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Netroots Nation recap

I wasn’t there this year. This is the second year in a row in which I missed the gathering. Sorry!! I was truly inspired by what I saw via streaming. My friend Marcy was there. Here’s her recap. (BTW, I completely agree. This thang has to be about the middle class. If we do right by the middle class we will do right by the county!):

Howard Dean at NN11

Sorry to be AWOL for most of Netroots Nation. bmaz says I’ve been offline for the last few days because we’ve been drunk and busy, but it seems to me I’ve just been incredibly busy for five days straight. There were a lot of conversations, but the overall theme seemed like a desperate conversation on saving the middle class.

Early in the week, I had some extended conversations with labor folks, including some interesting discussions about the UAW’s plans to organize transplants–I hope to do an extensive follow-up on that.

On Thursday, I had the honor to be on a podium between Howard Dean and Russ Feingold, two of my political inspirations. Though the speakers of the night were probably a Pakistani and Zimbabwean woman talking about how important blogs are to giving women voices in oppressive societies. American Federation of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten, also gave a great talk.

On Thursday, I joined the ACLU and Julian Sanchez talking about all the surveillance we’re under. I think we succeded in scaring a lot of people.

I had conversations with a number of elected officials: Luis Gutierrez on immigration, Keith Ellison on saving the middle class, Sheldon Whitehouse on saving the middle class. Alan Grayson talked about what he’s reading about our increasing inequality in Fed documents. While he’s not elected, Jared Bernstein and I had a great talk about the MI auto bailout (and the fact Republican leaders are now claiming credit for results of stimulus in the midwest). (more…)

Grab Bag Friday

As usual, running late.

  • Pesticide exposure has been linked to lower IQs.
  • Senator John Ensign announced late last night that he is resigning. I have talked extensively about John Ensign here and here. He should’ve resigned several years ago. He is a disgrace to the Senate, to the state of Nevada and to the American people.
  • As Neil pointed out, Texas Governor Rick Perry is asking Texans to pray for rain.
  • A new poll of Republicans reveals that if you say something often enough people will begin to believe it. 45% of these Republican adults who were polled believe that Obama was not born in the United States. Simply crazy. So, I guess that they think that the Supreme Court is covering up for Obama? How does that make any sense?
  • You knew it was only a matter of time before we would begin predator strikes in Libya. The time is now. I continue to be more and more disturbed by our military involvement, not just in Libya, but around the world.
  • Representative Keith Ellison spars with Sean Hannity.

What stories are you following? Any thoughts?

The Errington Thompson Show – Interview with Congressman Elect Ellison

I have really talked up this interview because I believe that Keith Ellison is a special politician.  Yes, yes, he is the first Muslim in Congress.  That is not what makes him special.  He understands what Americans need.  Education, Fair Trade, Healthcare, Increasing the Minimum Wage and Hope.  This is an excellent interview (if I do say so myself).  I look forward to seeing what this freshman Congressman will do.  After listening to this interview if you are excited to see what this man can do I need to check your pulse.