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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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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

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

    ACTION ALERT:MAY 13 National Rally at Capitol and Call Your Congressman for Single Payer Healthcare


    Sierra Club and 14th Ward Endorsement added to the Big Endorsement Chart

    Progress Pittsburgh PAC (P2PAC) announced their endorsements for the May 19th primary (see below for Steel-City Stonewall Democrats Endorsements)

    # Natalia Rudiak, City Council District 4, http://www.nataliarudiak.com/

    # Robert Daniel Lavelle, City Council District 6, http://www.lavelleforcouncil.com/

    # Susan Banahasky, Magisterial District Judge 5-3-10, http://www.susanformagistrate.com/

    # Hugh McGough, Court of Common Pleas, http://www.mcgough4judge.com/

    Steel-City Stonewall Democrats Endorsements

    The Steel-City Stonewall Democrats are the first group to announce their endorsement slate for the May 19th 2009 Primary elections:


    * Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    o Teresa Sarmina - http://www.sarmina09.com/
    * Pennsylvania Superior Court
    o Ann Lazarus - http://www.lazarusforsuperiorcourt.org/
    o Kevin McCarthy
    * Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
    o Barbara Behrend Ernsberger
    * Allegheny Court of Common Pleas
    o Hugh Fitzpatrick McGough - http://www.mcgough4judge.com/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hugh-McGough/43836122521
    * Allegheny County Sheriff
    o Bill Mullen
    * Allegheny County Council
    o District 1 - Thomas R. Michalow
    o District 13 - Amanda Green - http://www.greenforthirteen.com/
    * Pittsburgh City Council
    o District 4 - Natalia Rudiak - http://nataliarudiak.com/
    o District 8 - Bill Peduto


    * Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
    o Linda S. Judson
    * Allegheny Court of Common Pleas
    o Joe Williams
    * Allegheny County Council
    o District 3 - Jim Burn
    * Mayor of Pittsburgh
    o Patrick Dowd
    * Pittsburgh City Council
    o District 2 - Georgia Blotzer


    * Pennsylvania Superior Court
    o Robert Colville
    * Allegheny Court of Common Pleas
    o Susan Evanshavik DiLucente
    o Arnie Klein
    o Don Walko
    * Pittsburgh City Council
    o Tonya Payne.

    Completed questionnaires from all of the above candidates are posted in the news sections of www.steel-city.org


    Lefty Blogs Pennsylvania: a roundup of Progressive News in Pennsylvania

    Keystone Politics: Politics around Pennsylvania

    Progress Pittsburgh is building a broad coalition of progressives to transform the governance of our city. Decades of mismanagement by directionless leadership and regressive machine politics have put our city at the brink of collapse. We need a transformation: new vision, new blood, and a new democratic process. We are working to make this transformation happen.

    The Pennsylvania Progressive, brining you Pennsylvania News and Politics from a...well, PROGRESSIVE view.

    THE HUDDLER: A Pittsburgh blog, political rag, cyber tabloid, and place to hear the word on the street, from the outside looking in

    Some Stories of Interest:

    Limbaugh is Loosing it!

    State Budget Deficit Could Hit $3B

    Borough of Ambridge, PA Urges Congress to Pass HR 676 - Single Payer National Healthcare

    New Legislative Proposal Supports Medicinal Marijuana

    USW and CWA Locals Endorse HR 676 - Enhanced Medicare for All

    The Road to Universal Health Care

    News From Congressman Kanjorski

    GOP Criticizes Rendell's Tuition Relief Proposal...funny how Republicans NEVER want to support education

    Obama, Biden Announce High Speed Rail Project...THIS will create jobs AND improve transportation. Having lived in Japan for awhile, I miss a really good rail network. Hopefully we will get one!

    Resurrection of Intolerance...increasingly the Republicans have become the party of fear and loathing. All they talk about is being afraid and hating people. That is NOT a good basis of a political party.

    Conservatives Lying About Healthcare...Why do Republicans just keep on lying? I guess they can't win honestly, so they resort to lying and dirty tricks. But I think American's aren't buying their lies anymore.

    Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture in Pennsylvania:

    Some stats from Repower America:

    * The Pennsylvania Solar Park, a 10.6-megawatt array of 50,000 photovoltaic solar panels in Nesquehonig, Carbon County, will be the nation's second largest solar PV farm to date.

    * The 34.5-megawatt Casselman Wind Power Project near Garrett, PA will generate enough clean, renewable wind energy to sustain 10,000 homes in the tri-state area of southern Pennslyvania, northern West Virginia and western Maryland

    * Pennsylvania has an alternative energy portfolio standard that requires all public utilities to generate 18% of their electricity from alternative energy resources by 2021, with at least 8% from renewable energy and 0.5% from solar.

    Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in Pennsylvania, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.

    Biodiesel of Pennsylvania
    We believe alternative energy is the way of the future! Biodiesel is AMERICAN made fuel that helps keep our air clean and helps out farmers...not Saudi billionaires.

    Biodiesel of Pennsylvania, Inc.
    61 Cat Drive
    White Deer, PA 17887
    570 538 1041 office
    Email: kalin_at_biodieselpa.com

    We are located one mile off the Route 80 / Route 15 intersection: Coming off Route 80 (major East/West highway) go North on Route 15; drive about one mile. Take the White Deer exit. At bottom of ramp, make a RIGHT. Go about 200 meters. On the RIGHT you will see our Biodiesel of Pennsylvania sign with pretty fir tree landscaping. Our large modern facility is right there on Cat Drive.

    Please contact us if you are:
    * A fleet manager and would like more information about adding Biodiesel to your fleet.
    * A municipality looking to comply with upcoming changes mandating use of biodiesel.
    * A heating and oil firm looking to satisfy customers who demand biodiesel.
    * A biodiesel marketer looking for fuel.

    Pennsylvania Incentives for Renewable Energy:

    From the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency:

    Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS), created by S.B. 1030 on November 30, 2004, requires each electric distribution company (EDC) and electric generation supplier (EGS) to retail electric customers in Pennsylvania to supply 18% of its electricity using alternative-energy resources by 2020.* Pennsylvania's standard provides for a solar set-aside, mandating a certain percentage of electricity generated by photovoltaics (PV). Pennsylvania's AEPS also includes demand-side management, waste coal, coal-mine methane and coal gasification as eligible technologies.

    H.B. 1203 (2007) provided a more detailed solar schedule, clarified the force majeure clause, confirmed REC property rights for generators, added solar thermal to Tier I, clarified that AEPS RECs cannot have been retired for other purposes, and expanded the definition of customer-generator. Revised rules addressing these changes and other necessary clarifications became effective in November 2008.

    Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Fuel Cells, Municipal Solid Waste, CHP/Cogeneration, Waste Coal, Coal Mine Methane, Coal Gasification, Anaerobic Digestion, Other Distributed Generation Technologies

    Applicable Sectors: Investor-Owned Utility, Retail Supplier
    Standard: 18% during compliance year 2020-2021 (8% Tier I and 10% Tier II)
    Technology Minimum: Solar PV set-aside of 0.5% for June 1, 2020 and thereafter
    Credit Trading: Yes

    Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic and social prosperity of Pennsylvania food and agriculture. We work with the farmers that grow our food, the consumers that eat the food, and those concerned with the ecological well-being of our environment and natural resources.

    Alternative Energy Resources in Pennsylvania: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Pennsylvania. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    Here are some important progressive groups and events in Pennsylvania:

    Progressive Majority Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania is the quintessential battleground state — it has been a swing state in every presidential election for more than 70 years. And it is a state where deep political work must be done to reverse the stranglehold conservatives have on the government, build a durable political infrastructure, and tip the state for progressives once and for all.

    Pennsylvania is the slowest-growing of any major state in the nation. Since few new people move in, progressives must build lasting political relationships that address people's core needs and take into account their core values. Pennsylvania is a conflicted state — voters hold conflicting views on economic and social issues in different parts of the state. In short, a "one size fits all" political strategy will not work here.

    That's why Progressive Majority's long-term, state-based approach to candidate recruitment and development is so well-suited to meet this challenge. Our work to identify community leaders and activists, authentic candidates who care about what's best for people and who will lead on a local agenda, is what's needed here.

    Progressive Majority has leadership programs and can help progressive candidates run an efficient and successful campaign. You can sign up for email updates here.

    Critical Mass
    Monthly at 5:30 PM on the fourth Friday
    Where: Dinosaur, Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Description: Critical Mass is a celebration of bicycling as a pollution-free mode of transportation. Critical Mass is not an organization nor it is affiliated with any organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets.

    Pittsburgh Green Drinks
    3rd Friday of every month
    Check the website for locations & guest speakers:

    Steel-City Stonewall Democrats Happy Hour
    Monthly at 17:15 on the fourth Tuesday
    Where: Images 965 Liberty Avenue downtown

    Liberty City Stonewall Democrats

    Peace Vigil Every Saturday, 10:30 AM
    Intersection of Lincoln Hgwy & Oxford Valley Roads
    Business Route 1 & Oxford Valley Road at the Closed Transmission Station
    Langhorne, PA
    Organized by Lower Bucks for Democracy

    Here are a few Democracy for America groups in Pennsylvania:

    Gettysburg Area DFA Meetup: will be held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg the first Wednesday of each month. We gather at 6:30 pm to chat and enjoy refreshments. Our meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Seminary's Valentine Hall, Room 206 -- across from the Seminary Library. There is parking both in front of Valentine Hall (off Springs Ave) and in the Seminary lot next to the Library. Contact Elaine Jones for more information: elainelynchjones_at_gmail.com

    Western PA DFA Monthly Meeting: second Thursday of each month, 6:00 PM, Rudy & Son Restaurant, 1641 Mercer - Grove City Rd

    Philly for Change Meeting: first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Find out more about the group at www.phillyforchange.com

    Next, here are some Drinking Liberally chapters in Pennsylvania: second Thursday of each month,

    Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
    * Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Orchards Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Dr
    * Ask for the Drinking Liberally group and you'll find us.
    * Hosted by Alice Elia, chambersburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    * Second Thursday of each month (next meeting December 13), 6:00 pm onward
    * O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits, 44 Steinwehr Avenue (second floor)
    * New Location
    * additional parking in National Park Service Visitor Center lot behind restaurant
    * Hosted by Eileen H. Potemra, gettysburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    * Every Tuesday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Lancaster Brewing Company, 302 N Plum St (corner of Walnut and Plum)
    * Hosted by Jeff Fulmer, Monz Wenner and Cher Rineer, lancaster (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Center City
    * Every Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 pm
    * Tangier, 1801 Lombard St (at 18th St)
    * Hosted by Brendan Skwire, philadelphia (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Mount Airy
    * Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00 pm
    * Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave
    * Hosted by Adam Zion, mtairy (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Reading, Pennsylvania
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 6pm onward
    * Canal Street Restaurant & Pub, 535 Canal St (a few blocks past RACC along the riverfront)
    * NEW LOCATION!!! Great local beer from Legacy Brewing Co. & a large selection of wines by the glass.
    * NO Thanksgiving meeting, obviously. Enjoy your holiday and all those awkward political conversations with ornery family members!
    * Hosted by Kim Stahler and Dan Sauder, reading (at) drinkingliberally.org

    State College, Pennsylvania
    * First and third Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm onward
    * Hi-Way Pizza, 428 Westerly Pky
    * Hosted by Nancy Crane, statecollege (at) drinkingliberally.org

    West Chester, Pennsylvania
    * First Thursday of each month, 8:00 pm onward
    * Ryan's Pub, 124 W Gay St (On Gay St. between Church & Darlington)
    * We are still on the once a month format and we have changed the venue to Ryan's. We'll be meeting up on the 2nd floor near the bar.
    * Remember, no need to feed the meters in town after 5pm- save that cash for drinks!
    * Hosted by Jonathan Long, Daniel Tyman and Jamie Manos, westchester (at) drinkingliberally.org

    York, Pennsylvania
    * Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * The First Capital Dispensing Company, 57 N Pershing Ave (We usually secure a large table or two in the back room.)
    * Hosted by Phyllis Wise, Roland Rode and Craig Thomas, york (at) drinkingliberally.org


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