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A weekly series by UPI examining the global telecommunications phenomenon known as the World Wide Web.
GENE KOPROWSKI, United Press International
Dean renews call for healthcare reform

Dean renews call for healthcare reform

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Former Vermont governor and Democratic National Party head Howard Dean is still pushing for universal healthcare, a goal he backed during his presidential bid.

Atlantic Eye: Howard Dean for health secretary

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- He was down to earth as always. Having just arrived from Davos, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, M.D., the chairman emeritus of the U.S. Democratic Party, spoke eloquently of his work and future. Many of us at the Democratic Expat Leadership Council dinner wondered out loud why he had not been named secretary of health and human services. Now, Mr. President, you have the chance to correct a glaring oversight.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
Kaine installed as new DNC leader

Kaine installed as new DNC leader

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was officially installed as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday in Washington.

Howard Dean allies say he was snubbed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Fans of outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean say it's no accident he wasn't at the podium when his successor was named.
Virginia Gov. Kaine new DNC chairman

Virginia Gov. Kaine new DNC chairman

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine can build upon recent Democratic Party successes, Barack Obama said Thursday when introducing Kaine as the party's new chairman.
Sources: Kaine will take over at DNC

Sources: Kaine will take over at DNC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine will succeed Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Atlantic Eye: Transitions and turning points

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Public policy is about taking risks. It is also about taking a stand. Some remarkable people stood out for me in 2008.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
Dean stepping down as DNC chief

Dean stepping down as DNC chief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will not seek a second term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, party sources said.
Dem wins would vindicate DNC's Dean

Dem wins would vindicate DNC's Dean

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Victories by Democrats in races for the White House and key U.S. congressional seats will be vindication for party leader Howard Dean, analysts say.
Clinton's e-presence keeps options open

Clinton's e-presence keeps options open

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2007 presidential bid may be over, but her e-mail lists and Web site live on, keeping a later candidacy an option, observers said.

Clinton supporters cite sexist reports

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Many women who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., are reported crying foul over perceived sexist news coverage.
Dean: Respect key to delegation decision

Dean: Respect key to delegation decision

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- A decision on whether to seat any of Florida or Michigan's delegates at the Democratic convention should include respect for those involved, Howard Dean says.
Dean has a week to defuse delegate fight

Dean has a week to defuse delegate fight

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. political analysts are waiting to see if national Democratic leader Howard Dean can make a deal on convention delegates from Michigan and Florida.

Democrats look to unify against McCain

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Top Democratic Party leaders discussed plans to mount a united campaign against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, officials said.
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Former Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean speaks at a rally at George Washington University in Washington on March 25, 2004. Former Governor of Vermont Dean endorsed Kerry at the event. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)...
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Howard Brush Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of 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.

Before entering politics, Dean earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1982 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1986. Both were part-time positions that enabled him to continue practicing medicine. In 1991, Dean became governor of Vermont when Richard A. Snelling died in office. 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 1790–1797). 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.

An early front-runner for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, 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 election, Barack Obama used The 50 state strategy as the backbone of his candidacy.

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