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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, October 16, 2010

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Some news from Austin/Travis County:

    Kurt Kuhn for 3rd Court of Appeals

    Republican Rick Perry's web of stupidity and his $4.5 Million award to his donor

    How low will we go: China to buy Texas oil rights

    Get out the Vote for Bill White:

    Early voting starts on October 18th and lasts through October 29th. We need everyone to help Get Out the Vote for Bill White. Click here to find out how to make a difference.

    Phonebanking for Bill White

    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    We are calling voters all day, everyday to tell them about Bill White. Even if you can volunteer for an hour a week, your effort can make a difference. Come by the office anytime or schedule a shift by emailing volunteeraustin@billwhitefortexas.com or giving us a call at 512-810-6790.

    Rebecca Bell-Metereau for Texas Board of Education:

    Find out more from Rebecca's website.

    Judy Jennings for Texas Board of Education:

    Find out more from Judy Jennings website.


    Lainey Melnick has been endorsed by:

    Alliance for Retired Americans
    Austin Central Labor Council
    Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus
    Capital Area Asian American Democrats
    Capital City Young Democrats
    Democrats of Comal County
    Kendall County Area Democratic Women
    National Women's Political Caucus
    North Shore Democrats
    Northeast Bexar County Democrats
    San Antonion Central Labor Council
    Stonewall Democrats of Austin
    Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
    Tejano Democrats Bexar County Chapter
    Tejano Democrats Austin Chapter
    Texas Environmental Democrats
    West Austin Democrats

    and many others.

    Check out her website for more info.

    Hank Gilbert, Democrat for Commissioner of Agriculture

    Tejanos endorsement video:

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

    Important events and critical action alerts:

    Teacher Tuesdays:
    Every Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
    Travis County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign 605 W 13th St Austin, TX 78701

    Teacher Tuesdays: Join educators and students every Tuesday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. as they make calls in support of our Democratic State Board of Education candidates! Help Judy Jennings and Rebecca Bell-Metereau put our public schools back in the hands of teachers and experts, not conservative ideologues.

    Meet the Candidates
    The West-of-MoPac Dems Invite you to MEET THE CANDIDATES!

    Ted Ankrum, Lainey Melnick, Mark Strama,
    Judy Jennings, Karin Crump

    Bring the Family—Live Music—Everyone Welcome!

    When: Sunday, October 17 from 2-5
    (candidates will speak at approximately 3:00)
    Where: Weirdo’s—12408 North Mopac
    Corner of Parmer Lane/MoPac
    Reminder: Early voting starts Monday, October 18
    thru October 29
    Election Day is Tuesday, November 2


    To find events in the Austin/Travis County area, go to the Travis County Democratic Party Calendar


    Capital Area Progressive Democrats
    First Tuesday of the month, 5:30P
    AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca
    Contact: John Lipscombe or 512.826.5517

    Capital City Young Democrats
    First Wednesday of the month, 6:00P
    Carver Library, 1161 Angelina
    Contact: Ben Simnacher or tel. 512.576.1679

    Texas Environmental Democrats
    Third Tuesdays, 7P-8:30P
    Vinny’s Italian Cafe, 1003 Barton Springs Rd.
    Contact: Kedron Touvell or 512.680.5998

    University Democrats
    Every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring semesters, 8P
    Mezes 1.306 on the UT Campus

    Austin Tejano Democrats
    Meet Second Wednesday of the month, 5:30P
    Casa Garcia’s Restaurant, 1000 S. Lamar
    Contact: Fred Cantu or 512.698.4805

    Black Austin Democrats
    Third Thursday of the month, 6P
    Carver Library, 1611 Angelina
    Contact: Natomi Austin

    Capital Area Asian American Democrats
    First Tuesday of the Month, 6:30P Eat, Drink, Socialize, 7:00P Meeting
    First Chinese BBQ Restaurant, 10901 N Lamar Blvd.
    Contact: Ramey Ko or 512.577.5729

    Latinos for Texas
    Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30P
    Contact: Crystal Viagran

    Capital Area Democratic Women
    Second Thursday of the month, 11:30A networking, 12:00P lunch
    Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1501 E. 6th St.
    Contact: Jean Warneke or 512.217.4814

    Stonewall Democrats
    First Tuesday of the month, 7:30P
    The Red House 1917 Manor Rd. (MAP)
    Contact: Rich Bailey or 512.771.3538

    Circle C Area Democrats
    Second Monday of the month, 6:15P
    Contact: Ed Scruggs or Leslie Westo

    Lake Travis Democrats
    Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30P
    Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Rd.
    Contact: Judy Donohue or 512.531.9804

    North by Northwest Democrats
    Third Monday of the month, 6P
    Sherlocks, 9012 Research Blvd
    Contact: Jack Sigman or 512.796.7245

    Northeast Travis County Democrats
    Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 Meet and Greet; 7:00 p.m. Meeting starts
    Travis County Community Center in Pflugerville, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop
    Contact: Dave Taylor or 844-1300

    South Austin Democrats
    Second Tuesday of the month, 5:30P Eat and socialize, 6P Program
    Casa Garcia’s Restaurant, 1000 S. Lamar
    Contact: Richard Arriola or 512.547.0556

    Southwest Austin Democrats
    Third Wednesday of the month, 6:30P Social; 6:45P Program
    Will Hampton Public Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.
    Contact: Albert Gonzales or 512.280.4900

    West Austin Democrats
    Second Wednesday of the month, 7P
    Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd
    Contact: Janet Hamilton or 512.469.9894

    YellerDawg / Saturday Sages Democrats
    Every Saturday, 11A
    Tres Amigos Restaurant, 1801 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy (MAP)
    Contact: Bill McAfee


    Here are some biodiesel stations near Austin, TX. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    DieselGreen Fuels: 5217 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, 512-247-3835. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5.

    El Sol Logistics: 1114 Regal Row, Austin, TX 78748, 512-563-8142. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5 M-F

    Oaxacan Tamaleo: 1634 Hwy 71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, 512-289-9262. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). CLOSED MONDAYS

    Ecowise: 110 W. Elizabeth St. Austin, TX 78704, 512-326-4474. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open M-SU 10-7PM.


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