Tag Archives: Democrats

MSNBC Interviews Man Behind “Don’t Vote” Campaign

Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed representatives from Voto Latino and LULAC regarding Robert de Posada on “The Last Word” regarding his conservative-backed campaign aimed at urging Latinos to ‘not vote’.  Watch:

The Sonia Sotomayor Factor in Latino Vote 2010

Did Sharron Angle, challenger to Harry Reid for the Nevada Senate seat, open up a can of worms by implying that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is not ‘bright enough’ (to put it mildly), along with Justice Elena Kagan, to “understand the constitution” during the recent debate between Angle and Reid?  Watch:

Communist China & Saudi Arabia Behind Support of Politicians with Anti-Immigrant Views?

I first heard of this on the Thom Hartmann show (via Think Progress blog):

The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending …

Dear Meg Whitman: It’s Steve Poizner’s Fault

…NOT Jerry Brown’s.  The sticky situation that Meg Whitman currenlty finds herself in can be traced back to the primaries and the Steve Poizner effect.  In essence, Poizner poisoned the debate with anti-immigrant rhetoric back then, forcing her to “prove” that she was as “tough” as he positioned himself to be on immigrant economic refugees in order to win over the right wing base of the Republican Party.  It’s no surprise that the ads in Spanish have come out now in full force to bite her back for what she did during the primaries and it couldn’t have come sooner, being that Meg Whitman had actually been making gains with Latinos in the polls thanks to her effective in-Spanish ads and Jerry Brown’s lack-thereof.  In fact, she had been registering as of last July a 14 point gain on the Latino vote, just enough to secure a strong coalition that would guarantee her win come November.  She managed to make such rapid gains thanks to a very effective in-Spanish media strategy and on-the-ground meetups in predominantly Latino communities, going virtually unchallenged by the Brown campaign.  That has now changed; enter the Cambiando California group to the rescue:

DREAM Act Vote Roll Call in Defense Reauthorization

September 21, 2010

(For the final vote that took place in the Senate December 18, 2010 click here)

We may have lost this battle, but will win the war.  For now, it’s time to make some people pay for their actions against our community.  Learn these Senators’ names, memorize them, and let’s make them pay this November.  Here are the Senators that are up for re-election that voted “NO” to move forward the DREAM Act in the Defense Reauthorization Act (if I’m forgetting to mention a Senator that denied us the DREAM, let me know please):

Republicans

Republicans have failed so far to pass amendments to health reconciliation bill

…which is a different headline than “GOP forces new House vote on health overhaul”, which is what MSNBC has on their website (implying somewhat that Republicans might have succeeded at amending it).  What the Republicans were able to do was to find a couple of minor technical language items that violate reconciliation rules and “relates to Pell grants for low-income college students” and that needed to be changed, that’s all.  Even then, MSNBC concedes:

The two [changed] provisions are expected to be formally removed from the bill on Thursday. Manley said he expected the Senate to approve the measure without them and send it to the House. He said Senate leaders, after conversations with top House Democrats, expect the House to approve the revised measure.

George Lakoff, WH and Dems Should Send the Message: Health Means Life; Health Means Freedom

George Lakoff defines what freedom means for progressives in the healthcare debate:

Health means freedom. If you have a serious illness or injury and cannot get it treated, your freedom will be limited in many ways. Your physical freedom: you may no longer have the freedom to move around. Your economic freedom: you may not be able to work or your medical bills may impoverish you. Your emotional freedom: you will not be free to live a happy life. 

To read the rest of Lakoff’s advice, click here.

Ed Schultz: Progressive Populism vs. Conservative Populism

The Ed Schultz phenomenon: blue-collar and other working class Americans have found their voice in Ed Schultz.

As we celebrate Labor Day, populism is in the air as we honor the dignity of hard-working Americans.  I’ve been following progressive radio talk show personality and now MSNBC TV host, Ed Schultz for quite some time.  I’ve previously written here and here about him because he embodies what progressive populism looks like: pro-union, pro-worker, pro-rural, pro-football, pro-fishing progressive America … heck he’s even an advocate for catch-and-release fishing!  He’s the antidote to the conservative populism that has sadly come to be embodied by the likes of Sarah Palin‘s crafty political maneuvering and Lou Dobbs’ hate speech against Latinos and President Obama.  I say “sadly” because conservatives by using the tactics of fear mongering and racism have corrupted populism in its traditional sense to successfully create an inverse version of it.  George Lakoff (who I just blogged about a few days ago as it related to the current healthcare debate) explained it beautifully in his May 2009 piece Empathy, Sotomayor, and Democracy: The Conservative Stealth Strategy: