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June 28, 2007

AnEveningwithElizabethEdwards
DowntownArtsCenter
141E.MainStreet
Lexington,Kentucky40507
Friday,June29,2007at5:00PM

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FormoreinformationandtoRSVP:
http://www.johnedwards.com/smallchangeforbigchange

June 27, 2007

Fletcher'sStockSlightlyLowerintheInTradePredictionMarket

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Rep.JohnYarmuthHostsRunawayandHomelessYouthForumonJune30thinLouisville,KY

Kentucky'sdisconnectedyouthareaconstantreminderthathomelessnessisamyriadofhumanstories,notjustacollectionofsociologicalandeconomicdata-asitsometimesendsupbeingviewedinthehallsofCongress.I,likeyou,haveahighlevelofinterestinyouthwhoaredetachedfromfamily,school,work,andanysortofpermanency,andIamexcitedabouttheopportunitytoengagethecommunityinadiscussionabouthomelessyouth.

Accordingly,Iwouldliketoinviteyoutoparticipateina RunawayandHomelessYouthForuminLouisville,KentuckyonJune30that10:00a.m.ThegoalofthisforumistogatherinputandfeedbackfromthecommunityonwaystoimprovetheRunawayandHomelessYouthAct--themainsourceoffederalfundingfordisconnectedyouthoutsideofthefostercareandjuvenilejusticesystem. IwashonoredtobeaskedbytheChairmanofHouseEducationandLaborCommitteetoleadtheeffortstoreauthorizethislegislation,whichwilltakeplaceoverthecomingmonths. Iknowyourcommitmenttothisissue,andhopeIcancountonthebenefitofyourguidanceandexperienceaswedevelopthislegislation. 

Over50organizationsandindividualshavebeeninvitedincludingrepresentativesfromlocalandnationalorganizations. IamexcitedtobeginworkonthereauthorizationandwanttoensurethatthislegislationisnotwritteninWashington,butistrulycraftedbythepeoplewhoaredirectlyservingournation'sdisconnectedyouthon-the-ground.YouarecriticalintheseeffortsandIwouldbethrilledifyoucouldattendthisevent.

Date:       June30,2007

Time:       Registrationbeginsat10:00a.m.
          10:30-11:30Presentations
          11:30-12:30Discussion

Location:    YMCASafePlaceServices

2400CrittendenDrive
Louisville,KY40217

PleaseRSVPtoKiran.bhatraju@mail.house.govorcall502-582-5129inadvancesowecanknowhowmanypeopletoexpectandtoreceiveadditionalmaterialsandinformation.


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AllEyesonSenatorMcConnellinLightofSenatorLugar'sSpeech

FromBradWoodhouse,President,AmericansUnitedforChange

“SenatorLugar’sspeechrenderstheSeptemberreportsfromGeneralDavidPetraeusandAmbassadorRyanCrockerirrelevant.” 

BrianKatulis,CenterforAmericanProgressActionFund

    Washington–AretiredBrigadierGeneralwithextensiveexperienceincounterinsurgencyoperations,aveteranoftheIraqwar,aleadingnationalsecurityanalystandrepresentativesfromgroupsleadingtheefforttobringaresponsibleendtothewarinIraq,heldapressconferencecallwithnationalreporterstodaytoreacttothecommentsbyU.S.SenatorsRichardLugar(R-IN,SeniorRankingRepublican,SenateForeignRelationsCommittee)andGeorgeVoinovich(R-OH,Member,SenateForeignRelationsCommittee)thisweekcallingPresidentBush’spolicyinIraqafailureandcallingonthePresidenttowithdrawaltroopsfromIraq. 

Alltheparticipantsintoday’scallwelcomedthenewfoundpositionsofSens.LugarandVoinovichinfavorofwithdrawingtroopsfromIraq,calledonthemtomatchtheirwordswithactionswhenkeyvotesonthefutureofIraqpolicyarecastontheflooroftheSenate,saidtheSeptembertimeframeforassessingthepolicyinIraqisnowmootandthateyesarenowonthepositionofU.S.SenatorJohnWarner(R-VA),theseniorrankingRepublicanontheSenateArmedServicesCommitteewhoisscheduledtovisitIraqnextweek. 

ParticipantsalsosaidotherGOPSenatorswillfeeltheheattoreevaluatetheirpositionsinlightofthisweeksevents,includingSens.CollinsandSnoweofMaine,SpecterofPennsylvania,McConnellofKentucky,theSenateMinorityLeader,ColemanofMinnesota,SununuandGreggofNewHampshire,DomeniciofNewMexico,andGrassleyofIowa.

BrigadierGeneralJohnJohns,(USA,ret),whohasextensiveexperienceincounterinsurgencydoctrinefrom26yearsintheArmyincludingserviceinVietnam,saidthePresident’sescalationstrategywasdoomedtofailurefromtheoutsetandthatwedidnotneeduntilSeptembertoreachthatconclusion.

"IamhappytoseemoreRepublicansstandinguptothePresidentandIamwaitingformysenator,SenatorWarner,tojoinwiththeseothersenators,"saidJohns. "TheremustbecontinuouspressureonthePresidenttostopthisill-fatedadventure."

BrainKatulis,anationalsecurityexpertwiththeCenterforAmericanProgressActionFundcalledSenatorLugar’sspeechthisweekhistoricandsaidthatithadimmediatelyreorderedthedebateoverthefutureofIraqpolicy.

“SenatorLugar’sspeechrenderstheSeptemberreportsfromGeneralDavidPetraeusandAmbassadorRyanCrockerirrelevant,”saidKatulis. “SenatorsLugarandVoinovicharejoiningprogressivesandagrowingconsensusofAmericanswhorecognizeIraq’sgrimrealitiesandthefactthatU.S.militaryactioncannotsettleIraq’smultipleinternalconflicts.”

JonSoltz,anIraqwarveteranandfounderofVoteVets.orgoffered: "Whatishappeningiswhattroopsandveteranshavebeenaskingfor,foralongtime-formembersofthePresident'sownpartytostarttospeakhonestlyaboutwhatthesituationisinIraqandwhatneedstochange. Whilewe'regrateful,we'renotsatisfiedyet. TheseSenatorsandtheotherstocomemustbacktheirwordsupwithaction. Theymustvotetherightway,orthey'lljustbepayinglipservicetotheneedsofthosewhoareriskingtheirlivesinservicetoAmerica."

        TomMatzzie,theWashingtonDirectorofMoveOn.orgPoliticalActionandtheCampaignManagerforAmericansAgainstEscalationinIraq(AAEI)saidthatLugarandVoinovich’scallsforwithdrawingtroops,combinedwiththeactivityofAAEI’sIraqSummerefforttargeting40membersin15stateswillincreaseheatonRepublicanMembersofCongresstoabandonBushonthewar.

"Weareturningthevoicesof2/3oftheAmericanpublicintoanorganizingmachinetopressuremembersofcongresswhocanmakeadifferenceonthewar,”saidMatzzie. “Weareusingablendof:cuttingedgeonlineorganizing,paidandearnedmedia,oldschoolgrassrootsorganizing,volunteeroperations,signwavingandbird-dogging togivemembersofCongressachoice:votetoendthewarorfacepoliticalextinction."

"IfSenatorLugar'snewfoundpositiononthewarwasatsunamiwashingovertheIraqdebate,SenatorVoinovich'scallforwithdrawingU.S.troopsfromIraqwasanearthquakeofseismicproportionsshakingtheveryfoundationsofPresidentBush’sfailedpolicyinIraq,"saidBradWoodhouse,PresidentofAmericansUnitedforChange. "Inlessthan24hourstwoofthemostrespectedRepublicansontheSenateForeignRelationsCommittee,andtwoofPresidentBush'sbiggestbackersinCongress,havedeclaredhisIraqpolicyanabysmalfailureandhavesaidresponsiblywithdrawingU.S.troopsistheonlyviablealternativeleft. PresidentBush’ssupportforhisfailedwarpoliciesinIraqareinfreefallonCapitolHill. Now,alleyesareonSenatorWarnerandotherkeyRepublicansintheSenateandintheHouseto,asSenatorsLugarandVoinovichhavebeguntodo,puttherealityonthegroundinIraqaheadofloyaltytoPresidentBushandcallfortheresponsibleredeploymentofourfightingmenandwomenoutoffharm’sway.”

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June 26, 2007

JustInfromYahooNews:SenatorMcConnellHelpsBlockanImportantUnionBill

WASHINGTON-SenateRepublicansonTuesdayblockedabillthatwouldallowlaborunionstoorganizeworkplaceswithoutasecretballotelection.

Democratswereunabletogetthe60votesneededtoforceconsiderationoftheEmployeeFreeChoiceAct,endingorganizedlabor'schancetowinitstoplegislativepriorityfromCongress.

Thefinalvotewas51-48.

Theoutcomewasnotasurprise,withSenateMinorityLeaderMitchMcConnell,R-Ky.,sayingformonthsthathewouldstopthelegislationintheSenate.TheWhiteHousealsomadeclearthatifthebillpassedCongressitwouldbevetoed.

TheHousepassedthebillinMarch.DemocratsandlaborunionspressedforavoteintheSenateinhopesofrallyingtheirvotersinthe2008elections,wheretheyhopetowintheWhiteHouseandincreasetheirmajoritiesintheHouseandSenate.

"Wewillkeepcomingbackyearafteryearafteryear,"saidSen.SherrodBrown,D-Ohio.

TheGOPalsoplanstousethevoteforelection-yearcampaigning,withcorporationsandbusinessesbeingthetopopponentstothelegislation.TheNationalRepublicanSenatorialCommitteesentoutafundraisingvideolastweekaskingpeopletocontributeinordertohelpstoptheEmployeeFreeChoiceAct.

"RepublicanswillremindourconstituentsaboutthefactthatDemocratsproposedtostripworkersoftheirvotingrights,"McConnellsaid.

Thelegislationwasalitmustestvotefororganizedlaborandbusinesses,strongsupportersofDemocratsandRepublicansrespectively."Today'svoteshowsuswhoisstandingwithworkersandwhichpoliticiansareincollusionwithcorporateAmericatodestroythemiddleclass,"TeamstersPresidentJimHoffasaid.

Businessassociations,liketheU.S.ChamberofCommerce,alsoplantogradelawmakersbasedontheirvote."TheChamberwillincludevoteson,orinrelationto,thisissueinourannual'HowTheyVoted'scorecard,"warnedR.BruceJosten,thetopU.S.ChamberofCommercelobbyist,inalettertoCongress.

Thebillwouldrequireemployerstorecognizeunionsafterbeingpresentedunioncardssignedbyamajorityofeligibleworkersontheirpayrolls.Undercurrentlaborlaw,acompanycandemandasecretballotelectionsupervisedbythefederalgovernmentafterbeingpresentedtheunioncards.

Thebill'sproponentssayyearsofRepublicancontroloftheWhiteHouseandCongresshavegivencorporationsandbusinessestheupperhandwhenitcomestounionelections.Obstaclestoorganizingareamajorreasonunionmembershiphasdroppedfrom20percentofwageandsalaryworkersin1983to12percentin2006,theysay.

Unionscomplainthatemployershavegreateraccesstoworkersduringsecretballotcampaignsandclaimthatcorporatethreats,intimidationandeventualfiringshavebecomecommonforunionactivists.Bydraggingouttheelectionprocess,companiesoftensucceedinwearingdownunionenthusiasm,theyadd.

Employerscontendthatunionrecognitionelectionspreventjustthereversefromhappening.Usingonlyacardchecksystem,theyargue,wouldenableunionorganizerstousetheirknowledgeofwhodidanddidn'tsigncardstointimidatereluctantworkers.

Inthe2004elections,organizedlaborgave$53.6milliontoDemocraticcandidatesandpartycommitteesinalosingefforttocaptureboththeWhiteHouseandCongress,accordingtotheCenterforResponsivePolitics.Thatnumberroseto$57.5millionin2006,whenDemocratssuccessfullytooktheHouseandSenatefromtheGOP.

Butbusinesses,whichopposetheEmployeeFreeChoiceAct,donatelargelytotheRepublicanParty.Businessconcernsgave$122milliontotheRepublicanPartyin2004andanother$81millionin2006fornationalelections,theCenterforResponsivePoliticssaid.

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ThebillnumberisH.R.800.

Forbilltext:http://thomas.loc.gov

WhiteHousevetomessageonH.R.800:http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/legislative/sap/110-1/hr800sap-s.pdf

NationalRepublicanSenatorialCommitteevideo:http://www.nrsc.org/videos/CardCheck

AFL-CIOadonEmployeeFreeChoiceAct:http://www.youtube.com/watch?vSCRPMq0xmIg

CenterforUnionFactsadonEmployeeFreeChoiceAct:http://www.youtube.com/watch?vTu4oj_2E1jE

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