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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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  • Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 275

    I have been approached by someone working on a VERY worthy effort. I make my endorsements and publicize other endorsements as I come across them. But these folks are trying to compile a very comprehensive roundup of endorsements, state by state, locality by locality, across the country, aimed at progressive voters. I urge you to check out what they are doing, use their recommendations where appropriate, and help them out if you can: http://www.theballot.org/

    Now on to less pleasant stuff...This is an interesting, unbiased list of Congressional corruption: The 26 most corrupt members of Congress 15 Republicans, 9 Democrats

    * Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
    * Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    * Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
    * Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
    * Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    * Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
    * Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
    * Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
    * Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
    * Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    * Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
    * Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    * Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
    * Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    * Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    * Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
    * Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
    * Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
    * Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)
    * Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
    * Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
    * Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)
    * Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
    * Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
    * Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    * Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

    More details here.

    Sadly, most of these corrupt politicians are entrenched and not likely to be voted out. I should even note that I have personally liked and largely agreed with both Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters, and wish that they were innocent. But the bottom line is we have to stand up to corruption wherever we see it, even if we agree ideologically with a candidate or personally LIKE a candidate.

    But I should also note we have a shot at defeating at least one of these corrupt politicians and I hope you help to do so:

    Roy Blunt of Missouri is running for Senate (where he has even more chances of corruption). I have been targeting Roy Blunt as being one of the most corrupt members of Congress for some 4 years now. He is opposed by the MUCH more honest Robin Carnahan in a reasonably close race.

    Finally, I want to repeat from last week, there are three critical actions you can take to help win these Midterm Elections:

    1. Work with MoveOn.org to turn your home into a phone bank for Progressive Democrats. This strategy was pioneered by John Hall in upstate New York when he first ran for office and was devastating effective, winning John Hall an upset victory. MoveOn.org has been taking the strategy national and it could make the difference in November. Help them out.

    2. Find a Democracy for America Endorsed Candidate near you and donate or volunteer to help them win. These are the true Grassroots Progressives that will both fight the Republican agenda and change the Democratic Party from within.

    3. Want to get even more grassroots than MoveOn.org and DFA? Find a Progressive Majority candidate near you and donate or volunteer to help them win. These are often neglected races that are so important for reforming the local Democratic Parties.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Listening to Our Veterans: VoteVet.org endorsements

    CARL PALADINO'S CANDIDACY REFLECTS NEGATIVELY ON REPUBLICANS by Rock Hackshaw

    California Propositions

    Progressive Candidates in California

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    New York Focus: Join Act Now in Helping John Hall and Joe Sestak beat the Republicans

    Critical New York Action Alert: New York Bus Trip to Pennsylvania for GOTV

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Washington State Endorsements

    Native Vote 2010 Washington State

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Thurston County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Texas 10th District Focus: Bastrop, Lee, Burleson, Washington, Austin, Harris, Waller Counties

    Texas 15th Congressional District Focus: Hidalgo, Brooks, Duval, Live Oak, Bee, Jim Wells, Karnes, DeWitt, Goliad, San Patricio, Refugio Counties

    Texas 21st District Focus: Travis, Kerr, Real, Bandera, Kendall, Comal and Blanco Counties

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Progressive Candidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan

    Native Vote Michigan

    Michigan Green Power Switch

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Virginia Focus: Three Important Congressional Races

    Virginia Focus: What Democrats Believe, from the Albemarle Democratic Party

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    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

    Georgia Endorsements

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Colorado Focus: Democratic Accomplishments Nationally and in Colorado

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Native Vote Colorado

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN WISCONSIN

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    Native Vote Wisconsin

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Illinois

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    New Jersey Focus: Ed Potosnak for Congress (NJ-07)

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Nevada Endorsements for 2010

    Native Vote 2010 Nevada

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona

    Native Vote Arizona

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Native Vote Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Endorsements

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Iowa

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    IOWA FOCUS

    Kansas Focus: Helping Greensberg achieve its dream

    KANSAS FOCUS

    South Dakota Focus: Republicans Cost South Dakota 5000-10,000 Jobs

    Endorsed Candidates in South Dakota

    South Dakota Focus: South Dakota Senate candidate Julie Garreau wants to hear what voters really want

    Native Vote 2010 South Dakota

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

    South Carolina Progressive Network

    Native Vote 2010 Alaska

    Alaska Endorsements

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