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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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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Saturday, April 16, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 294

    Well, we did damned well in the Wisconsin elections. We slammed the right wing teabaggers in most key races, though the Supreme Court race, one of the MOST critical, remains a mess. I am all for making sure EVERY vote is counted, and I want this election to be done right and the recount done right.

    Now we all have to stay focused. The next step is the recall of the Republican state senators in Wisconsin who broke the law to pass an anti-union law. Signatures have already been filed to recall two of the Republicans and special election will have to be announced. Hopefully we can win those special elections AND successfully recall several others. The Republicans claim they will be filing signatures to recall a Democrat as well...so it may be an interesting fight.

    To help with the recall, here is a district by district breakdown and who to contact if you can volunteer (from Wisconsin Recall.net)

    Please pick the district where you plan to volunteer and email the corresponding address with your contact information, Name and Phone number(s), for polling locations and shift times preference:

    * COWLES 02 EvanK@wisconsinprogress.org
    * DARLING 08 MaureenH@wisconsinprogress.org
    * HARSDORF 10 MichaelV@wisconsinprogress.org
    * OLSEN 14 RecallLutherOlsen@gmail.com
    * HOPPER 18 JonG@wisconsinprogress.org (Fond du Lac county)
    * HOPPER 18 RossA@wisconsinprogress.org (Winnebago county)
    * KAPANKE 32 PabloR@wisconsinprogress.org
    * LAZICH 28 patzfahl22@gmail.com

    You will receive a phone call to finalize plans. We will also continue to update this site with news and important information, so visit often and share it with your friends!

    Keep up the pressure, folks! If you live in or near one of these districts, PLEASE volunteer to help. If you don't, please DONATE TO RECALL THE ANTI-UNION STATE SENATORS:

If we can recall just three Senators we can regain control of the Senate and can end the ugly games Republicans in the legislature have played in order to force through their partisan power grab — unplugging phone lines, bolting windows inside the Capitol shut, and withholding the paychecks of Democratic legislators.

    I recommend donating $14 to the effort in honor of the 14 Democratic State Senators who did their best to block the Republican anti-union bill and forced the Republicans to act illegally to pass it. Of course if you can donate more, do it!

    And let's not forget the fight in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. You can donate to fight on a broader front as well. This is so critical. Wisconsin is just one front in the battle for America, and we can't ignore the other battles.

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    Democrats Trick House Republicans into Showing their Hypocrisy: When faced with actually having to pass a very unpopular Teabagger budget, Republicans quickly flip flop and defeat their own amendment. And the funniest part is the panic the Republicans felt when they realized they'd be stuck with their own stated policies! Daily Kos has more on it here: Pelosi, Hoyer almost derail GOP budget, keep Dems unified

    President Obama caught on tape SLAMMING Republicans: this shows us how Obama REALLY thinks, and though we might want him to say it more publicly, it is great to hear it even by accident.

    Introducing the Congressional Progressive Caucus...and a discussion between Congressional Progressives and dKos: LIVE BLOG: Congressional Progressive Caucus

    Here is Congressman Keith Ellison's comments to progressives from that Live Blog:

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    Jessica King: New Leadership for Wisconsin

    Madison, WI Focus

    Milwaukee, WI Focus

    Waukesha County, WI Focus

    Monroe County, WI Focus


    California Focus: Green Power Switch

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

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

    Orange County, CA Focus

    San Diego, 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


    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


    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    McHenry County, IL Focus


    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Dallas 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


    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


    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


    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)


    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Detroit, MI Focus

    Oakland County, MI Focus


    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Olympia/Thurston County, WA Focus

    Spokane County, WA Focus


    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Jersey City/Hudson County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

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


    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus


    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Philadelphia, PA Focus

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus


    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus


    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Olmsted County, MN Focus

    Minneapolis, MN Focus



    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus


    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    Knoxville, TN Focus


    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Las Vegas, NV Focus


    Wichita, KS Focus


    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Davenport/Scott County, IA Focus


    Arkansas 1st Congressional District Focus

    Arkansas 3rd Congressional District Focus


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