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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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  • Saturday, August 07, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 269

    Well, the big news of the week was that the courts overturned California's Hate Amendment. You can read the decision here (PDF). More analysis of the ruling here: Prop 8 Preview: The “Basis” Is The Thing. Be prepared for appeals (I suspect 9th Circuit Court will uphold the decision and then it will go to the Supreme Court. and more efforts by the right wing extremists to restrict the rights of gays. The right wing has never let the law, the courts or logic stand in the way of their ideology. They will keep at this the same way they keep pushing creationism, global-warming denial and other stupid agendas. If you really want to beat this thing, we can't fall into the trap of assuming we've won. To find out more on how to stop the right wing hate agenda, visit Equality California or the Human Rights Campaign.

    The other big news is Elena Kagan's confirmation as Supreme Court justice. Needless to say, most Republicans toed the obstructionist line. Welcome Justice Kagan:

    Turning to BP's claims of "Mission Accomplished" in the Gulf, don't believe their claims that the spill has suddenly disappeared. Despite their attempts to buy off scientists, scientists are telling us what we all knew: The Oil is NOT Gone

    According to National Geographic News, to University of South Florida chemical oceanographer David Hollander, the NOAA estimates are "ludicrous."

    "It's almost comical," he said.

    Hollander said that while 25 percent can be accounted for (by burning, skimming etc), 75 percent is still unaccounted for.

    For instance, the report considers all submerged oil to be dispersed and therefore not harmful, but that's not the case.

    One thing is VERY clear...BP continues to LIE to us. And sadly they have bought off some scientists. Listen to the scientists who are not getting money from BP. And while you're at it, boycott BP. If we aren't going to buy their lies, why should we buy their gasoline?

    I leave you with two videos of President Obama.

    Here's President Obama speaking at a Ford assembly plant in Chicago:

    And here is President Obama's weekly address, this week talking about Medicare:

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    Obama Keeping Another Promise

    Target is feeling the heat -- call them now

    Boycottorama: A roundup of ongoing boycotts of merit

    Three stories from last week I still want to highlight:

    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!

    New York State Focus: Extended Roundup of Endorsements

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Staten Island Focus: Hate Crimes on the Rise

    Brooklyn Focus: Jesse Strauss Out of his Depth?

    Brooklyn Focus: Chris Owens' Statement On Proposition 8 Decision

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Queens NY Focus: Tony Avella for State Senate

    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


    Texas Ag: Hank Gilbert Calls for Texas Department of Agriculture Inspector General, Reforms

    Dallas 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


    California Focus: Beth Krom Slams Republican Posturing

    California Focus: Republican Schwarzenegger and Democrat Brown: Let Gays and Lesbians Marry now

    California Focus: What Else Republican Whitman Could Have Done with Her $100 Million Spending Spree

    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


    Seattle/Kings County, WA Focus

    Rossi wins spot on CREW’s “Crooked Candidates of 2010″...Republican corruption continues unabated

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State


    Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli SLAMMED by Scientists

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

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus


    Minnesota Focus: Tarryl Clark for Congress (MN-6)

    Minnesota Action Alert: Save the MN Boundary Waters from Sulfide Mining!

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Minnesota


    Oklahoma Focus: Jeff Jones for Oklahoma District Attorney, District 10

    Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress

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

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch


    Oil Spill in Michigan Getting worse: Michigan Oil Spill Evacuations From Carcinogenic Benzene...what will it take for us to end our addiction to oil??? You can take the first step: Michigan Green Power Switch

    Michigan Focus: Underdog Race of the Year in MI-08!!

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan


    New Jersey Focus: Now that Christie has vetoed women's health: The Fight for Women's Health Goes On

    New Jersey Focus: Camden is closing its whole library system. Permanently.

    New Jersey Focus: Sustainable Cherry Hill

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

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Florida CFO Alex Sink's Florida Housing Help Website

    Florida Focus: Kendrick Meek (FL-Sen):

    Help out a teacher running for Congress - FL 16


    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus


    Joe Sestak (Senate Candidate) and Bryan Lentz (PA-7):

    PA-07: Analysis from a Local Angle

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus


    CO-SEN: Stunning Denver Post Poll Shows Romanoff Has Pulled Ahead - What's It Mean for Progressives?...I have not endorsed in this race, but Romanoff is widely considered the more progressive of the two.

    CO-Gov: Money woes, UN-nuttery plague Republicans...the Colorado Republicans are becoming crazier by the minute!

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Jake Williams for Colorado House of Representatives


    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus


    Oops...looks like Sheriff Arpaio broke the law again: No Probable Cause for Reza's Arrest by Arpaio...With this kind of incompetence, it is no wonder Sheriff Arpaio's watch is the only part of Arizona where crime is actually going up!...if you want to help get rid of this incompetent, corrupt racist, there is now a People Against Arpaio Facebook page.

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

    Can Arizona elect a real progressive to replace McCain?

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona


    Wisconsin Focus: A Tale of Two Candidates

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    FAIR Wisconsin 2010 Endorsements


    North Carolina Focus: Democracy America Endorses Elaine Marshall for NC-Sen

    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: Kansas behind in wind power...WHY???


    Tennessee Focus: Q&A with Ben Leming for Congress, TN-6

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch


    Nevada Retirees Take on Sharron Angle

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch


    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch



    Blogger Fernweher said...

    very good court decision but it will still be a while before people can actually get married.

    4:17 PM  

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