The BayhPartisan

Written by a Hoosier for the consumption of America. This blog will be dedicated to news on the Senator and adding to the great marketplace of ideas that has been lacking in this country over the last half decade.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Evan Bayh in New Hampshire

Evan Bayh visted New Hampshire this last weekend. During the visit, he visited a variety of venues and was able to garner alot of local press coverage.

Bayh: Democrats must be firm on national security debate

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh told a group of Democrats on Sunday that Democrats have to take on the national security debate with confidence. "Our message to the American people is we can be both tough and smart, good stewards of our nation's security, better stewards of our domestic policy," Bayh said during a fundraising event in Manchester for state Senate candidate Betsi DeVries. "You don't have to choose one or the other. You can have both."

Sen. Bayh tests presidential waters

U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., may not be an official presidential candidate, but he certainly sounded like one Sunday.
The son of Birch Bayh - who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to Jimmy Carter in 1976 - brought his anti-partisanship "we can do better" message to fellow Democrats at two Port City gatherings.
"We’re part of a filtering system to weed out bad candidates," said Peter Somssich of the Portsmouth Democrats.
"I hope I don’t get weeded," Bayh responded. "Pruned a little, but not weeded."

Sen. Bayh tells Democrats he backs current primary

Bayh made clear yesterday he wants things to stay as they are — with no other contests between Iowa and New Hampshire.
"I hope you retain your position. I'm going to do everything I can to keep it that way," said Bayh. His words were greeted with a standing ovation from the partisan crowd of about 150.
"Now that I've won the Profiles in Courage award, that's what I believe," Bayh added, to laughter.

Bayh calls for reaching out to Republicans, expanding health insurance

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh told New Hampshire Democrats this morning that they need to reach out to voters of all parties and persuade them of the left's strengths on national security.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bayh At Georgia JJ Dinner

Bayh at Georgia JJ DinnerLast Monday Senator Bayh was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Andre at Georgia Politics Unfiltered had this to say:

Finally came the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, where Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) was the keynote speaker. There are several articles in the papers about his speech, last night, and I can honestly say that Sen. Bayh sounded like a man running for President and he impressed me. He gave about a 30 to 45-minute speech without using any notes or a teleprompter. Now I know when we're talking about being President, the ability to give a speech "off the cuff" is meaningless, but I'm going to keep an eye on Sen. Bayh because I could see him with a spot on the national Democratic ticket.

GTTim also attended the event and wrote about it in his DailyKos diary:

Evan Bayh gave the Keynote Address. Wow! Very impressive. Bayh discussed running against the GOP by confronting them on national security, the budget and values. He feels we can win by attacking them on these. He sold me, and is my top primary contender right now. He spoke about how Georgia and Indiana are very similar and how he won by a higher percentage in 2004 than Bush did. I think he is nailing it.

There were also several mentions of the speech in the local Georgia press.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Macon Telegraph

Saturday, March 11, 2006

McCain, Bayh & Feingold Team Up

Senator Bayh - along with Senators McCain, Feingold, DeMint, and Colburn - sent a letter to President Bush urging him eliminate wasteful earmarks that congress has written in to committee reports. A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released this week concluded that over 95% of the Fiscal Year 2006 earmarks are not legally binding.

“The President talks a lot about wasteful spending in Washington, but he already has the power to do something about it,” Senator Bayh said. “Pork barrel spending is a threat to our economy, our security and our independence – it’s time the President used his authority to start cutting pork out of our budget. At the same time, I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate to eliminate wasteful spending before it reaches the President’s desk.”

Read the FULL TEXT of the letter the Senator's sent to President Bush.

All America PAC Gets New Director

All America PAC, Senator Bayh's political action committee, has hired a new executive director - Marc Farinella. The text of AAPAC's text release follows:

Washington, DC – Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) announced today that Marc Farinella will join the All America PAC as Executive Director.

“Marc’s leadership and experience will be a great addition to the All America PAC,” said Bayh. “With Marc on board, I am confident the All America PAC will build on its success and continue to play an important role in the upcoming elections.”

Farinella, 48, served as Chief of Staff to the late Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and managed Mr. Carnahan’s successful campaign for governor in 1992 as well as the extraordinary 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in which Mr. Carnahan defeated the then-incumbent Senator John Ashcroft despite Carnahan’s death in a plane crash three weeks before the election. He is a partner in Murphy Putnam Shorr & Partners, one of the nation’s top Democratic media firms.

Farinella holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Bayh News Roundup

Evan Bayh Blows AIPAC Audience Away

This is how Brad Levinson described Senator Bayh's recent AIPAC speech. Read more about Brad's first-hand account of the speech here. "The audience was buzzing about Bayh -- and even students were asking each other who just spoke."

Combat Meth Act Passes Congress

Evan Bayh cosponsored a bill to combat Methamphetaine that recently passed through congress. The "Combat Meth Act" would take several policies already enacted in Indiana, and makes them into a federal law. This new law would require medications containing pseudo-ephedrine to be kept behind the counter, and would also limit the amount of these medications that consumers can buy. Read more here.

Rolling Stone Approves of Bayh's Iran Plan

Tim Dickison of Rolling Stone magazine urges Democrats to follow the Iran strategy outlined by Senator Bayh. Read the article at Rolling Stone.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 Column

Mark Joseph has 8 ways for Democrats to win back the White House in '08. His #4 reason has hit the nail on the head:

4) Nominate Indiana Senator Evan Bayh for President. Bayh learned from the 1980 defeat of his father, Senator Birch Bayh, how to present liberalism with a mainstream face. He's your man. If he's the nominee, you win and the Republicans lose.

The rest of the column can be found here. He has some decent advice. Another point I particularly like is the following:

7) Do something crazy to shake things up. Propose a flat tax that exempts those earning less than 20K a year or use that Social Security proposal of Robert Wexler's and make it your own. Anything will do, just show the country that you have a pulse and can do more than say no.

Democrats need some big ideas to rally around. There are enough problem areas in this country that it shouldnt be too hard to find several. They need to become leaders instead of insignificant duds. John Stewart said it well on Larry King the other night. He said that Democrats got 49% of the vote, but they only have 2-3% of the power. Whining about President Bush instead of pushing forward an agenda isnt going to change that.