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Franken up by 4 votes after hand count, campaign says December 6, 2008

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Courtesy Rawstory:

Al Franken’s campaign says the Democratic senate challenger is up by four votes after completion of a hand recount in Minnesota. 

All precincts in the state had completed their recount except for one Minneapolis polling place where 133 ballots have gone missing since Election Day. Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias said he was optimistic that the ballots would be found. 

The ballots are believed to have been in an envelope marked “1/5” on Election Night, and local officials are searching for that envelope. Elections officials turned up four other envelopes — marked 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5 — and 133 more people signed in on Election Day than there were ballots during the recount.

The hand recount in that precinct is still technically ongoing while the search for those ballots continues. Elias scoffed at claims from Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s campaign that the ballots might not be missing at all.

“I’m pretty sure there’s no one here now who genuinely believes these ballots are not missing,” he said during a press briefing Friday afternoon. 

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Iraq vet possible Senate replacement for Obama November 13, 2008

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Courtesy  The Army Times:

Tammy Duckworth, who earned the Purple Heart for her service in Iraq, may be moving up with President-elect Barack Obama.

Duckworth, now the Illinois Veterans Affairs director, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Obama in the U.S. Senate or as Veterans Affairs secretary in an Obama administration.

She accompanied Obama yesterday as the Illinois senator marked Veterans Day by placing a wreath at the bronze soldiers memorial between the Field Museum and Soldier Field in Chicago.

Duckworth, then a pilot with the Illinois Army National Guard, lost both her legs in Iraq in 2004 when her Black Hawk helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.

She has said she would be interested in either the Senate seat or a post in Obama’s administration.

“I would be honored to be able to do that on a national level,” Duckworth told The Associated Press recently about the prospect of helping veterans.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, following a Veterans Day ceremony yesterday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, said Duckworth’s experience and the respect she has garnered from other veterans would make her an excellent choice for Veterans Affairs secretary.

Akaka, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said Duckworth has appeared in front of his committee and has proven to be knowledgeable of the challenges facing military veterans and their families.

“She’s smart and she would be able to deal with the problems facing our veterans,” he said. “She has a feel for veterans issues. She’s one who has been through it and feels the needs.”

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New VoteVets Ad: Veteran Claims McCain Let Him Down October 8, 2008

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TPM Election Central

VoteVets goes up, mostly in Virginia, with a new spot that quotes a young veteran lambasting McCain for skipping a vote on Jim Webb’s G.I. bill.

“When John McCain was about my age, our country paid his way through college,” says Iraq vet Jason Bensley:

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Iraq Vet Doubts ‘New Veteran’ Loyalty to McCain October 2, 2008

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Huffington Post

Luis Carlos Montalvan

Posted October 2, 2008 | 03:26 PM (EST)

To gain the sympathy and cooperation of the American people come election day, the robust presidential candidate McCain machine is working hard to quiet the anti-McCain fervor among “new veterans” that until recently has lurked just beneath the surface of America’s watchful eyes.

Trumped only by the looming Bush/McCain-caused national economic catastrophe, the topics of war, foreign policy, and veterans issues are at the forefront of the debates.  Source Article

Voting Rights of Ohio Veterans and Deployed Troops Under Attack September 26, 2008

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Huffington Post

Paul Rieckhoff

Posted September 26, 2008 | 02:09 PM (EST)

You wouldn’t think that anyone would knowingly threaten the voting rights of our nations’ deployed service members and hospital-bound veterans. But an attempt is being made right now that could risk the absentee ballots of thousands of troops and veterans from and in Ohio.

Existing Ohio law allows citizens to register to vote and cast an absentee ballot on the same day, as long as it happens 30 days before the election. But a ridiculous new lawsuit brought against Ohio’s Secretary of State is trying to prevent the two actions of registering to vote and submitting an absentee ballot from happening simultaneously. If the lawsuit succeeds, it could nullify the votes of potentially thousands of veterans in VA hospitals and deployed military personal that took advantage of this opportunity to register and vote at the same time.    Source Article

Obama Launches Ad Touting His Support Among Veterans September 26, 2008

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Huffington Post

Sam Stein

September 26, 2008 11:05 AM

Barack Obama is out with a new campaign ad that includes a cadre of veterans — including 2006 congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth — vouching for the Senator’s foreign policy and proposals for Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Joe Biden speaks to National Guard September 22, 2008

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BarackObamadotcom

Biden spoke to an assembly of the National Guard about the importance of properly supporting their efforts at home, in theater, and as veterans in Baltimore, MD, Septmember 22nd, 2008.

Veterans Groups Question McCain Voting Record September 19, 2008

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The Washington Independent

By John Dougherty 9/19/08 1:24 PM

Part 2: GOP Hopeful’s Record on Vet Benefits Contradicts Stump Rhetoric

Part 1: McCain’s Pro-Vet Image Clashes With Record

PHOENIX — Though polls show that Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, enjoys solid support from veterans, some vet organizations are sharply critical of the Arizona senator’s legislative voting record on issues important to them. They have lambasted him for voting against the 21st Century G.I. bill; against providing more money for veterans’ health care, and for a proposal that many regard as an effort to privatize their care.

The 21st Century G.I. bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate last May and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on June 30. The legislation, which Sen. Barack Obama supported, increases educational benefits for post 9/11 veterans who serve a minimum of three years. But McCain opposed the measure, citing as a problem its bestowal of full education benefits to members of the military after just one stint in the armed services. Source Article

Joe Biden: Virginia Beach, VA September 16, 2008

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Joe Biden spoke to an audience of veterans in Virginia Beach, VA on September 4, 2008. He talked about the United States’ sacred obligation to care for those we send and those who come home from defending our country.

Independent group launches televised attack on McCain’s POW record September 15, 2008

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boston.com

Posted by Sasha Issenberg September 15, 2008 01:23 PM

An independent group’s Swift Boat-style attack on John McCain’s Vietnam record has hit the airwaves: a 30-second spot featuring Philip Butler describing his fellow POW as “unfit to lead” is now appearing on national cable.

“The prisoner of war experience is not a good prerequisite for president of the United States,” Carter says in the ad, produced by Brave New PAC and Democracy for America. “He was known as a very volatile guy and he would blow up and go like a Roman candle. John McCain is not someone I would like to see with his finger near the red button.”  Source Article