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A Letter to Independent Voters

eboard Posted October 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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Dear Independent Voter:

With the fall elections coming up fast and polls showing close races all over the country, I have no doubt that you’re getting a lot of canvassers at your door, along with quite a few calls and letters from various campaigns. But, if you’re not too overwhelmed, I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about the big picture – because the choice you make this fall won’t just help to decide whether candidate A or candidate B heads to Washington next year; it will help to determine the very future of our country.

Democrats and Republicans have very different visions for that future. Put quite simply, Democrats want to keep enacting the ...

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Republicans: All Sizzle, No Steak – Small Businesses, Tax Cuts, and the GOP’s “Pledge”

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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Last week, we pointed out that the small business, Tart Lumber, where the Republicans announced their “Pledge” would benefit from the small business jobs bill that Democrats passed and Republicans opposed that very same day. Evidently, Craig Fritsche, the President of Tart Lumber agrees, and told MSNBC “I do like that bill. And I’m glad they’re making efforts to help us borrow money.”

During their “Pledge” announcement, Republicans mentioned small businesses 18 times to demonstrate their alleged commitment to this vital engine of our economy. But within hours, Republicans broke their “Pledge” by voting almost unanimously against a bill that will benefit the very small business that hosted their announcement.

According to Deputy White House Communications Director, Jen Psaki:

The ...

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Inside the Fight for the Middle Class Tax Cuts

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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While Democrats are fighting for tax relief for everyone making less than $250,000, Republicans are holding those tax cuts hostage unless millionaires and billionaires receive even larger tax cuts.

As debate about this issue heats up, it’s important to know the facts. In the video below, Austan Goolsbee, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, explains the difference between the tax-cut proposal Democrats are advocating and the plan being pushed by Republicans.

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Russ Feingold: ‘The Conscience of the Senate and Wisconsin’s Strongest Advocate’

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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Senator Russ Feingold is known as one of the most effective and independent members of the Senate, and a tireless advocate for the people of Wisconsin. His name is virtually synonymous with government reform and key victories on getting rid of corporate influence in politics.

As the President said on Tuesday, Feingold is “one of the consciences of the Senate who’s always independent, doesn’t always agree with me but always agrees with the people of his state and is looking out for them.”

Feingold is facing a tough re-election fight this year. Polls show him in a close race with Ron Johnson, a self-financed Republican candidate who has pledged to spend upwards of $15 million of his own money on his campaign.

Feingold ...

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Obama fires up college students

Alejandra Salinas Posted September 30, 2010 at 5:58 PM
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Over 26,000 students were addressed by President Barack Obama at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on Tuesday. His speech focused on issues that truly matter to college students, including the extension of parental health insurance coverage until a student turns 26, the ending of combat operations in Iraq, and student aid reform. Here’s a snippet of the President’s remarks on student aid:

“[Republicans] want to cut financial aid for 8 million college students, including some of the people who are out here today… Instead of cutting education and student aid, we want to make permanent our new college tax credit that’s worth $10,000 of tuition relief for each young person going to four years of college.”

The President’s speech was viewed ...

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