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The Working Families Party Mayoral Forum

Josh Bolotsky and I are seated in the auditorium at the Hotel Trades Council union hall, gearing up to cover the Working Families Party Mayoral Forum.

We'll be doing the live posting over at Open Left -- and you can also watch the forum for yourself at: http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/liveforum/

The rules and timeline are up; the forum should begin at 5:30pm.

Join us!

Live Coverage of NYC Mayoral Forum Today, 5:30pm EST

At 5:30pm today, the Working Families Party will be hosting a Mayoral Forum -- they'll be interviewing Democratic hopefuls Bill Thompson and Tony Avella, and incumbent Michael Bloomberg.

You can watch the live feed here.

Or tune back in for live blogging coverage.

The Left Has Comedians, But The Right Makes Us Laugh

After Mark Foley, David Vitter & Larry Craig,
the latest exploits of John Ensign & Mark Sanford
make "Republican family values" an instant punchline.

While Americans want healthcare & energy reform,
the Congressional GOP keeps saying everything's fine
...a strategy that's made them a national joke.

And every time Michael Steele opens his mouth,
Palin's on TV, or Rush pipes up again,
it's hard not to chuckle at the absurdity.

Sure the Left may have Senator Al Franken,
but it's the Right that's making us laugh.

But be careful, Dems - with 60 Senate seats,
we better see meaningful reforms out of DC
...or else, next election, the joke's on us.

Head into the holiday with reason to smile,
share that laughter as your share a few drinks
at your local progressive social club.

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Mark Sanford is Not the Only Republican Who Disappeared

Mark Sanford betrayed family, staff & supporters...
yet GOP governors already betrayed their citizens
by playing games & obstructing the economic stimulus.

So he's a hypocrite who judged others' affairs...
but the right-wing is full of hypocrites,
who support government handouts for corporate cronies
while objecting to a helping hand for regular Americans.

Yes, he was dangerously irresponsible in his actions...
just as the Republican Congress irresponsibly endangers us
by fighting healthcare, energy & financial reforms.

We're not surprised Sanford disappeared from his job.
The GOP Party-of-No checked out of governing months ago.

Now let's hope grown-ups show up & get to work.

Whether you're laughing at the farce of it all
or crying at the frustration, you need a drink --
shared with other like-minded libation-lifters
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
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When Compromise Isn't a Bad Thing

Living Liberally isn't known for moderation -- after all "Drinking Moderately" just wouldn't have caught on as quickly.

And so, we're sometime find ourselves in disagreement with those who plead for compromise, bipartisanship and false centrism as though they are inherently good things. Being "bipartisan" doesn't make something right -- and as the US Senate keeps reminding us, not all "partisans" are as much on the liberal side as we like.

But today we tip our hat to State Senator Eric Schneiderman -- another generally uncompromising figure -- for encouraging a compromise worth its weight: getting the State Senate back to work.

As the long-time Living Liberally friend and fan-favorite wrote in a column run by The Huffington Post today:

Marriage equality, the Reproductive Health Act, paid family leave, tax relief for the middle class, the Crime Gun Identification Act, the Farm Workers Bill of Rights, mortgage and pension fraud legislation, school governance reform and other essential bills must be addressed this year. All of these important agenda items are being held hostage by politicians who are more interested in perks and titles than doing what's right for the people of New York.

We look at other states like California that are so bankrupt as to be essentially broken. In New York, we've broken ourselves.

Many of us wonder why NY hasn't become the progressive champion that would lead other states down routes like marriage equality. That question will remain important in future sessions -- but for now, it's not about how we lead...it's about how we function.

Until we get that done...then get onto the business of building real momentum behind our issues that wouldn't be halted by a few self-serving Senators.

The Prez Gives "Bold" Whole New Meaning: "Cautious"

The President "boldly" extended some benefits
to same-sex partners of federal employees
while his Department of Justice defends DOMA
despite his campaign claim he opposes it.

He's making "bold" healthcare reform a key fight,
but nixed single-payer before the debate began.

He revealed proposals for the financial industry
& proclaimed them the "boldest" reforms since FDR --
which just doesn't say much about reforms since FDR...

Obama is giving "bold" whole new meaning: cautious.

Talk about affairs in Washington, Tehran
& even our own democratic battlefield in Albany
as you share a drink & a night
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
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Daily News Roundup!

❂ A blogger briefly recounts his meeting with Bill Clinton, concerning the significance of the "new" progressive era, one in which the blogosphere serves as a “counterveiling source of progressive pressure” for elected Democrats

❂ Celebrations of Obama's election may be over, but that doesn't mean progressives should cool their heels and take a breather. If you haven't read Frank Rich's Op-Ed piece from Sunday's Times, it discusses the ominous nature of the growing use of violent rhetoric from conservative-fringe loonies and respectable G.O.P. members alike. Liberals be warned...it's a dangerous world out there

❂ Steve Kornacki from PolitickerNY.com muses over new 31-31 stalemate in the New York State Senate, after Hiram Monserrate flipped back to the good ol’ Dems yesterday. According to him, all the Democrats have to do is wait.

❂ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the men responsible for the 9/11 attacks, now testifies that information he provided (while being waterboarded up to 183 times in one month) was “made up.”

❂ The Peruvian Congress is having second thoughts after attempts to legislate the use of the Amazon sparked protests between locals and the authorities

The Idiot's Guide to Paying for Health Care Reform

By Lee Camp

Check out this video. Laughing Liberally comedian Lee Camp provides clarity on the health care reform debate:

Municipal Composting?

BY BRIAN SONENSTEIN

San Fransisco implements municipal composting to cut down on organic waste. Brilliant! Now why don't we have this in New York?

Until then, check out the NYC Compost Project website for information on what you CAN do.

The Right-Wing Shouldn't Get Another Shot

The GOP was wrong when they were in charge
& they're obstructionists in the minority,
yet Senate Dems let right-wing Republicans
mangle the agenda on healthcare & energy
though they haven't earned the right to govern.

Decades of conservative State Senate control
led to New York voters electing new leaders,
yet defective Dems defected in a coup
that will block equal rights & progressive reforms
by giving the GOP another chance they don't merit.

And while the right-wing screams against
bringing Gitmo prisoners to trial on American soil,
it's right-wing extremists that bloody our country
from Dr. Tiller's death to the Holocaust Museum,
as homegrown extremists get a pass they don't deserve.

Whether their targets are in Kansas or DC,
or policies that would help all Americans,
the right-wing shouldn't get another shot.

Who knows what damage they'll do next?

Share your sorrow & share ideas for our country
as you share a pitcher & an evening with friends
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
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