The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
Job growth prompts optimistic headlines, but remains well under the rate of growth we really need to make workers whole after the damage done by the 2008 recession.
Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
Voters are rendering a harsh judgement against seven Republican governors running for re-election because the economic prosperity that was supposed to follow their trickle-down economic policies is only a trickle.
Economist Emmanuel Saez's latest paper says that the share of wealth going to the bottom 90 percent has fallen to where it was in the 1940s, while the top tenth of 1 percent have levels of wealth last seen in the 1920s.
Walmart is reaping the fruits of its leadership in the low-wage economy. It would do better if it did right by its workers, some of whom went to its family foundation office in D.C. to demand full-time work and a $15 wage.
It's probably unrealistic to expect that Congress would drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase. But unrealistic is not the same as unreasonable.
Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
For every job opening in August, on average, there were two jobseekers. It's one more sign that the job shortage should still dominate the national political debate.
The founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is on the front lines with restaurant workers, highlighting their plight and giving them a voice to challenge the National Restaurant Association.
The head of AFSCME is being honored for going beyond being a fierce defender of public employees to being an effective coalition-builder in the larger fight for the dignity of all working people.
A campaign by National People's Action is mobilizing grassroots political support for robust Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules that will rein in the payday lending industry, in anticipation of well-funded pushback.
Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
Getting out the vote in African-American communities is important, but that effort needs to be supported by policies that communities can support to close the persistent wealth gap between black and white people.
The only way to deal with candidates who won't let the facts get in the way of a smarmy campaign ad is to speak the truth with boldness, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does: "Social Security needs to be expanded."
A lot of eyes will be on the Federal Reserve Friday when the Labor Department releases its August unemployment statistics. Meanwhile, the fight to keep the Fed's eyes focused on unemployment is preparing for its next phase.
Ferguson, Mo., is actually a much better place from which to understand the consequences of the past six years of economic policies. Ferguson residents would tell them that they need a full-employment economy.
The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary underscores the penalty millions of workers are paying for the right-wing's sabotaging of the economic recovery.
A student trying to save for tuition at an acting school works at a restaurant that pays her $2.77 an hour – so she's trying to earn enough in tips to cover the cost. Consider what's wrong with this picture.
Two University of Delaware economists looked at the 13 states that have raised their minimum wage and actually found that the job prospects of low-skilled workers in those states improved slightly.
The inflation bogeyman is nowhere to be found, and the real thing that we should be fearing is the damage being caused by an economy with a labor market that has been too slack for too long.
Conclusions by the New York Times' Neil Irwin about the reasons the economy "keeps underperforming" tie directly to what we've been saying about conservatives sabotaging the economy.
This is as sharp as dividing lines get. Should the power of the federal government be used to elevate worker wages or drive them down? It is not just an economic or political question; it is also a moral one.
An Illinois company is considering a combination with the French corporation that is the home of Dannon yogurt in the latest example of a corporate "inversion" designed to lower its U.S. tax bill.
The aims of Rep. Paul Ryan's latest antipoverty vision sound noble. But the core of his proposal has a fundamental flaw: Block grants to states have proven ill-suited to the task of reducing poverty.
Democracy Corps' latest memo says that Democrats are "underperforming" with single women, but can win them back by "engaging in a populist economic debate ... with a strong emphasis on women’s issues."
As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.
As a "Live the Wage Challenge" highlights the struggle of living on the minimum wage, a campaign is beginning around legislation to curb work schedule abuses that make life even harder for low-wage workers.
Public-private partnerships for transportation projects offer a way for politicians to dodge tough choices about how to pay for the transportation network the public uses. It doesn't always work.
An appropriations amendment by Rep. Alan Grayson would have required the federal government to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour to its employees. A Republican opponent offered an absurd objection.
CAF today called on members of Congress to "quickly renew robust, long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund" as the House prepares to vote on a short-term fix and the White House launches a public relations offensive.
Members of both parties in both houses have elected to reduce the debate over transportation spending to a discussion of the size and material of the Band-Aid, rather than what it would take to cure the patient.
The rallying point is Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers' Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act: "It's past time for our government to make creating jobs and full employment a human right."
Ingersoll-Rand, which changed its corporate address to Bermuda to avoid American corporate taxes, is one of at least a dozen such companies that together get more than $1 billion in federal contract dollars annually.
Fortune lists companies that "sure seem American—except when it comes to paying taxes" and publishes a denunciation of an "exceptionalism" that enables companies to avoid taxes but benefit from being American.
With the federal government stymied in its ability to help state and local governments launch long-term public infrastructure projects, we're seeing the ripple effects in the employment statistics.
The Senate minority leader thinks the best way to help pay for a $2.7 billion bridge rebuilding project in Kentucky is to stiff the workers who would do the work. A poll shows that idea is wildly unpopular.
A stalled effort to get a transportation funding bill through a Senate committee is the latest sign that congressional Republicans won't stop playing the zero-sum austerity game.
Sen. Sherrod Brown rejects a repatriation tax holiday and instead proposes a different short-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund that would have long-term benefits for workers.
Legislation introduced Tuesday would restart unemployment benefits for more than 3 million unemployed. But what the long-term unemployed really want and need is our focus on creating more jobs.