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Wednesday
Jun112008

DNC - Democratic Leaders: Barack Obama, Democrats Across The Country Will Win in November

Washington, DC--Today Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Governors Association Chairman Joe Manchin came together with other Democratic leaders to discuss Democratic strength heading into the November election, and how Barack Obama and Democrats down the ticket will win because they offer a clear change in policies from the Bush Administration and John McCain. During the primary process over 35 million Americans came out to support our strong field of Democratic candidates, a clear indication of Democratic enthusiasm this election.

In particular, the Democratic leaders discussed how Democrats, led by Senator Obama, offer responsible leadership on the economy, which has become the most important issue for Americans as gas prices, job losses, and the number of home foreclosures continue to skyrocket. While John McCain wants to maintain the status quo and continue the failed Bush economic policies of the past that have left America's families suffering, widened inequality, and left our children with a mountain of debt, Barack Obama and Democrats at all levels of government are fighting for fiscally responsible plans to strengthen America's economy for the future.

"Republicans like John McCain are the wrong choice for America's future. They want to maintain the status quo and continue the disastrous Bush economic policies that have undermined our economy, while Democrats want to ensure that all Americans have the tools they need to be successful, like affordable health care coverage, a good paying job, and retirement security. Americans have a clear choice in this election, and I'm confident in the strength of our Party as we work to elect Barack Obama our next president, expand our majorities in the House and Senate and win seats up and down the ticket in every part of our country to bring change to Washington that all Americans can believe in," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

"On every issue--from our economy to Iraq--Barack Obama will bring people together around real solutions for the American people. That is why the American people will rally around the candidacy of Barack Obama and make him our next president of the United States," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"While Democrats are working to make the American Dream affordable again, Republicans are offering the same old ideas that got us into this mess in the first place. They just don't get it. If Bush-McCain Republicans continue to embrace the status quo and block change, I guarantee the American people will send Senator Obama to the White House and send a bigger Democratic majority to Congress," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Democratic leadership is making a difference in states across the country, and 2008 will be another winning year for Democrats. We're on target to increase the majority of Democratic Governors from 28 to 29 and improve the quality of life for more Americans. Governors are eager to have an ally and a true partner in the White House who will get the nation on track after 8 long years of failed leadership. From the economy to health care and energy security, we need positive change and, by working together, we will achieve it. The future of our states and our nation depends on it," said DGA Chairman Joe Manchin.
Wednesday
Jun112008

DNCC Previews Official Convention Week Activities, Public Events At Back-To-Back Denver Community Forums

Lunchtime and Evening 'Convention Conversations' Provide Detail on Convention Week Schedule, Opportunities to Engage in Historic Event


DENVER - After travelling more than 3,500 miles and visiting eight different cities throughout the Rocky Mountain West, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) completed its series of "Convention Conversations" community forums with back-to-back events this week in downtown Denver. In a continued effort to make the 2008 Democratic National Convention the most inclusive and engaging in history, DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry and members of the DNCC's senior management team rolled out a series of official events open to Denver area residents and the general public around Convention week.

"Since we arrived in Denver more than a year ago, the community has welcomed us with open arms and been an incredibly generous host as our work got underway," said DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry. "Today, we want to say thank you and make Denver residents the first to learn about the many official events available to the community around the Convention. From a sneak peek of the Convention hall to an opportunity to observe Party strategy in the making - there is something for everyone as part of this historic experience."

The series - "Convention Conversations: A Traveling Forum Sponsored by the DNCC" - launched in Denver in September and traveled to Boulder, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Lakewood and Pueblo, Colo. in recent months. In addition to forums in Colorado, the series has also traveled to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. The community forums were designed to provide residents throughout the region with opportunities for direct communication with top Convention organizers and a venue to ask questions, share ideas and find out how they can get involved in the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The official Convention events available to the public announced today include an open house at the Pepsi Center, daily Democratic caucus and council meetings and an interfaith gathering to kick off the week. The Convention will also be streamed live in HD on www.DemConvention.com.

Details on each activity and event, together with an overview of the Convention schedule are provided below. While these events are open to the public, registration or advanced ticketing is required. This information will be released in August and posted on www.DemConvention.com.

Daily Convention Schedule and Transportation

Official Convention events will begin in the early morning for delegates, usually with a private meeting of their state or territorial delegation at their hotel. Many delegates will then travel downtown for meetings of one of the Democratic caucuses or councils beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. The Convention program will gavel open each day at the Pepsi Center beginning at 4:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:00 p.m.

To help minimize the number of vehicles on the road, the DNCC has established an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible transportation system, 250 buses strong, for delegates and other Convention guests who will be staying in more than 100 Denver area hotels. These shuttles will operate between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and again in the late evening, minimizing any impact on rush hour traffic. Delegates will also be provided with passes for the RTD light rail and encouraged to use this efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation option.

Daily Caucus and Council Meetings

The Colorado Convention Center will be the center of daytime activities for delegates attending the Democratic caucuses and councils. These planning and business meetings of many of the different constituent groups within the Party will be open for the public to observe, however seating is limited and advanced registration will be required.

The African American, Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA), Hispanic, LGBT, and Women's caucuses along with the Disability and Rural councils will each host two meetings during Convention week. For the first time ever, a People of Faith Council will also meet regularly throughout the week. The caucus and council meetings serve as an opportunity for delegates and Party leaders to meet, share information on important issues and discuss voter outreach and future organizing strategy for the Party. These events often feature national Party leaders and other high-profile guests.

Community Open House at the Pepsi Center

For one day during the week prior to the start of the Convention, local residents will be invited to tour the Pepsi Center and see first-hand where history will be made within the Convention hall. Beginning in July, the Pepsi Center will undergo a significant transformation from sports arena to Convention hall and will be equipped with the latest technology, seating for delegates from around the country and infrastructure for media from around the world.

The focal point of the Convention hall is the podium, which will serve as the platform from which the presumptive nominee will accept the nomination and will play host to an impressive list of Party leaders throughout the Convention. Given direction to "break the mold" this cycle, the DNCC production team designed the podium to anchor this technically savvy Convention and reflect throughout the week the energy, historic significance and enthusiasm of the Party and its nominee.

During the open house, local residents will be the first to get a glimpse of the innovative podium design before thousands of delegates and other special guests arrive in Denver. The date of the open house and ticketing information will be released in August.

Interfaith Gathering

To kick-off Convention week in a spirit of unity, the DNCC, in conjunction with the Democratic Party's Faith in Action (FIA) Initiative, will host an interfaith gathering on Sunday, August 24th, beginning at 2:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Theater located in the Colorado Convention Center. This is the first time a celebration of this nature has been part of a Democratic National Convention and is symbolic of the Party's desire to bring multiple communities together under its "big tent." The gathering will include clergy of different faiths, Party leaders, elected officials and local community leaders. Speakers and musical guests will be announced later this summer. The event will be open to the public.

The FIA initiative, founded in 2005 by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Governor Howard Dean and Convention CEO Daughtry, focuses on ways for the Democratic Party to work with communities of faith to work together to promote the common good.

The DNCC also announced plans today for the following offerings:

Delegate Service Day

In conjunction with Democrats Work, Metro Volunteers and Volunteers of America, the DNCC is coordinating a Delegate Service Day at sites throughout the Denver metro area on Wednesday, August 27th. Projects will range from canned food sorting to neighborhood and park cleanup and tree care. These events will allow delegates to both contribute to and celebrate the people and organizations making positive change and strengthening communities in the city hosting this historic Convention.

This event will serve as the capstone to a much broader service effort for the DNCC. In an effort to give back to the local community, Convention leaders and staff have participated in nine "DNCC Service Days," contributing more than 560 hours to a variety of local efforts centered on youth, the environment and combined issues of hunger and homelessness.

Online Streaming of Convention

In an effort to engage as many people as possible in the Convention experience, the DNCC is using cutting-edge technology to "bring down the walls" of the Pepsi Center and make this year's Convention the most accessible and tech-savvy event of its kind. The DNCC's website, DemConvention.com, will stream live, gavel-to-gavel, HD coverage of the highest quality to a worldwide audience. Among the many features of this feed will be the ability for viewers to select their preferred camera angle, essentially allowing them to direct their own Convention coverage.

Continue to visit the DNCC's website, www.DemConvention.com throughout the summer for more information on ticketing for the events mentioned above, schedules of events, speaker information and other details on any of the official public events.

The Democratic National Convention, held from August 25-28, 2008, is expected to pump an estimated $160 million into the Denver area's economy and draw as many as 50,000 visitors to the region.

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About the DNCC:
The 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee is the official arm of the Democratic National Committee responsible for planning and organizing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Wednesday
Jun112008

DSCC - Senator Sununu Votes Against Tax Breaks For Granite Staters

John Sununu voted this morning against a package to extend the tuition tax credit and provide incentives for clean energy development. The package Sununu voted against also contained tax deductions for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies, which currently affects over 20,000 New Hampshire teachers annually. The bill Sununu opposed would have extended these important tax cuts without putting American taxpayers deeper into debt by including offsets that rein in breaks for multinational corporations and hedge fund managers investing offshore.

“At a time when Granite Staters are feeling the weight of the failed Bush-Sununu economic policies on their shoulders, Sununu voted against lightening their loads,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “John Sununu could have stood up for teachers who pay for supplies out of their own pockets and for families struggling with college tuition costs, but instead he inexplicably put multinational corporations ahead of New Hampshire families.”

Key Bill Provisions

  • Increases incentives for clean energy entrepreneurs by $18 billion to promote energy independence and create jobs.

awea.org/newsroom/pdf/Tax_Credit_Impact.pdf )

o Other incentives include solar, biofuels, and energy efficiency of buildings.

  • Extends the tuition deduction, which makes college more affordable for over 4.4 million families, with an average tax cut of $1,120.
  • Expansion of the child tax credit to extend the $1000-per-child tax credit to reach an additional 2.9 million children.
  • Extension of the teacher expense deduction, which allows 3.4 million families of teachers a deduction for buying supplies for their classrooms.
  • Extension of the research and development tax credit, which helps American businesses innovate; over 27,000 businesses will take this credit in 2008, with Minnesota and Texas being among the states with the most companies utilizing this provision.

Offsets The bill extends these important tax cuts without putting American taxpayers deeper into debt by including two offsets:

  • Ends the deferral of offshore income for hedge fund managers – require hedge fund managers who invest in offshore investment funds to pay taxes on that income when it is earned, rather than putting off taxation until those funds are brought back to the U.S.
  • Delays implementation of a new tax break for multinationals – the worldwide allocation of interest provision enacted in 2004 and slated to take effect in 2009 would be delayed, leaving businesses in the same position as today.
Wednesday
Jun112008

SEIA Statement on Senate's Failure to Extend Solar Tax Credits

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president Rhone Resch today released the following statement after the Senate failed to overcome a fillibuster on H.R. 6049, the Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 by a vote of 50-44 (on a cloture motion requiring 60 votes to pass). The bill would have extended federal solar tax credits by six years.

“We were disappointed that despite broad support of the American people, business, and environmental groups, Congress was not able to take up and pass an important extension of the solar tax credits today. “It is difficult to understand why Senators would choose to protect an income-tax loophole for billionaire hedge-fund managers instead of creating hundreds of thousands of renewable energy jobs in the US. “More than ever, with record energy prices, record unemployment, and grave concerns about global warming, Congress needs to work out differences so we can stabilize energy costs for consumers and businesses, improve our nation’s energy security and create tens of thousands of quality, green-collar jobs.”


Background Resources:

Kelton Research "Schott Solar Barometer," June 10, 2008
http://seia.org/solarnews.php?id=184

H.R. 6049 Pay-Fors
http://seia.org/Pay-fors%20in%20HR%206049.pdf

"Economic Impacts of the Tax Credit Expiration," February 13, 2008 - Study by Navigant Consulting
http://seia.org/Navigant_Tax_Credit_Impact.pdf

Text of H.R. 6049: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/110/6049.pdf

Summary of H.R. 6049: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/110/bill.pdf

White House SAP: http://www.seia.org/saphr6049-h.pdf

"House takes up $50 billion in tax breaks, energy incentives" by Jim Abrams
Associated Press, May 21
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5icrolgbXr0mlnZQmLr-1svIyNDpwD90Q3FQG0

"Stalled Energy Policy Slows Business"
Marketplace Radio, May 15
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/15/clean_energy/


"Dumb as We Wanna Be" by Thomas Friedman
New York Times, April 30
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/opinion/30friedman.html

"While all the presidential candidates were railing about lost manufacturing jobs in Ohio, no one noticed that America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, was opening its newest factory in the former East Germany -- 540 high-paying engineering jobs -- because Germany has created a booming solar market and America has not."

Solar Energy Industries Association
805 15th Street NW
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Washington, DC 20005
Wednesday
Jun112008

DNC - McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and America's Small Businesses

Washington, DC - John McCain says he will stand up for America's small businesses and that "[e]ntrepreneurs are at the heart of American innovation, growth and prosperity." But in reality as president Senator McCain's health care plan would overburden small businesses, hurting both the entrepreneurs running them and the workers needing coverage. According to FactCheck.org and the blog Think Progress, McCain's plan would "encourage some employers, mainly small businesses, to drop health benefits," it "could eventually eliminate job-based insurance altogether," and would "weaken small business protections." McCain's voting record backs this up--in 2000, he actually voted against a tax credit for small businesses offering employee health insurance for low-income workers. [johnmccain.com, accessed 6/9/08]

The economy is the number one issue this election, yet time and again McCain makes it clear he's out of touch with the challenges Americans are facing. How else can you explain a voting record and plans that make it harder for small businesses to succeed?

MCCAIN'S HEALTH CARE PLAN WOULD OVERBURDEN SMALL BUSINESSES

Fact Check: McCain's Plan Would Result In Employers, Particularly Small Businesses, Dropping Coverage. According to Factcheck.org, "McCain's plan to tax workers on the value of their employer-provided health care plans and provide tax credits would encourage some employers, mainly small businesses, to drop health benefits, say experts, and the proposal could eventually eliminate job-based insurance altogether." Director of the health research and education program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute Paul Fronstin "says a tax credit plan like McCain's likely would mean the end of employer-sponsored health care." [Factcheck.org, "McCain's $5,000 Promise, 5/1/2008, http://www.factcheck.org/mccains_5000_promise.html ]

McCain Offers Little On Specifics On Affordable Health Care For Small Businesses. When asked about a "support system for small business" to keep workers comp down, and a more affordable health care program for small business and their employees, McCain discussed how expensive "free" health care from the federal government will be, his "$5,000 refundable tax credit," and his "outcome-based treatment" plan. [CNN Live Feed (Santa Ana, CA), 3/25/2008]

McCain's Plan Would "Weaken Small Business Protections." According to the blog Think Progress, McCain's health care plan would "weaken small business protections by enabling businesses to simply market insurance policies around the country from states with weak protections." [Thinkprogress.org, 4/25/2008, http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/04/25/mccain-business-health-care/#more-736 ]

2000: McCain Opposed Tax Credits For Small Businesses Who Offer Insurance. In 2000, McCain voted against allowing businesses with up to 25 employees to receive a tax credit for employee health insurance for low-income workers. [Senate Vote #205, 7/17/00]

NFIB Economist Says Economy Slowing. "Recession fears are spreading and the economy is showing definite signs of slowing, even on Main Street," according NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg." [NFIB Small Business Economic Trends, May 2008]

After casting himself as a "Maverick" in 2000, the new John McCain is walking in lockstep with President Bush, pandering to the right wing of the Republican Party, and embracing the ideology he once denounced. On the campaign trail McCain has callously abandoned many of his previously held positions, even contradicted himself, in a blatant attempt to remake himself into a candidate Republicans can accept in 2008. So just who is the real John McCain? The Democratic National Committee will present a daily fact aimed at exposing the man behind the myth.