Skip to comments.THE DEAN DOSSIER (research information on DNC Chair Howard Dean posted here)
Posted on 02/15/2005 3:31:21 AM PST by Liz
This thread is being mounted for the purpose of compiling a dossier on Howard Dean, newly-crowned chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The thread will hopefully serve as a research point for conservatives needing background on Dean and the Dims political activties.
We intend to expose and refute any attempts by Dean to finesse or mispreresent his or the Democrat party's positions on issues near and dear to conservatives.
A recent Gallup poll said that while 70% of the DNC think the DNC needs an overhaul to change the way they are doing things (to try and emulate Republicans' successful grassroots approach) but only 7% thought the DNC should change their positions on issues.
Even more chilling for Dims, is that 2004 Election polls indicate 34% called themselves conservative, 21% liberal
BACKGROUND: Over the weekend, newly-crowned DNC chair Howard Dean declared "I hate Republicans." Dean then preceeded to demean Christian conservatives.
At the televised DNC "meeting" a so-called "reverend" gave a "benediction." The Democrat "reverend" quoted scripture from Jeremiah, inserting "Republicans" whenever the text refered to "evil people"--and she exhorted Howard Dean to be strong and take them on.
Howard Dean nodded happily and gracefully accepted this so-called benediction. Dean then proclaimed Republicans lack moral values. "How can Republicans get to talk about moral values when they don't have any?" Dean asked condescendingly. "I don't want to hear any lectures about Christian values from the Republican Party they are the Pharisees and the Sadducees," Dean said referring to religious sects condemned by Jesus, who Christ referred to as a "brood of vipers."
Clearly, loser Dumbocrats--out in the cold with a dwindling voter base---will need this "brood of vipers"---Republicans of faith----to win anything. Now the Dims are sending out mixed signals; Hillary slithers slowly to the right, while Chairman Howie declares war on Christians.
They can't have it both ways.
Howard oughta study up on American history, and heed the words of distinguished early Americans:
"Christianity is part of the Common, or Natural Law. Therefore it is Christianity that is the basis of our government. Religion of any other type is not synonymous with the American experience of Liberty!" Justice James Wilson signer of the Declaration, the Constitution, Original Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court, and the father of the first organized legal training in America.
"It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest for our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians to be their representatives, as this is a Christian republic." Justice John Jay Supreme Court Justice
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum prosperity, and freedom of worship here." Patrick Henry
Howard Dean: The Most Pro-Abortion Presidential Candidate?
lifenews.com | August 13, 2003 | by Steven Ertelt
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of LifeNews.com profiles on the Democratic presidential candidates.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Democratic candidates for president are playing a game of one-upmanship in their attempt to gain support form abortion advocacy groups. But former Vermont Governor Howard Dead has a claim to fame none of the others can match: he's worked at Planned Parenthood.
The physician-turned-politician did a stint at Planned Parenthood while working to become an internist, Mary Hahn Beerworth, director of Vermont Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com. However, the rotation wasn't required by his medical student program.
"While he has said that he fully understands the procedures involved in an abortion, he also says he has never performed one - which leads to the question, why not," Beerworth asked.
What is known, however, is that he also served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for five years before becoming governor.
As governor, Dean towed the party line on parental notification and opposed letting parents know about their minor daughters having an abortion so they could help them make a better choice.
However, in an embarrassing moment for Dean earlier this year, he was caught exaggerating one story in an attempt to talk down the need for notification. During his speech to the annual NARAL dinner this January, Dean related a story about his days as a doctor:
As many of you know I'm a doctor. I'm an internist, and I take care of all ages one time a young lady came into my office who was 12 years old and she thought she might be pregnant. And we did the tests and did the exam and she was pregnant. She didn't know what to do. And after I had talked to her for a while I came to the conclusion that the likely father of her child was her own father. You explain that to the American people who think that parental notification is a good idea.
Dean's problem? The story is false.
In an appearance on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" on June 22nd, host Tim Russert confronted Dean with the falsehood.
Russert: There's this article in USA Today: Dean told a powerful story but left out a key fact. What Dean didn't say was that he knew the father was not responsible, someone else was convicted. That's a pretty big omission. Dean: I don't think it's -- omission. A pretty big omission, you mean? Russert: Yeah. Thats a pretty -- to say that... Dean: I dont think it is at all. Russert: To suggest her father may have been... Dean: I thought it was. At the time, I thought it was. Russert: But when you told that story, you knew otherwise. Dean: Thats right. Russert: Why didnt you say that? Dean: Because it didnt make any difference.
Joanne Ciulla, a leadership and ethics professor at the University of Richmond, says Dean gave "the appearance of lying because he didn't reveal all the information."
Pro-life groups say Dean's focus in the situation should have been less on getting an abortion for the girl without her parents knowledge and more on reporting the potential incest to police so it could be investigated.
In fact, Dean not only apparently failed to report the incident to authorities, he admitted in a February 2001 interview, he didn't know the law required such a report.
Dean received his medical license in 1979 and, in 1982, a Vermont state law went into effect requiring mandatory reporting of child abuse.
In the interview on the "Mark Johnson Show" on WDEV in Burlington, Vermont, Dean was asked why he didn't report the incident to authorities.
"I don't know. I mean I don't know if I do or not those laws were passed long after I left medical practice as far as I know ..I am not even sure if doctors are covered for those kinds of instances," Dean said. "Well, maybe I did, maybe I broke the law, I don't have any idea."
Yet, in a, Dean told Tim Russert in the same June 2003 interview, "Of course we reported the whole situation."
Meanwhile, Dean was such a strong advocate for abortion as Vermont's governor that he proposed making abortions cheap and readily available.
"As Governor, Dean's universal health care proposal included $5.00 abortions for everybody," Beerworth said.
During his tenure, the state of Vermont allowed partial-birth abortions to be performed and even allowed non-doctors to do abortions.
Vermont law was so permissive on abortion that it propelled the state to the top of the list for abortion rates. According to CDC statistics, Vermont had one of the highest abortion rates in the nation. In 1992, during the second year of Dean's term, it had 359 abortions for every 1000 live births.
The evidence seemingly makes it clear that Howard Dean is perhaps the most pro-abortion candidate running for president in 2004.
"Howard Dean is pro-abortion, has always been a pro-abortion activist and he takes the extreme position that there is not an unborn child, at any stage of pregnancy, that merits legal protection," Beerworth concluded.
USA Today on Howard Dean's Story -- http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-03-13-dean-usat_x.htm
Transcript of Interview With Tim Russert - http://www.msnbc.com/news/912159.asp
Mark Johnson Show Interview - http://www.LifeNews.com/nat77b.html
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Perfect! Pinging a couple folks to this!
It was unconscionable that, at the same time Dean was demeaning conservatives, GOP Chairman Mehlman contacted Dean to congratulate him and then put out a statement describing Dean as "a strong leader for his party."
Mehlman went quite a bit over and above what was expected of him, don't you think?
Much more to the point was GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway who said, "I was worried that a year's worth of stunning defeats had humbled him. Glad to know he's no less delusional and bitter."
Mehlman shoulda said "Dean's a strong leader....but we conservative are even stronger."
Mehlman is just gloating.....
Cindy, the Dean Dossier is up.
Got any goodies on Howie?
Got any pics of Mehlman gloating? (chuckle)
The Dean Dossier is up and running. Post here any items you might come across on Dean's past or present activities.
Ken is way too classy to gloat in public..However, there are many pics of Ken pinching himself every morning, as he arrive in his office, to make sure he's NOT dreaming..
After he left the Gov. office he "sealed" thousands of his "records" for a long time. Many more records and for a longer period than previous Govs.
Judicial Watch made a stink and got the VT Atty Gen to agree to release many of the records....but....he was going to charge them $187,000!
Also...I'm pretty sure there is an article in the Burlington (VT) Free Press some time back that said he was not going to pay his staff after his campaign closed but was going to use the remaining funds for his "Democracy......" thing.
Gannett doesn't allow use of its stories on FR.
This needs your considerable research skills!
Nice contriubution to the thread. I know Gannett can't be posted, but this material must be elsewhere.
I'm pinging Cindy---one of FR's best researchers. If Cindy can't find it, nobody can.
Marking for later.
Lawsuit Filed to Find Out What Dean is Hiding
By Charles Mahaleris
December 9, 2003
MONTPELIER, VT (Talon News) -- Democrat front-runner Howard Dean is keeping his papers close to the vest and is not commenting about their contents following the announcement last week that he is being sued for not complying with Vermont's public access laws.
Over the weekend, Dean released a short statement on the lawsuit.
"Last week, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit that presented this question to the court. A judge will now decide which documents should be released. This removes the issue from the context of a political campaign and puts it in the hands of an unimpeachable third party which is where it belongs," Dean said while campaigning in South Carolina on Sunday.
The controversy has been building as the former Vermont governor has steadfastly refused to release documents from his time in office that he ordered sealed.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced last week that it had filed a lawsuit in Vermont to gain access to hundreds of thousands of documents concerning Dean's administration. The lawsuit also names the State of Vermont, the Vermont Secretary of State, and Vermont's State Archivist as defendants.
Judicial Watch had sought and was repeatedly denied access to Dean's records from his tenure as governor.
"It is unlawful for Governor Dean to deny the public access to his gubernatorial records because of 'future political considerations.' We hope the Vermont courts will agree that it is in the public interest that Dean and the State of Vermont immediately unseal these important records," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
If the lawsuit filed in state court is unsuccessful, Dean will have prevented the public from viewing these documents for ten years. He had originally sought to block their release for over 20 years.
Judicial Watch was not the only group that wanted to see these records opened to the public. Dean rival Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) had also called for Dean to come clean.
Lieberman said last week, "Howard Dean likes to present himself as a straight talker. But he took an extra long walk from straight talk when he sealed his records as governor and recalled his letters from state agencies just to avoid potential political embarrassment."
Dean told Good Morning America reporter Charles Gibson on December 1 that his sealing of his records in Vermont was "routine."
During that interview Dean said, "You don't actually get to seal the majority of records, just those sensitive parts that apply to other people."
He went on to claim that President George W. Bush had not only sealed parts of his record of service as Governor of Texas but had sent them to the presidential library of his father George H. W. Bush where they will be unavailable for the public for fifty years.
Dean continued, "So what I have said is, every governor does seal their records; I'll unseal mine if he'll unseal all of his."
Democrat Lieberman rose to defend Republican Bush.
"Governor Dean said today he'd release his records when George W. Bush released his. Well, it turns out that George W. Bush's records from Texas are in fact available to the public. So I hope Governor Dean will honor his word and unseal his words and letters and the rest of his records as Governor of Vermont."
Judicial Watch began urging Dean to release the documents back in September.
"[Howard] Dean's acting like he has something to hide. It's time for Dr. Dean to come clean and release his papers," said Fitton when his non-partisan organization originally asked Dean to release his papers.
The suit alleges that Dean has sealed the papers under "executive privilege."
For Immediate Release
Dec 3, 2003 Contact: Press Office
JUDICIAL WATCH SUES HOWARD DEAN OVER SECRET RECORDS
ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS LAWSUIT FILED IN VERMONT STATE COURT
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a lawsuit in Vermont to gain access to hundreds of thousands of documents concerning the administration of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. In addition to Dean, the lawsuit names the State of Vermont, the Vermont Secretary of State, and Vermonts State Archivist as defendants. Judicial Watch had sought and was repeatedly denied access to Governor Deans records from his tenure as governor. Governor Dean has cited his presidential run as the basis for denying the public access to these government records, reportedly telling Vermont Public Radio, Well, there are future political considerations. We didnt want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time in any future endeavor. Judicial Watch uncovered, through a public records request, that, in negotiating the agreement to seal the records, lawyers for Dean and Vermont state officials repeatedly discussed Deans presidential campaign as a basis for keeping the records secret.
In its lawsuit, filed this afternoon in Vermont state court in Montpelier, Judicial Watch asks the state court to provide it, the media, and the public access to upwards of 400,000 records being withheld from public scrutiny pursuant to an unprecedented agreement between Dean and the State of Vermont. The records in dispute would otherwise not be made public for 10 years. Dean had initially sought to keep these records sealed for 24 years. Vermont law provides for expedited court consideration of this lawsuit.
It is unlawful for Governor Dean to deny the public access to his gubernatorial records because of future political considerations. We hope the Vermont courts will agree that it is in the public interest that Dean and the State of Vermont immediately unseal these important records, stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
We really need to see the original tract in which Dean----a strong advocate for abortion as Vermont's governor----proposed making abortions cheap and readily available.
----Dean's universal health care proposal apparently included providing $5.00 abortions for everybody.
Why dems are so irreversably
dumb is they don't get that you can't go around
dissing a part of society you need to elected.
Most people call themselves Christians, whether
or not they truly are doesn't matter, Dean just
blantantly insinuates he HATES them...
Stupid, but that's nothing new with this bunch...