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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Daily Democratic Wire 8-26-2009

George Wenschhof

Senator Edward Kennedy passes away at age of 77 - his battle with brain cancer mirrored his many battles in the Senate. First diagnosed in May 2008, he courageously fought the incurable form of cancer, living longer than what medical experts had predicted. It doesn't seem that long ago when his picture with his brothers President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy hit the newsprint in 1960. They looked so young back then and I was but seven, but the photos and the name became etched in my memories along with "...and the Dream lives on..". Much will be written of the Lion of the Senate over the following days and weeks, as it should be for the champion of those less fortunate.

The NY Times has a article this morning you can read here.


This morning, President Barack Obama to make a statement to the press in regard to the death of Senator Kennedy - He and the First Family are vacationing on Martha's Vineyard and it was speculated the president might visit Ted Kennedy. Senator Kennedy's endorsement and backing of Obama during a very close Democratic primary in 2008 helped secure the Party nomination for Obama. You can read the prepared statement here.


Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) failed to disclose $660,000 in assets in 2007 - this may prove problematic as he is already facing an ethics panel inquiry surrounding several issues, including income from a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. Stay Tuned. has more here.


Howard Dean speaks at Health Care Reform Town Hall meeting in Virginia - the former DNC chair spoke at the meeting held by representative Jim Moran (D-Va.). Supporters of reform backed by Organizing for America (OAS) and Change that Works packed the 2700 seat auditorium. Opponents of reform were a minority, but nonetheless loud. has more here.


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