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Casey urges vote to extend unemployment insurance

"Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has organized an effort joined by 28 senators to call for a vote to preserve unemployment insurance for another year.  Without action, these benefits for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own will begin to expire on Tuesday, November 30.  In a letter to be sent to Senate leadership, the senators urge a continuation of the unemployment benefits program through December 31, 2011."

Blue Dogs kill jobless benefits


Yesterday the House defeated a bill that would have extended long term unemployment benefits. A two-thirds supermajority was needed for approval, after Democrats brought up the bill under special rules for fast track consideration.

10.2.10 Orange isn’t my color

Reposted from Daily Kos

The last time I went to a rally in DC was May, 2000, with my sisters and families, for the Million Mom March. This time it was just my husband and I, and I was hoping to meet some fellow liberals by meeting up with the DailyKos group.

We searched our closets for something orange, but didn't find anything except my husband's Orioles hat. I went to the local thrift store and didn't find anything suitable. I considered dyeing some old white teeshirts orange. The local Harris Teeter sells Rit dye in every color of the rainbow, but not orange. I found a box of dye marked "tangerine" at AC Moore, and was about to start loading the washing machine, but my son had managed to scrounge up some orange tee shirts, so I aborted the Maytag.

I'd signed up on the One Nation website to pick someone up at the Dulles Airport, so we picked up Joe at 10am. Joe is a young man from Oakland, and it was great to meet someone enthusiastic enough to fly in from California for this cause. We took the Orange line in from Vienna, VA. There were a lot of people wearing tee shirts with "One Nation" and holding signs. One large group had tee shirts that said "One Nation, Oct. 2, 2010: Texas". As I watched them struggling to figure out the Metro ticket machines (as we were) I felt like hugging them for coming.

10.2.10 Rally in DC tomorrow

Reposted in essence from Daily Kos:

I've been reading and occasionally writing diaries on Daily Kos for several years, but I haven't had any real contact with other people. Diaries don't seem conducive to real conversation. It seems difficult to connect with real human beings.

GOP Blocks Bill to Punish Companies that Move Jobs Abroad. Warner sides with Republicans

Did anyone else notice that Senator Warner was one of the 5 Democrats to join the republicans in voting down the bill to block a measure that would have used the tax code to punish big companies that shut U.S. manufacturing plants and move the jobs overseas.

Senator Webb and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

After living in reliably liberal Maryland all my life, it's sometimes frustrating living in Virginia, where even our democratic senators gravitate toward the republican agenda.

I don't know if you've been following the news about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but the vote is close, and Senator Webb is one of the few Democrats that is saying he is going to vote with the Republicans against the Def Auth Bill because of DADT. I called his office this morning to let him know I want to see DADT repealed. If you live in Virginia, and are interested in allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces, please give him a call and pass this information on to anyone you know who might be supportive of gay rights.

Contact information is below.



Meeting Jeff Barnett

Three years ago my husband and I moved to North Virginia from Maryland to be closer to our son and his family. One aspect of the move that has been disconcerting is the political climate. Most of Maryland is reliably blue. Occasionally a republican makes his way into office, but that's usually because the Democratic party put up a really crappy nominee, e.g., in 1966, they put up George P. Mahoney, which is why we got Spiro T. Agnew (and I don't have to tell you how that turned out), and then in 2002 when the state couldn't stomach Kathleen Kennedy Townsend who didn't do much under the increasingly despised Parris Glendenning, the electorate gave the office of Governor to Bob Ehrlich, who wasn't too bad for a Republican, but still he is a republican, which is why they elected Martin O'Malley in 2006.
Virginia is only occasionally blue. Senator Jim Webb won by a fluke because of George Allen's maccaca moment, but then the next year, republican Bob McDonnell overwhelmingly defeated Craig Deeds. In the House of Representatives, Democrats hold 6 seats, Republicans hold 5. Obama won in 2008, but in the prior 10 presidential, a republican won.
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