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Governor Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor Vermont of and physician, currently works as an Independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

Governor Dean is the founder of Democracy for America, a CNBC contributor and on the Board of Directors for National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years - the second longest serving in the state.

Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as Governor. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.

Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.

He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.

Entries by Howard Dean

America Needs to Change Its Failed Iraq-Iran Policy

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:13 AM

The U.S. has much to be proud of in its post-World War II American foreign policy. Containing the Soviet Union ultimately limited damage to nascent democracies everywhere and resulted in a less polarized world. Supporting post-war European unity through the Marshall Plan set the stage for the spread of democracy...

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Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:51 PM

At the White House Correspondents Dinner, President Obama joked about the rough year he had with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That said, it is useful to take a serious moment to reflect on the importance of programs that invest in the public health. For the ACA,...

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Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

(8) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:49 PM

For years, the consensus among politicians from both sides of the aisle has been that our health care system is flawed, broken, and in need of reform. Through passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we have already seen some commonsense reforms made that most policy makers believe...

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How a Grassroots Campaign Started It All For Me

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Not many people know it, but I got my start in politics when I began a small grassroots group called the Citizens' Waterfront Group that was dedicated to the preservation of Burlington's waterfront. In 1973, along with friends and neighbors, I got my first taste of grassroots organizing when we worked to block a plan to develop an abandoned railway that ran along the shore of Lake Champlain. We thought that stretch of land would better serve the community as a bike path; giving public access to the lake.

After years of applying pressure to city officials, we won. Today, the waterfront is one Burlington's treasures, bringing the community together and attracting tourists from around the world for festivals and concerts.

This was one of the most important projects I have ever been involved with because it showed me the power of grassroots organizing -- that a small group of people working together towards a common goal can achieve big things. However, its also hard to forget the struggle we had just getting the whole campaign off the ground. We knew what we wanted to do, but it wasn't always clear how to go about doing it. That's why I'm so excited about Democracy for America's new tool, YouPower.

Whether you're trying to create a bike path in your community or take action on national legislation, YouPower gives you access to the online tools and the offline resources of a one million member national progressive organization to help you create change from the bottom up.

It all starts online. The YouPower platform allows just about anyone to launch, promote, and update their campaign as the issue develops. YouPower then helps you take your fight offline -- giving you access to DFA's dedicated staff of field organizers on the ground all across the country, a nationally-respected training program and a cutting edge communications team committed to helping you win.

To be clear, YouPower isn't just another petition tool. While other organizations give activists access to petition creation tools, no one else can share with you the tested offline resources and proven talent that DFA has at its disposal. From strategy sessions with organizers who know how to take action effectively to contact with DFA members who've been organizing in your area for years, YouPower gives you what it takes to make lasting change in your community.

Change in this country starts with each of us. With Democracy for America's new tool, YouPower, we are giving you a platform that can help you win the fights that matter the most to you and in your community. Whether it is protecting a treasured waterfront or fighting for universal healthcare. Your first campaign on YouPower could start you on the path towards becoming the next great progressive leader -- and we all know that we need a lot more of those. Get started...

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The First Global Generation

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:23 PM

In the op-ed David Brooks wrote for the New York Times last Friday, he portrayed the millennial generation (which we call First Globals) as a group resistant to idealism and nonplussed by global activism. According to Brooks, young people today are disillusioned by the current system but too...

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America Must Keep Its Word

(51) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 3:16 PM

There has been a lot of talk lately about what losing the AAA credit rating means for America. But America's failure to keep its promise to the people of Camp Ashraf in Iraq also threatens to diminish our great country. Currently there are 3,400 Iranian opposition members known as the...

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Health Care Reform Will Succeed Without Individual Mandate

(1100) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 9:02 AM

The right wing is attacking health care reform by using the courts to file constitutional challenges to the individual mandate. They assume that if they can convince the courts that the mandate is unconstitutional, they can unravel the changes to our health care system that were enacted into law and...

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No More Apologies -- It's Time to Stand Up for Our Convictions

(3378) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 9:15 AM

For some time now, various "reporters" and on-air personalities on the Fox News Network have failed to report the full story or relevant facts, instead indulging in race baiting in order to exploit people's fears and crank up the fringe of their audience. This was exemplified by Glenn Beck's nightly...

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Why Books Are Still Central to Our Political Culture

(13) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 7:12 AM

The re-emergence of Sarah Palin as a successful author should come as no surprise to anyone who recognizes the salience of books in public life. Her decision to write a book and her pre-pub sales demonstrate once more how books confer status in American political culture.

Palin's supporters (and...

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The Media's Treatment of Palin's Outrageous "Death Panel" Claims

(1544) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 3:44 PM

Former Governor Sarah Palin made some preposterous claims over the weekend which attracted mainstream media attention. She made up the term "death panel" and claimed that part of the health care reform bill now working it's way through Congress required that families with children with disabilities, or elderly people who...

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Heck of a Town

(12) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 7:45 AM

I was born in New York City. I can remember riding double-decker buses on top for a nickel, and when the Third Avenue subway through Yorkville was an elevated train.

I had my first real job in New York (Wall Street), I worked in my first political campaign in New...

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The Far Right's All Out Offensive Against Medical Research

(828) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 1:12 PM

Opponents of fixing our broken health care system are at it again, attempting to use their same old scare tactics and falsehoods to kill a common-sense health care provision is the economic recovery package. Fortunately Congressional leaders have recognized these tactics for what they are and have wisely kept this...
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