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Ben Harper is Committed to Vote—Are You?

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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The stage is set for the Moving America Forward rally in Madison, Wisconsin. With curious fans and students milling around, Ben Harper took a moment during his sound check to talk about why he’s committed to vote in 2010.

“I’m here in Madison to beat back my own apathy and be proactive,” he said. “It’s crucial to get out and vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.”

Harper added:

“I pledge to vote. I always vote. It’s one of the great American opportunities. And although I can’t sit here and tell you to vote, to be an active member of the community you’ve got to vote. Direct action beats bureaucracy nine times out of 10.

“Imagine if you ...

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Vote 2010 News: Excitement builds for Obama visit at University of Wisconsin-Madison

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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With just five weeks to go before the November 2nd elections, the President will be at the University of Wisconsin today to get supporters fired up and lay out the critical choice voters face this year.

There are a few great ways to join in and watch tonight:

1) Join a watch party near you. Organizing for America is holding more than 200 gatherings across the country tonight, where people will get together for an evening to watch the President and organize heading into November.

2) Watch the event live online beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time—RSVP for a reminder here.

3) If you’re in the Madison area, the event is free and open to the public, and gates open at 3:30 ...

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“Cheeseheads 4 Change”

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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It’s a beautiful, and in many ways, typical fall day on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. On Library Mall, a high-traffic quad in the heart of campus, fraternity and sorority members are blasting music while promoting the school’s upcoming homecoming. Students are stretched out on benches and steps, catching up on homework. But in the center, bleachers and a stage are going up in front of the campus library—because the President of the United States is arriving tomorrow for the nation’s first Moving America Forward organizing rally.

In one corner of the mall, with red, white, and blue paint, the UW College Democrats are creating double-sided signs to be passed out before the rally, with slogans like “Cheeseheads 4 ...

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A Call from the President

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:07 AM
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In March, Gail O’Brien was diagnosed with high grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma—and at the time, she had no health insurance. But through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan established under health reform, she’s finally gotten insurance and the care she needs, and is responding well to treatment.

On the six-month anniversary of health reform’s signing, President Obama made a surprise phone call to Gail at her home in New Hampshire.

Watch:

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President Obama Signs Small Business Jobs Bill

eboard Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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This afternoon, President Obama signed into law a Small Business Jobs Bill that will help promote job creation and spur private-sector growth. Historically, small businesses have accounted two thirds of all American jobs, and this law will provide small businesses with new tax cuts and new capital to invest and expand – helping to ensure that they remain an engine for job growth.

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine said this after President Obama signed this law:

The Small Business Jobs Act will help American businesses and workers to take another step down the path toward full economic recovery by supporting economic expansion and job growth all across the country.  This new law builds on critical legislation – from the Recovery Act to tax ...

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