Daily Archives: March 23, 2012
“Tomorrow’s victories will be built from the embers of defeat. Of this I have no doubt. How do I know this? I started my career in 1967 and since then, I have lost a total of eight times. Indeed, when I was elected to Congress in 1996, it was on my FIFTH try.”
There has been speculation that Kucinich may try to gain a seat from Washington state after losing in a redistricted election in Ohio. To that end, he has taken up speaking in the west coast state where the filing deadline for candidacy is May 18th.It is also easier to get on the ballot in Washington, without petitions or other expenses and complications getting in the way.
A Congressional candidate in Washington state must only pay 1 percent of the annual salary of a House Member as his filing fee and declare his party affiliation. A group called Washington Citizens for Kucinich knows how simple the requirements are and feel it is best if Kucinich makes a decision to run by the end of April.
The new 10th district, which he would run in, is a safe Democratic seat.
- Kucinich back to Washington State (politico.com)
- Kucinich: Washington’s political guest returns (seattlepi.com)
- Rep. Dennis Kucinich to headline WA forum on Social Security (ssworkswa.org)
- You: Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich hailed by colleagues after primary loss (latimes.com)
- Congress Loses Its Most Liberal Member: Dennis Kucinich Was Defeated In Ohio (businessinsider.com)
Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s lack of prosecution for the shooting is taking up much of our news. This is not, however, the only case of horrible death attributed to the Stand Your Ground law (which, by the way, was heavily promoted by the NRA to get passed… you know… the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” guys). Here is another one:
Valrico, FL (CNN/WFLA/WTFS/WTSP) – Outrage over last month’s shooting death of an unarmed teen in Florida has put a new focus on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The widow of a man shot dead in front of his daughter, says it is a free pass for murder.
“I would worry about him but I thought he’d be safe here,” she said.
Kanina was wrong; and now wants to know why Trevor Dooley, a 71-year-old retired bus driver, shot her husband in broad daylight, right front of their eight-year-old daughter. Dooley claims it was self defense. Kanina James calls it murder.
“What person brings a gun to a park when there’s children? I mean, he killed my husband. He could’ve just talked to him,” James said.
Whether or not Trevor Dooley fired in self-defense is at the heart of this case. Also central to the story is Dooley’s defense-Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law-which allows a person to stand their ground and use deadly force if they fear someone could seriously harm them.
Here’s what witnesses said happened on that September Sunday in 2010. Forty-one-year-old David James was playing basketball with his daughter when witnesses said Dooley, who lived right across the street, started yelling at a teenager who was skateboarding, to get off the court. That’s when witnesses said James intervened.
James yelled back to Dooley, asking him to show where any sign said no skateboarding. Dooley then crossed the street to the park to confront James.
A tennis player at the park, Michael Whitt, testified things turned ugly when Dooley reached for his waistband. Whitt said James then lunged at Dooley. The two men struggled on the ground before James was shot once through the heart. On the 911 call, Whitt is heard trying to help.
Dooley tells a different story; one that contradicts witness statements. Dooley told authorities when he took the gun out of his right front pocket James saw the weapon and knocked him to the ground. At a hearing to get the charges dismissed, Dooley testified, “he was choking me to death.”
Dooley’s lawyer said his client turned to walk away towards home and that James was the aggressor. He said Dooley did show a gun, but did not use it until he felt his life was threatened. He said charges against his client should be dropped given the Stand Your Ground law.
Kanina James said her husband of 13 years had never been aggressive, that he was a gentle family man. She believes he was trying to protect himself and their daughter, Danielle, after he saw Dooley pull a gun.
“He loved Danielle so much, that breaks my heart, that Trevor Dooley took my daughter’s best friend away from her; she’ll never have her daddy,” Kanina James said.
Danielle’s testimony about how and why the situation turned violent is key in a case that hinges on self-defense. Danielle, now 10, recalled how her father asked Dooley where the signs were that said “no skateboarding” on the court.
“My dad got on top of him, so he could keep him down so he could get the answer,” the young girl said.
“Where were your dad’s hands?” prosecutors asked.
“On his arms.”
“On the man’s arms?”
“Yeah,” she said.
Danielle then recalled her father’s last moments.
“I think the guy pulled out the gun then,” she said.
“Did you hear anything?” said prosecutors.
“What did you hear?”
“Like when it shot?” Danielle said.
“You heard a gunshot,” said prosecutors.
“Did your dad say anything then?”
“What did he say?” said prosecutors.
“Call the ambulance, I have been shot,” she said.
When Kanina James arrived at the scene, her husband was already dead and her daughter was crying, asking, “Why isn’t anyone helping my daddy?”
OK. Now you should know that other states have similar laws. Perhaps yours does?
Perhaps you should look into it.
- Tonight on AC360: Florida Shooter claims ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense (ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
- Indict Florida (bobhackworth.wordpress.com)
- “Stand Your Ground” Law in Florida Results in “Skyrocketing” Rate of Homicides (sayitaintsoalready.com)
- Florida Senate President Rejects Calls For Committee To Review ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law (thinkprogress.org)
- Trayvon Martin Tragedy And The “Stand Your Ground Law” (hellobeautiful.com)
- Florida Court Dismisses Stabbing Case Under The “Stand Your Ground” Law (jonathanturley.org)
- Does Florida law let killers go free? (cnn.com)
- Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Claims Another Victim (inquisitr.com)
- Another pet peeve: Gail Collins edition (maureenholland.wordpress.com)
- Murder First, Manufacture an Excuse Later (ronscoffeeandchocolates.wordpress.com)
- A History Of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law In Florida (npr.org)
- Miami Judge: back-stabbing allowed under Stand Your Ground (miamiherald.typepad.com)
President Barack Obama’s 2008 triumph in Virginia was widely attributed to a well-orchestrated campaign that mobilized large swaths of voters, even in reliably conservative areas. Four years later, it’s growing support among women that’s giving the president momentum in the Commonwealth — and according to some observers, he can thank the Republican party’s revival of the culture wars for powering his re-election bid there.
Democrats believe that the GOP’s tactics have handed Obama a firewall, which might allow the president to weather a potential dip in enthusiasm among minority and exurban voters. One Democratic strategist in Virginia set an extremely lofty threshold for the eventual Republican presidential nominee. “If Republicans can’t hold at least 45 percent of suburban women, they’ll just get killed,” the strategist told TPM.
That might be a daunting task for a party embroiled in what Democrats are labeling a “war on women.”
Many of us thought we would be giving Virginia away after the election of a Repub governor in 2009, but since the numerous anti-abortion strategies which directly attack women, the current state leadership seems to have fallen out of favor among women.
It remains to be seen how Repubs will get them back.