Howard Dean
American political activist
Howard Dean
Howard Brush Dean III is an American politician and physician from Vermont. He served six terms as the 79th Governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. Although his U.S. Presidential campaign was unsuccessful, Dean is regarded as a pioneer in raising the profile of Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing.
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Democratic Party Scrambles To Catch Up With The Anti-Trump Wave
Huffington Post - 24 days
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Progressives Have A Secret Tech Weapon In The Fight Against Trump
Huffington Post - 28 days
It’s the left’s secret weapon in the continuing resistance. While Facebook is getting a lot of the credit for making last weekend’s Women’s March happen, a somewhat obscure tech platform called the Action Network was critical to organizers’ efforts. And in the wake of that worldwide protest, the platform is already helping to push the movement forward. A nonprofit created by progressives who hoped to build a political movement with staying power, the Action Network offers tools for sending emails, organizing marches and events, fundraising, creating petitions, conducting surveys and connecting with other organizers. Activists who use the tools can keep all the email lists and other data they gather ― a feature that Facebook and most other platforms don’t offer. More than 650 women’s marches in more than 50 countries were organized using the site’s tools last Saturday, according to the network’s own data. “This was the largest mobilization we’ve ever seen,” Brian Young, t ...
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Lawmakers Are Not Happy That Donald Trump Attacked John Lewis
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Should The Electoral College Ratify The Popular Vote?
Huffington Post - 2 months
Twice in less than two decades the majority vote in a presidential election was overruled by the math of the Electoral College. The Founding Fathers created the electoral college to make sure that voters in concentrated urban areas would not be able to neglect the concerns of the rural population. But many people believe that the concept of democracy is undermined when a President is put into office without gaining majority support from the voters. The results of the Trump/Clinton contest have led to calls for the electors to cast "faithless" votes for the winner of the popular vote, Hillary Clinton, and even for a Constitutional amendment to get rid of the Electoral college. A group called National Popular Vote has a proposed National Popular Vote bill that would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And it does not require a Constitutional Amendment. Steve Silberstein, a successful busines ...
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Ellison says he may leave Congress to serve as DNC chair
NPR - 3 months
Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, while the frontrunner in the contest, Rep. Keith Ellison, said he may leave his Minnesota congressional seat to serve in the position.
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Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner
Yahoo News - 3 months
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee got a shot in the arm Friday afternoon, as his chief rival for the spot, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, announced he was getting out of the race. “One of the problems we had in this election is we’ve got to connect more with young people — and that means not having faces like mine,” said Dean, 68, who ran as a presidential candidate in 2004, and led the DNC between 2005 and 2009.
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On Trump's Presidential Victory: Losing Graciously and Winning Humbly
Huffington Post - 3 months
If politics were like sports, the losers would take their losses graciously; but Washington politics are not like sports. Some still appear to have a difficult time at accepting the results of the presidential election, but they should not act like an attorney who lost his case before the judge, and walks outside seeking to relitigate it in front of the public and the media. They should not be in the pounding table and yelling stage, but they should understand that the case is closed. Some are even heavily criticizing potential Cabinet nominees even before the President-elect Donald Trump has picked any specific individual for the key White House positions. For example, Daniel Benjamin, a former Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, recently posted an article in regard to the potential Cabinet nominees as well as a grassroots Iranian organization. We should adequately and meticulously analyze the politics, facts, and the law. The Politics ...
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Howard Dean calls Bannon a Nazi
CNN - 3 months
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean called President-elect Donald Trump's chief strategist pick Steve Bannon "a Nazi."
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The Democratic Party Lost Its Soul. It’s Time to Win it Back.
Huffington Post - 3 months
Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump. You might think this overwhelming drubbing would cause the Democratic party to reorganize itself into a very different party from the one it’s become – which is essentially a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests that make up the bulk of its funding. Don’t bet on it. For one thing, many vested interests don’t want the Democratic party to change. Most of the money it raises ends up in the pockets of political consultants, pollsters, strategists, lawyers, advertising consultants and advertisers themselves, many of whom have become rich off the current arrangement. They naturally want to keep it. For another, the ...
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Keith Ellison May Have A Radical Challenger For DNC Chair -- Who Backed Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 3 months
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue has emerged as a potential contender for Democratic National Committee chair, the first woman floated to lead the Democratic Party through its post-Donald Trump victory turmoil. While Hogue hasn’t reached a firm decision to run, her candidacy would be the strongest challenge to early front-runner Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a progressive favorite backed by the likes of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Former DNC Chair Howard Dean said he’s also running. The DNC contest is being framed in progressive circles as a proxy do-over of the Sanders-Hillary Clinton Democratic primary, with all the acrimony that came with it. After NARAL and Planned Parenthood endorsed Clinton early in the campaign, Sanders dismissed them as “the establishment.” Hogue, as the head of NARAL, remains closely associated with Clinton, but said she wants to be thought of as more than that. “I would rather not have my entire life’ ...
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Howard Dean Wants To Lead The DNC Again; Has A 50-State Strategy
NPR - 3 months
The former Vermont governor is lobbying to be Democratic National Committee chairman, a position he held in the run-up to President Obama being elected. David Greene talks to Dean about his strategy.
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Howard Dean to run for DNC chairman - Washington Times
Google News - 3 months
Washington Times Howard Dean to run for DNC chairman Washington Times “The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” Howard Dean tweeted. (Associated Press) more >. View Comments Print. By Victor Morton - The Washington Times - Updated: 5:44 ... DNC Staffer Screams At Donna Brazile For Helping Elect Donald TrumpHuffington Post all 10 news articles »
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Op-Ed Contributor: Howard Dean: How to Move Beyond the Two-Party System
NYTimes - 5 months
The major parties have a stranglehold on our elections. A different form of voting would give minor parties a bigger voice in campaigns.
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Howard Dean Apologizes For Cocaine 'Innuendo' About Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and onetime Democratic National Committee chairman, offered a qualified apology Friday morning for his repeated insinuations this week that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump might be a cocaine user. “I would be very willing to apologize, not to Donald Trump, but I don’t think using innuendo is a good thing,” Dean said in an appearance on MSNBC. Dean, who is a physician by profession, ignited controversy Monday night when he made remarks about Trump during the first presidential debate. Dean speculated on Twitter that Trump’s sniffling during the debate was the result of a cocaine habit. Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user? — Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016 Dean endured criticism from members of his own party for starting a rumor about the reality TV star without any evidence. I love @GovHowardDean. But this is nuts. — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) Septem ...
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Dean: Something funny was going on with Trump
CNN - 5 months
Howard Dean claimed, with no evidence, that Donald Trump's sniffling at the debate could be due to cocaine use -- a comment that's being ripped as way out of bounds, even by those in his own party.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Howard Dean
  • 1991
    Age 42
    In 1991, Dean became governor of Vermont when Richard A. Snelling died in office.
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    On August 14, 1991, Dean was examining a patient when he received word that Governor Richard A. Snelling had died of sudden cardiac arrest.
    More Details Hide Details Dean assumed the office, which he called the "greatest job in Vermont." He was subsequently elected to five two-year terms in his own right, making him the longest-serving governor in Vermont's history (as a state). From 1994 to 1995, Dean was the chairman of the National Governors Association. Dean was faced with an economic recession and a $60 million budget deficit. He bucked many in his own party to immediately push for a balanced budget, an act which marked the beginning of a record of fiscal restraint. During his tenure as governor, the state paid off much of its debt, balanced its budget eleven times, raised its bond rating, and lowered income taxes twice. Dean also focused on health care issues, most notably through the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures near-universal health coverage for children and pregnant women in the state; the uninsured rate in Vermont fell from 10.8 percent in 1993 to 8.4 percent in 2000 under his watch. Child abuse and teen pregnancy rates were cut roughly in half.
    Dean was subsequently elected to five two-year terms, serving from 1991 to 2003, making him the second longest-serving governor in Vermont history, after Thomas Chittenden (1778–1789 and 1790–1791).
    More Details Hide Details Dean served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1994 to 1995; during his term, Vermont paid off much of its public debt and had a balanced budget 11 times, lowering income taxes twice. Dean also oversaw the expansion of the "Dr. Dynasaur" program, which ensures universal health care for children and pregnant women in the state. He is a noted staunch supporter of universal health care. Dean denounced the 2003 invasion of Iraq and called on Democrats to oppose the Bush administration. Dean showed fundraising ability, and was a pioneer of political fundraising via the Internet; however, he lost the nomination to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Dean formed the organization Democracy for America and later was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2005. As chairman of the party, Dean created and employed the 50 State Strategy that attempted to make Democrats competitive in normally conservative states often dismissed in the past as "solid red". The success of the strategy became apparent after the 2006 midterm elections, where Democrats took back the House and picked up seats in the Senate from normally Republican states such as Missouri and Montana. In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama used the 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy.
  • 1988
    Age 39
    Dean won re-election as Lieutenant Governor in 1988 and 1990.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    In 1982, he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, where he remained until being elected lieutenant governor in 1986.
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    Although raised as an Episcopalian, Dean joined the Congregational church in 1982 after a negotiation with the local Episcopal diocese over a bike trail.
    More Details Hide Details By his own account, he does not attend church "very often"; at one point, when asked to name his favorite book in the New Testament, he offered the Old Testament Book of Job, then corrected himself an hour later. Dean has stated he is more "spiritual" than religious. He and his wife have raised their two children, Anne and Paul, in Judaism. In 1980, Dean spearheaded a grassroots campaign to stop a condominium development on Lake Champlain, instead favoring the construction of a bicycle trail. The effort succeeded, and helped launch his political career. That same year, he was also a volunteer for Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign.
    Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986.
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  • 1981
    Age 32
    In 1981, he married fellow doctor Judith Steinberg, whom he met in medical school, and together they began a family medical practice in Shelburne, Vermont (where she continued to use her maiden name to avoid confusion).
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  • 1978
    Age 29
    Dean received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1978 and began a medical residency at the University of Vermont.
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  • 1974
    Age 25
    In 1974, Dean's younger brother Charlie, who had been traveling through southeast Asia at the time, was captured and killed by Laotian guerrillas, a tragedy widely reported to have an enormous influence in Dean's life; he wore his brother's belt every day of his presidential campaign.
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  • 1971
    Age 22
    At Yale, Dean was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Though eventually eligible to be drafted into the military, he received a deferment for an unfused vertebra. He explained to Tim Russert on Meet the Press, "I was really in no hurry to join the military." He briefly tried a career as a stockbroker before deciding on a career in medicine, completing pre-medicine classes at Columbia University.
  • 1966
    Age 17
    In September 1966, he attended Felsted School, UK, for one school year after winning an English Speaking Union scholarship.
    More Details Hide Details Political opponents have been reluctant to seize upon Dean's privileged early life. UPI quoted one of Dean's friends in his youth as saying, "By Hamptons standards, the Deans were not rich. No safaris in Africa or chalets in Switzerland. Howard's father went to work every day. He didn't own a company, or have a father or grandfather who founded one, as mine did." Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "he doesn't seem like a WASP. I know it's not nice to deal in stereotypes, but there seems very little Thurston Howell, III, or George Bush, the elder, for that matter, in Mr. Dean. He seems unpolished, doesn't hide his aggression, is proudly pugnacious. He doesn't look or act the part of the WASP It will be harder for Republicans to tag Mr. Dean as Son of the Maidstone Club than it was for Democrats to tag Bush One as Heir to Greenwich Country Day. He just doesn't act the part."
  • 1948
    Born in 1948.
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