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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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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Progressive Candidates in Iowa

    Roxanne Conlin for Senate

    Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has betrayed working and middle class Americans:

    Obstructionist Republican Chuck Grassley has a challenger for Senator from Iowa. Roxanne Conlin is running for US Senate:

    Roxanne Conlin has been endorsed by Democracy for America:

    Roxanne Conlin is running against one of the Senate's biggest Healthcare opponents -- Chuck Grassley.

    Senator Grassley fought us for more than a year, working everyday to kill the public option and take down all health reform with it. He even went so far as to claim President Obama wanted to "pull the plug on grandma." America doesn't need Republicans like Chuck Grassley in the U.S. Senate.

    Here is Roxanne's statement to DFA:

    Battling organized crime, corruption and giant corporations, Roxanne Conlin has spent her life standing up to special interests for Iowa families who have been hurt by powerful forces. At an early age, Roxanne experienced personally the hardships many families face. She learned to never give up, no matter what the odds.
    Growing up in Iowa, Roxanne's family lived paycheck to paycheck, moving from town to town in search of steady work. Her father was an alcoholic, who struggled to hold down a job, while her mother tried to put food on the table for their children. The oldest of six children, Roxanne went to work as a waitress at the age of 14 to help the family make ends meet.

    At the age of 16, Roxanne entered Drake University - taking on extra classes while holding down several jobs at the same time. Roxanne worked her way through college, graduating at 19 and Drake Law School graduating at just 21 years old. She chose to dedicate her legal career to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
    As an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa, Roxanne fought public corruption and wrote the first law of its kind protecting rape victims. Then, as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, she worked hand in hand with law enforcement - leading major drug busts and cracking down on violent crime.

    For more than 25 years, Roxanne has owned and managed a small law firm in Iowa. Her firm is dedicated to representing everyday people who do not have a voice. She has never worked for a single corporate interest. Instead, Roxanne has chosen to fight for family farmers squeezed by big banks, police officers wronged by the system, and workers hurt by large companies. A successful small business, Roxanne Conlin & Associates was recently cited by a national magazine as one of the best firms to work for because of its family-friendly practices, welcoming the children of staff into the workplace.

    With each new milestone - serving as United States Attorney in Iowa, earning the Democratic nomination for Governor of Iowa, being elected as the first woman President of the American Association of Justice, and selected as one of the first women in the Inner Circle of Advocates - Roxanne leaves behind a trail of shattered glass. Through it all, she still sees the world through the eyes of the courageous, everyday Iowan who refuses to give up in the face of overwhelming odds.
    Roxanne lives in Des Moines with her husband of 45 years, James. They are most proud of their four adult children and five grandchildren.


    I’m running because I’m fed up with double-digit unemployment, endless wars and bailouts for Wall Street. Chuck Grassley has held office for 51 years and has created partisan gridlock. He tried to block health insurance reform and Iowa deserves better. As a Senator, I will work to create good paying jobs, stimulate our economy and truly leave no child behind.


    While the big banks got bailed out, Iowans got left behind. Simply put – that’s outrageous. We need a senator who will help small businesses in Iowa, not big corporations that ship jobs overseas. We must fight for relief on Main Street – with tax incentives to encourage businesses to keep and create jobs here, instead of more bailouts for Wall Street. And preserve the jobs we have, while also creating new ones with a renewable energy revolution — in wind, solar, ethanol, and biomass.

    The federal government should use the same practical, kitchen table budgeting principles Iowa families use every day – live within your means, save for a rainy day, and work towards a balanced budget. We need an honest budgeting process that ensures government is effective, efficient, and working for the middle-class – instead of serving as an ATM for the big banks and other special interests. We must invest in education, job training, transportation, and health care to create jobs and promote long-term economic growth. An important element of this process must include closing corporate tax loopholes for companies who ship our jobs overseas.

    Iowans are no longer competing with Nebraska, Minnesota, or even the East and West coasts, we are competing with the workforce and entrepreneurs in India, China, and Europe. The best way to invest in Iowa’s future is by providing our children with a world-class education. In order to grow and sustain a vibrant economy we need to ensure every American has access to a quality education – from preschool through college. The cost of a college education has risen 40% in the last five years. We must make vocational schools and college more affordable by increasing the value of Pell Grants and lowering the interest rates on student loans. We need to change No Child Left Behind, it is an unfunded mandate and encourages schools to teach to the test and punishes poorly performing schools instead of working to make them better.

    To find out more about Roxanne, go here.

    To volunteer, go here.

    To contribute, go here.

    Michael Mauro for Secretary of State in Iowa

    Michael Mauro has been an excellent secretary of state for Iowa and he has been endorsed by the Secretary of State Project. Here is what they have to say about him:

    Michael Mauro is seeking his second term as Iowa’s Secretary of State. He has worked to strengthen Iowa’s rich history of quality elections, which had the fifth highest voter percentage turnout in the nation in 2008. In the fall of 2009, Iowa’s election laws and procedures implemented by Secretary Mauro gained national attention when the state ranked first in a study focusing on the ease of voting for members of the military and U.S. citizens living overseas. In just his first term, he has worked with the state legislature to allow same-day voter registration and to establish a uniform voting system for all 99 counties. As a result, legislation is now in place to ensure a voter-verified paper trail for all future elections. He has also helped create electronic poll books available for use across the state, enhancing precinct officials’ ability to process voters effectively and consistently and adding another layer of security to Iowa’s voting process.

    Among Mauro's accomplishments is to encourage and bring out the military vote, as outlined here (PDF):


    Please take some time to volunteer for Michael Mauro's campaign. You can help keep Iowa's elections fair and accurate.


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