Liberal Groups Whip Senate on Social Insurance Cuts

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:45 am

Liberal groups have targeted Democratic Senators in a campaign to forestall benefit cuts to social insurance programs as part of any deal to avert the fiscal slope. The groups, which include CREDO, Progressives United, the PCCC, DFA, MoveOn, the Campaign for America’s Future and Rebuild the Dream, have segmented the Senate into three categories, based [...]

Obama Campaign Reluctant to Give Up Database

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:44 am

Democrats want President Obama’s campaign to release the vast, rich amount of data they gained throughout 2012 for use by statewide and local campaigns. I don’t think they should hold their breath. From the candidates running in 2014 to the state Democratic parties to progressive advocacy groups, there is an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign afoot [...]

Today on the Fiscal Slopes

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 3:55 pm

I don’t think this will be a regular feature, but here are a few things on everybody’s favorite cliff/slope metaphor that caught my eye at the end of the day: First of all, unions are so far following through on protecting social insurance against potential attacks from both parties: The American Federation Of State, County [...]

Scenes from the Opening Fiscal Slope Salvos in Washington

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 12:25 pm

So here’s what we got out of MoveOn’s Justin Ruben, who participated in that meeting between President Obama and some labor and progressive groups today. MoveOn’s 7 million members will be pleased to know that President Obama today strongly reiterated his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent [...]

Obama Meets With Labor, Progressive Groups Today

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 8:30 am

President Obama meets with labor and progressive leaders today about the fiscal slope. I hardly want to be accused of being cynical, but he’s meeting with the group furthest to the left in the conversation the furthest away from the actual negotiations on the deal; tomorrow, he welcomes business leaders to the White House. The [...]

Warren Looks Set for Senate Banking Committee Seat

By: Monday November 12, 2012 3:06 pm

The prospects for Elizabeth Warren nabbing a spot on the Senate Banking Committee brightened in recent days. First, let’s take a look at the Banking Committee membership. With a 55-45 partisan split in the Senate rather than 53-47, I wouldn’t expect the partisan makeup on the committee to change all that much. Right now there [...]

Liberal Groups Fighting Grand Bargain – For Now

By: Friday November 9, 2012 11:43 am

As we try to soak in what the President just had to say, keep in mind that there’s a growing citizen-led movement, backed by labor and progressive groups, to push Democrats away from anything approaching a grand bargain that would cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security (they should also be protective of regular discretionary spending, [...]

Progressive Groups Oppose Potential Social Security Benefit Cut From Move to Chained CPI

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 1:01 pm

I mentioned earlier today that Social Security recipients will see a 1.7% cost of living increase in 2013, one of the smallest in the history of the program, which amounts to around $21 a month for the average recipient. This is likely to get eaten up by Medicare premium increases and drug costs. In two [...]

Housing Groups Point to Justice Department as Stonewalling Investigations into Banks

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 10:27 am

A coalition of housing advocates that supported the state/federal investigation into securitization abuses that accompanied the foreclosure fraud settlement has turned against it sharply, charging the Justice Department with stonewalling the investigation and denying it critical resources that could move prosecutions against leading banks for their role in the housing crash and subsequent economic crisis. [...]

Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 10:54 am

One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as [...]

The Bush Tax Cut Fight on the Left: Americans for Tax Fairness Launches

By: Friday May 25, 2012 6:18 am

So here’s a new development in this Nancy Pelosi/Bush tax cut situation. Last night, a new coalition called “Americans for Tax Fairness” was formed, composed of nearly 30 labor unions and progressive groups. They have a Facebook page here (UPDATE: That is not a Facebook page for this iteration of Americans for Tax Fairness, but [...]

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