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Friday
Jun062008

Prescott Files Candidacy for Executive Council

Russell Prescott Makes Official Candidacy for Executive Council District 3 seat

Kingston, NH - Today, former state Senator Russell Prescott, joined his fellow Republican Executive Council candidates to officially file his candidacy papers for the Executive Council District 3 seat. Prescott has previously announced his district-wide leadership team and Legislators for Prescott coalition. 

"The Executive Council is the last line of defense against out of control state government spending. It's time that we had an Executive Councilor in this seat that treats the taxpayers' dollar like it's their own. I fought against over-taxation and over-spending in the Senate, and that's exactly what I'll do on the Executive Council," said Russell Prescott.

Prescott and his family reside in Kingston. He runs a successful family business with his brother in Exeter that employs 30 people. Prescott served two terms as a NH State Senator for District 19 and District 23.

Friday
Jun062008

DNC - 2008 Democratic National Convention Delegate Event to Recognize the Spirit of New Orleans

Event to Commemorate Heroes of Gulf Region Recovery, Rebuilding As Convention Marks Three Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


DENVER - In an effort to drive national recognition of the ongoing, important work to rebuild the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today a special event for delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in recognition of the Friends of New Orleans (FONO), Oxfam America and other organizations affiliated with the Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding effort.  

The event will take place on Sunday, August 24, 2008 and will include delegates from all 56 state and territorial delegations attending the Convention.  The event will bring international media attention to the important work still taking place in the Gulf Coast region while marking the three year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history.
 
"This anniversary is too important to pass by unnoticed.  We are one country, and we stand together in good times and bad," said Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Governor Howard Dean. "Nearly three years after Katrina, we want the nation to know that rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Region is not just a local issue but a national one.  The voices of those who were affected by Hurricane Katrina have not gone silent, and it is critical to make sure those who live there and those who were displaced are not forgotten."

Convention organizers have been in discussions for several months on ways to bring attention to this important anniversary and raise the profile of organizations committed to this effort.  FONO and Oxfam America, since the first days after Katrina, have supported the efforts of local groups to promote the recovery and rebuilding in the region while raising the voice of those most affected by the storm.  As part of the event, delegates and other Convention guests will be encouraged to make donations to FONO and their affiliates.

"I couldn't imagine a more meaningful way to kick off this historic week," said Mark Brewer, President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs.  "By bringing all of the state, district and territorial delegations together for one event, we are demonstrating the solidarity that is needed in our country.  All of our state parties are excited to participate - because it's a good cause and because it will be a fabulous, fun event - in the grand New Orleans tradition."

The delegate event, financially supported by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, will be a preview of the 'New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya,' a musical and culinary benefit to be held later that evening generating further support for Gulf Coast region recovery and rebuilding efforts.  Both events will pair well known jazz musicians and world famous Louisiana cuisine with the festive ambiance of the Rocky Mountain West and will generate financial support for charities and organizations that have been working to rebuild communities in the Gulf Coast region.

"The spirit of the many unsung 'Heroes of the Storm,' people who have unselfishly given of themselves to help others, is something for our entire nation to recognize and celebrate," said Donna Brazile, Board Member of FONO.  "There could not be a better time than the Democratic National Convention to showcase the unity of our country and power of our collective efforts for such a great cause."

FONO is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization for people in the U.S. and abroad who care about the region.

Oxfam America is a non-profit, non-partisan international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.  Together with individuals and local groups in more than 120 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty and fights for social justice.

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 up to 50,000 visitors to the region.
Friday
Jun062008

DNC - Obama And Dean Team Up To Recast The Political Map

Washington, DC--Today, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported on how the Obama Campaign and DNC are joining efforts to help presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, a candidate who "seems perfectly equipped to test-drive the party's 50-state vehicle," become the next president of the United States.  As Stein reports, investments made by the DNC that have funded State Party staff and improved the Party's voter file could reap huge benefits for Senator Obama, who is well-poised to compete and win in states not considered traditional Democratic strongholds in the past.

The following are excerpts of today's story:

Obama And Dean Team Up To Recast The Political Map
Huffington Post
By Sam Stein
June 5, 2008

"For all of the hoopla surrounding the candidates, the 2008 presidential election will be the first truly national test of the viability and prescience of Howard Dean's 50-state strategy.  Four years ago, when Dean was vaulted to the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee -- following a failed presidential bid months earlier -- he pledged to rewrite the rules concerning where and how Democrats would compete. In the subsequent months, resources and staff were invested into unconventional and even previously untouched locales. The idea was that the party simply couldn't compete without a margin for error…Now, four years have passed. And the Democrats have nominated a candidate that seems perfectly equipped to test-drive the party's 50-state vehicle…On Thursday, Obama symbolically endorsed the DNC's efforts, declaring that Dean would remain party chairman heading into the general election…

"Obama will likely start the general election with 180 or so 'reliably Democratic' electoral votes. With the goal of getting to 270, the DNC believes it could play a role in carrying the rest of the burden. The party already has more than 200 field staffers on the ground, and grassroots training programs in all fifty states. In addition, new Internet and communications operations have been started with the goal of facilitating participation in, and donations to, Democratic causes…Perhaps the most significant, and controversial, move made under the 50-state strategy has been the modernization of the party's voter file, in which Dean has invested more than $8 million dollars…

"The potential beneficiaries of the Obama-Dean alliance could be numerous. Down-ticket Democrats are not only banking on an influx of resources into their races, but are hoping that a synthesized effort between the presidential candidate and campaign committees provides a political boost even in traditionally hostile locales. The environment is certainly ripe. Already Democrats have ripped three congressional seats away from the GOP in special elections. The Cook Political Report list 27 seats GOP House seats that will be in play, in addition to seven in the Senate.  'It is not that Obama needs what the DNC under what Dean has done,' said Thomas Mann, a scholar at the Brookings Institute. 'It is that the Obama nominating campaign has reinforced what the DNC was doing. And all of this will be primarily helpful down ticket. It gives Democrats some opportunities to win Senate, House and other legislative contests and over time puts them in the position of turning around some truly red states.'"

For the full article, click here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/05/obama-and-dean-team-up-to_n_105419.html
Friday
Jun062008

DNC - Dean Welcomes Obama Team to DNC Thanks Senator Hillary Clinton for Historic Run, Ongoing Leadership

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement, welcoming the Obama team as we transition to the general election campaign:

"Over the last three years, the DNC staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Democratic Party is strong in all 50 states and that we communicate our values to Americans across the country. The DNC and the Obama Campaign are now working together to continue this effort. I'm pleased to welcome Paul Tewes from the Obama Campaign who will help lead our team here at the DNC and ensure a smooth transition to our general election efforts. We know that we have a lot of work ahead of us. On everything from the war in Iraq, to privatizing Social Security, to making the disastrous Bush tax cuts permanent, John McCain has made it clear that he is more interested in continuing the policies of the past rather than facing America's future. Working together, I am confident we will elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States and begin the process of rebuilding our great country.

"With the conclusion of the last primaries and caucuses Tuesday, we've marked the end of an extraordinary primary season and a long and hard fought race between two formidable and historic candidates who have made our Democratic Party proud. Our Party was very fortunate to have so many exceptional candidates in this race from the beginning. While the extended contest presented some challenges, those were significantly outweighed by the overwhelming enthusiasm and energy it generated across the country with more than 35 million people coming out to support our candidates. In every part of the country, Americans -women, men, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, LGBT Americans, young people, veterans, students and retires, Democrats, Independents and even Republicans came out to support our two outstanding candidates and the values we share.

"I congratulate both candidates, and thank them for their commitment not only to our Party but to our country we all love and serve. This has been a transformative election for the Democratic Party in no small part because of these two extraordinary candidates, the historic nature of both campaigns, and the passion, intellect and dedication they brought to the campaign trail every day.

"On behalf of the Democratic family, I congratulate Senator Obama on becoming our party's presumptive nominee and look forward to working with him and his team as we work to ensure that he is the next president of the United States. Democrats across America are so grateful to Senator Hillary Clinton for her leadership, her commitment to America and the Democratic Party. You have inspired millions of Americans to participate in our democracy and raised critical issues during the course of this campaign. We look forward to your ongoing leadership.

"This has been a hard fought race and there have been bitter disagreements along the way but the time for disagreements has ended. It's time to come together and unite our Party. Each and every one of us has the responsibility to help ensure that our party is unified and we will all work toward an Obama Administration that will bring change we can all believe in."

Friday
Jun062008

DNC, Obama for America Campaign Announce that DNC Will No Longer Accept Washington Lobbyist Donations

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and the Obama for America Campaign today announced that the DNC will no longer accept Washington lobbyist donations, making the same commitment as Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

"The DNC and the Obama Campaign are unified and working together to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. Our presumptive nominee has pledged not to take donations from Washington lobbyists and from today going forward the DNC makes that pledge as well," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. "Senator Obama has promised to change the way things are done in Washington and this step is a sure sign of his commitment. The American people's priorities will set the agenda in an Obama Administration, not the special interests."