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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Thursday, July 01, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 264

    Still using some shortcuts to get the newsletter out...but I think there is still plenty of good info I am getting out to my readers. I should note that as I have neglected the newsletter, readership has gone down a bit. Hopefully it will pick up.

    Let me begin by showing some hard numbers on why we really should be glad Obama is our president and why there is reason to hope for economic recovery. This is a graph of private sector job loss/creation from January 2007 to June 2009. It shows the abysmal job creation under Bush, and the gradual improvement under Obama: (see also this Daily Kos diary)

    If the trend continues, we will do okay. Of course it would be interesting to extend this from Bush I years through Clinton years, through Bush II and up to today. From everything I have seen it would be a clear mediocre to poor job creation under the Bush terms and improvement to prosperity under Clinton and Obama. But we still have a long way to go to make up all that lost ground under Bush.

    And here is something from Current TV's Vanguard series. This is part of a show they did on an American Jihadist. It is the kind of journalism I have come to expect from Current TV that you don't get elsewhere. This is just a sample from an hour long show: (note: has a commercial before the real thing begins)

    And another important story they covered, one that hit Daily Kos earlier, but has otherwise not been covered much: Inside Vanguard's Rape on the Reservation: Mariana van Zeller Reflects

    And speaking of Current TV, this was from their website: Policing Free Speech / Political Spying: ACLU Review

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    Bill Clinton on Barack Obama

    BP Fined for Lying...and more suggestions on where to gas up

    Certainty vs. Uncertainty: Understanding Scientific Terms about Climate Change

    Upset Win for Sean Coffey (Attorney General candidate) for Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Endorsement

    NYC Focus: Joel Klein is Goddamned Liar

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx Focus: June 29 Democracy for New York Fundraiser/Meet and Greet for Charlie Ramos, jr. for State Senate:

    Bronx Focus: Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter for State Senate...perhaps NY State's most important primary election this year.

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties


    California Focus: Want to know if your vote was counted? Check website

    California Nurses Push Back at Whitman

    CA-Sen: Carly Fiorina In the mold of Sarah Palin

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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


    A stark comparison between Democrats and Repubs in Texas: Texas GOP and Democratic Platform Comparison

    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


    VA-4: A Progressive Democrat for Southside Virginia:

    Virginia Focus: Republican Cuccinelli pocketing money meant for wounded veterans

    Virginia Focus: Republican Eric Cantor opposes support for small businesses

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus


    Minnesota Focus: Ham Lake Mayor Paul Meunier announces State Senate candidacy:

    Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak Endorses Staunton for District 41A:

    The Most Winnable Seat in Minnesota

    Progressive Candidates in Minnesota


    Republican Mark Kirk: "Liar" - It's OK to use the word

    Here's something that we need: The Good Jobs Chicago Coalition...and here is video of the Good Jobs Chicago Coalition taking on Wal-Mart:


    Washington Education Association the American Federation of Teachers Endorse Dean Willard for Washington State Representative

    Lillian Kaufer endorsed by Democracy for Snohomish County for State Senate (D) 44th District

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State


    Republican Congressman Gerlach sides with Wall Street against hard-working Pennsylvanians

    Republican Pat Toomey Stubbornly Reaffirms Support for Drilling in Great Lakes...how many oil disasters will it take for the Greedy Oil Party to end its addiction to the oil industry. More here:

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Focus: Lois Herr for Congress

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus


    New Jersey Chemical Plant Puts 12 Million at Risk, Threatens Most Lives in New York City

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus


    Crisanta Duran, Democrat for State Representative in House District 5 in Denver, Colorado:

    An important new blog in Colorado: CO-Sen: New Website to Hold Republican Candidates Accountable for their Extreme Views

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Recent Economic Data Show Progress in Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus


    Wisconsin DOT: see no global warming, speak no global warming, mitigate no global warming...it is WAY past time for global warming denial and delays. It is time to act.

    Crisis equals opportunity: raise the standards for high school graduation.


    Michigan Focus: ACLU Sues Wal-Mart for Firing Employee for Medical Marijuana Use...if this person needed insulin, or Prozac, or any other medicine, would Wal-Mart fire him? Yet another reason I boycott Wal-Mart.

    MI Republican Sec. of State candidate lists hate group leader's endorsement...yet another example of the close relationship between Republicans and racism.

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan


    Joe Garcia and hope for Florida Democrats

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus


    AZ Sheriff Arpaio's "Sweeps" Don't Work

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona


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


    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus



    US Marine Fights Tea Party Theocracy in TN

    Report: Coal Industry Harms TN and WV More Than It Helps



    Elliot Anderson for Nevada Assembly



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