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I dunno about you, but I am super excited for Netroots Nation tomorrow.  

I would like to cordially invite you to attend a panel I will be speaking on along with David Sirota, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, the Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute and David Goldstein, of Horse's Ass.  The panel will be moderated by Elana Levin, the Assistant Director of Communications for UNITE HERE.

The full panel title is Middle class isn't middle of the road: Take politicians’ populist shpeil and make it real.  It is in Ballroom F at 10:30 AM on Friday.  The bios are all located here.

Full description on the flip.

We know that populism wins elections, but once a politician wins how do we make sure that pro-middle class policies are actually implemented? Blue Dogs and the media conflate being pro-middle class with being "centrist".

The debt stricken, under-insured public's realization that their personal economic struggles are really political struggles presents an opportunity for lasting progressive change. Barack Obama's agenda includes healthcare and transportation among other investments in our country that the middle class needs-- but these aren't free. How can the netroots mobilize to make it politically possible to pass Obama's domestic agenda in a Grover Norquist-shaped world?

I will be talking about the Yacht Party campaign that the Courage Campaign has run to define the California Republican party to make it easier to advance policies that benefit the middle class during the huge budget fight.  For more of a preview on my remarks, check out this post on Calitics.

Originally posted to juls on Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 04:18 PM PDT.


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  •  For those who don't know me (7+ / 0-)

    I am Julia (juls) Rosen and I am the Online Political Director for the Courage Campaign and an editor at Calitics.

    I hope you will make it to our panel.  It should be a lively discussion and we are planning on taking a bunch of questions so think about what you want to ask folks.

  •  I've Been Thinking A Lot About The Middle Class (1+ / 0-)
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    Gethsemani Sam

    a few weeks ago I spent a lot of time with my 93 year old grandfather. Just talking (still sharp as a tack).

    After WWII he moved home, no college education. Got a job at the Snap-on plant that just opened in their small rural Illinois town. Worked there for 45 years until he was a foreman.

    Bought a nice house, raised five children that he put all through college. He did not live a lavish lifestyle, but wanted to nothing.

    His hobbies, golf and woodworking he invested in greatly. Hard to make, by hand, eight foot grandfather clocks for your eight grandchildren without some pretty expensive equipment isn't possible.

    With all his savings and stocks when he passes away he'll be close to a millionare.

    He was the middle class. Nothing like what he did would be possible today.

    Let us not forget New Orleans. Visit Project Katrina.

    by webranding on Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 04:28:24 PM PDT

  •  Should be fantastic (2+ / 0-)
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    juls, withthelidoff

    Especially to see how you and David Goldstein, one of the best Washington State bloggers, deal with the issue. Democrats in Washington have a supermajority but have done absolutely nothing to advance progressive economic policy. CA and WA should be leading the nation, not stuck in neutral.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day
    Neither is California High Speed Rail

    by eugene on Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 04:37:16 PM PDT

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