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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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  • Friday, July 23, 2010

    Three Key Races in Texas

    These three races are increadibly important for Texas and yet they get so little attention. Because they are so poorly covered, most people don't pay any attention to them at all. That means your efforts and your vote can go a long way in these three races. Please do what you can for these candidates.

    District 10 - Dr. Judy Jennings.

    The State Board of Education sets policy for Texas public schools. But Republican board member Cynthia Dunbar calls public education a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion” and likens sending one's children to public school with "throwing them into the enemy's flames."

    Democrat Judy Jennings holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and has advised the Texas Education Agency on accountability and assessment issues.

    Your donation through ActBlue will help Judy build a strong presence on the web and reach out to like-minded friends across Texas and across the country.

    Judy Jennings is an expert in education policy and assessment, has worked at the Texas Education Agency, and is committed to educating Texas students for the 21st Century. Judy needs your support to win against Marsha Haney or Brian Russell.

    You can contribute to Judy Jennings' campaign through ActBlue.

    District 5 - Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau

    Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau is an award-winning educator at Texas State University. She has always served her community, both locally and globally. She taught English and American studies in the Peace Corps and served as a French interpreter for U.S. Air Force relief flights in Chad, one of the ten poorest countries in the world. She was a Fulbright scholar and teacher in Senegal.

    The State Board of Education sets policy for Texas public schools. But Republican extremists, such as Ken Mercer, would rather fight culture-war battles such as undermining the teaching of evolution.

    Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau is a professor at Texas State University, where she has been recognized for teaching excellence. She is the recipient of Fulbright, Ford Foundation and N.E.H. grants. Rebecca and her husband have two grown daughters who graduated from public schools in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to being an academic leader, Rebecca is a leader in her community, having served on the San Marcos Planning Commission.

    Your donation through ActBlue will help Rebecca build a strong presence on the web and reach out to like-minded friends across Texas and across the country.
    Please support Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau for State Board of Education ... and help us get Texas public schools out of the hands of the extremists and back on track.

    You can support Rebecca through ActBlue.

    And here's a video from Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau for School Board:

    Hank Gilbert, Democrat for Commissioner of Agriculture

    Democracy for America has endorsed Hank Gilbert for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Here is Gilbert's statement to DFA:


    Rancher and Small Businessman Hank Gilbert is a father of two with his wife of 25 years, Karla. He has spent his entire professional life in Agriculture and has fought hard to protect small farmers and ranchers from eminent domain abuse and to stop infrastructure privatization in Texas. He is a traditional grassroots candidate who is rallying Democrats all over Texas.


    Real Eminent Domain Reform and a Stop to Selling Our Roads

    Protecting private property rights has always been a priority for me. We will stop eminent domain abuse with real reform and I’ll continue to lead the fight against selling our roads to the highest bidder, burdening us with toll taxes.

    Real Food Safety

    Do you really know where our food comes from? I’ll fight for country of origin labeling for all food products and increase the number of inspectors at TDA to ensure that the food we all consume is safe and clean.

    Real Weights & Measures Oversight

    The TDA controls accuracy certifications of everything in Texas that scans, measures or weighs, whether it’s checking U.P.C scanners at the grocery store or the pumps where you buy your gasoline. As your Commissioner of Agriculture, I will make sure that inspections are increased and those who would cheat Texans are prosecuted.

    Real Texas Agriculture Marketing and Promotion

    Agriculture is the second largest industry in Texas. I will fight to open new opportunities to sell Texas agriculture products in Texas, throughout the US, and internationally in markets where it makes sense. I won’t pander to the large agribusinesses as Todd Staples does, I’ll work for all Texans who want to market their agricultural products.

    Working to Bring Bioenergy Jobs to Texas

    There is absolutely no excuse for the lack of support from the TDA for bioenergy production in this state. As Commissioner of Agriculture, I will be a tireless advocate for building a real, strong and stable bioenergy sector in this state.


    Food safety, consumer protection and leading a shift to biofuels.

    Gilbert has also been endorsed by the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Houston Chronicle, Texas AFL-CIO’s COPE, the Austin Progressive Coalition, Austin Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

    And here is a Tejanos endorsement video:

    Please volunteer with Hank Gilbert's campaign. Or if you can't do that, please contribute.


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