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.
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.
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.
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results, inspiring hope and putting right-wing supporters of the law on the defensive.
The People's Budget picked up 95 votes, a larger share of votes from the House Democratic caucus than its predecessors in previous years. Republicans, not surprisingly, were unanimous in opposition.
A vote for the People's Budget is a declaration that Democrats are willing to take away the power of conservatives and their moneyed benefactors to draw the limits of the politically possible.
Why Wednesday's budget vote is so important: Democrats need to be on record supporting the Caucus, both to shift the political debate and to provide themselves with a stronger platform to run on in future elections.
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.
All four of Hillary Clinton's potential challengers have criticized Wall Street's unethical practices and undue political influence. She has not. Is that a problem?
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.
"Building a Movement for People and the Planet" was published this week by the Campaign for America's Future and National People's Action, coinciding with the release of the Progressive Caucus "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?
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released its People's Budget the day after House Republicans unveiled their proposal. The contrasts are stark and revealing. And at stake is the fight for America's future.
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.
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.
Local and national progressive organizations coordinated dozens of actions in 16 states today as part of "We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First."
To say the words “free markets” is to perpetuate a dangerous right-wing myth. There's no such thing. So promote “fair markets,” not free markets. We must reinforce the progressive concept, not the conservative one.
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.
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.
After 90 days of public hearings, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has mapped out baby steps, instead of bold strides towards real policing reforms.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had everything going for him that an incumbent could hope for, but a populist uprising forced him into a run-off, in a re-election campaign he was almost certain to win.
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.
Knowing the science behind political stubbornness, here's what's going on inside the minds of persuadable voters and five rules for dealing with confirmation bias and negative triggers.
"We’re marching to revive the heart of North Carolina and the heart of politics," Rev. William J. Barber II says of a February 14 march that he is calling progressives from around the country to join.
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.
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.
In the broader struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Chicago is ground zero. A movement called "Reclaim Chicago" is leading a independent political effort to upend the corporate rule of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a very important fair housing case, and the Justices’ comments from the bench have had court watchers buzzing. Here’s my take on what the legal back-and-forth does and does not mean.
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.
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.
In a webcast by Progressive Majority and the Campaign for America's Future, a key House Progressive Caucus members urges Democrats to not shy away from policy fights that show them on the side of "the little guy."
The president and his party should own their victories more often, along with the ideas – and the movement – that made them possible. If they do, they're likely to see more victories in the years to come.
The president's State of the Union address challenged the Republican Congress with a broad populist vision. Its scope and its limits make progressive movement even more important.
Tonight's State of the Union address will be delivered before Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Here's a short summary on the task the president faces tonight.
Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.
Dr. Martin Luther King King Jr.'s life and legacy stand as a challenge to an entrenched society of privilege and injustice. Here are nine quotes that reflect that legacy.
National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
The Republican Congress offers no hope. The bipartisan agenda only digs us deeper in a hole. Americans are looking for real change. This poses both the challenge and the opportunity for progressives.
Knowing my enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers, a friend emailed me following yesterday's win to say: "It's always nice when a collectively-owned team beats one owned by a greedy mega-capitalist, who's beloved by Chris Christie."