Edwards to challenge Wynn again


 Donna Edwards for Congress


May 03, 2007

Democrat Donna Edwards, who narrowly lost to Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) in a 2006 primary challenge, officially signed up for a rematch last week when she filed a statement of candidacy for the 2008 race.

After a brief campaign, Edwards shocked almost everyone by losing by fewer than 3,000 votes, 50 percent to 46, in September. She begins her 2008 bid nine months before
Maryland’s new Feb. 12 primary with a goal of raising $1 million and putting together a better campaign organization. 

She already has done something she didn’t last cycle — hire a campaign manager. Adrienne Christian, who was deputy campaign manager for now-Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), joined Edwards’s campaign full-time in mid-April.

Edwards said she has spent the eight months since the primary attending community meetings in the 4th district and gauging support for another bid against Wynn.

She said a formal announcement is likely to be set for May, and she will leave her job as executive director of the Washington-based Arca Foundation around Labor Day to campaign full-time.

“I was trying to figure out if this was just a flash in the pan and wake-up call or there’s a real call for change,” Edwards said. “I wouldn’t have filed if I hadn’t thought it was a real call for change.”

Edwards was able to make it a close race last cycle in large part by focusing on Wynn’s vote in favor of giving President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq.

Wynn, an eighth-term congressman who cruised through the general election, has said the primary result took him by surprise, and he has upped his community outreach as part of an effort to shore up support among the disaffected.

He also has wasted no time getting started raising money. In the first quarter, he pulled in about $130,000.

Edwards emphasized that the race was about more than Wynn’s Iraq war vote and said his recent changes won’t fool people.

“I know that Mr. Wynn is flying right on a lot of things these days, but we can’t ignore the fact that a significant reason for that is because I challenged him,” Edwards said.

The race puts the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in a tough spot, because it must decide whether to support Wynn in the primary.

The DCCC did not commit to supporting Wynn, but spokeswoman Kyra Jennings said, “The DCCC has a long-standing policy of supporting our incumbent members.”

Edwards raised just less than $350,000 last cycle, while Wynn raised about $800,000 — most of it before the primary.
Christian said the Edwards campaign has held two small house parties and has fundraisers in Washington and New York planned.

Edwards aims to raise more local money this time, but she also has made inroads with grassroots groups. She received late help from MoveOn.org’s political action committee last year and has gotten involved with the board of They Work For Us, a nonprofit group designed to keep Democratic members of Congress from straying too far from the party’s ideals.

But she might not have Wynn all to herself this time around, as several other politicians in the Prince George’s County area have been rumored to be considering bids.

Edwards said she isn’t paying attention to other candidates and won’t back down.

“When I decided to run, most of those same people said to me it will be impossible to beat him,” Edwards said. “The fact that I opened the door means that I want to walk through it, and I’m not going to let somebody else do it.”

Never Too Much, a duet


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 NEVER TOO MUCH, A DUET BY Randall Tobias and Paul Wolfowitz


I can’t fool myself, I don’t want another escort to ever love me
You are my shinin’ star, my guiding light, my love fantasy
There’s not a minute, hour, day or night that I don’t love you
You’re at the top of my list ’cause I’m always thinkin’ of you   

I still remember in the days when I paid to touch you
How I spent my day dreamin’ plannin’ how to “massage” you
I should have known that I had dug a hole deep enough to swim in
Then Condi called me up and told me to quit it

Oh, my job
A thousand “massages” from you is never too much
I just don’t wanna cop to what I’ve done

Oh, my Job
A lame ass explanation is never too much
I just don’t wanna cop to what I’ve done                                                                                                                                             
Too much, never too much, never too much, never too much


Woke up today, looked at your picture just to get me started
I called you up, but you weren’t there and I was broken hearted
Hung up the phone, can’t be too late, the board is so demandin’
Opened the door up and there the D.C. press corps were a standin’

Well, who needs to go to work to hustle for another dollar
I’ll detail ya to da state dept ’cause you know how to make me scream and holler
Love is a gamble and I’m so glad that I’m winnin’
We’ve come a long way and this firestorm is only the beginnin’

Oh, my job (is on the line)
Paying you more than Condi from World Bank Funds is never too much
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
I just don’t wanna cop to what I’ve done

Oh, my job (is on the line)
A $193,000 is never too much
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
And I just don’t wanna cop to what I’ve done

Oh, my Job (is on the line)
Paying you more than Condi from World Bank Funds is never too much
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
I just don’t wanna cop to what I’ve done

Oh, my job (is on the line)
A $193,000 in World Bank Funds is never too much

LAPD Police Brutality at immigrants rights rally


HAT TIP: The Unapoligetic Mexican

THERE IS NO RIGHT TO PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY IN AMERICA. There were signs earlier, it’s true. But now it can be said to be official. File this along with what you read on blogs about habeas corpus and wiretapping, this latest display of contempt for our rights: here is a clear example of excessive use of police force, of tyranny by weaponry, of unwarranted police aggression, assault and battery—on women, children, and citizens alike.”

“The police issue their typical statements about investigations and being upset, but give it a month (when the results of thier “internal report” is due and we’ve seen how these turn out time and time again) and it doesn’t matter anyway. They have done what they wanted, made their mark, instilled fear. And despite what they say, they didn’t do this because some people stepped off the sidewalk, bullshit. We know why the cops were there and in such gear, and with such attitudes and agendas.”

“The government fears the numbers they saw last year on 2006. In 2006 we actually showed, lived out, demonstrated the Power of the People, and it scared the living shit out of our keepers. Because America is only about the Power of the People in word. That’s advertising to keep us defending our jailers, paying our taxes, and joining the grinder military. America is really about the Power of the Few. And the Power of the Gun. And the Power of the Dollar. And the Power of the Lie.”

Anybody under the mistaken impression that this is a democracy really needs to grow up.