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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, July 16, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 266

    After last week's push to get green energy info on the states I cover to my readers, I am going back to a somewhat lazier approach of writing less and linking more. I'd rather do that than take too long of a break from blogging, but it has been harder to keep up with the newsletter these days. I am hoping things calm down and I can go back to writing more, but if nothing else I can keep highlighting good information, news and links for you all. Let me know if you like this format better or if you prefer I go back to writing more. One of the main things I have dropped for now is updating events sections for local areas since it was time consuming and I am not sure how many people were going to those events. Instead I have left the link to the websites where I found the events and am letting people click through to the source. Same with updating extensive news links in the local sections. Instead I am leaving the links to blogs and only highlighting a handful of key stories. Again, let me know what approach you like better.

    Daily Kos had a recent article reviewing the basics of global warming that is worth a read. The time when this should be necessary is long past...and yet we still have global warming deniers with right wing agendas who make it necessary for people to write things like this: Intro to Basic Science of Global Warming

    Give it a read...and if you want more, please read the following:

    The Latest Scientific Position on Global Warming

    National Academy of Sciences to Global Warming Deniers: "DELAY MUST NOT BE AN OPTION!"

    And if you want pretty pictures graphing the actual data, please go here: Reviewing the Blatantly Obvious: A Reminder that Global Warming is all about Scientific Data

    Turning to marriage equality, this week Argentina joined the nations who have shown themselves more enlightened and egalitarian than the United States when it approved same-sex marriages. Currently the nations that have legalized same-sex marriage are: Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland and Argentina. Meanwhile, the United States maintains a backward attitude towards homosexuality that is reminiscent of most of Africa and the Middle East. Personally, I don't see why the US is so reluctant to emulate the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Iceland! I should note, interestingly enough, these nations, all of which are capitalist democracies with generally strong economies, also have forms of socialized medicine that provide far better healthcare than we get in the US at a cheaper price. I do not get why American conservatives want America to be a backwards nation.

    And here is President Obama slamming Republican Obstructionism:



    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Building of Renewable Energy Outstrips Fossil Fuel in 2009

    Illegal Logging Declines since 2002

    NYC Endorsement Roundup

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Court slaps down BloomKlein on school closings...I cannot understand how Bloomberg thinks closing schools will solve any problems. All it will do is make the remaining schools even MORE over crowded. It makes as little sense as closing hospitals, which does nothing but overburden the surviving hospitals, driving them under.

    Bloomberg broke his MTA promises...not surprising. Bloomberg is not known for keeping his promises to lowly citizens like us

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

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

    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Texas Focus: The ad that got the Texas GOP in a Tizzy

    Texas Focus: Green Power Switch

    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

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Virginia Focus: Watch Congressman Tom Perriello's first campaign ad: "New Jobs"

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    VA-4: A Progressive Democrat for Southside Virginia:



    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Washington Conservation Voters Names Democrat Sharon Nelson (D-34) 2010 “Legislator of the Year”

    Washington State Focus: State Supreme Court grants review of Goldmark v. McKenna

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

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

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak Endorses Staunton for District 41A:



    Progressive Candidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    FLorida Focus: Alex Sink in Dead Heat for Florida Gov

    Florida Focus: April Griffin for Hillsborough County School Board District 6

    Florida Focus: Green Power Switch

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett: Cruel Republican Distortion About The Unemployed...Jeez, you'd think after Republican policies under Bush CREATED this damned recession Republicans would at least show some sympathy. But I guess they just hate working class and middle class Americans.

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Focus: Lois Herr for Congress

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    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:



    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Another Right Wing Lie Disproven: Noncitizen Voting is Nonexistent, Say Michigan Election Officials...this one was pretty obviously not true. It is astonishing how many right wing extremists believe it.

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Wisconsin Focus: Democrat Russ Feingold Just Says "NO" to Oil Drilling in the Great Lakes

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    FAIR Wisconsin 2010 Endorsements

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Colorado Republicans run into some problems: Plagiarism scandal hits GOP's McInnis. After that scandal hit: CO-Gov: Colorado GOP looking for a replacement?

    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

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



    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Arizona policeman challenges new state immigration law

    Synopsis of the DOJ's Arguments in United States v. Arizona Hotlist

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Arizona Focus: Despite what Conservatives say, Immigrants lower crime rates...this removes one major conservative talking point...and it seems to come from a conservative source!

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    North Carolina Focus: Green Power Switch

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

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    I don't currently have a horse in the Dem primary here, but this is a race to watch: KS Politician With a Snowball's Chance in Hell of Winning (KS-4)

    KANSAS FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Elliot Anderson for Nevada Assembly

    NEVADA FOCUS

    This is an important race: IA-05: Steve King has got to go...and I'm the guy to beat him!...Steve King is one of the most vile racist Republicans around and getting rid of him should be a top priority.

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Tell Republican Chuck Grassley to support Iowans -- not his big business donors!

    IOWA FOCUS

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

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