*+-Randy Shaw: Activists seeking political careers should follow the lead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who got his career rolling by running for Burlington mayor after losing statewide races
*+-Articles by Randy Shaw, Charles D. Hayes, Robert Fuller, David A. Love, Shamus Cooke, Michele Waslin, Ed Rampell, Ron Wolff, Paul Hogarth, Ira Chernus, Glyn Strong, Maria Elena Durazo, Maria Brenes, Thunder Horse, Michelle Alexander, Robert Reich, Anthony Asadullah Samad, Rev. Irene Monroe, Robin Lakoff, Andrea Nill, Norman Solomon, Nick Arguimbau, Joseph Palermo, Wendy Block, Tim Gatto, Linda Milazzo, and Berry Craig.
*+-Paul Hogarth: Evan Bayh and Harold Ford Jr. have a lot in common, and not because they’re both legacies who rode into public office on their family name. Both are anti-progressive Democrats who have built their political careers on making the Left feel small and weak – egged on by a corporate media that likes to call them “centrist.”
*+-Republican Senator Abel Maldonado is an Olympia Snowe character. He is a so-called “moderate” who is willing to cut a deal on the budget, while the rest of his party would rather see the state fall off a cliff than raise any taxes whatsoever. But the deals that Maldonado has extorted in past years for his one vote are enough to leave a sour taste in anyone’s mouth.
*+-Democratic politicians facing town hall disruptions should seek the help of their working-class supporters. Make sure large numbers of people from the local unions come to these events. Then we’ll see if the Tea Bagger thugs can continue their bullying tactics on behalf of corporations seeking to block progress on health care.