Threat of Medicare Eligibility Age Increase Recedes – For Now

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 10:00 am

Amid all the fiscal slope machinations comes one bit of good news, at least in the near term. House Speaker John Boehner has pulled back on raising the Medicare eligibility age in this deal, although he holds it out as a possibility for the conclusion of the deal next year. This suggests that the White [...]

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 [...]

Change.org Helping Group Pushing Grand Bargain, Social Insurance Cuts

By: Monday November 12, 2012 12:17 pm

The fiscal madness in Washington has now intersected with a recent development, the sellout of certain progressive organizations. Change.org recently announced they would rebrand themselves as less a progressive social movement site, but a one-stop shop for anyone of any ideology that wants to use petitions to leverage a particular policy. Change.org allows users to [...]

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, [...]

Challenges to Conservative Voter Suppression Tactics Largely Successful in 2012

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 10:16 am

With the narrow, potentially confusing but generally beneficial ruling yesterday in the Pennsylvania voter ID case, the trend is confirmed: voting rights activists have successfully fended off a number of voter suppression tactics put forward by Republicans seeking to model the electorate to their benefit in 2012. The result, that Pennsylvanians will not have to [...]

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:45 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key [...]

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 [...]

Silent March Opposes Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:38 pm

I should double back to what I’ve been told was an amazing silent march yesterday against the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk policy. Several thousand took part. And perhaps fittingly, it ended with some police overreach. Two and a half hours after it began, the peaceful, disciplined march ended in mild disarray. [...]

Deferred Action for DREAMers a Victory for Networked Political Organizing

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:34 am

President Obama is speaking at this hour on his Administration’s new policy on prosecutorial discretion when it comes to “DREAMer” migrants brought to this country when they were young. This clearly tells you the political significance of today’s action. I don’t understand the argument that this exhibits a slow slide into dictatorship, with an executive [...]

Conservative Activists Shut Down Talk of Keeping Parts of Obamacare Within 30 Minutes

By: Friday May 18, 2012 1:35 pm

I’ve been on quite a few listservs in my career, including ones that were supposed to wield supreme influence. But I can assure you that I’ve never been involved with any listserv as effective as this. Basically, within 30 minutes of a story in Politico about how House Republicans may try to reinstate parts of [...]

The Long Struggle for a Progressive Counterweight to ALEC

By: Saturday April 14, 2012 8:53 am

A coalition on the left, including Color of Change, People for the American Way, Common Cause, the Center for Media and Democracy and others, have been targeting large corporations to drop their underwriting for ALEC, the right-wing model legislation factory. Because nobody had spotlighted the source of ALEC’s funding in this way before, they have [...]

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