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Thursday, October 30, 2003


Video Exclusive: A Vermont Labor Leader For Dean

posted by Heath at Thursday, October 30, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
As pointed out by Anna and Aziz, the early endorsements by labor are incredibly important. Dean needs to show the others that he's picking up traditional Democratic organizing support as well as running an incredible tech savvy grass roots movement. IUPAT, CTA, and the SEIU are listening to their members. We have to make sure the bigger union leaders hear what their people are saying about Dean despite their long history with the other guy(s).

I thought these were some good talking points from Bob Hooper, Past President of the State Employees Association, on how Dean worked with Labor in Vermont as Governor.

After you catch THE BAT, check out what Hooper has to say about how Dean went out of his way for labor.

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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.