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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, February 12, 2009

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Here are some stories of interest:

    Menendez: Republicans "are betting against the nation doing better"

    An economist predicts that New Jersey will lose another 205,000 jobs before the Bush recession is over.

    Assembly committee hearing on the Economy

    The Audacity of A Pro-Labor Secretary of Labor

    Health Care Reform Action Alert: Pre-emptive Action to Stop Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen for Secretary of Health and Human Services...and on the same subject but on a more positive note: Dean For Daschle: Ask Your Congressman To Support Howard Dean for Health and Human Services Secretary

    A bill that aims to get landlords to tackle bedbug infestations as fast as possible passed the state Assembly on Thursday.

    Senate "Centrists" trying to stab New Jersey in the back: They don't sound very centrist to me. More like extremists!

    President Obama signs Frank Pallone's Children's Health Insurance Law

    Chris Christie's Shameful Actions as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey

    Lautenberg/Menendez fight for FamilyCare & SCHIP

    Sparta township wants to build a hydroelectric generating station at an abandoned mine.

    A new Assembly bill would allow the owner of preserved farmland to build, install and operate renewable energy-generating equipment (for solar, biomass or wind energy) on the farm.

    A partial list of what republicans don't think Americans need

    Shining a light on state government

    NEW JERSEY BLOGGING: Blue Jersey is a great source for the latest in New Jersey politics.

    LatinosNJ.com – a website designed for and about New Jersey Latinos who number almost 1.5 million – provides the latest news and issues, and features blogs and columns from Latino leaders and experts in various fields such as health, education, business, and immigration.

    Green Jersey is an environmental news blog that’s based in, and all about, New Jersey. Its blogger-editor is Jennifer Weiss, a New Jersey-based journalist.

    Every Saturday Morning: Blue Jersey Radio
    Saturdays 10:30 - 11:00

    Listen Live every Saturday morning from 10:30a-11:00a - or download the podcast anytime to listen to the latest hot topics, gossip and opinion on New Jersey politics with hosts Jeff Gardner and Jay Lassiter.

    Click here to listen!

    Alternative energy and Sustainable Agriculture in New Jersey:

    The Newark Alternative Energy Meetup Group
    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment!

    In Addition, you will receive informative newsletters that are chock full of Alternative Energy news from around the country. For more info go here.

    Alternative Energy Resources in New Jersey: a short summary of alternative energy resources for New Jersey. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey is a twenty two year-old, membership based educational nonprofit organization. We are a unique collaboration among the stakeholders in our food system; our members and our governing board include farmers, consumers, retailers, processors, educators and researchers. We serve as a catalyst in the development of a sustainable organic agricultural system; provide assistance to both organic and progressive conventional farmers to help build and maintain sustainable operations; educate diverse audiences about the significance and meaning of organic practices for food and the environment; and provide independent, third-party certification to organic farms and processors.

    New Jersey for Democracy:
    Howard Dean started the strategy that won big in 2006 and 2008. Let's continue to the tradition. Here are the local Democracy for America groups in New Jersey:

    North Jersey -

    Bergen County
    meets at the Ethical Culture Society
    687 Larch Ave
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/bergen

    Essex County
    Cryan's Beef & Ale House
    24 First Street
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/essex

    Hudson County
    The Hard Grove Cafe
    319 Grove St.
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hudson
    (First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30pm)

    Morris County
    Morris County Democratic Headquarters
    11 Washington St
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/morris

    Passaic County
    Puzo's Restaurant (Upstairs)
    4 Garfield Ave.
    Hawthorne, NJ 07506
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/passaic
    (First Thursday of the Month)

    Union County
    Rockin Joe Cafe
    20 Prospect Street
    Westfield, NJ 07090
    RSVP at Union Meetup

    Warren County
    MS Health Software Corp
    605 Grand Ave.
    Hackettstown, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/nwnj

    Central Jersey -

    Hunterdon County
    Friendly Grounds Coffee
    36 Mine St.
    Flemington, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/hunterdon

    Mercer County
    Carl A Fields Center
    86 Olden Street
    (Corner of Olden St and Prospect Ave on Princeton Univ campus)
    Princeton, NJ
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/mercercounty
    (please check DFA-Link for schedule)

    Middlesex County
    Panera Bread
    1551 Route 1 South
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 516-1611
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/middlesexNJ

    Monmouth County
    Racioppi's Kitchen
    107 Oakland St. (at the train station at Bridge Ave.)
    Red Bank, NJ
    (917) 863-2408
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/monmouth

    Somerset County
    Somerset County Complex
    40 North Bridge St. (off of High)
    Somerville, NJ
    RSVP at Somerset Meetup
    (Second or Third Tuesday of the Month)

    South Jersey -

    Camden County
    Haddon Township Library
    15 MacArthur Blvd
    Westmont, NJ 08108
    RSVP at Progressive Democracy South Jersey
    4th Tues. of month

    Gloucester County
    RSVP at Democracy for Gloucester County
    (Please check DFA-Link for date & location)

    Ocean County
    Joshua Huddy Brew Pub and Grill
    1250 Hooper Ave.
    Toms River
    RSVP at www.dfalink.com/oceancounty
    (First Tuesday of the Month)

    Groups and Events:

    Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women Meeting
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
    Join the Cape May County Federation of Democratic Women to discuss important local, state and federal issues. All are encouraged to join!

    2nd Thursday of every month.
    Sam DiVico Senior Center
    Romney Place
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

    For more information, please contact:
    Virginia Hesel

    PFLAG of North Jersey: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of North Jersey is a group of people who meet regularly in the South Orange area and are dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, their families and their friends. Meetings are 2nd Sunday of Every Month. Our regular meeting is from 2:30 to approximately 4:15. Newcomer's meet from 1:30 to 2:30 in a smaller, more informal setting. For more info contact: Helpline: 973-267-8414 or

    Drinking Liberally:

    For the more social and fun-oriented (and booze oriented), there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the New Jersey Drinking Liberally Chapters:

    Hillsborough, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Petrock's Bar and Grill, 419 Amwell Rd (at Amwell and 206)
    * Hosted by Matthew Dawson, hillsborough (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Montclair, New Jersey
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Just Jake's, 30 Park Street (b/t Bloomfield & Claremont)
    * We meet in the REAR DINING ROOM. Turn left after entering, go past the juke box, bar and W.C.
    * Ample parking in municipal lot next to Just Jake's (free after 7 pm)
    * ** Mtclair DL ON THE ROAD, TUES, NOV 13, from 8PM at PAUL'S BAR & BOWLING, 377 CROOKS AVE, PATERSON, NJ (973) 278-1982 http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=10780514 **THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL MEETING, WE STILL HAVE OUR USUAL 2nd THURSDAY
    * Hosted by Kevin Kelly and Dan Evans Farkas, montclair (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onwards
    * Hennessey's Tavern, 140 Morris St (Corner of Elm & Morris, next to the train station)
    * There's plenty of public parking behind train station or on Elm Street.
    * Come on by & raise a pint with other fun loving local progressive's! Hope to see you there...
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, David Cochran and Linda Humphries, morristown (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Hop, 14 N Morris St
    * Hosted by Jim Long, Chip Robinson, Dave Cochran and Linda Humphries, dovernj (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Doll's Place, 101 Paterson St (corner of Paterson & Joyce Kilmer)
    * Hosted by Bob Scardapane and Chris Swasey, newbrunswick (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Pennsauken, New Jersey
    * First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Kings Row Sports Bar and Billiards, 6030 S Crescent Blvd (Route 130 N)
    * Hosted by Art Williams and Denise Williams, pennsauken (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Toms River, New Jersey
    * First Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Joshua Huddy Brew Pub, 1250 Hooper Ave (across from Ocean County Mall)
    * Hosted by Robin Kinlin and Ian Valentine, tomsriver (at) drinkingliberally.org


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