Now that the votes are counted and some are getting recounted here in the Granite State, I thought I'd come back from my accidental diary hiatus (haven't been doing anything special or important, just haven't diaried in a while) and tell you what happened this time around now that I'm in New Hampshire again. (No need to ask why. It's a really long story caused mostly by horrible pollution from fracking, I think). The story is under the orange squiggle.
There have been a number of diaries about the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State as well as a great number diaries about the riot at Penn State after the firing of Joe Paterno. What I haven't seen any diaries about is the response from the student body that actually represents what Penn State is really all about.
Well, I'm pretty sure that I don't need to recap last night. A whole bunch of Democrats got sent packing. The Blue Dogs got sliced in half, although the Progressive Caucus kept its losses minimal (the horrendous loss of Senator Feingold notwithstanding). In short, it was like having a recurring nightmare for a month and then waking up to discover that you actually ARE naked in front of an audience filled with every girl you had a crush on in high school giving a speech on a topic you never researched. Or something like that. So where do we go from here?
Many of you have seen the news about the protests in France over the proposed "austerity measures" of the Sarkozy government. What most of the students who protest cite is the plan to increase the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 62. Many here in America would love to have the chance to retire at 62. We'd also love universal healthcare. So why aren't we taking to the streets and demanding it? After all, we have the right.
I truly have no other explanation for this. To catch you up in case you don't feel like clicking the link, President Obama has been criticizing BP over their actions leading up to and during the economic disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, in case you didn't know, stands for British Petroleum. And now Rand Paul is saying that President Barack Obama attacking a foreign company for despoiling domestic waters is, somehow, un-American.
We won the primary last night. This is worth celebrating. But now it's time to get back to work. And one of the best ways to do that is to join the Joe Sestak Action Network. The set up may look a little familiar as it appears to be based on the same sort of software as the Obama network from the 2008 election. I joined up and took my first action through it today: a letter to the editor.
I realize I may be preaching to the choir a little bit here, but it's important to point out just how vital this election is. Tomorrow Pennsylvania will be holding its primary election and, as all of you know, Rep. Joe Sestak is taking on Sen. Arlen Specter. Many of you may be saying, "anybody is better than Specter" and just voting against Specter. Follow me below the fold where I will explore why you shouldn't just be going out to vote against Specter, but to be excited about voting FOR Representative Joe Sestak.
I'd like to start out by saying that the Pennsylvania Progressive 2010 Summit was a rousing success no matter what metric you use to measure it. There were wonderful speakers, great workshops, wonderful booths, and two wonderful candidate events. The first night had a gubernatorial debate which I diaried here. The second night had a Senate Forum featuring Representative Joe Sestak and incumbent Senator Arlen Specter. Although there have been a couple of diaries on the "Kanye Moment", there was an entire forum to cover. I'll give you a full rundown below.
Settle in for a nice long diary. I'm back up in my hotel room after a good first day at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit 2010, the first of hopefully many summits to come for Progressives and Liberals here in the Keystone State. The highlight of the evening (aside from a drink with an old friend who is working for one of the campaigns) was the gubernatorial debate between the four remaining Democratic candidates: Chris Doherty, Joe Hoeffel, Dan Onorato, and Jack Wagner.
I'm going to go ahead and start this by saying that this is just to help me feel better. This doesn't involve fixing the health care system or getting rid of the Stupak amendment or auditing the Fed, all things that are more important to the community at large. But I just need to get this out and tell everyone who cares to listen what a horrible company NRA Group, LLC is.
This is a short diary with breaking news. My apologies for not having more information. Minutes ago Judge Stanwood Duval ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers was at fault in the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and their failure led to massive flooding following the hurricane.
As some of you may already know, I live in Philadelphia. (BTW, I was ballot number one in my division today. How exciting is that?) I work in Center City and commute using the Regional Rail system run by SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Today was the first day of the TWU strike here in Philadelphia which stopped service on everything but the Regional Rail, whose workers are covered by a separate contract. All through the day I heard what people were saying about the strike. Some of the statements, and my thoughts on them, below the fold.
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