Republicans Take Down Anti-Corporate Copyright Law Paper Within 24 Hours of Publication

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 am

One post-election question up for debate is where the Republican Party would go to try and capture the areas of the electorate they cannot penetrate – particularly minorities and the youth vote. The watered-down version of the DREAM Act suggested a policy path for reaching some segments of the minority electorate. And for about 24 [...]

Student Movement on Campuses Using Occupy Movement to Fight Tuition Hikes

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 1:40 pm

The story by Adam Nagourney claims that students are “losing the enthusiasm” to fight for Obama’s re-election. He cannot have possibly interviewed enough people to get a decent sample size. And it’s impossible to indicate all the factors that go into this decision by young people – the impossibly high pedestal on which they placed [...]

Administration Announces Student Loan Changes

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 2:34 pm

There was an expectation of a new announcement from the Obama Administration on student loans Wednesday, and we got a preview this afternoon. Responding, in the words of White House officials, to a petition at their new We the People petition site, the Administration will institute two new programs that could potentially save students who [...]

PowerShift Activists Move to Aggressive Grassroots Organizing to Confront National Leaders on Climate Issues

By: Monday April 18, 2011 2:08 pm

You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but over the past several days thousands of dedicated activists gathered for a conference in Washington, protested throughout the city, took over several places of business in the process, and even secured a meeting with the President of the United States. What, you may ask, you mean [...]

Labor Organizing Jumps in the Wake of Wisconsin

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 10:57 am

Scott Walker has lost the thread in Wisconsin. This documenting of 20 lies he’s told in the past couple weeks is going viral. A new poll from a conservative-leaning think tank in Wisconsin shows that voters want Walker to compromise by a 2-1 margin. Commentators from across the political spectrum have come to the conclusion [...]

Postcard from a New American Progressive Movement: The Wisconsin Strategy

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 7:10 am

Thomas M. Bird was a mild-mannered graduate student from Oshkosh, voting Democratic but paying only slight attention to politics, before Scott Walker announced his budget repair bill. He didn’t make it over to the Capitol in Madison until February 17, four days into the protests. Within a couple weeks, he was a ranking member of [...]

The Youth Vote: Still Pro-Democratic, Turnout Average for a Midterm Election

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 8:20 am

I mentioned this before, but a lot of losses for Democrats were baked into the cake last night simply because of the relative age of a midterm electorate. In the modern, non-Boll Weevil Democrat era, we’ve seen two midterms for a Democratic President that were absolute slaughters. The midterms for Republican Presidents were occasionally bad, [...]

2010 Midterms Determined By Non-Voters More Than Voters

By: Monday November 1, 2010 10:02 am

You read the pre-post-mortems on the midterm elections today and you see a clear set of frustrations bubble to the surface. Young voters are mad that their concerns and perspective has not been addressed in the first two years of the Obama presidency. Voters in the Midwest look around their bleak economic landscape and cast [...]

DREAM Act Less About Politics, More About Basic Fairness to Cross-Section of Political Spectrum

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 11:14 am

In addition to the demise of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the broader changes in the defense authorization bill (including increases in military pay, no permanent military bases in Afghanistan, and more), the DREAM Act failed to get a chance to be offered as an amendment to the bill. When Mitch McConnell tried to offer [...]

Youth Wasted on the Young: The Flaw in the DNC Midterm Strategy

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 11:40 am

I think it’s actually fine, as a long-term strategy, to rely on young people to win national elections. The idea is that people internalize their loyalties to one or another ideology early in life, and so capturing a young voter will have lasting effects throughout their lifespan. But in the short term, the young voter [...]

Why Is The White House Holding Conference Calls With Barbara Lee Every Day?

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 9:10 am

This is kind of strange. I jumped on a White House conference call with Barbara Lee (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, yesterday. The topic was the youth summer job program, which the House has passed but the Senate has yet to take up. I get an advisory in my inbox that there’s another [...]

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