Feeling bored? Helpless? Excited? Energetic, perhaps? Then you should help Marcy Winograd!

So I was sitting around my house today, putting off doing my Latin homework, when it hit me - instead of just opening the fridge a dozen times and checking my facebook a hundred times, I could be putting this time to good use! And I did. I started doing some online phonebanking for Marcy Winograd's campaign for Congress in California's 36th district. If you're bored, feeling helpless and alone amidst a sea of political currents fighting against you, excited about the upcoming primaries and election, overcome with energy you need to spend on something, or feeling any other emotion, this is for you! Marcy has been a member of the Netroots for years and is a firebrand progressive. Since she's running against a corrupt Blue Dog (Jane Harman), this is one of the best races in the country for progressives to get involved in. I live in Pennsylvania, yet I'm still able to help Marcy's campaign, because of a neat online phonebanking tool that has been set up. Follow me below the fold to learn how you can help, too. The way this tool works is that you email Bill ( bill (at) winogradforcongress.com ) from the campaign and tell him that you want to do some online phonebanking. Then he sets you up with an account, you get a script, and you go onto the website that he tells you to go to. There you'll find a place to go that gives you phone numbers and a place where you can record each person's response. It's a very simple process and if you've got ten or fifteen spare minutes on your hands, then you'll be able to make at least a couple of calls. It's a great and easy way to contribute to the campaign without literally /contributing/. And in case you don't know who Marcy Winograd is or why she's worth supporting, just take a look at these:
We need a Green New Deal that would fund jobs both in the public and private sector to develop renewables in solar and wind, build light rail in all the major metropolitan areas, particularly sprawling Los Angeles, and repair our aging infrastructure. Let the bursting levees in New Orleans serve not as a harbinger of dark days but as a warning that unless we fix our ports, our bridges, our water and sewage treatment facilities, we will find ourselves in a world of hurt. Google "Top Ten Green Jobs of the Future" and you’ll read about the need for organic farmers, solar panel installers, wind turbine developers, energy-efficiency builders, waste recyclers, mass transit engineers, hydrologists, urban planners, electric and hybrid car manufacturers, and drought-resistant landscapers. Notice, the words "defense contractor" were not listed. War is NOT a Green Job
If you're not convinced, just talk to her next time she posts a diary here! Marcy ran against Harman in 2006, and with only three months of campaigning she got about 40% in a primary. Now she's running a full primary campaign with a lot more resources, and she's got a good chance of winning. So, please, do your part toward electing "better Democrats." Marcy Winograd is among the best.

Can Cheryle Jackson End the War in Afghanistan?

Add Illinois to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/can-arlen-specter-end-the_b_388604.html">Pennsylvania</a> as states where there is a contested Senate primary in which the war in Afghanistan has become an issue. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em> reports that the two leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for Barack Obama's former seat in the Senate have staked out diametrically opposed positions. A Tribune <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/chi-poll-senate-14-dec14,0,5398298.story">poll</a> last month reported that Alexi Giannoulias and Cheryle Jackson were the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination. On Afghanistan, the <em>Tribune</em> reports that Cheryle Jackson wants to end the war, while Giannoulias supports it: <blockquote>"It is time to take care of America again and time to bring our troops home," said Democratic Senate contender <a href="http://www.cheryle2010.com/">Cheryle Jackson</a>, a former president of the Chicago Urban League. "Until we stop spending hundreds of billions on wars, we will not have the focus or money to solve the challenges we face at home."</blockquote>

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Jane Harman Hires Lanny Davis

I believe this is called "sticking your landing" in gymnastics:

Rep. Jane Harman has hired lawyer Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky affair, as a media advisor, The Cable has learned.

The enlisting of the heavyweight help is the latest sign that the California Democrat intends to push back hard against what she sees as an attempt by current and former national security officials to damage her reputation by providing alleged excerpts from transcripts of her surveilled phone conversations to the press.

Just when you think the line between political parody and true reality can't get thinner, someone goes and hires Lanny Davis to speak on their behalf.

If you didn't catch it last night, Jon Stewart's recap of the Harmen story will be 5:28 of your time well-spent:

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CBCer Hastings: 'blood all over the floor'

I suspect Daddy D'Alesandro would have had a few choice words to say about similar commentary from one of his lieutenants!

Just when you thought impeached and convicted judge Alcee Hastings might have assumed the mantle of statesman, he unburdens himself to CQ in a piece last Friday.

Hastings, you'll recall, had supposedly been pretty much promised the chairmanship of the HIC, in place of Pelosi hate figure (and ranking member) Jane Harman - until sense prevailed.

(Or until Silvestre Reyes was chosen, which may not turn out to be the same thing.)

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Pelosi/Hastings: 'more joy in heaven'...

The wires all have it, so it must be true. As, for instance, Reuters at 1721 ET:

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, preparing her party to take control of the House from President George W. Bush's Republicans when the 110th U.S. Congress convenes on January 4, told Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, of her decision during a closed-door meeting.

"I advised him that I would select someone else as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee," Pelosi said.

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