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Faces and Places from #NN15 Day 2

In addition to the rousing reception for Elizabeth Warren, there were dozens of other activities happening at the Phoenix Convention Center in Netroots Nation. Here are some snippets…

“Demonstration without legislation ends up with frustration.”

Congressman Keith Ellison talking about his “Voters First” initiative to take back the state legislatures and Congress.


Too often, DC groups come in and think they know all the answers.”

Nich Rathod – Executive Director, State Innovation Exchange

More of Day 2 below the fold…

“You don’t get what you don’t fight for” – #NN15 Day 2

If there’s a rock star for the progressive movement, that person is undoubtedly Senator Elizabeth Warren. The senator was today’s keynote speaker at the morning session at Netroots Nation here in Phoenix, and the crowd was not disappointed.

People were lined up an hour before her scheduled talk and the air was full of electricity.

Congressman Raul Grijalva’s introduction acknowledged the controversy in the selection of Phoenix as the site of this annual conclave of progressive activists. But he expressed appreciation for the support of the rapidly growing cadre of Arizona progressives who are transforming the state from the era of Sherrif Arpaio (“a criminal with a badge”) to one where progressive values are making inroads.

Not unexpectedly, Warren took the stage to a thundering standing ovation. Her theme was very simple and consistent. Despite the undue influence of Wall Street and other big money interests, America’s values are progressive values. Some of her remarks:

Howard Dean to headline NJ Dems State Conference in May

HowardDeanDNC-croppedAnnual Democratic State Conference

Keynote & Progressive Issues Roundtable: Governor Howard Dean


May 14-16 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City

Conference Schedule

Tickets     Hotel special rates

This morning, on Morning Joe, Howard Dean got into a ferocious argument with both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Dean was defending Hillary Clinton against allegations in a new book – Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer – that the Clinton Global Initiative took undisclosed funds from a Russian oil company as that company was securing State Department approval for deals in the U.S..

Gov. Dean is emerging as an important surrogate for Clinton. Their relationship goes back decades to Clinton’s failed healthcare reform efforts as First Lady. And it’s an interesting juxtaposition, given that the organization Dean founded – Democracy for America, of which I am both a member and a leader – has put resources behind the quixotic efforts to draft Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton.

In her downsized Iowa rollout, Clinton paraphrased Warren talking points on income inequality, though it remains to be seen if Clinton, more identified with Wall Street money than Main Street problems, will learn to make that case authentically (I think she can). One direction Campaign Clinton is making – a happy surprise – is a return to Howard Dean’s 50-State Stragegy, which will send paid staffers to both blue and red states, D.C. and the territories to ramp up grassroots organizing – trainings, local meetings, events. 50-State Strategy was Dean’s baby as DNC chair (2005-2009). The potential of this is more than just the optics of populism one might expect around a Warren candidacy, more than a Clinton one. A true 50-State Strategy, well-resourced and with advice from Dean, may have the potential to convince Democrats unmoved by dynasty politics and the “inevitability” factor of Clinton (which was also pushed in 2008) that there’s something more organic – maybe even exciting – happening in Clinton’s campaign. If they mean it, it’s smart.

We’ll have to see. But expect Gov. Dean to talk about it in Atlantic City.  

On the jump, Clinton’s video, The Power of Organizing. Worth a look.

ICYMI: Rush Holt on The Colbert Report

Give Rush Holt credit for guts. Stephen Colbert (who lives in Montclair) chose Election-Eve to swing the spotlight of his Better Know a District to the fightin’ NJ 12th. And Holt went along. Colbert’s comedy minions have full control over the edit switch in the Better Know series. Electeds try to be serious while Colbert mocks them and everything they stand for. So, this, which aired late last night, is a little, um, bizarre. Elizabeth Warren sex jokes. Astrology over astronomy. Thumb wars. Oh, hell – just watch.  

Brief ad/s before video. It’s totally worth waiting for.

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

Adam Green is the co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a Somerset/Edison native, and a friend of Blue Jersey. Promoted by Rosi.

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is, and that’s why the PCCC did not get actively involved in this election.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is in stark contrast to those who say nothing real in their campaigns.

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress, where he will continue to serve.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas.

If you agree, click here to share this post on Facebook and Twitter. You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native

Why Voting Rush Holt Still Matters

On the merits, Rush Holt deserves to be a U.S. Senator.

But today’s Senate race won’t be decided on the merits. It will be decided by who has the highest name recognition on a sleepy summer Election Day. We all know who that is.

Here’s why your vote matters anyway.

Rush Holt used his campaign to expand the debate and really educate the public.

His awesome videos about about why we should tax Wall Street speculators and pass Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan will be forwarded around for years to come — and impact future debates.

This is a stark contrast from those who say nothing real in their campaigns. 

Rush Holt deserves to be rewarded for thinking big. We need him to keep doing that in Congress.

So, please vote today and show Rush that you support his big ideas. Feel free to share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also donate to Holt’s 2014 re-election to Congress here

Thanks for reading.

— Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder and Somerset/Edison native