Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Statement by Senator Arlen Specter
I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.
Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.
When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.
Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.
I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.
I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.
I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters. I can understand their disappointment. I am also disappointed that so many in the Party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides. I thank specially Senators McConnell and Cornyn for their forbearance.
I am not making this decision because there are no important and interesting opportunities outside the Senate. I take on this complicated run for re-election because I am deeply concerned about the future of our country and I believe I have a significant contribution to make on many of the key issues of the day, especially medical research. NIH funding has saved or lengthened thousands of lives, including mine, and much more needs to be done. And my seniority is very important to continue to bring important projects vital to Pennsylvania’s economy.
I am taking this action now because there are fewer than thirteen months to the 2010 Pennsylvania Primary and there is much to be done in preparation for that election. Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle.
While each member of the Senate caucuses with his Party, what each of us hopes to accomplish is distinct from his party affiliation. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation. And no Senator, no matter how loyal he is to his Party, should or would put party loyalty above his duty to the state and nation.
My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.
Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes Party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America.
Monday, April 27, 2009
GERMANTOWN, BARTLETT, CORDOVA, COLLIERVILLE, EAST MEMPHIS LAKELAND, BOLTON, ROSEMARK
MILLINGTON AND UNICORPORATED AREAS
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 6:30 PM
Cordova Public Library, 8457 Trinity Rd
(East on Trinity Rd. from Germantown Parkway)
Come join us at the Cordova Public Library. Our Speaker will be Dr Freda G. Williams. She is a Commissioner on The Memphis City School Board. Dr Williams has a wealth of experience in the teaching professions. Her current position as a commissioner and her teaching experience gives her an in depth understanding of the Memphis School System. I believe that most of us realize the importance of education and its impact on the future of all of Shelby County.
Shelby County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee Elects Van Turner as Chairman. Congratulations Van Turner!
Forrester, in turn, gets to keep his hand on those parts of the party that he is most interested in building: the grassroots and the communications shop. And he will be able to do so free and clear because the haters, instead of trying to tear the party down in order to take it back over, have agreed to leave him be.
Yes, Forrester will be without a lot of the big money donors, but he was always going to be without them. This deal actually takes the pressure off Forrester. He no longer has to bear the brunt of the blame for any losses and any lack of money raised because his detractors have taken on some of that burden for him. Instead of fighting over control of the party, each camp, the haters and supporters, can play to their strengths in pursuit of Democratic victory.
Instead of two angry mules trapped in a barn kicking each other, the two sides can now behave like two horses in a harness, separate but moving in the same direction together as one.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Stay tuned to your local DL e-mail for more information, and come and see us TONIGHT!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here's a short piece featuring Ward Cammack:
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
These visiting supposedly nice churchgoers are the epitome of rude, cheap and ungracious people and I hate to stereotype a whole group but I never met anyone to prove otherwise. For years, their head pastor and leader was a patron of one place I worked at and you would think that a recognized public figure would realize that if he's cheap and rude to people at restaurants then word would get around. I mean talk about bad PR, but he never seemed to put the pieces together nor did his congregation.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A large portion of the African-American population, especially male, refuse to accept that gay rights are civil rights. What is repugnant to me is that they use the same arguments virulent racists used to promote racism and seperation. They are one and the same, all people have rights, and to deny them to one, is to deny them to all.
Do you like when this is pointed out?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Hey all you fellow Tennessee Democrats. Are you tired of stuff like this? Here's something you can do and it won't cost you one thin dime.
Head on over to the new Tennessee Democratic Party website and sign up. Then invite your friends and neighbors and in-laws and outlaws to sign up, too.
It's easy. Here's all you do.
1. Go here, fill out the info, and click 'sign up'.
2. Once you're signed up, go here and invite other folks to sign up.
Once you've done that, check out the growing number of online groups that are forming up and join the ones that interest you. And don't forget to sign up for TNDP e-mail news.
Bonus: once you're signed up you will have your very own personal TNDP blog. It is all completely free of charge, and no salesman will call.
And here's a challenge for all you progressive Tennessee bloggers: Let's see if we can get ONE THOUSAND new signups at the TNDP website in the next seven days or even sooner.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Why? Because it's OPENING DAY!!!!!! The Sox, unfortunately, got snowed out of their home opener against KC, and the Cubs open up tonight in Houston against the Astros. The rain and snow seems to be moving out of St. Louis, as seen above, in time for their 3:15 start with Pittsburgh. If you can, GO WATCH BASEBALL.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
APRIL 1, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
I have done some serious thinking of late about the ideological
debates in which I have engaged with my Commissioner colleagues. At times, I
have aggressively advanced conservative positions during these debates with
great zeal, but have also kept my mind open to the opposing view. It has caused
me to rethink my positions. This rethinking has led me to make a significant
decision in my career, one which I want to share with my Commission colleagues.
The election of Barack Obama as President only accelerated the evolution
which has been taking shape in my own heart for a number of years now. After
full consideration, I feel that I have no choice but to be honest with myself
and acknowledge that I have been wrong to advance such a conservative view, and
that a new chapter in my political life must begin.
So, today, I announce that I am switching my allegiance to the Democratic Party. Its
positions on government intervention in the marketplace, its compassionate
spending priorities, and, above all, its recognition of the need to fight
climate change as the world’s number one global priority, command my respect and
I will continue to represent my constituents the best way I know how. Today, that means doing everything I can to advance the Obama agenda. It is my hope that I can do that effectively as I work on the County Commission and work privately to secure the reelection of Mayor W.W. Herenton.
I welcome your questions, your comments, and your prayers.
Mayor A.C. Wharton