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Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 06:44 AM PDT

A question of democracy

by Populista

This diary is part of a 24-hour blograiser for our Texas State Board of Education Candidates, Judy Jennings and Rebecca Bell-Metereau.


Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. - Thomas Jefferson

This idea, that democracy requires an educated citizenry, has been essential to our development as a country. It is a core value of our system of government. But that's not the only good idea that our country was founded on.

But in Texas this very idea, so fundamental to our democracy, is under attack by the extreme right-wing activists who control the Texas Board of Education. A small group of self-proclaimed "experts" have set about a radical rewriting of Texas's curriculum to promote right-wing ideology and historical revisionism. In fact, they even tried to erase Thomas Jefferson from the curriculum.  

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Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 08:28 PM PDT

Howard Dean wants YOU

by Populista

...To support R.T. Rybak for Governor of Minnesota.

Howard Dean has done many things. Implemented near universal public healthcare in Vermont, brought thousands of new people into the political process during his presidential campaign and led the DNC's 50 State Strategy that helped Democrats take back Congress and the White House. And recently he came out in support of R.T. Rybak's campaign for Governor of Minnesota.

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On Sunday the House of Representatives delivered by passing healthcare reform which President Barack Obama quickly signed into law.

Many Democrats from vulnerable districts stood with us and voted for healthcare reform. And now we've got to stand with them. On Monday Adam B started an ActBlue page to send this message: stand with our party and for progressive causes, and the netroots will have your back.

The effort has been an amazing success so far: $35,615 raised from 366 donors as I post this. But we need to keep this going: Can we hit $40,000 from 400 donors by tonight?

Yes we can.

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Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 07:45 PM PDT

Yes. We. Did.

by Populista


It is nights like this that make working in politics worthwhile.

Moments ago the the House of Representatives passed healthcare reform. Soon President Obama will sign this bill, soon after that the Senate will pass and President Obama will sign various fixes to improve the bill.

Tonight the greatest social achievement of our time will become law.

It's worth letting that sink in for a bit.

The goal of comprehensive healthcare reform which has eluded every President since Teddy Roosevelt is finally here.

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Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 08:59 PM PST

Time to deliver

by Populista


The Massachusetts election, the refusal to participate in governing by the Republican Party and the insane Senate rules have presented progressives and Democrats with a dilemma on how to move forward on healthcare legislation.

There is no doubt that these circumstances have caused tremendous frustration, panic and anger among progressives and the Democratic leadership. I feel that anger, I understand that anger, I'm angry too.

But Democrats are going to face a choice, a monumental choice, about where to go next. And we need to turn that anger into action. I think it's worth remembering Ted Kennedy's words at the 1980 Democratic convention and asking again, why does this matter?

For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

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Enough with the predictions, enough with the worrying, enough with the hand wringing!

The polls in Massachusetts open in just 7 hours, they close in 20.

For the next 20 hours at least can we cut the punditry and focus on the one thing this election is going to come down to?


That's what it's all about at this stage.

Get. Out. The. Vote.

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Steve Kornacki is reporting that birther Scott Brown is leading Martha Coakley by 2, in Martha Coakley's own internal polls! If that doesn't wake you up to the closeness of this election, I don't know what will.

It is clear now we need to do everything we can to save this election. If you care about any issue, literally any issue, that the government could conceivably have influence you have to be interested in this race. And if you are reading this I bet you care about roughly the same things I care about: Halting climate change, full civil rights for all our citizens, healthcare as a human right, an economy that works for all of us. If you care about any of those things. Any of them, then you have to leave it all on the field for Martha Coakley.


Will you leave it all out on the field?

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If you are reading this you've probably heard that the special election in Massachusetts is close, and you probably also who Nate Silver is and know his track record for accuracy.

Well Nate just called the race a tossup. When Nate says it's a tossup it's a tossup.

And that means we need to get active.

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The Senate just voted 60-39 to pass their version of healthcare reform. As Jon Chait says, it is the greatest social achievement of our time. Is it perfect? No, and that is a silly question. Legislation that affects  nearly a fifth of the US GDP is never going to be perfect. We have a legislative system that produces compromise. And this process has, that is for sure. Does it cover everyone? No. Is it Medicare for all? No. And we will never give up the fight until universal, affordable, quality healthcare is the birthright of every American. That is not going to come in one step. But this is one huge step towards that goal.

I'm not going to rehash every policy detail. But after the vote today it is now certain that the Congress will pass into law a bill that will provide health insurance for more than 30 million more of our citizens, that will cause hundreds of thousands less to die, that will ease the burden of healthcare costs.

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Climate change would have a devastating impact on the world and indeed we are already seeing it's effects around the world. And right here in Minnesota climate change would hurt our farmers and the natural resources we value so much. That's why Congress is considering passing comprehensive climate legislation. But like other issues progress is being obstructed by powerful interests. Thankfully some good Minnesota businesses are standing up for Minnesota's future and you can join them in making a difference.

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My Senator, Amy Klobuchar, is going to have a big role in the debate over the jobs / climate / national security bill that Congress is working on right now. As a member of three committees with jurisdiction over this legislation (Environment and Public Works, Agriculture and Commerce, Science and Transportation) as well as one of the crafters of the Senate legislation she is uniquely poised to stand up for strong legislation that does three main things: prevents catastrophic climate change, creates good jobs and reduces imports of oil.

She'll definitely vote yes on this legislation, but she wants some concessions. On the Renewable Electricity Standard that's good news but we need to push pressure on her to make sure she doesn't give away too much to the coal industry as well as other polluters.

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Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 08:16 PM PDT

Jay Rockefeller: No we can't!

by Populista


Jay Rockefeller has been a fantastic advocate for real health reform. However on the defining issue of our time, climate change, Rockefeller is standing with polluters and the party of no instead of with American innovation.

First a little context: today John Kerry, Barbara Boxer and others introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. It's a good bill, it will cut pollution 20 percent by 2020 and create 1.9 million jobs. And how does it do it? Unleash American innovation and ingenuity to make science based cuts in emissions. When we put our mind to it our country has been able to do amazing things is short periods of time.

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