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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.

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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