Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 259
Arizona & America & Playing Dumb & Consumerism & ...
In partial response to this diary I recommend people look into the Fair Trade Federation for things they buy, community supported agriculture for produce needs, and Kiva.org for investment (no profit, but you can get the money back after a loan is paid back). These are two important, if rather tentative, steps towards addressing the issues of exploitation and consumerism that this diary brings up.
Once again, I am so thankful we all worked so hard to get Al Franken elected to the Senate. He is now responsible for some really meaningful reform to Credit Rating Agencies. From an email from Al Franken:
If you read my last email, you already know that one of the biggest problems on Wall Street is that banks can influence Credit Rating Agencies to give their financial products good grades.
As I said, kids don't get to buy grades in school, so banks shouldn't be able to buy theirs on Wall Street.
Well, just now the United States Senate did something to fix it.
My amendment to the Wall Street reform bill puts an end to the flawed rating system that costs retirees and everyday investors billions -- and it just passed with bipartisan support, 64-35!
I think it was absolutely critical to strengthen the consumer protections in the Wall St. reform bill. I came to Washington to stand up for middle class Minnesotans who haven't had a voice in Washington. And I think ending the bogus conflicts of interest ripping people off in the current system is a good start.
Minnesotans, and folks all over the country, build their nest eggs with what they are led to believe are top-rated bonds. Those ratings need to be accurate. And while we're at it, let's reward ratings agencies for being accurate, instead of propping up a pay-to-play system where banks win and consumers lose.
My amendment does just that, and now it is on track to pass the Senate with Wall St. Reform.
In the end, 11 Republicans joined with my Democratic colleagues and me to pass this important amendment. I'm especially grateful for the Senators who made this effort bipartisan. I think it really shows that when we take a common-sense approach to improving people's lives, we can make real progress.
Thank you so much, as always. You and I know fights like this one are worth fighting, and I appreciate your support.
Thank you Senator Franken. And once again, this shows the importance of the Secretary of State Project. It is thanks to their help that Minnesota had an honest, determined secretary of state to insist that a proper recount was conducted and it is thanks to that complete and accurate recount that Al Franken is now a Senator.
This week I focus a great deal on local elections. People tend to focus on top ballot races, but the truth is the people who decide a great deal that affect our everyday lives are the down ballot, local races. So one thing I often do is try to focus on these down ballot races. If I cover people in your area, please check them out and see if you want to support them. And if you do, please take some time to help them out...it can make a HUGE difference. And it is these local races that you can really get progressives elected. I should point out that Arizona is one of the states I am focusing on. It was the Arizona legislature that passed the recent hate laws and we have some chances to flip some seats in that legislature from reactionary to progressive. If you are angry at Arizona's racist laws, the best thing you can do is check out my page on Progressive Candidates in Arizona and help them if you can.
I leave you with this week's address by President Obama:
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
National Acadamy of Sciences to Global Warming Deniers: "DELAY MUST NOT BE AN OPTION!"
Elana Kagan as Supreme Court Nominee
Brooklyn Focus: Challenging Marty Golden (State Senate)
Brooklyn Focus: Challenging Carl Kruger (State Senate)
Brooklyn, NY Focus
Manhattan, NY Focus
Queens, NY Focus
Bronx Focus: Challenging Pedro Espada jr. (State Senate)
Bronx Focus: Challenging Ruben Diaz, Sr. (State Senate)
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
Texas Focus: (CRITICAL!!!) Texas Board of Education
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
Orange County, CA Focus
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
San Diego, CA Focus
California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus
Hanover County, VA Focus
Broward County, FL Focus
Orange County, FL Focus
Pinellas County, FL Focus
Sussex County, NJ Focus
Passaic County, NJ Focus
Warren County, NJ Focus
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Focus: Lois Herr for Congress
Lancaster Co. PA Focus
Atlanta, GA Focus
Fayette County, GA Focus
Coweta County, GA Focus
Progressive Candidates in Washington State
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
Progressive Candidates in Colorado
Boulder County, CO Focus
Larimer County, CO Focus
Douglas County, CO Focus
Progressive Candidates in Michigan
Arizona Republican Leader Follows KKK Leader on Twitter
Progressive Candidates in Arizona
NC-5 Congressional Race: Democrat Bill Kennedy Outraises Republican Virginia Foxx
North Carolina Focus: NC-5 District Focus (Stokes County, Statesville, Surrey County, Iredell County, Watauga County, Yadkin County)
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS
Progressive Candidates in Minnesota