This is great news! Just got an email from Darcy Burner saying she is running again for Congress from Washington state. She ran against Dave Reichert twice, losing close elections in 2006 and 2008 in a reddish district. Now she's running in a bluer district. It's time to win!!!
Darcy currently is the president of ProgressiveCongress.org and the Progressive Congress Action Fund, 501(c) organizations founded by leaders from the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the progressive community.
Darcy puts the BETTER in "better Democrats"! She's a true progressive.
You and I have always stood side by side to fight for the issues we care about to get our country back on track. That is why I wanted you to be among the first to know. Today, I am beginning my campaign to represent the people of Washington State's 1st Congressional district. Together we can make this country work again.
I look forward to reconnecting with you as this campaign moves forward. But (in addition to the campaign), here is what is new with me: Mike, Henry, and I are finally back in our house. It took three years to rebuild after the fire, but we’re thrilled to be home again, and Henry was excited to start 3rd grade at Fall City Elementary a couple of months ago.
While we were waiting for the house to be rebuilt, we spent some time in Washington D.C. where I ran a non-profit connecting the most progressive members of Congress with citizens across the country.
So we’re happy to be home – and I was happy to see the redistricting process make it likely that the most Democratic parts of the old 8th Congressional District will be moved into the new 1st Congressional District, where I’ll be running to replace Congressman Jay Inslee as he runs to be Washington’s next governor.
If you’re ready to fight back, then it’s time to raise your voice. Join our army of supporters by signing up for our campaign and donating today.
As she says, "We need to send people to Congress to fight for the 99%." She will.
If you're ready to fight back, then it's time to raise your voice. Join our army of supporters and help start-up my campaign for Congress!
One of my favorite You Tube's from Darcy in 2008: The FISA bill completely sucks!!
Join me and many others in giving what you can to elect this better Democrat!
Update I: For those who do not know, Darcy is a long time Kossack and involved with Netroots Nation.
Update II: From Bill in Portland Maine about a big event tomorrow in Cheers and Jeers:
Now that Darcy has announced, I can announce... (1+ / 0-)
...that tomorrow morning in C&J there will be a major Darcy-related post-Darcy-announcement announcement.
I can pre-announce that you will likey.
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by Bill in Portland Maine on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 12:40:10 PM CDT
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Update III: Darcy's new campaign site is up:
Some issue positions:
On Wall Street: Those who broke the laws in creating, selling, or grading the toxic assets that damaged our economy should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
On Campaigns and Congress: I will work to ensure that every American can exercise their right to vote without discrimination, that elections are decided by the will of the people not the pocketbooks of the biggest corporations, and that the Congress can and must fulfill its Constitutional role to serve the people of the United States, not just millionaires and billionaires.
We must shape our economy to reward work – and to protect against cheating that hurts those adding real value to the economy in favor of the few who have gamed the system.
On Wages, Labor, and Jobs: Every person who works hard and plays by the rules deserves a shot at the American Dream. I grew up in a blue collar family, I am a proud former member of the Communication Workers of America, and I support a strong labor movement as a healthy counter-balance to the power of corporations. I believe we must continually invest in education, job training, and new industries to help those affected by trade and outsourcing get back on their feet quickly. Finally, I will work to create an environment in which small businesses can thrive as members of our communities so as to encourage entrepreneurship and new job creation.
On Tax Fairness: I would require that profitable corporations and the very wealthy pay their fair share of the tax burden.
On Trade: It’s time our major export was something other than good American jobs and our major import was something other than oil from petrodictators. I support fair trade that creates a level playing field for American workers and businesses. As technology and globalization transform our economy, the United States must use its market power to raise the bar on labor, environmental, and intellectual property standards worldwide, rather than accept the lowest common denominator. We have fought for decades for fair standards that advance the well-being of all people, and we are at a moment of opportunity to see those standards adopted worldwide. I will fight to advance the middle class all over the world.
We must keep the promises we have made to those who have served and built our country.
On Retirement Security: Social Security and private pensions are promises made to working people for their retirement security. I will vigorously oppose any attempts to cut the Social Security or Medicare benefits that people have paid for, and I will fight against risky schemes that would destroy it, including privatization. I will also fight to ensure that employees get the pensions they have earned.
And a little about Darcy:
Building on my increasing political engagement in 2004 and 2005, in 2006 I challenged Republican Congressman Dave Reichert for his seat. I reasoned that only a Congress focused on progressive priorities could get things back on track. The campaign team, including thousands of volunteers and small donors, did an amazing job and we came close enough that we didn’t know for a week who had won.
I ran again in 2008, and took the opportunity to work with other candidates, national security experts, and retired generals to writeThe Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, endorsed by more than sixty candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, which laid bare both why and how we needed to end the war. (I’m happy the rest of our troops will finally be returning home at the end of 2011.)Unfortunately, once again we came close enough not to know the results on election night, but the 8thCongressional district held fast to its perfect record of electing Republicans.
At the end of my 2008 campaign I promised I’d never give up fighting for progressive policies, and in 2009, I continued to fulfill that promise by became the first President and Executive Director of ProgressiveCongress.org, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. that works with the Congressional Progressive Caucus on public health, civil rights, education, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity.
More here: http://www.darcyburner.com/