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Archive for March, 2010

Now It’s Law

Summer Ellen "Elle" Tudor

Friends,

America took an awesome step forward today with President Obama’s signature on the Affordable Health Care for America Act. There are many immediate and near immediate benefits of this legislation, which include:

– Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
– Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
– Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
– Lower seniors prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
– Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
– Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
– Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
– Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
– Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
– Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

The first of these benefits is of particular and personal importance to me. You see, my daughter, Elle, was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. She had her first open-heart surgery when she was two days old. She has had two subsequent open-heart surgeries, a brain surgery, and tests and procedures too numerous to recount. Her pre-existing condition was first identified when she was just five months in the womb.

Today, due to the courage of the Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate and the leadership of President Obama, my daughter will no longer be a second-class citizen due to her pre-existing condition.

I thank the Democratic members of the Democratic Party who voted on behalf of my daughter and so many of our fellow citizens. Nothing would have made me prouder than to have been there with them on Sunday night. You can help me in my fight to return representative democracy to Florida’s 12th Congressional District by contributing here. www.teamtudor.org

By the way, you would never know that Elle has any health issues. She is an intelligent, engaging, active, and beautiful nine-year-old. Oh, and sometimes she is bratty – just like every other nine-year-old.

Your Brother, Doug

Won’t Cost You a Dime

Friends,

Last week, I told you about Representative Jerry Nadler’s leadership PAC challenge. For some reason, Congressman Nadler decided to postpone the challenge.

Accordingly, I wanted to challenge you in a different way – one that won’t cost you a dime.

TeamTudor is putting together our campaign CD for this year’s race. Please submit your suggestion for songs that should be included on the CD. If you are the first one to suggest a song that makes it onto the CD, you’ll get a free copy of the TUDOR! 2010 CD.

We’ll make our track selections know on Sunday, March 21st. Let the suggestions begin!

Your brother, Doug

Crunch Time

Friends,

Over the past two years on the campaign trail, I’ve learned that campaigning is much like every other job. There are days when you love your job, and there are days when you become frustrated. Over the past week, I’ve experienced both feelings.

First the good news. Last Friday, a fellow supporter challenged you to match him dollar-for-dollar up to $1,500.00 so that we could lease our first billboard on I-4 in Polk County. Within 72 hours, you met and exceeded that challenge. Thirty members of TeamTudor contributed a total of $1,665.00. You absolutely, positively ROCK!

We also received a couple of frustrations this week. Our primary opponent, Lori Edwards, was listed on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” top thirteen list. We knew this was coming, but it is still disappointing. Washington politicians and corporate lobbyists are trying to determine who will be the Democratic nominee in FL-12. Despite the hard work and the great showing YOU gave our grassroots campaign in 2008, the DCCC didn’t contact me and didn’t take my calls. They didn’t consult the Chairs of the three Democratic Executive Committees which cover Fl-12. Basically, they didn’t consult the people or the people’s representatives. They decided they knew better than YOU. We will prove them wrong in the August primary.

A second dissapointment came when the local AFL-CIO endorsed Lori. I respect my brothers and sisters in labor, but I know they made the wrong decision. Lori has aligned herself with the Blue Dogs in Congress, and those Blue Dogs do not support labor. Lori’s substandard record in the Florida House in the 1990’s also shows that she does not support labor. I understand they were under pressure from the DCCC and the national and state AFL-CIO, but I had expected them to live up to union standards – leadership from the bottom up. Regardless, I want my friends in labor to know – though you didn’t support me, I will always support you!

Here’s the beauty of YOUR grassroots campaign – we have never been controlled by outside entities, we have never been ruled by wealthy and corporate sponsors, and we have never sacrificed our principles for political gain.

Friends, We are in crunch time. I need your time, talent, and treasure. I need you to take action now – make a contribution, volunteer to talk to your neighbors, write a letter to the editor, forward this note to your email list, and get active. Do it, don’t wait, do it now!
I started this post by saying in the past week, I have experienced mixed emotions. Here’s the bottom line, though: In the past two years, I have never been more energized to prove conventional politics wrong. I have never been more ready to fight the good fight. I have never been more focused on solving the many challenges that are facing our neighbors.

Under Adam Putnam, we have had ten years of conservative non-representation. We cannot allow Washington and corporate lobbyists to force us to endure another FL-12 conservative in the U.S. House.

Thank you for all you have done, for all you are doing, and for all you will do. We are going to win this seat, and this veteran is going to “take the Hill.”

Your brother, Doug

The Challenge Continues

Friends,

You are awesome!  On Friday, I told you about a dollar-for-dollar challenge that one of our supporters is sponsoring, so that we may put up our first billboard on I-4 in Polk County.  In less than 48 hours, you contributed $925.00.   As our anonymous friend has agreed to match the contributions up to $1,500.00, we have $575.00 to go.  Please help us with this very important challenge.

As you are aware, ours is a grassroots, people-powered campaign.  We rarely have a contributor as generous as the one sponsoring this challenge.  Please help me to ensure that we fully embrace his generosity up to the full pledge of $1,500.00.  Each and every contribution makes a huge difference.  Please consider making a contribution today of $5, $15, $50, or $100.

Our campaign is making great strides, and I am asking you to join with us now!  Whether you have contributed in the past or have yet to make a contribution, please contribute today. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Again, you are awesome!

Your Brother, Doug

You Have Been Challenged!

Friends,

One of our most forward-thinking supporters has issued a challenge to each of you. Though he wishes to remain anonymous for now, the challenge and its result will be very public.

In a nutshell, our supporter said he will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $1,500.00 total, so we may lease a billboard on I-4 in Polk County for a period of three months. As you can imagine, this will be a huge boost to our visibility in the period leading up to the August primary.

Please consider contributing to our grassroots, Progressive campaign today. We must take advantage of this very generous offer of matching funds.

Washington insiders and lobbyists are trying to name the Democratic nominee in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, but they forgot to do one thing … check with you and me first. We absolutely, positively cannot allow our two-year fight to restore representative democracy to our home district to be decided by big-money special interests and career politicians from outside the district.

It is time for us to stand up and say, “This is our home, and we’ll make the decisions here!”

Please contribute today. Every contribution, no matter the amount, will make a powerful statement that we will not allow this primary battle to become a Washington coronation. Please consider contributing $25, $50, or $100 today. You may also make a recurring contribution if that better suits your needs and desires.

Thank you for all you do. I am proud to be fighting the good fight on your behalf, and I am humbled by your continuing generosity.

Your brother, Doug

New and Improved Website

Friends,

The momentum of our campaign is growing exponentially.  We are proud to unveil our new, improved, and winning website.  Please give us your feedback.

Our new website will allow us to take our campaign to return representative democracy to Florida’s 12th District to a new level.  As you look around the site, I think you will be impressed by the many contact tools and networking opportunities.

As our campaign has continued to grow, we knew that our website also needed to grow.  We were very lucky to join forces with ServeBlue.  ServeBlue is a campaign branding and marketing company that integrates social networking technology into political campaigns for progressive candidates.  Their team of designers, writers, bloggers, and social networking specialists become internet canvassers by utilizing onsite and third party social media to raise awareness, increase contributions, and promote issues consistent with our campaign’s message.  That is how ServeBlue is Powering Progressive Campaigns, and we are very proud to partner with them. In plain English, ServeBlue knows how to help winning campaigns win campaigns.

Our campaign is growing on a daily basis, and we invite you to join us. As I have said at every stop for over two years, we need your time, talent, and treasure.  Please join us tonight: whether you are contributing time, talent, or treasure – Please Contribute “Liberally.”

If you have never contributed to our campaign, please do so now.

If you are a committed supporter, I am asking you to once again contribute. Every contribution — $5.00, $25.00, or $100.00 – will allow us to spread our progressive message throughout this 2,000 square-mile district.  We need your help, and I know I can count on you. Please Contribute Now!

In less than nine months, voters in our district will choose a new Representative.  This is our best chance in 10 years to send a working man to the people’s house.  Please do not let this chance pass us by.  Please Contribute Now!

I am proud to be your candidate; I will be proud to be your nominee once again; and I will make you proud as your Representative.

Thank you for all you have done, are doing, and will do.

Your brother, Doug