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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

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

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

Lamont Posts on Kos

Check out Ned Lamont's Diary on The Daily Kos.

June 1, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, Net Roots, The Progressive Movement | 2 Comments

Out Of Context: Lamont Campaign Responds to Lieberman’s Attack Ad

This is the body of an email I just recieved from the Lamont Campaign:

This past weekend, as we reflected on the sacrifices made by American service members and their families during wars past and present, Senator Lieberman launched a full-run of television attack ads against Ned Lamont. Just like President Bush did to John Kerry in 2004, the ads are so devoid of context they would make Karl Rove blush. And while their content is highly suspect, the money paying for them is undeniable. This election cycle, Senator Lieberman is the U.S. Senate's top recipient of campaign contributions from the defense industry, second largest recipient of pharmaceutical manufacturer donations, and has collected over $1 million from political action committees. From now until the end of the campaign, every time you see a Joe Lieberman advertisement, flier, bumper sticker or button, you know who's paying for it.

…Lieberman's ad claimed Ned voted against cleaning asbestos out of a local public school. But what the ad didn't say was that it was part of a larger $45 million appropriation of which less than 5% was slated for asbestos removal. Those bills are all-or-nothing, and Ned thought a good amount of the spending in the bill was unnecessary, so he voted the whole thing down. It's the same kind of attack President Bush launched when he screamed over and over that John Kerry voted against the now infamous $87 billion to provide troops with body armor. That vote too was part of a much larger spending bill that resulted in billions of wasted dollars. Senator Lieberman has always been too close for comfort with President Bush on issues like Iraq, Social Security, and the current energy policy, but who knew they have been trading advice on campaign tactics during their time together. We need your help to fight back.

Sincerely,

Tom Swan
Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate

If you havn't seen the attack ad yet watch it now!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | 4 Comments

More Gore

Gore is still being ambiguous about his feelins on running for president in 2008. Many believe that he is waiting to be the candidate that has such a buzz of support that he has no choice but to succumb to the will of the people and be carried to the convention on their soldiers. That’s what I think or at least its what I hope.

In 2000 Gore was a stuffy character who was too easy to make fun of. Now, older and wiser, I truly believe Gore is ready to be the maverick candidate we all want him to be. He is already speaking his mind to Philadelphia's City Paper and to The Guardian:

In an interview with the Guardian today, the former vice-president calls himself a "recovering politician", but launches into the political fray more explicitly than he has previously done during his high-profile campaigning on the threat of global warming.

Denying that his politics have shifted to the left since he lost the court battle for the 2000 election, Mr Gore says: "If you have a renegade band of rightwing extremists who get hold of power, the whole thing goes to the right."

That's the kind of candid talk the Democrats need in '08. Someone who's willing to stand up and say 'Americans are Democrats when it comes to the issues that matter and don't let anyone convince you that just because I care about the environment that I'm out of touch with the country.'

I'm convinced that candidate is Al Gore.

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Decision '08, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Saturday Open Thread

blog with me!

May 27, 2006 Posted by | The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Gore on Maddow

Former Vice President Al Gore will join Air America Mornings host Rachel Maddow live by phone at 8:30 am EST on Friday, June 26th. Gore will be discussing his film on Global Warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

May 26, 2006 Posted by | Decision '08, The Environment, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment

Ask Move On to Support Lamont

For some reason the grass roots organization Move On needs help deciding weather they endorse a progressive, forward thinking Democrat like Ned Lamont or a right wing neo-con like Joe Lieberman. I don’t understand why they need help deciding because Move On is a progressive organization and Lamont is the progressive in the race but nonetheless we need to convince them.

So go to moveon.org and put your vote in for Lamont!

May 25, 2006 Posted by | Decision '06, The Progressive Movement | Leave a comment