The State of the States and Localities

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.

This Weekend: #ReclaimMLK

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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In Praise of John Conyers

A movement leader. A savvy legislator. A whip-smart politician. A pragmatic visionary. Michigan Rep. John Conyers is being honored by the Institute for Policy Studies for his 50 years of service in Congress.
Robert Borosage
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Top 10 Legislative Victories of 2014

While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.

Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda – in Her Own Words

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for change. Here's Warren's thinking about the economy in her own words.
Roger Hickey
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Holiday Bright Spots For Progressives

There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.

Growth or Fairness: The Phony Debate

After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
Robert Borosage
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President Obama’s Decisive Action On Cuba

We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hope Is in the Cities and States

Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.

The Bipartisan Cromnibus Saga: A Final Assessment

With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
Robert Borosage
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The Senate Torture Report: What You Need To Know

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Joshua Holland
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The “Ferguson Story” Is America’s Story

Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Terrance Heath
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Wall Street’s Democrats

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?

Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet
Robert Borosage
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Why Demographics Can’t Save the Democrats – But Populism Can

The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
Richard Eskow
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A Democratic Party in Search of its Soul

The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Richard Eskow
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Chuck Schumer’s Populist Concession

Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
Robert Borosage
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Ferguson: A Perverted Process

After referring the case to the grand jury, and declining to recommend charges against Darren Wilson, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s perversion of the grand jury process in Ferguson yielded an unsatisfying imitation of justice.
Terrance Heath
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Ferguson: A Failure to Prosecute

Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown's family said, "The process is broken," after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. The process was broken, perverted, and made a farce by prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Terrance Heath
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No Justice In Ferguson

"The system worked" quite well for those for whom it is designed to work. We should refuse, however, to call that "justice." Here is what we must demand.
Terrance Heath
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Keep On Steppin’, Mr. President

President Obama's executive action on immigration has been greeted with the expected threats by Republicans. He would best ignore the noise and keep on acting.
Robert Borosage
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?
Terrance Heath
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Forward From Ferguson

In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the grand jury makes its decision in the Michael Brown case.
Terrance Heath
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How Republicans Co-Opted Populism

In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.
Bill Scher
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