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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, July 16, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 220

    I am streamlining how I put this newsletter together while also expanding coverage in two states where I have lots of readers: Georgia and New Jersey. Interestingly, readership went down while I was on vacation, but immediately came back up once I started posting again. So I guess you all really do pay attention when I post.

    As Sotomayor comes closer and closer to confirmation, and as we have a new Surgeon General (who ran a clinic in Louisiana that she pieced back together herself after Katrina...no thanks to Bush and the Republicans, of course) and unanimous approval by the Senate of a new head of NASA, this represents a hugely important week for America where amazingly qualified minorities are reaching all levels of the Federal government. Meanwhile, the Republican Senators have been showing off their ugliest, most racist sides during the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. Even though they know they are losing the fight, they are putting their worst foot forward and coming off looking like absolute assholes. And, in the process, Republicans are further alienating any support they may ever have had among Hispanics and women. The further loss of the Hispanic vote is covered by Daily Kos in this diary. But the real fact of the matter is Sotomayor is showing herself to be one of the best people we have had appointed for the Supreme Court. Far far better than Alito or Thomas or Bork, the fools the right wing liked.

    Meanwhile, Obama was in New Jersey campaigning with Governor Corzine, and he really kicked ass. Here's some video of his speech:



    And, of course, this week has been some major advances in the healthcare debate. Republicans, of course, want to fight to keep things as they are or worse. Well, as I have written before, America's healthcare is far from impressive. In fact it is among the most expensive in the world, but is about as good as the healthcare they get in Slovenia, Bosnia and Cuba. It is embarassing! The best option, pushed by Kucinich but generally not on the table and probably not possible to get through Congress, is the single-payer option (discussed in this diary, if a bit buried). But the second best option is the current bill that includes a strong public option. This is our best bet for genuine reform right here and right now. And we have to contact our Congress Critters and urge them to support a strong public option. In this week's newsletter I push three particular Congressional Reps on this issue, one of whom I know personally and all of whom I have supported strongly in the past...and all of whom I respect. I am hoping all three will come around and support a strong public option for healthcare reform. Read my messages to these Congress Critters for more info, and for ideas on what to say when contacting your Congress Critters...beacuse now is the time to fight for real healthcare reform and you, more than anyone else, can convince your Reps. to do the right thing.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Better to Invest Now than Risk Disaster Later

    Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez: Please Support a Strong Public Option

    My Message to Linda Sanchez and Zack Space on Healthcare

    Republican Senator Brownback Wasting Our Time and Money

    NYC FOCUS: Beware Home Energy Scams Revisited

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Georgia Action for Health Care

    Georgia Democrats Work

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Tempe, AZ Campaign Training

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Jacksonville, FL Campaign Training

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

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