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  • Friday, May 28, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 261

    Awhile back I discussed the kidnapping of two Current TV reporters by North Korea. Thanks to the intervention of President Bill Clinton, they were released. One of the two Current TV reporters, Laura Ling, has gone public about her experiences kidnapped by North Korean soldiers, and it is chilling. Here (after a commercial or two) is the interview by her fellow Current TV staff:



    One thing I should note is that I previously expressed doubt that they violated North Korean territory (which N Korea claimed they did). It seems they DID violate North Korean territory...barely. And I wonder if their carefully selected guide was in on the incident since he was the one who seems to have taken them across the border and they on their own volition turned back...but too late.

    Laura Ling has also published her experiences in a book I have already ordered but not yet received or read. I expect it to be a good read.

    Turning to domestic politics, the Arkansas Senate primary has gotten interesting. Bill Halter has "pulled ahead" though really it is a statistical tie. Usually in a primary when a man and woman are going head to head, polls show the woman leading among women and the man leading among men. It is reversed in this race. Bill Halter leads among women voters 51-39, while Lincoln wins among men voters 49-43. But I think Lincoln's poor performance among women voters was presaged when EMILY's List dumped her. Generally, and sometimes even illogically, EMILY's List supports women candidates over men. Not this time. Lincoln's reactionary policies soured EMILY's List and they refused to endorse her for re-election, going so far as to announce specifically that they would not endorse her for re-election. Turning to race, Halter leads heavily among blacks (58-28), Lincoln barely leads among whites (47-45).

    When it comes to the general election, Lincoln vs. Boozman has Boozman winning 58-38. Lincoln almost certainly will lose, whether it is in the primary or the general is the only question. Halter vs. Boozman still leans Boozman, but Halter has a better shot than Lincoln: 42 Halter to 53 Boozman. We need Halter to win the primary to have ANY shot at winning the general is the bottom line.

    Turning to Kentucky, Teabagger Rand Paul only barely leads Democrat Jack Conway. This was expected to be an easy Republican win, but only a week after Paul's big win he has been saying so many crazy things (like wanting to repeal key parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and has ties with so many unsavory racists, the race is shaping up to be a toss up. Polls currently show it 44 Paul to 40 Conway. We can win this one.

    Finally, in Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak has pulled ahead of Republican Toomey in the Senate race. Sestak leads 43 to 40...not bad for a race that was considered a probable Republican pickup.

    One of the big stories this week was the passage in the House of a bill repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, Bill Clinton's compromise measure when Congress derailed his attempt to allow gays openly in the military. It still has to get through the Senate, but it is huge progress for equality for gays in America. Sure, it is equality for getting oneself killed for your country, but it is still one more step towards equality. The passage has not gotten as much attention as I would have expected given how many progressives criticized Obama's slow pace in fulfilling his promise to repeal DADT, but this is what Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa had to say about it:

    Last night was historic. As a co-sponsor of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, I was proud to cast my vote in favor of ending this reprehensible policy that belies our country's founding principles of equality.

    I believe my colleague from Georgia, Congressman John Lewis, put it best: "I fought too hard and for too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation."

    This decision is another critical step forward as we work to end discrimination against our citizens and live up to our promise as a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

    Thank you for your support, and as always, take care,
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    Dave


    And, looking towards the Senate, the first step towards passage in the Senate was also taken this last week. Here's what Colorado Senator Mark Udall has to say about it:

    Just a short time ago, the Senate Armed Services Committee took an historic vote to include the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the defense authorization bill. Several of my committee colleagues and I overcame fierce opposition to reach victory and enhance our national security.

    This is a major step forward to repealing DADT. Thanks to thousands of members of the MarkUdall.com community for making this happen.

    But this isn't the end. Now, we must make sure the amendment remains in the underlying defense authorization bill and is not stripped out by opponents on the Senate floor. We cannot afford to continue to dismiss brave patriots who wish to protect our nation merely because of their sexual orientation.


    Now, as a bit of a sociological study, here is a video a Kossack made of a Teabagger get together. Personally the teabaggers seem rather pathetic to me.



    And finally, as a contrast to the pathetic Teabaggers, here's Obama's weekly address:



    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Colony Collapse Disorder: The pieces are starting to fit together

    Right Wing Domestic Terrorism in West Memphis

    Continued from last week: Senator Al Franken: Help me help Jack and Joe

    Brooklyn Focus: Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Endorsement Meeting

    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

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

    CALIFORNIA 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

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    How the Health Care Bill Helps You: Key Benefits for Virginia

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA 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

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have misused 50 MILLION Dollars

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    North Carolina Focus: Wells Fargo Preys on Mom of Scalded Baby in ICU

    North Carolina Focus: NC-5 District Focus (Stokes County, Statesville, Surrey County, Iredell County, Watauga County, Yadkin County)

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    KANSAS FOCUS

    Tennessee Focus: Wells Fargo's Predatory Lending Against Tennessee Family

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

    Elliot Anderson for Nevada Assembly

    NEVADA FOCUS

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