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Volume 1 Issue 2

March 29, 2007

Week in Review
Inside This Issue
This weekend, Obama supporters across the country will answer the call to action
1 Week in review by hosting community events in support of his candidacy. Attendees will also have
the opportunity to view Senator Obama’s community kickoff via live webstream at
1 Newsroom
2 Policy & Legislation
Last weekend, Senator Obama returned to Nevada to attend the New Leadership on
3 Grassroots Spotlight Healthcare Presidential Forum hosted by SEIU where he highlighted the need for an
effective and affordable universal health care system. He completed the weekend
3 Iowa: Hope Action Change with fundraisers in Miami, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Atlanta,
3 Students for Barack Obama
In addition to hosting a national community gathering in Onawa, Obama will visit
4 Events Calendar Council Bluffs, Iowa for a town hall meeting, Denison, Iowa for a Meet the
Candidate event before wrapping up the weekend with a Town Hall in Sioux City,

Early next week, Obama will travel to New Hampshire where he will kick off a
series of community meetings on healthcare with an event in Portsmouth. He will
meet with community members and local healthcare workers about their
experiences with the healthcare system in preparation for his own rollout of a
healthcare plan in the coming months.

“Obama plans city health-care forum” by Shir Haberman.--On Tuesday, April
3, Obama will hold a forum to get input from the public on the problems they are
having with the current system of health care in this country and what they would
like to see in a new system. That forum titled "A Community Meeting on Health
Care with Sen. Barack Obama," will be held at 2:30 p.m., at Seacoast Media
Group's new headquarters, 111 New Hampshire Ave., at the Pease International
Tradeport. On Tuesday, April 3, Obama will hold a forum to get input from the
public on the problems they are having with the current system of health care in this
country and what they would like to see in a new system. That forum titled "A
Community Meeting on Health Care with Sen. Barack Obama," will be held at 2:30
p.m., at Seacoast Media Group's new headquarters, 111 New Hampshire Ave., at
the Pease International Tradeport. (Sea Coast Online/March 27th, 2007). Full Story

“Barack Obama calls for new political spirit during South Florida campaign
swing” by Josh Hafenbrack.--Barack Obama called for an end to the Iraq war and
the start of a new political spirit in America during a Florida fundraising tour on
Sunday, making his debut as a 2008 presidential candidate in a state that could take
on renewed importance in the primary nominating process. In a 20-minute speech
laying out a laundry list of domestic spending priorities, including universal health
care, Obama said he wants to give rise to a "million voices" to say, "We don't want
the small, timid, slash and burn, negative campaigning of the past," he said. "We
want a politics based on common sense and pragmatism." (Sun-Sentinel/ March 26,
2007) Full Story

-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama appears at a campaign
rally at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on
Sunday (Sun-Sentinel/ Scott Fisher)

“Barack Obama shines his magnetism on Vegas, as observers try to define his
appeal” By J. Patrick Coolican.--Sen. Barack Obama hugged half the people on
stage after his speech Friday and went down into the crowd, and the flashes started.
Cell phone cameras, digital cameras, professional shooters. It was dark, but the
flashes kept revealing his wide grin as the workers of Culinary 226 reached to
touch him. Obama drew 10,000 in Oakland, 15,000 in a light rain in Austin, Texas,
3,500 his last time in Las Vegas. Sen. Thomas Eagleton said in the days before his
death this month that he had not seen people so eager to physically touch a
candidate since Robert F. Kennedy. (Las Vegas Sun/March 24, 2007) Full Story

“Obama Hits South Florida for Fundraisers” by Brian Skoloff .--He Iraq war -Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
is diminishing America's standing in the world and diverting millions of dollars Obama, D-Ill., is greeted by union members prior
to speaking at the Communications Workers of
that should be spent on health care, education and alternative energy research in America (CWA) National Legislative-Political
the United States, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday. "We have to recognize Conference in Washington, Tuesday, March 27,
that if we don't make some fundamental changes right now that we could be the 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

first generation in a very long time that leaves an America behind that is a little
poorer and a little meaner than the one we inherited from our parents, and that's
unacceptable," Obama told a crowd of about 600 supporters at a fundraiser in West
Palm Beach. (Chicago Tribune/ March 26, 2007). Full Story

Policy Brief: Week of March 25th
Last week, Senator Barack Obama made a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the New
Leadership on Health Care Presidential Forum hosted by the Service Employees
International Union on Saturday where he discussed his views on the current health
care crisis in the U.S. This week, Senator Obama is in Washington, D.C. and
addressed the Communications Workers of America Legislative-Political
Conference and the Building and Construction Trades Conference.

-Culinary Workers Union. Las Vegas

Obama Works to Expand Use of Biofuels Nationwide:
Senator Barack Obama organized a bipartisan group of 14 senators to urge
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the world's leading product safety testing
organization, to complete its certification process for E-85 pumps. Several years
ago, UL approved the use of multi-product fuel dispenser components only to
rescind that certification on October 5, 2006. Without that certification, greater
distribution of E-85 has been stymied. In responding to the Obama letter, UL
said it would complete the certification process by the end of 2007.

Obama and McCaskill Introduced Initiative that would Improve Treatment
for Servicemembers:
-- Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) were joined by
Culinary Workers Union. Las Vegas Nevada/3/24/07
Senators Kerry (D-MA), Cantwell (D-WA), Biden (D-DE), Harkin (D-IA),
Mikulski (D-MD), and Bingaman (D-NM) yesterday to introduce an amendment
to the Iraq supplemental bill that would improve care for service members at
active duty military hospitals by adding caseworkers and mental health
counselors, reducing bureaucratic hurdles, establishing a women’s mental health
treatment program and providing a comprehensive mental health study to ensure
that the needs of returning soldiers are met. The amendment is based on S. 713,
the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, which Obama and McCaskill introduced
in February.

Obama to Launch Series of Community Meetings on Healthcare in
Barack Obama will begin a series of community meetings on healthcare with an
event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire next Tuesday. Barack Obama believes
that every American deserves access to high-quality care and he is committed to
achieving by the end of his first term as President. The community meetings on
healthcare will focus on gathering the anecdotes and opinions from the real
experts—families in this country.
-Senator Barack Obama; Claremont, NH


Grassroots Organizing from Michigan
Students, community leaders, and others gathered in Novi,
Michigan on March 24th to discuss ways they can work
together in support of Obama. Even though Obama was not
scheduled to attend, there were over 350 attendees including
22 students from the Michigan SFBO chapter at the event at
the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi, Michigan.

"Senator Obama is not for business as usual. He is a strong
leader and he brings the background and passion for serving
people," Sen. Tupac A. Hunter, D-Detroit, told supporters.

IOWA: Hope Action Change:
This week, the Obama for Iowa team is gearing up for Senator
Obama’s Western swing through the state. From Saturday, March 31st
through Sunday, April 1st, Obama will hear directly from the Iowa
community through a series of town halls and meet the candidate
events in Council Bluffs, Onawa, Dennison, Ida Grove, and Sioux

On Saturday, The Hope, Action, Change Community Kickoff events
will take place in local communities nationwide. At 3:00 PM Central,
Senator Obama will join families in Onawa, Iowa for a kickoff event
which will be web streamed live at Across
the nation, supporters will gather their friends, family, and neighbors
to discuss the need for a change in leadership and their support for
Barack Obama.
"We are trying to open chapters at every
college," says Alexandra Sova, a member of
the Students for Barack Obama organization
at the University of Michigan.

Students for Barack Obama
Students for Barack Obama (SFBO) will answer the Call to
Action this weekend by hosting hundreds of community
organizing events on college campuses nationwide. The SFBO
national leadership team is a dynamic force driving the student
movement in support of Barack Obama. Students for Barack
Obama aims to have student led chapters in every state by the
- Local Art teacher Steve Greenquist lent his artistic talents to the Des end of April and at their rate of growth, they are well on their
Moines office this week. Mr. Greenquist completed the following way. For more information on SFBO, please visit them at
paintings in the entrance of the Des Moines Obama for America office,
we hope to have area newspapers come by to see his work:

Obama for America Iowa office

Events Calendar

• Hope, Action, Change Nation-wide March 31st
MARCH 2007
Community action event.
• Town Hall Forum with Senator Obama; March 31st
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Iowa Western Community College.
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• Meet The Candidate Event with Senator March 31st
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Obama; Denison High School Gymnasium.
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• Town Hall Forum with Barack Obama April 1st
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Morningside College Allee Gym.

• Town Hall Forum with Barack Obama; April 2nd
APRIL 2007
Keene State College.
• Community meeting on healthcare; April 3rd
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Portsmith, NH.
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• Town Hall Forum with Barack Obama; April 3rd
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George J. Maxfield VFW Post.
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