Outright violations of voters’ rights, or incidents that hindered voters’ ability to get out or actually vote, were prevalent throughout the 2014 midterm elections, according to the director of an election command center.
Ballot initiatives are useful to make a point, but they're no way to govern. Ballot initiatives can't allocate school funding, negotiate trade pacts or calibrate criminal sanctions. We need our government to do that.
Two Democrats in competitive Senate races bucked the Republican tide. What did they do that the other campaigns didn’t? And how should that inform progressive strategy going forward?
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.
By thinking they could "attract votes from the center-right" and "distance themselves from" the President and core Democratic policies, many Democratic candidates failed to give the Democratic base a reason to vote. So they didn't.
In this interview on "The Zero Hour," progressive pollster agrees this was a “wave” election. That can be seen in the Democrats' devastating gubernatorial, as well as senatorial, losses.
Results from the midterm elections revealed an education agenda has yet to become part of a populist coalition. Advocates for public schools won’t win until they join that coalition and pressure Democrats adopt more populist causes
This weekend President Obama flies to Asia for a week of meetings, in part to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement finalized. A coalition is using the coming week to make the public aware of the dangers.
Bullies on the playground are bad enough, spreading fear and a painful sense of helplessness. But what do we do about grownup bullies who have the power to take away our jobs, our healthcare, and our most fundamental rights?
This election wasn't just a failure for Democrats. It was a failure for democracy. Things won't change until we learn a lesson from the Election That Never Was.
The diverse coalition that makes up the Forward Together Moral Monday movement came out in record numbers on Tuesday to express one sentiment in particular : We will never go back and we'll never sound retreat.
Republicans have a right to savor their victory. But not a lot has changed except that the hard right of the GOP is still ascendant. Which makes the 2016 election very interesting indeed.
Underneath it all, this election was a statement by people against an economy that is not working for them. Democrats failed to deliver a better economy and a better life for most people, and voters held them accountable.
In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.
The election debacle puts Americans at risk. With a Republican Congress rewarded for its obstruction, anything that gets done in Congress is likely to serve the few and screw the many. Get ready for the fight to come.
Sean McElwee, a writer and a research assistant at Demos, wrote an excellent piece laying out the importance of voter turnout in four charts. We speak with Sean in the attached clip.
Here's an interview with CAF's very own Roger Hickey on the importance of this election. He makes the case for the importance of voting – even for progressives who may (understandably) be disaffected with the campaign.
Join Richard Eskow for live election-night coverage tonight from "The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur." I'll be on the air starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific).
The massive U.S. trade deficit jumped 7.6 percent in September, draining another $43 billion from our economy in a single month. That's $43 billion worth of jobs and business that went elsewhere.
Republicans may have control of the Senate in their grasp, largely thanks to a skewed 2014 electoral map. But Republican ads showed they couldn't get there by running as conservative ideologues.
Why bother to vote today? There are plenty of good reasons. We list four ways voting – or not – will have an immediate impact on your life, plus a fifth reason that is perhaps the most important one of all.
It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
Thom Hartmann points to a series of meetings in 2009 that set the stage for the Republican sabotaging of the economy over the next five years – and their potentially being rewarded for doing so on Tuesday.
Economists come up with complexities when a shave with Occam’s razor is all that’s needed. The bargaining power of most American workers is at a historical low point. The best way to restore it is to get the economy back to full employment.
Imagine: The year 2034, late October. America is no longer dependent on coal and foreign oil, and the economy is nearing full-employment. Coincidence? Or the result of a sustained and major investment in clean energy?
Key elections are going down to the wire. Activists are mobilizing; dark money is flooding in. But some lessons seem clear. We're witnessing not a conservative revival, but the beginnings of a populist upheaval.
For being a true populist champion, Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, is being honored at the Campaign for America's Future Awards Gala.
Stealing a page from the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl playbook from last year, the Democrats have spent the fall campaign hiding from the most successful federal government program since Medicare.
Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception. Will any of this election's nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell?
Trade is a huge issue for many blue-collar voters and in "rust-belt" regions that have been wiped out by the offshoring of our jobs and factories. This has given North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan an opportunity.
When you sign an online petition, send an email and especially donate to a cause, it can make a real difference. In the case of companies “renouncing their citizenship” in order to dodge their taxes, it really did work.
Big money is now altering the electoral process in school board elections and state level contests for school administration. The results are apt to be the same we’ve seen in more popular elections – a distortion of democracy
The fundamentals of the 2014 Senate map are tilted toward the Republicans, with Democrats defending seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won. And yet, with only four days until Election Day, the polls are all tied up.
The "Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service" asked the wrong questions, and thus fails to paint an accurate picture of the challenges that underlie millennials' political beliefs.
An elaborate mythology blames a “culture of poverty” for pockets of concentrated despair, like Ferguson. Another view holds that whites simply fled such areas. But a new study blames a century of intentionally discriminatory policies.
Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress. For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer.
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.
A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely grand jury decision not to indict in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different Americas, under very different rules.
The key elements of the American dream—a living wage, retirement security, the opportunity for one’s children to get ahead in life—are increasingly unreachable for all but the wealthiest among us.
Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. At the very least, they need leaders who empathize with what they’re going through.