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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, August 22, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 225

    It's all about healthcare this week. I try to highlight in the local focus pages any healthcare rallies and town halls I can. You can also find out more about what you can do to fight for healthcare reform by going here. In particular, go here to find town hall meetings near you. I can't emphasize enough how important this is. I have focused on contacting and lobbying several congressional reps. I either know or spent some real effort to help get elected.

    I also return to my previous focus on Burma and their main American enablers, Chevron/Texaco, and I return to my discussion of why Bank of America sucks. And although I don't have a page on the Glenn Beck advertiser boycott, it is still on. I recommend contacting Clorox this week and urge them to stop advertising on the Glenn Beck show because of Beck's racist comments. I found them receptive but I am not sure they have followed through. Be polite but follow up when they respond. I think they are going to do the right thing and their response sounded like they could be open to boycotting most Fox News shows. If Clorox is as receptive as they seem, and they follow through, I could see favoring their products when I go shopping.

    And for my NYC readers I continue to focus on the upcoming Democratic primaries. In particular I want to emphasize there are some fantasitc candidates running. I am staying neutral for several reasons in the mayoral primary. For Comptroller John Liu and David Weprin are the only competant candidates. The other two candidates, Melinda Katz and David Yassky (who is my City Councilman and I can tell you he is lousy), have no financial experience and are nothing but shills for developers. A recent Q poll showed John Liu leads followed by Melinda Katz, then David Yassky and David Weprin last. I recommend voting for the candidate who both HAS financial experience AND is the frontrunner: John Liu. For Public Advocate, two candidates seem to be relatively dedicated to advocating for the public: Mark Green and Norman Siegel. Of those two, Norman Siegel is by far the better advocate and his honesty is absolutely rock solid. The other two, Eric Gioia and Bill de Blasio have little actual interest in the Public Advocate position but merely see it as a stepping stone to the mayors office. I know enough about Gioia and de Blasio not to trust them. A recent Q poll shows that Mark Green is in the lead followed by Norman Siegel then Bill de Blasio with Eric Gioia lagging. I recommend Norman Siegel as by far the candidate with the most integrity. Finally, for City Council I have many recommendations, but in particular I recommend Yetta Kurland in Manhattan (3rd district), Josh Skaller and Jo Anne Simon in Brooklyn (39th and 33rd districts) and Steve Behar and Mel Gargarin in Queens (19th and 29th districts). Go to my endorsement list to see more, but I highlight these candidates because they are excellent and seem to have a real chance to win. Other candidates I highlight I have less of an idea how well they are doing.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Get Your Rabbi Involved!

    Denounce Aung San Suu Kyi's Imprisonment

    Continuing the Chevron Boycott

    Bank of America Seems to Like Pissing of Americans

    NYC FOCUS: My updated endorsement list

    Brooklyn, NY Focus


    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Georgia Democrats Work

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Georgia Action for Health Care

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Virginia's Governor Race: Getting Fired Up With Creigh Deeds

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    Maricopa County, AZ Focus: Corrupt Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Colorado Senator Bennet On Healthcare Reform

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Florida CFO Alex Sink's new workers' comp whistle-blower site already producing big results

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Melissa Bean and Bill Foster, Give Us Our Healthcare

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Melissa Bean and Bill Foster, Give Us Our Healthcare

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Wisconsin Focus: Get the Facts on Health Care Reform

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    North Carolina Justice Center: Myths About Health Reform

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Iowa's 90th House District Special Election September 1st

    IOWA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

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