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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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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Progressive Democrat Issue 215

This week my attention was dominated by a long-expected fiasco with a local club I am involved with. Goes to show even Democrats can be seriously messed up. Then again, this same supposedly "reform" and "progressive" club previously endorsed two pretty shady charachers about a month ago. For my Brooklyn readers, the scoop on one of these shady politicians, David Yassky, can be found here.

If any of my readers out there want to help reform Democratic politics in NYC, I ask your help in supporting the following four candidates. If you can help, it would be GREATLY appreciated. All four have a tough battle against sleazy people to win the primary. Please read on and help if you can.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 214

This week I am almost exclusively focusing on local stuff. Doesn't mean there isn't lots going on (lots of torture related stuff, for example). Been working hard to elect some really good candidates in NYC (if you can help us with a small donation, PLEASE do...these people are the best!) so have been neglecting national issues.

On the other hand I have added some local stuff, including election updates for Pennsylvania and an announcement for the Florida Governor's race. Alex Sink is someone I supported for Florida CFO and at the time someone told me she was up and coming in Florida politics and to watch for her Senate or Governor run. Well, she is running for Governor and I think she'd be excellent for Florida.

I hope to get back to national issues soon.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 213

I have recently joined the co-op board of my building. It was a contested election, so I was a bit surprised to have gotten elected. But it is a tough position since many shareholders in the building are unhappy with how things have been run and are expecting new board members like me to make things better. Not sure I can do much better than the past board members, but I do think it is important to try. And that means I may have to cut back somewhat on the effort put into this newsletter. More on that below.

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