FDL Action: Whip It! Day 58

Standing Up for the Public Option has raised over $300,000.00. Amazing….

Took the Pledge
Only With
"Robust"
PP Weasel Words
"Open to
Anything"
  1. Emanuel
    Cleaver II
  2. Lloyd Doggett
  3. Donna Edwards
  4. Keith
    Ellison
  5. Bob Filner
  6. Barney Frank
  7. Raul
    Grijalva
  8. Phil
    Hare
  9. Rush
    Holt
  10. Carolyn Maloney
  11. Jerrold
    Nadler
  12. Chelle Pingree
  13. Lynn
    Woolsey
  14. Robert
    Wexler
  15. Maxine
    Waters
  1. Earl Blumenauer
  2. Corrine Brown
  3. Andre Carson
  4. Judy Chu
  5. Yvette Clarke
  6. William Lacy Clay
  7. John Conyers
  8. Elijah Cummings
  9. Peter DeFazio
  10. Bill Delahunt
  11. Lloyd Doggett
  12. Sam Farr
  13. Chaka Fattah
  14. Marcia Fudge
  15. Luis Gutierrez
  16. Jane
    Harman
  17. Alcee Hastings
  18. Maurice Hinchey
  19. Mazie Hirono
  20. Mike Honda
  21. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  22. Sheila Jackson Lee
  23. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  24. Hank Johnson
  25. Marcy Kaptur
  26. Carolyn Kirkpatrick
  27. Dennis Kucinich
  28. Barbara Lee
  29. Eric Massa
  30. Jim McDermott
  31. Jim McGovern
  32. Gwen Moore
  33. Grace Napolitano
  34. John Olver
  35. Bill Pascrall
  36. Donald Payne
  37. Lucille Roybal-Alard
  38. Laura Richardson
  39. Linda Sanchez
  40. Jose Serrano
  41. Albio Sires
  42. Jackie Speier
  43. Pete Stark
  44. Bennie Thompson
  45. John Tierney
  46. Ed Towns
  47. Diane Watson
  48. Mel Watt
  49. Anthony Weiner
  50. Nydia Valezquez
  51. John Yarmuth
  1. Neil Abercrombie
  2. Joe Baca
  3. John
    Boccieri
  4. Bobby Bright
  5. Russ Carnahan
  6. Steve Cohen
  7. Gerry Connolly
  8. Joe
    Courtney
  9. Rosa
    DeLauro
  10. Jim Himes
  11. Steny Hoyer
  12. Jay Inslee
  13. Steve Israel
  14. Patrick
    Kennedy
  15. Sander Levin
  16. Ben Ray Lujan
  17. Kendrick Meek
  18. Zach Space
  19. Gary Peters
  1. Leonard Boswell
  2. GK Butterfield
  3. Lincoln
    Davis
  4. Susan Davis
  5. Charles Gonzalez
  6. Sander Levin
  7. Dan Lipinski
  8. Mike Ross

Health Care Action in the States (8/19 Edition)

United StatesToday’s In The States includes Tennesse, Virginia, Kentucky, California, Arizona, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Massachusetts and features a lot of action on the Blue America "Standing Up For The Public Option" ActBlue page.

Tennesse Jeff at The Flypaper Theory took Rep. Steve Cohen to task for not being part of today’s thank you action. There is lots of great action on Cohen, Left Wing Cracker has a roundup. Check it out, they are doing great stuff.

Virginia Not Larry Sabato said it is "time to get out your wallet" to support members drawing a line in the sand, but noted: "No Virginians on this list yet. How embarrassing."

Kentucky Barefoot and Progressive hit Blue Dog Ben Chandler for "killing healthcare reform"

California David Atkins at Calitics wrote a great piece thanking by name the 13 California members who have taken the pledge and wrote, "With an approach that uses more carrots and less sticks, hopefully we can encourage others in California and across the country to join these brave progressive leaders."

Ohio Tim Russo at Blogger Interrupted had a great analysis and noted, "House Democrats are pushing back on the public option, and Blue Dogs damn well better join them, or they will be the first to go in 2010. Question for Blue Dog Zack Space and your ilk – how the fuck do you think you’re gonna survive a Republican year in 2010 fueled by what Republicans will claim as a “victory” over health care reform? You think you got problems now? Wait until you look at your empty campaign offices in October 2010."

Arizona David Safier at Blog for Arizona linked to actblue and wrote, "the total money collected sends the message that people support the actions of those who won’t compromise away a strong public option."

Illinois Sandra Verthein at Prairie State Blue wrote, "In an effort to show my appreciation for their resolve I went to Act Blue and threw in a cool $10 each to the only three Illinois congresspeople on the list: Luis Gutierrez, Phil Hare, & Jesse Jackson Jr. So … where are the rest of our Illinois Dems? Jan? Mike? Danny? Your buddies are looking pretty lonely there."

Connecticut tparty at My Left Nutmeg wrote, "While zero members of Congress from Connecticut have taken a pledge to oppose any legislation without a public option, 64 Democratic members of Congress have."

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Health Care Action in the States

Today’s In The States includes Tennesse, Virginia, Kentucky, California, Arizona, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Massachusetts and features a lot of action on the Blue America "Standing Up For The Public Option" ActBlue page.

Tennesse Jeff at The Flypaper Theory took Rep. Steve Cohen to task for not being part of today’s thank you action. There is lots of great action on Cohen, Left Wing Cracker has a roundup. Check it out, they are doing great stuff.

Virginia Not Larry Sabato said it is "time to get out your wallet" to support members drawing a line in the sand, but noted: "No Virginians on this list yet. How embarrassing."

Kentucky Barefoot and Progressive hit Blue Dog Ben Chandler for "killing healthcare reform"

California David Atkins at Calitics wrote a great piece thanking by name the 13 California members who have taken the pledge and wrote, "With an approach that uses more carrots and less sticks, hopefully we can encourage others in California and across the country to join these brave progressive leaders."

Ohio Tim Russo at Blogger Interrupted had a great analysis and noted, "House Democrats are pushing back on the public option, and Blue Dogs damn well better join them, or they will be the first to go in 2010. Question for Blue Dog Zack Space and your ilk – how the fuck do you think you’re gonna survive a Republican year in 2010 fueled by what Republicans will claim as a “victory” over health care reform? You think you got problems now? Wait until you look at your empty campaign offices in October 2010."

Arizona David Safier at Blog for Arizona linked to actblue and wrote, "the total money collected sends the message that people support the actions of those who won’t compromise away a strong public option."

Illinois Sandra Verthein at Prairie State Blue wrote, "In an effort to show my appreciation for their resolve I went to Act Blue and threw in a cool $10 each to the only three Illinois congresspeople on the list: Luis Gutierrez, Phil Hare, & Jesse Jackson Jr. So … where are the rest of our Illinois Dems? Jan? Mike? Danny? Your buddies are looking pretty lonely there."

Connecticut tparty at My Left Nutmeg wrote, "While zero members of Congress from Connecticut have taken a pledge to oppose any legislation without a public option, 64 Democratic members of Congress have."

Pennsylvania Brendan Calling wrote, "I am chipping in what few bucks I can spare to keep the progressives in line. Reward good behavior and leave a personal message that you punish bad behavior. You know I will, here at brendancalling and at the weekly."

Texas Katherine Haenschen at Burnt Orange Report asked people to donate and was proud to note, "Here in Texas, we’re lucky to have three such Representatives on the list: Lloyd Doggett (TX-25), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)."

Massachusetts David at Blue Mass Group asked readers to "show them the money" and wrote, "I’m pleased to report that the Massachusetts delegation is well represented. Congressmen Capuano, Delahunt, Frank, McGovern, Olver, and Tierney are on the list. If your congressperson isn’t there, let him or her hear from you!"

North Carolina Chris Kromm at Blue NC totally busted Blue Dog Jim Cooper pushing co-ops which Jim Cooper himself had blasted.

Nevada Tracy Viselli at Reno and its Discontents wrote, "There is not one Nevada Democratic legislator on this list created by ActBlue so there will be no carrots ($$) for Dina Titus or Shelley Berkley. […] But there is still time for Titus and Berkley to pledge support for health care reform that contains a public option. There is still time for them to do the right thing for Americans. And if they do, I will be more than happy to give them some carrots."

What are you doing in your state? If you have a blog, sign up to whip votes for the public option.

And a HUGE thanks to everyone pushing today’s fundraising, including (email [email protected] if we missed you) Big Tent Democrat @ Talk LeftJim Nichols @ Under the Name of ReasonCats r flyfishn @ Pennsylvania for ChangeMike Lux @ Open LeftNancy Willing @ Delaware Way BoztopiaJohn Amato @ Crooks & LiarsGriper NewsDigby @ HullabalooPinko MagazineAdam Doster @ Progress IllinoisJoe Sudbay @ AmericaBlogTibuzRalph @ ShrinkRap Mr. Natural @ Left Edge of North and, of course, Howie Klein @ Down With Tyranny

We are still giving out Scooby Snacks so donate now and if you are a blogger please join us

FDL Action: Whip It! Day 56

In case anyone missed it, we’re doing a little fundraiser to thank the members of congress who have agreed to draw a line in the sand over a public plan.

As of last count, we’re up to $97,863 with 1456 individuals who have given money. It’s an amazing result in just 24 hours. Keep up the good work!

Took the Pledge
Only With
"Robust"
PP Weasel Words
"Open to
Anything"
  1. Emanuel
    Cleaver II
  2. Lloyd Doggett
  3. Donna Edwards
  4. Keith
    Ellison
  5. Bob Filner
  6. Barney Frank
  7. Raul
    Grijalva
  8. Phil
    Hare
  9. Rush
    Holt
  10. Carolyn Maloney
  11. Jerrold
    Nadler
  12. Chelle Pingree
  13. Lynn
    Woolsey
  14. Robert
    Wexler
  15. Maxine
    Waters
  1. Earl Blumenauer
  2. Corrine Brown
  3. Andre Carson
  4. Judy Chu
  5. Yvette Clarke
  6. William Lacy Clay
  7. John Conyers
  8. Elijah Cummings
  9. Peter DeFazio
  10. Bill Delahunt
  11. Lloyd Doggett
  12. Sam Farr
  13. Chaka Fattah
  14. Marcia Fudge
  15. Luis Gutierrez
  16. Jane
    Harman
  17. Alcee Hastings
  18. Maurice Hinchey
  19. Mazie Hirono
  20. Mike Honda
  21. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  22. Sheila Jackson Lee
  23. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  24. Hank Johnson
  25. Marcy Kaptur
  26. Carolyn Kirkpatrick
  27. Dennis Kucinich
  28. Barbara Lee
  29. Eric Massa
  30. Jim McDermott
  31. Jim McGovern
  32. Gwen Moore
  33. Grace Napolitano
  34. John Olver
  35. Bill Pascrall
  36. Donald Payne
  37. Lucille Roybal-Alard
  38. Laura Richardson
  39. Linda Sanchez
  40. Jose Serrano
  41. Albio Sires
  42. Jackie Speier
  43. Pete Stark
  44. Bennie Thompson
  45. John Tierney
  46. Ed Towns
  47. Diane Watson
  48. Mel Watt
  49. Anthony Weiner
  50. Nydia Valezquez
  51. John Yarmuth
  1. Neil Abercrombie
  2. Joe Baca
  3. John
    Boccieri
  4. Bobby Bright
  5. Russ Carnahan
  6. Steve Cohen
  7. Gerry Connolly
  8. Joe
    Courtney
  9. Rosa
    DeLauro
  10. Jim Himes
  11. Steny Hoyer
  12. Jay Inslee
  13. Steve Israel
  14. Patrick
    Kennedy
  15. Sander Levin
  16. Ben Ray Lujan
  17. Kendrick Meek
  18. Zach Space
  19. Gary Peters
  1. Leonard Boswell
  2. GK Butterfield
  3. Lincoln
    Davis
  4. Susan Davis
  5. Charles Gonzalez
  6. Sander Levin
  7. Dan Lipinski
  8. Mike Ross

Public Option Tests Obama’s Commitment to Change

Yesterday Paul Krugman offered one of the best explanations I’ve seen yet for why the Public Option has become such a prominent factor for progressives in the health care debate:

If progressives had real trust in Obama’s commitment to doing the right thing, the administration would have broad leeway to do deals. But the president doesn’t command that kind of trust.

Partly it’s a matter of style — as many people have noted, he has been weirdly reluctant to make the moral case for universal care, weirdly unable to show passion on the issue, weirdly diffident even about the blatant lies from the right. Partly it’s a spillover from his other policies: by appointing an economic team that’s Rubin redux, by taking such a kindly attitude to the banks, he has squandered a lot of progressive enthusiasm.

Add in the dealmaking as part of the health care process itself, and progressives can be forgiven for having the impression that Obama (a) takes them for granted (b) is way too easily rolled by the other side.

So progressives have their backs up over one provision in health care reform that’s easy to monitor. The public option has become not so much a symbol as a signal, a test of whether Obama is really the progressive activists thought they were backing.

And the bizarre thing is that the administration doesn’t seem to get that.

As Krugman notes, the White House seems to be oblivious to the kinds of signals they have repeatedly sent to progressives about whether or not the President will follow through on many of the campaign promises he made in 2007 and 2008.

For the better part of a year now, progressive members–who would rather see a single payer system–have been selling the public option to their constituents as a necessary compromise. Progressives, in exchange for compromising on single payer (and supporting the president’s agenda), were supposed to be able to trust Leadership and the president not to compromise on the public option.

A move away from the public option is a breach of that trust. . . the White House needs to understand that, or they risk losing the support of the base.

The Public Option and Obama

Yesterday Paul Krugman offered one of the best explanations I’ve seen yet for why the Public Option has become such a prominent factor for progressives in the health care debate:

If progressives had real trust in Obama’s commitment to doing the right thing, the administration would have broad leeway to do deals. But the president doesn’t command that kind of trust.

Partly it’s a matter of style — as many people have noted, he has been weirdly reluctant to make the moral case for universal care, weirdly unable to show passion on the issue, weirdly diffident even about the blatant lies from the right. Partly it’s a spillover from his other policies: by appointing an economic team that’s Rubin redux, by taking such a kindly attitude to the banks, he has squandered a lot of progressive enthusiasm.

Add in the dealmaking as part of the health care process itself, and progressives can be forgiven for having the impression that Obama (a) takes them for granted (b) is way too easily rolled by the other side.

So progressives have their backs up over one provision in health care reform that’s easy to monitor. The public option has become not so much a symbol as a signal, a test of whether Obama is really the progressive activists thought they were backing.

And the bizarre thing is that the administration doesn’t seem to get that.

As Krugman notes, the White House seems to be oblivious to the kinds of signals they have repeatedly sent to progressives about whether or not the President will follow through on many of the campaign promises he made in 2007 and 2008.

For the better part of a year now, progressive members– who would rather see a single payer system– have been selling the public option to their constituents as a necessary compromise. Progressives, in exchange for compromising on single payer (and supporting the president’s agenda), were supposed to be able to trust Leadership and the president not to compromise on the public option.

A move away from the public option is a breach of that trust….the White House needs to understand that, or they risk losing the support of the base.

FDL Action: Whip It! Day 55

As Jane noted yesterday, 60 members of the House made it clear they won’t vote for a bill without a public option, so we’ve added them to our whip count.

Took the Pledge
Only With
"Robust"
PP Weasel Words
"Open to
Anything"
  1. Emanuel
    Cleaver II
  2. Lloyd Doggett
  3. Donna Edwards
  4. Keith
    Ellison
  5. Bob Filner
  6. Barney Frank
  7. Raul
    Grijalva
  8. Phil
    Hare
  9. Rush
    Holt
  10. Carolyn Maloney
  11. Jerrold
    Nadler
  12. Chelle Pingree
  13. Lynn
    Woolsey
  14. Robert
    Wexler
  15. Maxine
    Waters
  1. Earl Blumenauer
  2. Corrine Brown
  3. Andre Carson
  4. Judy Chu
  5. Yvette Clarke
  6. William Lacy Clay
  7. John Conyers
  8. Elijah Cummings
  9. Peter DeFazio
  10. Bill Delahunt
  11. Lloyd Doggett
  12. Sam Farr
  13. Chaka Fattah
  14. Marcia Fudge
  15. Luis Gutierrez
  16. Jane
    Harman
  17. Alcee Hastings
  18. Maurice Hinchey
  19. Mazie Hirono
  20. Mike Honda
  21. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  22. Sheila Jackson Lee
  23. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  24. Hank Johnson
  25. Marcy Kaptur
  26. Carolyn Kirkpatrick
  27. Dennis Kucinich
  28. Barbara Lee
  29. Eric Massa
  30. Jim McDermott
  31. Jim McGovern
  32. Gwen Moore
  33. Grace Napolitano
  34. John Olver
  35. Bill Pascrall
  36. Donald Payne
  37. Lucille Roybal-Alard
  38. Laura Richardson
  39. Linda Sanchez
  40. Jose Serrano
  41. Albio Sires
  42. Jackie Speier
  43. Pete Stark
  44. Bennie Thompson
  45. John Tierney
  46. Ed Towns
  47. Diane Watson
  48. Mel Watt
  49. Anthony Weiner
  50. Nydia Valezquez
  51. John Yarmuth
  1. Neil Abercrombie
  2. Joe Baca
  3. John
    Boccieri
  4. Bobby Bright
  5. Russ Carnahan
  6. Steve Cohen
  7. Gerry Connolly
  8. Joe
    Courtney
  9. Rosa
    DeLauro
  10. Jim Himes
  11. Steny Hoyer
  12. Jay Inslee
  13. Steve Israel
  14. Patrick
    Kennedy
  15. Sander Levin
  16. Ben Ray Lujan
  17. Kendrick Meek
  18. Zach Space
  19. Gary Peters
  1. Leonard Boswell
  2. GK Butterfield
  3. Lincoln
    Davis
  4. Susan Davis
  5. Charles Gonzalez
  6. Sander Levin
  7. Dan Lipinski
  8. Mike Ross

FDL Action: Whip It! Day 48

15 down…25 to go.

Whip it!

Took the Pledge
Only With
"Robust"
PP Weasel Words
"Open to
Anything"
  1. Emanuel
    Cleaver II
  2. Lloyd Doggett
  3. Donna Edwards
  4. Keith
    Ellison
  5. Bob Filner
  6. Barney Frank
  7. Raul
    Grijalva
  8. Phil
    Hare
  9. Rush
    Holt
  10. Carolyn Maloney
  11. Jerrold
    Nadler
  12. Chelle Pingree
  13. Lynn
    Woolsey
  14. Robert
    Wexler
  15. Maxine
    Waters
  1. Peter DeFazio
  2. Jane
    Harman
  3. John Yarmuth
  1. Neil Abercrombie
  2. Joe Baca
  3. John
    Boccieri
  4. Bobby Bright
  5. Russ Carnahan
  6. Andre Carson
  7. Steve Cohen
  8. Gerry Connolly
  9. Joe
    Courtney
  10. Rosa
    DeLauro
  11. Jim Himes
  12. Steny Hoyer
  13. Jay Inslee
  14. Steve Israel
  15. Patrick
    Kennedy
  16. Sander Levin
  17. Ben Ray Lujan
  18. Eric Massa
  19. Kendrick Meek
  20. Zach Space
  21. Gary Peters
  1. Leonard Boswell
  2. GK Butterfield
  3. Lincoln
    Davis
  4. Susan Davis
  5. Charles Gonzalez
  6. Sander Levin
  7. Dan Lipinski
  8. Mike Ross

FDL Action: Whip It! Day 47

Jane is up with a list of upcoming recess events for those members who still need to take the pledge:

Listed below are upcoming recess events that are already generating buzz. The second column represents the Partisan Voting Index (PVI) for the district, which tries to quantify how "Republican" or "Democratic" a district is relative to the rest of the country.

Despite the fact that many are in heavy Democratic districts, none of the people on this list have taken the pledge. One would think it would be more politically problematic for someone not to take the pledge than to take it in a D+10 district.

15 down…25 to go.

Whip it!

Took the Pledge
Only With
"Robust"
PP Weasel Words
"Open to
Anything"
  1. Emanuel
    Cleaver II
  2. Lloyd Doggett
  3. Donna Edwards
  4. Keith
    Ellison
  5. Bob Filner
  6. Barney Frank
  7. Raul
    Grijalva
  8. Phil
    Hare
  9. Rush
    Holt
  10. Carolyn Maloney
  11. Jerrold
    Nadler
  12. Chelle Pingree
  13. Lynn
    Woolsey
  14. Robert
    Wexler
  15. Maxine
    Waters
  1. Peter DeFazio
  2. Jane
    Harman
  3. John Yarmuth
  1. Neil Abercrombie
  2. Joe Baca
  3. John
    Boccieri
  4. Bobby Bright
  5. Russ Carnahan
  6. Andre Carson
  7. Steve Cohen
  8. Gerry Connolly
  9. Joe
    Courtney
  10. Rosa
    DeLauro
  11. Jim Himes
  12. Steny Hoyer
  13. Jay Inslee
  14. Steve Israel
  15. Patrick
    Kennedy
  16. Sander Levin
  17. Ben Ray Lujan
  18. Eric Massa
  19. Kendrick Meek
  20. Zach Space
  21. Gary Peters
  1. Leonard Boswell
  2. GK Butterfield
  3. Lincoln
    Davis
  4. Susan Davis
  5. Charles Gonzalez
  6. Sander Levin
  7. Dan Lipinski
  8. Mike Ross

Health Care Action in the States (8/6 edition)

August is showdown month, so please use our August Recess Event tool and keep working the phones even more to whip votes. If you are a blogger, please sign up your blog.

Here’s a round-up of the latest action in Vermont, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and California.

Vermont: Odum at Green Mountain Daily had a must-read analysis piece urging Peter Welch to sign the pledge.

Ohio: Modernesquire at Buckeye State Blog had a mea culpa for not alerting readers to the Steve Driehaus town hall that was disrupted by tea baggers. Don’t let this happen to you, check out the recess calendar today.

Colorado: The wonderful Colorado progressive blogosphere immediately mobilized upon word that Michele Malkin’s teabaggers were planning to attend an event with Nancy Pelosi, Diane DeGette, and Jared Polis.

Michigan: Eric B. at Michigan Liberal urged readers to attend a town hall with John Dingell

Minnesota: TwoPuttTommy at MN Progressive Project has a save-the-date for August 27th when Crazy Michele Bachmann will hold a Town Hall in her campaign to provide neverending material for comedians and progressive bloggers.

New Hampshire: Judy Stadtman at Blue Hampshire provided contact info for the organizers in the 603.

Connecticut: ctblogger at My Left Nutmeg totally busted Anthem Blue Cross astroturf at a town hall for Congressman Chris Murphy.

California: There is currently a special election to fill the Ellen Tauscher’s seat. If a candidate gets more than 50%+1 on Sept 1 they win, if not the runoff is on Nov 3. Realizing there is a good chance the winner will have a vote for health care, Calitic’s David Dayen has been asking candidates about the pledge during interviews. Lt. Governor John Garamendi and state Senator Mark DeSaulnier have both taken the pledge.

What are you doing to draw a line in the sand and demand a public health insurance option?