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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 09, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 241

    Been slowly getting back to the politics. This is a tough time. The economy is still bad. The left is finding it hard to remain united on any issue in the face of continued, united opposition from the right. At a party tonight I heard exasperation from members of the NY State Assembly, NY State Senate, and Congress. All expressed some weariness at the left's ability to divide itself and the right's ability to hold together. Remember, it doesn't matter that the left has the better ideas, the better understanding of economics and society, the better plan for America. If we can't stick together on key issues--and that means most of us from Blue Dog to Green--and if we cant express a clear, engaging message, we can't win out against the unified, yammering lies of the right.

    This is no one person's fault. We all contribute to the problem. And, talking to an Assemblyman and State Senator tonight, I expressed how it is endemic on the left throughout history for the left to be divided. They both vehemently disagreed with me. This was no political stance they were taken. They saw that division now does not mean division tomorrow. We just have to find the way to come together and stay united.

    I will discuss this more next issue, I think. For this issue, I want to mainly mention some of the very clear, very definite ways in which Obama and the Democratic majorities in Congress have helped us all. The hints of economic recovery, the positive impacts of the economic stimulus Congress gave us, improved enforcement of labor laws and advances in government involvement in climate research. These are some of the things we should be thankful for a year after Obama took office. We can disagree on important issues, but there are real advancements that Obama and the Democratic Congress have given us, and we can't dismiss these. I remain thankful every day that Bush is out of office. There are disappointments, but I am thankful for a great deal that has changed.

    I am also starting to add in Darwin Day events when I find them for the states I am covering.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Optimism

    First Transgendered Presidential Appointee

    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's Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Investigation

    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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