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Dear Senators McCain and Obama,

Is my vote for you worth tens of millions? I guess I’ll soon see. I am, not Joe the Plumber, but Steve the charitable fundraiser. That’s my profession. I’m one of those the press labels an independent because sometimes I vote Democrat, sometimes Republican. This time, however, I still do not know and, frankly, that’s a little frustrating to me because we’re just days away from election.

In the last election, I voted Republican. For reasons beyond the scope of this letter, I have regretted that. The foreign and economic policies have brought our country to its lowest level of international respect in as long as I can remember. Furthermore, the current financial crisis has left me wondering what legacy we’re leaving for our children. I’m fifty-three and I’ve lost nearly half the value of my retirement. I do not know if I have enough years before retirement to recover from this, much less reach my goals. And yet, I am grateful for what we have and I know there are many Americans who are worse off than we are.

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Barack Obama

ATLANTA, Ga. – Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of 800 likely voters in New Jersey on Oct. 1.  The poll showed that the Obama/Biden ticket leads McCain/Palin ticket 48% to 39% with 3% for other candidates; and 10% undecided.  The Democrats increased their lead dramatically over the past two weeks with the Republican ticket losing four percent.

The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points.  In the poll, 320 respondents identified themselves as Democrats (40%); 224 respondents identified themselves as Republicans (28%); and 256 identified themselves as independents or other party affiliation (32%).

“New Jersey is returning to its traditional Democratic moorings,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision.  “The economy has hurt McCain dramatically and white females have shifted back to the Democrats.”

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A new ad from the Obama campaign raises the specter of Wall Street-style deregulation of the health insurance industry under a McCain presidency.

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LINDEN – Mayor Richard Gerbounka, a one-time Democrat who turned independent in 2006, and four of the city’s councilmen endorsed Republican John McCain for president Monday. The move came on the eve of a McCain fundraising visit to the state.

“This election is not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about electing the best man to lead us forward the next four years as the president of the United States. And the best man for that position is Senator John McCain,” said Gerbounka at a Monday press conference. “And I know from personal experience that the Linden voters are intelligent and sophisticated. Because in 2006, I ran for the mayor of this great city as an independent against a 30-year Democratic incumbent, and the voters chose the man, not the party.”

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Buyout firms such as Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts have made billions of dollars using special tax breaks that reward them for buying and selling companies; and they’ve slashed wages and destroyed jobs all while using tax loopholes to pay an even lower tax rate than everyday Americans on their billion-dollar profits.

Today, July 17, in cities from New York to Bangalore to Paris, members of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) in 100 cities across America will be joined by activists from 25 countries to take aim at the special perks and tax loopholes that buyout firms depend on to get richer.

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By Michael M. Shapiro

During the past few weeks, both John McCain and Barack Obama have begun speaking with possible candidates for the vice presidency. They are presumably looking at a variety of factors as well as a background dossier on each individual to ensure to the greatest degree that there are no skeletons in the candidate’s closet. What should McCain and Obama each be looking for in a vice-presidential running mate?

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by James J. Devine

Somebody sent me the link to a video that portrays Sen. Barack Hussein Obama in the most sinister light, using images and words to invoke fear and loathing because these emotions are more likely to stop a good man from becoming president than cool logic.

After all, fear and hate are deeply rooted feelings that have compelled men to do far worse than elect the lesser of two candidates. (more…)

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