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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Leaders of tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 8:02 AM

For some reason, this news release on behalf of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter reminds me of the time in the early 1970s that a young journalist in Newport wrote a free-lance article for the Arkansas Gazette about rising young Arkansas journalists. Under a pseudonym unknown to a gulled editor, the rising young journalist wrote glowingly about himself.

Anyway, Halter is signing his own name here. ....

PS: Through the miracle of modern telephony, I've just received a copy of that 1972 Gazette article, by one "Benjamin F. Smart," with a smiling photo of the "new breed" journalist who wrote the piece smackdab in the middle of the page. We've all aged, haven't we, Mike?

NEWS RELEASE

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray will hold a telephone press conference TODAY, Thursday, July 23rd, at 10am Eastern, to announce the launch of a broadened scope and mission for the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA).  The announcement kicks off the DLGA’s commitment to become a leader in the development of the next generation of Democratic leaders.
 
During the call, Lt. Governors Halter and Murray will discuss the steps the DLGA is taking to support both candidates and sitting Lieutenant Governors with policy briefings, strategic advice, and financial resources.  Those steps include hiring professional staff to increase the DLGA’s D.C. presence and to amplify fundraising, organizing, and communications capacities.
 
Under new leadership in 2009, with Lt. Governor Halter as Chair, Lt. Governor John Cherry of Michigan as Vice-Chair, and Lt. Governor Murray as Secretary-Treasurer, the DLGA will kick off its new phase with a gala reception on July 28th, featuring Democratic Lieutenant Governors from around the country, as well as current Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Jody Wagner.
 
Since 1906, one in four Lieutenant Governors has gone on to be elected Governor.  Within just the last year, four DLGA members have risen to their states’ highest offices.  Looking ahead to 2010, the DLGA has four members running for Governor, two running for Senate and one running for Congress.  Some notable former Democratic Lieutenant Governors include Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Sen. John Kerry (MA), Gov. Howard Dean (VT), and Gov. Tim Kaine (VA).
 
WHAT:          Telephone Press Conference Launching New DLGA Mission
 
WHO:             Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter, Chair, DLGA
                        Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Secretary-Treasurer, DLGA
 
WHEN:          Thursday, July 23rd, 10am Eastern

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