Archive for September, 2007

Shamed Dogan, Tracey Gunn Receive STL YR Honors

Monday, September 24th, 2007

From St. Louis Area Young Republicans President Katy Forand:

Shamed Dogan and Tracey Gunn received the 2007 Man and Woman of the Year Awards at the Annual St. Louis Area Young Republicans’ Membership Appreciation Picnic on September 13. The YRs were joined by Senator John Loudon, Rep. Jane Cunningham, and President Pro-Tem Michael Gibbons, who presented the awards.

Dogan, who serves on the Board of Directors, is an announced candidate for State Representative in the 88th District. He was recently selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30.  A graduate of Yale University, Shamed currently serves as Higher Education Coordinator for the Regional Business Council.

Gunn, a graduate of Washington University, currently serves as Vice President of Membership. She has been involved in various community organizations and political campaigns, including serving as Director of Youth for Sen. Talent’s 2002 campaign. Tracey now works for U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Area Young Republicans meet on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. For more information, please go to


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Julie Eckstein at STL Pachyderms today

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Julie Eckstein, Missouri Director of State Operations for Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation, will be speaking today, September 21, at the weekly lunch of the St. Louis County Pachyderms.  Lunch is $18 and no RSVP is required.

Lunch begins at noon at Trattoria Branica, 10411 Clayton Road in Le Chateau Village.

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Hissyfits over headlines

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

A few days ago, Matt Drudge linked to an article about Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. He sliced through the cutaneous and subcutaneous fat and cut right to the guts of the piece, linking with this headline: “Health insurance proof required for work.”

Joe Klein of Time didn’t like Drudge’s six-word summary of the article, and threw a fit on Time’s Swampland blog.

Between you and me, my first thought was to blame Mrs. Klein for creating a situation whereby her husband’s most intense release was achieved by banging away on a keyboard, having been worked into an emotional lather by a stronger, more dominant male blogger.

But then I realized that a few people reading this blog may suspect I’m talking about them, so I decided to not even mention it.

My second thought, and the one I’ll say out loud, is that Joe Klein is seriously underestimating the intelligence of the political crowd. Despite their outward partisan posture, most political people are pretty reasonable. Drudge may provide a certain thought map with his words, but Rs, Ds, Libertarians and Greens are smart enough to read the piece in its entirety and find their own way home.

Of course, I doubt that Klein is truly mad at Drudge after all of this. When Drudge links to his blog, Klein receives exponentially more-than-usual attention — which, in the end, is all most of these guys really care about anyway.

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Tim Person to host Peter Kinder today

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will appear on WGNU’s The Real Deal, hosted by Tim Person and Syl Wilson, at 4:30 p.m today. Listen live here.