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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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

Democrat establishment and centrist pundits go on offensive in “misguided” verbal attack on Sanders Campaign

By Mac England, Feb 23, 2020 Flagstaff. UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative estimated Sunday morning, with around 60% of precincts officially reporting, that Sanders won over 70% of the Latino vote in the Nevada caucus….

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Columns Elections Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Posted in Analysis Race for the White House 2020

Sanders takes Nevada Democrat’s Caucus, 3 wins in a row

This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated. updated 9 AM By Mac England For the first time in memory a contender in a Democrat Presidential Nominating race has won the first three…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance Race for the White House 2020

Nevada Entrance Poll shows 62% of Democratic Caucus-goers support Medicare for All

“It’s fair to say Democratic leadership fails to understand how much everyday Americans hate their private healthcare coverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than 60% of Nevada caucus-goers support eliminating private insurance and moving to…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

“That’s called electability”: diverse coalition propels Bernie Sanders to big win in Nevada

“That’s not just a savvy coalition for winning the Nevada caucuses, it’s how Bernie Sanders becomes president. Face it, establishment Democrats—it’s his party now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing story… Check back…

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

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

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Posted in Analysis Ethics National The Conversation

Why Trump’s post-impeachment actions are about vengeance, not retribution

“Since the end of his Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump has carried out a concerted campaign against his Democratic political opponents as well as members of his administration who cooperated with them.” Austin Sarat, Amherst…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Politics Voter registration Voter suppression

Reworking Don McLean’s “American Pie” YouTube creators The Founding Fathers post “The Day Democracy Died”

Across America people are concerned about the actions of wealthy and powerful people suppressing votes, removing voters from voter registration lists, putting up obstacles to make it difficult to even register to vote, eliminating voter protections…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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

The surprising ineptness of liberals and moderates

Houston       Let me start by saying, I have mixed feelings about Senator Bernie Sanders as a candidate for President, not on ideological grounds and not personal to him.  I’m just not sure that I’ve seen the…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

Ohio battles to protect the vote

Columbus        Twenty-five people made their way into the Vanderelli Room in Columbus.  The art, performance, and all-around community space in the Franklinton neighborhood of the city near downtown had been offered to TrustVote and the Columbus…

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Get out the vote
Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Don’t mourn, hit the doors!

New Orleans       What a week!  It was pretty much a full-on-Trump-arade!  Rarely have we read or heard so many pundits wringing their hands and tearing their hair since they were forced to walk-back the headlines…

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

Running from race is hard in the presidential race

New Orleans       It’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, so what better time to talk about the still unresolved, raw issues around race that continue more than 150 years after his death.  Evidence abounds that you can’t run…

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Posted in National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Trump reportedly compiling Nixonian ‘Enemies List’ as he seeks revenge for impeachment

“McConnell hasn’t even held the final vote to launch the post-checks and balances era, and already the would-be authoritarian is escalating his abuses of power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams President Donald Trump is reportedly…

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Posted in Analysis Campaign finance Podcasts Pro Publica

Reporting Recipe: How to identify suspicious campaign finance records

This week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” reveals how watchdogs discovered contributions eventually traced to key figures in the Ukraine scandal. Here’s how regular people can do the same on their own. by Ilya Marritz and Matt…

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

Reading the tea leaves in the Iowa disaster

New Orleans      The best thing to come out of the Iowa caucus disaster is the delay, which continues even now, because it prevents preemptive determination of a winner until the full totals are known, rather…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

More from Jeff Biggers: Forget Iowa’s stupid app: Democrats can’t ignore the dismal turnout if they hope to win

My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure JEFF BIGGERS FEBRUARY 5, 2020 We arrived at 6:25 p.m. on Monday night at our caucus…

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

Trump is right – the Democrats are a hot mess

Greenville       It’s like the line about a broken clock is still right two times a day. President Trump is right that the Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and might not be competent enough…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

“…Amid everything they did wrong, the Iowa Democratic Party did one thing right: It required that votes be counted on paper, and then tallied electronically. To those of us who study cybersecurity carefully, that’s crucial.”  …

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

What’s the matter with Iowa?

New Orleans I’m not one of the political junkies that stays up late on the night of the Iowa caucus to see the results. Forty years ago, ACORN organized at the Iowa caucuses. I’ve followed them…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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