DemStarter: Convince Your Favorite Democrat to Run for President

Just launched:  “”  Check it out:

DemStarter is a project of Left Action, with two goals: 1) Show potential Democratic candidates how much support they would have if they decided to run (and help convince them to take the plunge);  2) Give the eventual Democratic nominee a head start by taking pledges that can quickly be turned into donations once the campaign begins.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the DemStarter home page
  2. Click on the potential candidate or candidates you’d like to see run, and fill in the amount you’d pledge to donate if they decide to run. You are not making a payment now, just a pledge.
  3. If the potential candidate announces they are running, we will let you know where you can go to fulfill your pledge, and make a donation.

So if you have a candidate you’d like to see run, show them your support, and make it easier for them to do it!


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Tell Rush: “It’s time to move to Costa Rica like you promised!”

Remember what Rush Limbaugh said about Obamacare back in 2010?

Responding to a caller who asked him where he would go for health care if Congress enacts reform, Limbaugh replied, “I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.”  

It’s 2015, and five years have passed!  

Send Rush a message.  Tell him the make good on his promise, and to start packing his bags. 

(Oh, and to the good people of Costa Rica….um… sorry).

(P.S. – Don’t tell Rush, but Costa Rica actually has universal health care).

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Will Republicans give up their salaries in a shutdown?

They’re still threatening a shutdown, though it now might come in the form of a vote against raising the debt ceiling.

So if they shut it down, will they shut down their salaries too?   That’s the question.


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GOP wants to impeach the president — for doing his job

If Republicans are yammering about “impeachment” again, that’s the best sign that the President is doing his job.

Sign on, tell President Obama you’ve got his back, and that you support bold executive action against Congressional inaction:

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Urge President Obama to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

Urge President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline:

Here are the facts:

1) Keystone XL would create 5 billion tons of CO2 by 2050. This would further damage our environment and make it even harder to combat climate change.

2) The existing Keystone pipeline has already spilled more than 30 times. Future spills could contaminate water sources that serve millions of people.

3) Keystone XL is not a job creator. The project will create only 35 permanent jobs, while threatening farms and communities along its path.

Urge President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline:

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“The people have spoken. The bastards.”

My first reaction, echoing this 1966 quote from CA State Senate candidate Dick Tuck, upon learning he’d lost.

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Tell the GOP: Stop Blocking the Surgeon General Nominee

With Americans understandably concerned about the Ebola virus, and with misinformation running rampant, it certainly would be helpful to have a trusted public health expert who could educate the American people about the actual risk, and apprise them of the steps necessary to minimize it.

This is precisely why the post of Surgeon General was created, and this is precisely the role surgeon generals have played in past public health crises.

Unfortunately, the post has been vacant for more than a year because Republicans have been blocking confirmation of President Obama’s eminently qualified nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy. And they have been blocking him for reasons that have nothing to do with his abilities:

Murthy’s nomination has been held up by Republicans and a few red state Democrats due to this surprisingly controversial stance: He believes that guns can impact your health. Well, to be fair, this conservative coalition is not troubled by his stance, so much as they are fearful of the NRA, which decided to try to scuttle Murthy’s confirmation. The NRA wrote a strongly worded letter, Rand Paul put a hold on the nomination, and Red State Democrats begged Harry Reid to not force them to vote. It’s funny that the strongly worded letters of ordinary citizens don’t seem to have quite the same effect.

So thanks to NRA power and Senate cowardice, we are left with no surgeon general during a time when, we not only have Ebola arriving on our shores, but are also dealing with the mysterious Enterovirus, which is infecting and contributing to the deaths of children in the U.S. (source)

Enough is enough. America needs a surgeon general, and it’s shameful that that post has been vacant for a year.

Sign your name, send a message, and tell Republicans it’s time to stop blocking Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

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