Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bank crisis overshadows defense in first debate
Obama calls meltdown ‘final verdict’ on Bush; McCain urges spending freeze

Wall Street hijacked the first presidential debate Friday night between Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain, who clashed over tax cuts, congressional spending and President Bush's proposed $700 billion bank bailout in a forum that was supposed to be about foreign policy.
The candidates skirmished over the war in Iraq, with McCain sticking to his support for Bush’s troop “surge” last year and Obama repeating that he opposed the U.S. invasion all along. But the collapse of major financial institutions this month put foreign affairs — the stated topic of the first debate — firmly in the background as the men faced off at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

FISH & Donuts

Effingham County Democrats will be accepting non perishable and canned good items for FISH
on Saturday, November 1st from 8:00am - 12:00pm @ Campaign Headquarters 106 W. Washington. Free Coffee & Donuts will be served

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama rejects McCain call to delay debate

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama rejected Republican Sen. John McCain’s dramatic call Wednesday to delay Friday’s presidential debate because of the economic crisis. The McCain campaign said McCain would not show up for the debate unless a deal to address the crisis was reached.
The Commission on Presidential Debates and the University of Mississippi, the scheduled host of Friday night’s first debate, said the debate would go forward. They did not say what they would do if McCain failed to show up in Oxford, Miss.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Democrat Headquarters

Kristy Allen of Effingham was the first person to pickup a Obama/Biden sign.
Effingham County Democrat Headquarters
106 W. Washington St.
Effingham, IL
Hours - Monday thru Friday 2PM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 1PM

For more information call
Call 217-868-2526 or 217-685-1850
Obama/Biden bumper stickers are in!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Local Debate For State Candidates Set

A legislative candidate debate is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Washington Room of the Hilton Garden Inn. Participants include state Senate candidates John O. Jones and Henry Kijonka, as well as state House of Representatives candidates David Reis and Jason Warfel.

Local businessman Jeff Bloemker will moderate the debate. Questions will be posed by a panel that includes Premier Broadcasting Station Manager Greg Sapp, Cromwell Radio Group News Director Sara Fred and Effingham Daily News Managing Editor Donna Riley-Gordon.The debate will be broadcast live on WCRA 1090 AM and WXEF 97.9 FM.The Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry is sponsoring the debate.

Obama mocks McCain's call to fire SEC chair

‘This is not a time for fear,’ says Democratic candidate

ESPANOLA, N.M. - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama promised new ideas Thursday to calm America's financial meltdown and help struggling families avoid mortgage foreclosure, saying "this is not a time for fear and it's not a time for panic."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Obama and McCain Tax Proposals

According to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both proposing tax plans that would result in cuts for most American families. Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy.

See how much your taxes get cut
by Obama's plan!

Re-Elect Becky Jansen Circuit Clerk

Becky Jansen-Effingham
County Circuit Clerk



Elected in Dec. 2005 to the Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks Board. Starting as Secretary moving up to Treasurer and now Second Vice President.

One of two Circuit Clerks in the State of Illinois to be appointed to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board.

In my first four years as Circuit Clerk I have continued to be involved in Effingham County.


I belong to Effingham Sunrise Rotary, Effingham Chamber of Commerce & Business and Professional Women, as well as other organizations and volunteer work.

In my position of Circuit Clerk I have...

* added the on-line This helps both the public and the staff.

* upgraded the computer system to make the work more efficient

* added a program to show the docket entries of a file on the computer.

* made changes in the office that have helped in the everyday operations of the office.

* added a program that reimburses the Circuit Clerks Office over $10,000 a year.

* collected many fees that have been past due for many years.

Thank You for your continued support.




Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin Never In Iraq, Campaign Now Says

This article was posted on the CNN website. Amazing the vast amount of experience Palin has in foreign policy experience.
1. Visited Alaskan National Guard in Kuwait.
2. Filled up with gas in Ireland.
3. Vacation with family in Mexico?!?
4. Vacation with family in Canada?!?
5. Governor of a state next to Russia.


(CNN) -- Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican vice presidential nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor's foreign travel.

Gov. Sarah Palin's aide confirmed to CNN details of her foreign travel Saturday.

In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time to visit Alaskan troops stationed in Kuwait. Palin officials originally said her itinerary included U.S. military installations or outposts in Germany and Kuwait, and that she had visited Ireland.

A Palin aide in Alaska had said Iraq was also one of the military stops on that trip.

The Boston Globe, however, reported Saturday that in response to questions about the trip, Alaska National Guard officials and
campaign aides said Palin did not go past the Kuwait-Iraq border.

In addition, campaign aides also confirmed reports to CNN Saturday that Palin's time in Ireland on that trip had actually been a refueling stop.

The Obama campaign -- which has increasingly accused the McCain campaign of deliberately lying in ads and on the stump -- was quick to highlight that story, along with a news report that explored whether the McCain campaign has been sending out wildly inflated crowd estimates.

The McCain team has twice pointed to law enforcement as the source for those estimates --
but the same officials denied to Bloomberg News that they had provided the numbers cited by the Republican nominee's campaign.

"The McCain campaign said Gov. Palin opposed the bridge to nowhere, but now we know she supported it," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor in a statement. "They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?"

A Palin spokesperson also confirmed that the governor had visited Mexico on a personal vacation. She has also visited Canada.

The Palin revelations Saturday are the latest in a series of barbs between the two presidential campaigns.

McCain, appearing Friday on ABC's "The View," was aggressively pressed on Palin's qualifications to be vice president as well as his new campaign ads that several independent fact-check groups have called misleading.

Co-host Barbara Walters asked about Palin's reformist credentials, noting McCain has served in Washington for more than two decades and asking repeatedly, "Who's she going to reform, you?"

McCain answered by saying Democrats have controlled Congress for two years, but then Walters quickly interrupted: "But tell me who she is going to reform -- we aren't talking about the economy, we're not talking about housing; she was chosen to reform, who is she going to reform?"

Appearing somewhat frustrated, McCain said, "The Democrat Party, the Republican Party, even an independent. She'll reform all of Washington."

Walters, seeming somewhat exasperated, asked, "How? What will she do? What is she going to reform specifically, senator?"

McCain said Palin had a strong record on vetoing earmark spending.

"The fact is she was a reform governor, she took on an incumbent governor of her own party and defeated him. She sold the airplane and fired the chef," McCain said, referring to Palin's efforts to put her predecessor's state jet up for auction on eBay and her dismissal of the governor's personal chef.

"She sold the airplane at a loss," Walters interrupted.

(The jet failed to draw sufficient bids on eBay and later was sold at a loss through an ordinary aircraft brokerage.)

Also on Friday, both campaigns accused each other of engaging in lies, unfair attacks and gutter politics in a series of television ads and memos.

McCain's campaign released a television ad, titled "Disrespectful," that accuses McCain's Democratic rival of launching desperate attacks and smears against Palin.

In the McCain ad, the announcer says the Obama camp had "lashed out at Sarah Palin" and dismissed Palin as "good-looking" as the Democratic nominee's face appears on the screen. The announcer also says the Democrats had said Palin was doing "what she was told" and had "desperately" called her a liar.

"How disrespectful," the announcer says. "And how Gov. Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day."

Obama never made any of the statements the McCain camp released to support the ad, and the comment that Palin was "good-looking" was made by the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, in a self-deprecating joke when he was asked what the obvious differences were between the two vice presidential nominees. Watch the McCain ad »

Biden repeatedly has said on the campaign trail that he respected Palin and that he thought she was qualified for the vice presidency. pointed out the quote from an Obama adviser that Palin was doing "what she was told" was taken out of context. The quote is taken from the response of Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, in which he said Palin had misrepresented Obama's legislative record. "Maybe that's what she was told" about his voting record, Axelrod said.

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, launched two television ads Friday. In one, the campaign paints McCain as being out of touch by showing pictures of him when he first entered the Senate in 1982 as disco music plays. The ad also highlights McCain's own admissions that he lacks computer skills and does not use e-mail. Watch the Obama ad attacking McCain »

In the second Obama ad, the candidate himself appears. "We've heard a lot of talk about change this year. The question is, change to what?" Obama asks.

The ads come as Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, issued a tough memo to reporters that accused McCain and his campaign of turning to "smears, lies and cynical attempts to distract from the issues."

John McCain on the View Part 1

John McCain on the View Part 2

John McCain on the View Part 3

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Republicans Can't Even Answer the Question

Obama accuses McCain campaign of 'lies'

NORFOLK, Va. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a campaign stop Tuesday.
"I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough," he said.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Talk About Change!

What a Reformer!!!!!!

From Just More of the Same...
Who is Sarah Palin?

Just More of the Same

Find out how adept the Republicans were at their convention at misconstruing facts, telling half truths, blatantly lying or just ignoring the truth altogether.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Obama says GOP avoiding issues on voters' minds

YORK, Pa. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that Republicans at their national convention are attacking him to avoid talking about the sagging economy and housing problems."You're hearing an awfully lot about me _ most of which is not true _ but you're not hearing a lot about you," Obama said. "You haven't heard a word about how we're going to deal with any aspect of the economy that is affecting you and your pocketbook day-to-day. Haven't heard a word about it. I'm not exaggerating. Literally, two nights, they have not said a word about it."The Illinois senator told voters that the GOP convention speakers are spending all their time talking about politics, not about issues that matter to voters. He criticized the Republicans for not addressing the economic distress or housing foreclosures that have grown during the Bush administration.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Next President

This article written by Richard Holbrooke for Foreign Affairs Magazine makes a case like no other for why Barack Obama is the answer for our miserable foreign affairs and that John McCain may actually be worse for America than the current administration.

The Next President - Mastering a Daunting Agenda

Obama Biden on 60 Minutes Pt. 2

Obama and Biden on 60 Minutes Pt 1

Democrat Elected Officials

  • Effingham County Board Distric G-Doug McCain
  • Effingham County Treasurer - Steve Dasenbrock
  • Effingham County Board District C - Karen Luchtefeld

Effingham County Democrats Officers

  • Chairman - Audrey Griffith
  • First Vice Chairman - Dan Niebrugge
  • Second Vice Chairman - Allen Wente
  • Secretary - James Hammer
  • Treasurer - Shirley McEvers