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Senate Committee Passes DC Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Earlier today the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs voted to send the DC Voting Rights Act to the full Senate. In addition to the Democrats on the Committee, GOP Senators Collins (ME), Coleman (MN), and Voinovich (OH) voted yes on the bill. It was unfortunate that our neighbor, Senator Warner of Virginia, chose not to listen to his House colleague, Representative Tom Davis, and voted against giving the District a vote.

I really liked what Senator Norm Coleman had to say. He spoke about his experiences as an urban mayor, and how things in his city were really affected by what the federal government did. He also said it was time to end the “paternal” relationship Congress has over the district, as it was not fair and just wrong. It’s nice to see a member of Congress draw from his or her own experiences and do what they think is right – that doesn’t happen as often as it should. I also have to give thanks to Senator Lieberman for leading this bill through the Senate and working to get today’s bi-partisan vote.

Today was a great day for DC voting rights, but there is still work to be done. The full Senate will vote on this bill later this summer and we still need to convince a few Senators that the time to give DC a vote is now! Please remember to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about – it only takes a few minutes.

Panetta Campaign in the Washington Post

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

There was a good article today in the Washington Post about the shadow races. It was above the fold on the front page of the Metro section. Probably more press than that position has gotten in years!

I think the reporter, Joel Holley, did a good job of explaining the role of the Shadow delegation and gave us all some good ink.  He followed me around while I was campaigning at at the Dupont Farmers market last Sunday when it was like 99 degrees and interviewed some people who stopped to talk to me. I hope his article will stop the confusion whenever I talk to people about what I am running for, but I’m always happy to explain it to someone, especialy if they are a registered Democrat!
Here’s a link to the article:

The Race for Nonmember
Shadow Candidates for Congress Find They Must Explain the Office
Click here to read

Shadow Senator Discussion on DCist

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

There was a discussion over on DCist about Michael Brown’s Shadow Senator signs. They just realized that there are two Michael Browns running for office in DC. Political junkies in the District noticed that back in May when the one running for Shadow Senator picked up that ballots.

I saw the “Michaels” sign each other’s nominating petitions at a Ward 5 meeting back in June. I was wondering if, when they shook hands, they’d be sucked into some weird 4th dimension like Ron Silver’s character when he touched his alternative self in that time travel movie with Jean Claude Van Dam and the girlfriend from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - but nothing happened.

Anyway, there was a little discussion about the role of the Shadow delegation (Senators and Representative) and, as usual, there were the people who think the whole shadow delegation should be eliminated. I jumped in with a good comment (well, at least my wife said it was good). Here’s a link to the story:

Some Recent Press

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Now that it’s getting close to the election, the press is starting to pay some attention to the Shadow races. Which is nice, as we need all the help we can get raising awareness about these positions. In the past few days I’ve been interviewed or profiled by News Channel 8, The Washington Examiner, The Common Denominator, and The Washington Post.

The Post was pretty cool as they actually had a reporter out with me when I was campaigning at the Dupont Farmer’s Market on Sunday and stopped to talk to a few people who talked to me - so that should be a good little story. I am a bit annoyed at the paper as they are not doing any endorsements in the Shadow races. I know they have in the past - I guess there is just too much going on this year.

Here is a short run-down of the press or voter guides so far about my campaign. I’ll post more as they come online.

The Common Denominator

League of Women Voters

CityPaper (I’m quoted way at the end of the article.)

DC for Democracy Fundraiser - Tonight

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to get an endorsement from DC for Democracy, a group of progressive Democrats here in the District. Good thing about getting their thumbs-up is that they are having a fundraiser for the slate of endorsed candidates tonight (August 23rd) from 7:00-9:00 at the Chide Harold in Dupont Circle. The details are below, if you come be sure to say hello to me!

2006 DC Primary Fundraiser

Join DC for Democracy and our endorsed candidates for the 2006 DC Elections:

  • City Council - At Large: Phil Mendelson
  • City Council - Ward 1: Jim Graham
  • City Council - Ward 6: Tommy Wells
  • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • U.S. Representative (”Shadow Representative”): Mike Panetta
  • U.S. Senator (”Shadow Senator”): Phil Pannell

At a fundraiser to support our political activity in the upcoming elections.

August 23, 2006
From: 7:00 PM until 09:00 PM

The Childe Harold
1610 20th Street N.W. - Second Floor
Dupont Circle

Directions: Just across 20th Street from the Q Street Exit of the Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line)

Contact: [email protected]

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