PA-Sen Primary Eve: Recap from PA Progressive Summit

( – promoted by John Morgan)

cross-posted from Sum of Change

As Pennsylvania gets ready to vote in, arguably, the most-watched primary of the year, we thought folks might appreciate one last look at the two candidates, Senator Arlen Specter and Congressman Joe Sestak, back-to-back on the issues. (Videos from the PA Progressive Summit)

–Question 1- What Do You Think of a Partial Spending Freeze?

–Question 2- What Would You Do To Increase Manufacturing Jobs in the US?

–Question 3- What is Your Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage?

–Question 4- Will You Vote For The Employee Free Choice Act With Card Check?

–Question 5- What Are you Going to do About the Trade Deficit?

–Question 6- Do You Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

–Question 7- What Should We Do About the Filibuster?

Final Day of the Fundraising Quarter – Can You Be Number 50 for Joe Sestak?

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

I just wanted to remind everyone that today (Wednesday) is the final day of the first fundraising quarter of 2010.  The fundraising totals reported by federal candidates will help determine their relative strength as we head toward Election Day 2010.

Please contribute as generously as you can today.

For instance, you can contribute to Joe Sestak’s campaign for U.S. Senate via my Expand the Map! ActBlue page.  On it, Joe has 49 contributions.  Can you be contribution number 50?

(Remember: every contribution you make to Joe via the Expand the Map! ActBlue page is not only a show of support for Joe but an investment toward recent Republican Arlen Specter’s long overdue retirement!)

Support Joe Sestak Before the Fundraising Quarter Ends THIS WEDNESDAY!

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

The pivotal first fundraising quarter of 2010 comes to a close this Wednesday, just three days away!

While Arlen Specter continues to backtrack on decades of Republican water-carrying, Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak has made great strides toward ensuring that a real Democrat wins the Democratic primary and Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in 2010.

You can help further Congressman Sestak’s effort with a contribution today via the Expand the Map! ActBlue page.  Every dollar he’s able to report before the end of the fundraising quarter will demonstrate his campaign’s strength against his recently-Republican opposition in the Democratic primary (Specter) and his Republican opposition in the general (Toomey).  It makes a big difference and a real impact.

On the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, Congressman Sestak is just 3 contributions away from the 50-mark and $155 away from the $1,500-mark!  You can help him cross these thresholds with a contribution today.

Please hop on over to the Expand the Map! ActBlue page and support Joe Sestak (and our other Democratic candidates for Senate) before the quarter ends!

Fundraising Quarter Ends in Ten Days!

{First, a quick plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

As we await the historic vote on health care reform, it’s important to remember that we’re just ten days away from the end of the first fundraising quarter of 2010.  The fundraising totals reported in this quarter will be pivotal to determining the tenor of many races for the rest of the year.  If there is any time to contribute, now is the time!

Please head over to the Expand the Map! ActBlue page and contribute whatever you are able to these terrific Democratic candidates for Senate.

Democrat Currently At End-of-Quarter Goal Distance to Goal
Kendrick Meek
Bill Halter
Joe Sestak
Paul Hodes
Robin Carnahan

Remember, the contribution you can make isn’t just a donation to a single candidate or political campaign.  It’s an investment against Republican obstruction (and conservaDem enabling) and an investment toward achieving that more perfect union.

PA-Sen: Joe Sestak, Ned Lamont, and Arlen Specter’s Top Ten Worst Votes

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

The man who beat non-Democrat Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut urges you to stand with the man who will beat non-Democrat Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

Also, courtesy of The REAL Arlen Specter:

In his 45 years as a Republican, Arlen Specter cast thousands of votes for his party and against Democratic principles. In the last eight years, he voted more than 2,000 times with the Bush Republicans.  So when he claimed at Netroots Nation, “I’ll stand behind my votes one by one,” it makes one wonder, “Really, Arlen?”

It’s hard to imagine any Democrat would stand behind voting for Bush’s tax cuts for the richest of the rich or for Sarah Palin to be Vice-President of the United States, but the Real Arlen Specter is proud of his Republican credentials. …

From the War in Iraq to the economic policies that created this savage recession, many of our current problems can be ascribed to one man: George W. Bush, who Specter voted for in 2000.  Given the chance to correct that vote and help put John Kerry in the White House, what did the Real Arlen Specter do?  Co-Chair Bush-Cheney ’04 in Pennsylvania and vote for him a second time.

Now you can chose which one of these actions by the long-time Republican Senator is most egregious. Vote in our poll on this page and check back to see which vote was the worst of the worst. We will call on Arlen to stand behind the winner.

On the web:

Joe Sestak, Democrat for Senate

The REAL Arlen Specter

Contribute to Joe Sestak via the Expand the Map! ActBlue page

Congressman Joe Sestak to Liveblog at Senate Guru This Thursday (Sep. 10) at 5pm

( – promoted by John Morgan)

I’m very pleased to let you know that Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, candidate for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, will join us at Senate Guru tomorrow, Thursday September 10, at 5pm Eastern Time for a live blog session.  I’m sure he will update us on how his campaign is going, discuss a variety of issues, offer his thoughts in response to tonight’s Presidential address on health care reform, and, of course, field your questions.

I hope you will be able to join us for the first candidate liveblog session of the 2010 cycle at Senate Guru.  Bring your questions for Congressman Sestak and invite your political junkie friends to join us.  (And, if you’re really excited for the conversation, support Congressman Sestak with a contribution via the Expand the Map! ActBlue page.)

In the meantime, enjoy reading Congressman Sestak’s diary from yesterday at Daily Kos – here’s an excerpt:

This week, join me in signing a petition, which calls on our congressional leaders, Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate, to hold an up or down roll call vote on the public option.

Right now, 14,000 people are losing their health care coverage every day because our costs are skyrocketing. Meanwhile, too many politicians in Washington, who seem to be ignoring the lessons from Wall Street, would rather leave our health insurance reform up to the insurance companies.  No matter what the final bill looks like, we deserve to know how our Representatives and Senators will vote on a public option – up or down!

On the web:

Joe Sestak for Senate

Senate Guru

Senate Guru Facebook Group

Senate Guru’s Expand the Map! ActBlue Page

Labor Day Weekend Fundraising Beg

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

On the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, raising money for Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania’s own Joe Sestak is a mere $68 from crossing the $400 mark and only $168 from crossing the $500 mark.

Click here to visit the Expand the Map! ActBlue page.

It would be amazing to get him over the $400 mark this weekend; and, it would blow my mind to get him past the $500 mark this weekend.

If you’re able to chip in $50 or $25 or $10 or any amount, it makes a real difference!  Thank you SO much.  Remember, every contribution not only helps Joe’s campaign but also helps slow down and eventually stop endless Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate.

PA-Sen: Joe Sestak Closes the Gap on Arlen Specter

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

45, 29, 19, 20, 32.  What are those numbers?  Those numbers are the gaps between recent Republican Arlen Specter and Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in the five public, independent, non-partisan polls of the 2010 Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania from May to July.

13.  What’s that number?  It’s the gap between Specter and Congressman Sestak in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.  Specter’s lead over Congressman Sestak is only 47-34 according to Rasmussen.  Rasmussen’s last poll, in June, showed the 19-point deficit, a 51-32 result.

Rasmussen also reminds us that Specter still remains “much better known” across the state than Congressman Sestak.  In other words, Congressman Sestak still has plenty of room to grow in terms of name ID as his campaign gets underway, but has already cut his deficit by a third.  Also, this is the very first non-Franklin & Marshall poll (F&M’s numbers were relatively very low for both candidates) to show Specter under 50%.

Additionally, the Rasmussen poll found the following:

Among voters who favor the congressional health care plan, Specter leads 55% to 26%. However, among those who oppose the plan, Sestak leads 61% to 25%.

Assuming that those who favor health care reform are more liberal Democrats and opponents are more conservative, this would indicate that Congressman Sestak has already made inroads into the moderate-to-conservative Democrats that one would think ought to lean toward Specter.  If Congressman Sestak can hold these Democrats while later making inroads with more liberal Democrats (perhaps by pointing out that Specter was a pretty staunch ally of George W. Bush’s), the gap between the two should tighten further still.

This poll is bad news for Specter and great news for Congressman Sestak – not just because it shows Congressman Sestak closing the gap, but also because it adds credibility to his campaign.  Specter winning is not remotely a foregone conclusion.  The more that PA-Dem primary voters recognize that, the more open they’ll be to Congressman Sestak’s candidacy, and the less power the Ed Rendell machine will have to stop the political dam from breaking.

As polls continue to tighten, Congressman Sestak’s fundraising continues to grow, and endorsements for Congressman Sestak’s campaign get announced, a critical mass of political will to unseat Specter will be achieved.  You can help that critical mass get reached with a contribution to Congressman Sestak via the Expand the Map! ActBlue page.

Help Joe Sestak Meet Our Weekend Expand the Map! Goal

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

On the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, Congressman Joe Sestak is already into triple digits.  We’ve set a modest goal to get him over the $200 mark by the end of the weekend, and Congressman Sestak is only $66 away.

Can you help Congressman Sestak meet this goal by sending him $10 or $20 today on the Expand the Map! ActBlue page?  Every dollar makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.  Thanks SO much!

Joe Sestak an Inaugural Expand the Map! Senate Candidate

( – promoted by John Morgan)

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

Last cycle, I started an ActBlue page specifically for Democratic Senate candidates working to pick up seats held by Republicans.  I named it the Expand the Map! ActBlue page because the goal was to expand the map of competitive Senate seats.  The effort was a big success, achieving over 300 contributions and $40,000 for the Democratic Senate candidates included on the page.

I just kicked off the 2010 edition of the Expand the Map! ActBlue page with three Democratic candidates for Senate.  One of the inaugural members of the 2010 edition of the effort is Pennsylvania’s own Joe Sestak (as well as Missouri’s Robin Carnahan and New Hampshire’s Paul Hodes)!

Click here to visit the Expand the Map! ActBlue page!

While Joe Sestak travels Pennsylvania meeting voters, fundraising will remain a high priority.  Recent Republican Arlen Specter started off with a 2-to-1 financial advantage (at which Joe has already begun chipping away).  On top of that, Ed Rendell is working his political machine to do all he can to get Specter re-elected and Sestak bumped off.  To negate Specter’s financial advantage, Joe will need us in the netroots and grassroots to have his back.  Just this past Spring, Arlen Specter assured Pennsylvanians that he would definitely run as a Republican because he was a Republican.  Now he expects all of us to suffer a quick case of selective amnesia.  Let’s get Joe’s back because he has ours!

Please, please, please help kick off the 2010 cycle’s Expand the Map! effort by sending Joe (and these other highly deserving Democrats) a few bucks.  $100 makes a huge difference, $20 makes a huge difference, $10 makes a huge difference!  Hop over to the Expand the Map! ActBlue page and make your voice heard.

This is not just a contribution to Joe’s campaign.  This is a contribution toward slowing and eventually stopping Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate and ensuring that Arlen Specter will no longer be an obstacle to progress.  Thank you SO much!