Housekeeping and Open Thread
We've been making a few more changes to the site. Hopefully these changes will make it easier for you to find relevant political information and to provide critical support to dislodging Bush during his drive to a second term.
First of all, I wanted to point out the Notable Newsletter section on the left. I've been signed up for the American Progress newsletter ever since I heard about it and I must say, it is the closest I've found to Steve's brilliant idea last year that the blogosphere could be the truth corps. Here is what the American Progress says their focus is:
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all Americans. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. Our policy and communications efforts are organized around four major objectives:
• developing a long term vision of a progressive America,
• providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals,
• responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives, and
• communicating progressive messages to the American public.
Their newsletters are excellent: well-researched and with solid sources. If you need to explain issues to your friends, family and coworkers, you will be well armed by subscribing to their newsletter.
Next, we've added buttons on the right (under the Contribute banner) where you can easily contribute to John Kerry's campaign or the DNC. We'd like to encourage you to consider donating something (even $2 or $5) everytime you find something on this site that makes you mad (or excited) and you'd like to express that emotion in some tangible way. (But, don't forget to write a letter to your local paper when you see something that you think is particularly bad. Letters to the editor allow you to influence your friends and neighbors.)
We've also added more links to the official Democratic party blogs on the rightside of the blog to replace the candidate sites. You should check out the sites. Besides a link to John Kerry's blog, there's one each for the DNC, DSCC and the DCCC.
And in case you haven't heard, Kevin Drum (of Calpundit) is now blogging as the Political Animal (sponsored by the Washington Monthly magazine). If you are looking for Kevin, check for him at the Political Animal site.
Are there some other changes we should be considering? We want you to use this site for getting educated, getting motivated, and getting connected.
Let us know what you'd like to see here and how we might build an even stronger community through the blog. We at the Left Coaster are ready to help where ever we can in the drive to deny Bush a second term and we welcome your company in this endeavor.