OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Donna Edwards
Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (JD Lasica)
Over the last couple of weeks, we've announced our first two House endorsements of 2012—incumbent Brad Miller of North Carolina and longtime friend of Daily Kos Darcy Burner. They joined Elizabeth Warren, who will be elected to Teddy Kennedy's old Massachusetts seat in less than a year, and the Wisconsin Democratic Party, which are doing fantastic work recalling Gov. Scott Walker.

Goal ThermometerToday we add another incredible congresswoman, two-term Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, to our Orange to Blue fundraising list.

Edwards was the first African American woman from Maryland in the U.S. congress. She was vice-chair of the progressive caucus last term, while this cycle she's at the forefront of the battle to retake the House as co-chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program (along with Jared Polis).

She's also someone who doesn't just vote the right way on virtually everything, but can be counted on to be a vocal leader and spokesperson for progressive values. I can't emphasize how important that is, and how rare it is within our Democratic caucus. It's so much easier to lay low and play the comity game.

Redistricting in Maryland reconfigured her district, so much so that she's facing a primary challenge from Prince George County state attorney Glenn Ivey. A big chunk of her political base in Montgomery County was stripped away from her. There is talk that Edwards was targeted by Maryland's Democratic political machine, that doesn't like her much.

[Edwards] is not closely aligned with party leaders such as state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), who played a key role in redistricting.

“It is clear that there have been conversations going on for quite a while about who is to run against Donna. It is no secret that others have been approached as well,” said Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring).

The problem here is that we need more Donna Edwards-style Democrats in Congress, not fewer. We have a real gem, and we need to fight to save one of the best Democrats in the entire caucus.

Like Darcy Burner, like Brad Miller, Donna Edwards is family. We cannot afford to lose her voice in Congress.

p.s. Her answers to the Daily Kos questionnaire are below the fold.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

1. Do you support:

a) A public health insurance option, offered by the federal government and tied to Medicare reimbursement rates plus 5% (H.R. 3200, Subtitle B, including § 223(b)(1)(A), as introduced in the House, 111th Congress)?

YES

b) The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (H.R. 4789, 111th Congress), which would allow all citizens or permanent residents to buy into Medicare?

YES. I was an original cosponsor of this important piece of legislation in the 111th Congress that would have made it possible for anyone who wanted it, to buy into Medicare. Medicare is a proven system - we know it works. I believe it was a good first step to getting to a public option.

2. Do you agree that any immigration reform bill should:

a) Contain a meaningful path to citizenship — one that does not include overly-punitive fines or a touchback requirement — for law-abiding undocumented immigrants currently in the United States;

YES

b) Ensure that expanded legal permanent immigration, rather than expansion of temporary worker programs, serves as the United States' primary external answer to workforce shortages; and

YES

c) Ensure that any non-agricultural temporary worker programs maintain current caps on the total number of non-agricultural temporary worker visas issued, and also include a meaningful prevailing wage requirement keyed to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act?

YES

3. Do you oppose each of the following changes to Social Security and Medicare:

a) Raising the retirement age;

YES.

b) Eliminating or reducing the cost of living adjustment;

YES

c) Directly reducing benefits;

YES.

d) Means-testing recipients; and

YES

e) Privatization, so-called "personal accounts," and vouchers?

YES. I strongly oppose the privatization of Social Security since such a proposal will provide lower benefits, unless the beneficiary is willing to select risky investments and happens to select stocks that perform well. This proposal would also divert funding from the system, thus endangering current and future beneficiaries. It would be irresponsible to replace the guaranteed benefit with such a gamble.

4. Do you support the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409/S. 560, 111th Congress), including the provision known as "card check"?

YES. Not only do I support it, I was an original cosponsor of this critical bill in the 111th Congress. The Employee Free Choice Act is about workers choosing how they want to organize, either by signing up or casting a ballot – either way, it would be the workers’ choice and not the boss’.

5. Do you pledge to vote against any efforts to extend the temporary tax cuts for income over $250,000 (Public Law 111-312)?

YES

6. If elected to the House, do you pledge not to join the Blue Dog Coalition?

YES. I have been a Member of Congress since 2008 and I have and will not join the Blue Dog Coalition.

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.