Of course they did.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) – the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) political arm – endorsed Obama:

One of the guiding principles of the Humane Society Legislative Fund is that we evaluate candidates based on a single criterion: where they stand on animal protection policies. We don’t make decisions based on party affiliation, or any other social issue, or even how many pets they have. We care about their views and actions on the major policy debates relating to animal welfare. […]

I’m proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors — which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans — has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President. The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them.

Obama voted for FISA; the HSUS offered up $2500 worth of donor monies as a bounty to help the FBI catch so-called “eco-terrorists” in California.

A perfect match, they are.

By the by, I wonder if they even bothered to submit their questionnaire to McKinney…not to mention all those other third-party candidates?

(Link via.)

Starring Gina Gershon as Teh Killa from Wasilla

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

My bathroom flooded last night, so no blogging today. Go watch this instead.

(Crossposted from.)

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Vote As If Your (Animals’) Life(s) Depends On It

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Via Feminist Majority:

Deadlines to register to vote are approaching rapidly. With so much at stake in this historic election, be sure you are registered to vote. If not, in most states you must register immediately. Look up voter registration rules by state here.

You can sign the pledge to vote and forward it to your friends and family here.

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5%

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

True, 5% isn’t exactly shooting for the stars, but Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney explains how garnering just five percent of the national vote can help the Green Party “Return power to the people”:

The goal of this effort is to put another seat at the table. Right now public policy is made at a real table. In 1992 when I was running for Congress, the slogan was ‘we want our seat at the table’ because that was the year of the woman. Women all over the country were running for the Congress and we wanted our seat at the table. When I got to Washington, D.C., I saw that there really is a table and that table is inside a room and that room has a door and a window. The window is for the people. They can look in and they can see public policy being made. The door however has a lock on it, and so not everybody can come and go at will. Somebody is already in that room and there are only two entities in that room, Democrats and Republicans. They gave the special interests (groups) a key so that they could come inside that room anytime they wanted. As a result of the special interest (groups) being able to lobby and press their wishes at will, the American people can vote for peace and get war and occupation. […] By receiving five percent of the national vote, the Green Party can pull a seat up at that table of public policymaking. We can put a chair in that room that reflects our values and I can guarantee you that the public policy resulting because we are there will be more reflective of the values of those who actually go to the polls and vote. Five percent.

Of her split with the Democratic Party, McKinney says:

The reason that I am no longer a Democrat is because the leadership of the Democratic Party has pressed the Democratic Party in ways that are not consistent, nor reflective any longer of my values. So for example, the Democratic majority in Congress presented an agenda for its first 100 days. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita were nowhere on that agenda. They also pressed for the continuation of spending for war and occupation. Peace is my value not complicity in war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of torture and crimes against the peace.

Also one of the values that I think that is important for us to protect is the Bill of Rights. We must be able to live in a society that both claims itself to be a free one, it really ought to be free. The recent demonstration of the Democratic leadership, no longer reflecting the value of protecting human rights at home, is the fact that now, telecommunication companies get retroactive immunity granted to them by the Democratic majority in the Congress to spy illegally on innocent Americans. This is outrageous, aside from the fact that it’s well past time that we stop spending $720,000,000 every day for war; that we ought to have a budget for this country that reflects human needs. That we ought to provide a single payer health care system for people in this country and a livable wage for workers in this country. It is insufficient for the Democratic majority to merely talk about raising the minimum wage. People must go to work now and when they go to work they should not remain beneath the poverty level.

While I don’t have any illusions that McKinney/Clemente will take office in ’09 (just as I didn’t expect Kucinich to sweep the primaries), neither Obama’s seemingly impending victory nor the specter of a McCain presidency can compel me to vote against my fundamental values. A vote for McKinney (and, in the grander scheme of things, the Green Party; grander still, an end to the two-party system) is not a waste of my vote. Quite the contrary – my vote would be truly be wasted if I allowed those who feel that they are entitled to it to take it without actually earning it.

So if you’re a Democrat, a liberal, or a progressive; are less than thrilled with Obama; and/or would like to stick it to the Democratic Party, consider the Green Party. Since the Democratic establishment considers the Green Party candidates “spoilers” – and a vote for a Green the same as a vote for the Republicans – don’t violate your values by casting a vote in favor of McCain. You can have your tree and hug it, too.

Cast a vote against Obama, against McCain, against the Democrats and Republicans, against the two party system, against politics as usual. Vote for McKinney and Clemente. Or, hell, any third party for that matter. But just as you won’t vote for the lesser of two evils (Obama), please don’t vote for the worse of the pair (McCain). Because, really, the Democratic Party isn’t fixin’ to change any time soon. So the question becomes, just how sustainable is this strategy of voting Republican?

Seriously, people, five percent. Surely there are more marginalized voters angry with the Democratic Party (and the “democratic” process) than that?

Pssst! You know who (already) has a pro-choice platform?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

The Green Party.

Just sayin’.

“Thanks for nothing, you phoney!”

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Ugh. Just, ugh.

It seems like another lifetime ago, but remember all the fuss about Michigan and Florida?

After those states held their primaries in violation of Democratic Party rules, the party cracked down on them and said their delegates would not have a voice at the national convention in Denver. Then in May, the rules committee agreed to let their delegates have half a vote each.

Now Senator Barack Obama, the party’s presumptive nominee, has asked the credentials committee to let the two states have full voting rights at the convention after all.

The request is likely to be granted since it comes from the all-but-certain nominee, who now controls the party apparatus. […]

The status of the two states was an explosive issue throughout much of the primary season. Back then, the Obama camp was on the other side, arguing that the two states broke the rules by moving up their primaries and should be punished.

His chief rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, had received more votes in both states but Mr. Obama had taken his name off the ballot in Michigan, and neither campaigned in Florida.

Mrs. Clinton had campaigned fiercely for the delegates in Florida and Michigan to be given full voting status, hoping this would legitimize their primaries, which in turn might bolster her argument that she had won more popular votes than Mr. Obama. Still, she trailed him in delegates, which is the standard by which the nominee is chosen.

What is there to say, really? Clinton’s attempt to seat Florida and Michigan’s delegates after initially agreeing that they wouldn’t count – and after it became clear that she needed them to win – was a huge plate of self-serving hypocrisy. As is Obama’s call to seat the delegates, after initially opposing Clinton’s efforts to do, now that he’s the presumptive nominee.

You know, now that their “votes” don’t. fucking. matter.

Back in January,

Barack Obama’s campaign manager says it seems like Clinton “will do or say anything to win an election.”

Rubber and glue, asshole. Rubber and glue.

Incidentally, it’s becoming harder and harder to paint McCain’s constant flip-flopping as a negative when Obama’s off doing more of the same. Grrrr….

Kelly’s Clinton County, MO August 5th Primary Picks

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Oh yays! It’s election time again. Missouri’s state-wide primaries will be held on August 5th this year. LD and I were finally able to pick up sample copies of the ballot this week, the late date probably owing to the fact that we live in Clinton County, i.e., “the sticks.”

Since Missouri has open elections, you need not register with a party to vote in the primary (hello! independence). However, according to MO rules, voters must choose one ballot – and one ballot only:

Since Missouri has open primaries, every eligible registered voter may select the party ballot of their choice.

However, primary voters may select only one party’s ballot. Voters who do not wish to give a political party preference may request an issues only ballot, if one is available in that particular jurisdiction.

This year, there are three ballots from which to choose: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian. I’ll reprint each of these (again, for Clinton County, Missouri), but since I’m going to go with the Democratic ballot, I won’t bother researching and reporting on the others.

Why the Democrats? I know, I know, I quit the party, vowed only to vote third party, etc. And I still will…in the general election. The primary, not so much. For starters, the only third party options are Libertarian, so meh. And the Libertarian Party ballot is looking pretty empty. As in, each candidate is running unopposed. So it would be kind of useless to choose the Libertarian ballot, when all the candidates are essentially already settled upon.

The Republican ticket, too, is slim pickens. Out of nine positions, only two (Governor and Lieutenant Governor) feature more than one Republican vying for the position. Plus…Republicans. Ew.

So Dems it is. Hopefully I’ll find at least one local politician worthy of my support.

Ballots and picks after the jump.

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Talk about presumptuous.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Dear MoveOn member,

Imagine showing up on November 4th to cast your history-making vote for Barack Obama—only to be turned away because you aren’t properly registered.

Think it can’t happen to you? Don’t be so sure. There are a bunch of reasons your registration might not be up to date, even if you think it is.

Take one minute right now to double-check your registration using our cool web tool, VotePoke. Click here.

This is going to be an amazing, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime election. You don’t want to have to tell your grandkids you wanted to vote for Barack Obama, but didn’t actually get to do it.

C’mon, now MoveOn – did you learn nothing from your half-assed “endorsement” of Obama over Clinton? As I recall, some of your “members” (i.e., email subscribers) were annoyed enough over your proselytizing that you had to send out an extra-special email to smooth ruffled feathers. Now y’all are just assuming that I’ll vote for Obama? I mean, I probably will, but still. Talk about obnoxious.

By the by, if anyone would like to check the validity of their voter registration, here be the link. It’s actually not a bad idea; too bad MoveOn had to mar it by telling us bitchez how we’d better f’in vote.

This shit is really getting tiresome.

:: RAGE ::

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Methinks I need a vacation from the internets. Sigh.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Democrats. com – activist@democrats.com
Date: Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 9:00 AM
Subject: We Are United For Change – Tell Your Friends!

It’s all over the news: Hillary Clinton will formally endorse Barack Obama on Friday and the campaign for the White House will begin.

This has been an amazing campaign. For the first time in American history, the leading candidates of the nation’s largest party included a woman, an Hispanic, and an African-American. As Democrats, we fully understood the deep prejudices against each, but we smashed those prejudices so we could find the very best candidate to lead our great Nation.

Incredibly, we may have realized Dr. Martin Luther King’s once-impossible dream for his children: to “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

So now the campaign to take back the White House begins. And we will have to work from now until November to persuade the rest of America to join us in voting for change, however difficult that vote will be.

Let’s start today. Please join me in reaching out to 10 friends and relatives who want to end the disastrous Bush-Cheney-McCain era and start a new Democratic era to create good jobs, achieve energy independence, protect our planet, provide health care to all, end illegal torture and wiretapping, and bring our troops safely home.

If we come together as Democrats, progressives, independents, and thoughtful Republicans, we can win a sweeping victory in November and create a better future for ourselves, our children, and generations to come.

This is the most important election of our lives. Please join me today.

http://www.democrats.com/we-are-united-for-change

Bob Fertik

Dear Bob Fertik,

Your blinders, they sound lovely. Please to send me a pair?

Contemptuously,

A Vagina-Person

P.S. Why no mention of repealing the global gag rule, increased contraceptive access, better sex ed., the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, gay marriage, DOMA, Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, etc., in your laundry list of “yes we can”-isms? Is it because you consider women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons “special interest” blocks to be thrown under the bus at the whim of the Democratic Party? That doesn’t sound much like “unity” to me, mmmmkay.

P.P.S. Courting the “thoughtful Republican” vote now, are ya? Pander to oxymorons much?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Or, to paraphrase the ginormous comment thread over at Shakesville, :: RAGE! ::

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jim Dean, Democracy for America – info@democracyforamerica.com
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM
Subject: Coming together to win

Kelly –

I remember very well what it felt like when my brother Howard didn’t win the Democratic nomination in 2004. It hurt. I was angry. I found myself wondering how I could turn around and support a candidate who I had just spent over a year trying to defeat.

I can tell you, it wasn’t easy.

But as a community, we did it together. We reached out and inspired each other. We didn’t forget the past; we wore it as a badge of honor, and we never stopped working to take back America.

Last night, Barack Obama won the delegates necessary to become the Democratic Nominee. This historic victory is a testament to your hard work and dedication. We’re moving America forward into a new era of progressive leadership. And today, there are supporters of eight other Democratic presidential candidates who need our leadership to help them heal.

We must reach out. We must inspire and respect each other. We will bring the Democratic Party together for a unified victory in November.

Click here to sign the Unity Action Pledge with me. [ed: Will. Not. Link.]

The general election campaign starts today.

I challenge you to find 5 people, who supported a different candidate for the nomination, and bring them into our campaign.

John McCain does not represent the future of our country. He is business as usual in Washington DC. He is guided by special interests over the voters’ interests. He thinks diplomacy is a weakness and military might alone is a sound foreign policy. He stands against health care for all and he wants to continue George Bush’s economic policies.

John McCain will stay the course — the wrong course — in Iraq. That’s not change. That’s more of the same.

This election is bigger than one candidate or one campaign. There is too much at stake to fight against ourselves. Together, we’ll take our country back from failed leadership and insider politics.

Click here to sign the Unity Action Pledge.

Don’t wait another day to take action. We will win in November by working together now.

Thank you for everything you are doing to take our country back.

-Jim

Jim Dean
Chair
Democracy for America

Isn’t that special? Shorter Jim Dean: “We know you ladiez are pissy because your candidate didn’t win (or maybe you’re just all on the rag this week, who knows what wimmin are thinking, it’s not like God sticks instruction manuals in your vaginas!?!), but get in line, bitches!”

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Friday Activist Musak: Cursing the two-party system

Friday, May 9th, 2008

This week, I’ve only got one video for y’all, since it’s my birthday and I really shouldn’t be wasting it on the internets. My lone offering is Spoon’s The Underdog, which has always reminded me of Dennis Kucinich. Whenever it’s on the xm, I just close my eyes and imagine it’s his theme song, blaring in the background while he’s sworn into office on a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. Then I snap out of it and curse the two-party system.

Oh, and if you’re feeling generous and looking to shower me with birthday gifts, why don’t you send some cash BETA’s way? BETA = Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and they could sure use it more than moi:

Hezbollah fighters, their guns blazing, seized control of west Beirut on Friday after three days of deadly street battles with pro-government foes pushed Lebanon dangerously close to all-out civil war.

Convoys of triumphant Shiite opposition gunmen firing into the air and flashing victory signs took to the streets after routing Sunni militants loyal to the Western-backed government of the divided nation.

As the fighting eased, the army and police moved across areas now in the hands of Iranian- and Syrian-backed opposition forces which have been locked in an 18-month power struggle with the ruling coalition.

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What Barack said.

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Campaigning in Durham, North Carolina this morning, Obama p0wned Hillary re: her parroting of McCain’s supercilious “gas tax holiday” idea:

Senator McCain was the first one to propose a gas tax holiday. And then Senator Clinton immediately said, “Me, too.” And most of you probably have been reading the reports, if we suspended the gas tax for three months, as they propose, the most you could hope for would be a 30-cent-a-day savings for a grand total of $28 for the entire summer. That would be the savings best case scenario that you would get. But the fact is we tried this back in Illinois, back in 2000, and it’s been proposed in the past. And other states have done it. And typically, what happens is you eliminate the gas tax, and the oil companies simply make up the difference. They fill the gap. They stop up whatever perceived savings the consumers might have.

You’re paying the same amount of gas except now we no longer have the money going into the highway trust fund that builds our roads and our bridges, keeps us safe and puts thousands of people here in North Carolina to work. It’s a shell game.

Seriously, Hills, wtf are you thinking?!

Related: The green Democrat’s choice; Obama or Clinton: who’s greener? on Grist

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I’d rather be an elitist than a sadist.*

Monday, April 14th, 2008

One of my least favorite things about presidential elections – aside from the bitter partisanship, the misogyny and racism, the fear of additional conservative Supreme Court Justices, and the loss of my very personhood, of course – is all the dogdamn pandering to the redneck hunting lobby. (C’mon, like anyone took this seriously. Pffft!)

This cycle, it’s Hillary who’s selling out her humanity for the “sportsmen’s” murderer’s vote. Clinton’s comments of this morning, made in response to Obama’s comments of April 6, are what set me off, but in searching for the exact quote on teh internets, I found quite a few references to her Duck Hunter days. (See, I can condemn the misogyny directed at Hillary without blindly throwing her my vagina vote. Nay, nay, nay boiz!)

Here’s Clinton on February 18:

“I’ve hunted. My father taught me how to shoot,” she told a crowd at the Labor Temple in rural northern Wisconsin. “I remember standing in the cold water. It was so cold, you know, at first light. I was with a bunch of my friends, all men.

“And they all were playing a trick on me, and said, ‘We’re not going to shoot, you shoot,’ ’cause you know what they wanted to do. They wanted to embarrass me.

“So the pressure was on. So I shot, and I shot a banded duck.”

Awww! Isn’t that special. I think I’ll vote for her, because she’s snuffed out at least one life in the name of sport. She’ll be perfect to take over the war in Iraq!

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Just STFU, MoveOn.org.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I mean really. Am I seriously supposed to care that 70% of an unspecified number of people in your address book prefer Obama over Clinton? I got the poll too, but there wasn’t a little check box for Edwards or Kucinich – or even one for Gravel who, last I checked, is still a Dem and is still in the race – so I trashed your email without voting. And now I’m supposed to give two shits that the suckers who did respond like Obama? Meh.

And shame on the msm, what with their misleading headlines and hack reporting:

Powerful Political Action Group Backs Barack
Moveon.org’s 3.2 Million Members Vote Obama

Try again. While 3.2 million people might belong to MoveOn.org’s email list, only a fraction of those – hundreds of thousands, according to MoveOn.org – actually cared enough to vote. Of those, 70.4% voted to endorse Obama, while 29.6% went for Clinton.

So no, “Moveon.org’s 3.2 Million Members did not all Vote Obama.” A few hundred thousand people just like me (i.e., regular schlubs) voted for him – and most members did not even bother to reply to such a stoopoid poll in the first place.

I pity the fool who’s swayed by such a non-issue. Do your own f’in research.

More avant garde than hippie.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

91% Mike Gravel
86% Dennis Kucinich
81% John Edwards
78% Chris Dodd
78% Barack Obama
77% Bill Richardson
74% Hillary Clinton
70% Joe Biden
39% Rudy Giuliani
36% John McCain
33% Mike Huckabee
30% Ron Paul
25% Mitt Romney
22% Tom Tancredo
18% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

I knew there was something I liked about Mike Gravel, creepy campaign ads aside. Although, they really should add in a question on dietary restrictions, since our shared veganism certainly would have put my score more in line with Kucinich’s.

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Kinship Circle: Which Candidates Speak For Animals?

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 17, 2008 1:13 AM
Subject: Which Candidates Speak For Animals?

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

1/17/08: Which Candidates Speak For Animals?

The next leader of the free world faces one of the biggest “repair jobs” in modern history: The Iraq war, economy, domestic security, healthcare, education, international relations…and a host of other problems.

While animal advocates represent the entire political spectrum, many agree the current administration has failed miserably with regard to environmental and animal protection. Bush, Inc. has a miserable animal track record, and in fact, is known to staff animal-related agencies with industry insiders who speak for logging, oil, hunters, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals…

In spite of this, we’ve seen victories for animals in recent years. Imagine what we could achieve with an animal and free-speech friendly administration. Cast your vote with the animals in mind…

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Here’s to a Noodley New Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

1993-12-28 - MikeSpaghetti

Molested by pasghetti…the Pastafarian equivalent of a Catholic Church scandal?

Well, FSMas has come and gone, and I never quite got around to blogging all of the decorations I made. Or making all the decorations I’d wanted to, for that matter (lasagna house, where art thou?!). There’s always next year – and I promise to start earlier, since our festivities will actually be planned in advance. Shane’s already drawing up specs for a motorized pirate ship!

Given that 2008 is dubya’s last year in office (theoretically, at least), the liberal bloggers are all aflutter with hope and optimism and all that fluffy stuff. But not this featherhead. Oh, no. Especially not after the past few weeks’ election coverage.

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UCS: Your turn to question the candidates

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Union of Concerned Scientists Action Network – action [at] ucsusa.org
Date: Nov 13, 2007 1:42 PM
Subject: Your turn to question the candidates

Over the next year, presidential candidates will be crisscrossing the country to try to gain your support. But how will you know where they stand on the issues that are most important to you? As president, will they protect our health, safety, and environment? You won;t know unless you ask.

The 2008 presidential election provides a great opportunity to ask the candidates questions about global warming, nuclear weapons, censorship of government science–anything that you’re concerned about. This is your chance to educate and engage the candidates and other voters on the issues you care about most!

There are many ways to express your views. You can attend candidate events, advocate for policy solutions to be included in the party platforms, ask convention delegates or other local elected officials to communicate your views to the candidates, let candidate staff and volunteers know your views when they contact you, or you can write letters to your local paper.

Entering the dialogue is easier than you think. Click any of the links below to access the online resources we have developed to
help you along the way.

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DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal election day front page on animal lobby — 11/7/06

Friday, November 17th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 7, 2006 4:22 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wall Street Journal election day front page on animal lobby — 11/7/06

A heartening sign of the growth in strength of our movement: On election day, Tuesday November 7, the Wall Street Journal has a front page story, by Brody Mullins, headed, “Puppy Power: How Humane Society Gets the Vote Out.”

It tells us:

“For the first time in its 50-year history, the Humane Society is trying to elect candidates to Congress who support its animal-welfare agenda. After a series of mergers with other animal-welfare groups, the Humane Society counts 10 million Americans as members, an average of 23,000 in each of the 435 House districts. That’s more than twice the membership of the National Rifle Association, which is considered one of the most effective single-issue campaign organizations.”

“More important, the Humane Society’s motivating issue — the promotion of animal welfare — resonates with the white suburban women who could be the key block of voters who decide this election.

The article makes it clear that “The Humane Society isn’t campaigning for just one political party.” For example HSUS is backing Republicans such as Representative John Sweeney of New York who put forward legislation to ban horse slaughter for human consumption, and campaigning hard against Republican Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana who opposed Sweeney’s horse-slaughter bill in the Senate.

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DawnWatch: "Animal activists step up political pressure" in Des Moines Register — 11/12/06

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 12, 2006 3:49 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: “Animal activists step up political pressure” in Des Moines Register — 11/12/06

Philip Brasher’s piece in the Sunday, November 12 Des Moines Register should make you smile. It is headed, “Animal activists step up political pressure” and sub-headed, “Lawmakers who don’t support certain legislation find themselves targets as groups’ clout grows.”

It opens:

“Washington, D.C. – Republican U.S. House members Heather Wilson and Richard Pombo already had enough problems in their re-election races when a new set of opponents surfaced – animal-rights activists.

“The Humane Society Legislative Fund, a new political arm of the Humane Society of the United States, decided in September to actively work for the election or defeat of lawmakers based on issues key to the animal-welfare movement, such as banning the slaughter of horses.

“The group then spent more than $200,000 in the final four weeks of the campaign, most of it targeted at defeating two lawmakers who were in tight races, Pombo in Northern California and Wilson in New Mexico. Win or lose, the Humane Society was sending a message: Lawmakers could pay a price for their votes on issues of animal welfare.

“For a member of Congress such as Rep. Steve King, a Republican from a heavily agricultural district in western Iowa, that’s no threat at all. King, an ardent opponent of banning horse slaughter, has little to fear from taking on the Humane Society.

“But to lawmakers who represent urban or suburban districts, the Humane Society is an opponent they could do without. And the livestock industry is alarmed about the organization’s growing financial and political clout.”

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