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March 21, 2006

There is not one idle person here at Cegelis headquarters.  Every phone is occupied, every office is bustling, and the door keeps swinging open to let in, and let out, the volunteers working the streets.  At this moment, turnout is reported to be quite low across the state.  There have been a few scattered reports [...]
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March 20, 2006

Vets Running for Congress Fight ‘One-Issue’ Label By Peter Slevin Tuesday, March 21, 2006; Page A03 Washington Post Staff Writer (snip) There are 10 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars running for Congress this year. Today may provide an early indicator of their chances: Tammy Duckworth, the star of the class, is entered in a competitive Democratic primary [...]
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I just watched the Nightline issue, and am deeply disappointed to say the least. The show chose to focus exclusively on Duckworth, and painted her as “against the war.” They even went so far as to bestow upon her the title of inheritor of the soldier-to-leader legacies of JFK and John McCain. The whole [...]
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The campaign for the Illinois 6th will be featured on Nightline tonight.  Christine Cegelis will be featured prominently.  The show airs at 11:30pm Eastern time.
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So there’s this dude on the Soap Box Chicago named ‘MHS’ who seems to think Cegelis campaign manager Kevin Spidel shouldn’t be so talented with the multitasking.  “Why is Kevin Spidel spending time posting on SB/C,” writes MHS, ”rather than running his campaign? Doesn’t he have volunteers for that, or something? I hadn’t realized that we [...]
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In the last half hour, the halls and offices here at Cegelis headquarters have been swarmed with volunteers.  There are more than a dozen groups out all across the district working the get-out-the-vote angle, smiling and working into a bitter wind. Gonna be a long, good night.  Oh…and there’s a rumor of snow in tomorrow’s forecast.  Cross [...]
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Electronic Voting Booths To Make Election Debut Tuesday Is First Election Without Punch Card Ballots Mike Parker, CBS2 News (CBS) CHICAGO Tuesday’s primary elections in Illinois will mark a first. For the first time since they were introduced, there will be no punch card ballots. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports that when Illinois voters turn up at the polls Tuesday, [...]
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Just got word that the anchor of the local CBS news affiliate out here referred to Tammy Duckworth as “Tammy-come-lately” during their 5pm broadcast tonight, a clear reference to the fact that Duckworth does not even live in the district she hopes to represent. Pretty funny stuff…
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I arrived at the Christine Cegelis headquarters a couple of hours ago after a mercifully uneventful flight from Boston.  This place is absolutely buzzing with activity; volunteers are coming in, receiving marching orders, and heading back out to pound the pavement.  The phones are ringing all over the place, and the campaign strategists are flying [...]
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March 19, 2006

Today’s story from the Boston Globe: Lowell voting problems probed Translating ballot into Khmer eyed By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff  |  March 19, 2006 The US Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into voting problems in the city of Lowell, as advocates called for an increase in voting assistance to growing immigrant populations in the Bay State. The Lowell [...]
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March 14, 2006

By Jonathan Tasini If you are one of those Democrats like me who is completely fed up with the inside-the-Beltway party hacks who continue to lose elections because they have no spine and no vision, listen closely to a little something you can do this week to rap the knuckles of the Democratic Party machine. Two years [...]
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Dear Senator Feingold, Please know you are our hero, and don’t ever let them get you down or shut you up. I hear tell the spineless people who surround you are leaving you hanging in the wind. Don’t mind them. You were right the first time about the Patriot Act and you are right today. You [...]
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March 13, 2006

National Latino group endorses Cegelis for Congress FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 13, 2006 LOMBARD (IL) — Latinos for America Political Action Committee (LFA-PAC,) representing one of the nation’s fastest growing and most ambitious grassroots advocacy organizations, has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Christine Cegelis and has pledged the resources of its political action committee and nationwide activist network to [...]
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March 10, 2006

13:13 Bush’s Approval Rating Falls to New Low By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer 2 hours, 43 minutes ago WASHINGTON - More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush’s performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency. Nearly [...]
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March 9, 2006

Antiwar Activists Detained At House Appropriations Committee Hearing   Press Release, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, 8 March 2006   Washington, D.C. - March 8 - Two activists were arrested today after disrupting the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee. The Committee is considering approving nearly $65 billion in supplemental spending to fund the war in Iraq. The two [...]
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By William E. Odom Nieman Watchdog Wednesday 08 March 2006 Those who say Iraq is nothing like Vietnam have another guess coming, says retired Gen. William Odom. He lists striking similarities and asserts that only after it pulls out of Iraq can the U.S. hope for international support to deal with anti-Western forces. The Vietnam War experience can’t tell [...]
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March 6, 2006

William Rivers Pitt   “All politics is local.” - Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neill (D-MA), Speaker of the House If you met Rudy Perkins on the streets of Keene, NH, you would not immediately suspect that you were dealing with a shaper of momentous events. If you told him he was such a man, he’d laugh and shake his head. [...]
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March 1, 2006

The Most Dangerous Days  By William Rivers Pitt  t r u t h o u t | Perspective Wednesday 01 March 2006 Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at the 46th Annual American Legion Washington Conference on Tuesday to let everyone know that all is well in Iraq. “This nation has made a decision,” said Cheney. “We will stand by [...]
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From Zogby International - Released: February 28, 2006   U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006     * Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed” * While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy * Plurality believes Iraqi [...]
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March 1, 2006:  Today is three years since our friends in Turkey told Bush he could fight his own darn illegal war without their help.  Today a veteran, a military family member, a national guard soldier’s wife, and a gold star mother are testifying to Congress in opposition to more funding for the war.  Today in England, grieving [...]
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