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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, January 02, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Issue 240

    Welcome to 2010. Hope everyone had a good break.

    In 2010 we still have a long way to go with our economic recovery. And, as I have been saying for more than 5 years, the best way to revitalize our economy is through conversion to a green economy. Focusing on energy solutions like solar, wind, small hydroelectric, methane capture, biodiesel, etc. we create American jobs, produce energy more locally (hence improving the efficiency of energy delivery) and reduce our dependence on nations like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The United States has dragged its feet on this. As individuals we have generally been reluctant to make the personal decisions necessary to create a sound market for clean energy. And our local, state and Federal governments have been painfully slow to put in the incentives and regulations that would encourage such a shift. In 2010 we have to turn the tide both as individuals and at the level of government. This is critical both for job creation and for addressing global warming.

    2010 will also be a major election year. It is almost inevitable that the right wing will regain some ground in 2010. The historical trends are almost overwhelming: in the second year of almost any President's term his party loses ground in Congress. My hope is that we do not lose ground at the expense of our better members of Congress. For example, Alan Grayson of Florida is a major target by the right wing. We do not want to lose that race. I'd rather lose a few Blue Dog seats if we are going to lose seats. So I already have some Act Blue sites set up to fight the best fights in key states. In addition, I will be highlighting some secretary of state races (particularly California, Michigan and Minnesota) as well as Jennifer Brunner for Senate from Ohio and Alex Sink for Governor of Florida. These are two extraordinary women who are ideal for the job they are running for. Both races will be hard fought and we need to fight hard for these great candidates. Beyond that I will continue my focus on Progressive Majority, which has been successfully electing solid progressives on a local level, creating the next generation of successful politicians.

    Green jobs, addressing global warming, defending key progressives like Alan Grayson and Progressive Majority endorsed candidates, and fighting key races like Ohio Senate and Florida Governor need to be our main efforts this year. A very forward-looking agenda.

    For now I am revamping the local focus pages and still going a little easy with the newsletter.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Welcoming the New Year with 100% Green Power

    Liberalism in the Blood: My son singing "Sticking to the Union"

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Texas 10th District Focus: Turn TX-10 Blue

    Texas 21st District Focus: Turn TX-21 Blue

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Michigan Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

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