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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:02 PM
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Recaps of successful town halls in MA and CO

Dems Hold Their Own at MA Town Hall

by Mike08

Massachusetts is thank goodness, a very liberal state. Here we are of course represented by Senators Kennedy and Kerry and a for the most part liberal, all Democratic congressional delegation. Our African-American Governor Deval Patrick went to Harvard Law with Barack Obama. Both houses of our state legislature have been majority Democratic for many years now. We were so famously the first state to legalize same sex marriage. We have an, albeit weak, version of universal health care in place. Today, when the wingnuts came out to play, we were ready for them.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of the fifth district, representing Lowell and vicinity, held a town hall meeting about health care today at the Chelmsford town hall gymnasium. While Congressman Jim McGovern of the third district held a meeting in Worcester earlier this week, Tsongas is the only other congress person in Massachusetts who has meetings scheduled for this recess. Considering the hostile tenor that such meetings have engendered it was brave of her to move forward and hold her meeting. She is also planning a second one with date and details to be announced.

When I arrived at 9:30 for the 10:00 am meeting there was a crowd of over 100 waiting for the doors to open. Both sides were well represented as people handed out literature and signs. I took a well printed sign from a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member who had a number of them. It said "Health Insurance Reform for All", which is pretty weak by my standards but I decided it was better than nothing and that it would get the point across. One thing is sure about the other side: they make lousy signs. Definitely all the artist and creative types are on our side! Of course someone from Winglandia was sporting the large photo of Obama with Hitler's mustache. Sadly I guess that is becoming required signage with this group. Someone told me that it is the Lyndon LaRouche nuts who are supplying that particular piece of handiwork. There was someone handing out slick, glossy LaRouche literature, to use the term literature loosely. It said something or other about Nazis of course. The person handing it out was pretty much babbling incoherently. At least I wasn't able to make any sense of whatever she was trying to say. It was sad.

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Tsongas did a great job of explaining the bill and dispelling the myths that are reality for those on the right. She supports the public option. She made that quite clear. She spoke for about twenty minutes and then took questions.

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Reporting from CO 07 Perlmutter Town Hall

by whoknu

I attended the town hall that was set up in Brighton today for Rep. Ed Perlmutter. I am pleased to report that with a heavy police presence, excellent Union support and Organizing for America on point we outnumbered the TeaBaggers 3 to 1.

My Mom had spoken with the Democratic Party Chair for Adams County the day before and he had told her that Perlmutter was prepared for the crazies and he was. They did a great job of preserving the constituents ability to speak with their Representative while also controlling the crowd on a hot summer day in the parking lot of the local grocery store.

Though Perlmutter did not speak, he did allow one on one meetings for any constituent that waited on line. Because of the set up the meetings were not disrupted by protesters. Also, because of the police presence it was a lively but well behaved crowd and as I stated above I would estimate a three to one advantage in support of Health Care Reform.

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In the crowd was a staffer for Senator Bennett. We talked to him a bit and he said that Bennett is a big supporter of the Public Option. I would like to see this stated on his website but it was good to hear his staffer state his support.

The Unions I saw represented were SEIU, AFL-CIO, UFCW and the Iron Workers of America. I believe there were more there, but I did not see their logos or take notes. Good on you Unions!

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South Bend town hall taken over by wingnuts.



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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:12 PM
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1. Thanks for this recap!
I was just watching Channel 247 on cable in the Denver area and they aired the story. They also explained two provisions people are concerned about and I thought they reported fairly. For instance they pointed out that in one health care bill there would be a panel deciding which procedures and medication was best for a particular condition. But they said that this is no different from what private insurance companies do right now. Fair enough.

Ed apparently met with small groups of 4 or 5 people at a time to answer questions. That was after he took to the mic and asked all to be civil to each other. He's been such a good rep.

And I'm relieved to hear that Bennett is for a Public Option. I guess he got the message over these past months. Corporate money isn't all he'll need to win the election for his seat.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:23 PM
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2. Report from HC townhall in WA. state.

Report from HC townhall in WA. state.

by jaxhpfa

Good HC townhall in WA. today!!

My mother and I attended Cong. Rick Larson's HC townhall today in Mt. Vernon, WA. It went pretty well all and all. This being the NW even our right-wing crazies are a bit more civilized so only a few real boisterous folks there.
I estimate 400 or so people there ( so many that less than half could fit inside the building!)
Also, we pro-reformers either kept parity with the wing-nuts or outnumbered them.
Many visible "single-payer" and HealthCare NOW! signs and activists. Tons of Obama 08 stickers on cars and people,( first tip off was alot of Priuses'). The congressman did an excellent job from the begining of keeping order and controlling the direction of questions and staying on HC!
A few folks could be heard at a few occasions attempting to shout down something, but it was quickly overcome and quieted down.
We only stayed until it was scheduled to end and so not sure how long beyond it went, but he indicated that he wanted to keep to the timeline as best he could.
Prior to going I had received numerous emails from the WH, OFA, HealthcareNOW! and the county Dem. party about the event and to RSVP. The party was doing phonebanking yesterday to get our folks there and it appears to have worked!!!!! I think we are on to em' now.

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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 09:52 AM
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3. We do have wingnuts in Mass, but for some reason
they're a bit less crazy than some of them in other places...

anyway, thanks for the info...just goes to show that people can disagree without being disagreeable (or downright violent and idiotic)

:)
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AllieB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 10:08 AM
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4. I don't know about the less violent part. I think they're way more frustrated in MA
because they're so outnumbered. Maybe it's because we have stricter gun laws that no one has been threatened, but there are a lot of whackos here for sure, fueled by the Howie Carrs and Jay Severins.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 11:57 AM
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5. I was at the CO Perlmutter town hall!
It was awesome to behold - we had them outnumbered, and we made sure to give Perlmutter a strong show of support.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 08:21 PM
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6. How grand for you and those
who there supporting your Congressman, Perlmutter!

So is he a blue dog?
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 08:49 PM
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8. He came out in support of the public option.
Perlmutter gets moderate sometimes, but he tends to be one of the good guys.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 09:16 PM
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9. That's really good. My congressman here
in the 24th District of New York kept bragging on the TeleTown Hall Meet(Friday at 1pm) what a "Blue Dog" he is..and I don't think he's for public option.

There were 4300 people on that Call Meet and one thing he did do was shoot down the media lies that older people in his district were worried about. I left early so don't know what else went on but I was thinking later.."we wouldn't even be having this conversation if Obama hadn't won so you do owe him some recognition, congressman Arcuri."
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 08:30 PM
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7. Thank you, Unions in Colorado
and the police presence!

Props to Niki Tsongas and Ed Perlmutter!
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