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Don Siegelman endorses Ron Sparks for Governor

May 29th, 2010 No comments

Former Governor Don Siegelman in an e-mail blast sent out his endorsement of Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks for Governor. Commissioner Sparks is engaged in a tough Democratic Primary election with US Representative Artur Davis.

Read the text of the E-mail Blast below:

Dear Christopher,

For the first time ever, I am endorsing a candidate in the Alabama Democratic Primary.

I’m proud to join political leaders like Dr. Richard Arlington, Hank Sanders, Joe Reed and the Alabama Democratic Conference and New South Coalition in supporting Ron Sparks for Governor. Why?… because I know Ron’s heart is right.

Ron Sparks wants to create jobs, pay for free college scholarships for our children with our own Educational Lottery and pay for nursing home care for our seniors by taxing casinos. Ron is courageous and the hardest working man I’ve seen, well, since I was a candidate.

That would be enough but I am also disappointed in Artur Davis…Not only because he voted agaist health care and took a bunch of money from insurance companies, but Artur has taken several thousands of dollars in contributions from the very people who had me prosecuted and put in prison.

I just don’t understand who Artur really is deep inside. But I do know who Ron Sparks is and what he stands for, and I like everything I know about Ron Sparks. So, it’s for these reasons that I am supporting Ron Sparks for Governor.

Don Siegelman
Governor of Alabama 1999-2003
205-260-3965
[email protected]

Presidential Honeymoon Period Over

January 20th, 2009 No comments

Obama Barack PresidentAs President Barack Obama gets ready for his first night in the White House the Honeymoon is ending. Wednesday begins his first full day as President.  Obama’s Presidency begins in a time of Economic Turmoil and trying times internationally.  It is unlikely that he will get a long honeymoon that has been extended to presidents past.

Pres. Obama inherits a two front war in the Middle East.  A weakened economy full of scandal and turmoil that directly effects the falling employment rates.  Many people from around the world will be  looking to the Leader of The Free World for guidance.

So to spare you the obvious problems that face America lets take a look at days gone by with information from the United Steelworkers Rapid Response.  Only history will tell the legacy of Former George W. Bush today’s stats are dim and perhaps indicative of how history will be written.

The Legacy of George W. Bush

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When Bush Took OfficeToday
Unemployment Rate4.2%7.2%
National Debt$5.7 trillion$10.6 trillion
Manufacturing Jobs17.2 million13.0 million
Americans without Health Care Coverage40 million46 million
Employers Offering Some Type of Insurance Coverage69%63%
Annual Premium Cost for Family Coverage$6,230$12,680
Americans in Poverty31.6 million37.3 million
U.S. Trade Deficit$362 billion$688 billion
Cost of College6 Public Private $3,766 $17,377$6,585 $25,143
  1. U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics Survey, Manufacturing Employment, 2000 & 2008.
  2. Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits, 2008 Annual Survey.
  3. Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits Surveys.
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, most recent available data is for 2007.
  5. U.S. Census Bureau, data is from a 12-month period of December-November for both timeframes.
  6. College Board, Trends in College Pricing, data is for tuition and fees only.

Image from Counton2.com
Statistics eblast original source for USW.org

Absentee Voting

October 23rd, 2008 No comments

GoVoteAbsentee.org / learn how to vote absentee!I received an e-mail from People For The American Way reminding me to vote early and thought I would share with you.

Dear Christopher,

Every vote matters … so don’t take any chances with yours!

VOTE EARLY! Find about early voting options where you live at GoVote.org — a tool offered by our friends at CREDO Mobile and the New Organizing Institute.

If your state does not have early voting, GoVote.org is still an excellent place to find out other voting information like your local elections office contact info, polling hours, polling locations and what voters are required to have when they show up to the polls.

If you do live in a state that allows early in-person voting, or in-person or no-excuse absentee voting, there are so many reasons to take advantage of the opportunity. Here are just a few:

  • Long lines and the “last minute” factor on Election Day — give yourself some time… go vote when it’s more convenient for you.
  • Winter’s rolling in — the weather is getting colder and in some states, snow or cold, heavy rain on Election Day could be a possibility, so just in case, make things easy on yourself.
  • If someone gives you a problem about your registration or eligibility, you have time to correct it — voting early will allow you extra time to come back with more identification, have your records confirmed with the state board of election, etc… a far better alternative than the possibility of having to accept a provisional ballot on Election Day.
  • FREE YOURSELF UP TO VOLUNTEER ON ELECTION DAY!!! — because the causes and candidates you’re supporting need your help in the home stretch.

Convinced yet? Find out if you can vote early and how at GoVote.org right now.

Every vote counted. Every voice heard. That’s the American Way.

People For the American Way Foundation

P.S. Research shows that peer-to-peer contact is tremendously successful in turning out voters. Another tool offered by CREDO Mobile is Txt Out The Vote. Sign up now to send your friends and family reminders to vote on Election Day.

http://www.textoutthevote.com/p/peoplefor

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Sarah Palin’s E-mail

September 17th, 2008 No comments

According to CNN and the McCain campagin Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account was hacked.  According the the CNN article the account was a Yahoo account.  I wonder if it was a free account or paid?

You can form your own opinion when you read the ticker and the following fall-out from another Sarah Palin controversy.  It just goes to show you that e-mail is certainly not secure.  Even the mega secure Yahoo! can be cracked.  Scary, Eh?

McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack

(CNN) — John McCain’s campaign said Wednesday it has contacted “appropriate authorities” over a report that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail had been hacked.

“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law,” campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. “The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”

The statement came hours after a user on the Web site WikiLeaks said he had gained access to Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account and gained access.  Screenshots of the e-mail messages and photos of the Alaska governor’s family were published on that Web site and later on gossip Web site gawker.com.

FBI Spokesman Eric Gonzalez in Anchorage, Alaska confirms to CNN an investigation is underway.

“We are aware of the allegations and we are coordinating with Secret Service as far as the allegation that someone has hacked into Governor Palin’s personal e-mail account,” he said. “We are going to be working a joint investigation with Secret Service on this.”

Brian Hale, an FBI spokesman in Washington, also confirms the FBI has been contacted about the incident. Two federal law enforcement sources say the FBI and Secret Service would have concurrent jurisdiction normally on a matter such as this, but it remains to be seen if the Secret Service will take the lead on the investigation because Palin is a protectee.

The e-mails shown include one from July between Palin and Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and another dated earlier this week from Amy McCorkell, the woman Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

Palin has faced criticism for using a private e-mail account to conduct some state business — prompting critics to allege she was attempting to hide information from the public record.