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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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  • Friday, March 19, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 251

    I want to continue this effort from last week. NOW is the time to send a real and convincing message that healthcare reform is a winning issue:

    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

    TEXAS FOCUS

    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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Georgia Focus: Regina Thomas for Congress (GA-12)

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Lois Herr for Congress

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Republican John Ensign Subpoenaed

    Nevada Focus: Does Mining Pay Its Fair Share?

    NEVADA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: Bart Stupak vs. Catholic Nuns

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

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