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

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  • Friday, July 30, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 268

    This week showed us that the economic recovery continues to be slow...but that doesn't mean it hasn't started. It turns out that Obama's decision to use TARP funds to bailout General Motors and Chrysler worked...thanks to this, the auto industry has added 55,000 jobs, its best growth since 1999.

    This is addressed in President Obama's weekly address:

    This success had gotten only limited media attention...but at least it has gotten some.

    This highlights what many liberals and progressives have been saying all along...our government needs to do MORE of this kind of thing. In fact I'd say one of the top things we need to do is far, far more Green Jobs programs to create jobs as well as reducing environmental degradation and creating new sources of energy.

    And speaking of changing our energy use, global warming has now been found to have an even more frightening consequence, and it is already well under way: Studies show dramatic decrease in plankton as planet warms

    Keep in mind that almost the entire food chain of the oceans depend on plankton. Our fisheries are already in crisis due to overfishing. A 40% decrease in plankton due to global warming is going to severely impact the remaining fisheries. And again, this 40% decrease is NOT a prediction. It has already happened...what will it take for our society to start ACTING on global warming.

    Speaking of our oil addiction...BP has responded to public outrage at their destruction of the Gulf Coast by switching CEOs. And what is the first things the new CEO does? He says "Mission Accomplished" and starts scaling back clean up efforts. Of course BP is also trying to claim the oil spill will have only minor impact on the Gulf coast.

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    President Obama Signs the Tribal Law and Order Act...92 Republicans voted to protect rapists

    Democracy for America Grassroots All-Star Beth Krom for Congress

    Solar Power now cheaper than Nuclear?

    Major Action Alert: Protect our Health and Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock!

    NY Congressman Anthony Weiner SLAMS Republicans

    Plans to put LNG Plant off Rockaway on Hold Due to Gulf Oil Leak...It is about time people start rethinking our addiction to oil. Let's not forget it isn't just the Gulf Oil leak. There are fossil fuel disasters ongoing in Michigan and Pennsylavnia as well. And let's also not forget that the same Greedy Oil Companies want to endanger our water supply for their profit: Hydrofracking may endanger New York's water supply. All because we haven't had the political will to switch to Green Energy. Well, isn't it time you and I start making the switch:

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch


    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


    California Focus: Anti-Science, Anti-Environment Extremist Carly Fiorina Courting Out-of-State Coal Companies

    Southern California Grassroots Alliance


    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

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


    Doubling Down on Crazy: Texas State Board of Education by Dr. Judy Jennings

    Gambling With Our Children’s Future: Texas State Board of Education...by Dr. Rebecca Bell Metereau

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

    Texas Focus: Green Power Switch

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Texas 10th District Focus: Turn TX-10 Blue

    Texas 21st District Focus: Turn TX-21 Blue


    Virginia Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello on The Rachel Maddow Show:

    Virginia 7th Congressional District Focus: Rick Waugh for Congress

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus


    WA-SEN: Ignorant Teabagger Didier Zinged By Wise Columnist

    Washington State Focus: John McCoy - Washington State House District 38

    Rossi wins spot on CREW’s “Crooked Candidates of 2010″

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

    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


    Minnesota Focus: Target CEO Supports Right Wing Extremist Michelle Bachman...Target ALSO has been going Tea Party Crazy...which has led to: A Boycott of Target!. I have never really paid much attention to Target before. Now I know not to shop there.

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Minnesota


    IL-Gov: A bit of good news, or, Showing how government CAN spur economic growth:

    IL-Sen: Mark Kirk angry about being called on his own b.s.

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch


    Pennsylvania Focus: With the Gulf oil disaster and the new massive oil disaster in Lake Michigan, this makes the third major fossil fuel-related disaster in one year: Another Gas Well Explodes, 2 Dead This Time...what will it take for us to end our addiction to fossil fuel??? You can take the first step:

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus


    New Jersey Focus: Sustainable Cherry Hill

    New Jersey Focus: Environmental Score Card Shows Big Dip in Scores

    Republican Chris Christie stupidly vetoes Family Planning:

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus


    Florida Focus: Florida CFO Alex Sink Stands with Small Businesses and Florida Realtors during Lost-Income Claims Process


    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus


    More insanity in Colorado - this time the Senate race

    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

    Jake Williams for Colorado House of Representatives


    And the latest disaster related to our oil addiction: *MASSIVE* Oil Spill in Battle Creek threatens Lake Michigan...what will it take for us to end our addiction to oil??? You can take the first step: Michigan Green Power Switch

    Michigan Focus: Send a Prevention First Postcard

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan


    Arizona Focus: An "unprecedented slate of highly qualified Indian candidates for office in Arizona"

    Arizona Focus: Sheriff Arpaio is a Failure

    Some recent Coverage of Arizona's Hate Law:

    White supremacists chip in for Arizona's pro-SB 1070 legal battle

    The consequences are beginning: Domestic violence survivors first to be affected by Arizona law

    Arizona's economy reeling from SB1070...more: Cost of Arizona Anti-Immigration Law in Money and Hate

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

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona


    Georgia Republicans Vote against Working Class Americans: Georgia Senators Isakson & Chambliss Vote Against Unemployment Benefit Extension...by I wish we still had a hero like Max Cleland in the Senate!

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus


    "Kill the Gays" tour shouted down in Madison, WI...Things like this make me feel really good about America

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    FAIR Wisconsin 2010 Endorsements


    NC-Sen: Elaine Marshall LEADS Senator Burr! Major news. Can she keep up the momentum? If you want to meet Elaine Marshall, find an event in your area.

    North Carolina Focus: Green Power Switch

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


    Kansas Focus: More Stunning Hypocrisy From Conservative Republicans


    This is so typical of Republican anti-American BS: TN-Gov: Elect Republicans, or states will start seceding...why do Republicans hate democracy? Why can't they trust the voters and accept the decision of voters?

    And more anti-American BS from Republicans in Tennessee: TN-Gov: GOP Lt. Gov. opposes First Amendment for Muslim-Americans...why do Republicans hate the American Constitution???

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch


    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Elliot Anderson for Nevada Assembly


    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



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