Thursday, April 30, 2009

The 10 Hottest Campaigns

March for Immigration Reform on May 1st
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This May 1st, thousands of people will take to the streets to support immigrant rights across the country. From Miami to Chicago to Los Angeles (and everywhere in  between), folks will be showing their support for President Obama's plan for immigration reform in 2009. Will join the movement and help our country work towards a fair and just immigration policy? Find the rally nearest you here or at

Taxpayers nationwide are organizing to demand Bank of America reform its ways. Led by SEIU,, and other community groups, people from all over the U.S. are demanding that Bank of America fire CEO Ken Lewis and change the way they do business. We bailed them out, now they need to listen to us.Will you stand up and demand Bank of America change its way? To learn more click here:

Update: BoA has ousted Ken Lewis as chairman, but he is unfortunately still CEO of the company.

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Conservatives’ 100 Days Of no NO

Conservatives are desperate to see President Obama fail. Seems to me to be quite unpatriotic to put their political preferences above the safety, security, and well being of the American people and the nation.

If you like it, click through to YouTube after you watch the whole thing, watch it again, and rate it!

Don't forget to share this with your friends on Facebook (via msgs, walls and your status), Twitter and wherever else you can!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Signs G.O.P. Is Rethinking Stance on Gay Marriage

Some Republicans say the issue of gay marriage may be turning into more of a hindrance than a help.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Real Taxpayer Revolt

On Tuesday, April 28th, taxpayers will stand up against corporate greed, rallying at 100s of Bank of America branches across the nation. Led by SEIU, CCC, Unions, US Action,, and more, protesters are calling for the firing of CEO Ken Lewis, the end to consumer and predatory lending practices, and a commitment to real financial reform.

Click here to learn how to participate and why Bank of America needs reform.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

One Step Closer To Health Care Reform

It all comes down to this: Because of grassroots pressure, Republicans didn't have the votes to block reconciliation for health care. Republicans are threatening procedural war, but it looks very likely that a minority of Senators will not be able to block health care reform this time. And so the GOP has a choice: They can work with Democrats in good faith (something they have declined to do so far), or they can be ignored as Democrats pass the health reform this country so desperately needs with a simple majority vote in the Senate.

Either way, progressives won a victory last night, and we're one step closer to winning quality, affordable health care for all.

Thanks To Everyone Who Made Phone Calls

Ron Mills

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Randi Rhodes to Return to Talk Radio

San Francisco's Green960 announces 'Goddess of Progressive Talk' to be syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, home to Limbaugh, Hannity and other rightwing talkers
Updated: Premiere announces return date of May 11, show to broadcast live from D.C....

Following a nearly two-month absence from the airwaves, Progressive radio talker Randi Rhodes is set to return, according to an announcement this afternoon from John Scott of San Francisco's Green960 (KKGN). She will be syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks as reported in a video-taped announcement just posted on the Green960 website.

Premiere is known for their national syndication of far-right talkers such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dr. Laura and Glenn Beck. Rhodes, known by fans as the "Goddess of Progressive Talk", had formerly been with NovaM Radio, which folded when she left, and at Air America Radio prior to that...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2010 Senate Ratings

2010 Senate Ratings

Here are Rothenberg's* (leans Right-Wing) latest Senate ratings.
#- Moved benefiting Democrats
*- Moved benefiting Republicans

Lean Takeover (2 R, 0 D)
  • Bunning (R-KY) #
  • Specter (R-PA) #
Toss-Up (3 R, 1 D)
  • MO Open (Bond, R)
  • NH Open (Gregg, R)
  • OH Open (Voinovich, R)
  • Dodd (D-CT) *
Narrow Advantage for Incumbent Party (2 R, 1 D)
  • FL Open (Martinez, R) *
  • Burr (R-NC)
  • Reid (D-NV)
Clear Advantage for Incumbent Party (1 R, 3 D)
  • Vitter (R-LA) *
  • Bennet (D-CO) #
  • Burris (D-IL) *
  • Lincoln (D-AR) *
Currently Safe (11 R, 12 D)
  • Bennett (R-UT)
  • Coburn (R-OK)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • DeMint (R-SC)
  • Grassley (R-IA) *
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • McCain (R-AZ)
  • Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Thune (R-SD)
  • KS Open (Brownback, R)
  • DE Open (Kaufman, D)
  • Bayh (D-IN)
  • Boxer (D-CA)
  • Dorgan (D-ND) #
  • Feingold (D-WI) #
  • Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Inouye (D-HI)
  • Leahy (D-VT)
  • Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Murray (D-WA)
  • Schumer (D-NY)
  • Wyden (D-OR)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rep. Jane Harman- Neo Con Traitor & Spy or just misunderstood?

For over 4 1/2 years I have been writing about Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).
Commenting on her being at the very least a Neo-Con Bush Cheney insurgent at the very worst a traitor and a spy. Every time I posted about Rep. Harman I received the most hateful emails, ranging from being a bad democrat to being ant-Semitic and even anti woman because, I suggested Nancy Pelosi, not appoint her as chair of the Intelligence Committee because she was a war lovin Neo-Con. If Rep. Harman is the terrorist and spy I think she is, she should go to prison.
I wrote this on
Nov 28, 2006 6:22 pm

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).
in her own words
On Colin Powell's U.N. speech: "I happen to know that our intelligence agencies made absolutely certain that it was totally accurate, and that anything put out there had been reviewed 100 times to make sure it was accurate." (Fox News, Big Story with John Gibson, 2/6/03)
On Saddam Hussein's WMDs: "There's a strong intelligence case that Iraq has not destroyed its weapons of mass destruction and is building the capability to use them." (Washington Post, 1/30/03)
On the Iraq-al Qaeda connection: "There's a growing al Qaeda presence in Iraq, and I think the case can be made that there is a growing affiliation [between the two.]" (Washington Post, 1/30/03)
On victory in Iraq: "[V]ictory will mean displaying for the world the evidence of weapons of mass destruction, and the horrors and torture of a generation of abuse by this dictator and then rebuilding the country with a multi-national coalition, and the emergence of an indigenous, transparent, moderate, democratic regime in Iraq run by the people of Iraq for them. I think that that will be a marvelous victory." (CNN, Larry King Live, 3/19/03)
On the NSA domestic surveillance program: "I believe the program is essential to US national security and that disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities. . . . Due to its sensitive nature, I have been barred from discussing any aspect of this program. . . .[However] I am deeply concerned by reports that this program in fact goes far beyond the measures to target Al Qaeda[.]" (Harman press release, 12/21/05)
On the leak to the New York Times which revealed the program's questionable operations: "I deplore that leak. . . I think it is tragic that a lot of our capability is now across the pages of the newspapers." (NBC, Meet the Press, 2/12/06)

Top Democrat tried to kill NSA wiretapping story in 2004

The New York Times confirmed late Monday that a top Democratic congresswoman called the paper in 2004 and tried to keep it from publishing an article exposing the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program — possibly helping to sway the balance in the 2004 presidential election.

The New York Times exposed the warrantless wiretapping program in 2005, revealing that the National Security Agency had engaged in the interception of thousands of American and foreign calls without a warrant as part of a program intended to disrupt terrorist plots. Upon running the story, they also admitted that they had withheld the article for a year at the urging of Bush Administration officials.

But buried in a Times article published Tuesday is the revelation that the top Democratic congresswoman on the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman (D-CA), called the paper's Washington, D.C. editor in "October or November" of 2004 in an effort to quash the story.

"Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement Monday that Ms. Harman called Philip Taubman, then the Washington bureau chief of The Times, in October or November of 2004," the Times writes. "Mr. Keller said she spoke to Mr. Taubman — apparently at the request of Gen. Michael V. Hayden, then the N.S.A. director — and urged that The Times not publish the article."

"She did not speak to me," Keller said in a statement, "and I don't remember her being a significant factor in my decision."

In addition, "Shortly before the article was published more than a year later, in December 2005, Mr. Taubman met with a group of Congressional leaders familiar with the eavesdropping program, including Ms. Harman. They all argued that The Times should not publish," they Times reporters added.

At the time of her calls in 2004, Harman was part of the Gang of 8 — one of eight powerful members of Congress who are briefed on heavily classified intelligence matters. She was the most senior Democrat in the House dealing with intelligence affairs, and was sidelined after the 2006 congressional elections.

"October or November" 2004 would have been the month before, or the month of, respectively, of the election that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) lost to then-incumbent President George W. Bush.

The paper did not give the exact date of Harman's call.

Harman's role in the wiretapping scandal emerged after a story Sunday in Congressional Quarterly, which disclosed that the California Democrat had been caught on an NSA wiretap promising an Israeli agent that she'd lobby to get the charges for two Israeli lobbyists accused of espionage reduced. The Times expanded on the story today.

An "official with access to the transcripts said someone seeking help for the employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a prominent pro-Israel lobbying group, was recorded asking Ms. Harman, a longtime supporter of its efforts, to intervene with the Justice Department," the paper wrote. "She responded, the official recounted, by saying she would have more influence with a White House official she did not identify.

"In return, the caller promised her that a wealthy California donor — the media mogul Haim Saban — would threaten to withhold campaign contributions to Representative Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who was expected to become House speaker after the 2006 election, if she did not select Ms. Harman for the intelligence post," the paper added.

The full Times story is available here.

-John Byrne

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Phoney Broward Tea Bag Protests

Despite these attempts to make the "movement" appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests:

Freedom Works staffers coordinate conference calls among protesters, contacting conservative activists to give them "sign ideas, sample press releases, and a map of events around the country."

Freedom Works staffers apparently moved to "take over" the planning of local events in Florida.

Freedom Works provides how-to guides for delivering a "clear message" to the public and media.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Ron Mills Blog Closing Down

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Message From Howard Dean

I have an announcement. After four exciting years in Washington, I'm hitting the campaign trail again! Only this time, I'm campaigning to help President Obama win health care for all.

During the election, President Obama proposed a health care plan that would give every American the freedom to choose between keeping their private insurance—if they have any—and choosing a universally available public health insurance option like Medicare.

But for-profit insurance companies and HMOs are already working hard to strip this public health insurance option from any upcoming health care bill. They don't want us to have a choice, and they'll stop at nothing to kill real reform. Trouble is, some in Congress are siding with the insurance companies—and against what's best for the rest of us.

Today, we draw a line in the sand. A public health insurance option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans. And to show that we mean business, we all need to tell Congress we won't settle for less.

If 250,000 of you sign this petition, I will personally deliver it to Congress. Clicking here will add your name:

Here's our message to Congress: "Give America a choice. We support health care reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public health care option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the health care reform America needs."

The fight is heating up over whether or not to include the public health insurance option. This is going to be the biggest fight in the debate over health care reform. It would take the power away from the private insurance companies that have driven up costs and denied coverage for years—and they're dead set against it.

But I've seen firsthand what people power can accomplish.
And I know I can count on MoveOn members to help lead the charge.

Now is our moment to stand up. Together, we can generate broad-based support for a public health insurance option. We will need to canvass our neighborhoods, call our elected leaders, and arrange meetings with members of Congress in the coming months.

Our goal today is to show Congress that we are many and ready to fight. Can you click here to stand with me?

After you add your name, spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. Send a personal email and include a link to the website, update your Facebook status to tell people about the campaign, write a blog post about why you support this campaign—we need all hands on deck to win this fight.

Thank you for all you do.

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.

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Ed Schultz gets MSNBC gig

New show to complement Olbermann, Maddow

Talkradio host Ed Schultz has landed his own show on MSNBC, after much speculation that the cabler was looking for another liberal voice to complement its combination of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

"The Ed Show" will debut Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour currently occupied by "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." The host of the latter show, David Shuster, will host a two-hour afternoon show at 3 p.m. ET along with Tamron Hall. Norah O'Donnell, who currently hosts that hour, will move to a morning time period which has yet to be announced.

Buoyed by the traction the network has received from "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC was said to be looking for a host to follow their shows in primetime at 10 p.m. ET. But MSNBC president Phil Griffin has said that a repeat of Olbermann's show in that time period does well for the network, making them more reluctant to alter the lineup. For the first time ever in March, the network edged out CNN in the primetime hours from 8 to 11 p.m., although Fox News Channel continued to hold a wide lead over both networks.

An unabashed liberal who touts his rural, middle-America credentials, Schultz hosts the syndicated radio program "The Ed Schultz Show," aired on 100 stations across the country. He has appeared on MSNBC numerous times, and recently filled in for Shuster on "1600." But some of his greatest exposure came at President Obama's first press conference in February, when he was conspicuously seated in the front row along with Washington journalists.

"He's already made his mark in radio and I'm excited to see what he'll do with the 6 p.m. hour," Griffin said in a statement.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

GOP smack down

Here's part of a statement from DNC chair Tim Kaine congratulating Murphy:

Scott Murphy embraced President Obama's message of change and his plans to fix our economy and create jobs, and as a result he stormed from more than 20 points down to winning a majority of votes cast tonight. Scott's performance tonight in an overwhelmingly Republican district, where Republicans enjoy a registration advantage over Democrats of more than 70,000, represents a repudiation of the failed politics and policies that Republicans continue to embrace. We are confident that when all the ballots are counted, Scott will expand his lead and become an ally to President Obama in Congress who will help the President create jobs and turn our economy around.

And this, from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who chairs the DCCC:

From 21 points down to securing a majority of the vote tonight, congratulations to Scott Murphy who ran an extraordinary campaign focused on his record as a successful businessman who helped to create jobs and his strong support for President Obama's economic recovery act. As votes continue to be counted, we're confident that Scott Murphy will expand his lead.

Scott Murphy's strong showing in this district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 70,000 represents a rejection of the obstructionist agenda and scare tactics that have become the hallmark of House Republicans.


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