Democrats Try to Reverse Stand Your Ground in Appropriations Bill

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:37 pm

In the House appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice and Science that will get preliminary votes today, Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva will introduce a “Stop Shoot First Laws” amendment, a direct reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin, whose death and ensuing trial may turn on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The [...]

Congressional Progressive Caucus Introduces “Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act”

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 12:20 pm

A passel of Occupy Wall Street activists will meet with leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus today, specifically about legislative issues: Ten organizers from New York’s OWS group will speak to the caucus about their legislative priorities, according to an email sent to Members and obtained by Roll Call. “This is the very first meeting [...]

Democrats Coming Home to #OccupyWallStreet, Producing Synergy of Action and Dissent

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 11:33 am

More Democratic politicians embraced the #OccupyWallStreet protests today, supporting the core grievances of a broken economy and corporate influence as broadly similar to their own platforms. This includes the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus, Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, saying that “We share the anger and frustration of so many Americans who have seen the [...]

Democrats Lining Up in Support of More Populist Obama Stances

By: Monday September 19, 2011 11:49 am

The biggest problem with the White House’s definitional strategy on the American Jobs Act was that Democrats didn’t really give it the full-throated support it needed to draw that contrast. By the end of last week, the White House was circling the wagons on that, and Democratic leaders stepped out to say that the jobs [...]

Repatriation Tax Holiday for Businesses Didn’t Work Last Time to Create Jobs

By: Monday June 20, 2011 12:24 pm

It’s a bit of genius that the New York Times delivers their story about businesses pushing for a repatriation tax holiday under the series headline “But Nobody Pays That.” Because that four-word title refutes just about everything in the article from the business perspective. Businesses talk about the high nominal corporate tax rate. “But Nobody [...]

The Return of Economic Justice to the Progressive Agenda

By: Monday June 20, 2011 7:30 am

I agree with Marcy Wheeler that Netroots Nation 2011 consisted in many ways of a “desperate conversation to save the middle class.” I don’t think anybody figured this out. But some members of the coalition kicked off some important test campaigns. I went to the old Wesley Church in Minneapolis on Saturday, to the premiere [...]

Progressive Open Campaign for Warren Recess Appointment to CFPB

By: Friday May 20, 2011 8:50 am

We are roughly two months away from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau transferring into the Federal Reserve. If the agency doesn’t have a director by then, it risks losing powers over non-bank financial institutions until it acquires that agency head. This would upset the mission of the CFPB and reduce safety for consumers. The Administration [...]

As King Hearings Continue, More Information on White Supremacist Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Hundreds in Spokane

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 10:40 am

Marcy is doing a great job liveblogging the McCarthyist hearings on Islamic radicalism chaired by terrorist sympathizer Peter King. She’s covered Keith Ellison breaking down when talking about a Muslim NYPD cadet and paramedic named Mohammed Salman Hamdani who died rescuing people on 9/11. She’s covered Sheriff Lee Baca of LA County, the only law [...]

Progressive Caucus Could Move Back to Single Chairperson

By: Monday November 15, 2010 2:10 pm

I suppose a lot of people here have little use for the Progressive Caucus. I wouldn’t venture to say they covered themselves in glory in this Congress. They still face problems of internal cohesion and discipline, as well as using candidate recruitment and fundraising as a tool for progressive outcomes. I think at least some [...]

Keith Ellison to Run for Progressive Caucus Chair

By: Friday October 15, 2010 9:29 am

The Progressive Caucus, despite greater numbers than the Blue Dogs, has never had the same impact on the national debate. They tried a co-chair framework this year, with Lynn Woolsey and Raul Grijalva leading the caucus. But Woolsey is just a poor communicator, and the split in the leadership served to weaken its message. Grijalva [...]

More Bed-Wetter Democrats Join Reid on Cordoba House

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 6:40 am

Chris Cillizza must have been the first one with his hand up in the Washington Post editorial meeting to volunteer to write the “Democrats in disarray” piece, about the Cordoba House project. He must have dialed with glee into all the campaigns and heard all the anguished responses. I particularly enjoyed the anonymous operative at [...]

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