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Alisa 'Starr' Ballard - Inside of You Lyrics: The biggest part of life, is giving back some of the blessings that were given unto you Through all of the lessons learn, this is the one That makes my heart feel the most joy because it's true Cause there's nothing like, the power of God, Inside of you Inside of you Just like seasons change, we do too, to try to make a better world to be part of Although it may seem hard, at times to do Just know that God is always there to guide you through Cause there's nothing like the power of God, Inside of you Make a joyful noise, great unto the Lord Let your light so shine for those who have no faith in you Move with grace and love, be steadfast and strong Soon they too will seek the God in them, they see in you Make a joyful noise, great unto the Lord Let your light so shine for those who have no faith in you Move with grace and love, be steadfast and strong And they too will seek the God in them they see in you Cause there's nothing like the power of God, Inside of you Political campaigns play to their strengths, and one realm where Sen. Barack Obama has excelled is the ground game. When the campaign began one year ago, Obama was far less known nationally than his principal rivals, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former vice presidential candidate John Edwards (D-N.C.). Since then, the freshman senator from Illinois has benefited enormously from the work of legions of grass-roots organizers who are giving, heart and soul, to his White House bid. Obama's successes in the early primaries owe much to the tactics and initiative of young field organizers in places like Estill, S.C., Elko, Nev., and Waterloo, Iowa. Looking ahead to Super Tuesday, where voters in 22 states will choose Democratic delegates, the Obama campaign is again counting on a superior ground game to peel away delegates in very competitive districts. More than 500 paid staffers have been deployed to the Feb. 5 states, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe reported in a conference call with reporters today. He said the campaign has what it calls 75,000 "active volunteers" making telephone calls, knocking on doors and otherwise helping out. To show what a difference the organization can make, Plouffe pointed to Saturday's South Carolina primary, where Obama won 44 of 46 counties and more than doubled Clinton's vote totals amid record turnout. He said 13,000 volunteers reported for duty on Election Day. That works out to one volunteer for every 23 voters who cast a ballot for Obama. "This is a place," Plouffe told reporters, referring to the ground game, "where I think we have a dominant advantage." With vast territory to work and only seven days left, strategists for the surviving candidates are racing to decide how to apportion the campaign's money and time, not to mention the energy of the candidates and their surrogates. Plouffe said the Obama camp is now running radio or television ads in all 22 Feb. 5 states, except Illinois, where a recent poll shows Obama leading Clinton by a 2 to 1 margin. Although polls show Obama trailing in some of the biggest Feb. 5 states, Plouffe said the Obama campaign has raised $5 million online since the South Carolina polls closed. The campaign says it has registered more than 600,000 donors so far, with fewer than 3 percent having contributed the maximum allowable amount. Surrogates are on the air for Obama in their own states, including Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Sen. Kent Conrad in North Dakota and Gov. Janet Napolitano in Arizona. Advertisements with other prominent supporters are in the works, Plouffe said. An example of Obama's unorthodox decision to deploy organizers to unlikely states is Kansas, where he visited his grandparents' home town of El Dorado today and picked up the endorsement of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a popular two-term governor known for working with Republicans -- at least the ones she was unable to persuade to switch parties. Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, now a Democrat, is a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party. Keywords: Super Tuesday Barack Obama Campaign Theme Song Supporters Inspiration Music Video Tsunami Duper Presidential
31 Jan 2008
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John Thune, R-S.D. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
10 Aug 2008
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy He’s one of the Senate’s most confounding members, whose support for both the Iraq War AND the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” -- gave new meaning to the political color purple. (Vide from: KNTV) SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (I-CT) (SEPTEMBER 2, 2008): “What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this? Well, I'll tell you what. I'm here to support John McCain, because country matters more than party.” (VIDEO FROM CNN) Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman will not seek reelection to a fifth term in 2012. The news broke Tuesday, the same day Democratic Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota announced he, too, wouldn’t be running for re-election. But it seems Lieberman’s news eclipsed that of Conrad. (VIDEO FROM ABC AND NY1) The New York Times ran the story Tuesday night. But even before official confirmation from Lieberman’s office -- his aides were helping the Times write his political obit. “...his aides said he had been particularly proud of his leadership in the Senate... [and] was best known for his centrist positions and outspokenness on issues of morality.” Cue the 2012 “bigger picture” predictions. CNN’s John King muses -- President Obama is looking for a defense secretary. What are the odds for Lieberman -- who -- remember, endorsed McCain? JOHN KING: “But he essentially said to Barack Obama, nice young man, not ready to be president of the united states. Is there any chance they will forgive and forget?” ED HENRY: “Highly, highly unlikely. He has the credentials, you're absolutely right. But after giving that speech in Minneapolis/St. Paul and saying he's not ready to be president, he's not ready to be commander in chief, how do you make him defense secretary?” Slate’s Emily Bazelon -- a Connecticut native -- calls the news of Leiberman’s retirement disappointing -- but not for the reasons you might think. She wanted to opportunity to vote him out -- not let him bow out. “...there is the spectacle of it all: After each act of grand or petty betrayal ... the Democratic Party ... came back begging for more. … he never let anyone forget he was the 60th vote.” So what are the Democrats to do without their not-so-reliable 60th vote? Fox News hosts turn their attention to the Republicans’ cause celebre -- repealing President Obama’s health care overhaul. “I mean, let's say, you know, the Senate is not going to repeal health care right now and many believe today's actions are symbolic in nature. But then what happens the next time around if the Senate turns Republican and now you have a Republican House and a Republican Senate and a democrat president or maybe you have a Republican president...” Finally -- a writer for Vanity Fair says while the media speculates the future of Lieberman and the Democratic party -- what’s surprising is no one seems to be looking at the Oval Office. “Miraculously, most campaign-centric news organizations have—so far—refrained from interpreting this statement as a wink that Lieberman will run for president in 2012. After all, presidential hopes have been divined from thinner air.” In his formal announcement Wednesday, Senator Lieberman said his decision stemmed from his belief his politics don’t fit into today’s political environment – that politics changed – but he didn’t. Watch more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
20 Jan 2011
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy As President Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address - lawmakers and the media are busy picking out corsages. KSWB-TV: “Tomorrow will be date night for Congress, as Republicans and Democrats will sit together for the annual speech.” HLN: “Date night in D.C. ... Kind of like boy/girl, boy/girl, Republican/Democrat.” It’s like prom night on Capitol Hill. And Democratic Senator Mark Udall is the chairman of the prom committee. He’s proposing Democrats and Republicans sit together at the president’s address as a symbol of civility following the shooting rampage in Arizona earlier this month. And lawmakers are playing along -- for the most part, anyway. ABC: SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON: “I don't have a date.” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “Kay, I'm available.” (LAUGHTER) (FLASH) CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: “Senator Conrad, have you picked a date?” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “I just asked Kay.” (LAUGHTER) Fox News: SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “My new Senate Republican colleague from Illinois Mark Kirk and I will sit together. I'm bringing the popcorn and he is bringing a coke with two straws.” By Sunday - more than 50 members of Congress had paired off. And according to a new CNN poll - most Americans like the idea - with 72 percent saying they want to see the mixed seating. The president is set to discuss jobs, the deficit, and the GOP’s health care repeal efforts. But Politico’s Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush are among the commentators who worry - the theatrics of Congressional “date night” could trump substance. “Still, the event offers the president the largest audience he’ll get all year, one that rivals the viewership for the Academy Awards. Obama’s first State of the Union address, last year, drew 48 million viewers...” But in guest commentary for The Washington Post - leadership consultant Carol Kinsey Goman says you can joke about the theatrics - but there’s real potential in this idea. “Congress is right to understand that where they sit sends a signal about their power dynamics and willingness to cooperate... I'm not saying that this symbolic seating arrangement one evening will foster actual, long-term collaboration. But I do think it's at least a scoot in the right direction.” There IS at least one bi-PARTY-san pooper -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s planning to sit where he’s always sat. Wanna see who’s paired off so far? Check out the link in our transcript section. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
28 Jan 2011
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