Progressive Democrat Issue 240
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
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
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
Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus
Hanover County, VA Focus
Sussex County, NJ Focus
Passaic County, NJ Focus
Warren County, NJ Focus
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
Lancaster Co. PA Focus
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
Michigan Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS