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[You can find all of Howie’s previous Blue America posts here at FDL.  We are so grateful to have his expertise on races around the nation, and can’t wait for his update on the North Carolina prospects on Saturday.  Thanks, Howie!  Howie regularly blogs at the can’t miss destination, Down with Tyranny.  And I want to thank Howie for helping out with an extra post this week — it is much appreciated. — CHS] 

I want to thank everyone for all the support on BLUE AMERICA for the last few weeks and bring you all up-to-date on a few developments. First, though, I have some exciting news: Saturday (at 11 on the West Coast) we’re going to have a session talking about the two hot North Carolina races– Heath Shuler (ex-Redskins quarterback/DCCC posterboy) vs North Carolina’s most corrupt Congressloon, Charlie Taylor (NC-11); and, over in NC-08, Larry Kissell, the fighting progressive/First Baptist Church deacon vs Robin Hayes (the weak and pathetic Republican who voted to wreck his own district’s textile industry, providing a dramatic tie breaking-vote on the House floor, while weeping, after Tom DeLay and Roy Blunt threatened him and screamed at him). Saturday is the North Carolina State Democratic Convention but Larry has promised to come along and talk with us as soon as he can get away from the convention floor.

Now some updates: We’ve been making a real impact with our weekly donations to progressive and populist grassroots candidates here.  Right after we did our little on-line fundraiser for Jon Tester — who, as you know, swamped the DLC-backed, Big Business-oriented candidate in the primary — I had a call from someone at Jon’s campaign telling me that the FDL contributions came in just in time for them to do one last unplanned mailing. We brought in over $3,000 for them at a crucial point.  The campaign asked me to say thanks.  So thanks!

We also brought in over $3,000 for Donna Edwards and almost as much for Marcy Winograd. Marcy told me she is planning a "Shadow Congress" for CA-36 to keep the pressure of Jane Harman and to remind her she’s a Democrat.  It seems to be working because– in a complete turnaround after her little brush with political mortality — voted against giving Bush another blank check on his Iraq occupation.

On the Maryland front, David Sirota autographed the 10 copies of HOSTILE TAKEOVER and I shipped them to the ten winners yesterday. (Please let us know in the comments what you think about the book after you’ve read it.) And today Donna e-mailed me and asked me to thank everyone at FDL and DWT for the outpouring of generosity for the kickoff of her campaign a couple weeks ago.  June 28 is her birthday and she’s having a little party in anyone is on the area– Mott House at 122 Maryland Ave., NE at 6PM.

Last week we had a little discussion with our old pal and fellow blogger, Brian Keeler, who is running for the NY State Senate. His race has continued to gather steam and this week, right after our FDL discussion, he picked up the endorsement of New York’s #1 Democratic hero, Eliot Spitzer, the progressive who is running for governor (and who will win not only among Democrats and Independents but could well win among Republicans too, so sickened are even they by the phenomenal incompetence of Gov. Pataki and his imbecilic GOP-controled State Senate).  Brian is leading the effort to deliver a Democratic State Senate to Governor Spitzer.

And Jerry McNerney (CA-11), crushed Rahm Emanuel’s DCCC candidate in the Democratic primary and then went on to get Russ Feingold’s Progressive Patriots endorsement and came in first in round one of the DfA endorsements. Polls show him slightly ahead of Richard "Dirty Dick" Pombo but this will be one of the tightest and most brutal races in the entire country. (It wasn’t Pombo’s parents who gave him the name "Dirty Dick.")  Unfortunately, sore loser Emanuel says the DCCC won’t invest in Jerry’s race, so this is one for which the netroots and grassroots and people like DfA and Russ Feingold are going to have to kick into high gear to get the job done.

I know I don’t have to bring you up to date on Ned Lamont’s campaign because FDL doesn’t let anything slip by on that front. But I just want to make sure that everyone knows that even though it looks like Lieberman’s campaign is all washed up and blundering from one catastrophe to another — the latest being his slimy undermining of the Democrats’ Iraq position in the Senate yesterday — this is a venomous snake who will be dangerous right up until the last vote is counted on August 8.

OK, see you Saturday– 11AM West Coast, 2PM East Coast– for the next BLUE AMERICA, this time with special guest, the next progressive congressman from North Carolina, Larry Kissell.

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Howie Klein

Howie Klein

Howie Klein spent much of his life wandering around the world living in places like Afghanistan, Nepal, Holland and Morocco. He moved backed to America when Richard Nixon resigned and promptly helped start the first punk rock radio show in the country and then a DIY punk rock record label. His adventures in the music business ended a couple of years ago when he retired as president of Reprise Records. He began blogging almost immediately, starting Down With Tyranny. Jane taught him html while he held one of her dogs at a party. He is a raw foodist, lives in L.A., swims and hikes every day, thinks Howard Dean could be a president as great as FDR and will never be completely happy until Bush and Cheney are behind bars.

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