Progressive Democrat Issue 232

I hear some on the left complaining that Obama has done nothing and is just as bad as Bush. I understand a certain amount of frustration with the slow pace of reform, though I wasn't surprised that it would take time to change 8 years of disastrous policies. But I think it is borderline insane to ignore the many areas that have improved since Obama took office. Here is one example:

EPA Denies Permit for Infamous WV Mountaintop Removal Mine

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 231

This week, because of increased readership, I am expanding my coverage in Georgia and Virginia. Right now NY, CA, TX, VA, GA and NJ are the states where most of my readers live. I consider that quite an interesting mixture.

Last week I ended my introductory statement by saying, "It may not always seem this way, but things have been moving (slowly) in the right direction." This last week adds a great deal of emphasis to my statement. Looked at from afar, what Obama has been doing is amazing. Of course there is the Nobel Peace Prize, which I discuss in this week's newsletter. Whether or not you think Obama has earned it, it is a sincere expression of just how relieved the world is that America has a good President again and of how hopeful the world is that Obama can turn things around. But the Nobel Prize is just the most obvious expression of this. Simply put, almost every nation in the world views America better thanks to Obama. From Reuters:

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 230

I am still not in the full swing of things in regards to the newsletter since I am preparing for a conference next week and Jacob's birthday was this last week. I will say that in the NYC runoffs, the candidate I expected to win (John Liu) did win, and the candidate I hoped would win but didn't expect to win (Mark Green) lost. I will have endorsements for November soon. We sure have a lot of ground to cover in NYC elections, don't we?

Despite my lack of time, I am still keeping things fairly up to date here, complete with calenders, news articles, highlights of progressive candidates, etc. in many areas I cover. So keep reading and keep up the activism. It may not always seem this way, but things have been moving (slowly) in the right direction.

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 229

Things have been busy for Joy and me. Joy defended her dissertation and is now Doctor Joy Romanski. NYC elections were typically nasty and disappointing. On the sad side, our cat died last weekend. We knew it was coming, but we are still sad to see him go.

This week I have a lot for my NYC readers: a rundown of election results, reminders about David Yassky's corruption, and discussions of the Comptroller and Public Advocate runoffs. But I am also returning to my coverage of the rest of the country.

Here is this week's newsletter:

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CA Measure to Improve Youth Voter Engagement Goes to Governor

Cross-posted to Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog

The California Legislature approved a bill last week to extend voter registration privileges to 17-year-old citizens. If signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bill would help put California youth on the road to a lifetime of democratic participation.

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