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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, October 08, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 231

    Last week I ended my introductory statement by saying, "It may not always seem this way, but things have been moving (slowly) in the right direction." This last week adds a great deal of emphasis to my statement. Looked at from afar, what Obama has been doing is amazing. Of course there is the Nobel Peace Prize, which I discuss in this week's newsletter. Whether or not you think Obama has earned it, it is a sincere expression of just how relieved the world is that America has a good President again and of how hopeful the world is that Obama can turn things around. But the Nobel Prize is just the most obvious expression of this. Simply put, almost every nation in the world views America better thanks to Obama. From Reuters:

    The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.

    It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).

    "What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year...

    The global survey, conducted by GFK Roper Public Affairs & Media, involved 20,000 people in 20 rich and developing countries around the globe. They were asked to rate 50 nations in categories such as culture, governance, people, exports, tourism, landscape and education.


    What a difference a year, and a new President, makes. And it is an important measure of Obama's success. I should note that the two main groups of people who view America worse now that Obama is President are right wing Republicans and Muslim supporters of Islamic Jihad, Iran or the Taliban. I am not making that up. Having read a great deal of the comments both from right wing Republicans and Islamic fundamentalists (Shi'ite and Sunni) I am amazed at how similar are their comments about Obama and America.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

    Keith Olbermann on Healthcare Reform

    Glenn Beck Boycott Continues...and goes international

    New York City Focus: Endorsements for November's Election

    Rochester, NY Focus

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS: Re-elect Secretary of State Debra Bowen

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Incompetent Deputy

    Arizona Focus: Support the Communities On The Front Lines at Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Texas Focus: Bill White for US Senate

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Focus

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Virginia Focus: Creigh Deeds' Latest Ad

    Virginia Organizing Project Supports Healthcare Reform

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Senate: Another Reason to Support Joe Sestak for Senate

    Progressive Majority Candidates in Pennsylvania

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Injustice for Florida Lesbian and Family

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Restore the Duwamish River - Tukwila, WA

    Progressive Majority Candidates in Washington State

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Colorado Senator Bennet On Healthcare Reform

    COLORADO FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    Wisconsin for Healthcare Reform: Facts and Actions

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    North Carolina Justice Center: Myths About Health Reform

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Progressive Majority Canidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

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

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Nevada: Public Option Model that SAVES Money

    NEVADA FOCUS

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