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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:13 PM
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Dean to Seek Democratic Chairmanship
WASHINGTON - Former presidential candidate Howard Dean (news - web sites), once the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination whose candidacy stumbled, has decided to seek the party's chairmanship.


"The Democratic Party needs a vibrant, forward-thinking, long-term presence in every single state," Dean wrote in a letter to members of the Democratic National Committee (news - web sites). "We must be willing to contest every race at every level. We can only win when we show up."


Dean's entry into the race appears to pre-empt another bid for the presidency in 2008. The chairman's job carries a four-year term and Dean has said that anyone who serves as chairman should be ruled out as a presidential candidate.


In his letter, Dean made it clear that he remains part of what he calls "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," a phrase he borrowed from the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.


(MORE at link!)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&nci...

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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:15 PM
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1. Yearg!
:7
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:16 PM
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2. There IS hope!
Dr Dean to the rescue!
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thoughtanarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:24 PM
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5. There's hope if he gets the votes...

From the DNC FAQ...


What's the difference between a Party member and Governing Body member of the DNC?
Anyone who is registered to vote as a Democrat is a member of the Party. Anyone who contributes money to the Democratic Party is also considered a member of the Party. The DNC's governing body, however, is made up of approximately 400 elected and appointed members of the Democratic National Committee. The Governing body elects the officers of the National Committee: the Chairmen, five Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, and National Finance Chair.

http://www.democrats.org/about/faq.html


I think we need to reach out to the governing body members of the DNC to help get Dean in the top seat.

we need a list of these members!
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Sweet Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:31 PM
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7. Here
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:05 PM by dist22dem
DNC members (includes chairs and each state's voting members)

http://www.ndnblog.org/archives/DNCRoster041108.pdf

Edited to include:
OFFICERS
CHAIR
#Terence R. McAuliffe 430 S. Capitol St., SE Washington, DC 20003 W:202-863-8121

VICE CHAIRS
#Linda Chavez-Thompson 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 W:202-637-5233
#Hon. Gloria Molina 500 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 W:213-974-4111
#Hon. Lottie H. Shackelford 1720 Abigail St. Little Rock, AR 72204 W:202-863-8175
#Hon. Wellington Webb 1660 Lincoln Denver, CO 80264 W:303-893-9322

VICE CHAIR; PRESIDENT, ASDC
#Mark Brewer 37414 Stonegate Cir. Clinton Twp., MI 48036 W:517-371-5410

TREASURER
#Andrew Tobias 430 S. Capitol St., SE Washington, DC 20003 W:212-580-8612

SECRETARY
#Alice Germond 430 S. Capitol St., SE Washington, DC 20003 W:202-863-7183

NATIONAL FINANCE CHAIR
#Maureen White 998 5th Ave. New York, NY 10028 W:202-863-7169

DEPUTY CHAIRS
Hon. Mike Honda 503 Cannon House Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20515 W:202-225-2631
Ben Johnson 501 Oneida Pl., NW Washington, DC 20011 W:202-973-5899
Susan Turnbull 16 Royal Dominion Ct. Bethesda, MD 20817 W:301-469-7811

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thoughtanarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:44 PM
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13. sweet!
nice job dist,

you ARE aware that you rock. are you not?

:yourock:
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:50 PM
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29. Post of the Day!
Thank you SO much!

:yourock:
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qwlauren35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:11 PM
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30. This truly excites me!
I remember when folks talked about this, but I didn't think he'd really go for it. I hope he gets enough backing to make it real.

Did anyone keep the list of his original endorsers? Are any of those people currently part of the DNC?

And is Terry McAuliffe planning to step down? Or was he planning to stay for another 4 years?
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AngryLizard Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:32 PM
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43. Template for letter-writing?
Desperately new at this, and I have a tendency to get frustrated trying to say the right thing. Does anyone have a template to follow? I want to send something to each person on the California list. Like, this week. Wait, when's the vote?
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:01 PM
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21. Dean has asked those who support him to write to
those in their states who will be making the decision.



http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Democr...onal_Commm ...


You can find the names and addresses of the voting members in your state at the link above.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:12 PM
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41. Thanks for the link! n/t
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Miami Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:19 PM
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3. If anyone can motivate the Democratic Party
it's Dean. He would be perfect as chair.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:40 PM
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11. I agree!!! He is an inspirational, straight-shooter WITH VALUES!!!
I would LOVE to see him as chair!!! :bounce:
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:23 PM
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4. Go Dean!!!
Of all the politicians I've supported, he's seemed the least slimy and most committed to real reform in the Democratic Party that is aimed at increasing the amount of good the party can do for the American people.
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noshenanigans Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:25 PM
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6. Hooray!
I love ya, Howie!
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JaneDoughnut Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:32 PM
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8. He's got my support! n/t
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Kokonoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:33 PM
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9. It's the repukes worst fear.
:P :P :P :P
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:36 PM
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10. It's the DLC's worst fear, too.
What's that about strange bedfellows?

:evilgrin:
dbt
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:43 PM
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Chico Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:44 PM
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14. Although I still think Dean would not have made the best President,
This post would be a perfect fit, IMHO.
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Bethany Rockafella Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:46 PM
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15. Imo, he shouldn't seek it.
He should be begged. We need some new blood in our leadership!
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SeattleRob Donating Member (893 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:50 PM
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18. I agree...
We definitely need new blood. Why is it that some folks want to keep up the status quo?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:48 PM
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16. Go DEAN GO!!!!!
I may add this is the worst nightmare of the DLC too

;-)

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DrBB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:48 PM
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17. If it isn't Dean--or a reformer--I'm gonna bail
I'm not a big Deanie (I supported Clark in the primaries), but it looks like reform vs status quo (Roemer). And oh yes, the status quo has been soooooooo successful.

At some point you have to say, sorry but you guys are just too dumb to live. Hope it doesn't come to that.
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5thGenDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:53 PM
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37. Another Clarkie here
I think Dean would be stone cold perfect for this job. Mark Brewer is from my state (Michigan) and I WILL be contacting him. Repeatedly.
John
I'll agree with you further to note that if the Dems don't find some fighters real damned soon, I'm going to vote -- I don't know -- Socialist Worker or something in 2008.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:40 PM
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46. Thank you for supporting Dr. Dean.
:)
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:41 PM
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47. Thank you.
I'm a big fan of Wes Clark. I appreciate your support of Dr. Dean.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:52 PM
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19. duplicate
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:03 PM
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22. This isn't locked yet
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Deaniac1 Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:57 PM
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20. Hello all - This is my first post
:headbang:

I live in Texas. I voted for Dean in the primary despite the fact that it didn't count. My only hope of survival in this not-as-red-as-you-might-think-state for the next four years was that I would get a chance to vote for him when he ran for President in 2008. Where can Dean do the most immediate good? If he grabs the DNC spot I will be most pleased and I too will stick with the party. If not, I hope Dean considers the Dems unworthy and goes independent. Regardless, he will get my vote. Thanks for posting the list of DNC voters. Its time to use up those cell phone minutes! Any chance we can get e-mail addresses for these folks too?
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Bethany Rockafella Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:37 PM
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27. Welcome to DU!
I'm in red state Texas too!
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:04 PM
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23. YEARGH!!!
Go Dean Go!

Now how do we find out who to contact to make this happen?
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:09 PM
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24. Petition Here...
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:22 PM
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25. This might be a bit of hyperbole,
but Howard Dean is the only sane choice.

He certainly knows how to organize, and he works his ass off.

No "Mr. Marshmallow", he.

If the DNC wants any money from me ever again, they best be putting Dean in the seat.

{I felt like the head of Chevron in writing that!)
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frogczar Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:36 PM
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26. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!
WHOOO HOO!

Howard can save us all! My first true political inspiration, Give em hell Howard! Together we can take our country back!
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:42 PM
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28. "We can only win if we show up."
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 02:42 PM by brainshrub
That's exactly why I wanted to tell Kerry.

Dean is the perfect person to nurse this party back to health.

ON EDIT: YYYyyyyaaaarrrrrggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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renaissanceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:12 PM
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31. Go Dean!!
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:14 PM
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32. Say "amen," and pass the ammunition--it's time to mobilize the Dean
Army once again.

And this time, no Iowas.
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upperleftedge Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:43 PM
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34. The Doctor is back!
We all knew this was coming but it is so nice that it is now official. Over at Blog for America they are going nuts! Hundreds of posts! All the old names from the primary days are back and ready to rock! I think it is going to be a tougher fight than we might think because we have to beat the Clinton machine. They already have the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Committee in place and they want total control as always. There are a lot of powerful Democrats working for Dean under the radar and that might help. Personally I have promised that if Reomer (who is "pro-life") gets the job I will organize Democratic Voter Registration Card Burnings and urge people to abandon the party if it abandons its principles. The Birthday of Roe v. Wade is coming up this month. A whole generation of women have grown up with the right to chose. When I was a kid in a small town in the Northwest I knew the women and girls who went to back alley doctors or used coat hangers and died or were scared for life. I will never stand for women being treated like that again. Every time somebody calls me a "Baby Killer" I call them a "Women Killer". Yes, I do have a litmus test. I don't support people who force women to risk their lives and bodies. Yeh, I'm a guy but that doesn't mean I won't stand up for women's rights. I'm also white but I've marched for civil rights too. Dr. Dean is the only candidate in decades that has made me feel like he cared about the same things I care about and he was willing to fight by my side.
This is IMHO the last chance the Democratic Party has. They better take a long look at where they are going or they will be walking alone.
It is a better day when there is hope.

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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:28 PM
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33. Supporting Howard.
And asking all Democrats who want an invigorated paraty to do likewise.
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KatieB Donating Member (431 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:43 PM
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35. Excellent - Whip 'em good!
Only Dean can bring this party around to reality. But will corporate American let him be the Chair?
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:45 PM
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36. "a long-term presence in every single state"
got it. Can you list them again, one by one?
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Legate Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:06 PM
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38. Good man.
Wasn't a supporter of him during the primaries ,but he has an engergy to him that you can't deny.
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:06 PM
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39. Go Howard Dean! Time to reclaim your party's values!
I'm so excited about this, I'd nearly given up hope for y'all south of the border. You need him or someone like him to change the direction of the Dem party and shovel it out of the right of centre hole that its digging itself into. Get it working for the people again instead of working for the CEO's.

And Mr Dean can do it for you. They (being the repukes and the "moderate" dems) are terrified of him. Why else would the MSM stoop to replaying the 5 second clip of his voice cracking over and over and over.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:10 PM
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40. A Clark Supporter for Howard Dean
I am SO glad he's decided to run for DNC chair. He was pick from the outset and he will bring to the party what he brought to his candidacy ..... vibrancy, life, guts, determination and truth.

Go Howard. We Love ya, man! :yourock:
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:39 PM
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45. Thank you.
:)
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Merlin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:13 PM
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42. Anybody know if we can help somehow ?
Would a DLC letter writing campaign help?
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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:38 PM
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44. HALLELUJAH!!
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:46 PM
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48. yyyeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhh
call your state electors and let em know
you want Dean to head DNC.
www.drafthoward.com
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:52 PM
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49. If I had a vote
he'd get it :)

I'll do everything I can to make sure those that do here in Texas give it to him.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:52 PM
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50. duplicate
We tried to lock this earlier, but there was technical difficulty. Discuss here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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