Lobbyists, PACs write big checks for McCain

Does it seem like you see McCain every time you turn on TV? It's because his campaign and the Republican National Party have more than $95 million -- and they are buying, buying, buying.

In fact, the McCain campaign is bragging that they are out-raising and out-spending us.

By collecting huge checks from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs, they raised more money than ever before in June.

To see what we're up against, check out this video from David Plouffe, Obama for America campaign manager. And then make your first donation to help close the gap. $25 would do it.

https://donate.barackobama.com/stepup

This grassroots movement won't just happen on its own. Success is up to all of us together.

New Yorker Cover Illustration: Stupidity or Satire?

coverIs the New Yorker way off base? Or right on target? The magazine famous for its satire has generated a lot of attention for its July 2008 cover illustration of Barack and Michelle Obama in the Oval Office, with abundant terrorist symbolism.

According to CNN, New Yorker editors say the drawing is a comment on how the media has passed along ridiculous claims about the Democratic candidate. (Don't forget www.FactCheck.org is a great place to find out the truth when you hear allegations.)

The New Yorker magazine says its latest cover is satire.

Meanwhile, the Obama camp calls the cover " tasteless and offensive." McCain's campaign repudiated it. Liberal Liberal radio talk-show host Laura Flanders takes another view. She told CNN's "American Morning" on July 14 that Obama campaign "should have come out strongly endorsing this cover."

She said, "This isn't a jab at them, terrorist or any other kind. This is a jab at the media. ... It should be cause for our conversation to focus on the kind of fear mongering that the media and people on the right have engaged in." What do you think?

McCain is trying to divide us!

Abraham Lincoln famously said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." That is what John McCain is hoping when he urges Hilliary Clinton supporters to switch to the GOP. We cannot let him succeed.

The primaries were exhausting and sometimes acrimonious and divisive. We know and understand the utter disappointment of Hillary Clinton's supporters; many of our group are among that number. But we must look to the future and November.

hands2UAPA wants to foster an atmosphere of unity. We are dismayed by some voters who seem to be walking away in anger from the progressive cause. That decision will only ensure a Republican victory in November, giving us eight more years of the Bush presidency; degrading environmental policies; disastrous foreign policies; a destructive conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and more of the same in Iraq with no end in sight. With apologies to Aesop, it can be summed up like this: "United we conquer; divided, we elect McCain."

Our goal is a Democrat in the White House. Hilliary's goal is a Democrat in the White House. Right now, her aides are working with Obama aides at the convention in Denver to heal any lingering wounds.

Don't let Hilliary down. Vote for Barack Obama

UAPA needs you now more than ever -- because the Democratic candidate for President needs our help to capture Ohio. Let's do our part -- together -- to win this state and nation for the Democrats.

Join the Family Fun and Come to the 4th Annual UAPA Picnic at Fancyburg Park!

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Make plans now to attend UAPA's 4th annual family picnic on Sunday, June 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be prepared for an afternoon of live entertainment, popular picnic food (including vegetarian options), children's activities and good conversation!

Sign up for the picnic!

At the event, we'll be unveiling our new yard signs, T-shirts and bumper stickers supporting the Obama candidacy -- come for the party and stay for the debut! Also on tap:

• Best-selling political author David Sirota, currently on tour promoting his new book THE UPRISING, will stop by and speak about the rise of populist politicals (as evidenced by grassroots organizations like ours) as well as answer questions and sign copies of his book. (See related story.)

signup• You'll also have the chance to meet and greet many of the local candidates for office, obtain yard signs and other promotional items and sign up for a variety of volunteer opportunities!

• As part of our commitment to give back to our community, UAPA is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Please be sure to bring along a sack of food for the hungry, or a check (any amount accepted) made payable to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. (See related story.)

• Activities for the kids includes a visit by magician and storyteller ABC Mother McGoose from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., face painting, arts and crafts, corn hole toss and softball.
Map Fancyburg Park location

• Back for an encore visit is the Jim and Charley Band, playing many of your favorite oldies and contemporary hits!
In addition to signing up to attend, please drop us a line at www.UAProgressiveAction.com if you are able to volunteer an hour for picnic tasks: set up, food, sign in, children's games, etc. Please write picnic volunteer in the subject line and include your name and phone number in the body of the e-mail.
Thanks!

Team UAPA Raced for the Cure!

 

race Saturday, May 17, turned out to be a beautiful morning for a race, and all members of Team UA Progressive Action enjoyed being part of the 40,000-plus men, women, children, and (yes!) dogs walking and running for the cure for breast cancer.

After the team's two 5K runners (Pat Hadler and Jamie McLuckie) took off at 8:30 a.m., the rest of the team participating that morning (Barb Falkenberg, Susan Otte, Jody Scarbrough, and UAPA co-founder and breast cancer survivor Susan Truitt) gathered for the 5K walkers' 8:45 start. As Governor Ted Strickland started the race and the crowd began to move, we felt a surge of supportive spirit from the thousands gathered for the race. At the finish an hour or so later, we all agreed that it was a morning well spent.

UAPA would like to thank all who donated to the Race for the Cure by registering for Team UA Progressive Action. In addition to those named above were Jan Davis, Carole Depaola, George Hadler, Bill Hadler, Kathy Panning, Diane Reichwein, and Marty Stinehart, who were unable to participate that morning.

We are already looking forward to next year's race and hope more of you can join us, whether in body or spirit. We look forward to adding your name to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure's Team UA Progressive Action in May 2009!

Straight from The Colbert Report and PBS's Now to Upper Arlington! David Sirota to Speak at UAPA Picnic

sirotaUpper Arlington Progressive Action is proud to announce that noted political author David Sirota will speak at the 4th Annual UAPA Picnic in the Park on Sunday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. Sirota’s new book, THE UPRISING: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington (Crown Publishing Group) will be released on May 28, 2008. The book includes a chapter on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his efforts to shape the populist movement in Washington.

Sign up for the picnic!

THE UPRISING, which follows Sirota’s New York Times bestseller Hostile Takeover (2006), reports on today’s seething popular discontent on both the Right and Left, which is creating a new populist political movement roiling the 2008 presidential campaign and national politics. From behind-the-scenes negotiations on Capitol Hill to an ExxonMobil stockholder meeting and the campsite of the Minutemen guarding the U.S.-Mexico border, Sirota traveled the United States to report on this anger and the populist uprising it is creating.
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The book traces the roots of populism, as well as the efforts to thwart populism, including the Democratic Party’s “superdelegate” system. THE UPRISING features exclusive reporting on icons across the political spectrum, from CNN’s Lou Dobbs, to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillorsen. The book shows why Molly Ivins hailed Sirota as “a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that the only real questions are ‘Who’s getting screwed’ and ‘Who’s doing the screwing?’”

Please join us in welcoming David Sirota to Upper Arlington, and hear how grassroots groups like UAPA will transform this country from the ground up. Sirota will be signing copies of his book, which will be for purchase, following his remarks. Please note that we cannot accept credit cards. For more information on the Picnic in the Park, please see the related article.

Sign up for the picnic!

Kingsdale: A new plan from Regency

Regency Centers, owners of Kingsdale Shopping Center, have a new proposal for redeveloping the aged mall at the heart of Upper Arlington.

The new plan, submitted to UA City Council in an April 28 letter, does not include a Target store. Instead, according to the May 15, 2008, UA This Week, a new Giant Eagle would be built on Northwest Boulevard.

Regency is offering 5 acres of the site to the city, including the current Giant Eagle building and the former medical office on Zollinger. Company officials suggest the purchase would allow UA to seek its own proposals for office development, a mixed-use called for in the Master Plan.

Memorial Day: Celeste bill aids Ohioans fighting PTSD

What do we mean when we say soldiers deserve a hero’s welcome? Many troops wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have traumatic brain injuries, yet the number of uninsured veterans increased by 290,000 between 2000 and 2004.

This weekend, Americans will remember our loved ones who have been lost -- some in war, some through illness, some through injury. Some have been lost because they cannot get the help they need to overcome the trauma in their lives.

State Rep. Ted Celeste was shocked to learn that insurers in Ohio can deny coverage to men, women and children needing therapy to recover from war, sexual abuse, physical abuse or mass violence. He responded by sponsoring House Bill 249. It would require private insurers to extend mental health coverage to veterans and all others suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Stivers flip flops on payday lending

The Ohio Senate approved tough new regulations on Ohio’s payday lenders, bringing the state very close to ending the payday industry as it currently exists.

The approval of these new regulations in both the Ohio House and Senate is a direct result of a coordinated progressive grassroots effort. 245 non-profit, religious and civic organizations joined together in the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending to change public policy and educate the public and media about the impact of the 391% interest rates charged to many of Ohio poorest citizens.

Steve Stivers: for 391% interest rates before he was against them

Interestingly, Ohio State Senator Steve Stivers, former bank lobbyist and Republican running against Mary Jo Kilroy for Congress, was for 391% interest rates before he was against them. Only a few months ago, Stivers was repeating payday lending industry talking points.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming UAPA and Community Events!


Sunday, June 22 Fourth Annual UAPA Picnic in the Park, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Please note new location!
Fancyburg Park, Kioka Road

Friday, July 4 UAPA July 4th Parade Watching, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll gather near the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Brandon Roads. Look for the blue banner -- we’ll have the coffee and doughnuts ready!

Saturday, August 2 UAPA Second Annual Garage Sale
Corner of Ridgecliff and Redding road
Start saving your gently used household items to donate!
More details to follow!

Tuesday, August 12 Visit the UAPA booth at A Taste of UA,
3:30 – 8:30 p.m., Northam Park

 

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