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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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  • Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 270

    This is the last newsletter before my vacation. So I try to focus it on things of some lasting value: ongoing boycotts, Green Power, and a couple of the top Congressional races of the year.

    Here is a graph I came across that kind of says it all about priorities of the two parties:

    Under Republicans the richest get the most. Under Democrats the rich pay their fair share. Simple as that. Of course under Republicans our government goes deeper and deeper into debt to give those big fat tax breaks to the rich.

    I should note that one of the top stories this week is one that many of you will not have heard about. Some of you will remember almost exactly a year ago I wrote about my fellow Culture Kitchen blogger Leo Igwe getting attacked by a Christian fundamentalist mob in Nigeria. He was beaten up but came out of it as strong as ever and has continued to fight for reason, human rights and to stop child abuse in Nigeria. Well, this week his family was attacked and his mother and father beaten up. To me Leo is an inspiration. He fights for what is right under conditions far more dangerous than I do. And whenever he is attacked he comes back out fighting. You can read about him and the latest attack on Daily Kos. Please help support him and his work through the links in that article. And you can read some of Leo's articles about Nigeria and Africa on Culture Kitchen.

    And for those who have followed my coverage of Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 from 2007 on, the latest is that the Supreme Court is going to take up the case. I review the case (which directlt affects my wife and is of interest to anyone who is a Federal employee or contractor) and the latest events on Culture Kitchen.

    I will leave you with President Obama once again doing the right thing. This time he is defending Social Security against the latest Republican attack:

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    172 Chances for Progressives to Win in November

    Where to gas up in the post-BP era...a more detailed version than my last one.

    Remaking America's Energy System: Greener Energy and American Jobs

    They laughed at Al Gore - now the "Inconvenient Truth" starts to make its presence felt...again, now is the time for all of us, bottom up and top down, to take action. It is PAST time. And again, I urge you to make the green power switch. It is the most important thing you can do.

    Boycottorama: A roundup of ongoing boycotts of merit

    A Congressman with Guts

    Democracy for America Grassroots All-Star Beth Krom for Congress

    NY Governor's Race: Republican insanity. Here's the key quote:

    Under a Gov. Carl Paladino, political hacks would be swept from the state payroll, Medicaid spending would be slashed by 40 percent and state programs or even entire agencies that are deemed unnecessary would disappear.

    Underused prisons would be turned into work camps for welfare recipients.

    ...yep...that's the insanity of the modern Republican Party right there.

    New York State Focus: Extended Roundup of Endorsements

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    NYC Focus: Bloomberg Threatens Community Gardens...I have been predicting this for some time.

    And EVERYONE predicted this (except it seems Bloomberg): Four Months After Bloomberg Slashes City Pest Control, Rats Run Rampent

    Brooklyn Focus: Jesse Strauss Out of his Depth?

    Brooklyn Focus: Chris Owens' Statement On Proposition 8 Decision

    Brooklyn, NY Focus


    Manhattan, NY Focus

    EDC cancels Willets Point hearing after lies exposed

    Queens NY Focus: Tony Avella for State Senate...and here is Avella's latest video:

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx Focus: Charlie Ramos Picks up Blue Collar Union Endorsements (SD-32)

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    Rochester Focus: SD-56: Meet Robin Wilt

    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 for Congress


    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Vote Esiquio Uballe for CA AD-72

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Southern California Grassroots Alliance

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


    Washington Focus: On Saving 319,000 Jobs, Or, Legislation Keeps Teachers Teaching...comes from a local Washington State blog, but applies to the whole country.

    Washington State's Rep. Rick Larsen takes on the Tea Party:

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus


    South Carolina Focus: Rob Miller (SC-2) Challenges Joe "You Lie" Wilson

    South Carolina Focus: Alvin Greene

    South Carolina Progressive Network

    What we are fighting for in Virginia's 7th District

    Virginia Republican Attorney General Cuccinelli SLAMMED by Scientists...as a scientist myself I am disgusted by Cuccinelli's anti-science fanaticism.

    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


    AZ Sen: How to Beat John McCain

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

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona


    Florida Focus: Alan Grayson Defends Social Security from yet Another Republican Attack

    Florida CFO Alex Sink's Florida Housing Help Website

    Help out a teacher running for Congress - FL 16


    Broward County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus


    Michigan Focus: Disturbing story on voting machine hacking and why we need more passionate citizens working on this issue!...This comes from Democracy for Metro Detroit but is a national issue.

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

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan

    Michigan Green Power Switch


    Nathan Deal: Georgia’s embarrassment

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus


    From Hindsight Minnesota 2020: Climate Change: The First Step

    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


    Progressive Candidates in Illinois

    Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch


    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


    Pennsylvania Focus: Veterans for Manan Trivedi for Congress

    Pennsylvania Focus: Campaign Update from Bryan Lentz

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus


    Colorado primary wrap-up

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Jake Williams for Colorado House of Representatives


    Wisconsin Focus: Republican Scott Walker, Bad for the Economy

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    FAIR Wisconsin 2010 Endorsements


    Climate Change in Oklahoma

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

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

    Botched bullet analysis has innocent man in jail in North Carolina

    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)


    MORE Republican Racism: Kansas GOP Congressional Candidate Delivers Bigoted Attack To Supporters...why are right wing Republicans so disgustingly bigoted?

    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 Focus: Green Power Switch


    Iowa Focus: Tom Vilsack, a man I admire and am proud to call friend

    IA-04: Iowa's Heartless GOP...why do right wing Republicans hate people so much?

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch



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