Posts Tagged ‘democrat’

Biden and Clinton boost Corzine

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 19, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Biden then Bill Clinton in visits to boost Corzine

…During his speech Corzine spoke of how he differs from Republican Party candidate Chris Christie.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Gov. Jon S. Corzine (left) listens Monday at a Corzine campaign stop in Edison. (AP Photo)

Corzine said he is for such measures as a woman’s right to choose, embryonic stem cell research, preschool education and has the support of public service unions, including police officers, firefighters and teachers.


Jon Corzine

“These are role models, not enemies,” he said of the public employees.


Bill Clinton

He compared the philosophy of the Democratic Party with Republicans, who believe, said Corzine, “It’s tough out there. You can make it on your own.”

via Biden then Bill Clinton in visits to boost Corzine | APP.com | Asbury Park Press.

Death of Senator Kennedy- Reactions

In ALL ARTICLES on August 26, 2009 at 3:18 am

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history and a towering figure in the Democratic Party, died at age 77.

Here are some reactions to the news:

KENNEDY FAMILY STATEMENT – “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

US SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID – “It was the thrill of my lifetime to work with Ted Kennedy. He was a friend, the model of public service and an American icon. As we mourn his loss, we rededicate ourselves to the causes for which he so dutifully dedicated his life. Senator Kennedy’s legacy stands with the greatest, the most devoted, the most patriotic men and women to ever serve in these halls …. The liberal lion’s mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die.”

FORMER FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN – “Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him.”

SENATOR ORRIN HATCH, REPUBLICAN OF UTAH – “Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy’s name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber.”

via FACTBOX: Reactions to the death of Senator Kennedy | Politics | Reuters.

Stem Cell Weblog: Florida Loses Stem Cell Battle

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 17, 2009 at 2:22 am

Florida Loses Stem Cell Battle

House budget chief Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, put language in the House budget that bans the use of any state funds to support embryonic stem cell research, and it passed.

After an emotional debate, an amendment offered by House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands, D-Weston, to salvage the possibility of state funding for embryonic stem cell research in Florida just went down.

Florida is now one of the states where unused embryos found at in-vitro fertilization clinics will be destroyed rather than used to help make people’s lives better through stem cell research.

via Stem Cell Weblog: Florida Loses Stem Cell Battle.

Stem Cells: Ideology Or Science? – Michael J. Fox

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 20, 2009 at 11:23 pm


Stem Cells: Ideology Or Science?


Medical Advancement: It’s the supporters of embryonic stem cell research who have politicized science. The desperation of a family and the pressure to produce results may have produced a medical tragedy instead.

In the 2006 election, actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s, made a commercial for Democrats in which he urged voters to support Senate candidates who supported federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

As we noted then and do again, ESCR was not the “most promising” avenue of stem cell research. And no, that’s not because of a lack of federal funds, but rather with the difficulties of controlling the embryonic stem cells and what they turn into.

Unfortunately, it’s been almost impossible to have a rational debate about this. ESCR supporters view adult stem cell research as something pushed by pro-lifers whose real target is Roe v. Wade.

Adult stem cells culled from a patient’s body solve the rejection problem of ESCs and have already been used in hundreds of treatments and therapies of patients. But embryonic, or pluripotent, stem cells can’t seem to make it out of the laboratory.

They are called pluripotent because they can develop into any and every type of human tissue. That’s why some scientists prefer them. Problem is, they (embryonic stem cells) are hard to control and tend to develop into one of the most primitive and terrifying forms of cancer, a tumor called a teratoma.

In 2006, stem cell researcher Steven Goldman and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York reported in the journal Nature Medicine that human embryonic stem cells injected into rat brains developed into cells that could lead to tumors.

As Princeton professor Robert George, who sat on President Bush’s bioethics panel, told National Review Online, “the tendency of embryonic stem cells to produce tumors makes it unethical to use them in human beings — even in experimental treatments.”

Yet just such an experimental treatment was reported Tuesday in the Public Library of Science’s journal, PLoS Medicine.

The family of an Israeli boy suffering from a lethal genetic brain disease sought a solution in the form of injections of fetal stem cells. The boy had been taken at age 9 to Russia, where he was injected with neural stem cells, from fetuses, that were expected to grow into new and healthy brain cells. The cells were injected into his brain and spinal cord twice more at ages 10 and 12.

Tragically, within a year of the last injection, teratomas developed in the boy’s brain and spinal cord.

ESCR defenders will say such a tragedy couldn’t happen here, where controls are more strict. And, they say, embryonic stem cell companies get around the teratoma problem by genetically altering the cells to a point where researchers are more certain the cells will develop into the desired tissue and not simply run amok.

This process to make embryonic cells safer makes them exorbitant to produce for medical purposes, to the point that even if you got a treatment that might work, it would be prohibitively expensive for general use.

What we do know is what we’ve reported recently: that adult stem cells, aside from their current application in treating a wide range of diseases and conditions, have produced impressive clinical results in new areas such as treating AIDS and Parkinson’s.

The Food and Drug Administration approved within three days of President Obama’s inauguration the first permission granted to test ESC treatments on human subjects. It OK’d an application from a California firm to inject stem cells from human embryos into people paralyzed from the chest down by spinal cord injuries.

Yet the media and many politicians have ignored adult stem cell successes and embryonic stem cell failures.

We hope that stem cell research of all types will be driven by sound science leading to real results, not by desperation or ideology. Otherwise, more such tragedies as the Israeli boy will result.

via Today in Investor’s Business Daily stock analysis and business news.

General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm


“The governor’s proposed budget (HB1600) was passed on Feb. 12 with several amendments by the House of Delegates. These amendments were created by the House Appropriations Committee and resulted in unsuccessful objections by House Democrats to several harmful amendments in such areas as education (K-12 and higher ed.), stem cell research, energy and water quality improvement. The Senate has decided to wait until at least Feb. 18 before considering the governor’s introduced budget. The Senate wanted to wait until the January revenue data was available and for the details of what Virginia would receive from the recent federal economic stimulus package. The Speaker of the House decided to not wait.”

General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report

By Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67) -Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The 2009 legislative session reached halftime this past week with the event known as crossover. This is when both the Senate and House of Delegates complete work on each chamber’s own legislation with the exception of the state budget. Now, we in the House can only consider the Senate’s bills (and vice versa). About 2,300 bills and resolutions were introduced this year and about half are still alive. So, here’s a rundown of some of the significant pieces of legislation:

via General Assembly 2009 Half Time Report.

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