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Coakley answers Samantha’s question
Dec 3rd, 2009 by Sam

Bill Densmore, is a career journalist, publisher, entrepreneur and director of the the Media Giraffe Project, New England News Forum, and a collaborator on Journalism That Matters.   He collected 18 questions from MA citizens which were hand-delivered to Coakley’s political director and press spokesperson at a North Adams rally on Nov. 23 at the Cup & Saucer cafe.

The questions and her answers can be found here

Below is Samantha’s question and Coakley’s response:

14. WORLD COMPETITION — What does America need to do to ready ourselves for increasing economic competition from China, India and Brazil; what, specifically, is the responsibility of the senator from Massachusetts, and what, specifically is beyond the scope of those senatorial responsibilities. Give examples of each.

COAKLEY ANSWERS:

As we enter the 21st century, it is essential that we both build on our existing strengths and adapt our economy to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, such as the emerging green economy. As Senator, my primary responsibility will be to ensure that Massachusetts can fully capitalize on these opportunities, notably by securing the Commonwealth federal funding that fosters green technologies, life sciences research and advanced technology manufacturing centers. I will also work with other Senators, Congressmen and the White House to develop national solutions that reduce our trade imbalance, provide incentives to business to pursue new energy technologies and provide affordable health coverage that will keep our workforce healthy and our industries globally competitive.

Bill Clinton: Be the party of ‘how’
Dec 3rd, 2009 by Sam

Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in New Hampshire last night….  He touched on many things – his history in New Hampshire, his current initiatives in Africa, and supporting President Obama.

Some key points:

  • He admires Obama for not succumbing to the pressure to make a decision quickly in Afghanistan,
  • Healthcare reform must pass – it’s not perfect but just these changes will accomplish much, and it can be fine-tuned going forward,
  • Cited the scientific evidence supporting human-caused climate change and the intellectual dishonesty of the deniers,
  • He supports Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan; saying he had decided he would support whatever decision he came up with because of his careful, deliberative approach to making the decision.

Most importantly, Clinton said the Democrats have to be more than what.  They have to be the party of ‘how.’   Not only articulating the vision  and their underpinning values, but also showing clearly how they are going to accomplish it.

“You too can vote to take away civil rights from someone.”
Dec 1st, 2009 by Sam

What a great point!  If you really want to protect marriage, just ban divorce!

In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California.

The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that’s the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.

“Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more,” the 38-year-old married father of two said.”

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Not surprisingly, Marcotte’s campaign to make divorce in California illegal has divided those involved in last year’s campaign for and against Proposition 8.

As much as everyone would like to see fewer divorces, making it illegal would be “impractical,” said Ron Prentice, the executive director of the California Family Council who led a coalition of religious and conservative groups to qualify Proposition 8.

No other state bans divorce, and only a few countries, including the Philippines and Malta, do. The Roman Catholic Church also prohibits divorce but allows annulments. The California proposal would amend the state constitution to eliminate the ability of married couples to get divorced while allowing married couples to seek an annulment.

Prentice said proponents of traditional marriage only seek to strengthen the one man-one woman union.

“That’s where our intention begins and ends,” he said.

Jeffrey Taylor, a spokesman for Restore Equality 2010, a coalition of same-sex marriage activists seeking to repeal Proposition 8, said the coalition supports Marcotte’s message but has no plans to join forces with him.

“We find it quite hilarious,” Taylor said of the initiative.”

Check out Marcotte’s website http://www.badmouth.net/.

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