Florida Essentially Gives Up on Voter Purge Efforts

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 10:56 am

The state of Florida has backed down in their attempts to purge voter-rolls of suspected non-citizens. In the settlement of a lawsuit with civil rights organizations, Florida has basically rolled back the entire voter purge, including their initial list of 2,600 “potential non-citizens,” which ended up netting exactly one non-citizen voter, out of the 8.3 [...]

After Tragedy, Bloomberg Rips Presidential Candidates for Not Talking About Gun Laws

By: Friday July 20, 2012 10:16 am

In the wake of a shooting tragedy, it is only because of the dedicated work of gun control supporters that the implement used in the tragedy even gets mentioned. The President in his remarks this morning on the incident in Aurora, Colorado, referred to a “gunman” but not the guns he used. It’s proper and [...]

Mass Shooting in Aurora, Colo; 12 Dead, 50 Wounded, Suspect Held

By: Friday July 20, 2012 4:47 am

NPR is reporting this morning that a man armed with a rifle (perhaps also a shotgun) and at least 2 hand guns entered a theater complex in a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado.  As audiences were watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, the man threw what may have been a tear-gas explosive inside [...]

Some Democratic Governors Also Shaky on Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 9:35 am

All the Dem operatives and commentators ensuring that every state will “eventually” (an indeterminate length) opt into the Medicaid expansion makes the case that they will see what a good deal it is for the states and simply have to comply. Greg Sargent looks at some numbers from the Urban Institute showing that states would [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

Fed Looking to Slap Wrists of Smaller Mortgage Servicers

By: Monday April 2, 2012 6:17 am

Because we know that foreclosure fraud is a pervasive and industry-wide problem, we know that other servicers beyond the big 5 would eventually get sanctioned in some way for their role in it. Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase made up over 46% of the mortgage servicing market by the end of 2011, [...]

State Level Fights Offer Opportunities for Progressives

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 10:52 am

In Chris Cillizza’s smug dismissal of liberal frustration, with the curt statement “liberals and progressives have nowhere else to go,” he overlooks the fact that liberals have plenty of places to go. More than ever, in fact. From a movement-building perspective, there are more opportunities than normal in an off year to really make a [...]

Debt Limit Vote Could Yield Spending Caps

By: Friday April 15, 2011 7:10 am

It seems clear now that the President is not going to adopt the best strategy for passing the debt limit, by simply demanding a clean bill and letting Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein do the work of forcing Congress to act. He’ll allow the hostage-taking event to occur, he’ll let the hostage walk to school [...]

The Budget Cap: A Prescription to End Any Hope of Progressive Governance Forever

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 9:10 am

Atrios is right: the idea that someone can be “serious” about the deficit while wanting to extend historically low tax rates is ridiculous. But that’s only true if you think yesterday’s Bowles-Simpson recommendations for deficit reduction had anything to do with deficit reduction. Clearly they don’t. They attempt to reduce the deficit by lowering tax [...]

Democrats Run Away from President’s Economic Plans

By: Friday September 10, 2010 9:48 am

In his press conference and throughout the week, the President has set the table and offered distinctions with Republicans on a number of key issues, including those broadly popular with both the base of the Democratic party and in the country. You can hone in on two of these: the infrastructure bill and letting tax [...]

Democrats Benefit from Immigration Law in Arizona

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:06 am

Many suspected that the Arizona immigration law would backfire on Republicans, particularly with Hispanic voters, but we didn’t have definitive proof until this polling data from PPP. When we polled Colorado in early March Michael Bennet and Jane Norton were tied. Last week we found Bennet with a 3 point lead. One of the biggest [...]

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