A couple weeks ago western North Carolina activist and blogger Gordon Smith of Scrutiny Hooligans penned an expose about what went wrong with the highest ranking local Democratic elected official in his area, Blue Dog Congressman Health Shuler. Two weeks later– yesterday, to be precise, Gordon officially announced his own campaign for city council in the biggest city in Shuler’s district, Asheville (population 90,000/greater metro area is 370,000). Today we’ve asked Gordon to join us at Firedoglake to talk about his grassroots efforts in the district and about transitioning from blogger/activist to actually running for office.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday March 14, 2009 11:00 am|
|By: Howie Klein Saturday March 7, 2009 11:00 am|
When Obama nominated longtime Blue America fave Hilda Solis for a cabinet position, I got a call from another Blue America alum, Roberto Rodriguez, who had run against GOP crook Buck McKeon in a district northeast of Los Angeles in 2006. Roberto wanted to introduce me to an old friend of his who is running for Congress in CA-32, the East L.A./San Gabriel Valley district that Hilda has represented.
|By: Howie Klein Tuesday February 24, 2009 12:42 pm|
At 11:16 this morning, 62 senators who believe all taxpaying Americans–even African-Americans in Washington, DC, deserve to be represented in Congress–voted to override 34 rightist loons (+ Robert Byrd) who attempted to stifle a vote.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday February 7, 2009 11:00 am|
Live interview with the New Hampshire Speaker of the House
|By: Howie Klein Saturday January 31, 2009 7:03 pm|
My friend is a school teacher in Compton. He makes around $55,000 a year, give or take. It’s never been enough to buy a home in L.A. and these days of frozen credit the dream of home ownership is further away than ever– even as home prices drop down to more affordable levels.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday January 31, 2009 11:00 am|
Kentucky’s 5th congressional district, which has long been represented by unabashed reactionary Harold Rogers, is in the eastern part of the state, a typically Appalachian district filled with working folks who consistently vote against their own economic interests to support religionist values-spouting Republicans. The Democrats didn’t bother running a candidate against Harold Rogers in November and Obama only won 3 of the district’s almost two dozen counties.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday January 24, 2009 11:00 am|
This morning the Lehigh Valley has been in the news because a former congressman, Club For Growth president Pat Toomey, has given Arlen Specter a pass in terms of his right flank. The somewhat demented Toomey, a right wing extremist who preceded Charlie Dent as PA-15′s rep, said he’s not going to primary Specter (and run for governor instead).
|By: Howie Klein Saturday December 6, 2008 11:00 am|
Live interview with Florida’s Kenneth Quinnell
|By: Howie Klein Saturday November 29, 2008 1:30 pm|
I just wanted to say Thank You to all the progressive men and women who sacrificed so much to take on the burden of running for public office this year. It amazes me that anyone sane does this. So this Sam and Dave video has nothing to do with anyone winning or losing, just doing something about what the rest of us mostly sit around and complain about.