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Texas: Really a Blue State?

Its been suggested, but i guess now we’ll never know.

The Supreme Court today left intact most of the Texas congressional map redrawn to GOP advantage by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, opting to throw out only the portion that removed about 100,000 Hispanic voters from a district represented by a Republican incumbent.

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, Right Wing Deception | Leave a comment

PBS on CT Dems

PBS did a great piece on CT Democrats Diane Farrell (running to unseat Chris Shays in the 4th CD) and Ned Lamont (Running to unseat Senator Joe Lieberman).  The piece is very comprehensive and a good representation of the race.  What I like best about it is that if you look in the background of the shot where Diane Farrell is being interviewed in her campaign headquarters (there are Diane Farrell signs on the wall behind her) you can see me making phone calls at a table.  My national TV debut!

Watch it Now!

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Coulter Endorses Lieberman

You need to see it to believe it.

Kick the Bum Out!

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06 | Leave a comment

Rethinking My Endorsemnt

This blog endorsed Dan Malloy for Governor in the state of CT but since I recently saw this ad for John DeStefano, I’m beginning to have second thoughts. I supported Malloy simply because I knew he was the front runner for the nomination but its not just the DeStefano ad that has me rethinking my vote. I am a cavasser for Diane Farrell in the 4th district in CT and one of the questions I ask folks in the district is who they will be supporting in the Gubinatorial election. People who are leaning for the Democrats seem repulsed at the idea of supporting Malloy for governor. I know that he has faced some ehtics charges in Stamford as mayor but I didn’t know he was so disliked there. Besides, DeStefano is looking better everyday.

Should I rethink who I’m supporting?

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

AFL-CIO Reluctantly Supports Lieberman

Watch The Video

“I hope that after this is over, that we can get Joe Lieberman – all of us, even the ones who get along greatly with Joe – and beat the shit out of him”

“[Joe Lieberman] supports the worst boss this country has ever had: George Bush”

These were just some of the quotes from tonight’s AFL-CIO convention. Although Lieberman ended up receiving the endorsement he met a lot of resistance from Lamont supporters in the union: a sign that this endorsement may not carry as much weight as it has in the past.

Even his supporters touted his pathetic Rove-esq campaign slogan “You may not agree with me but at least you know where I stand”. Yeah, we know where you stand… on the WRONG side of the most important issue this election: the war in Iraq!

The Yeas and the Nays were so close, it could very well have been a split decision, if someone had challenged it.

After the vote, Mr. Olsen was asked whether the “nays,” which were not far below the “yeas” in volume, suggested that labor leaders were split over the endorsement, and he noted that no one had challenged the vote after it was completed.

The endorsement is set to expire after the August 8th primary when the AFL-CIO will likely endorse the Democratic Nominee (even if its not Lieberman).  This would be a huge blow to a potential move by Lieberman to run as an independent and give Lamont the nomination.

Kick the bum out!

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Committee Vote on Net Neutrality Tomorrow

according to mcjoan at kos:

Sen. Wyden’s pledge to “hold” any anti-net neutrality legislation that reaches the Senate floor might be raising some concern in the Senate leadership.

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Tuesday he does not yet have the necessary votes to get legislation to overhaul communications laws through the full Senate. . . .Stevens told reporters he had not yet secured the 60 votes needed to end debate on the Senate floor, known as cloture, and set the measure for a final vote by the lawmakers.

“We have to get 60 votes, we don’t have them right now,” the Alaska Republican said after a daylong committee session for amending his proposed legislation. He has predicted the panel would pass the bill.

Stevens said he would not likely get a commitment from Senate leaders to bring the measure to the floor until there was greater support and that the toughest issue facing senators was Internet service, known as Net neutrality.

“They’re not going to take a month on the floor on this bill,” Stevens said. “Unless we can define a period of time that we get it done, we’ll not get it up (on the Senate floor) and that’s defined by 60 votes.”

However, that could just be Stevens’s way of letting the telcos know that they need to get out the checkbooks one more time. It would be much better to win this fight in the Commerce Committee tomorrow, which can still happen if we hold all Democratic Senators and pick up one or two Republicans to support the Snowe/Dorgan amendment to the legislation. Here are the Senators that Save the Internet says haven’t stated a position on net neutrality. If any of these Senators represent you, please take a few minutes tomorrow morning to call to request support for the Snowe/Dorgan amendment. You can  also contact them via the main switchboard toll free at 1-888-355-3588.

  • Chairman Ted Stevens, Phone: 202-224-3004
  • Sen. John McCain, Phone: 202 -224-2235
  • Sen. Mark Pryor, Phone: 202-224-2353
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, Phone: 202-224-5274
  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Phone: 202 224 3224
  • Sen. David Vitter, Phone: 202 224-4623
  • Sen. Trent Lott, Phone: 202-224-6253
  • Sen. Conrad Burns, Phone: 202-224-2644
  • Sen. Ben Nelson, Phone: 202-224-6551
  • Sen. John Ensign, Phone: 202-224-6244
  • Sen. John E. Sununu, Phone: 202-224-2841
  • Sen. Gordon Smith, Phone: 202-224-3753
  • Sen. Jim DeMint, Phone: 202 224-6121
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Phone: 202-224-5922
  • Sen. George Allen, Phone: 202-224-4024
  • Sen. John D. Rockefeller, Phone: 202-224-6472

Stevens and Smith are almost certainly against us, and McCain, Allen, and Hutchison are the most likely supporters among Republicans. We should be able to count on the votes of both Nelsons and Rockefeller, but they are definitely worth calling. After all, you don’t want your Internet to look like your cable TV, do you? Take the poll.

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Civil Liberties, Domestic Issues, Technology | Leave a comment

“Terrorists” Busted!

There is no way I could let this slide:  
That was pretty much the gist over the weekend, as seven men were arrested for an alleged plot to blow up the Sears Tower. This along with the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” that Santorum found last week, and you’d think we’d won the War on Terror. But very quickly it became clear that the group had no organization and posed no real threat, and it was all just a big mix-up. Oops.

Or was it?:

BuzzFlash is not saying that there wasn’t a plot against the Sears Tower, but it was awfully curious timing for a “raid,” wasn’t it? After all, the Dems had just finished making their first somewhat united effort to initiate a troop withdrawal from Iraq (just disagreeing over the timetable — with only a few renegades, like GOP Joe Lieberman). It reminds us of the old days when Tommy Thompson rolled out a color coded terror alert whenever the Bush Administration experienced a dip in the polls…Actually, it’s quite easy to explain. This is Rovian cynicism and mass media manipulation at its essence. Put a false claim out there through any means possible, then quietly debunk the assertion. The false claim gets picked up and conveyed with alarm by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, FOX News and even the rest of the mainstream press. Meanwhile, the disproof of the false assertion gets left behind in the crowd, like a milk carton that is trampled in a feverish rush of people who are running from the boogeyman.

The Poli Sci 101 definition of a terrorist is anyone who stirs up trouble and violence to scare people into supporting policies. Sound familiar?

Don’t be too discouraged though; Poli Sci 101 also teaches us that terrorism never wins in the long term.

reprinted from Blog for America 

June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News, National Defence | Leave a comment

America: The Proudest Country in the World

When it comes to national pride, Americans are No. 1, according to a survey of 34 countries’ patriotism…
People rated how proud they were of their countries in 10 areas: political influence, social security, the way their democracy works, economic success, science and technology, sports, arts and literature, military, history, and fair treatment of all groups in society.

Despite everything, we still have it. Nows the time to change directions so we dont lose it.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | The American Dream, The Progressive Movement | 7 Comments

Israeli troops move into Gaza

This could be very bad…

Israeli troops crossed the border into southern Gaza early Wednesday in a campaign meant to secure the return of a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants over the weekend, the Israeli military said. more…

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Armed Conflict | Leave a comment

Flag Ammendmant Fails

Damn! Now all the billions of people burning flags around the country will continue

it was beat 66-34, they needed 67.

uggg.

June 27, 2006 Posted by | In The News | Leave a comment