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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:15 AM
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NH campaign finance activist "Granny D" turns 100
Source: WCAX

DUBLIN, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who walked across the country a decade ago to publicize the need for campaign finance reform and hasn't let up since is turning 100.

Doris "Granny D" Haddock of Dublin turns 100 on Sunday, but will celebrate Thursday when a variety of speakers honor her at a Statehouse ceremony.

Haddock was 89 when she walked 3,200 miles to draw attention to campaign finance reform. At 94, she ran for U.S. Senate against Republican Judd Gregg. Since then, she has been attending weekly meetings of the Citizen-Funded Election Task Force, which was created by the Legislature to develop proposals for public funding of state elections.

Read more: http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=11871978



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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:27 AM
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1. Granny D's Comments About US Supreme Court Corporation Donations Decision
... The Supreme Court, representing a radical fringe that does not share the despair of the grand majority of Americans, has today made things considerably worse by undoing the modest reforms I walked for and went to jail for, and that tens of thousands of other Americans fought very hard to see enacted. So now, thanks to this Court, corporations can fund their candidates without limits and they can run mudslinging campaigns against everyone else, right up to and including election day.

The Supreme Court now opens the floodgates to usher in a new tsunami of corporate money into politics. If we are to retain our democracy, we must go a new direction until a more reasonable Supreme Court is in place. I would propose a one-two punch of the following nature:

A few states have adopted programs where candidates who agree to not accept special-interest donations receive, instead, advertising funds from their state. The programs work, and I would guess that they save their states more money than they cost by reducing corruption. Moving these reforms in the states has been very slow and difficult, but we must keep at it.

But we also need a new approach--something of a roundhouse punch. I would like to propose a flanking move that will help such reforms move faster: We need to dramatically expand the definition of what constitutes an illegal conflict of interest in politics ...

http://www.bluehampshire.com/diary/9141/granny-ds-comme...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:14 AM
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9. "Stop making sense." - Republicon Fatcats
"Happy Birthday darling." - Americans
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:52 AM
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17. Nice 404 skidmark there.
Spammer
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:28 AM
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2. Hi Granny!
(I get a kick out of her.) :loveya:

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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:34 AM
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3. I LOVE Graddy D
She is a national treasure! :loveya:
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bitchkitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:34 AM
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4. Man.
I was just sitting here feeling sorry for myself because my back hurts and I'm 54.

I love this woman, I wish she would adopt me.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:40 AM
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5. !!

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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:49 AM
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6. Happy Birthday Granny! Glad I got to meet you!
She is amazing.
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webDude Donating Member (830 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:56 AM
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7. God bless you, Granny D!!! Keep on truckin'!!
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:05 AM
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8. video here
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:00 AM
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10. K&R
I love Granny D!
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:26 AM
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13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
:party:
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:40 AM
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14. And John Roberts et al spit on her legacy
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:44 AM
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15. Is her grandson Heavy D?
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:44 AM by AngryAmish
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:51 AM
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16. God bless you, Granny D, and happy birthday!
May you live another 100 more!

Hawkeye-X
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:39 AM
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18. Ha! She called me a few months ago and we had a great conversation
about getting old. She's a hoot!
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:51 AM
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19. Here's to a truely remarkable woman!
I only wish that she were able to see 100 more!

Happy Birthday!
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