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  • Friday, February 26, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Issue 248

    The newsletter is getting a bit overwhelming again, so not as many articles this week. May cut back a bit. But it will keep going, one way or another.

    President Obama has, in scarcely more than a year, hurt the Taliban far more than Bush and Cheney ever did during their entire 8 years occupying the White House. From the Christian Science Monitor:

    Half of Afghanistan Taliban leadership arrested in Pakistan

    Pakistan has arrested nearly half of the Afghanistan Taliban’s leadership in recent days, Pakistani officials told the Monitor Wednesday, dealing what could be a crucial blow to the insurgent movement.

    In total, seven of the insurgent group’s 15-member leadership council, thought to be based in Quetta, Pakistan, including the head of military operations, have been apprehended in the past week, according to Pakistani intelligence officials


    This is WAY beyond anything the Republicans were able to accomplish.

    Yes...it really DOES make a difference having a Democrat in the White House. We may not like everything Obama is doing or not doing, but there really has been a difference.

    And many of the Democrats we elected to the House have done us proud as well. Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia was one of my early endorsements in 2008...and though I disagreed with his support of the Pitts-Stupak amendment, I have been impressed with most of what he has accomplished. This week Congressman Perriello introduced a bill into Congress repealing antitrust exemption given to health insurance companies. The House passed this bill...now we have to wait for the Senate to act on it. Here is video of Tom Perriello discussing the bill:



    And the bill's co-sponsor, Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Colorado, speaking on the bill:



    Two Democrats I am proud to have supported, even if I don't agree with 100% of what they do.

    I should note that the ONLY people to vote against this bill were 19 Republicans. Here are the Republican Congressmen who voted for insurance companies over America's working and middle class:

    Akin
    Boehner
    Brady (TX)
    Broun (GA)
    Buyer
    Franks (AZ)
    Garrett (NJ)
    Jenkins
    Jordan (OH)
    King (IA)
    Lamborn
    Linder
    Moran (KS)
    Paul
    Price (GA)
    Ryan (WI)
    Sensenbrenner
    Tiahrt
    Westmoreland

    Those are the only Representatives who openly support insurance companies screwing you over.

    Meanwhile, in the Senate, helped by 13 Republicans that the teabaggers are now angry at, Democrats passed a much needed jobs bill. I'd like to say I am as proud of our Senators as I am of most of our House Reps, but the Senate has been dragging its feet and, other than Senator Al Franken, I have not been much impressed by the Senate Democrats. I guess they remain better than the Republicans, but that is kind of damning with faint praise.

    And, as we watch the aftermath of the earthquake in Chile, here's an interesting comparison between Haiti and Chile in light of right wing extremist assertions that government is a bad thing: Chile and Haiti Illustrate the value of government

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Discussing Healthcare Reform: Views from Congressman Anthony Weiner and Some Reminders

    Brooklyn Focus: Strolling Along the Gowanus Canal

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

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

    NEW YORK STATE 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

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    ALEX SINK'S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FLORIDA

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Fighting for a Stronger Wisconsin: Tom Barrett for Governor

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Iowa Focus: Can Populist Roxanne Conlin Beat Corporate Shill Chuck Grassley?

    Petitioning in Iowa

    IOWA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

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