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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Flags touting sayings such as “Don’t blame me I voted for Trump” fly from a cart at a rally put on by the Arizona Republican Party to hear the results of 2020 elections investigation. (Photo by Sierra Alvarez/Cronkite News)
Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News Race for the White House 2020

Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting

The Cyber Ninjas count showed Biden should have received 99 more votes in Maricopa County and Trump should have received 261 fewer; Senator Mark Kelly got an extra 60 votes in the final count over former…

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Sen. Joe Manchin opposes making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state through the legislative process, arguing that a constitutional amendment is needed for the popular move. (Photo: Al Drago/Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Guest Column Politics

Democrats need to stand up to corporate extremists in their own party

Wall Street Democrats are not just resisting progress but putting freedom and democracy in jeopardy. by Peter Bloom September 27, 2021 The progressive optimism that the Biden presidency might lead to real change is quickly fading…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Restart 2021

‘Carrying water for big corporations’: Sinema faces backlash for opposing tax hikes

“Make no mistake, if she sides with her wealthy donors and kills popular investments to jump-start the economy, everyday families—including across Arizona—will pay the price.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams September 26, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks to reporters while leaving the U.S. Capitol on August 9, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Politics

‘It’s gonna be $3.5 trillion’: Sanders holds the line against right-wing Democrats

“That’s the compromise that’s already been made,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The truth is $3.5 trillion is not enough.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams September 15, 2021 Pushing back against conservative Democrats’ attempts to shrink the…

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Taryn Bailey, a 16-year-old in Arizona, is among those featured in a new ad campaign calling on lawmakers to improve home and community-based services. (Photo: BeAHero)
Posted in Arizona Politics

Ady Barkan, ACLU target Sinema for abandoning people with disabilities

‘Home Care Can’t Wait’   Healthcare advocates are fighting for Congress to include $400 billion for home and community-based services in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.   Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams August 27, 2021    …

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Posted in Corruption News

Top Dem calls for removal of Postal Service chiefs

‘DeJoy and Bloom Are Bandits’ Demand follows new reporting that DeJoy purchased up to $305,000 in bonds of company where Bloom—described as his “quasi-boss” and overseer at USPS—is a managing partner. by Jon Queally, Common Dreams…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Policing

Feds targeted BLM activists to foil racial justice protests

“The federalization of protest-related charges was a deliberate and cynical effort to target and discourage those who protested in defense of Black lives.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams August 19, 2021 As Black Lives Matter protests…

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On July 23, 2021, a Minnesota court ordered Hubbard County police officers to stop obstructing a driveway that leads to a Line 3 pipeline protest camp. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment Indigenous News News Pipelines

Court stops police from blockading Line 3 protester camp

‘Huge Legal Win’ One attorney described the blockade as “an outrageous abuse of law enforcement authority serving the interests of the Enbridge corporation against its environmental opponents.” by Kenny Stancil, Staff Writer July 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in 2022 Senate Campaign Analysis

With Senate again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

  By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News July 21, 2021   Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign…

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The National Weather Service shared video footage captured by the U.S. Forest Service showing a firenado that formed over the Tennant Fire in California's Siskiyou County on June 29, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Posted in Climate change Filibuster Politics Wild Fire

‘This is what bipartisanship looks like’: Fire tornado caught on film in California

“Climate policy isn’t about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It’s a zero-sum battle with physics.”   by Jon Queally, Staff Writer July 8, 2021 Responding to…

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At the center of the New York Times reporting are Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, photographed here in Las Vegas for a 2020 Democratic primary debate. "They had insinuated themselves into the fabric of progressive movements in the West," the paper reports. (Photo: Screenshot via the Times)
Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Republicans

Right-wing ‘spies’ with deep pockets infiltrated Democratic Party across West

‘This Is Bonkers’ “Wyoming’s far-right promotes tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories,” said one of the operation’s targets. “It makes sense that they would use spies to try to attack their opposition or uncover some imagined liberal plot.” by…

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Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after taking part in a non-violent protest in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2021. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in News Poor Peoples Campaign Voting rights

Nonviolent protest over voting rights ends with arrests in DC

‘We’re Not Going Away!’ “We’re saying across this country, it’s time for people… to march on these Senate offices,” declared Rev. William Barber. by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Activists with the national…

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Posted in Filibuster Politics Voting rights

Sinema defends filibuster on same day it’s used to stall voting rights

In a prepared statement after the bill was blocked Tuesday, Sinema said she was “proud to support the For the People Act because it restores safeguards that protect every American’s right to vote, reduces the influence…

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