Local Dems Gather for State of the Union Address

25 January 2011  
PV resident to host local watch party

Photo courtesy WH.gov
Americans will gather around televisions, radios and computers across the nation tonight to hear what President Barack Obama has to say about the direction this nation is heading.

Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, sharing his agenda for job creation, health care, and ensuring America is in a position to win the future.

Democrats have organized State of the Union Watch Parties across the country and even in Prescott Valley. Their hopes are to meet others with like interests to unite in support of Obama’s plans and organize strategies of how to proceed from here.

Supporters in Prescott Valley are planning to get together at 6:30 p.m. at an Organizing for America watch party hosted by Matt Golab at 7027 N. Clear Sky Court.

A press release inviting the public to attend states, “This event will be a great opportunity to meet fellow volunteers, get fired up for 2011, and make plans to fight for the President's agenda in 2011 and beyond.

“As we head into 2011, the President will be addressing the nation to define our priorities for the next year, and celebrate our accomplishments together,” states a national OFA link included in the release.

“Join us at one of our great volunteer’s home at 6:45 to watch our President, and discuss next steps. We’ll be making plans for how to organize in our communities in the coming months, and we want you to bring your voice. Bring a friend, too. We want everyone to hear this important message.”

A statewide release sent out yesterday by Sabrina Caprioli regarding Organizing for America Supporters in Arizona watch parties talks about what those attending such gatherings in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tempe, Mesa and Peoria can expect.

Watch Gatherings Call for Hope for Middle Class America

“President Obama is expected to propose initiatives to support middle-class families, (and a) vision for confronting continued economic challenges,” she states. “The events are part of many planned across the country.

“OFA supporters will use the State of the Union to have a broad discussion on the President’s agenda to strengthen the middle class, continue the economic recovery, and improve the tone of civil discourse,” she says. “Volunteers will also discuss and plan ways in which they can continue supporting the President’s agenda and protect the progress the country has made the last two years.”

Organizing for America (OFA) is a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee. OFA's network of volunteers and staff is actively working in all 50 states to promote the President's agenda for improving the country.

“Since 2009, OFA supporters have played a key role in helping strengthen America's middle class by creating jobs, passing health insurance reform, building a clean energy economy, improving education, and reining in the excesses of Wall Street,” according to the OFA site.

OFA volunteers have been active in 2011 holding Republicans accountable for their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act because of the harm it would do to American families and the national deficit.

Political Analysts Say Obama’s Speech Critical to Support

Political analysts across the nation are saying the public’s support of Obama from here out depends largely on how he delivers his State of the Union address tonight.

An ABC News piece written by Matthew Dowd writes inObama’s State of the Union: Don’t Measure Success by the Polls but by the ‘Influentials’, “Whatever the (likely limited) impact the speech has on the general public will likely be due to his continuing to connect the dots on his bipartisan appeal and his desire to change the tone in Washington.

“Single speeches don't usually move the country, but a cumulative effect of consistent communications and actions that resonate with the public does,” he continues. “And, of course, an improving economy would be a major help with stabilizing his numbers at a higher level.”

Numerous other articles state support for the President has increased since his rousing speech on unity toward a more positive future delivered in Tucson in response to the shooting spree Jan. 8 that seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, wounded 12 others and killed six.

An article published yesterday inBloomberg Businessweek, writtenby Julianna Goldman and Elliot Smith discusses Obama’s focus on U.S. competitiveness, jobs and the national deficit could provide stronger bi-partisan support.

“Obama’s job-approval ratings have been climbing since the November election in which the Republicans took control of the U.S. House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.

“In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted Jan. 13- 17, after Obama spoke at a memorial service in Tucson, Arizona, urging a more civil political discourse, his job approval reached 53 percent,” the article states. “Among independents, positive views of his performance surpassed negative views for the first time since August 2009.”

Even Sen. John McCain of Arizona praised Obama inFace the Nation Sunday for re-navigating his direction toward bi-partisan support, stating, Obama has “learned a lot” in his first two years in office, finding “common ground” among Democrats and Republicans.

However, not everyone speaking out on the impact of a bi-partisan State of the Union address has positive things to say, as indicated in a possible boycott announced this morning by Supreme Court Justices in a story written by Daily Mail reporter David Gardner in Mail Online.

Arizona Dem Chair asks Disgruntled Reps to Join Forces

cherneyheadshotAndrei ChernyNewly appointed Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny sent out a press release this week asking for a union of forces among Democrats to support the President and donations to help the cause, as printed in part below:

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as your new Arizona Democratic Party Chairman. I ran for this office because to me the Democratic Party isn’t an abstract concept, it isn’t a social club, and it’s not a game.

“It’s our hope for a better future for Arizona.

“I grew up in a small apartment with parents who were recent immigrants. Unemployment benefits and food stamps kept us afloat when times were tough. But because of public schools and public school teachers, because of public libraries and parks, because of federal student loans and Pell Grants, I was able to go from a kid whose parents didn’t speak English to working in the White House for the President of the United States.

“This could only happen in America – but it only happens in America because of the Democratic Party, a party that sees immigrants as a strength, that stands up for our public schools, and that believes that everyone has something to contribute and we rise or fall together.

“This is the Democratic Party we believe in. These are the Democratic values we must fight for. And the new Arizona Democratic Party is ready to fight hard – and win!

“We all know what’s at stake. Last year, for the first time in 16 years, Republicans carried every statewide race and got supermajorities in both houses of the Arizona legislature for the first time in Arizona history.

“Instead of being on the defense, we must go on the offense. We need a message that showcases our ideas while showing where their ideas fall short,” he states. “We need to inspire and motivate Democrats to get out and vote. And we must build a bottom-up, big-tent Arizona Democratic Party where Independents and fed-up Republicans have a home.”

Lauren Millette