State Senator John Marty is currently running for governor of Minnesota in 2010, and he is the author of the Minnesota Health Plan, a single-payer system he’s been fighting for.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday January 16, 2010 11:00 am|
|By: David Swanson Saturday December 5, 2009 9:00 am|
New York has only an appointed senator at the moment, Kirsten Gillibrand, filling in for Hillary Clinton who left to become Secretary of State. This is a terrific opportunity to elect a new leader, and I can’t imagine anyone better than Jonathan Tasini to place in the United States Senate, an institution — if ever there was one — in need of shaking up, rattling about, hosing down, and radically redirecting.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 4, 2009 11:50 am|
Blue America is going to be working to get single payer candidates on the ballot in every Congressional district across the country. And no, those who cosponsored 676 when it didn’t matter and then vote to pass an abhorrent “compromise” don’t count.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday June 6, 2009 11:00 am|
Normally the grassroots likes ‘em and the Inside-the-Beltway Establishment hates ‘em. They cost a lot of money that can go to attacking the other party, cause friction in your own party, can… well when the damn base gets involved, anything can happen. Yes, it can; it’s called democracy.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday May 30, 2009 11:00 am|
In what looked– at least from the outside– as one of the most unlikely outcomes of the 2008 election cycle, Democrat Linda Ketner came within two percentage points of beating entrenched Establishment wingnut Henry Brown in a gerrymandered South Carolina district specifically drawn to be an easy win for Republicans. At the same time, Obama only managed 42% in the district. Linda was the only South Carolina Democrat who came close to ousting an incumbent last year. Until near the end of the campaign the DCCC and the punditocracy didn’t have a clue. The fact that Linda is openly gay and openly progressive on social issues– and very outspoken– caused quite a few people to not even give the race a second look.
|By: Howie Klein Saturday May 16, 2009 11:00 am|
There hasn’t been much of a spotlight focused on the Ohio Senate primary (May, 2010), except in Ohio– at least not yet. The Republicans have all but picked their candidate for the open seat, ex-lobbyist (for Oman and Haitian dictator Baby Doc Duvalier) and pre-Mean Jean Schmidt Congressman Rob Portman who went on to serve as Bush’s Trade Representative and then his director of OMB, two jobs at which he failed spectacularly, particularly for Ohio working families.
Today we’re going to start looking at the contest by meeting the more progressive of the two candidates, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.
|By: Jim Himes Thursday November 13, 2008 1:00 pm|
Like so many of you, I am still somewhat in awe of what we accomplished as a nation last Tuesday night. After eight long years of George Bush and Dick Cheney, of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, with unprecedented challenges facing us on the economy, energy, the environment, and health care — in one instant, by electing a new generation of leadership, we sent an unmistakable signal to the entire world that America is back.
|By: Pachacutec Saturday July 19, 2008 9:49 am|
Speaker Pelosi got questions about war and telecom immunity that put her on the spot, and after blaming all of Congress’s failures on the Senate, took the opportunity to stand up and provide wandering, nonresponsive answers to the next question. Why? She’s a weak Speaker with a serious internal challenge to her authority from the Maryland conservative Majority leader Steny Hoyer, who is very popular among House Dems. He’s there for them and he’s a very able manager.
|By: Peterr Wednesday June 25, 2008 4:02 pm|
45 years ago, John F. Kennedy gave a speech in Berlin, urging those who do not understand freedom to come to Berlin. Steny Hoyer and his Democratic colleagues who are busy carrying water for BushCo’s warrantless wiretapping and telecom immunity might want to listen to what Kennedy had to say.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday December 1, 2007 6:40 am|
Welcome to the new Firedoglake. As you can see, we’ve been busy making a few changes.
The biggest change will be in the comment section, where we’re going be implementing registration to keep the load on both our servers and our moderators from getting any heavier. But over the next few days we’re also going to be introducing some surprises each dmorning, so please come back and join us.