Posted in Politics Reproductive Rights

Ocasio-Cortez Says Sinema Can ‘Take a Seat’ on Women’s Health

“Hold everyone contributing to this disaster accountable, GOP and Dem obstructionists included,” the New York Democrat said. “She should be primaried.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams May 3, 2022 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among those condemning…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Voter suppression

Sinema enabling new AZ GOP voter purge law?

“The GOP continues to suppress voting rights across the country,” said one advocacy group. “Do you see what’s happening in your state, Senator Sinema?” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, March 31, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten…

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Posted in Democracy Elections Voter suppression

On eve of key fight, Sanders asks: ‘Will Manchin and Sinema vote with GOP?’

“We are not going to win the elections in 2022 unless our base is energized and ordinary people understand what we are fighting for, and how we are different than the Republicans.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) board an elevator after a meeting on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Voter suppression

Manchin joins Sinema in destroying Democrat hopes to pass voting rights

“We’re old enough to remember a whole month ago when both Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin voted to make an exception to the filibuster for the debt ceiling,” Public Citizen sardonically noted. by Brett Williams, Common…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks on the Senate floor on January 13, 2021. (Photo: C-SPAN/Screengrab)
Posted in Filibuster News

Sinema sparks fury by choosing filibuster over democracy

‘Shame on Her’ The Arizona Democrat’s continued opposition to filibuster reform puts her squarely “in McConnell’s anti-democracy camp,” said one progressive activist. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, January 13, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was…

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Stewart Acuff of Jefferson County, West Virginia and Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People's Campaign hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax

‘Can’t afford’ Build Back Better? US billionaires saw $1 trillion wealth boom in 2021 alone

A new analysis shows that Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed tax on billionaires “would be more than enough to cover the expansion of the child tax credit in the Build Back Better Act.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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A mother and her children appear at a news conference to discuss the importance of the child tax credit at the Ethel Bradley Early Education Center on August 12, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Child Welfare

Increase in child poverty feared as tax credit expires amid Omicron wave

“The pandemic isn’t over—the relief to withstand it shouldn’t stop,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams January 4, 2022 The lapse of Democrats’ expanded child tax credit program at the end of last…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) leaves the Senate Democrats' luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on October 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Democracy News Politics

Defending filibuster, Sinema imperils last-ditch voting rights push

“Sinema doesn’t support the voting rights legislation. The filibuster just lets her pretend she does.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, December 16, 2021 Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Wednesday cast further doubt on Democrats’ nascent…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks to reporters as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in News Restart 2021 Wealth Tax

Sinema targeted over tax break for rich

  “It’s time for her to decide who she works for: Arizonans, or private equity billionaires.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 7, 2021 A group of wealthy investors and business leaders who support progressive…

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walk in the U.S. Capitol hallway on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema digs in on Filibuster defense amid GOP’s assault on voting rights

Republicans and a pair of Senate Democrats are “using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily lives of people,” warned Rev. Dr. William Barber II. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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House members worked into the early morning Saturday to pass the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and move forward on a separate $1.85 trillion social spending package that Democratic leaders hope to deliver before Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)
Posted in Arizona Infrastructure News

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

by Diannie Chavez, Kimberly Silverio-Bautista and Ulysse Bex, Cronkite News November 6, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill,…

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Posted in Corporate Influence News Politics Restart 2021

West Virginia constituents decry ‘Immorality’ of Joe Manchin

“West Virginia has been locked into an economy that forces workers into low-wage jobs with no hope for advancement, and after decades of this our hope is dwindling,” said one West Virginian. “The cuts that Sen….

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Posted in Corporate Taxes Restart 2021 Wealth Tax

As ‘unhinged’ Sinema blocks corporate rate hike, demand grows for billionaire tax

“It seems truly unhinged to look at a country full of working people struggling to get by… and decide that it’s more important to preserve low tax rates for billionaires and corporations than it is to…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Restart 2021

Sinema kills Democrats’ plan to raise corporate tax rate

Although “all of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda can be paid for by fairer taxes on the wealthy and corporations,” noted Americans for Tax Fairness, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to support tax hikes on the…

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Posted in Infrastructure News Restart 2021

5 Sinema advisers quit in protest

‘Hanging Your Constituents Out to Dry’ “You have become one of the principal obstacles to progress, answering to big donors rather than your own people.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams Thursday, October 21, 2021 As U.S….

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks through the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Medicare Restart 2021

Arizona groups demand Sinema ‘Stop obstructing’ on Medicare expansion

The diverse coalition called on the Democratic senator to back “bold drug pricing reform” and “critical improvements to Medicare’s coverage” in the reconciliation package. by Jessica Corbett Wednesday, October 20, 2021 As Democrats’ sweeping Build Back…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) hobnobs with attendees of a May 17, 2019 event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Campaign finance Corporate Influence News

Sinema Collects More Pharma and Finance Funds

New Filing “This is what someone who’s bought and paid for looks like.” by Brett Wilkens October 18, 2021 U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the right-wing Arizona Democrat obstructing her party’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill,…

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New polling from CNN and SRSS found that 75% of Democratic respondents favor a Build Back Better bill with more ambitious social and climate spending. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Unbendable Media)
Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Restart 2021 Workers

75% of Democrats want party to go big on social spending, climate action

“The people delivered Democrats the House, Senate, and White House. Now it’s time for us to deliver them paid leave, child care, climate action, lower healthcare costs, pre-k, community college, affordable housing, and so much more.”…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and a handful of right-wing Democrats pose a potentially existential threat to the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, a sweeping budget reconciliation package that, if passed, would fund robust climate action. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in Guest Column Op/Ed Restart 2021

Our long neoliberal nightmare: Congress should not begrudge $3.5 trillion reconciliation package for the people

To set themselves apart from Republicans, Democrats must demonstrate the political will to choose the common good over allegiance to corporate wealth. by Michele Swenson Thursday, October 14, 2021 A half century of neoliberal economic policy…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) hobnobs with attendees of a May 17, 2019 event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Dark Money News Politics

While roadblocking Party agenda, Sinema absconds to Europe for fundraising

“She might as well start fundraising for McConnell at this point.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, October 14, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s popular legislative agenda hanging in the balance largely due to her obstruction,…

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Low-wage workers, economists, faith leaders, and a progressive lawmaker spoke about Democrats' budget reconciliation package outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2021. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Workers

Essential, low-wage workers share why they need reconciliation package

‘Please Help Us’ “We’ve heard the voices of the poor. We’ve heard the voices crying out, demanding justice. All I want to know right now, Joe Manchin, is which side are you on?” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Mean-tested versus entitlements

by Wade Rathke October 10, 2021 Pearl River    I hate being one of those “I told you so” people, but anyone listening knows we predicted the “deal” on the social services infrastructure package would come…

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(L-R) U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) speak to reporters as they arrive at the U.S. Capitol after a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change News Restart 2021

Sinema pushing $100 billion in climate cuts from reconciliation bill

A Sunrise Movement leader said the Arizona Democrat’s reported proposal for the Build Back Better package is “not surprising since she’s been meeting nonstop with corporate executives.” by Jessica Corbet, Common Dreams October 8, 2021  Already…

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Posted in Immigration News Restart 2021

Protesters confront Sinema directly, she calls the move ‘unacceptable’

by Simon Williams/Cronkite News Oct. 5, 2021 Washington – Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on…

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