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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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  • Thursday, April 01, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 253

    The big project for progressives right now is actually targeting a Democrat. We have to defeat Blanche Lincoln (DINO Senator from Arkansas) and we have to defeat her for two reasons: 1.) she is way behind in the polls for November's election and 2.) she has essentially been supporting corporate and Republican interests over those of her own party or her constituents. In essence she has become so much like a Republican that voters in Arkansas are figuring they might as well just elect a Republican instead. If she wins the nomination we almost certainly will lose a Senate seat.

    We have a great candidate challenging her in the primary: Bill Halter. Over the past three months Blanche Lincoln has raised $1 million, mostly in large, corporate donations. In less than that time, Bill Halter has raised almost $2 million, mostly in small donations under $50. Furthermore, the AFL-CIO has promised help to Bill Halter to the tune of some $4 million. If they hold to that Halter could well win this and we may finally have a REAL Democrat representing Arkansas in the Senate.

    Kieth Olbermann on Blanche Lincoln:



    And here's Bill Halter:



    If you live in Arkansas, please give some of your time to Bill Halter's campaign.

    And if you live ANYWHERE in the US, please donate to Bill Halter's campaign through Healthcare4America. Show the Democratic Party that supporting labor, healthcare and progressive values wins elections over corporate sell outs like Blanche Lincoln.

    This week I am continuing some focus on healthcare reform. I repeat my call to celebrate our victory while preparing for the next fight. I also focus on the campaigns to replace Stupak and Pitts for their holding healthcare reform hostage to an anti-choice agenda. And I again focus on the campaign to replace Blanche Lincoln for her constant alliance with the obstructionist Repubs (yes...I will be hammering away at Blanche Lincoln and Bart Stupak as much as I can until the primary, and targeting Joe Pitts until November).

    I also am adding some more local pages, particularly in Colorado and Florida, so folks who want to find progressive resources in those areas will be able to do so more easily. These are pages I won't be updating much, but they will have lots of good info. From time to time I will add more such pages since once I set them up they take no effort.

    I also want to draw people's attention to some interesting developments in Florida. Check out this Daily Kos article: Florida Republican Party Imploding Fast!

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Standing Up for Choice and for Healthcare: Targeting Bart Stupak (MI-1) and Joe Pitts (PA-16)

    Standing Up for Choice and for Healthcare: Targeting Blanche Lincoln (AR-Sen)

    Continued from two weeks ago: Target the Corrupt Republican Campaign

    Continued from last week: I Declare the Celebrations Begin! Comeon and Party!

    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

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA 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

    Illinois Focus: Dan Seals for Congress (IL-10)

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    NEVADA FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    North Carolina Focus: Billy Kennedy for Congress (NC-5)

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

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