Friday, April 29, 2005

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

This week, the House finally reinstated the rules of the House Ethics Committee, allowing a probe of Tom DeLay to move forward.

Once again, Jeb Bradley was a day late and a dollar short. Jeb voted to reactivate the ethics panel, but only after months of dutifully stonewalling the process at the request of the corrupt and complacent House Republican leadership. Only when the DeLay team succumbed to political pressure and issued new marching orders did Rep. Bradley change his vote

Isn't it time for a congressman who does what's right instead of what he's told?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Bayhblogging

Sen. Evan Bayh has launched a blog on the web site of his All America PAC.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sen. Bayh at a DLC conference a few years ago. If Democrats are looking for a sensible, articulate leader with proven "red state" appeal, they would be wise to listen to the gentleman from Indiana.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Looks like I'm in good company

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has launched a campaign blog as he stumps for his Labour Party in the upcoming elections. Click the link above for an interesting look at how our friends across the pond are gearing up for the May 5 showdown.

Friday, April 22, 2005

On the Trail

Throughout the spring, I will be meeting with members of local Democratic committees to introduce myself and to discuss my campaign. Here are a few upcoming events:

Candia Democratic Committee
Thursday, April 28, 7 PM
Smyth Public Library

Rockingham County Democrats Clambake
Saturday, April 30, 5 PM
Portsmouth Elks Club

Manchester Democratic City Committee
Monday, May 2, 7 PM
Democratic HQ on Elm St.

Democratic Mid-Term Convention
Saturday, May 7, 8 AM
Rundlett Middle School, Concord

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Family Friendly Tax Reform

With Tax Day 2005 mercifully in the rear-view mirror, it's a good time to revisit the discussion about how to reform the system. Over the last four years, the tax burden on the middle class has increased, while special interests have benefitted from a host of tax cuts and loopholes.

Over at the Progressive Policy Institute's site, Paul Weinstein gets the discussion started with his plan for Family Friendly Tax Reform. For anyone who wants to make the tax system simpler and more sensible, this piece is required reading.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Jeb thumbs nose at ethics reform...again.

Once again, Jeb Bradley did what he was told, not what was right.

Yesterday, the House defeated a proposal sponsored by Rep. Nancy Pelosi to strengthen congressional ethics rules. Naturally, Jeb followed the wishes of his morally bankrupt party leader, Tom DeLay, and opposed the measure.

I understand that Jeb is a Republican, but there is no place for partisan gamesmanship where the integrity of the legislative process is concerned. Jeb owes us all an apolgy for this vote.

Suggestion of the Week

Here's an idea for the blog, courtesy of my sister, Kathleen Sullivan:

"What your site needs is sound.... get bites from 'The Family Guy'...Stewie
making his maniacal world-domination plans... Lois gushing 'Oh Peetah..'
No? Oh well...just an idea".

Let me think about this, ok?

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

On the Trail

Tomorrow night, I'm heading to Somersworth to meet with the members of the Somersworth Democratic Committee. Somerworth is a good, Democratic town, and a fine place to celebrate the 17th anniversary of my 21st birthday...

Thursday night it's off to the Seacoast for the Portsmouth Democratic Roundtable at Jack Quigley's Pub on State St. Not that I need an excuse to head for Portsmouth on a pleasant spring evening, mind you!

On Friday, I'll be at the Democracy For New Hampshire reception at the Kimball-Jenkins House in Concord. While I was not a Dean supporter, I am tremendously grateful for Gov. Dean's ability to energize and engage people in the political process. When we involve folks with new ideas and new approaches, we benefit not only as a party, but as a community.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

NHInsider's "Who's Hot"

The voters have spoken on nhinsider.com's "Who's Hot, Who's Not"...


Who's Hot

Peter Sullivan-

Rep. Peter Sullivan announced his campaign for Congress (on this site) early to get a lead in organization and fundraising something that will be imperative to challenging Bradley who won easily in ’04. Many see Sullivan as a potential problem for Bradley who Democrats say has moved rightward since he was first elected.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Jeb's Friend in Texas

Common Cause has put together a nice summary of the ethical troubles of Tom DeLay. DeLay has been cited by the House Ethics Committee on three separate occassions, and is currently the subject of a criminal probe in Texas. Click on the link above for all of the gruesome details.

Oh, and did I mention that Jeb Bradley pocketed $15,000 in campaign cash from Tom DeLay?

Bradley: Aiding and Abetting Tom DeLay

This week, Jeb Bradley was on NH Public Radio, defending ethically-deficient House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Here's my statement on Jeb's decision to defend the indefensible:

"Jeb Bradley's response shows that he is happy to be part of the problem, not
part of the solution. Jeb has chosen to put partisan loyalty ahead of public
integrity. That's inexecusable".

"Contrary to Jeb Bradley's assertions, the calls for sanctions against Tom
DeLay are not a rush to judgement. Tom DeLay has been admonished by the House
Ethics Committee on four separate occassions, and he is currently the subject of
a criminal investigation by the district attorney in Austin, Texas".

"We should demand the highest standards of ethical conduct from our elected
leaders. By making excuses for someone like Tom DeLay, Jeb Bradley has become a
willing participant in a culture of corruption and complacency".

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