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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Democratic congressional leaders to participate in YearlyKos 2007

This is really shaping up to be a blockbuster event:
YearlyKos Convention organizers announced today that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, and Sen. Charles E. “Chuck” Schumer will participate in a unique Ask the Leaders Forum to be held August 4 in Chicago.

The event—much like the YearlyKos Presidential Leadership Forum that will be held later that afternoon—empowers citizens to engage America's current Senate and House leadership in substantive discussion about hot topics such as Iraq.

Emanuel serves as House Democratic Caucus Chair; and Schumer, the Senior Senator from New York, is chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"We are proving that the best kind of democracy is flat," said YearlyKos Convention Executive Director Gina Cooper. "By decreasing the distance between citizens and their leaders, regular people are better able to affect the direction of our country. And these leaders are showing their commitment to regular people by being here."

The 8 a.m. panel will be moderated by Bob Geiger, who covers the Senate for the Huffington Post, AlterNet and other online publications and is considered by many to be the Progressive blogosphere's go-to guy on U.S. Senate activity.
Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, and Emanuel are the latest additions to a huge ensemble of Democratic leaders that are joining the largest ever gathering of the netroots. Also scheduled to speak are General Wesley Clark, Governor Howard Dean, and Senator Dick Durbin. Senators Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Governor Bill Richardson are all participating in the Presidential Leadership Forum to be held the same day.

I'm disappointed that I can't go myself, but NPI is sending a great group to YearlyKos, including our Executive Director and Events Coordinator. I can't wait to read their reports on the convention happenings.

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