This week’s three-question LA Progressive survey asks these questions:
Who will John “Three Dollar Bill” McCain pick for his Veep?
Who will be the first woman president of the United States?
Who will be the next governor of California?
We’ll report results with our weekly newsletter this Sunday.
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Baton Bashed in Denver! Is This Really What Democracy Looks Like?
by Linda Milazzo – There are characteristics essential to being a member of the peace and social justice organization, CODEPINK. Chief among them is compassion. One can hardly dedicate one’s life to improving the lives of others if there isn’t an abiding drive to help those in need. Thus, it was no surprise to those who [...]
She Wore Gold and She Was Golden
by Mary Lyon – All the blue and white “Unity” signs didn’t make nearly as vivid an impression as did the Lady in Gold on Night Number Two in Denver. Hillary Clinton Night at the Democratic Convention was actually the first night we’ve seen any real red meat served up in prime time. And no woman [...]
A Bad Time for Budget Cuts to California’s Aged, Disabled, Poor, and Uninsured
by Frank Russo – The latest numbers are just in from the United States Census Bureau. According to analyses from the California Budget Project (CBP) they show that for low and middle income Californians there has been a decline in the real (inflation adjusted) household income. A separate analysis by Health Access California shows that more [...]
Thoughts on a Black First Lady in Waiting
by Arica L. Coleman – “Barack has a handicap the other candidates don’t have: Barack Obama has a black wife. And I don’t think a black woman can be first lady of the United States. Yeah, I said it! A black woman can be president, no problem. First lady? Can’t do it. You know why? [...]
The Mothership Hovers Above D’Town: Close Encounters With Progressive Policy
by Brad Parker — Beneath a massive prop that resembled nothing as much as it did the “Mothership” from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, strode the stars for the first scene of the 2008 Democratic Convention. Down the gangway they strolled, to a strong R&B beat and a tightly scripted teleprompter. As they read [...]
Denver: Your Protestors Should Be Greeted with Flowers!!
by Linda Milazzo — At the very core of patriotism is the desire to preserve and enhance democracy. For true patriots – those who take their love of nation beyond the confines of their cushy sofas and wide screen TVs – there are no limits to their efforts to hold leaders accountable to uphold the [...]
Tears and Bookends – Day 1 of the Democratic Convention
by Mary Lyon – What a great opening night! And what an historic journey the Democratic National Convention highlighted in its kickoff. It was a night of Great Democratic Bookends.
Walkin’ the Planks: The DNC Platform Metamorphosis
by Brad Parker — Peruse the following excerpts from the platform and policy positions of a state Democratic Party, presumptive nominee and the national committee and you will notice a thread of unremarkable but substantial importance: the movement from left to right in the process of drafting a national platform for the DNC.