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Obama fires up college students

Alejandra Salinas Posted September 30, 2010 at 5:58 PM
by , President, College Democrats of America

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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Senior Citizens and the Affordable Care Act

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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Just recently, the White House marked the six month anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act by hosting a conference call to answer questions seniors citizens had about Affordable Care.   Seniors gathered in groups and some called in from their homes to hear Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed how the Affordable Care Act will greatly benefit the senior community.

Vice President Biden started off the conversation by touting the Democratic party’s work throughout history strengthening Medicare. 

The Vice President briefly outlined the new benefits of the Affordable Care Act for senior citizens:

  • The health care bill that we passed does nothing but strengthen Medicare.
  • The health care bill we passed has a dual benefit ...

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Be Among the First to Try Our New Calling Tool

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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A key part of our strategy to win this November is making phone calls to millions of voters who have the power to influence close races across the country.

To make the most of that push, we’ve just completely revamped our online calling tool to make it easier than ever for supporters to make calls from wherever they are.

We’re set to launch the new site soon to a wide audience of supporters across the country—but first we’re asking folks to test it out and let us know what they think.

Be one of the first to try the new calling tool here, and then let us know any ...

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John Boehner Wants to Reform Congress? Now That’s Funny

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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Before John Boehner’s speech on “Congressional reform” today, the Democratic National Committee put out a new ad—questioning whether we should be taking advice on government reform from a man who’s spent years doing the bidding of corporate interests.

The video, “Now That’s Funny”, highlights Boehner’s close ties to the tobacco industry, Washington lobbyists and Wall Street – all of whom have used their ties to Republicans like Boehner to advance their own interests at the expense of everyday Americans.

Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said:

“Actions speak louder than words, and John Boehner’s actions, from the day he distributed campaign checks from tobacco companies to Republicans on the House floor 15 years ago to his current efforts to sell access to ...

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Rush2Reg: CDA’s Voter Registration Initiative

eboard Posted September 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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From Jeremy Feigenbaum, CDA Programs Director:

A key part of the College Democrats of America’s Again 2010 efforts to
make sure that Democrats across this country get elected is to ensure
that students are voting—and that they are registered to vote. Voter
registration is simple and fun, and it is the best way to make sure
that our voices are heard in November.

CDA wants to help. So, we have drafted a number of suggestions for how
to register voters and how to make sure that these students vote.

1. Dorm Registering and Tabling
These are two great ways to contact students on your campuses. One
exciting option is to get a small group of College Dems together and
walk through ...

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