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Navajo woman runs in AZ-1

Posted by Charles II on December 9, 2011

Via Roadmaster Incognito at Eschaton, the Navajo Post writes:

Wenona Benally Baldenegro has announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives, Arizona Congressional District One.

A member of the Navajo Nation, Wenona is from the Tsi?naajinii Clan and born for the Honágháahnii Clan. Her maternal grandfathers are from the Ta’néézahnii Clan and her paternal grandfathers are from the Tábaahí Clan. Wenona’s campaign is historic, in that she would be the first American Indian woman to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and the first American Indian from Arizona.

“Two years ago, my relatives rushed one of my grandmothers to the IHS clinic located in my hometown. The emergency room staff taped a note to the door, stating „The ER is closed due to budget cuts. Please visit the next nearest clinic.? My relatives drove my grandmother to the nearest clinic 45 minutes away. She died on the way there. Too many of us have similar stories…

In regards to Rep. Paul Gosar’s continued push for uranium mining in the Grand Canyon

“my family, friends, and community members have experienced the deadly effects of uranium contamination in the tribal communities of Northern Arizona. Instead of opening up one of America?s greatest national treasures, the Grand Canyon, for contamination, uranium companies need to take responsibility for cleaning up the radioactive waste they left behind years ago that continue to contaminate the water we drink and the air we breathe.” Wenona says

Wenona is honored to have received the endorsement of, among others, Navajo Nation Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize, former Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, former CD1 candidate Howard Shanker, and U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-7).

Posted in Good Things, Wenona Benally Baldenegro | 1 Comment »

Elizabeth Warren runs for Senate

Posted by Charles II on September 14, 2011

Watch here

I am pleased to say (I think I speak for MEC and Phoenix Woman) that MercRising has been a fan of Elizabeth Warren for four years, ever since we discovered her work on the relationship of illness to bankruptcy. I’ve taken a chance and entered her as the first sub-entry under the category “Democrats with spines.” Don’t make me regret doing this, Professor Warren.

Unfortunately, it is likely that the Democratic Party regulars, having learned exactly nothing from Coakley v. Brown, are going to make her win a crowded primary.

Posted in 2012, Elizabeth Warren | 8 Comments »

On Wisconsin!

Posted by Charles II on July 12, 2011

Tom Tolan, Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel:

Six fake Democratic candidates put up by the Republican Party to buy time for Republican state senators subject to recalls accomplished that job Tuesday, but none of them did the unexpected and knocked off a real Democrat.

They’ll all go on to face the Republican incumbents on Aug. 9…

The Republican Party forced the primaries to give its six senators facing recall another four weeks before facing a Democratic challenger, in order to allow them to take their case to the voters and argue that their work on the budget was good for the state.

Three Democratic state senators also face recall elections, with the first of that voting to start next week.

Elections in the recalls of the Democrats are July 19. Two of those races will be Republican primaries; the third, between Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Republican challenger David VanderLeest of Green Bay, is a general election.

Posted in Democrats with spines, Republicans acting badly | 2 Comments »

P–s off the conservatives: Norman Solomon runs for Congress

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2011

People often complain about the Democrats, that they are all in the pocket of corporate America. Well, Norman Solomon is running to replace the retiring Lynn Woolsey. He’s served on the California Democratic Central Committee, so he knows how to talk to the regulars without being one himself. The district will favor a candidate of his opinions.

So, if you can’t help Obama, fine. Help Solomon. If nothing else, it will p–s off the conservatives.

Posted in Democrats with spines | 3 Comments »

Write your own headlines

Posted by Charles II on April 16, 2011

My friend and co-blogger, Phoenix Woman, thinks that the White House is putting out the meme that Nancy Pelosi is irrelevant. I think it’s one more shiny object thrown out by the Beltway media to keep people’s minds off of what matters. The press did something similar for Bill Clinton in 1995, as we may recall, asking him directly whether he was irrelevant.

What does matter? Well, this story for starters:

Hungerfast, an effort launched March 28 … now has over 35,000 Americans involved in fasting, including 28 Members of Congress. Fasters are demanding that the budget deficit not be resolved by slashing programs targeting the vulnerable at a time of economic distress…

The women Members of Congress fasting this week are Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Now, the guy who started this effort is not exactly a friend of mine. He leads a theocratic, Third way movement. But fasting to protest the budget cuts is a substantive response to wrongdoing by the powerful. It reminds those who fast that they stand in solidarity with the powerless. If the devil himself were leading such an effort, I’d say that it was the right thing to do.

This is the story we should fill our news with: the story of a few good Democrats. This is the story we should be telling our own congressmen, if they aren’t one of those fasting already, that they should join it. As somebody famous once said, “Let the dead bury the dead.” The Beltway journalists who obsess over who’s-up-who’s-down stories are surely among the long-deceased. The people who care about the poor have better things to do than hang around the morgue.

Added. This was my comment to Congress:

I was pleased to see that 28 members of Congress have joined a fast to protest the cuts in the budget deal that will burden the poor while doing nothing substantive to reduce the deficit. If nothing else, fasting reminds those in positions of responsibility that they stand as the only protection that the powerless have.

When will Representative […] join the fast?

Posted in Democrats with spines, priorities, theocrats | 2 Comments »

Marcy Winograd to run again

Posted by Charles II on March 10, 2011

Here’s the link. Debra Bowen and Janice Hahn, party regulars are also in.

I hope the district thinks long and hard about whether they want another Democratic regular.

Posted in Democrats with spines | 47 Comments »

A new generation of activists for Congress?

Posted by Charles II on February 11, 2011

We very obviously need to replace the generation that came in in the 1970s.

Press Democrat:

Norman Solomon, a Marin County political activist and author, said Wednesday he will run for the Sonoma—Marin congressional seat in 2012 if Rep. Lynn Woolsey retires.

Solomon, an Inverness resident and self-described progressive Democrat, said he would “extend the Woolsey legacy” by opposing war in Afghanistan and backing green jobs, clean energy, civil liberties, gender equality, health care, education and balanced spending priorities.

Posted in Democrats with spines | 2 Comments »

Things Found On Twitter

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 16, 2010

PhoenixWomanMN Phoenix Woman
@pwire Rep Larson:”We had a Roosevelt moment & responded like Hoover”

Minnesota’s History of Close Elections http://aBetter.MN/NI #stribpol #p2

PatKessler Patrick Kessler
At MN GOP press conf announcing legislature overhaul, more lobbyists in the room than reporters & lawmakers– combined.

SuzanneTwoTon Suzanne TwoTon
Gropey Joe: Lieberman “Comes Down on the Side of Pat-Downs” before TSA Hearing (VIDEO) from @firedoglake

SuzanneTwoTon Suzanne TwoTon
Tea Party FAIL: GOP’s Historic Ban on Earmarks Already History from @firedoglake

SuzanneTwoTon Suzanne TwoTon
Schakowsky Releases Progressive Deficit Reduction Plan from @firedoglake

CharlieQuimby Charlie Quimby
Bachmann, whose family owns a business, doesn’t know diff between gross & personal income. Scary either way.

Posted in Democrats, Democrats with spines, economy, hypocrites, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | Tagged: | Comments Off on Things Found On Twitter

News Flash: Giving People Real Choices Gets Them To The Polls

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 11, 2010

Much of the talk I’ve seen on the nationally-oriented political blogs — such as my other blogging home, FDL — is about how the Democratic turnout was really, really low in yesterday’s primaries, and a sign of Democratic dispirit.

The big exception: Minnesota. Per the Strib, the turnout was almost 590,000 voters, or 15.5%. That’s the highest since 2000, and included more than 31,000 absentee ballots.

Why the eagerness in Minnesota, when it’s been absent elsewhere?

One reason could be this, as Spotty mentions in his discussion of how Mark Dayton won last night’s primary:

“Oh dear!” say some; he’s fomenting [spell checker helpfully offers fermenting] class warfare! The class warfare, however, has been mounted by the wealthy on the rest of us, and they’ve been winning it.

It surprises me not at all that the candidate who seems to understand that essential truth, and said so directly, won the primary.


Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, Democrats, Democrats with spines, doing the right thing, Minnesota | 2 Comments »

A historic milestone

Posted by Charles II on May 2, 2010

If I am not mistaken, it has been ten years since the last congressman/woman has been arrested for civil disobedience (not counting Cynthia McKinney’s dust-up with the Capitol Police). That drought was ended by Luis Gutierriez, arrested for peaceful protest over immigration reform. (via Dante Atkins, DK)

The last arrests (other than for corruption or irritation with the Capitol Hill Police) that I know of were in the Viecques protests. Could courage be making a comeback?

BTW, read the comments at The Hill. The righties are demanding that Gutierrez be jailed for life for refusing to move when ordered to by the police. It’s a good thing he didn’t spit on someone or call them a “honkie.”

Posted in Democrats with spines | 3 Comments »

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