Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 270
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:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
OH! CHARLIE, CHARLIE, CHARLIE, CHARLIE, RANGEL. (by Rock Hackshaw)
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
NEW YORK STATE FOCUS
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
TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA
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
WASHINGTON STATE 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
PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA
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
NEW JERSEY 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)
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS
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