we’ve learned over the past year, there is little to like.:

Bonus: Find the following within the clip.

–Romney speaking to an empty Ford Field in Detroit
–A car elevator
–Romney telling CNN that Russia is “without question our number one geopolitical foe”
–Rick Santorum wielding an Etch a Sketch
–Romney telling the AP “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners”
–Romney squirming with Bret Baier
–Reuters analysis: Romney Is Clear Favorite of Washington Lobbyists

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DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Blasts Romney On “Corporations Are People” Remark

Posted on August 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Bonus: Calling Mitt Romney “Weird” is a fireable offense per Obama campaign.

 

 

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke on the same stage today and mocked the presidential candidate’s assertion. Wasserman Schultz asked the cheering crowd, “Is Exxon Mobil a person? General Electric, do they have human-like qualities?”

This was in response to this statement by Romney on the same stage a day earlier:

 

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