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  • John Lewis, invoking George Wallace, says McCain and Palin 'playing with fire'

    10/11/2008 12:10:11 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 97 replies · 1,977+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/11//08 | Jonathan Martin
    Civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis is accusing John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate, likening the atmosphere at Republican campaign events to those featuring George Wallace, the segregationist former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate. "What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history," Lewis said in a statement issued today.  "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse." Lewis didn't accuse McCain of imitating Wallace, but suggested there were similarities. "George Wallace...
  • McCain Offended by Lewis' Comments; Calls On Obama to Condemn

    10/11/2008 12:27:24 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 67 replies · 2,129+ views
    McCain Offended by Lewis' Comments; Calls On Obama to Condemn October 11, 2008 3:12 PM Clearly wounded by the remarks of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., condemning the tone at his rallies, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., issued this statement a few minutes ago. "Congressman John Lewis' comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale," McCain said. "The notion that legitimate criticism of Senator Obama's record and positions could be compared to Governor George Wallace, his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign."...
  • The Agitator - Barack Obama's unlikely political education

    09/07/2008 12:55:08 PM PDT · by FreedomLives2008 · 34 replies · 960+ views
    The New Republic ^ | March 19, 2007 | Ryan Lizza
    In 1985, Barack Obama traveled halfway across the country to take a job that he didn't fully understand. But, while he knew little about his new vocation--community organizer--it still had a romantic ring, at least to his 24-year-old ears. With his old classmates from Columbia, he had talked frequently about political change. Now, he was moving to Chicago to put that talk into action. His 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounts his idealistic effusions: "Change won't come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots. That's what I'll do. I'll organize black folks....
  • Photographic proof debunking the latest Democrat lie about the McCain - Rep John Lewis relationship!

    08/20/2008 11:19:13 AM PDT · by Republican Extremist · 37 replies · 267+ views
    My own amazing brain ^ | 8-20-08 | Republican Extremist
    The latest Democrat lie of the day is about McCain listing Rep. John Lewis as one of his advisors in response to this question at Saddleback:Who were the three wisest people that you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration? McCain said: "John Lewis was at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, had his skull fractured; continued to serve, continues to have the most optimistic outlook about America. He can teach us all a lot about the meanings of courage and commitment to causes greater than our self-interest."The left is out today with numerous stories saying that McCain lied,...
  • Top civil rights icon dumps Clinton for Obama

    02/27/2008 4:41:59 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 19 replies · 50+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 27, 2008 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Civil rights hero and Democratic Party elder John Lewis Wednesday defected from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama, in a hugely symbolic blow to the former first lady's White House campaign. Lewis made his decision after a period of public agonizing, but said he wanted to be on the side of history. "John Lewis is an American hero and a giant of the civil rights movement, and I am deeply honored to have his support," Obama said in a statement. The veteran Georgia congressman is also a superdelegate, one of the 795 party luminaries and lawmakers who can...
  • Rep. John Lewis: Report of delegate switch to Obama 'not accurate'

    02/15/2008 3:58:29 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 623+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 2/15/08 | AARON GOULD SHEININ, BOB KEMPER
    A story in Friday's New York Times that said U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was going to back Barack Obama for president is inaccurate, a spokeswoman for the former civil rights leader told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning. Lewis press secretary Brenda Jones did not elaborate and has not yet responded to a request for clarification. The Times' story, which was carried in Friday's AJC, said Lewis was planning to drop his long-time support for Hillary Clinton and vote for Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in August. Lewis is one of 13 so-called superdelegates from...
  • John Lewis Begins March To Obama (despite endorsing Hillary just four months ago...)

    02/15/2008 5:06:46 AM PST · by jdm · 18 replies · 91+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the most influential superdelegates in the Democratic Party has indicated he will likely vote for Barack Obama -- even though he endorsed Hillary Clinton four months ago. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia began his career marching for civil rights in Georgia, and now he says that he has to represent his Georgia constituents rather than his personal feelings at the convention. Note, however, some of the rationalizations he offers for his change of heart: Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday...
  • Black Lawmakers Rethink Clinton Support

    02/14/2008 4:43:21 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 20 replies · 77+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2008 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch. Rep. David Scott's defection and Rep. John Lewis' remarks highlight one of the challenges confronting Clinton in a campaign that pits a black man against a woman for a nomination that historically has been the exclusive property of white men. "You've got to represent the wishes of your constituency," Scott said in an interview Wednesday...
  • Black Leader Pulls Support From Clinton [Representative John Lewis.......]

    02/14/2008 7:18:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 135+ views
    Black Leader Pulls Support From Clinton By JEFF ZELENY and PATRICK HEALY MILWAUKEE — Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention. “In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready...
  • US REP. John Lewis - In 1961 he was beaten in Rock Hill, SC. He now returns for 'overdue' apology

    01/21/2008 1:28:49 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 8 replies · 736+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jan. 20, 2008 | DAN HUNTLEY
    ROCK HILL --Nearly 47 years after U.S. Rep. John Lewis was beaten in a civil rights protest here, Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols will apologize to Lewis at the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. Lewis is the keynote speaker at Monday's sold-out event, whose theme this year is "Remember, Act, Celebrate." "It was a horrible thing that happened here to Congressman Lewis and an apology is long overdue," said Echols, who was a high school sophomore in Mulberry, Fla., when the incident happened. "There is no excuse for the beating he took at the Rock Hill...
  • Clinton Campaign Chair Rep. John Lewis Addresses California NAACP Conference

    10/29/2007 5:01:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Hillary Clinton for President ^ | 10/29/2007 | Hillary Clinton for President
    LOS ANGELES -Civil rights leader and Clinton Campaign Chair Congressman John Lewis addressed the California NAACP conference Saturday, outlining Hillary Clinton's 35-year record fighting for children and families and her commitment to expanding opportunity for all Americans. During his remarks, Rep. Lewis highlighted Clinton's commitment to protecting civil rights, improving our schools, defending affirmative action and rebuilding the road to the middle class for African Americans. "As President, Hillary will partner with us to increase opportunities for African Americans - by improving our schools, our health care system, expanding access to capital, putting home ownership back in reach, and cracking...
  • Clinton Names Congressman John Lewis National Campaign Chair

    10/27/2007 2:23:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 30 replies · 106+ views
    The Clinton Campaign ^ | 10/26/2007 | The Clinton Campaign
    The Clinton Campaign today announced that Congressman John Lewis will serve as a national campaign chair. Congressman Lewis recently endorsed Senator Clinton stating he believes that “Senator Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership.” As one of six national campaign chairs, Representative Lewis will focus his efforts on economic empowerment, health care, and poverty. Rep. Lewis is a civil rights pioneer who has devoted his life to equal rights for all Americans. From his days as a Freedom Rider and the head of the Student Non-violent...
  • Moms Spend Their Weekend Protesting War in Iraq (Cindy Sheehan & Code Pinko this weekend in DC)

    05/11/2007 11:37:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,473+ views
    Yahoo! News/One World ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007 | Aaron Glantz, OneWorld US
    Antiwar activists from around the country will celebrate Mothers Day by converging on Washington, DC, where they will demand Congress end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Five days of activism, sponsored by the women-for-peace group CODEPINK and "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace, will culminate in what organizers call a "Mother of a March" on May 14. "We want to get people out and get them active," said Tina Richards of Salem, Missouri. "We're getting in the way [and saying] no more business as usual until you pass legislation that brings our troops home and takes care...
  • Nifong may yet face challenger (Duke)

    06/12/2006 8:10:21 AM PDT · by zaxxon · 54 replies · 2,067+ views
    Raleigh News&Observer ^ | June 12, 2006 | J. Andrew Curliss
    A Durham lawyer and county commissioner is considering a write-in election campaign to try and unseat District Attorney Mike Nifong, the prosecutor overseeing the investigation of a rape accusation involving three members of the Duke University lacrosse team. The case has generated headlines across the nation about Duke and Durham, and Nifong's role in the case has become the subject of almost nightly segments on some national cable news shows. Much of it is critical of Nifong's performance. In an interview Sunday, Commissioner Lewis Cheek said he has been recruited to challenge Nifong. "I am looking at it," Cheek said,...
  • Prosecutor's Silence on Duke Rape Case Leaves Public With Plenty of Questions

    06/12/2006 4:27:33 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies · 5,278+ views
    NY Times ^ | 06/12/06 | By DUFF WILSON and JONATHAN D. GLATER
    DURHAM, N.C., June 9 — When a woman hired to dance at a Duke University lacrosse team party claimed that members of the team raped her, Michael B. Nifong, the district attorney for Durham County, responded with an aggressive, unflinching and very public investigation. "There's no doubt in my mind that she was raped and assaulted at this location," Mr. Nifong said on national television after the case surfaced in March. Mr. Nifong called other lacrosse players "hooligans" who had aided, abetted or covered up for the rapists. Local police officers seemed equally certain that they had a horrific crime...
  • McKinney’s home vandalized with video

    02/02/2006 2:51:12 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 54 replies · 1,724+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2006 | Jeff Dufour
    Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) returned home to Georgia on Sunday from a triumphant weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where an award-winning documentary about her life premiered. Her mood quickly soured, however, when she found the front yard of her district home littered with VCR tape in an apparent act of vandalism. “Obviously, someone wants to send a message that they know where I live and can have access to my front yard to do unkind things,” she said in a statement released by her office. The incident has been reported to police. According to a release from...
  • Semi-News: Congressman Calls for Bush Impeachment

    01/30/2006 10:37:58 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 236+ views
    azconservative ^ | 27 January 2006 | John Semmens
    Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) says President Bush should be impeached for authorizing spying on Americans. “There’s nothing worse than spying on Americans,” said Lewis. “It doesn’t matter whether these calls were coming from known al-Qaeda sources. Phone calls are not a crime. Until a crime has been committed, terrorists are entitled to their privacy.” Howard Dean reinforced Lewis’s charges. “These wiretaps are worse than 9-11,” said Dean. “Bush is the real threat to our freedom.” Ayman al-Zawahiri, second in command of al-Qaeda, complains that since news of the wiretaps became public his girlfriend, who apparently is living in America, broke...
  • (Congressman John) Lewis (D-GA) Calls For Bush Impeachment

    12/19/2005 1:50:24 PM PST · by mhking · 99 replies · 2,875+ views
    WXIA Atlanta ^ | 12.19.05 | AP
    ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. Representative John Lewis said in a radio interview on Monday that President Bush should be impeached if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans. The Democratic congressman from Georgia told WAOK-AM that he would sign a bill of impeachment if one was drawn up and that the House of Representatives should consider such a move. Lewis is among several Democrats who have voiced discontent with Sunday night's television speech, where Bush asked Americans to continue to support the Iraq War. Lewis is the first major House figure to suggest impeaching Bush. Lewis said --quote--...
  • NYP: A PHOTO-FIX FOR VOTING - Dean is shown up by Carter on Election Reform

    09/23/2005 6:33:15 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 875+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 23, 2005 | JOHN R. LOTT & MARIO VILLARREAL
    On Monday, a bipartisan commission headed by former President Jimmy Carter and ex-Secretary of State James Baker surprised most observers and agreed that Americans should be required to have photo IDs to vote. In fact, though the American debate over this is vitriolic, photo IDs are commonly used to prevent voter fraud across the world. Democrats often don't buy it. Howard Dean recently claimed that the Republican push for voter IDs is "a new Southern strategy and a new Jim Crow." Others have claimed that the requirement would victimize Hispanics, African-Americans and the poor. (Proponents answer that the IDs will...
  • Another Prominent Democrat Slowed By Terror Watch List

    08/21/2004 12:51:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 549+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis is known for his nonviolent protests during the civil rights movement, but when he visits airports, he's treated like a suspected terrorist. Lewis himself isn't on a Department of Homeland Security terrorist watch list, but airline attendants have told him his name is. That has caused him months of hassle and embarrassment, preventing him from using an electronic ticket to board a plane and subjecting him to extra identification checks and baggage searches. The Georgia Democrat revealed the mix up Friday in an interview with The Associated Press, a day after Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,...
  • Kennedy has company on airline watch list

    08/20/2004 7:15:26 PM PDT · by tomball · 18 replies · 558+ views
    CNN News ^ | Friday, August 20, 2004 Posted: 7:18 PM EDT | Ted Barrett
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Edward Kennedy is not alone.A second prominent lawmaker said Friday that he's been subjected to extra security at airports because his name appears on a list designed to prevent terrorists from boarding planes.Rep. John Lewis, D - Georgia, a nine-term congressman famous for his civil rights work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been stopped 35 to 40 times over the past year, his office said.Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on border security Thursday that he's been stopped several times because his name appeared on an airline watch list.Lewis contacted the...
  • Bush praises U.S. troops for illustrating tolerance

    02/05/2004 9:57:13 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/04 | Julia Duin
    <p>President Bush heaped praise on U.S. military forces during the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, saying American troops are illustrating "the great American tradition of religious tolerance" by some of their deeds in Iraq.</p> <p>"The Iraqi people are mostly Muslims and we respect the faith they practice," Mr. Bush told almost 5,000 listeners at the 52nd annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton and Towers.</p>
  • Billionaires Join Soros to Defeat Bush

    02/02/2004 8:49:22 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 42 replies · 1,289+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Feb. 02, 2004 10:26 PM EST | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    George Soros says he’ll pony up his $7 billion fortune if it could defeat George Bush this November. Soros has already donated tens of millions to groups like MoveOn.org and left wing "527’s” to defeat Bush. But Soros is not the only billionaire who has a passionate hatred for George Bush. MoveOn recently reported that Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Progressive Corp., has already given 1.5 million to the group. Lewis is so anxious to help MoveOn he now promises to match the amount contributed to MoveOn by any contributor, 50 cents for each dollar donated upto $20,000. Progressive (you’ve...
  • Where does she stand on Bush? (Maxine Waters at State of the Union)

    01/28/2004 8:27:52 AM PST · by BJungNan · 36 replies · 324+ views
    Novak ^ | January 25, 2004 | Novak
    The most discourteous Democrat in Congress during this year's State of the Union address was veteran Rep. Maxine Waters of California. She refused to clap or stand when President Bush entered the chamber, even though Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a fellow Black Caucus member, tried to get her out of her seat.
  • Home life, not racism, the problem

    01/27/2004 6:28:27 AM PST · by madprof98 · 10 replies · 283+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/27/04 | Jim Wooten
    "Perhaps," says U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), "the promiscuity of teenagers should not be condoned, but youthful indiscretion should not be punished in Georgia by 10 years in jail . . . " The promiscuity of teenagers? The victim in the Marcus Dixon case had no such history. She testified, in fact, that she had never spoken more than a few words to him before the day of the assault, which occurred while she was working as a student custodian cleaning a classroom trailer on school grounds. She testified, furthermore, that until the assault she was a virgin, in a...
  • At a crossroads on gay unions -- Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

    10/25/2003 5:43:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies · 204+ views
    the Boston Globe ^ | 10-25-03 | Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
    <p>FROM TIME to time, America comes to a crossroads. With confusion and controversy, it's hard to spot that moment. We need cool heads, warm hearts, and America's core principles to cleanse away the distractions.</p> <p>We are now at such a crossroads over same-sex couples' freedom to marry. It is time to say forthrightly that the government's exclusion of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters from civil marriage officially degrades them and their families. It denies them the basic human right to marry the person they love. It denies them numerous legal protections for their families.</p>
  • House OKs Resolution Supporting Troops

    03/21/2003 1:42:53 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 188+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 21 2003 | Associated Press via ABC News
    House resolution intended to show Congress' unified support for U.S. troops in Iraq passed overwhelmingly early Friday, but angered some Democrats who said they felt pressured into backing President Bush's decision to go to war. The Democrats said the Republican House leadership was forcing them to offer "unequivocal support" of Bush "for his firm leadership and decisive action in the conduct of military operations in Iraq" or reject a resolution showing support for soldiers and their families at a time of war. "I trust the American people to see through this attempt to coerce endorsement of his preventive war doctrine,"...
  • War Resisters: 'We Won't Go' to 'We Won't Pay'

    08/03/2002 1:38:25 PM PDT · by GeneD · 25 replies · 315+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/3/02 | Felicia R. Lee
    You could hardly find a more problematic time for pacifists who do not want their taxes spent on the military. But the recent wave of patriotic fervor has only reinvigorated the efforts of one tiny, determined group. "On the Friday after Sept. 11, I was told I should lay low for a while," said Marian Franz, executive director of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. "Now I have been told this is the time. As the war grows, so does the antiwar movement." For more than three decades, the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund has petitioned...