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District 5 Concession

 

Gregg Schlanger Campaign PosterDear Friends,

The votes are in… and while we held a lead after the votes had been counted on election day, (Schlanger 203 – Gibbs 194) my opponent took the lead with the count from early voting. (Early voting ran July 14 – 29, 2006, Schlanger 130 – Gibbs 298) The final tally is Schlanger 337 – Gibbs 504.

Congratulations to Robert Gibbs and congratulations to all the candidates who won.

A huge thank you to all who have contributed your valuable time and resources. I am truly grateful for all the effort and energy so many of you have given to this campaign. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave unselfishly. I have learned from all of you and your encouragement keeps me going. Thank you to all those who donated money to this campaign, your investment began and continues to fuel the need for change in our community. And especially, thank you to my family, my wife and daughters, for all the sacrifices you have made during the past three months and your unconditional love and support. It has been an honor to work with all of you. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance

 

ConstitutionThis is what happens when one political party has too much control over our government and abrogates their responsibility to conduct oversight over the other branches of our government because they are controlled by members of their political party!

This Minority Report has been produced at the direction of Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.The Report is divided into two principal parts – Part I, released in draft form in December, 2005, concerns “The Downing Street Minutes and Deception Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Cover-ups in the Iraq War;” and Part II, released in June 2006, concerns “Unlawful Domestic Surveillance and Related Civil Liberties Abuses under the Administration of George W. Bush.” (At the conclusion, They include an Addendum including additional matters which have come to light since Part I of the Report was issued in December, 2005 and Part II was written in May, 2006). «Read the rest of this article»

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Hillary Clinton VS Donald Rumsfeld ends in TKO

 

'The US SenateToday, Sentator Clinton grilled the Bush Administration as represented by Donald Rumsfeld on it’s handling of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It really is “must see TV!” I have never been a fan either Bill or Hillary Clinton, that being said, I can only say “WOW” in response to the below video of her confrontation with Donald Rumsfeld during Senate hearings today! «Read the rest of this article»

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Updated: August 2006 election results, and rumors of problems downloading votes from machines used in early voting!

 

A Microvote Infinity voting machinePlease see the Election 2006 page for complete election results!

I am currently investigating reports of issues retreiving the votes from the Microvote Infnity machines used for early voting, which once again raises the question: Can we trust paperless voting using electronic machines, and highlighting the need for these machines to produce a voter verified paper audit trail!

Ask yourself this. What happens at the end of the day, if they try to download votes from a heavily used voting machine, and find nothing there? While I hope this is a nightmare that we never have to face, they will not be able to say we were not warned!  Updated below: «Read the rest of this article»

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Sales Tax Holiday

 

Sales Tax HolidayTennessee has declared the weekend of August 4-5-6 its first “sales tax holiday.” For anyone buying school supplies, clothing and related items, including computers, the savings could be substantial. «Read the rest of this article»

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House passes $2 minimum wage increase – with a $750 billion estate tax cut

 

Employee and a time clockOn July 29, 2006 the House voted 230-180 to raise the $5.15 hourly minimum wage in three 70-cent steps until it reaches $7.25 in mid-2009. The possible increase in the minimum wage is way overdue but the only way Democrats could get it passed was to let the Republicans ‘tack on’ an estate tax cut which overwhelming targets the wealthy.

Please join me in encouraging our US Senators to support increasing the minimum wage but without adding the ‘sneaky’ estate tax cut which benefits the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans.

Initially, I thought the minimum wage increase was the highest priority and I couldn’t care about the estate tax.  Then I learned that the Estate tax would cost taxpayers $750 billion. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Voting is a Responsibility

 

A Microvote Infinity voting machineThe citizens, spelled taxpayers, of Clarksville have only one day left to vote for the candidate of their choice.  Many people believe the election has already been decided by early voting.  Not true. Your vote is important and it still counts. 

Has the candidate of your choice been convicted of assault?  Is your candidate a hit and run driver? Has your candidate for clerk written bad checks?  All of this information has been made available in the media. «Read the rest of this article»

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GOTV: Get out the vote!

 

Gregg Schlanger Campaign PosterDear Friends,

Only two days remain until Election Day. Now is the time to get out the vote. Please go to the polls to vote on Thursday and encourage anyone you know in District 5 to vote.

On Election Day I will be at the entrance to Fairgrounds Park from 6 AM right up until the polls close at 7 PM. I invite you to spend part of the day with me waving at folks as they arrive at the Jaycee Activity Center to vote. I will be the one standing next to a very large “ELECT GREGG A. SCHLANGER” sign. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Collective Punishment” Fuels Middle East Crisis

 

Chris LugoIn the light of recent events in the Middle East, policy makers in the United States must take a stand against state sponsored terrorism. We have a grave moral responsibility in this crisis to take a stand for peace and against retribution.

The people of the United States must acknowledge the role we play in the current crisis in Israel, Lebanon, Gaza and Iraq. Our responsibility lies in our support of the state sponsored agression by our government and the government of Israel against innocent women, children and other non-combatants. «Read the rest of this article»

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Record Results

 

John FarmerOn the West side of District we have seen record turnout during the early voting period. Shelby County alone set a new record, 78,899 votes compared to the earlier 24,000 vote record!

August 3rd is just a few days away. I encourage everyone to get out and rally behind your candidates. Get your family, friends, co-workers and people you see at the store out to vote. Together, we can make this election one for the record books.

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