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money and connections:the basis for a good political campaign

money and connections:the basis for a good political campaign

Margaret Daly

All my life, I have been very exposed to politics. My godfather is a former senator for the state of California, and my family has always helped him in his campaigns. I remember being introduced to “important” people at parties and fundraisers. Back then, I was always enthusiastic to help out. It made me feel important, but recent personal experiences have left me angry at the atrocities of campaigning for office. Some months ago my Dad ran for judge of Alameda County Superior Court. Unfortunately, he lost, but it was still a process that really taught me a lot. First of all, I learned that running a political campaign is a very stressful undertaking. I admire all politicians who are willing to go through that kind of stress for a job that will only bring more stress. Secondly, I discovered that I really hate politics. During the campaign my dad would come home stressed out and my parents began fighting a lot more. I would hear all about how the opponent had more money and more connections and how maybe it would be better to just give up. It seemed like qualifications didn’t matter. I thought an honest person with integrity and a good work ethic could easily prevail in an election but this isn’t so. There is actually so much more involved. In addition to this, politics really revealed who were just our “fair weathered friends.” During the campaign, some of my Dad’s lifelong friends in politics wouldn’t endorse him because they didn’t want to anger the support system of his opponent. These were people whom he had supported in all their endeavors. How could t hey turn their backs on him now? All of this got me thinking, this campaign must be a reflection of how all elections are. It makes me angry that a person who may be the best for a position could lose only because of their lack of connections or funds. This should not be acceptable; people should elect the best candidate. I want to reinforce and encourage people to really look into the candidate they are voting for, aside from just name recognition. For youth radio I’m Margaret Daly. You can hear this commentary and more at www.youthradio.org.

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Female suicide bomber

News

By:Tiara Lindsey

Last Friday a female suicide bomber blew herself up south of
Baghdad in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims killing 32 people including many women and children. It was said to be the deadliest of attacks directed towards Shiite pilgrims in most recent days by Iraqi and western officials.40 year old Abu Islam a resident of Baghdad says “burned corpses were every where; they were mostly kids and women because the bomber targeted the tents of women.” After the bombing, along highways of Baghdad, check points were set up every few miles with security forces lining the roads about every 100 feet.A local hospital which only had 50 beds was very quickly filled. Around 76 people including 28 children were rushed to a bigger hospital in the city of Hilla. According to the international herald tribune, no one knows for sure why these attacks are reoccurring. I feel as if this situation is absurd simple because the targets were women and children. This is one of the many tragic incidents that have occurred in the Middle East. I believe that people commit suicide for personal reasons, in my opinion I would think that this was a political statement being made.

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Oscar Grant Murder

BY:JALA GARCIA

NEWS

last week Former Bart officer Johannes Mehserle 27-year-old plead not guilty to the murder of an unarmed 22 year-old Oscar Grant in an Alameda courtroom. On New Years day around two in the morning after a conflict Oscar Grant was detained by the police. Grant laid face down in handcuffs as Mehserle stood over him and shot him in the back. the citizens that were at the scene video recorded it with their cell phones and put it on the internet for the nation to see. Since the New Year shooting it took two weeks for Mehserle to be charged with the shooting. Many things happened such as riots and protests in the Oakland Area. Mehserle’s next court date will be held Jan. 26, 2009. it took the courts two weeks to arrest mehserle and he showed no remorse and has not apologized to the family of oscar grant.

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Illinois Governer Scandal

NEWS

BY:LUIS FLORES

 

ACCORDING TO SFGATE.COM, ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY SEEKING MONEY OR OTHER FAVORS TO INFLUENCE HIS DECISION ABOUT THE REPLACEMENT FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA’S SEAT IN THE STATE SENATE. THE GOVERNOR HAS THE RIGHT TO PICK HIS SUCCESSOR, BUT SINCE BLAGOJEVICH WAS TAKING BRIBES, ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS WANT TO BRING IN THE LEGISLATURE TO HELP SET UP A SPECIAL ELECTION TO CHOOSE OBAMA’S REPLACEMENT. OBAMA HAS JOINED OTHERS WHO ASKED HIM TO RESIGN, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT HE WILL BACK DOWN. TO ME, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE REVEALING OF A GREAT DEAL OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN OUR GOVERNMENT. IN THIS CASE, IT WAS A GOVERNOR WHO GOT CAUGHT, BUT THERE ARE ALSO MANY MORE IN POSITIONS OF HIGHER POWER WHO ARE CORRUPT. ALSO, I THINK THIS SHOWS HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROFIT THAT CAN BE MADE FROM OBAMA’S RECENT RISE IN POWER. IT COULD RANGE FROM A NAPKIN USED BY OBAMA ALL THE WAY TO MORE SERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, LIKE A SENATE SEAT, AS IT WAS IN THIS CASE.

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Leadership

commentary

by:derek williams

 

There are many parts to being a leader. there are certain standards and values that you have to uphold to even call yourself a leader.here  are some steps  i think that you have to do in the process of becoming a leader .one of the first steps is that you must have integrity,  integrity is what makes people like you and  respect you. you can’t be a leader without the respect of your peers .secondly its about your VISION, YOU need a VISION THAT you believe in and a plan to make sure you are doing all you can .the third step is HAVING CREATIVITY, be creative, think outside the box, being a leader means having orginalility you have to have something new and exciting to captivate your peers with. step four is about your personal concern about the issue.concern is a huge part of being a leader ,being able to show your concern shows people you truly care.being able to take the issue at hand and find a solution shows great leadership and initiative. step five is having results. results orientation is a term that means taking everthing that you learned and putting them to work.using your integrity and then coming up with an effective vision, make it creative then listen to the concerns of your peers, and finally trying your best to make it HAPPEN. courage is the foundation of being a leader without it you can’t be a leader, it takes courage to be able to speak and deliver the message of your vision and being able to perservere .i believe that being a leader takes strength and with these steps i believe you can achieve  being an effective leader. IT’S just how you apply yourself.

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Union Workers Key To Obama Win

NEWS

BY:ANDREA HILL

ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY MSNBC.COM YOUNG VOTERS WERE NOT AS VITAL AS IT WAS EXPECTED BUT INSTEAD MAJORITY OF UNION WORKERS LEAD OBAMA TO VICTORY. THE REPORT STATES THAT EVEN WITHOUT YOUNG VOTERS, OBAMA, STILL HAD ENOUGH ELECTORAL VOTES TO BECOME PRESIDENT. 60% OF YOUNG VOTERS IN TWO KEY BATTLE GROUND STATES VOTED FOR SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN IN TUESDAYS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IN OKLAHOMA MOST OF YOUNG VOTERS CASTED THEIR BALLOT FOR SENATOR MCCAIN WHILE IN VIRGINIA MOST OF BARACK OBAMA’S SUPPORTERS WERE UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTY.

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Tiger Woods of Politics

By Jacob Cohn 

A FEW WEEKS AGO READERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE OPENED THEIR PAPERS TO FIND A STORY ON THE FRONT PAGE HEADLINED “COULD BARACK OBAMA DO FOR POLITICS WHAT TIGER WOODS DID FOR GOLF?” THIS, I REALIZED AFTER STARING AT IT FOR A WHILE, IS AN EXTREMELY RACIST HEADLINE. YET THE STORY BELOW IT MADE A VALID POINT. IT SAID THAT OBAMA MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT ENTERTAINERS LIKE OPRAH WINFREY AND BILL COSBY HAD MANAGED BUT WHAT NO BLACK POLITICIAN HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO DO: TO TRANSCEND THE RACIAL DIVIDE AND EARN THE LOYALTIES OF PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND CREEDS.  I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ARTICLE SOON AFTER THAT WHEN I WENT TO SEE SENATOR OBAMA SPEAK IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE LINE TO SEE HIM WAS LITERALLY THE LONGEST I HAVE EVER SEEN OR STOOD IN. AFTER AN HOUR OR SO I HAD NEARLY MANAGED TO SNAKE MY WAY AROUND A BUILDING—ONE THAT WASN’T EVEN THE BUILDING WHERE THE SPEECH WOULD TAKE PLACE. WHEN I DID GET INSIDE I WAS STRUCK BY THE INTENSE ENERGY OF THE CROWD—NOT THAT I HADN’T EXPECTED IT, BUT I WAS STILL STRUCK BY IT. THE SPEECH, TOO, WAS EXCELLENT EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T REALLY ANYTHING UNEXPECTED. BUT THE THING THAT I REALIZED ONLY LATER, AFTER IT WAS POINTED OUT TO ME, WAS THAT ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE WERE IN THE CROWD. SOME OF THEM WERE BLACK, YES, BUT THE BIGGEST GROUP SEEMED TO BE WHITE, LIBERAL, MOSTLY YOUNG BAY AREA NATIVES. IN OTHER WORDS, THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF THE CROWD WAS A LOT LIKE ME, ONLY OLDER—PEOPLE I HAD EXPECTED TO SHOW UP, BUT NOT PEOPLE I HAD EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MAJORITY. THE FACT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE IN IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE COME TO SUPPORT HIM ONLY DRIVES THE POINT HOME. MAYBE THE CHRONICLE WAS RIGHT, AND OBAMA REALLY CAN BECOME—I HARDLY LIKE TO SAY IT—THE “TIGER WOODS OF POLITICS”. I REALIZE THAT HE’S NOT PERFECT, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR HIM NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HE WAS, BUT I THINK HE HAS A FIGHTING CHANCE OF DOING IT. AND IN A COUNTRY STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE ISSUE OF RACE, THAT COULD BE A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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