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Wilf Day
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posted 04 November 2004 01:24 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
My first nominee for the best of the rare survivors:

Russ Feingold, the only U.S. Senator to vote against the Patriot Act, who was re-elected in Wisconsin with 56% of the vote although Kerry got only 50% in Wisconsin, and Nader 1%.

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Russ Feingold voted against the war. I spoke at the time with a Feingold staff member who worried that these two votes would doom Feingold in his 2004 race for re-election. "We'll be bashed viciously as weak on terror and anti-war, they'll trash us mercilessly and it will cost Russ his race."

Russ Feingold . . shows that there is a way to win with principles, civility, courage and conviction.

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Wilf Day
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posted 04 November 2004 11:35 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Okay, let's try an unsung one:

Tammy Baldwin of Madison, Wisconsin:

. . a consultant warned her it was ``political suicide'' to campaign on universal health care in 1998. She did anyway, and won.

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In 1998, Tammy Baldwin was elected to Congress -- the first woman to serve in the House of Representatives from Wisconsin. She was re-elected in 2000 and 2002.

Tammy Baldwin is a forceful supporter of civil rights and an advocate for those in our society whose voices, too often, are not heard.


The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act,

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a grab bag of police-state schemes cobbled together by Attorney General John Ashcroft to capitalize on 9-11 fears, was signed into law by President Bush on Oct. 26, 2001.

It had been passed with almost no debate by the House of Representatives two days earlier, on a 357-66 vote. Among the members of the House who rejected Ashcroft's grab for dramatically enhanced surveillance powers and the ability to punish legitimate political activism were two Wisconsin House members: Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison . .


She's a Member of the Progressive Caucus. But even when the Progressive Caucus was mum on foreign policy, a group of Democratic Representatives, including Madison's Tammy Baldwin, Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, Sam Farr and Lynn Woolsey of California, Lynn Rivers of Michigan, and Jim McDermott of Washington, wrote Bush to call for a debate on the scope of future military action.

she was the first out-of-the-closet lesbian elected to a seat in Congress.

Partner: Lauren Azar. Caucuses:
National Network of Gay and Lesbian Officials.

They call her a radical lesbian socialist.

Tammy Baldwin has joined 20 other members of the House -- including Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chairs Dennis Kucinich and Barbara Lee -- to sponsor legislation that would repeal those components of the Patriot Act that threaten basic liberties. "Secret surveillance, secret searches, denial of counsel, monitoring of conversations between citizens and their attorneys or searching library and medical records are not necessary to protect Americans," says Baldwin.
This week she was re-elected with 63% of the vote.

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Wilf Day
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posted 05 November 2004 02:38 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Best Tammy Baldwin interview, Feb. 1999:
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Baldwin is accustomed to being a pioneer. After graduating from Smith College and the University of Wisconsin Law School, she was elected to the Wisconsin legislature six years ago at the age of thirty. She was the youngest woman and the first openly gay person among her colleagues . . .

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posted 05 November 2004 11:49 AM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Even better than a "rare survivor" is a stunning progressive gain right in the heart of Bush country.

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DALLAS - One-time migrant farm worker Lupe Valdez made history this week when she became the first woman and the first Hispanic elected Dallas County sheriff, not to mention the first Democrat to win the post since the mid-1970s.

She also is openly gay.

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a political action committee that endorsed Valdez's candidacy and trained her on answering questions related to her sexual orientation, hailed her as the "first ever Latina lesbian sheriff."

"I can imagine my mom crying for joy last night as this happened," Valdez said Wednesday, a day after receiving 51 percent of the vote against Republican Danny Chandler.


(Note, the story link is from the Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which requires registration to read. If you don't want to register, go to www.bugmenot.com to get an anonymous login)


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posted 05 November 2004 12:39 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Texas is not immune, not even in Houston. Progressive Caucus member Sheila Jackson Lee First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus was so popular there that the Republicans didn't even run against her, so she got 89%.
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