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« Reply #475 on: February 06, 2015, 03:01:29 PM »

You'd said it as though it is a current involvement, in your last post. Is it?

Yes. Political activism continues to hold my interest. I am a congressional and legislative network activist for a labor union. I am also the Board Chair for a nonprofit corporation which represents a sector of retired people.
 

The last time I spoke with President Obama was when he was in Portland, prior to being reelected. On the other hand I just received an email today from SenatorJeff Merkly.

Everyone has the ability to dialog with their legislators. One way to do this is to attend their townhall  meetings. One on one meetings are easier to schedule when you represent a large number of people, even then you might end up conversing with one of their staff.
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« Reply #476 on: February 06, 2015, 03:24:02 PM »

Yes. Political activism continues to hold my interest. I am congressional and legislative network activist for a labor union. I am also the Board Chair for a nonprofit corporation which represents a sector of retired people.
 

The last time I spoke with President Obama was when he was in Portland, prior to being reelected. On the other hand I just received an email today from Jeff Merkly.

Everyone has the ability to dialog with their legislators. One way to do this is to attend their townhall  meetings. One on one meetings are easier to schedule when you represent a large number of people, even then you might end up conversing with one of their staff.

That's something, Prime. Was your interaction with Obama anything further than a few words as he was moving by? It would be interesting if you'd give a description of what happened.

And I trust you've worked hard toward clamping down on immigration, "legal" and otherwise, given your union interests.
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« Reply #477 on: February 06, 2015, 03:33:06 PM »

That's something, Prime. Was your interaction with Obama anything further than a few words as he was moving by? It would be interesting if you'd give a description of what happened.

And I trust you've worked hard toward clamping down on immigration, "legal" and otherwise, given your union interests.

The conversation with President was very brief. He thanked me for my campaign work.

Our union has not been involved in immigration issues.  These days, most of my political activism relates to senior issues.
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« Reply #478 on: February 06, 2015, 03:47:26 PM »

The conversation with President was very brief. He thanked me for my campaign work.

Our union has not been involved in immigration issues.  These days, most of my political activism relates to senior issues.

Is it seen as some conflict of interest, politically speaking, given other affiliations?
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« Reply #479 on: February 06, 2015, 11:44:29 PM »

Is it seen as some conflict of interest, politically speaking, given other affiliations?

I was writing a more detailed response when my computer decided to crash. I am taking this as a sign that a simpler reply is better.

My personal opinions about political issues is not in conflict with my professional ones, although they are often different. Sometimes there are conflicts of interest between labor issues and retiree issues, to be sure. The middle ground is that I am very clear about what my focus is today. As a senior and a retiree, that is where I am putting my energy.

Like most folks (I hope) I have opinions about a lot of issues before us today. Most recently, the controversy surrounding vaccinations. However, these extraneous personal opinions are not the issues which I was elected to lobby about. When I am speaking with legislators in one of my representative roles, it is not productive or even wise to not have a clear issue to discuss.
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« Reply #480 on: February 09, 2015, 06:06:09 AM »

Democratic effort to define Jeb Bush starts with Mitt Romney
By KEN THOMAS and THOMAS BEAUMONT

WASHINGTON (AP) Mitt Romney opposed the government's rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush.

Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business.

While the first actual votes of the next presidential campaign may be a year away, Democrats already are drawing such comparisons between the former Florida governor and the GOP's 2012 White House nominee and they don't consider them flattering.

Democrats are unwilling to let Bush define himself as a reformer who aims to close the gap between the rich and poor, so they are trying to paint him as this campaign's Romney. The ex-Massachusetts governor struggled in 2012 against criticism related to his work in private equity and his portrayal by President Barack Obama's allies as a cold-hearted plutocrat.

"We don't need to try to show that Jeb is like Romney. He pretty much is Romney," said Eddie Vale, vice president of American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal group set up to conduct opposition research on Republicans. "When it comes to any ideas or policies, he's the same as Romney."

That line of criticism was noticeable this past week after Bush gave his first major policy speech as a potential presidential candidate. His remarks to the Detroit Economic Club emphasized an upbeat economic message and touched on overhauling the nation's immigration system and trying to improve the lives of children underserved by public schools.

Democrats countered by circulating the transcript of a 2012 interview in which Bush cited his opposition to the auto bailout. In the interview, Bush said the auto rescue, a key issue in Michigan, was "driven by politics" and he noted the Obama administration's role in shuttering car dealerships and providing the United Auto Workers union with an equity stake in Chrysler.

Obama's team successfully used that bailout as a wedge against Romney in Michigan and Ohio, repeatedly referring to a 2008 Romney op-ed with the headline, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Although Romney did not write the headline and advocated a managed bankruptcy for the industry, it created the impression that he was willing to forgo thousands of U.S. auto jobs.

Bush's early approach to his potential campaign signals a desire to avoid such pitfalls, as well as Romney's most notable gaffe his behind-closed-door dismissal of the "47 percent" of Americans who, he said, don't pay income taxes.

Lisa Wagner, Romney's 2012 Midwest fundraising director, said that once voters meet Bush, "they see his head and his heart are connected" and they are "very, very taken" with his "sincerity."

During a question-and-answer session after the Detroit speech, Bush said losing his first bid for Florida governor in 1994 taught him that winning campaigns requires building an emotional attachment with voters. When he won the job four years later, he said, he campaigned in places from black churches to public schools in poor communities where few expected a Republican to go for votes.

That, Bush said, allowed him to "to connect on a human level with people, and offer ideas that are important to people, so that when they think of me they think I'm on their side and that I care about them. ... You've got to care for people before you get their vote.

"That experience on a national scale has got to be part of a strategy," he said.

Democrats say that's a hollow argument and they point to Bush's record as governor, which included the eventual elimination of the state's tax on financial assets. Democrats argue that primarily helped the wealthy.

They also are eager to note how Bush, after leaving office, served on an advisory board for Lehman Brothers, a financial firm that collapsed in 2008 during the recession. They compare Bush's work in private equity to Romney's role at Bain Capital, which was criticized during the 2012 campaign for its leveraged buyouts of companies that in some cases led to job losses.

"Bush may claim a monopoly on the 'right to rise' now, but his history is full of elevating only the select few while leaving everyone else behind," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Ian Sams, citing the name of Bush's campaign-in-waiting.

The tenor of the campaign so far, however, suggests that in Bush and several of the other potential GOP nominees, Democrats will not have a target as easy to strike on economic policy as Romney. Many in the crowded GOP field are focused on the perils of stagnant wages and trying to demonstrate their middle-class bona fides.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for example, talks about his affinity for shopping at Kohl's, a Milwaukee-based department store chain. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul recently allowed a reporter to interview him while he flew coach on American Airlines, saying, "We go to Target, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx like other people. We look for bargains. We drive our own cars."

In fact, Republicans see the potential to flip the argument in their favor.

Paul's comment was a not-so-subtle jab at Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading Democratic White House prospect, who told auto dealers in a 2014 speech that she had not driven a car in several years. GOP operatives, whenever they get the chance, talk about Clinton's use of private jets and her six-figure speaking fees.

"The Clinton's finances are the stuff opposition researchers' dreams are made of," said Dan Ronayne, a GOP strategist, in an email. The Democrats' early attacks on Bush, he said, are an effort "to try and muddy the waters."


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« Reply #481 on: February 12, 2015, 07:43:40 AM »

No longer a candidate, Mitt Romney seeking a GOP kingmaker role
By Steve Peoples

BOSTON A potential candidate no more, Mitt Romney is charting an aggressive course to help shape the Republican presidential field in 2016.

The GOP's 2012 presidential nominee will be a keynote speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting in Las Vegas, one of several high-profile appearances he has scheduled to try and remain relevant in party affairs despite his recent decision not to launch a third presidential campaign.

"The thing that Mitt Romney has going for him is he has a microphone," said Spencer Zwick, who led the Romney campaign's massive fundraising operation and remains one of his closest advisers. "When he talks about an issue people are going to have to listen and they're going to have to respond."

Romney will be the keynote speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's April meeting at the request of the organization's benefactor, Sheldon Adelson.

Other confirmed speakers include former President George W. Bush, House Speaker John Boehner and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who would surely love Adelson's financial backing should he get into the GOP presidential race. Romney will speak on the first night of the gathering, which is traditionally a private event at Adelson's private residence.

"Gov. Romney is the perfect speaker for us to kick off our annual leadership conference," said Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks, citing Romney's "unflinching support for Israel."

"He has been proven correct on so many issues he talked about during the campaign," he said.

After a brief flirtation with a third presidential bid, Romney late last month took himself out of the running. He told supporters he expects and hopes that "one of our next generation of Republican leaders" will be the GOP's nominee.

But he has no plans to fade from presidential politics. Aides suggest he is in a unique position to shape the 2016 debate, maintaining a regular presence on the speaking circuit and in national media, speaking on issues such as foreign policy, immigration and the minimum wage.

"He'll be a very active player in helping us win the presidency," said longtime Romney aide Ron Kaufman.

Beyond the April Las Vegas appearance, Romney's schedule includes spring stops at the hometown chamber of commerce of his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, in Janesville, Wisconsin; the University of Chicago Institute of Politics; the commencement addresses at Jacksonville University, Utah Valley University and St. Anselm College in New Hampshire; and his annual Utah retreat in June, which brings together top donors and likely presidential candidates.

Romney maintains close connections to some of the most powerful Republican donors in the nation. He appears likely to lend his support to one of the younger faces in the 2016 field, although aides report he has yet to decide whether he'll make a formal endorsement or not.

"Is there such a thing as a kingmaker in the Republican Party? Mitt Romney is in a unique position to do that," Zwick said. "In some ways, you have more of an impact when you take yourself out of the running."


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« Reply #482 on: February 12, 2015, 11:50:55 AM »

I was writing a more detailed response when my computer decided to crash. I am taking this as a sign that a simpler reply is better.

My personal opinions about political issues is not in conflict with my professional ones, although they are often different. Sometimes there are conflicts of interest between labor issues and retiree issues, to be sure. The middle ground is that I am very clear about what my focus is today. As a senior and a retiree, that is where I am putting my energy.

Like most folks (I hope) I have opinions about a lot of issues before us today. Most recently, the controversy surrounding vaccinations. However, these extraneous personal opinions are not the issues which I was elected to lobby about. When I am speaking with legislators in one of my representative roles, it is not productive or even wise to not have a clear issue to discuss.


Do you see how a conflict might arise between trying to preserve and grow the strength of your union, while the country becomes flooded with a potentially unlimited number of outsiders?

The politicians that are inclined to meet with unions have been the same ones to lay the groundwork for the other.

Have you union leaders discussed this, much?
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« Reply #483 on: February 24, 2015, 04:22:19 AM »

Mitt Romney's Niece Picked To Head Michigan Republican Party
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan Republicans picked a niece of Mitt Romney on Saturday to lead the state party for the next two years.

Ronna Romney McDaniel got 55 percent of the vote on the first ballot before delegates made the selection unanimous. Bobby Schostak didn't seek another two-year term after four years as chairman.

Republicans control the state Capitol but haven't delivered Michigan to a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. President Barack Obama defeated Romney, a Michigan native, and picked up the state's electoral votes in 2012.

"We might not agree on everything, but we can agree that seven years of liberal Obama policies have a destructive effect on our nation and we need to get a Republican in the White House through Michigan in 2016," McDaniel, 41, of Northville, told the convention.

The other candidates for party chair were Norm Hughes, who worked for former President Ronald Reagan, and Kim Shmina, a nurse.

Mike Farage of Grand Rapids said he voted for McDaniel partly because she wants to make the party more appealing to minorities "the elephant in the room" for Republicans.

Republicans made some changes in local leadership Friday night as Norm Shinkle in the 8th District and Paul Welday in the 14th District were defeated.

Gov. Rick Snyder, who was re-elected in November, recorded a video greeting but didn't attend the convention while he recovers from a blood clot in his leg, spokesman Dave Murray said.


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« Reply #484 on: February 24, 2015, 07:39:10 AM »

Mitt Romney's Niece Picked To Head Michigan Republican Party
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan Republicans picked a niece of Mitt Romney on Saturday to lead the state party for the next two years.

Ronna Romney McDaniel got 55 percent of the vote on the first ballot before delegates made the selection unanimous. Bobby Schostak didn't seek another two-year term after four years as chairman.

Republicans control the state Capitol but haven't delivered Michigan to a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. President Barack Obama defeated Romney, a Michigan native, and picked up the state's electoral votes in 2012.

"We might not agree on everything, but we can agree that seven years of liberal Obama policies have a destructive effect on our nation and we need to get a Republican in the White House through Michigan in 2016," McDaniel, 41, of Northville, told the convention.

The other candidates for party chair were Norm Hughes, who worked for former President Ronald Reagan, and Kim Shmina, a nurse.

Mike Farage of Grand Rapids said he voted for McDaniel partly because she wants to make the party more appealing to minorities "the elephant in the room" for Republicans.

Republicans made some changes in local leadership Friday night as Norm Shinkle in the 8th District and Paul Welday in the 14th District were defeated.

Gov. Rick Snyder, who was re-elected in November, recorded a video greeting but didn't attend the convention while he recovers from a blood clot in his leg, spokesman Dave Murray said.

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« Reply #485 on: February 25, 2015, 04:30:56 AM »

Nepotism is an amazing drug

It is annoying because it is true.  Sad
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« Reply #486 on: February 25, 2015, 07:31:43 PM »

Mitt Romney's Niece Picked To Head Michigan Republican Party
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan Republicans picked a niece of Mitt Romney on Saturday to lead the state party for the next two years.

Ronna Romney McDaniel got 55 percent of the vote on the first ballot before delegates made the selection unanimous. Bobby Schostak didn't seek another two-year term after four years as chairman.

Republicans control the state Capitol but haven't delivered Michigan to a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. President Barack Obama defeated Romney, a Michigan native, and picked up the state's electoral votes in 2012.

"We might not agree on everything, but we can agree that seven years of liberal Obama policies have a destructive effect on our nation and we need to get a Republican in the White House through Michigan in 2016," McDaniel, 41, of Northville, told the convention.

The other candidates for party chair were Norm Hughes, who worked for former President Ronald Reagan, and Kim Shmina, a nurse.

Mike Farage of Grand Rapids said he voted for McDaniel partly because she wants to make the party more appealing to minorities "the elephant in the room" for Republicans.

Republicans made some changes in local leadership Friday night as Norm Shinkle in the 8th District and Paul Welday in the 14th District were defeated.

Gov. Rick Snyder, who was re-elected in November, recorded a video greeting but didn't attend the convention while he recovers from a blood clot in his leg, spokesman Dave Murray said.

Looks as retarded at Terry Schiavo.  LMFAO.
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« Reply #487 on: February 26, 2015, 04:26:02 AM »

Looks as retarded at Terry Schiavo.  LMFAO.

Not a flattering portrait, true.  Presumably she does not always look like this.  Undecided
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« Reply #488 on: February 26, 2015, 07:14:34 AM »

Not a flattering portrait, true.  Presumably she does not always look like this.  Undecided

She has the Sean Allen Gum Effect going on...
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