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Wednesday, July 16, 2003


Howard Dean's Youth machine

posted by Ezra at Wednesday, July 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Slowly but surely, the media is starting to get us. Check out this Morth Jones article on Howard Dean's Youth Machine, of which I guess I'm part.

To personalize this a bit - Gray Brooks was my roommate until 3 days ago, and I work closely with Michael Whitney. It's a great group up here and the extent to which youth are powering this campaign is one of the most underreported stories in this election. Check out the article, it's well worth it and spot-on in its descriptions.


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