Thursday, November 29, 2007

Football = Funding?

We'll see if the Tigers exceptional football season will yield a friendlier audience in Jefferson City. In the meantime, though, it is yielding more alumni donations and increased new student applications.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WashU Employees favor Obama; Trustees go with Romney

I thought this was interesting.

Half of all Washington University employee donations went to Barack Obama, followed by John McCain at 22%. WashU employee donations totaled $15,437. (Hillary Clinton did not receive any donations from employees.)

On the other hand, the Board of Trustees donated $54,400 with Mitt Romney leading the pack at 31% off that sum, followed by Clinton at 22%.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Speaking of...

Speaking of student groups supporting Presidential candidates, there is an article in today's Maneater about these groups.

Notice the conspicuous lack of any groups touting Republican candidates.

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Mizzou Dems Host Forum

The Mizzou College Democrats are hosting a Presidential Candidate Forum tomorrow. The forum will be moderated by Mark Buhrmester, and will feature student groups representing Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. The Facebook event currently has 56 RSVPs which could make it one of the more widely attended events of the semester for the chapter.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

A techy update

I just installed a program called ScribeFire to my beloved Firefox. This will make it more convenient for me to post, which means I will be making more regular posts in the future. Thanks for sticking with me through my dry patch!

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Recap from YDMO Fundraiser

The Young Democrats of Missouri (YDMO) held a fundraiser a week ago to accumulate funds for an Executive Director for the state organization. I have a short update on that event. Since it's Thanksgiving (Happy Thanksgiving!) I'll keep it short.

There were about 40 people in attendance, including Rep. Judy Baker and Rep. Sam Page. The event netted about $1700. Their goal for this position is $10,000. So they still have a ways to go.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

YDMO Fundraiser on Thursday

The Young Democrats of Missouri have a fundraiser lined up in Columbia on Thursday evening. The event is hosted by such community and political leaders as Rep. Judy Baker, former state representative candidates Jim Ritter and Sid Sullivan, former (and future?) Congressional candidate Duane Burghard, MU professor Herb Tillema and Missouri Democratic Committeeman Stephen Wyse. Not a bad line-up.

Tickets to the event are $10 for students, $30 for adults and $50 for couples. They are receiving matching funds from the Young Democrats of America for the purpose of hiring an executive director.

To have a professional in charge of YDMO would be a huge boon to their organization as well as the state Democratic Party. Last year, young people heavily favored the Democrats on the national level, but in Missouri young people only barely favored McCaskill over Talent. An Executive Director would help them out in pulling young people to the Democratic column.

Friday, November 9, 2007


DEMSTOCK III seemed to be quite the success for the College Democrats of Missouri. Jason Rosenbaum made my day and recorded Jeff Harris singing Johnny Cash. The video is below. You can't see it too well, but it sounds alright. Apparently they raised somewhere between $800-900 at the event.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


DEMSTOCK III, the twice-yearly music festival hosted by the College Democrats of Missouri, is happening tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers that Jason Rosenbaum attends and videotapes Harris singing with the Cotton Mollies. Here are the details from Facebook:

Come watch four great bands at the Blue Fugue, see presentations by other liberal-minded groups, and hear our Democratic leaders rally the College Democrats!



Democratic Leaders:
Rep. Judy Baker (8:45)


The Honorable Chris Kelly! (10:45)
Liberal student groups:
Students for Clinton (9:45), Students for Edwards (10:45), Students for Obama (11:45)!!!

STAND Mizzou! (9:45)

Teach For America! (10:45)

Peaceworks! (11:45)
18 and up! $5 admission for the College Democrats of Missouri!

Double draws (2 for 1) until 9 pm, then $2 wells!
Let me know if you're carpooling in and I'll find you a couch.

Reaction from Chuck Graham Demonstrations

As you might know, the College Democrats and College Republicans both held demonstrations at Sen. Chuck Graham's fundraiser last Friday. The College Democrats argued that Graham had a strong record of defending the University, while the Republicans said that Graham's DWI arrest harms his ability to represent the district effectively.

There's a blog called (YDA as in Young Democrats of America) that picked up this story. The author of the blog criticized the College Dems for defending Graham. Granted, the author didn't come across as particularly intelligent, but it's still interesting to see Young Dems criticizing one of their own.