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!

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

One Day of the Iraq War

Earn $$ as Democratic Poll Worker

There remains a critical need for Democratic poll workers in Franklin County for the March 04 Primary.

This need includes Presiding Judges (who manage the polling place and supervise the other judges) and regular Judges (who variously oversee the poll books and voter indentification and signature requirements; oversee the provisional ballot process; or oversee the operation of the voting machines).

Presiding judges are paid $160 for the work, training and transportation costs. The presiding judges are required to take a four-hour training course.

The other poll workers are paid $110—$95 for Election Day and $15 for the 2-hour training.

Even young adults can be presiding judges. Pass this on to anyone interested.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100 or sign up at http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov

Judges are needed because Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, won all but 22 of Franklin County's 854 precincts last year. State law requires a presiding judge to the the same political party as the gubernatorial candidate who last won that precinct.

Currently, there are 41 Democratic Presiding Judge slots that are uncommitted for the Primary. There are 210 Democratic regular Judge spots that are still uncommitted for the Primary.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100.

A UAPA supporter, who served as a Presiding Judge for the last election and will be doing so again for the Primary would be happy to share experiences and/or assist in getting you involved as a poll worker. Sign up here if you would like to be contacted.

CoolUA nominated for 2007 UA Community Enrichment Award

On January 15th, 2008 Virginia Barney, UA's City Manager, sent CoolUA a letter stating that CoolUA had been nominated for the 2007 Community Enrichment Award.

A presentation to the final award winner will be made this Monday, January 28th at the UA Municipal Building at 6:30pm.

Congratulations to everyone at CoolUA for raising community awareness about the environment and encouraging local officials and individuals to adopt energy efficient policies!

Videos of the excellent presentations from CoolUA's 2007 Town Hall Meeting can be found here.

Not One--But Two--New Columbus Radio Stations Geared to Progressives

"Information is the lifeblood of democracy — and when viewpoints are cut off and ideas cannot find an outlet, our democracy suffers."

Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media

New to Columbus: Progressive Talk Radio

WVKO, 1580 AM

Just over a year ago, central Ohio's only progressive radio station was pulled from the AM dial leaving a tremendous void for those of us who spent a part of each day tuning in to hear thoughtful interviews, discussions and a little bit of silliness (for those Stephanie Miller fans). It's been a long road back, but Progressive Talk Radio can be heard once again at WVKO, 1580 AM. Check to see the impressive lineup of shows.

During the work week, may we suggest Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann and Rachel Maddow--three insightful radio hosts who will wow you with their intellect and thoughtful commentary.

For Progressive Talk Radio to continue, listener support is essential. Please listen to 1580 AM and spread the word to your friends. And please support the station's sponsors and ALWAYS let them know where you learned of them. And if you own a business of your own, remember that this format is "loved by its listeners" (to quote Dispatch media reporter Tim Feran), and 1580 AM serves a devoted and loyal audience.

 

New to Columbus: Community Radio Station

WCRS, 98.3 FM in Columbus and UA; 102.1 FM in Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany and Bexley

WCRS is a community radio station new to central Ohio and like most community radio stations it provides music and news that is popular to local audiences but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups.

During evening drive time, may we suggest Democracy Now! (3:00 to 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 to 8:00 pm) and Free Speech Radio News at 5:30 pm.

The beginning of a more productive City Council?

Table 1: Progressive voters made the difference. Only 1 vote per precinct separated the 2nd and 3rd place finishers
and the 3rd and 4th place finishers.
Official City Council Results
Candidate Votes % Vote Margin Vote Margin / 34 UA Precincts
Erik Yassenoff 6,18623.3%71721.1 votes
Mary Ann Krauss 5,46920.6%
31.91 votes
Ed Seidel 5,438 20.5%
391.15 votes
Dan McCormick 5,399 20.3%
1,322 38.9 votes
Leslie Heath 4,077 15.3%

UAPA's endorsed candidates win re-election

After waiting well over a month for certified election results and taking a break for holiday merriment, we can finally announce that UAPA's best-outcome election scenario won the day in UA's City Council race! A belated thank you to the UA progressive community for realizing the importance of this City Council race and coming out to vote. Our endorsed candidates, Mary Ann Krauss and Ed Seidel, were re-elected in a race that was very close.

Election Analysis

1. The progressive vote had a race-determining impact --- only one vote per precinct separated the candidates in 2nd and 3rd place and the candidates in 3rd and 4th place. Table 1 shows the official vote tallies.

2. Kingsdale was arguably the single biggest election issue. The election of Seidel, Krauss and Yassenoff, who all share a common mixed-use vision for Kingsdale, strongly suggests that voters believe the City has a responsibility to UA citizens to negotiate for the best possible use of this scarce, commercial property in the very heart of UA.

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