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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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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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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Forget Manchin. Sanders says entire Democratic Party must show ‘guts’ against corporate interests

The focus of the party, says the Vermont senator, must be “to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something.” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams December 22, 2021 Stressing a need to…

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts arrive to hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted in Analysis Labor Restart 2021

UMW coal miners’ union rebukes Manchin for effort to kill Build Back Better

“Manchin has lost the coal miners with this latest betrayal,” said one labor reporter.   by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Tuesday, December 21, 2021 The push for passage of the Build Back Better Act got a…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Build Back Better verges on collapse as Manchin attempts to kill child tax credit

“Put the bill on the floor and make him explain that he voted it down because he wanted to cut all of the money for families with children,” suggested one progressive commentator. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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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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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

All politics are local. All issues are national?

by Wade Rathke December 4, 2021 Little Rock    Tip O’Neil, the iconic old Boston pol, and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, once famously expressed the dicta, “all politics are local.” Even as…

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Posted in Community organizing

How deep canvassing by progressives can change rural politics in the US

In North Carolina, progressive activists reach out to rural voters as an overlooked segment of the electorate. by Amanda Abrams, Yes! Magazine November 24, 2021 It’s Nov. 1, and Precious Cogwell is canvassing in Alamance County,…

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Posted in Columns Health Insurance Housing Wade Rathke

Suspicious of fixes for affordable housing and health care

by Wade Rathke November 19, 2021 New Orleans    A headline that promises to offer a “fix” for those of us who want affordable housing and healthcare has to rate as a “must read” in my…

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A boy with his teddy bear sits on the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Sheikh Ridvan neighborhood in Gaza City on May 19, 2021. (Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Middle East News War

US coalition calls on Biden to denounce Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian Rights groups

“A threat against the Palestinian human rights movement is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere,” nearly 300 U.S.-based civil society groups told Secretary of State Antony Blinken. by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Friday, October…

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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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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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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Progressives made a power play

by Wade Rathke October 5, 2021 New Orleans    It may be high-low bargaining, but at least progressives played their hands powerfully in order to get to try to get to the maximum number on Biden’s…

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Posted in Immigration News

Sinema ignores constituent’s plea on immigration

“If Karina was a corporation and held a giant fundraiser for Sinema, maybe she’d get an answer,” said one advocate. by Julia Conley, Common Dreams Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Progressive critics on Tuesday accused Sen. Kyrsten…

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Posted in Infrastructure News Restart 2021

Progressives deliver message to Democrats on infrastructure: ‘Don’t f**k this up’

“The problem in American democracy today,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “is that people have lost faith in us, in government, that we actually will fight for working people.” by Jon Queally, Common Dreams September 30, 2021…

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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 2024 Senate Campaign Analysis

Sinema draws ire for obstructing Biden agenda

‘It’s Sickening’ “We obviously didn’t envision having Republicans as part of our party,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams September 30, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is not the only corporate-backed Democrat standing in…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote on May 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in News Restart 2021

‘We had a deal’: Warren joins Sanders and house progressives in fight for Biden’s agenda

“The agreement from the beginning was that all the pieces would move together,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. “I don’t want to see that deal broken.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Sen. Elizabeth…

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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 Arizona News Restart 2021

As Dems fight for bold agenda, Sinema to fundraise with its corporate opponents

‘Cartoonish Level Corrupt’ “Sinema is setting her political future on fire,” said one Democratic organizer. “If she doesn’t change course drastically and soon, it will be too late.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams September 28, 2021…

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