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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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  • Saturday, February 13, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 246

    Since Feb 12 was Darwin's birthday and Lincoln's birthday, I am dedicating this newsletter to two of the most important people of the 19th century. But first, a bit of modern politics...

    Bernie Sanders hit the nail on the head this week (I remember supporting him when he first ran for Congress):



    And Rachel Maddow hit the nail on the head this week:



    Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow (along with CurrentTV) remain some of the best out there on TV.

    Turning to Healthcare reform, this comes from the New England Journal of Medicine:

    Forging Ahead — Embracing the “Reconciliation” Option for Reform

    The idea of using reconciliation has raised concern among some supporters of health care reform. They fear that reform opponents would consider the use of reconciliation high-handed. But in fact Congress created reconciliation procedures to deal with precisely this sort of situation — its failure to implement provisions of the previous budget resolution. The 2009 budget resolution instructed both houses of Congress to enact health care reform. The House and the Senate have passed similar but not identical bills. Since both houses have acted but some work remains to be done to align the two bills, using reconciliation to implement the instructions in the budget resolution follows established congressional procedure.

    Furthermore, coming from Republicans, objections to the use of reconciliation on procedural grounds seem more than a little insincere. A Republican president and a Republican Congress used reconciliation procedures in 2001 to enact tax cuts that were supported by fewer than 60 senators. The then-majority Republicans could use reconciliation only because they misrepresented the tax cuts as temporary although everyone understood they were intended to be permanent — but permanent cuts would have required the support of 60 senators, which they did not have...

    Health care reformers in the administration and Congress have a powerful case to make and, on an issue of such enormous importance, a duty to make it. In addition to reminding Americans that reform will protect, not jeopardize, coverage by preventing insurance companies from canceling coverage or jacking up premiums for the sick, reform advocates should remind them that the proposed legislation will bring coverage to tens of millions of currently uninsured Americans and protect it for scores of millions of others. Reform advocates should explain the legislation’s legitimate promise of cost control and quality improvement.






    Come on Congress...let's get this done.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Happy Birthday Charles Darwin: Evolution Explained and Defended

    Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln: Slavery, Secession and Civil War

    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

    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

    Progressive Majority Texas

    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

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    Renewable Energy Job Opportunities in Colorado

    COLORADO FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

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