Wednesday, June 25, 2008

UNITE FOR CHANGE event this weekend in Philmont

More than 3,000 Barack Obama supporters are hosting Unite for Change events this Saturday. They're opening up their homes to friends and neighbors - particularly those who aren't already a part of this movement - to discuss their shared vision for the future of this country. Democrat, Republican or Independent - we're Americans first, as Barack often points out, and we want an end to the divisive politics that doesn't get us anywhere.

Members and friends of the Columbia County Democratic Committee are cordially invited to attend a local Unite for Change event in Philmont. We look forward to getting together with you and discussing ways in which we can move beyond divisive labels, bring new voters into the election process, and ensure a victory for Obama in November!

Here is the link to the event posting on the Barack Obama website where you'll find directions and can RSVP.

Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 am
3 Lake Drive, Philmont, NY 12565
Hosted by Eliza Roberto

RSVP via the Obama website
or via email at

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Crain's Sees the End of Republican Control of NY State Senate

In NYS, One Party Might be Over
By Greg David

From Crain’s New York Business

Published: June 15, 2008

When someone writes a book on the disappearance of the Republican Party in New York state, the last chapter will open on Staten Island in the spring of 2008. Popular homegrown congressman Vito Fossella faced a competitive but winnable race in November until he had too much to drink one night and was arrested while on his way to visit a former lover with whom he had a love child.

It was foreseeable that he would have to withdraw from the race during the ensuing scandal. It was completely unpredictable that the GOP would be unable to recruit an attractive candidate for the seat, settling for an unknown businessman named Frank Powers whose claim to fame is that he serves on the much-disliked MTA board.

No anecdote is more telling about the decline of the Republican Party in New York than the party leadership's decision to give up so easily on their one significant remaining office in the city. The story isn't that much different in more conservative upstate.

Before the 2004 election, Republicans held 10 of New York's 29 seats in the U.S. House. After the 2006 election, they were down to six. This year, three seats are in jeopardy in addition to Staten Island. Longtime GOP congressmen James Walsh in central New York and Thomas Reynolds in western New York are retiring because defeat seems likely. Randy Kuhl in the Finger Lakes region is facing another challenge from Eric Massa, a former Navy officer who came close to defeating him in 2006. The Democrats who won election two years ago-Michael Arcuri upstate, Kirsten Gillibrand in Albany and John Hall in the city's northern suburbs-now appear secure.

Two Democrats have represented New York in the U.S. Senate since Chuck Schumer upset Al D'Amato in 1998. Eliot Spitzer's victory in the governor's race gave the party all three statewide posts two years ago. The House delegation could be 27-2 next year. The last time the state voted for a Republican for president was in Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide.

The transformation of New York into a one-party state is part of a national trend. In the 18 states that voted for Al Gore and John Kerry in the last two presidential campaigns, Democrats hold a 32-4 edge in Senate seats. In states that voted for George Bush, the Republican dominance is 39-11. The divisions are reflected down the political ladder.

The last line of defense for Republicans in New York is the state Senate, where GOP leader Joseph Bruno clings to a two-vote majority. Seven of his members are at least 75 years old, and most of them represent districts that have turned Democratic. Those senior citizens are hanging on in more ways than one, but they will face an enormous hurdle in November. In both of the last two presidential elections, Democrats captured 57% of the vote in New York. Surely, Barack Obama will do as well this time, and the new voters he brings to the polls will tip the balance of power in the state Senate.

Once that happens, the political equation of the state will change dramatically because Democrats will control the once-a-decade redistricting after the 2010 census. They will redraw both congressional and legislative districts, ensuring their hold for years to come-and a completely new political dynamic will emerge.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Contribute to Columbia County Democrats Using ActBlue

Columbia County Democrats can now accept contributions by credit card using ActBlue.
Please consider making a generous donation today.
You can also set up recurring monthly contributions.
Please make a contribution today.

As we move into the dog days of Summer, the Columbia County Democratic Committee is gearing up to help elect Senator Obama, re-elect Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand and the entire Democratic Party ticket. To do that we desperately need funds.

Columbia County is on the verge of turning Blue! As the November election nears we are preparing to rally our forces in ways never seen before in Columbia County. But we need your help now!

Please consider making a one-time or a recurring donation to the committee now through Act Blue. You can also contribute to Kirsten Gillibrand and Ken Dow on our page.
The page is at:

This year is crucial for Democrats both nationally and locally. The Republicans are gearing up for the fight with billions of dollars to stop us. We cannot let that happen. Please give what you can NOW!

Any amount is appreciated. Help us turn Columbia County and the nation into a sea of Blue.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Working Families Party Endorses Ken Dow in New York State Senate Race

Working Families Party Endorses KEN DOW in race for New York State Senate, 41st Senatorial District
Growing third party’s endorsement demonstrates candidate’s strength on the issues that matter to working- and middle-class families

The Working Families Party (WFP) has endorsed Ken Dow of Mellenville, NY for New York State Senate, 41st S.D., covering Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

According to Ken Dow, “The WFP endorsement affirms our shared commitment to improving the quality of life for working- and middle-class people here in the 41st S.D. The WFP motto of good jobs, good schools and good government reflects priorities that guide my candidacy, so I’m proud to appear on their ballot line.”

Said Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Capital District WFP Chapter, “The WFP endorsement is a seal of approval from the working families who make up our party. It lets voters know that Ken Dow will stand up for our values and fight for the issues that matter most to low-income, working and middle-class New Yorkers.”

Dow continued, “The WFP interview and endorsement process allowed me to show my commitment to issues that the Working Families Party is focused on, including tax fairness, green jobs and clean energy, and campaign finance reform. Addressing these issues is important to all of us here in New York, and I look forward to working together with the WFP in the days ahead.”

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Columbia County Democrats Celebrate Flag Day in Hudson

Thanks go out to all of the Columbia County Democrats who participated in the Hudson Flag Day Parade on Staurday June 14th!

Special thanks to Cheryl Jones, Bob Sacks, Rhonda Granger and Cyndy Hall for the beautiful float ... and to the 30+ marchers and helpers who braved the humidity and long wait; a huge "thank you." Ernie Reis, our official CCDC photographer was on site taking some great shots too.

Among the marchers, led by our Chair, Chris Nolan, and Vice Chairs, Cyndy Hall and Bob Sacks were: Ken Dow, NYState Senate candidate, Richard Koweek, Hudson City judge candidate and Sean Gavin and Kevin Cassidy from Congresswoman Gillibrand's campaign. Senator Schumer was in attendance along with our Town Democratic Supervisors.

Columbia County Democrats looked great!

State Senate Candidate Ken Dow

Senator Charles Schumer and Chris Nolan - Chair of Columbia County Democratic Committee

Assemblyman Tim Gordon and Grand Marshall Yolanda Vega

Hudson City Judge Candidate Richard Koweek and State Senate Candidate Ken Dow

Friday, June 6, 2008

Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party nominee for President

On Tuesday June 3rd, Senator Barack Obama received enough delegates to ensure his selection as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America. Senator Obama will be the first African-American nominated by a major political party for the nations highest office. Columbia County Democrats look forward to helping to elect President Obama and the entire Democratic ticket in the Fall.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

March with Columbia County Democrats at Flag Day in Hudson

The Columbia County Democratic Committee Needs YOU!!

We need to assemble as many Democrats as possible to march behind our float in the Hudson Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 14th.

We want young and old and everyone in between!! Bring your dog or bring your donkey....The more people we have, the more we can show that Columbia County IS going BLUE!! (If you are unable to walk the whole distance, you can ride on the float).

Please email Rhonda Granger at: to let her know you, your family, and friends can march.
We are #3 in the 4th Division Lineup which means we will be lining up on Green Street (which is on the left up the Street from the Hudson City Center). We'll have a big banner on the side of the float/truck and we're still meeting at 2. Marchers are welcome to park at Allen Miller's Law office parking lot at 102 Green Street.

UPDATE!: We have just received confirmation from Senator Schumer’s office that he will be participating in the Flag Day Parade this Saturday in Hudson. Senator Schumer has said that this is the best Flag Day celebration in NY.

Let’s have a BIG Columbia County Democratic presence to cheer on Senator Schumer! Hope to see you there.