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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, September 11, 2010

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Sean Coffey for Attorney General: I have been undecided between Eric Schneiderman and Sean Coffey for Attorney General. But I now think I am supporting Coffey. But I want to emphasize that it is close and both seem overall good.

    Among the things deciding me for Coffey is:

    a.) he will play well upstate. As a veteran who has worked well with both Republicans and Democrats. He can play the popular "outsider" and "independent" credentials as well as having some real solid experience.

    b.) he has been endorsed by people I GREATLY respect, like Al Franken and Nydia Velasquez.

    c.) he is an interesting Dark Horse candidate who can self-finance, thus counteracting Republican money.

    The negatives about Coffey are:

    a.) he has worked with Republicans. Yes...I see this as a plus and a minus. He seems a progressive, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-union kind of guy. But ties with Republicans do concern me.

    b.) he doesn't have many endorsements so far. As an outsider, he doesn't get much in the way of big name support.

    c.) he is a Dark Horse (therefore longshot) candidate who can self-finance (yes...this is a plus and minus as well). I am not happy at self-financing. In this case it seems to be a good candidate self-financing. But I don't like it when a bad candidate self-finances...so I am uncomfortable with it even when it is a good guy.

    The pluses for Schneiderman:

    a.) he has a record of being a reasonably progressive Democrat.

    b.) he has been endorsed by some good folk (like Letitia James and Velmanette Montgomery)

    c.) he has, on paper, a better chance of beating the likes of Rice.

    The negatives for Schneiderman are:

    a.) he is a part of a system I don't really like and, unlike some State Senators, hasn't distinguished himself from the pack as much as I would like. Still...he is pretty good

    b.) he has been endorsed by some really sleazy, corrupt developer shills like Marty Markowitz and Bill de Blasio...honestly these two are almost the kiss of death for me when it comes to supporting a politician. I also have my beefs with Christine Quinn, John Sampson and Brad Lander, all of whom have done some very shady things. These endorsements are a large part of my wariness towards Schneiderman.

    c.) the way he handled the hit and run incident showed some poor judgment. Now everyone makes mistakes, and it seems to have blown over, but it, along with the Markowitz, Quinn and de Blasio endorsements, pushed me into Coffey's camp.

    So Al Franken and Nydia Velasquez and some great reports from people at CBID (including my wife) who met him and were impressed pull me towards Coffey and Marty Markowitz, Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn combined with some poor choices of how to deal with an admittedly difficult situation push me away from Schneiderman. But if you look at my lists of good endorsements in NY State, most go with Schneiderman. So...check out both of them and make your decision. So here's my plug for Coffey:

    Coffey, a military veteran, is solidly pro-marriage equality and for repeal of DADT. He has a solidly pro-union background. He seems like a real old-time liberal who also has worked with George H Bush and been offered a position by Barack Obama.

    He has an engineering degree (I like people with skills like that who enter politics). He served in the Navy and was assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was chosen by the Navy to serve as the personal military assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush (who Coffey respects but disagrees with politically). He then graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown law school and has worked on cases protecting tenants rights, recovered billions of dollars for victims of corporate fraud, and handled the appeal of a wrongfully convicted death row inmate. He was the lead attorney in the WorldCom securities case representing thousands of investors, including the New York State Common Retirement Fund. His team recovered over $6 billion and, in a historic first, required all outside directors and key wrongdoers to contribute from their personal funds. You can read more at Sean Coffey's website.

    So far Coffey has only a handful of endorsements. Reps. Dan Maffei and Bill Owens, a fellow veteran, endorsed him. He has also, interestingly, been endorsed by Minnesota's liberal Senator Al Franken. He has also been endorsed by Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko.

    Here is Coffey's latest ad:

    I'd be interested in my reader's views of the candidates. I am now leaning towards Sean Coffey but have not made up my mind yet. One big question remains if Schneiderman can come back from what amounts to a big mistake.

    Some NY State News Stories:

    SD-59: Republicans find new, interesting ways to screw themselves.

    A Message From Lambda Independent Democrats About September 14 Primary

    SD-46: State of the Race 9/5 to 9/9

    Planned Parenthood Endorses Ramos, Rivera


    Drum Major Institute: Politics, Policy and the American Dream

    The Albany Project gives excellent coverage of New York State politics.

    The Herkimer County Progressive: Political Opinion and Commentary from Herkimer County's Premier Progressive Blog

    The Daily Gotham covers both New York City (with a slight emphasis on Brooklyn) and New York State politics.

    Reform NY is the blog of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

    Rochester Turning: a people-powered, progressive blogging community in the Rochester, NY area. We believe in clean air, water, politics, money, business, energy, and human rights. Our goal is to promote progressive candidates and movements in the Greater Rochester region.

    No Land Grab: News from the point of view of Brooklyn opposition to overdevelopment

    True News from ChangeNYC.Org: ChangeNYC.Org is an organization unifying our City’s Democratic Party by welcoming all New Yorkers back into the political process. We are a coalition of real, everyday New Yorkers – young voters, progressives, neighborhood leaders, community bloggers, good government groups, and even conservatives – who believe that in cooperation we can bring the change to our City that together we have begun to bring to our nation.

    Reform the NY State Senate:

    If you want to improve government in Albany, nothing is more important than targeting the State Senate to remove some of the worst obstructionists of BOTH parties. I have put together a NY State Senate Act Blue Page that targets some key State Senate races. These are ones where I have some insight into the candidates. I am open to more suggestions for races to target. I ask you to pick one or two of these races and give even $5-10 if you can. If we win even just three of these seats, it will make a difference in Albany. But if we ignore these races, then we are as much to blame for Albany dysfunction as anyone.

    If you can't give, then at least volunteer your time to one of the campaigns I list. If anything, volunteering is more important than donating. Either way, if we don't take action, nothing will change.

    For those who want to combine fun with political action here's DRINKING LIBERALLY MEETINGS IN NY STATE:

    Clifton Park, New York
    * First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Old Dublin Inn, 130 Meyer Rd (Google maps is wrong, please contact me for directions.)
    * Hosted by Chris Selkirk, cliftonpark (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Ithaca, New York
    * Every Wednesday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 W State St
    * Hosted by Joseph Cannon Murtagh, ithaca (at) drinkingliberally.org

    New York City, New York:

    The Original Drinking Liberally
    * Every Thursday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Rudy's, 627 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th)
    * In the backyard, weather permitting
    * Hosted by Justin Krebs, Matthew O'Neill and Katrina Baker, nyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Drinking Liberally Steps Out
    * Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * XES Lounge, 157 W 24th St (@ 7th Avenue)
    * In conjunction with the Stonewall Democrats of New York City www.sdnyc.org.
    * Hosted by Matthew Carlin and Greg Rae, outnyc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    * Second Wednesday of each month), 6:30 pm onward
    * Soundz Lounge, 3155 Broadway (between 123rd and 124th)
    * Hosted by Yolanda (Shoshi) Shoshana, harlem (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Park Slope
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30-10:00 pm
    * Commonwealth, 497 5th Ave (at 12th Street)
    * Hosted by Anthony Accurso, Emilie Harkin and Emily Farris, parkslope (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally
    * Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Various locations, email host for info
    * Hosted by David Michaelson, mole333@gmail.com

    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102 (group of young liberals taking up one lane)
    * Hosted by Donald Graff, queens (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Upper East Side
    * Last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Doc Watson's, 1490 2nd Ave (at 77th)
    * Hosted by Matthew Bachiochi, ues (at) drinkingliberally.org

    West Bronx
    * First and third Friday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * An Beal Bocht, 445 W 238th St (between Waldo and Greystone)
    * 1 to 238th, turn left, straight on 238th, just past the top of the stairs
    * Hosted by Jamin Sewell and Scott Kennedy, westbronx (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Rochester, New York
    * Every Thursday, 8:00-10:00 pm
    * Monty's Korner, 355 East Ave
    * Hosted by Tom Tucker and Tracy Logan, rochester (at) drinkingliberally.org

    And then we have: Shooting Liberally
    From your friends at Drinking Liberally comes the SHOOTING LIBERALLY...

    For the First Amendment enthusiast ready to move on to the Second. A social evening at the gun range including training & weapon rental.

    For more info and to reserve your spot, contact: Stanley Sherman - maskarts (at) worldnet.att.net


    Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area. You can also check out their website here.

    Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area

    dfaROCHESTER. And you can check out their website here.

    Democracy for the Hudson-Mohawk Region. And you can join their Yahoo group here.

    Capital District of NY/GenDFA

    Democracy for the Hudson Valley

    Mid-Hudson Progressive Alliance

    Democracy For Westchester

    Democracy for Long Island. You can also join their Yahoo group here.

    North Country Democracy for America

    Central New York DFA

    Eastern Long Island Democracy for America

    Democracy For Saratoga Springs

    Kingston Democracy for America

    Democracy for Otsego and Delaware Counties

    Philipstown for Democracy

    DFA: Greene County

    Livingston County for Democracy

    First Wednesday of every month.

    Upper West Side - 7:00 pm, The Parlour (back room) - 250 West 86th Street (btwn B'way and West End Ave.), with hosts Bernadette Evangelist and Sally Swisher.

    West Village - 7:00pm, Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher St. (near 7th Ave.) with host Tracey Keij-Denton.

    Astoria, Queens - 7:30pm, - Ommonia Cafe 32-20 Broadway, with host Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Costa Constantinides.

    Sunnyside, Queens - 7:30 pm, Bliss Street Station restaurant, 47-02 Greenpoint Ave., with host Dan Jacoby.

    Bayside, Queens - 7:00 pm, The First Edition, 41-08 Bell Blvd, right near the LIRR stop, with host Steve Behar of Democrats for New Politics.

    Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn - 7:00pm, Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead 1669 E. 22nd St. with host Annette Mont and Estelle Glasser.

    Alternative Energy in NY State:

    Here are some stats from Repower America:

    * A $2 billion investment by Spanish energy company, Iberdrola, will double New York's 1,000-megawatt wind capacity to 2,000-megawatts - providing enough electricity for nearly 600,000 homes.

    * New York's energy efficiency programs save enough electricity to power almost 115,000 homes for a whole year, save almost $140 million in energy costs, and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 60,000 cars off the road. Although great progress, the state still has much more potential to increase its energy efficiency.

    * The state has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires all public utilities to generate 24% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2013.

    What you can do for Clean Energy:

    For pennies per month more than you currently pay for energy you can buy 100% green energy from Con-Ed. Joy and I have been doing it for years, seriously reducing our carbon footprint and giving NY State cleaner air. Here's how it works:

    Clean Energy for Residential & Small Business Customers ConEdison Solutions is leading the way in promoting pollution-free electricity by offering WIND and GREEN Power - clean, 100% renewable power. Instead of drawing on traditional power sources, such as nuclear power and fossil fuel sources, GREEN Power is generated from regional wind and low-impact hydropower sources. GREEN Power is composed of 65% run-of-the-river hydro and 35% wind power. See content label WIND Power is composed of electricity exclusively generated from 100% wind power. The benefit of clean energy is that it produces none of the detrimental environmental effects associated with electricity production that results in air emissions.

    ConEdison Solutions is committed to making a difference in the environment and together we have the opportunity to help make a powerful impact. The cost for renewable energy has fallen dramatically in recent years and is only a fraction higher than electricity generated from traditional power sources. ConEdison Solutions' GREEN Power costs only an additional one cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) more than our standard offer and WIND Power is an additional 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) more than our standard offer. Upgrading to renewable energy makes a difference and is a very affordable way to show that you care about the future of our environment.

    To sign up GO HERE. Or call: 1-888-320-8991. You won't regret switching.

    Here are a handful of Organizations worth checking out:

    The Environmental Business Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the growth of the environmental industry in New York State. Specifically, we help to promote and serve serving the industry sectors of Climate Change, Greening Communities, Energy and WALCE (Water-Agriculture-Land Use-Conservation-Environmental). News here. Events list here (not recently updated).

    NY Citizens for Clean Elections: We are committed to passage of Clean Money Clean Election legislation in NYS that provides a non-partisan approach for full public funding of campaigns for all qualified candidates who refuse private money and abide by spending limits. We want to ensure that all Americans, regardless of wealth, have an equal voice in the political system and that qualified candidates are not discouraged from running because they do not have access to the money needed for a competitive campaign.

    The Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats is a community-based Democratic club. CBID has fought for reform and progressive causes since 1968. As a Brooklyn-based Club, we have been instrumental in the election of many candidates for public office. Much of this success was a result of our question-and-answer forums with prospective candidates as well as our extensive on-the-street contact with our constituents.

    Staunchly opposed to political corruption, we are proud of our independence and our commitment to progressive reform in city, state and national politics. We are a vehicle for citizen empowerment and making government more accountable to our neighborhoods.

    We meet monthly, usually the fourth Thursday evening of the month in the basement of the Park Slope United Methodist Church, on the corner of 6th ave and 8th street, at 7:30pm. All are welcome.

    New Kings Democrats (”NKD”) is a new, grassroots organization in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York whose primary mission is to recruit and prepare individuals to run for Kings County Democratic Committee. NKD hopes to achieve the goal of an inclusionary and participatory democracy by making it easy for individuals to run for local, elected office. NKD will serve as a training ground for individuals seeking higher office, and hopes to build and nurture a new group of Brooklyn Democratic leaders.

    Stonewall Democrats of Western New York is the GLBT Democratic voice in WNY. Our mission is to advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community within the Democratic Party and to encourage GLBT participation within the Democratic Party. Our membership includes representatives from State, County, and City government, and several Democratic committee members amongst the various County Committees in WNY.


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