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Quote of the Day – Russ Feingold, former Wisconsin Senator, to Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor

“This is not about the budget at all… this is about trying to destroy people’s right to collectively bargain. If you begin with a dishonest approach…and begin making threats…it’s a really an assault on Wisconsin‘s traditions. It’s really something a new governor shouldn’t be doing.”

“I call on him tonight to pull back, to drop this issue of collective bargaining and get back to budgeting

Let’s hear it for Russ Feingold!

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Russ Feingold Launches ‘Progressives United’ To Combat Corporate Influences In Politics

When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who lost his re-election bid in November, is continuing on his principled — and often lonely — path by starting an organization to combat corporate influence in politics, an effort he hopes will spark “a new progressive movement” that will truly hold elected officials accountable.
Progressives United is an attempt to to build a grassroots effort aimed at mitigating the effects of, and eventually overturning, the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to corporate spending in the U.S. electoral system.
Feingold said that Progressives United will follow the example of his own campaigns and not take any soft money or unlimited contributions.
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Passing on an important message from Howard Dean:

Governor Dean’s organization is trying to keep the best progressive Congressfolk in place as they are challenged by very dangerous people from the right. I pass on this message I received from him this morning:

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold needs our support right now.

For months, polling has shown Russ neck and neck with his right-wing opponent Ron Johnson and Johnson has already spent over $4 million on slash-and-burn television ads to mislead voters and scare up votes. In fact, he’s been out spending Russ on T.V. by 3 to 1 and as of this week, it appears to be working. The most recent polling shows Senator Feingold down by 7%.

This is unacceptable.

Senator Russ Feingold is one of the strongest progressive fighters in the Senate. Time after time Russ has delivered for America and Wisconsin. It’s up to us to make sure he has the resources to fight back and win.

Contribute $5 now and give Russ Feingold the resources to fight back

Ron Johnson is a multimillionaire right-wing Republican who wants to cut Social Security, repeal the entire healthcare bill, and extend all the Bush-Cheney tax cuts for wealthy millionaires instead of helping middle class Americans. He’s already committed to spending at least 15 million of his own money to win. When asked how much more of his personal fortune he’s be willing to dump into his own election, his response was “all of it.”

The good news is we can beat Ron Johnson and re-elect Russ Feingold with people-power.

Russ is running a real grassroots campaign. They’ve already contacted 228,696 Wisconsin voters, opened 22 field offices across the state, and his most recent T.V. ad is playing in heavy rotation. Russ will win not just because he has a strong record of delivering for Wisconsin, he’ll win because he has the best volunteers and supporters working to get out the vote.

In short, Russ will win, because of you.

Contribute now and send a real progressive back to the U.S. Senate

Let’s face it; elections are going to be close all over the country this November. It’s up to us to make sure we take great progressives like Russ Feingold over the top on Election Day.

Working together, we’re unstoppable. That’s why I know I can count on you today.

-Howard

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

Feingold: Why Surge Where Al Qaeda Isn’t?

Russ Feingold was on ABC’s This Week this morning and asked he question we all want to know.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) demanded that one question be answered when considering the implementation of the president’s surge policy: Why send troops where al Qaeda isn’t?
“Pakistan, in the border region near Afghanistan, is perhaps the epicenter [of global terrorism], although al Qaida is operating all over the world, in Yemen, in Somalia, in northern Africa, affiliates in Southeast Asia. Why would we build up 100,000 or more troops in parts of Afghanistan included that are not even near the border? You know, this buildup is in Helmand Province. That’s not next door to Waziristan. So I’m wondering, what exactly is this strategy, given the fact that we have seen that there is a minimal presence of Al Qaida in Afghanistan, but a significant presence in Pakistan? It just defies common sense that a huge boots on the ground presence in a place where these people are not is the right strategy. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
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Quote of the Day

It might as well be the Quote of our Lifetime:

“I am not interested in passing health care reform in name only. I am not interested in a bill that allows us to somehow tell our constituents we have done something but doesn’t really address their concerns. We need real reform, and real reform means a strong public option.”

– Russ Feingold

…and 76% of Americans think so, too. A greater majority than the one that elected Obama in November. If you fall for the Repiglican’s crap… if you let the Blue Dogs dribbling fear of re-election attacks take over your intelligence… if you let Senator Conrad make you think a co-op is an equivalent solution, then you deserve what you get.