Live Blog NOW!!! Jeff Merkley at EENR

NOW at 3-4pm EDT / 12-1pm PDT Oregon Senate candidate and current House Speaker is liveblogging with the bloggers and readers at EENR! Come and join in the question and answer session.  This is our second live blog at EENR.  We had a wonderful session with Charlie Brown on March 24th.  We are very pleased to be able to interact with Democratic candidates this way. It gives us all an opportunity to get to know the candidates better and it's an opportunity for the candidates to hear the concerns of progressive activists from across the country.  

We appreciated the support from MyDD bloggers last time.  We hope to see you again at this liveblog with Jeff Merkley.

What do you know about the Oregon Senate race? If you're stumped, please follow me below the fold to learn about the race and the candidacy of Jeff Merkley.

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OR-Sen Candidate : Live Blog TODAY!!! Jeff Merkley at EENR

TODAY at 3-4pm EDT / 12-1pm PDT Oregon Senate candidate and current House Speaker will be live blogging with the bloggers and readers at EENR! Come and join in the question and answer session.  This is will be our second live blog at EENR.  We had a wonderful session with Charlie Brown on March 24th.  We are very happy to be able to interact with Democratic candidates this way. It gives us all an opportunity to get to know the candidates better and it's an opportunity for the candidates to hear the concerns of progressive activists from across the country.   We appreciated the support from MyDD bloggers last time.  We hope to see you again at this liveblog with Jeff Merkley.

What do you know about the Oregon Senate race? If you're stumped, please follow me below the fold to learn about the race and the candidacy of Jeff Merkley.

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Republicans Boo Jackie Speier, the Newest Member of Congress

On Tuesday Jackie Speier won a special election to fill the CA CD12 seat of the late Rep. Tom Lantos.   She was sworn in this morning by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and was warmly greeted by her colleagues both Democrats and Republicans.  She demonstrated that she had a mind of her own when she gave a fiery speech criticizing President Bush for his Iraq policy.  The SFGate reports the following

"The process to bring the troops home must begin immediately," Speier told fellow lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. "The president wants to stay the course and a man who wants to replace him suggests we could be in Iraq for 100 years. But Madam Speaker, history will not judge us kindly if we sacrifice four generations of Americans because of the folly of one."

The reactions of Democrats and Republicans was quite different

While Democrats applauded, Republicans began a chorus of low boos. Some Republicans who had congratulated her just moments before, including Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), walked out of the hall in protest.

Her daughter was among 60 friends and family watching the ceremony and speech from the House gallery.  When the boos started she asked "Why are they booing my mom?"

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Gore Will Launch a New $300M Climate Change Campaign

Al Gore is about to step forward, back into the news again.  The Washington Post reports

Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history.

Gore sees a need to educate the public about what is needed to address the climate crisis.  I am quite impressed at the plans for various ways of getting the information out to the public.  The key need is to have real policy changes be enacted.

The Alliance for Climate Protection's "we" campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from "American Idol" to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."It highlights the extent to which Americans' growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to fund, was undertaken in large part because of his fear that U.S. lawmakers are unwilling to curb the human-generated emissions linked to climate change.

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Krugman on Presidential Leadership through Policy Proposals

Does a candidate's policy proposals reveal the kind of president he/she would be?  Paul Krugman today in the NYT suggests that policy proposals have revealed the kind of leadership that past presidential candidates.  He points out that Bush proposed big tax cuts for the rich and followed through on them, making life harder for the rest of us.  

The moral is that it's important to take a hard look at what candidates say about policy..... policy proposals offer a window into candidates' political souls -- a much better window, if you ask me, than a bunch of supposedly revealing anecdotes and out-of-context quotes.

The current issue that McCain, Clinton and Obama have responded to is the mortgage crisis.  Krugman analyzes the three responses and I found his analysis interesting and to be troubling for progressives.      

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Live Blog NOW w/ CA-4 Charlie Brown at EENRblog

It is my great hope to see Charlie Brown take the seat being vacated by John Doolittle in CA-04 this year. He's a great guy, worth a visit over to EENRblog to catch Charlie's liveblog. - Todd

Retired Lt. Colonel Charlie Brown is running for the open seat in CA-4 district. It was left vacant by Republican John Doolittle and has quickly become one the most contested races in the House. Republicans Tom McClintock and Doug Ose are battling it out to see who will be facing Charlie Brown in the general election. EENR is proud to announce that Charlie Brown will be liveblogging with us at 5pm pacific time! I hope you'll join us and take the opportunity to ask Charlie any questions you have about the race.

Who is Charlie Brown? Follow me below the fold to find out more about the Democratic challenger of CA-4th district.

Sarahlane and the whole EENR team invites you join us directly at EENRblog for a conversation with Charlie Brown NOW.  

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Calling all Progressives and Edwards Democrats

The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived!

Introducing EENR (www.eenrblog.com) - a new home for Edwards Democrats, progressive activitists, and all interested in serious discussions to further a progressive populist agenda, with a side of fun of course!  Come and explore!!!

Brought to you by many of the same folks (and several other familiar faces) who brought you EENR every night at Daily Kos, sometimes at MyDD and now the new EENR For Progress series on Sundays.  

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Edwards Evening News Roundup: American Heroes Week

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It is another busy Saturday and it is the last day of Daylight Savings Time.  You get one more hour of sleep or partying or blogging. ;-)  

I am filling in as the anchor for be inspired on the Edwards Evening News Roundup.   The Edwards Campaign has been focusing on everyday American Heroes in New Hamshire, South Carolina and New Orleans this week.  Here are some highlights as well as a couple of new stories.

1. Family Fun on Halloween

2. Release of the first TV ad for Iowa called Heroes

3. Campaigning in South Carolina for Two Days

4. Edwards Returns to New Orleans

5. Great Edwards Diaries around the blogs

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Edwards Evening News: Harkin Steak Fry Edition

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Hi Everybody, it is another busy Sunday for the Edwards campaign in Iowa.  I am the anchor for the Edwards Evening News Roundup tonight.   Here are some highlights from today in case you missed them.
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1. Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa

2. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!

3. Change-Cam and Big Change Coins

4. Connecting with Elizabeth

5. Webcast of Presidential Candidates Speeches at LIUNA Monday Sept. 17

6. Edwards/Dylan Mashup Video: Courage To Bring Them Home

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Edwards: Haircuts and Paying Fair Value for Services

This issue won't go away.  There will be NO coverup.  We now have another story from one of the pre-eminent "investigative" reporters of the Washington Post, John Solomon himself, doing an incredible in-depth exposé on the most important aspect of the Edwards campaign - the price and value of his haircuts.  

Since this story has graced the pages of this paper more than once and has been discussed on every news show and late night monologues, we know that this is important stuff. In addition, the July 4th story has the human interest aspect.  Folks, this is Pulitzer prize material. Solomon has sought out the hairstylist, Torrenueva, to tell us his side of the story.  I can hardly wait to click through to the profound insights I'm sure I will find.

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