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DCCC Billboard design contest – stop anti-environment Pombo

If you care about the environment and are clever, you can help defeat Richard Pombo, head of the Natural Resources Comm in the House, rancher extraordinaire, who single-handedly tried to dismantle the Endangered Species Act, among his other misdeeds.

Help design a billboard exposing Richard Pombo’s Enemy-of-the-Earth crusade. We’ll be purchasing a billboard in his district advertising this website, and we want you to design it. All entries will be judged by Political Strategist James Carville and Laurie David, the Founder of Stop Global Warming.org. The winner will be announced with the unveiling of the billboard in an email from Carville and David to over one million DCCC supporters before it goes up in Pombo’s district.

… A short, punchy message is the most important part — the most effective billboards usually have less than 15 words on them.

Rep. Richard Pombo, chairman of the House Resources Committee, has been a poor steward of our environment. As chairman, Pombo has pushed for selling off our national parks, dismantling the Endangered Species Act, and drilling in the Alaskan refuge. Instead of fighting to protect the public’s resources, Pombo has fought to protect his family’s financial resources.

Congressman Richard Pombo exemplifies the Republican Culture of Corruption in the House of Representatives. He uses his position of power to benefit his family, engages in pay to play politics with energy companies and Indian tribes with ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and is a close ally of indicted former GOP Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Dana Wefer Looking for Campaign Manager

Two Morris County incumbent freeholders have decided not to seek reelection, and Dana Wefer may capitalize on that opportunity. Dana, a 23 year-old law student who ran for freeholder in Morris County last year and was named one of PoliticsNJ’s “Candidates With Promise”, is mulling another run (do it!). Despite running against an incumbent in a very Republican county, she got over 40% of the vote.

Dana is looking for a campaign manager – not a professional – just someone with a passion for politics and excellent writing skills. If you’re interested, send her your resume with salary requirements to webmail@danawefer.com.

Scott Shields commented two weeks ago that “Dana Wefer has a real shot at making the board a bit more blue.” I agree. If anyone can do it, it’s Dana. She’s got the experience, smarts, dedication and articulate message. You couldn’t ask for a better candidate to work for, so if you’re interested in managing that campaign, contact Dana.

Ferguson’s Constituent Services Leave A Lot To Be Desired

Members of a New Jersey group traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for more action in stopping the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.  They received warm welcomes from a number of Congressman from New Jersey’s delegation, but not Congressman Mike Ferguson’s office

They came to ask for more humanitarian aid and military support in a land where hundreds of thousand of Darfurians have been slaughtered, raped, wounded, driven from their homes, and attacked again while struggling for survival in the refugee camps of neighboring Chad.

Delegates met with NJ Reps. Steve Rothman (D-Dist. 9) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Dist. 11), both of whom signed on as sponsors to the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, a bill the lobbyists believe is vital to the salvation of the Darfurian people.

At the office of Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Dist. 7), the delegates were seen by Amanda Tharpe, the congressman’s legislative aide. Ferguson has not signed on as a sponsor of the bill.

Describing Ferguson’s aide as “very cool” and not “terribly sympathetic,” Linda Kohl of Short Hills, president of AJC’s Metro NJ chapter, said both Frelinghuysen and Rothman were “very positive. They are really on our side. That was obvious from everything they said and everything they did.”

This is not the first time that people have reported Ferguson’s constituent services have been weak.  A number of people have told Dump Mike that when they call to get information from Ferguson’s NJ and DC offices they are told that the staffer doesn’t know the answer, and that an answer can be expected in two to three weeks.  Others say that their questions by phone and submitted on Ferguson’s web site go unanswered.

This is unacceptable.  The people who Ferguson represents have a right to know where he stands on the issues important to them, and waiting three weeks or receiving no answer is poor constituent support. 

Bigotry in Ocean County…Again

Just one month after the late Lt. Laurel Hester was finally granted domestic partner benefits by the freeholders of Ocean County, another woman in Ocean County is the target of bigotry.

Lily McBeth is a 70 year-old transgendered substitute teacher in the Eagleswood School District. According to Garden State Equality, last week a parent in the district “took out an ad in a community newspaper last week to encourage others to attend the Eagleswood Township Board of Education meeting this coming Monday, February 27th at 7 pm to protest against Ms. McBeth’s right to teach in the classroom.”

The reason? Because being transgendered “violates” this person’s religious beliefs.

“The good citizens of Ocean County proved their fairness with their outrage over the treatment of Laurel Hester in the months before she died,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality.  “We believe Ocean County will now rise to the occassion in support of Lily McBeth, whose reputation is unsurpassed.  A great teacher is a great teacher, period. New Jersey courts have ruled it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person’s being transgender, so if the school board were to prevent Lily McBeth from teaching, it would be playing with legal fire of the most dangerous kind.”

CALL TO ACTION: Garden State Equality asks supporters of LGBTI rights across New Jersey, straight and LGBTI citizens alike, to join us at the meeting of the Eagleswood Township Board of Education this Monday, February 27th at 7 pm, 511 Main Street, West Creek (map), in support of Lily McBeth and the right of all transgender citizens to live and work with dignity and equality. The Eagleswood School District is in West Creek, which is in Southern Ocean County.

We’ve Done Enough. We’ve Paid the Price. It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home.

As one of Congressman Rothman’s constituents, I’ve heard him speak several times.  He has always impressed me as someone who tries to hold himself above the fray of politics.  His demeanor is thoughtful, almost shy sometimes, and when he speaks he weighs each word carefully.  He is about the farthest thing I could imagine from being a partisan hack or a loose cannon. 

Port Update

Ok folks, so it seems not only did the Bush administration blindly trust Dubai with our ports, he gave them a sweet deal. Also, Tom Delay has betrayed his dear leader by speaking out against the Port takeover.

Much like this WaPo story portends to demonstrate, the Port issue is becomming a talking point battlefield. With Karl Rove battling a bi-partisan effort by calling those opposed to the Port sale xenophobic crazy folk who are basically anti-all-things-arab.

If you cannot see the potential security implications in this, then perhaps you can appreciate the foreign policy implications of this issue. This is, as everything else in this administration, a hypocritical foreign policy.

Wingers are constantly complaining about how Clinton didn’t gun down Osama Bin Laden when he had an opportunity. It turns out, the UAE royal family was hanging out with Osama at the very moment Clinton had the chance to pull the trigger.

These ties are much stronger than Saddam’s  “operational relationship” claimed by Dick Cheney. We all know what happened with Saddam and his country.

We currently have sanctions against Iran basically for having ties to terrorism (they don’t have the bomb just yet).

Given all of this, plus Bush’s “with us or against us” doctrine, UAE is either a target for invasion or a country ripe for sanctions. One thing is clear, we certainly should not be expanding our business relationship with them.

It is bad enough we have to use them as pushers for our “oil addiction.” If you can’t wrap your head around this through all the fog of talking points, just ask yourself one question.

Would you go into business with a drug dealer? If you answer no, then you can understand why we shouldn’t go into business with a terrorist supporting, suffrage free, religio-fascist government. At some point we need to stop propping up governments that have values completely antithetical to our own.

Princeton Drinking Liberally Today – New Location

The Princeton Drinking Liberally group meets at 7pm tonight, and they’ve got a new location:

The Annex Restaurant where we used to meet is undergoing renovations. Effective this week, we’ll be meeting at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in the Nassau Inn, which is in Nassau Park in Princeton.

We’ve got some tables reserved for us in the back left corner of the bar area. If you come in through the stairs in the back entrance on Palmer Square, just turn left once you walk in and head towards the back left corner.

The address is Ten Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ, and you can find a map and directions on their website.

You can sign up for their email list here.

There’s a new group in Montclair which meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Sign up for their group.

And of course if you live near New Brunswick or Hoboken, check them out.

Congressman Rothman to Announce We Must Pull Out of Iraq

Despite having voted for the Iraq war and supporting it ever since, Congressman Steve Rothman will announce tomorrow why we must take all of our troops out of Iraq.

With 55% of the public now saying that the Iraq war was a mistake, and with more and more long-time hawks like Rothman and Jack Murtha now speaking out against the war, the tide is turning against this disasterous distration. Only the Vietnam conflict ever had a higher disapproval, with 61% of the public saying it was a mistake.

The announcement will be on Thursday, Feb 23 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at the office of Congressman Steve Rothman, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

According to a press release from Rothman’s office:

Congressman Steve Rothman (NJ-9) will formally announce that he no longer trusts the Bush Administration to effectively lead our nation and protect our troops in the War in Iraq. His speech will outline the series of events and evidence that led to his new position. He will also explain why he believes that it is time to take all U.S. troops out of Iraq.

Ferguson: Out of the Mainstream on Contraception

Congressman Mike Ferguson’s opposition to contraception and family planning services is a lesser known cousin to his fervent opposition to abortion.  It is all tied up in the Right to Life community he is beholden to.  His positions on contraception, abortion, embryonic stem cell research and other issues are so far out of the mainstream that his colleagues in the House jokingly call him “Mr. Embryo.” He opposes such common sense programs such as requiring hospitals to inform rape victims that emergency contraception is available.

Recently a constituent received a letter from Ferguson that further illustrates his radical position, and his willingness to ignore facts and research to support it.  The entire letter is printed after this post, with the recipient’s name and address redacted, but here is the relevant part:

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on June 16, 2005, offered an amendment to H.R. 2862, the annual appropriations bill that finances the State, Justice and Commerce departments, which would lift restrictions on U.S. taxpayer assistance to UNFPA. [United Nations’ Population Fund]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced July 17, 2004, that UNFPA helped China manage programs that involved forced abortions.  Powell said at the time that the administration would continue to help women and children around the world through other programs.  The United States is the largest donor of bilateral assistance to help improve the health of women and children and provided more than $1.8 billion in 2004 through a U.S. Agency for International Development fund

Rep. Maloney’s amendment failed 192-233, and I voted against the amendment in the House.  I believe it is wrong for U.S. taxpayers to subsidize a program that aids in coerced abortions and forced sterilizations in China.

It’s true that the administration claims that the UNFPA is involved in China’s programs, but it’s also true that they have no evidence to back up the claim.