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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
2:57 pm - Bayh Yahoo! Gorup Invite


Let me start off by saying that I know this sort of thing where I try to get you to sign up for something is often frowned upon (I don't usually like it either) but I hope you'll at least hear me out and understand this isn't SPAM, but instead an invitation to be part of something

With that out of the way...

My name is Garland Ragland. I am a supporter of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh and his expected Presidential run in 2008. I am also a member of a Yahoo! Group centered around this expected run.

Today I'd like to invite you to join this group. The link is as follows:


It's easy to sign up and of course, it doesn't cost a thing. We're a friendly group. We mainly discuss Senator Bayh and all surrounding his expected Presidential run, but we also discuss other related political current events as well.

The discussions are interesting and I think you'd enjoy being a part of it.

For those of you who do not know who Senator Bayh is let me take a moment to tell you a little about him.

Senator Bayh is a current U.S. Senator and former Governor from Indiana. He is a Democrat. In the Senate he's a member of several committees included the Armed Services and Select Intelligence committees. Most regard Senator Bayh as a moderate. As Governor he left office with an 2nd term as governor with an 80% approval rating. It's no surprise so many approved of the job he did. As Governor he added 350,000 jobs to Indiana, more than any other Governor in Indiana history, and also increased funding for education every year of his term while also creating the largest budget surplus in the state's history AND providing for the largest tax cut in state history.

In the Senate this record of success has continued. Senator Bayh has ensured that our troops are provided with the life saving armor they need and has also took a hard stance trade, saying that free trade must be fair trade and speaking out against countries like China who cheat on trade and cost us jobs.

I hope that helps shed some light on the type of person Senator Bayh is. For more information about Senator Bayh you can check out these links:


You can also check out my Bayh blog here: http://ncforbayh.blogspot.com/

I hope that all of you will consider joining or at least checking the group out.

Thank you so much for your time,


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Saturday, May 21st, 2005
3:45 pm

I am up for 2008!

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Sunday, March 27th, 2005
8:08 am

This is from the NEw York Times.....Living in Ohio i'm a little worried


March 27, 2005
Movement in the Pews Tries to Jolt Ohio

OLUMBUS, Ohio - Christian conservative leaders from scores of Ohio's fastest growing churches are mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and Republican organizations, starting with the 2006 governor's race.

In a manifesto that is being circulated among church leaders and on the Internet, the group, which is called the Ohio Restoration Project, is planning to mobilize 2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activists, train candidates and endorse conservative causes in the next year.

The initial goal is to elect Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a conservative Republican, governor in 2006. The group hopes to build grass-roots organizations in Ohio's 88 counties and take control of local Republican organizations.

"The establishment of the Ohio Republican Party is out of touch with its base," said Russell Johnson, the pastor of the Fairfield Christian Church and the principal organizer of the project. "It acts as if it lives in Boston, Mass."

Pastor Johnson's challenge to the party establishment could have far-reaching consequences in a state dominated by Republican elected officials but still considered a bellwether in presidential politics. Conservatives in other swing states are watching closely.

"In Ohio, the church is awakening to its historic role as the moral voice in the community," said Colin A. Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, a conservative group based in Pennsylvania that trains ministers in political activism. "Ohio is in the vanguard of that nationally. I very much want Pennsylvania to be with them."

The church leaders say they will try to harness the energy of religious conservatives who were vital not only to Mr. Bush's narrow victory in Ohio but also to passage of an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. The amendment, known as Issue 1, was credited with drawing large numbers of rural and suburban conservatives to the polls and increasing Mr. Bush's support among urban blacks.

"We're calling people to act, not just wring their hands in the pews," said Rod Parsley, senior pastor of the World Harvest Church outside Columbus, who is considered a rising star in the religious broadcasting world and will be an inspirational speaker for the project. "We got people motivated last year, and then the election was over. We don't want folks to think our work is over."

Republican officials are watching warily. The chairman of the state party, Robert T. Bennett, warned that the decade-long dominance of his party could be jeopardized if it was pushed too far to the right. "This is a party of a big tent," Mr. Bennett said. "The far right cannot elect somebody by itself, any more than somebody from the far left can."

The conservatives point to the governor's race as an example of what they consider wrong with the state Republican Party. Of the three Republican candidates, only Mr. Blackwell has the solid support of religious conservatives. Jim Petro, the attorney general, opposed the same-sex marriage amendment on the grounds that it would invite litigation against companies that provided domestic partner benefits. Betty D. Montgomery, the state auditor, has supported some abortion rights.

Gov. Bob Taft, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits, allowed a sales tax increase to close a budget shortfall and opposed the marriage amendment.

"We're very confused that you have a Republican Party platform, and yet people running for higher office pay no attention to it," said Phil Burress, the leader of the Issue 1 campaign, who is also helping organize the Restoration Project. "Why don't they just become Democrats?" he asked.

[On March 22, Mr. Petro announced that his running mate for lieutenant governor would be Phil Heimlich, a conservative from Cincinnati, and Ms. Montgomery has asked for a meeting with Pastor Johnson. Conservatives said that was evidence that the candidates recognized the churches' power.]

"They understand what happens when 100,000 people committed to our views are on the same page," Pastor Johnson said. "In their little political gatherings and cocktail meetings at the country club, they can't build that kind of loyalty. They can't spend millions to buy what our people will give for free."

In a three-way primary, many Republican leaders say, Mr. Blackwell has a solid chance of winning because conservatives represent much of the party's base. But moderates worry that he could alienate independent voters and lose the general election. Some are discussing enlisting the White House to prod Mr. Blackwell to quit the race.

In a recent meeting of leaders from some of the state's largest churches, many of them in booming Republican suburbs, the Restoration Project issued a blueprint calling for Patriot Pastors to register 500,000 new voters by the May 2006 primary, then inform and energize them with voter guides, rallies and so-called e-prayer networks on the Internet. The group hopes to raise $1 million and is considering creating a political action committee to provide direct donations to candidates.

The project, which describes itself as nonpartisan and nonprofit, will not endorse candidates. But Mr. Blackwell will be invited to speak to pastoral meetings and to a statewide Ohio for Jesus rally next spring, along with other prominent Christian conservatives like the Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson and Charles Colson, the plan says.

Democrats say they are buoyed by the insurgency of Mr. Blackwell. "He's formidable in many ways, but he's the candidate we'd most like to run against," said Greg Haas, a strategist for Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, who is seen as a favorite for the Democratic nomination.

In an interview, Mr. Blackwell, who is black, said that Ohio had shifted to the right and that he now represented mainstream voters. He also predicted that he would draw black religious conservatives into the Republican Party, breaking the Democrats' hold on urban precincts.

"I think what's happening is we're seeing a struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party," he said. "And that's healthy."

Experts said that religious conservatives could bring energy to campaigns, but that they had mixed results trying to win control of local political organizations.

"For short periods of time, they often had successes," said John C. Green, a professor of political science at the University of Akron. "But it was very difficult to sustain."

Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the Restoration Project might have greater impact because it was more homegrown and had ties to a wider array of denominations than previous groups like the Moral Majority.

"This represents a new wave in organizing on the part of conservative evangelicals," Mr. Lynn said. "From my standpoint, as someone who doesn't agree with their conclusions, this is a more dangerous model."

Pastor Johnson says the project can sustain political energy. Among conservative leaders, his church, which draws 2,500 regular Sunday worshipers in a heavily Republican suburb of Columbus, is considered a model for activism. In the last five years, a half dozen of its congregants have been elected to local offices, including a judge, several Lancaster city councilmen and the Fairfield County sheriff, Dave Phalen.

Mr. Phalen said he was encouraged by church members to run for office in 2000, when the incumbent was under investigation for corruption.

Sheriff Phelan's official letterhead now reads, "With God, all things are possible."

"These people turn out to vote," he said of Christian conservatives. "They give money and will become active. And there will always be issues to keep people mobilized."

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
11:08 pm

Hi guys, i'm a fellow liberal with moderate tendencies and I started up a community for civil debate and discussion on current events... open to people of all parties, not just democratic. If anyone is interested, check out the user menu and consider joining! I hope you find it interesting!

And to keep the post slightly on topic.... I'm wearing my thinkblue2008 bracelet, and you better believe I'll be voting blue! (Go Boxer!) ;)

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Saturday, March 12th, 2005
9:21 pm - Help?

Hey. I just created a community on lj called "Uniteforpeace" I'm not too html savy, nor do I think I could moderate the community on my own. The point of the community is for people to come together and promote peace. Simple hugh? I just feel like a lot of times the power of peace is underestimated. I also would like the community to deal with other aspects of the Bush Administration. I want people to feel free to express themselves, as well as post upcoming events. I would really appreicate all the help I could get.

e-mail me @: pacobu@aol.com
(also it would be fabulous if any georgian's send me an e-mail. I'm in the process of thinking about organizing a meeting in Atlanta sometime in the near future. I just get so frustrated down here. I feel like there are no outlets for us to speak.)



x-posted: EVERYWHERE

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Saturday, December 18th, 2004
11:14 pm

Hey. I've had this Marvin Gaye CD, "what's going on" forever, and I just really listened to it for the first time. It's so amazing. The record was released in 1971, yet every single song on the album relates to today. What kind of world do we live in where were are in the same place in which we were more than thirty years ago. What aren't we holding on to our progressive roots, and moving forward. We are in a stand still. So many people are merely content with the condition America is in. This goes far beyond politics, the problem lies within us. As I see it my America has yet to be formed. We are told so often that we are only one person, and that we have no power within ourselves. That's such bullshit. Individuals are responsible for the majority of the advancements that have occurred throughout the entire history of the world. The 1960's were an amazing time. During this time people actually found their strength and they fought. They died. Civil Rights. Vietnam. Two major issues of our time. They endured so much for you and I, and only one generation later we are totally oblivious to their sacrifices, and we merely sit while time moves backward. George W. Bush once said, "I think we can all agree that the past is over." I never thought that I would be quoting Bush, but it's true. The past is done. Gone. Live in the moment, and for the future. In the song "Save the Children" Marvin Gaye says,
"Who's willing to try to save a world
That's destined to die
When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow
Little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow
Oh what a shame, such a bad way to live
All who is to blame, we can't stop livin'
Live, live for life
But let live everybody
Live life for the children"
John Kerry lost, but the fight is not over. This goes far beyond us. We must fight for our children, and their children. This world soul not be destined to die. There is so much we can do, they key is actually doing it. As a generation we underestimate ourselves. If we look deep within ourselves we would realize that there really is nothing we cannot do. This election has helped me find my strength. I will contuine to fight. Who would have thought a CD would stir up all of these emotions?

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
1:23 am

There is a really good letter up on michaelmoore.com right now.
I read it and was like...huh. Yeah. I like it. It's so what democrats need to hear right now. If you have the time and inclination, head on over and read it and lemme know what you thought. Cuz maybe I'm just messed in the head and no one else agrees with me.

Excerpts from Mel Giles comments on michaelmoore.com:

But we absolutely must dispense with the notion that we are weak, godless, cowardly, disorganized, crazy, too liberal, naive, amoral, "loose,” irrelevant, outmoded, stupid and soon to be extinct.

Read more...Collapse )

Full comments and Michael Moore letter can be found at:


current mood: annoyed

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004
5:26 am


Go vote for Fahrenheit 9/11!
Make your vote count.
Huh, sounds familure.
But any way...send our own 'mandate' about middle america to Dubya.

Full details and Mike's letter about the voting are available at:


current mood: awake

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2003
12:22 am

Not that it's going to make a difference, but...I emailed tons of people for this. I'm talking senators, governors, congressmen, election officials, constituents. And I know my sucky little emails didn't do anything, but still I say HA! And thanks to all of you who did the same thing with the emailing that I did.
I know the shrub is in office and I know it's going to stay that way, but now at least there will be a recount.
And again....HA!


current mood: blah

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004
12:19 pm

I'm so confused. I started the community and had no idea people had posted to it. I'm not getting it on my friends list.
Sorry to everyone who did join and cares and I missed it. Will try to fix the situation. I would have been posting here if I thought there were other's here. Huh...I'm so confused.

current mood: exhausted

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
7:21 pm - Hmm...

Today, a teacher of mine, said that the DNC released a list of the most likely contenders for the Democratic presidental bid in 2008. He said that Howard Dean is currently number one on the list, and Kerry is number four. I was wondering if any one has seen or heard of this list, or is he making shit up? Damn southern republicans...


current mood: curious

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004
5:48 pm

Hey guys, check this out!

I'm new to the community and I cried when John Kerry conceded. I am an ex-Republican...I am just hope that things will be better next election.

Check out what I found on eBay..

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
8:21 pm - Yay!

Kerry Says He's Not Ruling Out Another Run

WASHINGTON (Nov. 16) - Sen. John Kerry, who has $45 million left from his record-breaking Democratic campaign, hinted on Tuesday that he may try again for the presidency.

On his first workday back in the Senate since losing his White House bid, Kerry remained far from the spotlight, granting interviews to hometown reporters and joining the depleted corps of Democrats as they elected the party's new Senate leaders.

In his first extensive interview since his Nov. 2 defeat, Kerry was asked by the Fox News affiliate in Boston about running again in 2008 and reminded the questioner that Ohio is still counting votes from 2004.

He then said, "It is so premature to be thinking about something that far down the road. What I've said is I'm not opening any doors, I'm not shutting any doors." Kerry added, "If there's a next time, we'll do a better job. We'll see."

Reflecting on his loss, Kerry said he was not sitting around thinking about it. "You've got to go on," he said. "Do I find it some mark of failure or distress, the answer is no."

The former presidential nominee described himself as a "fighter," and added, "I can envision a lot of years of fight ahead of me."

In an interview with WCVB-TV, Kerry said, "Fifty-thousand votes - we'd be in a different place, having a different conversation," a reference to Ohio, which decided the race.

The Democrats have no clear front-runner for the 2008 nomination. Kerry has a distinct financial advantage over any rival based on his fund raising.

Kerry had roughly $45 million left in his primary campaign fund as of mid-October and could use that as seed money for another presidential bid. In addition, he had about $7 million on hand in a legal and accounting compliance fund that he could use for legal expenses in a 2008 campaign.

Because Kerry accepted full public financing for the general election phase of this year's race, he will have to give any of that money that remains back to the government.

During his day in the Senate, Kerry's colleagues thanked him, congratulated him and wished him well.

"Every time his name was mentioned, there was enthusiastic applause. Literally, every time his name was mentioned," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Democrats met in a closed-door session to choose their leadership team for next year in what is certain to be an uphill struggle for the party. Not only did Democrats lose their second straight presidential election on Nov. 2, but the Republicans increased their numbers in the Senate and the House.

In January, the GOP will control 55 Senate seats to 44 for the Democrats with one Democratic-leaning independent.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., a former vice presidential candidate who lost in 2000 and a one-time presidential aspirant who fell short in the 2004 primaries, spoke from experience in offering Kerry words of support.

"He has a lot to be proud of, and I hope he'll find what I did - that it was great to have the U.S. Senate to come back to," Lieberman said.

Senators predicted that Kerry would find an expanded role as he eased back into his old job.

"Obviously, he brings some experience, and people are interested in what he has to say," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., pointing out that nearly half the country, if not quite enough to elect him president, voted for Kerry. President Bush received 60.5 million votes to Kerry's 57.1 million.

Kerry didn't make any remarks on the Senate's pending legislation nor did he deliver any speeches at the Democrats' meetings. He met privately with Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., the former Minority leader who, like Kerry, lost on Nov. 2. Kerry also thanked other Democrats one-by-one for their support.

Kerry got a two-minute standing ovation from his staff, whom he thanked for giving "your heart, your soul and even your vacation time," one aide said.

The day belonged to another Democrat, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party's newly elected leader. Questioned on a range of issues as he assumed the job, Reid predicted that Kerry will find a role, pointing to the four-term senator's past work on banking and foreign policy issues.

"Senator Kerry is not a shrinking violet," Reid said. "We are looking for John Kerry to find what he wants to do. We are sorry that he's not in the White House, but we're glad that he's back on Capitol Hill."

Kerry also met with his policy staff to talk about health care, energy and other legislation that might build on themes from his campaign.

Not since George McGovern lost a bid for the presidency in 1972 has a senator returned to the Senate as a defeated presidential candidate, according to the Senate Historical Office.

11/16/04 18:26 EST

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
11:56 am


Theres the link .. Go there and add yourself ... lets try to turn this damn country around.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004
2:34 pm

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Saturday, November 6th, 2004
2:53 pm

Hi. I'm not sure if this is allowed, but hillary2008 is starting to get active. We're tyring to unite all the Hillary supporters together in one community so come and join us!

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004
1:36 am - Dare you to move.

Okay, as long as I'd like to lay on the floor curled up in a fetal ball for the next four years, I'm daring you, in the words of Switchfoot, to move. We have four years. Four years that are looming with republicanism and little hope. But let's take those four years and be ready when election time comes around again, because as much as little georgie might think he's a king and appointed by god, his little stint is up.

First of all I called this journal A Democrat 2008 for one simple reason: That's all we need, a Democrat. And no matter who every one thinks should run, right now we need to work with generalities until the DNC and the states pick a runner.

This is a place for motivation, for early press work, for brainstorming. It's also a place to organize completely passive and legal protestations of the Bush administration. And ways to let John Kerry and John Edwards we appreciate all they have done and all they tried to do. And let them know we don't blame them. Hope is in Massachusetts.

There are many things to talk about, including the lack of youth turn out after all the hype of youth for kerry. The way absentee and provisional ballots are cast and counted. And the main thing, volunteering. Campaign volunteers are needed, even if it is a grassroots spread. We need to think of all this stuff now and have a system in place far before the next election.

So. I understand the hurt and feelings of brokenness and the desire to lie down and cry or drink for the next 4 years. I feel the same way. But right now we need to fight for our country and make sure there is the least possible amount of damage done. We need to be ready.

I Dare You To Move...Elect a Democrat 2008.

current mood: annoyed

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