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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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  • Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 281

    Last week this headline was overlooked by too many people:

    Auto Industry Bailout Saved 1.4 Million Jobs

    Remember, Republicans OPPOSED this! Democrats passed the Auto Industry Bailout over Republican objections and THANK GOD they did because that saved 1.4 million American jobs. Now we need a Green Energy Stimulus, because that could CREATE a large number of American jobs, but of course Republicans tend to oppose ANYTHING that creates American jobs and instead support policies that help foreign oil companies, offshore banks and multi-nationals who outsource American jobs. Again, a reminder of the FACTS on job creation in America...Democrats ALWAYS are better at creating jobs than Republicans:



    We must never let the voters forget this fact.

    Democracy for America recently reminded me, in our of their fundraising letters, of a VERY important fact for all Democrats to keep in mind:

    Looking at Congressional races in 2010, 96% of the Progressive Caucus won re-election while only 47% of the Blue Dogs won.

    I happen to like some Blue Dogs, but the basic fact is that as a caucus they have made the dismal mistake of becoming too much like Republicans and when Democrats start to look too much like Republicans they eventually lose. Democrats win by clearly differentiating themselves from Republicans. Which leads me to another reminder...

    For those who have read this newsletter for some time you know that I have often plugged a book that in some ways should be required reading for ANY Democrat: Drew Westen's "The Political Brain." Simply put the book analyzes how people vote and why, and shows how Democrats too often campaign in away that does not appeal to most voters even when most voters agree with the Democrats more on issues. Republicans, even though they usually take unpopular stands that hurt middle class and working class Americans, can often win the voters over because they campaign in a way that works better at getting votes. Drew Westen then outlines how Democrats can better appeal to voters while still being true to their values. For any Democrat who wants to win, read this book...now more than ever. And pass the book on to any Democrat you know of running for office or working on a campaign.

    We're going to miss this guy:



    Alan Grayson was one of the VERY few Congressional Representatives who really was completely up front, honest and told it like it is. He didn't hide the truth even when it made him unpopular. As I recall Harry Truman was admired for the same quality, even though it hurt him politically. I am proud that it is usually Democrats who are willing to put truth before popularity. Popularity comes and goes. But the truth is far more valuable. We need more people like Alan Grayson in Congress!

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Book Review: Dream in Color, by the Honorable Loretta and Linda Sanchez

    The Great Bush Recession: Germany did it right

    The Latest from VoteVets.org: Time to Repeal DADT

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

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

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

    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Los Angeles, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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

    Northern California Focus: TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA

    Southern California Grassroots Alliance

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS: Blogs, Stonewall Democrats, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Biodiesel, Groups and Events

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Spokane County, WA Focus

    Thurston County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Native Vote, Groups and Events

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    New Jersey 7th Congressional District Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS: Blogs, Blogger Radio, Food Co-ops, NAACP, NJDC, Latino Leadership Alliance, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Philadelphia, PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Recycling, Veterans for Peace, Native Vote, NJDC, Immigrant Rights, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Detroit, MI Focus

    MICHIGAN FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-op, Native Vote, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Stafford County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Energy and Agriculture, NAACP, Groups and Events

    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 11th District (Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Macon, Swain, Jackson, Transylvania, Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Polk Counties)

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS: Blogs, Biodiesel, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Veterans for Peace, Groups and Events

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    ILLINOIS FOCUS: Blogs, Reform Illinois, Food Co-ops, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Hispanic PAC, Groups and Events

    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: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Florida Focus: Green Power Switch

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS: Blogs, Equality, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Focusing on my father's hometown: Davenport/Scott County, IA Focus

    Iowa Wind Industry Nationally Recognized...yet Republicans try to destroy it.

    IOWA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Groups and Events

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Las Vegas, NV Focus

    NEVADA FOCUS: Blogs, Progressive Majority, Food Co-op, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus

    ARIZONA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Alternative Energy, Native Vote, NAACP, NJDC, Groups and Events

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Minneapolis, MN Focus

    Olmsted County, MN Focus

    MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, The Minnesota Project, NAACP, Drinking Liberally

    Wisconsin Focus: Marla Stephens announces for Wisconsin Supreme Court

    Milwaukee, WI Focus

    Madison, WI Focus

    WISCONSIN FOCUS: Blogs, Progressive Talk Radio, Biodiesel, Native Vote, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Arkansas 1st Congressional District Focus

    KANSAS FOCUS: Blogs, Biodiesel, NAACP, Food Co-ops, Groups and Events

    TENNESSEE FOCUS: Blogs, Groups and Organizations, NAACP, Biodiesel, Food Co-ops

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS

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