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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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  • Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 286

    I think there are three very important headlines from the past couple of weeks that we can't forget:

    On inspiring and uniting the nation: Obama's Triumph of Unity & Palin's Failure to Divide

    On jobs: More Jobs In 1 Year Under Obama Than 8 With Bush

    And on the deficit: Obamacare reduces the deficit

    Obama is a centrist. Always has been and has never pretended to be anything else. We are just so used to right wing extremists setting the political dialogue that it was easy to believe a centrist was a leftist. So to many leftists there is a sense of betrayal which isn't really fair on Obama. We can and should push for a more liberal government and continue to reject right wing trickle down extremism and racism. But we also need to realize that Obama and Congressional Democrats, despite a certain weakness and vascillation, actually accomplished more in 2 years than Republicans accomplished in a decade.

    Keith Olbermann has left MSNBC, representing a further decline in American television. MSNBC still has the excellent Rachel Maddow Show, and I do recommend people watch that. But beyond that there isn't much on mainstream American television worth watching. For information I recommend Current TV (which has excellent news as well as entertainment shows), BBC News, Salon.com, NPR and local Progressive Radio Stations. I include info on these in the local pages in the newsletter, highlighting particular local stations wherever possible. They are the best media around these days. I can also recommend news journals like The Nation and the Progressive Populist. Sadly, it seems MSNBC is in decline after a brief period of being superior to any other mainstream American news channel.

    Darwin Day is coming up (Feb. 12, 2011). So I have started adding any Darwin Day events I find in the states I cover. If you know of any I have missed, please let me know.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Better Banking and Better Credit Cards

    An interesting article from a fellow Culture Kitchen blogger: Critical Thinking and the African Identity

    A chilling discussion from Daily Kos of right wing violence and America's denial of the problem: Right wing's murderous denial

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, 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

    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley/San Gabriel Valley, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, 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

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    New Jersey 7th Congressional District Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    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

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis 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

    Florida Focus: Green Power Switch

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Philadelphia, PA Focus

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Spokane County, WA Focus

    Thurston County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Detroit, MI Focus

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Minneapolis, MN Focus

    Olmsted County, MN Focus

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    North Carolina Focus: Green Power Switch

    North Carolina Focus: NC-5 District Focus (Forsyth, Stokes, Statesville, Surrey, Iredell, Watauga, and Yadkin Counties)

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

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    KANSAS FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    Milwaukee, WI Focus

    Madison, WI Focus

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Las Vegas, NV Focus

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Davenport/Scott County, IA Focus

    IOWA FOCUS

    Arkansas 1st Congressional District Focus

    Arkansas 3rd Congressional District Focus

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

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