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Kucinich’s brother died

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich‘s younger brother died yesterday morning in Cleveland. Here’s the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s story about it. And here’s the campaign’s statement:

Perry J. Kucinich, younger brother of Ohio Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, died early this morning in his apartment in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 51. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.

Perry Kucinich was a talented artist who produced a prodigious volume of work. Some of his works have been on display recently at a local art gallery. He and his brother Dennis were planning another showing of his works in the spring.

“He was an admirer of the works of Klee and Picasso, and the style and structure of his artwork derived from their influences,” said Dennis Kucinich. “He was a genius. He had extraordinary insights. Although he struggled with mental illness, with the help of his family and friends, he was able to lead a productive life.”

“The Kucinich family is very close knit,” said family spokesman Andy Juniewicz. “This is a devastating loss to each and every member of the Kucinich family. Dennis was very close to his brother Perry. He watched after him, and he loved him dearly. The two spoke nearly every day. He was more like Dennis’s son than his brother.”

Perry Kucinich was born Dec. 11, 1956, the fifth child of Frank and Virginia Kucinich. The family’s travails were chronicled in a recently released book, “The Courage to Survive,” written by Congressman Kucinich.

Funeral services are pending. In addition to his brother Dennis, Perry is survived by brothers Frank, Gary, and Larry, and by sisters Theresa and Beth Ann. They all live in Northeast Ohio.

Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Under: Dennis Kucinich | No Comments »

Kucinich to launch whistlestop tour in Bay Area

kucinich.jpgDemocratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, will be in the Bay Area late next week to launch a whistlestop railroad tour taking him from Oakland to San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and Oceanside.

First, he’ll hold a kickoff rally from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, at 1187 Franklin St. in San Francisco, for a free evening of commentary by noted progressive activists, authors, scholars and artists including John Nichols of The Nation; author Michael Parenti; human-rights activist Medea Benjamin; antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan; and musical guests Zoe Keating and Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald.

Then, the public can join Kucinich and other activists as they board an Amtrak train departing Oakland’s Jack London Square station at 8:50am Saturday, Dec. 22.

Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2007
Under: Cindy Sheehan, Dennis Kucinich, Elections, Oakland | No Comments »

Stay away from my kid, all of you.

A recent telephone poll conducted by Parents magazine asked, among other things, which presidential candidates people would most likely trust and not trust to baby-sit their kids. And in yet another example of Hillary Clinton‘s ability to polarize the electorate, she topped both lists.

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust most to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 26%
• None: 19%
Barack Obama: 13%
• Don’t know: 12%
Rudy Giuliani: 9%
Fred Thompson: 6%
John Edwards: 5%
Mitt Romney: 5%
John McCain: 4%
• Refused: 2%

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust least to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 25%
• Don’t know: 19%
• None: 13%
• Rudy Giuliani: 13%
• John McCain: 7%
• Barack Obama: 6%
• Fred Thompson: 6%
• John Edwards: 5%
• Mitt Romney: 4%
• Refused: 2%

What, no Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel or Ron Paul? C’mon, they’re not THAT scary. (Tom Tancredo, however: too scary.)

The poll also found that more than 75% of parents say that the government is not doing enough to address the key problems that modern families face. This telephone survey was of about 1,000 parents of children under 12 found that “What Keeps Parents Up at Night” is a variety of issues, including affordable health care, lack of positive role models in the government and the media’s influence on children.

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Tancredo | No Comments »

GOP uses Kucinich’s impeachment bill as a WMD

Oy, what a headache!

As I reported Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, used personal privilege today to force his bill to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney to the House floor, despite House Democratic leaders’ wishes that it die a quiet death in committee.

As expected, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., moved to table the legislation without debate. As expected, co-sponsors Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, voted against tabling it, as did Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and Mike Honda, D-San Jose.

George Miller, D-Martinez; Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo; Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton; Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto; and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, all sided with Hoyer, and by extension, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who long ago said impeachment is off the table.

But, sensing an opportunity to embarass Pelosi and Hoyer, scores of Republicans suddenly voted against tabling the measure — twice as many as the Democrats actually supporting Kucinich’s stance — in an attempt to force a floor debate on impeaching Cheney! Eager to avoid that, Hoyer then moved to refer the bill to the House Judiciary Committee; that vote passed 218-194, with ALL Bay Area Democrats in favor. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the next Democratic caucus meeting…

The bill Kucinich brought forth today was basically the same as that which he’d introduced back in April, charging that Cheney lied to America about reasons for invading Iraq and now is doing the same with Iran. But because House Democrats couldn’t see eye to eye today, the bill brought them far more grief than it’ll ever bring Cheney.

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Under: Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Cheney, Ellen Tauscher, George Miller, Iran, Iraq, Jerry McNerney, Lynn Woolsey, Mike Honda, Nancy Pelosi, Pete Stark, Tom Lantos, U.S. House, Zoe Lofgren | No Comments »

Who’ll vote to impeach Cheney tomorrow?

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, plans to force a floor vote tomorrow on his H.Res.333, the legislation he introduced in April to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. The Democratic leadership blocked any hearings of the bill, but Kucinich will use his right of personal privilege to bring it forward anyway.

It will be met with a motion to table, so a vote against that motion will be a vote in favor of impeaching Cheney. Kucinich explained it a few weeks ago during a Southern California campaign stop:

(The impeachment talk starts about two minutes and 20 seconds in.)

If you want to chat with Kucinich about this, he’ll host a live, nationwide conference call about his impeachment effort starting at about 4:30 p.m. today; the call-in number is 641-715-3300, the access code is 324341#, and the call is open to all interested citizens.

Although an American Research Group poll this summer found more than half of Americans support Cheney’s impeachment, Kucinich’s measure is expected to fail by a wide margin without the blessing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and other Democratic leaders.

But the bill has 21 cosponsors, including Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; watch for them to vote against tabling the bill. Who else will join them?

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2007
Under: Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Cheney, Lynn Woolsey, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House | No Comments »

Kucinich to attend San Mateo County straw poll

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich so far is the only candidate actually scheduled to attend the first-ever San Mateo County Democratic Presidential Straw Poll, but some notable proxies are lining up to stand in for other candidates.

Former state Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, will represent Hillary Clinton; former state Controller Steve Westly will represent Barack Obama; and Lynn Mosier will represent her father, Mike Gravel, at the event set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in Oak Hall at the San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo. A ticket costs $25 (children under 18 enter free) with proceeds to benefit the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee.

County Democratic chairman Andrew Byrnes says he’s expecting at least 1,000 attendees — “which is a conservative estimate” — making it the largest gathering ever of Democratic activists in San Mateo County. He says he sees it as “a two-fer,” building the county party’s 2008 war chest while also mobilizing local volunteers for the presidential campaigns.

“It’s such a solid, exciting field this cycle,” he said. “I’m undecided on the race because once I try to move toward one candidate, I end up thinking, ‘Gosh, these others are so great, too.’ ”

Byrnes noted he’s actively working with other Democratic presidential campaigns to arrange candidates’ or proxies’ attendance. Meanwhile, organizers are reaching out to Bay Area Democrats through the local netroots, and among local bloggers scheduled to cover the event live are Dave Johnson of Seeing the Forest; Mary Ratcliff of the Left Coaster and Pacific Views; and Glennia Campbell of Silicon Valley Moms Blog.

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Dennis Kucinich, Elections, Hillary Clinton | No Comments »

Candidates a poppin’

A few presidential candidates are prying themselves free of Iowa and bringing their road shows to the Golden State in the next week, including a large-scale rally in Oakland.

Republican Mitt Romney will host “Ask Mitt Anything” town hall meetings Sunday at Chapman University in Orange and then at 2:30 p.m. Monday at David’s Restaurant Banquet Center, 5151 Stars & Stripes Drive in Santa Clara. He’ll swing through Bakersfield on Tuesday, Long Beach on Wednesday and Sacramento on Thursday for various town halls, meet-and-greets and — presumably — fundraisers.

Republican Rudy Giuliani is planning public events next Thursday in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Lancaster, and Friday in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, details not yet announced.

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is scheduled to hit San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Atascadero and Westlake Village for a series of public events and private fundraisers tomorrow; Santa Barbara, and Ojai on Sunday; and Santa Barbara again Monday before appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno — no Bay Area appearances scheduled for this swing through, it seems.

And, last but most local, Democrat Hillary Clinton plans a big “Club44″ rally in downtown Oakland next Sunday, Sept. 30, “an old-fashioned block party where thousands of residents from throughout the Bay Area will spend the afternoon with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members in support of Hillary Clinton,” her campaign says. “Club44″ is the campaign’s effort to engage women to make history by electing Clinton as the nation’s 44th President.

The Oakland event — 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Clay Street between 12th and 14th streets, between the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and City Center — will feature live entertainment, food vendors and family fun, the campaign says. Tickets cost $20 each (kids under 18 enter free) and are available by clicking here.

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2007
Under: Dennis Kucinich, Elections, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Lee, Woolsey call for Cheney’s impeachment

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, yesterday became the fifth and sixth co-sponsors of House Resolution 333 — articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

“While ending the occupation of Iraq remains my top priority, and I am clear about the political reality as it relates to this bill, I nonetheless believe that given Vice President Cheney’s role in misleading our nation into an unnecessary, aggressive invasion and occupation that it is appropriate for me to support this measure,” Lee said today.

The bill accuses Cheney of having “purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and Congress of the United States: by fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and lying about links between Iraq and al Qaeda “to justify the use of the United States Armed Forces against the nation of Iraq in a manner damaging to our national security interests.” He’s also accused of having “openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran absent any real threat to the United States, and done so with the United States proven capability to carry out such threats, thus undermining the national security of the United States.”

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced the bill April 24. The other cosponsors are Yvette Clarke, D-NY; Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.; and Albert Wynn, D-Md.

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2007
Under: Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Lynn Woolsey, U.S. House, Vice President Dick Cheney | 3 Comments »

Here they come again…

Three Democratic presidential hopefuls will swing through the Bay Area in the next week.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, will speak at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the 6th Annual San Francisco New Living Expo in the Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th and Brannan streets. Admission to the Expo for Saturday is $15, or $10 for students and senior citizens; a Friday, Saturday and Sunday pass is $30. Kucinich will have addressed the California Democratic Party convention earlier Saturday in San Diego.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will speak about 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at a Save Darfur rally in San Francisco’s Civic Center; he will have addressed the California Democratic Party convention Sunday morning in San Diego, and he’ll be headed to an event in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday night.

U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., will speak to the Commonwealth Club of California at noon Wednesday, May 2, in the Parc 55 Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin St. in San Francisco; standard seating costs $15 for members and $30 for nonmembers, while premium seating costs $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Biden will speak again at 6 p.m. Wednesday to the World Affairs Council in the main ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 480 Sutter St. in San Francisco; standard seating costs $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers, while preferred seating costs $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers. The World Affairs Council even requires pre-payment; order tickets here.

UPDATE @ 3:06 P.M. THURSDAY: Looks there’ll be some Republican action here next week, too.

Folks at the the Hoover Institution at Stanford University confirm that U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will deliver a policy speech there at noon Tuesday; details haven’t been released yet. McCain’s campaign calendar shows he has fundraisers scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in Westminster and 6 p.m. Wednesday in Beverly Hills.

And former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will speak to the Western Association of Venture Capitalists about “A Venture Perspective on Politics” at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Quadrus Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. The event is for WAVC members and their guests only.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Under: Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Elections, General, Joe Biden, John McCain, Mitt Romney, U.S. House, U.S. Senate | No Comments »