by skeptic06, Mon Jun 19, 2006 at 10:48:42 AM EDT
[Title amended by replacement of exclamation marks by question mark! The learning experience continues...]
Not that many folks in the lefty sphere have seemed to take much notice.
But New Direction, the drop-like-a-stone latest instalment in the Dem agenda for 06, came out last week - and one of its proposals was a hike in the Federal minimum wage.
(Which is so cringemakingly miserly that even a fair few red states have laws imposing a higher level.)
by Chris Bowers, Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 11:53:22 AM EDT
I'm out of here for the weekend--off to Harrisburg and to start moving (although I am only moving downstairs). Here are some things on my mind.
- Please remember to support the new polling project, which is a joint effort of The Courage Campaign and MyDD. You can find the comment thread to make suggestions on the poll here, and you can donate to the poll fund here.
- Also, now that the netroots survey has been posted (see Part One and Part Two) and well received in both the online community and the traditional media, I would also like to remind everyone about the BlogPac fundraiser. We fell about $7K short of our goal last week, so we could really use some love. We have enough money for the survey, but we will not have much left after that. Please, help us out.
- I love Peter Daou. He has really been on fire lately. My two favorite pieces this week have been The 'Bush Recovery' Narrative: How Dems Might Squander Their '06 Opportunity and Rove Attacks Progressive Bloggers as Mobilizers of "Hate and Anger". Both are brilliant. Also, if Rove is attacking us, can there be a clearer sign that Republicans fear the netroots?
- House Democrats vote to temporarily remove Jefferson from Ways and Mean. Good. Read Pelosi's statement here. Root out all the corruption.
- The New Politics Institute has a new piece out on Word of Mouth Politics. It is absolutely worth a read for any grassroots campaigner.
- The Mock Santorum finals next Friday night in Northern Liberties. I'll be there--you should be too.
- Over at Swing State Project, David compares the CT-Sen primary to the PA-Sen primary from 2004. To make a long story short, we are well ahead of where Toomey was at this point. Where is your effective activist base at?
- Make sure you sign the Democracy for America letter to Beltway Democrats.
- According to Hotline, 69% of Democratic insiders think the progressive netroots help the party, while 31% said we make "no difference" and 0% said we hurt the party. Cool.
This is an open thread. I'll see you in a couple of days.
by skeptic06, Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 08:10:30 AM EDT
The House Democratic Caucus voted yesterday that 'Dollar Bill' Jefferson be removed from Ways and Means. The score was 99-58.
Though some CBC-ers apparently have had it with Jefferson, I suspect most of the House CBC-ers were in the 58. One might note that
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), head of the black caucus, warned that Pelosi's push for Jefferson's removal might cause black voters to conclude that "a different standard ... based on race" was being applied.
by skeptic06, Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 02:02:25 PM EDT
I confess this one has me beat.
Yesterday, Pelosi and a bunch of other Dem honchos launched the latest in a planned series of documents setting out the Congressional Dems' policy agenda for the 110th Congress: New Direction, dealing with issues falling under the heading of domestic policy.
I didn't like it. But that's hardly going to keep the Signora awake nights.
The thing that's puzzling me, though, is why the document has got so little publicity among lefty commentators and bloggers.
by skeptic06, Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 08:46:00 AM EDT
Gossip and backbiting generate column-inches, any political journo knows that. It's easy copy because it tends to be anonymous, unspecific, in coded language.
When it's AdNag or Milbank, you know it's there for amusement value.
The Hill is generally straighter about these things, though. So when one finds, as today, a piece under hed Anti-war Dems blast Pelosi over endgame with on-the-record quotes, one is inclined to sit up and take notice. A little.