Where Are the Populist Democrats?

It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats?
Jim Hightower
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Progressives Ratify The Populism2015 Platform

Hundreds of activists at the Populism2015 conference gave a resounding "aye" when asked to ratify a 12-point platform that puts people and the planet first: "Everybody in, nobody out."
Terrance Heath
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The Popularity of the New Populism

Populist movements challenge conventional wisdom. They mold opinion rather than reflect it. Yet, the emerging populist agenda – as reflected in the Populism 2015 Platform released this weekend – already enjoys strong public support.
Robert Borosage
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Questions for Clinton

The time is ripe for a woman president and it’s ripe for an unabashed progressive populist agenda. If Hillary Clinton seizes this moment and runs with it, she could make history in more ways than one.
Digby
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Hillary’s In: Challenges for the New Populism

Hillary Clinton has announced her presidential candidacy. This ratchets up the debate on the fundamental question of how to make this economy work for working people. This will be a test for the new populist movements.
Robert Borosage
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Why Populist Progressives Must Embrace The Education Spring

What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Jeff Bryant
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The Weak Link: Winning State Elections

The GOP gained more than 300 state legislative seats in the 2014 election and now control 69 state legislative bodies while Democrats hold only 30. Progressives desperately need to engineer a strong comeback in 2016. And we can do it.

Hoosier Hostility: Not the American Way

Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway.
Leo Gerard
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The New Populism Driving the National Debate

A populist energy in gaining strength in America, mobilizing more and more citizens on the ground, and beginning to challenge the limits of the debate in the Democratic Party. Already the presidential race is affected.
Robert Borosage
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The GOP Has Money to Kill

The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
Leo Gerard
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The Populist Challenge: Moving On Up

Now the Boston Globe calls on Elizabeth Warren to run for president. A populist temper is spreading. People are looking for fundamental change, and that is driving the debate in the Democratic Party and the country.
Robert Borosage
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So IS Media Reporting The People’s Budget?

The Progressive Caucus held a news conference Wednesday releasing their "People’s Budget: A Raise for America." It would, among other things, create 8.4 million good-paying jobs by 2018. Did the media cover this?

Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget

Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
Terrance Heath
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Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his backers could not give a damn about workers’ rights. His "right to work" bill is really about taking away workers ‘ freedom of contract in a way that will weaken their bargaining.
Dean Baker
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North Carolina Is Our Selma

In our state, the voter suppression law has been referred to as a Voter I.D. law, giving it an air of “common sense,” as our legislators like to say. It has done so much more to disenfranchise North Carolinians than require an I.D.
Rev. William Barber
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50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson

Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Terrance Heath
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Like a Bad Neighbor, Chevron is There

Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Leo Gerard
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We Need A Pro-Worker, Anti-Austerity Agenda

If we want to grow the overall economy, if we want to create jobs, we have to put money into the hands of working people. We do not do that by imposing more austerity on people who already desperately are hurting.

Needed: A Bold Left to Challenge Government Downsizing

We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
Richard Eskow
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The Mainstream Meets Occupy

The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Robert Borosage
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Progressive Wedge Issues for Cities and States

For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.
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