Progressive Notes: AP Poll Should Give Another Round of Heartburn

By |August 26th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Major polling news breaks. This time from the AP, and it's full of troubling numbers. Most crucial is that views on the economy have soured markedly, especially since the debt deal. Worse, Obama's polling fall comes mostly from Democrats who have lost faith in the president. [...]

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Two Parties = Too Few Choices, Part V

By |August 26th, 2011|

Joyce L. Arnold: Liberal, lesbian, Independent, equality activist, writer. "Ask not how evil we are. Ask how evil the other party is!" Vastleft That "Kennedyeseque" (as Vastleft terms it) phrase sums things up, in terms of what the Two Party Front for the Oligarchy likes to see happening. It's, "Look! Over there! Scary Barack Obama!" [...]

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Trumka to Dems: You’re on Your Own

By |August 25th, 2011|

Labor "ditching" Democrats to concentrate on building a stronger labor movement as 2012 begins to heat up plays into why the above ad from Democracy for America, that's supposed to air across the country, looks and sounds so tone deaf to me. Blaming only Republicans for what's going on misses the problem by a mile. [...]

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Hurricane Irene: Four Governors Declare Disaster in Preparation

By |August 25th, 2011|

From CNN: Four governors declared states of emergency Thursday as Hurricane Irene threatened to wreak havoc along the United States' Eastern Seaboard. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley declared emergencies for their states, while North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency in counties east [...]

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Perry’s Red Hot and Laura Ingraham Got Him

By |August 25th, 2011|

"I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts healthcare plan that he passed is a huge problem for him, and yeah it was not almost perfect," Perry said on the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday. - Rick Perry Calls Mass. Healthcare Plan a "Huge Problem" for Mitt Romney Nate Silver provides the analysis that dismantles [...]

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Obama, Jobs and Economic Uncertainty

By |August 25th, 2011|

From Reuters: The president is widely expected to repeat his calls for an extension of a payroll tax cut, push for patent reform and bilateral free trade deals, and suggest an infrastructure bank to upgrade the country's roads, airports and other facilities. Retrofitting schools with energy efficient technology would allow the government to [...]

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Back to the Future

By |August 24th, 2011|

We're doomed. From David Limbaugh, via Politico. p.s.: The problem with this picture and why I wrote "we're doomed" has nothing to do with Obama's reelection or whether Perry could win (which I still don't believe, unless his running mate is someone groundbreaking, aka Rubio). It's because if this is where the argument for 2012 [...]

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Rick Perry Now, Marco Rubio Tomorrow?

By |August 24th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Dumbed down, God-invoking, gun-slinging, constitution cutting, anti women, retro Republican Rick Perry is causing Mitt Romney severe distress. He's not doing much for Democrats and progressives either. But what sets Perry apart and earns him his niche in the far right corner of Mount Rushmore has nothing to do with the gyrations of the [...]

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Can New Hampshire Save America?

By |August 24th, 2011|

Many say 2012 could be another 1964, with Republicans nominating a crazy person like Perry, but I'm not so sure. Of course, if Sarah Palin gets in, which I still doubt (she's got her big fat contract with Fox), that's exactly what it will turn out to be. With the issues facing our country so [...]

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VA Earthquake Shuts Down North Anna Nuke Facility

By |August 23rd, 2011|

**UDPATED** MSNBC is reporting the 5.9 earthquake that hit northern Virginia and across the east coast was the largest since 1897 and "released the equivalent energy of 10,676 tons of TNT." The North Anna plant lost off-site power. Our birds began freaking out just minutes before it hit, so I knew something was [...]

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