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Dino Rossi gets personal

Washington gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi was recently interviewed by Red County on how his personal live and upbringing have shaped his principles.  Here’s a sampling (emphasis in the original):

RC: How has your father’s background as a teacher shaped your views about education.

Dino: As I mentioned, I grew up in an education family and I wanted to be a teacher myself because of my father, John Rossi. He taught at Viewlands Elementary in Mountlake Terrace, and raised us seven children on a school teacher’s salary. I meet people on the campaign trail all the time who tell me they were in his class, and tell me a story about how he had helped them. He could have done anything he wanted with his life, but he loved to teach and he thought he could make a difference. I remember influential teachers in my life, and I know that most people can think of teachers who made an imprint on their educational background. This is why I believe that we should be able to award exceptional teachers who are successful when it comes to teaching our children. We need to keep those teachers in the classroom.  This fits in with my one simple test when it comes to education: what’s in the best interest of our students?

Gov. Christine Gregoire is the type of politician who is always looking out for the educational needs of Washington’s children the needs of the teachers unions.  Dino Rossi, however, will promote policies that favor students, not the NEA.

Make sure to follow the link to the whole interview.  There’s a lot of interesting non-political ground covered, too.

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Allen West on the Rush Limbaugh Show

Allen West will be on at the top of the third hour, or just after 2pm Eastern Time if you’re listening live.  If you’re like me and can’t listen to the show live, here is a site where you should be able to find streaming audio throughout the day.

You can donate to Allen West here.

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My conference call with Jeff Beatty

This weekend I had the chance to talk to Jeff Beatty, who is seeking to unseat Sen. John Kerry from his lofty, haughty perch in the U.S. Senate. We were able to talk one-on-one about the state of the race and what he plans to do for the people of Massachusetts.

Noting that Massachusetts is a deep blue state, I asked him what issues he planned on highlighting during the campaign that would have crossover appeal to Democratic voters. Mr. Beatty believes that when people are in the voting booth, they’ll be thinking about more than the letters after someone’s name. The people of Massachusetts will ask themselves who they trust to protect their job, their country, and their family. He and his campaign like the answers people get when they ask themselves those questions.

He also noted that while the Democratic legislature has the ability to gerrymander districts in statewide races, the Senatorial race is statewide. Before Gov. Deval Patrick took office after the 2006 elections, Republicans had controlled the governor’s office for 16 years. On top of that, Gov. Deval Patrick’s disapproval ratings are very high.

I then asked if there were any of Gov. Patrick’s policies that his campaign could tie Sen. Kerry to. Naturally, there were. Illegal immigration will likely play a role in this campaign, as Gov. Patrick has just put forth a plan to give in-state benefits to illegal aliens. Sen. Kerry supports this unpopular move. Also, as I expected, Jeff Beatty plans on highlighting the contrast in tax policy between Sen. Kerry and himself. He will be seeking votes of union members who have lost their jobs because plants have relocated out of Massachusetts due to the outrageously high taxes Democrats have imposed there.

I spent the last minute or so of the call giving a couple of suggestions for the campaign. (Presumptuous on my part, but he was a nice guy and indulged me.) First, given the number of small family businesses that are started by minorities, I suggested that he highlight his belief that the death tax should be eliminated as a way of promoting economic growth within minority communities. As he had mentioned union members before, I said that he should point out that by opposing off-shore drilling and oil exploration in ANWR, Sen. Kerry is opposing new union jobs for Massachusetts and the nation.

I left this call being much more optimistic about Jeff Beatty’s chances to unseat Sen. Kerry, which is a good feeling for a candidate to inspire. I believe that Jeff Beatty is committed to winning every vote this fall. However, he will not do it by blurring the lines between the two parties, but by offering free market solutions to the problems of every American regardless of their party affiliation.

You can donate to Jeff Beatty’s campaign here, and be sure to visit his website to volunteer if you are in Massachusetts.

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CQ Politics itnerview with John Gard

In the interview, John Gard talks about the state of the race, as well as how things have changed between 2006 and 2008.  A sampling:

“ Steve Kagen ran as a more conservative guy, but he’s voted like a far-left liberal,” he said.

A vote study conducted by Congressional Quarterly indicated that Kagen voted with his party 95 percent of the time in 2007 on issues that divided the two parties. That score that puts him below the median for members of the Democratic caucus, which had a highly unified year in 2007.

Kagen on Tuesday returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Middle East. His campaign manager, Casey Frary, said the congressman “has made his energy policy quite clear.” He supports drilling for new oil and natural gas in the United States, investing in every form of renewable energy available and stopping manipulation of the energy market, she said.

But Gard’s campaign clearly will try to use the oil issue to distinguish himself from Kagen. “Fundamentally in northeastern Wisconsin it’s what Steve Kagen stands for, and what I stand for. And I believe that my views are consistent with the overwhelming majority of people there,” Gard said.

Voting patterns would seem to be on Gard’s side in the race. President Bush won 55 percent of the district vote in 2004 and 52 percent in 2000. But because of the overall Democratic trend this election cycle and Kagen’s boost as an incumbent, CQ Politics rates the race Leans Democrat.

Make sure to head to the link for more. 

As the article says, Wisconsin’s 8th district should be very competitive for a candidate with a pedigree like John Gard’s, but Rep. Kagen does have all the advantages of an incumbent. 

Help offset those advantages by volunteering or contributing to his campaign.

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Two Tammy Bruce interviews

I know, it’s technically old, but it’s new to me.  On June 26, radio host and author Tammy Bruce interviewed two Down the Ticket-sponsored candidates: Jason Chaffetz of Utah’s 3rd District and Lt. Col. Allen West in Florida’s 22nd District.

Both are worth a listen.

You can donate to Jason Chaffetz’ campaign here.

You can donate to Lt. Col. Allen West’s campaign here.

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