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- For better or worse, the 50 states serve as the laboratories of democracy. Sometimes states pass laws that are overwhelmingly beneficial, causing other states to follow suit. Other times, states pass laws that are destructive, causing other states to learn valuable lessons about what not to do. Over the past few decades, California’s embrace of socialist policies is a classic example of the latter. In other words, California’s adoption of far-left ideology, and the devastating toll it has wrought on the Golden State, should serve as a canary in the coal mine for any state wishing to ...

Source: thehill.com

- Since the first colonizers arrived in the United States to this very moment, wealthy elites have used the tools of theft, exclusion, and exploitation to expand their wealth and power at the detriment of Black, Latinx, Indigenous people, and marginalized people of color.It all boils down to this simple truth: Racism is profitable. The profitability of racism sparks a vicious cycle called the Oppression Economy:Elite institutions are motivated to keep suppressing the economic vitality of people of color. That economic oppression in turn hinders their political power, and that political ...

Source: alternet.org

- "There is no better system of cost control and universal care for employers than Medicare for All." A new study released Friday by the RAND Corporation details the astronomical prices hospital systems across the U.S. charge private insurers and the more than 153 million patients who obtain health coverage through their employers—while Medicare proves to be a far more affordable option.  The findings make the case for expanding the Medicare system to all Americans, one prominent single-payer healthcare advocate said.  "There is no better system of cost control and universal care for ...


- The Nuances of the Free College Debate Some Democrats and some Republicans don't fit neatly into their expected boxes on the issue. Campaigning at Florida Memorial University last week, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of going to college, including historically Black colleges and universities like the one where she was speaking. “It is the place where we nurture young people to see who they are and their role as part of leadership of our nation in whatever profession they choose,” she said. And she said that she and Democratic presidential ...


- Sean McElwee Is Begging the Left to Grow Up The progressive pollster has a simple message for his compatriots: Rigid doctrinarianism doesn’t win elections. W hen word got out in early March that Joe Biden’s campaign had invited the progressive pollster Sean McElwee to a meeting on climate policy, some on the far left were outraged. Sure, Bernie Sanders’s presidential prospects weren’t looking great, but the senator had not yet suspended his campaign. So why , McElwee’s critics demanded to know, would he agree to advise the former vice president? Hundreds of leftists spent more than ...


- PBS. “And that means talking about an economics program, which Biden has. It’s not as strong as I would like it—it’s not the Bernie Sanders program, despite what Trump will tell you. But it is a strong program that will improve the lives of many millions of people.” , it can be argued that he must be doing something right. Still, Sanders’s point is a legitimate one. Even if focussing on the incumbent—a strategy that was on full display at the Democratic National Convention—is the best way to challenge a rogue President like Trump, it shouldn’t preclude Biden and his running ...


- "No one is entitled to their seats," said Medicare for All advocate Cynthia Mendes after winning a high-profile race. "If you're not working for people, you will be replaced." At least a dozen progressive candidates won state Senate and House primaries in Rhode Island this week. Several were backed by the Rhode Island Political Cooperative and Reclaim RI, grassroots groups that aim to increase working people's representation in the state capitol. (Photo: Will Hart/Flickr/cc) State-level progressive candidates across Rhode Island celebrated victories Friday after 38,000 mail-in ballots were ...


- False nostalgia is the enemy of sober strategic thinking. With the labor movement under assault from the Trump administration and a Supreme Court twisting the law to undermine unions, it’s become conventional wisdom in some quarters that the fault lies in the disappearance of Democrats of the New Deal variety, the “New Deal liberals [who] did not hesitate to regulate the labor market,” as writer and New America co-founder Michael Lind has argued , contrasting it with the supposed failure of modern Democrats. Or as Thomas Frank argued more recently , “there was a transition in the ...

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- Politicians from across the country are weighing in after Senator Edward Markey defeated Representative Joseph Kennedy III Tuesday in one of the most highly-contested Senate primaries of the year. Backed by a coalition of younger and more liberal Democrats, Markey’s campaign was harnessed by support to overcome a younger rival who is a member of one of America’s most storied political families. It was the first time a Kennedy has lost a political race in Massachusetts. Markey was winning 54 percent of the vote when Kennedy called him to concede around 10 p.m. The victory demonstrates a ...


- Henry Wallace was an ambitious left-winger in Roosevelt’s Democratic Party who, as secretary of agriculture and then as vice president, helped make radical the New Deal of the 1930s. His ultimate defeat by the right of his own party shows the obstacles the insurgent left has always faced within the Democratic Party. It used to be said that you could tell a lot about a leftist’s politics by asking them when they thought the Soviet Union went bad. Anarchists and social democrats said 1917, Trotskyists 1928, Maoists 1956, and if you were in the Communist Party (CP), the answer was never. ...


- AOC's Courage to Change PAC targets influential corporate-backed incumbent Richard Neal in a bid for yet another progressive upset.  Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse, who is challenging powerful incumbent Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) for his seat in Congress, received a big boost on Tuesday when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsed him. (Photo: Alex Morse/Facebook)  Taking aim at one of her party's most influential members, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday endorsed embattled progressive upstart Alex Morse in his Massachusetts congressional race against Rep. Richard E. Neal ...


- Putting a Biden-Harris administration in power will not guarantee the change this country needs. Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here . The symbolism and significance of Joe Biden’s selecting Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as the first Black woman and first Asian American on a major party ticket matters to progressives. Still, it’s an open question how committed a Biden-Harris administration would be to real structural change. Biden has never been a particularly progressive ...