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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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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 218

    This will probably be my last newsletter for 3-5 weeks. Work, a conference, petitioning for candidates and vacation will be taking up my time into July.

    Once again I want to ask my readers for help in four key NYC races

    Josh Skaller: a good friend of mine running for City Council who was recently endorssed by Democracy for America and Howard Dean himself. Josh is a strong environmentalist and has worked on the local Howard Dean and Barack Obama campaigns. His main opponents are heavily supported by corporate interests. One of them is anti-Israel, and the other is anti-choice. Skaller, despite not taking any corporate donations, is doing well in fundraising and can be considered one of the two frontrunners in the race. I will be working very hard for Josh, and I hope some of my readers will send him some money to help us along.

    Norman Siegel: another friend, this time running for the citywide office of Public Advocate. With 40 years of impressive civil rights legal work under his belt, including as a former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Norm is an ideal candidate for Public Advocate. Of course most of his opponents are corporate funded because corporations want a Corporate Advocate, not a Public Advocate. Norm is so scrupulous I once heard him turn down a ride from another candidate because it would require he report it as an in kind donation! That is an almost unheard of level of integrity. You can read about his long record of public advocacy on his website. I think you will agree he is one of the best candidates to come around in a long time and deserving of our support. If you can help out, please give a contribution.

    John Liu: John Liu is running for Comptroller, the position that keeps track of the city's money. He is one of only two candidates in the race who actually has accounting and regulatory experience. The other two candidates (including that shady David Yassky I mentioned earlier) have no monetary experience whatsoever and are merely developer-supported shills. If Liu wins he will be the first Asian-American to win citywide office in NYC. This has generated some excitement, including from Asian-American politicians like Mike Honda from California, who has endorsed him. I have met Liu a few times and, in fact, was the very first person to officially endorse him for Comptroller. I think both John Liu and David Weprin (the other candidate in the race who has accounting/regulatory experience) would be good Comptrollers. I chose Liu because he is the more progressive of the two and the more dynamic candidate. Please help us elect a progressive, qualified Comptroller and elect the first Asian-American to win citywide office in NYC.

    Finally, I want to mention another friend running for City Council, this time in my own district: Jo Anne Simon. Jo Anne is nationally known as an advocate for the disabled. Her main opponent is a developer-supported protege of the local corrupt Party Boss, so Jo Anne is our best shot at preventing a takeover of the district by the local machine. Which is a constant battle reformers like joy and I have here in Brooklyn. Please help us keep corruption at bay in NYC.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Boycott Chevron-Texaco

    Sotomayor "hard to BS"

    NYC Focus: My Evolution on Working Families Party

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Silicon Valley, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Redding, CA Campaign Training

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    NJ Young Democrats Convention

    NJ-5: "Take the Fifth" PAC

    Sussex County, NJ Events, Groups and Food Co-op

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Jacksonville, FL Campaign Training

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Tempe, AZ Campaign Training

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

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