Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 251
With regards to healthcare reform there are some dedicated champions in Congress (all Democrats) and some who have been as obstructionist as can be (from both parties). In some cases support for a champion (particularly if they are being targeted by the Republicans), support for an excellent candidate trying to flip a House or Senate seat from the Republicans, and a primary challenge to carefully selected obstructionist DINOs (a term I try not to use too often) can send a clear message that support of healthcare reform is a WINNING POSITION. And that is the key message we have to send: people who support healthcare reform need to be supported and those who oppose it need to be challenged.
I have put together a carefully selected Act Blue List of key races where this message can, in my opinion, be best sent. I include people like Alan Grayson and Jared Polis, who are among the champions of the public option and who are excellent Congressional Reps to begin with. I include people like Lois Herr, Jennifer Brunner and Kendrick Meek who are trying to flip seats from the obstructionist Republicans and who are good candidates to begin with. And I include a handful of selected primary challengers (like Regina Thomas, Bill Halter and Connie Saltonstall) designed both to try and defeat key DINOs and/or to help Nancy Pelosi put pressure on those DINOs to stand by healthcare reform. Some of my choices are races that need our help anyway and we have a shot at winning (Jennifer Brunner, Alan Grayson, Bill Halter, etc.) Others may be long shots, but still worth focusing on for the pressure it puts on obstructionists.
Now is the time to donate because now is the time when healthcare is at the forefront of Obama's agenda. Please pick one or two of the candidates I highlight on my Healthcare4America Act Blue Page and send a message that might actually make a real difference. I will add my own contribution to every donation of $10 or more that is made the week after I post this.
Truth is, these kinds of pressure are working! As the vote approaches, a whole slew of conservative Dems (even Brad Ellsworth, one of the most conservative Democrats from one of the most conservative districts in America) are deciding to vote YES on healthcare reform. So our pressure is working. But we have to keep it up and targeting these key candidates is key to success.
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Target the Corrupt Republican Campaign
Congressman Bill Foster: Give Us Our Healthcare Reform!
A Hatchet Job by The News Magazine
Brooklyn, NY Focus
Manhattan, NY Focus
Queens, NY Focus: Slasher Monserrate Goes Down in Flames
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
DEBRA BOWEN FOR CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
San Diego, CA Focus
Orange County, CA Focus
California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
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
Georgia Focus: Regina Thomas for Congress (GA-12)
Atlanta, GA Focus
Fayette County, GA Focus
Coweta County, GA Focus
Pennsylvania Focus: Lois Herr for Congress
Lancaster Co. PA Focus
Nevada Focus: Republican John Ensign Subpoenaed
Nevada Focus: Does Mining Pay Its Fair Share?
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
Michigan Focus: Bart Stupak vs. Catholic Nuns
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS