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Colleen Spining suggests to check this out, all, as well, OBAMA SUPPORTERS:­DU 2.John Edwards?s supporters are flocking to Sen. Obama

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 12:15 AM

On Apr 28, 2008, at 3:11 PM, Colleen Spining wrote:

Subject: Reverend Jeramiah Wright

A differerent perspective of Jeramiah Wright from a Catholic priest; also my perspective.


Wednesday, May 7th, 6:00 pm social, 7:00-8:45 pm program. San Diego Democracy for America Meeting. Guest Speaker: Scot Tempesta, Scooter, from the "Former" KLSD "THE RANT" SHOW on AIR AMERICA ~KLSD. Scot will be speaking on Politics and Radio. Mike Copass, Candidate 53rd District. At the Meeting Room of Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (Corner of Ruffin Rd. and Clairemont Mesa Blvd). Info: Carol Changus (858)[masked], [address removed] or


John Edwards?s supporters are flocking to Sen. Obama


By Alexander BoltonPosted: 04/24/08 07:26 PM [ET]

Donors, activists and members of Congress who backed former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) are flocking to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

This and the fact that Obama is likely to win the North Carolina primary could prompt Edwards to endorse Obama ? a move that could burnish the front-runner?s credentials with blue-collar, white voters, who are part of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton?s (D-N.Y.) base.

Since Edwards dropped out of the presidential race, Obama?s campaign has received contributions of $200 or more from 1,089 donors who had supported Edwards, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.
Only 393 Edwards donors have given to Clinton since the primary became a two-candidate race. Since Edwards withdrew on Jan. 30, Obama has raised nearly $1 million from Edwards donors, compared to the $427,000 that has flowed to Clinton.

The strong bias among Edwards?s supporters prompts Obama?s allies to hope for an endorsement by the former candidate that could help him in big states, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, that were won by Clinton.

?John Edwards understands the need to change the direction of this country; I would hope that he would make an endorsement to bring closure to the nominating process,? said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), who first endorsed Edwards but then joined Obama?s camp.

The day before Edwards dropped out, his campaign floated the idea that he could play kingmaker in the primary.

His deputy campaign manager, Jonathan Prince, predicted that Edwards?s haul of delegates could tip the nomination one way or the other.

As it turned out, Edwards quit before he could accumulate a significant number of delegates, but he could still prove influential by swaying white working-class voters slow to embrace Obama.

?Edwards has enormous appeal to working-class, white voters,? Butterfield said. ?His endorsement would be a tremendous benefit to the Obama campaign.?

Edwards, a trial lawyer by profession, sought during his campaign to appeal to working-class and union voters, repeatedly citing his father?s work in a mill. He spoke in favor of policies that would redistribute wealth to poorer Americans.

Butterfield is one of nine congressional Democrats who have endorsed Obama after first backing Edwards.

The others are Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.), Charles Gonzalez (Texas), Ra?l Grijalva (Ariz.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), David Obey (Wis.), David Price (N.C.) and Mel Watt (N.C.).

Not one of Edwards?s backers in Congress has endorsed Clinton.

Clinton campaign aides did not respond to requests for comment.

Several members of Edwards?s political circle announced their allegiance to Obama on Wednesday. Ed Turlington, who served as chairman of Edwards?s 2004 presidential campaign and as a senior adviser to his most recent White House bid, was one of them.

?I had thought that after Sen. Edwards dropped out I would stay on the sidelines,? said Turlington, ?but the more I watched the race and talked to Sen. Obama, I became persuaded to endorse him.

?First of all, I think [Obama] is talking about many of the key economic issues Sen. Edwards talked about in his campaign.?

Obama flew to Chapel Hill, N.C., in February to meet Edwards and his wife in hope of winning an endorsement. But Edwards has not yet dropped any hints about whether he will back either candidate before the party convention in Denver at the end of August.

Turlington said he spoke to Edwards about the race several days ago and told him he would support Obama.

?He noted it and we talked about a number of things about the race,? said Turlington. ?He admires and respects Obama.?

Yet Turlington said he does not know if Edwards will pick a side.

John Moylan, one of Edwards?s closest friends, cautioned that Edwards might not weigh in despite the trend among his former supporters.

?Sen. Edwards has given no indication that he will be endorsing one candidate over the other and I would be somewhat surprised if that were to happen,? said Moylan. ?I have not endorsed a candidate but would almost certainly follow Sen. Edwards?s lead on that front.?

Michael Ward, an attorney at the law firm of Alston and Bird in Washington, D.C., who donated to Edwards?s campaign, gave $1,300 to Obama at the end of February. ?I think Obama?s the strongest candidate and I want to field the strongest candidate,? said Ward, who has not given to Clinton.

Ward said Clinton has ?too much baggage, and too many political negatives,? referring to her high unfavorability rating in polls.

Clinton received more than a thousand contributions from Edwards donors before he dropped out of the race, and she was still considered the likely Democratic presidential front-runner. Since his departure, Clinton has garnered about 600 contributions from Edwards supporters.

Since Jan. 30, Obama has received more than 1,800 contributions from Edwards donors, more than three times as many as Clinton.

Dan Hayner and Michael Lemaire contributed to this report.

Political contributions from Former Sen. John Edwards Donors (PDF)

4. A little Humor

PA: Satire - Amish Voting Machines Scrutinized In Pennsylvania

Posted by: "Michelle Gabriel" , cepn Fri Apr 25,[masked]:43 pm (PDT)

Being from Pennsylvania... I find this especially funny...
Amish Voting Machines Scrutinized In Pennsylvania
LANCASTER COUNTY, Penn. (CAP) - Although Hillary Clinton was able to
extend her faltering campaign at least another two weeks with a nearly
double-digit win in Pennsylvania, the contest itself has come under
scrutiny. Several groups have filed complaints with the FEC, and once
again voting machines are at the heart of their concerns.
Only this time it isn't Diebold electronic voting machines that are
being blamed. In fact, there's nothing electronic about them at all.
"It's called the Amish Vote Counter, or AVC," says Pennsylvania
Secretary of State spokesperson Alice Farr. She stands before a large
wooden box that takes up the better part of a room. One end of the box
is hidden by a curtain, although a hint of wooden levers and rope
pullies can be seen within the curtained voting chamber itself. The rest
of the box whinnies slightly and smells of manure.
"Last year the Amish successfully bid to replace our old paper-punch
voting machines with these simpler, horse-powered ones," Farr says. "A
voter goes in at that end, records his or her vote with the wooden
levers in there, and then throws a small carrot the horse inside the
box. As the horse strains to reach the carrot, the motion powers a small
press that records the vote on a paper ballot. It's quite simple, actually."
Unfortunately, simple doesn't relate to flawless. In paperwork filed
with the FEC, the Pennsylvania Voter's League charges that problems were
rampant with the state's 250 AVC's. Several counties ran out of carrots,
sending officials scurrying to local grocery stores in search of more.
Large voter turnout led to overfeeding, killing three horses in the
Philadelphia suburbs.
At least two machines accidentally shipped with donkeys instead of
horses, resulting in nearly no votes for Republican candidates in those
And when "simple" broke, it proved to be nearly impossible to quickly fix.
"They had a lever stop working on our Amish voter, and, well, you can't
just pick up a phone now, can you?" said one voter in York County. "You
have to drive to the Amish community to tell them, then they have to
hitch up their horse-drawn repair wagon and start off for the polling
place. It took five hours to replace a screw and get our machine working
Despite the problems, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is vowing to have
another 300 AVC's running statewide by November's general election.
"They're already putting off barn building and holding vote box raisings
all across the state to get us the machines we need for November,"
Governor Rendell says. "They handed Hillary Clinton a victory on
Tuesday, and they'll deliver again for her against John McCain this
fall. It's an 18th-century solution for a 20th-century campaign!"

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