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September 8 2004




People who would like to volunteer for Democratic candidates and causes but aren't sure where to begin (see Bill Cope's column on page 7) are invited to a fall campaign kickoff event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, at the Boise Bridge Club, 4620 Overland Road (behind the Hillcrest Business Center).

The Idaho Progressive Caucus, sponsor of the event, is billing it as a "Hitting the Home Stretch Rally." Representatives of several local, state, and national political organizations will attend with information on volunteer opportunities for the fall campaign's final weeks.

"We know many Idahoans would like to help progressive candidates win this fall, but they haven't been asked or aren't sure what they can do," said Gary Allen, caucus chairman. "This will be an opportunity for people to meet other local Democrats and get involved in their campaigns of choice, when they're needed the most."

The Idaho Progressive Caucus is a new group dedicated to fiscal responsibility and progressive values. "Progressive means we're for progress," said Allen, "We stand for world class education, good jobs, health care for all, quality of life and equal rights."

Progressive delegates launched the caucus at the 2004 Idaho Democratic Convention in June. The group is now a registered political committee focused on electing progressive Democrats to state and local offices across Idaho. For more information, see the group's Web site at


"I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel."

--Senator Zell Miller (D-Ga.) to MSNBC's Chris Matthews during an interview for Hardball following Miller's speech at the Republican National Convention on September 1.

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."

--President George W. Bush at a Victory 2004 Rally in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on September 6.

"Only George W. Bush could celebrate over a record budget deficit of $422 billion, a loss of 1.6 million jobs and Medicare premiums that are up by a record 17 percent. ... W stands for wrong--the wrong direction for America."

--Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry campaigning in Greensboro, North Carolina, on September 7.

"Anger is not going to change this country and do what needs to be done for America."

--Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards commenting on the tone of speeches by Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Zell Miller (D-Ga.) at the Republican National Convention.


U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, September 7, 990 U.S. service members have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 744 in combat and 246 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Twelve soldiers died in Iraq last week.

Injured service members total 6,916.

Eight hundred and forty-nine soldiers have died and 6,374 have been injured since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 11,793 and 13,802.


COST OF IRAQ WAR: $131,402,000,000.


--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell