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Posted on Oct 28, 2006
Sherrod Brown
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Ohio’s Sherrod Brown is one candidate hoping to get a boost from a minimum wage initiative.

Democrats are hoping ballot initiatives in favor of stem cell research and raising the minimum wage will help drive voter turnout in the upcoming election.  Republicans pioneered the initiative strategy, but this time around the electorate seems to be suffering from gay marriage fatigue.


Washington Post:

In 2004, Republicans in Ohio and elsewhere tended to benefit from ballot initiatives. Measures to ban same-sex marriage, for example, passed easily. In the process, some election analysts said, the measures revved the conservative base to help Republican candidates from President Bush on down.

In 2006, Democrats are hoping to prove that ballot politics can work in the other direction. Measures to increase the minimum wage are before voters in six states. Four of those, Arizona, Ohio, Missouri and Montana, feature close Senate races with a GOP incumbent. In Missouri, moreover, a measure backing stem cell research is ahead in the polls—which Democrats say could lift their candidate.

In Ohio, recent polls show that at least 70 percent of voters support an initiative to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.85 and index it to inflation. A coalition of labor unions, faith groups and liberal activists is working to pass it. If their efforts also pump up voter turnout for Democrats, Brown said, he is happy for the help.

“Some people will vote because of the minimum wage,” Brown said in an interview. “I think it will help bring out voters. I’m guessing those voters will vote for Democrats. It’s up to us to make sure they do.”

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By cognitorex, October 30, 2006 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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VALUES’ VOTERS AND THEIR COURTESANS
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As the GOP performs their customary election year rite of pandering to the Values’ Voters, their arms-length yet sacred coalition government partner, by offering an amendments to defile both gays and the constitution, consider this:

A thin, multi-pierced young man with a green blaze in his hair is walking down a high school corridor. He approaches a hulking figure, in this case the school’s starting defensive tackle, who is noisily slamming shut his locker. “Hey Dude, do you know which room the gay lesbian meeting’s in?” “Yeh, go up that stairwell and turn right. You’ll see it.”

Neither young man gives this hallway exchange a moment’s thought or reflection. The point is that, comparatively speaking, young people give less and less a fig about gay-lesbian activities, including whether or not G-L’s appropriate the word marriage to consummate their emotional and contractual needs.

What exists now is that a high percentage of older voters are against gay marriage thus controlling the voting outcome on this issue. With certitude, this will change as seniors leave the voting rolls and youth join. Polling will not only confirm this trend but also actuarially divine the future year in which the majority of American voters will vote to allow gay marriage.

This whorish pandering to the TheoRight’s bigotry’ needs may seem despicable and shallow but trollops must do what trollops must do to stay in bed with the Value’s Voters.

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By Jim, October 29, 2006 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps you and your readers will find this column interesting:

by Thomas Brewton
American Ideals and Same-Sex Marriage

A New York Times editorial dated October 26, 2006, proclaims, “The New Jersey Supreme Court brought the United States a little closer to the ideal of equality yesterday when it ruled that the state’s Constitution requires that committed same-sex couples be accorded the same rights as married heterosexual couples.”

The Times editorial implicitly presumes that the “ideal of equality” means entitlement to actual equality in all respects. Same-sex marriage is just the latest in a long list of socialist intellectuals’ demands that judicial pronouncement, if not statute law, mandate equality of condition, rather than equality of ...

http://theconservativevoice.com/article/19748.html

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By PAUL AMIGO, October 29, 2006 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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IT IS HAPPENED AGAIN FOR THE THIRD TIME !
I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT DEMOCRACY IS NO LONGER “AT RISK”  BUT HAS ALREADY BECOME A CASUALTY, BY WHAT KITTY PILGRIM REPORTED YESTERDAY [10/27/‘06] ON LOU DOBBS/CNN, OF WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA - - -
[DOBBS: Tonight, the vulnerability of electronic voting machines to both fraud and error pose a grave threat to the integrity of our upcoming election, but there are some last-minute efforts under way aimed at reducing that risk.
Kitty Pilgrim has the report.

KITTY PILGRIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Tampa, Florida, resident Frank Hogan showed up for early voting Thursday at his local polling site. But when he tried to cast his ballot, he says the touch-screen machine rejected his choice.

FRANK HOGAN, VOTER: I couldn’t believe I hit “Nelson,” and all of a sudden this thing comes up with the “Harris” and the X in the middle for Harris.

PILGRIM: He insisted that someone from the election supervisor’s office come and fix the machine to make sure his and other votes were read correctly.

Local election officials say they want to make sure voters are confident in the system. - - -]

I HAVN’T SEEN ANY OTHER NEWS OUTLET REPORT THIS OUTRAGE !
THERE IS NO HOPE HERE FOR FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS, AS LONG AS THE MAJORITY PARTY IS HELL BENT ON KEEPING THIS A ‘ONE-PARTY’ RULE; FASCISM IS NOT FAR AWAY!
YEARS FROM NOW WHEN WE LOOK BACK, WE WILL ALL FIND IT ABSOLUTELY INCREDULOUS,  AS TO,  HOW IT EVER CAME TO THIS SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS !!

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By Vincent Douglas, October 29, 2006 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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Langston Hughes says it way better than I ever could:
Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!

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By Chris, October 28, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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As a union carpenter and a current resident of Montana, I am all for this, it’s high time we raise the minimum wage in this country.  No doubt Republicans will cry about the harm it will do to small and independent business owners. To those morons I have only this to say…paying americans more for the work we do hurts independent and small business much less than letting corporations sell our jobs over-seas.

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