Is California a Target?

Read Conor Dougherty's and Adam Nagourney's "California Looks at Republican Tax Measures and Sees Payback" November 10 New York Times article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

November 8 Progressive View

Read the Progressive View column "Just How Democratic Are We?" by Bob Hanson in the November 8 Rossmoor News, page 2B, by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

To link to older Progressive View columns, visit the Commentary webpage.

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Last Night Our Efforts Paid Off!

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This is good news. This is good news for every American who values decency and sense over hate and divisiveness.  In race after race, in every election since Trump was elected, voters are standing up to Republicans and saying "No more." No more voter suppression. No more Obamacare repeal. No more restrictions on women’s right to choose. No more putting tax cuts for billionaires ahead of middle class families.

Over these past months, you may have wondered if it was really worth it to cold-call and text strangers in Virginia would ever add up to real results. 

Today, you have your answer. You are part of a powerful movement—and together we will continue to flip seats.

Here’s what we have to celebrate today:

  • In Virginia: 14+ flips in the Virginia House of Delegates. Danica Roem defeated self-proclaimed "chief homophobe" Bob Marshall and will become the first state legislator in the country to win as an out transgender candidate.
  • 2 new Democratic Governors were elected.
  • Washington & New Jersey flipped blue.
  • In Georgia: State Democrats flipped three GOP-held legislative seats, including breaking a Republican super-majority in the state Senate. 
  • In New Hampshire: Erika Connors became the fourth New Hampshire Democrat to flip a Republican seat blue in special elections this year.
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Our excitement is matched only by our gratitude  THANK YOU to all our volunteers who called and texted these past 6 months. Special thank you to  Susan Lewis, Nancy Klein, and all our hosts who led weekly phone banks. 

Together we’ll keep making progress, and continue our grassroots effort. THANK YOU!

Commit to Flip Blue Steering Committee

Governor Brown on Climate Change, While at the Vatican

"California has opened a new front in its war on Donald Trump — the Vatican, where Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday sought to enlist the Catholic Church in his effort to undermine the president’s climate policies abroad." Read more in David Siders's Politico article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Ditch Endangered Species Act?

"Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the law piece by piece. Many Republicans on the panel say the proposals are necessary changes that would modernize the 1973 law. Democrats and conservationists say the bills would whittle away the law’s ability to save wildlife from extinction." Read more in Darryl Fear's November 5 Washington Post article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Tom Steyer Pushing Impeachment

“The fact of the matter is that we believe he is dangerous to the American people now,” Steyer told the Guardian. “We believe that waiting is a mistake and we believe the events that will occur over the next year will show that we are right.” Read details in Lauren Gambino's November 5 the Guardian article by clicking on the title above and the source URL below.

Less Transparency in Oil, Gas, and Mining Revenues

"The United States has withdrawn from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international effort to fight corruption in managing revenues from oil, gas, and mineral extraction." Read more in Julia Somon's November 2 Reuter Business News article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Facebook Internet Trolls and You

As Silicon Valley executives testify before Congress, "it leaves all of us who use social media to keep up with friends, share photos, and follow news wondering: How’d the Russians get to me?" Read more in Geoffrey A. Fowler's November 1 Washington Post article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

November 1 Progressive View

Read the Progressive View column "Danger in the Era of Revenge" by Katha Hartley in the November 1 Rossmoor News, page 4B, by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

To link to older Progressive View columns, visit the Commentary webpage.

The opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not associated with any club.