DC Democrats Upset That Feingold Called Out Pelosi’s Game of Footsie with Bowles-Simpson

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:20 am

Controversy has broken out because one progressive group dared to call out the House Democratic Leader on a dangerous tactical game she has been playing for the last several months. The story goes like this: Republicans have habitually bashed President Obama for not backing the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan in a formal recommendation to Congress. [...]

Wisconsin Democrats Get Nearly 20% of Needed Walker Recall Signatures in Four Days

By: Monday November 21, 2011 10:55 am

The difference between the recalls of Republican state Senators in Wisconsin earlier this year and the recall of Scott Walker, at least with respect to the signature gathering process, is that those Senate recalls took place in swingy or downright conservative areas. The Walker recall is statewide. And that brings in a lot of low-hanging [...]

Feingold’s LRA Reaction

By: Monday October 17, 2011 10:04 am

Russ Feingold, author of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Relief Act of 2009, has responded to the news that President Obama sent 100 combat-equipped troops to Uganda last week. I said I would follow up on that, so here it is: The author of that legislation, former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., told [...]

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 [...]

Russ Feingold’s Progressives United Endorses Elizabeth Warren

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 2:26 pm

Russ Feingold’s Progressives United made its first-ever endorsement today, backing Elizabeth Warren’s run for US Senate in Massachusetts. In an email to supporters, Feingold writes that “I’ve known Elizabeth and her husband for years, and she’s exactly the type of person who should be running for office.” He reaches back to her somewhat-forgotten work fighting [...]

Feingold’s Progressives United Creates AG Call Tool for Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 9:30 am

Progressive groups this week began to pay attention to the foreclosure fraud settlement, after Tom Miller booted Eric Schneiderman from the executive committee negotiating with the banks, because he had the audacity to suggest that there ought to be an investigation into the banks’ wrongdoing before settling with them. CREDO kicked this off with a [...]

Feingold Not Running for Office in 2012

By: Friday August 19, 2011 8:10 am

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will not run for any state or federal office in 2012, at a time with an open Senate seat and a potential gubernatorial recall election. In an email going out to supporters early Friday morning, Feingold called it a difficult decision but said he wanted to devote his time to [...]

Polling Shows Feingold Would Offer Biggest Challenge to Walker in Recall

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 1:31 pm

I think a really underrated factor in why Democrats in Wisconsin came up just short of winning back the state Senate is because of that extra month on the schedule forced by the “spoiler candidates” put forward by state Republicans. The extra month did not only give Senate incumbents like Alberta Darling and Luther Olsen [...]

Baselines Could Tell the Tale on Catfood Commission II

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 12:23 pm

Russ Feingold writes that the Catfood Commission is the biggest threat to Social Security. Prior to this week’s debt agreement, it’s been extremely difficult to cut Social Security benefits, because doing so required 60 votes to overcome an almost certain filibuster in the Senate. And rightly so – Social Security is the most successful and [...]

The Post-Citizens United World: Ron Johnson Gets De Facto $10 Million Corporate Payment for Election Campaign

By: Friday June 24, 2011 8:55 am

The campaign finance rules of the post-Citizens United world are, broadly speaking, that there are no rules. That can be seen in Sen. Ron Johnson’s brazen display: After dropping nearly $9 million from his own pocket to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson didn’t have to feel the pain for very long. [...]

Netroots Nation Day 1: Random Thoughts

By: Friday June 17, 2011 8:49 am

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s sometimes difficult to give a snap impression of Netroots Nation, the sprawling, three-day conference that this year brought 2,500 people to Minneapolis, making it the largest event they’ve ever thrown. The thing happens at warp speed, and I’m in and out of so many meetings and events that it’s hard to give [...]

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