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DNC - President-Elect Obama Announces Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as DNC Chair

Jennifer O'Malley Dillon to Serve As Executive Director


WASHINGTON, DC – In a press conference at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to succeed Governor Dean as Chairman of the DNC. Jennifer O'Malley Dillon will serve as Executive Director.


"Governor Kaine is uniquely qualified to expand the coalition for change we built over the past two years," said President-elect Obama. "In a state as diverse as Virginia, Tim has been a successful governor not by appealing to our divisions, but by appealing to our common hopes; not by pursuing policies that advance any ideology, but by pursuing policies that work for the people of Virginia."


In a statement, President-elect Obama added: "Jen O'Malley Dillon is a tireless organizer, a beloved manager, and has served me as a trusted advisor. She will ensure that state parties, DNC members, elected officials, and candidates have the full attention of the DNC over the next four years, and that we will continue to build our grassroots movement from the ground up in all 50 states."


"In Virginia, we've treated politics as a way to advance policy and get things done for people," said Governor Kaine. "That's why we've not only won elections, but our state has been ranked as the best managed, and we’ve made meaningful differences in people's lives. President-elect Obama is giving me the opportunity to take that approach nationwide, and I'm honored to be here."


As Governor, Kaine has promoted smart growth reforms to help traffic move better and improve the quality of life in our communities, ramped up the number of children getting health care and a pre-K education, and invested in schools while holding them more accountable. Since Governor Kaine's election Virginia has been named the best managed state by Governing magazine and the best state for a child to achieve lifelong success by Education Week.


Kaine's term as Governor ends in January 2010.


Governor Kaine served four terms on the Richmond City Council, including two spent as Richmond's Mayor. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001 and Governor in 2006.


Jennifer O'Malley Dillon is a veteran organizer and manager who served as the Obama campaign's Battleground States Director, where she oversaw the campaign's state operations. She has previously served as Deputy National Campaign Manager and Iowa State Director for the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John Edwards, Campaign Manager for Jim Davis' 2006 Florida gubernatorial campaign, and Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Tom Daschle's re-election campaign in 2004. Additionally, she served as Field Director in Iowa and Missouri for Senator Edwards' first presidential campaign in 2003 and 2004, and, in 2002, was Field Director for South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson's winning re-election campaign and the successful run-off re-election of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.


She currently serves as an associate director of personnel on the presidential transition team.


On January 21st, members of the DNC will vote on Governor Kaine's selection during the annual winter meeting.


CHQ - McCain attempts to lead without a message or following

Establishes new "Grassroots" organization but forgets the need for "roots" in movement


Manassas, Virginia - On Wednesday afternoon, Senator and former presidential hopeful, John McCain, announced the creation of his new grassroots organization named "Country First."

Commenting on the new organization, Chairman Richard Viguerie stated, "Senator John McCain is a General without an army. He's attempting to lead but he has no followers because his trumpet does not sound certain."

In a message sent to presidential supporters, Senator McCain described the new organization as an effort to "better define our Republican ideals and message, recruit and back, strong, dedicated candidates and continue our efforts to bring real reform to government."

Viguerie continued, "I'm not sure what Senator McCain is referring to when he talks about 'Republican ideals' but if it's along the lines of McCain-Feingold, amnesty for Illegal immigrants, carbon caps, 'gun show loopholes' or trillion-dollar Wall Street bailouts, I think he meant to say 'Big Government ideals'."

McCain, who lacked the backing of Conservatives until the selection of Governor Palin as his vice-presidential running mate, was a supporter of the trillion-dollar Wall Street bailout and was the primary driver behind the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold).

Senator McCain also advocated closing alleged "gun show loopholes" during his presidential campaign and teamed with Senator Joe Lieberman on legislation to develop a cap on carbon emissions to combat "man-made global warming."

"McCain is so out of sync with grassroots Republicans on many important issues that most campaign contributions are likely to come from his usual source of political contributors -- lobbyists and other corporate, big government interests," stated Viguerie.



CHQ Original: McCain forms new PAC to promote his "Republican Ideals"

McCain forms new PAC to promote his "Republican Ideals"

CHQ Original News - Commenting on the new organization, Chairman Richard Viguerie stated, "I'm not sure what Senator McCain is referring to when he talks about 'Republican ideals' but if it's along the lines of McCain-Feingold, amnesty for Illegal immigrants, carbon caps, 'gun show loopholes' or trillion-dollar Wall Street bailouts, I think he meant to say 'Big Government ideals'."


Other Articles in News From the Front:


A familiar McCain back on old stomping ground in Senate
Conservative group sues Senate for barring Burris
End to Minn. Senate race pushed even further out
Conservatives stall movement on Obama's stimulus package
Fighting Card Check -- And Winning
Richardson's Stumble on U.S. Stage Erodes Clout at Home
John Fund: Bush Mutiny


All of these articles, and many others, can be accessed through


Daily Grind: 2008-Year of the Bailout

2008: Year of the Bailout
ALG Chairman Howie Rich calls on Government to make a New Year’s resolution of fiscal responsibility.


The Hard Left and Operation Iceberg
What do Eskimos, pensions, and environmentalists have in common?


Fixing Government with Government
Barack Obama and the knee-jerk “more government” response.


CEI Weekly: Congress' Big Raise

>>CEI in the News -- Iain Murray


Reason Online -- Myron Ebell


Insurance and Risk Management -- Eli Lehrer


KOVR—CBS Sacramento blog -- Myron Ebell and Iain Murray


The Daily Times, Pakistan -- Myron Ebell 9story_29-12-2008_pg14_3


>>Best of the Blogs

Economy Worsens, Congress Gives Itself a Raise

by Cord Blomquist

"If the escalating foolishness in Washington didn’t already make you furious, this week’s Congressional pay raise should get you to the boiling point."

Soundbites vs. The World

by Ryan Young

"You’ll hear all about the Dow’s latest ups and downs — up 62 points today, by the way. But here’s something you’ll probably never hear on CNBC or Fox News: the Dow has never had a 15-year period where it lost money. Ever. Including the Great Depression. Your IRA is safe. If you really want to learn about our world or its economy, listen to the data. They are far more eloquent than any talking head."


Krugman is No Liberal

by Iain Murray

"Further to Cord’s post below, a real liberal, not a statist claiming to be one, would be familiar with John Stuart Mill’s argument that minorities need small government to protect them from the 'tyranny of the majority.'"

Card Check Loses Support, but Threat Isn’t Over

by Ivan Osorio

"Today in The Wall Street Journal, Kimberley Strassel dissects the shifting political prospects for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), commonly known as the “card check” bill. (”Card check” is a unionization procedure whereby union organizers circumvent the secret ballot process by getting workers to sign union cards in the open, exposing them to aggressive, hard-sell intimidation tactics.)"


More Money For Your Mattress

by Cord Blomquist

"Leggett & Platt, an American innerspring manufacturer, has been busy lobbying the Department of Commerce. The fruit of their labor: a tariff of anywhere from 164.75% to 234.51% on innersprings from China, their biggest competition."



LibertyWeek Episode 24: Pro-Freedom Pop Culture

After observing a couple of timely anniversaries, we move on to Scandal Watch, where we raise some questions about the electoral race between current U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and onetime SNL funnyman Al Franken. Next it’s off to the high seas where we tangle with Somali pirates and are rescued by the French Navy (who knew they still had it in them?) before confronting Vice President-Elect Joe Biden’s war on the economy. We wind up the headlines with the tale of alleged New York City skank Liskula Cohen, and her effort to get the courts to force Google to rescue her from her online tormentors.

Finally, it’s time for Pop Culture with Ryan Lynch, in which the panel examines our favorite books, movies (and graphic novels) that have thoughtful, pro-freedom messages. Below is a list of the works we discussed. As a extra special website bonus, we’ll even have links to the ones we didn’t have time to get to on the show!