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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 06:39 PM
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Omaha native may be prospective Labor nominee (would be the first openly gay cabinet secretary)
Source: Omaha World Herald

BY JOSEPH MORTON
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Mary Beth Maxwell says her years of fighting for workers' rights can be traced to the values and sense of social justice that came with her upbringing in a Catholic family in Omaha.

"Who I am is a lot about Omaha itself," she said Wednesday in an interview.

Maxwell, 43, has received some high-profile mentions lately as a possible nominee for secretary of labor under President-elect Barack Obama. She would be the first openly gay cabinet secretary.

Prospective nominees typically remain tight-lipped until after the confirmation process is completed. In keeping with that tradition, Maxwell declined to discuss any cabinet speculation.



Read more: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=105170...



I applied right after Obama was elected. I guess I'm out.
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Jack Bone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 06:43 PM
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1. I think she'll be great! I hope she get's the post! K&R nt
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 07:36 PM
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2. And it sinks...
:banghead:
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Bodhi BloodWave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 07:53 PM
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3. ofcourse it does, this is something to celebrate
That is not something DU seem to be very good at currently, now the Warren issue on the other hand is something that can get their blood boiling and ergo topics regarding that skyrockets
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:03 PM
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4. I have outrage fatigue
Anger gives me horrible migraines. After eight years, any reason to be happy should be embraced.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 11:06 PM
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18. Maybe that is my problem....
I am so tired of the daily outrage here.
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Mudoria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 11:51 AM
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24. Isn't that the truth...
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qwlauren35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:29 PM
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5. Here's a Kick.
I'll give another one in the morning.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:37 PM
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6. She sounds great
I hope she gets it.

:thumbsup:


KnR!
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:40 PM
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7. KnR. In the meantime, hearts are once again wounded, this time by the minister Obama chose....
... for his inaugural invocation.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Gay activists furious with Obama

How is Obama ever going to get this right? That is a serious question. As far as I can tell, every time Obama makes a move the gay community jumps all over him and vows to never forgive him. Yet in my mind he's the only rational hope we Democrats have -- we Americans -- we people of any kind.

Hekate


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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 10:17 PM
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14. I have to agree with you, Hekate
Once again. :)

As far as I can tell, every time Obama makes a move the gay community jumps all over him and vows to never forgive him.

In addition to this story, there's also this one:

"Gay man backed for Navy secretary" http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/18/gay-man-bac... /

The fact that this man is even being considered and getting publicity for this position makes me fantastically happy. We have already seen more "progress" now than in the last 20+ years and Obama isn't even in office yet.

I'm not all that familiar with the pastor that has everyone so up in arms right now, but if I was gay and had to choose which issue meant more to me (proud homosexuals getting prominent positions, or some evangelical pastor reading a poem at the inauguration) I'd have to say that the first issue would carry SIGNIFICANTLY more weight in my mind. But that's just me...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 10:34 AM
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23. If you were to read the threads, you would see that it is not only the gay community here. Plenty
Edited on Thu Dec-18-08 10:38 AM by No Elephants
of hetero posters here are unhappy about Warren. Ironically, someone comnplained on another thread that a number of us posted that we were hetero. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Gay rights is not only a gay issue any more than minority rights or women's rights are only for minorities or woman. All people should care deeply that everyone has equal rights.

And, his anti-gay stance is not the only reason to object to Warren. He is also anti-separation of church and state, anti-Democrat, and anti-choice, as well as being anti-gay. I have less than no problem stating that Warren was a terrible choice. Saying Obama made a bad choice is very different from saying Obama is bad, though or from rejecting Obama. He is not perfect and he will get criticized, both justly and unjustly. You have to find a way to deal with that, but don't blame things on gay posters.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:41 PM
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8. How do I kick?
Total noob. But I agree that Warren (though he is a mistake) lasts five minutes and this nomination would last for years and make a fine statement about inclusiveness. It deserves kicks and recs. And I have no idea how to do it. *sigh*

Feeling useless
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:43 PM
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9. You just kicked
Kicking means posting into a thread, which knocks it up to the top of the list. Rec or recommending is clicking the 'Recommend' button under the OP (original post).

Welcome to DU! :hi:
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:44 PM
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11. Gotcha
I do catch on fast.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 11:05 PM
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17. Welcome to DU!
:pals:
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 08:43 PM
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10. Okay got the recs down
But not the kicks. I'm tryin' here...
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 09:58 PM
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12. Good... hopefully she's qualified.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 10:46 PM
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16. Obama picks qualified people. That's hugely in her favor. nt
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 11:41 PM
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21. I do hope so.
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Frank Booth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 10:11 PM
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13. This is a slap in the face!!
I'm not really sure why, but since everything else Obama does apparently is, this must be as well.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:29 PM
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27. Yes, it is a slap in the face and I'll be happy to tell you why
The guy is only 43 years old. Senior citizens are not being fairly represented in the new administration.

:sarcasm:
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:46 PM
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28. :)
You didn't need the sarcasm smiley :)

:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 03:22 PM
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29. I wasn't sure if it was needed, but I often get a lot of misunderstandings when I don't use it
:hi:
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orbitalman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 10:43 PM
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15. If I were Obama
I'd do it just to test Rick Warren & piss off the right.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 11:06 PM
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19. Wow. Sounds like a great choice! If we HAVE to have that agribusiness shill Vilsack....
...can we have Mary Beth to make up for the disappointment?

Please?

Dang, she looks like a real pip!

hopefully,
Bright
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-17-08 11:28 PM
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20. Kicking for the night crowd...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:58 AM
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22. I hope Ms. Maxwell gets the job and also gets to write Warren's invocation.
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 11:57 AM
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25. She sounds good. I hope she gets it.
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Jankyn Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 01:27 PM
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26. If it happens...
...it would be really, really cool to have a labor secretary that understands labor. And the qualifications are there.
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