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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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  • Tuesday, November 01, 2011

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 307

    So I have been ignoring Herman Cain for some time...he didn't seem to have much going for him as a candidate for the Republican nomination. And let's be realistic, it is too early in the race to have any real clue who the nominee will be. Romney and Perry remain the names most commonly viewed as the likely choices. But by now there have been a large number of polls, both nationally and, more importantly, in individual states that show Cain is in the lead. In Wisconsin he is polling pretty solidly in the lead (with 30% to Romney's 18). Truth is Perry hovers in third, fourth or fifth place fairly consistently. But anything can happen.

    But let me say that for me a race between Cain and Obama would be a pretty mind blowing situation. Of course Obama would almost certainly win. But that aside, America has barely emerged from asking the question "are we ready for a black President?" We made history in 2008 pretty solidly when the answer to that question was a landslide "Yes." If we wind up with BOTH major parties fielding black candidates for President a mere 4 years later, in many ways it will be an even more historic event. And something I bet no one would have imagined a mere 8 or 10 years ago. It probably won't happen, but imagine if it did! It would be about as clear a sign of progress as you can get. Of course it doesn't change the unfair poverty rates, sentencing discrepancies, unemployment discrepancies, etc. But it would show that change really is happening and faster than at least I thought it would.

    Great to see Alan Grayson back again! And saying what needs to be said about Occupy Wall Street:

    And remember that Marine Corps veteran who scolded the NYPD for their violence towards the protesters? He's back. From CurrentTV: Sgt. Shamar Thomas calls on veterans to support the movement:

    This week saw the suppression of Occupy Wall Street in several cities, leading to unnecessary injuries and arrests. In some cases (like Oakland) the press was so bad after an Iraq War veteran was injured by an irresponsible and out of control cop they backed off on closing them down. More on the incompetence of the Oakland PD in this instance: Persons Trained in Crowd Control Wonder Why Scott Olsen Was Injured

    In response to the unnecessary force used in Oakland, a general strike has been called there for November 2nd.

    Find Occupy Wall Street events near you at this map.

    We are the 99%:

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    CRITICAL IMPORTANCE: Don't forget to vote November 8th!!!

    2011 Election Endorsement Roundup


    Message to Bank of America CEO: Your stock has tanked, so don't lecture me!

    The Big Lie About the Post Office

    Targeting the Banks: who owns what

    HEY...some of those wind turbines are MINE!

    From fellow Culture Kitchen Blogger Leo Igwe: Churches and HIV Cure Claims

    More from Leo Igwe: Secularism, Islamism and the Arab Spring


    Massive Protests in Israel in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

    News Corp suffers investor rebuke...particularly interesting in that if you subtract out the Murdoch family shares and the shares of their Saudi prince buddy, a solid majority of shareholders voted to oust the Murdoch sons. Though it has no effect in the end other than sending a message, it is an almost unheard of event. Watch for the Murdochs to make some very visible penance to appease shareholders.

    Good economic news: Consumer spending picks up in US

    Something I've been talking about for awhile--energy efficiency: Stop wasting energy!...more on energy: Solar Photovoltaic Prices Have Fallen by Two-Thirds Since 2008 Stimulating 100% Growth Per Year...How YOU can be part of the new energy economy right now: Alternative Energy Options in Your State

    Progress in the war against al-Qaeda: Top militants 'dead' in Pakistan...more: Al-Qaeda 'devastated', says Clinton...and the latest on Pakistan's ambivalence in the war on terror: Pakistan accused of backing Taliban

    President Obama Bypasses the Obstructionist Republicans to Support Americans, Part I: 'We can't wait': Obama administration announces details of new rules for mortgage refinancing

    President Obama Bypasses the Obstructionist Republicans to Support Americans, Part II: 'We Can't Wait': White House announces plan to spur veteran hiring

    Tunisia Islamists set for victory...this was somewhat predictable. In the case of Tunisia, the Islamist party seems at the moment to be more like the Turkish Islamists (who remain moderate within a solidly secular state) rather than like the Muslim Brotherhood. Let's hope that lasts. More here: Profile: Tunisia's Ennahda Party


    BBC News put me onto these folks...on the surface it looks like kind of inane pop, but it is actually one of Pakistan's most daring satires right now, making fun of some of Pakistan's most powerful people: (go to the Youtube source to see more info on it.

    (also from the same BBC News article is reference to a politically brave Pakistani cartoonist Mohammad Zahoor:

    A recent sketch by Mohammad Zahoor, one of Pakistan's best known political cartoonists, shows a Taliban militant who has weapons for arms and is wearing an army boot on one foot - a subtle suggestion that the army is a part of Taliban's overall ensemble.

    It is an implication the military has long resisted, denying any links or support for militant groups.




    Occupy Oakland's Amazing Recovery: Michael Moore's Visit.

    Occupy San Diego does NOT stand down!

    ROCK ON!!!...Courage Campaign Protesters Disrupt House Speaker John Boehner’s Golf Game...his golf game should be disrupted EVERY SINGLE DAY as long as he blocks President Obama's Job creation.

    Marine Injured by Oakland PD expected to make a full recovery...why the HELL do our soldiers keep getting injured by our police officers???

    Campaign for a Healthy California

    Northern California Focus: TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

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



    Vote in Colorado and in particular in Denver.

    Pueblo Clerk: "Inactive Pueblo Voters Will Have Significant Impact"

    Denver Area Labor Federation Endorses #OccupyDenver

    Things Turn Ugly At Occupy Denver

    Something Rotten in the Arvada Mayor's Contest

    Denver, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Colorado Focus: Teachers Union Makes School Board Endorsements...Please pay attention to local elections like this. They are critical!

    Colorado Focus: Alfonso Nunez for Aurora City Council - Ward 5 (Progressive Majority Endorsement, Firefighter) (2011 Endorsement)



    How #OccupyWallStreet will thrive as winter sets in

    Does keeping gas drilling out make sense? YES!!!

    Bloomberg take note: Another Poll Finds NYers Back Occupy Wall Street, Millionaire's Tax By Wide Margin...more: Two New Polls Show Broad Support In New York For Millionaire's Tax, Occupy Wall Street

    And for those who want to show some support for Occupy Wall Street, here is the latest, easy suggestion:

    “Healthcare For The 99 Percent”

    Governor Cuomo in less control of Albany than he'd like

    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time

    The Midtown Theater, 163 West 46th Street (www.laughingliberallynyc.com)

    Saving Democracy One Book at a Time

    First Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Law Office of Hugh L. Rothbaum, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2304

    Combining Food and Politics

    Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm
    Rotates among several restaurants in Park Slope, Gowanus and Prospect Heights
    Contact me (at mole333_at_gmail.com) for more info or watch the Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally website.

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus



    Stupid Republican Voter Suppression in Florida: Florida civics teacher runs afoul of new election law for helping register students...why do Republicans hate democracy so much??

    "Obama’s one-on-one presidential campaign gains steam in Florida"

    Florida losing thousands of jobs as stimulus cash dries up...too bad Republicans have been blocking more stimulus funds. Those funds really work!

    Will his loan from US Century Bank drag down Marco Rubio?

    Charter Schools destroying Public Schools: "For this to go on at the public's expense seems to be unconscionable."...more on the inefficient scam that are Charter Schools: Florida charter school spends 44% of its funding for its lease. $1.4 million a year....more on the disgusting arrogance of Charter Schools: FL charter school owner calls parents ignorant, misinformed.

    More evidence that Republicans hate democracy: FL Teacher Faces $1000 Fine for Registering Students to VOTE!...more here: "Republican effort to suppress the vote" has its first victim

    Florida Focus: Keith Fitzgerald for Congress in the Florida 13th

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Miami, FL Focus

    Florida Focus: Alan Grayson for Congress (2012 endorsement)



    IL-12: The fight to keep it Blue

    Congressmen Grijalva, Ellison and Jackson, Jr. endorse Ilya Sheyman (IL-10)!

    More on Ilya Sheyman:

    Nurses Condemn Chicago Mayor Emanuel for Arrest of Medical Volunteers at Occupy Chicago

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    Chicago Area Laughing Liberally:
    Saving Democracy One Laugh At A Time

    First Wednesday of each month, 8:00 pm
    At No Exit, 6970 N Glenwood Ave

    Laughing Liberally Chicago hosted by the Accountants of Homeland Security. The Accountants are an independently-produced Local affiliate of Laughing Liberally

    Illinois Focus: Ilya Sheyman for Congress (IL-10) (Democracy for America Endorsement)...more here (2012 endorsement)

    Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress (IL-11) (2012 endorsement)...Check out other people and organizations endorsing scientist and entrepreneur Bill Foster for Congress.


    For most of Texas, the best alternative energy option is Reliant Energy's Secure Wind program, offering 100% wind energy right to your home. It's easy, creates American jobs, and helps clean up our air. For more information:

    Reliant Energy
    Address: P.O. Box 3765
    Houston, TX 77253-3765
    Web: http://www.reliant.com
    Phone: 1.866.222.7100


    Progressive Film Series: November 2011

    Rick Perry To Turn Tail and Run From Fellow Republicans...more on Perry's cowardice here: Rick Perry, a coward to his own Tea Party

    Looking at university regents's for conflicts of interest

    Cameron County DA to look at cronyism charge

    TXU-Luminant Broke the Law Over 38,000 Times

    Valero Wants to Literally Steal Money from School Children

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus



    A Brief Look at the Scranton City Council Race

    USW’s Leo Gerard Takes Apart GOP Diversionary Tactics on Jobs

    Income Inequality, Funding Woes for Schools and Transit, and a Citizens' Take on Shale

    Obama's Student Loan Repayment Plan Saves $$

    New Report Shows That Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Work for Pennsylvania and America

    Occupy Pittsburgh Update

    Pennsylvania Focus: Jason Salus for Montgomery County Treasurer (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 Endorsement)


    New Jersey Focus: Ed Zipprich for Red Banks Borough Council (LD-11) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Juanita Lewis for Red Banks Borough Council (LD-11) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    More on Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis:

    New Jersey Focus: Vin Gopal for Assembly (NJ-LD11) (Democracy for America Endorsements, EMT)

    New Jersey Focus: Kathy Horgan for Assembly (NJ-LD11) (Democracy for America Endorsements)

    New Jersey Focus: Ray Santiago for State Senate (NJ-SD11) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Marie Corfield for Assembly (NJ-LD16) (Democracy for America Endorsement, teacher)

    New Jersey Focus: Steve Yellin (NJ-Berkeley Heights Council) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Loretta Weinberg for State Senate (NJ-SD37) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Mary Lou Frankel for Third Ward Council (NJ-LD03) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Dan Benson for Assembly (NJ-LD14) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    More on Dan Benson:

    New Jersey Focus: Linda Greenstein for State Senate (NJ-SD14) (Democracy for America Endorsement)

    New Jersey Focus: Tom Wyka for Parsippany Township Council (NJ-Parsippany Council) (Democracy for America Endorsement, Camp Wellstone alumnus)

    Chris Leitner (NJ - Point Pleasant Council) (Democracy for America Endorsement)


    LD-11 Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal On My-9 Talking Issues

    LD-12 Senate candidate Brown racks up Public Safety Endorsements

    News Roundup

    Occupy Trenton: Waiting For Redress of Grievances

    Blame mayor, GOP rule for tax hikes in Middletown, New Jersey

    Rush Holt: "Occupy Wall Street" and the American Dream



    When is a public vote not a public vote? When it doesn’t go Tim Eyman’s way, that’s when

    Occupy Olympia, Little Hollywood and 1933 at Priest Point

    And now, the rest of the story…

    Gregoire’s ugly budget

    Washington State Focus: Richard Mitchell for King County Council. (Progressive Majority, Washington Conservation Voters, Teamsters Joint Council 28, and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Ryan Mello for Tacoma City Council, Pos. 8 At-large (Tacoma Firefighters' Local 31, Sierra Club, People For the American Way, and Progressive Majority Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Joe McDermott for King County Council - District 8 (Progressive Majority, Washington Conservation Voters, NARAL, Teamsters and SEIU Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Cathy Lehman for Bellingham City Council - Ward 3 (Progressive Majority and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Stephanie Wright for Snohomish County Council - District 3 (Progressive Majority, Deputy Sheriff's Association, Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters, and AFL-CIO Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Rob Gelder for Kitsap County Commissioner - District 1 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Richard Rush for Spokane City Council - District 2 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    More on Richard Rush: Standing On Principles - Declining Council Pay Increase

    Washington State Focus: Ben Stuckart for Spokane City Council President (Progressive Majority, Spokane Regional Labor Council, NARAL, and Spokane Firefighters Local 29 Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    More on Ben Stuckhart:

    Washington State Focus: David Stalheim Whatcom for County Executive (Progressive Majority, Teamsters, Planned Parenthood and Sierra Club Endorsements) (2011 endorsement)

    More on David Stalheim: David Stalheim Announces Endorsements from Planned Parenthood Votes, Teamsters Local 231, Nooksack Tribe and Progressive Majority

    Washington State Focus: Othman Heibe SeaTac City Council - Position 3 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Washington State Focus: Joy Jones for Spokane City Council - District 3, Position 1 (Progressive Majority, Spokane Regional Labor Council, and Spokane Fire Fighters Local 29 Endorsements, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...this race is critical for achieving a Democratic and progressive majority in the Spokane city council

    More on Joy Jones: Joy on Small Business

    Washington State Focus: Christina Maginnis for Whatcom County Council - District 2, Position B (Progressive Majority, Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, Sierra Club and Democracy for America Endorsements, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...this race is critical for pushing back against Teabagger gains in Whatcom county. A true progressive vs teabagger race!

    Washington State Focus: Mia Gregerson for SeaTac City Council - Position 7 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)



    Nov. 2nd Free Lunch in Wilmington: NC Campaign for Better Care

    Shout out to Forsythe County Dems



    VERY CRITICAL: Don't forget next month's election

    Sierra Club Endorses Jane Lumm in Ann Arbor Ward 2 City Council Race

    Republican insanity: Michigan under the GOP fist: 55 kindergartners per class

    Michigan Supreme Ct. to GOP Rep. Paul Scott: "Strike three, you're out!" Recall is STILL on!

    Today in why the Mackinac Center isn't really into free markets

    Glenn Anderson (D) to Announce for Congress

    Dumping DOMA: Senator Levin to Co-Sponsor Repeal Act.

    Michigan Focus: George Brown for Jackson City Council - Ward 4 (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 Endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Kyle DuBuc for Royal Oak City Commissioner (Progressive Majority Endorsement, Peace Corps volunteer) (2011 endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Mamie Moore for Highland Park City Council (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)

    Michigan Focus: Zack Stanton for New Baltimore City Council (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)



    Virginia News Headlines

    David Bernard: principled environmentalist for Virginia State Senate

    With Just 2 Weekends to Go, Bill Clinton Fires Up Virginia Democrats!

    Solar Foundation Director: Virginia's Energy Policy Needs to be Refocused

    Richmond, VA Focus

    Virginia Focus: David Bernard for State Senate - District 10 (Progressive Majority Endorsement, EMT) (2011 endorsement)

    Virginia Focus: E. Wayne Powell for Congress (2012 endorsement)

    To help elect Progressive Democrats in Virginia, here are some local Dem organizations worth checking out if you live nearby:

    Hanover County Democratic Committee:
    Meet Second Saturday of every month
    9:00am - 10:30am
    Location: Ashland Coffee and Tea
    Address: PO Box 22
    Ashland, VA 23005

    E-mail: info@hvadems.com

    Louisa County Democratic Committee
    Meetings Third Wednesday of every month
    6 pm at Roma's in Louisa
    For more info contact: (540) 967-5302

    Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee
    The Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
    (540) 785-9267

    Albemarle County Democratic Committee
    300 Preston Avenue, Suite 308
    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Monthly Meeting of the Albemarle Democratic Committee is the third Monday of every month, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    Albemarle County Office Building, room 235, 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville

    Franklin Democratic Committee
    Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 4:15 PM at the Franklin County Library (355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount VA).


    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Get more involved in Georgia Politics through Young Democrats of Georgia:

    Members of the organization strive to make a positive difference in the community by working within the political process and upholding the principles of the Democratic Party. The membership base reflects the broad diversity of Georgia and the party, including high school students, college students, young workers, professionals and families.

    Find your local chapter here

    I want to particularly highlight:

    Kennesaw State University Young Democrats:

    The KSU Democrats is the premiere progressive student organization at Kennesaw State University that strives to make a difference in aspects that affect our everyday lives. Two of our main goals include representing the democratic voice on campus, and educating students about recent political information.

    Check out their calendar of events here.


    LET'S KEEP THE FIGHT GOING IN WISCONSIN: Below are some local Dem organizations in Wisconsin. Help them out!

    Democratic Party of Milwaukee County:

    Our general membership meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of most months. Check our calendar for exact dates. We meet in the Hall of Fame Room of the Pettit National Ice Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 500 S. 84th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Oconomowoc Dems Breakfast
    First Saturday of each month, 10am – 11am
    The Depot/Maxims Restaurant, Hwy 67 and Main St., Oconomowoc

    Winnebago Dems Monthly Meeting
    Second Wednesday of every month, August 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Delta Restaurant - 515 N Sawyer St, Oshkosh, WI

    Winnebago County Democratic Party Unity Breakfast
    Last Friday of Each Month, 7:00am – 8:30am
    B J Clancy's Restaurant - 3341 S Oneida St - Appleton, WI 54915

    Click here to find out more about the Winnebego County, Wisconsin Democratic Party

    Waukesha County Democratic Party

    Monthly meetings held every 3rd Thursday of the month, except in July
    Waukesha Labor Temple.
    Contact us at websupport@waukeshadems.org

    Ozaukee County Democrats
    The Ozaukee County Democrats will be holding monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm on the lower level of the the Cedarburg City Hall.


    Minnesota Focus: Joe Tatalovich for St. Louis Park School Board (Progressive Majority Endorsement, CRITICAL RACE) (2011 endorsement)...I feel all judicial and school board races are critical but too often ignored, and we need more progressives elected to these positions.



    Arizona Focus: Jonathan Rothschild for Tuscon Mayor (Progressive Majority Endorsement) (2011 endorsement)


    Iowa Focus: Sneak Attack In Iowa

    Des Moines Food Co-op Now Open

    Iowa Focus: Sustainable Agriculture Events


    Tennessee Focus: Republicans disenfranchise elderly voters




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