Progressive Democrat Issue 219

Back from a nice vacation. If you like, you can read about it here and see a few pictures of Jacob here.

Quite a lot going on, isn't there. Republicans (Sanford and Ensign) showing that their holier-than-thou attitudes are nothing more than facades covering a whole load of hypocrisy. And seems even groping pundits is on the list of Republican fetishes. Meanwhile we now learn that Cheney ordered the CIA to lie to Congress and the Bush Administration covered up a massacre in Afghnanistan. The Sotomayor hearings are coming up and the Republicans are going to have a very hard time stopping the approval of this excellent nominee. And of course Palin's very bizarre behavior...oh boy I hope she runs for President in 2012! She will drag the Republican party down even further.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 218

This will probably be my last newsletter for 3-5 weeks. Work, a conference, petitioning for candidates and vacation will be taking up my time into July.

Once again I want to ask my readers for help in four key NYC races

Josh Skaller: a good friend of mine running for City Council who was recently endorssed by Democracy for America and Howard Dean himself. Josh is a strong environmentalist and has worked on the local Howard Dean and Barack Obama campaigns. His main opponents are heavily supported by corporate interests. One of them is anti-Israel, and the other is anti-choice. Skaller, despite not taking any corporate donations, is doing well in fundraising and can be considered one of the two frontrunners in the race. I will be working very hard for Josh, and I hope some of my readers will send him some money to help us along. (more below the fold)

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Progressive Democrat Issue 217

Busy week! And I may have to soon take time off from the newsletter. If not before then, I will be at a conference and on vacation in California at the end of June/beginning of July, so may well take that time largely off from the newsletter. May have to before then as well given the amount of work I have, but we'll see.

So it seems, in between some great speeches, Obama discovered his own likeness in Egyptian hieroglyphs. From the Liberal OC:

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Who Needs Republicans?

No New Taxes.  Smaller Government.  Severe Cuts in the Social Safety Net.  These are key staples of the Republican Agenda.

They also happen to be the central tenets of the state budget pushed through by Speaker Michael Madigan.  Just because.

This isn't simply a profound failure of political leadership, but also a sharp rebuke to core Democratic values.  Note that the political Machine that Madigan heads isn't affected.  It's the poor, the children, the elderly, those at risk in our society that will bear the brunt of Madigan's power play.  COMEX Democrats and the Machine retain their jobs, their perks and their place of power.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 216

Obama's nomination of Sotomayor and the court decision in California regarding the Hate Amendment are big news this week. I address the Sotomayor nomination directly, and I address Prop 8 in some of my local pages.

Recently my coverage of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania primaries got a large amount of readership. I am not covering Virginia's primary as much not because I don't care as much about it (I care MORE about it and have been covering Virginia closely since 2004). But I have largely remained neutral in the Virginia primary, and Progressive Majority (one of my main sources) has not focused on Virginia, so I am staying low key on Virginia for now. But I have covered the race to some degree, gave my personal liking for Moran for Governor, but also covered extensively the many people coming out for Deeds. This has made me enthusiastic for EITHER Moran OR Deeds. So those are my recommendations for June 9.

I also have some personal appeals.

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