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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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  • Sunday, April 03, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 293

    I have been continuing a slower pace with the newsletter. My real job continues to take more of my time.

    The biggest news coming up are the election April 5th in Wisconsin and the recall effort. One of the Republican state senators who illegally passed the union-busting bill is being recalled. Almost twice the required number of signatures have been filed and so a special election will be called. Hopefully they will successfully recall several more and hopefully we can win the special elections that result. April 5th comes first with some critical local and judicial elections. Then come as many recalls as we can.

    And we can't forget the longer term picture. We desperately need to build up the funds to fight back against the Billionaire Koch Brothers and the fossil fuel industry, and we need to do it not just in Wisconsin but in as many states as possible. I want to keep pushing my Union Solidarity Across FOUR States Act Blue Page, keeping the focus on Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana where the battle between pro-Billionaire Republicans and pro-union Democrats are going on right now.

    And for a more long-term strategy, check out my Liberals Strike Back 2012 Act Blue Page, which widens the focus beyond these key three states to other states that are crucial for taking back Congress in 2012.

    And finally, let me suggest a donation to Heartland Revolution...you get a T-shirt if you donate $50:



    Heartland Revolution PAC is a committee set up to target progressive candidates who support our ideals. This PAC is restricted to giving limits of $5,000 per year per individual and cannot receive money from corporations.

    The jobs report continues to be good.



    Again notice the massive job loss under Bush and the slow, but steady recovery under Obama. This is just the latest in a pretty much constant pattern that job growth is always better under Democrats.



    Democrats and unions are good for America and good for the economy. Republicans are bad for the economy. Looking at average Growth in GDP, again Democrats match or beat all Republicans: (not updated for Obama)



    In this issue I extensively cover local Solidarity events for April 4th and after in the local focus pages.

    Also in the news is Libya. Libya is a controversial subject, but I have to say that SO FAR I have supported what we have done. First, we are intervening not in a situation where we aren't really wanted (like Bush's coup in Haiti that few people talk about), but rather to support a popular rebellion against a dictator. We are actually being cheered, even in Tripoli. Second, we are working as part of a broad international coalition, similar to what we did in Bosnia and Kosovo, rather than unilaterally the way Bush did. Third, we are playing a support role rather than acting as boots on the ground. Fourth, our main role is to hit the planes and heavy weapons that the dictator's army had that unbalanced the fight, and not broader targets that include inevitable civilian casualties. All put together, it strikes me as an appropriate use of our military, something that has been very rare. However, given our recent record, it is hard not to be apprehensive each time we use military force.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    March 25th, 1911: A Turning Point in the American Labor Movement

    Surge in Green Energy Support and Investment

    An article the whole nation should read, from California Progress Report: Remembering Cesar Chavez

    Big news from Daily Kos: Fed Judge: State Legislatures Don't Have Authority To Limit Collective Bargaining Rights

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Queens, 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

    California Focus: Debra Bowen for Congress (CA-36)

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

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Northern California Focus: TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA

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

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    WISCONSIN FOCUS: Endorsement Roundup for CRITICAL April 5th Eleection in Wisconsin

    Madison, WI Focus

    Milwaukee, WI Focus

    Monroe County, WI Focus

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris 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

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    ILLINOIS FOCUS: APRIL 5th ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    McHenry County, IL Focus

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    New Jersey Focus: Jeff Gardner for State Senate

    Jersey City/Hudson County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    New Jersey 7th Congressional District Focus: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Philadelphia, PA Focus

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA 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

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Focus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    Stafford County, VA Focus

    Roanoke County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Florida Focus: Green Power Switch

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Orlando/Orange County, FL Focus

    Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County, FL Focus

    St. Petersburg/Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Detroit, MI Focus

    Oakland County, MI Focus

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Olympia/Thurston County, WA Focus

    Spokane County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Olmsted County, MN Focus

    Minneapolis, MN Focus

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Wichita, KS Focus

    KANSAS FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Las Vegas, NV Focus

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    Arkansas 1st Congressional District Focus

    Arkansas 3rd Congressional District Focus

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Davenport/Scott County, IA Focus

    IOWA FOCUS

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