In a move seen as bolstering the chances for passage of Marriage Equality legislation in the Rhode Island legislature this year, US Congressman Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island, 2nd District) announced his support for the measure. The announcement came in the form of an op-ed published in the Saturday edition of The Providence Journal. Congressman Langevin writes in the piece:
David Segal's a long-standing Rhode Island progressive activist and legislator who's running for Congress. (I've posted about him before -- in great detail over here referencing other posts by Howie Klein, Larry Lessig, and David Swanson(I've posted about him before -- in great detail over here referencing other posts by Howie Klein, Larry Lessig, and David Swanson) He's picked up the endorsements of Blue America, Progressive Dems of America, the PCCC, the American Federation of Teachers, and District 1199 SEIU, among others. And this week he goes up on the air with his first ad:
There's a great progressive candidate running for Congress in Rhode Island. His name is David Segal and he deserves national attention and national support. Howie Klein lays it out really well at Down with Tyranny today:
Our friends at PCCC have never sounded so excited and committed about anything as when they called us to tell us about a congressional candidate they had found in Rhode Island. David Segal isn't just one of those "but he's better than the alternative" kinds of candidates. Helping elect David Segal isn't like blocking a conservative like Blanche Lincoln or Marco Rubio. David Segal is one of us. He was elected to the Providence City Council in 2002 as a Green, and is now a lefty Democratic state Rep for Providence and East Providence. He has a very clear path to victory and he can win-- and if he does, he'll be among the strongest voices for progressives in the halls of the Capitol.
We have a chance to keep 300,000 teachers working!
The Providence Journal has lurched to the Right, especially when it comes to their attacks on unions. Well, it is time to fight back.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to debate Rockefeller's Amendment to the Baucus Bill that would include a strong public option in health reform.
I just sent the following email to friends and family of mine who live in states of Senate Finance Committee members. Please take a couple minutes to send this email to folks you know in the states below as well. I also created a Facebookpage. Let's get the word out!
Wow. Liberals, Lefties, Progressives...this is who we are worried about? I think it is time we really push the Democrats to fight back HARD against these folks.
In response to planned pickets by local fire fighters and other union/community activists, Providence Mayor David Cicilline has issued a sweeping order aimed at containing protests.
I have just been informed that Former US Senator George McGovern has cancelled his appearance at The Progressive magazine's 100th anniversary celebration in May. According to sources at the magazine, the Senator cited a "scheduling conflict" for his reason for cancelling his appearance.
As I wrote the other day, anti-EFCA Democrat George McGovern is going to be speaking at the 100th Anniversary of The Progressive magazine in Madison on May 1 and 2. Late last summer, the former Senator (and apparently someone who once was esteemed by the left, so my history books tell me) wrote a horribly researched opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about why he thought the Employee Free Choice Act should not be passed. He repeated the corporate lie that EFCA takes away the right to a secret ballot for union elections. He wrote:
On May 1st and 2nd, the magazine The Progressive is holding its 100th Anniversary Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. All of the All-Stars from the left will be there including Amy Goodman, Jim Hightower, Naomi Klein, Robert Redford, Dolores Huerta, and Former Senator George McGovern.
George McGovern? You mean the guy that sold out the American worker by speaking out against the Employee Free Choice Act? The man who bought the phony argument about EFCA taking away the right to a secret ballot?
Yes, that George McGovern.
Why would a prominent Democrat like Terry McAuliffe raise money from this guy?
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