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2008 Election

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY: The Statesman vs. the Hockey Mom

Joe Biden is an intelligent, worldly statesman . . . but can he field dress a moose?

Don't miss this much anticipated match-up between the Statesman and the Hockey Mom.

Bring your friends, wear your Obama gear and join us as we cheer Joe on to victory!

You won't miss a thing on the six, extra-large, state-of-the-art integrated viewing screens at Arlington Banquets.



Presidential Debate Watching Party

Wednesday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m.

at Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall

More details to follow.

Acclaimed Author David Sirota to Speak at UAPA Picnic on June 22, 2008

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.


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.uprising

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.


3rd Annual Ted Celeste Barbeque - Sunday, August 3 2008

Jack Allen – Christie Angel – Bill Anthony –

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY Obama vs. McCain - Round One

We're going to be looking for Barack's knock-out punch in the first televised debate, so bring your friends, wear your Obama gear and join us as we cheer him on to a first-round victory!



Friday, September 26, 2008

Arlington Banquets

1967 West Henderson Road in the Kroger shopping center

7:30 p.m. Meet and Greet

Complimentary Appetizers and Cash Bar

8:00 p.m. Brief Program

Topic: early voting, voter protection review, introduction of candidates

9:00 p.m. Televised Debate

Watch the debate on large, state-of-the-art monitors

Bring your yard sign, t-shirt, bumper sticker and button orders with you.

Our Obama store will be open and ready for business!


To help defray expenses, we're asking for a $5 per person donation at the door.


Early voting at Vets Memorial - 2008

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner expects 80% voter turnout in Ohio on Election Day. UAPA encourages you to avoid the long lines at your poling place and vote early. By voting early, you will free yourself up to help with the get-out-the-vote effort that will be the key to victory on November 4. Mark your calendar and tell your friends and family to vote early, too!


Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 30 through Monday, NOVEMBER 3

at Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad Street, Downtown (free parking)

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Remember to take identification.

For more information, go to the Franklin County Board of Elections website

Sample Democratic ballot coming soon.



Pancakes, Post Cards and Persuasion

Ohio women voted 54% for Al Gore in 2000 but only 50% for John Kerry in 2004.

That was the difference in the election.


Join us for pancakes and post card sending. We will be writing to persuadable women in Ohio who are soft-Republican and Independent voters and sharing why we are voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden and the rest of the Democratic ticket this year.

Women are ready for a conversation about the issues that affect their everyday lives, and they need to know the truth about McCain and Palin and their failed, out-of-touch policies and ideas!

So, if you don't get writer's cramp, we'll supply the post cards, addresses and even talking points to get you started. Feel free to bring a friend. . . and a roll of stamps (if you don't mind)!

Go to to rsvp.

It's simple!

Join the Party to Watch Obama's Acceptance Speech!

The Worthington Area Democratic Club presents


The WADC Democratic National Convention Obama Speech Watching Party!

Thursday, August 28
6:30 p.m. - Midnight

The Holiday Inn Griswold Ballroom

7077 N. High Street, Worthington (map)

(Just south of the intersection of High Street
and Wilson Bridge Road)

Cash Bar • Order food off the menu

Even if you can't attend the convention in Denver, WADC promises you a special evening in Worthington as Sen. Obama gives his acceptance speech!

We'll have big screen TVs so everyone will have a front row view. In addition, candidates have been invited, and tables will be set up to allow participating campaigns to pass out material and sign up workers.

Come join the party with a few hundred other Obama supporters and hear what's promised to be a historic and inspiring address!


The deadline to register to vote for November's historic general election is Monday, October 6.

Click here for registration information:

Elizabeth Edwards is Coming to Columbus

Elizabeth Edwards will visit Central Ohio this October for Ohio Dominican University's Presidential Lecture Series. Elizabeth Edwards is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and wife of former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus Ohio. Immediately following Mrs. Edwards' presentation, she will sign copies of her book, Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers.

"We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Edwards to Central Ohio and to our Institution," said Bishop James A. Griffin, Interim President of Ohio Dominican University ( "Ohio Dominican University celebrates Mrs. Edwards' commitment to serving her country and we encourage all to join us at the lecture series."

Elizabeth Edwards

A passionate advocate for children and an accomplished attorney, Elizabeth Edwards has been a tireless worker on behalf of important social causes.

Mrs. Edwards is currently working with the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, working on healthcare issues and contributing to the Wonk Room, the Center for American Progress Action Fund's newly-launched, first-of-its-kind policy rapid-response blog. "Elizabeth is a woman of extraordinary talent, knowledge, and grace,” said John Podesta, President of CAP and CAPAF. “She has proven herself to be one of the most effective, tenacious, and caring spokespeople for progressive policies in the country.”

The daughter of a decorated Navy pilot, Mary Elizabeth Anania was born on July 3, 1949. In her early years, she attended school in Japan, where her father was stationed with a reconnaissance squadron, flying missions over China and North Korea.

As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Edwards majored in English. She went on to study American literature but then switched to law, graduating from UNC Law School in May 1977.

Mrs. Edwards possesses an accomplished legal background. Following law school, she clerked with U.S. District Court Judge Calvitt Clarke, Jr. in Norfolk, Virginia. She worked for the North Carolina Attorney General's office in the early 1980s, where she did work for the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.

From 1984 to 1996, Mrs. Edwards worked at the Raleigh law firm Merriman, Nicholls, and Crampton. In the early 1990s, she taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at UNC Law School for two years, and in 1996-97, she was a member of the first group of Public Fellows at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.

Mrs. Edwards is committed to serving the community and expanding educational opportunities for all children. She volunteered with the Parent Teacher Associations at her children's schools, and has been active in their youth soccer leagues in several roles.

Additionally, she volunteered at Goodwill Industries, working in the book room of their thrift store.

In 1992, Elizabeth Edwards co-established the Vincent J. Anania Lacrosse Scholarship in honor of her father, a former lacrosse player and Assistant Coach at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 1996, she helped to establish the Wade Edwards Foundation, and helped to build a computer learning center - the Wade Edwards Learning Lab - for youngsters in Raleigh. Recently, the foundation opened a similar computer lab in Goldsboro. The Wade Edwards Foundation also runs a statewide short fiction contest for North Carolina's high school juniors, awarding $10,000 a year in scholarships and grants to high school English programs.

In addition to her many accomplishments, Mrs. Edwards has inspired countless women through her willingness to publically share her battle with breast cancer through her book “Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers,” a memoir of her trials, tragedies, and triumphs, and of how various communities celebrated her joys and lent her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times.

Mrs. Edwards is the proud mother of four children: Catharine, Emma Claire, and Jack. Her first child, Wade, died in 1996. Despite the demands of raising two young children, Mrs. Edwards still finds time to participate in community service. She remains active in the Wade Edwards Foundation, and is involved in a variety of charitable efforts, including fundraising for the March of Dimes benefit. She also serves on several boards, including the UNC Board of Visitors and Books for Kids.

Ticket Info

Ticket information for the Ohio Dominican University Presidential Lecture Series (

  • Tickets are $25 per person and advance payment is required. Cash, check, VISA and MasterCard will be accepted.
  • Tickets can be ordered online (credit card only) at (
  • Tickets may also be purchased in the Office of the President, Erskine Hall 238. 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH after July 28, 2008.
  • Tickets will be mailed three weeks prior to the event. Tickets ordered after September 26, 2008 will be available at will-call.
  • For more information, contact the ODU's Office of the President at (614) 251-4561 or e-mail

Ohio Dominican University's Presidential Lecture Series was created seven years ago to highlight the Central Ohio Institution's commitment to the arts, education and politics (, and to provide the Ohio Dominican and Greater Columbus communities with the opportunity to hear leaders from a variety of fields who have been widely recognized for their contributions.

The series underscores the Ohio Dominican motto: To contemplate truth and share with others the fruits of this contemplation. These lectures are not intended to be an endorsement of any particular speaker or his or her views, but rather, are intended to provide insight into the prevalent social issues of our day.

To date, the Presidential Lecture Series has brought the following noted speakers to the Ohio Dominican campus

  • Edward Albee, American Playwright
  • Howard Gardner, Scholar and Educational Psychologist
  • Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright
  • Frances Mayes, Best-selling Author
  • Billy Collins, Former U.S. Poet Laureate
  • Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist
  • Terri Gross, NPR Fresh Air Host
  • Amy Tan, Best-selling Author
  • William Kristol, Political Analyst
  • Donna Brazile, Political Analyst
  • Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS

About Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican University ( is a four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Dominican tradition. The university has 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 50 majors as well as several graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning and a number of academic programs of distinction.


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