Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Time running out for Bernie to make a deal

Little Rock    Depending on how you look at it, one of the assets – or liabilities – of being an organizer for over fifty years, is that in the immortal words of the old country…

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Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Shutterstock)
Posted in Columns Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The opposite of progressivism? Pessimism

Polls show broad support for progressive ideas. So why aren’t more progressives voting for them? By Jim Hightower | OtherWords March 18, 2020 There’s a short-circuit in the political convictions of some progressive-minded voters these days….

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Representatives from youth organizations on Wednesday spoke about the importance of a robust debate in front of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Sunrise Movement)
Posted in Climate change Democrat Primaries News Race for the White House 2020 While we were looking elsewhere

Youth Coalition demands ‘serious discussion’ of key progressive issues at Democratic Presidential debate

“In the last few democratic debates, there has been little to no discussion on the defining issues that face our generation like immigration, climate change, gun control, and mass incarceration.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Food News Public Health Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Safety Net

Trump moves to take Food Stamps from over a million people

“Really it’s a cruel rule, taking food out of the mouths of hungry individuals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams The Trump administration announced this week that it has no plans to scrap—or, at the very…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Virus may be fatal to the Trump Campaign

By Wade Rathke New Orleans    The reviews of President Trump’s press conference, where he claimed he was trying to calm the American people and was expected to show leadership in meeting the covid-19 crisis, were…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation Voter registration Voter suppression

Why so few young Americans vote

By John Holbein, University of Virginia The United States has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. The gap between 18- to 29-year-olds and those over 60, a common measuring stick,…

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Posted in Bribery Business Corruption National News Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Trump’s company paid bribes to reduce property taxes, assessors say

Five former city employees and a former Trump Organization employee say the company used middlemen to pay New York City tax assessors to lower building assessments and pay less taxes in the 1980s and 1990s.  …

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Posted in Democrat Primaries Editorial/opinon Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Marjorie Hershey, Indiana University Electability has been the single most important force motivating voters in the 2020 Democratic primaries. But what is it? What makes one candidate seem like they could get votes from a majority…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Coalition urges everyone to join movement supporting Sanders to secure a ‘feminist future’

“For the nurses, teachers, cooks, domestic workers, bus drivers, farmers, librarians, organizers, caretakers, writers, sex workers, shamans, and waitresses: there’s another America waiting for us and we are ready to greet her. ” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Climate change Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Health Care News Poverty Race for the White House 2020

Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Democracy Fat Money Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wealth

Today, political office is no country for billionaires

New Orleans    Politics is drowning in money or, more accurately, money is drowning politics. Estimates for the campaign for President now run in the billions. There is every indication that future campaigns will be even…

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Posted in National News Race for the White House 2020

People’s Action: We are grateful for Sen. Warren’s accomplishments

Meteor Staff report People’s Action released the following statement in response to news that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would suspend her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. “Senator Warren ran a principled, historic race for the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Care Health Insurance News Politics Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Taxes

‘Give us an hour on MSNBC’: Sanders says he would love to debate Medicare for All vs. For-Profit System with Joe Biden

“We’re spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of any other country and yet 27 million are uninsured, 30,000 people die, half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical-related…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Woulda, shoulda, coulda Elizabeth Warren

New Orleans    I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Warren. I’ve read her books. I appreciate her candor and convictions. We all owe her thanks for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, no matter what the Supreme…

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Posted in Common Dreams National News Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020

Warren urged to help form ‘Progressive Front’ with Sanders as Big-Money establishment fuels Biden surge

“If she can make the case for Sanders, she’ll help build a progressive front against a moneyed and well-organized moderate force.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, March 04, 2020 After Super Tuesday’s results…

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Posted in Analysis Minority Voters News Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Super Tuesday results show how Latino voters, moderate Democrats and Trump supporters are shaping the election

Katie A. Cahill, University of Tennessee; Andrea Kent, West Virginia University, and Rey Junco, Tufts University Mar 4, 11:00 AM MST Editor’s note: From tiny Vermont villages to the tornado-damaged city of Nashville to California’s sprawling…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

How socialism became un-American through the Ad Council’s propaganda campaigns

Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism. CNN screenshot Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Miami University Bernie Sanders has emerged and then dissipated as the Democratic front-runner in the race for the presidential nomination. The…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

What’s happening with Elizabeth Warren?

Lafayette   The pundits and wizards are already writing the obituary for Massachusetts’ Senator Elizabeth Warren. You can read them in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and about anywhere else. The reasons…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Public Health Race for the White House 2020

First US coronavirus death near Canada, but Trump confirms closing Mexico Border under consideration

“Why isn’t Donald Trump focused on our northern border? I’ll give you three guesses but you’ll only need one.” By Jon Queally, staff writer Feb 29, 2020 While the first death tied directly to the coronavirus…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Citizen Wealth Housing Policy News Politics Race for the White House 2020 Reveal

Mayor Pete has a redlining problem in Indiana

By Aaron Glantz / February 28, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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Posted in Analysis Children Education funding Politics Poverty Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Democratic candidates seek a big and unprecedented K-12 funding boost

David S. Knight, University of Washington Democratic presidential candidates are proposing new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders want to triple the US$15 billion…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Race for the White House 2020 Truthout

Democratic Party Dinosaurs have seen the Meteor, and it’s coming from Vermont

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout February 23, 2020 The Berniegeddon is upon us! It’s France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It’s the Russians! It’s the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives!…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The paradox of Trump support

New Orleans      There was a time when families followed a careful rule.  When gathering with the blood, avoid talking about religion or politics. Only part of that rule still holds, as America becomes more and…

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