Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) ran perhaps the most grassroots of any victorious Democratic campaign anywhere in the 50 states last year. She took on her own party's establishment and won the primary and then went on to defeat an entrenched Republican incumbent using a clear and un-nuanced progressive and anti-war message. Last weekend she was one of 5 members of Congress at an online Blue America townhall meeting to be awarded a check as someone who has been working diligently to keep the promises on which she ran. Today she'll be blogging live at Firedoglake at 2PM, est.

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Why A PAC?

If you've checked the Blue America ActBlue page in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a new addition. That ain't no candidate's face the second from the top. No, it's the graphic symbol that our sometime art director, Adam, did to represent our "campaign" theme sung by Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher, "Have You Had Enough?"

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Saturday Live Blogging With Charlie Brown

Now there may be some quibbling here and some quibbling there about who the smarmiest member of Congress is. When it comes to corruption it's hard to beat Jerry Lewis. And Bob Ney doesn't take a back seat to anyone. And there's Virgil Goode, Jr., Katherine Harris, Duncan Hunter, Dirty Dick Pombo, Roy Blunt, John Boehner... and that doesn't even get to the Senate where future prison system inhabitants Conrad Burns, Rick Santorum and Bill Frist are still running loose. But no matter who makes the list, it would be incomplete without the inclusion-- really in the #1, 2 or 3 slot-- of California crooked pol, John Doolittle (CA-04).

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Coleen Rowley-- Live on Firedoglake

In February I wrote an endorsement of Coleen Rowley's campaign to replace Minnesota right wing extremist John Kline in Congress. Right now (11AM PST/2PM back east) Coleen is over at Firedoglake participating in a live q&a. She's an exceptional candidate so come on over and hear what she has to say and ask her whatever you'd like.

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Rahm Emanuel Turning Democratic Party From Blue to Red

I don't link to the DCCC web site all that often. That's because, to me the head of that committee, Rahm Emanuel, is as odious as the worst Republican and his tactics and policies are devastating to progressives and even to the Democratic Party he's supposed to be helping capture control of the House. Emanuel is the ugly face of everything that is wrong with Democrats and that keeps potential supporters away from the party, thinking, incorrectly, that both parties are equally corrupt, dishonest and contemptible.

(BELOW THE FOLD: How Emanuel is perverting the democratic process)

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One Country Where They DO Love Bush: Iran

When I was growing up I heard a dozen bands doing it-- from the Blues Project, Ronnie Hawkins, John Hammond , Peter Green, Tom Rush, and The Band to The Doors, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Yardbirds, Santana and eventually The Jesus and Mary Chain but it was Bo Diddley who wrote the lyrics that asked the question, "Who Do You Love?"
I walked 47 miles of barbed wire,
Used a cobra snake for a neck tie.
Got a brand new house on the roadside,
Made out of rattlesnake hide.
I got a brand new chimney made on top,
Made out of human skulls.
Now come on darling let's take a little walk, tell me,
Who do you love,
Who do you love, Who do you love, Who do you love.

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Reid to Repugs: No Minimum Wage Increase, No Pay raise For You

Bumped from the diaries and slightly reformatted -- Jonathan

Give 'em Hell Harry wasn't on my "Best Boy List" yesterday when he voted for that idiotic flag burning amendment-- which even he denounced as idiotic-- but he sure is today! That's because today Harry Reid threatened his avaricious, self-serving colleagues on the other side of the aisle with no pay raises if they continue to block an increase in the minimum wage for America's neediest families.

This morning CNN reported that Reid threatened to do whatever it takes to block pay raises for congressmen and senators until Republicans stop blocking raising the minimum wage from $5.15/hour to $7.25/hour. "We're going to do anything it takes to stop the congressional pay raise this year, and we're not going to settle for this year alone. They can play all the games the want. They can deal with gay marriage, estate tax, flag burning, all these issues and avoid issues like the prices of gasoline, sending your kid to college. But we're going to do everything to stop the congressional pay raise."

CNN was good enough to explain to their... online readers that "during the past nine years, as Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to increase the minimum wage, members of Congress have voted to give themselves pay raises-- technically "cost of living increases"-- totaling $31,600, or more than $15 an hour for a 40-hour week, 52 weeks a year, according to the Congressional Research Service."


Over at Firedoglake we're having a live discussion with the progressive Democrat running for congress in North Carolina's 8th CD. Come on over and join the party and ask Larry some questions. The background is this story about the 2 hot North Carolina races: Kissell's and Heath Shumer's.

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If Ann Coulter Were a Congressman, She'd Be Steve King

I don't know if there's a correlation between IQ and degree of rubber stampness among Republican congressmen but Steve King (IA-05) couldn't be more of a rubber stamp Republican if he tried. And in the last month he's certainly proven he's one of the most ignorant and just outright stupid individuals to be permitted to freely walk up and down the corridors of Congress. (But can he do it while chewing gum?)

(BELOW THE FOLD: read all about Iowa's most radical right-wing nutcase and make up your own mind about whether he can walk and chew gum at the same time)

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Rovian Push Polls Starting Already? Dreier & Weldon

Curt Weldon and David Dreier have a few things in common and some significant differences too. Both are very weak rubber-stamp Republicans who wish their party wasn't so right-wing or so extremist. Each is in mortal danger of losing his seat because as the GOP has gotent more and more radical, his district has become more and more moderate. But neither of these weak little men is a leader and both have become very rich by going along and getting along.

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