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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, September 03, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 227

    On September last there was a special election in Iowa that I highlighted in my lst newsletter. I am happy to say that Democrat Curt Hanson won that election. The Republicans tried to make the election about marriage equality to try and get out their base. In the end, though, the Democratic candidate was more appealing to the voters.

    September 15th is a big primary election in NYC which many of you know I am very involved with. In many of the races I have been covering, there are many candidates who roughly break down into three categories: 1. corrupt machine candidates (whether linked to corrupt Democratic Party machines or the currently scandal-ridden Working Families Party), 2. social conservatives running as Democrats, and 3. genuine progressive reform-minded candidates. Needless to say, I pretty much am pushing the third category. But, as always, progressive reformers have the toughest time winning because they don't have big money backing them. So every vote counts in these races and anything my NYC readers can do to elect genuinely good candiates like Josh Skaller, Jo Anne Simon and Norman Siegel the better. I will be highlighting some of the candidates I know personally in this issue and the next issue. This issue I highlight Norman Siegel, Letitia James and Rock Hackshaw. I also cover a very odd dynamic I am noticing this year where the machine candidates and the conservative candidates are competing over Hasidic voters. One particularly bizarre version of this dynamic has emerged in the fight between WFP machine candidate Brad Lander and social conservative John Heyer in the 39th City Council district that has led to some pretty awful, homophobic articles being written in a Yiddish newspaper on behalf of each candidate. An open question remains whether either campaign knew of the anti-gay rhetoric being used in the two articles. I suspect neither candidate approved such rhetoric, but it is a natural result of their attempts to woo voters who consider homophobia a virtue. Happily, my endorsed candidate in that race, Josh Skaller, has no interest in wooing homophobic voters.

    With all this NYC focus I am afraid I may be giving less attention to the rest of the nation for the next couple of weeks. But bear with me!

    Of course, the battle for healthcare reform nationally continues. And the fight against Glenn Beck's racism and hate-mongering continues successfully.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Reminder: My Message to the Democratic Party: Get off your Asses on Healthcare Reform

    Reminder: Your Water Footprint

    Reminder: Saving the Earth's Fisheries

    NYC Public Advocate Race: One Clear Choice

    Brooklyn, NY Focus: Conservatives vs. Machines in Central Brooklyn

    Brooklyn Focus: NYC 35th City Council Race: Re-electing one of the few honest councilmembers

    Brooklyn Focus: NYC 40th City Council Race: Trust in the Rock


    Brooklyn, NY Focus


    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Georgia Action for Health Care

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Colorado Senator Bennet On Healthcare Reform

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Wisconsin Focus: Get the Facts on Health Care Reform

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Florida Focus: Columbian Drug Cartel for Charlie Crist?

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

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

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    North Carolina Justice Center: Myths About Health Reform

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

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