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  •  Not sure (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, in situation you describe, progressive legislation will get better chances of getting to the floor. But what next? You will not (obviously) get a single Republican voting for it and some (may be - relatively considerable number) of Democrats (non-progressives, so to say) may defect. How will you pass this progressive legislation?????

    A question: the"most progressive candidate" able to win NC-07 (i will not even speak about TX-13 here) is ....??????

    •  NC-07 is R+12 not R+5, KY-02 is R+16 (0+ / 0-)

      Beshear won a nice majority of those votes when running for Governor in 2010.  

      Actually, with us setting the agenda, there were several progressive bills where we got Republican crossover votes in 2008-2010.

      We don't have to have NC-07, which doesn't mean there aren't Democrats who could win some deep red seats who would be quite useful to some aspects of a progressive agenda.  McIntyre voted for SCHIP expansion, for drug price controls, NO on fast-track, Yes on paid parental leave, Yes on Amtrak funding increases, Yes on tax incentives for energy efficiency and renewables, Yes for funding diversion and re-entry programs, etc.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:11:45 AM PST

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    •  See 2006-2010 voting record (0+ / 0-)

      People in R+5 seats voted for carbon controls, universal healthcare, higher minimum wages, the DREAM Act, student loan interest rate reduction, etc.  They didn't all vote for everything, but all of those passed the House.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 08:14:15 AM PST

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    •  well today surely (0+ / 0-)

      surely the "most progressive" candidate able to win NC-07 is... in the Republican primary

      This is why M McIntyre is retiring in my opinion.

      •  I'm pretty confident that person isn't running, (0+ / 0-)

        actually.  McIntyre's retiring due to the personal risk.  There is a fair probability of the national climate improving, he could well win again, even with mid-term turnout but, he risks embarrassment and personal financial loss in diminished private sector opportunities.

        There's a high value to the party of him running, but a low value with high downside to him personally.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 09:22:22 AM PST

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      •  IMHO (0+ / 0-)

        the "most progressive" person able to win NC-07 is, theoretically, Mike McIntyre, but , because he is not running, it really will be "someone in Republican primary".... The same with UT-04 and Jim Matheson...

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