More update from Netroots Nation

Yesterday was a pretty busy day at Netroots Nation. There were quite a few elected officials at the conference doing panels and spending time just talking to us.

I caught up with Rep. Patrick Murphy, the sponsor HR 1283, the bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We did a live chat with him a couple weeks ago. He’s really optimistic about the chances for his legislation this year — and is expecting a vote in the House.
I also got a chance to talk to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). I’ve written many times that in some ways, he’s the best LGBT member of Congress (even though he’s straight.) In September, he’s going to offer the legislation to repeal DOMA. As we get closer to that, Nadler promised to keep in touch and let us know his strategy — and how we can help. He really gets that repealing DOMA is what most of us really want. I have to say, I was quite impressed by Nadler. He’s also been integrally involved with the health care debate working very hard to make sure the progressives stick together for the best possible bill, which includes a public option.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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