Saturday, October 21, 2006

News from Upper Arlington Progressive Action

Sherrod Brown and Mary Jo Kilroy are coming to UA!

Upper Arlington Progressive Action is pleased to announce that Congressman Sherrod Brown, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate and Mary Jo Kilroy, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House will be the speaking at our next general membership meeting next Sunday, October 22. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hastings Middle School, 1850 Hastings Lane. This is a great opportunity to hear what Sherrod and Mary Jo's priorities will be in Congress, as well as ask any questions you may have. As you may have read, Sherrod and Mary Jo remain in the lead over DeWine and Deb Pryce in each of the most recent independent polls. Prior to the meeting, UAPA is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit Friends of Sherrod Brown so he can get his message of change out to the voters of Ohio. See below for details of the fundraiser.

6 Things You Can Do Right Now To Elect Jennifer Brunner

1. Vote for her at Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots site. If Jennifer gets the most votes, her campaign gets a $5,000 contribution! Vote now and pass along the word to your friends and family!
2. View her TV ad - This is her tough response to Greg Hartmann's attack ad. Hartmann has no state-wide name ID, but chose to make his first ad an attack on Jennifer. Please share the ad with undecided friends and neighbors.
2. Volunteer with the campaign. We're working from 9am - 10pm on Saturday (10/21)- if you want to meet Jennifer, stop by between 1pm and 4pm at campaign HQ at 545 E. Town St.
3. Become a virtual phonebanker. You can stay in the comfort of your home and make phone calls to help Jennifer. This is a critically important part of the campaign.
4. Plan to attend our October 24th fundraiser - it will be at the Bar of Modern Art downtown.
5. Make a contribution - Jennifer is the most qualified person to ever run for the office of Secretary of State - it's having a qualified, competent SOS worth $25 or $50?

What Will You Do On Election Day to Elect Democrats?

The polls look good. Our candidates are outstanding. However, we won�t win without your help to ensure voter turnout.

Here are two ways you can get involved:

1. Serve as a Democratic poll worker for the Franklin County Board of Elections. Contact Carol DePaola at 224-1193.

2. Work to get out the vote for the Democratic ticket prior to and including Election Day. Contact Greg Schultz or Stephen Hightower at 857-0700.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 22
UAPA Fundraiser for Sherrod Brown, candidate for U.S. Senate
At the home of Donna & Dick Irene
4444 Langport Road.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to 481-9455.

Sunday, October 22
An Evening with Sherrod Brown and Mary Jo Kilroy
General Membership Meeting
Hastings Middle School Auditorium
1850 Hastings Lane.
7-9 p.m.

Monday, October 23
Reception with President Bill Clinton
Hosted by Sherrod Brown and Chris Redfern
Hyatt on Capitol Square
75 E. State Street
6:00 p.m.

Gold Seating $500, Silver Seating $250.

Space is limited. Please RSVP today.
Questions? Call Justin Monday at (440) 282-3468.

Tuesday, October 24
Fundraiser for Jennifer Brunner
Bar of Modern Art
583 E. Broad St.
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Questions: Michelle Stephenson at (614) 255-4254 or

For more information and to view other upcoming events visit the Events page at

Supporting The Candidates

Phoning for Democratic Victory Made Fun!
Host a Progressive Phone Party at the SEIU Auto-Dialer!

Phone Banking made fun? Indeed, the Ohio Democratic Party is now using the Auto-Dialer phone-bank system, which is a computer system that automatically dials the phone numbers and all that you need to do is talk.

What's really great about the auto-dialer system is that you spend the majority of your time talking to people instead of spending it dialing phone numbers. Throughout the course of the night, you will talk to many more people than you would with a traditional phone bank. No more dialing, no more sheets . . .just comfy chairs, computers, and talking to the good folks of the state of Ohio.

Following are the times that the Ohio Democratic Party is using the auto-dialer to call for candidates and the Dem ticket:

October 16 - November 3 (Monday-Thursday)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Auto-Dialer system is located at SEIU 1395 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 461-1199

Come around to the back door of the building and follow the signs to the phone bank. Also, it would be great to have Progressive Phone Parties where your group picks a night and comes together to make some calls for the great Democratic ticket that we have this year. Let us know what weekday works best for you and we will make plans to host your phone party at the SEIU Auto-Dialer. Party favors, funny hats, streamers and pizza are available upon request!

Hope to see you soon!
Ryan Clayton
Franklin County GOTV Director, Ohio Democratic Party

Politically Speaking

Foley Case Snags House Incumbent in Ohio

By ADAM NAGOURNEY, The New York Times

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Representative Deborah Pryce is a former municipal court judge, a Republican and a member of the House leadership who has represented her central Ohio district for 14 years. She is also friends with Mark Foley, the congressman who resigned in the page scandal, as she told Columbus Monthly for a feature it published just last month.

Ms. Pryce always thought she would have a difficult re-election campaign this year in a state raked by Republican scandals. But since Mr. Foley quit, she said in an interview on a tense day of campaigning here, her own internal polls have measured a steady drop in support under the weight of attacks by Mary Jo Kilroy, her Democratic opponent.

Ms. Kilroy has emphasized Ms. Pryce's connections to Mr. Foley, who was on a list of five people Ms. Pryce said she considered Washington friends in the Columbus Monthly interview.

"I'm totally convinced," Ms. Pryce said, her voice faint, as she described why her support had declined. "All our polling showed we were going in the right direction until this happened. It fell precipitously."

"It's very sad that sometimes we're slipped up by things that we have no control over and have absolutely nothing to do with," she said. "But that is part and parcel of politics."

Read the full story here.

In My Opinion
Who is Deborah Pryce to Lecture Mary Jo Kilroy about Budget Policy?

(The following letter appeared in last week's edition of the Suburban News.)

To the Editor:
In response to Stephen Dodd's Oct. 4th letter, it's time to set the record straight. Deborah Pryce's vicious attacks on Mary Jo Kilroy are not only dishonest but wildly hypocritical as well. First, Pryce has misleadingly claimed that Kilroy dramatically increased the sales tax for Franklin County residents. While the county's share of the sales tax did increase, it coincided with a drop in the state's share of the sales tax. The result was that no one in Franklin County paid a cent more in sales tax than they would have before the adjustment.

Furthermore, the adjustment is temporary. Combined with spending cuts, it was enacted to cover a $50 million hole in the Franklin County budget caused by unfunded mandates laid down by the Republican controlled federal government. The adjustment will automatically expire at the end of the year.

Secondly, Pryce has said that on Kilroy's watch the county budget "ballooned". But as part of her evidence for this claim, Pryce's television ads cite a county budget that was enacted BEFORE Kilroy was even elected to the Franklin County Commission.

Such a claim also begs this question: who is Deborah Pryce to lecture Mary Jo Kilroy about budget policy? Over the last six years Kilroy has consistently balanced budgets, while Pryce has run up the five largest deficits in American history and done nothing to rein in out-of-control federal spending.

This fall, voters committed to fiscal discipline should vote for Mary Jo Kilroy and her proven record of balanced budgets and pay-as-you-go policies.

Peter Koltak
Upper Arlington


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