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Mississippi: Neshoba County Fair: William Winter, Former Governor of Mississippi

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The Neshoba County Fair has been held each year since 1889 in Neshoba, Mississippi, northeast of Jackson, southeast of and close to Philadelphia, MS.

More on the fair here.

In addition to entertainment, a midway, a watermelon-eating contest, and horse and mule races, there are political speeches. I videotaped several this year, including the speech of William Winter, former governor of Mississippi.

Direct link to Governor Winter's speech on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/9LIpMuBjJIU

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Mississippi: Neshoba County Fair: Doug Magee #MSHouse

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The Neshoba County Fair has been held each year since 1889 in Neshoba, Mississippi, northeast of Jackson, southeast of and close to Philadelphia, MS.

More on the fair here.

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In addition to entertainment, a midway, a watermelon-eating contest, and horse and mule races, there are political speeches. I videotaped several this year, including the speech of Doug Magee, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, running against incumbent Gregg Harper, Republican (who did not speak at the fair).

Direct link to Doug Magee's speech on YouTube.

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How a Poor Die-Hard Republican Who Hated Government Abandoned 'The Politics of Shame

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Mississippi: Neshoba County Fair: Travis Childers #MSSen

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Neshoba County Fair

The Neshoba County Fair has been held each year since 1889 in Neshoba, Mississippi, northeast of Jackson, southeast of and close to Philadelphia, MS.

More on the fair here.

In addition to entertainment, a midway, a watermelon-eating contest, and horse and mule races, there are political speeches. I videotaped several this year.

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Here is the first: Travis Childers, Democratic Party candidate for the US Senate, who is running against the incumbent, Republican Thad Cochran.

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Elizabeth Warren Has Divined and Deployed Her Life's Work

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We all get grrrreat liberal email, amidst the junk, but it's especially exciting when something new about our amazing Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is waiting to be opened.

This morning it was Howard Dean in tandem, a good pairing for progressives. The active and admirable group, Democracy for America, is turning ten.

Hi Sherry -- I just wanted to make sure you had a chance to read the inspiring email that Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to DFA members below. I'm so thrilled with what we've built together over the last 10 years. With your critical support now, we can super-charge our people-powered legacy and elect more "Elizabeth Warren Democrats" to Congress -- the kind of leaders who will take our country back from the banks and billionaires.
- Howard

DFA has perhaps not embraced the absolute most progressive candidate for every round of their online grassroots inspired 'Dean Dozen' ... but they've come mightily close and have helped elect 801 Dems besides Elizabeth Warren who would collectively and individually freak the be-jeebus out of Sarah Palin and her Lipton Brigadiers.

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An arugula munching crowd that in toto would send Rush Limpbaugh dashing for enough manufactured hysteria to keep him in leather ass-less chaps for years. [Long running Free Range joke, The Rushbot has a purported fondness for frolicking in asslesss leather chaps while high. ;) ]

Warren's own message was typically optimistic and energizing.

DFA fought shoulder-to-shoulder with me to defeat Scott Brown in 2012, but that's not the only way they've had my back. Over the past year, they've made my fight for the middle class their fight -- and they have doubled down on leveling the playing field for working Americans, fighting with energy and passion.

When I introduced my very first bill, the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act,more than 50,000 DFA members signed a petition supporting it. Together, we fought back against cuts to Social Security, helping President Obama decide to drop "chained CPI" from his budget completely.

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For sheer enjoyment, plus the splendid edification(!)some great audio of Warren from a recent discussion of where the middle class is headed in the Twenty Teens … 'to hell in a highly gussied hand basket' would be the Jeopardy answer. The Young Turks get the sincere tip of the hat, for Roaring Warren!

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Chicago Shakman 'Patronage' Decrees Lifted, To the Delight of Mayor Rahm

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On the tap-shoe heels of Hot Rod Blagojevich (was that scandale really before we fully knew that we loved Obama?!?) and his incarceration-worthy gubernatorial cabaret, one wouldn't have thought Illinois would start deregulating their oversight on what Republicans deplore about Chicago politics.

One would be wrong. According to the New York Times earlier this week, it's only going to get easier to maintain the decades of Democratic leadership unique to the 'nuanced' political practices in the Windy Cit-ay. The old 'patronage' oversight has been lifted.

The so called Shakman decrees, that lashing out of the GOP at what they saw as the runaway union led embrace of Democrats that is ongoing to this day - despite Shakman's best efforts in 1969.

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It's fitting for Rahm Emmanuel to be handed back the freedoms and original #UniteBlue spirit that were stolen away via that debacle. And to restore some dignity after Blago up there.

The judge said at a court hearing that the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken proper steps to prove that it has complied with a decades-old accord, known as the Shakman decrees, named after the lawyer, Michael Shakman, who successfully took a stand against the Chicago political machine in a lawsuit in 1969.

Rahm Emmanuel taking the reins from the Irish Machine, the dynastic brotherhood of political dedication that brought the best of Old and New world corruption and consensus knowledge together … that was a transition worth noting.

The Daley family sacrificed a great deal in the name of public service to benefit Democrats and the Unions that the City of Big Shoulders was raised up by - but the power that clan held in return needed hands as strong as those of an Emmanuel brother to carry it safely forward.

The Times unpacked the decision's import going forward.

Mr. Shakman, now 71, supported the lifting of the decree and said in an interview on Monday that he had not anticipated how long it would take.

“Patronage is a cultural problem, and cultural reform is difficult,” he said. “I think it reflects the progress that’s been made.”

Now this is where a mental picture of a happy as hell Rahm Emmanuel comes in handy. Oh, here you go.

Image, Washington Post

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The decision was gleefully welcomed by Mr. Emanuel, who is eager for Chicago to shed its image as a place where political favoritism rules. Mr. Emanuel testified on Monday, telling the judge that the end of the Shakman decrees would point “the way to Chicago’s future.”

This is a victory for the People. Clans, tribes, unions, organized communities … all those scary-to-Fux-Nation groups that aren't corporations.

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Lincoln Chafee is switching to Dem. Why? Something about worsening GOP obstruction, hostility to working with Obama

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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from "independent" and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.

His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared "principles and priorities and values" with the Dems, on minor little things like "affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”

Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:

“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”

I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man... not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.

Okay, a lot.

How's that rebranding thing workin' for ya, GOP?

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