Off to Netroots Nation 2012

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 6:10 am

As you read this, I’ll be boarding a plane to Providence, Rhode Island, for the 2012 edition of Netroots Nation, the annual gathering. Obviously the Wisconsin recall results and the nail it has begun to put on the coffin of organized labor will put a damper on the mood somewhat. But that makes it perhaps [...]

Progressives Have Limited Options in “Fiscal Cliff” Lame Duck Session of Congress

By: Monday April 2, 2012 12:14 pm

Robert Kuttner kicks off a discussion that progressives are going to have to hold among themselves between now and the upcoming lame duck session. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s addressing it in a realistic way. Kuttner points out the trio of major fiscal changes that will hit at the end of the year if Congress [...]

CA-Init: Progressives Force Compromise on Jerry Brown-Led Tax Initiative

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:18 pm

A major battle between progressive activists and a sitting governor in the nation’s largest state is nearing a conclusion today. California Governor Jerry Brown and a coalition of progressives have entered into negotiations to finalize a tax measure for the November 2012 ballot, after both sides offered competing plans. The story is that Brown offered [...]

How the Public Option Fight Changed the Progressive Movement

By: Monday January 16, 2012 10:57 am

Jonathan Bernstein wonders whether liberals have “forgotten about the public option.” I think the point here is that liberals have forgotten about politicians expressing nominal support for the public option. It’s still very early, but the first hints are a lot less promising than I would have expected for public option supporters. I checked the [...]

On Ron Paul and Progressivism

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 9:45 am

I wrote previously about Ron Paul’s newsletters, and I still think there’s reason to condemn not only the writings but the worldview they espouse, one which Paul embraces even as he disavows some of the finer points of the newsletters. But I think there’s more to say about this incident and what it means about [...]

Iowa Democratic Party Criticizes Progressive Activist Group for Their Conduct

By: Friday September 2, 2011 12:16 pm

I’ve been writing about the exploits of Iowa CCI, the community group that has been challenging Presidential candidates and local politicians in Iowa alike. Because of Iowa CCI, Mitt Romney delivered his “corporations are people” remark. And Iowa CCI has no problem criticizing Democrats who fail to uphold their principles of protecting the social safety [...]

It’s Been the Same Administration All Along

By: Monday August 22, 2011 12:54 pm

E.J. Dionne gives what has become standard liberal advice nowadays, saying that the President needs to “go big” on a jobs bill, and to take it to the public if Republicans oppose as expected: Going big means immediate action to boost the economy, even though this will increase the short-term deficit. His proposals to continue [...]

Invisible Town Hall Revolution Continues to Roll, With Real Impact on GOP

By: Friday August 19, 2011 10:52 am

We’re seeing more evidence today of the “Invisible Town Hall Revolution,” the pushback by ordinary Americans for progressive values like tax fairness, good jobs now and the social safety net. Freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren was cornered at one of his town halls by constituents who demanded taxes on the wealthy. This is great stuff: “We [...]

The Emergence of the $15 Town Hall Meeting

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 9:30 am

I’ve been writing about the invisible town hall revolution, where dozens of conservative members of Congress have been bombarded by ordinary citizens delivering progressive messages. This actually started after the passage of the Paul Ryan budget in the spring, and some members have figured out methods to deal with it. Some do only tele-town halls. [...]

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 [...]

Country Hates the Lack of Progress. So What?

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 7:30 am

As per usual, Chris Cillizza perfectly sums up an axiom in Washington with his headline, “Liberals Hate the Debt Deal. So What?” First of all, the polling shows that everyone hates the debt deal, particularly those independents who were supposed to be wooed by it, but let that go. The view from Washington is that [...]

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